Friday, 30 October 2009

Just Us Girls Challenge No 4

I saw this challenge on Sarah Anderson's beautiful blog, and thought I would have a go. The Just Us Girls Challenge this week is to use a 3D flower.
The flower is made of grungeboard using Elusive Images stamps, Distress Inks and Stickles.
Lace ribbon is salvaged from a bunch of flowers (LOL!), number stamp is Wendy Vecchi, background paper is Black Market Paper Society and rub on is Daisy Bucket.
Hope I'm in time for the challenge!
Edited to add - I wasn't! But never mind, I had fun making the card! LOL!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Play Date Cafe Challenge No 2

These are the colours this week, chosen by Sarah. They are perfect for Halloween, so I decided to make a little tryptych:
I painted the background with Claudine Hellmuth paint, then stamped black images from Lavinia stamps. I added some text coloured with Mustard Seed distress Ink and then stamped Boo using Tim Holtz letters in black and inked them with a little yellow too.
I added a little German Scrap to the middle arch.
I used some stickles on the webs and on the bodies of the spiders. Finally I attached some hinges using brads. X

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Happy Birthday Sarah B.

It was the lovely Sarah B's birthday earlier this month and this is the card that I sent her. It is actually more shimmery than you can see from the photo.
Background is paper by Sassafraslass, the leaves are stamped on Old Olive Card using a Wendy Vecchi stamp, and the sentiment is stamped using a Stampington and Co stamp, again on Old Olive, and cut out using a ribbon Tag Die.
Pink Ribbon is SU, and I edged everything with brown distress ink.
I added a little glamour dust to some of the flowers, so it really sparkles in real life.
Hope you had a fabulous day Sarah!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Tuesday Taggers Bursts of Colour.

Tuesday Taggers challenge this week is "Bursts of Colour" sponsored by The Craft Barn. I coloured the background of this tag using the faux bleach technique and Mustard Seed and Broken China distress inks and edged it with Spiced Marmalade distress ink.
The stamped images (Wendy Vecchi Studio 490) are stamped with the lush Nick Bantock inks and the butterfly was painted with glimmer mist, although you can't tell in the photograph. Brads are by American Crafts.
Thanks for looking x

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Tree Trimmings and Christmas Jingle

These are a some of the cards I made last Saturday on our lovely 12 hour day. I used the Christmas Jingle Scrapbook kit from Stampin'Up! and the matching Tree Trimmings stamp set.
They were REALLY quick to make, and all I added was a little bit of Stickles.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Play Date Cafe challenge No 1

My attempt at the first challenge for The Play Date Cafe - see Julie's Open Window lovely blog.
Swirl stamps are Basic grey I think, and I bought the Lord of Non Linear Thought stamp at a show from Paddy's Stamping Place about 3 years ago. Paper is 7gypsies and cardstock is Stampin'Up!
Inks are Colourbox and Distress Inks.
Brads are MM.
I panicked earlier today because I couldn't get on blogger! Hot sweats and withdrawal symptoms were the order of the day - can't do without a good blog hop! LOL!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

A little witch for Tuesday Taggers

The theme on Tuesday Taggers this week is "Things that go bump on the night" so here is a little Halloween Card. Background is Distress Inks covered by fusible fibres, the image is from a Vintage Holidays CD, the sentiment is Stampington and Company (love that font), and the black has some opal dust and some little halloween charms that I found in an old box of craft things.
It's a lot more glimmery and shiny in real life. x

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

A Jar Challenge

Last Saturday I went to a 12 hour craft day in Stockport and spent a fantastic day in great company. We all just played with our stash for 12 hours - brilliant!!!!!!!
Alison had brought various challenges for us to draw at random and try if we wanted to and the one that I drew was to decorate a glass jar.
I used alcohol inks to cover the glass first, then I decorated the jar using MME and seven gypsies papers. I added gold paint to the rim, stamped some 7 gypsies tags with a holly stamp and a blonde moments sentiment, and finished it off with American Crafts ribbon.
I'm not sure what I'll use it for - might save some pennies in it to buy Christmas goodies, or I might just fill it with yummy chocolates ready to hand round.
I also made some Christmas Cards and decorated a 7 gypsies portfolio, but I'll post those another day. x

Thursday, 15 October 2009

A quick thank you card

This was a card I made using Stampendous stamps for my son to give to one of his classmates.
Sentiment is a Craftwork Cards handbag with the handle cut off but don't tell the boys!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Winter Girl dressed for Autumn

I love this Whiff of Joy girl (Lizzie with muff) and thought that I would try her with some autumnal colours. Image coloured with distress inks and distress stickles, all backing paper is K and Co, the sentiment is Craftwork Cards and I have used a swirly punch, Martha Stewart border punch and Stampin' Up! circle and scallop circle punches.
Flowers are Prima and I bought the little gold leaf charm YEARS ago from the Stampman.
The small leaves on the side are Lavinia stamps.
By the way, lovely blog candy on All the things I love.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Whiff of Joy Winter Girl - first attempt.

I've had a play with this lovely girl today. My background paper was a bit too grey, so I sprayed it with Frosty Night and Robin's Nest glimmer mists, plus a little Pearl.
The swirls were punched from acetate and sprayed with glimmer mist,and the snowflakes are punched with a Martha Stewart punch from card and acetate and sprinkled with glamour dust.
The flowers are Prima, and the brads and snowflake charm are from Hobby House.
I also used my Martha Stewart snowflake border punch and I coloured the image with Copic markers.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Circle Circus for Tuesday Taggers

The theme on Tuesday Taggers this week is Shades of Autumn . I thought it was a good opportunity to have a play with my new stamp set "Circle Circus" from the brand new Stampin'Up catalogue. Inks are SU and Nick Bantock.
I love autumn colours but hate that chill in the air!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Metal Covered Notebook.

Here is my first attempt at playing with my Ten Seconds Studio Stuff and all the fabby metallic paints that I bought at Ally Pally.
Now I do not have ANY patience and I can never wait to be finished, so this really does need some refinement, but to say how little time and care I took I am quite pleased.
The large monogram is supposed to be a letter A - it's not very good, and the UTEE that it is sitting on looks like "purest green" - do you remember Blackadder II when they were trying alchemy? LOL! But I just didn't want to do it again, I wanted to get everything stuck on my notebook! Out came my heatgun to dry everything, even the polyfilla on the back of the metal sheet to prevent it from "de-bossing", and the glimmermist that I sprayed over the top of everything.
I love the effect, and now that I've had a go I hope I'll think more carefully about the next project and take more time over it.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Ally Pally - I didn't have a list!

Last weekend I had a fabulous trip to London with my friends Michele, Karen and Ali to visit the Alexandra Palace Show. They were all very organised and had lists of what they wanted to buy, but I really couldn't think of anything to go on my list and thought I would have a fabulous time looking at all the samples and watching demos, and end up not buying much. We..ell ... above is a picture of the result of my visit to The Hobby House stand, and below is what fell in to my basket at LB Crafts.
Then I went to have a look at Lavinia Stamps:
I picked up these other items throughout the day too:
I think I'd better take a list and stick to it next time! LOL! x