Monday 30 May 2016

Happy Birthday Wishes for Another Purple Loving Pal

Hi there Bloggers, nice to see you here.

Today's project is a Birthday card I made for another of my purple-loving crafting pals who celebrated her special day recently.

I used a Penny Black Slapstick stamp called 'Adorned with Love' which I love.  I stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed using Black extra fine Embossing Powder.

I used Gelatos to add colour, blending with a baby wipe, plus Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  I then added some Glossy Accents on parts of the image.  The image was then matted and layered over a larger piece of white linen finish card and then over an even larger piece of black card before attaching to a 6 x 6 basecard.

For the sentiment I used Rubbernecker stamps 'Freehand Phrase Set #900 which includes the drawn square and a number of sentiments which fit perfectly inside the frames.  Stamped using Onyx Black Versafine ink onto a scrap of white card, cut out then coloured using more Gelato.

The design finished off with some gems from my stash.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, would love to hear what you thought of it.  Have a great day whatever you have planned.

Saturday 28 May 2016

Wooden Spoon Dolly Number 3

Today I'm sharing my final wooden spoon dolly from the trio I made as examples for the crafting get together with pals I attended in Grimsby a short while ago.

The design for this last dolly was inspired by a set of stamps by Paper Artsy it's ELB25 from their Eclectica range, designed by Lin Brown.

When I saw this stamp set, I thought the large flower image would work really well as hair for a spoon dolly, and it did.  I stamped it twice and coloured with Distress Pens then cut out both images.  I cut off the base of the flower for the front and used it as a fringe.  I attached the other coloured image on the back.  I think it worked really well.

here's a pic of the back

That's it for this trio of dollies, I do have one more to share at a later date as I'll give you a rest for a while, don't want you getting 'dolly fatigue' Ha Ha

Thanks for popping in today, I'd love to hear which of the dollies is your favourite, if you have time to leave me a comment and vote for 1, 2 or 3 that would be fantastic.

Thursday 26 May 2016

Wooden Spoon Dolly Number 2

Hey there, welcome to Stamping Grandma today, thanks for dropping by today I hope you enjoy your visit.

As promised in my last post, I have another of my wooden spoon dollies to share with you today.  My first one was inspired by Kate Crane's work but today's dolly is straight from my own imagination.  This dolly is the same size as the first one, just 16cm tall, so a small area to work on.

Here she is

For this dolly I again coated the spoon with a thin coat of Paper Artsy Fresco chalk ink in Snowflake to create a slightly more realistic skin tone.  I then drew a sleeping face on her using various pencils and pens.  I added a petticoat under where her dress is and gave her sparkly slippers using a pink Promarker covered with pink Stickles.  I finished with a light spray of Crafters' Companion Spray and Shine to seal the pencils and inks.

I then plaited some lovely double knitting alpaca yarn to create some braids for hair and attached them using a glue gun.  As I'd drawn her face with closed eyes, I thought I'd dress her in a nightdress as the fabric scrap I selected was perfect.  I then finished the neckline using a length of pink seam binding I had in my stash.

Here's a pic of her from the back.

So, there is today's wooden spoon dolly, I hope you've enjoyed seeing her today, thank you much for visiting.  I'll share the last of the trio in my next post. 

Have a wonderful craft filled day wherever you are in the world.

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Wooden Spoon Dollies

Happy Tuesday folks where do the days go ?  they just seem to fly by.

For my project today I thought I'd share something different.  A few weeks ago I went to Grimsby to meet some of my online crafting pals and have our annual meet up we affectionately call 'Craftathon'.  It's so lovely to see everyone for a full-on weekend of crafting fun.  Each year we all take along what we call our 'shoebox project', something which doesn't take too long to complete and we each provide a set of the materials to complete our project in case there isn't sufficient time for everyone to complete it and so can finish at home.

This year my project was to create a little dolly using a small wooden spoon just 16cm tall. Here is the first of the examples I took along as inspiration for everyone.

My first sample was inspired by the lovely Kate Crane who shared a similar spoon dolly on her blog The Kathryn Wheel recently and this is my version of a similar dolly to the one she created. 

I applied a thin coat of  Paper Artsy Fresco Snowflake (white) chalk paint and then drew her face directly onto the bowl of the spoon using a mixture of various pencils and pens.  I added Glossy Accents on her shoes to make them shiny.  I have drawn a petticoat on her to protect her modesty under the dress Ha Ha !

I then added a light spray of Crafters' Companion 'Spray and Shine' to seal the chalk surface and drawn features and protect the whole thing.  I then used some scraps of fabric to create a dress for her with matching ribbons.  Her hair was made using some thin twine and the little charm on her pocket was from my stash.

Here's a view of her back

I'll share the other dollies over the next few days as I didn't want to make this post too picture heavy and risk boring you !

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, she was real fun to make. 
I'd like also to welcome Marie-Noelle as my latest Follower, thanks for joining up on my blog, Ihope you'll be back regularly to see what I've been creating.

Sunday 22 May 2016

Fit for a Purpliscious Princess

Happy Sunday morning, it's lovely to see you here.  I hope you have a nice day to look forward to and enjoying your weekend, I'm off to visit my daughter and her family in a short while, can't wait.

Today I'm sharing a project with you which I made a short while ago for my purple loving pal Kathy

Using a piece of Crafter's Companion watercolour card I created a background with Distress Inks - shaded lilac, shabby shutters and wilted violet.  Extra wilted violet added over through part of a Tim Holtz stencil, then water flicked over and dabbed off with a tissue to lift of some of the colour. 
Lightly sprayed with Brusho Acrylic Shimmer Spray in Silver - which I think looks more like platinum and I do like it - then a few drops of Copic Opaque ink applied randomly.
The background stamped over using the flower head image from the Paper Artsy Ecclectic ELB25 stamp set designed by Lin Brown and Versamark ink, then applying white embossing powder and heated.
A sentiment created using a stamp from the SU! Sassy Salutations set and a scrap of card.  The scribbly circle embellishment cut from a scrap of SU! carstock using Tim Holtz Alterations sizzix die set, then a length of purple hemp cord wrapped around the panel and tied.
The panel matted over two layers of SU! cardstock and attached to a 6 x 6 scalloped edge square card.

Kathy loved it, I hope you do too.  Thanks for dropping by here today, hope to see you here again soon.

Thursday 19 May 2016

'Crazy' ATC and Holder

I have to say I haven't made an ATC in such a long time, but was given a set of materials by one of my crafting pals at our recent get together to create one plus a holder for it. So I set about making my first ATC for ages and I'm pleased with how it turned out.

ATC and holder

ATC fitting into the holder

It was fun to make, doubly so using these Tim Holtz Crazy Bird and Accessories images with Distress Inks and Glossy Accents.  Not sure of the manufacturer of the sentiment stamp on the front of the holder but hope my pal will be able to help me as it is her stamp.

Hope you enjoyed seeing today's project, thanks for visiting.

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Divine Flowers

Hey there Blogger friends, hope I find you well today.

I've another birthday card to share with you today, I made this one for a lovely pal who celebrated her special day recently.

Tools and materials used :

Penny Black 'Divine Flowers' stamp and stencil
Stampers Anonymous Ledger Script CMS241
Indigo Blu butterfly stamp
SU! sentiment stamp, punch, Night of Navy ink and card
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Blueprint Sketch
Versamark Ink
WOW white embossing powder
Wink of Stella pens - clear and white
Glossy Accents

My pal loved the card, I hope you do too !  Thanks for dropping by today.

Sunday 15 May 2016

I'm really a Mermaid !

Happy Sunday folks, hope you have a nice day in prospect.  Me?  Today I'm heading out to the 'Sincerely Yours' craft show which has come to Plymouth for the very first time ever.  I hope it goes well and that the organisers will be happy with how the day works out for them and maybe come down here to the South West again in the future.

So, on to the project I'm sharing with you today.  It was my Sister in Law's birthday last week and this is the card I made for her.

Tools and materials used :

Graphic 45 'Voyage Beneath the Sea' papers collection
Eline's ECO144 stamps set - used fish, shells, stitching, words stamps
Wink of Stella pen clear
Spectrum Aqua Pens - to colour fish and shells before fussy cutting out
Glossy Accents
Versafine Black
Scrap of burlap ribbon

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, thank you so much for visiting, I'd love for you to leave me a comment if you get the chance.

Friday 13 May 2016

Cheeky Chimp Charlie

The project I'm sharing today is the birthday card I made recently for my youngest grandson.  I love this image and thought it would make him smile when he saw his card.

A while back I received some freebie papers in a magazine and this cheeky chimp was on one of the sheets, the blue stars background was part of another page.  I cut the chimp image out and layered it onto some SU! card and attached all to the background.  

The arrow was another freebie, this time a digital image that I'd had in my stash for a long time, I cut this out and added it between the image layer and dark blue layer.

The sentiment background was created using a piece of the edging around the image and I stamped the words onto it using one of the stamps from the SU! Sassy Salutations set before layering it up on more of the dark blue card.

The final touch was adding a little pale blue stickles around the edge of the background and Glossy Accents over the lenses of the chimp's sunglasses.

Don't you think he's a really cutie ?  

Thanks for dropping by to check on today's project.  

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Storage Drawers for Brusho Pots

Whilst not doing a lot of cardmaking recently, I have been doing other things, one of which is a small set of drawers as a home for my little pots of Brusho powders.  As I've pierced the tops of the pots I wanted to keep them upright and the Candy Box Crafts drawer kit is perfect storage solution for the pots.

Here's a view of the front

The side

and the top

After assembling the draws I painted a coat of white gesso all over and then applied a coat of pink chalk paint.  Once the paint was dry I added a thin coat of gold metallic acrylic paint to make it a little more 'shabby chic'

I used sheets from a pack of Tilda papers, fussy cutting various elements out to create a collage for the top of the unit.  Then I added pieces of the papers cut to size, to the sides and drawer fronts.

Once all the papers were attached and dry the whole drawer unit was given two or three coats of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine, to seal the papers and make the whole finish more robust. Finally I added a set of Tim Holtz knobs/handles to the drawer fronts to complete it,

The drawer unit holds my whole stash of Brushos plus a few little pots of mica powders, and looks really pretty out on display.  I'm very pleased with the finished unit, which actually looks nothing at all like what I had in mind when planning how to decorate it !

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, thanks for stopping by today

Monday 9 May 2016

Happy Birthday Lauren

Well, it's been so long since I posted on here I've almost forgotten how to write a blog post !  I apologise to all of my loyal followers and visitors who have been visiting regularly expecting to see a new project and found it very quiet on here. I've had 'stuff' going on and just haven't been in the right frame of mind to blog. I'm going to try and get back to posting regularly now.

I have been crafting a little however and I shall be sharing my projects with you in the coming days.

Today I'm sharing the card I made for my lovely crafting pal Lauren, hoping she's having a brilliant day and is being spoiled by her family.  I do hope my card arrived in time as she does have problems with mail delivery unfortunately.  Oh well, if it hasn't arrived at least she'll be able to see it on here. 

I was inspired recently by a technique shared by Kim Dellow and decided to use the technique for my card.  Background achieved by applying paints using an old plastic credit card to achieve a sort of screen print effect.

Supplies and Tools used :

Linen finish white cardstock
Dylusions Paints
White Gesso
Black Versafine Ink
Paper Artsey JOFY 11 stamp set
Rubbernecker Phrase #900 stamp set - sentiment and frame
SU! coloured cardstock
WOW Clear embossing powder - sentiment triple heat embossed
Gems from stash

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my project today, thanks for visiting.  If you have any questions about my project, please do leave me a comment and I'll happily answer you.