Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Some from the archives

Good morning, peeps!

Well I think I need my wrists slapped for not posting anything for almost two weeks but I can assure you that there's lots of work and planning going on here behind the scenes at Whitehouse Towers.  With the way the weather's been lately here in Yorkshire, I think I might as well be indoors working since it's too chilly to sit out!

Anyhoo, to break the silence from Inky Meanderings, I thought I'd show you some of the cards that I made for Sheena's last shows on Create and Craft TV.  There was a new release of embossing folders and boy did I have fun with those and especially decorating them with flowers made with stamps from the Paint Fusion Range.  I haven't yet got going with the Paint Fusion technique but watch this space, I certainly hope to be doing so in the not too distant future!

This card was the first one that I made and includes a Cheery Lynn Die called 'Fanciful Flourish' - it's one I use a lot and you could well spot it on several of my cards.  The base of this card was made from the Daisy Embossing Folder, which had the flat areas covered with gold glitter EP and the embossed daisies distressed with Peeled Paint DI.  The problem with these bling-tastic cards is that they are really hard to photograph but look so much better in the flesh.  The rose was created from paper sprayed with the Luminarte Radiant Rain then stamped with the Rose Bloom image several times.  You then start cutting petals out to make the various layers until you end up with one petal that forms the centre.  I think there are loads of videos on You Tube that illustrate this method.

More roses but this time on an acetate background.  I first covered the heat resistant acetate with alcohol inks from the Spectrum Noir Pens, which really are so reasonably priced that it doesn't give you a conscience using them this way.  The acetate was then run through the Big Shot in the Heavy Swirl Embossing Folder and embossed on the opposite side from the alcohol inks with plain gold EP.

One more....

A little flower bed full of pansies and violas behind a wrought iron edging created with a Martha Stewart punch that was then covered with Black Glint WOW EP.  This time the embossed background started with a Radiant Rain covered piece of card that then had Kaleidoscope EP applied to it. (Spot that Cheery Lynn die again!!)

I think I so enjoyed making these cards because they were something a little bit different for me.  There were quite a few more but I won't bore you with them now.  Thank you for reading this far and I'll be back with more news soon.


Monday, 4 June 2012

Did you see them?

Good morning, peeps!  I hope you are all well and enjoying a little sunshine on this Bank Holiday morning.  Did you see the River Pageant yesterday?  Our brave Queen looked absolutely perished, I hope she had her thermals on!

The other programme on the TV yesterday was the Stamping with Clarity Show and these are the cards I managed to make this month:

This was made from the Beach Huts Kit but I also included the Street from the Harbour Kit that featured on a past show.

I love making backgrounds and this one was created with Twinkling H2Os.  Barbara and Dean said it reminded them of Tales of the Unexpected opening sequence and it really does but I hadn't thought of that when I made the card.  If you remember that old TV programme don't admit to it, it was years and years ago!

This photograph didn't come out too well because of the light from my lamps reflecting on the mica surface but, after colouring the fish and coral with Copics, I sprayed Glimmer Mist over the surface and then decoupaged two more fish on top of that.  The idea was to make it look as though there were fish in the sea in the background and then the decoupaged ones were supposed to be in the foreground.  It worked IRL but it didn't show properly in the photograph.

This card was from the Classroom kit for June and since we have Wimbledon later this month, I chose to use the tennis player and tennis balls.  If you saw the show, you'll know that Barbara and Dean only just survived talking about the Sport and Balls Kit without totally corpsing!

Finally, there was my lady diver card and I chose to use this image with the Union Flag Set, which is so easy to use.  My clever teamie, Linda created the swimmers' costumes from this flag image but I chose to paper piece the cozzie here.

Thanks for looking at this latest batch of goodies in my DT work - I do hope you enjoyed them and enjoy the rest of this Bank Holiday break.