Monday, 23 May 2016

Stampbord Projects

Over on the Oak House Studio Blog the theme for TAKE 5 this month is Stampbord.  It's a great product with a clay surface that takes ink beautifully, can be stamped and colour scraped away. It comes in many sizes - 2" squares, 1" squares, ATCs, dominos, circles and ovals etc.

Here are a few of my projects.  The first is a necklace coloured with the Triple Fruity Reds, stamped with the Solid Rose stamp, the colour scratched out of the middle and then clear embossed over the top.  I've attached it to a co-ordinating card to give as a gift.

The next one is domino shape with the Walesby Flourish stamped into copper embossing powder and used as an embellishment on a tag.

This one is an ATC sized piece made into a hanging, sprayed with ink, stamped with the Walesby Heart and again small dots scratched out to show the white again.

And finally a small 1" piece stamped and painted and made into a necklace.

There are 5 different designers with Stampbord projects on the Oak House Studio blog so why not pop over there for a browse.  I hope you'll be inspired to buy some stampbord and have a go.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

A for Algebra

At last I've had chance to create my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter this time is A.....and no other twists thank goodness!   I had a read of my dictionary and decided to go for ALGEBRA but including Arithmetic and Algorithms as well as Amethyst.

The amethyst background is sprayed with Waterfall and Precious Purple Pure Colour Inks and stamped with Purple and Orchid Pigment inks - the numbers from Tim Holtz and Log Tables from Oak House Studio.  The Algebra (a maths joke I saw on Facebook) is written on some black chalk card with a white marker and I've finished with the dictionary definition and A Thicker as usual.

Hope you like and thanks for visiting.  Any comments you leave are very much appreciated.

Elaine xx 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Oak House Studio on TV

Just a heads up that Lynnda and Oak House Studio will be on HOCHANDA TV tomorrow at 11am and 3pm.

Stamps being shown include the very popular Clematis Tower with lots of background stamps and word sets along with a new Dog Rose Collection - 2 different sizes of corners plus a 5" border.  Here's a selection of my samples:

There is also a new set of Pure Colour Inks - the French Collection which includes French Wine, French Mint, French Lavender and Paris Pink.  Great bright flowery colours!

Elaine xx

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Friends & Flowers

I got some new stamps recently so thought I'd have a play.  It's a collection of Dog Rose stamps from Oak House Studio  and for this card I've used the smallest corner.

The Dog Rose Corner is silver embossed and then painted with French Lavender and Peter's Pear Pure Colour Inks.  The backgrounds are both sprayed French Lavender ink and the card is just finished with a  Friendly sentiment.   I've made a few other cards with this stamp set but these are for the Hochanda show next Tuesday 17th.

I'm entering this is the Craft Stamper's Take It, Make It Challenge for May where the theme is Anything Goes.    Thanks for visiting and for leaving comments - they are very much appreciated!

Elaine x

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Jewelled Dragonfly

Here is my next postcard for the Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is J and we have to use a Dragonfly.  Not an easy combination but having read all the Js I've chosen to do JIGSAW.

For the background I've sponged some Opalite Cypress Frost through a Leaf Swirl stencil and then cut out with a Sizzix Jigsaw Die.  For the Dragonfly I've used Tim  Holtz's Die and Embossing Folder.  The black layer I've painted Opalite Glacier Blue to add to the sheen and the wings I've cut and embossed from acetate and coloured with alcohol inks.  To add to the bling I've added some gems or Jewels!!   As usual it's just finished with the J Thicker and the torn dictionary definition.

Hope you like my dragonfly!  Thanks for visiting and leaving comments.  I'm off to see what others have come up with ......

Elaine x

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Mixed Media Canvas

At the beginning of April I made the trip up north (Teeside) to attend some Art Workshops organised by Sue Tucker and taught by France Papillon.  I had a great weekend away with my friend Lynnda and met lots of other lovely ladies.

I'm of the opinion that you do workshops to learn techniques and learn about products not necessarily to create something perfect at the end.  We made a handmade book, a beautifully textured frame and a canvas.  Here's mine:

It suffered a bit on the way home and I didn't like the colours I did the canvas at the workshop but the textures were great. So this week I've had some time -  I spun it round, added a little more Bead Paste and then covered with Black Gesso.

I've brushed on Opalite Glacier Blue re-inker, flicked on some Oak House Studio Gold Acrylic Ink and added all the embellishments.  The molded plaster pieces had a coat of Green Precious Metal paint and I rubbed some Treasure Gold wax on the metal pieces.   It's just finished with some scrabble tiles I've had for years!!

I noticed Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge is Show us your Metal so thought I'd enter the challenge!   Thanks for visiting and leaving comments - they are much appreciated.

Elaine xx


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

S is for Scallops

My time flies doesn't it!  Here is my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is S and we have to use SHELLS.    My immediate thought was to do a beach scene but the shell definition in my dictionary concentrated on egg shells or shells for I've chosen SCALLOP.

So my postcard includes Sun, Sky, Seagulls, Salty Sea, Sand, Shells making a Seaside Scene - is that enough S's??    I've used acrylic paint for the sea and a mix of Sand Texture Paste + Sahara Terra Paste for the beach.   The stamps are Sun Rays (Tim Holtz)  Shells (Oak House Studio) and Gulls (Crafty Individuals).

It makes me want to get in the car and trundle off to the seaside.....if only the weather was a little warmer!!   Thanks for visiting and leaving comments - they're much appreciated.

Elaine x