Thursday, 20 December 2012

Deck The Halls

Maria has chosen the challenge this fortnight over at Stampotique and she want us to make a Christmas ornament.

'' Christmas is right around the corner. Are you ready for Santa? Create an ornament for your Christmas tree, the front door or for a special present. How do you like Christmas this year? Traditional or modern? Have fun creating and Happy Holidays.''

And don't forget to check out our Stampotique Designer's blog for a guest design opportunity 
(only a few days remaining).
Mine is made using the Tim Holtz bauble die and the Stampotique Christmas Waves which has been stamped and embossed in white.
Check out all of the fab ornaments on the Stampotique Designers Challeng Blog then join us with your own.
Thanks very much for looking, and a very Merry Christmas to everyone x

Thursday, 13 December 2012

It's Snowing Cats and Dogs...

This is my entry for this weeks Stampotique non traditional Christmas challenge.
I love these images, cute but not sickly.
I had to get all technical and use a stamp positioner and some masking tape lol.
The images have been coloured with Prisma pencils, and the sentiment is a Timmy strip die.
Please join us for a non traditional Christmas, and thanks very much for looking x

Stamps used
Under the Paraplouie
Kitten Sitting

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Oh Christmas Trees

A nice simple recipe for you this time at Dragons Dream Tag It On, just make a Christmas /holiday tag.
Mine was made with an alcohol ink on plain card background. Thank you Andy Skinner for the fabulous tutorial.
All of the images are by Tim Holtz, and have been stamped in Flitter glue and then gilded with various colours of Indigo Blu gilding flakes.
Nice and simple, but I like it.
So come on, no excuses, get festive and join in with our tag challenge. The only rules are that it must be a tag, and at least one real stamp must be used. The rest of it is up to you.
Thanks very much for looking x

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Only 17 More Sleeps....

...till Christmas!!
I've been having another attempt at tartan with my Moonshadow inks, this time using shades of blue and purple together with Long John Silver lol. (I just love this name)
It's really hard to take a photograph because of the lovely gleam. I put some of the Long John Silver in a mister, and sprayed through a Dylusion stencil, then went over the top of it with some ferro.

Now it was time for the bling! Tim Holtz snowflakes stamped and embossed with Frantage embossing powders, enamels and glass glitter.
The Tim Holtz blueprint santa was stamped directly onto the card, and the snowflake brad was given the Frantage treatment.
The Moonshadow inks and everything Frantage can be found at The Stamp Man.

I'm entering this into the following challenges
Fun with ATC's  - Embossing and
ATC's With Attitude - anything goes 
Thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

It's Wicked Wednesday...

Stampotique is excited to sponsor the challenge over at Wicked Wednesday ATC today.  Our team has some wonderful creations for you all and there is a chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps over there.  The challenge today over there is to use WINGS on your ATC.

We are also having a little challenge going on here today along with our new challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  2013 is quickly approaching and we are looking for some Stampotique fans and followers who might be interested in being a guest designer for us next year.  
So come on, it's great fun being a guest designer we don't bite - honestly :-) Check out the Stampotique Designers Blog for more details.
I used ink spritz and flick on glossy card then stamped with Vintage Script
Flying Bird has been stamped and cut out, and the words are a Tim Holtz die.
Thanks very much for looking x

It's Only Words....

It's challenge time again over at Stampotique, and this time the theme has been chosen by the lovely and very talented Gez.
Hi Gez here, with a brand NEW challenge for you this week and I would like you ALL to get sentimental! I love to add sentiments to my artwork whether I am cardmaking or art journaling. To me a simple sentiment can say it all..
Stampotique Originals have a lovely selection of sentiments to suit all occasions and tastes and as you would expect from Stampotique some out of the norm sentiments too!
So, it's time to get creative and share your favourite sentiments with us.
Have fun!

This is a very simple card but I'm happy with it. Tree has been stamped onto black card and embossed in white. Christmas Waves A Magic Wand has been embossed in white onto kraft card, and the corners chopped off with a circle punch.
A bit of ribbon, acetate, and matting a layering and job done!
Please join in with our challenge and get all sentimental. Two $30 gift certificates are up for grabs this month, and it could be you!
Thanks very much for looking x

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

A Twinchie Christmas

The challenge this time around as Show Us Your Twinchies is to use traditional Christmas colours.
I've just received some Moonshadow inks from The Stamp Man and so had to have a play. I started by making my own tartan by using reds, greens and gold (these have the most amazing names like bucket o' blood red lol). Then I painted a piece of card in Long John Silver, and stamped the snowmen and the snow from  Snowy Christmas.

The second one has the same Long John Silver background, and I stamped and embossed a text stamp in red tinsel embossing powder.
 Rob the Robin has been stamped onto acetate and coloured in with marker pens, then embossed with my latest favourite kaleidoscope embossing powder.
These were great fun to make and I will definitely make the tartan again in different colours.
Thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 2 December 2012

In The Bleak Midwinter

Well it seems that December has done it's usual trick and has crept up on me again! It's  gone from Summer (?) to Christmas in about a week, and yeah it sure is cold out there - again just like Summer!
So the theme over at The Stamp Man this month fits in very nicely, it's In The Bleak Midwinter. 
For our challenge this month we are asking you to include your interpretation of 'in the bleak mid winter'.

We are thinking of snow and icy scenes.  Use white in your winter themed projects, perhaps as a wintry sky, a snowy scene, or perhaps snowflakes. 

Maybe keep it simple and elegant showing you aren't afraid to use just white as a colour, or try using a cool combination of secondary colours.

For me that meant I had to use my new favourite stamp, which is the Stampendous Snowy  Postcard This was stamped onto so metal card and clear embossed. I then stamped it again on white card and triple embossed with Kaleidoscope embossing powder. This really makes it sparkle and has a lovely crunchy snow feel to it.
The frame cost £1 and was a lovely bright shiny silver - not bad for a quid but not quite what I wanted. I painted it in brass, copper and bronze VerDay paints and gave it a spray with the magic solution. I now had a rusty patina'd old frame, much bleaker.
I gave this a coating in Aged Marine embossing enamel then drooled a little 'cos this is beautiful. All the gold bits bubbled on the surface, and you can still see the VerDay patinas showing through.
The snowflakes and flowers are again from a £ shop, and have been embossed with a mixture of Frantage embossing powders and glass glitters.
This now has pride of place above the computer, 'cos Christmas is coming down out of the loft as I type this lol.
Please join us at The Stamp Man  and show us your Winty projects.

I'm also entering this into the Happy Daze challenge which is In The Deep Midwinter - this is where I bought my VerDay paints (I'm still in love with these).
Thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Christmas is Coming

Jo has picked the theme this week over at Stampotique Designers Challenge and she has gone with 'It's a Wrap' Whether it be gift tags, ribbon or wrapping paper she has challenged us to make some form of Christmas wrapping.
I started with a wooden box and started by coating it in gesso. I then put Distress stains on my craft mat and dragged the box through them. This gives it a really nice tattered finish.
Global Warming and Stringed Lights were stamped in Cobalt Archival ink and clear embossed.
I added some buttons, gems and a little bling (its Christmas!!) The 25 are grunge board and they've been stamped with Fax To Wolfgang.
I love my snowman's eyes, they are 'pieces of eight' that came all the way back from Disney in Florida quite a few years ago lol.
Heart Vine has been stamped around the sides, and the ribbon is seam binding that has been dyed in the same Distress Stains.
Please join in with your Christmas wrappings and you will be in with a chance of winning one of the $30 guest certificates.
Thanks very much for looking x

The Magic Of Christmas

The challenge this fortnight over at Tag It On  is Magical Mystery and has been dreamed up by Monique. For her ingredients she has chosen 'a little magic, some mystery, and a little fairy dust'.
Well what could be more magical than Christmas!
I've used a Crafty Individual stamp, and then stamped again and cut out the main image. This has been triple embossed with kaleidoscope embossing powder. The backgrounds are a page from an old hymn book, and some pearlescent  card that's had the ink, spritz and flick treatment.
Please join us at TIO and make us a magical mysterious tag, using at least one real stamp.
I'm also entering this into the Crafty Individuals challenge which is Festive Sparkle oOOPs it turns out that this isn't a CI stamp - if anyone knows who it is by could you please let me know lol.

Thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Stampotique Designers Challenge 75 - Use Paint

It's time for another Stampotique challenge, and our very talented host Libby has asked us to use paint in our creations.
I've used a mixture of Paper Artsy fresco paints for the background, and Perfect Pearls mixed with a little water to colour the vines and the top section.
The border from Femme Collage has been stamped across the top, and the face stamped onto tissue paper, then triple embossed, and put in the freezer to crack.
The washi tape (tape measure) has had a light wash of the same pink as the background but this really does not show up too well.
The fleur de lis has been painted in Ver Day paints and sprayed with the magic solution.
Please join in with our challenge for your chance to win a $30 gift certificate to spend at the Stampotique store.
Stamps used can all be found at Stampotique Originals
Femme Collage
Heart Vine
Vintage Script

Thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Stampotique Nature Challenge

Yep it's Wednesday again, and time for another challenge at Stampotique. Nellie is our hostess, and she has chosen Nature.
I inked a couple of tags in Distress Inks, then overstamped with my favourite Vintage Script stamp in plum Archival.
Jo's dragonfly stamp has 
had it's first inking, together with her Grass stamp.
These have then had a fair bit of frantage enamel and glass glitter scattered over the top to catch the light a little.
I've also stamped the dragonfly in acetate and  Clearly for Art film which has been heated and moulded.
The Dragonfly Verse has been stamped onto vellum and torn around.
I've torn around some Paper Artsy waxed craft paper and stamped the text stamp again, then crumpled and swiped with black ink then heated until the ink seeped into the paper.
Please join in with our challenge over at the Stampotique  blog. There are very few rules, but please make sure you read them first.
Thanks very much for looking, and hope to see you over there x
Stamps used:
Vintage Script
Dragonfly Verse

Beware Spiders!!

The very talented Silvia has chosen the theme this week at Dragons Dream Tag It On, and she has picked 'Handle With Care'.  The ingredients are something fragile, an animal and a warning.
This really had me thinking, then I noticed some of my Halloween stamps that hadn't gone away. This led me down the path of spiders web - fragile check. Spiders - animal check, and a warning. Well if spider venom isn't a warning I don't know what is!
I started with Distress Inks in purple, orange and blue, then stamped my web stamp all over. I sprinkled various embossing powders over the top to give it a more realistic look, then stamped LOTS of spiders.
This is how it looked before the top layer of acetate was added.
I stamped more spiders on the acetate and the spider venom warning.
A bit of ribbon and a brad to finish, and all done. 
I found this great fun to make once I knew what I was going to do.
So please join us in making a tag using Silvia's ingredients, then we can come and take a look.
Thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Had a Bit of a Play

I've had a bit of a play over the weekend, and this is what I've come up with. 
The background is watercolour paper that has been painted with red and yellow Ecoline inks. As this was just a play day I sprinkled rock salt onto the wet ink to make it a bit more interesting. This has then been stamped with a mixture of Stampin Up stamps.
The next layer is a sheet of music paper that has been sprayed with ink through an A4 stencil. I've also added some Frantage to the top corner.
Next came the postcard layer. This was sprayed with coffee (loving the smell) then stamped with a combination of Stampotique, Darkroom Door, and Tim Holtz stamps.
The Moulin Rouge has been stamped onto the same Ecoline coloured paper, and the chipboard  Eifel Tower has been coloured with Metallic Distress stains and overstamped.
I made a brad with my Build a Brad kit and a Darkroom Door stamp the was stamped onto black card then embossed in white. 
Fifi Frantage is a Kanban stamp. She's been coloured in Prisma pencils then had the full Frantage treatment with embossing enamels, glass glitter and mica fragments
I'm entering this into the following challenges.
Frilly and Funky 3 in a row, I've gone with the ink sprays, metallic distress stains and chipboard.
Simon Says Stamp and Show Inspiration Francaise 
Pan Pastels Make an embellishment - brad 

It's nearly time for I'm a Celebrity - it's one of my guilty pleasures lol.
Thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 9 November 2012

Woo Hoo I'm Embossing With The Stampman

I'm very excited as Jill from the Stamp Man has asked if I would like to join her design team. She has such a talented team, and I feel very honoured. The theme this month is Embossing, and here is my piece.
One of my loves at the moment is Frantage, so this is the route I have taken.
The Shirtwaists have been stamped with a mixture of Detail Gold and Aged Marine embossing powders,  onto card that I have sprayed with coffee. This smells sooo good, especially when I heat it up to melt the EPs. It's been coloured with Prisma pencils then  the Frantage glass glitters have been added with a glue pen.
The layer beneath is Kanban Kandy Core that's been put through the Grand Calibur with an A4 mask. This has then had a good old sprinkling of Frantage Embossing Enamels.
The American seam binding has been dyed with spray ink, and I mopped up all the embossing powder on my heat mat so this has also dried into the ribbon.
The chipboard dress form has been coloured with Metalic Distress Stains, then I set to work with the frantage. There's a mixture of colours, and glitters and mica flakes - ooh love all that sparkle!
Just matted onto Bling card, with a torn edge and more of the detail gold, and under that some Kraft card stamped with a mesh stamp.
This was so much fun to make, and I'm really looking forward to getting to know my new teamies. 
Please pop over and join us - any form of embossing is good, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Oh Hang It!

It's the turn of Sam (and Poppy - the cutest dog in the whole world, along with Harvey) to choose the theme for this weeks Stampotique challenge, and they have gone with a hanging decoration. Well it's now November, and you can't move in the shops for leftover Halloween and... Christmas!
So Christmas it is! I've gone with a couple of small canvases and painted up the backs with the gorgeous Paper Artsy fresco paints. I've stamped the frames with Stringed Lights and embossed with silver EP.
Global Warming, Oh Tree, Great Moon and Jo's freebie star from Craft Stamper have all been stamped onto shrink plastic and coloured with Promarkers. I love shrink plastic, especially now I know it comes in black and white and not just clear.
The usual bit of bling around the frames and on the tree, then I just added the snowflake to join it all together.
This was great fun to make though it is now soooo cold in my conservatory/craft room that it really does feel like Christmas.
This is a better guide to the colour, I really must brush up on my (non -existent) photography skills.
I know Oh Tree isn't just for Christmas, but it is perfect for it.
Please check out all the other wonderful hangings on the blog, then join in with your own. 
Thanks very much for looking x

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

It's Halloweeeeeeeennnnnnnn

The theme this week over at Stampotique is funny Halloween, and has been chosen by my teamie Astrid. Every year Halloween is getting bigger over here, so I had to join in.
My background has been made by using stamps, distress inks, stencils and sprays.
The houses are Tim Holtz dies and have been painted with Verday Paints and sprayed.
The fence has been made by stamping 
Roc's Stacked Boxes onto canvas and turning it onto it's side.
Kitty is wearing a nice hat which is cut from a piece of ribbon, along with the spider which is dangling over wee owl.
This was great fun to make and I hope it arrived safely with my niece and nephew.
Stamps used
Crow Line
Vintage Script
Halloween Cube 2
Wee Owl
Stacked Boxes
Halloween Cube 1

I'm also entering this into the Pan Pastel Halloween challenge, and Fashionable Stamping Halloween/Halloween Colours.

Thanks very much for looking x

Self Propelled Flowers for TIO

Yep that's another two weeks gone by, and it's time for another challenge at Dragons Dream Tag It On. My lovely teamie Gabrielle has set the theme of  Self Propelled Flowers, which means she want's to see butterflies, flowers and locomotion/movement of some sort. It also needs to be on a tag, and using at least one real stamp. Phew got it, well here's mine...

I must admit this didn't come easily, and the big blue filing cabinet under the desk (marked rubbish) is groaning a little. Whoever said that there are no mistakes in craft, just happy accidents really needs to take a look in my bin!
But with the spirit that made Britain great I soldiered on  - stubborn oh yes I will NOT be beaten by a challenge lol.
Sooo, base tag inked with dye inks then overstamped with The Paper Company flower and butterfly stamp. 
This took care of the flowers and butterflies, for the movement I stamped the Paper Artsy flying clock onto the Metal on Card and rubbed some Inca Gold over the top and attached with a ribbon.
Back to the flowers, many years ago I ordered some dried flowers from Joanna Sheen, and they are still as lovely now, so on they went. Finally the acetate butterflies were given a good stickling with the old Ice Stickles. Unfortunately it is so cold now in the conservatory that it decided not to dry.... ever! Their antennae are little beaded flowers on stems - get it self propelled flowers - mission accomplished!
Although a pain to start with, I really enjoyed this once I got going, and I had half an idea of what I wanted to do.
Please pop over to TIO to check out the other fabulous examples from the dream team, then please join in.
Thanks very much for looking x

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Frilly And Funky

The ladies over at Frilly and Funky are asking for 'Anything But A Card with a twist. The twist being that it must have another compartment for something to be hidden.
Here's the front of my slide mailer. I was lucky enough to see Leandra from Paper Artsy demoing her paints at Doncaster last Sunday. I loved her 'bumping' technique and have tried it here.
The paints are all Paper Artsy, and the stamps are  Lynne Perrella set 4, and a Stampotique text stamp. The little bits of red is Inka Gold with a little bit of water added.
This is the back of the mailer. More stamps from the same plate with a bit of Inka Gold around the edges also. I often see a stamp that I love, must have, buy, then put away un-inked, so it's really nice to use this set in the same week/month/year that I bought it!
And here's the 'hidden' compartment. The slides have been inked with alcohol inks, and stamped with Archival.
The tassels have been stamped onto PaperArtsy Metal on Card (love this!), and the metal 'button' is the card that's gone through an embossing folder then shaped with an embossing tool.
I really enjoyed making this, and I know these stamps will get loads of use.
Thanks very much for looking, and enjoy your extra hour in bed in the morning x

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

On The Case

Today it's the lovely Jenn's turn to set the challenge at Stampotique, and she has chosen to do a CASE study. I've only done this once before and I thought you had to literally copy everything about a project which I thought was a bit naughty, but Jenn explains it so much better.

Hello!  Today I have a fun tag for Stampotique Originals Designer Challenge #71 Case Study.  Now for many of you, casing is something you do for every project.  Find a company, find a designer who you like their style, then totally use their project as the inspiration for your project.  Maybe you only take away the color, or the medium, or maybe just the stamp.  But casing cards and projects has been around as long as their have been crafts!
So the Stampotique Designers want you to use one of their projects as inspiration for yours!
I've used Kaz as my inspiration, I always look at her projects and give myself the 'why didn't I think of that' slap on the forehead. (The honest answer is because I am totally scared of white space, and I can't doodle for toffee!)
I really did enjoy making this  - I did the doodling first around the edges 'cos I knew that if I did the colouring in then messed up I would be rather er unhappy lol.
The stamp is one of Maria's, and it's lovely, just the right amount of cute!
I just stamped 7300 Zara's Gift and coloured with Prisma pencils, then coloured the circles beneath through a stencil.
So have a look through the Stampotique Designers blog, and let it inspire you!
Thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

I Can Resist Anything But Temptation

It's my turn to pick the ingredients for the Tag It On recipe this fortnight, so I thought I would keep it nice and simple. I've gone with  a resist technique, (use any you like) the colour red and a temptation. Now I could have made a red tag with chocolate hob nobs on (I'm sure melted chocolate is a great resist) but where's the fun in that!
I stamped my Cherry Pie bubbly stamp in versamark and embossed with white EP. I then sprayed yellow PP mist through a stencil, and wiped off the embossing.
I sponged over the white bubbles with various colours of Stazon.
The Bombshell stamps were just coloured in with Prisma pencils and cut out, and the 'condemned' is a rub on.
So please join in and show me what tempts you (oo er) and remember to use at least one real stamp.
Thanks very much for looking x

With Apologies To Father Ted....

It's Carol's turn to choose the theme in this weeks Stampotique Designers Challenge, and she's chosen one of my favourites - backgrounds.
"It's my turn to set the theme this week for the Stampotique Designer's Challenge. I love to use my rubber stamps for my backgrounds, so this week you are challenged to use your stamps for your backgrounds, as well as your main focal image.

What I love about using your stamps in this way is that you can get a truly original background as even you will never be able to get the same one again."

Ever since I saw Kira's Owl Tree it reminded me of the Father Ted sketch where Dougal is confused with small or far away. I can watch this a thousand times and still laugh.
I wanted to do my background on black and use some bleach but I think I must have the wrong card 'cos I used thick bleach, thin bleach, strong bleach, weak bleach and very smelly bleach but my black stayed black! If anyone knows a good black card for bleaching please let me know.
Sooo Plan B... white card, lots of distress ink for the base, stamped and embossed with Vintage Script then overstamped with water for the ghosting effect.
Then a mixture of stamps stamped in H2o's and perfect pearls. This is very twinkly IRL.
It was a shame to cover these gorgeous new stamps up!
I've used Heart Vine
Flying Heart
Vintage Script
Owl With Wings
Wee Owl
Owl Tree
Great Moon
All of these are available from Stampotique Originals.

The owls have distress ink backgrounds too. Great Moon has been stamped on text paper, and the stars behind Owl With Wings have been stamped with the star stamp on the bottom of the moon.
The tree has been coloured with capuchino perfect pearl mist , and Wee Owl has been made into a brad.
Owl Tree has been stamped and embossed, and their eyed dabbed in with a white gel pen.

I really enjoyed this challenge, so thank you very much Carol.
So now it's your turn to make your own stamped background and join us using the link. Don't forget you can still join in the Whatever the Weather and Scrap It challenges too.
Thanks very much for looking.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

It's A Christmas Card - Out of a Hat!

This week Out of a Hat  has gone over to the dark side and asked us to make a Christmas card or tag (I'm only joking, I LOVE all things Christmas) My friend Jo  has recently shown me this technique, so here's my card.

The stamps are all Tim Holtz's, and the silver ink is Stazon Metallic, which I've had for ages but never used ('cos it's a naked inkpad and a bottle of ink and I never get round to opening these) Now it's opened it will definitely be my go to silver inkpad - it's fab!
Would you believe it took almost as long to get the ribbon right as it did to make the card, and it still reminds me of a slightly surprised Hercule Poirot lol.
So that's 2 Christmas cards done way hey - no pressure there then round about the middle of December!
Thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Isn't She Lovely, Isn't She Wonderful...

Linda at Studio L3  has us turning to page 59 this week in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities 2 , and that means that we're doing the Alcohol Ink Resist Technique. As Forrest Gump would say 'That's all I have to say about that' 
The ones on the left and bottom have been made using Tim's technique, and the one on top has been painted on the back with silver and purple acrylic paints. Whoops forgot to say that they are all glass microscope slides. They have been stamped with Stampotique Crow Line, and Halloween sets 1&2.

So, slides need a mailer to keep them in...
Here's the front, using the same images. The mailer has been inked in distress stains then had loads of UTE and Frantage powders and glitters applied.
Happy Daze stock both Stampotique stamps and the Frantage range.

This is the inside, with the slides in situ. IRL you can't see the glue so much (well I can't, but then again I can't see anything so much ) It's all been painted in silver acrylic, then stamped with more Stampotique stamps. My bats have been coloured in Dylusion ink in Graphite - I love this but I don't think you can get it anymore, so I'm quite mean with it!
And the back - my pretty is a combination of a skull from the Halloween cube, Prom Queen, and the lovely new Flying Heart. This and the Heart Vine are two new stamps by Roc Nicholas and I love 'em! Don't know why but I was whistling Isn't She Lovely all the time I was messing with this lol. Again lots of UTEE and Frantage, and a healthy dollop of Tim's Rock Candy Crackle. 
I had great fun making this and to me that's what it's all about.
I'm entering this into the following challenges. 
Studio L3  Alcohol Ink Resist
Pan Pastels - Altered/Recycled
Craft Room - Alter It
Happy Daze - Something Wicked This Way Comes
Thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 5 October 2012

It's Twinchie Time Again

It's anything goes this time at Show Us Your Twinchies so I've gone with a Christmas theme. It's black cardstock that's been stamped and inked and painted.
I'm really enjoying the Twinchie challenges, so thank you very much ladies.
Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Leaf It Out!

Helen has chosen the theme this time around on TIO, and she has chosen (drum roll please) leaves, metal, and the colour orange.
So to me orange is for pumpkins, and pumpkins are for Halloween, and Halloween means Edgar, and Ravens and so here we are.
The background is Distress Inks that have been blended, and then a leaf stencil over the top and more ink added. The Stampendous stamp has been inked in black Versamark and clear embossed, and a very handsome bird he is too.
I put metal tape around the edges, then added some silver embossing enamel to blend it in.
The bird and leaves have had a coating of Frantage embossing to give it a bit of texture, and the ribbon has been died with a Radiant Rain dauber.
I just love the Frantage range - can you tell lol.
This is not at all what I had in mind when I started the tag, but it seemed to come together nicely so I'm sticking with it!
Please check out my teamies tags, then gather your ingredients and come and join us. It's the usual terms and conditions - you must use at least one real stamp (but the more the merrier).
I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is leaves.
Thank you very much for looking x