Saturday, 18 February 2017

Butterflies and a little giveaway

Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Annie is our host and our theme is Anything Goes. Our sponsor is Swedish House CraftsAnd as an added bonus this week, some of the DT also have a little giveaway for Peeps that enter the challenge, so do pop round their blogs .......... I am giving away a set of Timmy distress crayons and will pick a winner from the comments on this post from Allsorts entrants and announce in next Saturday's post.

I have used another framed canvas and stamps from this weeks sponsor. My starting point was to cover the frame and canvas with white gesso and work on the frame first painting it with a soft brown acrylic paint, then crackle medium and then a cream acrylic paint. Once dry I inked with DI's and a little gold gilding wax before randomly stamping with Swedish House Crafts Little Daisy and Large Rudbeckia using versamark and embossing with detail copper powder.

Moving on to the canvas I used DI's give some random colour then a Timmy stencil to add sun rays and then stamping Butterflies twice and heat embossing with the same copper powder as on the frame. I stamped some of the Butterflies a second time, heat embossed and decoupaged to give some dimension. Finally I stamped the Happy Birthday and fixed into place.

Please do pop over to the challenge blog and see the inspiration from my teamies and also the fab prize on offer.

It's also mid month inspiration time at Penny Black and More where our theme is 'Use your Favourite Stamp' so of course it's another outing for Dance, Sing, Love, it's a real oldie but remains my go to stamp.

The background is Dylusions, some stenciling using DI's and texture paste, then the sentiment stamped, some Penny Black Butterflies coloured with the same Dylusions and seam binding to finish.

Happy weekend all.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Spring Chocolate Baroque style

Good morning Peeps, popping in with a quick reminder that Lesley from Chocolate Baroque is on Hochanda TV as I type and again at 11am and 3om showcasing some beautiful Spring stamps, I do hope you can tune in or record some of the shows as she us sure to have lots of demons and inspiration.

As Spring is my favoutire time of year it will be no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed creating samples for this show and above and below are a few I made for the show. We also have an inspirational post over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog today sharing some more quick and easy cards

The star book has ten 'pages' in total, these are just a few of them

May thanks for taking a peek, sorry the post is limited on info but please do mail me if you would like details of any specific stamp sets.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Lot's of grunge

Today sees the start of a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this month it's my turn to choose the theme which is 'It's Just a Number', as always there is a generous prize of a $20 shopping voucher from FlonzCraft.

I'm not convinced about this canvas, it all looks rather too busy, but it might grow on me I guess. I covered the canvas with black gesso, then a coat of crackle glaze and an off white acrylic paint. Stamping around the edges with a really old Inkadinkadoo stamp, the clock is from Stamp Addicts which I cut out after stamping. I did some random stenciling with a Timmy number stencil, fixed the clock in place and then arranged lots of odds and ends at the bottom corner and painted with Gilding Polishes and added two Penny Black Butterflies stamped onto an offcut of card coloured with the same gilding polishes.

And I have a second share, I was having an inky play and realised the PB sentiment fitted the theme so well. My starting point was a piece of 600gsm Fabriano, distress inks and some torn printed decoupage tissue. Next some stencilling here and there using an Ivy stencil, the focal Poppies are Penny Black Divine stamped with black archival and coloured in with Brosho's and I used a couple of embossing powder tub lids and DI's to add some circles. Hubby's comment "humm different", which in real terms means I don't really like it, but he's never appreciated my grungy makes. I cut the Penny Black sentiment into two pieces.

Do pop over the the challenge blog and see the inspiration my teamies have to offer.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Hearts and Flowers

Good morning Peeps, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week I have selected a theme with a romantic element as we are close to Valentines Day, it's 'Hearts and/or Flowers'. Our sponsor this week is Marianne Designs

This is another of my Chocolate Baroque samples, my starting place was a nice inky background using Brushos which I added liberally and blotted off as I went to achieve a softer finish. I then used a selection of CB stamps to randomly stamp the background with DI's. The CB hearts are stamped onto another Brusho background, this time leaving the colour to dry naturally for a stronger finish and then cut out with TL dies. 

To assemble my card I used a piece of ripped corrugated, honeycomb die cut piece again ripped to give a uneven edge, some twine and flowers and finally the hearts overlapping.

Have a lovely weekend all and please do pop over to the challenge blog to check out the inspiration from my teamies. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Inky indulgence

It's time for our new challenges at Stamping Sensations and Penny Black and More where our themes are 'Animal Magic' and 'Use your favourite stamp'. As always there are wonderful prizes to be won at both.

My framed canvas piece at the top was such fun to make and some of you may have already caught sight of it on Hochanda earlier this week as it is one of my samples for the release of the lovely new Kingfisher range of stamps from Chocolate Baroque's featured in the One Day Special. I started with covering the frame with black gesso then working round the frame with paints and gilding polishes applied with a brush, stencils and stamps. The corner arrangement is literally lots of odds and sods stuck into place and then painted with the same polishes.

The focal canvas is inked with DI's, 'mesh' using a TL die, more stamping, some chipboard, two stamped sentiments also from the new releases as is the wonderful Kingfisher which is also painted with the gilding polishes. I am off to the Playground with this one as lots of odds and sods including the sentiment scraps.

To the majority who know me there is no surprise which stamp I was going to use for my Penny Black piece, it is of course 2695J Dance, Sing Love. I used a piece of Fabriano and gave it a wash of blue DI's before stamping the sentiment and then Sunbrusts 40-460, a new release from PB which I inked with Distress Markers and spritzed with water before repeat stamping. Matted and layered onto coordinating cardstock and finito.

Have a lovely Sunday and I do hope you will join our challenges this month.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Art Deco for Allsorts

Good morning to you all, it's time for our new challenge at Allsorts and this week Kath would like to see some Paper Piecing. Our sponsor this week is Digistamp Boutique, plus there is a second prize as well, so double the reason to join in.

This is one of the TL samples I created back in November using the lovely new Art Deco range of dies and I think this lady is all set for a night on the town. I started with creating a sky with a mask and Pan Pastels, then cutting the skyline buildings and backing with yellow to make the windows pop. The lady has been coloured then paper pieced and mounted into the foreground. The sentiment is also TL which I cut twice to offset in contrasting colours.

Happy weekend all.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Baroque hearts and Roses

Good morning Peeps, it's time for another post over at the Chocolate Baroque DT blog showcasing some more 15 minute creations. 

Also don't forgot that Lesley is launching a new One Day Special at 8am this evening on Hochanda, there are some fabulous new stamps so I do hope you will tune in.

Both of my shares are samples from the shows on Hochanda earlier this month, I thoroughly enjoyed working with the beautiful Rose stamps. And the card at the top, although simple was one of my favourites. I created the background with DI's and an acrylic block with grid lines, inked the block and spritzed with water before 'stamping. I then stamped the Rose Script Background image with archival ink and bleached out the colour and have to say I rather like the sepia affect the bleach gave to the inked stamp.

For this one I created a background with DI's, dabbing them onto a craft sheet, spritzing with water and swooshing the card through it. I stamped the baroque heart from the Harlequin Rose set four times, stamped the sentiment and used TL dies to create the mat and layering.

Many thanks for taking a peek today and I hope you can find a moment to pop over to the DT blog to see what my teamies have created.

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