Sunday, 29 January 2012

First Magazine Article For a While!

I just thought that I would share my first magazine article that I've had in a while...I have a 4 project, 3 page spread (pages 12, 13 and 14) in the 3rd Edition of Creative Stamping.

I've used the "U Mount Creative Expressions Rambling Rose stamp set" together with several Spellbinder's dies for the projects.

Creative Stamping is a relatively new, quarterly magazine for stampers and is published by Practical Publishing. The magazine is sold exclusively through craft shops and you can find your local stockist "here"

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Butterfly Blue

For the next month the Creative Expressions Design Team have been sent the "Eco Green Stamp set Garden Chic". I used the lovely butterfly stamp and the tiny sweetpea stamp for this card. The butterfly reminded me of those large blue butterflies that you see at Butterfly farms. I painted the wings with pearlised blue paint and once dry I coated the whole butterfly with glossy accents.

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:

"Crafting for all seasons - blue and white"

"Paper Pretties - Blue, Black and White"

"Simon Says Stamp = Anything goes"

"Stampavie and More- Blue and White"

"Creative Card Challenges - the colour blue"

"Lollypop Crafts - Wing it"

Friday, 20 January 2012

Farewell Wendy Veechi

It's time to say farewell to Wendy Veechi's stamps and hello to a new set of stamps that arrived this morning from "Creative Expressions". So I am going to show you my last piece using "Wendy's stamps", having said that I can tell you that I have loved using these stamps and I am sure that I will find plenty of opportunities to use them in the future.

I fancied having a play with glassine paper but I haven't got round to ordering any I decided to experiment with greaseproof paper out of my kitchen draw instead. I can report that greaseproof paper doesn't react like glassine paper, but it does make some lovely vintage looking roses!

I stamped the lacy background onto greaseproof paper using versafine olympia green. I tried to heat set it with my heat gun, but it didn't want to play ball. So I placed a piece of paper over the top and then ironed over the top. This gave a surprisingly good image on the paper (reversed of course), and looking at it I decided that this would make a good background layer for my card. Ironing solved the problem with the heat setting on the greaseproof paper so I cut out several layers using the Spellbinders rose creations dies.

One of my matted background layers was the previously mentioned "scrap" from the ironing experiment, another of my layers was stamped and heat embossed with clear ep before being sponged with aged mahogany distress ink...(not sure what was going on, but for some reason my aged mahogany came out green? don't ask, I think my craft mat had green ink on it that I couldn't see. This is a card that evolved in every things didn't come together as expected and some happy accidents worked out rather well.

Once the card was stitched and assembled I sprayed the whole thing with gold mica powder. Overall effect was very green, gold and shimmery.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

"Crop Stop - Distressed, vintage or shabby chic"

"Delightful Challenges - distressed vintage"

"Inky Impressions - Any shape but square"

"Going grey with scrap creations - Die Cuts"

"The Stamping boutique - Die Cuts"

"Stamp and Create - Anything goes"

"Artistic Stamper - Vintage"

"Emerald Faerie Garden - Green and Gold/yellow"

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Beautiful Landscapes.

On Monday morning my daughter was in such a rush to catch the school bus that she forgot her PE kit...a few mins later the phone rings..."Mum can you bring my PE kit into school for second period?" So I defrosted the car and off I went chasing the school bus. Normally this is really annoying, but on Monday I didn't feel quite so cross because the frost and the soft morning light was lovely. I just had to stop the car on the way home to take some pictures! These were taken in Wichenford.

With such lovely views I do feel quite privileged to live in the country and with this in mind I decided to set a landscape theme for the next "Tanda Teaser". I have used a mixture of stamps for my sample card, but they are mainly Tanda. First I punched out a circle from a post-it note and used it to mask the sun, then used some ripped paper with distress inks and cut and dry foam to build up the landscape. I used some indigo blu stamps to stamp the fir trees on the hills again using the ripped paper as a mask so that some of the trees looked as though they were the other side of the hill. Once I was happy with the background I removed the mask from the sun and then used the clarity stamp and weathered wood distress ink to stamp the clouds around the sun.

Then I used the foliage stamps, Tanda and Lavinia with Versafine inks in, Olympia green, Spanish moss and smokey gray.

I stamped the sentiment in Olympia green in the centre of the card. The compass was made using some thick card that I die cut, painted gold with eco paint then stamped and triple embossed with clear embossing powder. I had planned to stamp the compass into the hot ep, but it didn't work as well as I wanted it to, hence this was the next best thing.

I printed out a small section of a local map in sepia tones and folded this so that the location was legible on the front. This was then mounted onto the card and a piece of raffia was tied around the card so that the bow was positioned on top of the map.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

"Cupcake Craftroom - Anything goes"

"Anything goes- anything goes at anything goes"

"Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes"

"Crafty Cardmakers - Anything goes"

"Make it Monday - anything goes"

"Truly Madly Crafty - Anything goes"

"Smudgy antics - masking"

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Hidden Messages

Here's my next "Creative Expressions Design Team piece" using the wonderful Wendy Veechi stamps. I made a template with heart shaped petals to open out to reveal a hidden message, bearing in mind I made this last week and only saw the latest Craft Stamper afterwards it's a bit spooky....hidden messages and all that! Ok a bit different, but hidden all the same.

The dotty and stripy papers were from the Treasury in Kidderminster, I bought them for another project...but then decided to use them for this laid plans and all that.

I used the lacy Wendy Veechi stamp to stamp the heart shaped petals and the sentiment (first time I've used this particular stamp). All stamping and distressing has been done in distress inks. Metallic and bling elements are in the form of brads. The pointy from the Just rite Cling set. Greetings from Paris. The leaves were die cut using the Spellbinders foliage die.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

"Moving Along With the Times - Spots and or Stripes"

"Pixie Dust Studio - Put your heart into it"

"Southern Girls - show us your Sparkle"

"Simon Says Stamp - Spots and or Stripes"

"Anything goes - anything goes"

"Everybody Art Challenge - shabby"

"Incy Wincy Designs - vintage"

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Have Faith

This is my latest Tanda Teaser card (live until next Wednesday). I wanted to challenge everyone to something different, I had realised that up to Christmas I had, sort of, got stuck in a rut with lots of colour themes for the Teaser....not sure how that happened, but I will try to make up for it over the coming months! The idea of the Teaser is to share something that represents some sort of faith, not necessarily Christian, nethertheless, my card does have a Christian theme, I made it for my husband's Uncle Joe in Canada. The stamps were from Tanda Stamps, the Background paper was from the Treasury in Kidderminster. To get the word effect I used a simple resist technique using clear embossing powder and then sponging Chipped Sapphire Distress ink over the top. All in all a quick and simple card to make.

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:

"Crafty Card Makers - No floral embellishments"

"Make it Monday - anything goes"

"Stamp and Create - Anything Goes"

"Truely Madly Crafty - Anything goes"

"Addicted to Stamps - Colour Blue"

"Dream Valley Challenge - anything goes"

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Hearts and Flowers

Well we are into another week already! Where did the last one go? No Blogging how bad am I!

So I had better share this week's piece for Creative Expressions. This will be the Valentines card for my husband, his favorite colour is purple, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn't see my blog between now and Valentines day! At this point I have to apologise for the photos...even with the biggest south facing windows in the middle of the day I had to use flash for these, so they are not brilliant, but you will get the idea.

I kept some of the packaging from some books and DVD's that were ordered over Christmas and decided to use them to make a tag card. The base tag was cut out of the card board and then painted with Sand Eco Paint. When this was dry I stamped it with the Wendy Veechi (Sentimental Art) lacy background stamp in Blue Violet Archival Ink. I distressed the edges with dusty concord and edged it with Krylon pen.

The sentiment was stamped in the archival ink onto cream card, cut out with a spellbinders die and then distressed with distress ink and gold eco acrylic pain.

The Hearts and Cherub were cut from the same cardboard using a Tim Holtz die that I got for Christmas. The cherub was painted gold and then stamped in black with a fine crackle stamp (another Christmas pressie. I painted the hearts in Eggplant acrylic paint (2 on both sides) and sprayed them with gold cosmic shimmer mica pigment. I also sprayed the base card and the die cut sentiment at the same time. Once dry I punched a small hole in the two double sided hearts. I triple embossed the three hearts and the cherub. I then turned the two punched hearts over and coated them with glossy accents. While these were drying, I died a piece of Seam Binding with Dusty Concord distress stain and allowed this to dry.

When everything was dry I tied the seam binding around the top of the tag, threaded the punched hearts onto the ends and tied a little knot to secure them. Some punched cream vellum leaves and a couple of lilac paper roses complete the project.

I would like to enter this tag card into several challenges as follows:

"Cards for Men - Must be Masculine - Recycling"

"Smudgy antics - No Cute - Recycle something"

"StampsRus - What you got for Christmas"

"Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Anything goes using your new stash"

"Penny Black and More - Love and Hearts"

"Dream Valley Challenges - Anything goes"

"2 Sisters - Anything with wings"

Hope you all have a wonderful crafty week!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and Thank You to everyone who left me comments over the last year. It is always lovely to get feedback on crafty makes.

We've been doing a far bit of travelling up and down the country over the holiday season so things have been rather hectic here. I've still got to find homes for the new stamps, dies and inks that I had for Christmas! Hubby has proclaimed that the study needs to be decorated....this means relocating my stash and everything else in the room..not sure where it is all going to go or how I will be able to keep the cards's hoping that I can have the dining room table exclusively for my stash.

I did manage to have another play with the new Wendy Veechi stamps from "Creative Expressions". These stamps have a lovely vintage feel to them so they are perfect for a vintage/shabby chic theme. For my card I have used Spellbinders dies and distress inks (old paper, Victorian velvet and aged mahogany). The flowers were made using hand made paper that I had stamped with the lacy background stamp. The ribbon is seam binding, dyed using Victorian velvet distress stain.

I would like to entre this card into the following challenges:

"Sentimental Sundays - Anything goes, must include a sentiment"

"Truly Madly Crafty - Anything goes"

"Make it Monday - Anything goes"

"Craft Your Passion - Anything goes plus distressing"

"Cup Cake Craftroom - Anything goes"

"Artistic Stamper - Vintage"