Saturday, 31 August 2013

Week 17 - Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

Nothing sprang immediately to mind when I read that this week's letter on the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge was the letter O. So out came the dictionary and I hadn't run my finger far down the word list when "oak" leapt from the page. For me, the magnificent oak tree epitomes the English countryside. So oak it is.

I was lucky enough to attend a Lin Brown workshop a couple of weeks (a fabulous day out), so I used a technique learnt there for my background. I should have used a darker colour for my stamping - there are leaves there, honestly but they've rather disappeared below my wash of Fresco paint - and it was virgin stamp. If you haven't read my previous entries for this challenge you won't know I have been trying to use a previously uninked stamp each week. The metal foil leaf is stuck down flat on the canvas backing but I curved the acorn to give it a 3d look.


ATC Recipe
White card
Canvas Paper
PaperArtsy Fresco Paint - Nougat, Smoked Paprika, Limelight
Black acrylic paint
Archival Jet Black ink
Leaf - PaperArtsy Eclectica by Lin Brown ELB01
Letters - Studio g Alphabet Stamp Set, Series4
Leaf - Tim Holt Tattered Leaves die
Acorn - Sizzlits die
Spellbinders metal foil 
Dictionary definition - computer generated - Aria Script SSi

Friday, 16 August 2013

Week 16 - Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

First, thank you to everyone who left comments on my previous entry to the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge, they are very much appreciated. I am hoping to be able to return your visits before the challenge is over.

This time around the letter D is the order of the week. I was able to get my personal challenge back on track this week and use a virgin stamp. I have used other stamps from this Sioux Jenneys designed set from the Artistic Stamper - this one had remained uninked. I used PaperArtsy Fresco paints for the background with a little stencilling over the top. After stamping the script I embossed with Sticky Stuff Embossing Powder and applied foil. The tutu is some thin self adhesive metal foil stuck to some card with a piece of sequin waste sandwiched between the two, then de-bossed with a paper stump and alcohol ink applied.

ATC Recipe
Anna Marie super smooth, super white, printer card
Dance plate by Sioux Jenneys from the Artistic Stamper
PaperArtsy script MN11
Mini harlequin stencil by The Crafters Workshop
PaperArtsy Fresco paints
Judikins Sticky Stuff embossing powder
Brilliance Pearlescent Crimson
Alcohol inks - Jacquard Pinata colour - Chile Pepper & Lime Green
Metal gold foil
Silver self adhesive foil
Sequin waste
Dance charm
Definition - computer generated