Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Tuesday Taggers "Gift in a Jar"

Hi Folks....fingers crossed again.....regarding the scheduler......when you read this I should be about halfway through my holiday in Brittany, by now I should be fully relaxed with my batteries recharged, .....I'll tell you more about it when I get back.

For this weeks challenge we were asked to make a gift in a bottle, although some of the other DT members have been playing with lotions and potions, I decided to make a gift aimed specifically at a crafty friend.

How often do you hear a crafter complain that their Mojo has gone AWOL....... Mojo Magic just might be the answer.

Jar Lid painted with Cosmic Shimmer pigments dissolved in PVA, Little envelopes and Jar lables etc created using Cosmic Shimmer and Tattered Angel spritz inks, embossing powder and stamped with Stayzon and Versamark, using Craft Individuals and PaperArtsy stamps. All available from our sponsor The Craft Barn.

Each envelope is attached to a piece of ribbon and contains a charm or embellishment and a word or theme to help kickstart creativity. Just pull out an envelope and see where it leads you.

In the best tradition of "Bottled Produce" my jar of Mojo Magic has been sealed using a wax seal.
Bye for now, see you all when I get back.
Bee xx

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Tuesday Taggers Retro Week

Hi folks,
I really hope I've set up the scheduler properly, or I might be letting the cat out of the bag early, If I have....big apologies all round.

Just a really quick post today, the theme at Tuesday Taggers starting Tuesday 18th August is "Retro", for my project this week I have created a clipboard using the October Afternoon goodies from The Craft Emporium that I won on TT a few weeks ago.....BIG THANK YOU LYN....

The Road Map papers and embellishments were exactly right for my project, I loved the colours and graphic quality of the images. On the back of the clipboard I added a digital picture of an old 2CV which I created from a photo (My OH owns a really old 2CV which he loves...)

The clipboard is to take on our road trip holiday to Brittany......which is where I should be by the time you read this....if....the scheduler works.....lol.
I call it our Road Trip Holiday because we travel by Road and then overnight on Brittany Ferries, this year there are eight of us going in two cars. We have been going back to the same place for five years now and it feels like home away from home....only with the Road Trip inbetween, and then once we get there, there are certain special places we like to visit every year as well as exploring new ones.

Bye for now

Bee xx

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Altered Tin for Tuesday Taggers.

Hi Everyone.

It is an absolutely beautiful morning here in Lincolnshire, blue sky and sunshine, I really hope it lasts. I always feel so much better when the weather is good. I've got a busy week ahead of me as I am off on holiday with the family next Monday to Brittany, it is a place we try to go to every year and just love, but there is so much to do before I go....lol....it is always the same, I try to get organised ahead of time but somehow I never quite manage it.

The Theme this week at Tuesday Taggers is "Birds and Bees" it was chosen by my good friend and Design Team mate Clarky J. Today is her birthday, so here is a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY for her

For this challenge I have altered a small tin that used to contain a pack of playing cards, I have covered the entire tin and lid with a Print Backingpaper and then added distress inks using cut and dry foam. The bird, Branch and sentiment stamps are from a set by Stampin Up, the branch has been stamed twice and decoupaged. The bee is also a stamped image which has been cut out, coloured and glazed with glossy accents and added as an embellishment. The stamped images and their background have all been coloured using distress inks, and I used some sequin waste as a mask to add the"Honeycomb" which was then accentuated with Distress Stickles. This was then matted onto brown card stock before matting onto the lid. A seven gypsies Wax seal and a piece of ribbon around the edge of the tin lid finished the project off.
I hope you like it.
Bee xx

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Stampboard Necklace.

Hi Everyone,
The challenge this week over at "Lots To Do" is to use stampboard in your project.
Now this is a challenge which I knew I would really enjoy, I just love Stampboard, it is so versatile and forgiving.
For my entry this week I have made a necklace using 3 pieces of stampboard, a few glass beads, brass spacers, metal findings and some cord.

The 3 pieces of stampboard were arranged into a single square and stamped as if they were one piece using an Artylicious Peacock Feather Stamp and black stayzon ink, the images were then coloured in using a very fine brush and Tinkabella acrylic ink, finally they were edged with a copper Krylon pen and glazed with Utee. I have use metal jewellery findings (although perhaps no as they were intended to be used) and jumprings to attach them to the cord.

Although I have used stampboard to make brooches, pendants and bag charms in the past, I am particularly pleased with this necklace, and Sam will like it I think....her favourite colour is green.

Bee xx

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Lots of Weather today.....and Crafting

There has certainly been lots of weather here today. This morning started out dull and drizzly, then that elusive phenonemon the Sun made a brief appearance, before the heavens opened....still a good excuse to get on with some crafting....as if I needed an excuse...lol.

This weekend is the third annual gathering of the Docrafts ATCers at Loughborough - Luffy as it is affectionately known, superbly organised by Barjan and his stalwart helpers....so first I made a few ATCs to take to swap.....

and then I made a double page scrapbook layout for Barjan's Challenge.
I normally scrapbook in either 12" x 12" or 8" x 8" format, but this time the layout had to be rectangular. One of the other requirements was to use stamping on the layout, so I used a script stamp in the background and stamped my titles.

The other requirement is that the scrapbook pages are ATC sized !!! yep that's right 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" ..... quite a challenge.

I hope you like them......lol.

Bee xx

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Hi Everyone,
What a miserable day it has been weatherwise, cold, dull and pouring with rain this morning, hot, humid and dull this afternoon. I really felt like I needed some colour in my life this morning so I headed out into my Craft Shed and created this.....

It must have been the influence of the black rain clouds I could see out of the window....LOL,

It is a 99p Mirror bought at IKEA which I have altered for a challenge on The Lots to Do Site. The theme being recycle.
I have used torn corrugated cardboard and a ring pull as my main recycled materials, along with piece of ribbon and 4 brads. Everything was painted with black acrylic paint and then some silver acrylic dry brushed on the corrugations. A couple of pieces of sequin waste were used as masks and a silver wax rubbed through to add some more texture. A quote was then stamped with Black Stayzon onto tissue paper and adhered with PVA.
Unfortunately the photo doesn't show this mirror frame off to best advantage, but my 14 year old daughter laid claim to it the minute she saw it.....praise indeed....lol.

Bee xx

Monday, 3 August 2009

Key Tag / Photo Frame

Hi Everyone,

This is the Key Tag cum Photo frame I made for my first DT spot with Tuesday Taggers. The theme this week is Flowers, and there are some fantastic bits of inspiration produced by my DT team mates, check out the origami flowers Teri has made, they are fab, and Katy's Flower Pot. at http://tuesdaytaggers.blogspot.com/

The tag is made almost entirely from grunge paper elements that I have cut on my new Cricut Expression, using the accent essentials cartridge that came with it. Frame and back, leaves and flower shapes.
After colouring the flowers I spritzed them lightly with water and added some shape to them before assembling them. They hold their shape really well when they dry.
I have used distress inks in Broken China, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap to colour all elements prior to assembly, and then coated the grunge paper surfaces with Diamond glaze to protect the whole piece.
A piece of acetate has been sandwiched between the frame and the backplate to cover the photo window, and protect the photo.
2 brads and 2 bead spacers were used to make up the flowers and help secure them in place.
Some twine for the stitching along two sides,both decorative and practical to help hold the frame together.
A Bee Button and an eyelet.
A Key ring and a magnetic closure to allow the photo to be changed.
There you have it!

I am really pleased with the end result. I love the way that distress inks react on grunge paper and the intensity of colour that can be achieved.
Bee xx