Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Harmony

Well it's the last two words for The Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge and we have a choice of HARMONY and/or FAITH.  I've chosen to do Harmony and used a quote from Zooey Deschanel - not profound, but allows me to make my postcard Christmassy!

The background is a mix of Mowed Lawn and Bundled Sage Distress Stains, edged with Gold Acrylic paint and stamped with the Deck the Halls stamps from Oak House Studio.  The holly leaves are also Oak House Studio stamps, embossed with gold, painted with Emerald Acrylic Ink and hung in a bough.  I've just added some gems for holly berries and the quote printed out as usual.

My next job is to create an album for them all but before I do that I thought I'd take a photo so you can see all 25 together.

It's been a great year -  fun creating my postcards and inspiring to visit everyone else's blogs and read other quotes and lyrics.  If you've visited my blog during the year  thank you so much. If you've left a comment then an even bigger THANK YOU.   I'm looking forward to seeing what The Craft Barn have planned for us in 2015.

Merry Christmas to one and all!!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Artistic Ventures

Here's my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge where the words this fortnight are HEART and/or RISK.   After a day or two of looking I found this quote by Matt Smith which I thought was so true but have struggled to create something to illustrate it.

In the end I've delved through my half made box of 'artistic ventures' and chose this piece.  I've used a set of Firework stamps from Oak House Studio, inked in various pigment inks and clear embossed.  It's then coloured with Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain to make the fireworks pop and finished with the printed quote.

I can't believe we have only one more pair of words to do but I'm looking forward to what the Craft Barn's Challenge will be next year.   Many thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Oak House Studio 2014

Lynnda at Oak House Studio asked me to write a post featuring one of my favourite projects to end the year but to be honest I can't just pick one - the stamps lend themselves to lots of different styles so here are a few:

I started the year doing  Wedding Samples using watercolour paper sprayed with Ink in a Bottle and the Rose stamps.

I like the different looks you can achieve with few supplies.

This is my No 1 favourite ......I think.

Using the Circles and Flowers and Kiss Stamping - great fun!   It's bright, colourful and with lots of interest.

An inky Under the Sea journal page with the Mountain Ash and Oak used as seaweed etc.  My favourite colours - blues, greens and a pop of orange from the Shells and Sealife stamps.

And lastly, a Christmas one which was really fun to do using the Block Frame stamp as a window  looking in to see a Christmas scene.   So that's my 2014 round-up - thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments over the year - it makes blogging all worthwhile!!

Merry Christmas

Elaine xx

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Let's Celebrate

Well it's the 200th week on the Less is More Challenge so the theme this time is CELEBRATIONS.  I can't say I'm a regular by any means but I do try to enter as much as I can.  There are always brilliant inspirational cards from the team and it's great fun to come up with simple but effective projects.

This time I've gone for a party invite using the Firework and Celebrate Stamp sets from Oak House Studio.  I stamped the Let's Celebrate first, masked it off and then went a bit wild with all the different fireworks, bursts and stars in a variety of colours!!   I could have filled the page but remembered I had to leave some white space!!

Hope you like and thanks for popping by.  Thanks also to Chrissie and all her helpers over the last 200 weeks - great challenge and great inspiration!!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Tis the Season

Here's another card for the Winter Challenge at Oak House Studio - for this I've used the Christmas Tree and the Block Frame stamps.

Full details can be found on the Oak House Studio blog.  Hope you like my project and have been inspired to join in with the November Challenge - full details are on Facebook - the Oak House Studio page and the INKspired group.  There's a £40 prize to be won as well as a personal back stamp for your cards - so why not give it a go!!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Deck the Halls

Here's my card for the week 199 of the  LESS IS MORE Challenge where the theme is JINGLE ALL THE WAY.  I decided to go with Christmas music but a different song!

I've used the Deck the Halls set of stamps from Oak House Studio inked with Vermillion and Emerald Archival Ink, matted onto some red card and added a little Xmas Red Stickles around the edge.  The solid Holly Leaves are from the Big Christmas Collection, again inked with Emerald Archival and dots of Stickles for the berries.

A simple card that is easy to replicate - just what we need when there is only one month before Christmas Day.   Thanks you for your visit and comments - they're always much appreciated.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Circle of Friendship

Here's my 23rd postcard for The Craft Barn's Quotes and Lyrics Challenge where the words are JOURNEY and/or FRIENDSHIP.   Lots of quotes this time but I decided to go for this one by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin - a 'well-known' French Philosopher.

I know World is mentioned in the quote but I've done so many blue/green ones I wanted to go for a  different colour scheme.  I've chosen Valentine, Pumpkin Orange, Golden Yellow and Lemon Yellow Pigment Inks and a selection of round palette stamps from the  Journalling Circles and Circles and Flowers sets from Oak House Studio.  I've just randomly Kiss Stamped the circles and inks to create the background and added the typed quote to finish. 

I can't believe we're on the 23rd challenge already which means we only have 3 more to do - I must start thinking about making an album for them.   Meantime, thanks for looking and for your lovely comments on my Bombers' Moon postcard last time.

Elaine xx