Friday, 31 July 2009

Mojoholder Challenge #120

This week on the mojoholder we have the fabby Jennifer Mcguire. I have to admit this isn't one of my favourite pages to work with as I really do shy away from multi photo layouts. Im a believer in minibooks for lots of pics & no more than 3 or 4 on a page. Even then Im struggling to use 4!! So you will see that my page is a very basic version of the original. But, that is what mojo is all about. Finding your mojo from another source of art that inspires you to create your own unique piece.

This is another page for my Year of Studio Calico album, using the current monthly kit Documentary. Only 10 days & my new August kit will be here :)
Still clutching at straws for photos as the ink cartridge replacement only arrived today, or at least it is sat at the sorting office (ggrrr!!!! not remotely funny anymore)

Materials List;
Jenni Bowlin Calendar page (Dec SC Kit)
Square of Blue Spotted Patterned Paper - Scenic Route Garden Grove-Joy Street.
Two pieces of the Studio Calico Fabric ripstrips - marevellous stuff & it looks great in place of paper pieces! A little something different to try.
Circles of paper - Studio Calico - Tickets Please.
3 Blue Buttons taken from Great Escape Blossom & button pack -Making Memories.
Photo - Taken by my dad in 2006 in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia.

So, to recap, a simple page, but with hidden extras. Honestly I am thrilled with how the fabric ripstrips worked out!! I wasn't sure they would work but I'm all for giving it a shot :)

Thursday, 30 July 2009

WS - Take a Ride

The theme over on Wednesday Stamper is Take a Ride & I was inspired to create this piece of art from a set of travel stamps I have sat on my craft desk. I made the 4x4 background by stamping a protion of it with my Crafty Individuals Harlequin stamp in Rangers archival black ink & colouring over it with Versamagic Chalk ink, Gingerbread. I tore a strip of black script paper from 7gypsies & glued it down next to the stamped section & inked the rest of the piece with caramel & butterscotch Adirondack dye inks & a touch of Versamagic chalk ink Pumpkin Spice. The tag is torn & inked in denim Adirondack around the edges. I stamped the car, masked it off & stamped the sign post so it appears to be behind. Then I added the word travel. I finished ot off by stamping the word journey & inking the string attached to the tag.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Shared Art & Tag It On

Here are two pieces of art that I made this week for my Chrysalis forum friends.
The first piece is a matchbook for Jo.

Front Cover; Chipboard "N" covered with Rangers Crackle Glaze. Overstamped with StazOn.
Back cover; lightly gesso'd & inked in Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint Distress inks.
The back & front is a strip of Basic Grey Urban Couture Pashmina patterned paper. It measures 11x3.5ins, scored into a matchbook.
The inside; made with Vanilla Bazill cardstock scored to make a tiny book. Pieces of the BG paper glued on the back & background papers made & cut to fit the front of each page.

Stamps; Crafty Individuals CI226 and PaperArtsy Petals plate no.4 (words)
Background papers made with Mustard Seed/Shabby Shutters/Peeled Paint Distress inks & sprayed with Interference Green Perfect Pearls. I stuck to a limited colour scheme & one plate of stamps throughout. But I had to use the second plate for the words to finish the project off.
All images stamped in Butterscotch/Meadow/Caramel & Lettuce Adirondack dye ink pads.

This second piece is for Penny.
My Angel Tag

This background was intended for another project, but once dry it wasn't quite what I was after. Later on that day, I was clearing away when this piece fell into my hands. It was the perfect size & colour for another idea that had formed in my head.
It was made with Distress inks -Dusty Concord/Broken China/Scattered Straw and a quick dab of Shabby Shutters! Spritz with Perfect Pearls Interference Blue.

Images are stamped in Adirondack Dye ink,Eggplant and the background piece is edged in Denim.
Girl image is an acetate from crafty Individuals.
Clock from Artistic stamper, "clocks & keys" plate.
Butterfly & wildflowers from the same plate above on Jo's matchbook.
Flower Scroll; ATC mini elements SSGuild.
One of my Chrysalis Forum friends advised me that this piece of art for Penny would fit the Tag it On Time Flies challenge so if they don't mind my entering this piece, I think it fits well.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Saturday's Workout No.65 ......

This week the theme at Saturday's Workout is to create a Canvas Back Shrine/ Shadow Box.
I was shopping yesterday in a local arts & crafts store & found a pack of 4 mini canvases, each measuring 7cms square. I threw them into my basket sure I could create something with them. I also bought a pack of 2 mini easels for displaying my artwork at home. So you can imagine how pleased I was to see that the Saturday's Workout would be the perfect excuse to play with one straight away!! It is, of course, the very first one I have made so please go easy on me if it isn't as beautiful & elaborate as some of the ones I have glimpsed already.
Front view. Painted with gesso and inked with Distress inks, Faded Jeans / Broken China.
The inside has had gesso applied and a sheet of white text covered in gesso stuck inside. Over the top of the text I have stuck on some white tissue which was stamped in Teal Blue StazOn with the Artful Mosaic stamp by Stampers Anonymous. I had to cut sections of the tissue to allow it to fit nicely across the back. I then stamped my favourite image (the smaller version) 3 times in Archival black ink and layered her on foam pads. Adding blue colour to the final set of flowers.

Side View. I stamped the words Treasure and Memories around the edges and glued a tiny shell on the inside ledge. The pictures are not brilliant ,but if you click on them they do go bigger.

The light is very good but my camera is still not 100% happy!

Friday, 24 July 2009

Mojoholder #119 - Marjolein

This week on mojoholder we are featuring a good friend of mine, Marjolein Bussink.

She says, my name is Marjolein Bussink, pure Dutch but live in Canada for 3 years now and am very happy here! I love anything vintage, mixed media, freestyle, and start to get hooked on stamping! I am a member of the DT for the blog wijDUS (DUS stands for Dutch United Scrappers) DUS is short for SO if you would translate it! As usual the other DT members have all done there takes on this layout and can be seen over on our blog.

I know you may have seen this photo before, but I have nothing else. As you know I had to miss out on last week's DT page as I had no photos. The good news is my ink cartridge replacement will be here by the middle of next week!! (big sigh of relief!)

Materials list;
Cardstock-Bazzill Kraft
Patterned Paper - Scenic Route, Garden grove-Lemonwood Lane (July '09 SC Kit)
Studio Calico - Papparazzi (July '09 SC Kit)
Studio Calico - Fabric rip strips (July '09 SC Kit )
Rub on Filmstrip - Royal & Langnickel
SEI - Performated Tickets - En Route (July '09 SC Kit)
Camera - Studio Calico (July '09 SC Kit)
Lace Border - Studio Calico ( Dec '08 SC Kit)
Mini Numbers - Studio Calico (Sept '08 SC Kit)
Old fashioned camera - Travel set of stamps - Dimensions
"The" - Basic Grey Boxer stickers (July '08 SC Kit)
"Camera" - K&Co Woodgrain Chipboard Alphabet (July '09 SC Kit)
"never lies anymore" - Black Tiny Alphas (Dec'08 SC Kit)
Other bits;
Chipboard Swirly Bird & Ric Rac -American crafts Thickers - Patchwork Accents (Mar '09 SC Kit)
Inks; Adirondack Dye pad in Meadow, Rangers ARchival Black pad
Paints; Adirondack Dabbers - Willow & Pebble. (Used around picture & main layout)

You could say that this has been a Studio Calico colaboration!!

Happy 30th Birthday, Louise!

I made this card in a similar vein to the one I made for Suse & the Wednesday Stamper challenge. The difference being I had the sense to make enough coloured background before I started ;0) Despite how free the colours are, matching them up mid card is very difficult. The Distress inks used were, Faded Jeans/Broken China/Dusty Concord. Once made I spritzed with Perfect Pearls Interference Blue mixed in water. I tend to allow these pieces to air dry whenever possible as they naturally flatten. Heating them to speed the drying time does warp the card & it is annoying having to flatten under heavy objects.

Card front; The dragonflies (cover issue stamp of Craft Stamper) were stamped on the card in StazOn Teal Blue & the vellum wings are embossed in clear powder. I used a fiskars border punch for this one & silver embossing powder.

The inside; I stamped the feather design from the Venaissance Set-Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen in Adirondack dye inks Wild Plum & Eggplant to give it a two tone effect.
The back & behind the front panel; You can see the colours of the distress background far better in this photo. I love the imperfect bits where a bit of white is showing. I overstamped the whole pieces with my Hero Arts Old Letter Writing background stamp in Adirondack Dye ink Eggplant. The trick with this is to ink the stamp & stamp it down onto a scrap piece first so that the second impression is much lighter. This way it doesn't dominate the design.

The corner stamps are Design Objectives & I had forgotten I owned them as they were hidden away in the back of the stamp drawers!!

I really love making these background pieces & spent an hour creating plenty for future projects. Pop back soon as I have another piece of art to share, but not before I share my Mojoholder Design Team page tonight!

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Just playing around.....

with my inks & stamps, because I can! I have this week off work & after packing in all the appointments such as dentist, doctor, shopping etc... I finally can get down to some crafting. Still no sign of my printer ink replacement cartridge, but I do have a photo to use if needs must to complete my Mojoholder DT piece for Friday night. Meanwhile I completed this piece and am working on something else.

This piece came together in just an hour & then got pushed to the edge of my craft table for another hour, as I considered how to finish it off. I struggle to finish pieces originally!!
I made the background from distress inks & stamped random images over the edges. The girl is, as many of you already know, my favourite Crafty Individuals image. She is stamped in Adirondack Eggplant dye ink & covered with a piece of vellum to soften her. The torn piece of paper is from a book painted first with gesso & then inked up to blend with the background. I also inked the lace in Tea Dye Distress ink, again, to age it slightly. It looked far too stark left white. The pansies are real dried flowers & now that I have finished this piece the top flower will be covered with glossy accents to prevent it ageing & falling apart. Had I done this prior to taking the photo it would not have dried sufficiently to get a decent shot! You can tell I have made that mistake before, can't you ;-)
The cardboard is a piece from an old SC kit box & I have inked a mix of colours to distress it further.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Saturday Workout Challenge - No.64

During the morning I caught up with some of my favourite blogs and found several of them showing off wonderful pieces of art for the Saturday Workout Challenge, using Perfect Pearls. I'm a huge fan of these tiny pots of shine so set to work to make an entry. I have never taken part before but as I can't do any scrapping (see post below) I thought I'd make something pretty instead.

I sponged a white card blank with a bit of colour from 3 adirondack dye pads, Eggplant, Cranberry & Lettuce as the card was a little too stark. Then I set it aside while I made my background strip of card using the tin foil distress ink technique. Whilst the inks were still wet I sprayed with a mist of perfect pearls in water to give the whole piece some shimmer. Once dry I stamped lightly in eggplant with my script background stamp. I overstamped top left & bottom right corners in Cranberry & while still wet I painted over some Interference Red Perfect pearls.
I set it all using some hairspray & put it aside while I created my image piece.
I love the watercolour look, but have no watercolour paints. However I find Adirondack dye pads can be effective. I inked up La Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris stamp in several colours of ink (wild plum/eggplant/denim/meadow/lettuce with cranberry) here and there & stamped it onto smooth white card. I immediately brushed the whole image with Interference blue perfect pearls. Once it was all nearly dry i spritzed on just a tiny bit of water to get the inks to run ever so slightly giving a watercolour appearance. I gently sponged over the entire piece a bit of eggplant to make the white look more sky like. (the denim pad was too dark)
Sadly the camera can't pick up the real shimmer of this, but if you click on the picture for a larger view you might see the lower part of the building has a bluish/green appearance.

Mojoholder - No page from me this week!

Unfortunately my printer has refused to recognise one of my new ink cartridges and it has had to be returned to the company for replacement. I couldn't print anything at all so stepped out of this week's design team piece. However the girls have all still done their pieces and you can find them on the mojo blog.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Card for Suse - Wednesday Stamper Challenge

A lovely lady, Suse, from our Chrysalis Form is having health problems right now so I made her this card. I really enjoyed the entire process, it was relaxing.
This is the front. The stamp is one of my favourites and I also know is one of Suse's favs too. I mounted stamped & embossed the design before gently sponging on the inks. I used a soft cloth to buff up the embossing & get traces of the distress inks from it. The flower is Prima Artful Collage from one of my Studio Calico scrap kits. The black dots are from a Damask Set by Kelly Panacci I bought last month as a big treat for clearing my credit card bill.
The inside.
The stamp in black & butterscotch inks part of the Venaissance set by Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen.

The back & behind the front panel

I made all the panels with distress inks & sprayed them all with Perfect Pearls to give some shimmer. I then stamped & embossed them with one of my favourite Crafty Individuals Stamps. Ink colours; Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw.
Clear embossing pad & gold powder. I used a gold krylon pen around all the edges. The front edge is cut with my corner rounder to create scallops. I love craft Stamper magazine & in particular my favourite pages every month were Rachel Jacksons' Fancy folds. (Cards folded differently) The feature ended but whenever she makes anything in the magazine she often uses novel ideas for finishing off her artwork, so I pinched this folded idea. You might see another one next weekend as I have made a silver, blue & purple one for a 30th birthday & I have used a border punch on that one not my corner rounder!

I saw that the Wednesday Stamper theme this week was Dream so I have entered my card. I haven't participated in any challenges for nearly a year as I had a new job & a lot of new stuff to learn to enable me to do the job, but I have been in my job nearly a year now, where has the time gone!!!!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Mojoholder Challenge 117

This week, well, hello where did the last one go!! As I was saying, this week I am pleased that us mojo girls are featuring as our guest designer, a dear friend of my from Singapore, Pearl Liu.
Here is what Pearl had to say," My name is Pearl and I'm a SAHM to 2 wonderful children, living in Sunny Singapore. I first started scrapbooking after my wedding in 1993 , without using any acid free products .There were very few acid free products available then here . Needless to say , that album is now yellow with age ! After the birth of our daughter in 1995, I started cardmaking via punchart and acquired the tools , punches and papers in the hopes that they would be useful for my kids at the right age. Well, I'm still the main user of all that product and tools ! From 2006, onwards ,there was such a shift in products available in the papercraft industry and I started using more scrapbooking products in my cardmaking. Magazines and on-line galleries were full of inspiration, so by October 2006 I started scrapbooking again and have never looked back since.
Some of my best memories on my scrapbooking adventures include being the first International Guest Designer to be featured on the Prima Blog , getting on round 2 of the Magistical Memories' Chipboard Artist DT call, winning first prize in a Glitz Design contest -prize included US$500 worth of Glitz Design products and my winning layout being displayed at CHA Summer 2008. Who I design for : Di Hickman's Card Sketches Such Sweet Tierney ( on Etsy ) you can find her resume here

Anyway, here is my version of her sweet layout.
I loved the circle theme she had going on & as usual went off on my own tangent.

A close up of the dragonflies so you can see those vellum wings.

Materials List,
Cardstock, Bazzill Vanilla
Patterned Papers; Thread Love-Studio Calico, Cherry Hill-Recipe Box; October Afternoon both from the May Studio Calico kit.
Turquoise Papermania Scalloped cardstock. Holes created by Big Bite.
Circles cut using circle cutter & scalloped with corner rounder.
Rub ons, Pink Paislee-Fascinating.
Stamps; Journal block-Studio G, Corner Scroll - Damask set Kelly Panacci, Dragonfly; Free cover stamp from Craft Stamper magazine.
Inks Versamagic Moonlight White, Stazon teal Blue,
Colourbox Queues Cats eye pigment, Colonial blue & Cerulean.
Vellum- dragonfly wings & journal box.
Blue photo turn & brad, Papermania.
Heidi Swapp Chipboard Invisibles- bird.
Aquamarine opaline pearls, Basic Grey (dragon fly bodies)
Ranger white paint dabber around photo edge.
Foam blue alphas, craftwork.
I really enjoyed creating this piece as I adore circles, pretty paper & stamping & I love the effect i got using the vellum for the wings.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Happy Birthday, Tracy!

It is my big sister's birthday today. I know she is having a great time as she went to Edinburgh shopping!!!

Friday, 3 July 2009

Mojoholder Challenge 116

This week's talented designer is the lovely Edleen Maryam. Check out her blog & gallery to see more stunning designs. I really loved the shape & the elements of this week's page & felt they needed a vintage treatment. So I picked these photos of historic areas of Grimsby. I was born in Grimsby & now live in Scunthorpe but I commute to Grimsby every day. Strange how you end up back in places you thought you had left behind forever. Both these places are within walking distance of the office too!!! As the journalling says, the Ice factory (top picture) was one of the places used to film Atonment. Corporation Bridge (lower photo) featured in a pop video for the duo Erasure. I love history & archaeology so being able to combine these interests with scrapping is fab.

Materials List;
Cardstock, Kraft.
Paper, 1959 Vintage Classified Page- Studio Calico
Stamps- Clearstamps Damask set-Kelly Panacci.
Ink - Adirondack Dye Pad, butterscotch. Rangers Distress ink - brushed corduroy.
Title - Making Memories tiny brown ledger "Historic"
American Crafts black fabric thickers "Grimsby"
Maya Road rub on calendar.
Bracket was drawn on using a pink paislee die cut as a template & a whispers black pen.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Happy Birthday, Den!!

I already know she is having a fabulous day! here is the card I made. I called it my recycled range using vintage colours & pages from an old book. The Whitewash Co-ordinates paper is excellent for running through the cuttlebug embossing folder as the soft pink dots that came through gave a really vintage girly feel and the scallops (made with my corner rounder) added a soft touch. The flower was lemon but I inked it with chalk ink & overstamped with my script background stamp. The ribbon was given to me from off someone's birthday gift.