' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: October 2015

Saturday 24 October 2015

Good Luck

If the Craft Barn is not your local craft shop, you may not be aware that the physical shop has closed last weekend to become an online retailer exclusively. So, the challenge this week is a bit special and, whilst last week the Craft Barn DT was using Impression Obsession Cover A Card background stamps, our challenge is to make a Good luck card.
Still, I was intent on using my own Impression Obsession stamps which are one my favourite brands...

In a departure from my usual makes this is an hybrid project where I combined the rubber stamped image (I stamped the IO Ornate stamp with Versamark and used soft pastels on top in several shades of blue and turquoise) and digital elements in the form of a poster and a sentiment.

So there it is, wishing the Craft Barn all the best for the future whilst trying to keep calm about not getting my usual crafting fix at the shop, since I can still Keep on shopping...

The shining

For those who, relying on this post's title, were expecting some gory Halloween scene... sorry to disappoint this is totally not scary, just shiny in a glittery way...
Yes, Lavinia Stamps want to see some gems and glitter this month and I used my Dandelions again for this simple card.

For the background I used an alcohol ink background I had made whilst cleaning my craft mat and added some dandelions stamped with dye inks.

Then I stamped the foreground Dandelions in black Versafine and overstamped them with glue. Finally I sprinkled the glitter, a very fine blue-ish glitter.

The 3 hearts gems finish the card. Another look at the shine:

Thanks for coming by,

Also entering the Polka Doodle challenge.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Drawing faces

It's face off at Paper Artsy this fortnight and I felt duty bound to join in since I ducked out of the fabric challenge last time...
I don't do faces normally so this was a real challenge for me, and I was planning a whimsical feel to hide any anatomical and perspective errors. Along the line I lost the whimsy, apart from the big eyes, and there are a few odd looking bits but since I didn't model my face on a real person I won't get any complaints there...

I used watercolour pencils and crayons for the both the drawing and the colouring and I softened everything with a water brush.
I couldn't think of anything clever to stamp on/around my face and stopped tinkering as it wasn't getting any better!

Faces aren't my favourite but I'm pleased I managed to finish my drawing,
Have a crafty weekend!

Also entering the Simon Says Stamp challenge.

Thursday 15 October 2015


This week's theme at the Craft Barn is Light and I thought of this beautiful lighthouse stamp (Cape Lookout Lighthouse by Impression Obsession). I worked on a placemat which is part of a series,  so I followed the same colour scheme but this time I used a Clean and simple design to let the Light shine...

After stamping the lighthouse  I saw Turner-esque sky and atmosphere. OK Turner wouldn't have painted his sky green but I was seeing past the actual hue... Well I couldn't bring myself to detract from that impression, so I tentatively stamped in white pigment ink the water splash, then the quote (both from KTZ135 set by Katzelkraft) leaving an awful lot of white space (again green but you know what I mean...).
I do hope you get the strong sense of light that I do when looking at this picture.

Thanks for coming by,

Also entering the We Love To Create challenge.

Sunday 11 October 2015

Calendar Challenge October

The colour for this month Craft Barn challenge is orange and the word Pumpkin or fruit.
Orange, the dominant colour of Autumn, amongst the lovely shades of green yellow and Brown of the Fallen leaves.... and part of the colour scheme of the Rubber Dance challenge this month!

But I didn't go for the pumpkin(s) as I have no pumpkin stamps... I do, however, have a  Pear-fect fruit stamp from Rubber Dance which cried out to be coloured in pencils.

Behind the pears I stencilled a Cornucopia motif from an old book of stencils [1]. I chose it as the Cornucopia has been associated to Thanksgiving in the US and harvest time in general, so appropriate for an autumn page.

Thanks for coming by,

[1] This is the book that Chrissie from Jumbled Craft got as a bargain. She has a pic of said book in this post if you're curious...

Also entering the Tando Creative and We Love To Create challenges.

Tim Holtz style

What if Tim Holtz did Art journaling... this is the theme of the Vintage Journey challenge this month and I was piqued. Indeed what would HE do, I mused.

I got around the journaling aspect by borrowing someone else's words and type (from the Rubber Dance Affirmations plate) as I hate my own handwriting.

For my background I used Gelatos on a shiny textured paper which allowed the pigment to glide well. Why Gelatos and not Distress inks you ask? Well for one the inks I have are of the grungy range not the cleaner, brighter hues of more recent releases and secondly they would not dry on this paper! But the effect is similar I think...

I used a Tim Holtz stamp (CMS 021 - Enjoy the Journey), chosen for its masculine and vintage feel. I added some old clock faces from a freebie set (Papermania) and a Flonzcraft set (True Gentleman).

I thought about adding some stamping to the background but with the paper texture small motifs (think script stamps) weren't working well.
I think Tim would have added lots more and gone further but for me it's enough!

Tell me what YOU think in your comments,
Have a crafting Sunday!

Also entering That's Crafty, The Artistic Stamper and Craft Barn challenges.

Wednesday 7 October 2015

One for a tweenie

No grunge, Distressed or Vintage today, pink and girly it is... for a young girl, not quite a teenager but too old for dolls and teddy bears!

I fancied doing a bit of colouring and I have very few stamps for this, I chose this image from Flonzcrafts and watercolour pencils which means my make is totally following our theme at Vintage Stamping Challenge.

The base card, one of my favourite shape, is a lovely smooth silk card that take the ink very well, so well I needn't have pressed so much on my stamp!

With such a contrast between the deep black of the stamped image and the white of the card I was tempted to leave it CAS without adding anything. But this isn't for me, so I needed a few more things to make it look "finished".
On came the die-cuts and I know it doesn't look like many but I used 6 different dies!

At the centre of flowers I added a tiny bit of Flowersoft, it's great to use some of the neglected stash!

Thanks for coming by,

Monday 5 October 2015


It's October and Autumn is truly upon us, flamed coloured leaves are falling and it's getting cold and windy over here. I feel like my Flonzcraft Girl with dog (also available as part of this full sheet) who is bearing the brunt of those nasty gusts that blow the remaining leaves off the trees, although not so elegantly!

This month's theme at Vintage Stamping Challenges is die-cuts and I pulled several of my dies to create a background for my Art Nouveau silhouette:
  • 2 sizes of  Spellbinders labels (image and mat)
  • leaves (Joy crafts)
  • Jumbo rick rack (Papertrey ink)
  • Notebook Edge (My Favorite Thing)
I used some designer papers from Prima and HOTP adding some machine stitching with a multi-coloured metallic thread (the TIMI challenge at Craft Stamper gave me the idea).
The leaves have been coloured with Gelatos or copper powder (plus vinegar for a verdigris effect!) to highlight the raised areas.

The brown mat for the image has been embossed with a Tartan X-cut folder for some added texture.

Hop over to the Vintage Stamping Challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT has made this month. Join us and Use your die-cuts for the chance to win a $20 voucher for the Flonzcraft shop.  Remember your make doesn't need to be vintage but is does need to have some stamping, no digis allowed!

Thanks for coming by,