Wednesday, 28 September 2016

SDC258 - Favourite Quote

This weeks challenge over at Stampotique is, "Favourite Quote".
To be exact.
"What is your favourite quote of all time. Be it funny, inspirational or religious, let's see your favourite quote this week."

Ummmm! I don't really have a favourite quote, I did buy a set of scrapbooking stamps a while ago and chose to use one of those quotes to stamp on my journal page.

Talking about journals, I'd bought a denim journal by Prima on impulse and when I got it home didn't really know what to do with it, it went into the bin and then out again and in again then out, again.

I wanted to use it, really use it, carry it around without getting embellishments caught everywhere  so decided on just stamping and painting the cover. I also manipulated the journal cover and it now is an 8"x8", the inside has a larger pocket which started life as a pair of jeans and a few other tweaks.

Back to the  journal page. Using  8"x8" mixed media paper and a giant A4 stamp I pressed different distress ink onto the stamp then misted it with water, this was stamped on to the media paper which smooched onto the page.
The image was lightly misted again to help blend the colours.
Additional stamping was added in cornflower blue and purple archival ink.
Grey distress ink was used over a Tim H mask to produce the square effect in the background and the inks edged in black soot.
My new stamp which arrived while I was in Florida has finally been used, Yeah!!!!!!
It was stamped onto mixed media card stock and also onto tiles which were arranged to create gaps for added interest.
The tiles were inked with block soot distress ink to take away the plainness.
Both the tiles and the image were coloured with distress ink, once dry the paper image was glued into position and then the tiles were stuck down over the top.

And that is it, hope you like my project for this weeks challenge. If you would like to see more inspiration check out the Stampotique blog here.

Sue X

Play Day Tuesday

Its been quite a while since I've had a Tuesday play day,  so with the girls back at school for a little while I thought it was about time my sister in law and I attempted to get the creating juices flowing.

We started with mixed media paper/card and added dylusions paints in random blocks, this was stencilled on various patterns and designs followed by stamping.
The next part really upset Nola, the look of horror crossed her face when I said to her choose one of my home made masks place it on your paper and paint black all over it.
To complete the pages doodling was added to the black areas.

There was some resistance, however, when the project was complete she was well happy and was going off home to do more.

Unfortunately didn't take any photos during the process, but, these are my almost finished pages.

The masks were made by cutting images from a Sunday magazine many moons ago, these was placed on clear acetate drawn around and carefully cut out with a craft knife to produce two versions (an inner and outer). The edges were sanded to smooth down the sharpe bits.

Hope you like them.

Sue X

Friday, 23 September 2016

SDC257 -Put a Bug on it - Week 2

Put A Bug On It
So here we are week 2 of the current challenge  over on the Stampotique blog, this was our inspirational text.
"Add a bug to your project.. creepy, crawly, flying, any bug at all. Get creative too!!"

Now, not wanting to follow the usual path of making a card (not really a card maker), I decided to make a project for Halloween.
With that in mind I had bought some Prima plaster shapes/skulls a while back and thought this was an ideal place to start.
Ummmm!!! This is what happens when you leave your phone lying around on a table, little people take selfies!!!
Back to the matter at hand take 1 skull and make it a body from tin foil. 
Take fabric stiffening medium and lengths of t-shirt fabric to wrap around the mummy and leave to dry. 
One hard wood canvas type painting board thingy, (sorry forgot what its called, brain jam). Painted slate grey and stamped with rust like dots to create interest.
Took me a while to make this photo out, its the box thingy and the stamp. A rusty wash was applied to  the box and left to dry.
Various stamps were stamped onto acetate, spiders, webs, words and a house. The house was also stamped onto white card and coloured with old paper distress ink along with the skulls from the Halloween cube, the edges were distressed with black soot. The mummy was dry brushed with slate grey and caramel paints to age them. The other element is half of a book I had created a niche in, this was given a rusty wash and stamped in the same fashion as the box and inked with distress ink around the outside edges.
The stamped elements were layered together, placing the card house under the acetate house intensified the black stamping and allowed the tree to be transparent as this had been cut out along with flying bats.  
The other elements were layered together using the solid skulls to hide the gluing down of the acetate.

 Well, that's my project complete for this week hope you like it, for lots more inspiration hop on over to the Stampotique blog here.
Sue X


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Poor neglected blog!

Poor Neglected Blog!

SDC256 - Mail Art

Well not really, just been on holiday to Disney in Florida, with a touch of  Seaworld and Universal Studios thrown in whilst avoiding tropical storms and sunburn.

Anyhow that said, girls are back at school, plans for house extension have been passed and we are now looking for a builder. So far the quotes we have had are insane and are more than our first house cost!

Anyone in the West Midlands know any decent builders?

Anyhow, change of subject, "I've missed crafting". I have missed six weeks plus and need a fix I did try yesterday (Monday) but as I sat prepared, mat out cuppa in hand I just froze!

I'd had an idea when I first read that the SDC challenge was mail art, mmmm, mail, recycling used envelopes.  Then I remembered I'd had a clean out and all the interesting used envelopes I saved for erm, years, had been put in the recycling, bother!

So now it's Tuesday and having collected a few envelopes (distinct lack of post when you want it),
I began my challenge. This is how it turned out.

This is how it began, used envelopes and a great stamp!
Oh and of cause a new envelope to be decorated.
Unfortunately the pattern on the inside of the used envelopes isn't visible on the screen, the houses were stamped several times and coloured with watercolour pencils. Then the edges of all the pieces were distressed in black soot.
Everything was glued into position, at this stage I felt the sky needed colour too. Out came the gelato's in yellow, orange and blue,  A small amount was added  then smudged with my finger tip,  this gave the impression of a sunset.
Still looking as if something was missing a dot dash pattern was added to the edges.
There you have it, challenge complete but only just, for more inspiration hop on over to the Stampotique blog here.
Sue X