Friday 30 October 2015

gelli, stencil and punchinella

Hello my friends and fellow crafters. I hope this will be a quick post but I know I have quite a few pics.

I was nearly going to give the Claritystamp blog challenge a miss this month as everything got in the way and I hadn't had time to make anything. Then this morning Massimo said he needed to make a prayer box. It was supposed to be a shoe box covered by paper.
But obviously no oridinary paper would do for him. He said let's make gelli plate prints.
So he set about choosing the stencil and the acrylic colours.

So out with the large gelli plate and the ocean swirl stencil. He spread 2 greens, a bit of ultramarine and a tiny bit of black with the brayer and laid down the stencil. Together we mopped the paint off the plate with copy paper and once I lifted stencil, we were left with this beauty.

Then he spread wedgewood blue over the plate once the other paint had dried. I repositioned the ocean swirl stencil and then using punchinella (sequin waste), I lifted some of the paint off. Once I removed the stencil we were left with the above.
Then once it was dry he again spread gree, ultramarine and phthalo blue over it and together we pulled off the print below. I must say we were both very pleased.
Now we only had 4 more to go. He did give up after the third. There was a lot of waiting involved which didn't amuse him in the least.

 The hard work was now done and then it was up to me to cover the box.

It was a large graze box that I had kept as I liked it's shape and thought one day I will need it.
Below are the pics of the box from different sides.
We both really liked it.
And so I decided I would enter this in the Claritystamp challenge that asked for the use of stencils.

I hope you enjoyed the process and like our combined effort. Please feel free to leave any comments as Massimo would love to read them, Theresa xx.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

white wedding

Hello my friends. Today's offering is a white on white affair. I must confess that I love white on white cards and I also think that they look so elegant.

 I think what is most unusual for me is the fact that I have not used any stamps to create this card. I have used white linen card throughout.
I started by embossing the card with the trailing vines embossing folder.

I then die cut several flowers and leaves. I shaped them with a large embossing tool and double mounted some of them. I added a pearl in the centres and then arranged them as shown.
I die cut wedding day and with the letters still in the die i added silver pen so it left a white outline.
I added a hint of silver along embossed dots just for a further highlight.
Finally i matted it on white linen mat and then lifted it off with foam pads when I attached it to base card.

All dies and folder are from

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

                                                                                                       jun 2014 w is for white
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes

So I hope you like my make. all for now, Theresa xx.

Tuesday 20 October 2015

A single rose ......

Hello my friends. Time is really flying by and I don't seem to be keeping up with it.
Today it is the start of another week of anything goes challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door. It is my turn to offer some inspiration from our sponsor along with my team mates. If you hop over to The main TTCRD site you can see there gorgeous makes as well.

The sponsor this week is Digi stamps 4 Joy and they are offering a $10 gift voucher to the winner.

I was lucky to work with the Rose Corner, so I could arrange the layout to suit my sentiment.

If you want to find out more about the details of this card you need to hop over to the TTCRD website and look it up in the magazine that is published every 2 months.

Please join us in the challenge. Remember anything goes and you can enter up to 2 projects per challenge.
And keep you eyes and ears open as there is something special happening in November........

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

the Outlawz twisted thursday - anything goes =/- tic tac toe

Monday 19 October 2015

falling leaves ......

Hello again. You might get fed up with me this week, but hopefully you don't mind. I thought i'd post a couple of similar cards that fit some CAS challenges. They are also very quick to make.

For the first card I embossed a piece of orange coredinations card with the falling leaves folder from Hochanda. I then sanded it lightly.

I inked around the leaves with autumn colours and the sanded edges picked the colour up as you can see.
I then stamped the sentiment from Claritystamp on matching green card and die cut it with a tag shape.
The ribbon I got from Lidl and it came with embellishment as well.

The second card is similar. Just different coredinations card (kraft core). I did same sanding and inking.

The cute hedgehog is from a set of embellishments that my husband bought me from Lidl again. So is the ribbon and it came with mushrooms at intervals too.

Sothose are my 2 CAS cards that I hope you like, Theresa xx.

I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges:

Simply less is more - male theme
The Outlaws Sunday challenge - CAS: autumn colours
Pals Paper Arts Challenge - sketch challenge  (1st card)


Friday 16 October 2015

Trick or treat?

Hello again. It is time Friday so time for another challenge at the Fussy and Fancy Friday challenge.
The current challenge is being hosted by the lovely Gunn-Eirill and she has chosen a colour challenge. The colours are Orange, Black or Purple and you need to chose at least 2 colours to work with.
This challenge is being sponsored by The Ribbon Girl.

As you can see I misread the instructions myself and thought you had to work with all the colours so I went for all 3.
i started with a tin of Nescafe that luckily had an orange lid.
So I set about preparing the background first. I cut a piece of black card and painted it generously with PVA glue. I dried it quickly with a heat tool making sure that it was still damp yet dry to touch (hope this makes sense). I then painted over it with Paperartsy orange acrylic paint.
Then the magic happens and as it dries completely it starts to split and crack!

Next I cut out a rectangle die cut from the Emerald range by Hochanda, out of black card. Using the alphabet dies from the same range I die cut 2 sets of upper and lower case letters from black card covered with a Stick it sheet. I also die cut a flourish from another set of dies.

I stuck them down on the rectangle and added ripe persimmon distress glitter to the sentiment and seedless preserve to the flourish. I stuck the whole thing down onto the covered tin. I then added purple pearls around the edge.

I was left with loads of letters at this point so I spelt SCREAM and BOO! and stuck them to the back. These I used black soot distress glitter on.

 Next it was time for the cobwebs. So out came the Angelina fibres. I used white blue pearl and a purple one. Both had purple hues, hence why I chose them. I scattered them around and heated them slightly and they adhered to wherever they where.
The final thing was some shrink plastic embellies. I stamped the skull by Tim Holtz, die cut it and heated it to shrink. I also die cut 3 spiders from a similar Tim Holtz set and coloured them with alcohol inks. ou can see them below.
And finally I filled the tin with Halloween treats.


So there you have my Halloween project for this year. I hope you like my offering. It would be nice to see on the other side at FFFC. Please join us for a chance to win some fab prizes, Theresa xx

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:

Word art Wednesday - anything goes
The sisterhood of Crafters - Die-lirious and punchy
Cuttlebug mania - black and orange
Crafting by designs - halloween


Monday 12 October 2015

ho, ho, ho ....

Hello there. I seem to be just having busy weeks lately. Birthdays are just creeping up on me and then I have to really scramble to get a card together. However today I am sharing a Christmas card with you today.

 On a piece of white card I painted the background using Aqua tints. These are watercolour paints that are very vibrant. To get the landscape I used a piece of torn card.

To create the moon and clouds I used a faux bleaching technique with just water.

I added depth to the hills with distress inks that work very well with the aqua tints.

I then stamped the images using archival inks in first and second generation.
All the stamps are from Sheena Douglass.

I tried to add a bit more depth to the moon by adding a bit of Wink of Stella. The stars are added using a white Sharpie.
The dies are the Emerald ones from Hochanda.

So I do hope you like my Christmas offering. I think I will be making a few more of these this season, Theresa xx.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Wonderful water colour
Word art Wednesday - anything goes
Christmas stamping all year round - favourite combination/multiple layers
Christmas card challenge - anything goes

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Sakura Maiden

Hello there. It must be Tuesday again and it is Team B's turn to post inspiration for Through the Craft room Door.
This week our sponsor is Moonflower digistamps and the fair maiden that I chose to work with is Sakura maiden which you will find here.

Because she is so dainty, I decided to colour her in with gentle shades of promarkers. I also kept the card simple as I wanted the image to be prominent and not to be lost in embellishments.

 For further details about the card and how it's made you will need to look at the magazine that is published bimonthly over at TTCRD.
so I hope you lie my Sakura maiden, Theresa xx.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Word art wednesday - anything goes
The outlawz challenge - twisted Thursday

Thursday 1 October 2015

crazy bird and coffee....

Hello there. Today i have an all Tim Holtz affair for you. This is actually my husband's birthday card and it combines some things that he loves. The first is coffee of which he drinks copious amounts. He also loves robins and I wanted to use the crazy birds and this one kind of reminds me of him. So I put everything on this card.

Enough of that and onto how I made the card. I started with a 15x15 cm piece of white card. I stamped the coffee mug in potting soil archival ink and masked it off. Next I stamped the bag of coffee beans in same ink and masked it off too.

Next it was time to attend to background. I used squeezed lemonade, scattered straw and   wild honey on top half and blended them in smoothly graduating the colour. On the bottom half I used pumice stone, hickory smoke and scattered straw and again made sure that everything was graduating and blending in to create an ombre effect background.

Then I used a textured background stamp and and inked with scattered straw and went around the card as you can see above and below.
With the other stamp I used vintage photo and went around again but stamping a narrower edge. 
I inked all around the edges with vintage photo just to darken it slightly all round.
For the next bit I had to make sure that the ink was dry. I also went over it with dust buddy to make sure it was dry. Using the cornice stamp from the outer edge I stamped all around with versamark and embossed with gold detail powder.

I then coloured the images with promarkers. I used skin colours for mug and light browns for coffee bag. I then added more detail with the spectrum noir pencils.
I used the pencils to add shading around the objects and for shadows.

On a separate piece of card I stamped the bird twice in potting soil archival. i coloured him in with distress inks, espresso coffee, fossilized amber, abandoned coral. I added glossy accents to eyes and beak and after they dried I die cut them out and assembled the bird.
I also added glossy accents to the coffee beans and clear embossed the mug. The coffee is shiny too as I added clear wink of stella to it.
I matted on dark brown card and then onto burlap.

I hope that it meets with your approval. I must say that the recipient was thrilled with it, Theresa xx.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Word art Wednesday - anything goes