Wednesday 17 August 2011

Gingersnap Creations Blogspot - Tribute to Teens Challenge

For this make for Gingersnap Creations Tribute to Teens challenge, which launches today, I have used an 8 x 8 frame from Happy Daze and CI 283 and CI 272 from Crafty Individuals, together with their Seaside background paper. I painted the outside of the frame with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint in Butternut, then a layer of their crackle, then a layer of Haystack. For the inside of the frame I just used the Butternut but unfortunately the colours weren't as contrasting as I had wanted.

The main images of the two girls, CI 283, I coloured with Pro Markers. As soon as I saw these stamps they made me think of two of my nieces, my two god-daughters. They are nine years apart in age but very close, and now that the youngest is 14 she is, of course, catching her older sister up in height. Whatever age they have been, they have always spent time together, and with their lovely brother too, who is between them in age. So these two stamps of the two same girls, but with the second stamp showing no difference in their heights, always makes me think affectionately about them, and also about a long walk on a North East beach we all had together a couple of years back.

I covered the frame and the backing paper with shells and wording from CI 272 in Archival Sepia, added some small real shells, and finally finished it off with some Angelina fibres in Gold Iris.

I thought this frame would fit well with the Happy Daze challenge for August which is 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside'.

Tuesday 9 August 2011

A Perfume Bottle for my Moulds Course

When I was at Brenda's the other week she had picked up an ornate perfume bottle at a carboot sale. It is glass with a silver filigree pattern on both sides. I thought it would be perfect as an item for my moulds class so I took a mould of it. I have made it up in several forms but this is one I didn't use for the class, just to give you an idea of how it came out.

The moulds course has just started if you want to join in, but I am going to run it again probably in September for those who are on holiday now.

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Gingersnap Creations Challenge - Babes and Tots

Gingersnap Creations challenge 'Babes and Tots' starts today. I covered a frame with tissue tape and coloured it with metallic rub ons and stamped the Dream word in red. I stamped the little girl from the Crafty Individuals' set (CI292)directly onto the Butterfly Garden paper by Pink Payslee. I coloured her with Pro Markers and white opaque pen. I stamped the words 'Cute as a Button' and added a Princess crown to her head. I added some childish charms, and a Charlotte doll made from a home-made mould. Finally I added butterflies which were tissue tape applied to thick card, then cut out and glued on with silicone glue under the wings.

Monday 1 August 2011

Crafty Individuals' August Challenge Bright and Beautiful

I have made this teapot stand for the new Crafty Individuals' Challenge for August, starting today. I cut the brightest of the Spring background paper to fit the teapot template and stamped it with the tree CI 267 and the flourish.  I edged it in turquoise and then added a teapot charm and some German Scrap. I then gave it three coats of Americana Gloss Sealer.

The theme is Bright and Beautiful. Plenty of scope there! Jean also has a sneak peek at some new stamps which look gorgeous.

On-Line Class on Mould-Making

I've been a little quiet this past week as I have been busy preparing the tutorials and projects for my on-line class on mould-making. I have now sent out the product list to the students but there is still time to join in if you fancy it. I think it will be good fun! Brenda has been loving making the moulds since she came round to me and has put it to great use on her blog! E mail me at if you are interested.

Later on this evening my contribution to the August Crafty Individuals' challenge will go on - just waiting for it to appear on their blog before I blog it myself! Also on Wednesday there will be my contribution for Gingersnaps next challenge. The only other bit of news from me is that I was very excited to win The Stamp Man challenge for my alcohol inked Steampunk Debutante shadow box.

See you later!