30 Jan 2014
Tags: cards, collage, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door DT, stained papers, travel
Lovely to have you visit.
For this post I am sharing a card with Prague as a theme. I have been the lucky owner of both Prague Vol 1 and Vol 2 from Darkroom Door (Prague Vol. 2) for a long time now, they really are beautiful stamps.
This card I am sharing was made with a person in mind, for her birthday as it is a place she has visited.
This card isn’t minimalist by any means, there is quite a lot taking place starting with the background (sorry, no photograph) which is cardstock that I stained with a mix of Distress Stain in Antique Linen and Caran d’ache watersoluble crayons then I stamped the large street scene repeatedly, roughly masking as I stamped. This scene is so fine in its detail. Some travels scenes are very distinctive but I like the fact that this scene doesn’t need to represent Prague, it could almost be a scene from any old town/city.
To add a little touch of depth to the image you can see that I layered a mica tile, something I can be found to do often.Tea stained lace tucked beneath this stamped element. I stamped all the elements onto stained cardstock.At the side of the card it appears once again, this time layered with a fragment of the most beautiful handmade paper which I received from the lovely Nicola. This paper is so beautiful I could not bring myself to use too large a piece.Moving over to the other side of the card, is this beautiful beaded drop. This was cut from a length of beaded trim and to my mind it is a representation of the beauty of Czech glass.A stained tag with random stamping to form some pattern on the tag before stamping this sentiment with a decorative stamped element topping the tag.
Finally the lamp-post. Thank you for visiting this post, my last post for the month of January.
January has come and gone too quickly. I had great intentions to share my Giveaway with you during this month but it will now be in February. The beginning of the month will be quite busy on my Blog. I hope you will visit me during the month of February and that I am able to catch-up with your beautiful Blogs to see what you have all been busy creating.
28 Jan 2014
Tags: cards, collage, fabric, Oxford Impressions, published artwork, stamping onto fabric, Stampington & co, Take Ten
Back in December I was thrilled to receive my copy of Take Ten (Winter) as I knew I had some cards published (with one other feature being a surprise, I will share that another time).
The cards I submitted all featured stamps from Oxford Impressions, The Deep (this set can be purchased directly from Oxford Impressions at Austen Gallery or in the U.K. from That’s Crafty. Take Ten collected the four cards into a feature called, Under The Sea. I will only share two of the four cards but if you are interested then you can see what the other two cards look like if you click this link.
If you do not happen to purchase Take Ten then the idea is that cards should be made within ten minutes (or less), the clue is in the title! My four cards all worked to what they call, a variation on a theme, in this instance the theme being under the sea, I used Kraft cardstock for the base of each card and elements are repeated throughout the cards and also the surface I stamped onto, which they outlined in the text in their feature.
and the second card, with this little gathering of stained gauze in the corner.
I wanted the cards to be quite tactile, a mix of different textures with some of the cards also featuring wooden beads and shell buttons and and crochet lace. Thank you so much for your visit to this post. I always appreciate the time you take to stop by and visit my Blog.
27 Jan 2014
This month is flying past and I certainly didn’t intend to leave this post so late in the month. This is Part II to a post I shared earlier in the month, sharing cards I received at Christmastime.
It would be really lovely if you visit my friends’ blogs although I imagine you already know the talented artist friends and their blogs.
Picking up where I left off, I am sharing in alphabetical order.
This oh so pretty gift was from the lovely Ira. The shimmer on the corrugated cardboard is gorgeous.From Lynn I received this beautiful ornament and not only that, vintage laces. Next I am sharing beautiful cards received from Marie, Hazel and Chris. Aren’t they all so pretty!Martina gifted me this rich in texture (and colour) canvas. The photograph doesn’t begin to do the colours justice. Some of the texture comes from paper flowers, leaves, holly, a cupid and relief pattern using texture paste and the colours shimmer in real life.From sweet Nicola this most beautiful card. I wish you could hold this card in your hand to feel the softness of the leaves and ribbon. They say life is in the details well look at the details on this card. The pretty flower buds in the centre of the snowflakes and the sparkle on the angel especially her wings and that gorgeous piece of lace peeking between the ribbon.It is as though taking a trip around the world, we have stopped off in the Netherlands with Ira, Lynn in America, Marie also in America (or Germany), Hazel and Chris who live in the U.K., then we have Martina in Germany, Nicola who hails from Dublin and now we are visiting Australia where sweet Suzy resides.Isn’t this such a serene card with her lovely use of Tissue Tape and machine stitching.
The final photograph to share displays the beautiful cards received from Terry, Lucy and Karen.Thank you to each and every one of you for your beautiful cards and gifts. You all certainly made me feel special this Christmas.
26 Jan 2014
Tags: fabric, Image Transfer, lace, Oxford Impressions, photo realistic stamps, That's Crafty DT artwork, Valentine's Day
Let me share with you a sneaky peek of my That’s Crafty DT project for this week.
This week sees me playing with Lesley Riley’s TAP which is a beautiful product to work with. I used it in conjunction with a photo real stamp. That is the beauty of TAP it can be used for stamping, drawing, painting, with use in your printer and the image transferred to a variety of surfaces.The full project with a list of the other supplies I used and instructions can be viewed at the That’s Crafty blog.
Thank you for your visit and for your visits this past week, especially the wonderful comments left for me to read on the The Bliss of Reading post.
Have a lovely Sunday.