Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Punch it!

Thank you for stopping by. This week The Craft Barn theme is all about using punch boards. I get to kick off the week with a card using a tabs punch board. It seemed too easy to just make index cards or journal dividers! Do pop over to the blog for all of the details and look out for ideas from the rest of the DT over the week.

Have a lovely day. It looks like it's going to get very warm indeed where I live!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Flowers and Smiles

Hello there
I've been having a little play with my Distress Oxide inks. At first I didn't have a clear idea of what I was aiming for but seeing how beautifully they layer and react with water a little inkling of an idea crept in.

I started by dabbing white card in fossilised amber and spiced marmalade which had been spritzed with water. I did four at a time to make the most of mopping up the ink.

Next I used spiced marmalade through a stencil and added a little more around the edges.

I die cut some Tim Holtz wildflowers and used the negative as a stencil. I started to build up the flower layers using the same colours. After I'd added a few flowers I spritzed with water, allowed a few seconds for the inks to react, before blotting with tissue to soften the images.

I then added another layer of flowers but this time did not soften the images. As you have probably noticed from the photos  it's not the same background each time. I obviously lost track when photographing!

Then I completely lost track and forgot to take photos at all! I finished the background with a little text stamping in peeled paint.  The sentiment was stamped using a stamp positioner just in case it didn't stamp perfectly first time. The die cut flowers were coloured by dipping in Distress Oxide ink and a little extra Distress Ink was also added to the flowers, before layering onto the card.

A cheery summery card to make up for a rather gloomy day. Thank you for taking the time to have a look. xx

Materials used:
smooth stamping card
Distress Oxide ink: spiced marmalade, fossilised amber, 
fired brick, cracked pistachio, peeled paint, broken china 
Distress ink: picked raspberry, festive berries
Archival ink: jet black
Tim Holtz wildflowers 2 dies
Carabelle Studio mask: around the world
PaperArtsy stamps: ZA08, MN61

Thursday, 8 June 2017

One for the Boys

It's all things Seth Apter over at The Craft Barn this week. If you don't know his style it is very industrial and loaded with layers and textures. I had very messy fun decorating a Kate Crane Tando planner. Each page has roughly 8 layers of paint and stamping on it!

For step by step details of how to achieve this effect have a look at The Craft Barn blog.

Thank you for stopping by.  xx

Sunday, 4 June 2017

June brings tulips, lilies, roses...

Hi there everyone
What a lovely hot, sunny Sunday it is. Meterological summer really here in theory and in weather! The first Sunday of the month means the next verse of The Craft Barn twelve month challenge is on the blog:

June brings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children's hands with posies.
Here's my mini canvas...

Do take a look at The Craft Barn blog and all of the other entries. I always try to comment on as many as possible, unfortnately the links don't always work for some reason.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend. Happy crafting xxx

Friday, 26 May 2017

Vintage Chic

I've been having a play with some of the Blue Fern Studio stamps. They are gorgeous in the amount of fine detail in the images. Today one of my cards is the featured project on The Craft Barn blog. By adding different sentiments I've used this card design several times for Mother's Day, birthdays, get well and thinking of you.

For full project details have a look at the blog and for Blue Fern Studio stamps take a look at The Craft Barn shop. Hope you have a lovely day. xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Owl in a good day's work

Yesterday was one of those very rare days when my friend Mary and I got together to mess around crafting, without a specific purpose in mind. She brought over her new crafty stash and I got out all of my new bits and we had a play. In the end I think I came out of it very well as I used a lot of her new stamps. I think it's a great idea to craft together. We can all get a bit comfortable sticking to the same style or favourite brands. Good to shake it up sometimes!

We used my new stamp positioner and both agree that it's a very useful tool, especially for large stamps, or for adding the final sentiment without fear of making a mistake! It's also great for over-stamping the same image in several colours. I stamped the owl first in vintage photo. Then I inked it up in walnut stain, but removed the ink from the centre with a baby wipe. Finally I inked it in black and removed all of the ink except for the very edges. I drew out some of the colour with a waterbrush. I did the same with the moon using weathered wood and faded jeans.

So far I've only finished one card but watch this space as I get round to making the others up. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely Sunday whatever you're up to. xx

Materials used:
Hobby Art: Orla owl
Creative Expressions: dreamy sentiments
Distress Ink
Archival Ink

Friday, 12 May 2017

Blossom Time

Hi there
I love this time of year as the flowers really get going. I'm especially fond of peonies. The newest Tracy Scott stamps are great for bringing a bit of that spring vitality to a project. Combined with chalk paints I have turned cheap 20p plastic flower pots into pretty containers for plants or herbs.

For full details of how to do this take a look at The Craft Barn blog. Have fun! xx