Sunday 12 February 2012

Tag - keep me flying high

Happy Sunday to you all, I hope it is a good day wherever you are. I had a text from Maddie early this morning to say she had landed in Singapore and was on her way to the hotel.

Well this is my third post for today (never been known before!!), the other two are DT pieces, this one is just for me.

I am really disappointed I can't go to the Stamperama show. My car is still in the garage and is gonna cost me mega bucks as it needs new tyres, new windscreen and new cam-belt just to name a few bits. So that's my purse strings tied for a while.

Anyway instead I've had some fun amalgamating a number of challenges to produce this tag. Inspired by Simon Says Stamp and Show - a recipe of torn (I cheated a tiny bit, I haven't got torn edges but I have got torn fabric for the top), DIs, button and wings, Gingersnap Creations - glorious greens and Rogue Redhead Designs - a stamped background. It was Saturday show and Hels - picket stain distress stains resist that started me off and fits the Sunday Stamper challenge - I will always love you. Thanks Hels. This also reminded me of 'High' by The Lighthouse Family and the sentiment is some of the words from the song.

I have used a number of different stamp sets - Crafty Individuals, B Line Designs, Oxford Impressions, Darkroom Door, Our daily Bread and TH. I used shabby shutters, peeled paint, forest moss and pesto for my gorgeous greens. The bird cage was stamped onto some Basic Grey paper. Do you like the bird sitting on her nest? Roll on Spring I say.

The bird cage wings were painted with DIs and the covered with rock candy crackle paint and the birds were heat embossed to make them 'pop' more.

I will keep this tag for my Hubbie when it is his birthday later in the year.

Have fun and thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate all the lovely comments you leave me.

hugs {brenda} xox


PanPastels - Love and Romance

Hi Everyone

I am so pleased with my project this week. I have altered a box that my PanPastels came in and made it into a gift box that I am going to put some choccies in for my DH for Valentine day and on top of that I have made a matching card. This is my DT piece for the new challenge starting today at PanPastel UK challenge blog.

Whilst playing and making this box my Craft Stamper magazine arrived and I pounced on the free stamp to use and had a read of some of the articles. Trish Latimer made a selection of things using the heart stamp, one where she stamped several onto music paper and coloured them up. I had covered the box using TH seasonal papers and thought I would use that technique for the hearts to go on the lid. But whilst playing around I experimented mixing a little red PP to some multi-medium matte and covered the hearts (and some extra papers to use later). I really liked the artsy effect it gave, but I went on experimenting - see pics.

I sanded the edges to give a more vintage look......

.... and then covered with vintage photo DI.

This and the next photos show the difference it made when I then added clear embossing powder.

It created a super shiny effect, making the colour really pop.

Here you can see the before and after.

This is the finished box......

... and what it looks like on the inside.

I sponged the edges with embossing ink and added gold embossing powder.

I added metal wings made with metal sheet run through the Vagabond using TH heart wings die. The blue metal was rather dark so I lightly sanded the raised parts of the wings, added stream alcohol ink and sanded again.

The tattered banner, another TH die, was also heat embossed once made up and some little hearts, punched from the extra paper I had covered with the PP and multi-medium mix, again embossed with clear ep.

I used the same papers for my card, another large heart and two smaller ones - one on top of the mini rosette.   The sentiment was made using the Dymo machine. The card was also edged with gold ep.  

Rather a long post today but I wanted to show you this amazing technique and the finished effects.

I hope you will come over and show us your 'love and romance' projects and you could be in with a chance of winning a set of two colours and tools for yourself from Your Creativity Store. A fabulous prize and worth £11.99.

Please come back again next week when I will show you how to create a vintage background using bazzill paper and PPs.

Have a great week ahead.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

FSC - Monochrome plus one

Hi Everyone

This is my DT card for the Fashionable Stamping Challenge which today is to use monochrome plus one.

As you can see I have chosen to use the sepia tones and my additional colour is black.

FSC challenges are for stampers only, sorry no digis allowed, and on this card I have used DPs, but also stamped with Fresco Finish acrylic paint - vintage lace on dark brown card using a Darkroom Door background stamp and also I used French Correspondence by B Line Designs using vintage photo on cream paper.

 I added a touch of gold foiling round the edge of the DP, lots of distressed edges using my fabulous zutter distresser, more vintage lace paint on the edges of bits, a rosette, nesties scalloped circles and cricket flourishes finished with punched flowers and gems. I liked the masculine/feminine appeal to this and have made it into my wedding anniversary card for Ken. But I will have to hide it until the end of July.

If you would like to enter and have a chance to win a stamp from Marina at Cottage Crafts, then pop over to the challenge blog to see the amazing Stampettes creations. They are all such talented ladies. 
I hope to see you there.

I hope your weekend is going well, enjoy the rest of Sunday and have a wonderful week ahead.

Thanks for stopping by, your visits always mean so much to me.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox