Wednesday, 14 February 2018

February Inchies & ATCs

Well the weather is wet and windy so thought I'd get on with my Inchies and ATCs for the UK Stampers Forum Challenge on Facebook.

The theme for the Inchies is Anything Goes so I got out my Inkadinkadoo Special Thoughts stamps and chose 3 that seemed to go.  They are stamped using Onyx Black Versafine and clear embossed on some pale blue sprayed card.  I do challenges to try and use stuff up but even with 6 of them, they don't make much of a difference to my scrap box!!   Anyway I've just blended on a little Wilted Violet Distress Inks to enhance the colour.

For the ATCs the theme is Hearts/Love so I got out my reds and entitled them the Music of Love.  The backgrounds are a swooshy mix of Fired Brick,  Barn Door and Pickled Raspberry overstamped with a Music stamp in Vermillion Archival.  The Walesby Hearts are from Oak House Studio and I've just added some ribbons and typed words.   It wasn't until I did the third did I realise maybe I should check the musical notes.....guess what, the first one I did is upside down!!

Hope you like and thanks for visiting.  If you've left a comment, then my thanks once again!!

Elaine xx

Friday, 19 January 2018

Jewellery for January

Hello there!   Not been getting inky and messy today but keeping clean and making some new necklaces which are all available in my Kettle Courtyard shop on Etsy.  The quickest way to get there is by clicking the photo in my side bar.

Amethyst and Ultraviolet Pearls

Pantone's colour of the year is Ultraviolet and who doesn't love a good deep purple.  Also Amethysts are the birthstone for February which will be here soon!!

I've had these Turquoise Spike beads for a while but I was just waiting to find the right Sterling Silver chain to hang them from - this has a lovely diamond design.
I love these Cobalt Blue lampwork beads - they have so many different colours in them.   I've added them to a curved bar and hung from a Sterling Silver chain.
Haven't decided what to make next but I'm thinking it'll involve Black Pearls and Emerald Crystals.
Watch this space!!
Elaine xx

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January Inchies & ATCs

Happy New Year to you all.

Bit of a slow start to the year but I'm hoping to find some new challenges to do and get some crafting done.  Firstly I've made my 6 Inchies for the UK Stampers Forum on Facebook - the theme is Anything Goes.

I've just inked through Tim Holtz's Holiday Knits Stencil for the backgrounds and stamped as many small words as I could find out of my stash!

I've also made my 3 ATCs - the theme is The Elements, so Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.  For the Earth one I've used a Hero Arts Vintage Map stamp,   the Kite in the Wind is an Oak House Studio stamp and the Lighthouse surrounded by Water is a Crafty Individuals Stamp.  I've just added typed words from songs except for the Map one where I struggled to find a good song. 

Anyway thanks for visiting and for your comments.  If you know of any good challenges, please let me know!

Elaine xx

Sunday, 10 December 2017

December Chill

Well here is my last postcard for The Craft Barn's Twelve Month Challenge based on Sara Coleridge's poem The Months.  

I have to admit I was a bit stuck with sleet, fire and treat and couldn't decide what to do until I saw Jane's with her winter scene and it reminded me I had this beautiful PSX Winter Village stamp.   It's ended up framed on a wall behind the Oak House Studio Christmas Tree.

I bought a blank calendar from Papermilldirect and have just photographed  December's postcard on the page. I think I will matt all my postcards to fill the space a little more.  Then the hard decision is whether to give it someone for Christmas or just keep it for myself.   Here are my 12 months altogether.

I do love year long challenges as it makes you finish the whole year and I really love how this has turned out.   Thank you to The Craft Barn for organising the challenge and for everyone who has visited my blog and left such lovely comments.

Keep safe and warm everyone and Merry Christmas!

Elaine xx

Friday, 17 November 2017

UK Stampers Challenge

Just had chance to get some stamping done this week so here are my Inchies and ATCs for the UK Stampers Challenge on Facebook.  For both the theme is Anything Goes so I've gone wintery and Christmassy as they will be swapped come the beginning of December.

The Inchies were made with a set of stamps free with a magazine - the buildings, the boy with his sledge and santa with the reindeer were just the right size for inchies.  I've just added some blue sky and white snow.  I've also added these into the A Vintage Journey Mini Marvels Challenge where the project has to be less than 4 inches!

For the ATCs I've used my  Oak House Studio stamps - the fir branch, the sentiment and one of the firework stamps gold embossed to create a patterned bauble.  They are all finished with Stickles to add that Christmassy sparkle.

Hope you like and thanks for visiting.  I'm looking forward to seeing my swaps in return!!

Elaine xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Dull November

I'm not sure where the year is going - November already but at last I've made my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Twelve Month Challenge based on Sara Coleridge's poem The Months.  

It mentions dull so what could be better than Tim Holtz's Brolly Man stamp on a dull bluey-grey distress background with rain drops.   Really mad too as I have a cheap clear stamp which I have used a lot but this time his brolly has torn...grrr!   Anyway to finish this off I've got my old leaf punches out and used up some odd bits of inked card.  He was supposed to be ankle deep but he is a little too big for the postcard so he's knee deep in leaves!!

Anyway hope you like and thanks for visiting.  I can't believe we only have one more month to go!!

Elaine xx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Woodland Agate Necklace

As well as getting inky and making cards etc I've now started making jewellery and opened a shop on Etsy called Kettle Courtyard.   Over the years I've amassed a selection of beads, and whilst some are definitely for me, I'd like to share with the rest of you!

Here is one of my latest creations made with some beads from Beads Direct - I was lucky enough to win their Woodland themed giveaway on facebook.  It features some brown agate nuggets teamed with shaded green beads and other rounds called Orange Tweed!

The question here is what to charge for such a necklace.  I decided on £20 - you may think this is too much when the beads were free but what you don't realise is how much design time and actual construction time this took.  To be honest it took me about 4hrs to decide what to do, get the length and balance right and make sure it was as perfect as possible.  That time doesn't include the photography and the long walk I took to find the right shaped twig as the prop.

I am not sure what you think when you look at an object and the price but please don't forget the time it has taken to get it on your screen and the amount of love that has been put into it!

Elaine xx