Sunday, 23 January 2011

Are Yer Dancin'?

I bought the Dylusion paints and stamps at the back end of last year, then Christmas kicked in before I really had a chance to play. But I dug them out today and they are never going away again. The paints are gorgeous, they go on so smoothly and blend.... yum. I used green, yellow and orange for the background then sprayed with vanilla custard spray OMG I never wanted it to dry, the colours just glowed. The houses are stamped onto DI's in yellows and oranges. I defy anyone to use Dy's products and not have a big fat grin on their faces. It's like she puts something of herself into her paints, you don't aim for straight, or measure, you just slap it on and know that it will be ok :o)
Twinkie and Marci are feeling the lurve, and he's asking the age old question...
I'm entering this into Simon Says Stamp And Show's polka dot challenge. I had the best time making this - thanks very much for looking and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Friday, 21 January 2011

It' s A Contraption Of Some Sort (and a break from the cute)!!

4x4 Friday has a theme of Winged Men this week, I hope my entry is eligable 'cos technically the wings arn't my guys own, but then again what mens are??
It was so nice to put away the cute - no offence meant to my intrepid flyer :o) and no bought embelishments or twiddely bits :o)
I like the 4x4 format, big enought to get inky and messy, but it doesn't take forever to fill the page (I still have my phobia of blank card) lol.
The stamps are mostly Scrolls Work, together with Artistic Outpost and 7 Gypsies. Lots of Distress Inks and a smidge of Distress Embossing powder.
I'm also entering this into the Stamp Man's Distress challenge, and The Artistic Stamper's Things With Wings.
Thanks very much for looking and have a great weekend x

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Can I Have A Blue Peter Badge Please?

I got these Paper Artsy stamps before Christmas, and I've finally inked 'em up. The Stampman has a Distress challenge, and Big Bird has been distressed to within an inch of her life. In true Blue Peter style I started with a toilet roll tube and painted it with Eco Green paint in green patina.
The base is a beer mat that I stamped and tripple embossed. Big Birds body(s) have been cut out of chipboard, and coloured with acrylic paints, then stamped with the bodies. I've added some silver metal to the smaller wings.Everything has been coloured with Distress Inks and bits and bobs of Tim Holtz hardware added, and the odd swirl with a white gel pen.To distress the old bird even more she's well coated in distress stickles in mustard seed and rock candy. My scissors now have a new place to live.
I'm also entering this into the  Artistic Stamper monthly challenge which this month is Things With Wings.
Thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Winter Wonderland

I made this card in my head and I wish you could have seen it 'cos it was lovely, subtle, understated elegance however stick a tube of glitter glue in my hand and....
wayhey we're back at junior school and my tongue's sticking out and there's glitter on the cat and....:o)
Anyhoo this is my entry to The Royal Academy of Arts - no, better than that, it's Sir Stampalot's Winters Tale, Crafty Hazelnut's Trees, Simon Says Stamp and Show Masking, and last but definitely not least, Lots to Do which is brayering.
I stamped my new Art Kure stamps on glossy white, and coloured with distress inks. Then I lightly??? stickled and and 'fluffy stuffed' the roofs, and cut out.
I brayed the background with a Big and Juicy in pale blue, then added Glimmer Screens (had these 3 years - they finally made it out of the box) as masks and sprayed with glimmer mists. Note to self 2 colours is gooood 3 is baaaaaad. How can silver turn blue and green into mud??
So, started again, used the screens as masks, sprayed, then turned them over and used as stamps.
It may not be elegant but it was fun to make, and I get to spend the rest of the evening tidying up - does it get any better??
Thanks very much for looking x

A 3fer Christmas Card


Wayhey it's the middle of January and I'm still sticking to my resolution to be more organised next Christmas.  My Christmas card has been made using the Penny Black stamp of hedgehogs (ahhh) with Paws for the Winter Wonderland challenge. I've also used the Penny Black  recipe, and used patterned paper, 3 buttons, twine and a charm. and finally the design is from Sketch Saturday (this is turning into an Oscar acceptance speech, and here I am sitting in my nighty :o)  ) I've had these papers for a couple of years and can't remember where they came from, but the colours are really fresh and cheerful. Hedgie's have been coloured in Prisma and Promarkers with the obligatory Christmas glitter.
The buttons have been cut using a Martha Stewart punch, this is really nice 'cos it embosses and cuts the thread holes at the same time.
I really liked making this card, just hopes the glue hangs in there till Christmas!
Thanks very much for looking and enjoy your Sunday x

Saturday, 15 January 2011

The Power of Love Stampsmith Style

It's time for another challenge over at The Stampsmith, and this time it's The Power of Love. It's ages since I've made an acetate card, and I thought this card suited one nicely.
I'm really struggling to take a photograph as we have no light - even in the middle of the day I need to use flash - not good with acetate!
The background papers are fab, they are from Craftwork Cards and are foiled. I got them in a goodie back at Christmas and I love 'em.
I've used a Tim Holtz die to cut the flower, and gave it a bit of a curl.
The ribbon also came in the goodie bag and I've tied it using the unmovable knot click on the link, honestly you will never tie ribbon round a card any other way :o)
This is an anniversary card for my Mum and Dad, 52 years of wedded er bliss Mmm don't know about a card, I think they both deserve a medal lol.
A great challenge, and thanks very much for looking x

Friday, 14 January 2011

Crazy.... I Think She's Crazy....

Here's my entry to the latest Stampotique challenge which is Put on your best mask.  I've stamped and masked Karin onto some stampboard, then stamped and masked the Welcome Door, and stamped the sun.
As it's Karin I've then thrown the kitchen sink at it and stamped 2 Sticks and the hearts.
When I grow up (??) I want to be Karin, she's as mad as a box of frogs but she doesn't care lol.
I've coloured it all in watercolour pencils then UTE over the top.
I really enjoyed this, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

And Here's Another...

Here's my entry to Craftyhazelnut's new Christmas card challenge. The backgrounds are distress inks, and the rest is a Kanban QVC kit that I had truely forgotten I had. It's a lovely kit but I find it depressing to just pust out the elements and stick down. At least I feel like I've put a bit of something into making this one. I will be ready for next Christmas, I will I will....
Thanks very much for looking x

Not Another Christmas Card....

Oh Yes it is....  This is the new, improved and organised Sue The Iron, who refuses to do last minute again this year (but you do it so well I hear you cry :o)  ) So it was Christmas Eve and I was doing my family cards AGAIN, before wrapping the presents AGAIN!! it's not like Christmas came early or anything but orgainised is not my middle name.

SO here is the first of this years cards which is for the Stampotique challenge of a die cut and a punch.
The Basic Grey papers have been cut with the new Grand Calibur Spellbinder dies. I havn't bought the machine 'cos I know I won't get my monies worth, but I can run the smallest two through my Cuttlebug. I thought it would make easel cards nicely, and it does, but after a couple I'm bored so thank goodness I didn't buy the machine. I really do have the attention span of a gnat unless I'm getting inky.
The card base and top's outside is lots of DI's, and my new Stampotique tree has pride of place. The punch is the corner rounder that has gone round my sentiment. See I have to play by the rules, I couldn't claim the snowflake as that is a die cut lol.
Thanks very much for looking, and Merry Christmas (is that tooo organised lol) x

Santa Brought Me These....

No not the 3 wise men, but these gorgeous Art Journey stamps. It's the first set I've bought from there but I would love some more (damn you spending ban!!) lol.
The challenge this month is embossing powder. I've created my background with distress inks onto a piece of stampboard. I'd forgotten how wonderful this is to stamp on. The barbed wire stamp has been embossed with That Special Touch of Metal copper embossing powder and WOW this is just like liquid metal - love it!
See how I've underlined the 'friends' at the bottom - how lucky was that! :o)
Check out the challenge blog for inspiration and the chance to win a $10.00 (that's Euro's but I can't find that key - does a keyboard have a Euro key??) gift certificate.
Thanks very much for looking x

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

It's A New Year!

And I hope it's a happy and healthy one for everyone!
To say that I spend half my life looking through peoples blogs, I can't believe that I've just stumbled upon The Kathryn Wheel. She has completed an amazing calender of 2010 and is all set to do it again this year. Always being one to start (and then quite often give up) something, I thought I would give it a go. Look I've filled in the first couple of days then I ran out of things to say lol. Note to self, do bigger bits to write in then you can fill 'em with long words and look smart :o) I don't know why but I just really wanted to stamp the fish.
Anyone can join in so please check out Kate's fabulous blog and be inspired. x