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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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