Wednesday, 26 June 2013

white on White...challenge #32

Neet and Sam have a great challenge over at Artful Times blog where the theme is 'White on White'.
Wasn't sure I could do this, but after giving it some thought and trying out different things found it was so much fun.
Actually, taking the photo was more difficult, trying to get it to look white and one colour LOL
This is my 8" x 8" card

As whites can vary, I used all the same card for the layers.
I used a Martha Stewart punch as the main layer. This was a 6 ¾" square so that when punching it left little squares at each corner and a line where the punch doesn't meet.
Sometimes I cut across the corner so it leaves a triangle but this time left the square, as I then added a separate small spellbinders square die cut into a triangle, that had also been run through a Cuttlebug embossing swirly pattern folder. Thought this made it look like turned up corners.
Layered flowers made with dies by; Marianne large swirl, X-cut flowers and cogs, The flowers also were ran through with (I think a cuttlebug embossing folder, little square sort of brick like - have put it down and can't find it now LOL) centres clear bead crystals. Used 3 swirls for the stems.

Birds and leaves  by Marianne dies, Butterfly may be X-cut (not sure) but did 2 layers of butterfly, top with wings bent up for depth.
got these from one of those 99p type cheap shops
 Thank you for looking x

Sunday, 23 June 2013

House of Bears June quote challenge

Those bears at 'The House of Bears' blog are such great guys bears; hearing what they have been up to and seeing their fabulous art work always cheer me up and makes me smile if I feel a bit down.

The bears are having a great June challenge all about quotes from 'Jane Eyre' and the quote I chose to use is: "I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will".

this is my entry

I'd stamped the main girl a 'La Blanche' stamp and it was one of those days that it didn't come out well - so I added some more to it with a black pilot pen and then used a 'kanban' stamp of the couple to fit within the face.
Background colour is using distress stains - tumbled glass, shabby shutters, Victorian velvet and scattered straw

 Not sure who the bird on branch die by (think its a Marianne one - apologises if not)coloured with distress stains and detail with pilot pen.
Added a few flowers from some small punches. 

I've been saving little netting bags which had onions, garlic and all sorts in for ages - I knew they would come in handy one day.
Other mini stamps used by 'Hero Arts'
Thanks for stopping by.. Gill x

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Challenge 31 Maps

Hi there, was nearly too late ...this is my entry for a lovely challenge on 'Maps/Cartography' at the Artful Times  blog and over there you can also see lots of fabulous projects for this theme.

Used tumbled glass distress stain on a stamp I made myself to give a border. The stamp was excess rubber cut away from a stamp and coated with some texture gel to give this effect.

Did a light covering with turquoise shade Pan Pastel over card and then stamped map with  black archival ink. Map was a Papermania Urban stamp called 'All aboard'.
Printed and cut out the 'MAP' letters with a black outline around them which I created on my computer and then stamped them also with the map stamp. Added some distress stains in Tumbled glass, Scattered straw and Shabby shutters.

Stamped car and travel word - both from IndigoBlu set called 'Grand Tour1' in black archival ink.

I stamped over the original border using the stamp I made with black archival ink lightly rubbed over it, so wasn't too heavy.

Stamped and cut out watch by 'Cherry Pie' and inked with distress stains.
Used distress inks randomly around edges in Scattered straw and Walnut stain.
When everything stuck down used Quickie glue pen and gold foil on corners, letters, car and watch.

Thank you for looking x

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Out of a Hat Creations - challenge #63 Tickets

Howdie doodie my fellow crafters... hope all well with you this fine day...sun trying to shine here but very cold for June.

I've missed a lot of crafting in May due to workmen in house type of thing, well in garden really and then last week I got an insect bite and had a reaction to it which meant I couldn't use my arm properly..I swear the insect was huge... with a wingspan of 3ft...OK a bit of an exaggeration but it felt like it LOL ... I bought a few crafty things in the meantime to cheer myself up..well you have to don't you?

anyhow... there is a great challenge over at Out of a Hat Creations about 'Tickets' and 'just the ticket' for me to use some new stamps I got yesterday.

Other than stamps, the 'Ticket to Paradise' I designed using my computer, printed out and then used Gel pens over writing and embossed with clear embossing powder.
Then using distress stains started ageing and grunging it.

Stamps used:  'All aboard map' by Urban Stamps/Papermania and 'Grand Tour 1' by IndigoBlu.
Also used 'Peony purple' dye ink by Impress, Vintage photo distress pad, Tim Holtz distress stains in Scattered straw, Victorian velvet and walnut stain.
Black permanent pen around edges.
Thanks for stopping by ....happy crafting x