Friday, 29 March 2013

Friday Focus - Artistic Outpost Stamps

Just a quick post from me to let you know that today's Friday Focus over at Frilly and Funkie is focussing on Artistic Outpost stamps.

This is one of the projects that I've made for it and if you hop over here you can see the details.

I'm also entering this project into the Artistic Oupost Referral which is Anything Goes.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter week end with lots of chocolatey goodies !

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Tulip tag !

As the weather's been pretty chilly, to say the least, I've stayed in the warm and more importantly in my craft room ! So I took the opportunity to have a play with the new Eclectica Stamps by Lin Brown and Fresco Finish paints.

I also got out my Gelli Plate and used London Bus and Smoked Paprika Fresco Finish paint. Then I used the tulip stamp from the Lin Brown 03 set and smoothed the white card over it. Love the results !

I covered a jumbo tag with the Gelli Plate card and then did some stencilling using the Chicken Wire stencil and a new Donna Downey stencil using London Bus Fresco Finish paint. I stamped the text from the Sara Naumann 02 plate using Claret Fresco Finish. The small flowers are from the Lin Brown 02 set and are stamped onto black card using  Butternut and Claret Fresco Finish. The large leaves are from the 01 set and are stamped onto Grunge Paper that I've painted with Guacamole and then stamped with Hyde Park tipped with a little Smoked Paprika.

I covered some Grunge Paper with sticky back canvas then stamped the tulip 6 times using black Archival ink. I then painted over them using Fresco Finish paint and cut out the top layer for each flower. As I've used Grunge Paper it made it easier to bend the petals. I've stamped the word onto some more Grunge Paper covered with canvas. The frame is from a set of metal embellishments I bought years ago and have never used. I've sponged Butternut Fresco Finish over it and then when it was dry sponged Chocolate Pudding over it. I dyed the lace using Antique Linen Distress Stains and the seam binding was dyed with Ripe Persimmon Distress Stains.

I'm also entering this tag into the following challenges :

If you're in the UK I hope you're managing to stay warm. It looks like it's going to be another cold week so let's hope Spring is going to put in an appearance soon !

Paper piecing at FSC

It's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge and this time the lovely Claire has chosen Paper Piecing. This isn't something I've ever done before so I was a little stumped at first and I'm not sure I've done it properly now, but never mind !

I started this project with a piece of cardboard and I ripped off some of the top layer. Then I used Guacamole Fresco Finish paint followed by Brown Shed and Chocolate Pudding. I've used Artistic Outpost stamps from the Generation Redux and A Lovely Day sets.

The flower is made using Wendy Vecchi stamps and I've stamped them onto a mixture of Basic Grey paper. I've cut them out, layered them and used an Ideaology brad in the centre. The leaves are also made using a Wendy Vecchi stamp this time stamped onto My Minds Eye paper. The lace is May Arts and the buttons are from my stash. Quite a simple project but I really liked it in the end !

I'm also entering this into the Artistic Outpost March Referral which is Anything Goes.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Extra ! Extra !

I'm sharing a card I made for a friend's birthday which is today ! I got my hands on the new set from Artistic Outpost so wanted to use them and thought this was the perfect time !

I blended DI over the background using Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Broken China. I then did the Spritz and Flick technique with lots of water, which fits with the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is water ! I used the honeycomb stamp from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media and Peacock Feathers. Then I used the text from the Artistic Outpost Paper Boy set and also the building.

The boy is stamped with black Archival ink and then I've blended more DI arond the edge. I mounted him onto a die cut using the Tim Holtz Sized Arch die which I've embossed with the Tim Holtz Bubble Texture Fade. The flower is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered flower die and I've cut several from old book pages and crinoline. I've used the mini stamp die and added some Chit Chat stickers.

I'm entering this card into the Artistic Outpost referral which is anything goes.

It sounds like it's time to batten down the hatches tonight here in the UK and snow is on it's way again ! So, another good week end to get crafty !

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Blue is the colour !

This is a quick post so that I can enter the first IndigoBlu challenge which is blue ! This was a double challenge (if there is such a thing?) as I didn't have much time to make something and I'm not the fastest crafter in the west !

The background was made with lots of Distress Stains, including Picket Fence, and then I spritzed it with London Blue Dylusions spray and then water. I've used Salty Ocean DI and the Chicken Wire stencil and some some second generation stamping with Cobalt Blue Archival ink. The embossing folder is a new Tim Holtz one and I've rubbed Salty Ocean and Broken China DI over it. The row of cotton reels are from the InidgoBlu Sewing Mends the Soul set and I've stamped them close to one another so I could cut them out to make a border. The main image and the text is also from the same set.

The flower has been cut from pages from an old book using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die and I've sprayed it with some more Dylusions. The buttons are some more that I've made with Air Dry Clay and then used Fresco Finish paint.

That's me for now, tea's ready and I'm starving !

Easter gift, but no baskets !

The weeks seem to be flying by at the moment and I can't believe it's time for the next challenge over at Frilly and Funkie ! For our next challenge the lovely Rebecca has challenged us to make a gift for Easter, but no baskets ! Here is what Rebecca has to say:

Let's mix it up this year and think of some different ways to package those chocolate bunnies, sweet treats and little gifts of the season.  A ticket a tasket but not in a basket!

I have to say this did give my grey cells a bit of a work out as I don't make Easter gifts or cards ....but I do like to eat the chocolate ! So, after alot of staring into space I spotted an empty sweet jar that I was given at Christmas full of chocolate buttons, I've since eaten all the buttons, so I thought I would give it a new lease of life !

I started by using alcohol inks to colour the glass using greens and blues.

I made four panels using the Tim Holtz Sized Arches and then made a frame for each one. I've used Artistic Outpost stamps, Paris Exposition and Flower Market,  on all of the panels and used seasonal DI on all of them.

I stamped some text over all of the frames and on the above I used a Stampin' Up little bee stamp, cut it out and painted it with Distress Markers.

The flowers are all made with the Tim Holtz Sizzlit die and I've blended DI over them and then dipped them into UTEE in my melting pot.

I've added some May Arts crocheted lace around the top and filled the jar with some mini chocolate eggs (which, surpisingly I've not eaten yet!)

The flower on the lid is made from metal and I've cut it out using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die. I then embossed the metal with the Cuttlebug Victoria EF. As the metal was quite orangey I wanted to calm it down a little so I gave it a coat of Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint. As it's translucent it didn't turn the metal green but it went a lovely rusty colour ! I then used a black Stazon ink pad direct to the metal and rubbed it over the raised areas. The button in the centre is one I rescued from an old jacket and I've given it a collar of May Arts crocheted lace.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and look forward to seeing your Easter gifts, but remember no baskets !

I'm also entering this project into the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral challenge and the Artistic Outpost Referral which is  anything goes.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Distressed Silver Wedding !

I'm almost at the end of my current card orders which I have to say I'm glad about as I'm itching to do something a little more messy with lots of paint ! The card I'm sharing today is another Silver Wedding anniversary card which is for my sister. Only one more to do !

I started, as always, with the background and stamped the Crafty Individuals swirl stamp using Victorian Velvet DI. I've then used Tattered Rose DI and blended that over the card. The layers below the main image are pieces torn from an old book and then heavily distressed ! I've blended more Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet DI over the paper. The main images are Flonz Craft stamps and I masked the woman off and then stamped the man so he appears to be standing behind her.

I've covered a Filigree metal corner with some Moonlight Fresco Finish paint and then dabbed some Pewter Distress Stains over the top. The text has been done on my PC and the little paper rose has been rubbed with some Victorian Velvet DI. I've given the same treatment to the large flowers and the little roses around it. The little button is made from clay and I've coloured it with Moonlight Fresco Finish paint. I never seem to have the right colour, shape or size of buttons so I decided that I would make my own ! So, I bought some Air Dry Clay and a button mould and I now have a lovely selection of buttons! The little key is a wooden one and I've coated that with Moonlight Fresco Finish and then added some Pewter Distress Stains. For the numbers, I saw this idea on the very talented Marjie Kemper's blog. I didn't realise how fiddly it was going to be though ! The numbers are printed on my PC and then I've pushed them into the ends of the stick pins and covered them with Glossy Accents. The little heart is another embellishment that I picked up from The Bead Scene.

I'm also entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is Shabby Chic.

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday, I'm hoping for some more time in my craft room so fingers crossed !

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Tulips for Mum !

I guess this post is a little late really as it's the card and little gift card I made for my Mum for Mother's Day, which was last Sunday here in the UK. It's been a really busy week and I have to say I've been falling to sleep when I've got in from work so today I'm on catch up !

This is the card I made for my Mum and the stamps I've used for the flowers are one of the new sets by Lin Brown. I've used Distress Inks to make the background and also used the Spritz and Flick technique. Then I used the tulip and leaf stamps from the ELB03 set. I've stamped the leaves with Guacamole Fresco Finish paint and I've masked  them off before I've stamped again so they sit behind each other. For the tulip head I've used Claret mixed with a little Butternut Fresco Finish. When the paint was dry I then stamped randomly with the script stamp from Tim Holtz's French Marketplace set and the honeycomb stamp from the Mixed Media set. For the text panel I've used Vermillion Archival ink and used second generation stamping, stamping the words from ELB03 in different directions. The green leafy panel is made with Olive Archival ink and the leaves from ELB01.

For the main flower I've blended DI over some card and then used one of the small leaves from ELB01 and spritzed it with water before stamping on to the card. As DI reacts with water the stamp leaves a vague leaf shape behind. I've then stamped the leaves and tulip as before but this time I used Hyde Park Fresco Finish paint for the leaves. The tape measure ribbon I bought from The Bead Scene when I was there recently as one of Lin's workshops and the little buckle is from my stash.

My Mum always tells us that she doesn't want anything for Mother's day, just a card and a visit, so I always try to make a little something instead. I decided this year that I would make a gift card holder and inside is a little note saying that we will take Mum out for a meal. I've used Lin's stamps again on a jumbo tag. The large flower is stamped with Fresco Finish paint onto black card and then cut out. The letters are cut using the Tim Holtz WordPlay die, covered with DI and then stamped with text. I've stamped some text onto the card with Fresco Finish Snowflake and the ribbon is seam binding that I've stamped with a flourish stamp and then dyed with Distress Stains and spritzing it with water.

I used the same techniques on the inside of the card and made a little pocket to put the note in. It was very quick to make but my Mum loved it !

I'm also entering these cards in to the new Country View Crafts challenge which is Pick and Mix.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

It's all about swirls !

Here we are again ready for another challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge. Things have changed slightly in that we now have a new sponsor -  Flonzcraft and the prize that is on offer is $20 to spend in their online shop.

So, on to the challenge and this time we're looking for swirls on your projects and of course stamping !

I love swirls ! I've got quite a few different swirl stamps so it's a tough one to know which to use for this challenge ! I started, as usual, with the background and stamped some images from a very old stamp set by Rubbadubbado and then used my trusty text stamp from Tim Holtz's French Marketplace set. I didn't want the black from the Archival ink to be too strong so I then gave the the card a coat of watered down Moonlight Fresco Finish paint. It knocked it back to exactly the effect I was after. I then used the flourish stamp from the Tim Holtz Fabulous Flourishes set (I think this is my favourite swirl stamp at the moment!) and stamped with Pansy Fresco Finish paint. The vertical panel is made using a stamp from the Tim Holtz Papillon set and I've blended DI over it. The small text ticket is from a Darkroom door set and I've added an Ideaology Gem Clip. The little lacey border is a Martha Stewart punch, which I haven't used in ages !

The main image is a Katzelkraft stamp and I've masked her off and stamped over her with the TH script stamp. The die cut swirl is made using the TH Mini Swirl die and I've blended more DI over it. The flower is a paper flower and I've dyed it by putting some Milled Lavender Distress Stains into a mister and sprayed it. I have to thank the very lovely Alison of Words and Pictures  for the tip about cheap paper flowers in The Range. Thanks Alison ! To finish, some May Arts crocheted lace.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Bloomin' Great !

I'm back with another birthday card today and this time it's for one of my sisters. I bought this Indigo Blu stamp set as I loved the sentiment and it then sat in my craft room waiting for the right moment and this is it !

I've really been enjoying the Seasonal Distress Inks just lately so I decided that I would use them for this card as I wanted vibrant colours ! The background started out with lots of DI blended over it and I then used one of the flowers from the Indigo Blu set to stamp across the bottom (you can't really see them now as I've covered them with lace!). I then used a floral stencil with Mowed Lawn and Ripe Persimmon DI. My favourite text stamp from the Tim Holtz French Marketplace set was then used without an acrylic block, randomly stamping over the background and I did the same with the large flourish stamp from the Elegant Flourishes set. I wasn't quite sure about the main Indigo Blu flourish stamp as it is quite large, but after I'd painted some of the areas using Distress Markers and blended more DI over it I was quite happy. The sentiment fits beautifully into the centre panel. I've then cut it out by hand and mounted it on foam pads.

I stamped the large flower twice and cut out the top layer making sure I cut away more petals than are on the original flower. That way I could layer them and have the leaves poking out from in between the petals. I've also painted the flower with Distress Markers. The pins I've made with beads from an old necklace and some gold beads. I've used the edge of the main stamp to stamp onto seam binding which I've dyed with Distress Stains and layered onto some May Arts Crocheted lace that I've also dyed with Distress Stains.

Well we've definitely lost the sun today, it's been very grey and miserable and it doesn't look like the week end has anything better to offer. I actually quite like these kind of week ends as there's lots of crafting time ! Hope you get chance to get your hands inky this week end !

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

William Morris Style

It's time for the next challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and this time the lovely Jenny has chosen the theme of 'William Morris Style'. This is what Jenny has to say:

This fortnight's challenge is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, and in particular William Morris. They believed things in their lives should be well made and hand-crafted. We want to see muted colours (the original palette of Distress colours are perfect) natural elements and you must include an animal of some sort. Patterned backgrounds are great. Avoid using lots of embellishments and cute images this time. Here are a few pictures to give you some ideas.


I have to say this challenge really had me scratching my head ! I'm not quite sure I've done it justice, but here goes !

I've used a jumbo tag from Linda's Funkie Junkie store and to begin with I've blended Bundled Sage DI over it. Then I used a Damask Elusive Images stamp and stamped with Bundled Sage DI. The leaves are from one of Lin Brown's new stamp sets and I've stamped it with Olive Archival ink. The stencilling is done with the Chicken Wire stencil and Forest Moss DI. The tree is also an Elusive Images stamp and the leaves and flowers are from the same set.

I've used a PaperArtsy stamp for the grass along the bottom and also for the Iris flower. The text is from the Artisitc Outpost Birds of a Feather set. I've used a piece of corrugated cardboard and rubbed some acrylic paint over the top and a torn piece of book page which I've stamped the leaves over using second generation stamping. I've used some seam binding for the ribbon and I've stamped some of the tiny tree leaves onto it with Olive Archival ink and some Bundled Sage Distress Stains spritzed with water to dye it. To finish, the peacock is one of the fabulous embellishments that Linda carries in The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I've covered it with Fresco Finish paint so that it blends in with the rest of the muted colours and added some eyelets.

I hope you can join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Spring is in the air !

I have to say after the last few days it really is beginning to feel like Spring is on it's way here in the UK. 
I do love the change of seasons, I don't have a favourite as each one has elements that I really love. One thing I am looking forward to is opening windows and letting fresh air in !

It's time for the next challenge over at The Vintage Stamping Challenge and for the next month the challenge is Spring is in the air ! 

I started with the background and blended Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey DI over the background and then used the Spritz and Flick technique. I then stamped the leaves from Lin Brown's new stamps using Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint. I also used a stamped from the Tim Holtz Mized Media stamp set. The text is from a PaperArtsy stamp set which I stamped with black Archival ink. I painted the corrugated cardboard with Moonlight Fresco Finish paint and then went over the top with Hey Pesto. When that was dry I spritzed it with Dylusions Melted Chocolate spray. The lace has been coloured using Antique Linen Distress Stains which I then spritzed with water.

The owl is a Flonz Craft stamp and I've watercoloured it using Distress Markers and blended DI around the edge. The leaves are from another set of Lin Brown's new stamps and I stamped them using Guacamole Fresco Finish paint onto Kraft card. When the paint was dry I cut them out and stamped the text from the Tim Holtz French Marketplace stamp set with black Archival ink. To finish I've added some buttons from my stash.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog to see the rest of the DT''s fabulous projects.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Silver Wedding

I'm in the thick of making family birthday,Silver Wedding anniversary and Mother's Day cards at the moment. I always try and get ahead but then they seem to creep up on me ! The card I'm sharing today is the first Silver Anniversary card and is an 8 x 8 size, so there's lots of space to fill !

I started with the background and blended Pan Pastels over white card stock that I'd stamped with the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes stamp and embossing ink. The hot air balloons are by Artistic Outpost and B Line Designs. I stamped the AO balloon first and then masked it off and stamped the B Line Designs balloon. I've done some random stamping with the script stamp from the Tim Holtz French Marketplace set. For the horizontal piece of stamping I've used the Elegant Flourishes set again but I've stamped on to tissue paper and cut around the pattern. I then very lightly blended some DI around the edges. To create the layers in the centre I've used another stamp from the Artistic Outpost Exposition set and stamped on packing paper and used some Katzelkraft stamps on the card layer. The hearts are all cut out using a Sizzix die and I've dry embossed two and heat embossed two with silver EP.

The year is also from the Paris Exposition set but when it started out it was 1889, which was really handy as I needed 1988 ! So I stamped the date, cut it up and re-arranged the numbers ! The main image is a Flonz Craft stamp which I thought was perfect for an anniversary card. The flower is made from Crinoline and the Tattered Florals die, I've just tipped the edges with some Broken China DI. The large letters and numbers are all cut using the Tim Holtz WordPlay die. For the numbers I've blended DI over them and then, using a Versamark pen, I've drawn around the edges and then embossed with silver EP. The letters have been painted with acrylic paint and had a coat of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze added, then a top coat of acrylic paint. The little corner embellishment is by Melissa Frances and I've painted it with watered down acrylic paint. To finish, I zipped around the edge with my sewing machine, some of the gorgeous May Arts crocheted lace and some seam binding.

So, that's one down .........still too many to go !

I'm also entering this card into the Artistic Outpost Referral challenge for March which is anything goes.