Tuesday, 29 April 2008

This Month's ATCs

The theme for this month's ATCs over on UK Stampers was 'Incorporating a tag', and I actually started these with two weeks to go before the deadline, as I was feeling inspired. Not like me at all, (the early start, not the inspiration!) as I usually find that time pressure helps me to work. However, I found once I started that I was *really* inspired, and took my time over these. I am really pleased with the outcome; I really feel that I expressed myself artistically, and I can't believe I made them! Let's hope it wasn't a fluke ;-)
I even made a slide show, so all of the hidden details can be seen:

Colour: Distress Inks in Broken China and Vintage Photo, Versafine, Moonshadow mist, Silver detail embossing powder, Cosmic shimmer lustre pearl embossing powder
Stamps: Paperartsy, Inkadinkado, Crafty Individuals
Embellishments: Star gems from Hobbycraft, Turquoise gems by Pebeo, pins, beads, wire, and ribbon from my stash
Other: Sizzix originals tag die, Sizzlits mini-tags die, Making Memories metal sheets (used to make mini-tags), Vellum from Lakeland, Silk dupion from Fabric Land, Vintage paper from old book
Thanks for looking!

Monday, 14 April 2008

Next CJ Entry

This is the next entry in the 'Just One Stamp' circle journal. We are not far from finishing now; we have three more to do until our own journals wing their way home, full of gorgeous artwork. And the really great thing about this group is that our organiser, Gail, has kept us all on track, so we have no missing journals to worry about, which seems to be a common problem in these kind of groups. Just to recap, here is the link to all of the previous entries.
The stamp which came with this journal is a feather. I don't know who it is by, but it is a beautifully detailed stamp. The previous entries were all so good, and I wanted to do something different, so I decided to turn the feather into a peacock's tail. White peacocks are thought to be incredibly lucky, and I know the journal's owner, Alison, is very ill in hospital and could do with some luck, so I had to make my peacock white. I also really wanted to use the turquoise, as for some reason it is my favourite colour at the moment and I keep using it on everything I do (even my new clock is that colour, and I hope to do a new header soon, too).

Stamps: Unknown (feather), Tanda (Peacock and Peacock feather)
Colour: Alcohol inks, Moonshadow mist, Sakura glaze pen, White embossing powder, Nick Bantock Inks
Other: Words printed on Conqueror Silica blue paper, ribbon from my stash, Self-adhesive metal tape from DIY store, Cuttlebug embossing folder

The background is alcohol inks on glossy card which I then sprayed with the Moonshadow mist. Because of the glossy coating, it beads up when sprayed, and when dried with a heat-gun, you get a gorgeous effect, with tiny dots of the turquoise mica powder (sorry, it doesn't really show up on the photograph). The patterned section is the metal tape, which I ran through the Cuttlebug then coloured with alcohol inks. I can see myself trying that again, and maybe using some glaze pens too- it could look great!

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Canvas Tag Swap

These three tags are for a swap I am in on UK Stampers. I haven't joined in with any swaps recently, due to other commitments. I signed up for this one with only a week and a bit before they were due back. Well, I was inspired by working on the canvas, and I did the tags the day I received them. I was supposed to do two, but got carried away and did three! As you can see from the photos I basically used the same design for each one, but I used different techniques on each. I have added the 'recipe' below each photograph.

Stamps: Crafty Individuals (Flower), Paperartsy (Swirls), Stampin' Up (Bird)
Colour: Distress Inks re-inkers sprayed on using mini-misters, Moonglow moonshadow mist, Versafine Sepia, Sakura Stardust pen used with waterbrush, Twinkling H20's, Distress Inks (for stamping swirls)
Embellishments: Meiflower butterfly, Embelliscrap swirl.

For this tag, I sprayed on the colour and dried with a heat gun, before spraying with the Moonshadow mist and drying again. I stamped the swirls for the background, then sprayed with a matte acrylic varnish. I stamped the flower onto tissue, then attached to the tag using the same spray varnish, smothing it down with my fingers. I coloured the flower with the Stardust pen and H20s, sprayed the embelliscrap with the Moonshadow mist, and added the bird and butterfly.

Stamps: Crafty Individuals and Paperartsy, as before
Colour: Ranger Alcohol Inks, Moonshadow mist, Perfect Pearls, Versafine Onyx black, Distress Ink (sprayed), Sakura Stardust pen
Embellishments: Lampshade trim from my stash (I've had it since the '70's!), Star jewels from Hobbycraft

This tag was coloured with alcohol inks before spraying with the moonshadow mist. The alcohol inks really make this bead up and form tiny droplets, which give a great sparkle when dry. I then stamped the swirls in Versamark and added Perfect Pearls in copper and gold. The flower image was stamped on a piece of white card which had been sprayed with Distress Inks and Moonshadow mist, and the flower head was coloured in with the Stardust pen.

Stamps: As above plus Inkadinkado butterfly stamp
Colour: Adirondack Paint Dabbers, Distress Inks, Moonshadow Mist, Brilliance, Sakura Stardust pen, H20s
Embellishments: Lace, coloured using H20s, button from my button box

This final tag (actually the first one I made!) was coloured using Paint Dabbers, before spraying with the Moonshadow mist. The swirls were stamped with Distress Inks, and the flower done as before, except the flower head was coloured with H20s. I stamped the butterfly using Brilliance, then went over it with Stardust pen.

The Moonshadow mist is a walnut Ink with Mica powder added, and the one I have is a turquoise colour. It is good to add an antique look, but really comes into its own when sprayed over a toning colour, as in the tags here. It probably doesn't show well on the photos, but I will try to take some better photos at the weekend, so you can get the full effect!

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Catching up on some photos- altered tin swap

I did say I had still been crafting during my non-blogging period, and here is the first piece of evidence: photos of my altered tin. This was for a swap on UK Stampers, and it was a fun little project. This tin once contained yummy ginger and lime sweets, and I was inspired by the colour of the original label, hence the green and orange. It contains a few embellishments and also acts as a ribbon holder, and I thought it could be useful to take to crops. Pat organised this swap, and she got to keep mine, whilst I got Gail (Efemera)'s beautiful tin. I have loads of tins in my stash, all waiting to be altered, so thanks, Pat, for getting me started!

Stamps: Paperartsy
Inks: Ranger alcohol inks, over stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black
Embellishments: Flowers by Prima and ??? from my stash
Other: Cropadile used to make holes and set eyelets.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Back at last! Latest CJ entry, too.

It's been a little while since I wrote that I was about to hand in my last assignment. I went to college, confident with the knowledge that I completed all of the hard work, only to be given three, yes THREE more pieces of work to do. I was so surprised, and I actually ended up late with the CJ I am a part of. I *hate* being late. Luckily, Tasha, who is the next on the send-to list, was fine about it, so I did the college work then got on and did what I think is a good job of the CJ entry.
This is Flo's CJ, and the theme is 'Take Flight'. The accompanying stamp is a pair of tiny wings. I was really looking forward to seeing this one, as it looked so gorgeous when I first saw it on her blog. What surprised me (pleasantly) is how little the book is. It is a collection of tags, about the size of luggage tags, but in different shapes. As you would expect, all of the previous entries are fab, so I wanted to do something different and dramatic. I hope you like it, Sarah!

Stamps: Wings (unknown), Cherry Pie face stamp
Inks: Brilliance Rocket Red, Distress Inks (also used to colour face)
Embellishments: Prima flowers (coloured with the Brilliance to match), gems and feathers from my stash
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Bind-it-all

PS You can barely see the background paper I made, but I was really pleased with it, and will do a tutorial since I think everyone should know how to do it!
PPS As far as I know, I passed my course, but I won't be absolutely sure until the moderaters come and look at our work in two weeks time. I'm looking for a job, though, so lets assume it's OK!