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.
24 Apr 2013 37 Comments
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.
19 Apr 2013 36 Comments
This is my second April DT post for Gecko Galz, another card, this time with a beautiful image from Artful Visions as the focal.
Gecko Galz:- Artful Visions, Ephemera Days and Star Crossed
Oxford Impressions My Story
My Stash:- canvas printer paper, white cardstock, satin paper, lace, seam binding and crystal stick pin.
Print Star Crossed paper onto white cardstock and layer onto cardbase. Print Artful Visions onto canvas printer paper and Ephemera Days onto satin paper. Cut out butterfly from one of the images on Ephemera Days and adhere to Artful Visions image with silicone glue. Layer to cardbase with lace. Stamp Oxford Impressions sentiment onto scrap of Star Crossed papers, tear and layer to right of image. Embellish card with crystal stick pin and seam binding.
I have to say that the Artful Visions sheet is stunning, so many dreamy images.
It isn’t every time I reach for canvas printer paper but I do like to have to hand as, in my opinion, certain images appear even more beautiful for being printed on it and of course there is always that added texture it brings to any project.The paper I selected from Star Crossed digi papers picked up the colour on the Artful Visions image and luckily I had a scrap on which to stamp the sentiment. What doesn’t translate in the photograph is the sheen on the satin paper which does catch the light beautifully. This butterfly is part of a larger image on the Ephemera Days image sheet. The green of the butterfly popped out at me and I knew it was the perfect colourful embellishment for the Artful Visions image and by a stroke of beautiful luck it also matched the seam binding. My next posts are on Sunday when I have two scheduled posts. Yes, you read that correctly, unusually I have two posts on the same day. Until then, this scheduled post wishes you a lovely weekend, whatever your plans may be.
18 Apr 2013 14 Comments
If you are a fan of Crafty Individuals then you will be pleased to know they have released some new stamps. As always, there is a broad subject range, something to please every stamper.
Let’s start with the Elements stamp, CI-383, perfect for all of us who like the theme of sewing, especially vintage sewing. There is a mannequin, sewing pattern, the sentiment stating Domestic Goddess and little elements such as a button card and hook and eye card.
Now for the first of the individual stamps.
CI-384 depicts Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands. CI-385 is a Linda Edwards’ designed stamp. I imagine this will become a very popular stamp. The final stamp is CI-386.This stamp is crammed full of images. The main image, the hot air balloon is set against a vintage postcard which is surrounded by a kite, butterfly, a day out ticket and lots of flowers.
A little reminder that the Spring In Fashion challenge is still open for entries at Jean’s Crafty Individuals’ Blog.
Thank You for visiting.
16 Apr 2013 34 Comments
When a lovely friend of mine was celebrating her birthday back in January, along with her gifts I wanted to make something as an alternative to a birthday card as it was a special birthday she was celebrating.
I set upon creating a flag/banner for her but as I wanted to include a means for a message I made it into a pocket, allowing me to tuck a tag inside where I would write my birthday message.
My friend loves Oxford Impressions stamps as much as I do and as she always looks forward to springtime I decided to use the most lovely The Fairest Flower stamp plate.
The flags were painted and inked before stamping and then the fun began of adding the stamped elements and lace, etc.
This is possibly one of my all time favourite label stamps, I seem to be forever using it. The child perches atop another label.This is the tag I inked, painted and stamped in preparation for the birthday message I would write. Once again I used the main decorative label to create a subtle background with the tulips being more prominent. I’m aware that something is afoot with the sizing of my photographs recently, either too large or what I find to be too small. Hopefully I will be able to remedy this at some point, I am wondering if it is annoying when looking at the photographs.
Thank You for your visit to this scheduled post as your visits are always appreciated by me.
16 Apr 2013 11 Comments
I wanted to bring your attention to the latest image sheet available from the lovely June at Dezinaworld, Girls Will Be Girls.Such a sweet image sheet which is available for £2.00 from Dezinaworld.
Recently I shared a post of two cards with Marie Antoinette images from Dezinaworld as the focals, well you can purchase those images for £2.50 and finally there is a sale that is bursting with image sheets.
Many of you will know that June had to step back from Dezinaworld as her time and energy were required elsewhere, to care for her dear parents. If you follow her Blog you will know that June has been dealing with the saddest of times. I just wanted to say that it is so lovely to see June return to Dezinaworld, I am sure it will be baby steps for her but she has been much missed and it would be lovely if you found the time to visit her.
Thank You for visiting this post.