Monday, January 8, 2018

MIM #309

Finally, time to get back to a little gentle card making after the whirlwind that was December. In fact, 2017 in it's entirety seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. However, I was determined to play along with this weeks challenge at Papertrey Ink so here is my entry.
I used the woodblock print stencil set, starting with the background shape which I sponged in green parakeet ink and then used the distress pen spritzer and mowed lawn marker to give a little variation in colour.
Then I heat embossed the detail stencil with Zing embossing powder in Butter to match the card base. I added the dashed lines to frame the shapes with the mowed lawn marker.
I hadn't really pictured how much like wallpaper my end result would look. Not actually what I'd been going for necessarily!
I cut out a mat and mounted it on a piece of cardboard to give some real dimension to it, and cut out a square to mount the sentiment behind. I wish I could tell you where the wood frames are from but they were just loose in a drawer. They were stuck on with scor tape to (hopefully) keep them attached. The sentiment is from Ombre sentiments - birthday.
This is all mounted on a vintage cream card base.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PTI October blog hop

The inspiration pictures for this month's Blog hop were very unusual, with such strong elements. I'm looking forward to seeing where people went with this start point.
I went with the colours that seemed to feature in so many of the pictures - scarlet jewel, honey nut and dark indigo, used the reinkers to paint a shape and then stamped the tree from summer hills over the top. This card is a lot closer to the inspiration pictures than I usually go, but I was enchanted by the blobs turned into trees idea.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SSS Monday - not a card #3

I'm having a lovely day, using the "not a card" theme of this week's Simon says stamp Monday challenge as an excuse to catch up with some crafting projects.
This one comes courtesy of a Tammy Tutterow tutorial found here.
I bought a few of the new French style yogurts that come in a glass jar, and saved the jars with this project in mind. A variety of green alcohol inks gave the base colour, and the die cut words and sentiments are all from Papertrey Ink. A couple of the TH ice skate charms finished them off.
Here's a close up of the crackle as it's hard to see from the previous pictures. The technique works really well, although I think I'd skip the rock candy glitter next time as it just made the glaze a little cloudy.
And a final shot of it lit up
 



SSS Monday - Not a card #2

I'm using this week's Simon says stamp Monday challenge as an excuse to get to all those little crafty projects that I've been storing up on pinterest to have a go at.
This uses the TH on the edge Townscape die, and the bottom of an oatmeal drum that I've been saving for this project for at least a year now!
I was thinking about Murano, which is why the bottom is blue, as if the houses border the lagoon. To get a watery feel I smeared on some texture paste and let that dry before sponging on some distress inks. The houses were painted with gesso, and then coloured with distress markers.
This is how it looks when it's all lit up.



Saturday, October 14, 2017

SSS Monday - Not a card

It is so long since I've had time to play along with a SSS challenge, but I finally got to a project I've been meaning to have a go at ever since my best friend gave me her Mother-in-law's button box, and I came into possession of more shirt buttons than I could ever hope. So this project is for SSS Monday - Not a card challenge.
I started with a very cheap art canvas, and covered it with pages from the botany section of an encyclopedia I picked up (for free!) from our library when they were getting rid of it. I then sponged a selection of distress inks over the top (tumbled glass, cracked pistachio, twisted citron, shaded lilac).
I used the ground espresso distress crayon and a stencil from The crafter's workshop to give a basic tree shape, and then added finer branches using ground espresso ink and the branch from PTI "out on a limb".
And then came the buttons. So many buttons! They're attached with a hot glue gun.
Once that was done I used a TH stencil to just add a few flourishes and added a quote from the book that always makes me cry.

Monday, October 9, 2017

MIM #299 - Sentiment windows

This was such an easy card to put together after last weeks hot embossing powder incident. It's for this weeks Make it Monday challenge, and I thought this years anniversary set would give a perfect (if little) window for the sentiment.
Spruce and sprigs supplied the additional foliage. I've got the Season's greetings stamp set in my cart at the moment so this one is really just a place holder.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

MIM #298 - Faux epoxy elements

Only one very small burn resulted from this weeks Make it Monday challenge when one of the letters flipped onto my finger while I was trying to set it onto the balloon. It was really hot!
I used headline alphabet and numbers dies and the balloon die from Birthday style. If you look closely there's also a repeating "happy birthday" sentiment in the background, under the sponged ink.