Sunday, 31 August 2014

What Do You Sea?

Hello.  Welcome.  I have been working on a project for Crafty Individuals where this month the theme is Autumn Fashion.  Yep, another month over and I am posting on the deadline again.  I have been working with elements all month stamping, cutting, shuffling them around.  But it wouldn't come together.  So it would vanish under the stash on my desk only to resurface, get rearranged and submerge again into the chaos of paper and card.  Then I realised the problem was two seemingly disparate subjects that I was intent on using.  I mean, really, why not combine ladies underwear with giant turtles????..........

Then yesterday, with time against me, visitors in the house and day trips planned, the ideas all seemed to come together.  I'm hoping to explain a bit about why this has become a meaningful piece to me but I would also like to hear your thoughts.  Maybe it will mean something to you as well.  Or not.  What do you see??

I started making a background page using Crafty Individuals (CI) French Corsets and Oriental Fans stamps relating to ladies fashion.  Hats, bags, parasols, corsets, fans.  I coloured with Distress Inks and Stains in Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold.  Autumn Colours.  So there's fashion and autumn.   I mounted on a Tando Creative chipboard frame and backed with a sheet from one of the CI background paper books.  

And here's the turtle.  I stamped CI A Bright Future onto various CI background papers because I couldn't decide which colour I liked the best.  Then I ended up layering all three together and also onto a piece of black paper to give dimension.  Isn't she gorgeous!  The sentiment is the same stamp set on CI papers cut with a tag die

Some more Tando chippies coloured with Distress Stains.  The letters are a cuttlebug alphabet

Another CI stamp, Seagull Adventure and some fish cut from one of the seaside background papers

Here it is partly assembled with some more of the cuttlebug alphabet letters.  

The finished project.  
  • The save the whales isn't just for whales.  It's for everything and everybody but I couldn't think of a better phrase to engender the feeling of all-ness.  Also save the whales mentality is something I still consider fashionable.  
  • Live, laugh, love.  I was going to stamp laugh on the seagull but he has taken on a more serious persona.  Live, let people live and respect how they live.  And the whales and the turtles.  Love.  When you love there is no room for petty emotions and deeds.  
  • The seagull.  Is he a witness.  Or just a spectator.    Letting things pass by with no thought, deed or comment.   Or maybe he's more sinister.  Just waiting for his chance to grab whatever he wants.  
  • Turtles are so majestic.  Nature, freedom, hope.  And we must believe in a bright future.   

Sorry, I'm getting all philosophical and heavy.  And it's not even midnight.  Maybe it's just a turtle swimming through a load of ladies underwear.  May she swim a long time.  

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Love Your Dog

Hello.  Welcome.  Sometimes the thing about living in an adopted country is that normal things are extraordinary.  Many Norwegians have weekend homes they call cabins and tonight our friend offered to pick us up so we could visit them.  So he nipped across the fjord in his speed boat, picked us up from the quay and we bounced across the waves to have lovely food overlooking the fjord.  I found some cushions the other day with the words 'Norway, a little piece of heaven'.  Sigh!  So true.  Hee hee

It's almost midnight but I wanted to join Friends with Flair over at the Unity blog, so I inked a couple of recent additions to the stash and made this card

I stamped Unity Stamp Co. First Love, masked, then stamped Unity Stamp Co. Stitched Daffodils, both in black archival.  I layered on red and then mounted on white card.  That's it.  LOL  Keeping it simple. 

Joining the fun at
The Unity Stamp Co. Friends With Flair
Stampinback Challenge - Kinderkaart 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes 

Hope you have had a great day.  It's certainly been fun here.  Big hugs. 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Which Witch is This Witch

Hello.  Welcome.   I'm in Witch mode again tonight using the cute little witch from The Greeting Farm Spooktacular rubber stamp set.  

I've used YNS sketch.  My base card is silver.  For the border I used an embossing pen and black embossing powder.  On the RHS I used a paper mask but the other edges I just went for it.  I quite like the effect.  The frame is cut using Crafts Too Frames dies in black and purple glitter card.  Looks great in the real but I always forget, right until I pick up the camera, that all that glitter does make the photography a little challenging.  Ah well.  I coloured the witch with Promarkers.  I diecut Cheery Lynn Spider Web Mesh Border and Southern Charm Valance from black glitter card.  I used part of the valance die cut and weaved a piece of purple paper stamped with Unity Stamps sentiment 'Best Witches'.  

Joining the fun at
The Greeting Farm FFF - Anything Goes
YNS Challenge - Sketch
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 148 - Frame It 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Witch Kraft 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for your visit.  Hugs

Monday, 25 August 2014

Making Sunshine

Hello.  Welcome.  It's been a cold, wet, grey day.  What happened to the summer??  They say we may get some sun tomorrow but I couldn't wait.  I decided to make a bright happy card and also have a play with some new crafty items that I go a couple of days ago.  Now, by new, I mean new to me.  I finally bought some distress stains and I also splashed out to try a Prima doll with matching dies.  

I decided to try the splat technique with the stains.  I used Fired Brick and Mustard Seed.  Splat!   Splat!  Splat!  What fun!  This is Prima doll Zoe.  I stamped her and used the matching dies to cut her and her clothes out.  I hit the scrap box for her clothes.  Her top is a piece of DCWV paper and the skirt and shoes is a scrap I had coloured with DI inks.  Definitely quicker using the dies than fussy cutting but my die placement wasn't perfect.  I am sure that will get better with practice.  

I mounted my panel on a texture white card which I coloured with DI Barn Door.  I stamped the flower stamp from Prima For You stamp set and the greeting from the Prima Sunshine set. 

Joining the fun at
Our Creative Corner - Summertime
Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop
7 Kids Challenge 106 - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer Colours 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugs

Witch Head

Hello.  Welcome.  A special big hello to Gaylynn and Angie who have taken the plunge and joined my happy little following.  So glad to have you along.  Big hugs to all my followers and everyone who takes the time to leave a comment.  I really do appreciate your support.  

I popped over to Simon Says Stamp this morning to check on the new monday theme and oh gosh, it's Witch Kraft.  Count me in.  I love Halloween.  The colours are so delicious, and so are the pumpkins LOL.  Mine is growing nicely.  Hoping for a giant one to be star of the harvest party.  Anyway, my brain cell threw out a number of ideas.  Here's one

I cut my kraft ATC using Sizzix ATC and corners die and embossed with Sizzix Notebook embossing folder.  I added a touch of VersaMagic Tea Leaves and Hint of Pesto around the edge.  The letters are cut from Prima Harlequin patterned paper.  I stamped and fussy cut Stampers Anonymous Retro Halloween Witch and coloured with Promarkers and Wink of Stella.  A holographic confetti star and she's all ready for a new school year.  


Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge 120 - Back to School
Papertake Weekly - To Die For
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Back to School 

Thanks for your visit.  Hope the week is off to a great start.  Hugs

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Fun With Faces

Hello.  Welcome.  There's a new face over at PaperArtsy.   Here's my version

I sketched my girl, grabbed a black pen and inked in the lines.  I would suggest if you do this that the black pen you grab is water fast.  Of course, mine wasn't LOL.  Why make it easy????

I coloured.  Skin a mix of FF Rose and white.  Hair a mix of FF Butternut and burnt sienna.  Face highlights a mix of FF Rose and burnt sienna

Then I forgot to take more photo's cos I was having too much fun.  I decided to go red and black.  Her jumper is red acrylic stamped with a couple of stamps from MME Indie Chic Ginger - Pictures set.  The background is Fired Brick Distress Stain stamped with two free stamps from Quick Cards magazine.  I stamped the flourish with Brilliance archival Rocket Red Gold and the butterfly with black archival

I inked the edges with black archival and mounted on Bazzill Blackberry Swirl.

I've done three of the four faces Clare shared.  If you would like to check out my previous masterpieces the tag on the left is here, the card on the right is here

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge 117 - Wings 

Thanks for your visit.  Enjoy your Sunday.  Hugs

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Bathing Beauties

Hello.  Welcome.  Sometimes, despite previous experience to the contrary, I decide to have a go at a style I am not really comfortable with.  For me Vintage is one of those styles.   I see such lovely vintage projects but just can't get it.  Tonight I decided to try again.

I used Cheery Lynn Celtic Fire Oval Frame doily die and a picture of a couple of bathing beauties.  I used DI Vintage Photo on the diecut, backed it with a piece of kraft and added some lace around the edge.  I used Cheery Lynn Dandelions and Tea Rose Small to make the flowers and added a lace hanger and a metal charm from Korthobby.  I added some clear rhinestones to the charm.  It reminds me of vintage jewellery.  

Joining the fun at
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 146 - Doilies 
Korthobby - Vintage
Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - To Die For 

Thanks for your visit.  Hope you are having a great weekend.  Hugs