Friday 28 January 2011

Lets Ink It Up DT call

I thought I would try out for the DT call here at Let's Ink It Up. They are looking for 2 or 3 new members to the team who want to be involved in an exciting challenge blog, who love rubber/clear stamping and who love to get inky. That sounds just what I would love to do more of and have been yearning for such a chance for quite a while now.
So to be eligible for consideration I need to show 3 of my favourite projects using rubber or clear stamps and ink. I have chosen - in no particular order -

1. Stamping and watercolouring;
stamping and embossing
and stamping and inking to edge patterned papers.

2. Stamping and inking metal and grungepaper.

3. Using ink and stamping to create a shape and background.

I hope I have given a flavour of some of the styles I can do. I know there are some wonderfully talented artists who have already submitted their entry, but if I don't try I will never know. What's the saying? 'You have to be in it to win it'.

So I am in and a big thanks to the girls at LIIU for the opportunity.

Wish me luck.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Childhood Memories

Last week I went to LB Crafts with my sister, we had never been there before and we decided to go and see what they had in stock. We picked up a few bits and pieces and I spied this stamp called Ives River, but what attracted to me it is that it is the bridge going over the River Ouse at St. Ives in Cambridgeshire. Now as a child I used to live there and at that time it was in Huntingdonshire (which now no longer exists). Of course I couldn't resist it because it brought back so many childhood memories (and apart from that it was a bargain, half the normal price). So it seemed quite spooky when the theme at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week is precisely that - CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. If you live in, near or know of St. Ives please leave me a message and tell me what your contact with it is. The nearest blogging friend to there I know is Dawn, who is at St. Neots, which is where I was born. Do you recognise this Dawn?

Other challenges that have given me inspiration are - Paper Sundaes - Distressing, Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Vintage, Papertake Weekly - the sketch and Gingersnap Creations - Coffee and Cream.

I made my own collage backing paper with vintage images that I have downloaded. I stamped the image onto 300 gms watercolour paper and used DIs to paint the scene. I clear embossed the tickets from the TH Admit One set of stamps and then inked over it. I splashed water over that and heat dried it. The flowers are made from the tattered flowers die - grunge paper, inked with acrylic dabbers and over-stamped with an Invoke honeycomb stamp. The buttons are from my collection bought at Sandown last weekend.

Other challenges to have fun with
Sweet Stampin - Brown + one
Ink on my fingers - Buttons
Tuesday Throwdown -  Distressing
Crafts and Me - Monochrome
Frosted Designs - Monochrome

Another post from me this week and the second today - I have lost count. But I have work to do next week, so it will all quieten down here. Thanks for stopping by and a huge thankyou to those of you who have popped in to see me nearly everyday.

I have a great steampunk ATC coming up at the begining of next week for the new ATC swap over at the Stamp Man.

Take care, happy Friday. Luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


The Stamp Man Challenge # 15 - Oriental

Hi there. It's Friday, it's the end of the week and it's the Stamp Man Challenge - woooo.

This week it is Sarah who is hosting and her theme is 'Oriental'. Now this is one type of card I have never tried before - so please be kind to me as this is a first for me.

I stamped my own background paper, stamped and embossed the flower vase and cut out. I also stamped and cut out the flowers to put in it and I added Promarker colour and Sakura glitter pen. I stitched the coin to the red ribbon with some gold thread then tied it to the sides.
Supplies I used are -
Habico clear stamps - Oriental
DIs - Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage
Sakura glitter pens
Gold embossing powder
Oriental coin, fan and flowers

I think this has an oriental feel to it, and I did go and research the colours and designs to try out. I  have some oriental stamps, but they haven't been used before, so maybe now they will see more light of day.

Have fun with the theme and be thinking about our next challenge as well, which will be 'Hearts'.

Have a great Friday and an enjoyable weekend.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Scrap Creations - Black, white and red
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Add hardware ( the coin and fan)
Daring Cardmakers - Oriental or Rabbit