Monday, 30 June 2014

Bla Bla Bla

Hi there Bloggers,
I thought I should get one more blog post in before June is over
and so this is from a Card Swap I've been entering over the last few months.
The theme for June is
Monochromatic Cards

I actually looked up the dictionary meaning:
'monochrome' adj. in only one colour; black and white

but I've come to the conclusion that in the papercraft world
it can mean variations of any one colour,
so this is what I posted off.

In this swap we make six identical cards, post them off to a central location
and in return get six different cards.
It is always fun to see what arrives in the mail
and hopefully they might just show up this week, fingers crossed!

This sweet little character is "Schu" with the background "Bla Bla",
 a couple of new stamps I recently ordered from Stampotique
(along with a few others that I will show you soon).

Thanks for visiting and if you have time,
I'd love to hear what you think.
(only nice comments though)

Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Zentangle Teddy

The theme at 
this week is
"Black & White with One other Colour"
so with this in mind I decided I'd play with a bit of 

If you know how to doodle, then you will know how to Zentangle,
but this has become quite an art form
and there are heaps of different designs to choose from
or you can make up your own.

In this instance I have just made my own
but if you look on Pinterest there are simply
oodles of doodles (LOL) complete with instructions.

I started by stamping "Teddy" (Stampotique) 
onto the ATC and then again onto scrap card.
I coloured him with Distress Markers in 'peeled paint', 
fussy cut him out and popped him on dimensionals on top of the first image.

I put a piece of washi tape to ground him and then set to work from the top left corner and made my way clockwise around the ATC.  Two extra little pieces of torn washi tape help to balance the design.  I then went around the edges with Distress Ink, again using 'peeled paint' to finish it off.

This was quite fun to play with and it's ok for my first attempt.
For my second attempt I will look at some of the designs and play/copy them
and I will probably get myself a better pen as well.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 13 June 2014

Stamp It ATC Swap

The theme for those participating in the ATC swap this month was

The idea was to include postage stamps in your art work
so with this in mind, I asked my lovely friend Jenni
if I could borrow one of her stamps which I thought would 
be perfect for this theme.

"You've Got Mail"

Each ATC used Distress Ink blended together
with a darker colour around the edges
and a quick spritz with water to add age spots.

The mail box was stamped directly onto the ATC
and then again onto white card, coloured, 
and fussy cut before popping up on dimensionals.

I looked through my bag of postage stamps which I have been collecting
for quite some time and as each of the ATC's were heading overseas
I chose a variety of Australian stamps.

I was quite happy with how they all turned out 
and hope the recipients liked them too.

Not only did Jenni lend me the mail box stamp
but a few other interesting characters as well, including:


"Heart Throb"

"Heart Boy"

all of who accompanied the ATC's to their destinations
around the world.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Let's Celebrate Wednesday

I'm a little behind with my challenge entries this week
but luckily for me (and everyone else) 
 #150 - Celebrate
is still open;

and the theme this week at
#42 - Use Pink, a Little or a Lot

I started with a piece of newsprint DSP from Stampin' Up!
and lightly gessoed it to tone down the print.

While it was drying I got to work colouring these three
little cuties from 'Line Up' (Stampotique)
with watercolour pencils and the aquash water brush
and then fussy cut them leaving just a little border
which I then lightly coloured gray.

On finding some Kaisercraft letters and discovering there were
only two "E's" left, I decided to go with every second letter and
the alternate letters would be handwritten.  Then I drew an outline
around the words and cut them out.

Lucky for me I managed to work out the letters and used both
the stickers without mucking up the sequence - phew!

Although it's hard to see in the photo, the three little cuties
are grounded on a piece of washi tape
and popped up on dimensionals.

The balloon is SU (discontinued long ago) 
which is stamped onto the newsprint and then again onto plain cardstock
and coloured, cut out and adhered on top.

I coloured around the edges with a green watercolour pencil 
blending the colour into the newsprint.
It is then mounted onto a piece of pink card followed by black card.

A length of ribbon which was sitting on my table matched perfectly.

Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Time Waits for No One

The theme this week at
Tick Tock - #40

I have a couple of stamps that would fit this theme
quite nicely, but then I looked at my collection
of tags that already have backgrounds
and found the perfect one.

This background tag has a twin as when I stamped them
they were pushed next to each other
and so each tag got half a clock.

I had started off blending Distress Ink colours together,
probably a mix of 'mustard seed' and 'fired brick'.
(I say 'probably' as these tags were done some time ago,
before I owned 'spiced marmalade', and I know
if you blend yellow, red, yellow and just a tad more red,
you get a lovely rich orange colour)

I stamped the winged clock from Graphic 45 "Happy Hauntings"
with 'jet black' Archival Ink 
and gently blended 'spiced marmalade' and 'seedless preserves'
for a bit of contrast to the background.

The quote is hand written on scraps of white card
blended with 'seedless preserves' and just a smidge of 'vintage photo'.

The winged clock and the words were fussy cut
and popped onto dimensionals.

Background clocks are Tim Holtz and ?

To finish I dragged a piece of muslin through 'seedless preserves'
and tied it through the hole on the tag.

Happy Crafting!!!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Winter Fairy

this week, the theme is
Fairy Wonderland - #138

As I live in an all male household, I don't think I have ever owned
any fairy stamps, so I got to thinking about the stamps I own
and knowing that I have a couple of set of wing stamps, I set to work.

This lovely girl comes from "Warm Wishes" by Julie Nutting,
and her wings come from a freebie 
that was on the front of a Craft Stamper magazine a while back.

I started by lightly blending 'chipped sapphire' Distress Ink
over the ATC.  Next I stamped the snowflake
(also from the "Warm Wishes" set)
in 'shaded lilac'.

I stamped the girl in 'jet black' Archival Ink
blending 'peacock feathers' onto her dress,
and whatever colour brown
(that happened to remain on the blending sponge)
onto her boots and hair.

Her collar, bow and boot ribbons were coloured with
'victorian velvet' Distress Marker.
Her wings have just a touch of 'weathered wood' Distress Marker
before adding 'baby blue' Stickles for some sparkle.

The mini letters making up Winter Fairy
are from Kaisercraft.

Happy Crafting!!!