Friday 27 July 2012

The Stamp Man - Anything Goes Celebrations

The latest challenge at The Stamp Man is entitled "Celebrations". I must admit I found this one quite difficult even though there are loads of occasions to celebrate. And then because I couldn't make up my mind I ended up last night having to make something quickly. I started with the Aspect of Design "Antique Script with Keys" stamp. By the time I had that layered up, I had the idea of making it into a more masculine 21st birthday card.

 I used Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo for my blended background. Then I built up some layers of stamping for depth.

I dug out some of my Tim Holtz Ideology "Numerals" to add and then embossed them with copper powder. T turned out really nice!!
The "Time to Celebrate was a free stamp ages ago from The Craft Stamper magazine. 

 As a finishing touch I added the key and Bob's your uncle or your 21 year old nephew!!
So if you would like to join us at The Stamp Man then come up with your take on a celebration and be in with a chance of winning a £10 voucher.
Our circle journal group are off for a picnic tomorrow weather permitting!! Better go and look out the wellies. Hope you have a good weekend whatever you are doing.
Siobhan x

Thursday 26 July 2012

Woodware DT - Zentangle

This week we have been asked to to some zentangle. Luckily I had bought a book on it at the last craft fair in Glasgow. And I took the stuff I needed on holiday with us so I could have a play. But we were blessed with good weather and the zentangle stuff never got taken out of the bag. So this week I had to have a quick go and come up with a sample to post today. 
So I dug out my Dreamweaver outline stencils and found the two ginger jars. Once I got started I quite enjoyed it and can easily see how it can become addictive. So please be forgiving as this was my first attempt but I am sure I will get better with a bit of practise.

Once i finished layering up I used a script background paper and a Chinese coin to finish off.

The coin was finished off with a couple of cocktail sticks coloured with black ink and a bit of silver thread wrapped around the sticks. 

There have been some brilliant samples of Zentangle on the Woodware blog this week. Be sure to check them out. I love the fact that you can stamp out or draw your outline, then all you need is a fine tipped black pen.
Hope you have a good weekend. 
Siobhan x

Sunday 22 July 2012

Not Much Crafting

Well it has been quite a few weeks. My son Paul left last Sunday on the start of his big adventure to Canada. I would love to say it all went smoothly. But true to form and his laid back nature, the last couple of weeks before Paul left were truly memorable!! He has left a trail of devastation which will take us some considerable time to sort out!! But by the skin of his teeth he got his flight last Sunday. At least I was spared a lengthy and tearful goodbye. And thanks to facebook I know he is still alive and well and made it to Atlanta in time for his best friend's wedding.
So this weekend I have just been a bit shell shocked and not getting much done. So I thought I would share a few of my holiday photos from the beautiful Hebridian island of South Harris.

View from our holiday cottage

Seals just below cottage

Alfie playing ball on the beach

Seilbost beach

Rory and Graham  

An amazing sky one night just before sunset

Oyster Catcher taking off
Scarista Beach

Mol Ban - our home for a fortnight

Binoculars and a glass of wine - my favourite seat!!
I love the Scottish Islands. They are a great place to go to unwind!!
Siobhan x

Friday 20 July 2012

Woodware DT - Grey and Chartreuse

The colour theme for this weeks project was chosen by our American DT member Pam. She makes a lot of gorgeous samples for Stampendous and Dreamweaver and her blog is well worth checking out. She gave us a lovely photo of this colour scheme used for a living room.

 Not normally a colour combination I would choose but I actually like it!! Here is my interpretation of the brief.

I used the lovely Stampendous stamp CRF215 Profile Portrait which I stamped in a soft grey. I blended the background with shades of yellows and greens to try to achieve the feel of Chartreuse. I added some layers of stamping for depth.

I used a combination of embossing powders around the edge (Lettuce, Champagne and Aged Silver - all Stampendous) to give it a Frantaged look.

The words were computer generated and cut out. Really as a reminder to myself!!! Stampendous have a stamp which says "Enjoy Life's Simple Pleasures" which would do nicely. It's on my shopping list!! And then I made a paper rose to finish off.
Join us next week when we have a go at Zentangle. That should be interesting!!

Saturday 14 July 2012

Woodware - Anything But a Square or a Rectangle

I was allowed to have a bit of time off the Woodware team. Kim Reygate did a great job taking my place for a while. But now I am back. This week we were asked to make something that wasn't a square or rectangle. So it's another quickie from me as I am knee deep in boxes. As some of you know my son Paul is heading off on his big adventure to Canada. He leaves on Sunday and so all his belongings have been coming home. What was meant to be two trips to Glasgow turned into now four!! I am trying to get my head together so that I am not a blubbering wreck at the airport!!
I made a little triangle card for my project. I am last up this week and there have been some lovely ideas from the other girls, but thankfully no triangles.

I used a lovely clear set designed by Francoise called Oriental Ladies. There's not much to tell, it literally took 15 mins. The most time consuming part for me was cutting out my geisha girl...I hate cutting out!!

I coloured her with watercolour pencils and added some pink nail heads to her fan. I used a Woodware punch for the flowers and the floral punch art stamen punch for the centres. I finished off with a few pearls. 

 I made a template to cut out my card blank. This one fits nicely into a 6 inch square envelope.

Friday 13 July 2012

The Stamp Man - Summer Colours

It's my turn to host the latest challenge over at The Stamp Man. The challenge is "Summer Colours - Anything Goes". So you can pretty much make anything you like as long as you chose vibrant summer colours. With all this awful rain, it doesn't feel much like summer. So we will just have to create it in our art work!!
I chose a Cling Hero Arts stamp CG288 Leaf Cluster. I wanted to use the same stamp for the focal point and for my background. This is a great technique for a quick card. As I have quite a lot on just now, quick cards are very useful right now. But that doesn't mean to say, you can't create a lovely card!!

For the main image I used several colours of distress inks....mustard seed, spiced marmalade, wild honey, peeled paint and barn door. I inked up the entire stamp with mustard seed. Then added the other colours from lightest to darkest, finishing with barn door. Use the corner of the pad for more control. Then spritz lightly with water and stamp. The new distress markers give you even more control. I have some of these but none of the vibrant summer colours!! 

Then for the background I blended Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and just a touch of Barn Door. Splatter with water for a lovely distress effect. Then I inked up the clean stamp with Versamark and spritzed with water. Stamp and lift and watch the magic happen. Repeat until happy then heat set. I use this technique so much because I love creating layers of stamping. Then I lightly stamped using spiced marmalade - stamping a couple of times before re inking. Hopefully you can see the effect.

 For more inspiration, pop over to The Stamp Man to see what the Design team have been up to. Remember that there is a £10 voucher for the winner, which I will have to pick after the closing date!!

Monday 2 July 2012

Woodware Design Team - Sketch Challenge 14

Hi Everyone.....!! Yes I am back. I have had a bit of time away from my craft room. As some of you know I had a few months of not feeling very well and everying was getting a little too much. Dorothy kindly gave me a month off the Woodware team and I resigned from some other commitments. I am starting to feel better and I am recently back from two weeks holiday in Harris. My son leaves for Canada in two weeks time so we have also been helping him get all his belongings back home. I am trying to get my head round to the fact that he could be away for a couple of years and may even settle out there if things work out. Thank goodness for e-mail and Skype, at least it will be easier to keep in touch.
Anyway to cut a long story short, I am back and hope to catch up with a lot of my favourite blogs and try and get back into crafting over the next few weeks. Thanks for those of you who sent lovely e-mails to wish me well. They really cheered me up. And a big thanks to the lovely Kim Reygate who filled in for me at Woodware during June. Her samples were all gorgeous.
This week at Woodware it's a sketch challenge and I am first to kick off!! All this football is taking it's toll. As I write this hubby is next door about to watch the European cup final ... best to stay out of the way I think.
Here is the sketch :

And here is my sample : 

I missed the metal challenge last week so I thought I would have a go using metal for my background. I used aluminium tape bought from a DIY superstore. I applied it to a sheet of card stock and then added lines and rivets etc with some metal tools. I covered the whole panel with brown and black alcohol inks and then sanded it to reveal this cool effect. I wanted it to look a bit like the metal on the side of a ship. 
The Stampendous steam boat CRP 155 was the perfect image for my focal point. I silver embossed some  metal cogs from another Stampendous set Steampunk Gears SSC 1143 on the black strip of card.

I added a Happy Birthday and some black nail heads (silver ones coloured with a black permanent marker) for the finishing touch.

I have just noticed my steam boat is listing a bit!!
Hope you all have a good week.
Siobhan x
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