Sunday, 30 August 2015

Lost Heads and Yoga Trousers

Hello.  Welcome.  Still a whole day left to play along with the Rubber Dance Challenge and maybe win yourself a lovely grab bag of stamps.  I decided to use the challenge colours and go BRIGHT






I started by stamping and embossing various stamps from Rubber Dance ATC Backgrounds 1 onto card.  OK, maybe a couple from Take the Plunge slipped in there as well.......... 


I used Taylored Expressions Colour Block Cutting Plate to cut the stamped and embossed card.  Love that little ticket stamp bottom right.  It was a little small for the cut panel size so I swiped the edges with versamark and embossed with black powder.  Great grungy look.  I know I didn't do a perfect stamp job with the diamonds but I'm learning to embrace my imperfections LOL.  Also for the diamond panel I used versamark and then black embosssing powder, where as for the others I used black archival and black embossing powder  I like the subtle difference



I stamped, embossed and fussy cut the words from Rubber Dance Affirmations stamp set on the pink card.  I dropped an 'e' on 'believe' and made 'live' and 'be'.  I added a dancer from Rubber Dance Happy Dancing!.  

Don't forget, still time to join up a project.  Make something with these gorgeous colours and link up HERE.  You don't have to use Rubber Dance stamps but we would love to see them, of course.....

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Joining the fun at
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Ticket, Please!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -Anything Goes
Hjerteboden Juli Utfordring - Alt er Lov

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Leaves Are Falling

Hello.  Welcome.  They are switching it up at Unity and today is the last friday Friends with Flair.  Awwww.  But Tuesday, 1st September, they are starting something new!!  What fun.  But can you believe it's almost September!!!!!   Arrrggggggg.  So I decided to ink up Maple Girl and get a little Autumn feeling going on


I cut a panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die, masked the top and stamped the maple leaf from Unity Stamp Co. Maple Girl set using Colourbox Autumn ink pad.  This pad has three colours and I stamped the leaf using the red/orange first and then filled in using the yellow.  I cut Cheery Lynn Compass and backed it with red foil circle.  I stamped, water coloured and fussy cut Maple Girl.  

Joining the fun at
Unity Stamp Co. Be Inspired Challenge - Sketch/Colour 31 
Unity Stamp Co. Friends with Flair
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 199 - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Fall/Autumn 
Stamping Sensations August Challenge - Stamping and Dies 

Thanks for dropping by.  This is a Friends with Flair post.  Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win.  Hugz

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Gelly Roll Frosting

Hello.  Welcome.  Over at Marks Finest Papers blog the challenge this week is to use or decorate a candle.  I bought some candles a while ago and there they sit, sad and undecorated, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to get a few ready to gift.   Last time I did this technique I used my heat gun.  Well, we know how that stands!  Dead!!  So here comes Mr Iron to the rescue again.  



I decided Christmas will be here before we know it so I decided to use the cute little gingerbread dude from Marks Finest Papers Holiday Tags set.  I stamped him 4 times on tissue paper and coloured with Versamagic Gingerbread chalk ink, red sharpie and white gelly roll pen.  



Then I ironed them on to my candle.


I liked it so much I decided to decorate some more. 



These 4 candles came in a little tray and I was going to cover it with gold paper, but couldn't find it.  So I unfolded the tray and used it as a template to cut a new one from gold card.  Much easier and prettier.  I also stamped some of the sentiment stamps from the Holiday tags set around the side.  Make sure you get them up the right way LOL!!!!

  
Now I just need to add a bit of cellophane and a ribbon and it's a cute little gift.  

Joining the fun at
Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 276 - Use/Decorate a Candle
CHNC Challenge 243 - Use Some Gold 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - Q is for Quantum Leap  N is for Not A Card

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Layers of Help

Hello.  Welcome.  Thank you all for your comments on my last post.  It seems I am not the only one who has tried different ways of melting embossing powder.  Must admit the toaster option seem a bit more tricky than the iron.  Maybe I need to investigate the crafty potential of other household appliances.......



I wanted a masculine look for this card using sketch #3 from the die-namites challenge.  I was heading for a simple round aperture when my rattlings through the die box turned up Simon Says Stamp Luminary Circles die.  I thought it would be a bit more exciting.  I cut a white panel and mounted on a piece of MME patterned paper.  



I cut Die-namites Cattails die once from the MME paper and twice from black card.  I layered them and added a sentiment from Unity Stamp Co 11/13 KOM on a banner.  

Joining the fun at
Die-Namites August Sketch Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge 31 - The Great Outdoors
Unity Stamp Co Friends with Flair

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

It's an Emergency!! Get Ironing

Hello.  Welcome.  Yesterday disaster struck.  One minute my heat tool was working.  The next it wasn't.  I ran to my man with mournful countenance and, after major surgery, news came.  Dead :-(  But fixable :-)  I am relieved, but must be patient.  All you gals who are going, hey no biggy just go buy a new one, obviously don't live in a crafty desert, what like I do.   The nearest shop is a good distance away.  The chance is they might have one.  Possibly.  Definitely at a price that would make your toes curl!!  Due to the weight, and the time, getting one shipped from the UK is probably not a goer.  So I shall have to be patient.  

But of course, today I really wanted to emboss.  So, let's think back to old fashioned methods.  I considered using a light bulb.  I've done that in the past!  Then I realised that although low energy bulbs may be a technological advance, and may possibly even be helping us to save the planet, they give out very little heat, and are of limited use to a crafter in distress.  So, with no other alternative, I got out the iron!!  Actually, 99% of the time I use an iron is crafty time.  I am not a domestic goddess and have never understood the idea of spending hours flattening out clothes, when the minute you put them on they get creased anyway.   But today Mr Iron saved the day.  Hurrah


I saw some lovely cards yesterday by Leslie at Dies R Us that got me thinking.  I have used the number 4 sketch from this months Die-namites challenge and Die-namites Deer Birch Background die.  The base card is MME paper and the sentiment is from Rubber Dance Winter Wonderland stamp set.  I used pastel blue embossing powder and my iron.  It worked, slowly, whilst I worried that my card would start to burn.  But it seems my fears were unfounded.  Will be glad to have my trusty heat tool back though.

Joining the fun at
Die-Namites August Sketch Challenge
Dies R Us Challenge 31 - The Great Outdoors
August Rudolph Days Challenge
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Christmas Carols/Songs Walking in a Winter Wonderland
ABC Christmas Challenge - Q is for Quantum Leap  A for Antlers

Thanks for dropping by.  Off to do some more ironing LOL.  Hugz

Monday, 24 August 2015

Back to Black

Hello.  Welcome.  I started with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, inspired by the Verve and Viva Las Vegas Stamps mood boards and came up with this.  



I used a black base card and stamped the VLVS line of hanging shoes and embossed with white powder.  I masked the shoes and used versamark ink through a stencil then embossed with white powder.  



I cut the celebrate Sizzix diecut and embossed with lots of black powder to make a faux enamel embellishment.  I added it to the card on a vellum banner.

Joining the fun at
Freshly Made Sketches #200 - A Celebration
Verve Stamps Inspiration Challenge - Celebrate
VLVS August Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Back to School  hurrah, the kids are back n school but don't you hate it when they come home without their shoes.........

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz

Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Skill of the Photographer is Inversely Proportional to the Number of Sprinkles on a Donut

Hello.  Welcome.  Well, what a weekend.  It was good.  Great weather, lots of visitors, good food and I took time and relaxed.  Ahh, bliss.  Even found a little time to craft.  



OK, so I'm thinking this looks like a chalkboard advert for a donut shop LOL.  Actually that was not my intention.  And of course I added glitter sprinkles just to frustrate the photographer.  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches rotated 90°.  The donuts are Stamplorations Sugar Rush set, stamped, water coloured and fussy cut.  I added glitter sprinkles to give them a bit of glitz.  I stacked them on a black base card and wrote my sentiment with a white gelly roll pen.   Spot the pun??

Joining the fun at
Freshly Made Sketches #200 - A Celebration
The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Sweet and Sugary
Stamplorations August Challenge - Theme - Stamps and Watercolours 
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge 

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz