Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Final Letters - The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

I find it hard to believe that I've managed to keep  up with the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge to the very end. Little did I know when I started the challenge what the year had in store for me and that 2013 would become my annus horribilis. However taking part in this challenge a couple of hours every two weeks took my mind off life's events.

The final two letters in the challenge are X and I. There is not a lot to choose from for the letter X and I have my husband to thank for coming up with the word xenogamy - a word I'd never heard before and probably one that I'm unlikely to slip into every day conversation! The flowers on my atc were stamped onto tissue paper, coloured on the reverse before sticking to my Fresco painted grey board. The little bee that was a freebie with an order from Crafty Individuals was yet another unused stamp in my collection. :-)

ATC Recipe
Craft Creations greyboard
Tissue paper
PaperArtsy Fresco paints - Haystack, Guacamole, London Bus, Satin Glaze
Memento Tuxedo Black
Ranger Archival Jet Black
Wild Honey Distress Ink
Flowers -Crafty Individuals CI-206
Bee - Crafty Individuals
Honeycomb/Chickenwire - Creative Expressions
Yellow glitter
Definition text computer generated

For my very last atc of the year I chose the word "Inspire" and a made a little homage to The Craft Barn in recognition of the inspiration they have given me over the years not only with their blog but also the fabulous Extravaganza weekends.  I once again used a previously uninked stamp from my collection - the word inspire is part of  a Crafty Individuals stamp and I masked off the words I didn't need before stamping it.

ATC Recipe
Corrugated packaging
Recycled envelopes (flowers)
Paperartsy Fresco paints - Bora Bora, Ice Blue
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Personal Impressions Gold Sparkle EP
Inka Gold
Craft Barn logo and dictionary definition computer generated
Provo Craft flower die
Flat backed pearl

Finally thank you to the Craft Barn for running this brilliant challenge and to everyone who has visited my blog and left comments, they are much appreciated. I'm excited to see what next year's challenge will be.


Saturday, 7 December 2013

Week 24 - The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

We are nearing the end of the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge and I'm amazed that I have kept up. Sadly I've had little time to look at other entries but I thank those who have left messages for me. They are much appreciated. This week's letter is S and I have chosen the word serene. This is not a word I'm particularly au fait with, especially as we fast approach Christmas!

My background was painted with Fresco paints and stamped  with a swirly stamp I had bought in a sale at Stamp Addicts shop several years ago but never used it. So my quest to use an unused stamp from my collection on my weekly challenge continues.The lace flower, with hindsight is a bit too big, perhaps I should have folded the piece of lace in half when I stitched it.

 ATC Recipe 
Craft Creations Greyboard
PaperArtsy Fresco Paints - Very Berry, Orchid, Snowflake
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Memento Tuxedo Black
Archival Coffee 
Pen-touch Calligrapher Gold
Sakura Gelly Roll pen 
Background swirl - Judikins C351
Lady - the Artistic Stamper 
Heart gem
Dictionary definition computer generated - Typewriter font