A bit late for "Monday", but just made it. We've been hard at work this week doing the final decorating on our kitchen and we decided that there would be no "play time" until we finished. We have now finished - hooray!
So to Grungy Monday ....... This week's challenge over on Studio L3 is the wonderful technique of using texture fades and distress inks. Click the link here to go to Linda's blog for details of the challenge and the link to Mr T's great instructional video. Do take a look at the wonderful examples provided this week and the entries for the challenge. They really are quite fantastic and such a huge range of ideas.
I used only two colours of distress inks for this hanging (I'm really into hangings at the moment!) - Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo. Having spent alot of time recently making flowers I thought I would do a "manly" theme instead. It was alot of fun. So thanks Linda for yet another wonderful challenge. I did do this technique during the Twelve Tags last year, but didn't get to grips with it - I must have been putting the ink on the wrong side of the embossing folder .............. hmmm. I shall certainly be doing this technique again as it really is effective.
Have a great weekend everyone and thank you if you are visiting my blog to look at this piece - I really appreciate it!
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Another lovely challenge from Linda over at Studio L3 Exploring Adirondack Colour Wash. Great! Only problem is I only own two - Sailboat Blue and Butterscotch. And ... I've never really used them either.
I was very inspired by the Guest Designers pieces, including Linda's wonderful scarf. I am also a GREAT admirer of Hels' work too and have sitting on my desk a lovely piece made by her absolutely bursting with grungepaper roses. So as I haven't made one for quite a while I thought it would make a good project for the Butterscotch Colour Wash. I really liked the way the mountboard took the two colours as well, but it is amazing how the same colours are so much darker on grungepaper - making it look as though I own more than just the two (lol).
So do click the link HERE and hop over to Linda's blog and the details of the challenge. Do please have a look at the wonderful projects being submitted, particularly Linda's scarf, as all the projects show just how versatile this product is.
Thank you (again!) for a great challenge Linda - I will certainly be using mine more often and adding to my little stock.
Monday, 11 April 2011
A card I made last week for my friend's birthday which was today. She just loves the colour green, so it is always a challenge to try and make her a card which is relatively green - not necessarily the colour I normally work with!
The card fits very nicely with Crafty Individuals very FIRST challenge which is "simply squares". Click the link HERE to be taken to their blog and details of the challenge. I am a HUGE fan of Crafty Individuals stamps and looking in my box(es)(!) of stamps the other day I realise I have a huge collection of their stamps. I also particularly love working with their small pictures and backing papers and their new lines in "alterables" are really fantastic. Click here to be taken to the online shop, but also check out their gallery too as there are so many wonderful and inspiring pieces.
Jean and Malcolm are both very talented and their stamps and artwork from Malcolm's photography are fantastic. I am also always amazed at how quickly they manage to get things to Shetland!
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
As April is a month with five weeks, Gingersnap Creations are hosting their "Once in a Blue Moon" Challenge with a huge choice of past challenges to choose from (you can find the details here. So I am going for the Shades of Blue Challenge (GC60) with this collage piece I made for my husband for Christmas. In my hurry to get it framed (errr ... on Christmas Eve) I didn't take any photos or manage to get it onto my blog. So the photos are not so great as the glass has got in the way a bit.
I love blues, they are my absolute favourite color and as we do alot of sailing they get used quite alot in my work. The background of the piece is a Crafty Individuals stamp stamped with Sepia ink on tissue tex. I inked and sprtized a couple of pages to create the squares, some of which are embossed. The photographs are close ups of our own boat printed on canvas. So there is quite a bit of texture which you can't really see in the photos.
There are some lovely pieces of work over on the challenge and it really is worth hitting the link here and having a look.
PS My husband loved his present!