Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tando September challenge

This week is the last week for entries to the September challenge over on the Tando Creative Challenge blog.....the theme for this month is:-


This is my creation:-

I cut a large tag out of Tando plain chipboard then coated it with a layer of gesso...once dry I then added summer distress inks..and spritzed with various perfect pearls and glimmer mists, various paint elements were then added as well as distress ink thro' a mask.  Using the mini leaves and flowers I coloured these using the same distress inks.  The tree was painted with acryllic paints and outlined using a black pen the acorns were coloured using distress stains and a paintbrush - various finishes were then added to each element.  I cut some metal strips and fed these thro' my tape machine and then added some additional lettering....

Pop on over to the challenge blog as Karen also has a gorgeous frame on display this week.

Septembers winner will be announced on Tuesday with Octobers challenge going live on Wednesday..

Hope to see you there...xx

Friday, September 21, 2012

Artistic Stamper September challenge

So I told you I had time to spare...

I've recently become addicted to this art journalling malarky - not sure if I'm doing it right, but, I'm having fun playing and using loads of different media...this cheapie journal that I bought might not be up to the job of loads and loads of embellished pages so might have to keep alot of them quite flat...this one is flat....ish...

the inspiration behind this piece was the purchase of a new mask!! using it with texture paste which has been in my drawer, unused, for far too long.....then I decided to use acryllic paints for the base, playing as you did have a squirt or two of dylusion spray inks, glimmer mist, perfect pearls...splats from the distress stain bottle..drips and the odd piece of stamping with various inks -  you get the picture?? lol anyway, I think it fits the "splatters and speckles" theme for Septembers challenge over at the artistic stamper blog...

BTW the bottom does spell "wall" I was trying to be clever using capitals and lower case from my alterations die Alphabetical!! it wasn't until I'd outlined it that I realised it could read "wail" rofl !!

TFL xx

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Steampunkery - Happy Daze challenge

I've been off work, on holiday, for a couple of weeks - although we haven't been away this year we have been out on various excursions and I've been having time in my craft room to play! and catch up on various DT committments, for a change I thought I'd enter some challenges...the first one that caught my eye was Happy Daze's September challenge themed "Steampunkery"'s what I've come up with...

The tag was cut from kraft cardstock using an alterations die, this was then coloured using distress was then stamped with a cog stamp and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  The balloon is one of Tim Holtz's stamps which was stamped onto the same kraft cardstock and coloured using the distress stains and a paint brush with highlights added with a white pen - the entire balloon was then coated with rock candy...ideology pieces finished off the tag along with some black ribbon.

TFL xx

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Altered cubes

My dear friend, Gez, and I have been swapping altered cubes....the first one, the theme escapes me...but, this was my version:-

The cube was painted and then various products used to give it a rustic feel.  Each side was treated differently and had metal embellishments, chipboard birds, shrink plastic butterflies and paper elements added.  The top had a butterfly stamped with gold acryllic paint onto clearly for art and then moulded to add shape - unforunately the picture was blurred and Gez has the cube!! lolx

The second cube was themed "steampunk"

This time I took a length of Ten Seconds Metal and embossed it in my big shot then moulded it around the cube - I then added various embellishments on each side.  Guess what - the top of the cube was blurred and its posted!! lol but it was a handcrafted clay hand, coloured with paint and distressed, wrapped with beads with metal embellishments and three red flowers added!!

TFL xx

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kathys Sketch File - September

This month over at Kathy's Sketch file the sketch is:- 


Here is my take:-

The base is a canvas which I've coloured and then drawn and doodled on it...the centre piece is some swirled flowers I made from some scrap papers.

Pop on over to Kathy's Sketch file and see what the other DT members have come up with this month and hopefully you'll join us.  There are loads of sketches archived for you to use too!

TFL xx

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sunday Stampers

Can't believe that its been THAT long since I last blogged.  So much has happened! We have taken Josh back to Bristol for his second year at Uni - he did a very sucessful work experience whilst he was at home and obtained some very valuable experience for his future!  The trip started at sunrise and finished at sunset - but, at least he was in his "room" and settled when we left.

I have been working on this tag on and off all week - I am now on holiday and have been doing some extra hours at work to ensure that I didn't leave too much "unfinished" business for others to deal with, so crafting has taken a bit of a back seat!

The theme over at Sunday Stampers, which closes today, is handmade flowers...and so here is my offering..

The tag was sprayed with dylusions sprays and then the leaf stamp stamped and water bleached and colour added, the flowers were made from a variety of papers and coloured with the sprays.....each one is from a different flower die too! the others bits are trying to minic "finnbar" very unsucessfully!! think I need to practice there!! lol

TFL xx