Friday, 24 June 2011

Grungy Monday 12 : More Resist!

Another take on the shabby chic technique for this week's Grungy Monday.  Linda's technique choice took us again back to the Tim Holtz blog 2008 Technique Challenge - which you can find HERE.  Do pop along to the Studio L3 site as there are some wonderful inspirational pieces from Alison and the two Linda's.  

My inspiration this week is wholly down to Sam of Hettiecraft who created a fab tag using a foam stamp she had made from a Sissix die.  I was really struggling with my stamps for this technique as they were all far too detailed.  So...... with Sam's inspired idea I dashed into Lerwick this morning to buy some foam  to make a stamp.  Hmmm ............. no foam anywhere so I cut a stamp out of Kling On using the Sewing Room die (a recent purchase and I'm loving it!) and stuck it onto a heavy piece of card.  It didn't take the Embossing Ink too well, but I did at least get an image.  I didn't have any luck with the Paint Dabbers so I decided to cheat a bit and used Fired Brick Distress Stain which worked a treat.  Now I've covered up my tag you can hardly see the die shape - all that effort!  

This will be my last entry for Grungy Monday for about six weeks as tomorrow we sail off in our boat Mrs Muir for a six week cruise from Shetland to Orkney, the Western Isles and the West Coast of Scotland.  I DOOO so hope the sun shines and the wind is nice and calm.  I've got a whole box of inks, stamps and papers packed so I'll be crafting once we are anchored or tied up!  If we get a WiFi link I'll be checking the GM site and hopefully having a go with the supplies I have.

Have fun everyone!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

A Beautiful Bride

This is one of my favourite photographs of my daughter-in-law.  I have been wanting to do a layout with this photograph for a long time, but I've been waiting for the right papers and inspiration.

The wedding took place in the gardens of Guthrie Castle on the Scottish Mainland - a most magical place.  We stayed in the Castle on the evening of the wedding in a superb suite of rooms overlooking the lake.  My cousin's daughter (aged 6) thought that my daughter in law was the princess of the Castle .............

A lovely day with so many wonderful memories.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

GC106 : Vintage Book from Plastic Packaging

I was delighted to see this month's Gingersnap Creations  Spicy Supply Challenge (GC106) was for packaging materials as I have been working on this vintage book from plastic packaging as one of my entries for the local SWRI bi-annual show in August.  I have been saving all my Sissix and Ranger packaging as the plastic is such good quality.  I cut lots of different shapes for the book and used one of the dual embossing folder packets for the folded cover.  I then had a fun time trying to fill it!  Fun as each page has to be thought through front and back before sticking anything down.

Thank you to Neil Walker for his great idea for the acetate flowers which just finished the front off nicely.  The photographs are not great as the plastic is so shiny and my camera skills somewhat basic!

As this is also for a recycled entry in the SWRI show I used:  recycled plastic packaging, paper from an old book and cardstock from my scrap box.  

Grungy Monday 11 : Faux Batik

Another great Grungy Monday challenge over at Studio L3 - Faux Batik.  

Linda has chosen another great Tim Holtz technique for this week's challenge, one which I have not done before although I do alot of resist.  Click the link here to Tim's blog and details of the 2008 technique.   Also do take a look at the great inspirational pieces from Dan, Deborah and Linda.

A bit of a "happy accident" for me as some of my dictionary paper stuck to the melted embossing powder, but I quite like it!  The Hero Arts stamp has quite a watercolour distress look, so I decided to go with it rather than start again.  I used Wild Honey, Blue China, Rusty Hinge and a touch of Vintage Photo, mainly because I wanted to start using some of the grungepaper roses I made for a recent workshop and which are sitting beside my desk begging to be used!

I hope you are all getting better weather than we are here (heavy rain and gale force winds) but at least I am getting alot of craft pieces completed for the SWRI bi-annual show in August.  

Have a good week everyone!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Grungy Monday 10 : Distress Ink-o-Rama

This weeks Grungy Monday challenge hosted by Linda  at  Studio L3 really put me in a spin ........... distress inks .......... anything you like .......... hmmm.  I had NO idea what to do there being so many things I could do, so I've been thinking about it all week.  

We have had the most beautiful day in Shetland today - after some pretty horrible weather these last few weeks.  So after finishing off all the planting in the garden I thought I would find a nice sheltered spot and have a rest.  I found a great spot behind the greenhouse out of the wind and piled my tray with Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Antique Linen and Shabby Shutters, a water pen, an old tile and some post it notes.  I had stamped the Rose Fairy before I started and made a mask.   And I just painted.

It was absolutely delightful sitting amongst the flowers (well leaves, the flowers are not out yet!), bees humming, lovely warm sunshine, doing something I love.  

So this is my offering.  Not particularly spectacular, but I enjoyed every minute of it! 

And thank you Tim Holtz for giving us all these wonderful things to play with.  Do pop along to his blog and to Studio L3 for some fantastic inspiration.  Everyone seems to have had a great time playing this week.

Have a good weekend everyone.

PS  Warm in Shetland is about 13 degrees!

PPS  I have finally cured the "posting" problem - Google Chrome.  Thank you Sioux - it worked!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Grungy Monday 09 : Shabby Chic

This week's Grungy Monday technique is the wonderful Shabby Chic technique - the very first Tim Holtz technique I learnt and one which I used to do all the time but which I have sadly got out of the habit of using.

As Grungy Monday celebrates everying Tim Holtz, Linda has taken us back to Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2007.  If you click the link here you will be transported back to Tim's blog and the details of the technique. 

I am just loving these Dance stamps and just had to get them out again, so my Shabby Chic technique was done on blue card using Hero Arts French Script stamp (one of my favourites!) and I used a Ranger Pearl Dabber.  I do love blue and white - crisp but soothing at the same time. I had intended to make a large white "floppy" fabric flower, but got carried away and stuck these paper ones down instead!

Click the link here to Studio 3 to see wonderful examples from Guest Designers Jennie and Kaz, Linda's wonderful heart warming tropical piece and a heap of wonderful examples from other bloggers. 

I'm still having problems leaving comments on some sites, so apologies! 

Have a good week everyone.