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Q&L #14

This fortnight’s words over on the Craft Barn quote and lyric challenge number 14 are Imagination and/or Logic. As soon as I saw the words I knew which quote and song lyric I would use but I couldn’t get images to come mind for the Logic word! The song “Just my imagination” by The Temptations was easy though and this is what I came up with:

Just my Imagination

Just my Imagination

Another cat stamp! Although this cat has a  pretty fierce expression on its face; I have to admit this stamp (which was given to me) wasn’t a favourite so I popped it into the grandchildren’s stamp drawer however I “unretired” it for this session! The background is coloured with Versamagic inks, the pussy cat is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black and coloured in with a black watercolour pencil with a little pink for his ears and Posca paint pen for the tip of his tail. A fineliner pen was used for the ‘bubble’ and the tiger image was downloaded from the internet and cut out.

Logic

This one gave me days of indecision. I already had the quote but no image sprang to mind so I just grabbed a Clarity corner stamp. For the background and stamping I used Whispers Rio Purple ink. So not a lot of imagination used here at all! Sorry Albert.

Logic and Clarity stamp

Logic and Clarity stamp

 

Thanks for looking x

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Sort of mixed media!

First stage

First stage

Sheelagh came up with another challenge on Cardmaking Paradise for our house shaped books and it was to use mixed media and “junk” ; you know all those bits and pieces we collect and stuff into a box, drawer or container thinking it will come in handy one day?  For this first stage I used a piece of grey board and various stencils, for some of the stencils I use moulding paste (white) by Farrell and Gold, for other stencils I used Imagination Craft’s Sparkle Medium in Gunmetal – although it matters not what colour is used as it will be coated with gesso later on and other colours applied. It was the texture I wanted. Also added at this stage were some die cut corners that were languishing in a container and some lace.

Second stage

Second stage

A few more die cuts, buttons, embossed paper, bits of a paper doily and a paper rose.

Third stage

Third stage

Amazing what can be found when all those corners are checked out! A metal bee badge, more flowers and lace, shrink plastic birds, a metal charm, strips of pearl beads and a rather garish owl pendant. All these items were adhered with Collall general glue. Once everything was stuck in place and dried then out came the gesso and brushed over, this piece needed two coats (my gesso was rather thin) and all the nooks and crannies were covered in gesso.

Final stage

Final stage

The best bit! All the shimmery paints and sprays can be used! Dry between the different coats/layers. I only had one shimmery spray, a home made one in a jade colour with mica powder added, the rest of the colours were shimmery acrylic paints. I have had these paints for years and they are in small flip top containers with no name on them, wish I could remember where I bought them as some of the colours are running out!

This piece will be mounted on another piece of greyboard and then onto a larger piece of mountboard.

Thank you for looking xx

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Q&L #13 (unlucky for some)

Craft Barn’s quotes and lyrics challenge words are Horizon and/or Path for this fortnight. Ideas came easily and so did quotes and these cards have been made for three days but finding the time to upload the photos and blog a post took some doing! Sadly lyrics didn’t spring to mind at all so I have had to use two quotes.

Horizon

Horizon

Isn’t this quote so apt? It is similar to the one my husband uses all the time when not completing jobs “It is better to travel hopefully than arrive”! However as I frequently tell him I love the ‘F’ word – Finished- but it falls on deaf ears.

Supplies:

quote from Brainy Quote

Inks – Versacolor Sea Foam, Fresh Green , Green Tea and Green

Versamagic – Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth, Night Sky and Hint of Pesto

             Versafine Onyx Black

             Memento Rich Cocoa

Stamps – Inkylicious Take Flight

                   PaperArtsy HP1005  

Path

Path

Path

Had this stamp for a while and this is only its second outing. Groucho Marx’s take on the old adage is amusing. This cat reminds me of the one we used to have and also of another cat that lived down in the hamlet who frequently went into the church when a service was in progress to say hello to everyone and on our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding he came around to greet everyone and get into a few photos.

Supplies:

Stamps – Inkylicious Playful Cats

Inks – Colorbox Primary

             Versafine Onyx Black

             Memento Rich Cocoa

Fine liner pen

Quote from Brainy Quote

Thank you for looking xx

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Q & L #12

It is the end of the fortnight for the quotes and lyrics number 12 of the Craft Barn challenge and I have finally got mine done! Here is the link for all the details on how to join in with this challenge.

The two words for number 12 are Proud and/or Vintage. Two songs came to mind for Proud and I dithered for a while over which one to use but finally settled on Indian Reservation sung by Paul Revere and the Raiders, a hit in 1971 but  also like the Don Fardon version of 1968, the words are slightly different in the earlier song.

Proud

Proud

The image came from this site and depicts the Native Americans on the ‘Trail of Tears where thousands died.

Supplies:

Image from internet (see above)

Ink – Distress Ink Dusty Concord

Pen Touch Calligraphy pen Gold

Lyrics computer generated

 

Vintage

Another image downloaded from the internet together with a quote from John Steinbeck:

Vintage

Vintage

Hunting for a good quote for Vintage took some time and they were mostly wine based so I was quite pleased to find this one although I chose to ‘dress it up’ as  wine based. Not sure what happened in the photographing stage as the ‘bottle of wine’ has come out much lighter than it is in real life!

Supplies:

Inks Versacolor Fresh Green and Old Rose

Archival Jet Black

Pen Touch Calligraphy Gold

Fine liner in black.

Marvey Le Plume pens

Stamps were gifted and are unknown make to me

 

Thanks for looking x

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Totally potty!

Ask anyone who knows me and they would agree that I am totally potty especially as my one and only brain cell goes into frequent melt down!

mdf pencil box

mdf pencil box

On the shelf above my desk I have four mdf pencil boxes; these hold stencil brushes, coloured pencils, palette knives but one is kept for the sharp crafting items. Two of the boxes I painted and then adhered water colour paper that I had painted and stamped images on; I covered all four sides. The paper was then sprayed with several thin coats of varnish.

Box 1aThe other two boxes I painted with a base colour then added a coat of pva glue followed by another coat of paint and the paint crackled pretty well in places. I stamped images onto the boxes but was not happy with look at all, see for yourselves

pretty rubbish!

pretty rubbish!

I was so fed up with the look of these that I decided to do something a little different. On the Cardmaking Paradise  A very clever and talented lady, Sheel, challenged the members to take part in mixed media projects that she had used at her craft club. For the challenge project we are making a house shaped book but these projects can be used on anything however large or small so that is what I thought I would do to these pencil/tool boxes. So far I have only completed two sides on each of the boxes but this is how they look so far.

corrugated cardboard

corrugated cardboard

This is the easiest one using just corrugated cardboard; these were painted with shimmery acrylic paints in three colours and then various beads glued into the little valleys, a charm accented with Pinflair’s Buff -it in aquamarine. A circular aperture was cut out of the card and backed with a piece of acetate which had an image stamped on and painted on the reverse, the acetate was backed with card. This is so much more interesting to look at!

For the second side I used the aluminium tape technique which I am quite fond of but is almost impossible to get a good photo of!

aluminium tape technique

aluminium tape technique

Adhere to a piece of greyboard are various charms, a wooden number, strips of dry wall tape and a few washers and buttons. The tape is laid down over the top and burnished around the objects. A coat of black paint over the whole surface which is then wiped back leaving traces of paint in the nooks and crannies. I then wiped aquamarine Buff-it on some of the raised surfaces.

All I need to do now is come up with ideas for the remaining two sides!

Thank you for looking and many thanks for the lovely comments left on previous posts, all comments are appreciated.xx

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Revisiting scrap box

Embossed background

Embossed background

Just recently I was unsuccessfully trying to put the lid onto my scrap box, the box was so stuffed full of card that the lid was never realistically going to go on. In frustration I decided to have sort out and came across several pieces of card that had either been embossed – testing out a new embossing folder – or had been brushed over with inks. The card was of a decent size so I put those pieces to one side while the rest of the box was sorted and its contents reduced!

Having nothing better to do at that time I was inspired to make those pieces of card into card fronts and came up with several cards that will come in handy for those birthdays that suddenly come around although they are clearly marked on the calendar!

second birthday card sig

third birthday card sigfirst birthday card sig

In creating these cards I also had the chance to use up some coloured card stock that I seem to have loads of but never use. The background colours of the front pieces lent themselves to being mounted on coloured card bases. For the inside of the card I added a thick white printer paper and then used two newish stamps for a greeting.

inside birthday card sig

In the flurry of inspired card making I didn’t check the finished card sizes and now realize I don’t have any envelopes to fit! Envelope making is now on the to-do list.

Thank you for looking x

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Flower Power!

ATC Swap, theme Different Decades

ATC Swap, theme Different Decades

Over on UK Stampers this month’s ATC swap theme is Different Decades.  I wasn’t quite sure which decade to go with but having few ‘people’ type stamps and because of my love of VW’s it just had to be the 60s! This camper vans are so iconic of that time yet are still so popular, someone locally has spent a great deal of time and money renovating a classic VW Camper and it is covered in gaily coloured flowers, perhaps they are trying to recapture their youth?! We never owned a Camper (proper term Caravette – DH was a VW trained mechanic and insists on the proper name!) but we did have several VW Beetles and, for our business, a VW twin cab pick up, fabulous workhorses!

 

Supplies:

Inks – Versamagic Purple Hydrangea and Red Magic

            Colorbox Primary

          Archival Jet Black

Stamps – Cute Companions

Black fine liner pen.

Thanks for looking x

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Q&L #11

I’m making sure I don’t leave things to the last minute this time! Over on Craft Barn the quotes and lyrics words are Mountain and/or Mistake. I couldn’t come up a song other than the Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross “Ain’t no mountain high enough” and thought that might be used by others so for this challenge I have used an oft repeated quote for mountain and an excerpt from a Robert Frost poem for mistake.

Mountain:

Making a mountain out of a molehill

Making a mountain out of a molehill

Not sure why this photo has come a strange colour! That there mountain is really green and so are the trees. I did some ‘research’ on this saying and came up with some interesting snippets which I will now bore you all with! There is a bit of a contention over whom first coined this phrase – William Caxton in 1484 or Nicholas Udall in 1548. Nicholas Udall was a cleric, school master and playwright in the 16th century however he was also a translator and during his translation of Erasmus he came across another simile and added “…..and a mountaine of a mollehill” to that simile.

The word ‘mole’ had only been in existence for approximately 200 years at the time of Udall’s writings before that the Old English name was ‘wand’ which gradually changed to ‘want’ or ‘wantitump’ (just love that name, it is still used in some parts of the UK). During the various changes ‘moldewarp’ came into use meaning ‘earth thrower’ . During the time of Henry 8th and the various rebellions arising in York many of the rebels called Henry ‘Moldewarp’!  Anyway enough history for now and back to the present.

 

supplies:

Inks – Versamagic Hint of Pesto, Spanish Olive, Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth

Stamps – Inkylicious Take Flight

Cute Companions -grass

                 Art Impressions – trees

    Indigoblu  – Craft Stamper free stamp.

 

Mistake:

Stopping by Woods - Robert Frost

Stopping by Woods – Robert Frost

I am not a huge poetry fan but I do like Robert Frost’s poetry, it is so simple and very understandable.

Supplies:

Inks – Brilliance Galaxy Gold

             Versamagic Aegean Blue

Black fine liner pen

Sakura Gelly Roll clear

Thank you for looking x

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Quotes & Lyrics #10

Number 10 of the Craft Barn’s quote and lyrics challenge is here and I am tail end Charlie again! The words this fortnight are Passion and/or Music and I had found a quote I liked almost immediately that Craft Barn had posted the words, I’d also found two images and knew which song I wanted to use so why the delay??? I am helping our daughter on her craft stall on Sunday and she suggested I bring a few things along to sell so I’ve been busy stitching so now you know why the delay!

The song that came to mind for the Music prompt is probably one of the easiest however I decided to use part of one of the verses to go with the image I found rather than the title of the song – Thanks for the music by Abba

From an Abba song

From an Abba song

The lovely image came from a tattoo site but suited the lyrics well I felt.

Supplies:

Stencils  by Glitzcraft Owl and Wildflower 1

Inks – Versamagic – Mango Madness, Red Magic

            Distress Ink – Spiced Marmalade

            Brilliance – Pearlescent Thyme

Stamps – Inkylicious Oriental awakening

                  Artemio Music notes

White and black card from stash

computer generated words, image downloaded from internet

 

Passion

When I look at the lovely pieces of art others have created for the Craft Barn challenge I wonder which came first – the image or the quote? For my second piece it was definitely the quote and then I went hunting for an image to go with it as, again, I didn’t have a suitable stamp.

Passionate dancers

Passionate dancers

Not the best piece I have created, still it is my rubbish! I still haven’t got the hang of aligning mats straight nor is cutting straight my forte – hey ho! I wanted to keep this piece as clutter free as possible so that the silhouetted dancers stood out and added a touch of red for passion!

Supplies:

Stencil – Glitzcraft Hibiscus Trellis

Ink – Memento London fog

          Versamagic Red Magic

           Colorbox Primary

computer generated text and image downloaded from the internet

 

Thanks for looking x

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Is this recycling?

recycling??

recycling??

Have you ever had a series of coincidences that trigger ideas? I had three such coincidences that triggered the above idea. The first was whilst clearing up some branches in the shrubbery a couple of months ago. I had cut down a shrub the previous year and left all the roughly cut branches in a pile and in early March this year decided that the area needed tidying up. Whilst dismantling and carting away the branches I discovered a beautiful mossy nest tucked away amongst the wood, a nest built the previous year. I carefully removed the nest and put it to one side then totally forgot to take it indoors. The following day there was no sign of the nest and we can only think other birds did their own bit of recycling.

A  week later out shopping with my sister in Bridgenorth we popped into a few ‘antique’ shops and I fell in love with some granite eggs. The colours and markings were beautiful so I bought five of them.

Third coincidence was that on Nikki Gillette’s blog I read how she had preserved a nest. I went looking for another abandoned nest around our garden and remembered a blackbird nesting in the shrub by the porch door! It needed some tidying up and I sprayed it liberally inside and out with a spray adhesive. It is stuck fast to a piece of greyboard so that it sits nicely on the table, added the eggs and a few pieces of broken china (also discovered in the garden) and now we have a very natural decoration!

 

Thanks for looking x

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