Sunday, 26 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
I have used a 4'' x 4'' frame which I've painted with cranberry acrylic paint, sanded and then stamped in gold ink with a Tim stamp. The Father Christmas is an Artistic Outpost stamp stamped in coffee archival ink and then coloured with vintage photo distress ink. I have applied a large quantity of Rock Candy Distress Stickles, but even so you can only just see the sparkle. He is really sparkling, honest!! The letters are from the Seasonal salvage Stickers, mounted on grungeboard, sanded and inked, and I've inked some ribbon with aged mahogany distress ink and used a little wire hanger that I've had for ages as a finishing touch.
Monday, 13 December 2010
The top of my tree looks a bit wonky because I made it last night, and when I came to assemble my tag this morning the top had been chewed off!! I think my kitties have been up to no good over night. I did find it halfway up the stairs, so it probably didn't keep them amused for very long. A little bit of ink and it doesn't show too much.
Friday, 10 December 2010
I just love tag nine. It's so gloriously vintage, and though Tim says it's elegant, I must admit I think its a bit OTT in a really good way.
I don't have those letters that Tim used for his sentiment, so used some pre cut grungeboard ones that I inked and covered with Glossy Accents. I've just about used up all my pearl bling, so hope there isn't much of that for the last few tags!
For tag ten I got in a bit of a pickle, as, being my usual impatient self I didn't wait long enough for my ribbon to dry. What ensued was a horrible lot of red stains on my snowman. Infact, he looked like the victim of a brutal attack!! So he is hiding behind the frosty snowflakes, with a liberal bit of repainting, which luckily doesn't show too much.I'm off now to have a look at the fabby tags at Artyjens splinter group.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Tag number 7 looks truely amazing on Tims blog, mine not quite so much!!
To start I didn't have an embossing folder that looked like wood, so used one that was actually grass and a bird (cunningly concealed behind my poinsettia).
No spray on colours for my canvas, so I just swiped it with Distress Ink, and found some red and green glimmer mists that took a bit of unclogging but eventually managed to spray my canvas with these. My poinsettia is a bit fragile as I don't have a hot glue thing, so with a lot of glossy accents and much pressing it finally held together.
I now off to have a look at the fab tags over at Artyjens
I have to own up to being very tempted to use a tag today that I had posted a couple of weeks ago for the last CCC challenge, but had to try out those new techniques, and I'm really glad I did. I would never in a million years have thought of inking the embossing folder. Anyway, now I'm going to have a go at the next tag.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Quite a bit of improvising today as I didn't have any of the stash needed to make the bit in the middle. However, some grungeboard numbers, and the middle of a grungeboard frame, plus some german scrap saved the day. The embossing on my numbers went so wrong, but after a rub down with a bit of dark brown paint looks distressed rather than just plain wrong (I hope!!)
I really like the idea of embossing some metal foliage to make the poinsettia, but,blimey, it gave off some terrible fumes. Perhaps I went on heating it a bit too long, but found it really difficult to know when the powder had stuck.
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Tag four was much harder for me as I'm not really a blingy girl, more the grungy vintage type. However, after a rummage around I did find some sparkly bits and bobs I bought ages ago and had never used. I didn't have any of those facet thingies either, but did have some fragments that I'd always wondered what to do with. That alcohol ink / archival ink resist technique is pretty cool, and I'm definitely going to experiment with it a bit more when I've got the time.
The sparkly bits at the bottom that look pink are actually clear, but I think they are reflecting my red top. Can't wait to see what amazing things Tim comes up with tomorrow.
Friday, 3 December 2010
I'm really glad this tag was a lot easier to make than the first one, as I will now, hopefully be able to keep up. Actually, even as I was typing that last sentence, I know there is really not much chance of that happening, but I'll try!
Here is a picture of Tilly helping to give the ribbons a nice distressed look. She also loves all things inky and gluey, but distress ink really messes up her fur. I'm linking my tags to Artyjens Splinter Group, where there are some amazing tags. I'm now going to have a look around the blogosphere at all the fab tags that are
I luckily have both the dies, but have used twigs from my garden for the tree, and my wreath is made from little rosemary sprigs stuck to a circle of grungepaper. So here is a bonus. My tag smells really nice!
Anyway to finish off this post here is a close up of my perfumed wreath. I really should get a couple of hours sleep now, but hope to make a start on my second tag later today.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Actually I've gone embossing mad! The CCC this week is Double Distress, so you will need to turn to page 40 of the book to get the details about how to do this. However, once I started I couldn't stop, so as well as the embossed reindeer, I've also embossed my tag twice.
The top part of my tag has been inked with faded jeans, and then stamped with a small splattery stamp in gold to try and give a starry sky effect. The tag has then been embossed with the tree Alteration folder, and a Tim Holtz Merry Christmas stamp has been used for the sentiment, embossed in gold. The trees have been inked in pine needles DI. The snow is really sparkly in real life , and is made from Deko Ice which is the most amazing glitter.
The reindeer is diecut and embossed then inked with antique linen and Vintage Photo DI's, before being given a little red silk thread bow for decoration.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Monday, 15 November 2010
I have decided less is more, so have used just coffee Archival Ink, and faded jeans and vintage photo D I's and kept the card embellishment free.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Sorry about the not very good photo, those pearls do create a bit of glare! I used antique linen and wild honey to ink my tag, that lovely flourish stamp and then some aged mahogany, plus heirloom gold PP's.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
I used distress inks in pumice stone, milled lavender and dusty concorde, the stamps are Wendy Vecchi for the sewing motifs and the flourishes are Tim Holtz stamps. The dress form is covered with some lovely paper from Artchix, and a few embelishments to finish off.
Friday, 5 November 2010
The actual technique may be found on page 54 0f the Cof C's.
As you can see it's a really simple tag, but I did get to use my new snowflakes die. A bit of improvisation as I wanted a silvery look, but had no silver Alcohol Ink, Pearl paint dabber seemed to work quite well though. The tag is coloured with Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage distress inks, and the snowflakes are stamped in Tumbled Glass and some have got Perfect Pearls on to try and get a frosty look.
Friday, 15 October 2010
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
The background is Viva Ferro stamped and painted, then lightly dabbed on Inka Gold. I've used stamps from Artistic Outpost and Stampers Anonymous, paper from my Lost and Found Stack again, TSS metal and some bits of Ideology on my inchies. I've got little stories rattling around in my brain for these inchies. Not quite sure where they are going yet, but think I might make these projects into mini 'imaginary' journal covers.
Monday, 4 October 2010
The mountboard is covered in a thin layer of Viva Terra and then stamped in some places to create texture, painted with raw sienna and cream acrylic paint and then I very lightly dabbed on a little Inca Gold.
The Collections Element I used is a little card with nine inchies pre cut into it. After popping out the inchies I painted the frame in Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint and after drying sprayed with Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist.
There are four stamped inchies using stamps from The Artistic Stamper and Stampers Anonymous. Two of the inchies are covered in TSS metal, embossed, aged with black acrylic paint, and then have a little Cloudy Blue Alcohol Ink on them. Some Lost and Found is covering two more, and finally, and ooh, I felt so naughty, I cut up an old Latin text book, which I have to admit I haven't looked at since 1976!! The Inchies are attatched with foam sticky to make them stand out from the frame. To finish off I added a few old watch parts and an old pen-nib.I would like to enter this project in three challenges.
Simon Say Stamp and Show Your Numbers, Gingersnap Creations No.71 Inchies and The Artistic Stamper October Challenge, Layers.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Simon Says Show your Distressed /Sanded Grunge.
The Sunday Stampers Challenge 'String'.
Something Completely Differents Challenge Shades of Autumn.
Next I got to play with my new Tattered Leaves Die, which I then embossed and sanded. The leaves are then coloured with some autumnal Alcohol Inks, but I just can't get this to show too well. The calender page is from my Lost and Found Stack.
Saturday, 2 October 2010
This weeks technique for the Compendium of Curiosities can be found on page 33, and is one that I use quite often, so thought I'd step away from my favorite blues and greens and go for some jammy red!
I have used Barn Door, Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose DI's for my background, and stamped a few Paperartsy flourishes in Victorian Velvet. The sentiment is also Paperartsy as are the flowers. The girl in the mini frame is an Artchix image, and the flowers are stamped onto gold TSS metal and coloured with Red Pepper Alcohol Ink.
Rock Candy Distress Cracklepaint has been added around the top and bottom of the tag. I got a bit impatient waiting for it to dry and applied a bit to much heat in some places, making it boil (got some funny fumes at that point) but serendipity stepped in and it looks remarkably like jam! Yesterday I went to Artisan , and came away with lots of carrier bags full of goodies! My task today is to sort out all my lovely new stash. I think I'm going to need some more storage space soon.
Sunday, 26 September 2010
The frame for my Gothic Arch is grungeboard painted black, with some gold and green Perfect Pearls then two coats of UTEE that I have stamped into and dusted with a bit more Gold PP's.
The background is Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone DI's and the raven is stamped in Black Soot with some Pewter Perfect Pearls.
I think I'm gettting addicted to UTEE!!
Thursday, 23 September 2010
I started out with a really cheap photo frame from the local pound shop, and then gave it a couple of coats of a paint from a sample pot from B & Q. Next some splodges of Old Paper Distress Crackle paint, which when dry (is it me or does it always seem to take forever), was given a spray of Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist over the whole frame.
The collage is made from one of my favorite Artchix images, that girls expression is great, some of my Lost and Found Stack and some TH tissue tape, plus stamps from the Mini Muse collection.
I don't think I can do grunge without a few flowers, I just love making these, and have quite a stash of them now ready and waiting to go! The ticket and sentiments are from the new TH Odds and Ends collection, and the pin uses that fab Wendy Vecchi idea of filling in with Glossy Accents.
My final little embelishment is a UTEE heart coloured with gold embossing powder. I am going to enter this in two Challenges. Simon Says Stamp and Show Your Grunge, and Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge 72, Neutrals and One Color.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
It's a pretty simple tag this week. Unfortunately my camera is not good enough to show the irridesent effect I managed to produce for the background, which I made using my favourite greens and turquoise colours, plus a tiny bit of copper ink. The colours brought to mind the shimmeryness (is that a word ??) of insects, so I had a quick rummage through my stamp drawer for this Stampers Anonymous Dragonfly. ( I'm rather partial to dragonflies as we get a lot of them in our garden during the day. At dusk they disappear, only to be replaced by loads of bats zooming all over the place and driving my kitties wild!!!). The tiny script is from an Artistic Outpost set of stamps. To finish my tag I found a little bit of shimmery chiffony material in my scrap bag which seemed to go quite well with the general theme, plus an Ideology corner, and some little black beads at the edge. I've really enjoyed this technique, the unpredictability of it is quite fun, and I think I'll be experimenting with some different colour combinations.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
I used a Tim Holtz barbed wire mask to create the background for my tag. (On reflection, it is very much in the background, hope thats OK Linda!). The stamps are from the Mini Muse collection, and then I used some of that fabby film strip with some of the tiny pictures from my Lost and Found paper stack. The heart is made from UTEE coloured with Fired Brick Distress Embossing Powder and wrapped with a bit of wire and a bead.
I had never used masks before, so it was good to get them out of the packet! I think I 'll have to experiment with them, plus these colours were slightly outside my comfort zone so again a good thing to try out something new.
Firstly David is getting better.
Next, I am one of the lucky people to actually get a ticket for one of the Tim Holtz Paper Artsy days next Feb...... I've started my countdown, and am getting excited just typing this.
And then success in two challenges that I entered last week.
Things are definitely looking up.
I hope I'll start to feel that I need to get some inky, stampy stuff out again soon.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
I think that Grungepaper flowers are one of my favorite techniques from the book, and I really enjoyed trying to recreate a shabby vintage look.
I started off with a chipboard base that I covered with some paper from my Shabby Vintage paper stack, sanded and then inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy DI. Next some small flourishes from Artistic Outpost were stamped around the edge. The mother and daughter photo is from Artchix, framed by a slightly distressed Ornate Bookplate, and filled with Glossy Accents. The only lace I could find was far too white, so was dunked in some tea, to give it an aged look.
The Grungepaper flowers are made according to the wonderful Mr Holtz's instructions on page 65 of the Curious Compendium. I used some collage papers from Artchix to cover the Grungepaper and cut out using a Tattered Florals die. I just love making flowers, and now have quite a few extra petals which have joined my Wendy Vecchi flowers from last week in their own little box for another day!
Sunday, 5 September 2010
I'm going to enter this in the Sunday Stamper and Gingersnap Creations GC67 Go 3D.
I started off with a small collage frame, and then embossed some metal which I then sploshed with aqua and lettuce alcohol inks, and aged with a bit of acrylic paint and stuck to the frame. I then used Viva Terra to lightly cover the rest of the frame. and stamped into it using a Paper Artsy small script stamp, added some texture with my fingers and dried getting some little bobbles and blobs in some areas. Once dry Pool acrylic paint was applied over the text, followed by a couple of layers of a paint sampler from B&Q. Next I just lightly dabbed the bobbly bits with some Pool acrylic and some Inka Gold.
I stuck some sticky back canvas on to mountboard, and inked with Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint DIs for the central image which is a Paper Artsy Hotpick that I seem to use a lot. Next comes my recycling. The birds nest is made from the gold netting that came from a pretty decent Rioja that we had with dinner the other night! I tried to age it a bit with some acrylic paint, but it's still a bit shinier than I'd really like. The egg is a UTEE bead that I made ages ago that I knew would come in handy one day.
The words are stamped onto metal that has had the same alcohol ink treatment, and , finally, because I love all things Ideology, there is a little bird coming in to land. Again it's had the aging treatment with some paint and a bit of Inka Gold.
It's been a nice messy way to spend a wet Sunday afternoon.