Saturday 31 May 2014

Curiously Challenged...with added Poe

This time Linda Ledbetter and her talented DT have challenged us to create something using the tea roses as demonstrated in Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.  Now, I enjoy making little flowers to add to my projects and I've loved this technique ever since Tim first showed it to us, so I went a bit tea-rose mad.  I made them out of burlap, coloured with all sorts of inks and sprays (mostly Dylusions).  (If you want to know how they're made, you really should get the book!)

As luck would have it, the Minions of the Master at Quoth The Raven have decreed that this month's offering to the mighty Poe shall include flowers, so the tea roses came in very handy.   I also used a little frame, a peacock feather and a couple of Rick St Denis digi stamps.  You can't really see the underlying tag in the picture - it's basically foil which has been coloured with alcohol inks and embossed and is really rather gorgeous.  Here's a picture -

Hope you like it.  And thank you for visiting - please do come back!  

Crafty Hugs,


Friday 30 May 2014

My favourite movie?

Oh dear, I'm still playing catch up!  It's been weeks since I changed my computer and  I should have been sorted by now...In my defence, I should say that sewing has been taking up a fair old bit of my time of late, as the OH's costume for Comicon in London has been put together.  (I think he must have been a Georgian dandy in a previous life and is in danger of being renamed Captain Pickypants!)

At any rate, I've managed to resolve my printing problems just in time for the latest LOC challenge, which this time is "My Favourite Movie".  We're sponsored by The Stamping Chef and I've used Broomstick Bella here to illustrate Practical Magic, - or Harry Potter - or  The Witches...all coloured in digitally (just in case I couldn't print and had to turn it into a digital scrapbook embellishment or something...)  and decoupaged up into a birthday card.

Anyway, that's me back up to date!  Hope you'll join in the fun at Left of Center - we'd love to see your work!

Sunday 25 May 2014

Ti'm's 12 Tags - May

May already?  (Actually, almost June by the time i'm posting this).  I'm still keeping up with Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2014.  This month's was fun to do.  I really like the letterpress word embossing folders-  I chose " Fabulous" for my tag.  

It's all a bit random, really.  Most the items are just oddments from my stash.  The little pendant in the top right is one that I made with Pebeo Vitrail and Prisme paints and I've been looking for a home for it ever since - nice to find a use for it at last.  

I've had a few technical issues lately - the latest being that my Mac sometimes refuses to talk to the wireless printer, which makes life awkward when you're on the DT for challenges that are sponsored by Digital Stamp designers - and my other half has decided to go to Comicon in London in costume,  which, of course, I have to make - so a lot of my time has been taken up in cutting and sewing, with a fair bit of swearing when setting in sleeves.  However, job is done, so I should be back to getting painty and inky again, (hooray!) and eventually scrapbooking the event.  

Anyway, thank you for stopping by  - call again sometime!  

Crafty hugs,


Tuesday 20 May 2014

Colour Inspiration at Ikesworld

Hi folks!  Time for Team B to take the spotlight at Ikesworld Challenges, and this time we've been given a colour palette to inspire us.

As Ike has also produced some beautiful new images as well, I wanted to use one of those.  The digi's featuring the little girl reminded me so mush of my sister and myself when we were children...

I chose "My New Shoes" for my project.  I coloured it in digitally using the colours in the inspiration image to use as an embellishment in a digital scrapbook page

I used Serif's Digital Craft Artist software to put the page together.  The baby in the photo is me, at about 18 months old.

Sunday 18 May 2014

Curiously Challenged - Challenge 2

Oh dear, just when I think I've got caught up,  stuff happens and I fall behind again.  This time the Love Of My Life has been asking, very loudly, when exactly I was going to finish the costume he wants to wear to Comicon in July, so I had to put some work in ( although, now it's almost finished, I have to say it is looking GOOD!  Not saying what he's going as, but will post pics on here after the event!) .   Then there was the aftermath of our dance exam ( our first ever - Cha Cha Cha in case you're interested, and it went OK) - I didn't realised until afterwards just how nervous I was!  So anyway, no more excuses, let's get back on track with my project for Linda Ledbetter's   challenge, based on Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities volume 3.  This time we are playing  with  Distress Glitter. and I've used the Globe Alterations die.

Apart from the technique as explained in Tim's book (which you'll just have to get hold of if you want to know How It Was Done)  I used Sheena Douglass's Faux Leather technique on the lid of this box, embossed with one of her embossing folders.  If you haven't come across the Faux leather technique, I recommend taking a look at the tutorial.

OK, that's all of now.  Hope I'll see you again soon!

Crafty hugs,


Monday 5 May 2014

Curiously Challenged

Hi folks!  The blog's been a bit quiet lately, mainly because I have been moving computers.   After years of PC's and Windows, I am now in the wonderful world of the Mac and Mac OS, while running Windows on a Virtual Machine (get me!).  I've invested a lot of money in Windows software over the years and didn't want to lose it all, so I've migrated all my old stuff over, which took a long time - especially when the machines lost connection halfway into the first attempt and I had to redo from the beginning... all done now and I am back!

I'm so glad that it all got finished in time for me to join in Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities challenge.  I came in half-way through C of C Volume 2, and I've been hoping that Linda would run a new challenge when Tim Holtz brought out Volume 3.  The first technique we're playing with is on page 43.

I used the technique on a page for my little heart album I'm putting together (I'll punch the holes for the binding later), stamped a flourish with Flitterglu (which is great stuff but really EVIL if you get it on your hands!) and added the gilding flakes.  some stamping with Archival ink and job was done.  I made a tag in the same way,

and a third tag I just stamped and glued on a couple of gears left over from another project.

So I may have been quiet, but I haven't been idle!  Thank you for visitng, and see you soon!

Crafty Hugs,