Thursday, 28 March 2013

Challenge #25 Alcohol inking

Not the best of photos due to the reflection on the glass but had great fun making this altered photo frame for Neet and Von's fabulous challenge over at Artful Times and as per challenge requirements I used lots of alcohol inks, which are one of my favourite products to play with.
Used alcohol inks on back of acetate, die cut and silk flowers, swirls, clock and top of star shaped jewels.


I designed the printable acetate myself using some family photos and own artwork.

After printing out used various alcohol inks on the back but behind that put a sheet of coloured peachy/red tones card printed from an Artylicious cd.
A small piece of the same colour card was ribbled and used under photo.
The photo of my late Grandfather aged about 3 photo taken about 1899

The frame was roughly painted with Reeves bronze acrylic paint.

I used varied flowers and swirl dies (think they were Marianne Designs). The flowers were painted with the bronze paint then alcohol inks applied and also on centre bits.
The swirls done the same, slightly random paint then added inks.
The clock on lower right side was done using X-cut tri-boss Chronology clocks folder... after embossing it I used a small spellbinder circle die to cut it out then used alcohol inks and also some rub on waxes.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

WOYWW #199

Well it’s Wednesday so that can only mean one thing …it’s WOYWW time! Yipee!
Welcome and Happy WOYWW to you… no I’m not going nuts..mmm actually that’s probably debatable LOL. If you don’t know WOYWW = 'Whats On Your Work-desk Wednesday' = lots of blog hopping fun by folk from all around the world.  All this fabulous fun is wonderfully organised by the lovely Julia over at Stamping Ground so for more info and to join in, do check them out.

so... what's on my desk?

So on my main desk I have a couple of finished cards(including the ‘wishing you well’ started last week, made with the stamped bits I sorted out a few weeks ago. The fairy one is almost finished.
I used my Martha Stewart punches on some patterned paper for the borders and found matching colours in my promarkers to colour the images, and added a little peach colour glitter glue on fairy and flowers. The stamped butterflies lying to the side of the card, I added antennae to and a bit of metallic wax over top – but I can’t decide if they would work on the card – have laid them on it in other photo below

..... so what do you think, add them or leave them off ?

On my cupboard top that I craft on, is a project being worked on for the alcohol challenge over at ‘Artful Times’ blog. I inked the back of one of the printable acetate sheets I designed a few weeks back. There's some grungy flowers drying on the left, (painted over them with copper acrylic paint) they still need working on and will be added to frame with some other bits…more on that another time.
So that’s it for now – I’ll be off trying to visit as many of your blogs as possible now.
Thanks for stopping by and any comments left are much appreciated.
Have a good day……. Gill x

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

WOYWW #198

It’s that time of the week again to say Hello, Welcome and Happy WOYWW to you all.
WOYWW? this means that we would love to know Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday. This lovely blog hopping fun is
kindly hosted by Julia Dunnit at Stamping Ground blog  and all info on this can be found on there.

So whats happening on my desk?

Saturday I went to a Docrafts demo at our local Range store. My DH was going to buy another easel but changed his mind so I spent his money instead...LOL There's the Inktense pencils I got - can't wait to play more them and especially try them out on fabric.
So my main little desk is quite cluttered, there’s a card I am still working on using some odd bits I’d sorted out last week. I made an embossed background for the card and added distress inks, some aquatone stick colour, wax rub ons and also used my new inktense pencils that I got on Saturday too. Infact it was a bit damp with all the playing so I put embossed it again which made it look quite interesting.

Over at back on right is a piece of artwork I made also using aquatone sticks and inktense pencils too. You can see one of the things I used it for at the end of this post.


So on cupboard top (craft area #2) some of the new crafting goodies; paint brushes, plastic palette knifes/spatulas etc, X-cut Nesting dies and Build a scene 'London', Windsor & Newton sketch book, Graphatint pencils and some baking paper that the lovely DoCrafts lady said was good for helping intricate designs ease out of the dies.

Top right is the piece of artwork that is on my desk and below is something also made using left overs* from canvas project a month or so ago, I took photos of the projects and made them into this digi-scrap page. The main background is 2 photos of the background before I added the Inkadinkado steampunk stamps.. the 2 photos are blended together to give the effect.
The swirls and the elements (on main page and in book) to make the lady are from a digi kit called 'With Love' by Heather, over at *Algera Designs.

Right that's my lot for now -  thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. I shall be trying to get to see as many blogs as I can, although may be a bit delayed today as having fibre optic broadband installed and told this takes about 3 hours. Hoping this will speed things up as my current broadband sooooo sloooow.
Happy crafting and have a great day.... Gill x

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Easter Bunnies

Hi there, good evening, hope you have had a good day. We've had a mixture of snow and sunshine all day, still bitterly cold - the way the weather is going am wondering if we will have a white Easter too. 
Yesterday I had some Easter pieces on my desk that I was working on, and here are a few cards now finished.

Stamps are 'Some bunny loves you' (Candyfloss and Marshmallow) by DoCrafts. I cheated and used 'rub on' words instead of stamping them.

I found a sugar paper (thinks that's what you call it) flower that I'd made some time ago, so then painted it with some twinkling H20s and added some glitter glue in centre. I'm trying to use up loads of things that have been hanging a round for ages, so also found the green swirly die bits which fitted in fairly nicely too.

Sent a couple of Easter cards a few weeks ago, put them in the same envelope when sending birthday cards, to save a bit on the postage.
Trying to cut down on the number of Easter cards this year, other wise I'll end up making the same amount as Christmas cards and never getting anything else done LOL

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

WOYWW #197

Pinch me – am I dreaming or has Wednesday come around already.... Welcome and Happy WOYWW to you.  
Whats WOYWW? It means...‘Whats On Your Workspace Wednesday’ and this is where we all have a nose at each others workspaces and have a lot of blog hopping fun. This is organised by the lovely Julia over at  Stamping Ground     blog and definitely worth checking for info and to join in the fun. 

So whats on my desk?

On my desk at present are some Easter bits for a few simple cards. Used the Spellbinders dies in two different sizes, stamped on to watercolour paper and used watercolour pencils and some pink and yellow glitter glue. Just going to add a small peel off greeting.
Stamps are 'Some bunny loves you' (Candyfloss and Marshmallow) by DoCrafts.

Cabinet top/workspace 2 looks pretty much the same at back as last week.
Got some new storage boxes from The Range and the one with Green lid has all my small boxes of alphabet stamps in. To the right of that are two small stacks of clear Knorr & Bisto stock pot containers that I have been saving to mix paint, glue etc in.
I like to save things to re-cycle; the clear plastic jar with blue lid (with beads in) had peanut butter in and the oval shape container with dark blue lid that I have decorated with inks had 'Andrews' in it.

At the front are some stamped images that I have had for ages and its time to either use them or bin them... but me thinks will use them though as need to make some cards.
Right, I'm off now to start visiting as many places as I can and see what you have been up to and have on your desk.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and for any comments left...
Have a good day and Happy Crafting... Gill x


Spots and stripes/Circles and straight line challenge

Artful Times challenge #24

This is a note pad and pen I made for Neet and Von’s great challenge over at Artful Times Challenge Blog

First I found some off cuts of striped (K&co/Tim Coffey) and circle papers and then thought about making the notepad. For the cover of the notepad I recycled one of the many cardboard envelopes I have that DVDs are delivered in.

Then as it started to develop decided didn’t want to use the large circles on paper so chose the bubbles/circles stamps to replace that instead.

Pen was plain white to start with. Masked off the ends to avoid the silver pieces.
Used a piece of foam and also a paint brush to put the alcohol ink on the surface. Then used small bubble stamps with archival ink.

Stamps used: large bubbles?(not sure of name) by Anita’s, Words by Andy Skinner, Diver and seaweed from an old foam stamp set - not sure who made by but maybe by Rubber Stampede or All Night Media. Also used Black archival ink, wine&roses and cedar wood H20s, white soufflé pen, few promarkers and on the pen I used lettuce, wild plum, sunset orange and latte alcohol inks.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

WOYWW #196

Yipeeeee it’s Wednesday again…. Happy WOYWW to you…
Unless you are visiting via Stamping ground blog you may be wondering what on earth is WOYWW – well, it means "What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday" and it's the weekly blog hopping adventure which is kindly organised by Julia over at Stamping ground for us to have a nose at each other’s workspaces. Pop over to Stamping Ground for the details and to join in the fun.

Craft space 1.- not quite a desk - as its the top of a cupboard but when short of space anything will suffice. Had a few treats this week including some little alphabet stamps, chronology tri-boss folder, Urban bird print stamps and some X-cut nesting dies… plus some Galeria structure gel which I’ve never used before – but it looks interesting.

Craft space 2. – also not quite a desk, just something my husband knocked together but I can sit at this and it does have some shelves underneath too. I’ve made do with this for a few years but having seen all your lovely craft spaces/rooms DH doesn’t know we are in for a major change pretty soon LOL.
So..on the desk I have a yellow grungy card made from some bits that were on my desk last week and using that acetate I printed out a few weeks ago.
Also made my mums card for Mothers day, but not sure about it, as not my usual style.

Not certain where the Mum stamp came from – probably free in a magazine. Coloured little flower with Gel pens and added some glitter glue. Made flower and painted it with Twinkling H20s put brad in centre. Also painted bird on the branch die.

The acetate and bits I started with

The finished card

The A5 piece of yellow card already had red and black ink splodged over it and the acetate seemed to look nice over the top of that without any alterations. Just had to decide on a design that wouldn’t cover my granddad(as a boy) up completely.
I cut up the yellow card and stuck it onto a another card, the bits left over I put through a 'ribbler' and used black permanent marker pen to accent the edges, then added some glitter glue randomly in the creases.

The small flower stamped square I already had; I added some glitter glue to and layered it to some black card with a Martha Stewart punch used on one side and some ribbled black card stuck on opposite side. Again added some glitter glue.

Butterfly was coloured black and yellow and then added some red rub-on over top and glitter glue around edge of wings.

Well that's my lot for now - I will be trying to get around to as many blogs as possible today and during week, to see what you have been up to.
Thank you for visiting, and for any comments left. Have a good week, Happy Crafting...  Gill x

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Cuckoo clocks go Steampunk

Challenge #1

This is a piece I made for the fabulous new Steampunk challenges over at SanDee and Amelie's

   Steampunk (and Dieselpunk) is one of my favourite themes, so wishing them much success in their new adventure. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone creates.

Cut out main shape using X-cut 'rectangle parenthesis 2 nesting dies' on pale yellow card and also (not shown) a larger black piece to back it on. 
I used X-cut tri-boss Chronology clocks folder for body of the Cuckoo clock and main featured clock dial.
For the clock body I used a pale yellow textured card and painted a light wash of brown, blue and black Aquamarker pens that I rubbed over a piece of plastic and watered down. I then put the damp card with a piece of tissue over top in folder as this seemed to make an even better impression.

 I cut this out of the card ran through the embossing folder and then I used some chalks and metallic rub-ons over top of the embossed images using red, black and gold.

Cut out shape for part of the roof in pale yellow card and again used watercolour on top of that.

Used Papermania: Urban stamps - 'Bird print' over this and then put through paper ribbler. Also then cut out a larger piece of same shape on black card to back this on.

Cut a piece of K and Company paper from 'Lifes journey' for main background, put it through paper ribbler to give it the wavy texture. Highlighted certain parts using white souffle pen and red rub on wax and gold acrylic paint.

Added more rub on wax and gold acrylic paint and a little white souffle pen to highlight certain parts.

Cut out pendulums using some Spellbinders swirly dies. Stamped on them using music stamp from Urban bird print set, added some gold paint.

Used X-cut Chronology cogs dies and then added red rub on and gold paint. A few brads for centres.
Also stamped the bird from same set of stamps.

Using various mini alphabet stamps, stamped out quote.. then assembled the whole thing.