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Sunday, 7 February 2016

The end of an inky week-end

Well having lamented at the lack of crafting time working leaves seems I've made up for it this week-end.   I've been playing with my new Ken Oliver Colour Bursts.  These strong pigments need to be used lightly as I found out first time round.


My first effort was a mess used far to much powder and water.   Fortunately the mopping up kitchen towels proved to be much more interesting and useful.   This is part of one of them one of the added benefits of using these paper towels is the added texture they bring to a project.  The stamping is on an acetate panel, stayzon ink on one side alcohol inks on the other.   The flower is from Stamplorations, the sentiment, "Thank you for being you" is an old Hero Arts stamp.

I thought I'd share this on with
Country View Challenges - Make your own background + DT Call
Monthly themes for Crafting - Asymmetric (A FB group)



Second attempt.   This time water was brushed over the card, a little pigment sprinkled on and then brushed over, first the yellow and then the green.  One of the things I found and loved is that there are little specks of other colours in the mica.   The brushed/wash look is exactly what I was going for teaching me one fab technique with these powders, there is lots more to learn yet.

The two tree stamps are old Elusive Images stamps, the Birds old Andy Skinner polymer stamps as are the 'weeds' in the foreground.

Given the relative success here I'm sharing this with a new challenge on the block
Creative Carte Blanche - Try something artistic you have not done before.

Thats this week-end then, got to chase up the pension company this week I'm still waiting for the full details of my fund.

White on White, or Hearts and Flowers, CAS, or whatever


Or even look no ink!

White on White is a look I like a lot, putting it together can be problematic especially if you want to stamp, a white stamp on white card comes not show up very well.   Today I decided not to stamp but use diecuts instead.

The silhouettes make a lovely pair, the perfect valentines couple.   Those and the base heart are Marianne dies, the other die used is from Memory Box.  The flowers are from Tim Holtz.

Sharing this with
Allsorts - CAS
Less is More - White on White
Inkspirational - Photo inspiration












Fussy and Fancy - Monochrome

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Twofers - Numbers

Back at work for the last 2 weeks only a 3 month contact with an agreement to extend for up to 6 more months if we all agree.   Mixed feelings having nearly always worked it feels normal but it isn't what I want long term.  If I can get the happy balance of some work and roughly the same amount of time retiring it will be great.

Has meant less time of crafting of any kind which is a serious downside.  Still I have managed my sample for this fortnights challenge at Twofers.   Christi is our challenge leader this time and for our 13th challenge she has chosen the theme of numbers.    Recently we feel that we have been 'discovered' as more people are joining in which is great as a $20 prize from Alleystamp is always offered for the host's selected winner.   Thank you Alleystamp you are a terrific sponsor and as a customer your service is also recommended.

Here is the pair of cards I have created for the challenge this time.


I wanted to use the Kaiser Craft bingo card collages for my playing cards, it was only when starting that it became obvious that the same bingo card was used for them.  Fortunately I needed a pair of 6's.   For the 6 of diamonds the image was stamped in Versa mark 'London fog' and overstepped with the English Stamp Company's curvy diamond.   The 6 written in silver Sakura pen, those pens along with the Whisper pens are coming into their own with this set of cards.   Some of the unlinked elements of the image were filled with Whisper pens, I'm really pleased with the way he butterfly looks in the finished result.

The 6 of diamonds was first stamped with the English Stamp Company's heart, inked once and stamped 3 times the pattern repeated on the other side.   This was overstepped with the Kaiser Craft Penny Farthing/Bingo card collage.   This time I turned to my Inkylicious Dusters and Adirondack inks blending over with Red, Yellow, Green and Blue.    Making this pair was great fun, and marks the half way mark of the pack.

Both Christi and Jane have worked hard and created brilliant samples for our Number themed project as well.  They would love you to visit them and say Hi.

I am also sharing this with
Creative Fingers - Always anything Goes
Left of Centre - Things with Wings
Alphabet Challenge - You Choose
Moving along with the Times - Things with Wings



Sunday, 31 January 2016

Trying to photo mirror card

At this time of year with low light most of the time you need a flash and that gets flare.  So you scan it and that flattens it.   In desperation you resort to the iPad and presto a half way decent picture.

Some shadow but that is the best I can do.   Started this card last week having seen a colour challenge, at Your next stamp.

Going through my Promarkers I have hopefully matched the colours.    Firstly the base silver mirror card was coated with blender pen, then the colours scribbled over.  A blender base helps the colours to spread and merge, I continued to colour and blend until the background suited.  I wanted a kinda blurred, out of focus, riot of colour, not dis-similar to the inspiration picture.

To stamp in mirror card you need to use Stayzon or a similar.   These types of ink pads and solvent based pens do not mix.   Acetate to the rescue.   The butterfly is from Indigo Blu stamped in purple stayzon.   The acetate run through my large A4 platform big shot in an embossing folder.   The embossing is a taken from the bubbles in the image.

It is not that common that I use a sentiment but this card needed something.  Taking a white tag, Adirondacks inks and Inkylicious Dusters the pink and teal were blender over the tag and a little sunshine yellow added because I like it.   The word was a recent magazine freebie stamped in purple.

The whole assembled with split pins randomly placed in the corners, choice here carefully and selectively place of deliberately misalign them.  I went for misaligned.  once assembled everything stuck to base card with sticky pads.

Also sharing this with Simply Create too and their Something New challenge.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Post cards from my craft table

Got a few things to do today so thought I'd share a couple of Post cards I've made.

This one was made a couple of weeks ago, indulging my love of green


The Crafty Individuals main image stamped in black.   The swirl pattern stamped next over a mask so that it sits behind the main image.   Felt pens in various shades of green picked out the flora and design on the vase.   Grey felt pen added for a little shading and and filled a little more pattern on the vase.

I thought I'd seen a challenge 'Shades of Green' but checking Challenges for days could not find it again.

The next post card was made yesterday, been mulling about it and then was inspired by a couple of challenges to get on and do it.  I like post cards, all mine are 6" x 4'.


The stamps are from Clarity stamped in Archival Black.    The nearest one and the only one not a solid silhouette has been given a yellow 'blanket'.  Yellow brushed in on the left hand side indicating sun, small shadows added in grey pointing away from the 'sun'.

This was inspired by
Rubber Dance - Black, White and one other
Crazy 4 Challenges - Pop (mine is the pop of yellow)
Less is More - Recipe Use a Silhouette.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Ink and Butterflies

I'm going back to work on Monday!  Semi retired means that you do work some of the time but not all the time.   So there is this interim  contact 3 - 9 months look at improving some reporting processes and back to the not working part of Semi retired.

So I should get the house straight before starting work again right?  Yeah I should but my creativity has only just woken up and it was calling to me.


This as an old Mandala style butterfly I stamped and coloured it during the week.   Base layer is acetate the anterior are far too complicated to cut out.  Next two layers are the full butterfly image fussy cut and coloured in the same way with Promarkers.  Just the little wings next and finally just the body.   Base card colour dusted with yellow, blue and green adirondack same pallet as the main image.   Finally an another old wood mounted stamp in grey for the second butterfly and the sentiment.

Sharing the first card with;
Butterfly Challenge - I is for Inks

While making the card above the next card was forming in my head.



The flower is an old PSX Hydrangea stamp coloured with purple and green Promarkers and a little Bubblegum Pink Chameleon faded to almost clear.   Blender pen passed over the coloured image just to knock it back a bit.    The butterfly is from Hobby art stamped onto the card and onto acetate.   The side view shows the added dimension from the wings.

Sharing this 2nd card with
Craft Rocker Challenges - Clean and Simple

Lights gone for the day now.  Stay warm, stay safe.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Did someone say Hats?

Black and White, Elegant also seem to be themes at the moment.   They sent me running for my Rogue Redhead 'Milliners Girls'.    Very sadly Chief Rogue Shar. closed Rogue Redhead Designs at the end of last year.  The stamps she did produce and sell while in business were all winners & I have all but one plate.


Here are the three girls stamped in black memento and fussy cat, stamped image then stuck to a die cut topper.    White tissue paper with black print provides a simple background just breaking up the sea of white..   A small piece of treasured black and white ribbon & 3 black self adhesive gems.   No additional colour just pure grey all the way.   You know right that what we refer to as black and white are shades of grey from the ends of the spectrum?

Challenges who might like these cards are:
Can you Case It - Black and White Elegant (or B&W Fun)
Glitter and Sparkle - Monochrome (2nd entry)
The Craft Barn - Hats