Sunday, 1 March 2015

What makes me Happy!

So my crafting didn't improve during the week - I still feel as ill as I did last week, not really bad but not good either.  However I had a sudden flash of an idea for this week's Less is More Challenge - it's week 213 and the theme is to depict something that makes you HAPPY.

Lots of things make me happy - family, friends, sunshine, crafting  etc but I decided to go for a bright colour scheme - Turquoisey-Blue, Orange and Yellow.  I love using this combination of colours - they're cheerful and vibrant and hopefully give out a positive vibe!!   I've just used Tim Holtz's Splat stamp from the Bitty Grunge Set and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

A bit simple I know but I'm just happy I've made something.  Hope it makes you smile too!!

Monday, 23 February 2015

It's a PUFFIN!

Well I'm not feeling well or doing well on the crafting front - I have ideas but no inclination.  However today I'd thought I'd enter the Less is More Challenge where the theme this 212th week is WINGS.

I was going to use my trusty owl but then remembered I had this Puffin stamp from Crafty Individuals - he's so cute!!   Anyway I inked him with Onyx Black Versafine and coloured him with Tombow markers.  I've just added some foliage to the bottom of the teal card using the edge of an Oak Tree stamp in 2 different greens and added the Hello.

Simple but striking I hope you will agree.  Thanks for popping by and for leaving comments - they are much appreciated!!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

And the winner is..

Good morning folks.  Well my Giveaway has now ended and I'd like to thank you all for visiting my blog and leaving a comment or two over the last month.

I've spent 30 minutes trying to use a True Random Number Generator and all I can show you on here are lines of code.....not interesting.  I'm not sure how you get the pretty box to show on here.  So I'll just have to tell you that out of the 74 comments I received, the computer chose no 32 who is:

Congratulations Chrissie!!    If you would email me at with your postal address I'll get your stamps on their way.

Elaine x

Friday, 13 February 2015

Stamp Giveaway

Just a reminder that my 5 Year Blogaversary Stamp Giveaway is still live.  I'm giving away three sets of Oak House Studio stamps as shown below.  

The Friends like Fruitcake Sentiment stamp,  the Square Grid Block and the Sunshine and Textures Set.

Here are a couple of cards using the stamps and inked with the new Triple Colour Ink Pads - Sky Blues and Sunshine Yellows.


All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post or any/all of my posts since January 19th for a chance to win.  The Giveaway ends on  Monday 16th February at midnight and I'll do the draw sometime on Tuesday.

Good luck!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Tim's 12 Tags - February 2015

Here's my interpretation of Tim Holtz's Tag for February 2015 - if you don't know, then all the details can be found on his blog.   This is the only challenge I do where I do try to copy the original but it's always fun finding alternatives to create  with.  For this one I had some Glue & Seal and an arrow!

The collage background is a mix of stuff - old music, dictionary and the February definition, an old seed packet, tickets and the mini playing card.  I followed his instructions, added some stamping and outlined in orange to keep it bright!! I diecut a frame, added the felt heart (with staples, not sewing)  and finished with the arrow etc.   The heart hanging from the arrow and the playing card were both out of crackers - my family must think I'm barmy saving all these bits but sometimes they do come in useful.

I'm also entering this in the Vintage Journey Challenge where it's time to play Tic Tac Toe - I've used some of Tim's Idea-ology Arrows, the Ephemera is some Salvage Stickers on the collaged  background and used Ripe Persimmon Distress Stain on the tickets and seam binding.

Collaged backgrounds are not really my thing but I have to say it came out better than I expected.  Hope you like and thanks for popping by!!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Craft Barn Calendar - February

Here's my February page for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge where the recipe is to use RED and HEARTS.  Everywhere you look there are red/love/hearts challenges so it took a while to decide what to do that was a little bit different. 

The background is a swooshy mix of Pickled Raspberry, Barn Door and Festive Berries Distress Inks and then I've inked through the Studio Calico Circle Graph Mask with Fired Brick to represent heart beats!  The polymer clay heart is covered with Gold Dabber and I've finished with the Kaisercraft Lace stamp, the Hero Arts sentiment and the February calendar. 

Apologies for the curling today - it really is 14cm square.  The idea at the moment is to mount my squares on A5 card and then bind them all together at the end but just in case I change my mind, I don't want to stick it down.

I'm also entering this in the Craft Stamper magazine challenge - Take it, Make it - where for February the theme is stencilling. 

Anyway thanks for looking and for your comments.  I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else does this month.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Textures and More Stamps to Giveaway

I was challenged on Facebook to do the Artchain - 5 days of art. So here is Day 5 - a new card showcasing Oak House Studio's new Triple Colour Pigment Ink Pads and the Sunshine sentiment & Texture set of stamps.  They're going to be featured in the next Craft Stamper magazine (along with the Double Daisy) and as I seem to have 2 sets, then I'm putting one set in the GIVEAWAY.

I've used the Triple Sunshine Yellows and Triple Fruity Reds ink pads with a square palette stamp and just inked, kissed and stamped with the Texture stamps.  I can assure you it's an addictive technique.   I've just matted it all on maroon card and added the sentiment to finish.

For the rest of my pieces, I've gone back through my archives starting with some scrapbooking - a very early double page from 2004.  I'd do it differently now but it still reminds me of how windy it was.  You could barely walk along the prom and our voices just disappeared into the air.  I really need to start scrapbooking again and not leave all my photos hiding in my computer!!

Next are a couple of  baubles made at a workshop about 8years ago and I still love them now.  They were so easy to make - clear baubles, add some polished pigments, shake, add another colour, shake ...... the colours are wonderful and I need to do this again too!!

I made this canvas in February 2010 for Oak House Studio's stand at Stitches (the Trade Show) - the theme was red and black and I used a selection of the Oriental and Dragon stamps.  It was fun to do, much admired and Suze Miller Weinberg even took a photo and blogged about it.
 And finally my last project made for Oak House Studio's ONE STAMP weekend using the Decorative Diamond stamp and Ice Resin.  It came out much better than I expected so I sent a photo to Craft Stamper magazine - they loved it, asked me to write up the project and amazingly it was published in the September 2013 issue.

I love how varied my projects are and it's made me realise how stuck in a rut I am.  So that's my 2015 challenge to have a go at different things more.  Hope you like my projects and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win some stamps!!