Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, Cats

It's Christi's first turn at hosting the Craft-Room Challenge this week and as a completely bonkers cat lady, even worse than me, her choice of theme is CATS.

The prize comes from one of our fabulous sponsors, The Stamp Man.



Here is my sample.  It is not often that I use DP but having recently rediscovered this set thought it should be put to good use and it is pretty.   I've used a contrasting paper with the tag die with some yellow ribbon behind.   The main topper used 2 stamps, the frame with flowers is by Stampendous, the cat in the middle is an old Personal Impressions, think they fit really well together.   All colours done with Promarkers.

We would love you to join us at the least take a look at the terrific samples my roomies have made.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Craft-Room Challenge, A Summer Garden

It's been an interesting couple of weeks for us on the Craft-Room Team with discussions around quality of entries and what we are really looking for. As a result our rules have changed which are intended to encourage people who really enjoy (as we do) taking inspiration from our challenge theme.   Quality over quantity is our motto.

Hopefully this will not be to tough on Hazel who is our hostess this time.    Taking her inspiration from the season, here in the northern hemisphere, and the glorious weather we are enjoying Hazel's theme is Summer Garden.

Certainly deserves something a little different, at least for me.    Us Brits are well aware of the TV shopping channel 'Create and Craft' and their membership scheme.   Every couple of months or so they offer a special product to members who only have to pay the P&P.   Recently the offer was a Craftwork cards kit to make this garland (well 3 garlands but I've only done this one so far).   Struck me as perfect for our Summer Garden theme.

I've used both the free kit and elements from another Craftwork cards kit that proved irresistible a couple of years ago.    Hope you are tempted and will join us and share your Summer Gardens with us at Craft-Room Challenge.

Our prize this time is a Tanda stamp set and a Woodware stamp set.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

1 Tag, 2 sides

























A fun little project that would have been my sample for the current Craft-Room Challenge until I decided on the panels instead.

Tag shapes cut with the TH die and then a window cut in one with the ticket shape die.    Tags coloured with Glimmer Mist.    A new Crafty individuals mask of birds in flight used with Adirondack inks and the ink dusters, the brushes get into the detail of the mask.   Crafty Individuals stamps used on both sides the flowers and dragon fly coloured with Sakura pens.  Some of the foil coloured with alcohol inks left from a previous project sandwiched between the two tags.   The double sided tag embossed with the sun rays folder.   Another dragonfly stamped onto acetate and fussy cut, a row of self adhesive gems used on the body.  The centres of the pink flowers have micro beads glued into them.

The whole thing has a wonderful shimmer/sheen that unfortunately does not come over in the photos but you get the general idea.

Looking around thought to share this with Sweet Stamping - Take Fight.



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.