Monday 25 January 2016

Steampunk Travel

Good morning.
A couple of Steampunk Travel cards from me today, they were made for Lesley's visit to The Craft Channel. The first was made with a masculine theme and the second more feminine with the fantastic winged boot.
For the card above I started with a piece of grey board and painted it dark blue and when dry applied a thin layer Crackle Paste with a palette knife. It was set aside to dry over night and do it's magic.
The next day I applied a light wash of thinned blue paint then stamped the bird house and sentiment onto card and coloured. The words were stamped onto the kraft card to add interest. I found the compass disc/frame at a flee market and had wanted to use it for a while.
This card is for my daughter who loves all footwear and pink.
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Saturday 23 January 2016

Challenge Nineteen over at Chocolate Baroque

This week over on the Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog I have a couple of cards that I made. The inspiration card is made from one of my favourite stamps sets, Seaside Dreams.
The colours are soft blue, green, lemon and pink which was a great inspiration so I made three cards.

If you would like to join in the challenge hop over to the challenge page, the link is at the top of this post. The winner will receive £15 to spend on the Chocolate Baroque site.
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Sunday 17 January 2016

Baroque Orchids Birthday Card

Good morning.
I made this card quite some time ago for Lesley from Chocolate Baroque to take to The Craft Channel with her. I saw the Baroque Orchids stamp a long time ago as a preview from Lesley and was blown away by the detail. I wanted to make a card that picked up the detail so stamped it twice with Versamark and embossed with Gold powder. The stamp is 5.25 X 4.00 inches so it is quite large and stamps beautifully. I stamped it twice as the card it is on is an 8 x 8 inches. I also made this card in white and silver for an anniversary card only needing to change the sentiment. 
The close up photograph shows the detail of the stamp.

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Tuesday 12 January 2016

Italian Brick Wall

Good morning.
The New Year started quietly here , just as I like it, sitting with a little bit of colouring in and crochet.
I made this card before Christmas for Lesley to take onto The Craft Channel with her and was delighted to see it on the counter displayed. This stamp makes me think of sitting in a beautiful Italian garden drinking a large coffee in the morning sunlight.

For the white base card, it was die cut with a square die and the flower stem was coloured with blue and green watercolour pens then breathed onto the stamp to activate the ink. A second square slightly smaller was cut from blue card and fixed into position. The Brick Wall stamp was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with black powder. The colouring is done using alcohol pens and watercolour pencils. I only added a little colour to the brickwork as subtle shading because I wanted them to look as though it has been white washed. The stamped piece of card was added behind the frame and the sentiment was fixed to the top corner.

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Wednesday 6 January 2016

Under the Sea

Hi, the weather hasn't been at it's best so I've spent a few hours over the weekend playing with stamps,inks and paints.
 It was really relaxing being shut away just playing and experimenting sometimes away from my comfort zone. I even got my dusty Gelli plate out of the cupboard then couldn't locate the brayer so put it back.
This card was made with sprays, stamps from Chocolate Baroque and mica powders.
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Friday 1 January 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all.
 I hope that 2016 is a great year and your creativity flows.
While I had my sewing machine out on the kitchen table and the scraps of fabric all around me I had an idea to make an applique cushion. The idea for it came from the wonderfully talented
Tracy Easson. She creates the most wonderful paintings and I am lucky to have attended four of Tracy's workshops in the North East of England. Tracy is teaching again at the end of January and I'm really looking forward to a great big Scottish hug from her.
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