Friday, May 29, 2015

TH 12 tags of 2015 - May

I started this project for Tim Holtz' 12 tags series weeks ago, but then got caught up in work and life to a point where I really didn't think I was going to get the chance to finish it. So I deliberately left all sorts of things I should have been doing today and gave myself a few hours to play, as this project is very personal.
I started with a very cheap wooden frame that I'd bought years ago on one of my attempts to interest my son in making something for his Granny's birthday (I failed that time). I stained it with brushed corduroy stain as it was very light and then put sticky back burlap over the top.
I then followed the process with the stencil and texture paste, colouring it with aged mahogany and tattered rose ink. I'd decided I wanted shades of pink and red so I picked some of the ephemera that reflected these colours and stuck them on before putting a coat of glue and seal over the whole lot.
Rather than use the found relatives I used my own! This is a picture of my Mum a very long time ago. I scanned it and then printed 2 at different sizes as I liked the way this looked. As far as I can remember I never saw her wearing pink - but she is now.

Rather than rub ons I stamped a few of the images from the postmarks set onto the photos using MFT steel grey ink (love this ink - my go to colour at the moment).
My roses aren't actually orange! I guess the brightness of the (orange) room I photographed them in must have messes with the colours a bit. Think more peachy-pink. I'd hoped to use some of the daisies but I need a few more practice attempts before they make it onto a project I'm going to photograph and share.
I wanted to use some of the words to personalise it even more so spelt out  few phrases. Then I added my Mum's initials on the clips.

I can't believe the only thing stopping me from finishing this project is not being able to find a picture of my Mum and me together. However, I'm visiting my Dad over the summer so I'm hoping I'll find one there.

Monday, May 25, 2015

PTI May blog hop

The quickest of quick cards for this month's Blog Hop at Papertrey Ink.
This was the inspiration picture
and this was my card
I used a very basic set of crayola paints and a stencil, but soon decided that I'd be better off with random splats from the paintbrush, although I did pencil in the oval before I started to give me a framework.
The sentiment is from the new Garden Gild set.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

MIM #212

Ah fussy cutting - the reason I only buy stamps with matching dies.
However, I really wanted to play with the Garden Gild set that arrived today so I made an early wedding card for my sister.
I found I needed to use a metal cutting shim with this cover plate, but then it cut beautifully. I used a sponge dauber to add Autumn rose, sweet blush and aqua mist inks.
I stamped the sentiment and then added a couple of flowers before painstakingly cutting it out.
Then I popped the sentiment up with a bit of foam tape.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

SSS Don't abandon the coral

A late card for this weeks Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp
Coral can be masculine - right?! Well, it is for this card.
I used fossilized amber distress spray and black embossing powder for the sentiment. I stamped the bird separately in Abandoned coral and cut it out.
The shadow is pumice stone (with the amber mixed in as I obviously didn't heat set it long enough!)

MIM #211

I'm rather late getting to this weeks Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink.
With 3 male birthdays in the next few weeks there was no way I could go the flower route but I thought balloons might look OK with this technique too.
I used chalks rather than gelatos (as I don't have any gelatos!) but got a similar effect.