Sunday, 28 August 2016

Love Is In The Air!

There have been a lot of weddings and anniversaries to celebrate.  Here are the cards that O have made for them....

These first 2 cards are identical apart from the background papers used.  For these I used the lovely Paper Artsy Sara Naumann stamps, which I have stamped in Archival ink and coloured using Fresco Finish paints.

For this card I used a Stampin Up die and matching stamp set.  I kept the colours quite plain and elegant,

Aside from this I am busy creating wedding invites!!  I won't share these until they are in the hands of the bride!!

Thanks for looking.....

Friday, 26 August 2016

Mini Journal Fun!

I have caught the journal bug big style recently.

I have my usual large journal on the go.  Darcy then asked me to do a journal swap with her (which I jumped at) and then I found small Cath Kidston journals less than half price in the local shop.  They are really cute too - scalloped edges!

I started off by gluing pages together to strengthen them.

I then couldn't wait to start creating.  Here is my first page.

I started by lightly misting the page and sprinkling it with Infusions.  I am still totally in love with these.  I dried this with a heat tool because I am far too impatient!!

Next I started to stamp various Everything Art Paper Artsy stamps in Archival ink across the background.

The main image was stamped onto card stock and coloured using Polychromos.  I glued it to my page and then went around it using a black pencil.

In order to make the quote stand out I used a dab of stone paint and spread it over an area big enough for the quote.  Once dry I stamped the quote in Archival ink and rubbed a black border around it with my finger.

I then started to scribble and draw with a black fine liner.

To finish, I added a crown which I distressed with a bit of black paint.

I am really happy with the end result.  A great first page in my new small journal!

Thanks for looking.....

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Male Birthday Celebrations

I have had quite a few male birthdays to create cards for recently.

Here are some of my makes:

Firstly is this card that I made for our nephew, Thomas.

I decorated a card blank with background paper.  I stamped some of the fab small images on the JoFy stamp set.

The 'boy' was stamped and coloured using Polychromos.  It was then cut out and mounted onto a stitched oval die cut.

To finish I added a lovely polka dot ribbon.

I simply love this card!!

Next is the card that I made for our nephew, James.  James turned 16 this year - goodness knows where the time has gone!

I mounted various papers onto black card. 

The main image was stamped onto distressed paper and the greeting was stamped and punched out.

I then layered it altogether until I was happy with the finished card.

Next is the card that I created for our Brother-in-law.  I actually used stitching on this card (yes, I know!!).  I used my old favourite Jalopy stamp for this.

Finally is the card that I created for our friend, Piers. 

Here I assembled various background papers.

I stamped the Tim Holtz cogs in the new Wendy Vecchi Shadow Grey Archival ink (my new favourite).  I then stamped the vintage car over the cogs in coffee Archival.

I finished the card with black gems.

So..... there they are!! 

Unlike most people I love  creating male cards!!

Thanks for looking......

Monday, 22 August 2016

Any Reason To Craft!

Crafters look for any reason to craft!

So.... my husband has been busy planning a huge car meet and all of the money raised will be going to a very deserving charity.

In conversation I asked him if he had created tickets yet - the answer, no - so I jumped at the chance to create them for him.  I wanted to keep it simple due to the volume being created.  Here are my tickets for his event....

The ticket strips were die cut from a Tim Holtz die.

Next, I stamped small car images that I purchased from Victorine Originals (American company) some years ago.  I have used these stamps so many times - I love them.  These were stamped in Archival ink.

Next I set about colouring them with watercolour pencils.  The colouring isn't amazing but fine for the tickets.

All 330 tickets are unique and hand made!  I must admit I am really pleased with the outcome.  Dan was really pleased too!

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Journal Swap

I have completed my next journal page in the swap with Darcy.  This page took me a couple of weeks to complete - I started when I had a really heavy cold and had to keep painting over the page because I couldn't get anything to work and didn't like what I did!!

While trying to get it completed, Paper Artsy released their latest JoFY stamps.... well.... what can I say?!  Totally, totally love them!  And the ideas started to flow!!

Here is my page:

I started off by creating a brayered background.  I apologise that I can't remember what colours I used but I think it was tinned peas, guacamole, granny smith, glass blue.

I used the Paper Artsy Darcy stencil to create blades of grass and tone in the grassy section.  I also stencilled longer grasses on the page.

Next I stamped the JoFY stamps in black Archival ink.  I decided to colour them using Polychromos and set about colouring until I was happy (I could colour non-stop!).

Following this I used a Darcy stencil to create a torn edge around the page.

The Tim Holtz stamp quote was stamped onto old music paper and then cut out and added to the page.

To finish I added white details and wording in areas on the page about things that I love.

I am happy with the finished result!!