Friday, 30 March 2012

Forgotten Friday 52- More Birds!

Hi Folks, it's Friday again, and time to rummage through your forgotten or neglected stash, to see what is lurking there. This week, I have chosen to use a little sentiment that has been sitting on my craft desk for ages. I bought it at one of the Happy Stampers shows last year. My friend Jo pointed it out to me, I would have missed it, but I loved the words. I keep chickens, as regular followers of my Blog will know, but I love bird related stamps too, so this is a great stamp for me.

I have also chosen to used an unused Prima mask with a little bird on it, and a bird stamp from Tim Holtz, the bigger version of the one I used last week in fact. It has a music score across it, so it fits the sentiment very well.

I coloured the background with Pan Pastels, laid the mask over the top, and spritzed with Perfect Pearls. I dried the card with my heat gun, and went around the mask details with Polychromos pencils, adding some shading. I stamped the bird onto grungepaper, and embossed it, before adding some Pear Tart Memento ink. I then punched a Martha Stewart vine punch to place the bird onto, so that it was grounded on the card. The leaves echo the shape of those on the mask. Pretty much everything, with the exception of the Pan Pastels was neglected stash, so I have been very good this week.

Apologies for the wonky picture, I couldn't get a straight image for love nor money today! I love how one of the Perfect Pearl droplets formed just where the little masked bird's beak ended up.

Why don't you have a look through your crafty stash and make something with a neglected item. Leave a comment, and I'll pop along to your blog to take a look. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Pan Pastels use bright colours

I've had some Pan Pastels sitting in my craft stash for several months. I bought them at a craft show last year, used them once, and then didn't use them anymore. I've recently had them out again, as I've been making some samples for IndigoBlu combining the Pan Pastels with Flitterglu and gilding flakes.

The Pan Pastels blend beautifully, the colours are vibrant, and make gorgeous backgrounds. I like to stamp with Perfect Pearls, and swipe some more colour over the top to create some great layers too. This is a tip that I picked up from Linda Brown at Ally Pally last year.

On Sunday, Kay and Alfie from IndigoBlu will be at the Sincerely Yours Show at Thetford in Norfolk. Hopefully, they'll have some of my samples with them. Are any of you going? If so, look out for me, as I'm popping along too for a bit of retail therapy.

Here's a card I've made using Pan Pastels, incorporating some of my favourite stamps. There's a Stamp Camp butterfly, a script stamp from Indigoblu, and a flourish from Tim Holtz. The colours are quite bright, so I'm entering it for this week's Pan Pastels challenge which is to use bright colours.

Having looked at some of the entries so far, I might not have made my card bright enough, lol!

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Forgotten Friday 51- It's all about the Chemistry

Hi Folks, I know it's Saturday, but here I am with a Forgotten Friday post. My shoulder and arm have been very painful this week, which have affected my ability to do any crafting. I signed up to take part in Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 101 Class, and decided to base my post project on that for this week. The items I needed to use were all neglected, so it qualified well and truly for my weekly ramblings!

The technique that I have covered is Distress Stain marbling, and you can learn all about it in Tim's class at The classes are great, with daily videos and downloadable PDF files. It is great to sit down with a cuppa and watch Tim in action, picking up some tips and tricks along the way.

Anyway, onto my project! I have chosen to make tags, as that is what Tim has done. I made the first one, and then went on to make another one using the left over Stains, creating a much paler version, which I quite like. I never use Picket Fence Distress Stain, it sits there blinking at me in the drawer, so it has had an airing today. I've also got two stamp sets out, and inked them up for the first time, 'Artful Flight' and 'Shabby French'. These were sets that I treated myself to at a Craft Show at some point, put them with my other stamps, and never used them. There are some great stamps on these sets, and I think that they will get used a lot from now on. I also cut the tags out myself, using Tim's tag die, which is something that I rarely do, as I've been using all of my existing tags up first. So, all in all, I've had a good day using up my unused stash.

Here is tag number one, using lots of greens and blues, plus Picket Fence Distress Stain:
Here is tag number two, using the leftover Stains, and I really like this pale version:

Both backgrounds remind me of eggshells, with the blotches, and the colours, maybe it's the manilla tags, I don't know. It is a look that I really like though. I will definitely be creating more of these. I hope that you have a chance for some creativity over the weekend. Don't forget to leave a link to your 'Forgotten' creations, and I'll pop along to take a look. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Thursday, 22 March 2012

T'wit T'woo

Hi Folks, some of you may have seen the latest show from IndigoBlu yesterday on Create and Craft. There are some great new stamps available. I thought I'd show you a couple of cards that I made featuring the lovely large owl stamp hand drawn by Kay. Both of these cards got an airing on the show, so those of you that watched it, will recognise them.

The first card is an easel card, made using Distress inks. I stamped the owl onto the card, and then masked it to stamp the branch afterwards. I then decoupaged two layers over the top, which I coloured with Polychromos pencils. I used a sentiment from the 'Hocus Pocus' stamp plate which I felt went well with this image.

The second card uses Flitterglu and copper gilding flakes for the main image. I have placed this into an oval aperture which has been created partly by stamping some ivy leaves around the bottom. These leaves come with the owl stamp. This is such a useful little stamp.

I'll be back with some more samples soon, thanks for stopping by, xx

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Catching up

Hi folks, it's been a while since I've written a blog post, but things have been rather uncomfortable for me of late. I've really struggled since I had my teeth sorted out, and had to make a couple of trips back to the Dentist. Thankfully, everything is now on the mend, and although I'm not eating crunchy foods yet, I am getting back to normal.

I have had a frozen shoulder for the past few months, which has been really painful. It has kept me awake at night, and caused me a lot of trouble. Yesterday, I had a procedure carried out which hopefully will free up the shoulder socket, and give me more movement. It wasn't pleasant, and I have had two lots of physiotherapy since. I need to do four lots of exercises a day, and keep everything moving now, or the whole process will have been for nothing. Fingers crossed I won't need to have surgery and will be back to normal soon. It makes me very aware that I'm not getting any younger, as my body keeps giving me these signs that it is not working as efficiently as it was when I was in my twenties. Heaven help me when I get to my Mum's age!

In spite of the tooth trouble, and the shoulder problems, I am still managing to get some crafting done! I have posted details of a card using some great new Easter themed stamps from Chocolate Baroque over on the Design Team Blog today. It uses some great Spring colours, yellow and purple. I made the card while I was staying at my Mum's recently, and even cadged a piece of ribbon from her crafty stash!
While using this stamp plate, 'Baroque Eggs', I made another simple Easter card using one of the large eggs, which I stamped onto acetate, and foiled the back. Glenda sells some sheets of imitation gold leaf on the website, which are great for this. I used my favourite Memento ink colour at the moment, Cantaloupe, to colour the background, and stamped the large swirl in the same colour. I used some of Glenda's fab ribbon for the bow, and some lace from my stash to finish the card. The sentiment is from the same stamp plate as the eggs. It's an A4 set, and has some great images.

I can't eat chocolate, as it gives me migraines, but I love this time of year, buying Easter eggs for the rest of my family. Wouldn't you love to get an egg that looked like this?

I will try to be back on Friday with a Forgotten Friday post, poorly shoulder permitting. It may be something simple if I'm not up to much, so please bear with me if that is the case. Thanks for stopping by, xx

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Hi folks, I'm back from my travels now as some of you know. I had a lovely time in Tenerife, the weather was gorgeous, and the hotel was amazing. However I was troubled by terrible tooth pain for my entire trip. I've been to see the dentist, and am hoping that he has sorted me out. Tooth pain is a terrible thing isn't it?

This was the view as we ate breakfast in the mornings at the hotel, it was so peaceful and a much needed break for my OH in particular.

The temperature was constantly around 23-26 degrees while we were there, so it was very hard to come home to a very cool 3 degrees!

I have posted my first ever post on the Indigoblu Blog today. It's a card that you guys have seen before, as I've started with one of my favourites. However, it would be lovely if you'd hop over there to take a look. The other Design Team members will be starting to post their projects in the next few days, so keep an eye out for those too.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

Friday, 2 March 2012

On my Holidays!

Hi Folks, I'm going on holiday in the early hours of Friday morning, so I just haven't had time to do a Forgotten Friday post this week unfortunately. I have been feeling a bit rough since I went to the Dentist, and so trying to get much of anything done has been difficult. Hopefully, the change of scenery, and a bit of warm air will do me some good.

I thought that I'd show you a few bits and pieces that I've been making recently instead of my Forgotten Friday post. I hope that's okay.

My 'C' and 'D' tags for the Chocolate Baroque Guild swap:

'C' is for Colourful, Create, Crackle, Clear Embossing, and Charm, I went into 'C' overload! 'D' is for Diamonds, Daisies and Dragonflies. I used vellum for the daisies, and coloured them with Copics from behind.

Here's another Indigoblu sample for you:

The character with the binoculars is a lady, she is often mistaken for a man. I decided to go for feminine steampunk, rather than the more masculine option, adding tickets instead of leaves behind the flower. I like this green and puple combination.

I'll be back after the weekend, hopefully feeling much brighter. I hope you all have a great weekend yourselves, and make the most of any good weather that you get here in the UK.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

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