Gardenpinks' Blog

This, that and life!

C is for …..

Don’t you just love my catchy titles??!! I am very envious of those folk who have the sort of mind to come up with witty titles.

On the UK Stampers forum for the last few months I have been joining in with the postcard and ATC swap. We are doing an alphabet theme with the letters being drawn randomly each month and this month’s letter is ‘C’ so my choice is Cats; I do love cats!

For the back ground of this first one I came across an idea on Craft Barn that one of the CB design team, Dawn Heald, had used and that was brayer liquid peals onto card stock for a background. It hadn’t occurred to me to use liquid pearls that way however my motto is try anything once. I haven’t got many colours of liquid pearls but do have some different colours in Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects in brights so I mixed and matched with both products and the end result is very pretty with a shimmer.

02-16 cat 3

The shimmer doesn’t come through in the photo but it is there – honest!

02-16 chilled cat

I do love those KatzelKraft cats – real cool dudes!

02-16 cat 2

Managed to get a blob of black ink in the wrong place!!

Materials:

Inks – Distress Inks – Mermaid Lagoon;Chipped Sapphire;Bundled Sage; Broken China.

Versamagic Inks – Spanish Moss

Memento – Morocco;Potters Clay.

Archival Jet Black

Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects Brights – Red; Purple.

Liquid Pearls – Platinum Pearl;White Opal.

Stamps – Inkylicious- Olde Wall; Oriental Awakening

Katzelkraft – cat; autumn

Creative Expressions – Lost Garden

Thanks for looking x

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

Q is for…..

Quilt. This is my entry for the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary challenge Now ‘Q’ isn’t one of the easiest letters at first sight however there many fabulous entries so far linked to the Craft Barn challenge page (follow the link above) and they made me wish I had been a bit imaginative.

For my entry I decided to go for Quilt and dutifully stitched a miniature quilt, I know my sewing won’t win any prizes; unless it’s a booby prize?!

Dictionary 02-16 Q sig

The background is black card stock cut at 4 x 4 inches, stamped with an unknown simple flower stamp and clear embossing ink and then various colours of mica powder brushed over the stamped images. The flower centres are gold candi dots and half flat backed pearls to the quilt.

Materials:

Fabric scraps and toy filling, white thread

Tsukineko clear embossing ink

Mica powders

flat backed Pearls

Candi dots

Thanks for looking x

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

Craft Barn Weekly Challenge

Craft Barn are running a weekly challenge as well as the Alpha/Dictionary fortnightly challenge. Think this is to keep us all on our toes and make sure we don’t languish between challenges!

Anyway I have made a needed birthday card using the theme of the weekly challenge which is Triplets. Using various inks (materials listed below) on a piece of white card stock cut into three-near-as-possible-equal-sizes I stamped a flower image three times and then mounted the three pieces onto dark green card and then onto a folded A5 size of cream card stock. Made two score lines and stamped Happy Birthday between the score lines. Inside where the sentiment will go I also stamped two sets of leaves using second generation stamping and a PaperArtsy Flora and Fauna stamp

weekly challenge triplets 2016 a

Materials:

Inks – Versamagic Mango Madness;Persimmon;Red Magic; Night Sky;Spanish Olive;Purple Hydrangea.

Archival Jet Black

Stamps – Penny Black Floral and Feathers; Happy Notes.

Thank you for looking x

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

Hats

Craft Barn are not only running the Alpha/Dictionary fortnightly challenge but also a Weekly Challenge! This week’s challenge is Hats! There are fabulous entries so far which make my attempt look very poor however there is no time to have another go so here is my entry:

Weekly Challenge - hats a

It has been created for a small mannequin; I die cut black felt in two different sizes. The crown has been spread over half a small polystyrene hollowed out ball and glued into place. Before adding the inside circle of felt to cover up the workings a fringe of lace was hot glued into place. Decorations are string beads, ostrich feathers and paper roses which have been in my stash for so long!

Thank you for looking x

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

New Craft Barn Challenge

Hello! At long last I am back here in blogland. It has been so long since I have posted I had almost forgotten my password:) Since my last post we have moved to sunny Cornwall, the unpacking is almost complete and only one or two jobs to finish doing to our new home. We are loving it here and wish we had done it years ago. We are now on the look out for a doggy companion!

Well to cut to the chase there is a new challenge on the Craft Barn blog it is a dictionary challenge and the first letter is ‘B‘. For my entry I am using 4 x 4 inch card stock however this first entry is a pretty sad affair as I was fast running out time!

Dictionary B 01-16 sigI chose the word Block as in Block of Colour and that is the dictionary definition I have gone with.

Materials:

Card stock from stash

Inks – Versamagic – Persimmon, Mango Madness, Aloe Vera, Spanish Olive, Ocean Depth, Night Sky, Red Magic,

Memento –     Starlight Silver

Versafine –   Onyx Black

Stamps – Penny Black Chantilly Lace; Creative Expressions Crackle; Artistic Stamper Ink Blots; Creative Expressions Lost Garden; Penny Black Happy Notes.

papier-mache letter from stash

Black acrylic paint

computer generated text coloured with highlighter pens

Thank you so much for looking x

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

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

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

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

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

 

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

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

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

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

 

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

ShabbyBlogsDividerF

Post Navigation

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31 other followers