My inky travels along life's rocky road

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Memory Box Challenge - September

This month's challenge on the Memory Box blog is to use stencils. I'm trying to cling on to the last remnants of summer by using a 'hot' lemon card blank. The stencil I've used is one I fell in love with at first sight and bought immediately.
Die - Memory Box Spring Border
Stencil - Memory Box Texture Rhapsody
Ink - Distress Twisted Citron, Versafine Onyx Black
Text - Winnie & Walter
Misc - Dragonfly punch, decorative tape

UK Stampers ATC Swap - J for Jingle

It's almost that time of the year again when I get out the (whisper it) Christmas stamps to make my cards for the year. I bought this TH Poinsettia stencil earlier this year because I liked the flowers so I decided to use it as my background. The card I used had a slight coating on it so my Coloursoft pencils appeared quite pale. They reminded me of the pink poinsettias you sometimes see in the shops alongside the white and red ones. I added glossy accents to the holly berries but they looked very insipid so once they were dry I coloured over the glossy accents with a Sharpie - much better! I have had these small bells for years - they give a lovely jingly sound and were ideal for this ATC. The text is by Clearly Besotted.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

UK Stampers ATC Swap - J for Jigsaw

My second ATC this month is J for Jigsaw. For the scene I used an old Art Impressions stamp that I found in a charity shop. Having coloured it in, I punched out 3 jigsaw shapes with a small punch.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Dictionary Challenge - O

This fortnight's letter for the Dictionary Challenge on the Craft Barn blog is O. I had a lot of options for this week but the problem (obviously) was narrowing it down to just one. I finally opted for Ornate but with an Oriental twist and used some tiny strips of my precious washi paper. Some gold embossing and gems completed the page.
Stamps: Non Sequitur, Clearly Besotted, Simple Expressions.
Inks: Distress ripe persimmon, picked raspberry, peacock feathers, Archival teal.

Monday, 5 September 2016

UK Stampers ATC Swap - J for Jalopy

This month's letter for the ATC swap on the UK Stampers Forum is J. My first word is Jalopy (can you see the boneshaker backfiring?) I used a Tim Holtz image and text stamp on an old map background.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Dictionary Challenge - H

This fortnight's letter for the Craft Barn dictionary challenge is H. It took me a while to decide on a word - sometimes I just know straight away what to pick and other times (like this) it takes a lot longer. There was no shortage of words beginning with H but I couldn't settle on one until I came to Handbag. 'A handbag?????' I hear you cry in your best Lady Bracknell voice. Here's what helped me decide:
Some time ago (several months into 2007 to be exact) I picked up a handbag themed desk calendar at the bargain price of 95p. It had an image of a different handbag for every day of the year and I have used several on birthday cards since then. The size of the images is perfect for the 13x18cm format I am using for this challenge and this Argentinian red alligator handbag with brass frame from the 60s looked just right for cutting out. In a nod to a current trend I decided to give it a pompom handbag charm which I made with embroidery silks in 3 toning colours (no I don't carry a handbag with a pompom on it!). The background was made with Brushos in yellow, lime green and olive green. I added some punched handbags along the bottom.
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