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Monday, October 17, 2016

Decoupage - why do I sweat at the word?

Over at the challenge blog Unstampabelles, there is a chance to get outside your comfort zone, and to be a bit on the edge and create something that you wouldn't normally other words......

Challenge #62

Outside Your Comfort Zone Twist: a different edge

 TWIST have a different edge!
Make of this what you want as long as no stamps are involved

The prize!

I have a long standing antipathy with decoupage sheets........

They always make me sweat at the thought of making something reasonable with them.
I had a sheet from Crafty Bob's called a Scalloped Pocket card designed by Robyn Cockburn
It had white roses on it
I needed scissors and patience and good hand-eye coordination......perhaps at this stage I should say I am right hand predominant, and  I have a missing index finger on my right hand (over 50 yrs ago)  and a realignment of my thumb several years ago............I know, excuses, excuses........


So, making something like this is always a challenge.....

But I did it.....

And it had a scalloped edge

And a pocket!

and it mostly goes together......

A gift pocket card!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

#68: Lets Go Floral for Crafting with Dragonflies

Crafting with Dragonflies have a new challenge starting this week, and it is all about flowers! We all stamp them, and roll them, and fussy cut them,and even stencil them - so let us see your work.

Here is a real flower to begin with!

A Camelia from my garden last week when the sun was shining!

Another flower - this one taken up on top of Mt Wellington this afternoon
An alpine flower of some kind - the wildflowers are out all over the mountain, and there is even a bit of snow from yesterday still hanging around right on the top - the combination was too good to miss

My flowers on my card this week are hand stamped and fussy cut - but not natives.
I think they are Dahlias?

I inked the stamps and them rolled the edges in a darker ink for a two tone effect.
My stamp set is  a freebie set that came with a magazine last month - Floral Blooms

The inks are all Stampin' Up

The background stamp is also an SU stamp and the card is all from SU too!

A bit of bling and a mount to help the illusion.

Two toned leaves......

After I finished this one I used the stencil that came with the free stamp set and some white texture paste. I smooched some ink onto my glass plate and mixed it into the paste (SU inks) - 3 different colours, two for the flower and one for the stem and leaves. I carefully pushed the pasted into the stencil, and scraped off the residue, starting with the lighter colour in the middle and adding the darker colour at the edges of the bloom. Repeat technique with stem and leaves - peel off stencil carefully and sprinkle with fine glitter; let dry.

I had enough paste and ink for two attempts

Now to make them up into cards when they are dry!

OK - off the Crafting with Dragonflies to see what the rest of the team have come up with!

Monday, October 10, 2016

For September's Winner's Post at Unstampabelles

It's time to announce the winners over at Unstampabelles, and so I have made another attempt to work outside my comfort zone, and create something a little different. I used the assistance of a canvas creation at Craft Stamper magazine, to get going and then sort of did my own thing.

I have a lot of stencils. I don't use them very much. Last year I did a multimedia canvas at Paperific (which I gave to one of my Granddaughters) although I am not sure she likes it. I did make it with her in mind so the colours were chosen for her. I enjoyed the experience, and getting dirty, but did not repeat it when I got home, so lost the 'touch' and knowledge. Hence the use of a magazine article to get me going again. 

Before I  reveal what I made, here are some more photo's from last week's excursion to the Botanical Gardens - an outside shot and inside the Orchid house.

I love the wild flower look of this patch

These are definitely not wild flowers!

Anyway, back to my canvas

The magazine said to stamp an image onto tissue paper. As this is for Unstampabelles, I stencilled it on instead with TH Distress Sooty Black and a sponge.

It got several layers to make it really black. Then you tear carefully around the edges and use sealer to apply and then sealer again over the top. 

The same rules applied to other images, and I wanted to add birds, so I drew them and cut them out of card. The city skyline is a die. I had added Dylusions paint to my canvas - a mixture of white and blue to create a background; I glued the girl on and then stencilled on some texture paste to create one bird - too close to her head and too big I then realised - and then another smaller one on the RHS. I also masked the girl and spread texture paste for the city skyline behind her.

The article said to add lots of texture paste at the base, and to comb lines through it like grass, but I chickened out and just added a little bit and sort of drew through it with the end of a paintbrush. I also added some silver shimmer to her dress, and stencilled some dotes, words and squares sort of randomly - I don't do random very well. I used TH paints and inks to colour up the skyline, grasses, and birds but ended up scraping off the larger bird, and replacing it with three from Scrapmatts, to which I had added black ink as well. I also darkened the other bird and decided to leave it there.

It looked dull. So I added a gold 'hat' - nope!

In desperation, I tried some flowers. They worked - sort of......a bit like my Botanical flowers above in a sea of green.

It looked better anyhow. They have pink ink on them but it is hard to see on the smaller one. 

Next time I would use texture paste for the body and ink for the background perhaps, but it seems to work not too badly. 

I think that background is Paris.......

The edge is the fact that I painted around the edges and onto the sides, plus the grassy edge.

Anyhow, that was entirely outside my comfort zone.
I want to be artistic but am not really gifted that way, so just remain frustrated. 

You can go to Unstampabelles and see the lovely things DT members have made to get further inspiration and then have a go at something outside your comfort zone too! There are some nice entries already and you have to the end of the month to join them.

Monday, October 3, 2016

A late start to the new challenge at Unstampabelles #62: Outside Your Comfort Zone

Well, when I put this list of challenges together late last year, I thought this one would be so much fun! Mmmmmmmm.........not so much now I am faced with creating something for it. 

I decided to create an art journal page using multi-media, but just ended up creating a bit of a mess. Have you done this when trying something new?
I did learn from it though - not sure what but I know I did learn something!
So really this is not inspiration but a challenge to do better than me and enter that. 

Just to make it clear this is for the new challenge at Unstampabelles

#62 Outside Your Comfort Zone
TWIST Have a different edge

I had this idea after viewing a lovely painting on Pinterest, of the tree growing out of the frame, and the waterfall spilling out of the bottom of the frame. I decided to make it a seasonal tree, going from autumn to spring, as both parts of the two hemispheres are experiencing one of these seasons at the moment.......

I started with colouring the background of the two pages, and going for the autumn dryness on the left to the rich spring greens on the right and the blue skies. Then I added the frame, with corrugated cardboard strips. Looked OK at that stage - nice and rustic......

I then turned to making some background papers to cut the leaves from, and played with powder paints and water and other paints to get the autumnal leaves, and did the same for the green leaves.
That bit was fun too.

Then I tried to add some stencilled leaves - mistake.........

The waterfall was scrunched up tissue paper glued to the page,and then medium added to it after I had added powder paints to the medium to colour it up. I wanted to get the water flowing over the bottom of the frame easily, and added some sparkle to give the idea of light on the flowing water....the black blobs were supposed to be rocks - by this stage I was not really liking what it was doing, but could not see how to fix it. I thought if I just added the leaves it would improve it, and it did a bit but not enough.  I added the flowers later to see if it would lift it a bit more - nup. 

I went a little crazy and stencilled the black dotty things with left over rock medium......... that didn't work either..........

Anyway, here is the prize on offer

Here is a photo I took at the Botanical Gardens this week - can you spot the bee doing her work in the rain? Beautiful tulips.........

Head off the Unstampabelles and see the work of two more team members to get some more inspiration - and remember please, no stamps. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pink October for Crafting with Dragonflies

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month  or Pink October, and at Crafting with Dragonflies, we made a card for this. 

As today is also International Card Making Day, this is my card for that as well!

Hilde, this one was for you!

Butterflies to symbolize hope
My card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest

Lots of different shades of pink

Realised after taking these shots that the white cad front is on crocked, so had to take it off and replace it - all sorted now!

Unfortunately, no new photo!

OK - over to you now - you have a fortnight to create a card for Pink October

I will enter the following challenges:
QKR Stampede; cut it up
Alphabet Challenge: Pretty in Pink
Cut it Up: BC Awareness and die cut

Monday, September 26, 2016

Last week in September for Unstampabelles current challenge

Changing Seasons, with a twist of make it masculine

Boys (and men) tend to do adventurous things, more so  than girls I think.....
there is a tendency to think they are invincible.

That is not to say that girls don't do these things too, or are not adventurous

An epic “fish eye” shot climbing the Totem Pole, on the Tasman Peninsula, thanks to Simon Carter's Onsight Photography

However, I betcha that is a male climber, not a female!
 I have sailed past this spot, and I have never been tempted to climb it

It is very phallic, don't you think?

Well, my card for the last week of Unstampabelles current challenge is also water related
We are having a visit this week from a Great Nephew (yes, I am that old) and he takes amazing photographs too - this is his first visit to Tassie, and I am looking forward to the shots he will take and post to Instagram! He is also a great surfer so I think there will be a few of the coast.

This is ocean inspired.....

A bit of medium with microbeads on the tops of the waves to create foam
It is usually too cold to swim this time of the year but people are telling me the water is much warmer than usual, and they have already been in - not me, oh no, not me!

Shells and a rusty anchor......

Some Scrapmatt's words.....

I sponged some TH Distress inks for the background

Kaiser's and Culture Creation's Die cuts and Scrapmatt's bush and words

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Creates and Makes: die cut and seasonal
Deep Ocean: anything goes
Craft Your Passion: anything goes

When I was at Paperlicious last month, I did a workshop with the owner of Srapmatt's , and made these two cards

In more detail

So I had to purchase some, didn't I

Why not get over to Unstampabelle's and have a go at the challenge - you have until Friday at Midnight (AET) to enter.