Tuesday, 12 July 2016

N for Needlework

It's only Tuesday and I've made my postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where this time the letter is N.  Mind I did struggle...I read through my dictionary three times before an idea popped into my head.

I've chosen to do NEEDLEWORK and yes I could have added real stitches but decided to stamp an old-style Sampler.  The background is stamped with a Hessian stamp (Kaisercraft) and the Sampler itself uses Stitch in Time stamps (Oak House Studio) and my initials and date are done with the Good Alphabet  (Hero Arts).  I've used the triple ink pads from Oak House Studio too and tried to make it look a bit faded. Having said that I dated it 2016 - I really need to think things through!!  As usual it's finished with the dictionary definition and the N Thicker.

As I said I struggled to find a word this time so it will be interesting to see what others do.  Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

Elaine x

Friday, 8 July 2016

Specimen Butterflies

Catching up with life and decided to enter a few challenges.  Oak House Studio's theme for the month is RAINBOWS and the Craft Barn's is BUTTERFLIES, so I've combined the two.

I've used the new Butterfly Stamps from Oak House Studio and inked the solid butterfly with their Triple Pigment Ink pads - starting with the Fruity Reds, Sunshine Yellows, Autumn Leaves, Meadow Greens, Sky Blues and Berry Purples to get that rainbow look.  I've over stamped these with the Walesby patterned butterfly and also used the same colour inks to create the border.  It's just finished with the Without Change sentiment.

I'm also linking this to the Craft Stamper's Take It, Make It Challenge where anything goes as long as there is some stamping somewhere ....this is all stamping!!

I hope you like and it brightens your day!!

Elaine xx

Monday, 4 July 2016

White Window in a Wall

Here's my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter this time is W.  I've chosen to do WINDOW - a white wooden window in a wall facing west!

The window is the Block Frame stamp from Oak House Studio, silver embossed and with the middles cut out.  The wall is London Fog Ink blended through a stencil - I know I did a smaller brick wall last time but that was for the letter K so they will be well separated in the end of year album!  The sunset (in the west) is a mix of Pure Colour Chemistry Inks - Peters Pear, Bottled Sunshine, Paris Pink, Waterfall and Tempting Teal.   It's finished with the W letter and dictionary definition.

I've decided this is a window in a very old stone cottage...as in my rush to make this I forgot that you would be inside looking out...doh!!  Anyway hope you like and thanks for visiting!

Elaine x

Friday, 24 June 2016

Butterflies on TV

Just a heads up that Lynnda from Oak House Studio will be on Hochanda TV (Freeview 39) tomorrow - Saturday 25th at 11am and 3pm.

She will be demoing old favourites like the Clematis Tower alongside the Dog Rose and Special Edition Rose sets plus a brand new set of Butterflies.  Here is a look at my samples:

One of the sets is a solid butterfly with a matching Walesby patterned overlay.  I've used it on this card but also used the solid and kiss stamped with the Texture Squares.  The inks are Purple and Orchid Pigments Inks which stay wetter longer than die inks and so are great for kiss stamping. The background uses inks from the French Collection Pure Colours - lots of pinks, purples and mint.

Another card (my DD's favourite) uses the set of 3 solid stamps and the Triple Meadow Green ink pad which makes ombre effects so easy.

I'm sure Lynnda and the rest of the DT will come up with lots of other ideas so please watch the show or record it.  You can also watch it online afterwards on Hochanda.com.

Elaine xx

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Secret Garden

Seriously struggling for time at the moment.  I invigilate in exams at my local school so for the last 5 weeks I've been watching students writing, yawning, sleeping etc etc....only 15 more to go then done for the summer.  This morning I managed to finish my postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is K.

There are not many K words and I could have done kite, key or keyhole but in the end I've chosen to do KEYSTONE as I knew I had this stone gateway stamp from Paperartsy.  I've gone for a secret walled garden blending sepia ink through a brick stencil and adding some greenery with Crafty Individuals stamps.  The 'ironwork gate' is a Memory Box die. 

Hope you like and thanks for popping by.   Any comments you leave are gratefully appreciated.

Elaine x

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Tree Triptych

Well it's wet and miserable out there so I'm staying in....... here's my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is T.    I've probably been very boring this time and gone for TREE but Three in a Triptych with some added Text.

I've stamped and clear embossed the Beech and Oak Trees with Versafine Onyx Black (to show off all the detail) on 3 pieces of card and using a torn piece of paper as a mask added the Winter Words Text stamp up the hill !  All stamps are from Oak House Studio.   With the mask still in place I've blended on green at the bottom, then blue for the sky and finished with the torn dictionary definition and letter T Thicker.

I tried not to do a scene as my S is a seaside scene but my brain was stuck on trees on a hill.  Thanks for visiting and leaving comments, they are much appreciated!!

Elaine  x  

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.