Friday, 22 May 2015

I believe in Fairies.....

Over at
For 
Compendium of Curiosities
Challenge # 28
 Linda and her talented Curiosity crew
have been playing with
Tim’s Alcohol Ink Ombre technique    
(Using page 57 of Tim's book - A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol 3).
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I've never tried this technique before...and it took me a couple of attempts to get it right, but I love the results.
Anyway, these are the Alcohol ink colours that I used to create my Inky Ombre background...
and here is my finished tag...
Its been rather gloomy here in the UK, overcast days and lots of showery rain, so I've added lots of cheery and colourful blooms to my creation to brighten up the day!
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If you want to see what this challenge is all about....Hop over to Linda's Blog...
for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #28
...
who along with her crew...have some gorgeous Inky Ombre inspiration!
...but you've got to be quick the challenge is ending very soon!
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You will also need a copy of Tim's
Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book
....and for this challenge.
The wonderful Funkie Junkie boutique
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!
 
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
 
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Steampunk Surprise.....

Over at
 
http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/steampunk-surprise.html
 
the challenge theme is...
Steampunk Surprise
 
Now I love seeing all the steampunk creations in Blogland...
But don't usually create many myself?
So, I thought I would enter this challenge to push myself out of the comfity safety zone!!.
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Over in one of my FB craft groups, Billy-Jane got us making 'pop up' 3D box cards for a swap...
I'd never made one before... but now I'm well and truly hooked!!
So I thought I would create a steampunk version especially for this challenge...
 
 Here is my pop up box card folded flat (back and front)...
ideal for posting..
and here is the SURPRISE...

 this is what it looks like when fully popped up!!..



a close up of my faux rusty elements 
..and the back of the box card..is perfect for writing your greeting/message.

Ingredients used..
Black card, Tim Holtz and Papermania stamps, Papermania paper,
distress inks, chipboard cogs,butterflies, dragonfly and hearts, 
 DecoArt media range (to create the faux rust effect).on all the chipboard elements.
 
I think I may be slightly addicted to creating these 3D box cards...Off to make my 5th one now!!
 
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

collaged nostalgia......

 
 I’m playing along again this month with
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Here's Tim's Creative May inspiration
 
 I couldn't wait to play along ...
Tim has got us being nostalgic, this has definitely got to be one of my favourite Tim tags this year.... Lots of lush elements, combination of textures, cool tinted photo, flowers, layered ephemera and embellishments ...Yes.... they really do tell a creative story.
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I gathered together a few supplies ...
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and this is my Entry for Tim Holtz - May -
12 Tags of 2015....
 
I didn't have the Burlap from textured surfaces, so raided my fabric stash and found some Burlap to glue to my tag.
I used the Heart stencil with the texture paste, when dry ....coloured it with a mixture of abandoned coral and rusty hinge distress inks.
...I tinted my photo with squeezed lemonade distress marker
and gave my vintage girl some vellum wings.
...Adhered my ephemera, photo, fabric yoyo and flower, pin, buttons, scissor embellie and typed token word.
Sadly, I don't own the new tiny tattered floral die set...(which looks lush!) ...so attached some paper flowers from my crafty stash.
Then finally ...added my quote and a little stitching in places.
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Thanks again to Tim for some amazing nostalgic collaged inspiration and Looking forward to seeing what Tim inspires us... with his June tag  now...
 
So until next time.....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x


Friday, 8 May 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 27....Embossing Diffusers

Over at
For 
Compendium of Curiosities
Challenge # 27
 Linda and her fabulous Curiosity crew
have been playing with
Tim’s Sizzix Alterations Embossing Diffusers 
(Using page 61 of Tim's book).
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 I've had the embossing diffusers for a while, they are a cool little invention that allow you selectively emboss areas of your work and so very easy to use...
It's my son's 18th birthday (the youngest of my babies!!) next month...
so I wanted to make him a tag for his pressie...
(He doesn't read my blog ...so it shouldn't spoil the surprise!!)
 
Anyway, here are the main ingredients for my tag....
...and this is what I made using my Tim goodies!...
 
 
 
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If you want to see what this challenge is all about....Hop over to Linda's Blog...
for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #27
...who along with her talented Curiosity crew...have some amazing Embossing Diffuser inspiration!
...but you've got to be quick the challenge is ending very soon!
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You will also need a copy of Tim's
Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book.
...and for this challenge.
The wonderful Joy and her family at Inspiration Emporium
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Thanks for peeking
Jan x
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Don't let Life... ruffle your feathers!....

With my minor (ok major) addiction with wings and angels...
I just couldn't resist this little Carabelle  art stamp set Un ange a aimer

...and when it arrived...I just couldn't wait to have a little play and get inky with it!
...So along with some HOTP feather stamps and dies, Kraft card,
distress inks, ribbon and buttons
 
 ....here is a quick and simple card
I'm adding this to the challenge over at
 
 

where the challenge is to
Let's Keep It Simple.
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and...
May Challenge:
'Take a stamp'
Anything goes
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and...
Happy Little Stamper

 
So.. Don't let life ruffle your feathers!!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x
 

Friday, 1 May 2015

Let's Get Arty with Labels.....

 
Over at
For
Challenge # 63
It's all about ....
Creating an ARTY  project using this label maker….. 

...where you can use all different kinds of fonts, colours and effects
This can be interpreted in so many ways…..
I decided to create another fabric journal page for my DT piece..
I dug through my fabric stash... and collected some complimentary fabrics, vintage buttons, doilies, tassel, lace, pins...
 
I used the 'Catrina' Prima- Bloom Range Stamp

....which I stamped onto some fabric, I then embroidered and decorated the fabric with applique...

added some black lace for her veil.. along with beads and a crochet flower!
All collaged and hand sewn together.
Using the label maker... I printed the words
'Don't Let your FEARS Haunt your FUTURE'
onto some printable fabric
using a BLACK background and WHITE type called 'Typewriter'
I even had this cute little button and tassel to add to my project..

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Now Hop over to.
..for the full deets on this challenge...and see what other wonderful inspiration my talented International team mates have created for this
 Label challenge
....and there's a Super prize up for grabs donated by Deb for the challenge winner...
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Clean and Simple......

Over at

....they would like you to keep it simple  - a less is more challenge!
Now... I have always found CAS cards a real Big challenge...as maximum embellishment is my middle name LOL!!
I thought I would make some cards for my knitting pals....
I've used....Kraft card, Archival ink, stamped (Purple Onion design - Heart Banner / Crafter's Companion - Close Knit Friends)
paper pieced assorted papers, paperartsy paints, white pen.
They look great in a different range of colours/patterns too!....
But it's so hard not to add more embellies...lace, ribbons and buttons etc....
Clean and simple is sooooooo hard for me!

Thanks for peeking!
Jan x
I'm also entering this in for the..
Simon says Weds, Clean and Simple 
&
Country view Challenge Blog, Use Kraft card
Ok ok..couldn't help myself!!!....
.a few buttons added LOL!!