Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Box of Flowers - Craft-Room DT Project

Hi, I can't believe how quickly two weeks go - it's time for another challenge over at Craft-Room, and such beautiful entries we had to our Postcard/Travel theme, making it difficult to choose a top 3!.  Our new challenge, of Handmade Flowers, has been chosen by the extremely talented Hazel.  For one lucky random winner, there will be a £10 voucher to spend at the Craft-Room Online Shop and, as usual, we will choose a top 3.  Check out the challenge website for full challenge rules.

This is my project:  a box of flowers, which is based on a little window box:

The flowers were made from white cotton coasters with a lace trim, from the £1 shop (pk of 12).  They were dyed and spritzed with various colours of Perfect Pearls mixed with water, and Distress Re-Inkers. The circles were doubled over then rolled up and stitched in place, and I dropped a pearl  into the centre of each. I then added some leaves cut with Marianne dies, adhering with glue.

The box that they sit in is made from an oblong deep edge canvas painted with cream acrylic paint, turned upside down so that the flowers sit in the recess, and two different types of lace trim added.  The glue I used throughout this project was Art Institute - it's a new one to me but is brilliant for sticking lace down as, once dry, you really can't see it.

The sentiment is from Paperartsy and stamped in Coffee Archival ink:  two different distress inks on white card, then pressed onto a wet baby wipe (because I couldn't find my spritzer at this point!) and dried with a heat gun.  It resulted in a lovely weathered look - accidentally!  A little metallic rub on around the edge to finish.

Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Archival Ink & Art Institute Glue from Craft-Room
Canvas and acrylic paint from Dunelm Mill

I really enjoyed making this and putting it together, I hope you like it.  Do check out the projects by the rest of the team as they really are beautiful.

I'd like to like this project up to Creative Inspirations Paint - Anything But A Card, Crafty Bloggers Network - Something Other Than A Card, and also, if I qualify for them, The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Borders and  Flowers, and Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - Make A Gift / Anything But A Card.

Enjoy your week.

Maria x

Friday, 25 November 2011

Ribbons & Lace Wall Hanging

Hi, Friday at last!!!  I always think that Friday is the best evening of the week, because there's a full weekend to look forward to!  I decided a few days ago, that I'd like to enter The Stampsmith's current challenge of Ribbons & Lace, so I've made this 6 x 4 wall hanging, using one of my extremely limited collection of Stampsmith stamps:

Stunning 1940s pin-up model, actress, and icon Veronica Lake has been stamped on cream cotton/linen (with Archival Ink), which has first been sprayed with a home-made mixture of Perfect Pearls (Biscuit) and water, to give the fabric a subtle glimmer.  I've attached to a piece of cut-to-size chipboard (with strong glue at the back) then added a little netting underneath, to one side, then mounted onto some torn white lacy-patterned vellum, which has been inked lightly with DI Old Paper (unfortunately, the pattern doesn't show up very well in the photo).  The main mountboard base is inked with DI Old Paper and sprayed with the same PP mix, and stamped with Old Letter background stamp (from Craft-Room) by Hero Arts in Versafine Smokey Gray. Offcuts of blue ribbon and lace added, and cream broderie anglaise which I've frayed along the bottom.  The blue flower is made of twisted ribbon with a few tiny pearls added, and the letter tiles spelling the word "Veronica" have been threaded onto narrow sheer ribbon and tied at each end, before securing in place with a little strong glue.  I've added pale blue ribbon across the hanging and tied in a bow to one side, and used some of the same ribbon to hang.  An odd earring pushed through for decoration, and a star - because she was one!

In addition to The Stampsmith challenge, I'd also like to enter this into:

Crafts and Me - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Addicted to Stamps - Pearls and Lace
Gingerloft Challenge - Lace, Fabric or Felt
Moving Along With The Times - Ribbons & Bows

Ok, now I'm off to finish another couple of projects.... thanks for visiting, and have a lovely weekend!

Maria x

Thursday, 24 November 2011

A Xmas Gift from Craft-Room!!!

Hi, I'd like to let you know about this beautiful Indigo Blu stamp plate that's up for grabs at the Craft-Room Challenge, for one lucky winner!

It's quite simply a big thank you from the Craft-Room Challenge's sponsor, Craft-Room Online shop!  How nice is that!

All you need to do to win this fabulous stamp plate is head over to the Craft-Room Challenge, for full details of how to enter!  This candy will run until 24 December and the winner will be announced on 27th December.

Good luck!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas in Black & White

Hi, just one more Christmas card to share with you for now, using the same Penny Black stamp as last time, but in white twinkly ep with just a hint of silver, which ended up absolutely everywhere (not so clean & simple after all!).  I'm not sure which I prefer, white or gilded.

A closer look
I have stamped both the image and sentiment in VersaMark and embossed in WOW White Twinkle embossing powder, then mounted onto some black glossy cardstock.  I have punched a hole through the top and some white ribbon threaded through (I've seen Marie at Dolly Daydreams do this on one of her cards for decoration and it looked great, so I thought it might work as a little reinforcement for my tent cards) and added a clear gem to finish.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Moving Along With The Times - Let It Snow
Crafters' Companion - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Creatalicious Challenge - Christmas and Make Sure It Sparkle
Glitter Fairies Challenge Blog - Non Traditional Christmas (no red, green or gold)
Crafts and Me - Simples
Oldie But A Goodie - Let It Snow

That's all for now, I hope you like it!

Maria x

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Silhouettes for Less Is More

Hi, I didn't plan on posting anything else today, however I've just seen the new Less Is More challenge theme of Silhouettes and wish I'd uploaded Dasher a little bit later in the day!  Ah well, never mind.  Here is my entry for LIM:

A close up of the colours in the gilding flakes
I've used the gilding flakes again, which I must say I'm becoming very fond of, and the stamp, from Penny Black, is one I acquired last Christmas with a magazine subscription.  I mounted the image on a home-made green tag which I cut too small for a different project.  I decided to leave the tab peeking out the side (although I'm not quite sure why!).

I would also like to enter this in Wags n Whiskers challenge as they are looking for Christmas Themed projects at the moment.

Bye for now

Maria x

A CAS Christmas

Hi, now I've started my Xmas cards I'm feeling a bit more motivated to carry on.  I've decided that clean & simple is the way to go because; a) CAS cards look elegant (I don't generally do CAS but everyone else's look elegant), and b) as they take less time (I'm presuming) therefore I'll get more done!

Here's the first couple I made using Stampin' Up's Dasher - this is the only SU stamp I own, and he's kicking off my Xmas collection with some gilding flakes which I bought at Port Sunlight in October - they contain the most beautiful metallic colours, such as blues, greens, coppers, golds, oranges, etc. :

A tent card

A close up to try to show the colours

and one of the others:

A side opening card
I used Indigo Blu Flitter Glu with the gilding flakes - the Flitter Glu gives a lovely, clean finish.  It's the tackiest stuff I've ever used - I nearly couldn't get the lid off, lol (I must be less messy in future).  The sentiment is stamped and gilded in the same way, and a hole has been punched and some ribbon threaded through and tied.

Get Creative are asking for cards made using just two stamps, so I am going to enter my cards into their challenge, as I've used the same two stamps on each card.  I'm also going to enter the Really Reasonable Ribbons' current challenge of CAS Christmas plus Ribbon, and PanPastel are looking for Fireworks/Exploding Colours in their current challenge so I'm entering before it closes, as my gilding flakes have the most beautiful, bright, shiny colours.

I hope you like them - there will be more gilding flake creations making an appearance over the next few weeks, of that I'm certain!

Maria x

Friday, 18 November 2011

At Last - Christmas Cards

Well, tag cards - close enough!  Hello!  As Christmas is almost upon us (or it feels like it!), I thought I should make a start, so I've made a couple of cards for the other two finance ladies I work with - they will be pleased, as they never got one at all last year (I was sooo late)!!!

I made these tags using Tim H's technique highlighted in the 12 Tags Of Christmas 2009, Day 7, and featured at Studio L3 last week - thank you Linda, I've not seen the 12 tags of Xmas before!  I really wanted to play in this challenge, but was too late unfortunately.  I've used the same technique on both tags, detailed step-by-step in the link above, however I used acetate to make the mask and sprayed a little stick n spray on back, as I don't have the proper TH mask sheets.
Tag Card #1

After stamping the image, I stamped flourishes with acrylic paint, added lighter shades of DI, masked main image and added darker shades of DI, stamped background text then blotted acrylic flourishes with damp tissue.  I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed in a gold metallic.

Tag Card # 2
Both tags have been mounted onto Kraft cardstock which I've cut to size and inked the edges.

The main image is from  Crafty Individuals, the background scrip/text stamp is from an Andy Skinner set called Simply Angelic from the Craft-Room, and the flourishes are from La Blanche.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Card #1:   Do You Stack Up - A Splash of Blue,  The Artistic Stamper - Backgrounds,
Tando Creative Challenges - Blue and Brown

 Card #2Art Impressions Stamps - Red, Green & Metallic, Card and Scrap - Traditional Christmas Colours, The Artistic Stamper - Backgrounds

I'm off the mark at last (apart from making the envelopes!)!!!

I hope you like them.

Maria x

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Another Postcard!

Hi, a very short post tonight!  I've promised my daughter that we'll sit down and watch a film together tonight so I'm racing to get everything done that I need to, including scheduling this post.

In keeping with the Craft-Room Challenge, here is the other postcard that I made over the weekend:

I used DIs on the cream patterned oriental background paper, then some further DIs through masks.  As I'm really starting to enjoy stamping onto tissue and layering onto my project (I can see lots of benefits to this!),  I stamped the building, sentiments and six flowers onto tissue then carefully layered them on using Ranger Glue & Seal Matte (I love this stuff!), arranging three flowers in opposite corners.  I coloured the flowers with Worn Lipstick DI and added some gems (not too sure about the gems).  The centre image has been stamped in Jet Black Stazon onto previously alcohol inked glossy card - the background is pale pink/purple but this doesn't show up too good in the photo - then matted & layered twice and adhered to the postcard.

Stamps are by Paperartsy (Ink & the Dog) - Asian Plate 4

I'd like to enter this into The Stamp Man Challenge Collage/Collage Backgrounds, Happy Daze Challenge - An Explosion of Colour, and Let's Ink It Up - Favourite Technique.

This is a lot more colourful than my usual projects as I love very soft & muted colours, but I hope you like it!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Maria x

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Travel/Postcards - Craft-Room Challenge DT Project

Hi, such fabulous entries into the Father/Male challenge over at the Craft-Room Challenge, however it's onto the next one already!  That was a quick two weeks!

The theme for the next fortnight has been chosen by the very talented Debi and it is "Travel/Postcards".  There's a £10 voucher for Craft-Room up for grabs in the random draw and, as usual, we will pick a top 3. 

I was bit thrown by this challenge as I don't really have any travel stamps as such.  As tempted as I was to jump in the car and head down the M60 to Hobbycraft, I decided to try to be creative and use what I already have - a challenge in itself, lol, and that's what it's all about (i told myself bravely)!  This is what I came up with:

and this is how I made it:

Using a collage style paper from GCD Paris Nights as the first layer, I mounted it onto a piece of chipboard to make it easier to work with.  I then added some Old Paper DI then, using a small amount of cream acrylic paint, swiped inwards from the edges to give it a bit of a faded look, and also to pick up some of the linen effect of the paper.  I stamped the car directly onto this, and then stamped the guy with the brolly, the champagne label, the harlequin pattern and "enjoy the journey" onto tissue paper, which I adhered using Ranger Glue & Seal Matte.  I tried to position Brolly Man looking at the Eiffel Tower.  I then cut out a few pieces off the same collage paper and added this on top.  I also stamped a little quote, again onto tissue paper, which says "artistically altered", and positioned this on top of the car, and a little cream broderie anglaise to soften the look a bit.  I tissue taped a bulldog clip and positioned at the top.

I did make another (completely different) postcard, but will save that for tomorrow!

Please check out the samples by the rest of the team for inspiration as they are truly stunning.

I'd like to enter this into Squiggle Stamps - Anything But A Card, The Culture Shock Challenge - Umbrellas,  & Deep Ocean Challenge - Vintage.

Have fun, and I look forward to visiting you.

Maria x

Saturday, 5 November 2011

"Thru the Window" in Coffee & Cream, with a hint of dark chocolate!

Hi, thankfully the weekend's here at last!  Friday evenings are the best, when you've got the whole weekend to look forward to!  I'd like to share a door hanger with you, which I've made over the last couple of nights and would like enter it into the Fashionable Stamping Challenge before it closes, as I love the theme of their challenge at the moment.

I wanted to try out some Mica Tiles which were a bargain buy many moons ago, but I really didn't have a clue what to do with them, so I decided to have a play and see what I could create, and this is what I came up with:

The door hanger was painted in brown acrylic then swiped over with cream acrylic.  I stamped the text in Timber Brown Stazon, sealed with Ranger Glue & Seal Matte, then added a little of various distress inks with Cut n Dry.

For the image, I covered white cardstock with Antique Linen Distress Ink and stamped the image using Timber Brown Stazon.  I coloured it with neat distress re-inkers (I sooo love colouring with these!) in various brown & cream shades.  I wanted to try and create an illusion of "night time outside" and depth so I added a very small amount of distress ink in the window area with a cotton bud, then placed a piece of Mica Tile over the image and went around the area I wanted the tile to fit into with a pokey tool, to gently break it in the right place.  Once this was done, I adhered it using glossy accents.  It's finished off with a silver star charm alcohol inked in shades of brown, some lace, and various bits n bobs in different shades of brown or cream.
Rubber Stamp from Crafty Individuals, Distress Inks & Alcohol Inks from Craft-Room, Door Hanger from Wilkinsons

I would like to enter my door hanger into the following challenges:-

The Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Coffee & Cream with a Hint of Dark Chocolate
Addicted To Stamps - Shabby, Shabby Chic, or Vintage
Come and Get It - Anything Goes
Stamps and Fun = Creativity - Vintage
Bearly Mine Challenges - Anything But A Card
Creatalicious Challenges: Distress Your Edges
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge - Monochromatic
Crafty Individuals Challenge - Winter Wonderland

Thanks for visiting, and have a lovely weekend!

Maria x

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Craft-Room Challenge - Father/Male

Hiya!  Beautiful Black & White entries last week over at the Craft-Room Challenge - as always it will be so difficult to choose a top 3!  However, it's time to move onto the next challenge, the theme of which has been chosen by the very talented Mervi, and the theme is "Father or Male".  As always there will be a Top 3, and a random winner will be chosen to win a £10 voucher for spending on goodies at the Craft-Room Online Shop

I'm sure I'm not alone in struggling when it comes to making a card or project for a guy!  In the end, I chose to make a paperweight for my brother's upcoming birthday in December:

I used the wooden block from an old mounted rubber stamp (which I will now need to mount on EZ mount!), and painted it a couple of times with brown acrylic then, once dry, a layer of the amazing Eco-Green Glue, then a layer of cream acrylic.  I used a heat gun (from a distance) to slowly dry it and it crackled!  This is a technique that I don't have much luck with!!!  Once dry, a layer of Glue & Seal Matte, then the CI image & sentiment were stamped onto tissue then laid onto the wet glue, and brushed over with more Glue and Seal.  A couple of further coats of G & S , then I coloured the image with neat distress reinkers, added a cog with attached word tiles and a zipper pull coloured with a bit of alcohol ink (to make it look a bit rusty).  I went around the edge of the block with a little frayed burlap, then a little metallic rub on.  My aim was to make it look as aged and old as possible!

I chose the image because my brother always looks after my springer spaniel Jack when I go on holiday - Jack adores him and follows him everywhere!  I hope he likes it, because if he doesn't, he's getting nothing else!!!

Eco-Green Paint, Cog, Alcohol Ink and Distress Re-inkers are from Craft-Room, Stamp is from Crafty Individuals and Metallic Rub On is from Happy Daze.

I did enjoy making this and that crackle is definitely a challenge for me!  Check out the projects by the rest of the Design Team for inspiration as they are fabulous!

I am entering my paperweight into the following challenges:-

Fashionable Stamping Challenge: Coffee and Cream with Dark Chocolate
StampsFun=Creativity: Vintage
Stamps R Us Challenge Blog: Masculine
Addicted To Stamps: Shabby, Shabby Chic or Vintage
Pan Pastel UK:  Distress It
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle: Monochromatic
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: No Girls Allowed

Have fun, I hope you like it and I look forward to visiting you to see your fabulous creations.

Maria x