Saturday 14 September 2013

Tim Holtz Tags 2013

Each time I see the latest tag from Tim Holtz I think that I must try the technique but so often never actually get around to it - roads being paved with good intentions and all that!!  However I have at last had a go with his latest one for September 2013 and you can find it HERE if you want to see.  Of course I never have all the same stencils or stamps which he uses but I've made do with what I have, even down to making my own chit chat stickers.  This was fun and now I have to scrub my hands again to bring them back to their normal colour.

I hope you are all having a good weekend and that the horrible weather forecast for tomorrow doesn't cause anyone too much bother - could be a good excuse to stay indoors and play.

Thursday 12 September 2013

Second Autumn Quintile

As promised here is my second autumn themed quintile.  I used the same double inking technique using a mask, but a different design this time.  I've added a tag printed from Chocolate Baroque Essence of Nature CD and overstamped the background with  floral and grass stamps (also CB).  These are packed up and ready to post in the morning and I'm so looking forward to receiving my swaps.

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Tag Challenge

I came acrosss this Dragons Dream site whilst wandering around the blogs recently and decided I'd have a go at their current challenge which is to make a tag using a recipe - MUSIC, TISSUE PAPER/TAPE, BLUE.  The tag was coloured using Distress stains and inks and some texture paste was added through a Tim Holtz mask, followed by some partial overstamping with music.  A strip of tissue tape was added down one edge.  The musical image is from Chocolate Baroque Music Fanfare set - with the butterfly coloured, clear embossed and layered for dimension.  The word was produced on the computer and popped into one of the label frames which comes on the Sizzix tag die. The seam binding tie was dyed using matching Distress stain.

This is my second post today because I see that this one startsa on a Wednesday so presumably there will be a new one later today - just scraped in it seems with this one!!

Create a Scene

The challenge this week at Make My Monday is to CREATE A SCENE and for this one I first made the background by again using the masking technique spotted in the current Craft Stamper.  The mask was first swiped with blue ink and lightly spritzed with water before pressing the card onto the wet ink. The technique in the mag uses the same colour ink to sponge through the mask once the first layer is dry which works very well, but this time I tried another colour.  The scene was created using a Spellbinder die for the ornate fence; Memory box dies for the tree and birds; Sizzix dies for the leaves and acorns using a page from an old book.  There was a little stamping of feathery grasses behind the fence.  The leaves on the tree were swiped with Versamark and embossed using Distress powder to give them a crunchy autumnal appearance.  I'm undecided at the moment about adding a sentiment to this card so will leave it for the time being until I have an actual recipient in mind.

There is a challenge over at Country View Crafts running for a month and the theme is LAYERS so I'm adding my card to their blog as well.

Tuesday 10 September 2013

HOC Challenge

We are into the second week of the House of Cards challenge for September which means it is still with the same colour scheme but this time in the CLEAN AND SIMPLE style.  My regular followers will know that this style isn't a favourite of mine but I do like to rise to the challenge!  I used a linen textured square card and having cut a mask from paper using a Sizzix die (Stampin' Up) I brushed three of the colours through the aperture and then stamped a SU floral stamp in the darkest purple, adding a little butterfly for  interest and balance.  The sentiment is die cut from matching card.   I'm off now, back into my comfort zone!!

Sunday 8 September 2013

Quintile Time Again

I've managed to make my quintiles for September quite early in the month this time around and here is the first of them.  The theme is AUTUMN and I've used a stamp from Chocolate Baroque build a tree set and stamped the leaves in autumn colours.  The background was done using a technique spotted in Craft Stamper this month - inking onto and through a mask and it is one I will be using again, trying out various masks in my collection.  The words were produced on the computer.  I will show you the other one another day.