Sunday 27 May 2018

Yay, final catch up!

Good morning again!

My final catch up post is some tags I made just for fun whilst trying out some fab new stamps from Aall & Create.

This first one was a tag I created the background on several years ago so as usual I'm not sure what with.  It looks like Oxides but can't be because I made it before Oxides came out so possibly Distress Inks smooshed and spritzed on my craft mat.  I have added a bit of splattering with white Glimmer Mist spray and Crafty Notions white chalk spray.

I inked up a particular section of an A4 size stamp by Tracy Evans for Aall & Create and pressed the tag down onto it.  You rarely get a perfect stamped image that way but that was ok for me as I wanted a more distressed look.  I die cut a circle from black card and heat embossed with some 'new to me' Wow semi matt ep and stuck it over one of the stamped circles. I highlighted the word ART with white pen and added some stencilling with the same pen using one of AA&C stencil.  The butterflies are from another AA&C stamp which I stamped onto some red card and cut out.  I added some shimmer with a marker and a Sakura gel pen. and stuck them to the tag just by the bodies.  Metal embellishments and sari ribbon were then added to finish it off.

This tag uses yet more sets of AA&C stamp sets together with stuff I had just hanging around on my desk at the time.   Strips of paper stuck randomly to the tag, Fresco Finish acrylic paints picked up from my craft mat and a Tando chipboard compass and cog which got painted, stamped and then heat embossed with clear ep.  I just love those little word stamps!

The final tag began life when my friend Emma came for a crafting playdate and brought the lovely cow parsley border stamp to try out.  I stamped it onto a scrap of Brusho background and then got stuck, lol!  Sometime later when Tim Holtz brought out his Distress Resist Spray it brought to mind the Tsukineko Goosebumps spray I had bought years before and never used so I dug it out, fully expecting it to be useless by now but after a bit of coaxing it worked and I sprayed onto a tag.  I then blended some inks over the top (Oxides I think) and realised the pretty border piece co-ordinated beautifully so I added some stamping from another of Tracy Evans sets (love that little heart border), some lace scraps left from another project and, a first for me, decided to get the sewing machine out to add some random 'messy' stitching.  My goodness how difficult I find it to sew messy on purpose!  Anyway, then end result really pleased me, lol!

Phew,  that concludes my catch up posts.  I'm sure there has been other stuff  I've missed sharing but never mind.   Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back with something new.  Until then have fun and take care everyone.

Lesley  Xx

Saturday 26 May 2018

Getting there!

Here we are again, lol!

It's my third catch up this week, one more after this and I'm up to date as far as I can remember.

Today's shares are cards I created mainly for the fun of trying out new stamps but they will eventually be sent with love from me to people I care about.

I created this first one some months ago using a then newly released Jofy for PaperArtsy stamp set so as usual not entirely sure on the background but I think I scribbled Fibralo markers onto my craftmat, spritzed with water then splattered with a brush over my card.  I probably used co-ordinating Distress Inks to lightly blend round the edges.  I stamped with Watering Can Archival Ink and coloured with pencils (either Derwent Coloursoft or Polychromos).

The flowers were stamped onto separate card and I have no idea what that was coloured with, lol!  I added colour to the details with pencils, cut them out and shaped them before attaching to the card.  The sentiments are 7 Dots Studio word strip stickers and a bit of white pen finished it off.

This second card has been created using some of my newest Lavinia stamps.  The background is Oxide Inks but leaving lots of white.   I added some stencilling with Archival Ink before stamping the fairy and her little friend and the hillocks were created with torn paper and Archival ink which I also used to blend around the edges.

I used various Archival Ink colours to stamp all the foliage and finally painted Stickles to the centres of the pods and the fairy wings.  Lavinia stamps always make me smile and I was delighted with this card.  Not sure I can bear to part with it, lol!

Right, one more day to go then I'm caught up.

Lesley  Xx

Friday 25 May 2018

I'm back yet again!

Good Morning once again.

We have finally been having some nice weather here in the UK, for the majority that is.  As for me well.......let's just say a tad cooler would be my preference, lol!

It's cards again today but these were made for my card stash and also to have a go at using some large background stamps that I always struggle to know what to do with.  I really enjoyed making these as I got to use some more of my experimental background stash.  It's such a good feeling to actually get some of them used, lol!

This marble stamp was wood mounted and has been in my collection for many years totally neglected and unloved.  It has now been removed from the wood and can be used with my Be Creative stamp press  which makes it so much easier to get a good impression with.  The background is Oxide Ink onto glossy card which I polished once it was dry.  It gives a lovely finish!  I stamped with Black Archival (I think) and used a scrap of the background to create the sentiment strip mounted onto black card and with some thread to embellish a little.

The second card uses another old wood backed stamp which is now without the wood, lol!  Again it's an Oxide Ink background but on matte coated card this time.  Such a pretty pastel background and perfect for this negative image.  I can't say who's the stamp manufacturer as there was no name on the block.  The quote is from one of Alison Bomber's fab word sets for PaperArtsy. 

This card was again stamped onto an Oxide background but on ordinary none textured card.  I stamped with Versafine Black Ink and clear embossed.  Really love how this turned out.  The stamp is by Imagination Crafts

Another card using the same Imagination Crafts negative stamp but this time I think the background was Oxides with a small amount of PaperArtsy Infusions added on top.  I can't be 100% sure as I made it ages ago and it was sent to a friend.  However, this time I stamped in Versamark and embossing with Wow Bright White embossing powder.  Another fab result!

Okay,  now I'm getting somewhere with the backlog, lol!  Same time, same place tomorrow!

Lesley  Xx

Thursday 24 May 2018

And another catchup post!

Morning again everyone,

I'm on a roll with my catch ups now as next week is going to be a bit busier, Bank Holiday and school half term with hopefully a visit from Daughter and her three kiddos,f so here's my second share.

Two more birthday cards and the first one for my eldest brother.  I forgot to take proper photos of this card before I sent it off so have to make do with this pic from my phone.

 As this was created back at the end of January I am guessing at how I did it, lol!  I know it was on linen effect card and I think I blended Oxide Inks to create the background then stamped the image (can't remember whose and I have too many wildflower stamps to search through, lol) with Versamark and embossed with Wow Brilliant White embossing powder.  The sentiments are definitely from my much used Chocolate Baroque collection.

This second card was for a crafting friend and the background is water spritzed Oxide Inks picked up from my craftmat.  I then stamped with Archival Inks using a variety of stamps but mostly Artemio.  I used Polychromos pencils to add colour to the main images and added white pen dots to the cow parsley.  I think the butterfly was a Tim Holtz one again coloured with Polychromos.

As usual I only attached the body of the butterfly as I like their wings to have a little movement.  I also liked the contrast of the bright blues against the background.  I used some of my huge stash of designer papers as a co-ordinating matt.  I think this is the way I have to go to get some of it used would be a shame for it to go in recycling just for the sake of it.

Okey Doke, time to get on with chores 😞....real life is so boring sometimes, lol!  I'll be back again tomorrow, till then

Lesley  Xx

Wednesday 23 May 2018

I am such a baaad blogger!

Hello lovely people,

Despite all my good intentions at the beginning of the year, I have been a dreadful blogger for the past few months.  It's not that I haven't made a few things I've just not got round to sharing them in Blogland although I have shared them on Facebook and Instagram.  I do like to have them on here as a record for myself though so I'm going to try and catch up a little over the next few posts.

Today I have a few fairly recent birthday cards to share.

This first card was for my Hubby's recent 70th birthday.  I used stamps by Scrapcosy for PaperArtsy.  I really love this nautical set and this is a different take on the stamps to the card in my last post.

The strips were cut from an old background piece I made and I have no idea what inks I used, lol!  The stamping and blending around the edges is Distress Oxides and I did a little splattering of water to remove some of the ink on the blending.  The compass was a chipboard piece I found in my stash and I covered it with two shades of Seth Apter's Baked Texture embossing powders.

This second card was for one of my brothers.  Again I cut strips of cards from a really old background I created.  I think this might have been done with the old Moonglow Inks I bought from The Stampman when I first started crafting .  

The 'starry' looking lazer cut piece is by Scrapiniec and I dabbed it with two different coloured inks then Versamark and heat embossed with clear ep.

My final card for today was for my Son-in-Law.  I stamped the vintage car which is from a favourite Chocolate Baroque  set called Eccentric Edwardian (I think).  It's one of the first sets I ever bought from them back in the days when they went under the Elusive Images banner and I find it a mega useful set for mens cards.  Anyway, I stamped and clear embossed the car and stamped again onto masking paper.   I masked the car then added the stencilling using oxide Ink.

 I also used the Oxide Ink to add a little colour to the car as well as a bit of shadowing near the wheels.  A few strips of Tim Holtz tissue tape and stamped sentiments and that was it.

So that's it for today and hopefully I can catch up with another multiple post in a day or two.

Thanks for dropping by.

Lesley  Xx