Wednesday, 3 February 2016

It's Mardi Gras week at Stampotique


 I used the Following Stamps
Curlz
Clothes Text 

Kathi is the host for the Stampotique Challenge this week.
She has used the Mardi Gras as her theme.
This is what she has to say about her challenge.

"The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, or gold. Use them or the symbols of Mardi Gras -- Fleurs de Lys, masks, costumes, or music! Let the good time roll!"

I have made a tag this week, I used the colours Purple Green and gold on my Gelli plate to make my basic background and then added other elements to it with stenciling, (there are some Gessod Fleur de Lys under here somewhere) stamping and doodling. 
I also outlined the image in white pencil as it seemed to dark against the background and this seemed to make it pop off the tag a little bit.


Finishing it off with a quote and a little bit of machine stitching around the edges.


Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Monday, 1 February 2016

Could It Be Magic


I used 

It's my turn on the Visible Image Blog today and I have one of the lovely new Monoliths to share with you today paired with one of the stamp sets from the new release.

I began by prepping my Monolith with gesso. I then used my Gelli Plate to build up my basic background. I used my DecoArt Multi Surface paints for this as they have the lovely bright colours that I like on to use with my Gelli.

I then used more Gesso to add the star burst effect with a stencil, to get the position of this right I stamped my Unicorn onto my Monolith and then positioned the stencil and applied my Gesso.


I then stamped the word from the text stamp in the set and used Glossy accents over this to seal it.

My stars are done with a clear acrylic gel that I added DecoArt Media paint too, to get the bright pop of turquoise, also adding gold Beadazzels to it before using a pallet knife to apply through a stencil. This dried semi-translucent which was the look I wanted, so I was please this worked as I had not tried it before.


I then stamped my Unicorn onto lightweight card, cut it out and stuck it in place over my previously stamped image which I could still just about see.


The back is done in the same way but with the full quote used on the center of the block over the starburst of Gesso.


I sealed my block with a satin varnish to give it a light sheen.

The new release stamps from Visible Image are now available to pre-order from their on-line shop as the the Monoliths. I am sure you will find some new favorites among the new stamp releases and I must say that the Monoliths are pretty awesome to work on.

One more thing, did you like my Barry Manilow Title ??

Have a good day,

Carol xx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Two Tweedles


I used the Following Stamps

Alphabet Upper (number 2)

Another Wednesday and a new Stampotique challenge, already the weeks are just flying by.

This week the host for the challenge is Valerie and she has asked us to work in Twos.

These are her thoughts on the challenge.

"Nope, that's not a typo! This week, let's feature two's. You can interperet this any way you want. Duos, mirrors, the number two, duplicates - whatever comes to mind."


I have used the two naughty boys, The Tweedles on my card, stamping them directly onto my card blank and then colouring them in.


Adding Daniel's heart in the background and a Happy Birthday Quote for them to stand on, using a couple of odd Alphabet and numbers for a little bit of word play with the theme.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Shades of Red and Pink


I used the following stamps

Mela
French Journal Page
Just keep on

This week Sue is hosting the Stampotique challenge.

 The theme is use shades of red and pink and create a valentines day inspired creation.

I have a tag for you this week with the lovely Mela hanging about waiting for Mr or Miss right to come along, so she is keeping on with her life in the meantime, making it all count and enjoying herself in her pretty pink dress.

My background was done using only Pyrrole red paint combining it with Decoart White tinting base to give me various shades of red and pink. I stamped French Journal in Red over the entire tag, this is a lovely large stamp and was perfect for this. I then picked up my left over paint with an old credit card and scrapped it through a couple of stencils to frame around where my image was going to stand.


I coloured and stuck my image down and then added some white doodles to the middle of the reddest spots on the background.

I stamped my quote directly onto a scrap of pink tape and added this to the tag securing it at each end with some machine stitching.


I then finished my tag with some stitching around the sides and to give the image something to stand on.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Monday, 18 January 2016

Visible Image Debut


I used the Following Stamps


Woo Hoo it's my Debut post for Visible Image today. I wanted to used their iconic stamp of the Eye for my post, this seems to be their trademark stamp and I hope I have done it justice on the following card.

My card is done journal style with a clean and simple feel to it.

I stamped my image and quote directly onto my card blank using black archival ink, I then masked off the eye area leaving the surrounding splatter unmasked.


I then used a dot Stencil with a random dot pattern and applied 3 shades of DecoArt Mulit surface paint using a piece of cut and dry to mix the colours as I went to give various shades from the 3 colours.


I then picked out 3 similer colours from my Caran d'Ache pencils to colour the center of the eye again layering the colours to achieve different shades.

I finished with my must doodle border of the moment.

This is a larger size card to which I usually make but I felt the eye needed plenty of white space to dominate.

I want to say again thank you to Mark and Helen for letting me join the team at Visible Image.

Happy Crafting
Carol xx

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Blobs of Colour


I used the following stamps

Chessy
Happy Birthday
Splatter Blob

Arwen is our host this week for the Stampotique Challenge this week, and she has asked us to use different Colour Blobs this week, quite easy for me as my work is always quite blobby with paint and bits and pieces.

I have gone for quite a simple card using the Chessy the Cat.

I have colored him mainly Grey with touches of pink and purple, I have then highlighted these colours with my blobs of colour behind him.


I have added a hand drawn border to my card and I quite like this one so it maybe featuring a lot on my cards this year.


Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

MajesticTree

 

 I used the following stamps

First challenge of 2016 on the Stamptique blog today, and I must admit this is the first time I have been on my blog since my previous post on the 24th December, time has just flown by and my head seems a bit fuzzy from the lack of doing anything over Christmas.

Claudine is our host this week for the Challenge and she has asked us to use a tree on our project this week.

This are her thoughts behind her challenge.

"Trees have always been such a source of life for many living creatures, I just love them. I challenge you to create something with a tree incorporated somehow."

I have made a tag this week with my latest thing to do which is finger painting, No paint brushes were harmed during the making of this tag.


My tree is embossed in black on top of my painted background.


Gelato circles and a quote were added to complete it.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Happy News

Hi, I am only just getting back into the swing of it all after Christmas, the decs are all down, the last yummy bits have all gone and I can thankfully say that my jeans are not any tighter. 

I do have some belated news to share with you.I am absolutely thrilled that I have joined the Visible Image Design team.

I adore their stamps and I am really looking forward to getting to work with them and I was so chuffed to join the already talented team they have and the awesome new people that they have taken on to expand their DT.

If you are not familiar with the company here is a little list off all the places you can find them.

Show & Tell Monthly Challenge details: http://visibleimage.co.uk/challenge


Happy crafting, Carol xx


Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Christmas


Happy Christmas to all my Blog followers and random visitors.

Hope you all have a crafty christmas.

Carol xx

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

S is for Snow


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The new challenge starts on the Stampotique blog today.
It is to use your alphabet or image stamps to create a letter of the Alphabet.

I must admit this one had me scratching my head for a long time as I really struggled to come up with any ideas at all.

In the end I used a Gelli Plate backgound that I had previously made using the spiraling out of control stamp as one of the elements.


I found a lovely Letter "S" online and then printed this directly onto my Gelli Plate print, stuck it to a piece of board to give it strength and cut it out.
I embossed snowflakes using the snowflake stamp and white embossing powder, adding the same stamp in places using black ink to give it a bit of a grungy look.


Finally adding a black edge with a quick swish of paint.
The rest of my word is added to the bottom with stamped letters before adding the lovely snowman and a few die-cut snowflakes which I painted silver.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Sparkly Sequins


I used the following stamps

Barcode text #2

The new challenge starts over on the Stampotique Blog today.
Valerie has asked us to use some sequins on our make this week.


I have a card to share for the challenge this week.
My image and quote are stamped directly onto the card blank with archival ink, I used my Polychromo pencils to colour in the image add a line of sequins for Agatha to stand on and then a few randomly placed on the background of the card to give it a bit more colour.
Finishing off with some black hand drawn lines.


Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx



Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards Day 7


I used the following stamps

Winter
Baby, it's cold outside!

It's quick and easy Christmas cards this week for the Stampotique Challenge this week.

I have decided to make and blog a card a day for this challenge all this week until the next challenge starts. (are you getting the clue here that I have made no cards at all!!)
All my cards will take no longer than 15 minutes to make. (not including thinking time) Today's card looks like it took ages, but because there is no colouring on the image it is only about a 10 minute card once you have your tag blank cut.


I cut my card blank on my bigshot and then stamped my main image directly in black archival ink. I then masked this off with a previously cut mask (I keep all my stamped/cut masks to use again as I hate cutting them out in the first place).


I added my rub on before I  inked my tag with distress ink as the rub on resists the ink a little bit and you get a nice effect with it. I added my snowflakes with gesso applied with a sponge through a mask. My favorite snowflake mask this year is the Dinky one from That's Crafty.


I stamped my quote with black ink and edged it with a black pen.


I finished with some machine stitching and stuck a few sequins on to match the red glittered heart on the image.


Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Monday, 30 November 2015

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards Day 6


I used the Following Stamps




It's quick and easy Christmas cards this week for the Stampotique Challenge this week.

I have decided to make and blog a card a day for this challenge all this week until the next challenge starts. (are you getting the clue here that I have made no cards at all!!)
All my cards will take no longer than 15 minutes to make. (not including thinking time)

Another card today in a similar style to some previous ones, I must admit I do like this style, as it is so quick and easy and makes nice use of all the christmas stamps I am discovering I own, I did not realise I had so many!!


My image stamped and coloured in a masked off circle using a stamp positioner to get it exactly where I wanted it. Then I added hand drawn circles and lines to the card.
My greeting is stamped onto book margin, cut out and stuck into place.


Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards Day 5


I used the following stamps

Brr
Baby, it's cold outside!
Snowflakes

It's quick and easy Christmas cards this week for the Stampotique Challenge this week.

I have decided to make and blog a card a day for this challenge all this week until the next challenge starts. (are you getting the clue here that I have made no cards at all!!)
All my cards will take no longer than 15 minutes to make. (not including thinking time)

A bit of a change of style for me today, I saw this style on Tracy's folksy shop Splattered ink and thought how well it would suit this stamp so I nabbed the idea and here is my take on it, a bit  more grungy than her's are but that's just how my stuff turns out.


I used Kraft Card as my base. I stamped the snowflakes in brown ink onto a piece of card cut and torn to size, and then inked this with blue distress ink. I stamped and coloured my image onto a piece of card cut to size, inked it with with brown distress ink from the edge inward to blend it, and then stuck this to the snowflake piece.
 I dyed a piece of ribbon with ink and water on my craft mat, tied it in place around the blue piece of snowflake card and stuck it to my Kraft card base.
I added my quote to the bottom and finished the whole card with some hand drawn lines.
I finished it with a metal snowflake that I painted white before dipping into clear glitter to give it a bit of bling when the light caught it.


Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards Day 4


I used the following stamps

Reindeer
jingle bells
Kisses

It's quick and easy Christmas cards this week for the Stampotique Challenge this week.

I have decided to make and blog a card a day for this challenge all this week until the next challenge starts. (are you getting the clue here that I have made no cards at all!!)
All my cards will take no longer than 15 minutes to make. (not including thinking time)

Today's card has had colour inspiration from Karen as she recently used these colours on a card featuring the same reindeer.


I stamped my images and quote directly onto the card and coloured them with my Polycromos, added a line of colour over my kisses stamp under the greeting.
finishing the card with some hand drawn lines and circles which seem to have become my trademark on cards this year,


Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Friday, 27 November 2015

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards Day 3


I used

Agatha Antlers
Merry Kiss-mas!
Kisses

It's quick and easy Christmas cards this week for the Stampotique Challenge this week.

I have decided to make and blog a card a day for this challenge all this week until the next challenge starts. (are you getting the clue here that I have made no cards at all!!)
All my cards will take no longer than 15 minutes to make. (not including thinking time)


For this card I directly stamped Agatha and then colored her in. I then carefully positioned my "kisses" stamp so she was standing on them, but avoiding going right to the edge of the card. My greeting was stamped onto a page border, cut out and glued in place. (I did originally stamp this directly too, but when my card was finished it all looked too flat so I added it this way on top of the original stamping and I think it looks better.)


I finished with some hand drawn lines.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards - Day 2


I used


It's quick and easy Christmas cards this week for the Stampotique Challenge this week.

I have decided to make and blog a card a day for this challenge all this week until the next challenge starts. (are you getting the clue here that I have made no cards at all!!)
All my cards will take no longer than 15 minutes to make. (not including thinking time)


Today's offering is Jo Capper-Sandons lovely Mistletoe directly stamped with a bit of colour added with my Polychromos, a greeting and then finished with some hand drawn lines and circles.


Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx