Sunday, 30 August 2015

Christmas is coming.......

Good morning my friends, hope you are enjoying the UK Bank Holiday.

This year is passing by so quickly, I realised I need to get going soon with my Christmas cards for this year or I'm going to be in a bit of a panic in a couple of months' time !

Today's project is a Christmas card I created as my entry for a Rudolph Day challenge set for an online crafting group I belong to.  The theme for the challenge is to create a Christmas card using a non-Christmassy image.

I had a sheet of metallic stickers by Martha Stewart in my stash that had been there for some considerable time so decided to use some on this project.

Tools and materials used :-
  • Spellbinders trellis die
  • Metallic stickers sheet by Martha Stewart
  • SU! Sassy Salutations sentiment stamp and ink
  • Red and white cardstock scraps
  • 6x6 scalloped edge cardstock
A simple design that meets the challenge brief and was quick to make.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today, thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Runway Birthday

Happy Saturday dear friends, here's to a lovely Bank Holiday weekend for those of us living in the UK.

The project I'm sharing with you today is a card I made for a pal's birthday recently. 

I used the following materials and tools :-

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Runway CMS214 stamp set
  • Woodware Bubble Bloom 'Michele' stamp
  • SU! inks
  • Dove Blender Pen
  • Glossy Accents (applied to the runway model image)
  • Clear Wink of Stella pen
  • C6 scalloped edge base card
Thanks for dropping by to see today's project, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Joseph's Coat Technique

Hi there friends, today I'm sharing a couple of cards I made using a technique I learned about recently thanks to my pal Kathy aka The Purple Princess who gave me a link to the following YouTube video tutorial on the  Joseph's Coat Technique

This was my first attempt at the technique

I used the Fern stamp by JustRite and Distress Inks in Fossilised Amber, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon to create the design. 
This week's challenge over on the Simply Less is More Blog has a sketch to follow.  My JCT panel was perfect to make a couple of cards to enter into the challenge.
For the first one I added some stripes of each of the DI colours I'd used on the JCT panel and added half of the panel.

On this second one I changed the layout of the sketch slightly and moved the location of the sentiment from bottom right to top left with the rest of the JCT panel in bottom right.

It's a fun technique, why not give it a try yourself.
Thanks for taking the time to check on my latest project.  Have a great day.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Nautical but Nice

Happy new week friends, I hope you had a great weekend.  On Saturday I went to the Cornwall Craft Show at the Lanhydrock Hotel near Bodmin.  It was a small show with just a handful of stalls but they were packed with lots of great stash and I came away with a few things I never knew I needed LOL.

Today I have a card to share with you.  A while back I bought a set of stamps by Elines - set number ECO144 - and the 'Beach House' Paper Bloc to go with it. 

This is the card I made using the papers and stamps
and a close up shot

a close up of the fishes

Tools and materials used on the card:

  • Elines ECO144 stamp set - stamps used on card: ship, shell, fish, anchor, faux stitching, compass, label, stencilled letters
  • Elines 'Beach House' Paper Bloc - pieces used from various sheets in the pack
  • Spectrum Aqua Pens
  • Clear Wink of Stella Pen
  • Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
  • Crafters' Companion Watercolour Card
  • Glossy Accents
  • Kraft basecard
The shells were created by stamping the shell image onto watercolour card then cut out.  Coloured with Aqua pen then a layer of Wink of Stella clear ink added.  They were then spritzed on the back with clean water and using a couple of sizes of ball tool and a foam pad, shaped from the back.

I stamped the fish a few times, coloured with Aquas then Wink of Stella added over the top.  After cutting each one out I attached them to the piece of twine then applied Glossy Accents to each one.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, thanks for dropping by.  Happy Crafting !

Friday, 21 August 2015

Fabric Box and Tissue Holder Gift

Good morning friends, as promised yesterday I'm sharing a sewing project with you today.  Well there are two projects actually, a fabric box to hold a hand cream and other small toiletry items and a matching tissue holder, which I made for a birthday gift recently.

Here's a pic of both items

and a shot showing the fabric box inside

I used some of the lovely denim ribbon by DoCrafts, attached by using one of the fancy stitches built into my Janome sewing machine and the fabrics were fat quarters bought from Hobby Craft.

I hope you've enjoyed checking out my sewing projects today, thanks for taking the time drop by Stamping Grandma.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

My Latest Journal Page

Today has dawned damp and dark again here in my bit of Cornwall, so depressing !  I hope you have better weather and the sun is shining on you wherever you are in the world.

The project I'm sharing with you today is a journal page which I completed recently.  I haven't done much journaling in the past few months and had lots of fun allowing this page to grow and change as I worked on it with no real plan - just allowed my imagination freedom to develop.

Here's a couple of close up shots

My journal has black pages so I first used gesso on the page before starting.  The left side of the page design was created on a sheet of linen finish cardstock and then adhered to the journal page. 

I used the following tools and materials:-

  • Vision INKcognito stamp byVisible Image
  • Linen finish cardstock
  • Ken Oliver's Colour Burst Pigment
  • Memory Box Stencil - Texture Rings and Puddles; Garden; Alpha Worn Out (to create words on left side image)
  • Heidi Swapp Butterflies Stencil
  • TCW Stencil
  • Organic fibres (I believe it was made from banana leaves)
  • Stampendous Aged Gold Frantage
  • Distress Paint in Sapphire
  • Distress Inks - Cracked Pistachio; Fossilised Amber, all applied using a round blending tool) 
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Black Pitt Pen
  • White Signo Uni Ball Broad Pen
  • Masking Fluid
  • Ranger Transparent Texture Paste
That's it from me, I hope you enjoyed your visit today, tomorrow I think I'll share some sewing I've been doing lately.

Have a great day whatever you have planned.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Congratulations and Celebrations

Welcome to Wednesday with Stamping Grandma.  It's half-way through the week and how are you holding up ?  I do hope your week is going well wherever in the world you are.

For today's project I used some newly acquired stash items that I'd been itching to use.

For the design I used:

  • Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Fossilized Amber (both new 2015 colours) *
  • Kaisercraft stamps
  • Ville d'ailleurs stamp sets - Lutinia and Zintenkia *
  • Black Archival Ink
  • SU! Sassy Salutations stamp set
* these are my new stash items

Using the DI's and Kaisercraft stamps I created the background then overstamped the Ville d'ailleurs images using Archival ink.  The sentiment was also stamped using Archival.

As this fits the current Simply Less is More challenge theme 'Congratulations'  I shall be entering my card for the challenge, it is an Anniversary Congratulations card for a couple of pals.

Thanks for dropping by today, hope you liked today's project.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Colour Burst with Salt

Happy Tuesday folks, how are you doing today ?  Good I hope.

Today my project involves Ken Oliver's Colour Burst pigments to create a lovely vibrant background using just two colours and a piece of water colour card.

I spritzed with water before dropping a few grains of the pigment onto the damp card and allowed the colours to develop for a short while.  I then sprinkled over a few grains of salt which picked up some of the colour and produced an attractive effect.

The finished and dried background was turned into this card by stamping randomly using a stamp from the 'Zintenkia' set by Ville de ailleurs and Black Archival ink.  I doodled some smaller images with a fine nib Pitt Pen in between the stamped images.  I then used a Dove Blender Pen and SU! Whisper White ink to colour parts of the stamped circles.  Using a faux zig zag stitches stamp from Elines stamp set ECO144 and Archival ink to stamp around the edges to look like it had been stitched with thread.

The background layer was then attached to a 5 x 5 black base card.

Finally I stamped the sentiment from the SU! Sassy Salutations stamp set on to a scrap of the watercolour card and again stamped around the edges using the faux stitching stamp.  This was attached in the centre of the lower edge of the background, overlapping slightly.

I hope you enjoyed today's project and thanks for swinging by today. 

Happy Crafting !

Monday, 17 August 2015

Using Fabric Scraps

Hi there dear readers and welcome to a new week with Stamping Grandma.  I don't know about you but I'm hoping for better weather this week !  At least it's started in a blaze of sunshine this morning, but there is quite a chill and autumnal feel in the mornings now.  Sadly it feels as if Summer (if you can call it that in the UK this year !) is drawing to a close.

As I promised in yesterday's post, today I'm sharing a card made using a scrap of the fabric I designed and used to create the journal cover I shared in yesterday's post.

Using my sewing machine (and an old needle I keep especially for stitching on card and paper) I stitched the fabric scrap to a piece of SU! cardstock.  I stitched with a straight stitch around the edges with black thread, going round three times.  I then used one of my machine's built-in fancy stitches to stitch a decorative line down the righthand side.
I then attached the fabric topper to a C6 scalloped card and stamped the sentiment using one of the stamps from the SU! Sassy Salutations stamp set with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Finally I added touches of bright pink Stickles just to add a little bling.
That's it, simple but effective I think and I have more leftover scraps to use on other projects.
Thanks for dropping by to check today's project, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Trying Something Different

Hi there, I apologise for not blogging for quite a while, I have been crafting although haven't been too well again so not felt up to blogging.  Feeling much brighter now and finding the energy to write up a few blog posts, so there will be more projects shared over the next few days.

The project I'm sharing with you today had me moving into an area of crafting I hadn't tried before - printing my own fabric.   It's thanks to my pal Clare and her ideas that I tried this, thank you so much Clare I really enjoyed it. 

So, starting with a piece of white sheeting and a few colours of ProMarker pens, I set about creating some designer fabric.  First stage, random scribbles and shapes using a few PM colours.

Stage 2 adding Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution randomly over the design - looking a lot different now !

Next stage using a black PM to doodle and enhance the background design plus random stamping using Versa Craft ink and a couple of script stamps

and a close up of a section of the finished design

I then used a section of the finished fabric, elastic cord, a Crop-a-dile and eyelets and a sewing machine to create a journal cover

Front cover
back cover

I also added a couple of small pockets at each end inside to slip the notebook cover into to hold it in place

I have some of the fabric left after making the journal cover, used a scrap to make a card topper and I'll share this card with you later.

Thanks for dropping by to check out my latest project, I hope you enjoyed it.