Monday, 31 January 2011

Short Posting

Hi There.

I am just writing a small note to you all to say Sorry for not being with you this last week.  Unfortunately a nasty little lurgy got me last week and put me out of action for a few days.  Service will (hopefully) resume tomorrow.  I was hoping to make a "proper" posting tonight but the wonders of modern technology got to my laptop and made it all very stressful.

See you tomorrow.


Monday, 24 January 2011

Sunday Stampers - Buttons

Hello Again.

Thanks for joining me on my Blog. 

One of the reasons I wanted to set up a Blog is so that I could join in the fun and frolics of some of the Challenges which go on in the Blogging World, including Sunday Stampers with Hels Sheridan.  I really like that Girl!  I would love to spend an afternoon with her - not sure much work would get done but I know my chuckle muscles would get a good workout! LOL!!!

Well yesterday's Challenge was Push the Button so here is my little take on the subject.

My Hubby recently became a Bee Keeper after a long time looking into the subject and saving the pennies needed to buy the hive and colony.  As this has been the first Winter we have had with the Bees, the extremely cold weather has made him very nervous.  However, last weekend (not the one just gone) it was such a lovely day I could put my washing out.  I then had to call my Hubby as I could see the Bees very happily going in and out of their Hive .  It was a lovely sight I can tell you! Hence the Believe!

Last week I ordered the Bee stamp from Happy Daze and had to "try" it out so this is what I came up with.

Please excuse the colours but they are a little washed out.  Probably because I do not have a chance to photograph them in daylight due to work (I did not finish it until late last night!) so it got a little bleached with the flash.
My Hubby thought I was mad as I have even stamped the edges but you never know from what angle anyone could be looking at it.

The canvas was painted "roughly" with gesso and left to dry.   I then inked it with DI Wild Honey and then through some sequin waste again with DI Honey and also Rusty Hinge.  I then stamped with several different flower stamps in various colours.  However, when I was "fiddling" before deciding what to put where I thought that the background was a little too "busy" and dark.  So I tentatively sprayed the whole canvas with water and placed a piece of kitchen roll over it to mop up some of the colour.  Hey Presto.  I was much happier.  

Here you can see that my Queen Bee has a little crown on!  Unfortunately I have used the smaller crowns out of my grungeboard so not to be outdone I cut round the "hole" and made her a dainty one!  The little scribble stamp round the edge is one of a fab set I bought from e-Bay some time ago.  It also includes "stitches" and is one of my favourite sets and it only cost me 99p plus postage.  Bargain!!!! The Bees were stamped onto watercolour paper firstly with black Stayzon, then painted with DI Mustard Seed and once dried I stamped again with embossing ink and embossed with holographic embossing powder to give a little sparkle - a Bee has to have a little sparkle for their wings!  I also stamped the background with some bees to give the impression of them going from flower to flower.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my Blog.  Please leave me a comment as I love to know what you Bloggers think. 



Ingredients:-  DI Wild Honey, Weathered wood, Rusty hinge, Aged mahogony, forest moss, Dusty Concord, Stayzon - black, Stamps - Stampotique medium and small Bee, Hero Arts - Dandelion, Stampers Anonomous - Believe, Mini Cirque Alphabet, Playful Series - Scrappy Cat alpha, Penny Black - Flying Stars, Sepia accents, Distress stickles - Rock Candy, Paper - Art Shop, Cosmo Cricket,Docrafts Embossing Powder - Clear and Holographic, Quickutz - Beehive, Ribbons and of course - Buttons!

Friday, 21 January 2011

Thank Crunchie!!!!!! Angela's card

Hello there gals (and guys!).  Lickle me again. 

Am I glad it is Friday today.  It has been one looooooong week!  Work has been non-stop and manic!!!


I am in my lickle craftey room and I thought that as it was my friend Angela's Birthday earlier this week, and I know that she has now received her card, you might like to see it. 

The card is a standard 7x5 white card.  The circles paper on the left is Crate paper left over from a scrapbook layout (trying to be good and reduce my scrappie box!!)  The paper on the right is part of the My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus 6x6 which I recently bought.  The stamped image is (one of) my current favourite Penny Black stamps which I printed twice with Brown Stayzon and cut out the flower, adhered it 3d style and used gold schtickles for the centre. 

To make the birdie I adhered cream cardstock onto a piece of chipboard which I then stamped using Hero Arts stamp (Original Definitions), using brown Stayzon, before running it through my Big Shot using a Tim Holtz Alterations Die.  I trimmed off the branch and used Brushed Corduroy ink to colour legs and around the edges of the bird.  A dab of black schtickles made the eye.

The label and Smile bingo card are made using my Silhouette using Print and Cut and I then stamped the label with another Penny Black stamp - Happy Birthday. 

I then wrapped ribbon around before adhering all the layers to the card base with a mixture of ATG adhesive and foam pads to create differing layers.  Finally I used a mixture of liquid pearls and schtickles to decorate and left overnight to dry.  Ink used to edge is Distress Ink - Vintage Photo

Hope you like this card.  I know my friend did!!

Thanks for viewing.  Hope I have given you some ideas!!

Do please feel free to leave me comments.  I love to read them! 

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

WOYWW or Artistic Chaos

Hi Guys.  Me again!

One of the reasons I decided I wanted to have a blog is so that I could join in all the fun, games and challenges (aka mayhem!) that go on with blogging including the Stamping Ground's blog question of WOYWW - which translated into What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  So here is my desk as I photographed it this morning just before I left for work. 

As you can see, it is in something of a mess!  Or as I call it - Artistic Chaos!

I am in the middle of a project which I will let you see properly in a further posting - maybe even this weekend if you are really lucky!! 

Why not pop over to the Stamping Ground blog and see some of the other WOYWWs that are there.  You may find some blogs that inspire you as I have done in the past! 


Monday, 17 January 2011

Trust your Crazy Ideas!

How true is this stamp! 

Well you have to start somewhere so I have decided to start here. 

Hello!  I am new to this blogging thing that I have ventured into but nothing ventured nothing gained. 

I follow a few blogs of some amazing craftey people and I have a few people who have encouraged me to start one of my own in order to share with you some of my little craftey bits that I make.  So here I am!
The title is of a wall hanging that I made when my friend Mandy came up for a crafting session one Sunday in October 2010.  We were going through some of the techniques in Tim Holtz's Comendium of Curiosities book.  Here we were trying Distress Embossing Powder.  One thing led to another and hey presto, this little wall hanging came to fruition.  Hope you like it! 

I realise that I am going to have to make a note of all products used on projects that I am going to upload to my blog so I am going to have to hazard a guess as to what I used in this wall hanging and see what I can remember using. 

Thanks for looking.  Feel free to leave any comments you may wish.  Hope to see you soon. 

Products:  A5 Canvas board, gesso, tag, Tim Holtz - Philosophy tag, Pin, Spinner, Distress inks: peeled paint, mustard seed, rusty hinge, walnut stain, honey; Perfect pearls: rust;  Die: Tattered floral, Stamps: Tim Holtz - Life's possibilities,  Lost and found, French market, Trust your crazy ideas; Hero Arts - Dandelion; Penny Black - Flying Stars; Blade Rubber Stamps - Thistle.