Wednesday, 23 June 2010

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Well my desk has not changed a lot since last week. Due to a family bereavment I have not had much time to craft as I was engaged in other activities in preparation for the funeral.  After that I needed to make some "thank you" cards for my mother-in-law to send out.   Stuck to simple ones of which you can see 2 in my pics.  Materials were just card stock, vellum printed with designs from the Artylicious Decadent Brocade CD,  oval nesties, floradoodle flowers and some peel-off corners.  The "Thank You" sentiment is heat embossed using a stamp by Elusive Images.    I took a better shot of the cards to let you see them closer up.  If you wan to join in the WOYWW fun visit Julia's blog to find out more.

Someone asked last week about my ink pad storage - it's free cassette tape storage that came with boxes of Oxo years ago - hubby found them in the loft a while back and I nabbed them with glee cuz I knew they would be ideal for storing ink pads - just wish I had enough for the rest of my ink pads - they are stacked to one side, or in various tubs and draws.  Oh and the mess - err I haven't shown all of it yet - I am too ashamed to show the real extent of my clutter!

Heading off now for a snoop round some other workdesks.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

My Messy Desk

I found this bit of fun on Stamping Ground today - its called What's On Your Workspace Wednesday. Thought I would join in even though my space is a mess.  In the Messy Crafter Oymipics I could win gold on a good day! As for my craft mat - well that's soggy toilet paper - saw something on TV that I decided to have a go at last night - still waiting for the soggy stuff to dry out - more on that later if it works!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Two Tags and an Alcohol Ink Background

Recently I have been playing with some stamps I bought last year from Graphicus, they all have a nautical/sea theme. I have a card idea in my head for the image of the sailing ship, but it's not quite there yet. I thought I would stamp out the images last night and see where they took me. While I was playing I thought I would try out a background technique I have been wanting to have a go at since I bought some Isopropyl Alcohol a month or so ago - a much cheaper alternative to Alcohol Ink Blending Solution and it's pretty good for cleaning up that tacky gunk that cutting sticky things leaves on our scissors too! You can get it through any Pharmacy tho you may have to ask for a special customer order.

Anyhow on to my tags. First step was to chop open on 3 sides one of those tough cello bags that I get every time I buy unmounted stamps from Graphicus so as it could be opened up like opening the pages of a book. Next I dripped Alcohol Inks (the colours are Denim, Stream, Stonewashed and Lettuce and a tiny splodge of Silver Metallic Mixative) inside my "cello book" and spritzed this with some of the Isopropyl Alcohol which I had decanted into a Tim Holtz Mini Mister. Closed the cello pages and sorta smeared things around with my fingers, then opening the pages back up, I took 2 semi gloss tags I bought in Grapicus some time ago, laid them back to back and placed them between the pages of cello and once again kinda smeared things around with my fingers - I really liked the end result, the colours are lovely and soft and best of all permanent so they won't bleed when you do other stuff with them.

The stamping itself was simple enough, stamps from the Elusive Images "Undewater", "Seashore Scenes" and "Seashell Collage" themeplates stamped in Midnight Blue Stazon. The gulls in the tag with the sailing ship are from a stamp by Clarity Stamp.

On the tag with the seahorse I tried adding a little colour with Twinkling H2O paints to the shells and sea bottom to get a more sandy look - it think it looks OK even tho the paints are transparent so some of the blue/green tones of the background show through. On the tag with the sailing ship I used a white gel pen to add some foam to the waves under the ship.

With hindsight the silver mixative may have been a mistake as Stazon does not work so well with the metallic mixatives - the silver floats up to the surface of the stamping - must try this next time with Archival ink and see what happens.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Nautical Card

A few months back it was Fab's birthday and I made this card for him. The stamps are by Elusive Images and come from the Seashore Scenes and Underwater themeplates. The full range of these stamps can be seen on the Graphicus web site.

I stamped the lighthouse scene image using Broken China Distress ink, used a wet paintbrush to draw a little colour into the image to deepen the shaded areas, and finally blended a little more of the distress ink around the edges. The shell stamp was stamped with Versamark ink onto brown bazzill card and then heat embossed with clear embossing powers. The sentiment comes from the Seaside Scenes plate and was also stamped with Broken China Distress ink. Some brads and ribbon in a shade that complimented the colour of the ink added a finishing touch. Then, just because it was for Fab, and because he not only knows, but actively enables my weakness for sparkle I added the tiniest amount of Broken China Distress Stickles to the roof of the lighthouse. I guess it wasn't really necessary, but it's a sort of signature from me to Fab.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

A Birthday Card

Pink 'n' Girly without being saccharin sweet, or at least that's what I was aiming for when I made this a while back for a friend's Birthday. The card base is some ice blue pearlesenct card - chosen because it would look well with the silver embossing I planned to do. The papers are from an Artylicious CD - "Decadent Brocade" . I addes some shimmer to them by spritzing with Glimmer Mists, blended a little ink round the edges then embossed the big swirl stamp in silver at two opposing corners.

The flowers were embossed in silver onto more of the same pattern paper. I spread a thin layer of Stickles Stardust glitter then cut them out. The large Birthday greeting stamp is from an A6 plate by Elusive Images. It was also stamped onto the printed paper and heat embossed in silver, then matted onto some of the same ice blue card I have used for the main card.

The flowers and swirl stamps are by Sheena Douglass.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Two For One?

Can I have a 2 for 1 please? The card was made a few weeks back for my husband who was transferring jobs and needed a card to thank his staff for the gift they gave him when they heard he was moving on. It seems appropriate to post this because it is a thank you card and, while it was made for hubby's work colleagues, I want to say thanks to all the kind friends who have popped in to visit when they saw I had posted on my blog again after so long. Thanks folks, your kind word are much appreicated.

The card itself was made using a stamp from the Stampin' Up set "Lovely as a Tree that I received from my "FAB"ulous freind Fabyon for Christmas last year - he's an SU demo - go visit his various blogs because he's a wonderful card maker and scrapper - and his other half Vince ain't half bad either - between them those 2 have so much talent!

To make this card I brayered a background using a Ranger Big N Juicy ink pad - Waterfall, then stamped the trees with black Stazon. Used a nestability die to cut it out and matted it onto some black card cut one size up from the same set of nesties. The main card was simply stamped with the same stamp across the center, the greeting is from an Elusive Images Themeplate, and the birds at the top right left are from Lavinia Stamps. A simple card to make really, the only tricky bit was the birds - I tried to stamp them quite lightly to keep them back in the distance, but that made it hard to get a crisp impression. Anyhow I hoped the final result was a suitably manly for my husband to give - somehow to me it just didn't seem right for a man to give a card that is all flowers and butterflies to a group of colleague who are mainly other men! But heck maybe that's just me being a lil' conventional!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Geeeeze my poor neglected blog!

A new job, lots of training and I guess my biggest sin - procrastination are to blame for the neglect. Today I was browsing some photos of my stuff looking for an idea and realised I really ought to have blogged this cuz I had so much fun making them. Um forgive me for posting Christmas stuff in Summer but I do want to share.

The Christmas Tree decorations were cheap as chips from Tesco - but rather nasty - just festive shapes cut from cheap plywood that was badly finished. They all had a little loop of red ribbon embedded into them so they could be hung on a tree. Anyhow my first task was to sand them to make sure there were not going to be any splinters.

With that done I set about decorating them - I used a variety of ideas and materials, Tim Holtz Acrylic Paint Daubers, Stazon inks, sticky aluminium foil, alcohol inks, printed papers from an Artylicious CD, Luminarte's Polished Pigments paints, stamps, emobssing powders, Glossy Accents, Stickles Glitter and Gems .... I think that's a fairly comprehensive list! Lord knows by the time I was done - 3 days later - my craft room looked like a small tornado had visited!

Anyhow I really loved how my drab little wooden decorations turned out! The individual photos are some of my favorites. Gave them to freinds instead of giving them a hand made Christmas card. Hoping Tesco have something similar this year so I can make a few more.