Friday 24 June 2011

My "proper" first challenge..

I said below that I would enter my first craft challenge actually by the time I got my blog sorted (well sort of, at least I can get photo's on here now.. chuckle) the challenge had finished!

So here goes
Studio L3 Grungy Monday 12 using Tim Holtz technique April 2008.

I cut the tag using Tim's Sizzix movers and shaper Tag and bookplates die and Lost and found paper, the one with the clocks on.

My favourite stamp set at the moment is the PaperArtsy Clocks 6 I really love the words.. "time does not change usit merely unfolds us", this set me thinking again about butterfly's unfolding their wings.. so out came my Dark room Door Butterflies and I embossed them with clear ink and embossing powder.

I had a good look at the technique and decided to use the expresso paint dabber Tim uses and then go from there. It felt a bit dark so I added the paper lace tape and I wanted to pick up on the jade/teal colour from underneath so added a bit of ribbon across the centre and through the tag hole.

I stamped the Paper Artsy words and swirl in Jet black Staz on and added the metal embellishments. Simple but it does fit my original idea.

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Fathers Day

Fathers Day is always a rush in our house but this year they were read to be sent on time! I wanted to make a card for both my Dad and my Father in Law that told them how much we appreciate how my husband and I turned out.
I started with a map paper and distressed it gentlywith tumbled glass and brushed cordoroy the simply used some fab stamps.. Tim's ticket and token finished it off. The ribbon is silk offcuts from the wonderful LB Crafts where I always find a gem or 2!
I thought my hubby deserved something special and the tag was to him for thanking him for our two beautiful children. This I clear embossed, distressed and then final stamped with Staz on black ink..

My son, Thomas wanted to make his card and he paitently learnt distressing techniques and made his own card.

Typically the Royal Mail struck again and my Dad didn't get his till the Monday.. oh well there's always next year to be on time.

Tuesday 14 June 2011

The first challenge - Faux Batik

Friends of mine have been entering craft challenges and I thought I should have a go.. The traumatic thing was not the crafting but the setting of a blog to link it too. I seem to be nearly there but think I will have to call in some favours to understand templates and backgrounds more fully. Anyway I decided to try Grungy Monday 11 "Faux Batik" in a simple way after seeing something similar in the June 2011 "Craft Stamper".

I used Tumbled glass and Wild honey (rather a favourite of mine at the moment) to random cover some card then stamped over it with Fuschia pink Staz on. I was very pleased with the results and then used Tim's tattered florals to create the rose. K & Co Friends embellishments. Simple but sweet. Not quite Tim's technique but it feels like Faux batik.. better try his techinque next.