' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: October 2011

Sunday 30 October 2011

Calendar Challenge Week 8

The theme of the Craft Barn Challenge this week is Deep/Dark colours and Circles.
Since this week was all about Katzelkraft stamps (one of my favorite brand) this is what I chose for my main image.

The background was made by coloring circles inside and out with distress inks, then spraying with glimmer mist (this doesn't show well in the picture).

Hope you will like this page !

Sunday 23 October 2011

Calendar Challenge Week 7

The theme of the Craft Barn Challenge this week is Lilac/Purple and Embossing. Although the embossing part was optional, I decided to try it anyway... isn't the point of these challenges to strech our abilities ? There aren't many options to dry emboss an opaque, thick and large (A4) watercolour page. You cannot see through to emboss a brass stencil over a lightbox, you cannot use an embossing folder unless you have a large die-cut machine... what I do have is a set of Fiskars' embossing stencils and this proved to be adequate.

The stamps are from a Papermania Clear stamps set that I could not resist thanks to the wonderful designer's  illustration on the packet. Sadly, it is impossible to get the same perfect results with the stamps...  
Thanks for coming by,

Thursday 20 October 2011

Calendar Challenge Week 6

The theme of the Craft Barn Challenge this week is Turquoise and Lace.
I have decided on a simple design focusing on turquoise lace as my background. This was sprayed through a doily, then I collaged a stamped image in the foreground which I have lightly colored with distress inks.

Hope you will like it,

Monday 17 October 2011

Winged things challenge

The Crafty Individuals Challenge for October is Winged things. I did not overthink this one as I wanted to use my latest CI-319 stamp. What with Halloween coming up and this broody stamp, I went for a traditional Halloween color scheme with high contrast.

Most remarkable about this make is the fact that none of the embellishments were shop-bought. The broom is a toothpick with a tassel die-cut, the cat has been stamped with a Craft Stamper freebie and flocked, the patterned paper is from a chocolate box and the title was made with alphabet stamps and die-cut. I used some acrylic interference paint to highlight the embossing on the "gloop" and around the cat.

Thanks for coming by,

Friday 14 October 2011

Calendar Challenge Week 5

The theme of the Craft Barn challenge this week is "Pink and Birds".
Had I known this last week... I would not have used a bird stamp! So this week I had real trouble with inspiration, since birds aren't really my thing and I do not own cute birds stamps that would go with a pink color scheme!

For the main image I combined 2 tree stamps  and a bird then splattered some pink and turquoise watercolour over.I was aiming for a "cherry trees in blossom" impression.
For the bottom border, I have used part of the Crafty Individuals-266 stamp to create "stamps" (cut with pinking scissors) and over-stamped with several postmarks.

Thanks for coming by,

Sunday 2 October 2011

Calendar Challenge Week 4

This week's theme for the Craft Barn Calendar challenge is Yellow and masks.
 I had an initial idea of the mask I wanted to use, but alas, it did not fit in with the yellow colour scheme ! Instead, I opted for a contemporary colour scheme which had me employ numerous media (Promarkers, watercolour pencils, dye ink, crafting inks) in order to achieve the colouring without one colour bleeding in another.

The mask is the flourish, coloured with cut & dry foam. I am quite happpy with the result, on the basis that, and this is very unusual for me, the end result is what I had in mind when I set out ! Yes, even when heart in mouth I did the splatter of yellow in lieu of leaves and a free-hand branch for the bird it did not turn out a complete disaster as it could so easily have.