Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 33 : Altered Metal Alcohol Inks


Amazing -  it is yet again another week and another Challenge over on Linda's blog Studio L3.  This week the technique is Altered Metal with Alcohol Inks.  With no actual metal items to alter and a time limit of 45 minutes (!!!!!!!!) I just had to use what was to hand.

So ....... the Cuttlebug was out, as was the Tattered Floral Die.  I took the first embossing folder which came to hand and cut and embossed some craft metal in minutes.  I used Sunset Orange and Cranberry AI on the flower (it is a very grey day here and I needed cheering up!) and layered the flower using foam pads.   The rest of the tag was put together from bits lying within the vicinty of my desk and yes ... I made the tag in less than 45 minutes.  Not my best by any stretch of the imagination, but I've managed to complete the Challenge and get it posted before getting packed up and going away for a few days to a family wedding in Exeter (which is a long trip from Shetland!).

Do take some time to look at the wonderfully inspirational entries over on Linda's blog:  Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 33.  Linda's own work is wonderfully inspiring and her altered metal flower for this challenge is absolutely gorgeous.   As usual I cannot explain the technique, but you can find it on page 56 of the Compendium of Curiosities Book.

So off to pack .............. have a fun week everyone!

Friday, 18 February 2011

CCC32 : Inking and Stamping Masks

Well ....... more like a three in one ............

  • the Compendium of Curiorisities Challenge this week is the technique of inking and stamping masks;
  • I have just got these wondeful sailing stamps from Crafty Individuals and was desperate to use them; and
  • I needed to make a birthday card for my son (hope he is not looking at this!).

If you want to find out more about the technique it is on page 59 of the wonderful C of C book and for some absolutely wonderful interpretations click the link for Linda's blog here:  Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 32

I have not seen any Blank Mask Sheets available here in the UK - anyone any ideas where I might get some?  So I had to resort to the good old post it mask, but it is still reasonably effective.  I used Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Dusky Concorde DIs - I am beginning to like this combination. 

A bit of a minimalist card - my boys don't like fussy things AND given the mess we are in at the moment with a new kitchen being fitted its a wonder I made anything at all!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

CCC 31 : Rusted Enamel


Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge this week is ......

Rusted Enamel. 

Yet another technique I missed when going through the book!  I am amazed how a piece of paper (my picture border) can be changed so quickly to look like metal.  It does all depend on the colours used though - I used Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo Distress Inks for this.  Experimentation with other colours were not as successful - but I've got loads of "bits" to use up on other projects.

Take a look on page 41 of the Compendium of Curiosities Book for the details of the technique and click the link to Linda's blog below for some stunning examples of how this technique has been used:

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 31

Saturday, 5 February 2011

CCC30 : Altered Metal with Paint



This week's challenge from the wonderful Linda at Studio L3 is Altered Metal with Paint.  I didn't actually have any metal objects to alter, so I cut a butterfly from some craft metal and embossed it with the cuttlebug.  (I shall certainly be doing alot more of this as the metal picks up the embossing beautifully.)  The only paint dabber I had which showed up in the debossing was Cranberry so I was a bit stuck with following through with pink! 

See page 30 of the Compendium of Curiorisities for how the technique is done, but also click the link below to Linda's blog for some wonderful interpretations of this technique.


Tuesday, 1 February 2011

More Scrapbook Layouts ...

It was Shetland Scrapbookers meeting on Saturday and we had a wonderful time playing with the Melting Pot and using the pieces we made on our layout.  This is a lovely photograph of my husband's family (he is the little chap!) on holiday in the 1950s.  I love this paper from Basic Grey's Stella Ruby collection and didn't want to cut it!  I don't normally use a complete patterned piece on a layout - I'm still not sure it works.


Our first grandchild was born on January 1st and I have been wanting to do a layout of these first photographs since then!   I don't really have any little people paper or appropriate embellishments but I did find this piece stashed away in the depths.    Baby layouts are going to be a new experience! 

The next round of photographs have now arrived, so I feel probably a layout or two coming on ....... or perhaps even a mini-book .......

You're the cream in my coffee .......

CG88 : Colour Challenge
Coffee and Cream

When I saw that this month's colour challenge on Gingershap Creations was Coffee and Cream, the lovely song from the show Hold Everything came into my mind immediately.  I have sung the song often on the stage and I just love the words.  I have often thought it would make the basis of a scrapbook page!  Browns and creams are also my favourite colour combination, so I really enjoyed putting this layout together.

As with all scrapbooking layouts, working with the photograph always brings back happy memories.  This was my husband and I on our first date - a pretty "posh" do!  We do look so incredibly young! 

There are some fantastic entries in this challenge and the design team have also provided some wonderful inspiration.  Click the link below for the Challenge page on Gingersnap Creations:

GC88 Colour Challenge : Coffee and Cream

The words I have chosen come from the first verse of the song:

You're the cream in my coffee, I'm the salt in your stew
You will always be - my necessity, I'd be lost with you!