Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!

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Another card for Operation Stockpile.  This is another The Greeting Farm rubber stamp that I’ve had for ages.  The patterned paper is from Bazzill.  The eyelet circle die is from Spellbinders and the embossing folder is one of the Sue Wilson ones from Creative Expressions.  I thought that the embossing looked a bit like a housecoat/dressing gown. 😉  Oh, and I used this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  I’m pretty proud of myself for using a current sketch…there’s a first time for everything!

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://craftingwithanattitude.blogspot.co.uk/

Mojo Monday

http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.co.uk/

http://7kidschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com.au/#

http://inspirationdestinationchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/#

http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.ca/#

http://fattastictuesday.blogspot.co.uk/

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Masterboard Mosaic

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In a recent Craft Stamper there was an article about creating a masterboard.  It was inspired me to pull out my DecoArt paints and Tim Holtz stamps.  I then cut it up into random (or as random as Maths girl here gets) and attempted to arrange them in a pleasing manner.  Using ultra thick embossing powder brought out the colours and made everything glassy looking.  I’ve always loved that quote and thought it went well with the page.

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.co.uk/

http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/

http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/

http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://notjustcardschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

Just waiting for the right occasion

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This is another card for Operation Stockpile.  I adore That Greeting Farm images.  They scream ‘colour me!’  I also find them easy colour.  I cased this card.  I can’t find the original post which annoys me…I try really hard to only pin from the actual post.  I can’t make out the watermark either…it’s Mary something I think.

I coloured Cheeky Geek with copics on the super smooth from That Craft Place.  The papers are from a Prima pad along with teal Centra Pearl and kraft (also from TCP).  I haven’t put a sentiment on yet…just waiting for the right occasion! 😉

Links you need:

That Craft Place

That Craft Place Facebook Group

That Craft Place Challenge Blog

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://mmmchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Apparently, that’s the intended effect

This fortnight’s challenge at That Craft Place is Shabby Chic.  I’ve also been chosen for another term on the DT.  I’m so pleased!  It was a nerve wrecking couple of weeks waiting for the decision.  I love being on there.  Such a fantastic shop and my teamies, past and present, are the best!

Recently, whilst cleaning, I broke the decroative bowl that we have beside the front door where we put all the crap from our pockets, Scooter’s lead, the keys, etc.  We needed a new catch-all and fast!  Maths/Crafty girl to the rescue!

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I bought these fantastic paper-mache trays from the one and only That Craft Place when they came in last year with no idea what I was going to do with them!  Don’t tell me I’m the only crafty girl to do that! lol  It was a set of countless trays, well maybe not quite, but seriously, I still have quite a few left after using 3! lol

tray5I painted the tray with grey acrylic paint with a daub of Prussian Blue here and there to look like the tray was blue metal underneath.  I then decopaged a vintage style napkin onto the bottom.  Covered everything with a couple of generous coats of DecoArt’s decopage.  Then, I used umber antiquing cream to make it look old in the corners and under the rim.

I didtray4 similar things with these two trays, but used vintage images on ricepaper instead of a napkin and red paint, obviously, instead of grey.  Just in case you’re colour blind! I also did a wash of Payne’s grey & Quin Gold to age and blend the images into the trays.Toad & Magic

Before I got them up on the wall, a couple of times Prince Charming said they looked really great.  One of the times I said, oh, the red ones are going up on the wall above the hall table (beside the front door).  He replied with, but they look like you just bought them in antiques shop.  (He’s rather anti-shabby chic…he likes things to look new!)  I said that was the point! lol

Toad & MagicWhen I did get them up, I asked what he thought.  “They’re really nice.  They look like old trays, but apparently, that’s the intended effect!”  It’s a good thing he’s Prince Charming in other ways! 😉

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Toad & Magic

Links you need:

That Craft Place

That Craft Place Facebook Group

That Craft Place Challenge Blog

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://avenue613.blogspot.co.uk/

http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.lisasomerville.com/

http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/

http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2015-05-10T21:00:00%2B01:00&max-results=10

http://www.2creativechicks.com/

 

 

Finding Tranquillity

One of the the pages for the book swap I found the hardest to do was Tranquillity.  I certainly wasn’t tranquil whilst making it!@  The irony is not lost on me! lol

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Lots of distress inks in various shades of blue, some Tim Holtz Toad & Magicstamps for the background.  The focal image is one of Neil Walker’s and I used a hidden pocket technique I learned from him that the next picture shows.  The sentiment is ‘Until you find it in yourself, it is pointless to look for tranquillity elsewhere.’ The little tag says TRANQUILLITY.

 

The stamps, distress inks, archival inks, and greyboard page that forms the base are from That Craft Place.

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://www.2creativechicks.com/

http://anythingbutcutechallenge.blogspot.ca/

http://traumfabrik-challenge.blogspot.de/

http://rheddscreativespirit.blogspot.co.uk

http://citycrafter.blogspot.ca/

 

Operation Stockpile

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Recently Prince Charming’s asked me for a birthday card for the very next day.  Erm…He then suggested I establish a pile of 10 cards with no sentiments on them until I need (or rather, he needs them and doesn’t give me any notice! lol).  I reluctantly agreed that it was a good idea. 😉

I pulled out my old faithful That Greeting Farm stamps and had a colouring session.  I also pulled out trusty Pinterest and had a nose through my selection of card sketches and used this one.  I used my brand new Creative Expressions Fishtail Banners. I have no idea where I got the paper from and it’s from 2012 because it has sporty types in it for the Olympics.

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://ema-ginationstation.blogspot.co.uk/

http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/#

http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/

http://petalluchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://thesistersofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.throughthepurplehazechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/

http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

http://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://notjustcardschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://stampsfun-creativity.blogspot.co.uk/

Mr Dressup’s Tickle Trunk

When I was a little girl, my favourite show was Mr Dressup.  As the name imtickletrunkplies, he dressed up every episode.  His tickle trunk held all his costumes or fancy dress.  Every day he’d act out a story, sometimes ones that were familar and other times ones that only him and his adopted son, a puppet named Casey, seemed to know.  I’d set enthralled for the full 30 minutes while Mr Dressup, drew, crafted, told stories, and generally entertained.

Toad & MagicThis little box is a bit like the tickle trunk.  I used pale turquoise, grey (which I didn’t mean to do, but I was impaired by painkillers lol), red and blue.  I did the sanding technique that Mark Gould taught.  Since I’m sanding impaired I have to use a really fine grit (600 and I still end up sanding down to the original item!) sandpaper.  Despite that, you can’t see the grey at all!  I don’t know if that’s a solution for me (add a layer of colour that you don’t really want) or just a happy accident, Toad & Magiceither way I was happy with the result.  The greyboard keyhole was splattered black paint and then has a coat of quin gold to rusty it up.   I also used a bit of red oxide antiquing cream on the outside.  I then wiped the dirty wet wipe over the inside of the box to age  the inside and tone down the brightness.  I was pleased with how that worked out too!

This is a small box and I store my itsy bitsy dies in it so I can always find them!

That Craft Place sells the trunks, paints, antiquing cream, and the greyboard keyholes.

 

 

 

Steampunk is a way of life!

Another book swap page!  I’m almost done sharing them honest! lol

I used some new to me Wendy Vecchi stamps (my they are lush!), PaperArtsy stamps that I paper pieced with some lovely paper, the weathered wood technique from Mark Gould, and decoart metallic paint in espresso over embossed card.Toad & Magic

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The paint, weathered wood product, archival ink and PaperArtsy stamps are from That Craft Place.

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://leftofcenterchallenges.blogspot.ca/   (Weathered wood technique is a form of distressing/aging imho)

http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

http://cceestampers.blogspot.co.uk/

http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.co.uk/#

Repeat Impressions DCC513 ~ Anything But A Card.

http://2craftygirlschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Most Illogical

I’ve got another book swap page to show.  My wonderful friend, and now fellow teamie for That Craft Place (congratulations, btw), Sam chose ‘Science Fiction’ for her theme.  That had me stumped until I asked for help in the Facebook group, Digi Galore.  Very quickly they pointed me to Mayzy Art’s Vulcan.  Problem solved!

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Toad & MagicPaint, stencils, washi tape, copics, and PaperArtsy stamps all available at That Craft Place.

I made the conversation bubble using my wonderful cameo also from TCP.

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

http://stampsandstencils.blogspot.co.uk/   (I used 3 stamps)

http://www.thehousethatstampsbuilt.com/#

http://ema-ginationstation.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2015-05-14T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=1

http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/

http://partytimetuesdays.blogspot.ca/

http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.co.uk/  (The washi tape I’ve used was the very first roll I ever bought…being a maths teacher I had to have the maths washi tape even though I had no idea what to do with it! lol)

 

 

Claudia’s Workshop

On Saturday I had the good fortune to be able to attend a workshop at That Craft Place with the fabulous Claudia Neubacher.  Claudia is a mixed media queen and she graciously shared a lot of her knowledge of how to use the fantastic DecoArts products.  All of the products used on this project are available from That Craft Place.

When I go to a craft class, I never expect to make something that I love.  I go to learn the techniques and get ideas.  If I like what I make then that’s a bonus.  Part way through the class, I didn’t like what I had made so far(being on strong painkillers didn’t help! lol).  However, by the end of the day, I loved how it all came together.  It was incredible to watch as everyone around me started to ooo and awww quietly at their own genius too! lol  (Note:  I’ve never gone to a class at TCP that I didn’t come away with something I loved! lol  It’s just the way I think!)

So enough blah, blah, blah from me, here’s the shrine!

Life's Questions

Life’s Questions

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Aged light fixture

The answer to life's questions is to be switched on

The answer to life’s questions is to be switched on

The view when opened

The view when opened

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shrine6DecoArts Products used:

Raw umber paint

Burnt umber paint

Cobalt paint

Quin Gold pain

Black antiquing cream

Patina antiquing cream

Crackle paste

DecoPage (one of the best adhesives I’ve come across!)

Links you need:

That Craft Place

That Craft Place Facebook Group

That Craft Place Challenge Blog