Thursday, 29 March 2012

Indigo Pink

(or, oops, how much money can you spend at the NEC?)

So, on Saturday my lovely BF (He who does the washing up!) accompanied me to the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC. He has been before, but this time he was in charge!

I was really only hunting for a deal on a Big Shot, but ended up with masks, ink sprays, stamps, dies, sticky stuff, flitter... BF kept finding stuff... He has obviously spent far too much time crafting with me (or stepping round the mess!).

Anyway, this is my first play with the new stash:

All the main stamps are from Indigo Blu, 'Sewing mends the soul'. The backing sheet has been embossed using 'A Touch of' keys mask and then brushed over with a pale mauve Memento ink. The layers have been cut using dies on the Big Shot. The main image is flittered. The scissors, thimbles and sewing reels are stamped in clear ink and embossed in a pale mauve WOW ultrafine. As I didn't think there was really enough sparkley stuff, I have sprayed the whole thing with spray and sparkle. Everything else is from stash.

Friday, 23 March 2012

OK, up to date now!!!

Its Crafting Time DT Challenge - Paint

The theme for the week beginning 26th March is simply 'paint'.

My first thought was to put splodges of purple, cerise and blue paint onto my mat and then mist with water. I then swept 5 blank playing cards through the paint. Some went on really thickly and the last was much paler, as you would expect. I love the colour and pattern range, but I then got too many ideas!!!
My next inspiration was to stamp a couple of images in Momento Toledo Black. I then embossed using clear embossing powder just to make sure the images wouldn't run when I over painted them. This is a Joanna Sheen 'House Mouse' design.
This little girl is from Crafters Companion 'SWALK' range. She is called 'After the Rain'. I think that this has been much more succesful than the mouse and his friend.

This ATC was originally very dark, so I spritzed it with water and then picked up the colour using a clean piece of kitchen paper.
I stamped randomly over it in Momento Purple and embossed with clear powder to create a background.
I took another background ATC and stamped the same image in Momento Tuxedo Black and then embossed that aswell. I tore the edges and embossed with clear ink and embossing powder.
The last step was to then spritz this and lift some colour. This leaves a contrast at the edges wher the original coulour was protected by the embossing.

This final piece was decorated with printed lines made by dipping a piece of card into some of the paint left on the work sheet.
The flowers were dabbed and dragged through the paint.
(and I finally gave in and added some bling!!!!)

Rather remiss...

I cant believe it is nearly three weeks since my last post! So much crafting has happened!
Here are some highlights...

Happy Day...

This 12x12 page I made at a class with Helen at ITC a couple of weeks ago.
The frame is made by transferring a design from paper to sticky back canvas.
The design is quite simple, it just needs a bit more bling (a project for another day!)

This picture is my sisters project from the same class...

I have also been very disorganised with my ATC's for the design team at 'Crafting Time'.

The two themes below are:

March Sketch:
Used Lilly of the Valley cut and colour designs as the centre piece...


Steam Punk Canvas:
After doing that class with Helen a couple of weeks ago, I decide it was time to play with sticky back canvas on my own!
I have some really nice double sided steam punk style pages (Graphic 45) with a travel theme.
I chose two distinct images and stuck them image side to the canvas. I scored the back with scissors and then soaked te paper in water.
After much wetting and rubbing, I finally revealed the image that I wanted.
I had a spare piece, so I cut it up to transfer an image of a plane and of a suit case.
I then decided to sew on ribbon, brocade, buttons and beads using different coloured embroidery silk.
The purple floss has been couched to hold it in place.
I have also used some printed papers from an old stash I found at my Mums.
Not absolutely sure about the final outcome, but I can see that working on canvas has lots of potential!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Its Crafting Time DT Challenge - Yellow and Orange

Mmmm, yellow and orange??? Warm, sunny days... Long nights by the sea... (Its March and it has been snowing and pouring with rain!!!!)

So, with thanks to the Thursday night team, I have put together some ATC's that are lovely and warm and might (!?) keep me going till the summer actually arrives...

The base for these is cut from some heavy orange card, the second layer from some thinner textured yellow card, then the third layer is distressed orange spotty paper (donated!)

Each layer is 5mm smaller that the last in both dimensions.

The top layer is cut from the yellow card again. It has been stamped using the new Hot Off the Press 'Sweet Tweets' stamp set in Memento inks.

I have then used a clear pad to go over the whole image and embossed with Crafty Notions Jewel Enamel in Diamond Clear. I particularly like this forsome images as it is very clear and shiny, but it is quite thick and gives texture.

I stuck this top layer on using foam pads, then added ribbons, gems and flowers from my stash.

Its Crafting Time DT Challenge - Distress Inks

Oops, somewhat late...

This is made by covering the front and back of two ATC's with Graphic45 papers.
I then stamped each page using PaperArtsy stamps, all using distress inks (vintage paper and aged mahogany).
I then used water to blend out the inks to give different tones and effects.
Some areas are then covered ink clear embossing ink and then embossed with suet pudding gold lustre.
The fibres and sewing machine came from stash at ITC.
The birds on the left page are embossed in TH aged mahogany distress emboss and a clear embossing powder, then inked over and polished.

The page on the right is simply stamped, then I restamped onto white paper, cut out the face, inked the edges and stuck it on with foam pad to raise it up.

The final additions are, of course, sparkley gems!!!