Tuesday 18 October 2011

Sweet bee

It's my turn to host the challenge in the Crafty Secrets member forum over at Splitcoast Stampers. I'm asking people to go back to their ABCs - in stamper language that means Anything But a Card.

I made this little vintagey lavender sachet, stamped with the branches and bee and a touch of colour added with Copics. Cotton curtain lining makes a good base to stamp on for this kind of thing - close woven and smooth but inexpensive.

My experience has been that Copics don't stand up well to washing but for this kind of project that won't be washed, it's a quick and convenient way of adding colour. You do need a light touch though as the ink tends to travel along the fibres of the fabric.

I added some vintage lace, mother of pearl button and a seam binding hanging loop to finish it off.

Stamps: Queen Bee (Crafty Secrets)

Ink: Versacraft by Tsukineko (black)

Cotton fabric
Copic markers
Vintage lace
Vintage button
Seam binding

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Saturday 15 October 2011


Our theme this month for the Tando Creative Challenge is "spooktastic" - why not come and play along and be in with a chance to win the prize this month (details, including a link to the rules to be eligible for the draw are here).

I think mine is probably more cute than spooky but it's Halloweeny either way!

I used a cut down Tetrapack (the brick shaped sort, not the square section one), painted it black and cut a window in the front. Using vellum in the window means it can be used as a lantern (battery operated tea light is safest since there's paper involved!) or you could fill it up with Halloween treats and use it as a gift bag. I embossed the spider web and accentuated it by using a white Posca pen on the back of the raised lines.

I used an embossing stylus and "drew" grooves in the pumpkin then added darker color there to accenuate the texture. I added a bit of acetate coloured with a black Copic behind his features so they show black in daylight but let light shine through if you use it as a lantern.

Pumpkins Small (chipboard by Tando Creative)
Empty Tetrapack carton
Black spray paint
Webbing embossing plate by Fiskars
Copic Markers
Chipboard letters
Florists' wire

Thanks for stopping by - we'd love to see some of your spooktastic creations in the challenge if you have chance to play before the end of the month!

Friday 14 October 2011

Birthday bird

I haven't played with the Daring Cardmakers for ages and seeing as I also wanted to make a card for this week's Crafty Secrets member forum challenge at Splitcoast (theme of Mother Nature) I decided to roll the two into one. Pushed for time though so I went with a one layer, clean and simple creation.

This fat bird was the reason I bought my first ever Crafty Secrets stamp set and I still love him! With this kind of minimal treatment, I think he makes a card that would be good for those tricky masculine occasions we never know quite what to do with!

A bold sentiment, a bit of ink sponged over some skeleton leaves and a tiny touch of colour with a couple of Copics is all that's going on here.

Bird Notes (Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets)
Say it Loud (Waltzingmouse Stamps)

Smooth white

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Bundled Sage)

Copic markers
Skeleton leave
Corner Chomper

DCM's dare is sponsored this week by The Ribbon Reel - pop over for a chance to win a prize!

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Wednesday 5 October 2011

Bad dream...

October's theme for the postcard swap on UKStampers is Halloween.

Now I'm not a Halloween person and have a grand total of ZERO Halloween stamps. I didn't want to miss a month of the swap though so I decided to improvise by mixing stamps I did have with other stuff and found myself well out of my comfort zone with this!

I had an Itkupilli digi collage sheet and remembered that it had a skull on it. I made the happy discovery that it also includes a bat and while messing about with the two images in Photoshop it struck me that I could combine the two for spooky flying skulls. I printed them onto heavy paper and again on regular copy paper to cut out and use as masks.

I used a punched circle to mask the moon and then sponged inks onto the paper, first just as a background layer and then over a torn "cloud" mask. I sponged a little more ink on after removing the moon mask to tone it down a bit. Stamped tree, barbed wire and sentiment finish it off - I'm sure the "dream" definition is more commonly used as encouragement to indulge in positive thoughts but I thought it could fit a bad dream, too!

Tree branch from Nature plate (Indigo Blu)
Dream definition from Sarah's Choice plate (Indigo Blu)
Barbed wire from Hot Topic plate (Green Pepper Press)

Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Weathered Wood, Dusty Concord, Black Soot)
Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)

Steampunk Vintage Clip Art sheet by Itkupilli

If you fancy having a go at a Halloween postcard why not come over and join us? You can see what other people have been making and post a picture of your own card for the swap here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday 2 October 2011

Glittering celebration

I just managed to squeak in an entry to the "Stash Buster" competition on UK Stampers. The idea of the series of challenges is to use items from your stash that are often overlooked and the first item we were asked to use was glitter.

I fall fairly and squarely into the category of people who rarely remember to use glitter. In fact I don't have a big stash of it as I don't get sucked in to buying it but the few colours I have are mostly ages old!

I bought this fun Bubble Border stamp a while ago and haven't got round to inking it up so I thought I'd bring it in to play with this challenge. I used a Quickie glue pen and added turquoise ultrafine glitter and Glamour Dust to some circles (some coloured in first to give extra intesity to the glitter colour).

The sentiment is from a fun set which has some key words in the large, eleborate font and then lots of little additional words and phrases in the small, plain font so you can build your own sentiment.

Bubble Border (Lost Coast Designs)
Say it Loud (Waltzingmouse Stamps)

Paper: Smooth white

Ink: Versafine by Tsukineko (Deep Lagoon)

Memento markers by Tsukineko (Summer Sky, Bermuda Blue)
Turquoise ultrafine glitter
Glamour Dust
Quickie glue pen
Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers

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