Tuesday, 30 August 2011
I had an idea last night, it's a little something I want to make for my nephew. For this I require stamped people/characters such as the Stampotique people and Dylusions ones or others similar size. Style doesnt matter. Can be imaginary creatures too. Maybe you can think of other companies who have similar character stamps? Then I'd love to hear from you.
What favour am I after you are wondering? Well, I can't buy all these stamps just to use them once, it would not make sense. I have looked at buying a few and I am hoping to get others with the help of YOU! If you have stamps like the mentioned above and wouldnt mind stamping these for me once or twice (in black, staz on or archival on strong white card) then I would be ever so grateful. Of course I will pay for any materials, postage and offer any stamped images or something interesting from my own stash (embellies, altered art stuff etc). Basically a little swap. So if you feel like helping out a fellow crafter get in touch. Either leave a message and I'll contact you or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading!!!
Friday, 26 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Here is something I prepared earlier.... well last week to be precise. It's a canvas (what else!).
I used an image that Kate Crane used in some of her journal pages, it's rubber glove moulds and I just love using any kinda hands so I had to have a play with these ones. Do check out her blog - The Kathryn Wheel - it's full of great colour and inspiration! And the original image too if you wanna create something with those hands yourself.
If you like my inky background I used once again on this, scroll down for a previous post on how I create my inky backgrounds. There is step by step instructions with photos.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
These are just a few examples of what I've been making in the past few days.
This one features little nuts in the bead design and makes a great male bracelet, I gave it to my boyfriend and he loves it. Already had some interest from other people too.
This one is certainly more girly. I have been using a fair bit of coloured leather.
I'll be showing more creations in the next week or so. Pop back if you like what you see. They will also be going on sale in my folksy shop soon!
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Seaside is the challenge theme over at Happy Daze this month and this really is a challenge. I'm not much of a seaside theme person but nevertheless I made an effort to join in. I filled a little glass vial with beach sand from last years holiday in Malta. I added some charms, a shell, some shell discs and there you go, a seaside keyring. The word stick and swivel clasp are available from the Happy Daze shop. Check out the current challenge here: Happy Daze Challenge.
Friday, 19 August 2011
I stumbled across this challenge by chance the other day and loved the idea. Basically the Design Team over at Eclectic Paperie have been challenged to use
- distress inks
- an egg carton
- a die
in their creations. And everyone is welcome to join in. Don't mind if I do.
I used some sequin waste to ink through with my distress inks and I cut a bunch of flowers from an egg carton, using a die. Then I inked the flowers with various distress inks. Voila, this fun and playful card is the result. Check out the challenge for yourself here - Eclectic Paperie Challenge.
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Using a paint dabber I dab on some dots, little clusters of them. I used a gold dabber here. I find with some dabbers it dabs on little bubbles, which I like cause it adds to the texture. If you want a smoother look you could use a dot stamp or a stencil would work too. Try thinking outside the box, use everyday items (like the bottle caps) or anything that falls into your hand to try and stamp with it. Anything that creates patterns and adds to the texture is good.
Using stencils I then sprayed on some ink spray. I personally love using the Dylusions sprays but colourwash would work or glimmer mists if you want a bit of a glimmery shimmer. Leave to dry.
Very important: Once it has dried give the whole thing a spray over with a matt artists varnish. I use one from the art shop, it just says varnish for acrylics and that. As we have been working with water soluble paints and inks we need to protect our background before we get glueing so varnish it and leave to dry for at least an hour or two.
The words I made with a labelmaker and I really like just having one or two words big and standing out so I used grungeboard letters and painted them black.
When everything has dried I go in with some black and white paint again stamping some bottle cap rings and using a credit card to make a few lines and "scrapes". It helps blending the photo , heart and words in with the background. I also splattered some more paint on. If you get splatters on a part of the photo where you don't want them you can easily wipe it back with a babywipe as the picture is covered in matt medium and therefore easily wipeable.
Monday, 15 August 2011
Have you seen enough canvases yet?!
I hope not cause I am working on a few more and there is also a tutorial coming soon on how I create my messy, painty backgrounds.
I just wanted to share this one with you today. I discovered the hand image in one of Kate Crane's journal pages and fell in love with it. It's by Tumble Fish Studio and even though this particular image is not available anymore there are so many other great collage sheets to pick from. Check them out!
Friday, 12 August 2011
Yes it is indeed another canvas. I just can't stop making them. I am very quickly running out of space in my house now.
I made this one for the new Tando Creative Challenge where this month the theme is Go Wild. I know a butterfly is not really that wild but still an animal, also I went a bit wild on the colours with the pink and orange. Not normally a colour combo I'd go for.
Thursday, 11 August 2011
That stamp combined with a sentiment from a Wendy Vecchi stamp set just works perfectly. Very quick and easy little present to make, if you're ever stuck for a little something to give away.
I am entering this into the Fashionable Stamping Challenges as well as Sir Stampalot Challenge.
As always I have been really busy and there just hasnt been enough time to craft and blog. But I got up really early on Monday to get working on some canvases and in true German fashion I have been very efficient and created 4 canvases at once. It's quite handy cause whilst one dries you can get working on another one and make the most of the time.
Oh, I also had to chase the postie halfway down the road in my slippers on Monday, lucky I did cause the parcel he had for me contained my new Dina Wakley stamp which I love and now I want all the others too. I used it straight away for this canvas. I am loving the beige/teal colour combination at the moment - I think they work so well together.
So I am entering this into the Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the theme is "Anything goes".
Also I have been asked on flickr whether I'd consider doing a tutorial for my painty backgrounds and how I created some of my mirrors recently so I have decided to do one and will get working on that next week. So watch this space!
Sunday, 7 August 2011
I've been playing with some canvases again and this is the result. I used an old photo of my dad, the photo just works so well with butterfly wings behind it.
I made this for the Artistic Stamper Challenge where the themeis Male/Men. And I am also entering this into the Sir Stampalot Challenge where Anything Goes.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
It's time once more for The Stampsmith Challenge.
I have been saying for a while that I must get my order in for some of those amazing stamps of theirs but money is always tight and other things pop up so as for now I can only take part in the challenges that allow any stamp company to be used.
But did you know that the lovely Estelle from The Stampsmith also offers a service where you can have your own designs and even photos made into stamps? Just think of the possibilities. I am already sifting through old photos I want to have as stamps so watch this space.....
My mum asked me to make a birthday card for someone who likes owls so this is what I came up with. It is in German as this will be for a German lady.
I am also entering his into the Sir Stampalot Challenge where the theme is "Whatever you fancy".
Til a few months ago I never looked at Stampotique stamps twice, they just didn't suit my style and mood. But people change and moods change and styles too and since I started painting canvases in an art journally style i have found myself wanting more and more stampotique stamps.
For this canvas i had to re-size the little man a bit so I stamped him, scanned him and printed him in the size I needed, I hope this is acceptable for he challenge. The hearts hanging from the top are one of my favourite stamps at the mo, I just hang them from every page and card possible. Hehe.
The blablabla stamp from Stampotique is on my shopping list but I have not yet been able to afford it (have ordered many others though) so I had to make up my own BLAS!
I made this with the Red, Yellow and Orange Challenge in mind and this will be my first ever entry, sure it'll be one of many to come.