Saturday 29 September 2012

Twelve Tags of 2012- September

It seems no time at all since Tim started his Twelve Tags of 2012 challenge. To think we are on the ninth month already! Once again this has been an enjoyable tag to make. I really love the riveted patchwork technique. This tag has the usual improvisations, The quill and scroll idea came to me by a rather sad route after I found a pile of feathers in my garden. One of the local cats had caught a wood pigeon and left a trail of feathers behind. I salvaged a couple and coloured this one with black Archival ink. You wouldn't believe how many times I wrote the saying on the scroll before I got it 'right'. My normal writing is quite big and I found it really difficult to try and write small and neat. Some decorative buttons and a little bottle of glittery fairy dust complete the look. x

Thursday 27 September 2012

Riveted Patchwork Love Heart CC #22

It's that time of week again when once again I am one of the last to post my project for the lovely Linda's Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2 challenge. This week's task was to explore Tim's riveted patchwork technique. If you have yet to explore the absolute delights of working with sticky backed foil, I suggest you grab a copy of Tim's book and get stuck in. You can find this technique on page 57. I've made this little piece using a polystyrene heart and a re-purposed wooden frame. I've just got my hands on a fabulous set of Diane Reavley background stamps so just had to use them on the frame and backing card. other ingredients are clear embossing powder, black embossing powder, gorgeous Aged Gold Frantage embossing powder by Stampendous and one of the new metallic Distress Stains in Brushed Pewter. This weeks challenge is sponsored by 'The Funkie Junkie with a gift certificate of $25 up for grabs! Great for acquiring even more fabulous stash! I'm also going to enter this into The Simon Says Stamp Challenge which is 'For the Love of Sparkle' where there is a $50 gift Certificate on offer for one lucky person as well as the honour of making it into their chosen top three, whoopie doo! life is sweet.xx

Wednesday 26 September 2012

WOYWW # 173

The weeks are flying past, WOYWW #173 already! which means it's time for a quick reveal of my work space, all thanks to Julia and her Stamping Ground Blog. Each week we are able to to do some nosing around each other's creative spaces. It's great fun to see all the different projects emerging from both tidy and chaotic spaces. Mine is fairly orderly at the moment mainly because I had to clear a space so that I could start my September tag after realising that we are fast approaching the end of the month. So what's your desk like? tidy? chaotic? go on hop over to Julia's blog and upload a picture of what you've been up to. x

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Blog Candy !

I have had great fun running this blog, entering challenges and actually winning prizes! but the thing I have enjoyed most, is linking up with fellow crafts people and in some small way getting to know a brilliant bunch of people. I know it's not quite the same as meeting up for a coffee but some how through blogging you get to know and care about the people you meet. I have found the fantastic comments that people regularly leave on my blog (you know who you are!) both uplifting and inspiring. In celebration of reaching 50 + 2 followers, I would like to offer this somewhat weird array of blog candy. I love finding bargains in shops such as Poundland, The Works and Lidl, so I've put together some of my favourite finds. There are some 'alterables' such as blank puzzles and an embossed frame crying out for treatment, as well as some practical stuff such as brilliant foam tape and aluminium foil tape. On the 1st of October, I shall put the names of all my followers into a hat and ask my husband, to draw out one lucky winner. I will ask the winner to email me their address and the candy will be posted off to them. So THANKYOU my dear followers for all your support.x

Saturday 22 September 2012

Book of Stamps FSC #30

'Good Things Come in Small Packages' is the title of The Fashionable Stamping Challenge this week. As always the challenge is generously sponsored by Cottage Crafts. Having put my thinking cap on, I decided to make this little book of stamps and the accompanying postcard. This project takes me right back to my childhood and the beginning of my love for stamping. One of my favourite Christmas presents was a post office kit, complete with miniature stamps, paper and small envelopes. What bliss it was to find one of these in my Christmas sack!

 I've made this the same size as a regular book of stamps, I've glued freezer paper, wax side up, on the inside and run each stamp through my mini xyron, so the stamps are removable and can be used as stickers ( another child hood passion !) I've used a Kaliedacolor rainbow ink pad in Calypso, to brayer the background. All stamping has been done with black Archival Ink. The Fairy, toadstool and dragonfly stamps are by Lavinia Stamps, the small stars and tree are from Clarity Stamps the rest of the stamps used are bits and pieces from my collection. It was great fun to make and quite different from my usual grungey stuff x.

Back view
P.S Look out for blog candy coming sooooon !

Thursday 20 September 2012

Blended Distress Stains for Studio L3 Challenge #21

Time for another rummage in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2. Linda from Studio L3, is doing a great job of leading us through this book. We are now on number 21 and I can honestly say I don't want the fun to stop. Simon Says Stamp are sponsoring this weeks challenge, so one lucky person can have the joy of adding to their craft stash to the tune of $25. This week it was time to get out the Distress Stains. I've had a great time playing with these and have now got several mean and moody backgrounds waiting to be used up. This is a card I've made using one. The surface reminded me of a breaking dawn, so I've added this angel from Tim's Joyful Song collection to spread some morning peace and light upon us. x

Wednesday 19 September 2012

WOYWW #172

It's THAT time of week again where we are invited to snoop around each others work spaces courtesy of our inestimable host Julia and her Stamping Ground Blog. It's number 172 this week so that's how long Julia has maintained this fascinating site. Well, quite messy on my desk this week after an afternoon spent experimenting with  Distress Stains to create backgrounds. In the foreground, are a few 'Poundland' bargains. There's a roll of good sticky foam tape, a sanding block quite large but does the job comes complete with sandpaper, and a pile of 'tea towels' which are a bit small and thin for drying plates but excellent for mopping up ink and stuff. There's also a little tin of paper tapes bought from 'Paperchase' if you know the sho,p you'll know that these weren't exactly cheap, so it's a good job I saved so much money on my Poundland buys ! Look out for blog candy coming soon, to celebrate my first 50 followers, I can't do it yet as for some reason I'm following myself twice so I've only really got 48 followers. Happy WOYWW everybody see you next week.

Thursday 13 September 2012

Enameled Stamping Studio L3 CC2 Challenge #

Well its time for another dive into Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2 and get inky. This is courtesy of Linda and her Studio L3 Blog, as she continues to take us on a creative journey through the book, in order to explore the delights contained within. This week the task is to produce something using Tim's Enameled Stamping  technique, instructions for which can be found on page 44. I've made this tag using Tim's enigmatic Mona Lisa Stamp whose famous smile has had us all puzzled for centuries. I thought she could do with some fun so I've given her a crown. I've used one of the Kaleidacolor rainbow ink pads in Calypso to stamp the image and that's as much as I'm going to reveal. If you want to know more then treat yourself to the book, better still......... get someone else to treat you! x

Wednesday 12 September 2012

WOYWW # 171

It's that time again ! All thanks to Julia and her Stamping Ground Blog for continuing to run  What's On Your Work (desk) Wednesday  or WOYWW as it is affectionately known. It's the 170th this week so you can see it's been going for some time. My desk is just as I left it after a couple of  happy crafting sessions at the weekend. So what can you spot? x 

Sunday 9 September 2012

Simon Says 'Stamptember'

There's great fun to be had over at the Simon Says Stamp Blog where they are celebrating 'Stamptember' with a month of activities reminding us of why we like stamping so much. There has been a great blog hop followed an invitation to join in with their 'read all about it' challenge with a huge $100 token for a prize. I've made this canvas journal cover inspired by a previous piece of work I made for the House of Bears Challenge which was based on the writings of Maya Angelou. It made me look at her 5 book autobiography again and I realised what fabulous titles the books have. This journal cover features the fourth book ' Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas'. It's given me a great opportunity to use this stamp from The Stampsmith's African American Heritage plate.This stamped image reminds me of those family Christmas's where children are called upon to show off their talents and entertain the doting adults. I've stamped the image with black Archival ink and added some stamped flourishes. Music and splodges have been stamped with vintage photo DI. The larger vintage  music backgound is a download from The Graphics Fairy. The canvas has been painted with acrylic paints and stamped over with the flourish stamp. The journal is one I started sometime ago at one of Annelise Bates' workshops, its called ABC of Me. It's not very full but my interest has been rekindled now it has a nice new cover

 This is the first time I've used these photo realistic stamps. I think this is a fabulous image !

Inside the journal featuring an 'abundance' of my ancestors.

This is the back of the journal cover. I am probably going to apply a coat of Matte Multi Medium as I think it will enhance the texture.x

Saturday 8 September 2012

FSC #29 Anything Floral /Hand Made Flowers.

I seem to be making a habit of posting for the Fashionable Stamping Challenges with only minutes to spare! the truth is I was making a giant tag which just didn't quite work so I had a quick re-think and ended up with this instead.  I've got a couple of spare flowers left over so I'll probably make another couple of tags. I cut the flower layers and leaves on my Pazzles Inspiration machine and coloured them with Dylusions Sprays. The tag has been stamped with white paint dabber and coloured with crushed olive Distress Ink. I've added my favourite bee stamp and few embellishments to complete the look. If you haven't yet joined in a with a Fashionable Stamping Challenge hop over to their blog and have a go. There is also a  fortnightly prize sponsored by Cottage Crafts so you need to get in it to win it ! x

Wednesday 5 September 2012

WOYWW #170 Mustn't Grumble

"Wednesday all ready!" the cry goes up all around the world as bloggers far and wide realize that it's time to share their desks. Why? well it's all down to Julia and her Stamping Ground blog. Julia had the brilliant idea of making it possible for us to visit our blogging friends and take a peek at each others work space. If you haven't joined in yet, get that camera out and start posting a picture of your work space. Simples! I've got plenty of stuff on my table this week as I was making a birthday card for a young man yesterday.So you can see the remains of my activity. I was slightly following the video Tim Holtz has made for the Simon Says Stamptember, you can see this on his blog. Well I'm back to work and somewhat resigned to it. The holiday ended on a good note though, as I was picked as one of the August Tag winners on Tim's blog and now have $25 to spend on even more craft stuff, thank you to everyone for the nice messages, so Mustn't Grumble x