Sunday, June 28, 2009
We wandered down to the seafront for my fix of the sea. Even though I live not far from it( about 10 mins), I am always drawn to the sea, and have to visit it to recharge my batteries every so often. Does that sound weird? The sun was so bright, and I managed to capture some yachts out on the waves , and even snapped a couple with a seagull flying in between.
No trip to Brighton is complete without a look at the Brighton Pavilion, and a quick snap of the gorgeous roof!
Coming home we thought we would go the coast route, and set off in what we thought was the right direction, We never saw the coast, as the satnav on our BMW top of the range courtesy car decided to take us the shortest route which involved every minor road possible. It was an interesting way to see the country of East Sussex!
Have a great Sunday!
Friday, June 26, 2009
I still have the first stamp I ever bought, a fish from PSX ( the best rubberstamp company at the time, although I am sure many will disagree). From the embossing a whole new career ( can you call it that? ) was born.....but that is another story!
In the meantime, I hope you like my efforts, and please excuse the "umm's" dotted in the video..( no script, so the outtakes are full of expletives!)lol
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Here's hoping the sun shines today
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I have been busy making another Stamping Parlour video ( 2 in fact) this afternoon, and they always make me laugh, so there are a few outtakes , which I may have to make into a video too! I have to edit them , so hopefully they will be up this week.
In the meantime here are 2 of of the tags I made for Stamp Addicts demo a few weeks ago. Alcohol inks, and masking and lots of pink! Happy Inking!
The winner of this month's candy is
Congratulations Hazel, please email me your snail mail address, and thank you to everyone who included the link on their blog, and emailed their friends. I shall be doing the same again next month, so there will always be another chance.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
You can use a punch or stamps, or your die cutting machine. If you are using the Cricut, I used a brand new cutting mat as it needs a bit of stick to hold the grungepaper, and set the cutting knife to no 6 , and maximum depth and the highest speed. It cuts it, but the grungepaper needs to be pushed out gently afterwards. I cut the same shape in 2 different sizes, along with a couple of leaves for each flower.
I then followed Maria's instructions, and distressed inked the grungepaper with shades of reds, and yellows for the two flowers. I edged the red flower with walnut stain to give a bit of depth, and used a bead I found on the floor (while looking for a snap that had disappeared from my hand like they do!) My floor covering is shades of brown, that doesn't give up its treasures very often to the vacuum!!! lol
I glued all the pieces together with Glossy Accents, and almost put it on as dew drops, but decided against it. The grungepaper is a fabulous medium, and will bend and stay in place, and loves distress inks too. Haven't yet made my mind up if these will be pins or will go on a card, but for the meantime, they are here for you to look at!
It is the easiest idea in the world, and now I have made two, I am off and running. Thank you for the best tutorial, Maria!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I used distress inks in the blues and reds, and all of Tim Holtz's stamps, and the Happy Birthday from The Artistic Stamper range of words. Love the little key from the new charms! I was especially pleased with the bow too. Never could tie a bow for love nor money!
The tag has the bird and branch stamped in 2 diffrent distress ink colours, and set on a distress ink"swiped" glossy tag.
I am hooked on this kind of card... and in case you wondered , I have glued the whole card together, so you have to pull out the tag to read the message.
Monday, June 15, 2009
I have made my attempt on this weeks Challenge sketch, and used distress inks, as that is what you can win from me on there. I am never very good at sketches (and have had disastrous results before, but having seen the ones on the blog, now have a better idea of what is needed. I used distress inks, yellow and purple, for the background,
and used the Karantha floral stamp, masking the Gibson Girl. I use printed twill on the bottom, along with some flowers and a Tim Holtz snap from my own stash. The tag was distressed with the same colours, and a Tim Holtz stamp , highlighted with Glossy Accents.
I was quite pleased with the end result, very different from anything I have done before.
The moral of the story is have a go... you never know !
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
I haven't really played with it much, and wanted to create a little something this weekend, and it has been winking at me ever since I received the order, a few weeks ago! I used distress inks to colour the paper, and stamped in Black Archival on top, the new background stamps. A fingerful of distress Stickles , added a bit of glitz. I then used a hitch fastener to hold it together, and added a little Idea-ology mini pin with one of the new foliage leaves on the bottom of it. A pin makes it into a brooch. If you haven't got any of the grungepaper it is a must! I have to admit the flower is very grungy for me, and I think another more bright one is needed so I am off to run it through my cricut :)
Have a good day
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I used broken china and faded jeans and using the distress foam pads went over the tag. I spritzed it, and then wiped the actual inkpad over the wet tag. This is similar to the crumpled effect of Mr Holtz's.
I then heat dried the tag. It was fab! I then embossed the Time girl with Holographic powder and heated for different lengths of time, so you get the different colours. Sadly when I did this the tag colours melted together and the effect was mostly lost. I was more than disappointed, but I rectified it with the new smudge background( already planned ) and some Prima flowers and a little tag stamped on an old dictionary page from a dictionary I keep by my desk all the time. It has proved invaluable!
For those of you who like blog candy (and who doesn't?) I have some for the month of June! All you have to do is comment on the post above (kept there till Saturday June 20th), and post it on your blog about the giveaway.
Monday, June 01, 2009
Finally here is one I made for display, using the new solid Stitchels. Back tomorrow with a treat.. enjoy the sun today, I do believe it will be another scorching day here.