Saturday 30 March 2013

Cards Galore Challenge - Vintage

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

My post today is my DT project for the new challenge starting over at the  Cards Galore Challenge blog and the theme is 'VINTAGE'.

and is sponsored by the fabulous
where you'll win these fabulous stamps...worth over £20!!!!!!!

 I used the stamps to create a scanned imaged and then printed this onto a faded yellow background in a brown coloured ink. I was able to digitally distress the edges of the image to help pop the colours a bit.
I am still without my full crafting kit ( still waiting on the paperwork on the house to be completed) but I thought a mixed -media type of project might fit the bill here.

The printed base was then adhered to a standard A6 white cardbase. I used a second image to create another layer and decoupaged the car on top on the back ground image. For a bit of contrast I added some yellow to the headlights and gray tones to the wheels and chrome using my Copics.

I printed the sentiment onto a similar coloured  background and popped it up on a white trim and sticky fixers.  For extra detail I added a torn strip of Washi tape across the bottom of the card along with some tickets I got with a Freebie disc I got with a card magazine. My final embellishment was made using a copper plant tag that I ran through my BIG SHOT with a Sizzix Letterpress embossing plate.  I cut the piece I wanted and adhered it to the front of the card.

I had this idea since I saw the copper tags in the local DIY store and saw how soft the metal is and how malable.  I have used other embossing folders with the copper tags and the results are great.  Just something different you can do with everyday bits and pieces.

The Cards Galore Challenge starts to day and there are some wonderful Vintage themed DT projects on the blog to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing.   Pop over to check out the site and have a go at this very popular theme. You can enter as many time as you like, link your entry using the link tool provided  but please don't back-link to older projects. And ...remember to have fun.

Thanks again for taking time to visit and read my blog,  your time and comments are appreciated.

Angela x


Wednesday 27 March 2013

ATCs with an Art Journalling Twist

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

Today my post is some ATCs I've made for a swap with the the theme 'LOVE' being organised by my crafty mate Sandra. 

I have been facinated by Art Journalling for a while now and I wanted to use this style in my ATCs.  I have created all my backgrounds with canvas, using watercolour pencils, distress inks, glitter sprays and glue.  I then added either stamped or hand drawn images to the backgrounds.

Starry Eyed

This is a piece of canvas with a distressed ink background using Ranger Tumbled Glass ink and some glitter spray for the 'starry' effect.  I lifted the image of the eyes from a magazine photocopy with clear sticky tape and adhered it to the canvas. I added a small heart and the text ' Starry Eyed' to finish.


This backgrouns was created with watercolour pencils and spritzed of water with the blue rectangle and the red  square my homage to one of my fav artists  Mark Rothko. I added the stamped image in Staz-On black using a Hero Arts Stamp 'Moments and a grunge heart embellishment from Tim Holtz.

Object of My Affection

This background was created with Ranger distress ink and water, spritz with glitter spray and spray enamel. I was experimenting with lots of different things just to see what the result would be. I used words from various stamps with different inks to provide the text together with some scrapbooking 
captions to finish.

 Endless Love

More watercolour pencils and a hand-written cursive 'love' is the base for this ATC. I added the grunge board heart that has a crackle -glazed finish and another scrpbooking caption to complete.

You are My Sunshine

 Hand-drawn sunflower with text coloured with watercolour pencils , background too, and  brished with water to blend. A grunge-board painted red was added to finish.

Falling in Love

Another of the canvas backgrounds that was treated with inks, watercolour pencils, spray glitter and enamel. Grung-board 'love' lettering and a stamped bird and heart outline completes the ATC.

I had a lot of fun doing these ATCs and I have become quite attached to them and I am sad to be letting them go. But...I know they are going to good homes. 

This messing about with canvas and ink and all manner of stuff has given me a few ideas of what I might like to try on a lager scale.  Testing this and that and just going with the flow. LIke I said great creative fun.

Thanks for stopping by to read my crafty blog. Your time is appreciated and your comments mean a lot.

 Angela x

Monday 4 March 2013

ATC Swap - Black and White - and a Certain Little Book

Hello and welcome to my crafty blog.

Today my post is a for an ATC Swap and mostly about a book I found that has enthralled me. Organised by my FB buddy Sandie, the theme for February's swap was 'Black and White'.

Those of you who follow the blog, will already be aware that I am working with just a few bits and pieces from my craftroom , so ATCs and smaller  projects are ideal for me at the moment.  In my temporary quarters I have come across some things that I can use in craft projects and one of these discoveries is an old book, dog-eared and without a cover called simply ' Enquire Inside'. The book has a fantastic patina and the pages are wonderfully creased and discoloured and the information inside is just amazing!  You can enquire about the treament of Chilblains, Gumboils, Table Manners, the Cup final winners from 1895  to 1926 and the correct used of Vaseline. According to this little gem, Vaseline can be used for Chapped Hands, Burns and Inflamed Eyelids. Taken internally (yes  INTERNALLY!!!) it is reported to ease diseases of the throat, chest and stomach  along with diphteria and croup!!!!! Who'd athought?! This must have been the book Noah took with him in the Ark!!!

Don't know about you, but when I see cards or scrapbook pages with printed backgrounds I try dicypher them. I found one project in a leading card craft magazine that used printed backing paper with what turned out to be a medical report on Uninary Infections  LOL.  So I am hoping  that this little book will provide me with lots of  interesting talking points for my craft projects.

Here are the six ATCs I've submitted for the swap. A mixed bunch using some copied pages from the little book I mentioned and some digital backgrounds I designed myself. I have added some stamped images, parchment with a white relief design and foam lettering to add some texture to the cards. All bits and piece culled from the chaos around me.

Can't wait to see what I get in my swap. I am never disappointed and  I marvel at the creativity that my fellow ATCers can fit on to that small canvas.

Thanks for stopping by to read my blog. Delighted to see as always and looking forward to reading your comments.

Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Angela x