Friday 31 May 2013

Fashion week - Karen and Sylvie

What would a fashion week be without shoes and pretty dresses? Two of our designers have been busy with those and this resulted with beautiful samples. 
I fell in love with those little stamps by Katie Sue Designs when I added them on line. They are so cute and original. 
Also loooove the Prima ones, which I have made sure not to show to my DD or she will want them all !! LOL. 
Karen made this lovely hanging card which, I'm sure, would delight any lady out there. 

I used a 4x4inch piece of mount board/chipboard and painted it with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paint Sherbet. 
One of the shoes from the stamp set was stamped with Memento ink straight onto the background and again onto white card. I also stamped one of the flowers twice and punched holes in the centre where the eyelet goes. 
I coloured in the images on the card with Copic markers and cut them out. 
I glue these over the stamped image on the background. I then glued the separate flowers where you are going to make holes for the ribbon to thread through. 
Using Memento inks again, I stamped the dots border round the edges.
The quote is a lovely one by Marilyn Monroe!

Karen used
Katie Sue Designs - Fabulous Shoes Collection 1
Memento inks - Tuxedo Black
Copic markers - RV34, YG00, B18

Sylvie made 3 lovely and colourful tags using the Prima Doll stampsand patterned papers to dress them up.

I started by stamping the Prima Doll stamps on white card using Archival Black ink and cut them out. 
I then stamped again on different patterned papers so I could "dress up the girls"
I then decorated my tags with a mix of papers, die-cuts and embellishments

Sylvie used:
My Minds Eyes Paper Pads(Memorable-notable-Remarkable)
Marianne Design die - Creatables : Leaves 
Cheery Lynn Design Dies : Italian flourish doily 
Distress Inks : Weathered wood, Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Squeezed Lemonade)
Crafty Individuals stamps : CI-383
Woodware brads : flowers 

See you tomorrow

Thursday 30 May 2013

Fashion week - Neil

You know what, even if I think I know them well by now, our DT members never cease to amaze me. Not only with their talent as designers, but with their creativity too. 
No exception today with Neil's interpretation of the Fashion Week when he chose to alter the Tando Creative Steampunk glasses. 

Fashion week, I've gone with accessories, what every well dressed man should never be without, suitable glasses........

I started out by assembling the steampunk goggles kit from Tando. when it had all dried I painted the whole thing in gold and silver metallic paint. Mainly gold and then the silver on a smaller section. When this was dry I used a bit of sandpaper to roughen in and then used Walnut Stain Distress Stain to "age" it and added some rivets with Rangers Black Enamel Accents.
I stamped onto the sides of the goggles too with the Tim Holtz Steampunk stamp set. You may also see that these have been "repaired" with a piece of wire, well obviously it is not cheap to replace such a fabulous pair of glasses so make do and mend as they say.
To make the strap I cut two pieces of grunge paper. coloured with stain and attached each piece to the goggles with brads. 

Of course, I won't be wearing these ALL the time, so I popped them onto that other masculine essential...

Once I had the sizing right I joined the strap with 3 brads to keep it secure.

Just to show how fashionable it is, here I am, showcasing it for you. (No smiling because that just would not be proper)

Neil used:
Gold and silver paint (Americana)

See you tomorrow

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Fashion week by Guest Designer Gay Peplow

A touch of Clean and Simple with Gay today for this fashion week, with not only a stylish card but a fantastic Art Journal page. Just love the clean lines on there, which is not something you often see in Art Journaling. 
Can't wait to read what you think in a comment below

The stamps are just the right size to fit on an A6 card, I loved the dress because it so easy to cut out a new outfit to fit the mood of your card! 
Both my dresses (on this card and the AJ page) are backgrounds made from a mask and stamping. 

My trees were hand drawn then stamped on, inked and coloured. I then cut each one out to put them on the page. 
The chap's clothes are stamped onto copy paper coloured with Copic markers, cut out and again adhered to the page. 
His head I cut from a magazine, I'm not sure who he is!!! 
The message is from Johnny Cash's song, 'I walk the line' which apparently is about his commitment to keeping his excesses under control because of his love for his lady.

Gay used
Stencil by Imagination Crafts: Poppies and Dragonflies
Sentiment, Tim Holtz

See you tomorrow

Tuesday 28 May 2013

Fashion week - Gio

When fashion meets practicality LOL. 
What do you think of that brilliant apron Gio has created for you? And you know what she used for it? 
A cotton bag!!
You have to be a Gio to come up with ideas like this:-).Here's how she made it... 

I made an apron from a cotton bag. 
Starting from the bag it means few cutting, few sewing and no measurements at all!

I unpicked the cotton handles and I opened up the bag cutting the bottom and one side. I laid the fabric on the desk. I drew and cut some large flowers from a book page. I glued them to the fabric using Claudine Hellmuth medium.
I scattered several stencils from Crafter Workshop and from Tando on the fabric. I started to spray several colours of Cosmic Shimmer Misters. I made the same for the handles and for the pocket. 
I stamped here and there using Archival inks and Artemio Paisley stamp. 
I coloured a piece of lace with the Cosmic Shimmer Misters. I glued it to the border of the apron. 
I sewed the handles to a piece of rubber band and I inserted it into the upper side of the apron using a safety pin.
Tip: don't waste the mists on the stencils but clean them on some book pages, you can use them as background and to make cards.

See you tomorrow

Monday 27 May 2013

Fashion week - Jane

Hi everyone, 
Hope you had a lovely, sunny and crafty weekend. 

This week we are going to talk about fashion, with, more than ever a lot of different interpretation from our DT. Wait until you see Neil's project ;-)

Let's start the week with the lovely Jane who is back after a well needed break (so I guess pink and purple will be back too LOL). 
Jane used the Katy Sue Designs stamps and papers (printed from the CD) to make her gorgeous sample... 

For my project I have used the Fabulous Shoes Designs Collection 3..

The paper was from the Fabulous Shoes Designs CD Rom, and has lots of lovely papers, projects etc for you to use. 
The stamped image was coloured with Copic Markers. 
Before assembling the card, stamp extra berries on your base cards to show under your image and colour lightly with Copics. Remember that the colours will show through your base card if you cover too heavily!
The white organza ribbon was coloured with Copic markers to match the image. I used two different colours to give it a slightly stripy finish.

Jane used
Memento Inks - Tuxedo Black
Copic markers - YR20, 31, Y21, V01,12, 15, 17, W2, 3, 5, C0, 1, 2,

See you tomorrow

Sunday 26 May 2013


Hi everyone,
Thank you once again for all your entries, week after week, it's always a pleasure to visit all the blogs.
This week with a letter with a twist...

choose a word between [FE] and [FR]

If your dictionary is like mine, you might not have a huge amount of choice. Don't worry if the choice you choose has been picked by the DT or by other bloggers, it will be great to see all the different interpretations for the same word. 

Sylvie chose FERNS


 Karen chose FIG

Neil chose FEAR

Have fun!
Can't wait to see your pages

Saturday 25 May 2013

Saturday Savers: Background week - Neil

Saturday Savers 
a dedicated day of stash using, recycling, upcycling and general planet saving!

Hello :-)
Saturday Savers today and Neil is with us to share the frame he got at a pound shop and altered using PaperArtsy stamps.

I have to confess that I am a charity shop/ boot fair/ junk shop/ pound store fan. They are rich picking grounds for goods to alter and they don't break the bank! For this weeks Saturday Savers I decided to work with this frame picked up for less than a pound. 

I removed the top layer of pink card and used it as a template to cut my own piece out of white card to use as the base. I started by creating a background. One of my favourite ways of creating a layered background is by working with Distress inks and stamps. By stamping and blending the same colour on top (As you can see in this photo where I've stamped the image in Peeled Paint and blended the same over)

 Once the first colour is done then do the same using a different colour. I used 3 colours to build up depth, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Walnut stain)
I then stamped the fish in Coffee Archival ink and coloured them with Distress Markers so you end up with something like this.

 The main image has been stamped in black Archival and coloured in with Distress Markers, the background is Distress ink and a splash of Perfect Parl mist to add shimmer. Once it was all assembled I added the tokens to the frame and a couple of clear "dewdrop" gems to the glass to highlight parts of the image.

Neil used
Stamps LPC024 Paperartsy
Distress inks and markers - Peeled Paint, Fired Brick Walnut stain, Spun sugar (Marker only)
Perfect Pearl mist - Heirloom Gold
Archival ink - Coffee and Jet Black
Oriental coins (Woodware)

See you tomorrow