Friday, 24 February 2017

Tyger Tyger Burning Bright....

I mentioned earlier this week that we'd spent a night in Marlow so we could have a meal at the Hand and Flowers. Our hotel was a short walk, through the shops, from the restaurant, and one dress shop had a window display that really caught my eye. Not the clothes themselves, I can't remember a thing about those, but the decoration, which was made up of swathes of tropical leaves in black and gold.

Naturally I had to have a play - I've had this lovely Woodware leaf punch for years, but have only ever punched it in green before. I think it looks very striking in black and gold, doesn't it?

Of course the leaves need a striking image to go with them, and my lovely tiger stamp (an old unmounted stamp, sorry I can't remember the brand) was just right for the job. I've added a background of tiger print paper from a Zeeman pad. It looks textured, doesn't it. but in fact it is plain smooth paper. I have framed the image with a scalloped circle cut and embossed from black colour-core card with a light tan core, using a Marianne Creatables die, sanded after embossing to reveal the core. The button is from a bargain bag I bought on Amazon.

I'm sharing this with It's a Zoo Out There at Cuttlebugmania.

Before I sign off for today, I'd like to quickly mention the Make It Show  which is on in Farnborough today and tomorrow. I've been there today and met up with lots of my crafty friends. I wasn't planning to shop, apart from a few basics (I'm sure I use more brown card than anyone else in Craftdom!) so it gave me time to watch lots of the lovely demonstrations and take part in one of the Make and Takes, an acrylic painting session. I'm not very skilled at painting so it was great to lean some brush techniques. I'm quite pleased with this for a first attempt!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A workman's tools

Sorry if this post is a bit brief, I've been away overnight and had the most amazing meal at Tom Kerridge's restaurant "The Hand and Flowers" in Marlow, and my mind is still totally on that and not really on my crafting! I made this card before we set out yesterday but didn't have time to post it then.

First I stamped the distressed diamond background - a very old Linda Luckin stamp and created the alphabet panel with a brass stencil and some Imagination Crafts Starlights Metallic Paint in Topaz. I stamped the paint pot and brushes (sorry, I can't remember the name of the stamp set) and coloured them in with Promarkers, then assembled everything adding a corrugated card panel finished with metallic brads.

I am sharing this with
Less is More - Alphabet 
CAS Mix-up - Stamping and corrugated card + 1 (stencilling)
Watercooler Wednesday - ATG masculine

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Under Water at Cardz 4 Guyz

It's my turn to choose the theme at Cardz 4 Guyz this week and I've chosen Under Water. Think fish, divers, submarines, sunken treasure...... there are all kinds of ideas suitable for masculine cards.

For my own card, I have used the beautiful Katzelkraft seahorse stamp.

The background for the stamped panel is watercoloured in blue, green and yellow, then stamped the Katzelkraft waterwall stamp but with the bubbles going upwards instead of down, in grey over the background and used some bare tree branch stamps (these are very old unmounted stamps from my stash - I think they are discontinued Linda Luckin stamps) along the bottom to look like seaweed. Finally I stamped the seahorse over the top and highlighted him with a thin coat of Stickles, although it doesn't show in the photo.
The backing paper is from an old K & Company pad.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Penguin Shaker

I'm not a huge fan of shaker cards. Which is why this little shaker card making kit, a freebie with a craft magazine, has hung around in my stash for a couple of years. I didn't really fancy making any of them yet they were far too cute to get rid of.

Anyway, today I finally decided that if the kit is going to justify its place in my stash, it had better earn its keep. So here is my penguin shaker card!

I am sharing this with:

CRAFT challenge - Christmas 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Something Green 
Jingle Belles - Clear 
Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes (in tribute to Eileen)


The Routemaster bus is a British Icon. To many people, all over the world, it is known as a London Bus, but  in fact they were popular all over the UK. Many areas had red ones like the London ones - the main ones going through our little town in the North of England when I was a child were red, but other local towns had blue, green and purple ones. The one thing they had in common, well into my teens, were that they were all classic Routemasters.

And here's a tribute to them.

I've used the X-cut Build-a-Scene London dies and this wonderful piece of ribbon from my stash (It originally came from either Crafty Ribbons or The Ribbon Girl, I can't remember which). I got a tiny blob of black ink on the card while stamping the sentiment, so I turned it into a bird and added a few more. They could be seagulls, ravens or pigeons, London has plenty of each!

I am sharing this with
Cuttlebugmania - Roses are Red
The Male Room - Wheels
Just Us Girls - Red/Black/Kraft

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Using Very Old Stuff

I've dug out some real oldies for this card - a K & Company 12 x 12 pad which I bought on a trip to America which must have been in 2005, and the old favourite Stampa Rosa hydrangea stamp which has the date 2002 scribbled on the side.

The image and sentiment are stamped with green Versafine ink and embossed with clear powder  and the hydrangea flower head coloured with a water brush and watercolour pencil. The benefit a stamped hydrangea has over a real one is that you can always be sure that if you want it blue, it isn't going to come out pink! A pinched border and lots and lots of layering with the papers finish the card.

I am sharing this with
Alphabet Challenge - Y for You choose
Rubber dance - Layers
Sweet Stampin - Flowers   

All "decked" out

The current challenge at Cardz 4 Galz is Crdz 4 Teenz and I immediately thought of the Gorjuss range, as they seem to be specifically designed to appeal to teenage girls, being cute and girly and yet in the darker colours that many girls love at that age.

 The image is a die cut decoupage sheet - I'm not a huge fan of die cut decoupage because however carefully you release and trim it, you still end up with paper tags - I can see one in the photo right now, that I'd missed while making it. But a friend gave me a gorgeous Gorjuss gift set last year and it has lots of decoupage sheets in it, so they are gradually being used. There are a few playing cards in the background of the design so I echoed those with a couple of real cards and a scattering of heart shaped stones.

The lower layer of ribbon looks a lot better in real life than it does on the photo - it is wire edged ribbon which I scrunched up tightly then gently flattened, to give a wavy edge. So what looks like sideways wobbles are actually up and down wiggles, if you get my drift. The wide ribbon looked a bit too big on its own so I topped it with some cute black floral ribbon.

Thanks to those ribbons, I am also sharing this with Glitter and Sparkle - Ribbons or lace.