Thursday 27 January 2011

Compendium of Curiosities week 29 - Weathered Wood Grunge

It's CoC week again and as soon as I saw the theme I immediately thought of trees and so that's what I stayed with. (The little birdie is sitting on a weathered wood grunge tree stump). I used the technique as described on P.50 in Tim's bible, but I have covered most of it up, it is there, I promise Linda. Do pop over to Studio L3 to see all the lovely entries and to see Linda's interpretation too, such inspiration, just fabulous.

So here is my tag. I used paper from the lost and found stack, the caged bird die, sizzix leaf die, tattered florals die and a philosophy tag. The flowers are made from 300gms watercolour paper, victorian velvet DI and aged mahogany re-inker sprayed with cosmic shimmers and glimmer mist. The pearls and ribbon are from my supplies.

I am having such fun this week, I haven't had any work so I think I have been able to post every day, but back to normal next week, never mind.

Enjoy the rest of the week and thanks for sharing this with me.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Crazy Amigo - Tags
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Add hardware
The Pixie Cottage - Flowers
Simon Says Stamp - Animal antics (a bird is part of the animal kingdom isn't it? he looks as though he has got an eye on something!!!)


Tutorial for Raggedy Flower

June asked me how I made the raggedy flower that I used on my under the sea collage.

Very simply I cut 2 strips of muslin about 5cm wide and 32 cm long. I was going to add some brown stamens at this stage but actually I didn't like it too much.

I used Martha Stewart four cut scissors and made lots of cuts down the strips.

Take distress inks and swipe them on your craft sheet. Add perfect pearls (or similar) if you want the inks to have a slight shimmery effect.

Mist the inks until globules of colour form.

Colour one strip with distress inks and water and leave the other strip white. Put the wet one to dry - for speed use your heat gun.

Roll the two strips together tightly and tie them together.

Cut into the base to flatten it and pull out the raggedy edges.

It is now ready to use. You could mist with glimmer mists to add some more shimmer. 

I hope this makes sense and helps you make this shabby raggedy flower. If you have any questions, please email me, my addy is on my sidebar.

Have fun.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


MAWTT Challenge 83 - Springtime

Ok, ok everyone, just don't faint at my style this week. I have made a totally CLEAN card. Can you believe it???? Just not me normally, cos I like to get a bit messy with my distressing inks, but I can honestly say I didn't use one on this.

So today is MAWTT challenge day and this week the theme has been set by the lovely Heidi, but sadly she has decided to step down from the team to concentrate on work. We are gonna miss her but will be able to keep in touch through blogland. Good Luck Heidi, I hope everything goes really well for you.

The theme this week is SPRINGTIME and here is my contribution.

The image was downloaded, the papers from my box of bits, I used some pearls my husband bought me for Christmas and a Martha Stewart punch. But I did use the sewing machine for a change, haven't done that for ages.

Enjoy your Thursday whatever you are doing and thanks for popping in to have a look.

Luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Fairy Fun Fridays - Happy Birthday
Quirky Crafts - In the Spring garden (does this download count as a digi image? - not sure)
City Crafter - Add sewing