Thursday, 29 March 2012

Creative Expressions - Housework is Overrated!!



We have a new set of stamps to work with from Creative Expressions. It's a new Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 set called "The Voice of Art"
I absolutely love these sets (I now have six but would love most of them!!)

For my first project I have made a blended background using Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Barn Door Distress inks. Then a flick of water to distress further.






 I chose the sentiment about housework because I bet most crafters will have a chuckle at that!!
I used some of Tim Holtz's Adage Tickets to slip under the film strip die-cut.


I embossed around the edges of the card using 3 different Cosmic Shimmer powders - Dark Bronze Lustre, Bright Gold Metallic and Ancient Copper Metallic.


As the lady has a school teacher air to her I used a pen nib to finish my butterfly. This was a Spellbinder die-cut which I embossed with the Dark Bronze Lustre powder. I really liked the effect. You can't really see it properly in the photo but it has a lovely coppery sheen.
This has been a very busy week and I am so glad it's Friday tomorrow!! I wonder if the nice weather will last into the weekend!! 
Have a great weekend.
Siobhan
 

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Woodware DT - Pull out the Punches

This week at Woodware we are pulling out the punches. The very first Woodware trade workshop I went to was also their 10th birthday! I was lucky enough to take  a workshop with a lovely lady who had travelled all the way from Australia. This was of course Leone Em. Her work was amazing. At the time I struggled to make a few lilies. But the techniques she showed us I use all the time to help shape my flowers and leaves and I have got a little better at it over the years.


Our cherry tree is in blossom just now and it looks gorgeous. That gave me the idea to use the sakura and stamen punch for my paper cherry blossom.


For ages I could not get the hang of making roses. But I watched a couple of You Tube videos and now I quite enjoy making them. 


Over the years I have bought a few of the bigger foliage punches and they have proved their worth many times! Here I have used 3 different ones : Ash Family II, Stem and Evergreen.
Now and then it is nice to make something a bit different. Can't be grungy all the time!!
Siobhan

Friday, 23 March 2012

The Stamp Man - Bingo Card

It's time for a new challenge at the Stamp Man. This time we have a bingo card and we had to chose a line - vertical, horizontal or diagonal. 

Green
Fabric
Polka dots
Flowers
Circle
Numbers
Swirls
Metal/metallic
Ribbon

I settled on the vertical line "Green, Flowers and Swirls". I wanted to finish the canvas that I started at the retreat a couple of weeks ago. My thanks go to Neil Walker for his class and inspiration ...I now have more confidence to use canvas. 
Here was the canvas when I got it home :


I wanted to have a go at making a more feminine piece but still quite grungy. Here is my finished project.


I blended Crushed Olive and Peeled paint distress inks over the canvas and paste to change the colours. 
The skirt on my dress makers form is made from glassine paper. I absolutely love the stuff!! I die-cut the oval petals then embossed in a Cuttlebug folder. Then I wiped over with a gold ink pad to highlight the embossed flowers.


The flower was text pages from an old book using the tattered floral die. I sprayed the flowers with some Starburst stains to colour and shimmer before building up.


The words are from a stampers anonymous set "Good Thoughts"


And of course I just had to add a dragonfly as my signature (it's either a bird or a dragonfly) to finish off.
If you visit the Stamp Man Challenge blog you will see some great projects made by the rest of the design team. And remember there is a £10 voucher to be won if you want to enter.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Woodware DT - The Colours of Spring

This week at Woodware we have the colours of spring. I have gone for very soft greens for this gorgeous new Magnolia stamp from Stampendous. I stamped onto white glossy card stock to get a really sharp image. 


The background was made by stamping onto parchment paper using Cotton White Stazon ink. The stamp is one I have had for years from Magenta called Shadow Branch. I love it for backgrounds but any leaf, sprig, flower or swirl would work.


You may notice the very edge of the crafty edger ribbon trim punch along the base of my centre piece. The rose was also made from parchment paper. I stamped the paper first with the shadow branch stamp using Brilliance Pearlescent Lime. The punch is one from the Floral punch art range. 


And of course...white pearls to finish. After making it I decided to add the "Thinking of You" sentiment from one of Jane's Woodware sets.
Check out the Woodware blog for lots more inspiration.
Siobhan

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Creative Expressions - Bella Rose # 3

For this week's project using the Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose  and matching dies. I have gone a bit grungy!! I covered a square of white card stock with some of the new Tim Holtz tissue. Then using a mask of the clock from That Special Touch sprayed with a couple shades of green Cosmic Shimmer mists.
I then used brush markers on the rose stamps and die cut them. After die-cutting the swirly leaf I inked it up with versamark and embossed with a Cosmic Shimmer powder (copper metallic).


I quite like the texture on the leaf...not very spring like I know but in the craft room it could be any time of the year for all the notice I take of what's going on outside!!


A few pearls and a sentiment finish off the card. I bought a pile of these masks at the Glasgow show. I think they will get well used!!
Siobhan

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Ostrich Canvas

It was our circle journal meet this morning. We are now on the fourth swap. I think we worked out that it will be October or November before we finish. But everyone seems to be enjoying the monthly challenge and it's also good to meet up for a blether. 
I have finished the canvas that Neil showed us at the retreat. I learnt a lot about building up layers with gesso, distress stains, colour sprays and stamping. 


These guys started life as the standing deer from Tim's Reindeer Flight alterations die. Clever....!! If you want to see where to cut there is a little tutorial on Neils blog. 


The quote was stamped onto tissue paper and stuck down with watered down PVA glue. 
I started another canvas at the retreat but am still working on it. Here it is in it's current state.


Once I had finished my layers of Distress stains and sprays I applied a glossy paste through a mask. I wanted to create a resist. I wanted to make this one more feminine. I will post the finished result ... if it turns out how I hope!!
Have a great weekend. My kids are coming home tonight. Tomorrow is my son Paul's birthday  as well as Mother's Day. So that will be a special day!!
Siobhan x

Friday, 16 March 2012

Woodware DT - Good Luck

This week we have been asked to make Good Luck cards. I don't seem to have anything specifically for "Good Luck" so I have improvised. I have been having a little play with the new Stampendous Frantage powders. I love them as they add interesting textures and colours to just about any project.
The Stampendous Bird Frame CRP126 is a stamp I love because of it's versatility. I have used it for Engagements, Anniversary, general birthdays and now "Good Luck in your new home" I thought it would make a nice card for a young couple setting up home together.


This was so easy. I blended three colours of dye ink onto a square of cardstock, then stamped the flourish from the Jumbo Hollyhocks CRS 5031 set all the way round. I layered onto black card. You can't really see the black because of the powders but it does give a nice edge effect.
I sprinkled on some of the Frantage powders (Aged Gold, Aged Taupe and Aged Silver) around the edges then heated from underneath.


The words were computer generated and printed onto kraft card. I found a little key in my embellishment box and a few black nail heads to complete. 
Check out the Woodware blog to see what the others ladies have been up to.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Working with Canvas

As some of my friends know I was down near Skipton at the weekend. This is my third time with my crafting buddy Linda. Another two crafting friends Irene and Cathy came with us. This time we were working with canvas. I have dabbled from time to time but have always been a bit nervous about using paints etc to build up the layers. So this was a great choice for me. I learnt so much and now feel inspired to play with all the various canvases I have piled up in my cupboard!!
Michelle from Lovin' Ink led the first workshop. This was her creation...

 You can see it better on her blog. I loved the techniques used with acrylic paint, gesso and texture paste. However I am not really into elegant ladies so decided to go more for a nature theme. I was really quite pleased how it turned out.


I was able to use some of the new Memory Box dies that I bought in Glasgow last week at the craft fair. 


The paste was applied using a Prima mask.


This is the Chloe Stem Memory Box die. It worked a treat with glossy accents!!


The frame was made from the Labels 8 Spellbinder dies. We cut out 3 layers in card and one from textured wallpaper. Glued together they make a very sturdy frame. A feel a trip to B & Q coming on to acquire a few wallpaper samples!!


 I debated about which dragonfly die to buy, in the end I bought both....just as well as I needed both sizes to finish off my canvas.
Tomorrow I will show you what Neil Walker did with us, a totally different look!! If you haven't already visited Neil's blog I can tell you it is amazing. He is such a talented guy. As is Susan his lovely wife. All I will say is that we all created vibrant canvasses similar to this one 


I have to finish off my ostriches so will show and tell tomorrow.
Hope you are enjoying this nice spell of weather .. nice to feel spring is almost here!!
Siobhan x
 
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