Saturday, February 28, 2009

New stamps and BLOG CANDY!

Tonight over on Objet D'art Challenge there is a new challenge involving a photo! This time my daughter aged 11 is the star! I found this photo lurking in a drawer and have not really altered it, but added to it. You can do the same , and be in the running for blog candy too!
I am giving away a set here on this blog AND on Objet D'art too!
All you have to do is add a link to this blog,post a comment and enter the Challenge blog too for a chance to win there as well! Not sure if this makes sense, but I am sure you will work it out.
Here is the candy

These are just released new stamps from The Artistic Stamper, and I shall be doing loads more with them over the next week. Winner will drawn March 14th.

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Double stamping Alcohol Ink Technique

For those of you who like the alcohol ink technique , here it is in more detail.
Take an ATC size ( 2.5 x 3.5 inch ) piece of Glossy Card, and using three colours on your alcohol ink tool, add a little bit of blender to lighten the colours. I used Stream Wild Plum and Eggplant Ink onto the card,

and then using Archival Black ink, (this is the best ink to use)stamp your words or music directly over the ink. Then taking one of the nudes , or a stamp with a large area which remains un-inked , stamp directly over the words and background. Double inking technique accomplished! So easy and so effective.This is another one using the same technique.

Happy Inking!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Life takes over....

and suddenly it is over a week since I blogged! Life took over last week, and I was involved in a car accident, and had a show to prepare, amongst family concerns too, so I haven't found time until now to blog. I am fine from the accident, was a little shaken, and more concerned for Hels than myself, but we are safe, and the car is mendable, so here I am!
I have lots to tell, there are new stamps (have to put them on the website) and all the new Ranger alcohol inks are ordered, hopefully here end of March! along with the new Grungepaper, and new idea-ology bits too!
I did a workshop with Tim Holtz at Stitches, and one with Suze Weinberg, and will show you the pieces I made in a few days. I even got to play with the new alcohol inks, which are divine, and I know you will want them as soon as you see them!
In the meantime, here are two more of the ATC's I made with alcohol inks.

I will post the last one tomorrow :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Today is the day of lovers all over the world, and I have a WINNER for the blog candy!

Please email me your snail mail address, so I can send you all the goodies.
I am off today to visit a friend , and then go and visit "Stitches" , the trade show for the craft world here in the UK, so hoping to find some new goodies to buy for the shop...
I am sorry I haven't been around much this week, but have been so busy preparing from Farnborough Make it show next weekend, and generally doing other stuff, that needed to be done! ( more of this in a later post) If you are thinking of coming to Farnborough, stop by and see us at the booth (The Stamp Connection) or book to do a workshop.
Here is a little ATC for you that I came across hiding in a drawer a while ago. It is in a series of 4 that I have done, and I will blog the others on my return.

The technique is simple. Alcohol ink the background. Stamp one of my nudes, and then stamp over with a Calligraphic mat. Voila!
Enjoy your weekend

Valentine's Day blog Candy

I have had to revise my post for the Valentine's give-away, as I am a dork and cannot read instructions! So for all of you who commented , I have kept this post as the Valentine's give-away, and have created a brand new post for One World One Heart .
This is the Valentine's giveaway , which has Tim Holtz ruler book, Stitchels stamps, blooms, printed twill, a silver heart ( what else would you expect for Valentine's Day?) and some of our great thick chipboard in black and white!All you need to do is comment, and link the give-away on your blog. Be in it to win it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

One World One Heart- The Winner

Today is the day when we all choose a winner for One World One Heart... a wonderful world wide giveaway started by Lisa. Congratulations Lisa, on the most amazing blog roll I have ever seen! Thank you for your generosity in time and help.
I guess I should tell you who jumped on the gypsy caravan here in the UK, and won!
So drum roll for.....
who was chosen by the random integer. I have emailed you, so please let me have your details., so I can send you your canvas.
Don't forget to go and look at all the wonderful blogs on the gypsy caravan trail too, if you haven't already and roll on next year! Thank you Lisa.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

One World One Heart

I have now closed the comments on this post, and shall announce the winner later today!
and the winner is
One World One Heart
was started by Lisa Swifka to make new friends from blogging all around the world. It is a fabulous concept, and you get to meet new people , visit blogs, win goodies, and see the world of creative art of every kind! I am giving away a teeny weeny canvas , and may even include another one :).
Please click on the globe to travel the world and even get a chance to win something! A fabulous concept, and thank you Lisa for starting it. Long may it live!
All you have to do is comment, and don't forget to visit all the other blogs too. I shall choose a winner when the One World One Heart finishes on February 12th.
Happy Blogging

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Potting Shed Productions

Over on the Objet D'art Challenge, Hels has taken a flower pot , and made it her own! The challenge involves you getting a flower pot and making it your own.... anyway you like. I have mine all ready to transform, so what are you waiting for- grab your mojo's and go and create.
Just post on the Objet D'art challenge when you are ready!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

A little bit of fun!

Blog hopping this morning, I came across this great fun site Taaz which is a virtual makeover site.There are a few around, but this one is just so much fun and very easy to use. No doubt when I get time I shall be doing more.....
Here is me when I was younger*LOL*

Love to see what you manage to do...

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Red & White

Over on Arty Girlz blog challenge the theme this week is Red and White, so I made a card in what else! red and white!
I embossed the glossy card in my Big Shot, and used the Harlequin Texture mat for the top half in Distress ink. Then I covered the Mixed Minis Grungeboard alphabet in distress inks, and some of them I white crackled. I have found that the crackle paint gets lumpy and hard to use the nearer the bottom of the bottle it goes, so am going to try spritzing into the bottle to see if that makes a difference. Will let you know. The little heart has Worn lipstick distress stickles on it, and the wings are crackled.
Girls, thank you for the challenge, I am beginning to like blog challenges as they stretch my creativity!

Monday, February 02, 2009

More Black & White

This time I made an ATC for a friend, and also for the Arty Girlz Challenge which was to make an ATC. I think I have just scrapped in my the skin of my teeth :).
It was very simple, and just used my faithful papers from Black Market, and of course grungeboard. I covered the grungeboard in Snow White Dabber, and then stroked Black Adirondack ink over it. So easy, and so effective.

Don't forget the One World , One Heart giveaway at the top of the oage, and of course the Valentine's giveaway too, so please do leave a comment and be in it to win it :)

Happy Inking