Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Iconic Images

This week, for the Tanda Teaser, I thought I would invite you all to use an image that you think of as being iconic. For my card I chose to use Andy Warhol as my inspiration. My little piece of "pop art" was created using black impress and a stamp from Tanda's Retro Ladies set 2. The faces were then coloured using copic markers.

I think that this second card also qualifies for this challenge as I think that the girl is Marilyn, don't quote me on that though, I could be wrong! The stamp is from a set of stamps that was featured in Craft Stamper a while ago, I think it was called Glamour Girls. I stamped the central image on watercolour paper in black stazon, this was then coloured with watercolours, cut out and coated with diamond glaze. The base image was created by stamping and masking the girl 3 times so that the images overlapped. With the masks still in place I sponged grey colourbox chalk ink on the bottom of the card so that the girls had something to sit on and the top half was coloured with a beige colourbox chalk ink. The border stamps, from Clarity, were stamped in black stazon to give the effect of a film strip, then the edges were stamped with field of sky from Judikins in grey stazone. The central girl was positioned with sticky pads. To finish off the image was matted and layered with hammered silver card onto a pearlized grey card. The ribbon and the bling gave the card the finishing touch.

I hope you enjoy the challenge

Saturday, 27 June 2009

N is for Net

Another week has gone by and boy, what a week! Well I was a bit stumped for an N, but then I remembered that I had a mesh/net stamp by Aspects of Design and a psx fish stamp, so I decided on N for Net. I stamped the fishes in fawn impress, then coloured them and the background with copic markers, having done this, I masked the fish, stamped the net in versamark and heat embossed with white silver sparkle ep. The N was coloured with a copic marker and then I stamped it with the net stamp and white stazon. This was then triple embossed. Colourbox chalk ink was used to stamp the letters and distress the edges.

I think that we are just about ready for Alan's funeral on Monday. I've just signed off the order of service and now the only things that need to be done are the tribute and writing the card for the flowers and John will have to do them. Alan was a lovely, gentle giant of a man, who would do anything for anyone. Before his stroke, 10 years ago, he was a man of action, racing motorbikes, skiing and rowing. Latterly he had a season ticket for Birmingham City and loved going to watch the football with his granddaughters. These are just some of the things that we will be remembering him for on Monday. RIP Alan.


Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Chocolate Orange

Thank you for your kind wishes Wendy, on the Tanda Blog. We're getting through with lots of hugs at the moment.

I'm so glad that Wendy and I plan these teasers a couple weeks in advance, otherwise I would not have had the chance to take part this week.

This may look very similar to my resist card the other week, it is, I admit it, but I did use a slightly different stamp for the main element and different colours of course! I know, not very inspired, but I have to say I wasn't feeling very inspired last week knowing that fil was so poorly. The stamps were the custom stamps from Andrew and the inks were brusho inks.

I used a grey copic marker to ground the orange with a little shadow. Again, I decided the clear ep gave a juicy effect and therefore decided not to remove it.

Well it's been a really busy day, fil's funeral is on Monday, and there is so much to arrange. Yesterday I ordered the flowers...blue and white, fil was an ardent Birmingham City supporter. The florist's cards were not really appropriate, all floral and generally yellow so I've designed my own, one for bil, one for us and one for the grandchildren to sign......the images are Jolly nation stamped in black Impress and coloured with Copic markers. I think that they will go with the flowers really well and they are far more suited to the kind of person fil was. They would make him smile!

Well got to go and get some shut eye...lots more phone calls to make tomorrow and the vicar to see.

bye for now

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

He made it but only just!

If you read my earlier post, you will know that my fil has been very ill and I was worried that he wouldn't live to see Father's Day. Well he made it, so I made him this card and the girls wrote him a letter to tell him how much they loved him and how they are going to miss him. Later in the evening the carers noticed that he was deteriorating fast and called in the MacMillan nurse. We had a call just before 5am on Monday morning to say that he had just passed away in his sleep. So I just want to say, Alan, if you are up there looking down, thanks for being a great father-in-law, we are all going to miss you.

Friday, 19 June 2009

M is for Mini

I think I get two bites of the cherry this week with the alphabet challenge! Firstly the card I made for the Tanda Teaser is a picture of a mini, using one of Linda's new stamps and secondly another atc to go with the set and yes I've used Linda's mini stamp again! For the atc I've had to stamp the mini onto the chipboard letter otherwise it would have been almost invisible. The image was coloured using copic markers.


Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Oh Daddy!

It's father's day on Sunday, so it seemed obvious that this week's Tanda Teaser should be to make a father's day card, or for those of you out there who no longer have their fathers around, a general man card. So far I've made cards for my husband and my dad.....I have the perfect stamp for fil, but it was confirmed yesterday that he is now in end stage renal failure and as I'm not sure if he will still be with us on Sunday, I'm leaving his card till the last possible moment. I feel, making his card now would just be tempting fate.

The card I made for my husband is stamped using Linda Luckin's new car stamps and Tanda man tracks, the retro background is stamped using stampin' up stamps. I coloured the image with copic markers and then painted glossy accents over the mini.

The card I made for my dad is a bit of fun....I stamped the "garden man" from Jolly Nation in fawn impress and then coloured him with copic markers. The stair part of the card was stamped in fawn impress with stones and little dots from Sir Stamp a Lot, a bit of a colour wash was also added using the same ink pad to give the impression of soil. I cut out a square of heavy duty acetate and using more stamps from Sir Stamp a Lot stamped the wisteria, bird, beans and vegetables using stazon. The bean poles were stamped using a straight line stamp from innovative stamp creations. Dad has always been a keen gardener, he studied botany at University and when he retired he volunteered at RHS Whisley. Hopefully he will like this card better than his birthday card, which he complained was ageist, due to the rocking chair!


Friday, 12 June 2009

L is for Lion

So it's Friday again and we are now up to L with Linda's Alphabet challenge. Like Linda and Fifi, I thought Lion, especially as one of the little boys who might be in line to get the complete alphabet set has a thing about lions. My lion stamp was a custom stamp from Andrew at Tanda Stamps, the grasses were stamped using stamps from sir stampalot and the tree in the background was stamped using the JudiKins African Safari cube. The image was coloured with copic markers and the stamping was done using colourbox chalk inks.

I Have to say a big thank you to Linda for the car set of stamps, they arrived this week so you can guess what I am thinking for M! Just got to work out how to fit it into the theme that's going on with these atc's.....hmmmmm...the cogs are wirring!

I hope you are enjoying this challeng as much as I am. Thanks for organising it Linda!


Thursday, 11 June 2009

Beautiful Butterflies

Despite the dreadful weather so far this week, I think Wendy is feeling in summery mood, as she has chosen butterflies as the subject for this week's Tanda Teaser Challenge.

For this week's card I have used the background butterflies from the Tanda Background set 1 and one butterfly from the Tanda Butterfly set 1. I have used the same resist technique that I used last week and used brusho inks to colour the piece.


Saturday, 6 June 2009

One that got away! Well almost!

If you read my blog you will know that I had a Stamping Up workshop recently. As a little thank you to Maggie, our demonstrator, I made a little coaster using the "Summer by the Sea" stamp set that I had bought from her previously. I'd seen some over on the splitcoasters website and fancied having a go. I bought a white marble tile from Tops Tiles for about 60p, not sure if they charged me the right amount, I though they were supposed to be about 80p. I stamped the image with a jet black impress dye based ink pad and then used my copic markers to colour the image. I then sealed this with artists fixative spray. This seemed to make the colours bleed a little bit, but gave the impression of a very loose watercolour painting. Overall it was quite a pleasing effect. The fixative does seem to have made the image waterproof as the black ink did not run when I put the tile under running water...have to say that I didn't rub it hard just in case!

So why was it the one that almost got away....well, silly me, I forgot to photograph it before presenting it to Maggie. All is not lost as Maggie photographed it and put it on her blog. You can see Maggies blog here


If you love SU products, I hope you will pop over there and see some of Maggie's work.


Friday, 5 June 2009

K is for KING!

If you read the general chat on the Tanda forum, you will realise that I had major panics trying to get this Atc done!! I'm now totally embarassed as the missing stamps were in my handbag all along....I think it was Karma that they were out of stock in the Range (where I bought them originally) and the Treasury (rediscovered after their fire)...coz the next place I went...tescos...the box mysteriously appeared on top of everything else in my handbag...all the little alphabet stamps were hiding at the bottom of my bag! They'd only been there for 2 weeks and I hadn't noticed!

So what of the atc...I think I am going back to the origins of atc's (correct me if I'm wrong!)...I'm sure that someone told me that they started off as altered playing cards..I quickly drew out a stamp for the king playing card...and Andrew (Tanda) made a custom stamp for me...the club was in a dump bin thingy at the Range ages ago...it was one of those jellyish stamps that don't hold the ink very well so I ended up colouring it in a bit. The image has been stamped in versamark and heat embossed with gold ep. I then painted it with H2O's...the K is also coloured with H2O's, triple embossed and edged with Krylon.


Another ATC in Craft Stamper!

Thanks Linda for letting me know that I was in Craft Stamper again....I still haven't got round to subscribing yet so I have to dash into Worcester to get it on the day it comes out...my excuse is I'm waiting for the freebie!

I entred two atc's in their summertime challenge, the atc that craft stamper have published uses the "Go to the Cornish Riveira" stamp from the Tanda Advert Plate 3. I stamped the image in black stazon and then watercoloured using the Works pearlised paints. This was then sealed with acrylic varnish before being triple embossed with clear ep. I edged in Krylon to give the impression of those old fashioned tin advert plates. The small shells were collected from the beach a couple of years ago, the gold accent beads represent the golden sand and both these were fixed using glossy accents.

The second atc, which was not shown in the magazine, was made in exactly the same way, except I used a stamp from Tanda Advert Plate 4.

Unfortunately the photo in the magazine doesn't quite do my atc justice as it looks a little brassy, these photos are a much better colour representation of the real thing.

thanks for looking


Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Impossible to Resist Resist!

Where does the time go? I guess it's hurtled past this week because I've been busy with my mum and dad and of course fil, not to mention the kids and all their activities!

So Tanda Teaser has come round again, and I have to say I was in a bit of a panic! ...I literally pulled this one out of the bag today. Mojo had completely gone...I usually have ideas forming for cards at the back of my mind, but with everything that's been going on here, cards have had to take a back seat. Well at least the kids are back at school now and I have got myself sorted out for the next couple of weeks, challenge wise, so I'm feeling a little happier!

For my card I have used custom stamps that I had made by Andrew at Tanda. And yes I know I bang on about it..but can you believe this...an A5 sheet of clear polymer stamps...in your own design...costs the same as an A5 polymer set of stamps on the Tanda Web site..bet that shocked you!...well what are you waiting for..get drawing!

For my card I stamped my lemon slice in versamark then heat embossed in clear ep, the image was coloured with brusho inks. To make the pith white I just painted around the centre of the lemon with bleach to take the colour out again. I didn't remove the clear ep as I liked the wet juicy look that it gave the lemons. The images have been matted and layered with chocolate and gold card and distressed with olive green chalk ink.


J is for Jam

It's been a busy week and I was getting worried that I wouldn't get this done in time! I couldn't find any stamps in my collection that were suitable for J to fit with the other atc's done so far, so I got Andrew at Tanda to make some custom stamps for me...while I was about it, I drew a few other things so that I know I have something now for every letter. The image was coloured using copic markers again.