Tuesday, 30 December 2008
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Friday, 28 November 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Once we moved to England, I didn't forget Elzybells! I looked up the Elzybells site and HAD to purchase some of the stamps for my very own! I love that I can purchase these stamps as unmounted, as almost all of my rubber stamps are off their wooden mounts (a great space saver!).
I've been very busy making Christmas cards lately, and Elzybells have taken centre stage in my card designs. You can see that I used this same watercoloured image in a previous blog creation.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
I tried both whisper white cardstock and watercolour paper for the image, which was stamped in black pigment ink and embossed with fine detail powder. The above card is with watercolour paper. The watery paint is absorbed more easily and creates a more subtle and sophisticated final image. Corrections can more easily be made by adding water or rubbing off stray colour.
I am really pleased with results. Although the Basic Grey paper is not exactly traditional Christmas stock, I think it does something special to bring out the wonder of this Elzybell's image. This will be one of the cards going to some of my stamping friends.
Monday, 10 November 2008
This is another example of the same card, with the Stampin' Up! sentiment on the front and other messages on the back of the tag.
Friday, 7 November 2008
The Inkadinkado image was stamped and embossed in gold. The wreath was coloured with a marker in green and embossed with clear. I used a versa mark pen to add several dots and sprinkled a cranberry red embossing powder onto the wreath. When heated, the dots looked like glimmering holly berries.
I tore a piece of paper to use as a mask to look like a snow bank behind the reindeer. I inked up a brayer with Brocade Blue SU craft ink and rolled it across the image.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Stampers of England
The group is a wonderful place to chat about stamping and paper crafting and about life in general. We also provide inspiration, motivation, links, information, resources, and more. This is definitely a wonderful sisterhood of stampers.
We are looking for more stampers or paper crafters living in England so that we have the numbers to do swaps and mingles of cards, ATCs and other paper crafts. We also host monthly challenges and card/ATC lotteries.
We'd love to have you stop by and join up!
Kathryn the Teawife
List Mom of Stampers of England
Sunday, 2 November 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Saturday, 4 October 2008
So all of you crafty people: challenge yourself to make at least one card today and scan and post it to your email groups, friends or blogsites.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
You can see Michi's site here:
She is an amazing stamping and paper crafting artist who is big into experimenting with techniques and creating fascinating backgrounds. She particularly loves anything about Tim Holtz and his products and designs!
I'm thrilled to be able to create with such inspiring people as Michi.
I belong to a yahoo group (called "persnickety stampers"), and I was jazzed when some Halloween art swaps were announced. In particular, I signed up for the Sparkly Halloween card and the Halloween Skinny, which is supposed to be a long tall artist trading card.
Both of these projects gave me an opportunity to try out some of my dies and embossing folders. In particular, I used a new Cuttlebug folder to create the pumpkin background on this card.
By sloshing on stamp ink or acrylic paint inside the embossing folder and sandwiching in your cardstock, you can easily create depth and color when using your Cuttlebug embossing folders. Hence, the two-toned effect on the pumpkin background. And since the swap called for "sparkly," I added glitter as a highlight on the pumpkins. The Boo and spider were created using both Revolution and Cuttlebug dies. I had some sticky red rhinestones that I used on the eyes of the spider and as an accent on the Boo. Dental floss worked well for the spider web! Lastly, I added a black bead set in a silver mounting as an accent and a feature to create balance.
This skinny is actually a card, folded to the size of 3 by 6 inches. Again, I used my Cuttlebug and Revolution dies to cut out the Spooky word and ghost images. I wanted to give the illusion of "blood" dripping, so I used black glossy cardstock and dripped alcohol inks vertically onto the card. I embossed a leaf-less tree, using an Inkadinkado mini peg set with silver ink and clear embossing powder. Then I discovered something amazing! The embossing powder and heat reactivated the alcohol inks and picked up the colors in the background. Interesting. I might have to try that on purpose one day!
These are the first cards I've made since moving to my new home in the Surrey countryside of England. I managed to organize my crafting space just enough to be able to find what I needed and make these two Halloween projects. Hopefully, they are just the first of many more crafts to be churned out in my Hillside home!
Friday, 8 August 2008
If you love rubber stamping, creating cards, altering art, making artist trading cards, scrapbooking, and making other paper crafts, we would love to have you join our group.
The goals of our new group are simple: to bring together like-minded stampers and paper crafters to share ideas and information, inspire and challenge one another, chat about crafts and life in general, try new techniques, post artwork, host card and craft swaps, and occasionally meet up to craft.
This group is brand new, but with all the stampers and paper crafters in England, we hope the group numbers will grow quickly. Please feel free to visit us and join:
Or, if you have questions about the group, please drop me a line at email@example.com
Hugs, Kathryn the teawife
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
When I first saw the Wonderful You stamp set from Stampin' Up!, I knew I had to have it! However, I already owned so many floral stamps that I decided to give the set a pass. However, the set burned a hole in my head, every time I flicked through the pages of the Stampin' Up! catalog. OK . . . you guessed it . . . I finally gave into my weaknesses!
I love the results, too! I used a variation of the template I made last week, using a 5.5 inch square of patterned paper from Die Cuts With a View Luxury stack.
In addition, I scrounged around in my embellishment basket, looking for the best bits and pieces to decorate the cards. I think sometimes we forget the embellishments that we have kicking around in our bottom craft drawer.
This wide open flower from the SU set could be colored in countless ways. In two of the cards, I simply used the solid flower in this two-step stamp set and a dye ink pad. For three of the cards, I used alcohol ink to color the flower. A bit of blending solution enables shading when using alcohol inks. The edges of the paper were painted with the alcohol ink, too.
Most of these became birthday cards; I never seem to have one when I need it!
Saturday, 19 April 2008
I've also included the template with measurements; however, I encourage you to adjust the measurements to meet the size of your stamps. You can use different elements to finish your card. I've used geometric shapes (see the Old World cards on yesterday's post) and bows. Play around with the elements and their position on the card until it "feels right."