Friday, 26 February 2021

Wheat or grass?

This is my second set of Katzelkraft samples made for the Hochanda (my first post is here). This time I used the Wheat Fields image to create 2 CAS cards.

First a classic landscape, as realistic as I could make it: 
Using my stamping platform, I stamped the Wheat fields (KTZ118) with several colours of inks, mixing Distress and Distress Oxides. Do be careful not to cross-contaminate inkpads by cleaning the stamps between ink types!
I did a second stamping, offset to the right of the first, with slightly paler colours.

With the blade of grass in place, I added the sky and background grass, indicated with a light dusting of Distress inks.
I added a bird which is also on a Katzelkraft stamp, BIGZ (KTZ137).

Next, a more whimsical make with the Meerkats peering over the "grasses" as is natural to them.

To create the impression the Meerkats are behind the grasses, I stamped and embossed them first, using coloured inks and clear powder.

Then I stamped one of the meerkat from the set (Suricates - KTZ216) 3 times, changing the colours and height as if they were different individuals.

I coloured the meerkats with pencils.  

The sentiment is a Unity stamp (set or name unknown)

And, as I kept the best for last, do come back to check my Meerkats family album which will be published in the coming days.

You can catch the Hochanda shows on replay here and here.

Thanks for coming by,

I am entering the SSS Wednesday, Paperbabe challenges.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Rabbits and Flamingo

Today I am publishing the first of 3 posts to show the samples I made for the Katzelkraft show on Hochanda this Monday (22nd of February)

First an ATC trio made on That's Crafty! White/Greyboard ATC's 
I made the backgrounds with Distress Oxides inks as the ATC board is white and doesn't need to be gessoed first. I stencilled with an older Carabelle stencil (Weft Fabric and Numbers) and a even older TCW (Chickenwire reversed).

I also took advantage of the board's surface to stamp the Flamingo with several colours of ink (favourite technique!):
I coloured the rabbits with water based markers as I didn't have the right colours of alcohol markers and this didn't allow for subtle blending.

The more I looked at the Flamingo and the more I could see a flower... so I tried!

I simply inked the body of the bird and stamped it 5 times in pink ink before colouring with pencils.

There you have it... Let me know if you liked those and watch out for my next post featuring the Wheat fields stamp, with Meerkats thrown in...

You can catch the Hochanda shows on replay here and here.

Thanks for coming by,

I am entering the We Love Chocolate Baroque, Paperbabe, Lost Coast Designs challenges.

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Chirp chirp

Welcome to my second inspiration post for the Country View Challenge where the theme is First Signs of Spring, chosen by the lovely Miriam.
I read somewhere one of the signs of spring is birds singing, one species in particular but I can't remember which. So I hope this here robin will do...
I stamped the robin (Crafty Individuals CI-507) and coloured the image with pencils. The sky and grass were done with Distress Inks and a brush.
I used 3 different patterned papers to mat and layer and voila...

I hope you are inspired to join in our challenge with your Spring makes. Don't forget that you could win a £ 20 voucher if you do...   

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Stamping Sensations and We Love Chocolate Baroque, challenges.

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Round up of Lovely makes

Last, but not least, my remaining projects created with the Craft O'clock Lovely When You Smile collection. 
Sorry there was a bit of an interruption but I was dealing a real life stuff as my other half  was in hospital. (No, not Covid!)
First a small book to hold tags, made with a single 12x12 scrapbook paper: 

To decorate the front I used an image from the Junk Journal extras, backed by the "inside" of a square frame and added a ribbon for closure. I used tissue tape (Tim Holtz/ideology) on the spine and edges of the book.

I decided to give a shape to the folded edge for added interest.

All the tags, except the largest, were cut from the Extras. The largest made from scraps of 8x8 paper. 
Of course, I could put other things rather than tags.

My next Mixed Media creation on a round MDF panel, from That's Crafty, on which I stuck a piece of the 6x6 paper pad.
I sprayed Distress Oxide... and I know you will think pink was involved, but no, actually, I used Blueprint and Antique Linen. So I'm guessing there are pink pigments in the Blueprint that reacted with my next layer of crackle!

The focal point is one of the figure from the Extras 12x12 sheet which I fussy cut and watercoloured, before popping up on foam pads, accompanied by other fussy cut elements from the same sheet.

That's all folks... I hope you enjoyed this mini series of posts.

Thanks for coming by,

Monday, 1 February 2021

Daft Odile

I know... it's only February but we are so keen to see better weather that we are looking for the first signs of Spring for our Country View Challenge, which, this month, is hosted by Miriam. I am not entirely au fait with the fauna and flora announcing spring so do excuse me if my choice is too early or too late in the season!
I used a Daffodil stamp from Creative Stamping (Issue 65) on its first ever outing. I stamped with coloured inks and added pencil shading directly on my base card.

The sentiment is made up of 2 die-cuts, both from Papertrey ink.
As a final touch, I added the die-cut waste from some earlier project cut out of thick glitter paper.

Simple but I think it does have a certain Spring vibe...

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.

Thanks for coming by,