Monday, 28 January 2013

Every Inchie Monday - Hut

This week the challenge is 'hut'.  My mind went immediately to beach hut, so I made two out of shrink plastic, and coloured them with distress markers. I placed them on a watercoloured inchie, drew a few pebbles, and stuck the huts in place. I might try to make a sewn one later. Having said that perhaps not, these gave me no end of problems. The shrink plastic does tend to distort, so they are rather crooked. Must be on a windy bit of coast.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Show us your Twinchies Challenge - Anything goes

I enjoy the challenge of making very small art, these are two inches square, so when I saw the Twinchie challenge, I couldn't resist.
I inked and stamped the backgrounds, collaged the little girls and the birds. I drew a few swirls, and that was it.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Every Inchie Monday -- Stone

The challenge this week is Stone, so the first thing I thought of was drawing one, which I did on watercolour paper which I had previously painted. I drew the stones, and then wrote (badly) the words. I wasn't happy with it, so back to the sewing machine I went, and made the yellow one, which has some shiny dots on it. I then stuck on a polished tiger-eye stone, that I have been hoarding for years.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Distress ink book

This is for a swap, in which the monthly theme was to use distress inks to make something for your partner. I inked a giant tag with peacock feathers, evergreen bough, and a small amount of wild honey distress inks. I then splashed it with quite a bit of water to get that lovely mottled look.
When it was dry I scored the fold lines and stamped my clock background stamp with peacock feathers ink.  The inside I used a cogs stencil with peacock feathers ink, on an inked background.
The die cut cogs were also coloured with distress inks, in vintage photo. The black ones were embossed and coloured with treasure gold.
The pages are different types of water colour paper and canvas, so my swap partner can try out different paints or inks on them.
 The book open to show a bit of the inside.
Last of all I put a turquoise eyelet in and threaded some fine ribbon through.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Tree tag

Here is my tag for a challenge on a Canadian site. The background was some deli paper that I use to put tags on that I'm spraying with ink. I stuck it on, and stamped some trees in the background, I then cut out a Memory Box tree die-cut in white. I didn't like it and thought about colouring it with inks, thought it a bit too delicate, so cut out another one in black. After messing about trying to stick them together to make them stronger, I let one slip to one side. The happy accident means it looks like the trees outside, covered in snow

Artful Times Challenge No 21 Time ATC

I don't make many ATCs now, so this one made a change from my obsession with tags. I stamped and embossed with gold the background on black card. Die cut and coloured some cogs, one was also embossed. I stamped the clock, coloured it with tea dye distress ink, and when dry put some crackle glaze on the face. The saying is from Paperartsy.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Every Inchie Monday

The word this week for the inchie challenge was Girl. I used an image I had in my collection of vintage girls, and stuck it on the inchie with a border of narrow ribbon on two sides. I made some very small pink paper roses, as that's what she is carrying, and edge them with magenta stickles. The gap above I covered with bedazzles, which probably don't show up on the picture.

Artful Times Challenge No 20 Embossing folder

The challenge this time was to use two or more embossing folders. This tag was made with all re-cycled bits. the tag itself was the shiny card you get with Tim Holtz grungeboard, after I embossed it I sanded it to take off the shine on the high bits. I then rubbed over some distress inks. The metal bit near the top was a left over piece from another project, and the small tags at the bottom were also left over pieces that I stuck onto card and cut out with Tim's tiny tag die. The butterfly was also a bit I made earlier. I think there is a total of seven different embossing folders used, and a few ancient bits used up.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Every Inchie Monday Challenge --Star

I have decide to join a few more challenge sites, this one is to make an inchie every week, I doubt I will make it on a Monday very often. In fact I am only just in time for this first one for 2013. They are both made from felted wool, with organza on top, and sewn down with the machine. The subject was a star, so one of them has a button on, and the other a brad. My supply of stars is somewhat limited.
I would like to make them all from fabric, but some of the future subjects will be in card, too difficult for fabric with just a square inch to work on. Because of the metallic thread around the outside the scan make them look very tatty. That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Tim Holtz style 2012 tags

I managed to keep up with the tags until May, so my New Year resolutions was to finish all my unfinished work. This included the rest of Tim's tags, and here they are so far. February to June's, without the help of all of Tim's dies. It's very good for the inventive side, to try to find things in your stash that will do the job.

Tim Holtz style 2012 tags

Here are the July to October tags. I really enjoyed doing the September and October ones. I found making the roses on Augusts, from Tim's tattered pine cone die somewhat frustrating, even though I watched his video. I was too lazy to get my glue gun out, and used my trusty UHU to stick them together. Even though I don't have all of the dies and stamps, I was quite pleased with the results.

November and Decembers I hope to finish during the next week. I am having a break, and tackling some  unfinished sewing UFO's 

Tim Holtz style tags January 2013

This year I am going to try and be good and keep up with Tim's tags.  I am still catching up on last years tags, and have November and December's still to do. I will post pictures of the others in the next blog post.
For this one, I embossed the tag and coloured it with distress inks. I coloured the cogs with the metallic distress stains, tried to sand them down, and put some distress inks on top. I stuck these and a small ammount of film strip in position, and added metal and card cogs on top. I didn't have Tim's word stamp so use a Paperartsy one, which I really like. This and the hand stamp were then added. The ribbon I stamped with a calendar stamp.  

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Artful Times Challenge 19

For this challenge we had to use blue, silver, ribbon, and a female.
I decided to add to my fabric tags, and this time I stamped the image onto white cotton, and zig zagged it to the fabric tag. I then added silver and sari ribbon to the bottom, and some lace to the base of the image, and to the top of it. The flowers came next, and these were sewn on with pearl beads.. The final bit of blue was added with the ribbons at the top.

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