Sharing a wee collection which appears in Take Ten magazine.
Last year, some reasons outwith my control but also, I didn’t seem to be in cardmaking mode, I didn’t really manage to submit the usual volume to Take Ten (or The Stampers’ Sampler). When I received Paris Flea stamp collection (Character Constructions) from Catherine Moore, I knew immediately that aside from having some paper doll fun, I wanted to also focus on the lovely French/Paris related stamps, particularly stamp plate no 7.
That’s Crafty is now stocking select Character Constructions stamps, including some of the Paris Flea collection. They are the only U.K. stockist. If you have any queries, then I am sure Laura at That’s Crafty will try and help you with questions re availability, etc.
They are all mini cards (3″x 4″)
For each card, I worked with some (to me) precious vintage French receipt paper, it has taken me all my time to use this book of receipts because once finished I doubt I will ever replace it, such items are something I struggle to source.
The printing on the vintage paper determined placement of stamps – the numbers stamped alongside the printed No. on this second sample. To utilise scrap pieces of the vintage paper, I stamped little elements, such as the postal mark and sentiment, layering onto the cardbase.
Embellishments were deliberately kept to a minimum for a few reasons. I wanted it to be more of a stationery set as opposed to individual greeting cards. The tiny pieces of cut ribbon are only there to bring another layer of French flavour, I didn’t want any such details to smother the stamps and I did not want the paper to be obliterated by “this and that”.
Just enough room to add a flag to the Eiffel Tower!
Two of the inserts – sentiments stamped onto scraps of the paper
and one of the envelopes.
Thank you to Catherine Moore for creating such wonderful stamps and to Stampington for publishing this wee card collection and THANK YOU to you for visiting this post.
07 Mar 2017 10 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: cards, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Paris/Parisian, Stampington & co, Take Ten, That's Crafty
29 Jan 2016 16 Comments
Squeezing this post in before I return on Sunday with my That’s Crafty post.
This card collection came about after making a card for DT post for That’s Crafty (after receiving the Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamp set to play with), HERE. As is often the way of it with me, I then continued to use all the stamps in the set and decided to submit to Stampington & Company’s Take Ten (they appear in the Winter 2016 issue). So really I have Laura from That’s Crafty to thank for this card collection being published! If I wasn’t on her DT I wouldn’t have received those stamps and then gone on to make cards to submit!
The first card is the one that began the collection.Simple, simple cards with stark colour palette of white/winter white, black and red.The post at That’s Crafty or the feature in Take Ten explains how I achieved the borders.Minimal embellishing, a scrap of ticking and vintage buttons. I really wanted the hearts to do all the talking!So there we have it, simplicity in supplies and composition. I always prefer more involved projects but creating with the intention of submitting to Take Ten is a good exercise in the discipline of paring back card design to meet the ten minute criteria. When submitting to Take Ten I have a different mindset than when I create to submit to The Stampers’ Sampler, even though there are times when submissions to Take Ten ultimately make an appearance, due to the Editor’s selection process, in Sampler.
Thank you to Devon Warren and her team for publishing this collection and thank you for visiting and enduring all the recent heart themed artwork I’ve been sharing!
22 Jan 2016 20 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: cards, masks/stencils, mixed media, paint, paint effects, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Stampington & co, Take Ten, Valentine, Valentine's Day
Last year I was lucky enough to receive a fabulous stencil from Redlead, Art Start Pinked Heart. When I was thinking about submitting some heart themed cards to Stampington’s Take Ten, I decided I wanted the stencil to feature. The downside, the cards have to be quick makes and must feature stamping. If it weren’t for the wee bits of this ‘n’ that, they would be one layer cards.
Obviously I was so happy when I knew they were all published in Take Ten (Winter 2016), gathered as a feature, Heart-to-Heart.
Art Start Pinked Heart stencil.
With the cards being so small in stature I decided not to share any detail photographs as all the details show up on the main photos.
I was aiming for a quick way to apply the paint and also achieve a dreamy quality. One of the wonderful aspects of Frescos (Sherbert, Blush and Nougat) they dry so quickly, perfect when challenged with cards that need to be made within ten minutes or less!
On the cover of this issue it is noted as a “Fast Faux Watercolour”, I suppose the effect does have the appearance of watercolour but I was still surprised to see them categorised as that. The paints were applied with a baby wipe.
All of the sentiments are from one fabulous Redlead set (see supplies).
At times, altering the orientation of the sentiment by inking up a word at a time to best suit the layout.
Each card topped off with sweet embellishments, really just anything I found to suit the theme.Thank you to Stampington for publishing this collection and thank you for your visit to this blog post.
One last thing, if you are looking for a bargain, at the time of drafting this blog post, Redlead had many items heavily discounted, some 50-60% reduction. Click HERE.
25 Nov 2015 13 Comments
In the Autumn issue of Stampington & co’s Take Ten I was so pleased (note that as really, really, really pleased!) to see they had featured a collection of cards featuring Darkroom Door feather stamps, which I’d submitted.
There are four cards in the collection, in this scheduled post I am sharing three (I will confess, it is because I managed to somehow delete the photos for the fourth card!)
The idea behind this collection, beyond wanting to create cards with the beautiful Darkroom Door feather stamps, was to try to bring a sense of nature with an emphasis on textures
and to also feature words or sentiments relating to nature but are also affirmations for our own daily lives.
Maybe we should remind ourselves to give permission to allow us to fly and see where we land, to not be held back by our own fears or by words from another.Knowing from the outset that I wanted a tactile quality to each card, also not forgetting that each card needs to meet the 10 minute criteria for Take Ten, I simply stamped each feather onto muslin, fraying the edges.Rummaging around I gathered twine, burlap, beautiful textured paper, handmade paper and even fragments of bark,adding a hint of colour with paint splatters to mimic the colours of a bird’s egg.I hope you have found your wings.
Wishes and thanks for taking the time to visit this scheduled post. Normal service will resume very soon when I return with more Christmas/winter related artwork.
27 Jul 2015 19 Comments
Last week I shared with you Part I of this post, well here I am, ready to share the remainder of the cards which Take Ten published, all featuring beautiful stamps from Oxford Impressions’ Field Notes stamp set.
This shell stamp is lovely and considering it is a photo real stamp which are not always successful when stamped onto textured paper, all the detail of the shell has been retained.A scrap of bark which has no relation to the shell. I simply liked the texture.A piece of torn, stamped script layered with mica, stained seam binding, topped with a jute bow.Another photo real stamp.Stamped three times. Once onto the base and twice, fussy cut and layered, off-setting the angle slightly, then simply adorned with a pressed flower.I paired the two leaf stamps for this card.As with the previous card, I stamped the Gingko leaf twice, allowing me to layer onto the main image, creating dimension.The final card has a pear for the focal which I paired (should that be peared ….. Groan!) with a text stamp from another Oxford Impressions set, Le Jardin (also available from That’s Crafty).A scrap of mica highlights the stamped word, Poire.
So there we have it, the final cards in this collection and have now shared with you all the cards published in the Spring issue of Take Ten.
It always makes me so happy when I have any submissions published and I greatly appreciate Stampington’s support BUT I also appreciate and never take for granted how lucky I am to share publication news with you and artwork which makes it to print.
20 Jul 2015 16 Comments
Note:- After a recent post saying that Oxford Impressions Field Notes stamp set was out of retirement, I received word that it was now sold out. There was a query about whether the set would be made available again so I contacted Suzanne. Below you can read her note about the availability, just in case anyone out there is interested in this beautiful stamp set.
Now, let me tell you, without a word of a lie, the paper used on the following cards is Poo paper! Yes, Poo as in POO! I do have to add that it is mixed with pine needles! My lovely friend Darlene sent me a pad of this paper.
This collection is the most submitted under any one theme, seven in total. I never submit with any expectations, once mailed I put the artwork out of my mind but I thought, if they did catch their eye at Take Ten, maybe one would make it to print, not all seven of them in a feature. To limit the length of this blog post I am splitting the cards into groups, sharing three of them today and instead of taking up your precious time with long drawn out details I have decided to share with you detail photographs so you can get an idea of the little bits I gathered for each card.
All cards are 4″x4″ and feature Fields Notes stamp set with background script from French Script.Subtle background stamping with the handwritten script with the butterfly fussy cut to create dimension as the focal image.
A fragment of bark along with a torn piece of stamped numbers.One of the reasons I am such a fan of Oxford Impressions stamps isn’t purely that I love the designs but that each set is so cleverly thought out and for my “comfort zone” stamping, they fit perfectly, allowing me to stamp all those little elements which I get so much joy from adding here and there whether to a card, tag, canvas, etc.
Initially my thoughts had been to watercolour images, along the lines of an Edwardian ladies nature journal but I was conscious of the ten minute rule (!) for Take Ten and I never ever need an excuse to work with a neutral colour palette.
Only one of the bees was fussy cutI am partial to buttons!
The final card for this post features a beautiful dragonfly.
A wee piece of knotted jute twine and vintage crochet lace are all that adorn this card.
I will share the second instalment very soon. I am finding myself trying to do some catching-up with blog posts that I hadn’t intended to leave as long as this to share with you.
Have a lovely week and I hope to see you soon and many thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit.
14 Jul 2015 18 Comments
In the Summer issue of Take Ten I have a few cards published (can never believe how lucky I am). One of the features is “What Fine Gentlemen”.
This collection I had completely forgotten about! When I looked at my notes, it was 2013 they were mailed to Take Ten. Not that it matters to me if it is a quick turnaround or a longer wait, it is just brilliant that they liked them enough to publish them! I had planned to share these with you in time for Father’s Day but as you can see, I missed the boat!!!
Although it is a long time ago when I made them, I can remember how they came about. Amongst some craft goodies I received a set of Rebecca Sower stickers. The stickers were nice in themselves but I saw the possibility of using them as a stamping surface. With their vintage style it seemed they would be well suited to a masculine collection. For some time I had wanted to make a collection featuring Oxford Impressions’ photo real stamps of gents as most times it is the female photo real stamps that I play with.
All of the photo real stamps were stamped onto glossy cardstock with Archival ink and I always use a Speedball brayer. That’s my preference but I know stampers who prefer to use Staz-on.
I know I am repeating myself but I never request the return of any submissions. That means, if I am pushed for time, trying to get submissions into the mail, then I don’t have the time to deliberate over photographs. The colours look a bit washed out here. I used a soft cream cardbase with Caran d’ache NeoColor II, in deep brown, sepia and bronze to create the splatters.
The stickers had a very shiny surface so I used Staz-on, Timber Brown. It didn’t trouble me if the stamped image wasn’t the perfect size for the actual stickers. I wanted this detail to mimic an official mark in a passport or other such documentation. Hello Sailor! Torn cork brings texture.
I wanted all the cards to be relatively flat, the stickers are really the main embellishments but I also wanted texture, the cork suited the purpose as did a piece of torn packaging. He looked the type of gent who would smoke a pipe.The final card – A Man of Learning. . This stamp is without a doubt my most used masculine photo real stamp, inked up countless times since I first got the April In Paris stamp set.
Pen nibs, where would we be without a pen nib stamp in our stash!I dipped into many Oxford Impressions stamp sets for this quartet. You can source some of the stamps at That’s Crafty and of course at the Austen Gallery which is the Oxford Impressions on-line store.
Thank You to Take Ten for publishing this wee collection in the Summer issue and many thanks to you for taking the time to view them.