Sunday, 21 September 2014

APC 1 and 2

Hello.  Welcome.  Don't you just love acronyms.  Well, as long as you know what they mean LOL.  So now I've got a new one.  To go with ATC (Artist Trading Card or maybe Army Training Corps), ATB (Artist Trading Block or All The Best),   LOL (Lots of Love or Loads of Laughs) [a problem if someone is getting married or just died], and now APC (Altered Playing Cards or Armored Personnel Carrier)  ROFL.   I have to admit to not being 'up' with all this computer lingo and if someone sends me a load of letters I have no problem asking what they mean.  If you don't ask you'll never learn.  Please feel free to share your favourites.  We might all have a laugh and also learn a few new ones.  Hugz.  Oooh, a bit early for hugz!!  If you are still with me at the end of this long post you can have some more.  

The challenge has been set by Claudine.  Altered Playing Cards.  Here's my first 2.  I was hoping to post 3 and 4 as well but they are still works in progress.  Tomorrow, tomorrow, la la la, la la la........  Get yourself a cuppa and come and join the fun.......

I have only 1 Dylusions spray, Cut Grass, so I used that with DI Mustard Seed.  I like how the scratches and some of the blue card back show through.  

My first card!  I used Sizzix border die to cut the palm trees in black card.  I added some white pen highlights, and also to some of the scratch marks.  There's a couple of childish birds out there as well.  I cut the sun in black and have written fear less, or maybe fearless, with white pen.  The sentiment is a STAMPlorations stamp from the Subway Art Builders Create set.  I'm going to enter this card STAMPlorations monthly challenge where they want stamps and markers.  

I searched the stash and found SmoochSpritz Log Cabin and Tattered Angels Pewter Glimmer Glaze.  Spritz, splash and a little black archival around the edges and a little bit more.  I like how the brush strokes in the gesso show through.

Card 2.  The owl and the sentiment are stamps from Unity Stamp Co.  I coloured Woo Hoo Owl with DI Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean.  I added glitter glue to his glasses frames and glossy accents to the lenses.  Some of the glitter migrated into the glossy accents!  I added two tiny glitter blue hearts cut using a Cheery Lynn die.  These cuties are negative cuts that are usually thrown away.  The small stamps are various from PaperArtsy stamped onto DCWV patterned papers.  A little IKEA spotty tape and that's 2/52!

That's my first two.  Woo Hoo.  I'm sorry, but if you aren't doing this challenge then I probably can't explain how much fun it is.  If you are, then I hope you are having a blast.  Such fun.  Thanks Claudine.  

I'm also going to join these beauties over at
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Rock The Techniques 
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday August 2014 - Stamping

Thanks for your visit.  Wait for it...... Hugz

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Autumn Angel

Hello.  Welcome.  As usual things have taken longer than I expected but I am pleased with the finished result so maybe that's all that matters.  Unless the linky closes before I get this posted!!   Then I will be slightly disappointed.  But not so much.  I really enjoyed creating this in response to The Craft Barn's Q&L Challenge of Childhood and Cheery Lynn wanted Things With Wings.  I thought the quote I used and butterflies go well together.  I always think the change from caterpillar to butterfly is pretty secret and mysterious too. 

I used Basic Grey Indian Summer Brandied Melon paper, which is quite red in the real, but I can't seem to adjust my levels so they don't look pink.  I'll try another photo tomorrow under natural light.  Just think autumn reds LOL.  I stamped Cornish Heritage Farm Sweet One Collage in black archival and made a frame using parts of Cheery Lynn Southern Charm Valance.  I cut Cheery Lynn Dream Catchers #2, Dandelions, and Mini Dimensional Butterflies from the same paper and also some Sizzix leaves.  I wrote out the quote

Childhood has it's secrets and it's mysteries,
but who can tell or who can explain them

This is a quote by to Max Muller, a German educator who died in 1900

This ended up A4 size!  I am getting quite a few nice signs for my wall with some really good quotes.    

Joining the fun at

Thanks for your visit.  Hugs

Friday, 19 September 2014

Looking At Ewe

Hello.  Welcome.  A special hi and hello to Lis aka Stampsnob who has joined my happy little following.  So glad to have you along.  

I was trying to put a few things away, a challenge in itself, when I decided I couldn't resist using those cute little sheep again.  I had been toying with an idea to make a pile of sheep, is two a pile? so after a couple of trial runs with masking I got to this......

I cut my ATC and stamped the big sheep, but not that bit where little sheep has his foot!  I masked and stamped little sheep and then the bird.  I coloured the animals with Promarkers.  Over at Wicked Wednesday the theme is stripes and I am still on County Fair for the Speedy Fox Challenge so I thought I would stand my pile of animals against a marquee.  A stripey marquee.  I masked all the animals and stamped Hero Arts Stripes Background in DI Barn Door and embossed with clear embossing powder.  This is a good trick cos if there is any stray powder the clear doesn't show as much as it would if I had embossed with red powder.  I wanted a pennant so I Memory Box Loop Border and some stripey DCWV paper.  I left all the negative cuts in place and added iridescent glitter glue and some red rhinestones.   I also added a blue shadow to give a bit of definition.  I've seen this done but I definately need practice!!  Then I realised the animals were levitating so I added a piece of green card cut round big sheep's feet, stamped some flowers and coloured them Galaxy Markers.  The sheep, bird and flowers all come from Nellie Snellen Ollie's Spring set

Joining the fun at
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 229 - County Fair 
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge 124 - Stripes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Rock The Techniques masking
STAMPlorations September Challenge - Stamps and Markers 
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday August 2014 - Stamping 

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Lamb's Tale

Hello.  Welcome.  A special hi and hello to Jim, aka Irish Cherokee, and Kristie.  So glad you have joined my happy little following.  Hugz all round.  

Over at Marks Finest Papers the Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge was County Fair.  I was a little stumped, started thinking about pumpkins and farm animals, and then I remembered a stamp set I came across the other day which had a couple of cute sheep.  Well, I think they are cute......

I stamped the sheep, masked, and stamped the wall from Nellie Snellen's Ollie's Spring set (NBUS).  I have used my white gelly roll pen on the sheep with some grey and pink Promarker highlights.  I also used a Promarker to draw my grass.  I decided a county fair needed a pennant so I have tied bits of ribbons on to a white piece of string.  Sorry for all the shadows.  This was surprisingly difficult to photo.  My base card is cream and I think my camera wants it to be white and all the other color levels get thrown off.  But what do I know.....

Joining the fun at
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 229 - County Fair 
NBUS Challenge 2 - Option 4 sheep and wall are NBUS
Stampotique Designers Challenge 164 - Birds or Animals
CASology Week 113 - Grass
DRS Designs Challenge 139 - I'm All in Knots 

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

By the way, I used Tonic Studio's Craft Tacky Glue to stick the pennant down.  I mention this because I was very impressed how quickly it set, and no mess.  I bought this glue because it had a fine applicator and I wanted something to stick down all thse fine diecuts.  I have been very pleased with it.    It has taken me a while to find a fine application glue I like so I thought you might like to know about it.  LOL

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Baby, It's Cold Out There

Hello.  Welcome.  Actually it's a lovely sunny day.  A bit blustery and the leaves are falling already.  I'm not ready for the summer to end.  Call me next month........

I've been working on a tag with yet another of my previously unused Prima Dolls.  NBUS.  This one is called Warm Wishes and she's a perfect size for a tag.  

I used DI Dusty Concord, Stormy Sky and Salty Ocean to make the background.  I stamped Hero Arts Stunning Snowflakes and embossed with baby blue embossing powder.  I stamped the Prima Doll on white and pattern card from MME Collectable collection.  I coloured her boots, bow, collar, hair and hat with Promarkers.  The white on the hat and bottom of the coat is WOW White Puff embossing powder.  I thought it looked like fur.  The words are a combination from the two sentiment stamps in the Warm Wishes pack.  I stamped on some vellum printed with musical notation.  

I used a knotted piece of knitted ribbon (say that 3 times fast!!) as the tag tie.   I used Wink of Stella clear on her boots, cos every girl needs sparkly red boots at Christmas.....

Joining the fun at
WOW Embossing Powder - My Favourite Tags and Prima Dolls, definite favourites

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Monday, 15 September 2014

Coat of Many Colours On Ugly Paper

Hello.  Welcome.  Simon Says Stamp are celebration STAMPtember.  I loved Suzz's project which used a technique called Josephs Coat of Many Colours.  I decided to try this technique on some cheap ugly papers I have had lurking around for a while.

 I stamped the circles using a stamp from Simon Says Stamp Artful Borders set with VersaMark and embossed with clear powder

I went over the embossing with black acrylic and wiped off the embossed areas

I stamped Prima Little Girl on Basic Grey Indian Summer paper, coloured her with Promarkers and added glitter.  This was her first outing out of her packet so that makes her NBUS!  The balloon was diecut from red foil.  I added a bit of the ugly paper for her to stand on and mounted on a hot pink base card.  Party!!

Joining the fun at

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Marking The Cards

Hello.  Welcome.  A special big hug and hello to Darnell who has joined my fantastic following.  You gals are so great.  Thanks you for your support and the love you leave.  Big hugz all round.

I'm actually a little exhausted this evening after undertaking some unexpected sporting activities.  Anyone who knows me knows I am more slow and steady than sporty, but one thing led to another and I ended up spending a rather frustrating time this evening chasing a sheep!!  Oh yeah, it was a male sheep!!  He's a new arrival and he decided to batter down the door and then run all over the place.  With many humans in pursuit, just to keep it fun.  Then more humans joined the game and in the end his downfall came due to an half grown orphan lamb who was in the right place at the right time.  I'm going to give that lamb a treat tomorrow.  Won't tell you what I think should happen to the ram, but it involves mint sauce!!!   LOL.

As a consequence I am a little behind and really too tired to catch up tonight.  But I thought I would share the start.  Claudine is running an altered playing card challenge.  This afternoon I did manage to sit out in the sunshine and do the week 1 challenge which was to prep our playing cards with gesso

Here are my cards, scattered semi-artistically amid the Gentians.  Gotta love that blue and these are hardy here in Norway.  So pretty at this time of year.  Oh, I was talking about the flowers not the cards.  The cards are giant size.  9 x 13cm.  In real money that's about 3.5" x 5.5".  I think I bought them as a joke for the card sharps in the family, but they have just been left on the shelf, so I thought I would wheel them out for this challenge. 

Most of the cards have ended up with simple brush strokes, some with better coverage than others

I tried some using the brush with a circular motion

I dabbed these with bubble wrap.  I didn't do many of these because it didn't seem to make a good pattern but looking at them dry you can see the circle marks.  Well I can LOL.  It's quite difficult to photo just gesso, especially under artifical light.

I did quite a few by stippling heavily with the brush.  There's good texture on these

These are selection of my favourites.  I drew lines in the gesso using a spatula.  Ziggy zaggy ziggy zaggy.  OK, obviously the little grey cell is past it's bedtime.....

I'm joining these little beauties over at Claudine's Art Corner.   Only one week behind now.  Well, until tomorrow when I think Claudine will be posting week 3!!  Ah well, I'm sure I'll be all caught up soon.  

Thanks for your visit.  Hugz