My inky travels along life's rocky road

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Monthly Challenge - May

This month's letter is:

                Q for Quotation                     
and the (optional) colour is Quartz Grey
I had originally planned to use another quote but it didn't work out. Having had a significant birthday last month I decided to use this unattributed quote which I used at my birthday dinner.
I made a background with Distress Inks and Oxides and stencils. The diecut is TH's Old Jalopy cut in black with silver trim. The windows were looking a little bare so I diecut them again and stamped a series of formidable looking ladies from an old stamp called 'The Girls' by River City Rubber Works. The quotation was computer generated.
I'm not entirely happy with this but there's a lot going on in my life at the moment and I hope I have more time to spend on next month's challenge.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Monthly Challenge - April

The first letter in the Monthly Challenge is E and the word is:

                        Possible colours options are Emerald, Eggplant and Ecru.

We are making postcard-sized pieces of art which can be landscape or portrait. There are various reasons I chose this size - it can be stored in a regular photograph album if wished or bound into a book or held together with a book ring or even put onto a standard sized card blank.
For my enchanted forest postcard I started with a background that I had made with a small gelli plate. I wasn't entirely happy with it so I added some extra colour by pouncing on some Distress Oxides with a mini blending tool. To give a starry effect I splattered some white acrylic paint and added a few punched stars. I stamped, coloured with alcohol markers and cut out the mushrooms and added some white enamel accents for the spots. The fairy is an Intricut die and I gave her silver wings and a silver star on her wand. The leafy frame is an XCut die which I coloured with emerald ink and edged with black. I punched some tiny butterflies from some scraps of Brusho painted paper and the birds were from a Joy Crafts die. The sentiment is from a Cuttlebug die and I have added a little sparkle to the mushrooms with a Wink of Stella pen.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

A New Challenge and a Blog Post At Last!

After many months I have finally managed to summon up the motivation to write a blogpost. A lot has been happening and after packing away my craft stuff for the decorators and then unpacking it all into newish homes I lost my mojo. Most of the previous sites I used to visit for challenges and swaps have disappeared for one reason or another and I realised that I had a vast amount of stuff that I no longer used. I decided to try and use up some of the coloured card blanks, aperture cards etc etc that I no longer required and make up some cards for a local charity. I have used up some stuff (well I've made a small dent) and am happy that a good cause will benefit from it.
I was chatting with friends on a craft forum and a few of us mentioned a lack of motivation. With this in mind I decided to start a new challenge. Each month I pick a word and have to make a postcard sized (10x15cm) piece of art on that theme. I'm hoping to cover every letter of the alphabet in time and if possible to use a colour beginning with that letter as well. Let's see how it goes!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - June Theme 2

For my final ATC this month on the theme of numbers I went for 2. I used an old favourite Katzelkraft stamp, maskedit off and added the background with blended Dis and a circle stamp. I added a few flowers with a small peg stamp with Glossy Accent centres and coloured the flowers held by the lady with a marker pen and Wink of Stella. The text was stamped with a rotary stamp .

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - June Theme

The theme this month for the ATC Swap is to use a number. I decided to go big and went for hundreds and thousands. I had scribbled with some leftover ink from a previous project and decided to use this as my background. The cupcake is from an old Banana Frog stamp set. I added the sprinkles in various colours and also dotted some Glossy Accents over. The text was made with a rotary stamp which lets you build the words you want rather like the old library date stamps.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - June Technique

The theme of this month's technique for the ATC swap on the Rebel Stampers forum is 'water-based media'. For my first ATC I decided to use Distress Inks in picked raspberry, mowed lawn  and salty ocean. I wiped the ink pads onto a craft sheet, spritzed them with water and smooshed a piece of card around until I was happy with the effect. I stamped and diecut the glamorous lady (unknown set purchased from ebay) and painted her with Distress Inks. I diecut a stitched circle and then ran it through with a TH mixed media die. The text is from the same set. I punched some flowers from some scraps of leftover painted card and added some contrasting gems.

My second ATC uses a stamp from the same set as above but this time I used Brushos as my water-based media. I used the negative from the stitched circle diecut above and ran it through an embossing folder for some texture. I highlighted the embossed pattern by painting it with watered down gamboge Brusho. Some gems finished off the piece.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - May Theme 2

No prizes for guessing what the Nursery Rhyme is on this ATC! Yes I know he's supposed to be climbing a water spout but you can imagine that bit. I cut the spider web from silver glittered card with a Tim Holtz mixed media die. I wanted to give the effect of gleaming raindrops on the web. The spider was made by wrapping some thread around a bead and adding wire legs. I also gave him some hole punch eyes. The text is stamped with a peg alpha.

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