New kid on the block

Once again I am buzzing in dangerously close to the wire with a project that I would like to share over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s challenge, which is to use orange.

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I decided to create an artist trading block so that I could play with inks and stamps to my heart’s content! The only trouble is that trying to photograph these cubes of creativity  is v.v. difficult, especially when the weather outside has gone all wintery to the extent that it actually snowed!! This accounts for the blue toned background.

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I created the cube using the Sizzix die that has been designed just for this purpose. As my brain is half empty right now (I have been dealing with A LOT of challenging stuff at work) I decided it would be a risky business to stamp directly on to the cube and get everything pointing in the right direction, so  instead I created mats and layers which I then applied to the base cube.

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For all the layers I used a combination of Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge distress inks. I used a variety of background stamps – tiny dots, harlequin and alphabet over the top. I created two layers, distressing and inking the edges of each, before adding stamped butterflies.

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The butterflies are the usual suspects from my ever increasing collection with the new addition of one designed by Finnabair.

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The cherry on the top of this particular cake, or rather block, was a shabby flower that I created using a Creative Expressions die. The centre is a vintage metal brad.

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I am also sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for this week’s Love Metal challenge. (The metal brad!)

Like many in the UK I am coming to terms with the exciting revelations that have been happening in Eastenders. However, that giddiness has been top trumped by the release of the new Stampotique stamp designs and in particular the new range of Agathas. I do hope someone in the country is going to stock them. I am going to need a second mortgage to pay for my wish list!

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Naughty Girl

Today I have a little house to share with you and it’s very different from the ones that feature in my 12 houses of Christmas series.

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You’ll recognise the base as my favourite Altered Dwellings die. I’ve used chipboard and covered it with papers from the Gecko Gal  Parisian Dreams paper kit. The photograph is from the Coquette kit. The Gecko Galz now offer themed digital kits featuring images, papers, icons and digital stamps that all work together. There’s a new kit each month  – check them out here.

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To my house I added a row of ivory buttons plus lace, organza rose trim and a little punched heart.

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The collage words seemed to suit the mood!

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It’s a spring thing

I’m back here to share my second project made for the “Spring is Sprung” challenge over at My Artistic Adventures. Using the same bird collage sheet, I’ve created this shabby chic tag.

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The base of the tag is a scrap of corrugated card that I’ve painted white. I always mount corrugated card onto another piece of cardstock as it can be surprisingly feeble. Not only does the additional layer make it more sturdy it also means you can write on it too. I’ve layered on several pieces of thin gauze/muslin, pulling at the fibres to create a wispy texture. At the base of the tag I’ve layered on white lace and pale pink organza rose trim.

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I’ve glittered the edge of the image and tucked it under the lace adding the word tile on the top.

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A trio of pale pink  buttons and some ribbon completes the look.

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Spring is Sprung

Back with my second post of the day as once again the new My Artistic Adventures Challenge begins at the same time as Crafty Boots‘. The new theme at MAA is “Spring is Sprung.” Although there are still some little heaps of snow left from a few weeks ago, and it remains very, very cold, Aslan has definitely been on the move and there is a sense that spring is just around the corner. Bird activity in the back garden is increasing which means that very soon the nest building will begin in earnest. I thought it would be appropriate to use Heather’s fabulous bird collage sheet to create my DT project for this challenge.

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This fabulous sheet is fully loaded with domino sized images and a serving of word tiles on the side.

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I used one of the tiles that features a sweet little Blue Tit, a bird that regularly visits our garden, and enlarged it so it was slightly bigger than domino size. I mounted it on to some coordinating cardstock and then added a border of white crochet lace.

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I’ve added a little crystal clear glitter to the flowers.

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In one corner I’ve added a little bow and a glittered forget-me-not.

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At the base there is a scrap of ribbon with one of the word tiles and some tiny little flowers.

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There’s a feast of inspiration from the My Artistic Adventures DT so buzz on over and check out their projects and be sure to link up your own spring creations too.

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Seek happiness

Gosh Mondays do come around quickly! Another busy week successfully navigated – I was away for almost all of it – and another weekend of clearing up my crafty space makes is feel as if I don’t get to see the light of day. The tidy up seems to be creating more mess and I must admit that at the moment it all seems a bit overwhelming and I wonder if it will ever be in ship shape! All I can do is keep chip, chip, chipping away and believe that I will get there in the end!

Working in and around the current mess I have managed to create a little something for the new Crafty Boots Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking you to use a sentiment in your project.

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I thought I’d make the sentiment the main focus of the card, using a little freebie that I got with Craft Stamper magazine. I will confess I had planned to make this CAS but I got a little nervous about the white space!

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I stamped the sentiment on to white card and then brushed a little ink around the edges before stamping the flowery branches.

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I layered the white onto to some coordinating paper and then stamped and punched out the butterflies. I started with just one, but that space was still making me twitchy so stamped and punched until I was happy!

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Be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots to see what the other DT members have been up to and I hope you have time to share your creations with us all during the next fortnight.

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The definition of love

I’m always a little apprehensive when Friday 13th arrives and if we have one in February it means we will also get one in March. Having spent three gruelling days away I’m topping it off with a very early start to trek off to Hull for the day. It seemed a good idea at the time but I have a feeling I will not be firing on all cylinders! Great then to be sharing a little love with another of my Gecko Galz Valentine’s Day cards.

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I’ve layered papers from the Seeing Red pack having distressed and inked the edges. I’ve slipped in a piece of the book page paper from the Words and Music paper pack just to break up some of the red.

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I’ve added a die cut heart and then the dictionary definition, which is from the All You Need is Love digital stamp set.

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All you need is love

Continuing my little Valentine series with another card that I made for the Gecko Galz.

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That lovely paper is from the Seeing Red paper pack and as well as using it for the base layer I’ve also cut out a heart. The sentiment is from the Love Potion #9 kit and the book page is from the Words and Music paper pack.

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I’ve used a tiny piece of lace and a small red button to finish it all off.

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Love Me!

I realise that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and that I am running out of days on which to share my Valentine card projects with you. So, be prepared for a bit of heart fest over the next few days!

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Today’s card uses paper from the Gecko Galz Seeing Red paper pack and a heart image from the All You Need is Love digital stamp set.

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I outlined the heart with silver glitter and added a small red bow.

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Some white crochet lace top and bottom completes the look.

 

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Steampunk Valentine duo

I’ve been very sad to miss taking part in some of the recent challenges over on one of my favourite blogs – Sunday Stampers. I’ve had the ideas but been short on time to make them a reality. I was determined not to miss out again this week so have gone for a quick and easy card:

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Now we all know that when I do “clean and simple” the results don’t quite reflect the process and I did get very messy in the making of this! However, I am very happy at the outcome. I love this little steampunky heart stamp but had to unearth it from my crafty mess before I could get cracking. I stamped directly onto my card (yes, I know!!!) using black Archival ink. Next, I used some Cut and Dry foam to swoosh on Fired Brick distress ink. The sentiment is one of my favourites from Darkroom Door’s String Inspiration set.

The thing was that as soon as I had made that one I was just wondering what if….

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…I use a splatter stamp. So I stamped the heart and the sentiment. Then stamped Fired Brick using a splatter stamp. I stamped another heart, cut it out, coloured it with ink and then applied over the top of the original image.

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Hearts, roses and lace

I am in the middle of a major, major clear up of my crafting space. Although I am making progress, it is painfully slow. I have now reached the stage where it is the “storm before the calm” i.e. a blooming big mess!! Consequently, if I want to create anything, the space I have to do it in is minimal. So I am glad that I happened to have a little something up my sleeve to share with you today as we reach the mid-way point of our “Hearts and Valentines” challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges.

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I would also like to share this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is Roses and Lace.

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I’ve used images and papers from the Gecko Galz  Love Potion #9 kit. and the Words and Music paper pack.  I’ve layered up papers, distressing and inking the edges. I added some glitter to the outside edge of the heart image.

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I’ve used some scraps of lace, ribbon trim and ruffled seam binding plus paper roses to decorate.

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More lace and a tiny little seam binding bow decorate the top.

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So far, my grand tidy up hasn’t revealed any hidden treasure, it’s been more a question of “what on earth did I buy that for?!”  I am now going away for the rest of the week and leaving my big crafty mess behind me. If only the craft fairies would come in and finish the job!

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