Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Grungy Monday 20 : Distress Stickles Party ...... and the return of Dried Marigold Distress Ink!

I need to be quick off the mark with this week's Grungy Monday challenge as I'm off to Paris on Thursday for five days with four old school friends.  Just soooo excited at both seeing the girls and Paris (I've cycled the length and breadth of France but never got to Paris!).

So this weeks challenge is ....... Distress Stickles ....... apart from Rock Candy I only have one bottle - Dried Marigold.  Why Dried Marigold I have no idea and I haven't used the DI for years either!  So inspired by some absolutely wonderful flowers on Swirlydoos amazing site I made a flower from coffee filter papers.  I only had brown ones, so when spritzed with Pink Glimmer Mist they came up rather orange, but then it worked well with Dried Marigold - what a coincidence! (I love the way the papers have picked up the old muddy bits of spray in my spray box - another happy coincidence!)

I decided a few weeks ago that I would start to use up a whole load of die cut letters bought years ago when I first started scrapbooking.  The papers they matched have long since been used.  I covered them with old book paper, sanded the edges and applied Dried Marigold DI and then covered them with the Distress Stickles.  They actually look (quite appropriately) frosty!  

So do click the link here for Linda's great challenge on Studio L3 and to see three absolutely stunning pieces by Gillian, Jason and Linda.    And here for more information about Tim's Distress Stickles.

Have a great week everyone.  x

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Grungy Monday 19 : Plastic Packaging

Our lovely host Linda over at Studio L3 has chosen something more recent for this week's challenge - Tag 10 of the 2010 Twelve Tags of Christmas.  Click the link here to go direct to Tim's blog and his instructions/techniques for this wonderful tag.  

I actually really loved doing this tag last Christmas and it was one of my favourites however, it took me a while to think of something non-christmassy.  I was very tempted to go down the dressmaking route again, but forced myself to use a lovely Paper Artsy Bird Stamp.  He didn't look too good painted white, so I tweaked the technique and covered him with tissue tape (as we'd done on tag 3 last christmas).

I used two lots of packaging - the flourish branch is cut from corrugated packaging and then my embossed piece over the tag is packaging from a Ranger product.  I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder as I thought it would look like rain drops (?!).

This is another great challenge, so do hop along to Studio L3 and see the wonderful inspirational pieces by Christine, Julie and Linda ....... and of course the wonderful pieces by all those taking part in the challenge.

It's great to be back!  See you next week.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Grungy Monday 18

Well .... we've had a great six weeks away cruising Orkney, the West Coast of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides on our yacht Mrs Muir.  Our world became 30 ft long and powered by the wind, so it seems extremely strange to be back in our (rather large) house!  But great to be crafting again, although I did keep a journal while I was away.

We only returned home on Friday, so my tag for Grungy Monday has been made whilst washing and ironing piles of clothes and dealing with six weeks worth of mail (nightmare!).  Inspiration is a bit lacking - it is amazing how you forget what you have and what you used to do!  But it is great to be back doing the Grungy Monday challenge - I have really missed it - and also seeing all your lovely work.

Linda at Studio L3 took us back to Christmas 2009 with some wonderful techniques for this challenge, including using vellum and my favourite inking and spritzing techniques.  Click the link here to see Tim's tutorial for the tag.  Click the link to Studio L3 to see some amazing takes on Tim's Tag by Inge and Judy and also Linda.

Thanks Linda for a great challenge!

Beautiful Sunsets

Wonderful Anchorages
At one with the sea ....