Friday, 12 June 2009

Aye up, duck - are you the Summer Stamping Star?

There are new Saturday Evening Post releases today and I couldn't resist the pun in the blog post title even if it's one that might need explanation for most! I was brought up in the Midlands region of the UK where the phrase "Aye up, duck!" would translate to something very like "Hello, friend" so the flock of ducks just had to have that sentiment - lol!

I think this is a fun image with the three ducks in detail and the rest just outline sketches. I've watercoloured them and used a green metallic gel pen for their heads. If you scribble on to plastic with the pen, you can use it like watercolour to avoid indentations from the pen nib. It gives a nice sheen and is opaque enough to cover the ink colour of the stamping.

Stamps (all Cornish Heritage Farms):
Flock of Ducks
(Saturday Evening Post line)
Trees backgrounder

Friend Centers (Mona Lisa Moments line)


Smooth white

140lb hot press watercolour paper

Stazon by Tsukineko (Timber Brown)
Tim Holtz Distress by Ranger (as watercolours - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Walnut Stain)

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (As watercolour - Stonewashed)

Green metallic gel pen

Sewing machine and thread

Now, about this contest...

Summer Stamping Star!
The hunt for a summer stamping star begins on June 29th with a fantastic prize up for grabs - all the CHF stamps released during the month of September and a one month Guest Designer slot on the team, too!

You'll need at least one CHF stamp to be able to participate but other than that you just need lots of imagination! There's a different challenge each week for five weeks with a $50 store credit up for grabs each week for the best project. At the end of the five weeks, anyone who has entered all five challenges will have their projects judged and an overall winner will be chosen on design merit and receive that grand prize - if you keep up with new releases at CHF you'll realise that a whole month's catalogue is a lot of stamps and the variety is second to none! And of course the Design Team are all lovely so a guest slot would be great too ;o)

You can check out all the details of how to participate etc in this post on the Be Creative blog. Hope to see some of you taking part!


Karen said...

Oh Joanne...I just LOVE that stamp and what you have done with it! It reminds me of an Aunty who had ye olde flying ducks on her wall!!! X

Kathy said...

Great image Joanne - didn't Hilda Ogdon have a similar image for her "murial" on Coronation Street?

As for the Summer Stamping Star - I can tell you quite categorically that it won't be me! I leave the stamping up to people like you! I know my limitations!

Anonymous said...

lovely card but for me its the back ground that is fab!! xx jo xx

tracy said...

lovely card joanne. i like that stamp,the way the ones in the background are just and outline-very nice :)

Caroline said...

Fab card Joanne...x

Carol Plume said...

Wow what fab ducks....I'm with Kathy, reminded me of Hilda ogden...

Great card..xx

Gez Butterworth said...

Beautiful Joanne.

Great image very well co-ordinated with the background stamp. Love your stitching. You are so clever. xx

Darlene said...

Oh Joanne, your card is so awesomely creative ... as only you can do! Love all the duckie detail!! Thanks for explaining the title ... Being American, I had NO CLUE what you were saying!!

The challenge sound like fun ... I have a few CHF stamps ... might have to check it out! Thanks for the heads up!

Carol Ann said...

Great card the stamp and papers all co-ordinate so well. Great tip re: using pen ink too!

Marlene (cards4u) said...

Love the distressing and sewing! Enjoyed seeing your bear bookmark too!!

Traceyr said...

Lovely card Joanne.

They are not Hilda Ogden's flying ducks are they?


Janice said...

Hi Joanne

I saw this card and the 'Bear Tag' on the CHF blog feed, I recognised your work straight away! This is really unusual stamp and I love the word play.

Beth said...

Perfect blend of water colours on this card Joanne, even down to the green on their heads. Despite the two larger ducks being in full view, you can still see the little one further behind. Lovely stitching too.

The Summer Stamping Star sounds like a great challenge. I would love to try it but never feel confident enough for such things. XX