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Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

Here I am yet again doing a catch up for the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge! This time I have three letters which includes the latest one – M! I shall also be catching up with my blog visiting as I spotted some very clever interpretations using M, Y and I.

My M is Man; those creatures some of us love to hate!dictionary-12-16-m-sig

My image seems to have been at the giggle juice. This is a very simple piece; background is Peacock Feathers Distress Ink brushed over the card, the Man from the Art Journey Steampunk 3 set stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and the caption stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black using stamps from the Marianne Designs set.

I was going through the various ink pads that I have; some are full size pads but I also have quite a collection of the dewdrop shape and some small square pads. I couldn’t quite believe though just how many black ink pads I had in all sizes and shapes of pad. I do know that frequently Archival Black isn’t so successful on some of the clear stamps so then I use Versafine, this one is always a favourite on clear stamps and, occasionally, on some rubber stamps. Yet Brilliance Graphite Black and Memento Tuxedo Black are also very good but I don’t tend to use them quite so much which rather begs the question why are they in my ink pad stash????

I digress, here is my piece for the Y letter!


The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that the stamped Y and dictionary definition have been put on an upside down card. I didn’t notice until I came to take the photo and realised the stencilled wording was upside down!! Hey ho..

I also discovered that I have a few yellows amongst those ink pads which came in handy for this piece! I used Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, Versacolor Canary and Memento Dandelion with stencils Imagination Crafts Flourishes, Memory Box Flower Power and Crafters Workshop Mini Art. The letter Y was stamped in Versafine Jet Black using a stamp from the Marianne designs set.


Letter I!


Now you will have to use your imagination with this one as this is supposed to be Italic writing however true Italic writing leans to the right and this script is far too upright. When I started secondary school many moons ago all the students had to learn Italic writing and we had the proper pens to do so. Once we had mastered the writing many of us received Osmiroid calligraphy pens in our Christmas stockings. Sadly I lost my pen when I left home, I loved my Osmiroid pen! I wish I had continued with Italic writing as my handwriting is not good. I digress again – no I haven’t touched a drop, honest!

The background to this piece is Versamagic Purple Hydrangea brushed on with a stencil brush.The script stamp is from the Aspects Of Design Botanicals collection and is inked up with Brilliance Graphite Black as is the letter I from the Marianne Designs set and the pen and dots. Sadly I don’t know the manufacturer of the pen stamp.

That is it, I am now all caught up. Thank you for looking and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas/Holidays x



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6 thoughts on “Craft Barn Alpha Challenge

  1. Super pages all and well done for catching up. Thank you for joining the Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge. Seasons Greetings to you from all of us xx

  2. I wondered what had happened to you, and now I’m so glad you are caught up. I LOVE your definition of yellow, which is actually better than the one I got from my dictionary.

    You are such a clever stamper. I have learned so much from you and your stamping abilities. Ironically, I have one black Staz-0n stamp pad, and one tiny square black dye ink stamp pad a friend sent me. I don’t seem to ever get stamp pads, but spend my money on reinkers, which I can use for both stamping (should I venture into that arena) and using them for other mixed media purposes. I have found if I don’t use my stamp pads, especially the small ones, they dry up and are no longer useful.

    Hope today is special for you, and you have a lovely Christmas. I look forward to continued friendships in 2017, too.

  3. Craftyfield on said:

    Your post made me smile! Love your CAS pages, even the upside one, and don’t worry it happens to all of us! I too have lots of black inkpads, but they all have their unique properties. My first one, which I made do with for several years as my unique black pad, is Brilliance. It can do everything including shrink plastic and even embossing if the pad is juicy (I have a reinker)!
    Enjoy your Christmas!

  4. Well done for keeping going and catching up. I really like the elaborate letter stamps. Lovely projects xx

  5. We’ll done on your marathon effort to catch up. I agree we accumulate so many different ink pads but I tend to use just a few. Our search for the holy grail of the perfect black is never ending.
    I hope you had a good Christmas. I love this time of year when the Christmas stamps can be put away and you have a few weeks to just relax and play with no pressure.

  6. Well done on catching up, Lynn. I love the zingy yellow page. You made good use of your stencils.

    I used to use an italic Osmiroid back in my younger days. I’m sure it is still lurking in a drawer somewhere – might dig it out and try and recapture my youth!

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