Monday, 27 February 2017

Ooh La La Challenge #223 - Embossing

For our new challenge at Ooh La La Creations we would like you to incorporate some embossing into your work.

I've used the beautiful Elegant Nautilus design  from the Shawn Jenkins CD, available here , selecting the pyramage. Part of the design incorporates some script, so I've reflected that by using a script text embossing folder. I swiped the "inny" side (ie the raised side, which will form the inny part after embossing) with blue distress ink before embossing the white card, to leave the letters white - I think this technique is called faux letterpress. The layering is dark grey to match the scroll across the bottom of the image, and aqua gems add to the underwater look.

Paint roller card

This week we are having the downstairs loo revamped, so home decorating is very much on my mind! We're not having purple walls, though.......

For this card, I stamped the paint roller, sentiment and can, then used masking tape to make a space the width of the roller, which I filled with purple watercolour paint. I then used watercolours to paint the roller and can, apart from the roller handle which I coloured with a silver gel pen. Not being all that used to water colours, I didn't realise that even though I'd stayed well within the lines, the paint would bleed - next time I will try heat embossing the stamping to see if that will form an effective barrier. Oh well, I love the fact that crafting is a constant learning curve!

I am sharing this with
Sweet Stampin - One layer
AAA Cards - Watercolour

Sunday, 26 February 2017

A tripto the Make It Show

I mentioned yesterday that I'd been to the Make It show in Farnborough. In fact I went twice! On Friday I had a browse around the stalls, did a little shopping and a make and take, and met up with lots of friends, old and new. But on Saturday I went again and this time took my 7 year old granddaughter.

She's a keen, and competent, crafter and enjoys learning new crafts and techniques, so she had a wonderful time. We visited all the stalls and she was fascinated by how delicate a lot of the designs were this year - delicate seems to be the current crafting buzz word and there were lots of stamps and die cuts with very fine detail to be seen. Lara loved watching all the demos but was even more excited by the chance to join in!

First of all she had a card made specially for her in a demo on the GlitzCraft stand. Although she didn't have any hands on part in it, she was asked to choose the image and all the colours that were used.

(By the way, if she appears to have an odd expression on any of these photos, you just try to smile when you have a mouth full of chocolate muffin!!!)

Next we moved on to the BJ Crafts stand. Jean was feeling rather poorly and not doing make and takes, but she very kindly gave Lara a personalised stencilling lesson using the beautiful Glimmer Pastes from Imagination Crafts. Lara has dome some stencilling with me, but always using ink and a sponge, but thanks to Jean's patient tuition she quickly mastered the palette knife and produced this beautiful work of art.

Next on to the Stampin' Up stand, where Pip made her very welcome. The make and take there was a fashion themed card using stamping and paper piecing, two techniques that Lara is very familiar with, so she soon produced this.

After a break for a cup of tea and the aforesaid chocolate muffin, Lara was ready to spend the pocket money she had brought with her, and managed to get some great bargains. There were plenty products to be had at pocket money prices. We paused at the Usborne Books stall where Lara did some magic painting with one of the helpers, a little girl about Lara's age, and spent some time oohing and aaahing over some of the exquisite embroidery on display. That led us to the bobbin lace stall, where I was quite surprised that Lara was offered a chance to try it. I thought it would be far too complicated for her - well, all those bobbins, it looks too complicated for me! - but Lara picked it up straight away and added several rows to the lace strip that was being made by show visitors.

We stayed until the stalls were all closing and the show was at an end, and even then the only thing that could tear Lara away was the promise of a takeaway curry when she got home! It was a lovely day out and I'm so glad I took her. My grandma gave me my love of crafting and I am so happy that I have obviously done the same for my own first granddaughter.

Greeting the sunrise

This little wooden cockerel is all ready to greet the dawn.....

As you can see, I'm still struggling with white balance! I'm hoping that the longer, lighter days coming soon will help me with that.

The die cut circle of linen finish card is sponged with distress inks and topped with the little wooden rooster, which is from a pack of farmyard themed wooden embellishments. I scored parallel lines on the background card and then placed a very fine gold peel off between each pair of lines, to pick up the gold of the sentiment which is a very old die cut one from my stash.

I am sharing this with:

CAS on Sunday - Critters 
CASology - Score 
Addicted to CAS - Wood
Less is More - Sketch
Little Red Wagon - Down on the Farm   

Punch it Out at CD Sundays

For today's challenge at CD Sundays, we would like to see you use dies and/or punches on your work - not forgetting, of course, to include something from a CD too!

I have used the Debbi Moore CD "Steam Punk II - Steampower" and my beloved docrafts cog die set.

I printed the background out at half size, as on the CD it fills a whole A4 sheet, then added an image and sentiment from one of the design sheets on the CD. I love the way Debbi uses shading on her CDs to give a really metallic-looking finish to many of the frames and embellishments, so of course I cut some of the cogs from metallic card too.

Some of the design sheet and cogs were still unused, so I couldn't resist adding a sheet of  paper from my stash (I've no idea where it came from!) and making a second card.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

February Rudolph Day

It's Rudolph Day again, the 25th of the month where we share our Christmas makes over at Scrappymo's.

This month my festive manatee digi (sorry, I can't remember who made him, and his file name is simply "digi9004" which isn't very helpful. I've tried googling for him too, but the only results with this image led to my own blog, so I'm afraid if you fall in love with him/her you'll need to hope that I send you this card!

I decided this time to make him a she - and a she in a saucy mood, adding some kissy mistletoe paper printed from The Best Of La Pashe 2014, a hot lips brad and a Dylusions sentiment.

I am also sharing this with
Fab'n'Funky - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Upcycling or Anything Goes (just atg this time although I hope to be back with an upcycled card later in the week)

Friday, 24 February 2017

Tyger Tyger Burning Bright....

I mentioned earlier this week that we'd spent a night in Marlow so we could have a meal at the Hand and Flowers. Our hotel was a short walk, through the shops, from the restaurant, and one dress shop had a window display that really caught my eye. Not the clothes themselves, I can't remember a thing about those, but the decoration, which was made up of swathes of tropical leaves in black and gold.

Naturally I had to have a play - I've had this lovely Woodware leaf punch for years, but have only ever punched it in green before. I think it looks very striking in black and gold, doesn't it?

Of course the leaves need a striking image to go with them, and my lovely tiger stamp (an old unmounted stamp, sorry I can't remember the brand) was just right for the job. I've added a background of tiger print paper from a Zeeman pad. It looks textured, doesn't it. but in fact it is plain smooth paper. I have framed the image with a scalloped circle cut and embossed from black colour-core card with a light tan core, using a Marianne Creatables die, sanded after embossing to reveal the core. The button is from a bargain bag I bought on Amazon.

I'm sharing this with It's a Zoo Out There at Cuttlebugmania and Animal Magic at Stamping Sensations

Before I sign off for today, I'd like to quickly mention the Make It Show  which is on in Farnborough today and tomorrow. I've been there today and met up with lots of my crafty friends. I wasn't planning to shop, apart from a few basics (I'm sure I use more brown card than anyone else in Craftdom!) so it gave me time to watch lots of the lovely demonstrations and take part in one of the Make and Takes, an acrylic painting session. I'm not very skilled at painting so it was great to lean some brush techniques. I'm quite pleased with this for a first attempt!