Another great challenge from Tag You're It! - to make a circular tag. Here is my effort, using a stamp by Inkadinkado.
Saturday, 31 May 2008
This week's Wednesday Stamper challenge was altered playing cards. I couldn't find my usual size cards, only these mini ones! So I decided to use them on an ATC. I thought the guy in the Art Journey stamp looks like a bit of a 'Jack the lad' and the sort that always has a winning hand.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
My good friend RachelP on Craftswap Forum has very kindly given me this award! I have to pass it on to three friends, so I award it to Chris and Daisy who both gave me loads of help when I first set up my blog, and to Phree who is a newish member of the forum but who has joined in so many of the activities and has just started a great new blog of her own!
Isn't it funny how some projects seem to evolve all on their own rather than to any plan you might have had? This ATC started out as a skinny... well I was making a skinny a few days ago and stamped the Shrine (by Stampers Anonymous) onto printed cardstock that was slightly glossy, with Versafine Ink. Now I usually find this dries well on most surfaces, but this time it just would not dry! So I put it to one side and started again on my skinny, but this time using StayzOn. The first stamping did eventually dry after 3 days, but the result was very dark, heavy and slightly fuzzy. But I thought I could use it for an ATC, so I added an image of a girl from a Paper Whimsy collage sheet to the shrine. When I looked at it again, the image and the expression on the girl's face (scared or scary?) made me think it looked a bit Gothic. I had already made the background of pink card on black, but I decided to add some torn green paper which I had stamped with Gothic Script (Viva Las Vegastamps). I then added the black bird (Art Journey) as an extra Gothic touch. A good example of a project that created itself with only a little help from me! LOL
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
I adore pink - from soft baby pink to magenta! So there was no question about what to use for the 4x4 Friday challgenge this week. I also got to use two new stamps for the first time: the beautiful boy's face by Katy's Corner and 'Escape' by Heidi Swapp.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
This challenge was to use at least one rubber stamp and to include the word 'ART' in your project - so I have made this card using a text image stamped onto glossy card and brayered over with dye ink. The large flower is chipboard which I inked and stamped, and then coated with clear UTEE.
That's the challenge on the Tag You're It! blog, so it was a great excuse to use some of my favourite colours! The stamp is by Elusive Images. I was disappointed though - I have just bought one of the StayzOn white (opaque) inkpads and used it to stamp over the background card. However, it hardly shows at all and you can't see it in the scan!
A new challenge this week from Leonie to make an ATC with a masking technique. I have made two - the first one uses the traditional method of masking an area off and stamping & adding colour. Leonie used a peel-off as a mask on her example and then painted over it. I wondered how this would work with alcohol inks instead of paint... so I had a go! It worked reasonably well, although it was difficult to remove the peel-off afterwards. I'm not sure if this was because I used glossy card, or if the alcohol dissolved the 'stickiness' on the peel-off?
Thursday, 15 May 2008
I made this ATC for this week's challenge on My Time to Craft blog - the theme was 'Dark Hair'. I used a printed paper for the background and then used two of my favourite stamps: Can hear by Paperbag Studios and Ornamental collage by Stampers Anonymous, and yet another Grungeboard flourish!! I seem to have used pink and brown a lot recently.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Monday, 12 May 2008
A dramatic theme this week of black and gold by Tag You're It! . I have kept to the theme but added a few red accents as well. I have used stamps by Tanda, but for a complete change I have not used any Distress Inks on this tag!
These are my moos for this week's challenge on the Make a Moo or Two blog - to celebrate Mother's Day. I've used an inked and stamped background and then added some lovely images of children by Paper Whimsy, some lace and a sticker or two.
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
The May challenge by The Artistic Stamper (see right for link) is on the theme of the garden. I decided to make two items: a card and a gothic arch. For the card I used a lovely agapanthus stamp by Stampendous which was inked and then spritzed lightly with water before stamping onto watercolour paper, and then overstamped with the quote by PSX. The arch has a background created with various dye inks and then stamped with Laura Ashley stamps and embossed in gold. The garden gate image is by Paper Whimsy, the winged girl is a Tim Holtz stamp. I stamped a tiny quote onto the front of the gate but it does not show up very well in the scan - it reads 'Friends are flowers in the garden of life'.
I dug my brayer out at the weekend to make this card - I haven't used it for ages and had forgotten how much I enjoyed using it! The background paper on the card was brayered over randomly with a Kaleidacolor rainbow inkpad (Riviera), the main image (stamp by Paperbag Studios) was stamped onto glossy card, then brayered over with the same ink. The grungeboard flourish was sprayed with Adirondack Color Washes in Denim and Lettuce.
Saturday, 3 May 2008
I was invited to set Florrie's weekly challenge this week on Craft Swap Forum and I chose 'Geometric Shapes'. Here is the ATC I have made for the challenge - as I have been making triangular cards this week I decided to stick with the theme! The backgrounds were created with a mixture of Distress Inks and Ranger Colorwashes and then stamped over using rubber stamps by Hero Arts and Stampers Anonymous. I decided to add a smaller, inverted triangle on top - this was stamped with one of the new Laura Ashley range of clear stamps. I must confess that I have really enjoyed making triangles! It is a smaller area to work on but you can have things hanging over the edge and still keep within the regulation ATC size. I made the two Inchies with bits left over.