Thursday, 30 May 2013

Use Your Scraps - Craft-Room Challenge DT

Hi, unfortunately I'm a little late with this post, due to a fall on Monday.  I am ok, just a bit bruised and very sore - I'm really not having much luck lately, lol.

For the last theme, we saw your beautiful stamped backgrounds (I can tell you, it was very difficult choosing a top 3) - the new theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge has been chosen by our lovely Esther, who would like to see you:

Use Your Scraps

All the papers used in my wall hanging are left over scraps from a GCD paper stack called Paris Nights, along with some scraps of lace and trim, and a bit of leftover chain.  The only things that weren't left over pieces were the scissors and the metal corner:

I patched pieces of the paper onto a rectangle of left over chipboard from ages ago, and gave it a wash of diluted chalky paint.  I then did a bit of stamping using stamps from the OI Dress Forms & Corsetry Plate and a flourish from SU.  The TH dress form was die cut from flocked paper and a piece of beaded trim attached to the waist, and a piece of left over chain hung around the neck.  The flowers were cut from the same scraps of paper using one of the smaller flowers from the TH Tattered Florals die, and then edged in Treasure Gold gilding wax in White Gold.  The pieces of lace were attached, the one down the right side was also given a little White Gold treatment, as was the metal corner (top left).  The scissors were then attached with hot glue, and some seam binding was used to hang.

Our sponsor for this theme is:

who are very kindly offering a £10 voucher to spend in their store
(please click on the logo to visit the shop)

If you would like to be a guest designer with us, please add GDT after your name and our wonderful Mervi will be in touch with you.

If you haven't already been over to the Craft-Room Challenge, please pop over and have a look at what wonderful creations the rest of the team have created to inspire you, including this week's fabulous guest designer, Piia.

I'd also like to enter my wall hanging into the following couple of challenges:-

Eclectic Ellapu - Self Made (Anhydrous) Flowers
Anything But A Card Challenges - Dust Off Your Old Supplies

Enjoy the rest of your week, and thanks for dropping by, I really appreciate it.

Maria xxxxx

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Something for Friday Ice....

Hi, this is a very short post this evening.  I hope you are all well and having some decent weather.  I'd like to share something with you that I made a little while ago, which I'd like to enter into the current challenge over at the Friday Ice Linky Party before it closes:

I used an oval hollow backed, stop-watch style bezel:  

The Ice Resin was added in layers, along with the charms and TH sticker inside, then the bird was added onto the top so that it was half inside/half outside of the final layer of resin.  

This was my one of my first attempts at a hollow-backed bezels, I will share the others at a later date with you, but I quite like how this one turned out.

I hope your week is going well, and that you're looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend.

Thanks for dropping by, it's very much appreciated.

Maria xxxxx

Monday, 20 May 2013


Hi, it's been a little while since I've posted anything other than my DT projects, or got around to visiting your blogs, so I do apologise.  Unfortunately I have a sleep disorder which thankfully, due to medication, is now getting under control, so I am hoping to start a bit more active now.

I didn't get to join in with The Stampsmith Challenge last month, which I was disappointed about, but I've managed to make a little something for their current challenge "Tick Tac Toe":

At the Port Sunlight stamping fair last week, I bought a pack of metal hearts in two sizes, so I've used one of each for this.  I started out by embossing twice in Stampendous Aged Ivory embossing enamel on the large heart, then ran it through my Bigshot.  I then used gilding wax on the raised areas and went around the outside with a gilding pen, and added a bronze pearl at the bottom.

For the smaller heart, I covered both sides with some cream card.  On one side, I coloured it with Iced Spruce DI then overstamped a SU flourish background with the same ink. I then attached Juliet and coloured with the Iced Spruce again, and added a little Distress Stickles, then attached a ribbon bow to the bottom.

For the other side, I coloured with Antique Linen DI and blended a little Iced Spruce in with it.  I then stamped the same flourish with a 2nd impression in Coffee Archival Ink, and embossed the SU word "Imagine" in gold ep.  I then edged both sides with a gilding pen again, attached both hearts together with some chain and rings, and hung with some ribbon.

I've left the back of the large heart plain so you can see it plain, but embossed.

This is a gift for a friend, so I'm really hoping they like it, as my mojo has been lacking more than a little lately!

I'd also like to enter this into the following challenges:-

Creative Inspirations Paint - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Embossing and Texture

Right, I'm off to do some commenting, then to make a start on visiting your blogs to see what I'm missing :-)

Enjoy your week, and thanks for your patience!

Maria xxxxx

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Stamp your own background/background paper - Craft-Room Challenge DT

Hi, I hope you're all well.  It's time for a new theme over at the Craft-Room this fortnight.  Your entries for our Postcard challenge were beautiful, by the way.  This theme was chosen by our former DT member, Nikki, before she had to leave us, and she had chosen a great theme:
Stamp Your Own 
Background/Background Paper

No, you are not on the wrong blog, I have made a card this fortnight!!!  I'm very short of cards, as I don't really make any, so I have decided to try and build up a little stash of fairly flat ones which can be posted easily, for when I need them, and this is the first:

The background paper was first coloured with Antique Linen DI, taking the ink pad directly to the paper.  I then used a SU script background stamp with Coffee Archival Ink and attached to the card blank.  I stamped the corner stamp from Stampers Anonymous Floral Tattoo in opposite corners, and "Amour" (SU) in the bottom right, with Versamark and embossed with gold ep, and edged the card with Aged Mahogony DI.

Using another piece of card coloured with Antique Linen, the Eiffel Tower image from Stampendous was stamped in Coffee Archival ink, and the flowers and petals were coloured with Aged Mahogony DI, mixed with a little water.  I distressed the edges with a tool, and a little more Aged Mahogony, and then finished with some Treasure Gold.

We are kindly sponsored this fortnight by:

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Please pop over to the Craft-Room Challenge to take a look at what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you, along with Pia, aka Pihi, who is our Guest Designer for this challenge.  If you fancy joining us as a Guest Designer, please add GDT after your name, or get in touch with Mervi (DT), whose details are on the challenge site.

I haven't been very active in blogland lately due to a some health problems, so I sincerely apologise for not visiting you.  I am hoping to get back into the swing of things very shortly.  

Thank you for dropping in, and for your comments, they're much appreciated.

Enjoy your week!

Maria xxxxx