Monday, 22 August 2011

Here come the Girls

A very quick post from me today.  At  My Time to Craft,  the theme is Here Comes the Girls.  So I have used one very classy lady on mine!

This card is a true mxture of stamps.  The colouring on all the pieces is done with a brush and a variety of inks from Big and Juicy pads.  The two background pieces are done with a lace stamp from the Artistic Stamper.  One piece has been stamped in black on to the coloured card.  The other piece has been heat embossed, and had the colour brushed over it.  The main image is from the Great Gatsby stamp place by Artistic Outpost, and the sentiment is from an Art Journey plate.

The border was punched witha  Martha Stewart punch.  The flower, lace and pearls are all from stash.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Heart Song Inspirations - Shabby Chic or Pearls
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
Oh La La - No backing paper
Paper Play Time - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
Challenge Up Your Life - No patterned paper
Designed 2 Delight - Anything Goes
Ellephantastic - Add Some Layers
Sketch Saturday - I followed the sketch
Annabelle - Say it with Distressing
Inspire me Fridays - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's - Scallops or Fancy Borders
Fussy and Fancy - Use three or more of your favourite embellishment (pearls)
Simply Create - Time to Distress

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.


Saturday, 20 August 2011

A wonderful melty day ...........

Woo hoo!  I had some time to myself on Wednesday, having booked a class with Hels Sheridan at the Stamp Attic in Wantage.  It was a fabulous day, and I learnt all things melt potty!  Was I wowed?  Yes - most definitely, so guess what is going to be my next purchase!  We made a sampler, and this is my version.

The canvas is panged with Kaisercraft Clamshell, and then washed over with sand paint.  The edges are done with a Dabber Paint in Cranberry, and although not seen, the edges are done with Black paint dabber.  The background stamping is a Tim Holtz script.

Some detail from the various elements:

Stained glass effect flower - Wire was twisted into a flower shape, and then dipped in the very top of the melt to gather up a very thing layer - very difficult and several attempts were required

 Faux porcelain flowers - the first flower is cut from Tim Holtz Crafty Attic paper, and dipped, the second flower is layers of paper flowers with a paper rose also dipped into the liquid

Owl made from Mould - Agate effect into a memory frame - Stamping into the liquid on a craft sheet and rubbed over with perfect pearls

 Image transfer - shrink plastic - faux soldering

 I am entering this into the following challenges:

Fashionable stamping - Handmade flowers
All Sorts - You've been framed - two of my elements have frames
Challenge up your life - no patterned paper
Craft your passion - Anything but a card
Creative Card Crew - Handmade flowers
Craft us Crazy - Anything Goes
Designed 2 Delight - Anything goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting  Journey - Anything Goes
Creative C raft Challenges2 - Anything but a card
Dream Valley - Distressing
Pollycraft - Distressing
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Stamp Insanity - Anything goes

On a different front, Dad came home on Friday from respite care in the nursing home, and the brilliant people at social services have put in place a package that allows him to stay at home, being cared for and monitored to see how thing go.  Unfortunately my step-mother is still extremely ill, and we are hoping and praying that she makes a gradual recovery, and is able to join Dad at home again.  A worrying time for all of us.

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Let's go flashback!

Hi everybody

We are having a flashback week at  Moving Along With The Times,  and so we want you to post an old project that you are proud of .. could be one of your first using a particular technique /a project you won a challenge with/ or just a project you really liked .  Please create a new post ( no back linking) to show us your project and tell us why it is special.

I have chosen a piece of multi-media, which made me realise that I loved doing stuff other than cards, and wanted to learn more about this type of 'art'.   So gradually I have been expanding what I do, and I'm loving it.

This piece is a canvas that has been painted - I think probably Kaiser or Eco paint, and then overstamped with a swirl.    The four squares are Ten Seconds Studio metal, and the bird cage is the Tim Holtz die.  I think - but cannot be sure, that the copper  leaves and white flowers are Wendy Vecchi stamps, stamped on to metal and then cut out.  The tiny flowers are all sequins covered in Inka Gold gloop with tiny gems added to the middle.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my Flashback, I hope you will join in with us this week as we have a fab sponsor

 Stampin With Brenda
The prize will be THREE FREE months of The How to WOW Paper Crafting Techniques Club.
 Information can be found here   /

Please pop over to the main challenge blog and take a look at the fabulous work of my DT buddies this week - there is some gorgeous work to see

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Thank you

The challenge at Lili of the Valley this week is Thank You, and I thought this little girl with her present of a flowering pot was just right.  I know - no sentiment - but I tend not to put them on until I know who the card is for.

My image is coloured with Copics, and I have used paper from an Authentique pad which I was a RAK from a friend.  It is so pretty, and I love the pink colours.  I have team this was black cardstock.  Pearls, a piece of stripe ribbon, a handmade flower and butterflies complete the picture.

I am entering this for the following challenges:

Lili of the Valley - Thank you
The Sweet Shop - I followed the sketch
Make It Monday - Always anything goes
Paper Creations Ink - Flowers
Paper Playtime - Anything goes
There She Goes - Colour Challenge - Baby Pink, Coral, Black

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you. Hugs,

Saturday, 13 August 2011

On the Beach

Time has just flown this week, and it is time for the  One Stop Craft Challenge,  and this week it is about life On the Beach.

I have finally mounted up a batch of Crafty Individual stamps I have had for ever, so am making use of them.  This one suits our theme perfectly.

I have used distress ink on silk card which guves a slighly softer colour.  I dried this and then stamped over with black archival ink, which I then dried as well.  The background papers are fairly muted, and are all from the Raspberry Road Travelogue.  I have added some small Petaloo flowers to finish off.

This week we are sponsored by

and one lucky winner will receive 5 digital stamps or 4 digital stamps and 1 digital paper set of their choice.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

ColorLab - Colour challenge -  I used the colours for the challenge
Cards und More - I followed the sketch
Creative Craft Challenges - Summertime
Digital Tuesday - I love the sea - include a digital element (my papers are digital)
Craft us Crazy - Anything goes

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.


Friday, 12 August 2011

Getting Inky .......

This is really something I have done for me - getting inky and playing about with colours, although there is a purpose behind it, as I am also entering it into a challenge - the new kid on the block - the Fashionable Stamping Challenge - and I guess in some ways it takes me back to what I love best - stamping .........  I really enjoyed this, particularly as I have had so little time for crafting this week.

For this card everything has been stamped on Ranger Manila  cardstock because I wanted the creamy colour to show through on the embossing.  I heat embossed the writing with clear detail embossing powder, and then coloured with distress inks.  The piece on the diagonal I have coloured the same, and then stamped a fine swirl over it - barely visible.  However, when I put the two pieces together I realised I needed to knock the colour back so went over lightly with DI Antique Linen, and then sprayed ovr with glimmer mist.  The lovely ladies are Crafty Individuals.  Once stamped, I lightly coloured some elements with colouring pencils and edged the border with distress ink.  They are mounted on a piece of card I coloured with distress stains.  The lace las been dyed with distress stain, and sprayed with glimmer mist.  To finish off a pretty fabric flower.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafty Individuals - Bright and Beautiful
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Distressing
Do yYou Stack Up - Emboss It
PaperPlay Challenge - Create Your Own DP
Anything Goes - Celebration (well I think this is the celebration of women everywhere!)
Clear It Out - Summer (I have used summery colours)
Crazy Amigos - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Emboss It
Inspire Me Fridays - Always Anything Goes
Phindy's Place - Vintage
Simply Create - Distress
The Stamp Man - Anything goes with summer colours
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Favourite Stamp
Papertake Weekly - Grow your own - hand made flower
Dream Valley - Distressing
Truly Scrumptious - Lace

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.


Thursday, 11 August 2011

It's fantasy time at MAWTT

Hello everybody

I am sorry I have not been around much, but life happens.  My Step-mother is in hospital very ill, and we have had to sort out care arrangments for my father for a few weeks, who is 92 next month.  We have received an enormous amount of help and support from social services, and I cannot thank them enough for this at what has been a really difficult time for Dad..

Anyway on to my card.  At  Moving Along With The Times  the theme is Fantasy - and this can be interpreted any way you want..  We were lucky enough to be given some images from Bugaboo, and I chose Ruby Tidbits - Tequila.  Now Ruby is doing the splits - even if I had had a bottle I don't think I could achieve this - so this is definitely a Fantasy.

I have followed the sketch from Midnight Madness.  The background papers are  K & Co Que Sera papers (well tequila is tropical) and I have picked out the blue for the border across the middle with I have also put through the cuttlebug with a embossing folder, and added a punched border on top with a piece of ribbon.  Ihave coloured the image in copics, and added a bit of Stickles to her boots.  The background has been lightly brushed with distress ink and then stamped over with a stipple stamp.  A toning flower from Prima completes the picture.

For this challenge we are sponsored by

and the lucky winner will receive 7 images to play with.

 I am entering this into the following challenges:

Use It Tuesday - Indian Summer - my hoarded stash is the K & Co paper and flower
AiFactory - Anything Goes
Craft us Crazy - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Punches and Die Cuts
Stamp Something - August Digi Day
Totally Papercrafts - Holidays
Cooking it up with katie - Emboss a summer punch
Crafty Calendar - Hot collours

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Don't be square

At  Moving Along with the Times  this week we are asking you not to be square - so round, oval, oblong, or whatever other shape you fancy - but no squares.
On to my card.  I have chosen the Little Trumpeter silhouette iamge to use.

For this card  I used a Ranger Big and Juicy pad and brushed several colours on to the cardstock.  I aslo added Spiced Marmalade DI.  The image was then printed over this.  The images all around the edge are from Lavinia Stamps.  My background papers are from the K & Co pad Que Sera, which I have had for several years.  The butterfly is a Cherry Lynn die, and the gems are a strip from a Prima pack.  I have dotted Diamond Stickles over the image to give the impression of fairy sprinkles.

This week we are sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps,

and the winner will get a $10.00 voiucher  to choose from their catalogue.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Ambers Crafts and Stuff - Sparkle and Shine
Cooking it up with Katie - Show me your Old New Favourite technique  (Old is DP, New is butterfly die, technique is the background)
Crafts and Me - anything goes
Divas by Design -Summer
For fun challenge - Anything goes
Freshly Brewed - Hot images or colours
Stampavie and more - Summer
Sparkle Creations - Freestyle
Crafter's Companion - Glitter and Glitz

I really appreciate it that you take the time to look at my blog and leave such lovely comments. Thank you each and every one of you.



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