Thursday, 28 February 2013

Week 4 - Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

Firstly, thank you to everyone who left comments on my blog in Week 3 of the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge. They are very much appreciated. I'm sorry that I haven't been able to leave any comments on your blogs but life is getting in the way at the moment. I was amazed to see my "eye" on the Craft Barn Wall of Fame! Thank you Izzy.
So, now it's week 4 of the challenge. To see the details click on the challenge logo over on the right.

This week's letter is H. I didn't have to run my figure far down the list of words in that section of the dictionary before I came to the word haberdasher. I knew I need look no further as I had yet more uninked stamps that would fit the bill. Surely I'm not going to keep this going through the next twenty two challenge weeks? I knew I had a lot of unused stamps but I don't believe it's quite so many as it seems. Time will tell!

I'm reasonably happy with this atc - just wish I'd stamped the images with brown ink and also added a little more colour.

ATC Recipe
White card
Copier paper
Ranger Archival Jet Black
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints - Orchid, Ice Blue, Crackle Glaze
Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Stormy Sky
Cotton reels - PaperArtsy Minis MN65
Buttons/Pins & Needles - PaperArtsy Buttons Plate 4
Safety pins - Crafty Individuals CI-328
Dictionary definition - photocopy
Press stud
Button painted with Orchid Fresco Paint
Embroidery thread


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Tim Holtz Tag Challenge - February 2013

Yet another month almost behind us and I'm just about in time with my February tag.
All I had in my stash was the Fired Brick Distress Stain which resulted in even more improvisation on this months tag. In the end I didn't use the stain because I got a very streaky effect when applied over the Festive Berries Distress Ink that I used as the tag base. Instead I used Fired Brick Distress Ink.

I knew the miniature pack of playing cards I bought in a charity shop would come in useful one day. I photocopied the Queen of Hearts twice, cut out the Queen from one and coloured any white areas with alcohol pen and stuck her on top of her sister for a 3D effect. To say that folding the tissue tape in Tim Holtz style was fiddly would be a gross understatement!

Tim's February tag can be found here and this is mine -

Tag Recipe
White card
Tim Holtz Core'dinations ColorCore card
Inks etc
Distress Inks - Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Copics and Promarkers
Black water colour pencil
Photocopies of playing cards 
Butcher's twine
Bottle cap
Glossy Accents
Sentiment and pointing finger computer generated.
Tim Holtz Bingo embossing folder
Tissue tape
Hearts die cut from a recycled envelope 

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Birthday greetings!

At the start of the year I had yet another birthday - I'm sure I have more than one a year! 

From fellow crafters I received some really beautiful card creations which graced my living room for weeks:  I just couldn't bring myself to take them down they were so delightful. Eventually, of course, this duster avoidance tactic had to come to an end and I am tucking all the lovely works of art away in a safe place - but not before showing them off!
Sorry my photography skills aren't the best and I haven't done these cards justice.












Thank you so much ladies.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Week 3 - Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

This week's letter in the Craft Barn challenge is E. For details of the challenge click on the logo on my sidebar.

I think I must have set myself another challenge subconsciously. This is the third week I have used a stamp that's been lurking, unused in the a dark corner in my craft room. It's a Judikins cube that I bought a couple of years ago in a sale (of course!).

I created the face image on my atc from two of the stamps on the cube - it was pure serendipity. I stamped both  images onto a scrap piece of paper to see how they looked and just happened to stamp them close together and liked the result. I used bleached to remove the Distress Ink from the whites of the eyes, the first time I've used this technique.  Have you noticed my creative pun? I've used eyelets!!
ATC Recipe
Xerox Colortech+
Distress Inks - Worn Lipstick, Faded Jeans, Old Paper
Ranger Archival Jet Black
Script - A Stamp In the Hand Background Text - Medium N-1772
Judikins Soul Windows#1
Hero Arts - Signature Lowercase Letters
Stencil - The Crafter's Workshop -Mini Harlequin
Dictionary page

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Week 2 Craft Barn Alpha Challege

The second letter on the Craft Barn alpha challenge is C. Click on the sidebar for details if you want to join in.

I've chosen the word Couture to make my next atc so that I could use a stamp that had yet to see ink although it has been in my collection for some time.

ATC Recipe
Cream card
Xerox Colortech+ white card
Copy paper
Dress pattern tissue
Distress Inks - Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Versafine - Onyx Black
Archival Ink -Coffee
Figure - Crafty Individuals CI-322
Scissors - Crafty Individuals CI-328
Tape measure - photocopy