Just wanted to say ... thanks for taking the time to stop by, hope you enjoyed your visit.x

Thursday 28 June 2012

A pocketful of petals.

well over at Sunday stampers Hels really set us a challenge this week, being pockets!!yikes it I thought..so here is my pocket..full of petals...
I made my pocket using a small envelope covered in manilla card , so I could ink it and filling it full of flowers!

I distressed a frame..not sure where from sorry! The inside is kraft paper , coloured with picket fence and then DI.I wanted to keep to a vintage, neutral palette. I added flowers cut from sticky back canvas and clearly for art.. Using ....Wendy vecchi set.The spots are made using mini dot background from the artistic stamper. I added idea-ology cogs for centres...cannot help myself..think I am developing a cog obsession!!!!!

The stems are arts parts, as is the scalloped shelf, the roses a made from Tim papers using tattered floral overs and shapers die and a word band..(.love these) for good measure.
This was a challenge , I have to say and yet I Like my pocket full of petals!!!!and would never have made this if it had not have been for Hels!!!thanks.

I am entering this for the following challenges:
pockets @ http://pinkleart.blogspot.co.uk/
texture/vintage @ http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.co.uk/
create your own flowers @ http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/

have a fun and inky day!

Wednesday 27 June 2012

woyww #160 a tidy desk and some blog candy!

sorry i missed last week it has been a bit hectic and still feel off it.but have had a crafty weekend.all of which has been tidied away..so off to the mid week tour of fab crafty people, courtesy of our lovely hostess Julia, .so here is my desk today:
thought i would show you my shelves full of  all of my favourite things, my distress inks , stains and other fab goodies!
in the middle of my desk is some blog candy to celebrate my nearly a year in blogland..please see sticky post above for details.
To enter please leave a comment on the blog candy post above ta x
picture of candy below

right that is me off to catch up with the desk hopping..i really missed last week!!!
make sure you pop across here to see all the fab crafty places, spaces and people.
have a fab inky week !

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Simon says depths of distress...

I LOVE distress and love the way the distress range can be layered, combined and played with and I love brown....have you noticed!!!
So here is my distress piece, in product and hopefully not design!
I started by creating the depth with many layers of masking using a cog die cut (as a mask) inking, moving and then re-inking,then moving and inking again.
I used my favourite vintage photo and a bit of walnut stain thrown in for good measure!!!Then I used a cog stamp I made using the technique in Tim's book page 66 of compendium of curiosities vol 2, I love that the dies can be so versatile to make die cut shapes, masks and even custom stamps!!! How cool,is that?!!
I blasted the tag with my heat gun and then distressed the edges using a distressing tool! Then added walnut stain distress ink.
Left the tag to dry for some time and then added patches of background stamp from mixed media plate, inked with embossing ink and sprinkled with walnut stain distress powder.I love the depth and this gives ..so touchy feely!
Finally I added some cogs, cut from the same die, from the fab ranger foil, embossed to using the rivet folder which I also LOVE!!!!!! And then I added espresso and pitch black paint dabbers and buffed off..i cannot stop making these cogs!!!
The focal image is from paperartsy, stamped in black archival and then inked using vintage photo and walnut stain. I then used a water brush to remove the colour from the gents faces and the words.
Finally I assembled the tag , folding the metal cogs over the image and sides of the tag!Then added some string tag top.

I am entering this for the following challenges:
Depths of distress @ http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.co.uk/
Industrial chic @ http://dragon-dragonsdream.blogspot.co.uk/
my style @ http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.co.uk/
monochrome brown @ http://everybody-art-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/

have a fab inky week!

Happy bird-day dt piece for anything goes challenge

It is challenge time again at anything goes and the challenge this time is so far put of my comfort zone...it is polka dots and then birthday..so here is my piece...

I love dots but the birthday part put a tricky spin for me..not that i don't like birthdays , just do not usually put this on the front of cards...am i weird?!
Started by creating an inky background using dylusions sprays and stencils and using Dyans fab faux bleaching technique.
I added a stamped wire for mr birdie to sit on and as it is birthday time gave him a fetching party hat, with dots! Mr birdie was inked using black soot DI.
The sentiment is computer generated and the banner is made from more dylusions stamps , cut out and highlighted with White gel ink pen.
Please pop over here and see the fab pieces that my team mates have created and for all things crafty visit craftden.

I am entering this for the following challenges :
things with wings @ http://craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
birds of a feather @ http://cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
bold/bright @ http://stampandcreateblog.blogspot.co.uk/
things with wings @ http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.co.uk/
polka dots @ http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

have a fun and inky day!

Monday 25 June 2012

Art makes the heart happy!

Over at frilly and funkie the challenge is inspired by a photo..i have to admit
 I started this challenge with some trepidation
 as I would never have put these colours together and yet.
..I am pleased with the result! A lesson to me somewhere!
So here is my ....yes you guessed tag!
and the inspiration photo is:
I started by smooshing..technical term...squeezed lemonade and peacock feathers distress ink
from the spring set onto my craft mat, spritzing and splurging tag in,
 drying and  until happy!! I love this Tim technique...
and when totally dry edged with peacock feathers, ..ink not real feathers!!..now there's an idea!?!
The heart is from Wendy as are the words...
And the wings is a Tim die cut, from grungepaper..
.covered in picket fence crackle paint..then I had to be patient...when dry I added some DI .
to finish I added some metal texture with mini attacher..
.and some ribbon, coloured with DI and some idea-ology!

I am entering this for the following challenges:
photo inspiration @ http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.co.uk/
anything but a card @ http://www.bellichallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
die cut @ http://divasbydesignchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

have a fab, fun and inky day!

Sunday 24 June 2012

tick tock goes the clock!

well it is challenge time over and the stampman and the theme is time/ travel..so i decided to do...a
3-d piece using arts parts and I know this will come as a shock..but i used brown and none other than vintage photo. so here it is :
talking about time, don't know where the time goes..1 minute it is Friday night and the next it is Sunday night.. i am sure the week does not go that fast!!!
I decided to make a 3-d piece and started by using these fab arts parts spools, which i coloured in vintage photo and stamped with clocks from a new sheet of paperartsy stamps..to give clock detail. To go round the spindle part i used the stamp and rolled the arts part across it.I then used a pocket watch stamp and matching part from the artistic stamper to make the pocket watch in the centre of top piece, added some glossy accents to the face and some idea-ology spinners.
The sentiment is from there too, i added this onto some clearly for art and attached behind the clock/pocket watch.
Finally i added lots of mini clock charms, chain and ide-ology goodies!!
let me know what you think..it didn't quite turn out as it did in my head!?!
thanks for stopping by i appreciate your visits and all your lovely comments!!!

I am entering this for the following competitions:
time/ travel @ http://thestampmanchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
colour challenge @ http://crafts4eternity.blogspot.co.uk/

anything goes @ http://panpasteluk.blogspot.co.uk/
anything goes @ http://tuesdaytaggers.blogspot.co.uk/

have a fab, fun and inky day!x

this is so not me...!!! its pink!

well hold to to your hats, i have done pink..well those of you who stop by here know pink does not feature here, but two weeks ago Hels challenge was pink and before the lurgy I started to make this, so here it is better late than never, finished:

there are some people who are amazing at girly and pink creations and that is so not me, but i had a go and ..well that's it ...i tried! the background was coloured with, yes you guessed DI and over stamped with some distress powder , i love the texture this gives..so touchy feely!
The heart was inked and then covered in rock candy ..love this stuff!!! and then i added some floral trim coloured with distress stain...fab stuff!!!. to complete i added the sentiment and some pearls! All the stamps are from Wendy vecchi.

I am entering this for the following challenges:
anything goes @ http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
pastel colours @ http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
anything goes@ http://craftsandmechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
soft colour tones @ http://fairytale-challengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
I will be back later with something much more me! have a fab, fun and inky day!

Friday 22 June 2012

tissue tape, reinker sprays and journal pages.,just for the love of it!

Hi there,
Well here I am and it is not a tag, but another journal page..no 3 and counting!
I made this a while back.
 So this one was made using sprays made from
distress reinkers, tissue tape ,dylusions, distress inks
 and some dylusions sprays to paint leaves...so it is:

I am enjoying the just making and playing and just for me,
 the satisfying thing is that even with only a few pages , i already love my book..of me,
 my art , not perfect, not always great but just me playing for the love of it!
There is no pressure and i am just enjoying the journey!!

So this page started with tissue tape,making sprays in mini misters
from re inkers and then using stencils, snow cap dabber and more.
 Then added dylusions stamps and much more..

I added a heart shape covered with tissue tape and a house stamp.
I added some mini brads for handles and some glossy accents to the windows. The background images were painted with melted chocolate and
 vibrant turquoise dylusions sprays as these stood out!
I am pleased with my little experiment and play with reinkers sprays.

I am entering this for the following challenges:
Simon says anything but a card : http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
anything goes @ http://tuesdaytaggers.blogspot.co.uk/
anything but card, tag or atc @ http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/

have a fab fun and inky day!

Thursday 21 June 2012

A steampunk frame for Simon says...a bit of brown

Hey there bloggers,
Well the horrible virus that has stopped craftyplay and blogging fun is hopefully on the run!!!
away from me and fingers crossed the rest of the family!and evryone else!
 So still with a sore throat but shivers gone
here is my offering for Simon says this week:

The theme is a little bit of brown....and you know I love my brown distress inks so..
what else would I add but a little bit of broken china....
I started by covering my frame in tissue tape and colouring with...vintage photo DI
The background piece was cut from the destinations stack
and coloured with DI and then used flick and spritz technique....
got a bit carried away...can you tell?!!

I added lots of on the edge die cut cogs, coloured in broken china,
added clear embossing powder and tapped and smudged a lot off, heated and then coloured again with vintage photo and walnut stain...
a bit like rusted enamel from the master himself Tim,
but I did smudge a lot off....
The weathered clock die was done in the same way and two of the hands.

The other elements are hands coloured with distress and mine
were too..thanks goodness for my craft scrubbie..I them added lots
of yummy idea-ology...ooh
and some old watch parts in the little bottles..

I love the sentiment..and definitely enjoyed
my crafty play with this one!! but then there is nothing like some crafty play
to make me smile!!the inkier the better!
I hope to catch up with all my friends today, if not tomorrow!
I love my little place in blogland and
have missed being here!
Let me know what you think and
 hope you have all been having a good week!

I am entering this for the following competitions:
A little bit of brown @ http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.co.uk/
one for the boys @ http://pinkleart.blogspot.co.uk/

ps did you see, Simon Says are having a Design Team call, now that is exciting!!someones crafty journey is going to get a lot more amazing!

Tissue wrapped for compendium of curiosities challenge, technique 10

Well by the skin of my teeth again, but at least I have been poorly so have an excuse for my lateness!!! When I was feeling really poorly....I kept thinking I cannot miss a week...but just couldn't muster any get up and go..it had Got up and GONE!!!!! But I made it..
also thanks to those lovely people who missed me!!!
The challenge is hosted by the fab Linda and is all about the techniques from the crafty master Tim himself as detailed in compendium of curiosities vol two, this week sponsored by the lovely Linda @ http://www.zibbet.com/TheFunkieJunkie with $25 prize!
so enough , here is mine:

I decided to stick to browns as I love them!! I must admit not sure if I won the tissue fight when making this flower!!! Note to self...need more practise!!

The tag background was made using lots of Tim's fab techniques and a few squirts of perfect pearls and inkiness.I added some ribbon and idea-ology to complete . I mean every tag needs some idea-ology?!
Make sure you hop across and see all the fab entries,all the details for the flowers are in Tims book , page 37

I am entering this for the following competitions :
compendium of curiosities @ http://studiol3.blogspot.co.uk/
anything but a card @ http://simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/simon-says-anything-but-card.html

right off to feel sorry for myself! well only a little bit...
have a fab,fun and inky day!

Friday 15 June 2012

simon says ...anything goes , a chunky steampunk block!

well simon says anything goes and i have just finished another steampunk block for my father in law. I love all things steampunk amd have had a ball making this , so here it is:
and the other side..
I had lots of fun playing with ranger foil, embossing and adding black paint dabber...love how this looks! I am loving my first few plays with ranger foil..
and i love the steampunk guys and hand and stuff, so just had a ball! I added my favourite ideaology cogs and spinners..my favourite embellishment for these steampunk pieces. The background, was embossed and inked with DI then i added some clear embossing powder and tapped a lot off to , heated to create texture.
.and made the top piece by covering two ideaology bingo pieces stuck on top of one another,covered with ranger foil and then added a cog..!!!

thanks for stopping by,
I am enetring this for the following competitions:
anything goes @ http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.co.uk/
favourite embellishment (cogs/spinners) @ http://letsinkitup.blogspot.co.uk/
boys @ http://thecraftypad.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/174-lets-hear-it-for-boys.html
men @ http://artfultimes.blogspot.co.uk/

have a fab fun and inky day..
sorry if i have not been around have been laid up with some flu type sore thraot virus..hubbie has linked this up..will be back when i m better............hopefully soon!!!

Thursday 14 June 2012

My Tims tag for june 2012, love this technique!!

well another another fab technique for Tim's tags 2012, I love each and every month that there is a new tag to try..usually some stash to buy..and fun to be had.So enough waffle here is mine :

Tim's fab tag for this month can be found here
I decided to use a photo of my children and did try hard but didn't have the craft nib, I decided to go with blue as the boys were in the photo too so added a blue flower instead!

I think it is amazing how Tim can pack SO MANY techniques and elements into one piece!

 have a fab fun and inky day

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Amazing atcs for woyww #158

Well I missed last week..naughty me , and i did miss it!!,but it is that fab midweek time when we get to see all the crafty spaces and places of some fab talented people in blogland, courtesy of our hostess with the mostess Julia. so here is my space this week:

Full of lovely atcs from some kind crafts people who swapped atcs...and were patient as I was behind with mine , so here they are:
Love this lady! From the wonderful and very kind Anne, http://bollyanne.blogspot.co.uk/

A fab Piece full of colour from the truly creative Trish http://inkpaintbeads.blogspot.co.uk/

And a brilliant diamond jubilee inspired creation from the lovely Michelle http://thehobbyroomuk.blogspot.co.uk/

And that is my desk this week, I love being part of this, so thanks for stopping by!
make sure you pop across and see all the fab crafty spaces and places and crafty people, here
Have a fab fun and inky week!