Friday, 16 March 2018

Watch the birdie

Shabneez has set the challenge for us today over at Daring Cardmakers - she'd like to see some birds on our projects. It could be the focal point or an embellishment, a stamp or a die cut, anything birdie goes!

I love the woodcut style of this stamped image. I did have plans to use some of the other elements from the set (flowers and foliage) but in the end he just refused to share the limelight and insisted on flying solo!

I dripped inks in colours I hoped would evoke spring and stamped the bird once the ink was dry. I really wanted the etched lines of the image to show well (the intensity of the inks obscured them a bit) but I didn't fancy cutting out his legs! My usual solution is to stamp again on matching paper, cut out the main part of the image and stick over the top of the original stamping.

After adding some dots with a pearl pen I decided I'd like the ones on the blue ink to blend in a bit so once they’d hardened I painted over with Precious Metal paint. I’ve had my little pot of the stuff at least eight years and it’s probably a good six of those since it was last open but it’s still totally usable - hooray!

Spring Bird by Bloom Art Stamps
Sentiment from an old Hot Off The Press set


Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)
Time Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean reinkers)

Misti (invaluable for a solid image on textured paper!)
Pearl pen by Viva Decor (Ice White)
Precious Metal paint by Viva Decor (Blue Azure)
Fineline marker

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Getting to know you

Dawn has set the challenge this week at Daring Cardmakers and she’d like to know a little more about our crafting selves, asking: what is your favourite crafting style or technique? Where do you craft?

I found this quite difficult as I don’t really have a single style or favourite way to do things so I tried to zoom in on a few common denominators!

I  almost always use stamps when I craft and I like to colour in. Floral stamps are a favourite thing to use. I keep telling myself  “no more flowers, you have enough” and then something like this pretty magnolia shows up in a sale and I can’t resist!

Mum has observed in the past that I often go off the edge with images so obviously I had to do that here.
I tend to use minimal layers; even if something is not necessarily a clean and simple design it’s unlikely to involve more than a couple of layers and I’ll often use just a card base, as I have here. I often round a single corner of a card, too.

I really enjoyed using a single die cut word with stamps to complete the sentiment on my Christmas cards this year so I thought I’d try extending that idea to other occasions. This Hero Arts set has lots of options to go with the ‘happy” so hopefully I’ll get plenty of use out of it.

I’m lucky enough to have a room to craft in. On the down side that does mean that it’s often a complete mess because I don’t have to clear up after myself as a I go!

Magnolia by Stampendous
Happy Stamp & Cut by Hero Arts

Bristol board 

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)

Copic markers
Wink of Stella pen (clear)
Corner Chomper 

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Friday, 2 March 2018

On the March!

Can you believe it’s a new month already?! That means it’s time for an “elemental” challenge at Daring Cardmakers - choose at least three elements from the picture Miri has for us this month as a kickstart for your card.

I really struggled with this! In the end, I put an extra restriction on myself and that seemed to do the trick: make it masculine (or at least not girly)!

I chose the dark wood grain (floor bottom left), denim, flash of yellow, circular frame (chair backs bottom right) and silver accents (chair legs bottom left). I carried the wood grain patterning over into the embossed texture on the base layer as well.

Country Charm Textures (Cornish Heritage Farms,  no longer with us)
Essential Messages (Hero Arts, I believe this set is retired)

Smooth white
Silver glitter (10 sheets in a pack from my local £1 shop and the perfect weight for punches!)
Scrap of yellow DCWV

Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed)

Denim fabric
Nestabilities by Spellbinder (large and small circles)
Pine planks embossing folder by Stampin Up!
Small circle punch
Star squeeze punches by Fiskars
Glue gel by Pinflair
Brown fine line marker
Corner Chomper

Thanks for stopping by! We’d love to see you over at Daring Cardmakers and the team has made lots of lovely samples - looks like it was just me who struggled! Here's Miri's inspiration picture if you'd like to show us what you make of it - which three elements inspire you?!

Friday, 23 February 2018

Stencilled Scrapling

Svenja has set the challenge for this week's Daring Cardmakers - she'd like to see stencils and shades of green on our projects. I've made a scrapling in which the stencil took a bit more of a supporting role that my original plan but I find you can't always dictate what happens at the craft table!

I started with a piece of mixed media paper with Juniper ink sptritzed and pooled on it that was left over from a previous project and built up from there, stencilling and stamping over the top. A pretty die cut butterfly, a spatter of Enamel Accents and pen dots and some messy silver thread and I called it done - I seem to be having a problem including sentiments on things at the moment!

Mini Butterfly Duo dies by Time Holtz/Sizzix
Wings stamp set by Darkroom Door
Bamboo Mixed Media paper by Hannemuhl
Scraps of black and orange cardstock
Juniper Adinrodack dye ink by Ranger
Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress ink by Ranger
Cressida stencil by Memory Box
Copic markers
Clear wink of Stella pen
Black Engamel Accents by Ranger
Fine line marker
Silver thread
Corner Chomper

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