Friday, 28 August 2009

Paper Challenge

Not thrilled with this but I think it meets the criteria for this week's challenge on Lotstodo, i.e. to use paper. Thanks to Ping who demonstrated how to fold this "shirt" at our crafty playday on Wednesday. Think I need to refine it a little.......! The Japanese lady on the "tie" is a Clarity stamp, coloured and then shrunk.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

No internet connection

Not been able to post for the past week due to internet connection problems. Hopefully all is sorted now and "normal" service will be resumed!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Tyvek seahorse

A last minute entry to this week's Lotstodo challenge. This is made from Tyvek, painted on both sides then heated with a heat gun to create the bubbles.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

My first blog award!

I was so thrilled this morning to receive this award from Zoe. Thank you so much for your appreciation - it is mutual xx

Monday, 10 August 2009

Ruby Wedding card

At last I can blog the card I made for our friends Carole and Paul as the anniversary was yesterday and they have now seen it. The heart stamp is from Clarity Stamps and I stamped it once in cream and once in red, embossed them both in gold, cut them into quarters and mixed them together. The word stamp is an Anita's stamp which I picked up in a sale for £2.99! Again, I've also shown the insert. I'm happy to say that the card was much appreciated.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Chinese butterfly

Thanks to the inspiration from a very talented Canadian lady, Yogi, I made this card. I tore a piece from a Chinese newspaper (thanks to my friend Ping who gets a Chinese Daily and kindly passed one on to me). Then I covered it in a thin coat of gesso after which I added distress inks in blue and green. Next I edged it with my gold Krylon leafing pen and added the butterfly to which I'd added a coat of glossy accents. I had dragged a glossy card through the same colours of distress inks which I'd spritzed lightly with water then spritzed the card and dried it with a heat gun. I added the Chinese "love" character and embossed it with gold, a couple of beads (again thanks Ping!) and finally stamped my JudiKins Japanese poem "Beneath a Plum Tree" as the background in unembossed gold. Looking back on my very early attempts at cardmaking 16 years ago, I think I can say that I am definitely on a journey of discovery and I'm loving every minute of it!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Pierrot card

Here's a card that I made this morning using my friend Pam's "Pierrot" stamp from Paperartsy that I borrowed during our recent "playday". I also used her block stamps from The Stamp Man or Stamp Addicts (can't remember which)and her wonderful Marvy blender blocks (what delicious colours they come in!). The fern stamp is actually mine from Clarity Stamps, also the "love" stamp from I know not where! I've also included the photo of the insert which I did in turquoise paper with a heart punched border to echo the turquoise colour on the front of the card.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Recycle challenge

I have done a very minimalist entry to this week's lotstodo challenge. I scrunched up the foil from around the top of a bottle of fizzy wine, then coloured it with alcohol inks. I put it behind an aperture card and stamped the message in silver on the front.

Alcohol inks and acetate

Following on from the last card, I inked up some acetate with several inks then backed it with some Chinese paper. I loved it so much that I didn't want to use it for background so it has become a card in it's own right! I'm playing around with backing the acetate with text but finding the right balance is difficult. I want it to be subtle but still be able to make out the text. This amazing art journey continues.....!