Friday, 28 February 2014

Valentine's Card

Here is the Valentine's card that I made for my husband.  I am rather late posting it and would like to enter it into the Clarity Stamp Challenge Love and Romance which ends shortly!

The background is made using Distress Inks and water then I popped it through my Grand Calibre using the Heart mask from That Special Touch.  Leaving the mask on, I inked through with Scattered Straw Distress Ink to pick out the hearts then added a punched out heart to each one.  The wonderful Clarity heart is stamped with black Versafine and embossed with clear powder and the background of the heart is coloured with toning Promarkers.  A bit of mat and layering - three little stones and there it is!

If you get the chance, please pop over to the Clarity Challenge Blog and see the gorgeous DT makes and other fabulous entries.  Thank you so much for visiting me, I so love to see you!  Take care and have a fab weekend.  Christine xx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Quote and Lyrics Challenge - Strong and Miss

The Q and L challenge at The Craft Barn this time is Strong and/or Miss - my word is 'Miss' taken from the song Ms Grace by the Tymes which was released in the US in 1974 to limited success but hit No. 1 in the UK in 1975.  I took the word 'Miss' from the first line of the Chorus which is 'ooh ooh ooh Miss Grace, Satin and Perfume and Lace'.  I have been singing the song since I chose it.  Mind you, I do with every song I choose!

I have had this lady stamp for ages - the name on the stamp is Creative Stamping and I inked her up with black Archival, covered with a sheet of baking parchment then Mint Sparkle Angelina Fibres, another sheet of baking parchment and ironed on medium.  The ironed fibre looks like silk.  I stamped the lady again on white card, embossed with clear powder and coloured the skin, hair and shoes with Promarkers.  I cut both out and stuck together.  I only cut the clothes and hat out from the fibres. the background is inked with Distress Inks (using brushes) I can't remember what colours and then I stamped, faintly, Joanna Sheen perfume bottles over the background  I then added the lady, words, lace and flowers (dabbed with frosted lace Stickles) and it was done!

Please pop over to The Craft Barn and see the other fabulous entries and DT samples.  Thank you so much for visiting me - its really appreciated!  Take care.  Christine xx

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Big Purple Flower!

Here is another card that I really enjoyed making!  I am so into all of the painty/inky stuff!

The background is coloured with a layer of the amazing Distress Paints - Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Weathered Wood.  I put lines of them on my craft sheet, spritzed it with water.   Spritzed the card too then dragged it through the paint.  When partially dried, I sprayed with more water then dried completely.  I then used Crafters Workshop Template Mini Tile Texture and inked through with Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  The diamonds are randomly stamped with Picked Raspberry DI and are a clear Harlequin stamp by Tim Holtz.  The swirls and background flowers are also Tim Holtz stamps and are stamped in Archival Black. The sentiment is from Through The Rain by Sheena Douglass and the butterflies are IndigoBlu.  The large flower is made using Tattered Florals Die by Tim Holtz coloured with Dusty Concord DI and the same ink is edging the background too.  The leaves are a Spellbinders die inked with a green DI, I can't remember off hand which one, sorry!  The purple pearls are from my stash and the base card is also purple.  The centre of the flower is a metal button.  I picked a set up for a £1 from a vintage fair.  Bargain!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Artful Times - in the style of Tim Holtz
Sunday Stamper Week 294 - Shine on you Crazy Diamond

Please visit these blogs and have a look at the fab entries and DT samples.  There is such wonderful stuff to see!  Thank you so much for visiting, it always means so much and I really value your comments!  Take care. Christine xx

Friday, 7 February 2014

Q & L Challenge - Silence and Dazzle

Its Craft Barn challenge time again.  The words to choose from are 'Silence' or 'Dazzle'.  I went for a simple one - 'Silence is Golden'.  This song was first recorded in 1964 as a 'B' side to Rag Doll by The Four Seasons and then in 1967 by The Tremeloes.

I wasn't sure how to depict 'silence' but this image, which comes from a Debbi Moore Designs set, was what sprang to mind.  The corner flourish is Inkadinkado and the stencil is Dotty Flowers by Dylusions.  I used Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade.  The song title is written on gold painted card and the gold and black ribbon are from my stash.   I hope you are not affected by the awful wet weather we have been having here in the UK.  Thank you so much for visiting.  Have a lovely weekend and take care!  Christine xx