Saturday 25 March 2017

It's Those Crazy Dogs Again

Good morning and happy Saturday. Today we are flying home from Spain - it seems really strange to be saying this as of course as I'm typing it we haven't even been yet lol. I'm very happy to be sharing my second Country View Crafts Tim Holtz inspired piece for this month - a very special birthday card.

It's a very simple background with my favourite Halftone and Rings stamps, Distress Inks, and bones from the Crazy Dogs stamp set.

Now the fun part, lots of stamping and cutting, colouring and Stickeling!
I've used Crazy Dogs stamps, and dies.

Just look at that face :-)
There's lots of Glossy Accents on the dogs eyes, nose, and tongue. A wet nose and tongue = a happy dog!

The presents have been coloured with Distress Markers and Distress Stickles. It seems like ages since I've used these. I know you can use a heat gun to dry these, but I still like to dry them overnight so that I can assemble in safety ;-)

A 70th birthday is definitely something to celebrate! I like that there's always the perfect word in this Celebration Words die set.

I would hate him to forget how old he is, so I've added a nice big 70 cut from the Wordplay die, and added some quilling strips as balloon streamers.
There's still time to join in our challenge, so I hope to see your across there.
Have a great week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Party Time

Good morning and welcome from a (hopefully) sunny Spain. As I type this it's a cold and rainy/snowy Sunday morning in Pontefract, but by the magic of Blogger you should be reading it on a sunny Wednesday - technology eh!
The second Rubber Dance themed challenge is Spring, and this is what I've made.

I'll save you the white cat in a snowstorm picture, but I cut my chipboard and stencilled some texture paste on, then gesso'd and sprayed with some Tim Holtz Distress sprays.

Time to add a bit of colour with my stencils and Portfolio pastels.
And some stamping with gesso with this stamp from the Round in Circles plate.

I smooshed some inks for my dancing ladies, I've used  Celestial Dancer 1, 2, and 3.

A little bit of cutting and sticking.

The words are a Robin Williams quote.

So we have dancing Spring ladies, far better than shivering Winter ones! 
It's over to you now, please join in with our Spring challenge. Check out our fab new website, and if you add SDFreeShip to your order it will be free P&P :-)
Have a great week, and thanks very much for looking x

Monday 13 March 2017

Winter Wonderland

Good evening, it's time for my second Christmas project over at Season's Greetings 'cos it will be here before we know it ;-) As always the theme is 'anything goes' with an optional twist of embossing. Heat embossing was one of my first loves and I still use it loads. Here is my card.

I started with a couple of sheets of 8 x 8 paper from the same pack so that they co-ordinated.

Then added some texure paste through a stencil, gesso'd over then stamped with a Wendy Vecchi text stamp.

I've got some quite thick chipboard so I cut some Tim Holtz shapes.
Then roughly painted with acrylic paint.
Fun time now, I embossed with ultra thick white embossing powder for a sprinkle of snow.
I distressed my backing paper and also gave it a sprinkling of snow.
Time to put it all together. My deer have been triple embossed in gold, then stamped with the same Wendy Vecchi background stamp.
I love the texture that the UTEE gives.
There's so much weight in the chipboard that I had to sew another base card to my card to stop it toppling over!

For my sentiment I've used a Rubber Dance Christmas Tags stamp and more white embossing powder.
There's also lots of messy stitching and general shabbiness! There's no way this will fit into an envelope so I will have to make a box for it, but that's a job for another day.
Remember, Christmas is coming, so please join in with our challenge, and like all good Boy Scouts, be prepared!
Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking xx

We're Having A Blog Hop

Helloooo, from a very sunny Spain! it's ages since I've been on a blog hop, so I'm really hoppy - did you see what I did there :-) to be joining in with one at Rubber Dance. Here's a page for my new tag book.

I kept the backgrounds nice and simple, just 3 distress inks and a couple of stencils.

Time for the stamping now. On this one I've used 
Round In Circles (in the background)
Star Lady  and
Sarcastic Superpower
a bit of black acrylic and a white pen to finish off. My lovely lady has been coloured in with pencils.

For this one I used my new favourite (for today)
Night Cat
Something Fishy (on shrink plastic) and
Sarcastic Superpower - I licked it so it's mine is my new favourite saying :-)

Here we have everyone's favourite
a bow from Cosy Christmas
Round in Circles (background)
Artfully Stamped (post mark) and
Sarcastic Superpower

To be in the prize draw, the only thing you have to do is: leave comments! Leave some love on the team blogs, and on the Rubber Dance blog.  Commenting is from today until Sunday, march 19th, 23:55 CET.  We'll announce the winners on April 5th in the March Challenge Winners post, so be sure to follow our blog if you aren't already.

Anyway, take a look at the prizes:

Prize #1: One sheet of stamps of your own choice!
Prize #2: Any 3 single stamps of your own choice!

It's now time to hop over to the lovely Bibi's blog where something wonderful awaits you.
Have a very happy day, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday 1 March 2017

Everything Tim

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday. The challenge this month at Country View Crafts has been chosen by Craftyfield, and it's Inspired By Tim Holtz. For me Tim has been a great inspiration, he's shown that it doesn't have to be all about cutting and sticking, and that it's OK to be a bit different. He may be the King of Grunge, but he also has some very pretty images, and today I've gone with the pretties.

This is one of my very favourite stamps sets, and I wanted to stamp it in pinks, but it's for my Mum, and she likes blue, so blues it was.

These are the colours of Distress Ink that I'll be using.

A nice inky spritzed background - I love the Blueprint Sketch, very subtle NOT!

Just ready for some stamping. I've used Papillon, and Halftone and Rings

And cut through with the Mixed Media set.

The large background stamp has been stamped with the same Distress Inks, unusual for me as I usually reach for the black.

Another die cut now, the coloured butterflies are on a piece of left over alcohol inked glossy card - never throw anything away lol. The die is the Detailed Butterfly set.

These look really nice when stacked together.
 What, you think the embellishments may have been used before - how very dare you ;-)

I stamped the butterflies in black for placement, then added some Remnant Rubs to fill a gap up.

Then I stamped the butterflies again onto vellum, and embossed in white. The sentiment is from my favourite Simple Sayings set.

This is going straight into my suitcase 'cos we're going away on Saturday to sunny (or maybe) rainy Spain.

I hope you join in with our challenge, remember there's £20.00 to spend in the shop for the random winner.  Have a great day, and thanks very much for looking xx

Follow That Muse...

Good morning and welcome to March. This year is going so quickly (just like last year, and the year before) I know, you can keep your old age jokes to yourselves lol. A new month brings a new colour challenge at Rubber Dance, and this is what I've made.

And these are the mood board colours. Don't they make you long for Spring!

These are the colours that I've used, they are all by DecoArt.

First is the Primary Yellow with Primary Magenta over the top through an Andy Skinner stencil.
Then came the turquoise with a peeled paint technique.
Time to add some stamping. The vision quote is from the Artfully Stamped plate. Even with all the fabulous images out there I'm always drawn to text stamps. I rubbed back lots of the paint, and added a layer of DecoArt crackle paste on top, then sealed with matte medium to take the shine away.
This is with most of the white paint removed and the crackle showing through.

I stamped the larger face from Face Up and coloured with some water colour pencils.
Then stamped, coloured, and cut out hundreds and hundreds (well a fair few) Textured Flowers and surrounded my lovely lady with them.
I also added my sentiment which is also from Artfully Stamped.   I stamped it straight onto my heart -  without a safety net - I know, I scare myself sometimes too.

And there we are, all done. This was great fun, working with beautiful colours. Now it's your turn to join in. Remember the challenge runs until the 15th, when there's a fab new one, so you better check back here then too - just sayin' ;-)
The wonderful Bibi has given me a code for everyone. If you put in SDFreeShip the P&P is free :-)
Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking xx