Sunday, 28 June 2015

Problems With The Bowjo

Hello.  Welcome.  Do you ever find yourself trying to incorporate a certain item into a project and it just won't go?  Or in the next project!  Or the next!!  Usually for me that's buttons, but this week it's been bows.  At The Craft Barn the challenge was bows.  How difficult is that then??  Well!!  So here it is.  On the line yet again.  A card with bows.  Well, a bow.  And a party animal.  No really.  A real party animal.  

I used the Die-namites sketch and Die-namites Party Animal.  Ain't he cute.  I used bronze card to cut him out and took advantage of the black core by sanding some texture onto his tail, face and paws.  I filled in the detail with other colour cut pieces.  I used MME and Authentique patterned papers.  I used Salty Ocean Distress ink on the top layer and also around the card edges.  I created a faux emboss look by cutting Sizzix Party word from the same paper Authentique and adding it to the background.  Three strange little sequins I found in the cheap shop the other day with the stars from the Party Animals hat added to the center.  Love those little negative cuts LOL.

And a bow.  Don't forget the bow.  Ready to party??  OMG It's a bow on a bow wow ROFL.  And look it's not even midnight.......

Joining the fun at
Die-namites June Sketch Challenge and Dare - Manly
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Use a Bow
That Craft Place Challenge - Layers 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Girls Prerogative

Hello.  Welcome.  This started as something and metamorphosed into something very different.  Quite appropriate considering the butterflies.  

I started with a kraft panel, white embossed Hero Arts Word Pops background stamp and added some Brusho colour.  

I added a brown Cheery Lynn English Tea Party doily, toned it down with some gesso and then spritzed with gold shimmer spray.  

I dyed the string with Distress Vintage Photo ink.  The butterflies are the large butterfly from Hero Arts/Sizzix Collage Background stamp.  I stamped on paper I had coloured with watercolours and fussy cut.  I added some wire for antennas and the sentiment is from Hero Arts/Sizzix Bicycle set. I wanted a bright background card, but the raspberry was a bit bright, so I smeared on some Distress Walnut Stain.

Joining the fun at
Hero Arts - Tic Tac Toe Challenge circles, background stamp, watercolour
A Blog Named Hero - Sketch Challenge
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 190 - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 13 - MMMC#6 Stamps 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp and Mist

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz 

Friday, 26 June 2015

Interesting Technique

Hello Welcome.  A special big hi and hello to Mrs A.  So pleased you have joined my happy following.  I really appreciate all my followers, friends, lurkers and passin' thrus.  Hugz all round.  

OK, this one was inspired to life by Marks Finest Papers Challenge of white embossing on kraft.  So I decided to go big and use the Winter Wonderland Plate 6 from Paperartsy.  Love this lady

OK, so I quite liked the curtains but the definition of the main image is a bit chancy.  Then someone decided the stars would look great with a bit of blue!!  Need to get me a hamster to blame for artistic mistakes and triumphs LOL

 So I decided to stamp her again and emboss with black.  Then I fussy cut her and added her to my panel.  But I liked the white stars!! so I stamped them again and embossed with white and stuck them on.  That's better.

I deliberately left a border when I stamped cos I had an idea to colour it so it looked like a picture frame.  I have used Bazzill as my substrate.  I like that the texture of the Bazzill shows through the embossing.  But it didn't like the embossing, warped like crazy, and it didn't like when I started adding diluted Walnut Stain to the edge.  First, it sucked up the liquid like a man three days in the desert.  Then it went floppy and soft like a wet tissue.  So I got a nice colour but when I tried to pick the piece off the desk the edge ended up a bit dog eared.  So I thought 'Why not?' and really scrunched it up.  And with the Walnut Stain colour it ended up looking like old leather.  Now, maybe someone has had this happy accident before and shared with you, but just in case I thought I'd explain how I did the edge.  I will definitely be investigating this technique again.  

Joining the fun at
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 267 - White Embossing on Kraft Cardstock
DRS Challenge 180 - Oh My Stars
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
OCS June Challenge - Anything Goes 

Thanks for dropping by.  Back soon. Hugz

Merry and Bright

Hello.  Welcome.  It's hotting up here at last.  It's a t-shirt day today.  Must get a picture of Bob flat out in the rabbit garden.  Although I am glad to see the sun it's warm for the small furries.  They are all lying stretched out trying to catch some breeze.  Lots of small birds visiting the pond for a bath.  Fun watching them splashing about. 

There is a CASE playground over at Stamplorations and Cornelia has put in a couple of cards using a stamp from Stamplorations Vignette Celebrate Artsy set to create a background.  The link above is to her Christmas version.  Here's mine

I know, it's a bit bright.  Well, I also wanted to join the One Layer Christmas Card challenge where the twist this time is Green.  So I picked a yellow base card and various shades of Distress ink.  I was going to stamp the background and then add a fussy cut detail til I remembered I was trying for one layer!!!  So I stamped the Paperartsy tree with Pine Needle distress.  A little late I decided to try and emboss the star and basket with gold and the tree with green powder.  The gold is patchy.  Which I like.  Sort of distressed.  The green is almost not there at all.  Just a little texture here and there.  I quite like that as well.  Then I masked and stamped the background. 

I added the two vertical word stamps from Marks Finest Papers Nutcracker set and embossed with gold.

Joining the fun at
OLCC Challenge 12 - Green
Stamplorations June CASE Playground
June Rudolph Days Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 
DRS Designs Challenge 180 - Oh My Stars  just the one LOL, on the top of the tree

Thanks for dropping by.  Back very soon with a couple more projects.  Best laid plans and all that jazz.  Hugz

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Bicentenial Crowd

Hello.  Welcome.  Stampotique are celebrating their 200th challenge.  I thought I'd join the party.  

I have stamped and masked and stamped and masked and stamped and masked and stamped and masked Birdie Up on a brusho background.  There's 200 of em but they couldn't all fit in the frame.  OK, maybe not 200.......  I couldn't find a stamp with 200th on it so please excuse my scribble.  I also checked to see what a 200th anniversary colour or gift was but it seems people don't stay married that long anymore.  Where's the commitment??!!   Some folk have no staying power.  I added the Unity sentiment 'hurry up and cut the cake' cos really, that's what we all came for.  Isn't it??

So happy 200th Stampotique.  I hope you had a lovely celebration.  And cake.  Lots of cake.  

Joining the fun at
Stampotique Designers Challenge 200 - Celebrate
VSC Challenge 33 - Hot Sunny Colours 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Favourite technique/product  I love brushos
OCS June Challenge - Anything Goes 

Thanks for dropping by.  All this talk of cake is making me hungry.  Hugz

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Wasteland of Lost Projects

Hello.  Welcome.  I haven't played over at PaperArtsy for a while and the theme this fortnight has been Hidden Things.  Well, this one has certainly been more of a challenge than anticipated.  I am going to hide all the things that have bitten the dust on the way to this final card.  Once I find the desk that has become hidden by them.  Good job I lost Thrifty Crafter LOL.  Is that enough things hidden Leandra?  No?!  OK, here's one more.  I was inspired by Helen's hidden text project. 

I've used Paperartsy Chatsworth paper for my panel, PA Moth stamp and Flower from petals 2 set .  I stamped the flower twice on patterned paper, embossed with black powder and fussy cut.  The moth was stamped and embossed on Chatsworth paper.  There's a little slot behind the flower to hide the moth's tail.  

Cos the tail has a hidden message


Zooooommmmmmmm.   Sorry, it just looks like he might be zooming.  

Joining the fun at

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Butterflies and Boots

Hello.  Welcome.  We had a few hours of summer today.  Hurrah.  But it didn't last!  Shame.  So I played with some Cheery Lynn dies.

I started by making a base card out of printed craft paper.  Then I masked the edges and used a brown promarker to colour the center panel

I used Cheery Lynn Old Barn Board, Barbed Wire, Arizona Cowboy and Mini Dimensional Butterflies dies, all cut from craft card.  The sentiment is a Unity stamp from Owl Pals set.  

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 189 - Keep It Krafty
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Butterfly
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Favourite Technique and/or Product I love dies
Unity Friends With Flair

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz