Friday, 28 November 2008

One Stop Craft Challenge 5

Week 5's One Stop Craft Challenge is a sketch by Maggie.

As I've been doing lots and lots of watercolouring lately, I decided to change my emphasis and style with this Lamb and Lion Seasons Greetings card, which features markers and ink burnishing.

The stamp of the lion and lamb (from Stampin' Up!) was inked with chocolate chip pigment ink and then embossed with clear detailed powder. I then used markers to colour and highlight the lamb and lion. Next, I took a VersaMark marker to completely cover the lamb and lion and then I embossed the two images.

Now that they were embossed and sealed, I could begin the burnishing process. I took a sponge and dipped it into summer sun pigment ink and started to burnish in the ink colour. This is not the same process as sponging, where you are dabbing. Burnishing is more of twisting and moving the colour in circles to colour the paper. The ink almost becomes part of the paper by burnishing. I used a touch of pumpkin pie ink on the edges of the sky, and I used a brocade blue as sky around the lamb and lion. The grass was coloured green.

I used layering to achieve the sketch requirements. And then I went back to my oven to make a Shrinky Dink medallion, which says: Season's Greetings. The stamp is from Inkadinkado and is one of their circular unmounted clear stamps. It was very tricky to keep the Shrinky Dink circle from permanently curling up, but it worked in the end.

Finish up the medallion with layering and a touch of velvet ribbon. Viola! Ready to be mailed!

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Branduff & Sophie

I bought this Elzybells stamp because it makes me think of my son Branduff and our "dear" little Border Collie Sophie! I thought it would make a nice greeting for family.
I used a combination of water colours and Pearl-Ex to paint the image. Also, I revisited the world of Shrinky Dinks to make the little plastic labels. I had to stick my head into the oven so many times fussing with the Shrinky Dinks that I was "sunburnt" by the time I finished!

Mouse in the House

I just love the way this Elzybells stamp of a mischievous mouse in a Christmas cracker turned out! I found the strand of miniature fairy lights last year, and I thought this was the perfect project to use them.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Reindeer Wishes

Here is a the cutest reindeer stamp from Elzybells, featuring hubby and wife reindeer preparing to enjoy their Christmas pud! The image has been painted with water colours. There are four slightly different variations to the design that I've included. Happy crafting and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Elzybells Christmas Cards

I've only recently purchased some of Elzybells whimsical and fun rubber stamps. I was first introduced to this stamp line by Karen, a Scottish friend who was in my crafting group in Abu Dhabi.

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.

The Elzybells stamps are quite open, which means that they can easily be coloured. I used watercolours on the image of Christmas singers, and I followed the sketch challenge on the Elzybells blog site:

Thank you for stopping by to have a look at my creations!
Kathy the teawife

Thursday, 13 November 2008

The Merry Singers

In my quest to make more Christmas cards, I used this Elzybells' stamp of carolers, which I recently purchased. Elzybells' stamps are very open, making them perfect candidates for water colouring. I spent more than an hour one day using my Stampin' Up water colours on the image. Today I finished the card by using this Basic Grey paper from last winter. My stamping friend Diane gave me the paper pack, and I've been holding onto it for just the right project.

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.
The card stock created a slightly more slicker and vibrant look, and the water moved faster. Below is a sample of the image stamped on cardstock.

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

Hidden Messages

Challenge Three of the One Stop Craft Challenge Blogspot is
Hidden Messages

This was a tough one for me, and I probably sat at my craft table looking at images, turning paper upside down, thinking about frames and cut outs, and basically driving myself crazy for hours! In the end, I decided upon a tag that flips over to reveal a message.

The focal point of the card is this handsome Santa stamp (Inkadinkado), which has been stamped on glossy paper, embossed and colored with markers. A stamping friend (Beckie) sent me fluffy white yarn, which I used to embellish santa's hat and pom-pom. The Santa Claus postage stamp is also Inkadinkado. The funky Ho Ho Ho ribbon comes from BoBunny.

When the tag is flipped over, the message revealed says "merry wishes, 'tis the season, season's greetings, Merry Christmas" (Lots of Thoughts stamp set from Stampin' Up!).

It was quite a joy to have been randomly selected last week as the winner of Challenge Two from One Stop Craft Challenge!! I was excited all the way down to my tootsies!

This is so much fun for me to have a new goal each week. Thank you for popping by to have a look at my artwork.

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

Winter Wonderland Reindeer

I finally had a chance to use this precious Inkadinkado clear stamp of a reindeer silhouette . I used a Michelle Zindorf inspired masking and brayer technique to create the art (

I did this both as an ATC and as a gift card.

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.

The snow was made with an old retired Stampin' Up itty bitty Happy Winter stamp set. (Although it's retired in the US, it's been recycled and is listed as "new" in the United Kingdom Stampin' Up catalogue.) The snow background was stamped with a Versa pad and embossed with fine clear embossing powder.

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.

To create the image of movement and snow, I used white liquid applique to resemble snow. I allowed it to dry naturally for an hour and then lightly puffed it up with a heat gun. Afterwards, I used a pale coloured marker to create shadows in the snow.
The cut out Winter Wonderland postage is an Inkadinkado stamp set and was done in white ink on regal rose coloured paper.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Stampers & Crafters of England

We have a new, warm and cosy yahoogroup for stampers and paper crafters who live in England:

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


Here is my entry for this Week 2 One Stop Craft Challenge, which is "Things with Wings." (To see the photo larger, simply click on the artwork and it will take you to another window.)
I've always loved angel stamps and images, and this one from Elzybell's is absolutely wonderful! I just received this stamp this week, and I was itchy to try it out. The One Stop Craft Challenge was the perfect opportunity.

I also wanted to use this lovely red and gold star sparkly ribbon, which my friend Germaine recently sent me. It is the perfect accent.

I have two variations of the same card. One Elzybell angel (below) is stamped onto natural coloured paper that has been spritzed with glimmer walnut spray. The other angel was stamped onto natural coloured paper. Both images were painted with water colour crayons.

All angels must have glitter, so I have used some diamond glitter to shimmer up the wings.

Thank you, Fairy Mad Jo, for telling me about this blog challenge!! And, thank you to everyone who has stopped by to look at my winged things!