Thursday, 3 September 2015

Another 'Crazy' School Day

Hi there friends, as you can tell from the title of this post, I have a second 'New School' card to share with you, again using my Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamp set and matching dies and the set of Crazy Things stamps.

This card is for my younger Grandson who starts 'Big' school next week.  As on the card I shared on here yesterday I've used the same stamp and die sets.

Dylusion Ink Sprays used on this card were Lemon Zest and Vibrant Turquoise.  Crazy images stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and coloured with ProMarkers with a little Glossy Accents used on spec lenses, hatband and pencil.  I created the sentiment on my computer and cut out using a die from the Crealies Stitched Circle die set.

I'm also using this card as my second entry for this week's Simply Less is More challenge.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Happy First Day at College

Hi friends, I'm a little late posting up today's project but better late than never ! 

I've had the Bird Crazy by Tim Holtz stamp set from Stampers Anonymous for a while and just love them.  Then recently I acquired the matching dies and Crazy Things stamp set to go with them. 

I couldn't wait to use all my new stash and thought they would be perfect for cards to send to my Grandsons as they are both heading off to college and a new school this year - exciting times ahead for them.


This week's challenge on the Simply Less is More blog asks us to use Sprays/Mists on our cards and I thought this would be a perfect combination with the 'Crazies' for the cards I needed to make.

I dug out my Dylusions sprays and for this card used Fresh Lime, Cut Grass and White to create the background.

I stamped the crazy bird image using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then cut it out using the matching dies, cutting two beaks and eyes so I could layer them up.  The mortar board hat, pencil and tie were stamped then cut out with scissors.  I coloured all the image parts using ProMarkers then assembled all the parts before attaching to the background.  I dragged a PM pen around the edges of the background to lift it a little against the 5x7 basecard rather than adding another layer of coloured cardstock underneath.  A touch of Glossy Accents on eyes, beak and pencil was the finishing touch.

As I needed a personal specific sentiment to complete the design and didn't have a suitable stamp, I created one on my computer and cut out using a die from my Crealies Stitched Circle die set.  I then attached the sentiment to the card using foam pads.

I'm hoping my card will amuse my eldest Grandson and I'm also entering it for this week's LIM challenge.

Thanks for dropping by to check on today's project, I hope you've enjoyed your visit.  Are you a Crazy Bird fan like me ? 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Grey Brusho Merry Christmas


Good morning friends, I hope those of you in the UK have had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.  The weather wasn't too good here in my part of Cornwall, but we managed to stay dry.

I'm still in the swing of making Christmas cards and the project I'm sharing with you today is another one I made recently. 

I created a background using water colour card and just grey Brusho pigment.  I'm always amazed at how many different colours burst out of the colour when a few sprinkles of brusho are spritzed with water.

The main image is an Indigo Blue stamp which I stamped using Versamark then heat embossed using Black Detail embossing powder.  Over the top of the panel I used Shabby Blue embossing powder, scattered lightly and heated from underneath.  The sentiment is from the SU! Sassy Salutations stamp set, stamped onto the background using Versafine Black ink.

You can just see a hint of blue glitter from the shabby blue embossing powder in this close up shot.

The fir cones, bough and twig were diecut from white card using Marianne's dies, then a touch of Memento London Fog ink added whilst the dies were still in place.  Finally touches of Stardust Stickles was added on parts of the diecuts.

I attached the panel over a slightly larger layer of black cardstock and then attached to a 6x6 scalloped edge base card.

Thanks for dropping by to check out my latest project, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Christmas is coming.......

Good morning my friends, hope you are enjoying the UK Bank Holiday.

This year is passing by so quickly, I realised I need to get going soon with my Christmas cards for this year or I'm going to be in a bit of a panic in a couple of months' time !

Today's project is a Christmas card I created as my entry for a Rudolph Day challenge set for an online crafting group I belong to.  The theme for the challenge is to create a Christmas card using a non-Christmassy image.

I had a sheet of metallic stickers by Martha Stewart in my stash that had been there for some considerable time so decided to use some on this project.

Tools and materials used :-
  • Spellbinders trellis die
  • Metallic stickers sheet by Martha Stewart
  • SU! Sassy Salutations sentiment stamp and ink
  • Red and white cardstock scraps
  • 6x6 scalloped edge cardstock
A simple design that meets the challenge brief and was quick to make.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today, thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Runway Birthday

Happy Saturday dear friends, here's to a lovely Bank Holiday weekend for those of us living in the UK.

The project I'm sharing with you today is a card I made for a pal's birthday recently. 

I used the following materials and tools :-

  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Runway CMS214 stamp set
  • Woodware Bubble Bloom 'Michele' stamp
  • SU! inks
  • Dove Blender Pen
  • Glossy Accents (applied to the runway model image)
  • Clear Wink of Stella pen
  • C6 scalloped edge base card
Thanks for dropping by to see today's project, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Joseph's Coat Technique

Hi there friends, today I'm sharing a couple of cards I made using a technique I learned about recently thanks to my pal Kathy aka The Purple Princess who gave me a link to the following YouTube video tutorial on the  Joseph's Coat Technique

This was my first attempt at the technique

I used the Fern stamp by JustRite and Distress Inks in Fossilised Amber, Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon to create the design. 
This week's challenge over on the Simply Less is More Blog has a sketch to follow.  My JCT panel was perfect to make a couple of cards to enter into the challenge.
For the first one I added some stripes of each of the DI colours I'd used on the JCT panel and added half of the panel.

On this second one I changed the layout of the sketch slightly and moved the location of the sentiment from bottom right to top left with the rest of the JCT panel in bottom right.

It's a fun technique, why not give it a try yourself.
Thanks for taking the time to check on my latest project.  Have a great day.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Nautical but Nice

Happy new week friends, I hope you had a great weekend.  On Saturday I went to the Cornwall Craft Show at the Lanhydrock Hotel near Bodmin.  It was a small show with just a handful of stalls but they were packed with lots of great stash and I came away with a few things I never knew I needed LOL.

Today I have a card to share with you.  A while back I bought a set of stamps by Elines - set number ECO144 - and the 'Beach House' Paper Bloc to go with it. 

This is the card I made using the papers and stamps
and a close up shot

a close up of the fishes

Tools and materials used on the card:

  • Elines ECO144 stamp set - stamps used on card: ship, shell, fish, anchor, faux stitching, compass, label, stencilled letters
  • Elines 'Beach House' Paper Bloc - pieces used from various sheets in the pack
  • Spectrum Aqua Pens
  • Clear Wink of Stella Pen
  • Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
  • Crafters' Companion Watercolour Card
  • Glossy Accents
  • Kraft basecard
The shells were created by stamping the shell image onto watercolour card then cut out.  Coloured with Aqua pen then a layer of Wink of Stella clear ink added.  They were then spritzed on the back with clean water and using a couple of sizes of ball tool and a foam pad, shaped from the back.

I stamped the fish a few times, coloured with Aquas then Wink of Stella added over the top.  After cutting each one out I attached them to the piece of twine then applied Glossy Accents to each one.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, thanks for dropping by.  Happy Crafting !

Friday, 21 August 2015

Fabric Box and Tissue Holder Gift

Good morning friends, as promised yesterday I'm sharing a sewing project with you today.  Well there are two projects actually, a fabric box to hold a hand cream and other small toiletry items and a matching tissue holder, which I made for a birthday gift recently.

Here's a pic of both items

and a shot showing the fabric box inside

I used some of the lovely denim ribbon by DoCrafts, attached by using one of the fancy stitches built into my Janome sewing machine and the fabrics were fat quarters bought from Hobby Craft.

I hope you've enjoyed checking out my sewing projects today, thanks for taking the time drop by Stamping Grandma.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

My Latest Journal Page

Today has dawned damp and dark again here in my bit of Cornwall, so depressing !  I hope you have better weather and the sun is shining on you wherever you are in the world.

The project I'm sharing with you today is a journal page which I completed recently.  I haven't done much journaling in the past few months and had lots of fun allowing this page to grow and change as I worked on it with no real plan - just allowed my imagination freedom to develop.

Here's a couple of close up shots

My journal has black pages so I first used gesso on the page before starting.  The left side of the page design was created on a sheet of linen finish cardstock and then adhered to the journal page. 

I used the following tools and materials:-

  • Vision INKcognito stamp byVisible Image
  • Linen finish cardstock
  • Ken Oliver's Colour Burst Pigment
  • Memory Box Stencil - Texture Rings and Puddles; Garden; Alpha Worn Out (to create words on left side image)
  • Heidi Swapp Butterflies Stencil
  • TCW Stencil
  • Organic fibres (I believe it was made from banana leaves)
  • Stampendous Aged Gold Frantage
  • Distress Paint in Sapphire
  • Distress Inks - Cracked Pistachio; Fossilised Amber, all applied using a round blending tool) 
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Black Pitt Pen
  • White Signo Uni Ball Broad Pen
  • Masking Fluid
  • Ranger Transparent Texture Paste
That's it from me, I hope you enjoyed your visit today, tomorrow I think I'll share some sewing I've been doing lately.

Have a great day whatever you have planned.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Congratulations and Celebrations

Welcome to Wednesday with Stamping Grandma.  It's half-way through the week and how are you holding up ?  I do hope your week is going well wherever in the world you are.

For today's project I used some newly acquired stash items that I'd been itching to use.

For the design I used:

  • Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Fossilized Amber (both new 2015 colours) *
  • Kaisercraft stamps
  • Ville d'ailleurs stamp sets - Lutinia and Zintenkia *
  • Black Archival Ink
  • SU! Sassy Salutations stamp set
* these are my new stash items

Using the DI's and Kaisercraft stamps I created the background then overstamped the Ville d'ailleurs images using Archival ink.  The sentiment was also stamped using Archival.

As this fits the current Simply Less is More challenge theme 'Congratulations'  I shall be entering my card for the challenge, it is an Anniversary Congratulations card for a couple of pals.

Thanks for dropping by today, hope you liked today's project.