Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SSS Monday - It's a stitch up

I seem to be just out of synch with my SSS challenges - 2 weeks ago I sewed a little pouch for the Contain yourself challenge. This week it's sewing and I've made a fishy card which would have been perfect for the Go fish challenge. Anyway, this card is for this weeks SSS Monday challenge.
I made a sandy background on watercolour with Inkense pencils and distress markers. The seahorse is made following the steps of a this 12 tags tutorial, while the seagrass is simply wiggly bits of card, sponged with bundled sage, stitched down the centres then a little light olive watercolour marker added over the stitching.
A bit of sponging through MFT on the diagonal stencil, some dots from Nuvo neptune and a sentiment from PTI Ombre sentiments finished the main panel, which was then stitched onto a paper from MME Lost and found.

Monday, August 29, 2016

PTI MIM #259 - Ombre clusters

Love the inspiration for this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink. Dawn asked us to use clusters of stamping in graduating colours and different sized images.
I went simple, sort of.  Instead of using stamps I cut 4 different sized circles from various die sets (PTI limitless layers, a set of stacked circle, a circle punch, you get the idea) out of craft foam and stuck these to acrylic blocks to use as my stamps.
I stamped the largest circle with PTI pinefeather, the next with Distress Pine needles, then PTI Ocean tides and finally the smallest with PTI aqua mist.
Sticking with the ombre idea I used PTI ombre sentiments, stamped in Pinefeather or embossed in white on pinefeather card, to build up the sentiment.
I added a few little enamel accents using Nuvo crystal effects in Neptune. These are new to me and I just love them, although I desperately need a tutorial on placement of enamel dots or similar embellishments as I spent a good half hour adding, taking them away again, moving them all around trying to decide where to place them. Ridiculous!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

PTI August Blog hop

It's blog hop day at Papertrey Ink. The inspiration photo is gorgeous, but that actually made it a very hard inspiration to live up to!
August Blog Hop
I couldn't decide if the dark colour was blue or grey - it depended what screen I was looking at it on, but Nichole's blurb said "pop of navy" so I went with blue.
I had a bit of a false start with this first card - I wanted to get a watercolour feel so stamped the flowers and leaves with archival ink and then watercoloured over the top with inktense pencils to soften the images but the colours just weren't working and the card then got too busy (when cards are going wrong I never quite know how to stop!)

So I stepped back, and decided to go very simple instead. I used a die cut of the words to make a light embossed image on the card base and then watercoloured (again with inktense pencils) over the top, following the general shape of the letters. When this was dry I stuck the die cut over the top, having first sponged the bottom part in Pale peony ink.
I like this one much better. now if only I can work out why my camera keeps taking photos with a hazy finish I'll be all set.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

SSS Monday - Go fish

My son is about to start his junior year of High school, and everyone keeps warning us that this one is a real doozy, so I thought I'd make a supply of "hold in there" type cards for when those moments arrive.
This card, for the Go fish challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Monday, is the first of those.
I used a this tutorial from Splitcoast stampers for the background, using acetate, tissue paper and re-inkers, and Avery Elle's Swim team stamp set.
I had the silver anchor charm which, as I'm not going to have to post the card, I thought I'd use rather than a die cut.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

PTI Create along with us August 2016

Cat emergency so all my cards for next week's onslaught of family birthdays/anniversaries/A level result congratulations are going to be so late, but at least I made a start with a card for my sister's 1st wedding anniversary, to enter into the Creat along with us challenge at Papertrey ink
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This was my inspiration card, from Heather Nicholls
The only change in technique was that I embossed the heart before watercolouring and then ironed off the embossing powder before stamping the sentiment (small details, I know)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SSS Monday - Try to contain yourself

I've had no time at all for crafting for what seems like months now, so this week I'm making sure I get a chance to indulge myself a little. I have a whole heap of birthday cards to get done, but I saw this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Monday and decided I'd dust off the sewing machine instead.
I've just had small ones staying, and had bought a few packs of pens and pencils for them to use, including a box of 48 gel pens that came without any storage once the box was ripped open. So I made a pencil case to keep them in. There are loads of tutorials online for a zippered pouch - I used this one.

I started with a blank piece of lightweight canvas, an assortment of archival inks, some Martha Stewart letter stencils and some Tim Holtz layering stencils to decorate the front of the pouch.
Once I'd put in the zip I cut some floral accents from a light cotton fabric, backed with heat'n'bond, and stamped with images from PTI Doodlie doo and more archival inks. These were then ironed into place (although, they didn't hold as well as I'd hoped, so once the pouch was finished I had to go back with some gel medium and stick some of them again)
And this was my finished pouch. Just the right size for the pens.





Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MIM #257

August is birthday month in my family, and it's been too busy here to even start on cards until today, so this week's Make it Monday challenge at Papertrey Ink is a perfect place to make a start on the 6 cards I need by the end of this week.
This card was all coming together nicely until I got to the sentiment strip, which I misjudged lengthwise, and also managed to assemble slightly crooked! Pretty sure my Dad won't notice though!


Sunday, August 7, 2016

SAF Remix

I was out of the country for all of this year's SAF (my brother's wedding so I really can't complain about having to miss taking part in SAF), but there are lots of techniques I'm looking forward to trying. As we've had family staying ever since we got back from our trip crafting time has not been an easy thing to find but I had to have a go at the night sky techniques demonstrated by Amy Sheffer, and it's lovely to have this challenge to post the results.
The "adventure" sentiment (from the new Traveler's Journal: Adventure kit) is heat embossed with Ranger's super fine silver powder. I used a few silver star sequins from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit.