Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Craft-Room Challenge Green Inspiration

 Green Inspiration
This gorgeous picture was created by Debi our hostess this fortnight at Craft-Room Challenge.   All Debi wants is to see is something created by you inspired by some part of the picture, it would also be nice for her to hear how you were inspired.


This is my take on the challenge.   3 Tando panels 15" x 5" each given layers of Mown Lawn Distress Paint and Peeled Paint Distress Stain.   A Crafty Individuals flock of birds stencil used on one with Imagination Crafts bronze glitter paste.   The tree parts, flowers and butterflies are all Tando from the same kit.   These were coloured with various mediums, the butterflies stamped as well with the stamp used on the panel and then everything arranged on the panels.    Before sticking them a stamp used on the opposite corner to the birds and other stencils used with Vintage Photo DI, the same ink used on the outside edges of the outer panels.   PVA glue applied to the back of each chipboard element will hopefully ensure everything should stay firmly attached.   Finally wanting to add more texture and searching my EP box I remembered setting up some 'altered' glue with green ep a while ago.    After melting the ep the glue pulled off the plastic fairly easily and pieces added to the boards.

So had all this to do with Debi's picture.   Well Green, I just love Debi's mood board, the grace and beauty of the images, the strong reflections of nature all combined to lighten anyone's mood.  This piece  of wall art will be displayed on the wall of my new home when that is decided on.

As always there will be a winner drawn at random from all the qualifying entries, this time we are sponsored by Crafty Individuals, and have some lovely goodies from them to send to someone.

Here are some great challenges I'm sharing this project with.
Love to Create - Bright and Sunny
Lunagirl Moonbeams - Use your favourite colour (Green just in case you had not figured that out)
Imagination Crafts - Anything Goes (using IC Glitter Paste)
and 1 I nearly forgot!
Fashionable Stamping - Dreaming of Summer


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Wedding/Anniversary

Looks like a my inspired by a tattoo challenge flummoxed a lot of you, but it is a challenge and I like to make them stretching.   Well done to all who did enter I really loved visiting your blogs to see your work and learn what inspired you.


Mervi is our hostess this fortnight, and as it is her wedding anniversary this week she has selected a very apt theme of Wedding/Anniversary for the new challenge at Craft-Room Challenge. 

Seeing the challenge I knew I wanted to use the Rogue Redhead Designs love birds, the only question was how.    Found some old printed floral card stock which I've used as the base card and taken my colour scheme from.   A mat of gold Vellum layered next and then the fun began.   White card embossed with a spellbinders deep embossed pattern.    There is a blank section of these folders, so with mould still under the card the birds were stamped and heat embossed with WOW fine detail gold ep.   The same ep used for the sentiment on a piece of white scrap card stock.   The frame for the sentiment was left over from a previous project involving the TH tag die.   But I get ahead of myself.    Having embossed the card Sunshine yellow brushed over the outer edge, and over the little frame.    ProMarker pens used to colour the raised design, Whisper pens were used to colour the birds.    Finally a little golden vellum die cut used to draw attention to the Love Birds.

We are very fortunate in our sponsors, they support us challenge after challenge.   This time we able to offer one winner drawn at random £10.00 to use at The Stamp Man's online shop.


Tempted, we would love to see your Wedding/Anniversary projects.  We all love sharing out work don't we, I believe that my card fits the following:

613 Avenue - Make your own challenge see site for chart. Col 1Image, Col 2 Sentiment, Col 3 Embossing (Wet and Dry), Col 4 Flowers, Col 5 Paper Punch, hopefully a die will be OK.

Just us Girls - Word Prompt BIRD



Tuesday, 1 July 2014

And another little project

Well I'm back at work now, how quickly you slot back in and feel as if you never went away!


A little something I'd been playing with for the last few days of my annual leave, I've actually given this one a name 'Timeless'.

The pocket watch shop is an MDF base 8" across and 10.5" in length.   The shape has been covered with Do-Crafts tissue the one with writing and roses.   The roses were coloured in with yellow ProMarkers.   The back panel is metal hand embossed with my favourite Sizzix plate 'Floral bouquet', I really enjoy hand embossing metal guess it is the same as rubber stamping gets you in touch with the project so you are not just manufacturing it but building a deeper feeling/relationship with it.   I know crafters will understand what I mean by that.

So wood covered, metal in place Viva Croco next in Turquoise and Copper and left to dry.    La Blanche stamps used directly onto the rim and onto card at this point just the dragonflies and orange flowers from the same set.   These were coloured in with Do-Crafts felt pens and Sakura glitter pens for the insects.   Images fussy cut and secured with silicone so they stand proud.   ProMarker pens used on the raised metal design.   Three die cut cogs left on my work surface for ages coloured black.   Still feeling it lacked something I looked at various ways to complete the project and finally decided on another La Blanche stamp from a different set.   This time coloured with ProMarkers and the blending pen used to add some highlights.  I used yellow and a turquoise shade to echo colours already used in the project.

Although made as a personal project and creative outlet I'd still like to share this with.

Altered Eclectics - Always anything altered goes

Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Always anything altered goes

Fashionable Stamping - Flowers

Crafty Cardmakers and More - Wooden it be lovely

All Crafts Challenge - Anything except Cards

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Day 16 of 16

Well the last 2 weeks have flown by but they have been full of fun and visits to some interesting and lovely places.

Yesterday I did get out and visit Tattershall Castle one of those places that at least partially survived Cromwells destruction of Royalist strongholds.   Here he commanded that the fortifications were demolished but allowed the tower to stand.

Today visitors can walk right to the top, 149 steps up a spiral staircase.    The stone hand rail is smooth from hundred of years of use and who knows how many hands.    The stone steps have all been filled in where years of use had worn hollows into the them.  

The visit set off a train of thought about England's History especially the reign of Henry viii and later the 1st Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.    First Henry in the 1530's ordered the confiscation of church property especially the rich abbeys Thronton amount them.   This led to their eventual falling into ruin, today they are quiet and interesting places to visit frequently in wonder at the workman ship that built them in the first place.

Then the British Civil War leading to a puritanical government and Cromwells 'reign' of terror resulting in so many old Norman established castles being destroyed.    Two significant periods both with their roots in religion both leading to bloodshed and destruction.

So another good day out ended with a visit to Let's Create, Jo Channon's shop in Tattershall.   Well being in the area it would have been rude not to visit wouldn't it?

Today, well for now I'm listening to/watching a recording of the Shadows Final Tour in 2004.   All that magical 1960's music and so much fun seeing these veteran musicians enjoying their music and still making the moves they did nearly 40 years earlier.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Day 15 of 16

It rained yesterday, not really the weather to go looking round ruins soI stayed at home.   Think today will be a normal kind of Saturday or maybe that will be tomorrow it would still be nice to go to Tattershall if I can.

So I used up some scraps.


A pre-cut page for my journal thingie, this was stamped last week with the flower filled piano but it did not work as planned and so set aside.   The embossed card used for yesterdays card a piece left over covered here with some kitchen foil previously experimented on.

The foil has been coloured with alcohol inks and other paints gilding flakes and glitter dropped onto the wet paints.    Old Johnsons floor polish dripped over and a piece of recycled acetate places on top.    I left this for several days and then separated the foil and acetate.    Ruined the Acetate with a stamp such is life.   The foiled placed over the embossed card and gently worked with 10SS tools to bring out the design.

The foil covered card hides the bad stamping on the base card.   The base card coloured with both DI and Adirondack inks, the lolly stick was pre coloured.    Both card and stick stamped with Crafty Individual Stamps the stick lined up to fit over the card.

It is playing like this and just finding out what happens that I love to do and these 'journal' cards are perfect to experiment on.

Sharing the results with
Daring Cardmakers - No scissors please
Left of Center - Use Metal

Playtime.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Day 14 of 16

So really with just the week-end to come my 2 weeks leave is nearly over.   Stayed at home yesterday as I do not want to make the sun burn worse.   No fear of that today so might be a good day to have a little more exploration, there are a couple of interesting properties at Tattershall.

On Wednesday updating the Challenges for Days list a few challenges caught my eye each contributed to the design of this card.


The panel has been embossed in a folder and the raised areas picked out in different green coloured ProMarkers.    The die cut butterfly is vellum also coloured with a green ProMarker.    The sentiment and the butterfly settling on it are stamped in yet more green.

The challenges are

Creative Inspirations - Clean and Simple
I Love Promarkers - Embossing
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Embossing
Butterfly Challenge - Monochromatic
Crafty Creations - Things with Wings
Deep Ocean Challenge - Favourite Colour Combination.   Green is my favourite colour here it is in various shades.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Day 13 of 16

The day has dawned light and bright again, this week is summer.   My face is rather burnt from yesterday and the is an interesting stripe on the right side where the arm of my glasses covers it.   Think this is from driving around with the car window open.

Well no crafting yesterday I was have such an interesting time at Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park.  Very interesting place with great spaces for the animals there helpful and informative staff, the whole place is clean and well laid out.

That made 2 wonderful visits to wildlife parks this week, here are a few pictures  of both places.


Mablethorpe Seal and Animal Sanctuary.   Here are two of the permanent residents seals who it was not possible to release.   I think there are about 6 permanent seal residents two types of seal are generally cared for here Common and Grey.   The Grey's often come from Donna Nook just up the Humber estuary where as cubs they might be injured or abandoned.  


There are several pools holding recovering and pre-release seals, who are all very playful and inquisitive.   This youngster spent a lot of time at this porthole while in the pool 4 or 5 others played.

Seals are not the only residents there is a beautiful pair of Lynx, Meerkats, Red Fox and Badger.   The foxes and badgers were injured on the roads and came here to recover and live permanently I caught a glimpse of a fox but their sections are very well arranged giving these lovely wild animals lots of privacy. 

As you walk around the gardens you pass aviary after aviary providing homes for many birds including a wonderful barn layout where if you peep through knot holes you can see 2 barn owls resting.   Reading the information notice you learn that each of these birds was injured and each has had one wing amputated.


Another aviary if home to these gannets.   This group sitting preening and sunbathing on this platform provided a fabulous photo opportunity.

So much to see, so much to learn a wonderful day out.

Yesterday and off inland to Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park.   I've already exulted their virtues above now here are some pictures.


There are 4 white wolves at the Park they have a large enclosure with lots of places to go for privacy.


There are 2 Siberian Lynx, this is the female checking out where that last piece of meat was.



Most of the birds are birds of prey and there was a magical flying display.   This chap wanders freely around the park possibly looking for his tail!








There is a tropical house with a butterfly section where I managed to snap these beauties.

Now that i know these two wonderful wildlife/zoological parks i will have to get my proper camera out and batteries charged before visiting again.

Not sure what today holds, think staying out of the sun might be a good idea!