Thursday, 24 March 2011

Let's Ink it Up - Die cuts/Punches

I have made another card using my Tim Holtz dressform die and a fabulous EK button and needle border punch for this month's Let's ink it up challenge.

I die cut the dress form on grungepaper and then again with sticky backed canvas to make the dress.  I stained the dressform and the dress using distress stains. The next step was to stamp a pattern on the dress with archival ink.

After I'd stuck the dress on the dressform I added a ribbon belt and frill and glued some German scrap along the neckline.

The background card is SU stamped with SU Bliss stamp.

I punched the button border twice and gold embossed the whole border and added a piece of plain border on top.

What a beautiful day...... but I'm going back to bed to nurse the stupid cough and cold that I have that just won't budge.

Thanks for looking X

Monday, 21 March 2011

Travel wallet

The Just for Fun  challenge is "A different Format", so I thought I would decorate a 7 gypsies wallet that has been in my "to alter" drawer for ever.

We are going to Paris later in the year and we have lots of different travel documents and tickets to keep safe.  I decided to make a travel wallet so that everything can be kept together safely.
I covered the outside and the inside with 7 gypsies paper and added gaffer tape to the inside and tissue tape to the front cover edges.  I made a little tag using a Tim Holtz label and 7 gypsies stickers.  Then I have added two stamped images, both by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous - I stamped the Eiffel Tower on tissue paper and adhered it with matte medium, and I stamped the French stamp on to a paper background using red archival ink.  I added a rub-on post mark, distressed it all a bit with Vintage Photo Ink and then I sprayed the whole front cover with gold Perfect Pearls mist.
Back cover
Thanks for looking. X

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Dressform Card

This is the card I started at Sarah's Cards retreat.  I used Tim Holtz's dressform die and one of his new stamp sets.  The swirl is by Paperartsy.

Friday, 18 March 2011

A night on the tiles

Well, a couple of nights anyway.   I played with this mirror in our non-class time at Sarah's Cards retreat a couple of weeks ago.  Tim Holtz has an example in his Compendium of Curiosities, but he used more tiles than I have done.

I had intended to be sensible ( ha ha) and not stay up too late but on Friday night we went to bed at about 1a.m.  This meant yawns and matchsticks on Saturday morning, so that night we were REALLY going to be sensible.............we ended up going to bed at 2 a.m!  Anyway, we had a fabulous time.

So - I spent my spare Sarah time laughing, (great company), and sticking Ideaology Fragment Tiles to various papers - Graphic 45, K & Co and Tim Holtz, along with a few stamped images, and arranging them on my mirror.  I didn't finish it off til this week, and , Michele, it was VERY hard to stick the tiles on straight - I'm sure that you would have done a much better job.  I bet it would be an easier job if the mirror was absolutely chock full of tiles like the example in the book (excuses, excuses).
 Almost forgot to say that I stained the mirror first with Vintage Photo Distress Stains - so quick, I love Distress Stains!  I might add some alcohol inks to a few of the tiles - if I make a mess I can always wipe it off with blending solution.

I also played with my new Tim Holtz stamps and dies to make a card, but will save that for another post.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Sarah's Cards Layouts

Last weekend I had a fabulous time with good friends at Sarah's Cards retreat in Warrington.  I haven't scrapped for ages so it was great to do some layouts for a change.
Here are three of the layouts that I did in the classes.
 I'm still finishing off the other three layouts that we did.

Hope you are all having a good weekend.  We went to the theatre in York last night to see "Count Arthur Strong's Command Performance"  It was brilliant - after the first ten minutes I was aching so much with laughing that I didn't know how I was going to last through the whole show........very good.

Thanks for looking. X

P.S. For Karen's benefit(LOL!) the photo in Trafalgar Square is of my big sister, me (I'm the one turning round to look at the fountain) and my big brother.