Friday, 24 May 2013

Week 10 - Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

And breathe! Life is still full on with regular trips down to London but I think the end is in sight with the house almost cleared. Trouble is a lot things especially crafty bits seem to have found their way home with me! Thank you to everyone who left comments for me on Week 9 and it shouldn't be long, with luck and a following wind, before I can go on weekly visits to your blogs to see what you've all been creating.

Week 10 brings the letter K and my chosen word Kindred was dictated by this uninked PaperArtsy stamp in my collection.  Hooray, I'm back on the un-used track! Well, actually, it might have been used before as it was second hand but it hasn't been used by me - until now. I've assumed the kindred spirits pictured in this image are all authors - Ann Bronte, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and Elizabeth Gaskell. If you know better, please let me know.

ATC Recipe
Xerox Colortech+
Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby 
Copier paper
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Cosmic Shimmer Mist Rich Gold
Versafine Onyx Black
PaperArtsy - Buttons Plate 4
Computer generated words - Typewriter font

Friday, 10 May 2013


UPDATE: temporary but legible layout now in place!

I know reading grey on black is difficult and black on black is impossible!

My background has disappeared and I can't put it back because my layout is so old that such options are greyed out in new "super" blogspot. I have my computer man working on it.

Week 9 - Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog and left comments: they are very much appreciated. Time is at a premium at the moment dealing with my late mother's estate and travelling down to south west London to clear her house. Hopefully I will be back very soon firing on all cylinders and able to visit your blogs.

At least I did manage to find a few minutes to relax body and brain and make my week 9 atc for the Craft Barn Alpha challenge. For the second week running I didn't use any new stamps that have been languishing in my craft room for far too long but I'm sure I will be able to rectify that shortly! I used the highlighter pen background technique shown in Paula Whittaker's article in August 2012 Craft Stamper magazine and the dress on the petulant looking little girl has been paper pieced.


ATC Recipe
Xerox Colortech+
Dress paper - Helidot Creative Paper DOPGR-Willow
Orange highlighter pen
Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Dried marigold
Versafine Onyx Black
Ranger archival Jet Black
Copic markers
Crafty Individuals - CI-277
PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink Tops & Tails 3 SITT3
Definition - photocopy of dictionary
Computer generated words - Kidprint font