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Second home!

At last I have finished the second house printer tray; I made this more challenging for myself as I wanted a hipped type roof to provide some extra spaces for birdies. Although the construction turned into a bit of a marathon and much head scratching to work out the maths I think it did work.

Full frontal!

Full frontal!

Click on the photos to see the enlarged version. The whole house is covered in book pages that were inked with Distress inks Dusty Concord and Victorian Velvet and over stamped with flourish and script stamps. Most of the small ‘rooms’ hold buttons that came from a swap. Each of the buttons is made from clay which were decorated and coloured; these buttons are so gorgeous that it was a shame to hide them away in a drawer hence the making of the house. The ‘flower’ in the centre is made from porcelain made by a very clever lady, Kym, who took part in the swap and is Founder of UK Stampers forum.

The second big challenge of this house was making the small drawers! The main difficulty was that the horizontal and vertical main pieces aren’t truly horizontal and vertical! Three drawers contain the remainder of the swap buttons. Here are a few (!) close ups of the different rooms.

roof section

roof section

left hand drawers

left hand drawers

020 sig

including beaded bird

including beaded bird

037 sig

022 sig

015 sig

026 sig

034 sig019 sigThank you for looking x

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OLS #2 Repeats

Over on One Layer Simplicity the challenge is to do repeat stamping. Now this isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, well not for me as I’m challenged in many ways such as straight lines or properly spaced images! I don’t think my brain copes well with these things so it is definitely a challenge. I only had to throw one piece away though so not so bad.

Repeat stamping

Repeat stamping

As the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed there isn’t a sentiment yet on this card, this will be added when I use the card. I quite often make up a batch of cards and don’t add any sentiments until I come to send the card.

I have used a smooth 300gsm white card base tent folded DL shape. The home made foam shadow stamp has been inked with Versamagic Aegean Blue; the butterfly image is a freebie from Craft Stamper by Chocolate Baroque and is inked with Versamagic Ocean Depth. The butterflies were masked to add the flourish ‘tails’, the flourish stamp is from PaperArtsy (HP1005) inked with Brilliance Cosmic Copper.

For the inside I used second generation stamping of the butterfly and tail to add extra interest!

Thank you for looking x

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Q & L Challenge 3

Aaargh I’m not doing well with this challenge, time flies passed too quickly. Here I was thinking I have just made it for number three only to find number 4 s up already! However I am going to add Q & L’s numbers 2 and 3 here anyway to prove I have done them. What am I wittering on about? The Craft Barn’s Quotes and Lyrics challenge.

For the third Q&L the words were Strong and Miss

Strong quote

Strong quote

On white card I brushed Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade, the quote was printed directly onto the card. In Vintage Photo is stamped the harlequin design from PaperArtsy Letters (plate 5) and the statue is from Creative Expressions Lost Garden and stamped in Archival black ink.

Miss

Miss

The background to this card was brushed with Versamagic Aegean Blue and Ocean Depth. The stars were stamped in Brilliance Cosmic Copper; the leaves (Oriental Awakenings) is stamped in Versamagic Red Magic and Hint of Pesto with the moon/clouds stamped in Archival black.

Q & L 2 Silence & Dazzle

Silence

Silence

I chose the lyrics Silence is Golden for this theme so I combined an image of Tutankhamun who is not only silent but whose mask was richly decorated in Gold! The words are computer generated; the background is decorated paper to which I added gold embossing. The images are raised on foam pads.

Dazzles

Dazzles

This was a difficult quote to locate! The background inks are brushed on and I used Versamagic Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth and Persimmon. The images were stamped in Archival black and a little Hint of Pesto brushed over the woman.

Thank you for looking x

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