I could not resist participating in Soartful’s challenge this week as the image is stunning.
30 Sep 2010 16 Comments
29 Sep 2010 17 Comments
A few months ago I received ARTchix “Exotic Jewels” as part of my DT package from The Altered Element. Previously I made a Gothic Arches book, “Free Spirits” but as I had so many images leftover I wanted to make something else. This idea came about through trying to recycle packaging and making use of scraps. When I received ribbons from The Altered Element, packaged inside a wax paper envelope, I carefully laid it aside as I knew it would serve a purpose at a later date. So the idea that popped into my head was to make some mini cards and tuck them inside the envelope as a little gift idea.
The size of the cards are approx a standard card cut into half but I used scrap card.
Packaging – Slightly scrunched the bag before applying copper acrylic paint. Layered an image to black glitter card. To seal, add a dab of glue and then add any form of embellishment as a form of decoration.
Stamped directly onto the mini cards (cardstock I used has a lovely texture to it), layered all images onto black glitter card, added scraps of flocked papers, gold organza ribbon and black lace (lace and ribbon available from The Altered Element).
It’s probably fair to say that not everyone would appreciate mini cards with Exotic women but any image could be used.
Note – although I did not make individual envelopes for the cards, it would be easy enough to do so, or they would be handy to use as an alternative to a gift tag or to pop inside a favourite book that you are passing onto a friend.
28 Sep 2010 4 Comments
On October 1st there is a new challenge site in town, The Stampsmith Challenge site. There will be two challenges per month, the 1st and the 15th. To make it easier for people to join in on the fun, for the first challenge you may use whatever stamp(s) you have in your stash – hopefully that will include a stamp from The Stampsmith. There will also be a prize to be won so pop along to the site now to read the guidelines but remember, make a date in your craft diary for 1st of October 2010 to discover the theme for the first ever challenge from The Stampsmith! Lynne x
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Feel free to take this badge and use it as a reminder of The Stampsmith Challenge
27 Sep 2010 27 Comments
June’s theme of the week at Dezinaworld Spotlight Challenge is “lavender and any other colour”. I had just the perfect image from June’s “Painted Ladies” collage sheet.The actual image led me to select black as the other colour. My imagination might be in overdrive, again, but she looks like a leading lady in a Film Noir. I turned down one corner of the main “Paris Nights” paper (which is flocked) and slipped a piece of co-ordinating paper behind it then added some bits and pieces.
26 Sep 2010 24 Comments
Louise selected the theme of Banners for Tag Tuesday this week. Instead of wondering what words would go on my banner I selected the stamp first. My most recent purchase is one of Crafty Individuals’ newest releases, CI-285. If you click the link you will see I cut out the two ladies from this generous sized stamp.
I cannot find the source for the decorative tags I printed onto white card which I then overstamped with a favourite set, Anna Corba’s Vintage French Labels. For the little banners I stamped the words with Studio G alphabet stamps (a must have), hand-cut and adhered dusky pink velvet ribbon over the seam. Very simple tags.
24 Sep 2010 30 Comments
This beautiful vintage postcard is the image provided by Soartful Challenge this week.
After printing the postcard onto regular white cardstock I got to work with scissors, emery board and Distress Inks to age them. Then I gathered various stamps (Oxford Impressions and Elusive Images) and used 3 collage images from Crafty Individuals. I planned on doing some more Image Transfers but decided at the last minute not to as I probably went overboard with this technique last week!!
Don’t you think there is something special when letters/postcards are aged and tied up with ribbon waiting to be discovered by another generation?
After stamping directly onto the postcards I added some little bits such as lace
pieces of textsome extra stamped elements.
Did I have a little story in my head as I made these postcards, yes of course I did LOL.
22 Sep 2010 27 Comments
Art Creations Friday
On first seeing this Little Price I immediately had images of the French Court but as I studied the colours of his cloak it brought to mind the colour of heather and thistles so as I put the two together in my mind, France and Scotland = Auld Alliance. Don’t worry, I don’t intend to give you a history lesson!
I tried to bring French and Scottish elements into this piece. The base is bottle green velvet (recycled cardigan!) onto which I layered stamped image of thistles (Crafty Individuals) and Hero Arts French Text and a Fleur de Lys (Oxford Impressions) stamped onto artists canvas. The thistle embellishment (air dry clay in a mould and painted with Neocolor II and copper acrylic) and kilt pin represent a shield and sword, symbolising the bloody battles that were dominant in this point in history.