Saturday, 7 November 2015

Firey Sycamore

Well it's dark, dismal and wet so what better way to pass the time than use bright colours and make something cheerful.  This is for the Less is More Challenge week 249 where the theme is to use FIRE COLOURS.

I decided to go with autumn leaves as the colours have been so good this year.  I've used Oak House Studio's Sycamore stamp, inked with the Triple Sunshine Yellows Ink Pad.......but, before I stamped onto the card, I picked up some spritzed Brilliant Red Brusho to add more contrasting colour and give that watercolour look.  It's just finished with the sentiment and matted onto some deep orange card.

Thanks for visiting and I hope I've brightened your day!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Grey November - Twit Twoo

Thought I'd better make my November page for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge  early then I might get chance to construct the calendar itself!   This month the words are GREY and OWL.  Well November has definitely started out grey and foggy so very fitting.

I have only one Owl stamp - this one is Chocolate Baroque - and whilst I did look for a more realistic one, most of the ones I found were a bit too cute for me.  I decided to stick with a black, white and grey theme so just stamped the owl in black.   For the background I created a border with Pearly Silver Ink in a Bottle and just sprinkled on a little Black Brusho.  I then sprayed Bobby's Grey Ink in a Bottle through a brick wall stencil and drew branches with the spray tube straight out of the bottle.  It's just finished with the Owl and November calendar.    

Hope you like and thanks for visiting. Apologies for the photo - it's a grey day and grey project. Maybe I should have added some green leaves.   I'm so looking forward to December when the words might involve Christmas in some way and we can finish the year with some bright colours!!

Elaine xx

Sunday, 18 October 2015

TV Special

So the reason I haven't posted much recently is that I've been busy making samples for Oak House Studio - yes, Lynnda will be back on the TV but this time it's HOCHANDA Freeview 39.

Wednesday October 21st

11am  Roses
2pm    Double Daisy
6pm   Best Bits

There are some classic designs plus lots of new stamps, new triple ink pads and Pure Colour inks. My fingers have been every colour of the rainbow - here is one of my cards:

I've used the Pure Colour inks to spray the background, painted the Rose with it and coloured the twill ribbon. The new Rosebud Border looks fab stamped with the Triple Meadow Greens and the words are from the Friends Words set.

Check out the Oak House Studio blog for more inspiration from the Design Team and don't forget to watch .... Wednesday 21st, first show at 11am.

Elaine xx

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Autumn Colour

I'm not sure where the time has gone but at last I've had chance to make a card for the Less is More Challenge week 245  - ONE LAYER and with the theme AUTUMN.  I do love this time of year - cold, crisp, sunny days with all the trees in their autumn glory!

I received a box of new goodies from Oak House Studio so that's what I've used.  I've masked a panel and blended on inks from the Autumn Triple Ink Pad.  Over that I've stamped the Beech Leaf and a phrase from the You are my Rainbow set.

Thanks for visiting!!


Thursday, 8 October 2015

October so it's Pumpkins!

Here's my October page for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge where the theme is ORANGE and PUMPKINS.   I thought orange was a bit too close to last month's so I've gone for a purple background with a splash of orange.

The base is a wash of Shaded Lilac Distress Stain edged with Purple Colour Chemistry ink.  I've also used the Purple ink for the stamping - some Tim Holtz, some Chocolate Baroque.   The pumpkins are the BOO! set from Oak House Studio - a round circle which I used to create the moon, the pumpkin outline and then you get a choice of scary faces!   It's just finished with the October calendar and the bat. 

My blog seems to be suffering at the moment but I have been making stuff although I can't show you yet.  Come Monday all will hopefully be revealed. 

Thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments!.  Can't believe we only have two more months to go!! 

Monday, 14 September 2015


Here's a quick card for the Less is More Challenge - week 241 is a ONE LAYER card with the theme WISHING/WISHES.

Lots of different ideas popped into my head but I went for some masking and my favourite colour scheme of blue and black.  The Wishes is a free stamp from Crafty Individuals and the Chevron background is a Kaisercraft stamp inked with the Triple Sky Blue pigment ink pad from Oak House Studio.  This stamp arrived in the post this morning so I thought it would be rude not to use it - don't you just love those distressed edges!

I was just about to publish this post when I realised this is my 500th post --- so here's wishing another 500!!  It's taken 5yrs but it's been fun and I hope some of my visitors have found something of interest.   So a big THANK YOU for your support!!

Elaine xx

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Autumn is here!

Sorry readers for not posting but I've been away on my hols and then Mr Mojo went on his too!  However here's my next square for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge where the words for September are BROWN and TREES/LEAVES.

For the background I've used Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and then sprinkled around the edge with Dark Brown Brushos.  Over this I've stamped the Sycamore Leaf stamp from Oak House Studio with Rusty Hinge again.   The Beech Tree is also Oak House Studio, inked with Potting Soil Archival and clear embossed.  I've used a script stamp from 7Gypsies with Emerald Archival to ground the tree and finished with the calendar.

I'm also entering this is the Craft Stamper Magazine's Take It, Make It challenge where anything goes and I've definitely used stamps!!

I can't believe we only have 3 more months to go so guess I should start thinking about construction - it's going to be an A shape calendar but not sure whether to bind it at the top or use rings....   Anyway thanks for visiting and thanks for commenting - they are much appreciated!!

Elaine  xx