Thursday, 18 September 2014

Halloween House for Calico

Hello everyone and welcome. Have you noticed that Autumn is well and truly on the way? It's my favourite time of the year, not least because of all the Halloween projects that are starting to pop up all over the place. Here is a sneak peek of one that I have done for Calico Crafts, using some of their wonderful Halloween mdf Craft parts:
Hope you will pop over. Oh and if you want to see more autumnal stuff, do come back tomorrow when I am hosting the next challenge for A Vintage Journey.

Thanks for visiting and keep your fingers inky!!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A preview and some news

Hello everyone and thanks for visiting!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Sheena Douglas to see if I wanted to become part of her Design Team, the Inkoids. After I picked myself off the floor in surprise, I could not help but say yes, for even though I was not very familiar with her stamps and other products, I have loved her techniques for a long time.
So today I am sharing the first of the samples I created for her using the stamps from her latest release. You will be able to see the stamps in all their glory on Friday at 9 am on Create and Craft. Hope you'll tune in then, I promise you will not be disappointed!

So here is one of my samples, there will be several to follow in the days to come.
The background was created with Distress Inks on Sheena's stamping card (this is the best most wonderful stamping card I have ever used and I am not just saying that...), the highlights were created using the faux bleach technique, just using a small brush and water, taking away the ink and then blotting with some kitchen paper.

Hope you'll tune in next Friday and thanks so much for visiting!!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Nautical Voyage for Countryview Crafts

Hello everyone, it's a busy day here again in my little place in Crafty Blogland. If you want to see what I made and shared earlier today, just click HERE

For this post I am sharing my second project created for Countryview Challenges,where the theme is "Nautical".
I created a card, and it was quite a challenge to come up with something, as really at the time I made it I did not have any supplies that fit the theme. (Since then my lovely blog friend Julie sent my some wonderful die cuts and some little shells, thank you so much Julie!!)

Well, nothing like a challenge right, - so I decided to create my own stuff.
I started my creating a background for my card. I cut a piece of manila card and inked around the out side with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.
Next I printed an old map found at the Graphics Fairy on some tissue paper. This is a bit of a fiddle, but if you adhere the tissue with some low tack tape to some printer paper, you can run the whole thing through the printer and this can make for some great backgrounds.
I adhered the map to my card with Glue 'n Seal and then inked around the edges a bit again.
As you can see, I was not quite careful enough and the tissue, which is of course very delicate, tore a bit, - ah well, embrace imperfection, I knew it would partly be covered anyway later on.
 Now for some embellishments:
A "rescue ring", made from a ring of card, cut with two Nestability dies.
I coloured it with Fresco paints, added some shadow with Distress Markers and wrapped some twine around.
I had a little chip board compass rose, I think t is from Tando Creative. I coloured it with Picket Fence crackle paint and then inked with some Walnut Stain Distress Stain and ink.
For the center of the compass, I created another piece, made by stamping the compass stamp from the Classic 1 set by Stampers Anonymous onto some metal foil coloured with Espresso Alcohol Ink in Jetbalck Archival. I then cut out the center.
Another bit of metal, coloured in the same way was run through the rivetted metal embossing folder to add another layer to the card.
Finally a little bottle, cut with the Apothecary Movers and Shapers die from Kraft card. I then coloured it first with Tumbled Glass Distress Paint and then various Distress Markers.
I love how you can give a flat piece like this much more of a 3D look just by the way you colour it and add shadows. These dies are designed so cleverly..

I stamped the word Voyage from the Classics 1 set and added that as my sentiment..
Her are some details still of the finished card:
The bottle, a little metal clock and two glass pebbles on a piece of dyed cheese cloth.
The compass and ring all layered up together.

A Philosphy Tag altered with some Tumbled Glass Distress Paint.
Well, there you have it, a nautical card made with mostly home made embellishments. Hope you like it, and if you have not done so yet, why not play along with our challenge over at Countryview Challenges!

Thank you for visiting and stay inky!



Something a little different

Hi everyone, a big welcome to you all, specially also to several new followers, I am so happy you decided to join me on my crafty journey.

Today I am sharing something a little different. As some of you know I have two little grand daughters, who sadly live at the other end of the world for me, namely in Australia. I went to visit them in July and had the most wonderful time. The oldest, who will turn 2 very soon, had a favourite game that we played together endlessly, -  having a tea party for her dollies. Her mum had the great idea that it would be wonderful to have some toy tea bags to go with the little cups and teapot she has (mum and dad love to drink tea). So for her birthday I made her 10 little play teabags and a little box to keep them in.
Here you can see the little bags in their box. I found several examples on Pinterest and then kind of made up my own thing.
 The box was made from Kraft card and then covered with some bits of paper from the Prima Fairy Rhyme collection. I've been sitting on them for ages, I knew they would come in useful at some point...
 Love how the little flower fairy was just the right size for the box...

I made two different kinds of bags, some of thinner fabric, they look a bit more genuine as you can actually see the "tea" (it's quinoa, again idea from Pinterest). The others are made from slightly more durable calico fabric, I am guessing they may well get wet at some point (she loves playing with water), so should last a bit longer.

Anyway, enough of the doting granny talk... It's also my turn to share a project on the
The Artistic Stamper blog today. Here is the usual sneak peek:
I used a great technique which the wonderful Ingrid Kristina shared recently. If you want to find out more, all you need to do is click HERE

Thanks so much for dropping by here today and have a great weekend!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Playing with backgrounds

Hello everyone, thanks for dropping in.

Today I am sharing a bit of an experiment with you. I found this video by Sheena Douglas on youtube, and I loved the technique so much, I just had to give it a try, here is the result:
The background technique is a combination of Alcohol based pens (I used ancient Spectrum Noirs, but I am sure it would work with other Alcohol pens such as Promarkers or Copics too) and Archival Ink. The combination of the alcohol on a smooth surface like acetate, metal or glass and the Archival ink, gives the bleach look effect you can see here.

By sheer fluke Richele Christensen shared a technique based on the same chemistry on the Vintage Journey blog a week ago. This one is very feminine, hers was on metal with alcohol inks, I will definitely give that one a try too.

I am not going to do a full step by step but just talk you through a few details:
I used one of the Tim Holtz classics stamps onto the blue and purple coloured acetate, I just love the effect!

Heartfelt Creations Adriana Blooms collection flower and leaves. The lace is a die by Cheery Lynn.

Butterfly and label are both Spellbinder dies, though the label and stamp is by Just Rite, but made by Spellbinders.

Well, something a little different, but great fun to do, make sure to check out the techniques, they rock!
Have a great week ahead!

Friday, 5 September 2014

With a Flourish for A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and thanks for taking the time to drop in here. Today it's a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, the lovely Jennie is the challenge host and the theme she chose is "With a Flourish"
Flourishes always feel very feminine to me, so I made a soft and feminine card, trying very hard to still keep it "Tim Holtz style".
It was pretty quick and easy to put together, as most of the bits and pieces were in my box of scraps already, so here is how I went about it:
I created a background panel on a piece of manila card stock. I inked it with Weather Wood, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress inks, stamped some flourishes around the edges using Coffee Archival ink ( this is a La Blanche stamp), and then added a piece of trellis from my scrap box.
Next I added some other bits and pieces: a butterfly from the French Flight Framelets set, a piece of paper from the Wallflower Paperstash, a ticket, stamped with a stamp from the Odds and Ends stamp set, a couple of little flourish die cuts and a rose made with the Pinecone Sizzix die. Below you can see some detail of how I layered it all up:

I tucked the ticket in between one of the flourish dies
The butterfly sits on top of one of the Tattered Curvy Banners to which I have added some Remnant Rub words.

Well, that's about it. I matted it on some white and then 7 x 7" Kraftcard the card was complete. A fun to do quick project and another card ready to send to someone.

Hope you'll play along in this latest challenge, - do check out all the other DT samples. Trust me they are amazing!!! Like always, our challenge is sponsored by Countryview Crafts where most of the products I used are available.

Have a fantastic weekend and thank you for visiting today!!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Travel mini out of one piece of 12 x 12

Hello everyone, just a sneak peek today, as it's my turn to post over on the Calico Crafts blog.
I am showing you how to put a mini together out of 1 piece of 12 by 12 and then how I decorated it with the help of some fab Kaisercraft papers. Calico is one of the few places where you can buy these papers by the sheet. That way you don't land up with some of those inevitable papers in a collection that you don't like.

Anyway, for all the details, just click HERE. Some of you have told me that when you do so you can't see my post. Trust me it will be there, all you need to do is refresh your page.

Anyway, thanks so much for your time like always!!! Weekend is nearly here, so enjoy!!

Monday, 1 September 2014

My Wish for You Nautical challenge for Countryview Crafts

Hello everyone and for those of you who are here for the second time, hello again.
It being the first of September, several new challenges are starting and at Countryview Crafts the theme, chosen by the lovely Jennie, is "Nautical".
I created a box canvas for my first piece for this challenge:
Now I have to confess, I really struggled with this theme, as really I have no nautical supplies, as it is not a theme that is particularly close to me. I found I did not even have some shells, well other than the rather clumpy one I added in the end.....

So where to start? I rummaged about in my stash and found this little anchor, I also had the little metal embellishment and then I had the netting, a lovely gift from my friend Annie.

Well, I started by adding some random texture using grunge paste to my canvas and when it had dried, painted it with various Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints.
I used Ice Blue, Baltic Blue, Mud Splat and a bit of French Roast

After I had the main design set up, it looked very stark so I added Distress Inks in similar colours and did some background stamping to blend it all much more together. I got so caught up in the process that I forgot to take a picture....

I found a lighthouse picture online, printed and then fussy cut it and adhered it to the hill.
Then I arranged my embellishments along the bottom adhering them with gel medium.
I found this lovely quote and generated it on my computer, cut it apart, inked and distressed it and then arranged it in the middle of the canvas.
Now when creating a box canvas, it always is important to cary on the design around the edges too. So I adhered some more netting, some Tissue Tape and did some more background stamping.

I can't say I am totally happy with the final result, I wish I'd had some little shells to add, but time was running short, the weather pretty bad, and sadly there was no time to go to the beach.

Well, there you have it, hope you'll decide to play along with the challenge, all details can be found on the Countryview Challenge Blog, where you can also see the truly stunning pieces my teamies have created.
I decided to dedicate this lovely quote to you, my lovely blogfriends, who always take the time to visit and leave me comments. Thank you for doing so and this is my wish for you!


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