Wednesday 15 February 2012

Gingersnap Creations Challenge - Use a Faux Technique

On Gingersnaps today we are asking you to try a Faux Technique! We have a wonderful sponsor for February, Rogue Redhead Designs, and for this card I have used the girl reading, leaning up against a tree, from the Relish Reading plate. Thank you so much Shar for letting us have these stamps. I love this plate of stamps! I love reading and there are not many reading designs out there. For my faux technique I have used a wonderful tutorial which is in the Gingersnaps Tutorial Guide, by Valerie Brincheck. Thank you so much Valerie! I have used her Faux Rusted Metal technique for the bookplate and I really enjoyed it and will use it again. I have lots of ideas for it, for when I am up and running again. The flowers are my own faux technique for making flowers with clear packaging material, which was on Gingersnaps on Sunday.

Gingersnaps will be going through some changes but you will be pleased to hear that the tutorials will still be available to access. This is an amazing resource I have gained a lot from. Have a look at Shar's plans for the future here. I am pleased to say I have been invited to be involved although I need to get myself into a settled position following being flooded out of our house. We have a lot of work ahead of us. The day I start creating again will be a happy one, I am sure.

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Valentine's Day Card

Happy Valentine's Day! This is the card I made for Col, which I took to France to give to him on the day, but it has ended up being carried back with me. It is a very, very simple card, which is what he likes. I covered the 6 x 6 card blank with Crafty Individuals' background paper and put the edge of the card through the Tim Holtz On the Edge die, and inked the edges. I stamped the Crafty Individuals' stamp in Black, and made the flowers with the Tattered Florals Die out of satin fabric, and singed the edges.

It will probably be a funny old Valentine's Day tomorrow, in our strange circumstances, but at least I will be with my loved one.

Tomorrow's blogpost will be the last of the things I had already scheduled. I made a number of things before I went away but they are floating in water now.

Sunday 12 February 2012

Gingersnap Creations Blog - a Tutorial on Faux Modelling Film

Over on Gingersnaps I have a tutorial today on making flowers and butterflies using packaging material. I hope you will like it:-

I'd already got everything ready for the tutorial before our crisis. Thank you for all the kind comments. Our house and contents are as severely flood damaged as it is possible to be, apparently, and it will be probably six months before we can return.

Monday 6 February 2012


Since my chirpy e mail this morning from France our neighbour has informed us that our home is flooded and uninhabitable so we are on our way home.

It may be a while before I can make anything to blog but I will try to keep in touch. Please come back to me once I am back to normal, which could be some months. Thank you for your friendship.

Clarification on Crafty Individuals' Challenges for 2012

I'm really sorry I have been a muppet. Well, actually that is probably an insult to muppets, as I always thought Miss Piggy was a smart gal. I had thought that with the Crafty Individuals' challenges being bi-monthly for 2012 that meant you had 2 months to make your submission. But no, the challenge will run every other month, just for that month. If anyone on the DT was going to get it wrong, it had to be me! Sorry to have confused you. Slinking away now ......

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Crafty Individuals' Challenge - Spring

Crafty Individuals have now blogged their new challenge which is Spring! Bring it on! You now have two months rather than one month to enter their challenges and I have just seen what my DT colleagues have made - Wow! So do go and take a look.

This is my offering. I painted the frame first then covered it with Spring background papers which I have always loved (although check out the Summer ones!). I did some background stamping with CI 258 (Words), CI 171 (Harlequin), and CI 194 Music Script. I then stamped the Swirls (CI 235) in a stronger colour, Sepia. I stamped the Butterfly Girl but cut away her butterfly wings (that was fiddly!) so I could add some corrugated metal wings I got for Christmas. I painted her dress with some watered down pink paint I had left on my craft sheet from painting the frame (as you do!). I added a crown to her head athough it does look a bit like it is floating, maybe a halo?! I sponged all the edges with Sepia ink and added a bit of faux German Scrap below the roof (Tim's tip of using his Vintage Lace die, I think I will be doing this a lot). Normally when I make these frames I can't resist a clock at the top, so I tried to be different and used a smiling sun mould in clay - because we will have a very sunny Spring!