Sunday, 10 May 2015

Tim's Tag for May 2015


Well I've done all my chores so thought I'd have a play at Tim Holtz's Tag for May 2015.  If you have no idea what I am on about then click the link and see.



Looking through my stash I came across this photo of Winston Churchill and with all the coverage of the VE Day 70th Celebrations I thought I'd follow that theme.   The base is like Tim's in that I stuck some hessian to a tag,  added some Grungepaste through a stencil and inked that with Vintage Photo Distress.   I also used that to colour some seam binding.   Otherwise I've just added various images found on the net - a newspaper headline, a 1945 calendar - and I printed off the words to use. 

My daughter helps in the local museum and they had a party yesterday afternoon - she mocked up some ration books and they had paste sandwiches etc.  They also had small cakes with little Union Jack flags so I pinched one of those to carry on the patriotic feel!!

Hope you like my interpretation and thanks for visiting.

Elaine xx

Thursday, 7 May 2015

May and it's Magenta


No exams this morning so thought I'd have a go at my May page for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge - the words this month are MAGENTA and FLOWERS.   I'm using 14cm squares which will be stuck onto A5 black card and bound at the top to create a flip calendar.


I'm not really a pink person but when the theme is magenta then you have to go the whole hog!!  The background is a pale mix of Picked Raspberry Distress Ink which I also used to stamp the Clematis Tower (from Oak House Studio) in the top right corner.   For the main image I stamped the Clematis Tower with Onyx Black Versafine, clear embossed it and coloured with Pentel Colour Brushes.  To tone down the pink a bit I've edged it with Seedless Preserves Paint and framed the May calendar with purple card. 

It's a bit crinkly I'm afraid but I'm sure it'll straighten out before the year's out.  I think you'll agree it fits the bill of magenta and flowers!!  

Thanks for popping by and for any comments  you leave - they are much appreciated. 

Elaine x

Monday, 4 May 2015

Orange and Blue


Here's my card for the Less is More Challenge week 222 - it's a colour week and the theme is to use OPPOSITE COLOURS on the colour wheel.


On this type of challenge my choice will always be Blue and Orange and having seen Sarah's bold design, I thought I would go bold too.   The flower are from the Spring Blooms set from Oak House Studio - I've stamped with Onyx Black Versafine and coloured with markers.  The sentiment is also from Oak House Studio and stamped with Majestic Blue Versafine to match the blue hammered card - a bargain from Papermilldirect!

Thanks for popping by and I hope you like my card.  Tomorrow sees the start of the exam season - I have over 40+ exams to invigilate over the next 7 weeks - so my poor blog is going to be neglected somewhat but I'll try and do some challenges!!

Bye for now

Elaine xx

Monday, 27 April 2015

By the Sea


Here's my card for the Less is More Challenge where week 221 the recipe is to use a TAG.


I've just got back from a quick weekend down to Cornwall delivering my daughter back to University and to be honest I'd have loved to have seen this view.   Alas it was misty, foggy and raining.....but at least it was better than the forecast thunder and lightening.   I've just created a little scene on the tag using stamps from Crafty Individuals (set CI-397) and the waves are Mermaid Lagoon Distress blended through a Studio Calico Chevron stencil. 

Sorry about the photo - the light is strange today - but thank you for visiting my blog.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Art Journal 2015


I haven't had chance to make much this week due to a round of appointments - hair, eyes, teeth etc so thought I'd show you my art for Journal52 - it's a group on Facebook with a prompt every week.   I'm using A5 card/watercolour paper and try and do the first thing that pops into my head!! 

Week 1 - Pathways, New beginnings etc.
I used an old birthday card for the image.

Week 9 - Restricted to a Colour and Shape
I chose Green and Circles

Week 10 - Colouring an image downloaded
Its supposed to be therapeutic but I'm a neat freak!

Week 13 - Messy coffee rings and splatters

This Week 15 - Playing Cribbage
Every evening on holiday with friends!!
They're a bit of a mixed bag as you can see but it's great fun to just go with the flow and not worry about whose products to use.  I've used Oak House Studio stamps on the circles one and most of the backgrounds are Distress Inks.  I didn't really want to cover the last one as I loved the mix of reds so much!!

Anyway the sun is shining and the garden needs attention so best go.  Thanks for looking!!

Elaine x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Today's Story


Here's my card for the Less is More Challenge where this week 219 it's a ONE LAYER card with SPLATTERS.


I've been buying a few new bits recently so thought I'd use them.  I used Jet Black Archival to stamp Today's Story from the Kaisercraft Document set and masked this off.  I've then stamped the splatter stamp from Tim Holtz's Bitty Grunge set  with the new Distress colours - Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio.  Don't you just love them!!  To create a little more interest I flicked some dots of Broken China Distress with a toothbrush.  

It's all a bit haphazard and chaotic which is sometimes how life is - too much to do and not enough time to do it!!   Anyway thanks for popping by and visiting my blog - it's very much appreciated.



Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sunshine and Showers


Here's my art for The Craft Barn's Calendar Challenge where April's words are  BLUE and UMBRELLA(S).   My calendar is going to be an A5 flip one so I'm creating on 14cm square card which will be mounted on black A5 card at the end of the year.


I have two stamps with umbrellas/parasols on so thought I'd use them both - the Crafty Individuals' Bathing Beauty from the By the Sea set (CI - 278) and Tim Holtz's Brolly Man.  I thought this was appropriate as April can be a bit indecisive in the weather department - sometimes sunny but with those pesky showers.  For the background I've used a mix of blue Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans and splattered some water on the rainy side!!  The bathing beauty is coloured with bright markers and I've added some white paint for the waves crashing on her feet. 

So which side do you prefer??   

Hope you like and thanks for visiting - you're always welcome!