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Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

I missed a couple of letters however I have now caught up again:) This fortnight the letter is ‘N’ at Craft Barn Alpha challenge and I am almost out time!!

Dictionary 07-16 N sig

So N for nibs! I do love pens and collect them all the time – not to use though. They go with that stack of paper I have also collected:)

Materials used:

Stamps:  Home made background ‘stamp’

               Jenni Bowlin Pen Nibs

              The Artistic Stamper Botanicals 2

              Prima Firefly

 Inks – Versafine Onyx Black

            Versamagic Night Sky, Red Magic

Letter from stash painted with Imagination Crafts Starlight Emerald Metallic Paint. 

 

Letter ‘W’ in Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

Dictionary 06-16 W sig

As a child we frequently had whelks and cockles to eat as a snack but I have to admit that they are not to my taste these days – well not the whelks!

Materials Used:

Imagination Crafts Starlight Metallic Paints Emerald and Sax Blue

Ink Versafine Onyx Black

Image from the internet.

Stamps – Hero Arts Antique Engravings

 

Letter ‘K’ in Craft Barn Challenge

IMG_0225 Dictionary 06-16 K sig

Materials Used:

Imagination Crafts Starlight Metallic Paints Sax Blue

Image from Internet

Stamp – KatzelKraft Autumn

Ink Versafine Onyx Black

Thank you for looking x

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Postcard

The theme for our postcard swap over on UK Stampers for this month is Peaches and Green.

07-16 peaches & green sig

This was the closest I could get to a peach colour! More pink and not enough orange perhaps!?

Materials Used:

Inks – Versamagic Night Sky, Purple Hydrangea, Mango Madness, Pink Petunia

Memento Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Sweet Plum.

Distress Inks – Cracked Pistachio

Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy

Archival Jet Black

Stamps – Debbi Moore Designs Flutterby,

Cart-US  Bird on a Branch

Crafty Individuals CI-256

Penny Black  Floral & Feather, Happy Notes

 

Thank you for looking x

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ATCs

UK Stampers ATC swap is still going strong and hosted so well by Vonny. This month’s letter is ‘T’ and I couldn’t resist the imaginative Trees for my ATCs!!07-16 T is for sig

I do love my trees but wouldn’t it have been nice to come up with something far more imaginative and creative???

Materials used:

Memento Inks – Northern Pine, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage ivy

Versamagic Inks – Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth, Night Sky

Impress ink – Chocolate

Archival –     Jet Black

Stamps:

Clarity

Inkadinkadoo 93174x

Marianne Designs

Inkylicious – Oriental Awakening

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Been a while!

Just don’t know what is going on with me these days but I can’t get a good routine going for blogging! Once upon a time it was easy; exactly the same is happening with my crafting time, I am not spending enough time in my crafting den and it all should be so much easier these days because I have my very own space. No longer do I have to clear the craft things away to get the computer out or put away craft stash and computer because I fancy writing a letter! Is it because life is too easy now? Or something else? Answers on a postcard please:)

I have been crafting a little and I have plenty of ideas chasing around in what passes for a brain.

bird cage sig

I created this book fold called a bird cage after watching many videos on Youtube about book folding and cutting. I should have kept more books when we moved! I used Graphic 45 papers on the inside of the covers and added some feathers that one of our one neighbours gave me, her late husband used to make his own fishing flies and these feathers had been languishing in a drawer. The colours in the feathers are gorgeous.

I made two little birds to sit on the top of the bird cage; I used a PaperArtsy stamp for the image and then adhered some feather filaments to create the tails however I made the mistake of leaving the book on a low table and our little pesky dog pinched one of the birds!!bird cage 2

The book was a nature book full of colour photos hence some of the colour on the folded pages, I enhanced the colours with various shades of gilding wax in blue and gold.

There are a few more ideas for folded books on the back burner!

Thank you for looking x

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Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

First please accept my apologies for not visiting very many of you and thank you all for leaving me kind comments. Those on Facebook, Pinterest, etc I cannot leave comments as I don’t have accounts with these but please be assured that I do admire your work.

This time the letter for the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge is ‘T’; I had loads of ideas going through my mind but just couldn’t visualise a good image to go with the ideas. During a sort out of wooden and grey board letters and numbers I had a light bulb moment!

Dictionary 06-16 T sig

Once I had got going with the flow then found that I only had the one of the number 1 and had to modify a 7 it all came together quite quickly with the help of some distress inks, embossing powder and a couple of die cuts that were lurking on my table.

Materials used:

Distress inks – Picked Raspberry, Mermaid lagoon, Fossilized Amber

Script Stamp by Artemio

Dee’s Distinctively die cuts – large fern

Emboss Ink pad

Stampendous Detail Black ep;m Frantage aged silver embossing enamel.

Thank you for looking x

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Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

Hello everyone, hope you are all enjoying today’s sunshine! I have two for the price of one Craft Barn alpha challenges this time. I missed the deadline for the ‘J’ with a twist of dragonfly so will post that one below this fortnight’s alpha which is a straight forward letter with no twists of anything! The letter is ‘A’ and here is my (very simple) interpretation of it…

Dictionary 05-16 A sig

I do like Acers very much especially in the autumn when they have those beautiful colours if the weather has been cold enough that is.

Materials used:

Wrinkle free method using DI inks – Seedless preserve, Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilized Amber.

Memento Inks – Olive Grove, Cottage Ivy, Morocco

Stamp – Inkylicious Oriental Awakening

Computer generated Dictionary definition.

 

‘J’ with a dragonfly:

I went very simple for this challenge and printed off an image of a Junk boat and stamped the dragonfly on one of the sails; as this type of boat was used predominantly in Asia and dragonflies are usually associated with Asian culture they seemed to go well together!!

Dictionary 05-16 J with a dragonfly sig

Materials used:

Distress Ink – Vintage Photo

Archival Ink – Jet Black

Dragonfly stamp unknown

Bird stamp Inkylicious Take Flight

Zig ‘Wink of Stella’

Internet for Image. 

Thank you for looking and may the sunshine on you over the  Bank Holiday weekend x

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Alpha Challenge

On the Craft Barn blog the new challenge is for a piece beginning with the letter ‘S’ and the added twist is that a shell should be on there somewhere! Well I thought I’d had a brilliant idea coming up with a fairy silhouette sitting on/in two shells but when I showed it to my DH he said it looked like the angel of death!!! He wasn’t at all impressed. Hope it generates more excitement from others:)

Dictionary 04-16 S with shell sig

Materials used:

Stamps – Fairy & large shell unknown

                 Hero Arts Antique Engravings

                Marianne Designs die and stamp set

Inks – Versafine Jet Black

            Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme

Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent watercolour paint Pastel Blue  

Mica Powders       

Thank you for looking x

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Third ATC!

This third ATC for UK Stampers is a bit of a cheat as the word isn’t one word but either can be hyphenated or two words!!! This is artistic licence and hope I shan’t be thrown out of the swap group! Here is ‘A is for Air borne’

04-16 A is for sig

Materials used:

Stamps – Debbi Moore Designs Flutterby

                 Inkylicious Take Flight

Painted scrap paper

Foam dots

Ink – Archival Jet Black

Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Ink – Lilac Blue, Magenta Flame

Pen Touch Calligrapher Gold

 

Thank you for looking x

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Second ATC

Here is the second in the ‘A is for…’ series of ATCs for this month’s UK Stampers ATC swap. During a recent tidy up and re-organisation of some containers of oddments of card stock I came across the piece I used as a backing for this ATC, it is in fact a piece of packaging which had an interesting colour and design on it.   This ATC is Alarm Clock.

04-16 A is for 3 sig

Materials used:

Stencil – Papercraft Imagination

Inks – Brilliance Pearlescent Rust

            Archival Jet Black

Letraset – rub ons, Tim Holtz rub ons

Stamps – Art Journey Clocks

Pen Touch Calligrapher’s Gold 

Thank you for looking x

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ATCs

This month on UK Stampers our Alpha ATC swap has to be ‘A’ so I tried to come up with three different ATCs.  The first one is A is for ART

04-16 A is for 2 sig

Materials used: 

Water colour paper washed with green acrylic paint

Stencils – Imagination Crafts – flourishes

                 Crafters Workshop – Mini Art is

Inks – Versacolor – Opera Pink, Atlantic, Canary, Old Rose

          Brilliance – Pearlescent Thyme

         Archival Jet Black

Stamps – Elusive Images

               JoFY

              Artistic Stamper -Botanical 2

Pens – Adirondack Cranberry; Marvy le Plume 11; Pen Touch Calligrapher Gold. 

I have several projects in mind I want to do so thought I would clear the decks early of all the swaps and challenges and make a start on one of the projects – a firescreen for our sitting room hearth. However I was sent a very full box of stamps a while ago and they also needed sorting, putting some cushion mount of some and getting them put into the right binders and indexing them; two days later I still haven’t finished them and one of the binders desperately needs some order and organisation and dividing into a second binder as the first one is rather full to bursting!

I really will make a start on that firescreen project!!

Thank you for looking x

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