Monday, 27 July 2015

Time to Celebrate


Well it was definitely a stay in and craft day yesterday so thought I'd enter a few challenges so here are a couple of cards.



For the first one I've used Oak House Studio stamps - Fireworks and the Celebrate Words sets - and I've stamped with their Colour Chemistry Pigment Ink Pads - Triple Fruity Reds and Triple Sky Blues which give a great ombre effect.  I stamped the sentiment, masked it and then randomly stamped the fireworks, sprays and added stars etc.

I've kept it 'Clean and Simple' to fit in with The Craft Barn's weekly challenge, used 'Something Blue' for the Oak House Studio Challenge and 'Take a Stamp - Anything Goes' for the  Craft Stamper Take it, Make it Challenge.


My second card is even simpler but took ages!!  It's for the Less is More Challenge week 234 where the recipe is to use a SNIPPET in the design.   I think this is a great idea - I'm sure we all keep the smallest pieces of leftovers and it's nice to use them.   I used the same sentiment stamp and then used the balloon die that came with the latest Simply Cards magazine.  I cut 5 balloons from various snippets of sprayed card and then I dithered, arranged them, re-arranged them etc.  In the end I've just added one ...well the challenge is less is more!!

Anyway thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave me a comment - they are much appreciated.

Elaine xx

Monday, 20 July 2015

Life's a Beach


I've been so busy I haven't had chance to enter this challenge for a month or two but today is the day.....so here's my card for the Less is More Challenge week 233 where the theme is LIFE'S A BEACH.



I've used stamps from Crafty Individuals - CI278 and CI379 - and just inked with the new Distress Ink - Blueprint Sketch.  Love it as a blue so thought I'd keep my card monochrome - I just used a water brush to add the sea.   Having looked at this again there is not much beach so just think of sitting on a beach and this is your view!!

Thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Tim's Tag - St Swithins


Don't faint....I'm here with another post.  I suddenly had a idea for Tim's July Tag - I had nothing to do his USA tag with but yesterday here in the UK  was St Swithins Day so I've gone along that theme.....and yes it did rain!  All details are on  Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015.


Whilst Tim did stars and stripes, mine is vaguely based on the design of a Union Jack so diagonals, triangles and red lines.  The Union Jack and the English Rose stamps are from Oak House Studio, coloured with Tombow markers and torn etc.  The words and 15th July are printed on the computer with the date attached to a fragment and then stripey crinkled seam binding to finish.

Thanks for visiting and if you leave a comment, then thanks once again - they are very much appreciated.

Elaine xx

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Turquoise and Beach Huts


I do apologise to all my followers - my blog has been suffering from lack of attention.  This is mainly due to 7  weeks of exam invigilation (well I have to get my stash cash from somewhere) and then we've had a week away in the New Forest, there's been Wimbledon on the TV and Mr Mojo went on his hols too.....need I say more.

So today I've had chance to make my July page for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge where the words are TURQUOISE and BEACH HUTS. 


A simple one really - I have one Beach Hut stamp so like several others I'm using Crafty Individuals set CI - 278.   I've just stamped them with Onyx Black Versafine and coloured with markers.   The background is sprayed with Inks in a Bottle (from Oak House Studio) - I've used Totally Turquoise at the top and added some Jubilee Blue for the sea.  I've torn this to create the white waves, added a strip of sand scrapbook paper and some greenery to ground the huts.  To finish I've stamped the gulls from the same stamp set and added the July Calendar.

Hopefully I'll get chance to enter a few more challenges ..... but first the ironing!! 

Thanks for popping by.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Dragonfly Dreams


At last I've had chance to make something for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge where the theme for June is DRAGONFLIES and LAVENDER.


Lavender is a funny colour as the flowers can be pink or blue - I've gone for a bluer version with the background coloured with Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass Distress Stains.  I've stamped the foliage from Tim Holtz's Fairytale Frenzy set with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance and then added the dragonfly. 

I was looking for a realistic dragonfly stamp but had no joy so I invested in Tim Holtz's Dragonfly die - not only do you get a die, but you also get an embossing folder too.  I cut three layers - the base out of  some silver glittery card, a black body and some acetate wings which I embossed and alcohol inked.  I took the photo with flash so you get to see the full shimmer!!


So we're halfway through the year so thought I'd show you the first 6 altogether.   Hope you like and thanks for looking - I'm off to see what everyone else has made!!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

And now for something different..



Still One Stamp weekend but here's something a little different - this time blue!!



The medium sunflower is clear embossed and then a selection of blue inks were blended over the top.  I've used the Script Sentiments to finish - its a great stamp set with 6 different sentiments in a very useful font!

That's my last project for the day.  Hope you've found some inspiration here or in the group so keep stamping and inking!!

Elaine xx



Sunflower Z-card


Another Sunflower card - apologies for the shadow on this one!!


This is a concertina/Z card using dark green A4 card folded in 3 and cut on a diagonal.  I've stamped the large Sunflower on white gloss and added to the card with some ribbon.   It's just finished with some Script Sentiment stamps and a Sunflower charm made with shrink plastic.  Don't you love this - it's so cute!!

 Thanks so much for visiting!