At the Harrogate show back in March I got carried away and bought some fancy shaped cards which is something I never use, the stand had used this stamp with their cards so had to have it as well. anyhow I decided I would have a go at making one of their fancy cards, well clever me had the fancy card upside down when I stamped onto it, typical of me ! so I just decided fancy cards aren't for me and die cut the image with this pretty floral oval. Couple of layers of lace and a few pearls here and there and I like it a lot better than the fussy thing I started out to do. A few challenges:
Hmmm, well the letter K had me stumped for a while, did think of Kinky but didn't have any suitable images! Finally settled for Kids. Didn't come together easily and it still lacks something to pull it all together but I have told myself to just get on with it and stop faffing and procrastinating . I got a another couple of dylusions and used the blue and greens for this, also a new leaf stencil (which I've proceeded to almost cover up) & Kaiser craft scratch stamp .Hope you can see the little "ghost " children which are from my new Paperboy stamp plate. I've been on the look out for that stamp set for a while and was so happy to find it at Port Sunny.
Make My Monday challenge this week is to be inspired by the cover of a Jane Eyre book or by the story. I have had this Stampendous cameo and frame for quite a while, it was one of those impulse buys and I have never used the cameo although I have used the frame a couple of times. its such a big stamp there is not really any need for anything else as it fills the whole card, the little ribbon strip at the bottom is recycled from an old birthday card.
Had a really good day at the Happy Stampers festival at Port Sunlight last Saturday. I didn't buy many new stamps but I did get a Gelli plate and a melt pot. I have had a play with the gelli plate and very messy it is too but also very therapeutic, can't say I have produced anything wonderful as yet but I'm having fun playing. The Meltpot has not come out of the packaging yet,mainly because I need to get some utee, I do have a couple of small pots but want to get a bigger size, need to try and source a supplier at a reasonable price ! The above card is made with Penny Black stamp which is one of my new ones, I've made this same card in blue and pink but like this yellow one best.Some G45 ladies diary papers and a memory box die spray.
Been playing with pan pastels again, love how its so quick to make a card with them, all the flowers stamped with versamark and then the whole card coloured with blue and lilac pans, the butterflies are punched from vellum. The main stamp is called gone to seed and that's a bit like my garden, every time I think I'm getting on top of the weeds we have some more rainy days and the weeds just grow and grow! I did add a little glitter on some of the weeds but it doesn't show on here. Country view crafts challenge is how does your garden grow so I'm entering it on there.
Who needs to go to Venice for sunshine after we have had some glorious sunshine here (at last!)
Thought I had better get something on my blog , I'm still struggling to do anything at all, spend ages messing about and it all ends up in the bin.. I'm off to Port Sunlight next Saturday so I'm really hoping I get some great inspiration otherwise I'll be just buying more stash to gather dust. I am really cross with myself as I am so lucky to have much stuff and all I do is whinge ! I made this card at the weekend just because I wanted to use this stamp which was a birthday present back in April,water coloured apart from the dress which is done with a pro marker ,bits of paper from scrap box.
This didn't work out anything like I had intended but having started I was going to finish come what may. My chosen word was Ancestor as I have a great interest in family having done quite a lot of research into our family trees and being fortunate to own quite a big collection of old family photos. This is a TAP transfer of my great grandparents, unfortunately it didn't work too well, don't think it liked the gesso base,the original photo shows them with all four of their children,the little boy you can just see at the bottom is my grandfather. After doing the transfer I used a die cut of a tree for the family tree ,various bits of stamping and dabbling about with pan pastels to colour.Still not sure about it but hey ho it's done now.
Having spent hours the last four days struggling with BT over my almost non existant broadband speed I've just about lost the will to live ! finally they have said they will send an engineer on Thursday but if its inside the house I have to pay £99 ! I'm pretty sure its the outside line but fingers crossed! To crown it all Mr Mojo has hopped off on vacation yet again, I spent a few hours last night just sloshing about with inks etc and this is one of the bits which I've made a fat book page with, lots more to play with when I get round to it. Think it fits a couple of challenges
Another new stamp to play with, gift from a friend for my birthday. I know they are poppies but somehow I just wanted them to be blue so I'm saying they are Himalayan poppies,which are blue(now I'm not sure if that's spelt right?) Background is blue and lilac pans,poppies coloured with water colour pencils. I spent ages looking for a quote but nothing seemed appropriate until I came across this old ,well used and loved Hero stamp which I have had for ever. I have been so used to using 6" square cards that I am struggling a bit with these 5x7 rectangles but some of my new stamps are really too big for the square cards and as I have a considerable stash of different sizes of card blanks its time I started to use some of them up. Quite a simple card but it's such a lovely stamp I didn't want to detract from it.
Time for The Craft Barn challenge again and this time it's the letter W with the added twist of circles in the background. Chose my word "Wacky" and then found it wasn't in the old dictionary that I tear up so had to sacn the definition from my "big" dictionary and what fun that was ! ended up wrapping a towel round the scanner as I couldn't close the lid enough,anyhow it worked eventually. No plan, no rhyme or reason to this,just sprayed with dylusions, I did use a roller stamp with circles on the background but seem to have covered a lot of them up, three "wacky" stamps,the definition reads
odd,eccentric or crazy, well can't get much crazier than dressing up as a clock can you? I'm so enjoying doing these pages and seeing what everyone else comes up.
Think I might have gone a bit overload with this card but I have enjoyed making it! The button card is another new Red Lead stamp,loving these stamps. The background is Grandmas attic from Justrite stamps. You would not believe the mess I have made in making just one card and I have it all to put away before I go to bed, it must be so nice to have a proper craftroom and be able to shut the door on it all! Think this fits a few challenges
More playing with new stamps, loving these Red Lead Design stamps, again gifts from my Sister, very easy to use as little colouring needed, the lady fitted nicely on fleur de lys rectangle and I used some of my Ladies Diary papers which I have been hoarding. Didn't make it for anything in particular just because I wanted to.
I had been wanting this stamp for ages and it arrived, along with a lot of others, for my birthday last Monday ,a present from my lovely Sister in California, I was over the moon with all the stamps and also a spellbinders die that I had also had my eye on, then today my friend arrived with three more stamps for me, again all ones I have been "needing". We had a nice day playing with some of the stamps, so spoilt for choice I couldn't decide which to use, just like a kid in a sweetie shop. I made this card with Frilly and Funkie challenge in mind but it will also fit Pan Pastel challenge of a stamped image. All the papers are coloured with pan pastels, the background piece is stamped with a S.Up blossom stamp,flowers coloured with pro markers.The matching ribbon was tied round my parcel from my Sister and couldn't have been a better match.
I don't know whats going on with the internet this last week but its really slow and keeps cutting off,its not just my computer,seems a lot of people are having the same problem, its taken me forever to do this post!
I've had another play at being messy and inky, this time with dylusion inks, some stencil paste and a bit of frantage embosiing enamel which is supposed to be taupe but think it needed stirring up as it seemst be just gold. The girl and don't mess stamp are Lyndsey Mason stamps that I got for Christmas and have not got round to using before. This is for Fashionable Stamping challenge which is for Art Journalling and also Make It Monday -make your own background.
Since I last posted I have yet another birthday ,they seem to come round faster and faster but I'm just grateful I'm still here for another one! Had a lovely day with flowers and presents and lots more stamps !
My name is Joan.I am retired person who spends far too much time playing with rubber stamps and anything crafty, not particularly gifted but like to have a go at anything. I am married with one grown up daughter and live in a village in North Yorkshire