Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hero Arts - Stamp your story Inspiration

A last minute decision to enter the Stamp your story challenge prompted this card.

I love the brushed frame stamp, especially when "kissed" with the envelope pattern background stamp (I've used it in posts a couple of times before.
I've also used stamps from the brush strokes set, stamped in Pale tomato, soft cantaloupe and fresh peach. I stamped off first to give a more washed out colour.
The faint text is another Hero Arts stamp - Dictionary greetings - in Soft granite.
I was inspired by Kelly Purkey's Stamp your Story Blog Hop post. I love the size and simplicity of these pages for a Project Life journal, but decided to translate the idea into a card.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge #3

Some time ago the MIM challenge involved using diluted reinkers to make a splodged image and then embossing over the top (MIM #109 to be exact - here's the you tube link) and this was the technique I used for the wreath image.
It's a bit unfortunate that the wreath part is my least favourite element on this card. I'll certainly be re-visiting this one next time I have a spare moment.

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge #2

This month's Blog Hop at PTI is all about wreaths.
What could be more Christmassy than a wreath?

I got to play with the fabulous new Fancy Flakes dies to make the background, used Framed out #9 for the "O" and cut the rest of the letters out on the cricut.

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge #1

This month's Blog Hop at Papertrey ink is all about wreaths.
I have had a ziploc bag full of words stuffed at the back of a drawer for a few years now and decided I'd see if I could use them to make a sort of wreath as an anniversary card.
The sentiment is from PTI Simple Sentiments, edged with PTI Sew simple borders.

Friday, September 20, 2013

A blog named Hero - Game, Set, Match

Last year I got so busy with work that I didn't get a chance to make home-made presents for any of my family or friends, which is something I really enjoy doing. So this year I've made an early start on it and have been using some of the challenges as a starting point.
This challenge at A Blog Named Hero was a perfect example.
I made a set of notecards for my best friend who is (hopefully) going to be with us this year.
I was fascinated - and a little horrified - by how hard I found it to make all the cards the same. I even had to bring out the stampamajig, and that's a tool that doesn't get a lot of use in my workspace. Just shows how slap-dash my approach usually is.
There are 10 cards in the set - 2 in each colour from the ombre. Now I just need to make a nice box to put them in and that's another little something ready to tuck away ready for Christmas.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

SSS Monday Challenge

This Monday challenge at Simon Says stamp this week is Anything but plain paper.
I decided to play along and do something very different for me.
I made the bird from scrunched up newspaper held in shape with tape, added wire feet and cardboard tail and beak. It was then covered with tissue paper and lots and lots of modge podge.
The sentiment was stamped on the tissue paper with stazon ink, and then pasted onto the body form.
I need to work on my basic bird shape - the head looks a bit big in the cold light of day, but it's certainly something I've never tried before and isn't that what challenges are supposed to be!

Monday, September 16, 2013

MIM #132

This week's Make It Monday challenge was to use layered border cuts.
I've been meaning to try a layout with stacked words for a while and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
For the embossing I used an embossing marker and wrote over the top of the words I wanted to pick out. It's not as fine a line as I'd like but it's certainly close enough.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MIM #131 - striped embossing #2

I'm oh, so much happier with this attempt at the PTI Make it Monday challenge.
In fact, this stands a big chance of being this years Christmas card - that's how much I like it.
The word is embossed with silver, verdigris and green embossing powders. The trees were stamped with versamark and then shaded with perfect pearls in similar shades and the word mounted above them on foam tape. Simple sentiment from Wonderful words: Holiday and that's it.

MIM #131 - Striped Embossing

We've got a "bonus" summer day today, so I wanted to make a quick and easy card to get in the mail for my Nephew's birthday, however, that's not quite how it worked out.
I decided to emboss a circle (from limitless layers) with the age already cut out and just to repeat 2 colours in stripes. I covered the whole circle with versamark and masked the first line with a post it note, only to discover that the post it would not stick to the versamark. I guess a word or pattern gives enough non-stamped area for the post-it to stick to, but not if you cover the entire shape. Anyway, I did the best I could, and just used a brush after each application of embossing powder to tidy the line up.
I stamped a background with orange zest and Background Basics: Super stripes and then ran the ink block across it in places to make it less precise. I was amazed to find I had a set of brads on the same colours (certainly no planning ahead involved!) so I used all of them to beef up the sentiment banner.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

MIM #130 - Notebook

This idea needs a bit more work, but the basic concept is there.

I got a plain, card covered notebook and wrapped a piece of brown ribbon round the centre, leaving long tails for a bow and then covered the outside entirely with a piece of cream cotton fabric and about 3 thick coats of modge podge. Once it was all completely dry I trimmed the edges of any frayed threads and had a really good go at it with a sanding block.
I used some distress inks (peeled paint, marigold and frayed burlap) to add some colour and then stamped all over with a script background stamp in brown ink and one of the tin types patterns in terracotta tile ink.
I used fillable frames #4 on the same cream cotton with distress inks, cut the initials from orange fabric and Headline alphabet and added a few sunflowers from simply sunflowers.
One of the things I like most about the heat n'bond is that the shapes cut much more cleanly than when just cutting fabric on its own.
When I ironed it all in place the modge podge did go a bit sticky (and shiny) but it didn't seem to goop the iron up.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

MIM #130 - place mat

Before I cleared away the debris from my main Make it Monday challenge I thought I'd have another play.
Now I'm hoping the "washable" claim on the heat n'bond is true, as I've used it on something that needs regular washing - a child's placemat. We'll see how it holds up.
The little snowmen are from "made of snow" dies cut out of white cotton batting and their flags are cut using the larger banner builder dies. I used headline alphabet to spell out the name on the flags and also for the wishes part of the sentiment. 
I'm just glad my last PTI order had been almost exclusively Christmassy stamps and dies - for once I had planned ahead - and it made this challenge much easier to complete.

MIM #130

This was so not how I was planning to spend my week, but this weeks Make It Monday featured Heat n'bond with die cuts and, rather than just make something random to complete the challenge, I decided to skip ahead a few months and make the Christmas banner I had been planning to make some time in November.
I've never used heat n'bond, always being a fan of applique to keep fabric shapes in place, but the Erin's demonstration made it look like fraying wouldn't be an issue so I gave it a go.
I used the 3 bigger dies from snowflake medley and treated each one slightly differently. On the largest snowflake I stamped the corresponding image onto the shape and then used a red marker to pick out some of the lines to make these areas really stand out. The middle snowflake was stitched with a "snowflaky" pattern and I added the letters for MERRY CHRISTMAS, cut out with the Headline alphabet dies to the smallest.
The placement is different on each banner to add a bit of interest.
The banners were 2 layers of fabric with a a layer of iron-on interfacing between them to add structure.
The best part was that the only things I had to buy were the heat n'bond and some olive green thread to attach the ribbon header - everything else was in my remnants drawer.
Finding a way of photographing a 10 foot long banner however presented a few challenges - good job I'm an English girl who wouldn't be without a washing line (despite town by-laws).