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Friday, 6 May 2011

Stampman Challenge - Poppies

 Here we go with another great Stampman challenge... The lead is Janet and  Janet says

"Now onto this weeks challenge which is to use a POPPY in your creation. Here in Skipton the British Legion is very active and my Husband is organising a fund raising concert on the 25th October. He asked me a while ago if I thought I could get some cards together to sell at the concert and Jill and Ian have so kindly allowed us to have a Poppy challenge week to try and get some more cards together "

So, in answer to that maiden's prayer, tee hee, we are doing poppies, and Jill sent us a great selection of images as ideas... the DT has come up with some fabulous inspiration pieces, so why not pop over there and have a look. Join in to win a fabulous prize, whether you donate your card(s) or not... I used the Hero Arts engraved flower, which is a lovely image, and teamed it with a background made from a poppyhead stamp that I have forgotten where I got it from!!! Sorry...

 I have also cut some rosettes from red card and the black UTEE button was made from a mould around a TH accoutrement.  You can see the black poppyheads close up here. I adore this stamp and had not used it for such a long time... I stamped it first, then covered it wth clear ep. Then I smooched it with a mixture of distress inks in spiced marmalade, fired brick and barn door, with some adirondak red pepper. I oversparyed with a lovely perfect pearl mist from TH - I LOVE these as they add the mica without water, so they don't actually change your ink quality, just move it around a bit!! I then overstamped all over with Aspects of Design nature stamp, in spiced marmalade and clear ep-ed it.

 The Hero Arts flower was an image from Jill, so I smooched it in similar inks and clear ep-ed it. I then swiped it with the red pepper direct to paper... It is actually slightly more red and shiny than it seems here. I cut into the petals and stuck it so it is raised up a little more as you can see below...

I love the juxtaposition of the creamy, dull, TH kraft stash paper and the red and black of the images. The centre of the flower is finished with some pearly doodles in gold and black.. I have to admit, I took a long time to get to, and finish this one, what with poorly hands and lack of a bit of mojo about it... but I am now VERY pleased with the final effect. I don't think it would sell as a card for the event, so I will take some time to use the other images for that in the weeks to come.

I want to enter this piece into some other challenges
The Paper Variety - mists, paint etc
Bloggers Challenge - nature
Flourishes - flower
Dream Valley Challenges - flowers
Let's Ink it up - 3D flower
The Play Date Cafe - colours red/orange

Thanks for coming and looking and commenting. I really appreciate it. And to all my followers, I will be organising a "thingy" for you all very soon... don't know what yet, but it will be gudd!!!
Love and light

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

TIO Piece from Helen - Purple+1

This week, as the challenge over on DragonsDream Tag It On, (one of my sister blogs) one of my new DreamTeam, Helen has chosen colour as her theme... it is purple + one accent colour of your own choosing... This is a larger tag than usual and I have used wild honey as my accent. Sir T!m stamp, ribbon and rosettes are my embellishments, and I have used a piece of stampboard to stamp an image from Crafty Individuals. The three other 3D pieces are Friendly Plastic, which I oozed with the lovely Liz Welch, on the wonderful day. recently...

 This is a mixture of large and medium rosette, with a glassine flower made from the rosette centres. 

 These are the closeups of the oozy Friendly Plastic... and guess what, these two are made with peel offs!!! Yes, the FP is oozed through peel offs... who would have believed they could look so different...

 This is the stamping done from the foam stamps I made from my TH dies... I am SO pleased with these and look forward to using them often!!! This one is from the iron gate... I stamped and embossed so it was a resist technique, then ironed it off when the colourwash had been done... I added some colour over the top and got this fab grungy texture...

 The wild honey accent colour really pops on the stampboard...

 The rosette is very dimensional, as I said, and I love the kraft glassine paper.. I wet it to make it curl more...

The edges are smoothed over with the purple dusty concorde  and victorian velvet distress ink...
It was great to get into my craft room again this morning, to play and the photos were taken very late afternoon, so I could schedule this for the Stamping Ground WOYWW post... So thanks for having a look and leaving your comments. I really do love hearing from you...
Love and light

WOYWW #100 - Interesting New Stuff

 Well, a bit blurred but shows the bruises, eh??!! This is my left one on my thumb and I moved the camera a bit, but you get the idea!!! They are both improving, however and I am just beginning to manage a little crafting... but my desk is much the worse for wear!!!

 So this is my prep for the next project... I am making foam stamps from all my TH dies... the birdcage above was stamped out twice... I experimented adding part of the wing to the bird, and it seems to work quite well....

 So I added redline tape to the back of my foam and then put it through Valentine Vagabond!!

 As you can see with the birdie, I put it on one of the pieces of acrylic that the Fragrant Freddie found for me, but I don't have enough for all the stamps - the tape sticks it permanently of course - and I don't have pieces large enough, so I did what Sir T!m said at Christmas, and used the packaging backing, as you can see with the clock, here...

This closeup shows how well the stamps stamp, as I just did this quickly, and on scrap paper... I am LOVIN this technique,'cos I love stampin and this allows me to stamp with my dies... I have even cut out the umbrella man, yippee... I have used an on the edge die with little fleur de lys, the Iron Gate, on my TIO project, so you can see how well this stamps if you look here at the finished project ... If you are wondering why I am showing you my tartily untidy desk, go and have a look at the blog of the wonderful Julia, at Stamping Ground.

Thanks everso for coming over and looking, and leaving me a comment... I had some wonderful visits last week, and appreciate all the well wishes for my aforementioned hands... Hope you have a great week, and hope to see you shortly over at your own!!
Love and light