' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: March 2020

Sunday 29 March 2020

Industrial Man

This weekend I lost myself in blogland, YouTube and other Facebook Lives and had to push myself to actually create something and stop dithering...

I knew the theme was going to be Steampunk as SSS Monday, SanDee & Amelie's and The Artistic Stamper challenges all Steampunk as their theme.

I chose this Gelli Print because it looked industrial to me and perfect for a Steampunk vibe. With hindsight it isn't the best backdrop for my industrial man and other bits I used.

I added some cogs aged with Rust powder and paints.

Paper Artsy Hot Pick 1110
Carabelle Texture plate The Instant

Hope you like it anyway!

Thanks for coming by,
I am also entering the Allsorts, SSS Wednesday and Bleeding Art challenges.

Sunday 22 March 2020

No joke

Just as the rest of my life has come to a sudden halt, crafting time is picking up the slack and I have a birthday card to show you today.

Funny in a sarcastic way and possibly offensive (choose your recipients carefully!)...

Top and bottom: Distress Oxide inks through 2 of the stencils from the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Mini Stencil Set #35.
Sentiment: A Snarky Birthday to You by STAMPlorations
Designer paper: freebie from a magazine (very old)
Dies used (beneath the sentiment): MFT Die-namics Blueprints #13

Hope I brought you a smile in these unhappy times,

I am entering the Time Out, Addicted to stamps and SSS Monday challenges.

Friday 20 March 2020

Stencil resist technique

Today I am showing a resist technique with stencils on the STAMPlorations blog.

So, hop on over to the STAMPLorations blog to read up all the details!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Monday challenge.

Sunday 15 March 2020

Roses are pink

Mid month already and time for  second dose of inspiration for our March Stamplorations Theme and Photo Prompt challenge

You can choose to follow either the theme or the sketch, and, of course both, for the chance to win a prize! If you'd like to be considered for the prizes, please make sure you're linking back to the challenge post and displaying the challenge graphic.

For my second make, I followed the theme and used the pink colour from the photo prompt.
I used the stamps from the Wooded stamp set. It has wonderful buds, leaves and stems to build up a plant of your own, as well as some "tree making bits" that I haven't used here.

I stamped all the motifs without masking but did some careful inking to get to the design you see. My stamping platform also came in handy, either to deepen colour or add ink where it was missing.

I coloured the roses with alcohol pen.

I die-cut the focal image and the card base with the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies and sandwiched a pink mat in between.

The STAMP girls are showing inspiration for all the challenges on the STAMPlorations blog so pop by and don't forget to enter our Theme and Photo Prompt challenge.

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Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS WednesdayCraft stamper TIMI, Penny Black and more, Stamping Sensations, Addicted to Stamps challenges.

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Her gaze

Today I'm showing my second inspiration make for the Country View Challenge on the theme "The eyes have it", chosen by my teammate Jane.

This is a project that took months to conceive but eventually came to fruition in a weekend... I had bought this Stamperia rice paper, not for a specific project, but because I fell in love with it and had to have it.  Of course the problem was, I didn't want to lose a single piece of it or obscure it in anyway, which  made it difficult to use it in a creative way.

So I went big... 12"x12" to be exact and the paper being A4 (21x29.7cms- approximately 8"1/4x11"1/5) I had some white space to add my own marks...
After months of creative drought I suddenly got excited to play with stamps, inks etc.. to create a a layout in the Vintage style that I favour.

 First, I divided the rice paper in 3 pieces, keeping the bottom left corner for another project and glued it in place with Mod podge. This paper is more sturdy than classic tissue paper and I was able to adhere the paper without wrinkles, although you may want to in order to have a more grungy look!

I gave a top coat of matt glaze to be sure the paper would be protected from any wet medium I might decide to add later...

I applied colour to the rest of the cardstock to blend it with the rice paper. No particular reason for my choice of medium apart from the fact that I wanted to avoid acrylic paints (it limits the choice of inks when stamping) and overly wet mediums.

Next I wanted to use my new Stamperia stencil, Wallpaper Fantasy and new stamp set - Enjoy to add interest to that (almost) virgin space.
I also used a texture stamp from Prima/Finnabair and although mine is from an older collection, you will find 15 different textures stamps from the Prima/Finnabair collection on the Country View Craft site, here.

With the stencil I used inks bottom left and gloss medium at the top of my layout, which I later foiled.

Next, with all the "messy" stuff finished I pulled out my Martha Stewart punches. They are probably seen as old school but unless you're the lucky owner of a Big Shot Pro, you cannot die-cut a 12"x12" page and punches are still the only way... Plus, I haven't used them very much, and they should earn their rather expensive real estate in my craft "room".

Once I had punched my corners and borders, I added more inks to blend the margins and distressed them too.
This particular corner isn't a PATP but a corner + unrelated border, which I have found a way to use together satisfactorily.

I then put together my focal point with a photo from an ephemera pack by Prima. The young girl and the woman had the same unyielding look in their eyes, which I thought perfect for our theme!

And now for the reveal....

I do hope you will like my page and join us in the Country View Challenge this month. As usual there is a £20 voucher to be won...

Do let me know in your comments if you have a lot of MS punches and how often you use them these days.
Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Monday (not a lot of green but a bit…), Vintage Journey and SSS Wednesday challenges.

Sunday 8 March 2020

Women's day

Well just in time to celebrate women…

I think of this one as both strong and feminine, and why shouldn't she?!

The image is by Lost Coast Design, stencilled flowers from the Tim Holtz Mini Stencil Set THMST010 and the die-cut word is from TH Sizzix Thinlits Vacation words.

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Monday, SSS Wednesday, Allsorts, Paperbabe, and Craft stamper challenges.

Sunday 1 March 2020

Wild Nature

Hello faithful followers and crafters, Time for our March

You can choose to follow either the theme or the sketch, and of course both, for the chance to win a prize! If you'd like to be considered for the prizes, please make sure you're linking back to the challenge post and displaying the challenge graphic.

I followed the theme and created a wild meadow with the Healing Herbs stamp set.

First I stamped and embossed one of the stems with green embossing powder.

Then I embossed in yellow the next image by mixing the 2 powders directly on the stamped  Versamark.

Next, since I didn't have a light green EP, I used Distress Oxides to stamp and embossed in WOW Skinny Chai Latte. The last sprigs are stamped and embossed in vanilla white (they will show up in the next step).

With all the embossing done and my grasses effectively protected, I sprinkled some Brushos powders on the background and sprayed water lightly until I was happy with the look. (I was aiming for sky and field colours).

I used the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle die set to cut the card and matted it on a blue card base.

I liked it as it was so I added the smallest piece of cardstock for my sentiment from the Fond Expressions 2 set, stamped and embossed on vellum.

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For more inspiration hop on over to the Stamplorations blog, you have a whole month to create something for the challenge and be in with a chance to win a prize…

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I am entering the SSS Wednesday,  challenges.

Eye Eye

Welcome to March and our new Country View Challenge! The theme, chosen by the lovely Jane is "The eyes have it" and your project needs to feature eyes in a prominent way to qualify for the prize.

I went with the obvious and I think we will see many makes with this popular Visible Image stamp (Where dreams take you).

Using Versafine Clair in Pine Cone I first stamped the eye on my Gelli plate, took the print immediately and then stamped the second eye without re-inking.

To give a bit of background I used Distress Inks and a stencil (Fibres also Visible Image and also very popular).

I finished by stamping the sentiment, from the same set, separating the first line from the other two to keep the wide format.

For more inspiration  have a look at what my DT mates have created on the theme, and join us in our March challenge for the chance to win a £ 20 voucher.

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the SSS Wednesday challenge.