Aug 30, 2012

Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Everyone

This little canvas has been painstakingly worked on for two weeks as I wanted to enter the Frilly and Funkie Challenge: How can you Resist ? 

I always have good intentions of entering each fortnight, but I spend too much time pottering around and not organising a project. I was determined to enter this Challenge as the inspiration was incredible with the Dt samples, I am always amazed by their talent.

My framed image you may recognise as a stamp that I deconstruct, it is by inkadinkado.
I stamped the image with versamark on Rangers speciality stamping paper, then I blended broken china/shabby shutters over the top, dried it off and wiped off the excess ink from the image and voilà my image is revealed- resist is like magic.
 That is the Challenge part over with.
 Now for my embellishments to enhance this lovely image. 
The frame was cut on the cricut using the fancy frames cartridge.
I handmade a cornucopia of flowers, I really went OTT  using all different media; burlap, inked up dried baby wipes, yarn and wool and I added a button for good measure.
You will also find a metal Heart that I painted up, and a lock, some pearls to tie the spray together.

And here is the canvas... the background was prepared by applying gesso to give a textured substrate for my Dylusions inks that I purchased from Funkie Junkie boutique. (button below post).
The sentiment was printed on the computer then glued down, and I sprayed over this as well.
The butterfly  is one from my stash  I glued this down as well.

I am pleased with the result. I hope my friend will like it too.

Thanks for visiting, I appreciate your wonderful comments, have a good day.

Aug 25, 2012

Lets go into the Garden!

Hello Everyone.
I went Red last week now I need to go Green, not only  literally, but the other way as well and that is to recycle items; in other words eco-friendly;  
 has a Challenge this week  hosted by the mindful and conscientious Kim Price and her theme is to  Recycle It!  - packaging comes to mind right away so let's use some packaging on our creations. And don't forget the colour Green!

This is my Gardening book, it is full of congruous information on plants and basically everything you would want to know about scattering the seed. Unfortunately this pastime no longer prevails in this household, so I thought I could possible recycle some pages and make a card.

 ....and look a  picture....I ripped it out!

...and look, a picture of a Gladioli... I ripped this out too!

 I used copics to colour up the flowers, they were too lemony and insipid,  and cried out to be dancing like 'Wordsworths'  golden daffodils.
I fussy-cut the spray, and just used one leaf... only because I could not make the three leaves look good in my design.
 Applied a White gel pen to the centres, and added the butterflies along with the twine.

And here is the finished card. 

 I thought 'Ralph Waldo Emerson' quote; which I happen to have on my blog header, would be perfect for this scene.


And of course as always, my teamies have done their part too, so pop over and have a browse, hopefully you will be inspired to join us this week 
at Our Creative Corner, we would love to see what you choose to use, look around, it is surprising what you can re-use to make a lovely  and unique creation.

Have a great weekend.

Aug 18, 2012

Gilly all tied up!

Hello Everyone,

I love the colour Red, it is provocative, passionate, exciting and dynamic, ....sounds like me!
But my little creation cannot be described using these hyperboles. 
It is just cute.

I thought you may like to know how I made the Red Bg.

Take some glossy card that has been dabbed over in Alcohol inks, then adhered thin pieces of foil that have been cut randomly. The foil was red to begin with, I dripped some Alcohol inks on top to break up the solid colour.

 Next step:
Run through  the Big Shot using a texture fade of your choice... oooh look at this? 
It is so warm and rich; a chemical message is certainly being sent to my adrenal medulla and releasing the hormone epinephrine at this moment, it certainly has a physical effect on me that's for sure.

Once you have made the Bg, you can use it anyway you like. 
I chose to make a Tag.
After I die-cut the shape I passed it through the crimper, then I also embossed the side panel.

My goodness there are so many options available to extend this delicious piece of creativity, but I had to work within the confines of the Challenge, and so Gilly (digi image) was placed inside a bottle top; she didn't seem to mind!

I did stamp a pattern in Black staz-on to add more texture, there is never enough texture for me. 
As you can see I added another Bg, and applied the office supplies; paper clip, string, dog clip.

I hope the weekend is fun for you all.

Aug 16, 2012

4th and final CAS card.

Hooray.... I am posting up my last CAS  card, it has been an interesting exercise in many ways.

I will show you the card then I will tell you my thoughts on the last few days.

Die-cut Blossom (SB). I have used watercolour paper which I painted up in a light wash.

 It was finished off with my sentiment.
This is a clean and crisp card which falls within the CAS genre.
There is not much more to say!

And here lies my dilemma....Yes it is attractive, BUT; (there is that preposition again) the card has no movement, no life, no character, it does not talk to me!

The same with the Tulip yesterday....
apart from the striking colour, there was nothing else.  I really do not have any pleasure in producing such cards, it is not that I don't particularly like them per-say, it is just that they are simplistic, and I do not mean that there is no effort or talent in making such cards, on the contrary, for me there was twice as much effort put into these 4cards then any shabby-chic I have made, with twice the amount of mental pressure! 
Uncomplicated they may be, but for me they are herculean to produce with no lasting satisfaction. 
So to conclude;  I am not a CAS Diva and don't ever want to be one.
 I have enjoyed posting up my efforts and your feed back has had me laughing out loud....with Marcy snorting coffee over her keyboard, and Anne-Marie having heart palpitations to Lisa being tongue-tied; which would be a huge loss to the blog world!!!!
So thank you all for your wonderful comments, but it is back to being an Onion with all my layers from here on in! Ha. 
And if any of you put up a CAS challenge, I will not be my usual gracious self, I will snivel,  whimper, whine and wail loudly!

Aug 15, 2012


Hello Everyone.
I know you are fidgeting, eagerly awaiting to see my third attempt at CAS, I have just come from visiting Rosie's blog, and I now wish I had posted this before doing the rounds! 
She is the ultimate CAS designer, and it hit me like a sock in the jaw that I did not have the acumen to have picked up a few clues from her when taking on this genre; after all I have been following and seeing her work for nearly 2years!!!! Am I slow or what!

But I digress and on a more positive note Top Tip Tuesday - One Layer Card Challenge.
starts this week and it so happens that my card today is one layer!
So I am going to enter this and hope for the best.

The image is a Penny Black and I have stamped it in Tim Holtz 'Pink Raspberry' distress ink which I purchase from the funkie junkie boutique (button on my side bar.)

Then stamped some mini text over the top.
And once again added an embossed frame.

Side on view shows the application of Glossy accents.

So my task is nearly over tomorrow is the last one....
...huge sigh followed by a huge smile:)

Aug 14, 2012

CAS no2

 Hello everyone
Here I am again this morning with my second of four CAS cards that I am going to show this week.
I actually like this card today, so it probably will not qualify as a CAS!
But first I must express my surprise that I received such positive responses to my puce Green card yesterday; (it does not look that bad in real life).
Well, I will not keep you in suspense any longer, I can envisage you all fidgeting on the chair with excitement! (not).
The technique used here is double embossing; the butterfly has been die-cut then embossed on top of my Bg through the Big shot, which causes the butterfly to embed into the Bg, so it looks as though it is part of the Bg, which of course it is now.

BUT WAIT.... there is more!

I embossed  a frame around my image.
Now to me there is plenty of negative space on this card, but, as you can see below..........

.........I  added a sentiment.
Sorry I could not help myself.

The sun is trying to peek through the clouds today... ahhh is this an omen; a sign of things to come,  what an exciting thought.

NB. Marcy you know me too well it seems!

Aug 13, 2012

Surprise... CAS from me!!!

Hello Everyone
A couple of weeks ago I was challenged by a few of my Dt mates at OCC to make a clean and simple card, and anyone who knows me will appreciate my trepidation at such a Challenge.
I initially ignored the suggestion, hoping it would disappear; as things so often do in blogland... but I was not going to be so fortuitous.
The culprits I will name, as they so deserve to be named: Marcy Kaminski -En Papillote Arts and Anne-Marie Hile- Stampin' Anne. 

I spent all day Saturday at Stamp Group working on these cards, and the group that were putting up with me on that day should receive a medal; a Gold one!
If it was not for their support and encouragement I would not have persevered.
 Anyway enough of my lamentations, I will show you my first card and then over the next few days, I may show you the rest; yes I did make more than one! 
The embossed flower is Stamping up and the trellis border is memory box(thanks Dawn).
The ink is squeezed lemonade distress inks, which always looks puce Green when photographed!
I have a teeny bit of negative space.

This is a close-up, you may pick up the three little pearls. I initially had a ribbon attached but that came off, I think it was pulled apart a few times and looked at a thousand!

I am not going to pass comment on the card as I usually do, I will leave that to you. I will relay my thoughts at the end of the week.
If I can use an analogy to explain my lack of creativity these past few weeks it is like our weather;  'a huge low sitting over the country and it is very slow moving!'
I am hoping this change of genre is going to allow the clouds to disperse an let the sun shine in... Yeah.

With that hope I will send a smile, as always, and wish you a good week.

Aug 4, 2012

A Tulip and not much else...

Hello Everyone.
First up apologies for not visiting this week, I am watching the Olympics, so my routine is grounded and probably will be for another week.
Anyway to the task in hand, we are well into August and it is Saturday so that means another Challenge at Our Creative Corner.
This week our hostess is Paula McClane and the theme is  Bling/Nature!
Use rhinestones, stickles, glitter, etc along with items found in nature (plants, animals, etc)!  A bit of Bling mixed with nature...

Here is my sample for you to contemplate on; it is a Tulip(nature) and a Bling trim. I just had a thought, are pearls classed as Bling? I do have some kindy glitz on the tulip. 

The Tulip stamp is 'Printworks'?
 I have stamped it with Black versafine and heat embossed on top of cardstock that had previously been dry embossed. Coloured up in copics-- my one Red; R27 (I really should get another) and Greens G99 YG03... odd combinations I know but it looks okay, no doubt all the copic fanatics will be cringing, to me if it looks good then it works.... what else can I say.
I have fussy-cut the Tulip and attached it to the Bg.

As you can see there is not much going on, it is a congenial card, the most one can say is that it is pleasing to the eye,  no-one will look upon this card and say WOW!!!!!
It has just enough interest, but little else.
I should be thankful that I made it this good, as my spark-plugs need energising, there is no originality oozing from this medulla of mine at present. 
I just wish this cold weather would go away!

Someone please transport some inspiration to me, show me your creations and post them up on the Blog here, and while you are there pay a visit to my teamies as their creations will probably entice you even more to play along.
We would love you to join in and show us your talent, you could be our next Guest designer! Now that would be special not just for you, but we would all enjoy it as well!

Have a great weekend and thanks heaps for the visit.