Friday 26 August 2011

Travel with the Stamp Man

This is my design piece for the Stamp Man challenge this week and the lovely Frankie has chosen the theme 'Travel'. Since I just came back off holiday you would think this would be easy for me - but no, it tested my imagination again. Hurry up Mr Mojo and give me some spontaneity.

Inspiration has come from these challenges - Simon Says Stamp and Show is also travel, Take a Word - Old fashioned (the plane certainly is) and The Paper Variety has another travel theme.

Anyway I created a tag card. On the front I glued some TH atlas paper then swooshed it a bit in paints and dry stippled some over it too. Then I spritzed with gold mist. Over that I blended DIs and edged the whole card with vintage photo. I've stamped the sentiment and other bits straight onto the card and stamped the plane onto copper metal, made a tape sandwich with strong card and cut it out, sealing the edges with a metal tool. Using a trinket pin, I added a philosophy tag to the ribbon.

I used the stains and spritz for the inside of the card and made it look like a place for the correspondence with a MME stamp and using a TH 'post card' stamp as well.

I have a friend having her 60th birthday coming up, so I might use this as her birthday card as she just loves to travel.

TH paper stash - crowded attic
TH die - tag
Adirondack paint dabber - smidge of blue, yellow pastel
Crown metallic paint - refresh
TH stamps - air travel
Cosmic Shimmer - rich gold
DIs - shabby shutters, scattered straw, vintage photo
Archival Ink - black
Moon Glow spritz - horny toad teal
Starburst Stains - pulpit teal, sea mint green

I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see all the wonderful creations from the amazing team and hopefully you will find the inspiration to take part. Don't forget there is a £10 voucher for the Stamp Man shop for the lucky winner chosen by the DT.

Have a wonderful weekend, I am off to Birmingham to celebrate an 18th birthday.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


Workshops and meeting friends

I had some brilliant news the other day. My local craft shop - The Art of Craft -  has accepted my offer of 4 workshops, so I will be teaching and demonstrating during October and November. If you know of anyone in the West Surrey/East Hampshire/Berkshire area who would like to learn distressing techniques using distress inks, make a Christmas card using distress techniques or make a mini-album, then keep an eye on the classes coming up on the Art of Craft website. When I have more details I will also let you know.

I had a brilliant day yesterday. It was off to Lucy's where I also met up with Zoe and Von. We did some crafting, lots of chatting and laughing and sharing ideas. What a pity none of us thought to get a camera out - just too wrapped up in what we were doing. Thanks girls I had a great time.

I also had 2 parcels waiting for me when I got home - both candy gifts from Suzanne and Angela. Another big thank you for papers, stamps, sketchbook and other bits and pieces and a wonderful comment from Suzanne about my work - how lucky am I?

My Stamp Man DT piece will be coming up later this morning and then I will be off to Birmingham for the weekend. I hope you enjoy the next few days especially those of us in the UK as we have a bank holiday Monday to look forward to.

Take care everyone.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox