Friday, 28 January 2011

More ATCs .......

I have had a good couple of days crafting and have spent the time finishing off two more sets of ATCs  inspired by Catherine's online class.

Shadowbox ATCs:  Aren't these just cute!  The boxes were made from chipboard and then covered on the outside and painted inside and then "whimsical" pictures layered inside.  Layering with foam pads just makes them "pop" out of the box.

Painted Sticky Back Canvas:  I just love this set!  The intention was to transfer pictures on to the canvas, but with only an inkjet printer this was not going to be possible (too much water!).  So I printed the pictures directly onto the canvas and then painted various items with watered down distress inks.  A really lovely effect and one I want to do alot more of.

This course has been tremendous and I have learnt so many new techniques.  Catherine Scanlon-Matthews is a great tutor and has so many incredibly inspiring ideas.  Enrolment for this class has now closed but it may run again in the summer.

Catherine teaches at the Creative Classroom

 My Creative Classroom

Do have a look as the mixed media courses I have done have been fantastic.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 29 : Weathered Wood Grunge

I am really loving these challenges - so many techniques I have not attempted before.  However .............. I am not sure that my weathered grunge is as it should be!

With no wood embossing folder I used a rather busy Tim Holtz Sissix folder and although I used acrylic dabber paint (Aqua) my DI Walnut Stain Ink didn't stay on it very well.  If you want to know about the technique just go to page 50 of the Compendium of Curiosities where there is also a rather swish picture of what it should like!

Do also click the link below to Linda's blog and see the other wonderful entries - so much inspiration.

Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 29

And thank you to Alison (Craftytrog) for the great tip on heating acrylic ribbon!  I've got LOADS after doing wedding invitations last year and it shrivels and twists beautifully.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A Gingersnap Gem!

I was absolutely thrilled to see my artwork chosen earlier today in the Gingersnap Creations Colour Challenge : Snow, Pine and Mahogany.  So now my blog may proudly wear the Gingersnap Gem Badge.  Whoo hoooo !!!!!

Monday, 24 January 2011

GC86 : Spicy Supply Challenge : Coffee Filters!

Gingersnap Creations Spicy Supply Challenge this month is Coffee Filters, so I am entering this mini-book I made back in the summer from (triangular) coffee filters.  I have had a mind to make one for a long time as I just love the shape of the filters.   The book contains "musings" about myself and my husband - all just added as the mood took me and using scraps of this and that.  It was a lot of fun actually!

Not shown in the photos are some lovely filter shaped tags which contain the story for each page.

If you want to see other creations for this challenge click on the link here:

Coffee Filter Challenge
................... but grab a cup of coffee first!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

More ATCs ........

Just posting some more ATCs I've been doing with Catherine.  This was a great technique - stamping an image on dictionary or book paper and then over painting with watercolours mixed with gesso.

I used an Elusive Images poppy stamp which I just love and which has been used SO much ......

As part of the course, we also did an ATC swap - it was quite a challenge making nine similar ATCs!  As all of mine were being posted to America they are not as 3d as my usual ATCs.  In return I have so far received five FANTASTIC atcs for my collection.

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 28 : Layered Fragments

Just in time ........   Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge this week is Colourful Layered Fragments.  I've not done this technique before and didn't have any fillable pens for the alcohol ink .... so this is a bit of a hybrid in the sense that it was painted with alcohol inks, but with a paint brush.  I just love these stamps from Crafty Individuals - so cute!

You can find the technique on page 57 of the Tim Holtz book, but also click on the link to Linda's blog to see some fantastic ideas for this technique:

Studio L3 CCC 28

As my computer was out of action last week I didn't get to post to Challenge 27 which was Distress Misting Masks.  So here's my tag:

This is one of my favourite techniques !

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

GC84 Colour Challenge

A very belated posting for the Gingersnap Creations Snow, Pine and Mahogany challenge.  It was still the "Christmas" period when I made this hanging, hence the rather glittery Christmas feel.  The flower and leaves were made by sticking calico onto grungepaper with Claudine Hellmuth matte medium and then putting the pieces through the Tattered Florals die.   The outer petals are cut individually to give a bit more depth.  Rock Candy Distress Stickles really give a lovely frosty feel.  I have used White Acrylic Paint and Pine Needles and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks.

I am entering this into the GC84 Colour Challenge over on Gingersnap Creations.  Click the link here if you want to see how others have interpreted the colours - some of which are spectactular !

GC84 Colour Challenge

A Cute ATC

Another ATC prompted by Catherine's class.  It should have been on wood, but I used corrugated card to get a similar thickness.  However, the layers of paper and tissue work very well and I shall certainly be using this as a background for ATCs in future.  The book page (cut carefully!) is mounted onto a miniature playing card - another good find.

I used Tattered Rose Distress Crackle on the butterfly wings and it turns a die cut piece of card into something quite wonderful!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Wings .......

Following a prompt on Catherine's ATC course, I made a set of butterfly ATCs over the Christmas holiday and finally I've got them finished.  Using watercolours and pearl perfect pearls, I finally got the colour I was looking for.  They are a bit more uniform in real life - I think the camera has caught the light poorly on the left hand side wings. 

The Artistic Stamper Design Team Blog's challenge this month is Things with Wings, so I thought I would enter these ATCs.  Click the link here if you want to see what everyone has been entering, or indeed enter yourself!

The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Envelope and Wallet Book

At long last I have designed (and completed!) the book we are making at my next Scrapbook Mini Book weekend.  I have been scanning photographs of my parents from their old albums, so as this took quite a few smallish photographs I managed to use quite alot of them.

Basically the book is made up of three envelopes made from cardstock and paperstock which are decorated. Inside is a wallet which also takes photographs front and back.  I couldn't do a book without tags so I didn't stick down the envelope decoration which then allows for a tag. 

The book measures 6" x 5" so is really a nice size too.  I just love making the flowers on the cover - just ordinary white copy paper, edged with Staz On or a waterproof ink, sprayed with water and scrunched up and left to dry.  They go quite hard and so are really quite hardy.  I hope everyone enjoys making this one.

CCC26 Challenge : Rusted Grunge Technique

Here is my entry for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over on Studio L3.  Again not a technique I've done before, so I'm really enjoying these challenges.  This is my favourite background technique too - distress inks and spritzing!  And ... my favourite colours of Distress Inks - Faded Jeans and Brushed

If you want to see the other entries in this week's challenge, click the link here: