Thursday, 31 January 2013

Playing a little more.......

I have had a few bits and bobs sitting around on my desk so finally made some into cards.
The first was a digi stamp from Tickled Pink Stamps - Cherrie with rose which I coloured with water colour pencils ages ago and just left lying around. Poor little love, finally made it onto a card. She is cute but I have to find some colours to work on the skin tones as that has not come up as I would have liked.

You will probably be sick of the sight of this Hero arts stamp as I have used it on a few cards now. This background is done with distress stain and ink after the image was stamped with Memento ink ages ago.
Same stamp, white embossed and the background done with my new gelatos.... yay! Loving playing with these.
My first Christmas card for the year done using the napkin technique ironed on using cling wrap that I saw in my Creative Jump Start Lessons for 2013. Not a new technique but just one that I have never had time to try - but now I have. It works a treat!
More gelatos playing but this time colouring directly onto the stamp, misting it and generation stamping. Love this effect and with a simple greeting makes a lovely card.

Now I am by no means an art journaler but wanted to get the techniques I have been playing with into a book to refer back to when I want to do something different so here are a few of my pages just to get the idea. It has been great fun for me who is not a mixed media artist and even though I have seen a lot of the techniques in the past, I really have had a go at trying them this time around so the classes have served their purpose.

Back with more in a couple of days.......
Happy Craftin'

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

It's all about playing........

My creative time so far this year has been limited with the heat but when I have played it has been playing with my new toys. Last year I won some Hero Arts stamps and I have been playing a little with those and for Christmas I got a lovely bunch of Distress Markers so again I have been trying them out a little. Not everything has turned into a card just yet but give me time.
This is the Hero Arts Newsprint Eiffel Tower stamp which I stamped twice and cut out the tower and added Dimensional magic to. IRL it is glossy in appearance and sits up on foam tape very nicely. The background is coloured with Distress markers, stormy sky, broken china and tumbled glass. Some Prima flowers, a badge I bought back from Paris and a Kaiser stamp on acetate completes the look of this card.
Santa didn't bring me any Gelatos that were on my Christmas Wish list so last week I had to venture over to Anna's Craft Cupboard and purchase some for myself. Inspired by a card done by Darlene DeVries on her blog, I played with the gelatos and plain white card to create this. Butterfly stamps were originally made by Paper Pleasure Plus - a company no longer..... and the greeting and flowers are Fiskars stamps that come with the Stamp Factory. I have also used the Whimsy Fiskars texture plate in my Cuttlebug to create the embossed piece and the cut out is a Labels 8 die from Nestabilities.
I have done a little scrapping too but I can't show it all yet as some of it is for future use. I did put together this layout for the Fiskars blog though with the lovely Bella Blue Fusion papers. You can check out the details here.
In the meantime I am watching lots of videos from the Creative Jump Start Summit 2013 run by Nathalie Kalbach and trying some techniques in a journal...... so not me......  It's lots of fun and best of all it is free..... although I am learning a few new techniques so decided to donate to all Nathalie's good work.
Happy Craftin'

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Happy New Year...... welcome 2013

Well the family holiday came and went and so has Christmas too. Here we are now entering 2013 and I have finally got some creative get go again.
The weather has been sweltering in the high 30's & low 40's so being in my craft area has been a challenge and kept to night time only when the room has cooled ever so slightly.
Just before Christmas I went to a crop and instead of scrapping I decided to play with a technique shown in Craftstamper magazine for August 2012. The technique used highlighters and walnut stain distress ink to create bakgrounds to stamp on. I had some varied results with different brands and colours of highlighters but have to say I do like the effect.  

These are the card designs above that I ended up with. Aren't the backgrounds interesting and varied? I will probably do this technique again but need time to play and get it better perfected for my liking.
This last card was just a white emboss resist effect with distress inks using a Hero arts Wildflower cling stamp. Love the set .... and the greeting is a Stampin' Up one from the Delight in Life (discontinued) set.

Happy Crafin'