Monday, 31 August 2015

The Craft Barn Calendar Challenge - August

Pink and butterflies have to be included in August's Craft Barn Calendar Challenge.

My August tag is a simple affair. I brushed Broken China over the tag, making it more intense on the left hand side. I then embossed the leaves and brushed over them with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink to create green. The butterflies were stamped on a piece of previously coloured card that I found in my scrap box.

Tag Recipe
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Distress Inks - Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry
Ranger Archival - Jet Black, Watering Can
Large butterfly - Darkroom Door Wildflower collection DDRS005
Small butterfly - Crafty Individuals
Seam binding coloured with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Spray

The challenge set this week on the Craft Barn blog is "spray". 

I don't know about you but I've found it a challenge to find a spray bottle, be it one you fill yourself or one that holds ready-prepared mister/ink that spritzers with a fine spray all the time rather than one minute spraying a beautiful fine mist and the next great splatters over your project. Hence I don't use sprays very often.

I've had a little canvas (10cms x 70cms) in my stash for years and felt it was time to let it free! It was a bit of a test piece as although I've decorated a couple of canvases at workshops I've never stamped on canvas before. I certainly have some learning to do before moving onto anything bigger! Stamping around the edge of the canvas was fine but anything on the centre part didn't stamp well as the canvas flexed and I couldn't get an even pressure. I had to re-stamp the words onto card and stick them over the blur that was there before.  After die cutting the flowers and rolling them up I spayed them with Dylusions Ink and then sprayed them and the die-cut leaves with Cosmic Shimmer.  

Canvas Recipe
10cms x 7cms canvas
White card
Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Paper
Green Bazzill card
PaperArtsy Fresco paints - Mermaid, Nougat
Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon
Dylusions Ink spray - London Blue
Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Golden Fish 
Flower centre - PaperArtsy ELB22
Script - PaperArtsy MN75
Diamonds - Kaisercraft CS152
Sentiment - PaperArtsy ELB05
Stencil - Dot Fade Tim Holtz THS006
Tim Holtz  Thinlets Tiny Tattered Florals 660227
Tim Holtz Spring Greenery 659573

Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Sweet and Sugary

I've gone all cutesy for this week's Craft Barn Weekly Challenge theme - Sweet and Sugary. I only possess one stamp and one die that fits the brief so I plumped for stamping. Although having started to fussy-cut the image it did pass through my mind it would have been a lot easier to have used my cupcake die!

Card Recipe
Card blank - Craftwork Cards
Mauve card - Core'dinations Core Color - Vavavoom GX-LL020-12
Striped paper - Helidot STPLI-Fairy
White card
Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic markers & Promarkers
Spectrum Noir pencils
Polka Doodles set - free with a craft magazine
Martha Stewart edge punch
Spellbinders tag die
Sentiment computer generated - Courier font
Baker's twine


Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Colouring

It's time to relax with some colouring for this week's Craft Barn Weekly Challenge.

I have coloured the flowers on my card with Spectrum Noir pencils and then stencilled some dots with Distress Ink before adding the sentiment.

Card Recipe
Card blank – Craft Creations Hemp Embossed White Card
Craftworks Cards Digital Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock
Bazzill Bling
Memento Tuxedo Black
Distress Ink -Victorian Velvet
Spectrum Noir Pencils
Flowers - PaperArtsy JOFY 32
Sentiment - Woodware JWS03
Stencil – PaperArtsy Lin Brown PS001

Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Diamonds

This week's Craft Barn challenge is to incorporate diamonds into a project. The details are here.

For some time I have been going to make a folder to keep stamps in. No, not rubber stamps, I would need an awful lot of 5" x 5" folders to house those! This is for our postage stamps.

I thought I would try my hand at the faux leather technique.  I made a few errors along the way but the end result is acceptable even if not perfect. Well, my year's resolution is to learn embrace imperfection. Firstly, I think my card should have been worked more and secondly, the embossing folder I chose was too detailed and so I lost the creases.

Having created my pieces of faux leather (n.b there are diamonds at the bottom of the dry embossing) I glued them onto black card. To make the paper on the inside of the covers I brayered Fresco paints onto a sheet of A4 white card,  stencilled on some diamonds and finished by stamping postal related images. To complete my folder I attached some eyelets to thread the ribbon through and then went over the embossed surface with Treasure Gold (although it is a little shy in my photo!).

Stamp Folder Recipe
Faux leather
Kraft card - Anna Marie Designs
Kraft card - Anna Marie Designs
Black card
White card
PaperArtsy Fresco paints - Orchid, Very Berry, Nougat
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Treasure Gold - White Fire
Stamps - Crafty Individuals
Stencil -The Crafter's Workshop - TCW202s Mini Harlequin

Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Clean and Simple

Clean and simple is this week's Craft Barn challenge.

Some time ago I saw a tutorial for "Magical Masking Tape" and this challenge seemed the ideal opportunity to try it out. I didn't use glossy card as it stated in the tutorial but a piece from a Craftworks Card blank that I had spoilt at some time and it worked perfectly well. Nor did I put the masking tape directly on the inkpad as I was worried I would finish up with residual glue on the pad. Instead I stamped the inkpad several times onto my craft mat and laid the masking tape on top of the ink. After stamping the flowers I coloured them in with Copics.

Card Recipe
Card blank/white card  - Craftwork Cards
Light brown card
Festive Berries Distress Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic markers
Hero Arts Fanciful Posies L923
Sentiment - PaperArtsy HPXT03