My inky travels along life's rocky road

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - April Theme

This month's theme for the ATC Swap is 'Years Gone By'. I used an old Crafty Individuals stamp for the first and a selection of Paper Artsy stamps for the second.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - April Technique

This month's technique on the Rebel Stampers forum is Intaglio. Usually this means printing where the design is sunk into the surface as opposed to raised from the surface. For the purposes of this swap we used the triple embossing technique to build up layers of melted embossing powder and then stamped into it (only use a rubber stamp. Please do not try this with clear stamps). I used a chipboard butterfly and die cut a leaf from Tim Holtz's tattered leaves set. I had some clear UTEE which builds up the layers faster and added some gold and glitter powder in the last layer. I haven't used this technique in ages and it was good to have a go after so long. The background for the butterfly was made up of strips of washi tape. The leaf was mounted on a Hero Arts leaf background stamp.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Another Poppy Stamp!!!

Can someone have too many poppy stamps? This is what I asked myself after I had gone against my self-imposed ban against buying any more stamps of what is probably my favourite flower. This is such a tiny (@7cm/3.5" square) stamp that perhaps it doesn't strictly count? Besides it also has daisies on it so its not totally a poppy stamp is it? It's made by Little Claire Designs and I loved it when I first saw it at Ally Pally. I did walk away from it once but I passed the stand again as I was leaving and it called to me so I had to have it.
I've been having a lot of fun colouring this in with my marker pens and have made various cards with it including a blue version.

The stitched square I have used with all of them is the largest of a set of frames I bought on Amazon. I was a bit hesitant to purchase this (and a set of perforated rectangles) as they were very cheap but the ones I've tried so far have all cut cleanly with my Cuttlebug. The top card also has a piece of paper embossed with a TH bubble wrap folder and a sentiment by Paula Pascual. The blue poppy card has a background made by stamping Indigo Blu's poppy stamp with Brilliance starlite black.

I have used a Wink of Stella pen over the flowers in this card which gives a subtle sheen.

This card was coloured with a darker shade of marker pen and the side-fold blank is embossed with Papermania's secret garden folder.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

LIM 324

It's been a while since I've been able to enter the challenge on the Less Is More blog. This week the theme is 'Spring Walk'. The die I have used is a freebie from a magazine. I mounted it on a blended background of spring colours - salty ocean, worn lipstick, mowed lawn and abandoned coral DIs. I cut out the butterflies from an extra diecut and stuck them over the existing butterflies for a 3D effect. The card blank is a very pale pearlescent green. Some clear sequins finished the card.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Pantone Card Challenge - April

This month's colour for the UK Scrappers Pantone card challenge is called Greenery. All the stamps used are by Katzelkraft. My background was made with Impress Inks in Chartreuse, Spring Green and Emerald and a gold shimmer spray. The main image was stamped, masked and then the text and the trailing flowers were added.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Monthly Challenge

Continuing with Sara Coleridge's poem 'The Months' we have to include a daisy or primrose on our page. My previous pages have all been outdoor scenes, this month I've brought the flowers inside as April is usually the month when the garden produces blooms that can be cut and enjoyed indoors. My page shows a freshly picked basket of flowers (including daisies) on a red gingham tablecloth. The shelf above has a vase of primroses.
Here's the link to the Craft Barn blog with all the other entries.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Alphabet ATC Swap - P for Penguin

My final ATC for this month is P for Penguin. I bought a stamp and die set from Clearly Besotted a year or so ago which has the penguin and various scarf and hat combos. The embossed igloo is a folder from a free set in a magazine I bought recently. I embossed some snowflakes which came in the penguin set with WOW sparkle powder and then rubbed tumbled glass DI over the ATC blank. A scrap of torn card formed the ground and then I added the igloo and the penguin. His hat pompoms have been heat embossed in white.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Alphabet ATC Swap - P for Paisley

My second ATC this month is another favourite - Paisley. Although this pattern was named after a Scottish town it has its origins in India where it is known as 'aam' meaning mango or 'badam' meaning almond. If you look at an alphonso mango (which is only available for a few weeks a year) you will see that it is not perfectly oval but slightly pointed at one end. The paisley pattern  is basically a very stylized mango.
I rubbed ripe persimmon, picked raspberry and mowed lawn DIs onto an ATC blank, spritzed it with shimmer spray and then ran it through a paisley embossing folder. I brushed over pumice stone DI to highlight the pattern and added some white dots with a Posca pen. The main image is by Banana Frog, coloured with marker pens.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Alphabet ATCs - P for Poppy

A new month brings a new letter in the alphabet ATC swap. The letter is P so how could I not use one of my (several) poppy stamps. This particular one is from a set I bought in Lakeland years ago when they used to sell craft stuff. I used my marker pens to colour in the image and as poppies are used for remembrance I added the text by Oxford Impressions. I wanted to keep the rest of the ATC simple so added a wash of blue ice Twinkling H2O. I rounded 2 of the corners and mounted it on some red card for added interest.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Monthly Challenge

Continuing with the Garden poem for the Craft Barn monthly challenge we have to add a daffodil (preferably dancing) and a hare.
I am finding it very hard to get enthused by this challenge but I've started so I will try and finish. I have chosen a postcard format with a landscape orientation and am finding that once the required elements are added there is very little room for further creativity. I'm probably the only person having this problem but it accounts for my rather lacklustre pages so far. Perhaps by the time we get to October or November I will have got into my stride with this size.
Fortunately I received a daffodil stamp in a freebie set with a magazine recently and whilst I have no hare stamps I do have my Alice Palace bunnies which I thought I could use. I was searching online when I came across this colourful hare which can be purchased as a print by Fox. he seemed suitably mad March hare-like so I decided to incorporate him in some way. I was given several packs of glitter flourishes recently which I thought would be good for depicting the swirling breezes. The daffs were coloured with coloursoft pencils.
That's it for this month, as ever I am curious to see what everyone else has made.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Alphabet ATC - B

I normally post details of each ATC separately but this month, as they have all been created in a similar way I am posting the set of 3 together. The letter this month is B.
I started off with a background made with blue and green Perfect Pearls which I spritzed with water to set it. When dry this went through a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Persia. I brushed mowed lawn DI over the top to highlight the embossing. I used my new marker pens for all the colouring and wanted to create some colourful rather than realistic images.
The top ATC is B for Beauty. I used an old Elusive Images set for the flower and the quote. I had originally thought of using one of the Gibson Girl stamps I have but  the reference to a 'thing' of beauty made me decide to go for a floral image instead.
Next comes B for Bird. I used one of the less well-known Dina Wakley scribbly bird stamps and text with some washi tape and gems.
The final ATC is B for Butterfly. The butterfly is from a stamp and cut set by Dare 2 B Artzy. The bloom is by Altenew and the word is by Paper Artsy. I embellished with some gems and black enamel accents.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - March Technique Part 2

This is the Twinchie ATC for this month's Rebel Stampers swap. I used a Hero Arts flower stamp and coloured it with alcohol markers. I have to say I'm so glad I bought the sets of First Edition markers at a show recently. I am enjoying using them and although they don't have the colour variations of Copic or other brands I think what I have is good enough for me. The base card is made of paints, inks and stencils. I had made it for another project but it hadn't worked out as intended and was languishing on my desk asking to be used. The text is by Paper Artsy.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - March Technique Part 1

The technique this month on the Rebel Stampers forum for the ATC swap is Inchies & Twinchies - as ever I couldn't decide which to do so did one of each.
The background was made with a patterned paper base and then stencilled over. The inchies are from a stamp by Magenta. I stamped them onto text paper and then coloured them in adding glossy accents for the centres where appropriate. The text is from a Paper Artsy set.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - March Theme Part 2

Continuing with my second ATC for the Rebel Stampers Swap on the theme of Spring Bouquet. I went for some more flowers that are typically evocative of Spring - Tulips. I used an old favourite Penny Black stamp with a watercolour technique. This is the first generation impression, I have made the second impression into a card which I blogged a few days ago. I wanted to keep to the pastel, spring theme and used a multicolour Brilliance inkpad called Aurora with an Inkylicious brush strokes stamp for the background. Some sequins finished off the ATC.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - March Theme Part 1

This month the ATC Swap theme on the Rebel Stampers forum is Spring Bouquet. This is my first ATC, not a bouquet in the conventional sense but definitely a Spring flower - the crocus. I made the background with DIs, stamps and stencils and then stamped the image and coloured it with alcohol markers.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Craft Barn blog candy

The Craft Barn has some blog candy to give away. You can find all the details here. Good Luck!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Watercolour Tulips

I wanted a watercolour tulip image for an ATC and while I was stamping it I made a second generation print at the same time. The original will feature later this month but here is the second generation image. As I had quickly stamped it out on a small scrap of card I felt it needed some extra layers and searched through my scrap bags for something appropriate. The text is from a Paula Pascual set.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Pantone Card Challenge - March

This month's colour for the Pantone Card Challenge on the UK Scrappers forum is Primrose Yellow. The inspiration pic that went with it had a duvet cover with small blue and yellow birds which reminded me of my Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds set. I stamped a few birds out and coloured them in with my alcohol ink markers.
The background uses mustard seed, squeezed lemonade and spiced marmalade DIs and Impress lemon yellow. I used various stamps and stencils to build up the colours. The bird was cut out and stuck on and I added a sentiment from the same set.
This next card was made in a similar way:

I had embossed the pearlescent blue card blank for the first card but the embossing had cracked the card and it didn't look good so I used the unmarked half for the top card and used the cracked part as a matt on the second card. I rubbed some archival ink over the cracked embossing to cover the white card showing through.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - Feb

The technique theme for this month's ATC Swap on the Rebel Stampers forum is Shrink Plastic. Luckily I could remember where I had put my shrink plastic as its ages since I last used it.
For the first ATC I made a pink and orange DI background. The cats were diecut from translucent and black shrink plastic. I added some diecut grass and stamped some flowers. The text is from a Cuttlebug die.
The second ATC had a background of picked raspberry, mowed lawn and ripe persimmon DIs and a stencil with Stazon black. I used a couple of Dina Wakley stamps on some shrink plastic and cut them out. The text is from a Non Sequitur set. I added some star shaped gems to finish.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - Feb

Lots of ATCs this month - in addition to my ongoing Alphabet swap I am also taking part in the Rebel Stampers ATC swap. The theme this month is silhouette.
My first ATC has a background of brushed DIs and a Katzelkraft text stamp. The main image is by Simple Expressions.
The second ATC has a Clarity stamp as its main image with a masked DI background. As it's Valentines Day this month I added some small punched hearts.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Alphabet ATCs - G for Geisha

My final Alphabet ATC this month is G for Geisha. I smooshed some DIs over the background and used a crackle effect and a corner stamp. I added some gold washi tape and then put a Hobby Art geisha stamp on top.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Alphabet ATCs - G for Gear

My second Alphabet ATC this month is G for Gear, the perfect opportunity to use my X Cut set of cogs and gears. I stamped an Elusive Images background in grey for an industrial effect and cut some gears with metallic papers. I embellished with some brads and eyelets.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Monthly Challenge

Continuing with 'The Months' poem by Sara Coleridge for the Craft Barn blog challenge we have to use the verse for February with the addition of cherubs and a heart. It took me a while to get my head around this but here is the result. I brushed faded jeans, spiced marmalade, worn lipstick and tumbled glass DIs over the page and then stamped the B Line Designs image (yes it's more likely a river than a lake but it was one of the few expanse of water images I had). I decided that the only way I could incorporate my (punched) cherubs would be by them holding the verse with a small heart embellishment. I have stamped a raindrop image around the sides and along the bottom in Brilliance platinum planet which catches the light and gives a watery effect.
I am very intrigued to see how everyone else manages the cherub and hearts on this page!

Monday, 6 February 2017

UK Scrappers Pantone Challenge - Flame

Another card for the Pantone challenge on UK Scrappers forum. I used the same Indigo Blu poppy stamp but as a background to the main image which is by Katzelkraft. I added a pop of colour to the flowers, rounded the corners (the punch does the hearts as well) and mounted it on a red card blank.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Alphabet ATCs - G for Garden

This month's letter for the Alphabet ATC swap is G. My first word is Garden. I used a grass diecut on a DI background and added some flower stamps by Darkroom Door, Paper Artsy and Paula Pascual. I embellished with a couple of butterfly eyelets and some flower shaped brads.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

UK Scrappers Pantone Challenge - Flame

There is a colour challenge on the UK Scrappers forum. Every month Mystik Nat chooses a colour from Pantone's colour selections for Spring 2017 and provides some inspiration pics using that colour.  We have to make a card using that colour. February's colour is flame.
I went to a craft show at Sandown Park last weekend and picked up a few sets of marker pens. I have avoided getting into Copics etc because I'm not really into detailed colouring and shading and also I was not prepared to shell out loads of cash on getting all 2 million different colours (ok I exaggerate slightly but I would rather buy stamps than pens). These First Edition marker pens were a bargain price and what I liked was that they came in sets of 6 shades of a basic colour eg red, green, blue etc. So having bought all 7 sets that were available I had to give them a try.
I used an Indigo Blu stamp with Memento black ink and had a great time colouring in. The stamp is quite large and fills an A6 card so after trimming it I mounted it onto a red card blank. The vertical greeting seemed to fit nicely in the remaining  white space.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - January

The second set of ATCs for the Rebel Stampers swap had to use mesh. I initially saved a bit of netting from a bag of onions but then I found a sheet of snowflake mesh which I have had for years. As I still had my Christmas stuff out I decided to use these 2 snowmen stamps which I have had for years and used a lot. I put some salty ocean DI onto a craft sheet with a few squirts of water and then dragged the ATC blanks through the ink. When dry, I ran them through a snowflake embossing folder and then added a torn piece of card at the bottom to represent the settled snow. Both snowmen were heat embossed and then I used embossing pens to colour and emboss their hats and scarves. I cut the mesh to size and glued it to the ATC blank behind the snowmen. To finish I added a few punched snowflakes.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap - January

I've decided to take part in the monthly ATC swap on the Rebel Stampers forum. Every month there is a technique and a theme and you can choose either or both to make a maximum of 4 ATCs. This is my first set of 2 with the theme of Gold. I have had these gold embossed oriental backgrounds for a long time so I decided to use them with a Hobby Art geisha stamp. I made 2 differently coloured ATCs and added some gold embossed oriental writing (I think this is Chinese rather than Japanese) and a pearl brad.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Alphabet ATCs - W for Wood

Another black background for my ATC this month for the word Wood/s as in the material and/or the forest. I have splattered some old Firework Burst colour sprays which look very effective on a black background. Unfortunately these very old sprays by a company called Sticky Fingers no longer work as intended but the colours are still fabulous so I have just flicked them over the base. The birch trees are a die by Impression Obsession. I got the idea on a recent trip to Wisley where the silver birches looked almost luminous as it got darker. The birds which are part of the die set gave a useful pop of colour to the piece.
This is letter no17 and by my rough calculation we should be finishing this challenge towards the end of this year. I am pleased that I have stuck to my intention of choosing 3 different words each month (so far). We have passed awkward letters like Q and X but there is still Z to come...

Friday, 20 January 2017

Mini Album

Towards the end of last year I bought a Sizzix die set in the sale. It was a Lori Whitlock set called essential mini album with numerous pieces from which you could cut album pages, the spine, matting pages and other little bits and bobs to help embellish the album. January is always the perfect month to try new things out and this is what I made:

The papers were from a Papermania collection (antique cream) and a DCWV set (serenity). Apart from the letter and the numbers all the die cuts you can see here came from this set. It was very easy to put together and the pages are a nice size.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Alphabet ATCs - W for Winter

While I had my Christmas things out I decided to use them for a winter themed ATC for my second swap entry. I used a Rubber Stampede tree stamp on some snowflake patterned paper and a torn strip of white paper. The snowmen are made with a punch - I edged them with some weathered wood DI so that they stood out against the white background. I punched out a few extra snowflakes brushed with Wink of Stella and added some clear sequins.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Craft Therapy

Some days you just have the urge to make something for the hell of it, just to lose yourself in thinking about something other than that thought that is uppermost in your mind. Yesterday was such a day. Our day started with some very dramatic events that I won't go into here but at the end of the day no one was hurt. I wanted to make something to unwind and I spotted a freebie coaster sitting on my desk waiting to have something done to it.
I found this quote online and it seemed to fit the bill. I covered the coaster with some text paper and then added ripe persimmon, cracked pistachio and salty ocean DIs. I wasn't too sure where I was going with this but added some gesso through TH scribbles layering stencil. The flower is cut from a Sizzix Lori Whitlock die and I added a brad and some sequins to finish the piece.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

New Year, New Challenge

Having completed the alphabet challenge on the Craft Barn blog last year I was interested to see what the new challenge would be. This year they are taking Sara Coleridge's poem 'The Garden Year' one verse/month at a time. You can read all the details for the challenge here.
Having decided to take part, much time has been spent settling on a format. I finally chose to use a rough postcard size 16.5 x 10cm which I will bind into a book at the end of the year. I had problems punching the binding holes after the pages were complete last year so I have done all the hole punching in advance this time.
For January the added twist is that the page has to have 'a bird in a wellington boot'!!!! My drawing skills are non-existent and I had no welly stamps so I spent a while trying to figure out how to deal with this. Twelfth Night came to the rescue - as I was taking down the Christmas cards I noticed one with 2 girls in wellies and miracle of miracles the snowy scene they were in was surrounded by a frame which had a couple of robins. Just get your magnifying glasses ready...

Not a great pic but it's white on white with some glitter so it was never going to come out well. My base page has been embossed with the Cuttlebug snow folder.  I cut Memory Box's Country Landscape with a different brand of white card  - it's a slightly different white so the die cuts stand out a bit more. I coloured in the trees and roofs for some pops of colour to complement the wellies and robin and added glamour dust for some sparkle. The blue bits along the left are the holes ready for binding .
A tough start to the challenge but I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Alphabet ATCs - W for World

This month's letter in the Alphabet ATC swap is W. I decided on World and used a TH stamp and die set for the image of the world. The text is from another TH die set of travel words. I mounted the die cuts on a black background splattered with white paint to give a starry effect.
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