' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: June 2020

Sunday 28 June 2020

Have chauffeur will travel

Between the heat and other preoccupations I am less productive than usual but I managed to make a relatively simple tag this weekend so here goes:

The background is layers of acrylic paints, brayered and sponged. The stamp is by Studio Light, partially stamped (337 is a VERY big stamp) and the Paper Doll, well no need for introduction!

I hope you are all taking care and staying away from Covid!
Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the The Artistic Stamper, SSS Wednesday, Paperbabe, and We Love To Create challenges.

Monday 22 June 2020

Phone cover #4

Although my sewing is not up to much, I do like giving my phones a DIY soft cover to protect them. It's cheaper than shop bought hard cases and I have the opportunity of decorating my cover as I wish...

Following my last upgrade I needed a new cover... This time I went with stencilling and used the Visible Image Fibres stencil with some So Soft fabric paints, mixing my purples as I went, aiming for a dark to light ombré effect.  I used calico fabric as my outer layer and re-cycled a piece of ironing board cover for the inside.

I am glad I managed to stencil with limited seepage under the stencil and the dimensions are correct so I am still pleased despite the wonky stitching!

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Monday 15 June 2020

Under a cloud

Welcome to my second inspiration post for the STAMPlorations Theme & Photo Prompt challenge where the Theme and photo are:

For once  I am really happy with how my design idea turned out and I think this is because the Birds of Paradise never fail to make me smile, especially when I place them in humorous situations. Today one of them is under a confetti cloud to the utter amazement of everyone...Seriously! And I can hear him say: why me????

I stamped the focal bird and masked him before creating a "wet" ground with a mix of Brushos, Infusions and a dash of Perfect Pearls.

I stamped the other birds and coloured them all with markers and set about creating those raindrops/confettis. The  Blue Shimmer shaker blends would have been ideal but I only had the White Frost so I improvised... and tested for you... I placed a few sequins in a small plastic bag, added a few drops of alcohol ink in Stream, Sailboat and Cool Peri (Ranger/Tim Holtz). The result aren't bad, if not uniform, but I had to spend 15mns separating the sequins that stuck together using my craft knife and tweezers. Not worth it...

I placed my Seriously Word die-cut on the card and then painstakingly glued all of the sequins to finish.

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For more inspiration hop on over to the Stamplorations blog, you still have 2 weeks to create something for the challenge and be in with a chance to win a prize…

I hope my birds made you smile too,
I am entering the Stamping SensationsPenny Black and more and SSS Monday challenges.


Saturday 13 June 2020

Wild flowers in the fields

Today I am showing my second inspiration make for our Country View Challenge, which this month is hosted by Rachel, who chose summer fields as the theme.

I made a tag based on wild flowers and grasses, one of my favourite themes, for which I have many stamps and stencils too!

I used the flower stencil from the Mini Layering Stencil Set #10 by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous and first sprayed blue and green on the stencil onto scrap paper and turned it over onto white card. This gave me a tag shape in blue and green with white space where the flowers and stems should be.

I cleaned the stencil and repositioned it on the card, after drying, and applied Distress inks with Distress foam in Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin and Mowed lawn. 

I stamped a selection of small wild grasses stamps from Crafty Individuals in Versafine ink towards the bottom of the tag and finished by embossing all around the tag with Wow! Vintage Peacock EP, which adds a little shine:

Over to you now, you still have 2 weeks to enter the Country View Challenge and link up your project to the challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop.

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I am entering the Stamping SensationsPenny Black and more, and Ally's Angels challenges.

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Pot make over

Here's a second plastic pot make over. Like the first one I have cut paper to the shape of the pot and painted it with Paper Artsy Fresco paints with the Gelli plate.

This time I followed a sewing theme and used Crafty Individuals stamps CI-401 Ladies Who Latte as my focal point, supplemented by stamps from CI-328 Sewing Notions and CI-461 Vintage Ads, for which I made masks in order to layer the images. 
I couldn't resist adding some die-cuts too, scissors and safety pin die cut from recycled metal with an old X-cut die set (Haberdashery).
Finally I added some crochet lace to hide the top plastic.
A few pics of the finished item:

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I am entering the SSS Wednesday, and The Artistic Stamper challenges.

Monday 1 June 2020

Balloons shaker

How months go by so quickly... Yes it's time for a new challenge at STAMPlorations Theme and Photo Prompt. The theme and photo are:

Both made me think about parties and celebrations where balloons often pop up, so this was my inspiration for this card. With a different colour scheme (whites & gold for instance) it could be adapted for weddings. A shaker element allows confetti to be dynamic without getting the recipient covered in it!

I stamped the balloons from the A Snarky Birthday to You in Memento grey ink and the stars in red and oranges and used pencils for the colouring.

To make the shaker element I used 2 dies held together with masking tape to make my outer frame (Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies). I cut 3 additional frames out of cereal boxes instead of a single one cut out of foam and glued all 3 together. This is both cheaper and easier to use than the foam as foam can distort and show under the top cardstock frame.

My confettis are White Frost - ShakerBlends.

Do check out what my teamies made on the STAMPLorations blog, then 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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Summer Fields

Roll on summer and nature's exuberant burst into life... and our Country View Challenge, which this month is hosted by Rachel, who chose summer fields as the theme.

Now I like a meadows and wild grasses but for some unfathomable reason I could not come up with an idea for days.

In these situations I go back to basics and design around simple stamping. In this case, I used the Grasses stamp (Art Stamp -from Imagination Crafts) inked with a gradation of Distress Oxide inks.

In black Versafine I stamped the sentiment, from the set HP1205 and the long grass from ELB33 both by Paper Artsy.

Clean and simple...

Over to you now, have a look at what the DT made on the Country View Challenge blog and link up your project to the challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop.

And just for fun, a bit of reminiscing, here are some of older makes with wild grasses...

This one made Top 3 in 2013
in a CV Challenge!!!


My very first DT make for CVC


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