Saturday, 28 November 2015

The Craft Barn Challenge - Snowflakes

Winter arrived in Bedfordshire last weekend making this week's subject for the Craft Barn Challenge calling for snowflakes very apt.

I've made a Christmas card to add to my pile of ........two! I brayered a background PaperArtsy style and added some stencilled snowflakes. To make the branch, I die cut a swirl and chopped off some of the swirls and flower blossom. I covered where the flowers had been with die cut snowflakes. The owl was a left over from my November Craft Barn Calendar Challenge tag and I stamped, coloured and glittered a hat to keep him warm (well an ear, at least). I finished off by adding some glitter to the branch and bling on the snowflakes.

Card recipe
Base card - Craftworks Card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Wood effect card
Silver card
PaperArtsy Fresco paints - Ice Blue, Mermaid, Snowflake
Distress Inks - Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral, Broken China
Copic marker
Owl - Craft Stamper freebie
Hat - Hero Arts B2588 Santa's Hat 
Swirl for branch - Sizzix Bigz Die Corner, Flourish 655962
Snowflakes - Joy vintage Flourishes 6003/0051
Stampendous multi crystal glitter

Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - World Records

I found this week's Craft Barn Challenge just that - a challenge. The subject matter is world records or something that could be one. Heck! where to start! I decided the best place was my stamp collection and then a record that would tie in with my choice. With the help of Google I found a perfect record but where next? My scrap box had the answer. I found a postcard that I had started last year for the Craft Barn Lyrics and Quote Challenge but had been cast aside. It wasn't really bright enough as I had put a coat of gesso over the inks before I had given up on it so I brushed on a some Crushed Olive Distress Ink before stamping some rulers over it and framing it with leaves. The rabbits were stamped onto another piece of card from my scraps and the words were computed generated.

79cms are very long ears - I wonder if Nipper's Geronimo had to tie them on top of his head so he didn't trip over them!

Postcard Recipe
White card
Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Ranger Archival - Coffee
The Crafter's Workshop "Mini Vine" stencil TCW351s
Rulers - Kanban STAMP8003
Rabbits - Crafty Individuals CI-372
Leaves - Crafty Individuals CI-234
Computer generated words

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Craft Barn Calendar Challenge - November

I don't know what's come over me but my November tag for the Craft Barn Calendar Challenge is finished and we still have 12 days to go before the end of the month! Owls and the colour grey have to make an appearance on this month's project.

I started by stamping the moon with Ranger Archival Watering Can, then masked the centre before brushing on Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. The flying birds and grass were then stamped, again with the same ink as the moon. I didn't have a suitable stamp so I cut a branch from a piece of ready embossed (wood effect) card and lightly sponged on Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The cute owl stamp was a recent Craft Stamper giveaway. As the background was rather sombre, I stamped him onto a piece of card that had been brushed with bright Distress Inks before cutting out and placing him at a rather precarious angle on the branch - I hope he doesn't doze off and slip off the end! I completed the tag with a piece of seam binding coloured with Distress Ink.

Tag Recipe
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer card 200gsm
Wood effect embossed card
Distress Inks – Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral, Walnut Stain
Ranger Archival Watering Can
Memento Tuxedo Black
Moon – Stampscapes
Flying birds – Stampscape 302A
Grass - Lavinia Stamps
Owl – Craft Stamper freebie
Seam binding coloured with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink

Friday, 13 November 2015

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Fireworks (loosely)

This week's Craft Barn challenge subject is Fireworks. However Jane has allowed us some slack to take the subject wider, so our project can be something to do with fire, dark sky, moon, stars etc.

I took the moon as my starting point to make a birthday card. I stamped the fairy before placing a moon mask partially over her and then dusted Distress Inks around the mask using darker shades of blues as I moved out to the card edges. Then the stamped  leaves and plants were added to frame the figure and moon. Every fairy has to have some glitter in their life so I finished off by adding some to her wings.

Card Recipe
Card blank - Craftwork Cards
Anna Marie Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Black card
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky
Versafine Onyx Black
Fairy - Personal Impressions Fairy Silhouette PICS056
Flower heads - Personal Impressions Flower Silhouette PIC057
Leaves - Crafty Individuals CI-234
Sentiment - Crafty Individuals CI-410
Stickles Star Dust