Saturday, 28 July 2012

Photography Card

Its my Brother Lloyd's birthday today, here is the card I made him, as you may guess - he is a keen photographer.

The stamps are Vintage Photography from Creative Expressions.  The Main image of the camera man and the frame are stamped with black Versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Most other images are stamped using the same ink but I stamped on scrap paper first and did not emboss so the images were faded. The edges are inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The large film strips were stamped on acetate using black Stazon, cut out and attached with brads.  The frame and the main image are raised on 3D foam but you can't see this too well in the picture.  The numbers are cut using a Cuttlebug die and the stars are from a Crafty Individual Christmas set and I used cream and black card from my stash.  I spoke to Lloyd on the phone this morning and he really likes the card so job done!  Did you see the Olympic Opening Ceremony last night? I loved it! It was so different and so cool! I hope you have nice weather wherever you are and have a fabulous weekend.  Take care.  Christine xx

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

What's on your Workdesk? 164

It's Wednesday again and time to pop round and see what is happening at desks everywhere.  Visit Julia's blog to join the ride!

I have just finished mounting the Vintage Photography stamps on EZ mount and cutting them out ready to make a birthday card for my brother.  He is really into photography so I thought this set would be perfect.  I have laminated the picture sheet.  I always do this so the stamps have somewhere to cling, then they are stored in  plastic boxes. The Lady with Umbrella and Hat came ready mounted from a company in the USA called 100proofpress.  I saw it used in an earlier edition of Craft Stamper and had to have it! It came very quickly and they included the other little starburst stamp free which I thought was very nice of them.  The stamps didn't come with a picture sheet, so I stamped the images out on copy paper to make my own. I still have to trim the laminated images to size.  The Little Claire Changing Tree to the left is a candy prize I won from their blog this week. Lucky me! All the little Christmas images will be so useful.  My previous post is the finished wedding invitation for my daughter Sarah's wedding in September.  I started it a few WOYWW posts ago but could only post it yesterday after they had all been sent out.  Have a good day and thank you for popping in.  Take care  Christine xx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Wedding Invitation

My daughter, Sarah, is getting married in September and she wanted a simple but tasteful wedding invitation and this is what we came up with.

We used Ivory Centura Pearl card from Crafters Companion and the gold card was from my stash.  The punch and frame stamp are from Stamping Up and the wording is part of a Marion Emberson Clear wedding set.  I did the stamping with black Archival ink and used an old pad so it didn't come out too dark. The ribbon is bottle green organza from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I spent a lovely girlie weekend with Sarah when we made these invitations. She really looked after me - lots of lovely food and it was the first time I have ever tried Pimms - I really like it and it left me with a very warm fuzzy feeling!  Thanks for visiting, I hope you have nice weather today - its gorgeous here in Bournemouth.
Take care  Christine xx

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Hit The High Road

This is one of my favourite stamps and is by Little Claire Designs.  The paper is Die Cuts with a View, its from an old kit from QVC  I can't remember the name, sorry!.  I coloured the image with ProMarkers and added some distressing with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. I also used Glossy Accents on the windows and lights.  The corners are made using Cuttlebug dies and the stones and backing card are from my stash.   I would like to enter this into the 'Mode of Transport' challenge over at Artful Times challenge blog.  You should pop over and have a look - the Design Team is fabulous! Its sunny here in Bournemouth at the moment, I hope its nice where you are too.  Thanks for looking, take care.  Christine xx

Friday, 13 July 2012

Simple Little Card

Yesterday,  I remembered it was a friend's birthday and had to make a very quick card - this is the result.

I made the card blank and the small centre panel from Kraft card, the paper is from a First Edition pad called Desert Blooms, the frame and bird stamps are Marion Emberson Birds and Trees and the sentiment is from the new Hobby Art Birthday Collection.  Everthing is stamped with black Versafine ink and embossed with clear detail embossing powder.  I heated the birds from behind so they are nice and glossy and the patterned paper is glitter paper.  I am really pleased with how this turned out, I like the simplicity of it.  Its the first time I have used Kraft card and will be using it lots more, I love it!  Thank you for looking.   Take care.  Christine xx

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

What's on your Workdesk? Wednesday 163

On Saturday my friend Julie and I went to the Artstamps Stamp and Papercraft Fair at Newbury Racecourse, it was brilliant and yesterday I took a photo of my desk before I put my purchases away.

Sorry it is such a rubbish photo!  As you can see I bought loads of card and envelopes, always a good thing to buy at the shows.  The stamps are, from the left, Hobbyart, Lavinia and Clarity - the corner stamps sitting on the card are Clarity too.  Inkpads, paper, sticky stones and a small selection of Flexmakers to try.  The Flexmarkers were £1 each which were a bargain!  Sitting on the Kraft card is a Die set  and at the back is a wooden house waiting to be altered.  All I need to do now is play with everything!  I wore my WOYWW badge and looked for other WOYWWers but didn't see anyone.  I'm sure you were there though.  I did meet up with some other friends from Bournemouth (where I live) though.  Where are the photo's? you ask.  I forgot to take any! How hopeless am I!
 I must mention Maria over at Inkymits who was demonstrating on the Clarity Stamp stand, who was really helpful at the end of the day when I was in a bit of state cause of my M.E. symptoms.  Maria was so kind, she is also mega talented and her blog is definitely worth a visit. The lady from Clarity who served me was really helpful too, unfortunately I don't know her name. To join in the Wednesday desk snooping fun visit Julia at her fab blog and see what everyone is up to.
Welcome to my new followers,  I will really appreciate your visits and comments. Thank you for popping by, Take care, Christine xx

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Seaside Memories

This card is a bit out of my comfort zone.  Its the most distressed project I've done.  I usually like very precise and even mats and layers etc. so this was a bit of a challenge for me.  Over at Artful Times the current challenge is 'I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside' and this is my take on it.  The challenge ends today so I have only just made it!  The images are from Creative Expressions Create a Scene Seaside unmounted stamp plate and are stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia.  I ripped the images and the mats and distressed them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The bunting is stamped from a Marion Emberson clear set and the letters are stamped using a Craftwork Cards stamp set.  I used the same Distress Ink on those too and stamped them with the Versafine ink. There are ice cream cones ramdomly stamped on the black mat with Versamark ink, I hope you can see them ok  The string came from a parcel I had been given, the shells I have had for ages and are fixed with Pinflair glue gel and I used Glossy Accents on the flag.  Thanks for looking.  Take Care, Christine xx

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

What's on your Workdesk? Wednesday 161

Hello everyone! Its Wednesday again and what's so special about Wednesday? I hear you cry.  Well, its time to visit crafting desks across the world to see what going on.  To join in visit Julia's fabby blog you will be glad you did!

However, not much going on at my desk at the moment.

There are a couple of abstract cards I have made using Encaustic Art waxes - I just love messing around with these.  For anyone that isn't aware, it is painting with special waxes using an iron.  People achieve the most amazing artwork including landscapes using this medium.  I haven't really tried that yet, I am just happy doing abstracts.  To the left a brand new arrival through the post today, the new Spellbinders Holiday Tree die. I soooo love this and can't wait to start playing with it.  In the background to the left sitting on the lamp base is my WOYWW badge which I will be wearing with pride on Saturday at the Newbury Artstamps exhibition.  I will keep a look out for any other fellow WOYWWers.  I hope to see lots of you there! My friend Julie and I go every year and always have a brilliant time and buy lots of goodies.  I will be messing up my desk later today with some crafting.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  Take care.  Christine xx