Sunday, 19 August 2012

A Light Bulb Moment

Not really, but who knows, I may get one one day.
Using my new, most favourite ever colour combination of Distress Inks, namely Peacock Feathers and Frayed Burlap I have made a Steampunk themed tag for this weeks Sunday Stamper challenge hosted by the lovely Hels over at Ink on My Fingers.  Hels has used some fantastic looking Crafty-Embelies bits and bobs on her canvas, they look really great and one lucky person will win a £10 gift voucher to spend in the Crafty-Embelies shop. Fingers crossed.

 As I've used my favourite bleached spot background on my tag I'm also entering this tag in Simon Says Stamp and Show Your Favourite Technique.

The tag is inked in my two fave colours and then given the splodgy bleached spot treatment, and then, using Coffee  Adirondack Ink I stamped the blueprint and bicycle ad from Tim's Steampunk set as my background, plus I stamped the blueprint on a bit of tracing paper and wrapped this round the left side if my tag. Next I got out what I think is the first stamp I ever bought, It's Face Art by Wendy Vecchi and stamped the woman's face which is coloured with tattered rose DI applied with a water brush and Broken China and Barn Door Distress Markers.

My Steampunk lady's hair  (or is it her brain sort of spilling out?) is made from an assortment of Ideology gears and sprockets, plus an old watch  mechanism. The wings are from the Steampunk paper that Graphic 45 did a couple of years ago, and I have glued on a light bulb with some multi medium.
 To finish off there are a couple of Ideology flowers, one with a little gear in the centre and the other with a Prima pebble.  
Now I'm going to sit out in the garden with a cool drink, and my laptop and have a little wander around blogland, which is something I haven't done much of recently I'm afraid.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

A Bit of a Whitewash.

This weeks Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge (Number 18) at Studio L3 is to do some whitewashing. For full details about how to do this you will need Tim Holtz's book and turn to page 47.  This weeks challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique who are offering a lovely $25 gift certificate as a prize for one lucky person.

What to do?
Well, yesterday I was looking at some photos with my stepdaughter and granddaughter of the fantastic girly holiday we had in New York last autumn so I decided to use a stamp that I bought because I think it looks great, but had somehow not got round to using, namely the big street names stamp from the Remnants set, and to make a tag to go in my travel journal.
Following the instructions on page 47 I  stamped and inked a tag using Pickett Fence Distress Stain, and Iced Spruce, Peacock Feathers and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks, And then a spare bit of card was inked with Chipped Sapphire D I for the hotel label which I have embossed in gold using a stamp from Travel Labels. The plane (from the Air Travel set) is stamped in black Archival Ink.

The Empire State Building and post mark image are from some very old paper from my stash that is torn and inked on the edges. and I've used some film strip and tiny staples to finish off my tag.

PS. Imogen, my granddaughter has decided that we need to go to New York again as we had such an amazing time, I'd better start saving!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

A Little Diva

It is such a long time since I made an ATC, and I don't know why, because I love making those teeny tiny little things, and I have got such a good excuse to stay indoors and make something as we are having a great big thunder storm here  this morning.
This weeks task set by Linda at Studio L3 for the Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge is Creative Core'dinations, full details of which can be found on page 61 of Tim's book.  It's really quick and simple, but don't rub too hard! Anyway I've used this technique as a background for my ATC.

I wish I could take decent pictures of my two lovely kitties, but one, they don't stay still for long enough, and two, Tilly (Princess Matilda Tanglepaws) has got a really dark brown face now she's all grown up, so she never seems to come out in focus. But she really is a diva of the first order.

So I've used a sweet little kitty image from Artchix, and some other images that were in my big box of bits that might come in useful one day, plus some German scrap wings, and a few little blingy bits on my little diva's hat. All the paper bits are inked on the edges with Walnut Stain DI which is the colour that I've used on the background as well

This weeks CCC2 challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who are offering a $25 gift certifcate to one lucky person.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The Three P's

Patterns and Perfect Pearls Mist.
Where is the summer going, I can't believe it's a month since I have got inky and gluey! I partly blame the Olympics, because each time I think I might go and have a little play there seems to be another medal about to be won, and I can't miss that can I?  But it's true to say that my mojo has definitely been on it's summer holidays.

I know it's Wednesday, but I was flitting through blogland and had an idea that I could combine this weeks Sunday Stamper challenge which is Patterns, with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge  (number 16) over at Studio L3 this week which is to get out those Perfect Pearls Mists as seen on page 54 of the CCC 2, written by Mr Tim Holtz.

After shuffling stuff around for a while I decided to use a little 6 x 6 canvas, and be completely literal with the patterns theme as in sewing. So out came the Haberdashery stamps, and Sewing Room die.

I started by using multi-medium to glue some scrunched up sewing pattern tissue to my canvas, and then applied a tiny bit of Titan Buff acrylic paint with a credit card, inked the edges and wrinkled tissue with Walnut Stain DI, the edges of the canvas are painted in Burnt Umber, and then have a tiny amount of Inka Gold rubbed on , plus some flourish stamping in gold on the sides and front of the canvas.

The tailors dummy is cut from Grunge paper and Claudine Helmuth  sticky backed canvas, inked with Walnut Stain DI and very lightly stamped with some gold flourishes., the ribbonn round the waist is coloured with Wild Honey Distress Stain and sprayed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist. 

Next was the little pocket cut from the Scallop On The Edge die, coloured with Broken China DI, and sprayed with Turquoise Perfect Pearls Mist, then using the Haberdashery stamp and Black Archival Ink I stamped the pattern alteration instructions.

To finish off there are various bits and bobs of Ideology and Prima flowers.