Monday 29 April 2013

Lighthouse for Crafty Individuals

"Time and tide wait for no-one"
Some new Crafty Individuals stamps popped through my letterbox recently and I just had to play with the lighthouse one, I have an affinity with them which I think stems from my childhood days going to the beach at Happisburgh (pronounced Haysborough!!!)

This is Grace Darling's Lighthouse (CI-384) which was stamped in Cobalt Archival ink onto 300 gms gummed water colour paper and then painted in with distress inks. Of course I had to have some red in the lighthouse as that is part of the memory.

The image is mounted onto the Tim Holtz pocket watch which was die-cut in ribbed card and given a coat of gesso, sanded and inked with walnut stain. Then CI shells from  CI-272 plate were stamped onto painted shrink plastic to make them so small.


Inside the seascape is from the CI background papers Book 5.

By cutting the pocket watch twice this stands and will become a card for a friend who used to be a ship's engineer.

Thanks for stopping by today and extra special thanks if you have time to leave me a comment.

Have a great day.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Sunday 28 April 2013


Time for a new challenge at PanPastel UK and this week's theme is 'Dreams' which I have converted to 'Daydreaming '. This is my card.

The image has been downloaded and coloured with the PPs and the cabinet card has a new PP technique I have come up with which I have called 'Cracked Glaze'.

I love the DP design which has come from a DCWV pack called The Tradewinds Stack.

Your Creativity Store is our regular sponsor and will provide a PanPastel starter set as the winner's prize.

Have a wonderful Sunday and hopefully some creative time for yourself.

Take care.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Saturday 27 April 2013

Testing blogger app

I have downloaded the blogger iPad app and am testing it to see how it works. The reviews aren't very good. I can see how to write a post and publish it. There doesn't seem to be any way to add photos and I can't see how to publish a post I have updated. (Aha playing has just solved that problem). There are no editing tools and of course the layout is different to the real blogger on the web. However the main positive for me is that I will at least be able to edit scheduled and draft posts when I go on holiday which will be useful, but I won't be able to create a post with photos so its very limiting.
Back tomorrow with my PanPastel post.
Have a great Saturday. (Spell check works as well).
Hugs Brenda xox

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Spring Into fashion at Crafty Individuals

Have you made something for the Crafty Individuals challenge this month? You still have time to enter and if you follow the theme and include one CI product you will be eligible to win a stamp of your choice and you can get 25% off any purchase at the CI on-line shop before the end of the month just for entering.

I made two DT pieces which are on the challenge blog this week along with some fabulous creative makes from some of my teamies.

This is a tag made of craft card and I used CI stamps and background papers along with some other bits and bobs. 

Alongside the tag is a card in similar colours.

This has been designed on a kraft card which has had white acrylic paint dragged over it with a credit card.

Some lace and flowers and collage pieces add the texture.

We would love to see you join us for this challenge and you have till the end of the month to take part.

I am entering these into the Simon Says Stamp and Show 'Colour' challenge this week and Bloggers Challenge 'In Bloom'.

I hope your week is going well.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Tuesday 23 April 2013

Tim Holtz April tag

Phew! I've got my April tag done and only had to change a couple of things to take part.

To see all the details and inspiration pop over to Tim's blog.

I haven't got the metallics distress paints yet, they are waiting for me to pick up in California, I ordered them from Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Why there I hear you ask? Well I shall be off shortly for a fortnight's holiday, staying with our friends just outside Los Angeles and will pick them up and didn't have to pay the international postage. See there's a method in my madness lol. I am so lucky though as we were only there last August, but Ken wants to go whale watching after seeing a programme about them off the coast of Santa Barbara, so we have two boat trips booked, one from Santa Barbara itself and another from Longbeach, so wish us luck in finding some.

I digressed somewhat, but back to the tag. I used antiqued bronze and tarnished brass distress stains with the distress paints and had to work a bit harder to get the lovely smooshed and marbling effects, but I am quite pleased with it.

I don't have the plastic numbers so I used a metal one, my nib is one of my vintage ones and the corner is one of my own too, but they all took the paints well and I also added some Onyxite Treasure Gold.

Even these little watch parts are real ones given the same treatment as above.

Before I go I want to say hello to some new followers who have joined me lately, I hope you find some bits of inspiration as we travel on this creative journey.

The sun is shining, the sky is blue and I am off to see my Sis for the day.

Have a happy Tuesday and thanks for coming over to see me.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Sunday 21 April 2013

Time Travellers Tag Card

A Size 10 tag card from me today for the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges which is called 'Sentimental'. 

Tim Holtz Time Traveller stamps
broken china, walnut stain and picket fence distress paints (DPs)
brushed pewter distress stain (DS)
black and brown archival ink
dried marigold, peacock feathers, chipped sapphire, frayed burlap, walnut stain and black soot distress inks (DIs)
sentiment - Tim Holtz
Ideaology and charm

The background is a blend of the DPs, spritzed and heat dried then over stamped with the cogs in both brushed pewter DS and black archival ink plus the suitcases stamped in brown and watercoloured in with DIs.

The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz set

The gentlemen have been stamped in black and also watercoloured with the DIs, cut out and edged with walnut stain.

The clock has been made from the pocket watch embossing folder.

Once complete the tag was tied with folded tissue tape.

I feel I am really getting my eye back into painting as I loved watercolouring the two gents and  have inspired myself to do more lol.

Maybe I will see you over at FSC if you have a sentiment on your project over the next fortnight, I would love to see you there.

I hope your weekend is going well.

Have fun.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Challenges to have fun with -
Craft Room - So Sentimental
It's all about the Vintage - Travel
By the cute and girly - Vintage
Visible Image  - Get stamping
Creative Craft World - Blues or browns
Get creative - Tags


Quintessentially English

Time for a new challenge at PanPastel UK and this week's theme is 'Red, White and Blue', so I have gone for a London themed canvas board.

I started by cutting chipboard to size and covering it with artist canvas, painted it with Maimeri gesso and left it to dry thoroughly.
I stamped Indigo Blu images onto tissue paper and added, gave it a blast of heat and then covered with a thin coat of gesso. Using a variety of London themed stamps I coloured them up using PPs and adhered them to the board and then added some blue PP to Tim Holtz picket fence distress crackle paint and used a palette knife to add it to the edges.

Once dry I added more gesso using a credit card  and through some masks, finishing with some doodles.

I loved making this piece and I will certainly be experimenting with making more canvas boards to create mixed media projects.

Your Creativity Store is our regular sponsor and will provide a PanPastel starter set as the winner's prize.

Have a wonderful Sunday and hopefully some creative time for yourself.

Take care.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Wednesday 17 April 2013

Extra! Extra! Read all about it.

Yay my Paper Boy stamps from Artistic Outlook arrived  and I couldn't wait to have a play. So Terry you have totally inspired me in using these stamps and here is my project using them.

This week I have again been inspired to play at Simon Says Stamp and Show where they are asking us to use a background stamp in some way, shape or form on a project and of course the text one on the paper-boy set of stamps was perfect for me this week.

I have used a gelli print design but have scanned it in and printed it out then layered dried marigold, aged mahogany and walnut stain DIs over the pieces after I had cut them to size for the pages. Over that I used picket fence distress paint through a mask, but it is too fluid to give a solid shape but gave wonderful mottled effects. I finished by stamping the newsprint background stamp in coffee archival.

All the other stamps were stamped onto a textured cream card and colours were added using the DIs and Inktense pencils. Sets used are Paper Boy, Secretary Pool, Steampunk, and Apothecary.

Each of the characters have their own story - the young lady who is big news for being a hero,  another young lady who is on the run, taking the train to get away, will she be caught?  The three friends who are visiting the newspaper building and enjoying their day out and of course the young lads who deliver the papers and stand out in all weathers.

This shows the front and back cover of the book .......

... which is tied with ribbon.

I am entering this into the Artistic Outpost Referral Program for this month which is anything goes with AO stamps. 

Other challenges to have fun with -
Get stamping with Visible Image
Sugar Creek Hollow - Stamp It

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are having a great week. I am off to a Governor's meeting in a while but will be back later to see what people are doing.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Sunday 14 April 2013

Brads, Buttons and Bows

Another week has flown past and we have challenge number 15 for this year at PanPastel UK, which is sponsored by Your Creativity Store.

With brads, buttons and bows I just knew I had to do a sewing themed card and I have used PaperArtsy stamps.

I have another fabulous way of making a background with the pans but am in the process of making the tutorial, I promise it will come soon (I hope).

All the colouring has been done with various PanPastels, I only used ink for the stamping and edging the cut-outs.

Sorry I won't be around today till later, off to Ally Pally to catch up with some friends, some of whom I met up with yesterday, and to see what's on show. You know I will come back with some bits though don't you?

Happy Sunday.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Tuesday 9 April 2013

Domino Book - Nature's beauty

I took a class again on Saturday teaching this cute little domino book. I want to enter the Simon Says Stamp and Show 'Fly' challenge this week with this piece not only because I have images of things with wings but because I really felt my class overcame a number of challenges to produce their domino books and I achieved one of my educational philosophies which is to take someone to the edge of their learning and let them 'fly', which they did. (See samples at the end of the post). I would also like to enter Lisa's Blogger's Challenge and Make My Monday who both have 'backgrounds' as their theme.

This is more a visual post today, so ready for a few photos?

The inside pages altogether.

The images were stamped onto a long strip of gelli print and then cut to the right size.

I edged the rectangles with walnut stain DI.

Once adhered to the accordian pages I edged the rectangles with gold pen.

Three different shades of green alcohol inks were used for the domino covers. I didn't sand these as I like the very mottled effects you can achieve on the glossy surface.

All the words were computer generated and the bird is a BLine stamp on shrink plastic, coloured lightly with promarkers.

Charms and beads were added.

The ribbon is tied at the sides.

The class of ladies loved making theirs and there are some samples below of how theirs turned out.

I have already started another as I love these little treasures so much.

hugs {brenda} x0x

These were not all of the ladies work as the lighting or focus prevented me from adding the others, but they made this little book in 3 hours which was a great achievement. 
Thanks for another fabulous fun class girls.