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.
01 May 2013 27 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.
14 Apr 2013 24 Comments
Sunday means a new That’s Crafty DT post.
If you are a regular to my Blog then you might have twigged that when it comes to DT projects for That’s Crafty I am sneaky as I only share a snippet of the project, well this week is no different but if you would like to view the project in full then please visit
Thank You for visiting this post, which is always appreciated by me.
08 Apr 2013 30 Comments
Some weeks ago I shared various projects that were published in The Stampers’ Sampler (Jan/Feb/Mar) as a feature, Dressform Details, where all of my projects used Oxford Impressions Dressform & Corsetry and Sewing Notions stamp plates. There were two final projects to share but, funnily enough, I happened to share one as a DT sample for Fashionable Stamping Challenge HERE as at that time I had no idea the wall hanging would actually end up in print, so no need for me to share it again.
If you are interested in the stamps I used they are available direct from Oxford Impressions’ Etsy store and in the U.K. you can purchase Sewing Notions set from That’s Crafty.
The notion (sorry, no pun was actually intended!) was to create a small art gift with the ever popular sewing theme. Torn fabric was stamped and wrapped around a tag which I presented in an envelope, which was the perfect size for tucking the tag inside. The envelope was painted, stamped and a simple stamped label to decorate.
Ready at hand whenever a little bit of ribbon/fabric is required for a sewing themed project. Happiness Is Homemade alongside other sewing related stamps such as a press stud and sew.Thank You for visiting this scheduled post. Hopefully by the time this post is out there I will have managed to dip in and out of Blogland a little bit more often.
Have a lovely week.
03 Apr 2013 42 Comments
This is my second Gecko Galz DT project using March products, soon I will share the first of my projects using April products.
When I printed Garden Girls image sheet I couldn’t resist making another project, the images are so appealing.
Gecko Galz Garden Girls
Oxford Impressions The Fairest Flower
My Stash- low gloss printer paper, paint, tissue paper, re-cycled corrugated cardboard, fabric, lace, metal leaf and resin flower (from jewellery)
Soft, muted tones with hints of colour from the fabric scraps layered with crochet style trim and more painted corrugated card.
When I spied a bracelet reduced to only 50p I knew I could break it up to use the resin style flowers so you might well see them cropping up on other projects. Painted tissue paper which was stamped with a beautiful text stamp from Oxford Impressions’ The Fairest Flower.The torn off piece wasn’t wasted as I used it beneath the Garden Girl image. A shabby bow is the finishing detail on this collage. Thank You for visiting this scheduled post. All your visits are very much appreciated.
01 Apr 2013 42 Comments
The start of a new week and a new month. To kick off this new month there is the announcement of a new challenge theme at Crafty Individuals. The challenge theme has been set by the fabulous Gio who asks you to be inspired by Spring In Fashion. To enter you must include at least one Crafty Individuals product on your artwork. To read rules of entry and the prize up for grabs please visit Jean’s Crafty Individuals’ Blog.
Stamp – CI-324
I am lucky to have a few fashion related Crafty Individuals stamps and looking at CI-324 the women look as though they are dressed for a beautiful Spring day with their pretty dresses. As soon as I read the theme I knew it would be a tote bag I would alter as I adore bags and it worked perfectly with the fashion element of the challenge theme. Wanting to infuse colour into this project I decided to layer fabric onto the canvas tote and I knew I had just the fabric to use, which I was lucky enough to receive from my lovely friend Maria (please visit her beautiful blog if Maria’s name happens to be new to you – Made By Maz).
I wanted to stamp onto fabric but the pattern would obscure the stamped image so I tore another piece of the same fabric, flipped it over and stamped CI-324 onto what is the back of the fabric. The result, you see the faint design of the fabric coming through on the stamped side which creates a background for the stamped image and all I had to do was add some extra colour to their outfits to co-ordinate with the fabric. A vintage style button adorns this panel. To finish, I layered pink lace and trim at the top adding a piece of torn fabric and the final adornment, a piece of lace tied to one of the handles.
At Jean’s blog you will also be able to view what the other Crafty Individuals team members created for this theme.
Thank you for visiting this post. For April I have quite a few projects to share:- some new, most created earlier in the year and one or two from the end of last year. I certainly look forward to seeing your creations throughout this month.
29 Mar 2013 29 Comments
This is a card I made many weeks ago, when I first received Oxford Impressions’ With Love stamp plate.As with previous DT projects using this stamp plate, once again I selected some stamps from With Love and combined them with other plates.
Oxford Impressions Stamps:-
With Love (from Oxford Impressions’ Etsy store and also from That’s Crafty)
Maison and the lovely little house were stamped onto a painted background, the tag received the same treatment. To create more depth and pattern I also used the damask stamp from French Script. Here is a little close-up peek at the background. A Crafty Individuals Shabby Tag, I know, what would I do without them, is the base for the house from the Jane Austen plate. Like so many of you I utilise every little scrap. Maison was stamped onto the piece torn from the bottom of the Shabby Tag with the addition of a little scrap of tea stained lace. This wonderful sentiment from the Jane Austen plate, so perfect for the theme, was stamped onto Stampbord, the background is once again the damask stamp. A piece from a vintage doily along with fragments and a key.Thank You for visiting this post, your visits are always so welcome.
22 Mar 2013 37 Comments
Earlier in the year I was so thrilled to receive my complimentary copy of The Stampers’ Sampler. Although friends had told me (my copy had gone walk about!) I was in the magazine, on receiving the copy it was beyond my expectations. I always have to pinch myself when I discover I have something in print but when it is a Feature that pinch becomes an awfully big (and painful!) pinch that continues for some time! This time the Feature, titled Dress Form Details, focused on dressmaking themed art I had submitted with their layout including stepped out photographs giving close-ups of the details on each piece. That was the other thrill, that they picked up on the fact that I love to include the smallest of details.
All the artwork included in the Feature made use of Oxford Impressions’ stamps, in particular the most fabulous Dressforms & Corsetry set.
For this post I am only sharing the tags (as it would be too lengthy a post) then another time I will share the other projects that were printed alongside them. I can only share two of the three tags that were printed as for some unknown reason I am unable to unearth the third tag in any of my folders (I do not request any submissions be returned to me so I am dependant on photographs I take and save). Of course it will just be like the thing that once I click Publish it will turn up!Prior to submitting the tags I did not take any detail photographs so unable to share with you but in the article they focused on details such as the real sewing notion attached alongside the stamped version (right side of tag).For all three tags (only two being shown here) I stamped onto cotton fabric which I re-cycled, it was the backing of a curtain, a lovely weight to use for crafting and adhered to a shipping tag.
For the second tag the detail they picked up on was the fragment of measuring tape. My next post is scheduled for Sunday when once again I will share my Guest Designer project for That’s Crafty. In the meantime thank you for visiting this post and have a lovely weekend. I have been a bit slow in visiting your Blogs this week but should be able to catch-up with you over the next couple of days.
P.S. If there is snow in your part of the country (or world) then take care and hope you are managing to keep cosy and snuggly. That especially goes to Valerie!
14 Mar 2013 33 Comments
This is another post for Crafty Individuals, a post which shouldcome with a warning – “Must Be Viewed With The Aid Of Sunglasses” ….why? The reason is that I have ventured into colour. Yes, quite a shock to the system and possibly the only venture I will take into colour in the year 2013!
The reason for colour is the Crafty Individuals’ Alice Palace Hello Cupcake stamp
The Hello Cupcake stamp is sold as one stamp but I wanted the flexibility of using the images independently so armed with precision scissors I cut around the stamps. The only part of the stamp I did not use of this card is the sentiment “Hello Cupcake”.
The background – layering Gesso, paint and stamping.
I do love to use tags on cards. You can see the stars stamped onto the painted tags before I added the cupcakes. A sugarcraft flower tops each cupcake! Just me being silly although that is what the paper flowers remind me of.
Scraps of lace which I had previously dyed blue and you can see a peek of Cath Kidston fabric. A dimensional chipboard sticker on the middle tag. This card was made with a cousin in mind which is why I added the Happy Birthday sentiment.
I have my lovely friend Doli to thank for the dimensional stickers. They are so perfect for the theme and colours of this card.Normal service (!) will resume on my next post which is scheduled for 16th March. Until then, thank you for visiting and a note to say Thank You for the lovely comments on the Love, Lovely Life! fabric hanging (previous post).