My inky travels along life's rocky road

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Dream Pennant


As part of the planned get-together that I couldn't attend (see my previous post) we were all asked to decorate a pennant as a thank you for Sara, the owner of  Cardmaking Paradise. I wanted to use Stampotique's moongirl so I sat her on a toadstool and created a colourful floral scene around her. The flower border is a Memory Box diecut and the text is by Kaiserkraft. I placed it all on an ombré background made with Distress Inks.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

A Shabby Chic Heart

I haven't been able to do much in the way of crafting this month for various reasons but this is something I made earlier which I can now show you as the person it was intended for has now received it.
A very talented crafting friend called Sara has built a wonderful site (https://www.cardmakingparadise.com/) with templates she has created for shaped cards. There is a forum for members and she very kindly invited me to a 2 day get-together with workshops. I was looking forward to going  but sadly a painful shoulder injury meant I had to cancel at the last minute. This heart was part of a thank you gift for the lady who had organised the workshops. Everyone who was due to attend decorated a heart and they were all attached together to form bunting. This was my contribution.
 
The template was provided by Sara for uniformity. The heart is @13cm long to give you an idea of size. I wanted to go for a shabby chic look so I used cardboard as a base and tore off part of the top layer to reveal the corrugated part. I gave it a wash of picket fence Distress Stain and added some crackle glaze. Various Sizzix and Marianne flower dies were layered up and added. I used some of my garden jute string to make a flower and added some lace and a few pearls. The quote is by Simple Expressions.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - June technique


The June technique for the Rebel Stampers ATC swap is to use acetate. Not the easiest thing to see in the pic above but the cactus die (a new purchase from Sizzix) is sandwiched between 2 layers of acetate and appears to be floating when held up. I used an oval nestie to cut out the shape from 2 ATC blanks and used a decorative corner stamp on the front.



I decided to use the acetate in a different way for my second ATC. I coloured some acetate with red pepper, pesto and butterscotch alcohol inks and then stamped on the reverse side with Stazon. The cut out butterflies were stuck by their bodies so that the wings were left free. The text is by Paper Artsy and the background is a rose embossing folder but I have used the debossed side and highlighted the markings with Memento bamboo leaves ink.
 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - June Theme


This month the theme for the ATC swap on the Rebel Stampers forum is Childhood. I used a photo quality stamp called butterfly kisses for both ATCs. Looking at both images side by side you can see the difference in clarity between stamping on coated and regular card. The plum coloured image on the left has better definition and the detail is clearer. The right hand image on regular card has more of an ethereal quality rather like the photographs from days gone by.
The text is from a Melissa Frances paper pad called Kitschy Kitchen. The plum background is made with a TH stencil and finished with a punched flower and leaves. The blue background is made with washi tape and a scrap of patterned paper.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Alphabet ATC Swap - H for Hatch


I bought a pile of old craft magazines from a charity shop and one of the attached free gifts was a selection of Easter themed papers and diecuts. I thought the chick emerging from an egg was a good representation of the word 'hatch'. The iridescent flowers were part of another free gift and the text is from Dina Wakley's scribbly birds set.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Alphabet ATC Swap - H for Hieroglyphics


I enjoyed the intaglio technique that I used for an ATC swap here so I thought I would have another go at the technique with a hieroglyphic stamp I got some time ago in a grab bag. I sprinkled some blue Perfect Pearls into the final layer of UTEE and added some washi tape and nail heads.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Alphabet ATC Swap - H for Hello


A simple ATC to start off this month's set of ATCs where the letter is H. I used some patterned paper and a Sizzix die layered several times and slightly offset. The ATC was embellished with some star gems.

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