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Monday 31 January 2011

New Art Swap at Gingersnaps

There is a new art exchange started over on Gingersnaps and the theme is to combine coasters or beer mats with hearts. This is one I created to start you off. There are more details over on the Gingersnap site so hop over and take a look. It would be fabulous if people felt they could join in. The more the merrier. There are 2 posting options. A US address and a UK address. So there is no need to post over the Atlantic. You just need to make 4 coasters all different, join the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group and apply by April 1st. (More fool you if you don't join in, as it is April Fools day, LOL)  

Sunday 30 January 2011

Welcome Fantastic Stampotique Design Team!

I have used the Stampotique Quail cube for my creation to welcome the new Stampotique design team. What an awesome team. Wow!

 I love these Quail birds. They are so sweet and full of character. I love their quiffs as well. The way in which I have used them felt as if they were greeting each other with a French welcome kiss on each cheek. So I created a card using the Welcome sign cut out of the door stamp which I hung above them.

I have recently been playing around with acrylic inks to create my own backgrounds. I am thoroughly enjoying this process.

I liked the card so much I decided to upgrade it and I had the perfect frame in which to place it after distressing and painting and rubbing and painting etc, until I was happy with the look. And because the quails are kissing in welcome I added the Mwah! stamp and added 3 golden kisses by the side, which I gilded

So here is the upgraded card!

Tag Tuesday: Valentines

This is my Valentine tag for Kard Krazy and the Tag Tuesday Challenge. I created a sewn and stuffed heart to apply to the tag which had been coloured with various media such as Moonglow inks, acrylic inks and various sprays like glimmer mist. I was rather pleased with it as I like the combination of fabric, sewing and paper.

Sunday 23 January 2011

Winter Distress

Tag Tuesday theme this week is Winter and The Stamp Man Challenge is Distress. I decided to combine the two this time. Something I don't usually do. I had a good old play with this one. I used Adirondack spray misters onto thick water paper. Once dry I cut out the Tim Holtz die snowman and further splattered it with white paint. I have had some Tattered Angel embellishments that was a give away for sometime, and for once I actually remembered the appropriate adornments at the right time from the room of stash. and actually found them!

These were given the Tim Holtz distress ink covering and further blitzed with Tattered Angel sprays. The icicles also had white acrylic paint added to the points.

PDCC 65: Quentin Blake: The BFB

At the Play Date Cafe this week the inspiration is an illustration by Quentin Blake. I just love his drawings and what is even more magical is that he illustrated many of the Roald Dahl stories. So my inspiration turned to the two of them. This is a tribute to them both. Here we have the BFB rather than the BFG. Yes you have got it. "The Big Friendly Bird". I hope you enjoy my quirky sense of humour.

This was the colour inspiration to work with.

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Try it on Tuesday: Robbie Burns

The theme this week on Try it on Tuesday is to incorporate some poetry into your make. So I have added these very famous lines from Robbie Burns. As I made a tag I decided to just add the first line and the most quoted.

Tea Bags: Gingersnaps

The challenge this week over on Gingersnaps is Tea Bags. There is a template you can use but I decided to make my own wallet that could be used to carry tea bags of your choice around in your handbag. It is along the lines of a matchbook but resized for tea bags. There are some fabulous examples on the blog to get you started. Hop along and take a look preferably whilst sipping a cup of tea.

Tuesday 18 January 2011

Stampotique Masking Challenge

This is my make for the Stampotique Masking Challenge. The stars are gilded with gold leaf and the words and mushroom masked so they show up better. I just love Moongirl sitting on these mushrooms, and the words are just such a wonderful thought.

Sunday 16 January 2011

Tuesday Taggers: It's a Man's World

What a fine piece of work is David. Perfect for a tag about men! I love this stamp but have not used it much so it was great to get it out and put it to use. I rather like the scale of the face sitting on this tag, it really brings him out as the focal point. This is my contribution to Tuesday Taggers: It's a Man's World

Saturday 15 January 2011

Tag Tuesday : A Bit of Fabric

Here is my contribution for this weeks Tag Tuesday : A Bit of Fabric.

I have created a leaf print by hammering it onto fabric. I did this in the autumn when they were turning colour. I do find them rather beautiful. I stitched this onto a tag with the words "amour" pasted above. The lace is old and which I had previously space dyed.

Clean and simple.

Friday 14 January 2011

Sunday Stamper: Diamonds

This is my contribution to the theme "Diamonds" with the Sunday Stamper. I revisited one of Hels' workshops I attended with this make, combine embossed metal with a plaque base. As it was Hels' challenge I felt it was appropriate to embrace her process and to share the fact that I did take away with me the techniques she showed us. But I did maybe cheat, if you see it as that. I cuttlebuged the metal instead of working it with tools.

Thursday 13 January 2011

Coffee Filters with Gingersnaps

I completely forgot to post this yesterday for the Gingersnap Challenge!

The coffee filters that I had in the cupboard were this shape. I was not prepared to buy others. And then it came to me that they actually looked like little bags. So I created a little bag. This one is actually an invite to Come for Coffee.

I thought it was a pretty neat idea.

Sunday 9 January 2011

Another Calendar!

Here is another calendar I have made from the "Relish Reading" plate from Rogue Readheads. All I have done is to replace her book with a cuppa as I felt  it went with the words well and to give the stamp a new twist. Have a hop over to the site. It is unbelievable how many different things have been created from this one stamp set. Truly amazing!

Friday 7 January 2011

Tag Tuesday

This is the tag I have made for Tag Tuesday where a bit of mosaic somewhere on the tag was to appear. Mine is the stamped and coloured background.

It has been awhile since I have joined in this challenge, but now SCD has finished, at least for the time being, I seem to have a little more time to join in other challenges. Hence this tag about time and to say to Carol at SCD, well done for listening to your heart. It is always important.

Sunday Stamper and Charms and Men

I have made this tag for  Hel's Sunday Stamper which was to create something under the title "Charms and Men" The images are certainly men orientated...like the word orientated? links with journey, arrows and cars. I have used some metal embellishments as I thought they would be manly enough as charms. And of course the lucky button and ribbon.

Wednesday 5 January 2011


Gingersnaps first challenge of the year is Hot Beverages. I love this saying as it is how I start every single day. From the very first sip of fresh coffee I can feel my body waking, tingling from my toes up. I just love that first coffee in the morning.

There are loads of creations on the site this week.I think everyone was eager to start creating again and wanted to start the year of full of energy and motivation. Take a look at the great variety of Hot Beverages.

Monday 3 January 2011

Happy New Year Coffee Filter Bag

This is a new idea. A random quilted coffee filter bag with collage front with a Happy New Year Tag tucked inside. Just playing around this morning. The handle is crotched twine. There is actual wadding between 2 coffee filters with another to make up the back of the bag after. Hope you enjoy it.

Sunday 2 January 2011

Rogue Redhead starts the New Year

How about this idea to start the New Year with? A handy little date reminder that could be hanging up to remind you to live your life to the full. These are some of the Rogue Redhead stamps from the plate Relish Reading. They are available to see and to buy from the Rogue Redhead blog where there is a link to the Etsy shop.  Follow the link and see loads more ideas of things to make from the stamp sheet.
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