Friday 29 April 2011

Crafty Individuals Venice Frame

Just spotted this is up on the Crafty Individuals blog so thought I'd better blog it! I covered a cheap frame with texture paste and painted it with gold, copper, and black Lumiere paints. The background is one of the Spring Background papers, with a People and Places Venice Gondola image edged with gold German scrap (all from Crafty Individuals). The image on the right is from the same pack, Gondolas again, set into clear UTEE in a scallop shaped biscuit cutter, then the backing removed to make it more transparent.

On the left is one of the Tando gothic frames (again from Crafty Individuals), covered in Spring background papers, and the little heart at the top carefully cut out. I popped another Gondola image behind it, popping the insert piece back as a little door. I have shown it open and closed in the pictures. To add to the door image I stamped it with the door CI 249 . I really love all the CI products I used to make this!

Friday 22 April 2011

Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens!

Happy Easter! I am on one of my no-sugar drives at the moment, so no Easter eggs for me! Colin is spending the money on a pack of Pro Markers instead!

Easter seemed like a perfect opportunity to use this chicken stamp by Crafty Individuals. I did a Google Images search to try to get the colouring of the chickens right. I love the vintage background and the chicken wire design of this stamp. I dotted some sequins I bought in France around it for a bit of sparkle, and to match the chicken colours.

Inside the box are some cute fluffy chicks, which were a present from Lynne, and a nest of eggs which was a present from Petra. Thank you so much, both of you! I added a bit of blue mesh from a pack of tomatoes.

Wednesday 20 April 2011

Gingersnap Creations Challenge - Far East - Fans Wall Hanging

The theme for Gingersnaps for April is the Far East, and this week we are featuring Fans. The other week Deb and I went to a huge car boot sale and I bought these fan earrings for 20p with the challenge in mind. I liked the metal tassel as I thought it was quite 'Tim Holtz'.

I cut the Japanese calligraphy paper with the Tim Baroque die, and coloured the Geisha (Crafty Individuals) with Pro Markers in colours to match the background paper. I then added some shrink plastic flowers and a butterfly, and an I Ching coin made with friendly plastic in an art mould. I then cut a metal embellishment in half and used it top and bottom, added some hand dyed ribbon, and then added the earring at the bottom, to make a hanging.

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Dezina World Free Background

Over on Dezina World there is a gorgeous free background! Grab it while you can!

Art Chix Square Bird Box

I made this box using Art Chix images and some gorgeous birds Alison kindly gave me for my birthday. Deb and Petra were here last night and thought the birds needed a crown each, and a bit of Precious Metal gold rubbed over them - definitely an improvement!

Thursday 7 April 2011

Crafty Individuals Square Bird Lantern

Have you heard, Crafty Individuals will be having challenges on their new blog each month! This month the challenge is to make square shaped art, using any Crafty Individuals product. As a little bit of inspiration we have been asked to kick things off with a few ideas of our own. I made this little square shaped lantern:-

The metal bird on a branch has been alcohol inked

The butterflies with the lit cande beneath

The inside with the lit candle
The bird stamp CI 200 was stamped on Spring background paper on the door of the lantern. The butterfly is CI 061 and was stamped onto plastic packaging material and coloured with alcohol inks.

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Gingersnap Challenge - Far East - Geisha Canvas

This month's Gingersnap Creations challenges are all featuring the Far East, and this week it is the turn of Geishas. I must confess, I made this little canvas a long time ago but it seemed to fit the bill, and as it has never seen the light of day, I thought I would give it an outing. It was made with the Geisha stamps from the Stamp Attack, designed by Jo from JoZart. It has a little bit of everything on it.

Here's a side view showing the writing, and depth of the canvas.