Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PTI October blog hop

The inspiration pictures for this month's Blog hop were very unusual, with such strong elements. I'm looking forward to seeing where people went with this start point.
I went with the colours that seemed to feature in so many of the pictures - scarlet jewel, honey nut and dark indigo, used the reinkers to paint a shape and then stamped the tree from summer hills over the top. This card is a lot closer to the inspiration pictures than I usually go, but I was enchanted by the blobs turned into trees idea.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SSS Monday - not a card #3

I'm having a lovely day, using the "not a card" theme of this week's Simon says stamp Monday challenge as an excuse to catch up with some crafting projects.
This one comes courtesy of a Tammy Tutterow tutorial found here.
I bought a few of the new French style yogurts that come in a glass jar, and saved the jars with this project in mind. A variety of green alcohol inks gave the base colour, and the die cut words and sentiments are all from Papertrey Ink. A couple of the TH ice skate charms finished them off.
Here's a close up of the crackle as it's hard to see from the previous pictures. The technique works really well, although I think I'd skip the rock candy glitter next time as it just made the glaze a little cloudy.
And a final shot of it lit up

SSS Monday - Not a card #2

I'm using this week's Simon says stamp Monday challenge as an excuse to get to all those little crafty projects that I've been storing up on pinterest to have a go at.
This uses the TH on the edge Townscape die, and the bottom of an oatmeal drum that I've been saving for this project for at least a year now!
I was thinking about Murano, which is why the bottom is blue, as if the houses border the lagoon. To get a watery feel I smeared on some texture paste and let that dry before sponging on some distress inks. The houses were painted with gesso, and then coloured with distress markers.
This is how it looks when it's all lit up.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

SSS Monday - Not a card

It is so long since I've had time to play along with a SSS challenge, but I finally got to a project I've been meaning to have a go at ever since my best friend gave me her Mother-in-law's button box, and I came into possession of more shirt buttons than I could ever hope. So this project is for SSS Monday - Not a card challenge.
I started with a very cheap art canvas, and covered it with pages from the botany section of an encyclopedia I picked up (for free!) from our library when they were getting rid of it. I then sponged a selection of distress inks over the top (tumbled glass, cracked pistachio, twisted citron, shaded lilac).
I used the ground espresso distress crayon and a stencil from The crafter's workshop to give a basic tree shape, and then added finer branches using ground espresso ink and the branch from PTI "out on a limb".
And then came the buttons. So many buttons! They're attached with a hot glue gun.
Once that was done I used a TH stencil to just add a few flourishes and added a quote from the book that always makes me cry.

Monday, October 9, 2017

MIM #299 - Sentiment windows

This was such an easy card to put together after last weeks hot embossing powder incident. It's for this weeks Make it Monday challenge, and I thought this years anniversary set would give a perfect (if little) window for the sentiment.
Spruce and sprigs supplied the additional foliage. I've got the Season's greetings stamp set in my cart at the moment so this one is really just a place holder.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

MIM #298 - Faux epoxy elements

Only one very small burn resulted from this weeks Make it Monday challenge when one of the letters flipped onto my finger while I was trying to set it onto the balloon. It was really hot!
I used headline alphabet and numbers dies and the balloon die from Birthday style. If you look closely there's also a repeating "happy birthday" sentiment in the background, under the sponged ink.

Monday, September 25, 2017

PTI September Blog hop

Why do the blog hops always catch me unawares? I see the picture at the end of each release cycle and then it goes completely out of my mind until I happen across something on facebook on the actual day. Anyway, as it happened today I had immediate need of a masculine get well soon card so that is what I did with this months inspiration picture.

Isn't it pretty? Love the chalkboard background, and it works especially well as the card is for a retired principal.
My cat was obsessed with "helping". He's the reason for the patchy embossing (a tail works well to remove unset embossing powder apparently) and he also had a quick lick of card base before I spotted him - maybe he was helping to blend?