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Saturday 31 March 2012

Stash use up! with Ali at Vintage Page designs

This morningI noticed Ali's challenge over on Vintage Page Designs was nearly up. The clock was definately ticking. So I just had to support  fellow Ginger and dear friend Ali in the challenge. So I hot footed it up to my craft room, where for the past 2 days I have been having a mega re arrange, and threw together this collage using lots of bits a pieces in my paper pile and some scraps of fabric too! As you can see I have problems throwing anything away, feeling the smallest strip of scrap must have a life in a project somewhere. But I am always glad to use them in a project.

Good luck Ali with your ventures. Your blog looks really professional, clean and creative.

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Copper, Ginger and Rust with Gingersnaps

I cannot quite believe it! This is the last Gingersnap challenge! Gulp! Swallow back the tears!

What the most fabulous time I have had on this design team. Such good feelings all the time and so well orchestrated by Shar and Ali. All good things have to come to an end. It seems to be a law of life.
But it is not all tears as both Shar and Ali have new ventures to follow and Gingersnaps is morphing into UnrulyPaper Arts with Shar at the helm, using her publishing skills to launch a blogzine magazine. So you cannot get rid of me that easily as I am very honoured to be offered a slot in this new venture. Mixed feelings of sadness and excitement.

Back to this Copper, ginger and rust creation. The Borders are a download from Retros cafe Art Gallery. DP25 I do believe. Lots of great and useful borders on this sheet. Mega useful for me. The frame had numerous layers of paint on it. Pink then Copper paint/glaze and then Ferro Iron textured paint.
The background is made from acrylic inks and spray ink. The stamp is a Lynne Perrella stamp from paper Artsy, which I then adorned with bits and pieces from my stash.

Hope to see you in the future with UnrulyPaper Arts!

Art Journey : Turquoise

I have had this made for a while now but just not got around to photographing it. I made it for the March challenge with Art Journey which was to use Turquoise. One of my favourite colours! As I have said before I love this image, Film Boy, hence three frames of him. The rest is just playfulness.

I noticed this morning there was only 4 hours left for posting, so in the nick of time, again!

Monday 26 March 2012

Wearable Art with Stampotique

I decided to make some fabric brooches for the

I took some close ups of the brooches but the camera really did not like to photograph the fabric. None of the close ups were quite in focus even with the macro on.

I first coloured the fabric with Acrylic inks and then stamped the images with Versacraft ink. Set the ink with a hot iron and further coloured them with paints, many of which were Stewart Gill paints. I then experimented with sewing them into brooches. The first one was stuffed but this did not really give me the look I was after. I then tried wading and zigzagging around the image. I much preferred this and to give them more definition and texture I quilted around the characters and into a few of them.

I did manage to get a close up of this one in focus. Metallic paints were added after to give more depth.

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Last Century with Gingersnaps

What a great challenge this week from Gingersnaps. I have love doing this one and using the most fab downloads from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. These are some ATC collage sheet backgrounds by Debrina Pratt DP125. For me their sheets are some of the finest images.
I have just loved using them with some of my other stamps. The cyclist are from Crafty Individuals. The middle one is a Tim Holtz stamp and adage ticket. The last one  I think, is a Scroll Works stamp. I feel
 they go so well with these backgrounds. A good match.

I just love these two as well. The Tim Holtz gentlemen and the wonderful Wendy Vecchi fellow who is waving as the balloon takes off. I like the sense of perspective they give. 

Sunday 18 March 2012

How Exciting is this? I am into Rubber!

How exciting is this? Yes I am into rubber! I cannot believe it and this is how it happened. I entered a stamp designing competition run by Jennie at The Artistic Stamper and she chose my designs as the winner! Over the moon or what!

I had wanted an image of converse sneakers for sometime but I could not find any. What  iconic footwear these sneakers are and I felt justified themselves as being an image to use in our stamping adventures. I know I will be using them a lot!

This is my first creation with the stamps. It is also my contribution to The Artistic Stamper March challenge, which is Travel. I have made a collage with some of my favourite stamps. I love these words from Tim Holtz and felt they fitted my adventure perfectly. The sneakers may look slightly blurred. This is because I double stamped them. First with Maroon Archival ink and then over stamped them lightly with black. It may not be everyones like but I do like this off set printer look and the aged feel it gives. Having the two colours also lets the image stand out a little more.

So if you feel the need to own an image like this in your stamping then march over to the Artistic Stamper where they are available in Jennie's store.

I am also entering this into The Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which this week is anything goes.

Friday 16 March 2012

Retro Cafe and Playing catch Up

I seem to be playing catch up this week. I am not quite sure what has happened to cause this?  So this is my rather late posting of the Gingersnap challenge to use Border Punches. Retro Cafe are also the sponsors this month at Gingersnaps and I am featuring a sheet of their wonderful downloads, Houses 3 collage sheet, to create this fold up terrace.

The above image shows the outside with the two border punches. The notebook edge and hydrangea flowers both by Martha Stewart.

This is the inside. Excuse the pun, but I am rather fond of puns.

Do check out the Retro Cafe art Gallery site. They do have the most exquisite images to download.

Gate Fold Card for Rogue Redhead Designs

I had to quickly make a card for John's Mother today so I combined it with the current Rogue Redhead challenge of a gate fold card. I have used the relish reading plate for the cover and inside the flowers from the Floriculture set and words from the Bits and Pieces plate.

Friday 9 March 2012

Pink and Purple with Stampotique

It has been a while since I have posted. I had not given up for lent. But I thought I would break my fast with my Pink and Purple contribution for Stampotique. I was playing with my wonderful acrylic inks. I do love them. Rich clear colours that are colour fast once dry. I have also used some wax resist on top of them and played around with some stencils. 

I also just had to play with Marci again. Very fond of Marci! She wanted to come out to play in her new sparkly frock.
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