Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Faux metal card

What a relief after all the Christmas makings.... to make something else! I decided to try out Sue Roddis' faux metal technique - emboss silver mirror card in a Cuttlebug folder and then rub black acrylic paint over, wiping off the excess. I think it does look like tarnished metal, although it has come out very blue in the scan. The bird (Tim Holtz) is also stamped on silver card, and the quote stamp is by Crafty Individuals.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Merry Christmas to everyone

Here is my completed banner... sorry that the pic is not of the best quality, it is too big for my scanner so I had to reduce it on the photocopier and then scan the photocopy!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

RSS Challenge week 12

It is the final part of the Christmas banner this time on Ready-Steady-STAMP! . I've used background paper by Crafty Individuals again, and the Santa face is a stamp by Rubber Stampede.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Last inchies of the year!

Here are my efforts for the Inchybyinch challenge this week - the theme is Christmas Carols. This will be the final challenge for this year... looking forward to the new ideas in 2010!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Card from scraps

The inspiration for this card came from the latest edition of Craft Stamper - making cards with scraps of paper you have left over. I used various strips and pieces of paper on the background and then stamped over with the flourish in black ink. The chandelier and wording were also stamped onto another piece of scrap paper. What a great way to use up all those bits and pieces you have left over!

RSS Challenge - part 3!

Here is the third part of my banner - this time I used Glimmer Mists on the background and stamped over with dark green ink. I 'cuttled' two circles for the baubles.

Santa card

This card is for the Anything Goes challenge on Craft Swap Forum - the theme is Santa. For the background I tried out an idea that was featured in the December Craft Stamper magazine, to create a Christmas 'masterboard'. I finally got to use one of the chipboard frames from Crafty Individuals at last - and I have embossed it with gold uttee. The picture of Santa is also from some Crafty Individuals paper.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Yule inchy

This week's challenge theme on the Inchybyinch blog is YULE.

Monday, 30 November 2009

RSS Challenge... next part

Here is the second part of my banner. I've only used one stamp here - a holly flourish by Hero Arts. I used it to stamp onto the red background (using Perfect Pearls), then again for the Cut n' Dry technique which I have stamped in red on gold paper for the border, and in green on kraft paper for the tree.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Christmas Inchies

These are for the Christmas swap on the Inchy by Inchy blog. I decided to make round inchies to look like tiny baubles.

Inchies with texture

Texture is the challenge theme this week on the Inchybyinch blog. I'm still in Christmas mode, as you can see, and I have used fusible fibres on these inchies. Because the fibres are so sparkly, the stamped images don't show up too well in the scan.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Christmas houses

These are three little houses I've just made for a Christmas swap on Craftswap Forum - they are all approximately ATC size.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Autumn ATC

I've just made this ATC for the monthly challenge on Craftswap Forum - the theme is Autumn colours. Stamps used here are by Katzelkraft.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

RSS Challenge 9

The latest challenge on Ready-Steady-STAMP! is going to cover 4 challenges - to make one or more triangles each time and finally to use them to make a Christmas banner. We are allowed to chose our own colour scheme and as you can see, I have gone for a traditional red, green and gold. I have used some gorgeous background paper by Crafty Individuals and then embossed the edges of my triangle with glittery gold embossing powder. The poinsettias were stamped three times, cut out and then layered with foam pads. The little stars were punched from gold paper that I had first stamped and embossed with the gold ep.


Here are some inchies I made for the Inchybyinch challenge a couple of weeks ago - the theme was Halloween. The other one is for this week's challenge - White Winter. The only problem is that being mostly white, it does not show up very well in the scan!

Monday, 9 November 2009

RSSChallenge... a little late!

Hi everyone, sorry I have not posted anything recently but I was stricken down with tonsilitis! I haven't had that since I was at school! I had made this card for the RSS Challenge 8 so even though it is late I thought I may as well post it anyway! I am feeling much better now so hopefully there will be more things to see soon.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Rain... rain...go away

Rain is the theme this week on the Inchybyinch challenge. I've added a few drops of Glossy Accents for raindrops which you can just about see in the scan.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Halloween card

I've just made this card for the Anything Goes challenge on Craftswap Forum, on the theme of Autumn. I had to use these stamps I've just bought - Halloween Trails by Inkadinkado!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Mask Inchy

My entry for the Inchybyinch challenge this week - the theme is masks.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Y for...

... YELLOW YULE! I was trying to find some inspiration for this week's Alphabet Challenge Blog letter of Y - came up with the obvious, yellow, and then I thought of Yule. So I thought it would be interesting to try and make a Christmas card in shades of yellow - not the most traditional of seasonal colours! But I was quite pleased with the result.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Ready-Steady-STAMP! week 6

I decided to make something different to a card this time! I've used some corrugated card from a box, ripped some of the covering paper off to reveal the 'corrugations', then using a Tim Holtz mask I sprayed it with Glimmermist. I felt it was a bit too dark, so added some white acrylic paint towards the bottom to lighten the piece a little. The ornate B stamp is by Stampers Anonymous.

Autumn leaves

Leaves are the theme this week on the Inchybyinch challenge.

Monday, 21 September 2009

X for...

XMAS. Sorry, I couldn't come up with anything more original for X in the Alphabet Challenge Blog! This card is called a 'Joy Fold' - it's really 2 cards in one, with a smaller card added to the base card but with the fold on the right hand side. The background papers are by Crafty Individuals and the stamp is by Paperbag Studios.

Monday, 14 September 2009

W for...

... Wild! Here is my entry for the Alphabet Challenge Blog. Stamps by Stampin' Up!

Ready-Steady-STAMP! week 5

Week 5 already! Here is my entry for this challenge.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Inchies - two weeks worth!

I missed last week's challenge on the Inchybyinch blog because I was on holiday, so I have made one this week - it is on the theme 'Stitches'. The other one is for the current challenge - Asia, and it was a good opportunity to use the free stamp with this month's edition of Craft Stamper magazine.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Words ATC

It seems ages since I made an ATC! This is one that I've just done for the monthly Florrie's ATC Challenge over on Craft Swap Forum, on the theme of words. The stamp of the woman is by Art Journey and text stamp by Paper Artsy. I couldn't resist using a new 'spiral bound' punch I've just bought too!

Monday, 7 September 2009

Birdy moos

A couple more moos for the previous Make a Moo or Two challenges I missed - I've used birds on both of them! The one on the left is on the theme of Spring and I've used a stamp by Crafty Individuals, the other one is for the Swirls and Flourishes theme and the stamp is by Katzelkraft.

Some calligraphy

I've been away for a lovely week of calligraphy at Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire again. I had a wonderfully relaxing week and managed to complete several projects. This time we were doing the calligraphy hand called 'Legende' which is quite unusual. Most of my work is too big to scan, but here is one small piece I did. The quote is written in watercolour and I sponged watercolours on the left hand side and then added some gold leaf.

Ready-Steady-STAMP! week 4

Here is my entry for the fourth challenge by Ready-Steady-STAMP! I have used both a Tim Holtz mask and a stamp here, with scalloped circles in canvas for the flower. I had to rely on Glossy Accents to make the 'rain drops' around the clock.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Friendship Moo

I'm still playing catch-up on the Make a Moo or Two challenges! Here is one on the theme of friendship.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Another Christmas card...

... using the bandana technique. I have really enjoyed trying this out - it is very theraputic spending time drawing white dots and squiggles! This time I have used dye inks on the background and stamped in black with the poinsettia stamp that was free with Craft Stamper last year, and the little flower stamp is by Stampin' Up.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Bandana technique

I have been having a play with the bandana technique which I thought I'd use for some of my Christmas cards this year. On the top card I have used plain green card and stamped with dark green ink; I sponged various blue dye inks on the second card and then stamped in dark blue; and on the bottom card I sprayed the background with a mixture of Ranger colour wash sprays and Glimmermist, and then stamped in black.
I used a new stamp from Crafty Individuals on the blue card - couldn't resist this image! Unfortunately, I've just had an email from CIs telling me that they have some more new stamps... took a peek and naturally I just had to order some!!

V for...

... Vintage. I couldn't think of anything else starting with a v (except for Valentine) and I love vintage images - so here is a skinny for my entry this week on the Alphabet Challenge Blog .

The only problem is that because the paper rose embellishment is quite bulky, the scan has ended up with a strange curve on the right hand side.! The real thing is straight - honestly!

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Wings on her feet

The theme this week on the Inchybyinch blog is wings.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

RSS Week 3

Well it's the third week of the Ready-Steady-STAMP! challenge and another great one! I thought I had some sheets of thin cork somewhere but I'm not sure where I've hidden it! Then I remembered that I had some cork keys and also some of Tim Holtz's metal key holes, so voila! It also gave me the opportunity of trying out the 'cuttle wax' technique for the first time. The Rome stamp is by Crafty Individuals.

Monday, 17 August 2009

U for...

... UMBRELLA. Well mine has certainly had a lot of use lately! On this card for the Alphabet Challenge Blog I have used gesso and distress inks on the background panel, and the main image is a stamp by Katzelkraft.