Thursday, 31 March 2011

Anything Tim

Zoe steered me to this challenge, which has been set by The Stamp Man.  The theme is Anything Tim.  As I received some goodies in the post yesterday I had a play with them last night.  The background is a canvas which I prepared with Acrylic Paint Dabbers, espresso, hazelnut, sandal and lemonade.  I cut the car and the dream from white card.  I coloured them with vintage photo, forest moss, walnut stain and antique linen distress stains.  I blended the colours with distress inks of the same colour range.  I blocked out pieces on the canvas where the windows and word would appear with lemonade dabber.  I used glossy accents to go round the edges of the word dream and the bumpers on the car.  I framed the canvas with pitch black paint dabber and the dream piece with black soot distress ink.  So all things Tim apart from the canvas!!!!

JFF - Week 9 - Anything Goes!!

Anything goes this week over on JFF, so I decided to share this canvas with you.  I created the background a while back using just my fingers!!!  I then used my fingers again and made the white frame.  Once dry I stamped random alphabet letters in black stazon.  I cut the aliminium into a large crown shape and cut a piece out the middle to house the image.  Using my TSS tools I created some texture.  I swooshed over it with gold alcohol ink and added a few gems.  I mounted it on to a piece of thick cardboard for stability, so was able to add the row of ribbon with beads along the bottom.

Unfortunately the photo does not do this piece justice, it really is much nicer IRL!!!!!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

More Simple Cards

Using distress stains.  I covered the background with antique linen, stamped and outlined in walnut stain.

Same again but left the background white and used faded jeans and walnut stain stains. It really is amazing how well you can stamp with them.

I covered the background in peeled paint stain, spritzed water all over and then used kitchen roll to dab it off to get a mottled effect.  Stamped and edged with walnut stain distress stain.

Can't wait for more colours to come out!!!!

Monday, 28 March 2011

Clay Crosses

When we were on holiday Martin found some beautifully decorated crosses.  I decided I'd have a go at making some out of clay.  I experimented with black and a mixture of brown clays.  Before baking I coated them in micaceous iron oxide so they would take perfect pearls easier.

And this is how they turned out.  The black one was covered with the interference perfect pearls collection and various metallics were used on the brown mix.  I threaded beads onto two pieces of wire, worked a spiral from the centre and wrapped it around the crosses.

Sunday, 27 March 2011


I coloured the background with antique linen distress stain.  Stamped the background images in vintage photo distress stain.  Stamped the watch face and words with walnut stain distress ink and cut them out.  Used glossy accents over some of the background features.  Inked the edges with frayed burlap distress ink and added the watch face and raised the words with 3d foam pads.

I stamped the image in walnut stain distress stain, masked off and stamped two further images.  I stamped the hats onto white card with distressed stains (walnut and vintage photo), cut them out and stuck them on.  Stamped the word in frayed burlap.  Edged the top and bottom with a piece of thin ribbon.

Square Cards

So of course I had to make some square cards in order to get the scrapling piece!!!  I stamped the tree in clear ink and embossed in this fab green and gold metalic embossing powder I picked up from who knows where!!  I stamped the happy birthday in back stazon and framed it with forest moss distress stain.

I did the same with this card but used black embossing powder.  I framed the image first using wild honey distress stain and stamped the happy birthdays over the top, one on each side.

Saturday, 26 March 2011


I've been introduced to scraplings this weekend.  They are the leftover piece from cutting a square card (usually 5.5" x 5.5") from an A4 sheet.  I used my distress stains to create the background.  I stamped the dream image with white eco-friendly paint.  The swirls and flourishes are stamped with the stains.  Gems and a piece of lace ribbon were added.

I used wild honey and vintage photo on this one and walnut stain for the image as I stamped it with the distress stain and was blown away at how detailed it came out!!

The background is peeled paint and the overstamp is forest moss distress stain.  The tree image was stamped in versamark and embossed with black embossing powder.  The words were stamped in black stazon.  The edges were inked with forest moss stain.

Tags with distress stains

I've been playing with my new distress stains today.  For this top one I put the ink on the craft mat and swooshed the tag through the ink.  I inked up my splodges stamp with walnut distress stain and stamped with it.  I used forest moss to stamp on the left side with a script stamp.  I added the cogs and distressed the edges with my paper distresser and edged with walnut stain stain.  I finished by adding the fibres.

I did the same with this one and ran it through a cuttlebug embossing folder.  I distressed the right hand edge and left it raw.  I coloured the image with the blue stains, faded jeans on the left and weathered wood on the right.

I was trying out different tags and this started off as a brown tag.  I ran it through the circles embossing folder and used walnut stain distress 'ink' to hi-light the raised area.  I added an old used stamp to the bottom corner.

I inked this tag up direct from the bottles and spritzed it with water before drying it off with a heat gun.  I inked the script stamp with forest moss stain and stamped the right side of the tag.  I ran the left side of the tag through the bark sam poole embossing folder.  Again I inked over the raised area with walnut stain distress 'ink'.  Added a piece of hessian, an image and a piece of tissue tape.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Birthday Card

It's my nephew's birthday next week and here is his card.  He is an avid Man United fan, hence the red and loves to play football.  When I called in at Grimsby Crafts this week I couldn't resist this fab stamp.  I coloured it with water colour paints, stamped the happy birthday and his name in black stazon.  I added the die cut footballs as there was a smudge at the top of the page!!!!!

JFF - Week 8 - Stamping with a difference

This is Zoe's last week of the 'let's try it out' theme on JFF.  She has asked that we use a stamp in a different or new way.  Remember a while ago when I made my own stamps with foam and a piece of wood - here, well I decided to use one of them to create this background.  I watered down black eco friendly paint and washed it over a piece of absorbent paper out of a pink pig sketchbook.  Once dry I scraped gesso over it using an old credit card.  Once dried I painted the homemade stamp with red pepper acrylic dabber paint and printed onto the paper.  Once dry I painted the stamp again but this time with white eco friendly paint and stamped over the red. 

I haven't decided what to do with it yet, but on one of the yahoo groups I belong to there is a 'printed' swap going on.  This includes creating the stamp, creating the background and then making it into something, so I might just have a go at that.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Scrappy Fraz

Whilst ordering holiday photos I got a few of Fraz too.  Above is his 4th birthday page!!

This is him with his rooster, or is it his stick?

No, we didn't take him with us!!!  This is him running in the snow that we had here, back in December.

And this was when we first got it in November.

This is back in October when we had a week off and went to Willingham Woods and he went tree climbing with his dad.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Textiles Course

I created a stamp from various materials, lino, rubber, polystyrene and foam.  Painted a background and stamped the image into a pattern.

I then re-created this using fabric and dyes.

And tonight I free motion machine sewed onto the fabric enhancing the 'white' areas.  It actually looks much better in real life because the middle layer is wadding, so where the shapes have been sewn, it's puffed up.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Holiday Scrapbook Pages

Well I've managed to make a start on some holiday photo pages.  If you know me at all, you'll know by now I like to keep them simple.  On the top page I simply stamped some trees and branches using white eco-friendly paint and added a couple of pre-cut pieces from the 'graphically speaking' cricut cartridge. I mounted the photos onto white card.

Maz lent me some punches and I used this MS 'drippy goo' one around the edge of the green card, I think it's made a fab border.  The additional 'bits' are again precut from the same cricut cartridge.

This was one of the places we stayed at and this was our room for a few days, it was called the back country.  Using my homemade flourish stamp and white eco-friendly paint, I created the background on the burgandy cardstock.  I also stamped little circles from a set that I got in Hobby Lobby.  I added little gems to them which I picked up in Michaels.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

JFF - Week 7 - Try a new format

This is week 3 of Zoe's JFF monthly theme of 'let's try it out'.  I couldn't think of anything new I could try so Zoe sent me the instructions for a twisted box fold card.  I decided to make it into a mother's day card for my mum, hence the reason it's not too messy and inky.  She really doesn't like anything like that.  I did manage to use distress inks on the two triangle sections.  I thought the weight of the flower might cause the card to fall over, but it's actually quite sturdy.

This is the card stood up.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Fraz

My little lad is 4 today - Happy Birthday Fraz xxxx

Thursday, 10 March 2011

New toy - Rooster!!!

Brought Fraz a purple squeaky rooster back from Utah

But it looks like he'd rather have his stick!!!

Oh no, he's now got his rooster!!!!

JFF - Week 6 - A New Technique to You

JFF this week is asking for a new technique, so I thought I'd try this out.  Using alcohol inks on friendly plastic, and wow, I love the results.  I melted two pieces of plain white together, swiped them with Ranger blending solution.  Dripped blobs of AI onto the plastic.  I let each colour dry before I applied another.  I used a combination of blending solution and surgical sprits to 'lift off' some of the colour to create the lighter areas.  For further info check out the art of friendly plastic blog from where I followed their instructions.

Once I was happy with the colour combo, I turned it over and heated the back with a hairdryer type heat gun (you can use the other type but just be aware as it seems to get hotter quicker) until it had a glossy sheen to it.  I then placed a piece of rainbow transfer foil face up on the FP and rubbed it on.  When it had cooled I peeled it off to reveal the above.

I heated the FP again and cut into it using a hand shaped metal cutter.  Once cooled, I pulled the cutter from the FP and above is the result.

And this is the back.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

A bit more new stash!!!!

Went to Roberts and Hobby Lobby, added these to my collection!!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

JFF - Week 5 - Mixed Media

I'm still away but Zoe has set this months JFF theme of 'let's try it out'.  This week she has instructed us to play, so I got right to it!!!! 

This is a 10" x 10" canvas.  I freehand drew a heart and covered it with a very thick layer of texture paste.  Once dry I coloured it in red pepper acrylic dabber paint and outlined the left edges with black. I covered the rest of the canvas with pistachio eco friendly paint using cut n dry foam.  I edged it with bottle coloured acrylic dabbers.  I used a paintbrush to cut the canvas into sections.  I used various embellishments including, friendly plastic, clay, grunge board, buttons and utee to decorate.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

New stash so far!!!

Picked up a bit of new stash along the way.  Scrapbook album to scrap this holiday!!  Stack of 48 pages of 12 x 12 card stock with white core (£6.50 - bargain).  Some wooden and foam stamps, gems, charms and a few other bits and bobs.

And then some cool mags!!  Am still looking for Somerset Sew and Art Quilting Studio though!!!

There is a massive Hobby Lobby down the road and I am hoping to be taken to that sometime!!!  I can drive over here, it's just that I'd never get back (no sense of direction what so ever - lol).

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