Monday, August 31, 2015

SAF red carpet

The final challenge for this years stamp-a-faire.
Not a bad weekend's work.
I'm looking forward to using the card sketches to make a start of some Christmas cards in the next few weeks, and I'm so pleased I persevered with the bangles and found a process that works for me that I can use with the middle school craft club.
Here's to next years event.

SAF Accessories - Bangle #2

Call me obsessive but I've been ... well, obsessing, about the process for the bangles and I think I've got a solution.
It adds a step but makes it much easier to get a neat result.
I covered the bangle with patterned paper and a coat of gel medium. While it was drying I stamped the sentiment in versamark on tissue paper (ah-ha moment right!) and heat embossing with black detail powder. Then I cut around the sentiment and used more gel medium to paste it to the bangle.
Much better! The sentitment is from PTIs Reasons to smile.

SAF Accessories - popsicle stick bangle

I meant all long to go back to the challenge, having left a few popsicle sticks drying over the weekend, but I didn't realise how hard it would be!
I have high hopes for this craft for the middle school craft club, but we will definitely be sticking paper to them, and not trying to emboss them as I had a truly miserable experience trying to get this to work.
Anyway, here's the finished (!) product.
The sentiment is from the "pretty petals" set.

SAF Make it Work

I'm not sure this card, for the Make it work challenge , lives up to the title, but I've played about with it for so long now that I just don't know how else to try and tweak it.
It started life as a play with colours for Dawn's mix and match challenge. I found when you misted inks on the raised side of a grid block, the grid transferred to the smooshed image. Pretty neat. But then I wasn't sure how to use the result.
I eventually went with the "if all else fails emboss a simple image in black" approach and really liked the panel I was left with. But then what to do with that? Not this obviously - it just has too many disparate elements.
So I peeled off the word (carefully) to save the panel and started again.
To mimic the grid lines I got out the scor pal and scored a very simple 1/2 inch grid all over the base.
The hello is cut from the Wet paint die set and then topped with black enamel accents. The sentiment should be lower (easy to see when you step back), but it's going to have to do.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

SAF Mix and Match #2

I decided to have another go at the mix and match challenge, and in doing so generated a whole heap of colour combinations to use in the "make it work" challenge later.
The good news is I've discovered what my problem is with berry sorbet. I love the ink, especially when mixed here with Harvest gold in all it's tequila sunrisey goodness. But I don't like the card stock - it's just that smidge too garish for me, somehow lacking the blush tones of the ink. I'm obviously in the minority here but at least I know why I've been shying away from it.
This card was also to make me use kraft ink - I use the card stock all the time but barely ever the ink. So here is kraft, harvest gold and melon berry smooshed onto white card and then stamped with ripe avocado and the Reasons to smile stamp set.

SAF Runway Inspired - Dawn

I wasn't sure about this challenge from the description beforehand, but as soon as I saw Dawn's inspiration picture I was sold.
Dawn inspiration
There are so many cards in my head, just from this picture (embroidered blooms might be next) but this is where I went with it this time.
I used the Garden Gild cover plate and my inktense pencils again to colour it in. This is probably my favourite card of SAF so far.

SAF Pins and Needles - Stick pins

I took a break from the SAF challenges overnight, and came back this morning bright eyed and bushy tailed (?!) and ready to be creative with stick pins, as demonstrated by Melissa.
I have bought a few sets of pins over the years, but it's rarely something I reach for. I loved the suggestion of using them to hold the sentiment though so that's the approach I took for my card.
My husband just looked at the photo and said "where's the stick pin?", so I guess I've been rather subtle with them (there are 2 in there if you look carefully).

Saturday, August 29, 2015

SAF Mix and Match

We are so not in Kansas anymore with this challenge. I went screaming outside my safety zone and am glad to say that I survived the experience.
I started off with 3 inks I barely use - Berry sorbet. enchanted evening and new leaf. I found inktense pencils that approximated the same colour and painted some of each onto water colour paper. Once dry I used the corresponding inks to stamp various images from doodlie doo. It's not exactly subtle, but I sort of like how this looks.

SAF Accessories challege - felt necklace

I'll be honest - I got a head start on this challenge. No way I could knock this up in under 2 hours.
I waited and waited for the Lavender moon felt to come back into stock but no luck there so instead I bought some cream felt and dyed it myself.
I cut flowers and leaves out using the Doodlie doo set, and used lavender moon re-inker in water for the paler purple and seedless preserve distress stain for the darker. Once dry I played around with floss and beads to add patterns to the flowers and leaves.
I made a base for the flowers to attach to out of 2 layers of felt, cut into rings and stitched together.
I coloured them with a copic marker to (sort of) match the flowers. Then I added ribbon to each side, leaving it long so I could adjust it once I'd put it all together.
I sewed the flowers and leaves onto the circles. Working at the back meant the stitched didn't show through.
Once all the elements were on, I stood in front of a mirror to try and work out where it should sit, and folded the ribbon to the right length. I had bought special fasteners for ribbons - really easy to use, you just need a pair of pliers.
I've even got a few smaller flowers made up that might find themselves being used in some of the other challenges.

SAF Threads challenge

So much inspiration in Danielle's video for this challenge, and I had to have a go at the "crocheted" flowers (I'll go back to watch Laura's video when I'm not trying to keep within a time limit - I find her stunning simple style takes more time than my "throw it together as you go along" approach)
I even managed to incorporate 2 of her techniques into the card. It certainly won't fit through the mail but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

SAF Patterns Challenge - pattern 1

Who doesn't love a sketch challenge - most of the hard work is done for you. So this next challenge at PTIs Stamp-a-faire is right up my street.
I started at pattern number 1 because, who knows, I might even go back and try some of the others.

I decided to break into my "shakers and sprinkles" papers as its a special occasion (why do I hoard paper likes it's gold dust?).
I'm really happy with how the frame panel worked out. I used boutique borders-sympathy to partially die cut top and bottom then stamped, and used a black pen to extend the lines to the width of the panel. I used a copic to add a bit of colour to the frame detail.
I used PTIs Flower favorites set, matching the colours to those in the paper, ans added a sentiment from Keep it Simple- birthday.
A few sequins (also from shakers and sprinkles) finished it off.

SAF Bridal challenge

First challenge of the day for this years SAF at Papertrey ink. Can't wait for a crafty me day.
Here's my all white card.
I scored 3 lines top and bottom of the base card and embossed a panel of it with small dots.
The doily that makes the next layer is also embossed.
I tried to do a clever bit of embossing around the sentiment (PTIs Keep it Simple). I turned the disc over and put it on a foam base, then used a pencil to draw in a flourish, pressing as hard as I dared to force the pattern to the other side. It sort of worked if you look closely.
The only disappointing thing is that my Ranger white enamel accents is decidedly cream. Does it change colour as it ages or has it never been true white and I've never noticed before?

Friday, August 28, 2015

SAF Friday night fashion show

I decided, when I saw this challenge many weeks ago, to use a proper t-shirt, one that I stand a chance of wearing, rather than the cheap ones in the craft stores.
The problem with this approach is I was really nervous of making a mistake, especially as I was using permanent, archival ink. So I decided to do the sleeves first to see if it worked.
Here's my lovely long sleeved white t-shirt.
I put cardboard inside the sleeves to give a firm base and then stamped the leaves from PTIs Pretty petals set, and a little dotty accent from Out on a limb.
and then I froze. I had been planning to add a central motif, but I was really worried about splodges ruining the t-shirt so I completely chickened out and left it at the sleeves. They look really pretty though.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

PTI August Blog Hop

Weeks and weeks since my last post - holidays, weddings and preparing for both have kept me far too busy to craft. But now I'm back so I thought I'd start warming up for PTIs craft-a-faire with a play at this months Blog Hop.
Here's the inspiration picture
August Blog Hop Inspiration
and this is where I went with it
I'll be honest - the twine was an afterthought and I liked it better before I added it, but it's there to disguise a splodge! I'm hoping to have another go at the weaving twine idea at the weekend - hopefully with better results.
The little motif is from wee things, and was stamped in scarlet jewel, melon berry, harvest gold and brown inks. This bit I love.