' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: May 2023

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Mail Art page

Over the last year, my faithful  readers might have noticed a marked dip in the number of my posts which matched the lack of crafting... As things return to normal, slowly, I spotted the Mail Art call from Victoria. I have never done Mail Art before but as I have plenty of postmarks and postal imagery stamps, I felt it was a good opportunity to get me back in the swing of things. 
All the details are on the Paper Artsy blog and you can spot all the art under the #PaperArtsyMailArt tag on Instagram and Facebook

Our contributions will join Victoria's Vintage journal and we will get back a piece of her Mail Art. 

The background is Infusions (Rocky road) and Brushos (Aquamarine, Moss green) and some Antique Linen Distress ink to add an aged look to the piece.  

Most of the stamps are from Paper Artsy: ID02 (Owl), HP1111(Phrases), ELB33 (Corner) and HP1110 (Chambord Castle).

The miniature postcard has been created with several partially stamped images from MN30 (the writing) and other stamps from my collection.

I really enjoyed this project, using some of my favourite (oldies) stamps and the idea of rejoining the crafting community. 

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield   I am entering the Allsorts (it's their Birthday!) and SSS Monday                                                                  challenges

Friday 19 May 2023

All aboard

Today I have more inspiration for you for our May Country View Challenge,
where the theme chosen by Monika is "Vehicles". 
I had to use that old train stamp by Katzelkraft (set KTZ 86), it has all the qualities I love:
it's Vintage and realistic with very fine details. 

Using my stamping platform I first stamped the train image with Distress inks (Chipped Sapphire and Walnut Stain) spritzed with water. When dry,  I over-stamped the first image with Versafine black ink to add these very fine details that brings it to life.

I added sky, clouds and grass with Distress inks and a sentiment from my own stamp collection.

Your turn to create a Vehicles inspired project and link up your project to the Country View Challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop,
but don't miss the train... less than 2 weeks to play!

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield     I am entering the Allsorts, Stamping Sensations and
                                                      We Love Stamping challenges

Monday 1 May 2023

Eventful Journey

Happy 1st of May! 
For those of us having a bank holiday it might be the opportunity to fit in more crafting in the week and maybe enter our new Country View Challenge, hosted this month by Monika
She has chosen "Vehicles" as the theme and my first project features an old car:


I made the background with several layers of acrylic paint (a mix of PaperArtsy and Cosmic Shimmer matt paints) using a brayer and Distress foam. I added a brick wall (from Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencil Set 28) and splodges (fromTim Holtz Mini Layering Stencil Set 43). 

I stamped the old car image (from the Stampers Anonymous set CMS021) in black Versafine. Sadly I lost some of the detail of the stamp because of the texture of the paper... hey ho as Tim (Holtz) says "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit". 
 I didn't and I hope you won't either! 

Talking of accidents... I had a major one with a bottle of Nuvo Drops (A Tonic Studio product). Even though the bottle was almost unused the product had dried at the top and couldn't come out of the very small opening. But I was on a mission, so I squeezed and I squeezed... lo and behold the bottle exploded, propulsing paste on the walls, table and even my hair. You've been warned...

I did save the little blob I had planned to add to my left hand corner wheel but the rest of the (broken) bottle went into the bin.

I added the cogs from the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Bigz L die - Mechanicals (665225) and the words from the Sizzix Thinlits Adventure Words set by Tim Holtz as embellishments.

The sentiment is also from the CMS021 stamp set.

Plenty of inspiration on the blog from my teamies so I hope you will join us and link your Vehicle projects to the Country View Challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop. 

Thanks for coming by,

 Craftyfield     I am entering the SSS Wednesday challenge