Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Medieval entry 2

Well I did say I had another idea for the challenge at Just for Fun and after a hectic week I have managed to find the time to fit it in.

I've had the piece of metallic looking card for ages but didn't know what to make with it. Made the frame then the medieval shield shapes and cut the centres from some of them to make flowers. Shaped them a bit with various tools then found a picture of a knight and distressed a bit of paper to print the the knight onto.

Now I have woven story around the picture. Not sure you want to read it but here goes lol

Poor Rylan had been in crusades before but the coming one would take him away from his lovely wife, Batilda, and their 2 children for a few years. He knew they would miss him as much as he would miss them so he had a picture drawn of himself and then he went to the forge and had a frame made to hold the picture. He hid it away until the day before he was due to depart for the crusade then hung it on the wall so he would always be there to watch over his family.

Ahh ! Well Valentines day isn't far away :)

Friday, 27 January 2012

Medieval at Just for Fun

So Many wonderful things to think about at Just for Fun challenges. I loved the medieval The Games of Kings with all that it had to offer and I don't usual like raunchy things in films or books but this story needed it I feel. Heck I am rambling and in another world now.

The small picture at the bottom is of medieval tiles in a church somewhere in the UK. The one above is my version of the floor tiles. I cut out 36 squares and stamped some of them and distressed others. Von introduced me to the stamping technique where you can use one stamp to create a different pattern. Thanks Von for this month's challenges and for teaching me loads of stuff :)

Now what to do with the panel of tiles that seemed to take forever to make.

I made some backing papers by scanning the piece I made then working a bit of magic in paint shop pro.

I have an idea for another thing I want to make for this challenge-isn't life exciting? Well it would be if I didn't have to go food shopping and then tackle the ironing :(

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

In the Mail

At Try It on Tuesday it is the interesting subject of In The Mail for their challenge this week. Lots of ideas from the design team

Thought my new Cosmic Shimmer mist would have shown up more as it looks lovely in real life--that's scanners for ya :(


At Craft Room Challenge this week it is Valentines as the subject so I made one for my husband--he will faint as I have never sent one to him before.:)

Also I have had this beautiful Cuddly Buddly Patchwork Heart for a few years so I used that and some backing paper from a magazine that I have also had a very long time so they fitted in well with the Have a Heart Challenge at Oldie but Goodie

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Another Art Nouveau Piece

Had a play in Paint Shop Pro this morning and made this card topper. All one dimensional but what I love to do. I had a picture of the lady and found a free to use digital frame that I thought matched the period then made backing paper and other bits and bobs. Another entry for the challenge at Just for Fun this week

A few challenges combined

I don't usually combined challenges but I felt inspired by these three so put them together.

The sketches at Sketch Saturday are always inspiring for me so that was my base, then I looked at Craft Your Days Away and saw that the challenge was distressing--not something I'm good at but I do keep trying and they say practice makes perfect. Last but not least was the challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge and it is 'Under the Weather' and so many of my friends are just that at the moment so I made a get well card for one of them.
The sun was shining on the card so it looks a bit sparkly.

Lovely poppy and sentiment stamps were part of the blog candy I won at This Little Place-thanks Zoe, and the wooden shapes are from Kars. I used the aged mahogany Distressed Ink on almost everything

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Things with Wings and Fairies

I have combined the Challenge at Try it on Tuesday and the one at Moving Along with the Times as one was fairies and the other things with wings.

I must thank Florence for the wonderful idea on her blog of using a birdcage die and dragonflies I thought the card she made was wonderful.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Use numbers at C-R-A-F-T Challenge

I was pleased to see this challenge as it gave me the inspiration to make my daughter and son-in-law a second wedding anniversary card.

The background on the image is the room in the Scottish castle where they got married.

Art Noveau at JFF

I wasn't sure what the difference was between Art Deco and Art Noveau but thanks to the challenge at Just for fun  I have found out. Seems to me like Art Deco is more masculine and angular and Art Noveau feminine and flowery:)

I made this window ornament by printing an art deco stained glass image onto acetate and mounting it in a frame. impossible to take a picture of it hung in the window because the frame just looked black because of the sunny background. Here it is just standing on my little easel.

Oh it doesn't seem to be my day--I think it may be upside down lol

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Blog Candy from My Little Place

I won this beautiful blog candy from Zoe at My Little Place. I love all of it and will be able to make so many nice pieces with the different things--not to mention the fact that some of the beautiful jewellery may well find itself being worn by me :)

Thank you Zoe and to the random generator for chosing my number

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Clean and Simple and Celebration

At Craft-room challenge it is clean and simple which isn't a style I do well but I do like to try things that I am good at so I might do them better. I have combined this with the C-R-A-F-T Challenge which is 'celebration' and our wedding anniversary is one celebration we always look forward to every year.

Lovely inspiring samples and great challenges.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Art Deco at Just for Fun

Art Deco at Just for Fun

What an honour to be asked to be a guest designer this week at Just for Fun
I hadn't a clue what to make so I went for inspiration to our local charity shops and found this heart shaped mirror for £3. It looked very art deco with the 3 pieces and bevelled edges and was a nice size, 12 inches by 13 inches
 The templates for the backgrounds and embellishments were made in PSP then assembled onto very thick card--a box that was in the loft provided that.
The ladies I found on an embroidery pattern site and I enhanced them to make them large enough for the sides of the mirror. Parts of the ladies had to be raised with silicone as the mirror is quite thick and the bottom of the dresses and the arms would have been flapping about if I hadn't secured them. There were two hooks on the mirror and I managed to thread those through the card and make a hanger with string. It now hangs in our hall in a space that has needed something a bit different for a long time

Resist Technique Tag

At Try it on Tuesday the challenge is to make a tag using a resist technique. I know there are lots but I looked at one of the samples by the design team and decided to use that. I stamped the bird and the flower images with embossing ink and then used distressed inks on top of them.

Really lovely samples from all of the team-thank you.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Photo Inspiration and Old Stamp

I combined the challenges at Oldie but a Goodie with the one at The Shabby Tea Room as they seemed to fit together nicely.

Made a tag using the colour inspiration and the photo ideas at The Shabby Tea Room

This is the old stamp I used for Oldie but a Goodie.
It is dated 2005 and I bought it about then and have used it often. Made by Whipper Snapper Designs number DW401 and titled True Friends.

The dummy stamp is quite new and was free with a craft magazine.

Would have loved to have been a dress designer and made the dresses as well. I think my tag fits in with the back to work theme.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Thank you at C-R-A-F-T Challenge 136

I have made this card for the challenge 136 at C-R-A-F-T Challenge always nice to have a spare thank you card I think. Thank you for the challenge.

60's and 70's at JFF

Pop over to Just for Fun and see the great samples and entries for the challenge-brilliant.

What great times we had then though I got married in 1962 and had my first child in 1964. You should have seen the wallpaper we had-I am fightened just thinking about some we had on all of the walls in a small bathroom -relaxing it wasn't lol!

Well I used to make tie and die headsquares that you wore as a head band. I found it difficult to remember how the heck to perfect tie and dye these days so these are poor replicas of my amazing works of art in the old days:) Could be my memory isn't as good as it was lol and they weren't as perfect as I am thinking they were.:(

A must with a headband was the target earrings and a CND medallion on leather.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Shabby Tea Room and Sunday Sketch and Stamp Challenge

It is Time Flies at Shabby Tea Room and there is an inspiring picture to help you along the way. Also a lovely Sketch at Sunday Sketch and Stamp as well