Thursday, 31 July 2014

Celebrate your day


 Often when I finish stamping a design I'm not sure about it. Then I go away and come back to it and is seems to have improved!
This was one of those. I masked off, coloured the background with sponges and Adirondak inks and then stamped the flowers and grasses in grey. I added a small amount of Stickles for accents in the flowers. But I wasn't very happy with it.
Then I came back to it and added the scroll, I liked it much more.
I'm entering it into the Less is More challenge this week.
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Half my family have gone away this week so I have definately been having fun indulging in the extra time. (I miss them desperately you understand!)
The stamps are Inkylicious.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Turquoise flowers

I was looking for a sketch for card inspiration the other day and found this one at Stamplorations.
    Here is what I came up with:

     Using one of my favourite colours and stamps. I kept fiddling and 'improving' and finished up adding stitches with a white pen. I like the effect but it is very subtle.  I forced myself to stop at that point before I went too far. 
I hope you like it. 

Stamps are-
Inkydoodles - Print backgrounds 2 and 
Paula Pascual - Simple flowers.     

Friday, 18 July 2014

She's a star

I could do a whole blog with cards I start, inspired by challenges, and then don't finish in time to enter.
Here is one. I started it weeks ago but then couldn't decide how to finish it. Finally I thought of the star and gold thread and that just finished it off. By then the challenge was weeks old. 

I made it for my daughter who has just graduated with a First.  I couldn't be more proud.
The stamps are:
Inky Doodles - Border star stamp and individual stars.
The sentiments are printed. Then I've added coloured highlights to the stars with a gel pen. The gold star is embossed and wrapped with gold thread.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Inky fingers

I have very little artistic talent which is why I like stamping. The stamps do most of the work. 
So with challenges which go off piste my efforts usually look like something a child has done. With this challenge from Less is More I have made ...Oh something which looks like a child has done it!
The challenge was Adapt a Fingerprint.
After various messy ideas this is what I made. It's for my little neighbour who will be 8 so she'll probably appreciate it.
It seems a few people found this more challenging than usual but there are some great cards. At least I had a go and these inky finger prints are on the front not the back or inside as is usually the case! The lovely curly stamp is Hobby Art.
I also finished it in time. Below is what was to be my entry for the recycled week and then when not finished in time, the Earth Tones week. I finally had a tidy of my desk and finished it. 
The panel is handmade paper which I made a while ago, probably from old school newsletters. The ribbons are also cut from the insides or label of a new clothe.It even had writing on the other side, you can see the back here, so who knows why I kept it. It seems I'm not alone though.
I'm much more pleased with this one. The stamps here are 
Inkylicious -Script and - Grasses and 
Hobby Art - words.