Saturday, 16 March 2013

Disappearing post and Craft Us Crazy challenge

Hi everyone - well I posted on Thursday with the new blog challenge for Craft Us Crazy and my post has disappeared- I am sure it was there but it's gone now!!!  So I'll try again.

This weeks challenge is;

Anything but a Card!

I just don't seem to have the time to make all the mixed media/home decor/art projects I want to do so it's nice to have a challenge which takes you away from cards etc.
We have a brand new sponsor for you this challenge....
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Sonia is offering a $6 VOUCHER for our winner!!!!!

I have made a little book type decoration wth some digi papers I have had for sooo long and I can't remember the name of them but I will scour my folders and find out and let you know (my computer is stuffed to the gunwhales with digi stamps and papers).
Anyway here we go;

I took the base card and made a book spine and added a concertina piece to give the display window.  I distressed all the edges and inked with Walnut stain ink.  The stamped sentiments are both Stamper Anonymous Tim Holtz.  The pretty birds on the inside cover were on the papers so really easy just to distress the edges ;o)  I added punched edges at the front to frame it and the little bird and butterflies were cut from the papers and then I added rock candy crackle paint.  When they were dry I went over with walnut stain (it doesn't show up great on the photos) which sank into all the little cracks.  I added a clasp at the side with a hitch fastener.  The ribbon was just some cream seam binding scrunched up and made into a triple bow.  Finally I added a dragonfly onto the front which is cut from a formable plastic - you just heat it and it goes soft so you can shape it.  I really like this and it is really quite simple to do but looks effective.
I hope you join us in our challenge this week


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Ladybug Crafts March challenge

Happy 1st of March to everyone ;o)  The 1st of the month means that there is a new challenge over at Ladybug Crafts .
This month the challenge is - The Colour Blue.
Blue isn't a colour I use too often which was really the inspiration behind the challenge.  So I have got my spray inks out and my salt and I played to make some backgrounds and I have to say I really do love getting inky.  
Anyway, this is what I ended up with for this challenge;

I used radiant rain dabbers and also some dylusions and splodged (technical term!) them around on some white linen cardstock.  I then added lots of chunky sea salt and put them aside to dry.  Once dry I rubbed all of the salt away and was left with some amazing backgrounds - I really love this salt technique - the trouble is I run out of room to dry all the pieces of card that I have inked and salted so they end up all over the house!!  
I used an Indigo Blu Happy Birthday stamp and heat embossed it with black powder which had interference micas in it so it has a bluey/green sheen to it which I'm not sure is picked up in the photos.  I took some more of my backgrounds and made some little paper roses.  I added some silky crush ribbon and glued the roses on top and added some die cut leaves.  Really quite simple but I love it ;o)  Because there is mica in the inks I used there is a real glimmer to the background.
I hope you like my salty background too.