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Q&L #19

Almost the end of another fortnight challenge over on Craft Barn with the words Patience and/or Better . I think I visited everyone for last fortnight’s challenge but couldn’t leave comments for Carol in Kiwi land, Vicky or anyone who uses Facebook or Flickr. Thank you all for the lovely comments left for my entry in the challenge #18, it seems that quite a few of us had less than happy childhoods. Right on to challenge #19!

I thought this quote for Patience was amusing, it came from Arnold H Glasow, an American business man and humourist

Patience

Patience

The quote came from Brainy Quotes site; the background was created with Distress Inks Broken China and Dusty Concord with the images stamped in Archival Jet Black. Stamps used were Papermania Urban stamps – All Aboard Postmark and Oxford Impressions the Bird Nest.

 

Better:

This word brought to mind the Mama Cass song “It’s getting better” and the words I have used are from the chorus.

Better

Better

For the background I brushed on colours from the Colorbox Primary selection and used Archival Jet Black for the image, the stamp is one of Crafty Individuals -CI-193.

Thank you for looking x

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Q&L #18

The words for this fortnight’s Craft Barn challenge are Childhood and/or Easier; these were strange words for me and after looking through the various quotes brought back not such pleasant memories. I used a quote by Agatha Christie “One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life, I think, is to have a happy childhood”, sadly I wasn’t one of the lucky ones and I am just so happy that adulthood lasts much longer than childhood!!

childhood

childhood

Supplies:

Hand made foam stamp

Unknown rubber stamp

Inks – Versamagic Mango Madness

             Archival Jet Black

 

Easier:

I suppose because the childhood quote brought back not so nice memories then this Easier quote resonated very much with that period because my mother was not only an abusive person but she could also criticize for England. This quote is by Benjamin Disraeli “How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct”.

Easier

Easier

 

Supplies:

Stamps – PaperArtsy letters Plate 5

Inks – Distress Inks Bundled Sage, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade

             Archival Jet Black

 

Thank you for looking x

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Q&L #17

Here we are again with another quotes and lyrics cards for the Craft Barn Challenge this is number 17 and the words for this fortnight are Peaceful and/or Grace.

For the word Peaceful I chose an easy and quite popular one, the lyrics are by The Eagles

Peaceful

Peaceful

Supplies:

Inks – Versacolor Green (21), Green Tea (161), Atlantic (68)

             Versafine Onyx Black

             Whisper Green Leaf

Silhouette stamp is unknown

Inkylicious Oriental Awakening

 

Grace

Grace

Grace

 

I downloaded the Ernest Hemingway quote and image from Brainy Quotes, my favourite go to site for good quotes. The background card was embossed with a Sizzix folder (un-named) and Spiced Marmalade distress ink was brushed over the embossing.

Thank you for looking x

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Q&L #16

The new words for this fortnight’s Quote and Lyrics challenge at Craft Barn are Family and/or Thing.

My Family quote comes from a man I admire greatly, Desmond Tutu. If I was to become a believer then this is the man who could convert me! I love his sense of humour, the way he looks at life in a down to earth manner and his strong convictions.

Quote by Desmond Tutu

Quote by Desmond Tutu

Supplies:

Stamp – Crafty Individuals CI-152

Inks – Versafine Onyx Black

             Colorbox Primary

Quote from Brainy Quotes.

 

Thing:

This one brings back memories of school assemblies as a child in primary school! All things bright and beautiful.  I seem to have unintentionally gone for a slightly religious theme this time around for both the words. A chance to use a fairly new stamp too.

All things bright and beautiful

All things bright and beautiful

Supplies:

Stamp – Woodware Grasses

Inks – Colorbox Primary

             Brilliance Pearlescent Rust

Liquid Pearls Platinum Pearl

Sakura Gelly Roll pens

Marker pens -Whispers Strokes in blue

                            Marvy Le Plume 11 Pale violet, brilliant yellow

 

Thank you for looking x

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UK Stampers postcard swap

I am always in awe of regular bloggers who can come up with original titles for their posts, sadly I don’t number amongst them!

Over on UK Stampers Sam has set an open theme for our monthly postcard swap. Recently I received, from a very kind friend, a large envelope stuffed full of stamps so some of these had to be used to make my postcard, however few of the stamps came with their original packaging and my friend has no idea who manufactured many of them. So does anyone recognise the little birds and corner flourish? The centre birds do now have a name but the parrot and flourish are still anonymous.

Enjoy Life's moments

Enjoy Life’s moments

The shadow stamps are hand made using dies to cut out funky foam and inked up with Versamagic, the birds, flourish and saying were stamped using Versafine Onyx Black. The squiggle around the edges is so obviously hand “drawn” with a fine (0.5) black Letraset pen !

Hope someone can name those stamps.

Thank you for looking x

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Q & L #15

Flying in by the seat of my pants again! First I lost a week and thought I’d run out of time and then discovered I still had a week which then flew past filled with all kinds of trials and tribulations.

Enough of my waffle, it is time for the Craft Barn’s quotes and lyrics number 15 challenge. The two words are Mind and /or Ignorance; as soon as I saw Mind then the song Windmills of your Mind sprang into my mind! There are many versions of this song but my favourite is sung by Noel Harrison for the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair” although Sting sang the song for the later revised film.

Windmills of your Mind

Windmills of your Mind

Various shades of Versacolor and Versamagic inks were used for the background with the keys being stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa and the clock in Memento Terracotta. The windmill image was downloaded from the internet onto printer paper, cut out and coloured with watercolour pencils and adhered in place after I drew the very wobbly spiral.

Ignorance:

Ignorance

Ignorance

A very wise saying of Confucius. Wish I was as wise as he is reputed to have been.

The background was inked with Versacolor Sea Foam and Old Rose and the Artemio script stamp was inked up with Old Rose. The book/candlestick stamp (unknown) was inked with Brilliance Graphite Black and the Jenni Bowlin Pen nibs with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust.  The quote was downloaded from Brainy Quotes site.

Right off to link up before it closes :)

Thanks for looking, it is much appreciated x

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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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