Sunday, April 29, 2012

Outside The Box

Just completed another double page spread in my Moleskine journal.  Love the words on this one and it's certainly Zetti inspired.

The background was made using stencils and spray inks (pictured before any layers were added at the bottom of this post), in purple, lime green and maroon.  Some yellow Dylusions paint was added with a credit card. The pages do warp severely but also do relax over time especially when the journal is closed with its elastic closure.

Stamping with black Archival ink was done with  'club' , hand and arrows stamps.

Lots of doodling in various colours of Posca markers including some gold,

The images are digital and have been stuck onto the background and edged in black Posca.  The words are printed on the computer and trimmed out.

Some dimensional pearls in cranberry have been added to provide a little depth

This was the page after first spraying with the desired inks.

Another enjoyable project which has taken a while to complete.  You know what they say 'Onwards and Upwards' towards the next two pages, but I am getting there !!

Sid xx

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Flower Box

Here is a little box I made a while back during a green phase of mine.  The box is made from plain white card and is coloured with shabby shutters Distress Stains oversprayed with silver mica spray.  The sides are stamped with a swirl stamp and the same Distress Ink and embellished with flat backed gems in dark green and crystal. 

The top of the box was embellished with a series of die-cut flower layers cut from green card and coloured with markers and edged with darker green ink.  The layers were assembled with foam pads to add dimension.

Simple project and suitable as an entry into the Pan Pastels Challenge Blog which this time is 'add a flower'.

Sid xx

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trojan Horse

This ATC is another collaged creation which was sent to Holland as part of a recent exchange of ATC's.

I have used printed materials, penwork (poscas) and stamping to produce the card.

Hope she likes it !!


Sid xx

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

B & B

No not Bed & Breakfast !!  .............. but Box & Brooch to be more precise.

This brooch came about as my creation for Janet ........ one of our little band of crafters who meet up for long & crafty weekends 3 times a year.  This was made as my gift for her (we each have a crafty partner who we make a handmade item for at the weekends).

Unfortunately I forgot to take my gift (slapped wrists) to our March meet and have sent this to her instead.  Hope she likes it.

The box was made from heavy card which was subsequently decorated as shown in the same colourway as the brooch.  The box sides and top were coloured with fired brick Distress ink and panelled with black magic coredinations card with a mauve core after passing through a spots embossing folder.  The core was revealed by rubbing over the embossed spot with fine sandpaper.

The decorative elements are made from stamps from Lynne Parrella made by PaperArtsy, stamped on white card with Memento onyx black, trimmed and coloured with red and purple Marvey alcohol brush pens.  They were assembled after selectively heat embossing with kaleidascope embossing powder and a Versamark pen and mounting on foam pads. Some red and blue beads were adhered with Glossy Accents as was some Beadazzles as shown.

The box was filled with crumpled pink tissue paper to support the brooch

I used some flower dies from X-cut to cut  a variety of different sized petals from organza, sparkle fabric, fused fusible fibres and silk. These were assembled in layers on a card base with hot melt glue.

Some of the same beads used on the lid were added with red embroidery thread and a needle to decorate the centre of the brooch.

Finally a brooch back was added to finish the brooch.

Hope she likes it !

Sid xx

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Making Waves

This has been in the making for a long, long time. The real scallop shell was decorated months ago and has sat around since then waiting for attention.  Because of the shells links with the sea I wanted to do some craft related to that environment so did this 3D scape.  All contained in its own shell home.

The shell was thoroughly washed and then painted with stripes in Viva precious metal colour in gold and turquoise.  It took a couple of coats to cover properly. The edges of the shell were then gone over with gold Krylon pen to neaten.  Some acrylic gems were adhered around the edge of the shell with more Glossy Accents and alternate gems coloured with the brush pen in green.

All stamped elements (apart from the waves) came from a plate of polymer stamps by Pink Paislee (Nantucket).  The shell, seahorse, word seal and words were all stamped on white card with Memento tuxedo black ink which were then coloured with Marvey alcohol brush pens before trimming out and edging with AI to cover white card edges.  A word seal and two seahorses were glazed with Glossy Accents.

The sea was made up from a border stamped multiple times on printed paper, trimmed and layered and edged with a Quickie glue pen and glittered with transparent blue water Art Glitter.

Some fused green sizal was cut into frond shapes before assembling and layering all elements as shown with hot melt glue to make a 3d seaside scene.

The shell has been supported for display using a plate holder.

It turned out just as I had envisaged it and it was great to use up that shell !!  You know what they say ......... 'Better Late Than Never'

It will also fit the challenge over on the Happy Daze Design Team blog this month which is 'April Showers' and the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge which is 'Anything Goes'

Sid xx

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Love Bird

This is a postcard done for a swap over on UK Stampers Forum for this months theme which is 'Featherd Friends'.  I decided to do a quirky postcard and because I am into collage at the moment I have used a blend of digi-images, stamping and penwork.

The eggy bird and ruler was stamped with PaperArtsy stamps in Archival black ink whilst the feathers are Lynne Parrella stamps also from PA.  The star border was stamped in signal red Memento ink.

The words and hearts have been edged in Posca pen.

Not sure who will get this yet but it has to be able to be posted 'naked' to it's recipient so no envelope allowed.

Sid xx

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Odd Bird

I seem to have a thing about birds with hats ........ this one is entitled 'Odd Bird'.   The ATC is collaged using digi images and stamping.

I have used Posca pens to decorate and finish.

Loving the french text hat !

Sid xx

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

An Umbrella In The Rainforest Isn't Much Use !

This tag was done as my entry into the Stampotique Designers Challenge which this time is entitled 'Oodles of Doodles'.  The base is a plain manilla tag which I have sprayed with Summer Inks by Sticky Fingers in yellow & green, building up layers until happy with the colour.

The leaves on the background were applied through a stencil with vintage sepia Distress Ink applied with Cut'n'dry foam. The Stamptique stamp is one by Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente called Relaxin' and it was this that inspired me to write the caption 'Why am I sat in a Rain Forest??' I just love the image.

I decided to stamp the image in Memento tuxedo black directly onto the coloured tag and then use some Marvey alcohol ink brush pens to selectively colour some of the image. Think the effect is a bit reminiscent of the 'Predator' films where the creature appears to be part of the foliage. I then set to work with Posca pens in black, white, blue and yellow and doodled to my hearts content so all other edging and the words along with some raindrops were added freehand.

Finishing touches added some lime green satin ribbon, some moss green cord and a small length of iridescent cord threaded with a few green foiled leaves through the tag top.

So don't expect a brolly to work well in the rainforest !! (not that I've ever been there, of course).

Sid xx

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Three Faces

Over on UK Stampers Forum I have recently taken part in making a set of three ATC's for a swap.  The theme is 'faces' and I made my three with minimal stamping, lot's of colour and collaged materials.

All use loads of digi-stamped collage elements from various sources and these have been trimmed to collage up the fronts of the ATC's.  I had to use some hats on the faces to make them a bit quirky too !

The only stamps used were to to finally embellish them and all were stamped in Archival black ink using heart, arrow and flower border acrylic stamps.

Final touches were to use my beloved Posca pens in white, black, silver and gold to outline and fill in some areas.  All were mounted onto board and edged with contrasting colours of chalk inks.

Sid xx

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Monday, April 02, 2012

Four Square Inchies

This box started its life as a Selfridges gift card presentation box, covered in shiny black paper.  I have decorated the top of the box with a set of digi inchies from ArtChix studio which I have trimmed and adhered with Glossy Accents to the top and sides.  I had to halve the inchies on the sides.

I then infilled between the inchies with red Stickles glitter glue and allowed to dry.

Finally the lid was embellished with three flowers made out of die cut book pages made with a Bigz Sizzix die.  I have edged the flowers with red alcohol ink and stuck them together and to the lid with sticky dots.

Very simple indeed with no stamping at all.  Love the vibrancy of the colours of the inchies set off by the book page flowers.

Sid xx

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Sunday, April 01, 2012

Believe in Possibility

This is a little tea-light gift book I made at our Spring retreat but this could be decorated and filled with anything as a lovely gift idea.  It takes the form of a book cover containing a box to take 6 tea-lights and is secured by a piece of seam binding.

Once more it is covered with Pion 12 x 12 in scrapbook papers available fom 3D Jean.  The papers are beautiful and are very subtly coloured and all elements of the book use these papers.

The book cover is decorated with a number of embellishments cut out from the papers (fob watch, mini postcard and stamp) with some layered on foam pads. The only stamp used was the wording on the postcard !

The inside front cover is embellished with a label die cut from the candle box front with a Nestability die. This was edged with moss green chalk ink before adhering. A butterfly was trimmed out from the papers and also stuck in place.

The candle holder box, covered with more paper and the aperture lined with clear acetate before sticking in place on the inside back cover.

Final touch was to add two pale green eyelets with the crop-a-dile tied through with a double length of pale cream seam binding tied in a knot through each eyelet. These were tied in a bow to secure the book closed after filling the box with tea-lights. 

The box could be filled with sweetie treats or anything else for that matter dependant on the purpose and decorative theme of the box.

Sid xx

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