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Tim Holtz Distress Oxides

Definitely look forward to April as this is when I go home, stay with the family, then trot off to Ally Pally.

Not this year, first time of missing the show since it started.  Family all flew to Spain for an Easter break plus my brother and SIL decided to go to Somerset.

What about all that money I saved? Yeah, as if … went on a spending spree at HochandaCarabelle Studio and Frantic Stamper.

Had the MISTI tool for awhile now and I have always been tempted to buy the larger version but so glad I didn’t because one of my purchases at Hochanda is the new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform … and all the Pebeo paints plus Sheena’s newest stamps and dies!!!!

Sorry Mrs MISTI looks as if you are going to be redundant!!!!

All the Oxide Inks arrived a few weeks back … it only took a week from the time I put in the order until they arrived.

Didn’t dive in and play right away, waited until I felt the time was right to have a go with them.  Made a few different makes using various colours and techniques.

 

Wanted to find out how good the image looked when stamped with the inks and also how they reacted to colouring in with a water brush.

Just took my time and slowly added water as I went along.  At each stage if I was happy with how it looked then out came the heat gun to dry.

DO’s used are: Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain also used the DI Black Soot.

Next make is completely different plus more colours used.

  The card above uses DO’s – fossilized amber, worn lipstick, broken china and spiced marmalade.

All the colours were blended onto an A4 card which was then die cut with one of Sheena’s newest dies also the Thinlits Wildflower die set.

Stamped onto some of the waste card and fussy cut the lady plus some butterflies before adding onto the card.

List of stamps used.

Shirl

 

Lauren Rose

Can you remember that it was only last year when I found out that my youngest grandaughter loved CAS cards, well wasn’t that an eye opener for me.

So glad I found out because there’s nothing worse than getting a card which isn’t really your style.

The kitten stamp was still on my desk from yesterday’s make plus Lauren’s birthday is so close that my card below has been designed especially with her CAS style in mind.  She loves cats … the family had four once upon a time but now only have two … so you can see how perfect the kitten stamp was for her card.

Chose red because her bedroom is decorated in different shades of red and looks really gorgeous.

No colouring of the cat as this would have been too fussy for her taste.

Hope she likes this card as much as the one which I made for her last year, see here.

The heart is from a PaperArtsy stamp set … see below … look at the long slim legs in the set.  Only used one of the legs so the heart could dangle from it.

The dangly heart came about because I was going to put a small stamped happy birthday beside the cat but Dot suggested a little heart.

Ran with the idea and the above is what I came up with.  Thanks Dotty.

Shirl

FSC Time And Favourite Things

 

For this month’s challenge FSC wants to see Sound Of Music – My Favourite Things or Use Your Favourite Stamp which Leanne picked as her theme.

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things

You can either pick something from the verse above or use your favourite stamp, I chose Whiskers on Kittens.

Had so much fun colouring the kitten with water colour pencils plus the background has been created using the same colours.

Had to take care with the colouring plus how much water was added as I actually did everything on the card front itself.  This was an achievement as the card wasn’t water coloured stock plus there was a risk of pitting if I added too much.

 

Very unusual for me but I have only used two stamps on my card.   The kitten is a discontinued one called ‘Sitting Pretty’ and the quote comes from a Stampers Anonymous set … Urban Tapestry.

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

Shirl

A Little Birdie Told Me

Showing two more pages today from my Stamp Journal.  Not sure if you saw my other posts about this book but only stamps and inks are allowed.

Two colour ink pads were used on both pages, Memento Summer Sky and New Sprout.

For those keen eyed crafters who say they can see the colour black … this wasn’t mentioned because technically black isn’t a colour, or white for that matter.

A variety of stamps are in play on the pages and there is a list below showing but a few of what was used.

Shirl

Thank You Sandra and Shirley

A huge thank you to Sandra and Shirley for mailing to let me know that there was a problem with the commenting on my blog.

All sorted now (I hope) and again thanks to you both.

Whilst giving the ‘Craft Cranny’ a tidy up I came across this Shabby Chic styled book that I gave a class on with my Saturday girls last year but never blogged.

It has separate signatures, so when opened it lays flat.  You can make this style of book with as many papers and signatures as you want.

Here is a larger Shabby Chic styled Junk Journal which I made in a similar way.

 

The cotton running stitches on the sides show that there are four signatures in this book.

Front cover is made of material with ‘Heat n Bond’ fused to the back.  This makes it rigid, almost feels like cardstock.

Then the fun part begins, throw whatever you like at it.

Gesso was randomly painted all over, then came modelling paste through a stencil, next was pretty pieces of lace and netting which surrounded the image before lastly adding more Gesso.

 

Here comes the excessive quantity of photos lol.

First pic has such a beautiful image on the left which was done using the Image Transfer Technique.  Not the one where you leave to dry then wet and rub off with your fingers, oh no, tooooo messy.

The method used here is where you adhere it with glue, then smooth flat with a credit card before peeling off gently.  This leaves more of a shabby, distressed look but is not so time consuming as the other way.

Most of the the papers in this book were dyed by myself with coffee.

Try to make a day of it when dying papers because nothing is safe from the wet coffee mixture.

Before drying the papers in the oven place a doily on top of the wet paper then dry.  Below is how the papers look, cool eh!!!

When finished place everything in a plastic container ready for another day’s crafting.

 Again this first pic of a very austere but regal lady was done by image transfer.  Bird and numbers were stencilled onto coffee dyed paper.

Created lots of pockets for tags plus most pages have stamping on them.

Nearly all the tags going into the pockets are from G45 and you can just see hints of washi tape used for decoration.

  Shirl

Face Your Fears – I Dare You

We’ve put the clean and tidy journal away for the moment and created two pages in the mixed media one instead.

A very different journal indeed, all grungy and painty with loads of texture, this is definitely the touchy feely one of the two.

Not much colour used on these pages because the previous ones here were very vibrant and busy so a more subtle tone was called for.

Out came the Pebeo modeling paste plus some Tim Holtz tissue paper.  Chalk paints were used alongside some dry brushing with Gesso.

 Selection of stamps, stencils and tissue paper used.

Shirl

Modes Of Transport At FSC

Not much been going on in my ‘Crafty Cranny’ simply because I have been MIA again (another short break to the UK).

That’s the holidays over for the time being, next break is AUSTRALIA.

FSC wants to see ‘Modes Of Transport’ for this month’s challenge which the lovely Dani picked as her theme.

It’s all about my stamp journal again, love the neat, crisp, clean look of these pages.  Getting to use loads of my stamps which have been gathering dust for tooooo long.  Only inks and stamps are used in this book … see first pages here.

For these pages I did a “before and after” starting with the horse then moving onto a motor vehicle before finishing with a van.

By the way the motor vehicle and the van set were both virgin stamps.  It’s OK, both wrists have been slapped, especially as I have had the PaperArtsy set for about five years and the car for two.

Reverse masked the horses then dappled with coloured spots.

Can you believe that the last time I used these Visible Image stamps was in April 2015 here just after I had bought them at Ally Pally.

Masked off the ‘AFTER’ and also the van then stamped over with a crackle stamp.

All stamps used for the journal pages, inks are a mixture of  Versafine and Memento.

 

 

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

Shirl

Starting A Journey With All My Stamps

Today is the start of another journal … but this one is going to be all about my Journey with stamps.

What prompted me to start another Journal … it’s because I’m addicted to buying beautiful rubber stamps but alas I don’t seem to use them as often as I should.  Going back to the UK this week and what’s at home waiting for me … yep you guessed more rubber stamps.

Below is a selection of gorgeous stamps which were part of my Christmas present and all are unused.  Not anymore!!!

 

No more will they lay gathering dust in my craft room, no more will they be un-inked for today sees the first two pages in my Stamp Journal.

There are just loads and loads of techniques that you can do with stamps so this journal will not include any paints, stencils, die cuts etc just inks, embossing powders and stamps.

Only two techniques were used on these pages, masking plus reverse masking.

With the Stampendous ‘Life Is Art Stamp’ I replaced the word paint with the word stamp.  Did a bit of reverse masking with the clock.

Making these two pages today gave me so much pleasure because I have at last, made a start, on those uninked stamps.

 Showing the stamps used on the two pages.

 

Shirl

Good Ole Bubble Wrap

Showing pages from the new A5 art journal which I had to buy on my last trip home.

Two on the go now but I just might take this one home with me when I next go and leave it there.  That way I will always have something to doodle in.

Used some of the new PaperArtsy stamps that I bought whilst at a class with Helen Chilton, Sandy had her shop there.

Extended the ends of the flower petals with some doodling flourishes and added numbers to the leaves.

These are the first two pages when the book is opened and as you can see I have used the SU Beautiful You stamps plus a variety of others.

Clare has very little crafting stuff which is good because it means I have to improvise and use things which I haven’t used in ages.

Bubble wrap is one of those great alternatives to stencils and it came in handy for these pages.  Painted gesso onto it which gave a fantastic resist on the page.

Shirl

Beautiful You

It’s a long time since I have fallen in love with any Stampin Up stamps but the new set called Beautiful You are sooo pretty.

Whilst home Clare and I had a great time using them but left all the cards with her.

So today I made some more for myself.  Both cards have been framed with doodling and a splatter stamp.

Extended her dress a little with a black fine liner pen and also added stripes and polka dots to it.

This card uses a different technique than above because she was first stamped with bleach then dragged the stamp a little before taking off the card.

Left it to dry naturally before over stamping with black ink.  Added some polka dots to the umbrella.  Next came the splattering with bleach to imitate raindrops.

 Bleach is such an effective medium to stamp with.

Both cards together.

Shirl