Friday 9 August 2013

Crafting Studio 490 Style!

Recently a friend of mine went through a big role change and had to re-apply for her job.  Thankfully she was successful.

Here is the card that I made to congratulate her
I adore this Studio 490 stamp set - it was the first one that I bought and I love it!!!

I started by stamping the background stamp in walnut stain distress ink.  I edged around the card using the same colour.

The flowers were coloured using distress markers in peeled paint, aged mahogany and a touch of fired brick.  The stamp was sprayed with water before stamping in order to create a subtle water colour effect.

The sentiment was stamped in black archival.

I didn't take a picture of the inside but I stamped 'the rules' inside.

Di sent me a message to say how much she liked her card.

Yet again, Wendy Vecchi helped me to create a beautiful card using her amazing artwork - always an inspiration!!!

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Fun With Alcohol Inks

A little while ago one of Dan's relatives, Annabel, wrote to me to say that she loved some of the cards that she had seen me make and asked if I could make some for her.  She described a simple alcohol inked card that I had made some years ago.

I set out to re-create similar cards for Annabel.

The methods were really simple. 

I drew stripes of alcohol inks onto felt and wiped them across glossy card stock.  I then layered peel offs (grew out of these years ago but they were on my original cards).

I finished by stamping a sentiment and adding a few crystals.

The same method was used here.  This time, instead of using peel offs I stamped a Woodware image.

I packaged them all up and sent them to Annabel who wrote back to say that she was delighted!!

Thanks for looking.

Monday 5 August 2013

Pay It Forward 2013

I finally finished my PIF gifts.  This time they were for Loetitia and Emma.

I wanted to create something different to what the ladies had seen me make before, so I decided to make charm bracelets.  Here are the gifts:

I created a box for each gift and enclosed a card.  I think both recipients liked their gifts.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday 3 August 2013

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap

It's that time of month again when I share the swaps that I made for the Rebel Stampers swap.  It's a triple treat this time though as I didn't post the ones from the last two months.

Here are my swaps for May...

The first is based on the theme 'Birds & Bees'

For this I coloured an ATC using distress ink then stamped the background using a studio 490 stamp.

The bee was stamped in walnut stain.  The words were stamped and cut out before being added to the atc using foam pads.

To finish I added a bee from the Wendy Vecchi Blossom Bucket range.

The second ATC is based on the free stamp in Craftstamper
I started by brayering a background and then embossing using a gears embossing folder.

An Artifacts background stamp was stamped onto a brayed background then torn and adhered to the atc.  Washi tape was added to give another layer.

The Craftstamper image was stamped, cut out and adhered using foam pads.

June's offerings.....

The first theme was 'Happy'
I inked an atc using distress ink to give a muted, sunset 'sorta' feel.

I stamped the girl and balloon in Archival ink

The phrase is one of my faves....  I absolutely adore this!  I stamped it then cut it out and inked around the edges before adding it to the atc to finish.

The free Craftstamper stamp for this month was a fabulous image by Jo Firth Young
I kept this quite simple.

I embossed Kraft card stock and attached it to an atc, inking around the edges.

The image was stamped, cut out and coloured.

I added inked chit chat stickers on foam pads to finish.

And finally for July......

The first theme was 'In The Garden'

I covered an atc using Prima paper.

Following this I stamped Jo Firth Young for Paper Artsy stamps and coloured them in.  I added some white gel pen for some definition.

I added a hero arts sentiment and crystals to finish.

The Craftstamper stamp was 'Live, Laugh, Love'
I coloured an atc using spun sugar distress stain.

The girl and balloon were stamped using Archival ink.

The border was stamped in walnut stain ink

The words were stamped in Archival ink, cut out and adhered with foam pads.

As you can see I have had great fun making my atc's over the last few months.

Thanks for looking.........

Friday 2 August 2013

Great Way To Spend A Sunday

After having lost my crafting mojo over the last couple of weeks it was found again at the weekend.  My friend Di and her daughter, Laura, came to spend Sunday with me to craft.

Di had never heard of the melt pot before and so I thought I would give her a treat and show her how fabulous it is!!  Our creations were based on workshops taught by Hels Sheridan - the new queen of the melt pot.

Here are our creations:

My creation

Di's Creation

Laura's Creation

Aren't they fabulous!!  We used bees wax, UTEE, modelling paste, stencils and lots of gorgeous paints! 

We also created cards using distress paint and lots of gorgeous Tim Holtz stamps...... but I forgot to take photos!!

Needless to say a great day was had by all.... and Di is waiting the arrival of a melt pot of her own!!

Thanks for looking.

Thursday 1 August 2013

Happy Birthday Little Monster

Today is our Nephew, Thomas' birthday.

Thomas turns 7 today - it has flown by!!! 

Here is the card that I made for him:

I started by inking a card using shabby shutters, wild honey and broken china ink.  I then stamped a number background using shabby shutters

The Stampotique monster (love this... and yes, you have seen me use it loads) was stamped and coloured before being cut out and mounted onto a Kaisercraft rectangle.

I added a scalloped edge and arrow to embellish then stamped a greeting.

Thomas is so full of life...  just like the monster on my card!!

Happy birthday little guy....

Thanks for looking.