Saturday, 7 January 2017

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter P

It's the end of the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge and I'm so pleased with myself that I've kept up even if I did skid in by the seat of my pants some weeks. For the final letter which is P,  I have chosen the word peace, something we all hope will come in the world in 2017. I turned to Mr Google for some help this week for images - the map and hands. After printing off the map I stamped and embossed the sentiment over it. The hands were then cut out and glued onto the postcard. The Dove of Peace was stamped onto a piece of card, embossed, cut out and attached. I finished with the dictionary definition which was edged with a gold pen as was the postcard. A simple postcard to conclude the year's challenge - if only world peace was as easy. Not a great photo but it's a very dismal day here.


Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printing Card 200gsm
Inks
Versamark
Gold detail embossing powder
Stamps
Sentiment - Crafty Individuals CI-446
Dove of Peace - maker unknown 
Other
Map and hands downloaded from web
Dictionary definition - computer generated with "Typewriter" font

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Craft Barn for hosting this challenge and also the weekly challenges. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part and a special thanks to Mickie and her predecessor Jane for their work put into keeping the blog running and the ideas to challenge us. Thank you also to everyone one who has visited my blog during the year and to those who have left comments - it is very much appreciated. Finally, I wish you all a very happy and peaceful 2017.
 


Saturday, 24 December 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter M

Here we are at the penultimate Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge and the letter M.

It seems to be an annual event - my mojo heads off at this time of year and it disappeared when halfway through making Christmas cards, so making my postcard for this letter was a struggle and I'm not particularly enamoured by my efforts. I have chosen the word  music.

I sponged Distress Ink over my card and dabbed off some of the ink with a baby wipe. I randomly stamped over the background before stamping and embossing the music. Finally, the treble clef die cuts, punched bird and dictionary definition were added. On scanning the postcard I've just noticed that the bird on the left looks as if it has a worm in it's mouth!


Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printing Card 300gsm
Black card
Inks
Distress Ink - Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron
Versamark
Detail black embossing powder
Stamps
Music - Kaisercraft Sheet Music CS757
Background - Stamp Addicts Grunge 1 SA-6062
Die-cuts
Treble clef - Marianne Creatables LR0167
Bird - Tim Holtz punch

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter Y

The latest letter in the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge is Y and as I have finally got out my Christmas stamps in readiness to make a few cards, I have chosen the archaic word for the Christmas season - yuletide.

I brushed Festive Berries Distress Ink over my postcard and then over-stamped using the same ink with a variety of stamps. The main image was stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold sparkly embossing powder and the berries coloured with a bright red Copic marker. I edged the card with part of a pine needle stamp and finished with the dictionary definition which was computer generated.



Postcard Recipe
Card 
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks
Distress Ink - Festive Berries, Pine Needles
Versamark
Embossing powder - Personal Impressions Gold Sparkle
Copic marker
Stamps
Script - Crafty Individuals CI-058
Tree - Crafty Individuals - CI-257 
Snowflake - Crafty Individuals 
Main image - Crafty Individuals CI-141
Pine needles - maker unknown 
Other 
Dictionary definition - computer generated with "Typewriter" font

Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Craft Barn Fortnightly Challenge - Bling It Up

I'm really not a bling and glitter sort of person, so the fortnightly challenge on the Craft Barn blog to use "super sparkly, shiny, glitzy bits" in colours of purple, turquoise and green was indeed a challenge.

I started by stamping snowflakes with Versamark on a square piece of card and embossed them with clear powder. I then sponged Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks over the card. Sandwiching the card between two pieces of copier paper I ironed over them to melt and remove the embossing powder to leave the white snowflakes. The tree was then stamped and embossed with a glittery embossing power and coloured rhinestones glued onto the branches. The square was then matted onto a piece of pale mauve card. A sentiment was stamped onto card that had also been sponged with the same Distress Inks and die cut and attached to complete another Christmas card. That makes a grand total of two!

The Peacock Feather Distress Ink on the background of my card has registered as blue in my photo but it is turquoise in real life and I haven't really been able to capture any of the sparkle. 😞


Card Recipe
Card
Base card - Craftwork Cards
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Craft Creations Card - Morphing Mauve
Inks/Embossing Powder
Distress Ink  - Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac
Versamark
Wow Clear Gloss Super Fine Embossing Powder  WA01SF
Wow Little-Lou Purple Glitz Regular Embossing Powder WS17R
Stamps
Snowflake - Crafty Individuals
Tree - PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink Swirls & Curls SISC5
Sentiment - Crafty Individuals
Other
Rhinestones

Friday, 18 November 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter I

What has come over me? There are still nine days to go before the close of the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge for the letter "I" and I've finished my entry! Usually I'm just skidding in by the seat of my pants.

A long time ago I "won" a set of Leonardo da Vinci stamps on that well known auction site and then they just joined so much other unused stuff in my craft room. So it was time to give them some love and use them for on my postcard to illustrate my chosen word - intellectual. Another first for me this week was having a go at the retiform technique - crossing lines and interstices to you and me.

I started by brushing Wild Honey Distress Ink (DI) over my card  followed by a layer of Rusty Hinge DI. I stamped Leonardo' s head and then created the grids using Vintage Photo DI. I then masked off each section in turn and stamped with the other elements on the stamp plate. Ground Espresso was sponged around the edge of the card and then the dictionary definition added to complete the postcard.


Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks 
Distress Inks -  Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso
Versafine - Onyx Black
Stamps 
Da Vinci plate - Judikins/Stamp Addicts
Other
Definition - computer generated Typewriter font   

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Craft Barn Fortnightly Challenge - Poppy

To incorporate a poppy into a project is the current Craft Barn Fortnightly Challenge  but the design must be monochrome with a splash of red.

It's been far too long since I used this Crafty Individuals poppy stamp and it is the perfect size for an atc. The flower head was coloured with pencils and the word "remember" stamped onto a piece of card and cut to size. A smidgen of Hickory Smoke Distress Ink was sponged  around the edges of the word and the finished atc.


ATC Recipe
Card 
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks
Versafine Onyx Black
Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
Coloursoft pencils
Stamps
Poppy - Crafty Individuals CI-210
Remember - Crafty Individuals

Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter U

It's the turn of the letter U to step into the limelight in the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge and my chosen word is uniformity.

I choose to use just two Distress Inks - Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet - which are my current favourites. I brushed my postcard with the violet and and then stamped it with the blotchy text. The butterflies were stamped onto card that had been coloured with the green ink and then cut out. The postcard was finished with a computer generated definition. No faffing around this week, simple and to the point!

 
Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks 
Distress Inks -  Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet
Ranger Archival - Watering Can
Stamps 
Background - Crafty Individuals CI-436
Butterfly - Crafty Individuals CI-437
Other
Definition - computer generated Typewriter font