Monday, 25 July 2016

C for Caravan

Hello there!  I'm here with my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is C.  I toyed with the idea of doing cartography with a compass etc but in the end went with CARAVAN.

As I did a country scene for B I decided to do a Caravan in a showroom with a Checkerboard floor (both Oak House Studio stamps).  For the back wall I've used various red inks as there are so many reds beginning with C - carmine, crimson, cerise, cherry etc and I've added a bit of interest with some Conifers (Tim Holtz stamp).    It's just finished as always with the torn dictionary definition and C Thicker.

As we are over half way through I thought I'd take a photo of all 15 together - so you can see them but it also helps me see what designs and colours I've done to avoid too much repetition. 

Thanks for visiting and leaving comments - they are much appreciated!

Elaine x

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 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