Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Gibson Girls, and also the gorgeous HUGE Tim Holtz mask -Flourish behind it. I did use a black dabber as the background, and of course used a blue distress ink to stamp and colour in the background.
I have been reading blogs all over the place this week, as I didn't make it to CHA in Anaheim *sad*, looking to see what is new, and WOW is there some fab new stuff coming.... I am planning on certainly adding some of it to the shop, so watch this space! If you would like to join in the fun, and get updates and offers just for subscribers, please sign up for the newsletter( link on the side).
Happy Creating as always
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Blue is been one of my favourite colours, and I always have a blue ink pad of some description on my desk. I inked the chintz background in True Blue Archival, and then inked the Gibson Girl in Cobalt Archival, and with the true blue pad, inked the paper she is on too! The Prima Flowers are turquoise and blue, and I inked them as well! Blue distress stickles glued the little gems on too!
Just a reminder that Objet D'art has a new Production tomorrow, so get out your mojo's to take part :). If you can guess what the object is before tomorrow, I will give Blog Candy to the person or persons who guess correct. I will give you the answer after 7pm tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I always have by my side, a black Stazon inkpad, a black Archival, and then whatever flavour of the month inkpads! This month it is Archival True Blue and Cobalt. There is always a bottle of Glossy Accents, and at the moment I have my metallic dabbers. I am addicted to these and use them whenever I can. So a piece of stampbord, and a small mini canvas got the gold metallic dabber treatment, and were left to dry. I dab them on thickly to get some texrture.
I then inked directly on top of the gold dabber on the stampbord with the true blue archival inkpad. It seemed to turn green.I then stamped on top in black Stazon with my favourite texture mat -chintz.
It did need a little lifting, so inked the same part of the stamp onto a piece of Ten Seconds Stusdio Appletini metal, and cut out the flower. I layered all the elements onto the mini canvas, and gently bent the flower to look flowery!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I have made a very quick card from a wonderful box of goodies sent to me from Canada. All the elements of this card are from that box! This is a card for my niece's 18th Birthday, and I can show it as I know she doesn't read this blog! I just layered the paper, and used the metal words (already made) and just dabbed gold dabber over them. Then I just added the butterfly and little flowers.
Monday, January 19, 2009
For this piece I scanned in a facsimile newspaper from 1869, and then printed it on paper for the background, and on Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas. I distress inked the tag, and stamped the watch faces in Black stazon on the canvas, and distressed those in old paper and frayed burlap. I put one of the watches onto some TSS metal, and gently bent it. I then added the words, and highlighted them in Opaque white pen. Finally I added the Idea-ology key and lock and a little bit of chain.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
It set me thinking about family, and how I could incorporate a picture I have of my great grandparents into a piece. This week I also got some Ten Seconds studio metal to play with ( coming soon in the shop), and some of Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas( also coming to the shop in the future!).
Somewhere long ago I made stamps of a photo of my great grandparents, so I thought let's make a small piece that incorporates all the above elements. However nothing I make ever goes to plan. I wanted to alter a frame and printed out the photo on to the sticky back canvas. Then I covered the frame in appletini Ten Seconds studio metal, and put mini Grungeboard elements underneath, and shaped the pieces. I also wanted to add the word family, but couldn't find the right size stamps or stickers or even grungeboard, so have left the frame plain.... definitely needs more work on it!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Here are a couple of pieces that I made ages ago, and dug out of their hiding places to show you.
The first one is a regular plastic domino that has been coloured and edged with alcohol inks, and then stamped on top with black Stazon using the little girl from the Garden Plate. I then put a brooch back on it.
Botanical Plate 1 stamped on to it. I edged this piece with white paint dabber. Again this has a brooch back on it.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
I had a wonderful birthday yesterday, and the comments on what I should do were inspiring. I actually went out for lunch and dinner ( the waistline needs a nudge now), and received loads of hand made cards, flowers and even balloons!. Best of all my DD surprised me by coming home from University, and both her and her brother took us all out for dinner at one of my favourite Thai restaurants. It was a birthday to remember.
I liked all the comments, but I have to say LOTTIES inspired me most! I imagined it to be in New York, my most favourite city! So Congratulations, the candy is all yours. Please email me your address.
I spent some of this afternoon creating an ATC , which has a new technique on it. Have to say not sure if it is new, I still have to google it....
I crackled the card with picket fence distress paint, and then wiped over it with faded jeans distress ink. I did spray a little water on to it to create a more subtle effect. I then used one of the birds from the Nature grungeboard, and distressed him too, using a little peeked paint as well. I stamped the background with one of the music stamps, and then stamped the bird words on top.
I used a tiny bit of Faded Jeans Distress Stickles for the birds eye. I did try squeezing the stickles onto the wing, but it was messy and looked awful, so I squeezed a bit of the stickles out onto a non stick sheet, and picked it up with a soft flat brush, and edged the bird's wing, and the ATC with the stickles. You get a glittery effect which is subtle.
Everything I used is available from The Artistic Stamper Shop, and there is a 10% Offer at the moment.
See you tomorrow
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
So to win this
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
I made an ATC, and used Basic Grey Recess paper as the background. I distress inked the paper, and stamped the watch faces in vintage photo very lightly. I used large glass watch faces and glued one on with my favourite Glossy Accents, and the other I put on with Vintage photo Distress stickles. I then put a watch face with a hand on in one corner and a couple of cogs in the other. I liked the idea that the ATC was three dimensional. The distress stickles are interesting as they come out of the bottle much faster than the normal stickles, and have bigger flakes in them. Will have to experiment with them. Everything I have used is available from our shop.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
I plan to keep my crafty stuff in order. Not an easy task, as I have "stuff" everywhere in piles, and in unmarked boxes and drawers, and in at least 2 rooms! I have been crafting ever since I can remember, from patchwork to jewellery to collecting beads ( I have several boxes of antique beads) to making candles! Now I stamp, and have drawers full of stamps from when I first started 16 plus years ago. If you ever need anything I am absolutely sure that I have it...somewhere!
One of the main things that I plan to do this year is try to blog almost everyday, hopefully with a piece of artwork or a free download (if I can work that out), and also to do a couple of technique videos too. At The Artistic Stamper we have some fab new ideas for you coming in the Spring, with, of course, new stamps, and all the new products that should be available throughout the year.
Over at the Objet D'art Challenge we have a tag challenge at the moment, and with this in mind, I made a tag today. I used our large white chipboard tag, distress inks, a Tim Holtz stamp, and some of his fabulous trinkets to decorate.The background was distressed in blue and yellows, and then I stamped the words. Using a mask over them I stamped the backgorund using the harlequin texture mat. I cut out some words from a newspaper and glued them onto a fragment charm with Claudine Hellmuth's new Studio Multi-Medium. The numbers were distress crackle painted, but sadly did not crackle....no idea why, could be that the numbers are metal....all answers on a postcard please.