Sunday, 18 March 2012

Grungy Monday #39

We were challenged by Linda for this week's GM  (sponsored by Simon Says Stamp) to use Tim Holtz's technique to create plaid with alcohol inks. I used my results for the backgrounds on these quick cards. I'm not sure why they are so different in colour as they were made using the same inks but it is possible that in my "Where's the glossy paper hiding? ... Ah, found 2 pieces" moment that they weren't both the Ranger glossy paper I thought they were!
For the first card I also used yesterday's Sketch Saturday #199:
 Used: Ranger Alcohol inks (bottle, terracotta, denim, hazelnut, sunset orange, sailboat blue, citrus), Blending solution and Glossy paper; Stamps: Car: Tim Holtz; 'Wild Bouquet': Hero Arts and text: Compagnie des elfes;
other inks: Stazon (Jet black), Momento (Sweet Plum), Distress Ink (Black Soot); Cuttlebug embossing folder; Paper scraps: K&Co and GCD Studios; gems: Dovecraft and MME; flowers: Dovecraft.

Friday, 16 March 2012

A clutch of cards...

I have to admit, post-Creativa, I have crashed this week and have a nasty cold to show for it. Nonetheless, I have had a card-making session today. I started by listing the current challenges from those challenge blogs listed on the right, took all the inspiration my foggy head could take and then settled down to get these three made:
Après Creativa, je reste tranquil cette semaine sans chois: J'ai attrapé un rhume. Mais, aujourd'hui, j'ai consulté les blogs de défi (la liste au droit de mon blog) et j'ai créé trois cartes: 

Using Sketch Saturday challenge #198 and the Drunken Stampers #84 'Thank you' theme:
Used: Dovecraft gold card blank and cream card, recycled cardboard and piece of fabric, Inkadinkado stamp embossed in gold and cut with Nestabilities, flowers from Dovecraft Tea Party and Kaisercraft, text stamp by Aladine, inks: Walnut Stain Distress ink and ColorBox Chestnut Roan chalk ink.

For Sunday Stampers 'Misty' theme:
Layers of Perfect Pearls Mist on paper allowed to 'catch' overspray and also used to blot from a template used on another sheet: Part of a bigger piece created some time ago, I saved this bit for a card background. I added a band of purple Bazzill, text (compagnie des elfes) and twine (Dovecraft Tea Party) with a HeroArts-Sizzix Butterfly from the Butterflies #3 set. I love these stamp and cut sets: So easy!

and, for Simon Says Stamp and Show 'Anything goes' and PaperMinutes 'Cardboard' theme, a male birthday card:
Literally using scraps of paper (K&Co ?) and card with Tim Holtz 'Bitty Grunge' stamps and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Text stamp by Aladine.

Creativa Brest: 8-11 mars 2012

Look at all the women queueing to wish me a happy birthday! OK, I'm joking, but it was my birthday and my husband was very amused at people queuing to get in: Seemed perfectly normal to me!
La ligne de femmes qui attendent pour le salon à ouvrir, et sur mon anniversaire aussi!

I was delighted to see so many friends and customers, some I met in person for the first time. After the stress of preparation and setting up, I spent 4 happy days chatting about the shop site, demonstrating some techniques, discussing products and new releases and, of course, selling lots. On-line is great and very convenient but I love the direct contact with customers. Some folk have already been back in touch with orders or commented on the photo on the Facebook page: Thank you for all the support !

J'ai été ravi à voir beaucoup de mes amis et mes clients, certains qui j'ai rencontré en personne pour la première fois. Après tout la préparation et installation, j'ai été très heureux dans les quatre jours à discuter le site de la boutique, les produits, les nouveautés, faire les démonstrations, et, oui, vendre aussi. Certains de vous a déjà fait une commande cette semaine ou me laissé un commentaire sur Facebook: Une grand merci à tous et particulièrement à mon mari et mon fils et mes amis, Karine et Anne, qui m'ont aidé sur le stand.
Here's another photo of one corner of the stand: We were still setting up so I wouldn't let my husband photograph the unfinished other parts!
Voici une photo d'un coin du stand: C'est le jour d'installation donc mon mari été interdit de prendre les photos d'autre murs!

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Tea for Two

This is my second card using the new Dovecraft 'Tea Party' papers, stamps and embellishments. I used the sketch on Stamp with Fun for the layout.
Used: Trimcraft card; Tea Party: papers, stamps, doily heart, stickers; Basics III Blossoms, Nestabilities Circles, Scallop Circles and Ovals; Archival Ink (Sepia); Distress Inks (Frayed Burlap, Tattered Rose, Festive Berries) and lace from stash.
Challenges entered: Stamp with Fun: sketch; Creative Stamp Friends: inspired by a song: "Tea for Two"; Crafts & Me: Lace:  Creative Inspirations: Anything goes; PaperPlay: Something old (lace, text stamp and card), something new (Tea Party collection).

Ma deuxième carte avec le nouveau collection 'Tea Party' de Dovecraft: Prochainement sur le site.

Wearable Tim

The Grungy Monday #37 challenge over at Linda's Studio L3 blog is to create wearable art Tim Holtz style and the theme at Simon Says Stamp and Show is Tim's idea-ology. So, I decided to decorate my apron. With a craft fair about to start on Thursday, I started by printing my logo on to Studio Sticky-back Canvas and then decorating with fabric flowers cut with Tim's Tattered Florals die and lots of ideaology: 'Lace Chain', Baubles, Book ring, FoliageSwivel Clasp, Jump RingsAccroutrementsAdornmentsMuse Token and Mini Paper Clips. I shall wear it with pride!

La défi 'Grungy Monday #37' chez Linda du Studio L3 est de créer l'art portable en style de Tim Holtz et le thème du défi de 'Simon Say's Stamp and Show' est l'emploi des produits idea-ology. Alors, j'ai décidé de décorer mon tablier. Je ferai le salon Creativa Brest au 8 à 11 mars donc, au début, j'ai imprimé mon logo sur le tissu auto-collant 'Sticky-back Canvas' et enlevé le papier à le coller sur mon tablier. A faire le décoration, j'ai ajouté des fleurs découpé avec la matrice de Tim 'Tattered Florals' et beaucoup de idea-ology de Tim: 'Lace Chain' chaine, Baubles, Foliage, Swivel Clasp, 'Jump Rings' petits anneaux, 'Accroutrements' boutons, 'Adornments' breloques, 'Muse Token' breloque, 'Mini Paper Clips' trombones.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Tea Party

'Tea Party' is the new collection of papers from Dovecraft and, as I received them on Thursday, I had to have a play! I have been spending so much time pricing and packing and planning for the craft fair (Creativa Brest, France) starting on Thursday that it was nice to come up for air and make a quick card.
I used the Sunday Stamp and Sketch layout with Tea Party papers, stamp and buttons with Basics III Blossoms. The image is stamped with Archival Ink (Sepia) and coloured with Distress Inks (Tattered Rose, Festive Berries, Iced Spruce, Frayed Burlap, Shabby Shutters) and details added with Liquid Pearls, Glossy Accents and Studio Paint mini (painterly pink): See the little dots of pink on the flowers and bottom cake? It's one of my favourite things at the moment: I have some large tubs of the Studio paints (by Claudine Hellmuth for Ranger) but I love how easy it is to add little dots of paint with the Studio minis.

Friday, 2 March 2012


It has been ages since I last used this digi-stamp 'SpiderHenry' from Whiff of Joy but it always makes me smile. I was reminded of him when my son, who is now 11 but has inherited my hoarding tendencies, had to admit that he was never going to wear his spider-man outfit again: He's out-grown it in sooo many ways!
So here is SpiderMouse, painted using a waterbrush and Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone, Black Soot) and edged with DI Stormy Sky, layered on Basic Grey 'Boxer' papers.
Challenges: Basic Grey: Star; Saturday Sketch #196; Cupcake Challenges: Boys and their Toys; Crafts 4 eternity: Digital delights.