Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Tuesday posting

Wow what great Scraplings we got to see from everyone last week and all so different from cute to Artsy they were all so Fab! A big thanks to all who played along. This week it is Altered Art week at Try it on Tuesday and the theme is "Dreams". This week we are sponsored by the Craft Barn.
For my project I chose to alter a clipboard I had laying around. I used Prima paper, White Dylusions paint, Promarkers, Misc script stamp, Aspects of design mesh stamp(from Christmas set), Technique Tuesday Eiffel tower upper letter stamps for title, Prima flowers and leaves, charms(misc), Tim Holtz grungeboard swirls, fabric scraps and this adorable old pic I had saved.

Now you can hop over to the Try it on Tuesday challenge blog for more inspiring projects from the DT. Don't forget that in order to be in the prize draw this week you need to post a link to our sponsor "The Craft Barn" in you post submission.
Now it's your turn.....I look forward to see all your dreamy Altered art projects!
Thanks for taking the time to stop in and take a peek and Have a wonderful day. Angela

Sunday, 29 May 2011

New card for Less is more

I have been following this challenge site "Less is more" where you are asked to make a simple clean card within the given criteria. This weeks challenge is to put your image in one of the squares of the card(4 corners and center). I chose to put my image in the bottom right corner.
For my card I used Tim Holtz Spring stamps and light and dark green distress inks to stamp the shrub and accented it with Smooch white pearl inks. The butterfly is part of my napkin collage kit and is decoupaged onto the card. I actually like how simple the card looks. I'm think I may have to partake in this challenge more often as it is a nice break in between more complicated projects.
I have a few other projects I also completed today but cannot post them as they are still drying. I will post them later in the week.
I did have all intentions of taking a pic of all the cakes I baked and posting it but as always I ran out of time and was packaging them for the bake sale at the very last minute. The Party in the playground went well on Friday. Thankfully we had decent weather with only a few sprinkles throughout the evening.

Here is a shot of some of the dancing with the band. They have this great Irish band that comes to play. There was lots of food, games and festivities all evening. Everyone had a great time.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening. Angela

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Stampotique Designer's Challenge 31

Here is another project I finished yesterday. I was going to post it last night but my headache got the better of me so I decided to wait till today. The new challenge is up over at the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge blog and this week the theme is ACETATE. You have to use it in some way in your project.
Since I did a tag last week, this time I decided to make a scrapbook page using a piece of packaging for the background. I just cut off the sides and trimmed it to a 12X12 size. This is my first bit of Acetate in my project.

Above is the packaging I used as the base of the page.
Below I place and adhered my pictures as well as stamping in Stazon Black the Stampotique 3 girls image on my acetate.
Next I placed on my letters on the front side of the layout then I stamped in a line again with Stazon black using the feet of the Stampotique crafter stamp then I painted over it in white Dylusions. I also painted on the back of the stamped girls image using Dylusions white paint

While waiting for the paint to dry I added some more stamping using the hand and heart of the Stampotique crafter stamp. (I am limited in Stampotique stamps and try to stretch them where I can by using bits of the images and since this challenge calls for only Stampotique images I had to do that) Also on acetate you do not have to worry about masking because the bits you o not can be easily wiped off by rubbing a Promarker blending pen over the bit and wiping with a dry soft cloth. This is the before bit.
While leaving everything to dry I cut some bits of left over Acetate packaging(My second bit in the project) into some circles and ovals. I then coloured them with promarker(the leaves) and heated until crinkly. For the circles I heated them till they were wavy then I put them together with a brad and painted the center underneath with white and left to dry.

Lastly I cut and distressed my papers and added them to the back of the Acetate under the photos. I also added the tags and charms. the stars at the top are Eyelets and the white ribbon is threat through to create a wall hanging. I also edged the corners of the Acetate with Stazon to make them stand out a bit.

And here again is my completed page.

Now remember the tag I did a bit back using recycled materials for the Stampotique challenge 30? Here it is again.

Well it was picked as a Favourite in the challenge. I was so shocked to see it up there when I went to look at the newly posted challenge! Here is the original link to the post.

Now I am off back to my baking as I still have to make several cakes for the party in the Playground at the School tomorrow. It is a great event but I really(fingers crossed) hope it does not rain as it is outdoors. Hopefully it rained itself out today with all that rain.

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day. Angela

The Stamp Man challenge #23

Challenge # 23 over at the Stamp Man is to use a Recipe Bingo. You had to select at least 3 ingredients and they had to be in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally)and make your project with those ingredients. I started by selecting Blue, Ribbon and Sparkle & Bling on the diagonal but then decided to go further and try and use all the ingredients.

So for my card I used:
Broken China Distress ink for the background ------------------Blue
Red striped ribbon------------------------------------------------Ribbon
Basic Grey and Kaiser gems--------------------------------------Sparkle and Bling
Aspects of Design Across the miles stamp(Script and flower)---Homemade Background
Script piece of background torn and inked in Blue----------------Torn/Ripped
Aspects of Design Across the Miles stamp(big flower)-----------Red & EP
Center of flower- chipboard button Graphic 45------------------Diecut
Faux stitching around card using perforater tool and ink--------Stitching

I am entering this into the Stamp Man challenge #23.

Well my allergies are much better today although the headache is still hanging around a bit. Guess it just takes a bit of time.
Today I did not get as much done as wanted as it has been a crazy day, my lovely dog decided to go bonkers this morning and break a very special item of mine given to me by my mother many years ago. Aside from the regular cleaning I had to clean up all the glass and broken ceramic. (Sunny did not get cut). After that was done and I finished the wash I discovered that my darling daughter had hung wet clothes in her closet so everything had to be re-washed.......3 loads later finally some craft time.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Playing with Gesso

Over at the Craft Barn the Challenge is Gesso. There are some great inspirations from their designers on various ways to use Gesso in your projects. Now I have used Gesso as a primer before but that is about as far as I have gone so I was particularly intrigued by the dimensions and textures Andy got on some of his projects especially when adding elements under the Gesso. So i decided to give it a go. I can tell you that i am not too thrilled with the project and the technique. I guess it takes a lot of patience and layers. I may have put the Gesso on too heavy as it took a very long time to dry.
So for my project I used 2 mini canvas pieces and added the Gesso all over them. Next I added a layer of lace and went over it with Gesso mixed with Alcohol ink. the bits in the front are all from Tim Holtz(except the flower which is Imaginisce)I trimmed them and coated with Gesso then shadowed with my Promarker and glued in place.
I placed Tissue tape from Tim Holtz around the outside of the canvas and connected them to make them close together(Like a book). On the inside I used Gesso over the clock face and hands(Tim Holtz). On the other side I used another flower from Imaginisce and 2 Prima leaves and also painted Gesso over them. When dry I added some acccents with my promarkers and coloured the inside with my blue promarkers on the canvas. The wood on the inside is coloured with Walnut stain.
I have made this for the Gesso Wishing Well challenge at the Craft Barn. If I have some extra time this week I might try some more with the Gesso.

So now on another subject, They're Back!!!

This is one of the birds we have living in the eve by the front door. They have made the nest twice the size as last year so I wonder how many babies we will have this time. Last year we had 5 and 4. Yes they had 2 batches one right after the other. They are lovely to look at and very adorable until you see the mess they make. Especially since anyone coming to the door needs to watch out for an unexpected surprise or a birdie attack. But they are cute right.....

Well that is all I have for now. Not too much on the crafty front as I have been over taken by my allergies lately and my medicine is making me a bit tired. It is hard time even concentrating. I am hoping that they will be better tomorrow as the wind is supposed to die down a bit which should help. Fingers crossed........

So with that I will bid you a good evening and thank you for stopping in.

Where does the time go?

I can't believe it is Tuesday again. Where does the time go? Well You know what Tuesday means....It's time for a new Challenge at Try it on Tuesday. This weeks theme was chosen by our teamie Carole. She has challenged us to make scraplings!

What is a Scrapling you ask? Its the bit of card you trim off to make a square card from an A4 sheet. I think it looks like a tag in a way. There is a link on the Try it on Tuesday site takes you to a blog where Scraplings are explained in detail.

So above you can see my scrapling. I added some embossing with clear EP and Tim Holtz sewing stamps on the background. It is then inked over using Distress stains then the whole piece it covered with perfect medium and embossed again with clear EP. Next I covered the entire piece with Fusible Webbing and heated. Finally I stamped Tim Holtz's Dress form stamp on top using Perfect Medium black and embossed with obsidian gold Moonglow EP. The final piece was then sewn and the lace, flower, mesh and pin added.

Are you inspired yet? Now it's your turn to show us your Scraplings and head on over to the Try it on Tuesday challenge blog to see what my team mates have all created to help inspire you. I cannot wait to visit and see what you do.

Thanks for visiting me and have a wonderful day. Angela

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Cards using my napkin Collage kit from US Artquest

This weekend we were up in Skipton so Belle and I stopped in The Stamp Man for their open house. It was great to see everyone again. I got some fab stamps I have been admiring along with some much needed refill bits and more napkins for my napkin Collage kit from US Artquest. I so love this kit and I am loving playing with the pretty napkins both in the kit and ones I pick up here and there as well as stamping my own.These are some of the cards I played around with.
The one above used Tim Holtz sewing stamps, Promarkers, Plain and flower napkins, Distress ink, Distress stains and white/blue card.
This next card uses Tim Holtz Christmas, Bird branch and flower flourish stamps , Aspects of Design mesh stamp(Christmas set available from The Stamp Man)Bird napkins, Distress inks and white card.
My last one is an ATC and uses Lavender and blank napkins, Distress inks, Aspects of Design Butterfly stamp, Promarkers and Distress stains.

I have a few other things I am also working on but most of them are in stages because they require a lot of dry time. Lets just say may hands are covered in Gesso. I will post them in a day or so. Off to bed now since I am nursing a sinus headache and have to work tomorrow. Hope I can sleep a bit..... that would be a change. Maybe I will be up later.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping in and have a lovely evening.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

What a week......and MAWTT challenge 99

This week over at MAWTT the challenge #99 is to use a provided sketch. Above is the card I made for the challenge. I used Reminisce papers and Bazzill card. The image from Stampin Up is inked with Archival ink and coloured with my promarkers. I then accented with my Faux sand(you can find the tutorial on my side bar or here) and some shells. The sun is hand made from some pale yellow card. Now you can see the DT's great inspirations and the sketch over at MAWTT here.

My next project below is my postcard for the postcard swap over at UKStampers.
The Theme is Beauty. I used Tim Holtz stamps and distress inks for the flowers. the butterflies are from an Aspects of Design set from The Stamp Man and coloured with Promarkers. The background of the card is inked with Distress inks. Finally the flowers are dotted on using Smooch Distress ink and the Butterfly is covered with Glossy accents.

Not as many projects as I hoped to complete yesterday but we had a bit of a scare and wound up at the Hospital to see a doctor for Belle last night. She had some type of allergic reaction. By the time we got there she was covered from head to toe in hives. poor thing had them in her hair and back and everywhere. So between the high fevers, Ear infection and now the latest trip to the hospital it has been a crazy week. Miss Belle is much better now. The doctor gave her an antihistamine so most of the hives are gone. Fingers crossed she has no more problems this week.
Well that is all my goings on for now. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Angela

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Wow I am on a roll this week.

I have been able to do some catching up with scrapbook pages this week. I am so Loving the inspirations at Scrap Jacked. This time I jacked Christine's layout and modified it to a 12X12 size.
For this layout i used Bo-Bunny papers. the main background is stamped with a script stamp and walnut ink. The tabbed page under the photos is inked with old paper and then crackle glaze. once dry I used walnut ink on top. On the top of the page I used a large photo and trimmed it wide. The trim on the bottom is from my stash. The bottom tag is from flair seaside set tied with some twine. The small picture at the top can slide behind the tab sheet. The letters are from Rusty Pickle.
Now I am off to get some more creating done. Maybe I might even jack another layout from the Scrap Jacked May challenge. All the inspiration to choose from makes it so easy.

Hope you enjoy the day and thanks for stopping in. Angela

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

New ATC's

Over at UK Stampers the May ATC Swap theme is "A Vintage affair" . I had some other ideas but did not have any vintage images I could use. I found a decoupage sheet with some vintage ladies on it so I cut them out and coloured with my Promarkers. The backgrounds are stamped with Tim Holtz classic mini stamps and perfect medium then embossed with clear EP. The letter for each of the girls is cut from regular white paper then inked with Old paper distress ink and then written on and glued into place in girls hand. I then inked the backgrounds with different colour distress inks. Next the images are glued on. Finally I added bits of trim(paper bows and feathers)to finish them off. I really like how they turned out.

On the home front Miss Belle is feeling better finally and back to school. Now if only I could get rid of this headache. Now off to get some more work done.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely evening. Angela

This week on Try it on Tuesday we are Rolling back the years. You can make anything as long as it reminds you of the 70's - Go think back to Music, Movies, TV programmes, colour schemes and fashions of the 70's.

Now for my 70's project this week I did an ATC for GREASE. One of my favourite movies from the 70's. I remember getting the Album and playing it all the time. For my ATC I printed some lyrics from the soundtrack for the background and a miniature of the movie poster. I then distressed, crumpled and then embossed the black to make it like an old leather jacket. I then layered it over the card and distressed it some more. Lastly I added some silver trim doodling for the zipper line and added the date 1978 When the movie came out.

Sorry the photo came out a bit blurry but my camera is giving me problems again. Either I get an over flash or no flash. I really need to get me a new one someday.

Now for some more inspiration hop on over to Try it on Tuesday and check out all the wonderful inspiration from the rest of my team mates.

looking forward toseeing al your 70's projects now.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week. Angela

Monday, 16 May 2011

New Layout for Scrap Jacked May challenge.

There are some really great inspirations up over at the Scrap Jacked May Challenge. This time I chose to jack Lisa's layout. I used paper from The Paper Studio and Carolees for the background and stamped it with flourishes from Anna Griffin. The photos are mounted on snippets paper from Flair. Some I stamped with a mesh stamp. I painted behind the mounted pictures with Dylusions white paint. My flowers and fancy bird are from Prima. Shell stickers are from Reminisce. Lace pieces I had bought from Amsterdam last year. Pearl trims are from Kaiser and Flair. Also used shell charms tied with some twine. lastly I added a title and some little birdie stickers(custom)
Here is a closeup of the left page
And the right page.

I used the photos from our trip to the US last summer. Belle spent a day at the beach with all her dancing friends.

I have spent the day home with my little sickie today(aside from taking her to the doctor) as she has an ear infection. Poor thing has lay on the sofa all day sleeping. I hope she is feeling better tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

New card and Candy news!

Wow Blogger is really proving to be a problem this week. I finally got my posts back but all my comments are gone and I assume my comments left on other blogs are gone now too. Arrgh! this is so frustrating......
Challenge 98 over at MAWTT is being hosted by Brenda from Bumblebees and Butterflies and sposored by Crafty Emma's store. Brenda has Chosen 2 B's for the challenge so it needs to include 2 things that begin with B. Brenda is also having a having a little Blog candy giveaway for her birthday and reaching 201 followers! You can check it out over on her blog here. I have never played in this challenge blog before but since I love Brenda's blog I decided to have a go and created this card.
For this card I used the same image as on my ATC's this week. I just love these stamps and colouring them with my grey Promarkers and a spot of red. I also used 7 Gyspies paper, Tim Holtz Tissue tape, a metal Button and some thread tied in a bow. The Birthday stamp is a miscellaneous wood mounted stamp we have had for ages.
I am entering this card into the MAWTT challenge 98 Two B's
My B's for this challenge are Boys(in the stamp)Black(Black and white colouring and papers), Button, Bow(in the button), Birthday sentiment, Balloon and Birds (in the sky).
Now I am off to fight some more with Blogger. Have a great weekend and Thanks for stopping in. Angela

Friday, 13 May 2011

Stampotique Designer's Challenge 30

The challenge this week over at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog was Recycling. How could I resist. I am one to save everything and use most things. Here is what I started with.

Some used inky paper towels(used to wipe excess inks when using sprays and such with templates), A plastic box from coasters we purchased, some bubble wrap and some material scraps. First I cut the plastic and stamped my Stampotique Mermaid stamp with Archival ink. I then coloured the back with promarkers. I then painted over the back of it with white paint to make the colour stand out.

While that dried I layered and decoupaged on the paper towels onto a tag. I used the bubble wrap dipped in Dylusions Teal paint to stamp a bit on the tag. When both parts were dry I layered the plastic piece on top of the tag and added some glue dots covered in glitter. Finally I added a bit more of the paper towels in the corners and added the strips of scrap material coloured with promarkers as a tie.
I am entering this into the Stampotique Designer's Challenge 30

Now I found out at work today that it was one of the teachers birthdays tomorrow at school. So In between my crafting when I got home I was making some cakes for the class. The medium and small ones are chocolate sponge, the one to the left is vanilla sponge and the one in the center is Country apple cake(for the teachers). All I have to do now is slice and fill them then top them.

Unfortunately blogger has been having problems so I actually had this ready to post yesterday but it got deleted when blogger went down. I happened to save it to a file before moving out of the screen though so I did not have too much typing to go once it came back up. I definitely do not miss the days in MIS being on call 24 hours and having to fix problems when the system decided to go down. Does bring back memories though.......Now I am just a frustrated end user waiting for the system to be restored.
So now that this post is a day late I can tell you that the cakes went over really nicely. The kids loved them. Now I am off to catch up on 2 days of not blogging.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Angela

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

New ATC's

Today was not very productive as I spent most of the day cleaning. I tend to do that when I get stressed or upset with something as it calms my nerves. Some people eat...I clean. You think I would be thinner...Not! I did find a bit of time to take a little break to make my ATC's for The Stamp Man's May ATC Swap. This month the Theme is Friendship.
My First ATC uses Dylusions spray inks with a water sprayed template over top. The image is stamped and embossed before the spraying is done.
My next ATC uses a scrap of Prima paper on the background where I then added the friendship quote I found online. Because it was so big I really could not do too much more so I just added a bit of stamping(using Tim Holtz flower swirl) on the bottom using Distress inks in various green shades and then dabbed on the little flowers using Smooch Pearl ink. The border around the quote is doodled.
My last ATC is my favourite. I stamped the image(Faye Whittaker) in black Archival and colored the picture using my Gray Promarkers. I then colored the balloon red to make it pop and added the quote. The image is then added to a Walnut inked background to create a frame effect. I had added a little edging in grey to the image card which when layered onto the Walnut looks like it is in a frame.

Well that is all my craftiness for today. I am hoping tomorrow will bring a bit more. I still have so much catching up to do with my journals and other projects. At least i can get some more catching up done tonight with my blog reading.

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day. Angela

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

A few cards

The Challenge this fortnight over at The Stampman challenge blog is Poppies....You must add a Poppy somewhere in your project. Janet is also collecting cards from anyone willing to donate them to use in a Fundraiser for the Skipton British Legion you can find out details about that here. Of course I only have one stamp that is Poppy related but I do like my card even though it is simple. I started on the one above then opted for more red related tones and went with the one below but when finished with that one I did not like it much so I went back to the original. I just cannot make up my mind.
For the one above I used Prima papers. I stamped the Poppy stamp (Got it at the Stamp Man)using black Perfect Medium and embossed with clear EP. I then coloured the poppies with red Promarker. I layered it on the reverse side of the paper and also on some 7 Gypsies scrap paper with music. Lastly added the ribbons from my stash. I liked the Pinks and Greens that came through the stems and un-embossed portions.

For this version I inked the same stamp with Black Perfect Medium and then used Tim Holtznew reverse script stamp and inked off some of the ink. I then inked and embossed using clear ep. I used Basic grey and 7 gypsies papers and a Tim Holtz "Cherish Charm" with some lace under it like wings. The pearls are from kaiser.

So now the big question..Which do you like better?
I am entering the Top one with the brighter colours into the Stamp Man "Poppy" Challenge, but Janet I will be sending you both cards for your fundraiser.

Nextly a big thank you to all that left such lovely comments on my big news post yesterday. Some of you had asked what time it will be on for the 31 and that I am not sure of. I saw Dawns schedule is 2-4 so I wold assume it would be somewhere in that time frame on the QVC craft show. If I find out any differently I will post it. Only 21 more days to go...I am sure my nerves will get the better of me by then.

On a side note......I have to tell you I am so mad at Microsoft Internet explorer right now. I have been having problems reading some blogs for quite awhile now but it was very random. Only the top part of the blog would come up in IE but no content. I had figured out that I could read them in Google Chrome so I would just read those there as all my bookmarks and such are in IE. Well now my blog had done it to me too. It crossed to the point of no return with IE so I have been forced to move to Google Chrome for all my blog work. It is such a pain because I had my browser customised for easy working. This all went south on Sunday and I could not even leave comments on blogs using IE anymore. After several hours of research on the subject I just opted for the easier solution....Switch Browsers. So my gripe is Whey does Microsoft have to be so annoying. Can't they just play nice in the sandbox with all the other tools......
If I have not been around to visit your blog lately this is partly the reason and I dearly apologise. Now that I have switched my browsers I am hoping to get caught up on my reading and commenting soon.

Now to go off and get caught up a bit in that.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

New Tag for Tuesday and I can finally share my news....

This week over at Try it on Tuesday is Tags. the theme chosen by Yvonne is "One for the Boys" and I can say that it was a hard go this week as I do not own much boy/Man related stuff especially stamps so I wound up using some clear stickers from SRM and Distressing them on a tag. I inked the tag with several distress inks, Distressed the edges and added some crackle. The twine is some scrap from packaging.
Now hop on over to the Try it on Tuesday Challenge blog to check out what my teamies have come up with. You will not be dissappointed.

Now for my news......

A while back I posted a snippet about a contest and a card.....

Here is the card I did with my Paper piecing dogs. This was the top of the card with the 2 dogs coming through some gift wrap.
and here is the 3rd dog on the inside again popping through.....
I had entered this card in the Dawn Bibby Birthday competition last year and it Won!

So....What did I win?

On May 31, My friend and I will get to go to the QVC studio and attend a Craft masterclass with Craft Expert Dawn Bibby. I also get the chance to appear live on the show with Dawn, that is a scary thought, they told me to wear something nice....Hmmmm guess I getter go shopping. It has taken so long to work out the date that I did not want to post about it until I had specifics and now I do. I cannot believe it is almost here....Wow.

Now I must get to bed as I have to work tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

New ATC challenge blog

There is a new ATC challenge blog called ATC Challenges . The first challenge IS "Anything goes" So as long as it is an ATC it is good. This made it hard as there is so much to choose from . We had these beautiful butterfly napkins so I decided to work with a Grey scale card background and add the coloured butterfly. I originally wanted to use another more colourful butterfly but it was too big so I went with the red one.

I inked the background of a white card with black soot on the edges. Then I used Aspects of Design Butterfly stamp set from the Stamp Man and Black Archival ink coloured with Grey toned Pro markers. The flowers are done using Tim Holtz stamps and the same ink. The red butterfly is cut from a napkin in my Napkin collage kit and then collaged on. The Butterfly Pavilion stamp is coloured in using red Promarker, Crackle and layered on red stripey ribbon. The edging around the card is done using a white pen. I do like the contrast with the grays and red and the way the edging came out.

I am now off to do some more blog reading.

Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day. Angela

Saturday, 7 May 2011

things to do with Beeswax

This week the Wishing Well Challenge at the Craft Barn is using Beeswax for a project inspired by one of their DT creations. I seem to be in a technique mode this week so once again I decided to pull out the beeswax and melting pot and have a play. I was inspired by the way Michelle dipped her flowers and leaves so I set to playing with that first. The cover of the little technique book is inked with Tim Holtz Distress stains. The title was stamped onto tissue paper and then layered on with melted Beeswax and a brush. I then washed over it with Walnut Distress Stain and then added the stamped image randomly around.(Cherry blossom stamp from Amuse). The flower is made from wire twisted into petals and then dipped into the melted Beeswax(I did turn the heat down to 120 on the melt pot for this one so that the wax began to cool on the petals if it is at the full temp it just melts right through). This was a fun technique. I positioned the petals while the beeswax was still warm and wrapped together with floral tape. It is then coloured just a touch with Promarker. the Leaves are from Prima and just dipped in the wax then positioned. I also added a pearl pin and some Lace.

The next page is I think one of my favourites. I brushed the page with Distress stain in Wild Honey then stamped image using Tim Holtz Sewing stamps and Walnut ink. I then added some beeswax by using a brush and brushing from bottom up sparsely. Once cooled I scratched off some of the wax using a credit card and then inked the piece using Walnut Distress ink. then wiped it off. I am not sure why but I got that purple colour like paint. It looks really neat.

This next technique uses Stencils. I inked the background with a light blue distress ink then placed the diamond template on top and brushed on melted beeswax over the template. With the template still in place I scraped off the excess from the template and removed. I then brushed on Lilac Velvet Starburst Stains and blotted dry. Once dry I ironed off excess wax between 2 clean sheets of card. I finally stamped the images using Tim Holtz Sewing stamps and embossed the dress stand using Midnight Saphire Obsedian EP.

Next technique I did not like as much this time. I stamped the entire background using Tim Holtz Sewing stamps and then uses a cookie cutter with the beeswax to stamp on the bottom. I then added several stain colours and wiped off. the excess wax was removed by ironing between 2 sheets of card. I then added the 2 cleaner stampings in black. The flower is dyed with Distress stains and the dipped in wax. the button(another of my favourites) is wrapped in thread and then I dripped a drop or 2 of beeswax in the middle.

This last technique I am not really sure of. I was just playing around with some textures. I coloured the background using Distress stains and then wrapped it with thread. I then dipped another doubled up piece of thread in the melted wax and positioned it on the piece. I clipped the top off a pin and added as a needle. I then covered the entire piece with wax and melted off excess. I liked the way the thread took the wax and it was able to be pressed into place and shaped(taking notes for later projects).

Each of the pages is backed with card and the technique used is written on it. This was I can remember them later.

I think I might have to do this little book technique thing for some other projects too as it is both fun and productive.

Now I am off to pull in the laundry. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Where does the time go?

I had all good intentions of finishing this fortnights challenge at the Stamp Man challenge Blog but here I am last minute. I guess with only getting back from holiday last thursday and starting back up at school I lost track of the time. The challenge this fortnight was to Resist. You cold use any resist technique wanted. Of course i could not decide what technique to use so I played around with a few and before I knew it had a bunch of samples so I decided to make a little Technique tag book. Each page uses a different technique but I tried to keep the butterfly theme throughout. This was the title page. This Fairy stamp was from the Stamp Mans Sale room. I love it. It is stamped on Gloss paper and coloured with distress inks then covered with Glossy Accents just on the image. I then used a stencil and added the diamond pattern which resisted the image due to the Glossy accents.

This tag used a resist technique with water. I used a template and sprayed water through it. Then I spritzed with Dylusions spray ink and the pattern showed up. the butterflies are stamped on from Tim Holtz Stamps and embossed with clear EP. The writing is then stamped over top and wiped off the butterfly which resisted the ink.

This page (sorry the camera flashed a bit bright) is stamped using Perfect Medium Black on gloss paper and then inked over with Distress ink. the Butterflies are then stamped in Archival black. the stamps used here ate from Aspects of Design stamps from the Stamp Man.

The tag is stamped with Perfect Medium clear then sprayed with Dylusions spray inks. It is then stamped over again randomly using the same stamps and Archival ink in black. Lastly the big Butterfly is added.

This resist technique uses another stamp from The Stamp man in a mesh design. It is stamped with perfect medium and embossed with clear EP. The music Stamp is added and then I used Brown Dylusions paint to go over the embossed image. The small Butterflies from Tim Holtz stamps are then embossed on the bottom and the Big butterfly added.

This Technique is one of my favourites. I sprayed the card with different colour Dylusions spray inks then stamped the images using perfect Medium Clear. I then sprayed the entire piece with a darker blue Dylusions spray ink and blotted off. Very easy.

This is another fun technique but a little more time consuming. I used Bees Wax for this one. A Diamond cookie cutter is dipped in melted Bees Wax and then stamped continuously on the background. I then painted the background with Violet Purple Starburst stains. Once dry it is put in between 2 pieces of card and ironed to remove the wax. I then added the butterfly.

This technique stamps the image using Perfect Medium Black and is then rubbed over using new Tim Holtz Stains in Blue. I then added the same stamped over top and embossed using clear EP. The butterflies are added with Distress inks and clear EP. Lastly the flowers on the 2 added branches are painted using Smooch pearl ink.

This last technique didn't photograph very well but it is inked with a light blue Distress ink then clear paint is added though a diamond stencil. Once Dry the darker blue Distress ink is added over top and wiped off the resisted area. I then added the Tim Holtz stamped bushes and butterfly in brown dye ink. and scratched over the tag using walnut ink and a credit card.

Each technique is written on the back of each tag to remember later.

This was such a fun Challenge and I wound up with a great technique book besides.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.