Tuesday 23 April 2013

An Indian Theme Tag

I love the colours that the girls on the DT have been inspired to put together for the cards using the Indian Elephants and Textiles. The colours and combinations remind me of beautiful Sari Fabrics.

For my tag I coloured with Seedless Presevre and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and then ran through the cuttlebug, leaving the bottom out of the damask folder. I then stamped the beautiful border and embossed with black powder. The peacock was coloured with the distress inks and and I made three to decoupage. The embellishment was a great find, a cheap necklace that I've started to dismantle.
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Wednesday 17 April 2013

Indian Elephants having fun

I love that the Elephants come as a facing pair on the Indian Elephant stamps sheet. I started my card by stamping the elephants onto grey card and embossing with white powder then coloured with gel pens. The background was made with distress inks of various colours and paper to mask for the mountains, water and the sun. I love to watch nature programmes showing elephants spraying themselves with water and hunted around in my stash of stamps to find a stamp that resembled water splashes. My eureka moment was finding little dots that are with the trees from Glade Design a Tree. I stamped them with blues and white to give the look of water being sprayed. Thanks for stopping by Debbie

Thursday 11 April 2013

Fun, fun, fun

There was alot of fun making this project. I was very lucky to be in the company of a group of talented Ladies a few weeks ago and we worked on a project using many different techniques. From getting in the car and the Sat Nav refusing to work to returning home on the Sunday tea time, I had a totally relaxing time enjoying the company of like minded crafters. (and we had delicious chocolate cake)

I'm not an expert at crafting retreats but the three I've been lucky to attend have been such a pleasure. I love the pace and there's no pressure to complete, ideas, tips and techniques to take away.
My tray was a pleasure to put together and I finally finished it this week. I did have a little boo boo moment when I made the heart. I used a cookie cutter to cut the UTEE and paper butterfly. I wasn't happy with the thickness of the UTEE so decided to re-heat with the cutter on the paper. Oh Oh!!! it welded itself to the cutter. Did I worry, No, I quite like it framed and it will remind me now not to do it again. I enjoyed the freedom of making this project I bought another tray to make.

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Tuesday 9 April 2013

Bits and Pieces Journal Cover

For my birthday about 2 years ago, my daughter bought me a journal and it has bits and pieces and lots of ideas in it.

The cover has been blank as I was unsure how I wanted to decorate it, UNTIL, I was inspired by a few new Chocolate Baroque stamps and a technique I'd not tried before. I wanted the cover to have texture so that it felt good when I picked it up, So starting with texture paste I covered the top and stamped the Big Bold Leafy Brocade after spritzing with water so it released from the paste. For the texture at the bottom I used the Crafters Workshop Art Is stencil with the paste.

When it had dried I coloured with red and blue distress paints and waited impatiently to rub gold wax over to highlight the texture. I coloured the Elephant with alchohol pens and he's to remind me that I should remember to work in the journal more often.

It's the second week of the school holidays and I've had a couple of really nice walks out with Archie. He's on a strict diet at the moment as the vet thinks he may have an underactive thyriod so it's been smaller portions and longer walks. These photo's show his love of water usually the dirtier the better.

Today is the day I need to find the floor of my craftroom and not be distracted by playing with what I tidy away.

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Wednesday 3 April 2013

Altered book

There's been discussion about hard back books being destroyed rather than recycled so I set to and bought my book from our local hospice shop. It cost me £1.25 and I hadn't really taken alot of noticed the title. When arriving home realised it was the entire works of Shakespeare. It's not worth lots of money unfortunately but my daughter was disgusted when I said I was going to rip it up. So I had seen that Kath Stewart had been folding the pages of a book at a workshop. I was browsing through Pinterest boards and found a book that Paula Pascual had altered. This is my interpretation of the book, I spritzed with a couple of Dylusion Inkswhen the pages had been folded. Thanks for visiting Debbie

Tuesday 2 April 2013

Play days with a sprinkle of inspiration

Like lots of us we have bits and pieces that are pushed to the back of a cupboard or shelf. Today we had the plasterer finishing off our porch and this had inspired me to rummage and take inspiration from Glenda's Mojo Monday newsletter. You can sign up by going to the Chocolate Baroque website and the Monday Mojo Magic is on the right side of the page. I bought the plaque last year at Harrogate and when I saw Glenda's stamping project decided to give it a go. I did cheat by using lined paper from the Prima Songbird paper pad. Also, I've been watching Hels Shreidan demonstrating the Melt Pot so made a few flowers and gave them a dip after I'd dusted mine. Thank you for visiting Debbie

Monday 1 April 2013

Big Bold Backgrounds

I'm trying to catch up with some of the cards I've made recently and (being a lazy blogger) haven't posted the photos. This card was going to be in just black and white but it needed a little colour. The butterfly was kiss stamped with the Wildflower stamp. This one is made using the same techniques but a different layout. Thanks for stopping by Debbie