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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Back to the reason for our being all together on Wednesday, our weekly visit to Dunnit Towers, at The Stamping Ground, with our gracious hostess, Julia for this weeks WOYWW.
Brace yourselves, here is the desk in mid-create:
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
So not much in the way of crafting done. Apart from the project I was working on last week, which I said I couldn't share. Anyone visiting our lovely LLJ will have seen it by now, an engagement card for her son and his fiancee. Granddaughters Birthday card and pressies went down well, the card I made a while back, with the Molly Rules set. Merlins verdict? Awesome, lol.
Black leggings, a black and white tunic top to go over them, and a black top were also well received. Next birthday up is my eldest sons, who is 40 this year.
I did do a little bit of stamping earlier today, using up a brayered background I made a bunch of a while ago.
The stamp set is by Inkylicious, called Daydreamer. A 3 piece set, the person & tree, the small flock of birds and the word Daydreamer.
I added a Tim Holtz sentiment instead to mine.
Treated myself too to some more Promarkers- they are really cheap at Cowling & Wilcox.
I got the Autumn/Winter 2013 set, and a set of Flexmarkers. I've been adding Flexmarkers recently as they have really pale colours, much lighter than the regular Promarkers.
By the way, for those who have liked the Raindrops set I've used in the past from Designs By Rhyn- Inkylicious have their own set now, which I have to say look pretty identical, so no need to order from Canada.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
I mentioned that Visible Image were at a craft shop near me recently, so I went along.
And there I am in the background, browsing.
Did a bit of shopping whilst I was there, well it would have been rude not to, wouldn't it? The ladies in the foreground had been in Marks workshop, using the 'Revolution' set, which is on my table.
As well as a few more VI stamps, they had a sale on their Indigo Blu stamps, 50% off. They didn't have many left (probably a good thing) so I only bagged a couple I didn't have.
A Sweet Poppy stencil, of thistles, and a book. Oh, and I see a Lavinia Stamps Bunnies stamp, one I've been meaning to get for ages.
So I think that's me done for this week, our Chief of Desks, Julia, otherwise known as The Birthday Girl for this week, is over at The Stamping Ground, waiting for your links. I'll be visiting later, so have a good day everyone.
Friday, 4 July 2014
I've got some plain 'pillars of light' style card, and some with patterns, so I thought I'd give both a try out. The tub of felts for the blending tool by the way- I bought a pack of felt sheets off e-bay and cut my own. A pack of 10 9"x9" squares cost me £4- the contents of that tub is from one square!
By the way, I give you fair warning now, this is a picture heavy post!
For the first one, I tried out three of the new colours- Mermaid, Indigo and Honeycomb.
This next one is Purple Twilight, Raspberry and SailBoat Blue.
This is one of the pieces with stars in the foil- Poppyfield (another new colour), Pesto and Sunshine Orange were used here.
This one used Raspberry, Wild Plum and Raisin, with a tiny bit of Black Soot added at the end.
I thought the starry background would look good in night sky colours- Purple Twilight, Raspberry, Stream, Denim and Sailboat Blue.
This combo is Botanical, Honeycomb,(both new) and Sunshine Orange.
This one is Indigo, Poppyfield and Terra Cotta.
The four completed panels.
And the three with the pattern.
Now I wondered how the plain ones would look with some embossing folder texture added.
This is a Cuttle bug folder, Gears.
The second two are Tim Holtz folders.
As is this one.
The four sheets, all embossed. You get a lovely deep reflective colour using this card, plus the bonus of changing shades depending on the light source.
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Anyway, when I got home, I unpacked my purchases- some new VI stamps, a couple of Indigo Blu stamps that were a real bargain at 50% off, and a Sweet Poppy stencil. I clearly unpacked my mojo as well, as after I'd put my new stamps away, I got creative. The two Visible Image stamps I used here, Love with your heart and Grunge Flourish were two stamps I already had.
I beagn by stamping the larger square of card with the Flourish all around the edge in Versamark, adding White embossing powder and heat setting. Then onto a smaller piece I stamp the word stamp the same way.
Dusty Concord next,followed by salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves.
For the final embellishment, I die cut some flowers from purple and blue vellum, using the Spellbinders/Heartfelt creations die set called Delicate Aster. The centres were done with Glossy Accents and seed beads.
DI in Salty Ocean, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves.
Visible Image stamps Grunge Flourish and Love with your Heart
White WOW embossing powder
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Epic shot of the moon over Stonehenge as well.
After leaving there we paid a visit to Woodhenge,which is only a couple of miles from Stonehenge and is marked out with small concrete posts now, as the wooden posts would have rotted away long in the past, but its a very unique site. Then it was on to LLJ's for a catch-up and breakfast! Lovely seeing them all again.
So, desk-wise everything on it is from other people. A gorgeous ATC and charm arrived from Jozarty this week:
Some lovely dies and stamps here, Thanks Marg ( and Becky, her 'offline random number generator', lol.)
So, get yourselves over to the recuperating Julia's at The Stamping Ground, and show us all what you got.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
I decided my inkpads needed a tidy and to re-label some of them. I was going to use the printable ones that Tim has on the Ranger site for the Adirondacks, which print out with the colour as well as the name. Then thought that the colour representation might not be brilliant- printer ink varying so much. So I just did the names on an A4 label sheet , cut them up and swiped the end of each one on the matching inkpad.
Adirondacks and DI's are re-done, I shall gradually get around to the others.
The black cased pads on the bottom, the first two stacks are Encore Pigment metallics, the next four are mainly Ink It Up pigment pads- and I've had most of them for about 10 years now, and they still haven't dried out! Not too keen on the Ink it Up ones anymore, and I just tend to use them now for stamping into my image folders- and thats another job I've fallen behind on. The trouble then is not knowing which stamps you haven't catalogued, and I forget entirely about having the stamps. I have gradually been adding all the stamps I have into Evernote on my tablet, so at least I have a record when I go shopping.
The only crafting going on has been touching up some of the Northern Lights I did at the crop.
Here it is with some colour added to the rocks and water. Still a bit more to do, I want to bring the pink/purple in the sky out more yet.
There was also the inset piece I did for Beloved Hubbys guitar, in the previous post.
Last couple of pics, of two ATC's received, from Krisha and Annie,(Wipso). Thank you ladies, love them. Now I think I am going to have to make a little book or something to put them in. I still have last years in an envelope.
This one,left, from Krisha, and this one,right,from Wipso, (Annie).
Friday, 13 June 2014
Bass guitar, at the moment, and so the guitar collection is building up. The constant tuning and retuning for different songs goes through guitar strings like crazy- now we know why you see so many guitars on stage at a concert! Its better to have a guitar for each set-up, than to keep retuning. So this is the first two,one a bass which is heavy on the shoulder, after a couple of hours, and the other is a lead. So he bought himself another, lighter one. New to him,but a pre-loved guitar.
This is it, in need of a bit of TLC. It also has a badge missing, from the headstock, and thats where this post comes into it.
Hubby said' those raised shiny things you make,could you make a badge for that space?'
Good job I can follow his train of thought, what he wanted was a triple embossed piece for it.
Black, maybe with some blue speckles, and a skull was the brief.
So I started by tracing the shape for dimensions, and had to cut it by hand from some thick card. I was hoping Nesties might work for it, but the oval shape was wrong. Thats the thing with ovals- a square is a square, a circle a circle. But ovals? Long ovals, thin or wide ovals- too much range! So, DI in Black Soot onto the base card- then the question, did he want a flat black, or a glittery one? Up to you came back the oh-so -helpful reply. I was about to use a glittery black EP on it, when a thought struck me. It might be too glittery, and make the image hard to see. Then I spotted some Crafters Companion Iridescent Glitter spray on the shelf, so I gave it a blast with that.
Doesn't show too well, but it gives it enough sparkle without being overwhelming. Let that dry then patted it onto a clear embossing pad.
Three layers of UTEE, and into the top layer I sprinkled a little Blue Glass Ep, then it was ready for the stamp. This had me a bit worried at first, as I know I have a few skull stamps (who, me?) but didn't think I had one small enough when he suggested it. Visible Image stamps to the rescue! A recent set I bought, Max Rocks, has the perfect sized skull in the set.
I used Silver Encore Pigment ink on it, to contrast the black.
And this is the finished piece- worked out quite well in the end.
Here it is in place in the guitar: