Thursday, 28 April 2011
This week's theme over at Try it on Tuesdays is Altered Tins (sponsored by The Craft Barn), well I can't say I use much tinned stuff or when I do I don't keep the tins but when I tidied my room the other day I came across these nescafe tins that I keep my pens in on my desk. So I thought if they are sitting on my desk they may as well look pretty. For this one I cut some silver metal and embossed in, then painted it white with the new paper artsy chalk acrylic and when that had dried I spritzed it with glimmer mists. Again, let it dry and sand it. I then put eyelets in the ends and tied the 2 pieces together. No need to glue it or anything. It just sits around the tin. Add a butterfly and it looks so much better on my desk than the old brown tin used to.
So over at The Stamp Man we are playing with resist techniques.
I made a notebook cover with kraft paper, hence this whole thing turned out a bit dark. I stamped the cover (front and back) with some spills and splatters and embossed them with clear powder, then spritzed the whole thing with different glimmer mists.
I didn't aim for the whole smudgy, dirty look but as it says on the cover - EMBRACE IMPERFECTION.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
I am entering this into the Simon says Challenge - Emboss it and the Gingersnap Challenge - Mists. And not to forget the Artistic Outpost Referral Program.
Oh have I mentioned I made the Top 10 on the Gingersnap blog for the first time, yeah I'm so pleased I'm a Ginger Gem.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Of course it's the Royal Wedding next week and what more inspiration could one need to make some wedding cards.
I have struggled with the theme before as I always think traditionally like white colours and clean and simple cards but who says wedding cards have to be white? I quite like these 2 cards and the aged look, I used antique linen distress ink which is great on white, gives things a nice aged look and is very subtle.
I recently got hold of a pack of these tattered angels chipboard frames. They are beautiful, unfortunately out of stock everywhere but I found em in an online shop in Germany. I may have to buy some more before they completely disappear, they are just so pretty and have a nice embossed finish.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
I know I keep saying I love these stamps and those are my favourites etc but Artistic Outpost are definitely in my top 5. The steampunk set I used here is perfect for male cards such as Father's Day. I combined it with others stamps here (the tree and birds by Andy Skinner). But the whole set is just fab. I got a whole long list of their stamps I want. Well, the list of stamps I want always gets longer, never shorter.
This is going into the Artistic Outpost Referral Program.
Over at Simon says Stamp and Show we are using fabulous Tim Holtz techniques this week. Always a favourite.
So I inked up some card with distress inks and water stamped into it. It's important you get a fine even mist all over the stamp. Too much water can make it runny (see top right corner of the card) and you can't see the image that well. I find that bold images work best although the flower here came out ok.
Give it a go it's great fun and so simple.
I love working with my new Paperbag Studios stamps at the moment, the images are just so pretty.
Also I can't seem to stop making random stamped collages and then using snippets of them in my cards.
I am entering this into Hels Sunday Stampers Challenge, the theme is LOVE and to use things we love, well, I love anything Tim Holtz and especially my distress inks as you can see below, I also love my Paperbag Studios stamps so plenty of love from me.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Here are a few more moleskine notebooks I stamped on. It's so quick and easy to transform these little notebooks. And they make perfect little gifts.
First up it's the "Emily" stamp from Stamp Francisco.
These two I really like as well, I have been playing a ot with the Men and flower stamps this weekend.