Wednesday 27 June 2012

WOYWW 160 Hurray My Desk is a Mess !

A quick post as I'm still heavily loaded down with work. I really missed joining in with Julia's Stamping Ground blog WOYWW last week and am determined not to miss it again. I managed to get a Sunday afternoon craft session in and here's the aftermath. I was doing my Tim tag and trying to make a few metal embellishments so there are the remains of a salvaged drink can and tomato puree tube. The can was a bit brittle and cracked when I was cutting out a number. If you haven't cut open a used tomato puree tube do! the metal is soft and cuts easily with old scissors. It's also easy to emboss. Anyway I must press on Happy crafting everyone x

Monday 25 June 2012

Twelve Tags 0f 2012 June 'Our Jack'

As soon as I saw Tim's June tag for his Twelve Tags of Twenty Twelve Challenge, I new exactly which photo I wanted to use. This is one of my favourite pictures of my son when he was a little a boy he looks so cute even though he's holding his 'cowboy' toy guns, (not very PC these days). It was taken in front of my husbands beloved old Mark 2 Jaguar when Jack was possibly 3 or 4 years old, oh how I wish I'd put dates on all those old pics, anyway he's now 31 ! I just don't know where the time's gone. To think that a photo of my son is now a piece 'vintage ephemera' makes me feel so old.  As usual the tag was a lot of fun to make with the usual substitutions for the Ideaology bits I don't ...yet... have. You've got to love all those lovely Tim bits and bobs, pity my bank account doesn't stretch as far as I would like. I'm pleased with my film strip which I made by stamping onto a piece of acetate, I'll use that technique again and maybe stamp some small images in the spaces. The little clock charm was carefully tied onto a beautifully packaged ATC I received from the lovely May, thank you it's just the job x 

P.S My husbands still got the old Jag and Jack is still pretty cute x

Thursday 21 June 2012

Tissue Wrap Flower Tag

Had to have a quick crafting session to stave off withdrawal symptoms! Life has been pretty busy lately so haven't had much playtime. I've missed the last couple of  CC2 challenges over at Linda's Studio L3 blog, so I thought I'd just get this one in.The challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique so there are no excuses for not joining in! The technique this week is to make these flowers using tissue wrap and can be found on page 37 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Book 2. I've coloured these flowers with Dylusions spays with a touch of Perfect Pearls Heritage Gold mist over the top. I've stamped the craft tag with various images using vintage photo and walnut stain distress inks.The leaves have been cut using a Pazzles file on my  Inspiration machine, and coloured  with  Distress Inks. A few 'raindrops' on the leaves using Glossy Accents completes the look. As I've used several shades of brown on this tag, I'm also going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp  Show a Bit of Brown Challenge x

Wednesday 13 June 2012


Just a quick post before getting ready for work. All you teachers out there will know that this is a very busy time of year, reports to write and things to  complete before the end of the summer term. I'm not sure how much crafting I'm going to be able to fit in. Still I couldn't miss WOYWW and a post to Julia's Stamping Ground blog. My table is covered with some of the art work I have been doing with children from a local school. It is going to be a fabric wall hanging and is based on the London Olympics. The children stencilled the fabric using masking tape to create their backgrounds and then stencilled the numbers and motivational words on top. The numbers refer to different aspects of the olympic games. Each child worked on their own piece and now I've got the job of sewing it all together and making each piece fit ! I'm very pleased with the results so far. I'm also including a picture of the lovely ATC's I received in the Swap. Thanks to Lisa, Jill, May and Ann I love them all x Happy WOYWW x

Wednesday 6 June 2012

A Fine Afternoon. WOYWW157

I'm a bit late with my WOYWW today as have had quite a busy day. The afternoon proving to be far more enjoyable than the morning which was spent catching up on a bit of housework after a rather lazy Jubilee bank holiday. Thanks again to Julia for hosting the WOYWW on her Stamping Ground Blog. The ATC swap from last week was great fun I have just one more to put in the post and have received some lovely ones so will do a separate post to show these off later in the week. So what's been going on today, I had a great big tidy up after the chaos of last week. Note photo number 1 completely clear table! Not quite so clear now as my lovely friend Sandy from Sandy's piece of Heaven came round to play. It was my turn to set the activity so I decided that we would have a go at making paper feathers. I found great tutorial here at Todolwen there are some lovely ideas on her blog well worth checking it out. We added colour to ours with Distress inks and sprays by Dylusions and perfect pearls. Very absorbing and fun to do. So happy WOYWW to eveyone have fun x

These are my feathers, not bad for a first attempt, I'm looking forward to having another go at this.

Saturday 2 June 2012

No. 2 Steam Punk

I'm still loving this stamp! This is the second collage I've made using it and have decided to enter it into The Fashionable Stamping Challenges #22 'Steam Punk' challenge sponsored by Cottage Crafts The background has been sprayed with Rangers Dylusions in Squeezed Orange, Bubblegum Pink and Lemon Zest, great names don't you think! I then stamped the Phrenology Head by Lost Coast, in black Archival ink. To do this I first made a mask by stamping the head onto a post it note and cut it out. I then cut the top of the head off and used it as a mask when stamping onto the background. I then repositioned the other half of the mask above the head and stamped the top half to make it look as though the head  was hinged open. The cogs have been stamped with a Paperartsy stamp from a set called Clocks 5 . After layer the image onto a piece of card I stamped out the border strips and stuck them on, finishing off with some nail head style brads in each corner. These have been painted with alcohol ink in Pitch black. The addition of a collar and small button complete the collage. I am also going to enter this into Simon Says Stamp challenge which is One for the Boys.