I am re-winding with this scheduled post back to when I read on my lovely friend Penny’s Blog (A Penny For Your Thoughts) that I was published in Somerset Studio Gallery, something that was news to me! I had not received my complimentary issue so had no idea that I had anything amongst their pages. I was so excited as this was the first time I’d been published in Somerset Gallery.
I had submitted Valentine tags to Somerset Holidays & Celebrations early last year and here they were one year + in Somerset Gallery.
At the time I was on Divas D’Este DT (they closed their on-line store to focus on their Etsy store, Urban Renewal) and had been playing around with their images for Valentine projects.Alongside the images I had also used Oxford Impressions stamps from April In ParisI have since received a replacement, complimentary copy of Somerset Gallery. It isn’t just the fun of being in print but being in print alongside friends such as Penny and Lynn (Trash to Treasure Art).
Thank You for taking the time to visit and for your comments on my previous post, the Abraham Lincoln card. I have some more cards to share using that stamp set which I will share another time.
30 Aug 2012 40 Comments
28 Aug 2012 49 Comments
Before I share another Oxford Impressions’ DT sample using the Abraham Lincoln stamp set I wanted to share the news that there have been some more new releases at Oxford Impressions. the themes are Masquerade and Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary. The sets obviously are released in time for creating Hallowe’en art but as with all of the stamp plates that Suzanne creates, many of the images can be used beyond their obvious use. There is a beautiful poppy and mushroom on the Dr. Coffin set.
For today it is a return to the Abraham Lincoln set and actually this was the first card I made on receiving the set.
I used five stamps:- Lincoln, theatre bill, star, splatter and sentiment.Lincoln was stamped onto a tea stained tag. Stars repeatedly show up on the card. There are some wonderful sentiments in this set which would be useful for birthday cards. The splatter could be used to represent blood but I used it as an ink stain. I hope to catch-up with you soon to see what you have been creating.
Many Thanks for visiting and also for the lovely comments on my previous post.
26 Aug 2012 57 Comments
Can you believe it is a fortnight since the last FSC, where does the time go? This fortnight we are asking you for Flowers/Handmade Flowers. The usual rule applies that we are looking for stamping on your artwork and of course as always there is a prize up for grabs. All details available at the FSC site as well as the incredible floral display on offer from my DT sisters.
For my DT sample I decided to alter a 6″x4″ muslin bag.
Stamps – Oxford Impressions The Fairest Flower plate.
I used various stamps from this plate including two beautiful photo real stamps, this image is a photo real stamp which I tinted gently with Caran d’ache water soluble crayons. The muslin bag was stamped with a beautiful perfume label stamp. As well as the beautiful photo real girl I added a piece of vintage lace stained with tea and added a bow stained at the same time to decorate the corner.
These are the handmade flowers I made using seam binding stained with tea and coffee. Inside the bag She is so cute! This mini tag is attached to this larger tag The tag before the tulips were stamped. I used DI in Tattered Rose to stamp a floral bouquet before stamping the perfume label with chalk ink (this is the same stamp that was stamped all over the muslin bag).We look forward to seeing your Flowers/Handmade Flowers entries this fortnight.
Thank You for taking the time to visit.
23 Aug 2012 35 Comments
I return quicker than I normally do with this scheduled post because when I was looking at the folders on my laptop I realised I have a few items I really should be blogging or before I know it, it will be Christmas!
This item uses Crafty Individual products. All the time they are adding to their Must Have department, have you seen the new masks they are now stocking and recently they added white bags which are ripe for altering. I laid aside the bags for Christmas preparations but when recently I was packaging items to send to a dear friend the bags popped into my mind. The bags are a great size and although I did not use ink or paint on them they are sturdy enough to take all sorts.Dyed lace was layered onto the bag, the lace at the top and bottom and seam binding were dyed with the same fruity tea bags as on my recent Oxford Impressions card, the colour picking out the colour in the image. That beautiful image is from one of the Crafty Individuals People and Places book which you can see I transferred onto fabric, fraying the edges. Did you know that C.I. are now stocking TAP? That I would say is a definite “must have” if you like to create image transfers, Jean has displayed it on her Blog not so long ago when she even used it for stamping purposes.
One final word on Crafty Individuals is to say to watch-out as Jean will be announcing a new challenge theme on September 1st.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post.
22 Aug 2012 36 Comments
Thank You for your visits and comments for the previous post.
Last week I posted a notebook using one of Dezinaworld’s Marie images from (Marie 7 set png) at the time of altering the notebook I also made two tags for friends. The tags work on the same idea as the notebook in that I selected the png I wanted to work with, re-sized it and set it against a postcard from French Kissed Postcards. Then, because I cannot help myself as a stamper, I added some stamping using stamps from Oxford Impressions.
I used a good quality cardstock to print onto which allowed me to be heavy handed with distressing (abrading and sanding before inking). Trims and seam binding were dyed to co-ordinate with this image. I just love the colours in this image. The second tag Trims were layered and pearls added.June had an enforced break but she is back! It always worthwhile visiting her Blog for up-dates on new releases and sale items. There is a stunning image sheet that she is promoting at the moment, I am sure it will become a favourite with many of us. The link to June’s blog is at the top of this post.
20 Aug 2012 42 Comments
To start this new week I thought I would share some new DT artwork with new DT stamps. Yes, it is time to announce a new release from Oxford Impressions ….. Abraham Lincoln. This stamp set commemorates Lincoln but there is also a nod to a new movie, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with the inclusion of a coffin, axe and a stamp resembling splatter of blood so if you are starting your Hallowe’en art then there are stamps suitable in this set. There are also American Patriotic images and of course stamps of the man himself. There are some wonderful quotes, a theatre bill (from the night that Lincoln was assassinated) and images of women, so a very varied stamp plate.
Although I only received this plate I was keen to ink it up as soon as possible. For this first card I selected one of the female stamps.I chose a tall card as a base. I cannot seem to stop using tags at the moment, this tag had been stained with fruity tea bags and at the same time I had also stained vintage lace, flowers and seam binding. I like to do things like this at a time when I want to do something crafty without actually making anything. It was by luck that when I came to making this card I noticed the colours toned with the K&co paper. One of the quotes and another stamp to create a little detail Flowers were layered along with scraps of vintage lace and button. If your thoughts are turning towards Christmas preparations then you might be interested to know that Suzanne has up-dated her Season of Giving plate. This is a set that I use all year, not only for Christmas.
Thank You for visiting today, have a lovely week and I will catch-up soon.
17 Aug 2012 46 Comments
Thank You for the lovely comments left for me to read, they are always appreciated.
I thought I would share two tags (Thank You tags). This is a catch-up post as both tags were made some weeks ago, for two lovely art friends of mine, Marjie and Martina.
I’ve created links to the Oxford Impressions site for all stamp plates I used but if you live in the U.K. you can purchase Oxford Impressions stamps from The Craft Barn and if you are living in Continental Europe they are available from Art Journey.
La Bella Vita
Dressforms and Corsetry
The first tag was sent to the incredibly talented Martina. One of my shabby tags which you know by now what I stained it with adding stamps from Dressforms and Corsetry. The top part of the dressform was stamped and layered to add dimension. Fragments of dyed fabric and lace were added here and there. lace trimming the bottom. As the equally talented Marjie (have you seen the way you works spray inks to build up her backgrounds!) had a family vacation in Italy and because the R.A.K. (see a previous post) she sent to me was mailed from Italy I had to go with an Italian theme. You might have spotted that this is not one tag, it is a smaller tag (with child and details) attached to a larger tag. The tower and other items were stamped onto watercolour paper which had been treated with layers of dissolved walnut ink, Gesso and soluble crayons. Stamping the photo real tower with D.I. onto this paper creates a lovely muted and distressed image which suited the style of the tags.I have no doubt that you will know both Martina and Marjie but if not then please visit their blogs as you are in for a treat.
Thank You for visiting this post.
Have a lovely weekend which I hope will involve some creative time for all of you.