Wednesday, 31 December 2008

I'm fiddling around with the appearance...

Please bear with me! This isn't quite there yet- it is a little too busy, but I like the 3 column look. I have a new header to upload tomorrow, plus I want to change the colours too! I will get it just right in the end... I hope!


Edited to add- nearly there! I am off to have some breakfast, then will do a bit more.

Last of the Christmas Pressies- wax canvases

Well, this is it, the last of my Christmas present photos! (I still have some more photos, but they are not from my mammoth present-making session). This is a triptych of small canvases- 4" x 5" and 5" x 5"- and is my first go with beeswax. I coated the canvases with beeswax and then ironed the image on and added more beeswax to blend. Then I dusted the canvases with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and Cosmic Shimmer mica powders to tint them- the effect reminds me of a picture I had when I was young which seemed to be printed on mother-of-pearl. I am not entirely happy with them as I would probably have added more elements and stamping, but as a first attempt, they are OK!

PS The photo was originally taken a couple of years ago with a dodgy old 1.2mp compact camera, and is of my nearest beach at Hayling Island- here is the original:

I wish we had light like that every day!

Happy new year everyone :D

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Stampbord necklace- two techniques!

After I got my lovely new Melt Pot, the first thing I did was go onto Youtube to look for tutorials. I was delighted to find loads from Suze Weinberg herself! This necklace was inspired by a tutorial of hers, showing paper beads dipped in UTEE (different from the Leandra bead which uses lots of layers of UTEE), and another tutorial by Suze Weinberg with Julia Andrus, author of 'Paper Transformed', which showed a way of making faux sea-glass. I used the sea-glass technique to make the pendant, but used Stampbord instead of glass as the base- it still looks good to me! The beads were made using the Melt Pot, but I have in the past used Glossy Accents instead of UTEE, which worked as well but was more time consuming. I love these two techniques, and you will be seeing them again!

Here's Faux Sea Glass:

And here's the UTEE bead:

Monday, 29 December 2008

Another blog to visit for inspiration

My best friend Vicky has at last entered the world of blogging. She is a brilliant cardmaker and scrapbooker, and had a card published in the Reader's Gallery of 'Quick and Crafty' last month. She has only just blogged once, but please go and visit and admire what she made! Her work is lovely.

Here's one I made earlier!

I hope to find the time to do a complete blog re-vamp this week, but bear with me as I don't want to do a rush job! I am starting a new job tomorrow- it's a Saturday job (training tomorrow) with the company I worked for before having Dan. I was there for 12 years previously, but I am actually looking forward to having minimal responsibility this time- it will be a treat to say 'I'll have to ask a manager', hee hee! Wish me luck!

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Jambalaya kit

Another pressie, this was a recipe card and the dry ingredients for making Jambalaya- one of our favourite New Orleans' dishes (we had a week there in 2004). All of the herbs and spices were individually wrapped in cellophane and labelled, so all the recipient needs to do is put them in a mortar and grind them up!

Colour: Distress Inks, Versafine, Ancient Page
Stamps: Paperartsy, MSE
Other: gold wire, raffia, stiff card for box, cellophane

PS This is the last time you will see my beloved (and old) MSE alphabet, as I left the word 'spice' on the block after I finished. Paul let me have a lie-in and gave Dan his breakfast, and when I looked at the block later it was empty! I found 2 letters on Dan's place-mat, and one in his cereal bowl, but the other two seem to be gone for good- and there was no way I was going to look in his nappy for them! Farewell, lovely alphabet, I suppose I will need to replace you at last!

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Altered wooden box

Apologies for the rubbish photos, I took these on Tuesday, and I don't think it was bright enough for decent photos at any time of day, let alone 9am! I need a light box...!

This was a pressie for my best friend, Vicky. She gave me a beautiful altered triple frame in return- I will photograph it the next time we have good light.

Colour: Nick Bantock dye inks, Anita's acrylic paint, Stickles, Versamagic, Sakura clear Stardust pen
Stamps: All Paperartsy (inside the lid of the box I used tiny flowers from one of the minis, but they are not visible in the photo)
Other: Box from The Range, and tiny handle made using my new toy, the Ranger melt pot, plus a Krafty Lady mould.

I absolutely love my Melt pot, which was my pressie from Paul, and used it a fair amount for the handmade gifts. I forgot to order any more UTEE, though, so must get around to that this week!

Christmas presents- mini-albums

I actually made all but two of my Christmas presents this year- it was time-consuming, but worth it, as the gifts were really appreciated. My family are used to handmade things- I used to make all my pressies from an early age (mostly felt comb-cases and embroidered hankies!)- but I have never made anything for Paul's family before, apart from cards, as I didn't know if they would like what I do! These are the scrapbooking projects, and I will show all of the arty things later!

Stamps by Studio G and Paperartsy. The green concertina album is made using two used gift-cards for the covers.

Friday, 26 December 2008

All of my Christmas cards

This is all of the cards sent this year (minus a couple I forgot to photograph). The stamps are all Paperartsy and Cherry Pie, and I used all of my favourite products and techniques on them. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Happy Christmas to everyone!

Still up to the eyeballs in Christmas prep; I will be up to see Santa drive past in his sleigh! Just wanted to say Happy Christmas to everyone :D

Thursday, 4 December 2008


Now I have used that title, I have David Bowie's 'Golden Years' playing in my head. This is for this week's UK Stamper's Sunday challenge, and I actually made it on Monday night! I want to make her a sister too, an ice angel...

Colour: Distress Inks, Glimmer mist, Whispers dye ink, Stickles, Brilliance, Liberon gilt wax
Stamps: All Cherry Pie
Other: Metallic organza ribbon, Papermania jewel brad, old buttons from my tin, Maya Road wings, mountboard, star sequin waste as stencil

I have used two products here that are not my usual: the Whispers ink in black I wanted to use as I knew it would be quite sheer rather than a dark, opaque colour, and the Liberon gilt wax, which is fab for rubbing over anything to gild it. I have had the wax for years, and rediscovered it thanks to Linda Baldock, who does amazing things with her Treasure wax (same sort of stuff). On her blog are links to her Youtube Tutorials. Go and be inspired!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Altered Board Book- 'E'

I went to a Scrapaholix roadshow a couple of weeks ago, and was completely uninspired as to what to do. I haven't scrapped for ages, and couldn't get into the right mindset to organise myself. So I took along my altered board book and did another page.

Colour: Paint Dabber, Moonshadow mist, Versamagic
Stamp: Aud Design (in white on the green, very subtle!)
Papers: Crate Paper, Basic Grey
Other: Gin-X rub on letters, Dovecraft heart, black pen

This is why I have been too busy to blog

He was two last Monday, and we have spent a week celebrating! Paul had a couple of days off so that we could have a family day, and we went to the park in the freezing cold (wrapped up so much that we could barely move!) and then went shopping. He got to go up and down the escalator, then go around Sainsbury's- both his favourite things! Then on Sunday we had a party for him, which involved dressing like cowboys, and playing in a teepee (which was in the dining room). I am just getting back to normal now, and have got some photos to show, but I wanted to share this photo first. Happy birthday, my lovely Dan!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

You are invited...

At last, I can show you the pictures of my new CJ. Hurrah! I thought I would never have time to edit these pictures. Life is very busy at the moment, and I seem to be going from one thing to the other with barely a pause. Better to be busy than bored, though :D

I was just about to type my usual list of ingredients, then I realised I have used practically everything I own! (Not every colour, I hasten to add!). The main stamp is by Elusive Images, and the other stamps I have used are also EI apart from the little butterfly, which is Rubadubado. If anyone wants any other info, please email me and ask- I am only not adding it because I don't want to be typing for an hour LOL!

Monday, 17 November 2008

I have been working hard...

... and here is the evidence! My new CJ at UK Stampers- it's there, hidden by the Distress Ink, Glimmer Mist and Paint Dabbers. And yes, I'm talking about the stuff on my hands. Good job my friends understand me!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

An Interlude... I Feel Love

Some music whilst the art is drying... I have my fingers crossed we will be going to see the Blue Man Group in February.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Toodles and Binks mirror (cute!)

My fingers are covered in arty paint as I type this, but I'm afraid I'm showing you another cute project here today. This is for my Niece's 6th birthday, and it started life as one of Ikea's 99pence mirrors, as seen in Craft Stamper a couple of issues ago. I used a stamp from the new Toodles and Binks range, which are only available from Stamp Galaxy. I love the stamps that are available so far- they have a quirky feel to them which I feel comfortable with, even though they are cute! I have been assured that there will be some boyish images available soon- I need to make Dan's birthday card for the 24th of Nov, Kay, if you read this!

Colour: Distress Inks, Versamagic, Versafine, H2Os, Caran D'Ache watercolour crayons, Stickles
Stamps: Toodles and Binks, Paperartsy
Other: Zooms, Prima flowers, wand from my stash.

For a change, I applied the Distress Inks with a baby wipe, and it enabled me to get a much better range of tone. Note to self, though, paint applied in this way goes straight through the wipe onto your fingers!

Friday, 7 November 2008

I'm Not Slacking Off...

... I'm in the middle of a couple of projects that require lots of drying time between stages!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

UK Stampers ATC's for October- Newest Stamps.

I realise these photos all seem to be taken at a really odd angle, but since these ATCs were all painted with a mixture of Perfect Pearls, Cosmic Shimmer and Stickles, I wanted to show the effect. My newest stamps at the time the theme was set were a set by ISC, which you may have seen on many other blogs- that face stamp is so beautiful that lots of stampers have it and use it well! It was nice to play around with effects, and I deliberately kept these simple, using straightforward stamping for a change! Don't worry, though, I have signed up for another CJ at UK Stampers, so expect to see me get carried away at least once a month!

Colour: Versamagic, Versafine, Cosmic Shimmer powders, Perfect Pearls (both used as paint), Stickles, Aurora ep, Stazon
Stamps: ISC
Other: Vellum printed with script (used for butterflies)

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Art Raffle October- Dark

I'm afraid you're going to have to use your imagination with this one, but this is a gorgeous sparkly altered matchbox. It looks more speckley than sparkly in these photos, but this is Glimmer Mist over black gloss card with clear embossed CD pieces, so you can picture how lovely it is when you hold it in your hand and tilt it into the light. It is also my Art Raffle piece for this month, where the theme was 'Dark'. When I Googled dark, Googling being the main way I try to clarify my thoughts on a theme, it came up with images of dark matter, and being a bit of a science geek, I was really inspired! If you don't know what I'm on about, try it yourself! Select images, put in 'Dark', and prepare to admire :D

Colour: Glimmer mist, black ep, silver detail ep, clear ep, Ice Stickles, Sakura Stardust pen, Stazon, black paint
Stamps: Cherry Pie
Other: Matchbox, black gloss card, PVA glue, old junk CD.

I cut the old CD with my dear husband's kitchen scissors, and although the corners were sharp, the edges weren't. The coating did flake off a little, just at the edge. The heat embossing was a bit of experiment, as I wasn't sure if the CD would melt or not- especially as I use the UK's version of the white Ranger heatgun, which is hot, hot, hot! It was fine, though, and stood up to two coats of the ep. This acts as a lens, and magnifies the rainbow effect. I think I may have to make some jewelry next...

Friday, 24 October 2008

Happy Birthday to Vicky!

It was Vicky's birthday yesterday, but I actually gave her this on Tuesday. This is a mini-file box, 6 1/2" wide by 5" high, and it started life as mountboard, coloured cardstock, and an A3 sheet of watercolour paper! Craft TV Weekly had this as one of their webisodes, and I knew straight away that I wanted to make one for Vicky as a present. Naturally I wanted to get really inky, so I made the patterned paper with the watercolour/craftmat technique (clear embossing first to create the white pattern) and stamped it to within an inch of it's life. It is not a project to make in a hurry, but I am so pleased with the result that I may make myself one if I ever get the time!

Colour: Vivid inks, Glimmer Mists, Versamagic, Versacolour, Brilliance
Stamps: All Paperartsy
Other: Bazzill and SU cardstock, mountboard, watercolour paper, lots of PVA glue, velcro for closure (the magnet I tried to use wasn't powerful enough), Making Memories ribbon buckle.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Diane's blog challenge

Diane from UK Stampers has put a challenge on her blog this week, and since I needed to make a card for my lovely Sister-in-Law's birthday, I decided to use the challenge to inspire me.
Here it is:
So, the challenge is that I'd like to see YOU make a card like the one in the other post. A maximum of two stamps, one colour of ink, one colour of embossing powder (can be the same or a tonal one). No pre-printed background papers!
It sounds so simple until you get going- just one colour of ink?! I usually use half a dozen! And then what do you do with the embossing powder? My solution was to use a Brilliance green ink, which dries on anything (with a little help from the heat gun), and to use the ep to do an intaglio effect. I like to think it looks a bit like fossilised leaves here.

Colour: Brilliance, Aurora embossing powder
Stamps: Paperartsy (panel), Cherry Pie (fern)
Other: Transparency, chipboard (for the intaglio) and white card- one layer was coloured with the ink, the other with the ep.

The closing date for this challenge is 25th October, and the prize is excellent. Thanks for the challenge, Diane!

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Sunday Challenge No11

Credit crunch?...........
It's all over the news and in the papers.
This weeks challenge is to create a little something using credit cards, well not you proper credit cards but gift cards, you can pick these up free from most places. Lets see what you can make with them!
Happy stamping

I'm sure this is a shock to anyone who comes here regularly, but I have done and photographed this week's Sunday Challenge a whole day before the new one gets posted! I am stunned, too :D. Dan has actually napped three times this week, leaving me time to get on with my crafting commitments. Don't ask about the housework, though, I'll do it tomorrow, I promise!

Colour: Versamagic, Versafine, silver ep, Stazon, Paint Dabbers, gesso
Stamps: Limited Edition
Other: gift card, old book page, coke-can metal, mulberry paper, sanding block.

I am fascinated with the look of etched metal at the moment. I don't have the time to experiment with a new technique (yet), so I decided to try and recreate the look by using silver ep on metal, then rubbing white paint into the depressions. For this piece, I also decided to use rust coloured paint, to give a more distressed look. I am quite pleased with the overall effect, and will definitely keep playing to see what else I can achieve.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Little Art Doll for a Swap

This is my first attempt at a shrink plastic art doll, so please be gentle with me! I think it's mostly OK, but I am not pleased with the face. I do like it from behind, though- do you like the grungeboard wings? It's such great stuff to work with. The tassel skirt was inspired by an art doll by Linda Baldock, although with hindsight I should have been more generous with the fibres. Oh well, you live and learn!

Colour: Versamagic chalk inks, Stazon, Stickles, Sakura Souffle pen, Versafine, Aurora embossing powder
Stamps: All Cherry Pie
Other: Prima flower, Grungeboard wings, wire, Lucky Squirrel shrink plastic, gem