A short post to share some Oxford Impressions news. Suzanne has released a beautifully delicate plate of stamps called Jane’s Garden. This plate has a distinct Jane Austen feel to it but with images of flowers, bees and butterflies and also a stunning text stamp and beautiful quotes, amongst other stamps, then this really is a versatile plate.
I hope you are all having a lovely week.
22 May 2013 12 Comments
19 May 2013 24 Comments
Thank You so much for all your caring messages I’ve read so far. It does appear that the worst is past and it is now a matter of recuperation. Please know that with being unable to come on-line for so long, my in-box is chock full so please give me time to reply to your messages and know it is only because I am so slow at the moment and not because I am ignoring the messages.
Anyway, let’s move on, as this is Sunday it is time for another DT post for That’s Crafty.
Although there have been few signs of Spring in my little part of the world, this project has a Spring/Summer image as the focal on this week’s little project.
Of course, only a sneaky peek.
The project with supply list and instructions can be viewed HERE.
Did you know that you can sign up for a That’s Crafty newsletter, it will keep you up-to-date on new stock. Laura has an abundance of stencils which seem to be a firm favourite of so many. See the newest stock here.
At the moment I am not sure when I will be on-line, it will probably be rather hit and miss but I will try and keep in contact as often as I can.
I hope you all have a lovely Sunday, may it be a creative one.
Wishes & Thanks
17 May 2013 26 Comments
05 May 2013 51 Comments
Today I am doubling up DT artwork as this project is for Fashionable Stamping Challenge and also DT work for That’s Crafty.
At FCS, for the next fortnight Anything Goes. There is always a wonderful prize at FSC so well worthwhile entering and there and there are so few rules, although we do ask that your artwork must include stamping and please, no digi’s. Visit the FSC site where you can also view the inspirational creations by my wonderful DT sisters.
Now I turn my attention to That’s Crafty. For the Steampunk inspired wall hanging I used some wonderful Oxford Impressions’ Steampunk stamps, two sets:- Steampunk Elements and Steampunk Works.
If you visit the That’s Crafty Blog you will be able to view the full supply list, including paints and also instructions, including how I achieved texture on the background. Also over there you should be able to view some extra photographs.Have a lovely Sunday.
04 May 2013 34 Comments
I am sorry I’ve left it so long before leaving a little message to say that ill health is preventing me from keeping my Blog more active and also visiting your own lovely Blogs. Although there is a scheduled post for Sunday, at the moment I’m not sure when I will be visiting your Blogs and also managing to organise my own artwork into drafted/scheduled posts.
I thought I would bring your attention to some beautiful new Oxford Impressions stamps. One set is based around the stunning Lily Elsie and the other is called Tattooed Lady. The link to view these is at Austen Gallery.
It does mean an awful lot to me that you take the time to visit and comment when I haven’t been reciprocating and I will understand if you choose to stop the visits until I return to Blogland.
I hope you are all managing to find plenty of creative time in your own lives and possibly making the most of this Bank Holiday weekend in the U.K.
I very much miss all of you, missing viewing your art, being inspired by you all and being part of such a warm and sharing community.
01 May 2013 27 Comments
The first of a new month means a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge. For the month of May the theme is this…..
a Tic Tac Toe board. We are asking that you select one straight line from the board and incorporate those elements into your entry.
To enter TSC you must include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your artwork. It is well worth entering as the prize available is $21 to spend on stamps of your choice at The Stampsmith on-line store. All rules and samples by the other DT members can be viewed at TSC Blog.
The line I selected was the diagonal one with:- metal, stitches and pink.
Metal – the metal hanger
Stitches – the panel is stitched around the edges
Pink – The cotton fabric (of course you know where I sourced it from!) was painted delicate tones of pink before stamping. There is also pink in some of the lace I used and lastly I used pink watersoluble crayons to tint the transferred image.
The fabric has a pretty shimmer as I used Twikling H20s to paint the cotton. Lots of lace added to the bottom edge of the panel.The image was transferred onto cotton using TAP. In the past I’ve used inexpensive t-shirt transfers but TAP most definitely transfers to a far superior level, especially when using photo real stamps. As you can see in this photograph, the weave of the cotton is visible (this was macro setting) but the detail of the stamp is still remarkable.
Tea stained vintage lace was gathered with a marcasite brooch embellishing it.We hope you will join us this month with the Tic Tac Toe board, have fun with this.
28 Apr 2013 18 Comments
This scheduled post is to say it is that time of the week when I share my DT post for That’s Crafty.
Above is a snippet of the project. If you would like to view it in full along with supply list and instructions then you can do so by visiting That’s Crafty Blog, HERE
Thank You for stopping by and visiting this post. All of your visits and comments are very much appreciated.
24 Apr 2013 37 Comments
Recently I shared a card, Portia, which was published in Stampington & co’s Take Ten (Spring) as part of a feature. In the same feature, alongside some other Stampsmith cards (which I will share another time), were two Crafty Individuals cards. As I don’t want to repeat myself I will wait until I share some of The Stampsmith cards to explain the focus of the feature in Take Ten.
The two cards feature stamps which I had picked up on E-bay, they are older collage stamps from Crafty Individuals. They might still be available over at the Crafty Individuals on-line store so it would be worth taking a peek if you like the stamps.
The two cards were submitted to Take Ten’s V.O.A.T. (variation on a theme) category which is why both cards share the same colour palette and composition and also style of stamps. The Crafty Individuals stamp was stamped onto a stained shipping tag and then I selected elements in the collage stamp to layer up. On the first card it was the flower and lace. Tea stained lace was added beneath the stamped lace, something I like to do when working with a stamp depicting lace as the real lace seems to enhance the appearance of the stamped lace. Some stained fibers and a fragment of stamping were added to the card.On both cards I stamped another Crafty Individuals stamp, a handwritten letter, to create a contrast for the shipping tag against the kraft cardbase.
As you can see, both cards are positively minimal in the use of scraps/fragments or other embellishments. This shows that I stamped the buttons, border and postal mark again then layered onto the main stamped image. I hope to catch-up with you soon to admire your latest creations. In the meantime, thank you for visiting this post today.
21 Apr 2013 45 Comments
Today sees the announcement of a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking you to be Sentimental. We encourage all styles of artwork to be entered whether it be cards, tags, altered art, etc but as a stamping challenge we do ask that when you share your art with us please remember that you must include stamping on your entry and of course, no digi’s allowed.
Our sponsor is Flonzcraft. The winner of the Sentimental challenge will win a voucher to spend at the Flonzcraft store. To read details of the prize and rules, visit the FSC site and also there you will see on display the stunning array of inspirational art from my DT sisters.
I knew immediately the stamp set I would be reaching for …. Oxford Impressions’ China Dolls. Strangely enough I was never a child who clung to a doll, for me it was always a teddy bear, in particular a very special teddy bear which I still have to this day although he is rather threadbare to say the least. However, for many a child a doll was their friend in life and I am sure many grown-ups can become sentimental at the memory of their special doll.
With this project, from the outset, aside from the stamp choice, I knew it would be a fabric piece where I would use a photo real stamp with TAP and also make my own stamped fabric panel.
This is the photo real stamp transferred to cotton fabric using TAP. Excluding lace, on this wall hanging I sourced all the fabric from a re-cycled old curtain.This wall hanging is very tactile with the soft cotton, the fabric image transfer, vintage doily and lace and to add to the tactile quality this wall hanging is padded.As you can see, I continue have issues with photograph size.
Anyway, this is the same dress this time stamped and cut out to form a fabric embellishment layered onto the vintage doily. The photo real stamp was inked with Archival Sepia but for all other stamping on fabric I used Staz-on Timber Brown. The ink looks slightly grey in the photograph which is why I wanted to point that out.
Creamy lace embellishes the panel with a gathered peachy tone lace trimming the TAP image. At the bottom of the hanging I pleated the panel of lace at either side to create a fluted design to add interest to the bottom edge.From the same stamp set, this lovely text stamp. We hope you will join us at FSC for this sentimental fortnight.
Wishes and Thank you for visiting this post.
21 Apr 2013 15 Comments
This being Sunday it is time for a sneaky peek at my DT post for That’s Crafty.If you would like to see it in full then you can visit HERE.
This is the first of two scheduled posts for this Sunday.
Have a lovely Sunday.