My inky travels along life's rocky road

Sunday, 23 October 2016

UK Stampers ATC Swap - D for Duck

My second ATC this month is 'Duck' using a lovely Crafty Individuals stamp and coloured pencils. I raised the duck in the foreground on foam pad, embellished with Glossy Accents and added the number 22 which has the bingo call 'two little ducks' (to which you are supposed to reply 'quack quack').

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

UK Stampers ATC Swap - D for Dress

This month's letter in our continuing ATC swap is 'D'. I have recently had a sort out of very old patterned papers and this gerbera printed paper was one of them. I stamped an unknown grab bag stamp onto it and embellished it with a Pearl pen. The background consists of a couple of Tim Holtz stencils and a text stamp.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

UK Stampers Postcard Swap - October

This month's postcard swap has the theme of Autumn. I decided that unlike previous years I wanted to create a postcard with an autumnal feel but no leaves on it. My background was made with Gelatos scribbled onto the card and then blended with a wet finger. I started with yellow and then added a punched circle to mask off the moon before scribbling on the other colours. The tree stamp on the left is by Marion Emberson and comes with separate leaf and blossom stamps to add to the branches. The other group of bare trees is an unknown unmounted stamp. Using a stamp positioner I added an old clarity stamps moon and cloud stamp and then used the edges of that stamp to create a hazy mist effect. It all looked a bit lifeless so I added some Crafty Individual birds from 2 different sets flying south for the coming winter and some text by Paper Artsy.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Dictionary Challenge - E

Great excitement as this fortnight's letter for the Craft Barn challenge is 'E'. There are an enormous number of possible words to choose (too many to enumerate) and I couldn't really narrow it down to just one so there are extras on this page. I finally went for 'Entrance'. The door stamp is by Crafty Individuals and I embellished it with a wreath made from a green pipecleaner, some punched flowers and a tiny bow. The picket fence enclosure is a Sizzix die which I embossed with a woodgrain stamp. I also stamped a few evergreen trees.
So where is the all important definition??????

Enclosed behind the entrance door here:

Stamps by PaperArtsy and Darkroom Door.
Enjoy yourselves!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Memory Box Challenge - October

Spurred on by my success in the draw in last month's Memory Box challenge I have an early entry for this month's challenge the theme of which is sequins. I am still playing with the Brush Strokes stamp set by Inkylicious that I bought at Ally Pally last month and used the smallest of the 3 stamps for the background in faded jeans, salty ocean, broken china and tumbled glass DIs. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted and some silver sequins complete the card.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

LIM 296

The theme this week on the Less Is More blog is turquoise & lilac. I used a brush strokes stamp by Inkylicious with Impress cerulean blue and Stazon vibrant violet for the background. The diecut is by Joy Crafts and the sentiment is by Clearly Besotted (who have now sadly shut up shop until the new year). I edged the panel in blue and mounted it on foam pads.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Dictionary Challenge - X

Well the letter we have all been dreading had to come up at some stage but that is not why I am sneaking such a late entry into the Craft Barn's Dictionary Challenge. For once I knew which word I wanted to do but I have had family staying with me and crafting has had to take a back seat. Regular readers will know that I am also taking part in an alphabet ATC challenge on the UK Stampers forum and had made 3 different 'X' ATCs for that recently. I had sort of figured out which 'X' word to use for the Craft Barn challenge at that point. My word is 'Xenophile' - the opposite of Xenophobe. I love finding out about different people, countries and cultures and so it seemed an apt word for me to use.
I started with some patterned paper from Papermania called 'All Aboard' but sadly it was not long enough to cover my page so I added a strip of another paper from the same range. The join was covered with some decorative tape with a travel theme and the quote 'we are on the way - life is like a journey waiting for us to find all the good things'. The main image is by Hampton Arts, stamped in Sepia, coloured with pencils and cut out. The landmarks were all stamped on tissue paper, cut out and stuck onto the background - this is a really good way to add stamped images if you are worried about ruining your page with a badly stamped image. Most of the images are by Katzelkraft with the Taj Mahal by Judikins and an unknown oriental image. I added some other small tickets/tags from the Papermania set and a Tim Holtz hotel stamp.
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