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.