Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Angelic Puzzle..........


This is a puzzle piece that Angel on UK STampers sent me. She wanted something with an Angel on it.
Stamped the stars with clear EP, then painted the whole thing with Mystic Blue Twinkling H20, and then ironed off the EP.
Stamped the angel on to copier paper, coloured with Lyra watercolours and then stamped out the wings separately onto Spring Morning Fantasy Film with StazOn. The added wings and angel to puzzle piece, and stamped the word "Angel" over the top.
Highlighted bits of the piece with Opal Dust, and then when dry coated with Versamark and clear EP a couple of times.
Finally, added gems to the centres of some of the stars and hearts.
Stamps: Stars/hearts are Non-Seq, Angel was from a Artistic Stamper sheet.
Inks: Black StazOn and Versamark
Other: Twinkling H2o's, Spring Morning Fantasy Film, gems

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Altered Mint Tin





On the top of the lid I added more stamped/coloured images on tissue, and also the Hero Arts Dictionary Definition.


Then around the outside edge of the lid, I ran a bead of Glossy Accents and then applied some of the Art Insitute Glass Glitter.



I have got to finish off the whole thing by giving it a coat of acrylic sealer for toughness, but thought I would wait til I could leave it to cure after this class was done.

Happy Birth UK STampers...one today...




how marvellous!


We have small cyber event today, with a couple of classes, games and a virtual cocktail party later.


I'm still getting things ready, but have just cleared off my desk ready, to put the finishing touches to the first class, and do some serious stamping.


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Recovery.................



is finally being screened on BBC One on Sunday at 21.00 pm. I am in a frenzy of excitement.

It seems like ages ago David filmed this drama for Tiger Aspect [clue!!]. He plays Alan Hamilton a married man who gets run over by a car after a drink with work colleagues. How will his on-screen wife Tricia [clue!!] cope with it all, and the changes in her beloved husband?

I'm sure many parts of this will be harrowing, especially for anyone that has had a close encounter with brain injuries (and their effects on both patient and family)..but one thing is for sure there are not many actors that could do this part such brilliant justice. You will definitely need your tissues.

David spent time with the Brain Injury Charity, Headway in Essex before filming, and I believe may now well be Patron.

If you are wondering about the [clue!!] bits: I'm feeling generous and helping out the UK STampers girls with their pre-birthday game. I accept that they might not have the encyclopedic knowledge of Mr T that I do (they actually have lives!).

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Wednesday Stamper - Footwear

Wednesday Stamper this week was a piece of work about footwear.
This is my effort, which is a triangular card.
Pattern Paper: Making Memories stripe and Daisy D's vintage footwear paper.

Stamps are by Art Warehouse and Artistic Stamper and Carved Swirls (Tim Holtz) by Stampers Anonymous and writing is from my large Stampington cube.


I cut a piece of Prism Soot cardstock 6 x 12, then with my easi-score board scored at 2", 6" and 10" intervals from one end, folded and edged with gold pigment ink.
Cut pieces of the MM Stripe paper to fit on the four front panels, edged with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and stamped on the two main panels with the writing from my Stampington large cube in Timber Brown StazOn, and for good measure added a couple of clocks from an Artistic Stamper sheet.
Then took a piece stripe of lined paper from my Heartwarming Expressions pad, and stamped the circles from the Art Warehouse set. Covered the whole thing with Versamark and then Kalidescope EP.

The two smaller front panels I stamped on the MM Striped paper with my carved swirls stamp. Then on a piece of the Heartwarming Expressions lined paper stamped the lace border stamp, covered with Versamark and Kalidescope EP.
I then edged all the pieces with ink and stuck to the panels.
Next stamped out scrabble tiles from my Artistic Stamper scrabble word sheet, and added them to the two larger front panels - "M'Lady has" one one side and "New Shoes" on the other side.
I then stamped a rectangular lace border with the lace stamp big enough to take an image from the vintage shoe paper, masked it off and stamped in hearts from Hero Arts Border Stamp inside, then added a shoe image at an angle, and tied some fibre round it. I added this to one of the larger front panels above the words with silicone glue. I did the same for the other side, but added it below the words.
I took two of the fabulous Sarah Card's blank chipboard blanks that I picked up from the Bloomin' Scraps Crop, painted them with Jo Sonja's Jade acrylic paint, a bit of Jo Sonja's gold paint. Once dry covered with Versamark and Kalidescope powder again, and heated so that one was purple in colour, and the other slightly greener.
Added bling brads to the centres and ribbon behind, then added on to top on the left panel and one to the bottom on the right panel. Then an eyelet on each side of the two panels so I could tie it shut with string.
For the inside, I covered each panel with a piece of the Daisy D paper, which had been dirtied up with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and Antique Paper Distress ink.
When I was chatting to Linda at the Crop I admitted that I rarely part with my stuff, it only goes to people that will appreciate the work involved - so, I know she would appreciate it, and when it's done it will go off to her. Although Kelly has aksed me to bring it along when it's done for her to have a look at it too.
I think I might add a couple of pockets and a bookmark or something to the inside.
The idea is that when it's tied up it stands in a triangular shape. It was so easy to do with an easi-score board, that I think I will do a lot more of this shape in the future.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Just bought myself a pricing gun.......


from ebay, I've been after one for ages, and dediced that I would hunt one down this afternoon. The seller's feedback was 100% positive, and he says that he despatches straight away - so fingers crossed that it will be here in a couple of days.


I've also done a bit of the stock taking today, and discovered some things that I'd forgotten to add to the site, so I need to get those loaded up.


The Bloomin Scraps crop went well yesterday, and I met Linda from UK STampers - it's alwasy lovely to put a face to a name isn't it!


David Tennant news: apparently he has just filmed a sketch for Comic Relief with Catherine Tate as Lauren - am I' bovvered? No, I'm delighted. There's a rumour that he will be sporting a tweed suit and glasses - ohhhh my, is it hot in here?


Friday, February 16, 2007

Card Positioning System Challenge Blog.....

has recently been launched, and looks really interesting. They will be publishing the next Challenge on around 18th February, but the first one has already been posted, with lovely examples uploaded too. Check it out here - I've also added a link on the side bar.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Ecoline inks have landed at the Galaxy.....

and boy am I excited about it. I've meaning to get these in stock for ages, but just haven't managed it til now (only me to blame about that).

I'm sure a lot of you will have seen the fabulous use that Stamping Mathilda puts these bottles of fabulous colour too for her backgrounds.

Personally, I can't wait to have a play with them.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Watching the Brits.....................

and having a wonderful time. Woohoo the Fratellis and Killers have won, and the RCHP's performance was great - bet Flo and Ali enjoyed it.

Fabulous news, Mr Tennant's drama Recovery will be screened on BBC on 25th February ..... so not too long to wait now. Some of the lucky Team Tennant girls have gone to the BAFTA screening tonight....I am not jealous, really I'm not.

Ohhh, the Ecolines are due in tomorrow too, so everything is looking rosey.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Wednesday Stamper - Valentine..2nd go...

what do you do having supper on 13th February, when you casually enquire if your other half has a Valentine card for you, and he says, yes of course darling.....you dash off into your studio and make one, cursing that although you love him you didn't actually pay any precious stash money out to buy one from a shop!
Sooooooooo.....here's my extra Wednesday Stamper entry for my valentine - not David Tennant (although a girl's gotta dream), but my darling Guy........


In case you are wondering, I'm pretty much safe putting this down, as he never reads my blog - probably doesn't know it exists actually! - but just in case he ever does read this - Darling, I do love you, and thank you for putting up with me!!!!!!


Started with a small glossy postcard, added fluid chalk inks in a couple of colours. Stamped the Hero Arts Heart Borders in red StazOn, then "love" (Anita's) and heart (Non-Seq) in Staz-on black. Matted on gold paper and then Prism Blush Red Medium.


Cut a 12 x 6 piece of black cardstock and scored around 4" from the edge and folded, then stamped the heart in Versamark and brushed with Copper'goldish pearly powder. Added the stamped image so it jutted out over the rest of the card, and a piece of ruler ribbon to divide up the large expanse of black. Added Making Memories rub-ons (Heidi White) at a jaunty angle.


xoxoxo

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Wednesday Stamper - Valentine

my entry for this week's Wednesday Stamper - "love".



Cut a piece of 8 x 8 black cardstock, stamped in gold pigment ink, and clear embossed over the top. Then stamped the tiny hearts in gold pigment ink.

Image transfer of Paper Arty paper pack image onto gold card using Golden Fluid Matte Medium, then matted it on to red, black and gold net. Tore the bottom at an angle, and added a piece of lace and an Angel Kisses white Hydrangea and a gem brad.


Took a piece of Paper Adventure Heart paper, and tore a strip, adhered approximately 2/3rd of the way down the black cardstock, and stamped heart and swirls over the top in Black Soot Distress ink. Added a black rubber band with "love" on it, and then added the matted image over that.

Stamp credits: "Love" Anita Stamp; Heart and Swirls by Aud.

I loved this image transfer technique, and can see myself using it a lot - of course, I will have to get Guy to un-jam the printer first, as I've just got a sheet of gold paper stuck in there!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Do a good deed for me pretty pleeease....


click on this link and vote for the yummy Mr Tennant, Prince of Ruffledom, in the Hello Magazine monthly vote.

In fact, vote for him every 17 minutes (no less), and I will love you forever.

XoXoXo

Ecoline Inks expected next week............

at the Galaxy. I can't wait to get these beauties in stock. Anyone who has read Stamping Mathilda's Blog will be familiar with what you can do with these.

Friday, February 09, 2007

By way of a change, an ATC.....

done using wax paper, a Non-Seq' stamp of the Japanese Lady, and then floral patterns from my Judikins Japanese Fabric 1 Cube.


Inks: Distress in Worn Lipstick and Mustard seed and Black StazOn.

This started off as a small piece of watercoloured paper using my Dee Grungig Shades of Pink Blending Blox, which I wiped on my non-stick sheet, then spritzed with water and ran the card though it.

Then I stamped the Japanese Lady in StazOn, masked it and placed a piece of waxed paper over the top, ironed it, and then rubbed in the Distress Inks.

Removed the mask, and then coloured in the Kimono with the Distress inks, and then stamped around the edges with the Cube patterns.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Last Inchie..............



really it is!

Blah, blah, blah....with the colours techniques etc. Stamp is from an Egyptian set by Graphicus.

Display of Joy Inchie.................


I said I wasn't going to load up all of the Inchies I sending off, but just couldn't resist the odd favourite one.
I've used the same techniques as the rest.

Gingko Inchie...............

Just a spare Inchie to go with my package to Sid. I'm not sure, but I think that this Gingko leaf image is from a Non-Seq' set, but wouldn't swear it in a Court.



The egg shape in the background is from the Painted Ladies Sheet by Green Pepper Press, that I got for Christmas.

It's a tissue paper image transfer with Lyra's used for colouring the tissue and the typed word.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Just for good measure..................


the front of the card. Any one know who she is?
Galaxy Girl

Ahhhhhhhhhh tissue paper, a wonderful thing...


it's a wonderful commodity - especially for covering up the odd mistake a at the bottom of this one!
This is the inside of the card, on the front is a vintage image with the of a 1950's Screen Godess, just wishes I knew which one, LOL.
Galaxy Girl

Envie for a friend................



phew, I've finished my Inchies for the UK STampers Inchie Swap, and then just did a quick envelope and inside of a card for a friend.

I used my lovely new Agapanthus stamp, Dictionary Definitions, Distress inks in Worn Lipstick and Mustard seed, and black StazOn for the front image.

Just wetndry'd the inks on, and then stamped, the stamped the images in the distress ink colours.

I had some fabulous ready printed cards for Xmas, so I've altered the inside of one of them, by smooshing the Distress Inks on and then blending together with a baby wipe, spritzing with water, and then drying off with my heat tool. I then used the same stamps, adding one on tissue paper where I had accidentally rocked as I stamped because the card wasn't completely on the pad I have underneath when I make a mess. See, even experienced stampers get it wrong, and have to cover mistakes up!

Galaxy Girl

I've just spent a very happy half hour looking at the...

Hero Arts 2007 catalogue - there are some wonderful new stamps, and actually the clear sets all look great too.

I can feel an order coming on..........

Galaxy Girl

Monday, February 05, 2007

Oh how lush is this stamp design..............



it's by Stampendous (P107), and is called Agapanthus Cluster.

I saw a sample made in turquoise and browns on glossy cardstock in the shop at the weekend, and it lured me into getting it - I worried that I might have been a bit rash, becasue let's face it I could use a different stamp every day for over a year, and never use the same one, but thinking about it today whilst I've been separated from my precious stash - I've decided I love it!

They also do a small Agapanthus long variation of it, and I might just go back and get that too.

I'm also eagerly awaiting the Hero Arts 2007 catalogue, as there are some really love stamps in there. I can feel more of their "definition" type stamps being put on order for the Galaxy. As I've used the set I got at the weekend a lot, and one of my most admired stampers Stamping Mathilda uses them a lot in her work. Oh, and I have simply got to have the flourish flower and stems stamp that I saw a sample of at the weekend! GOT TO I TELL YOU, OR I SHALL DIE!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Wednesday Stamper... I'm terrible at promising...


to upload and then forgetting, but for once I have remembered that I said I would upload the atc for the Wednesday Stamper (Think Pink) challenge this week.

Actually, it was very difficult to photograph this as it's sooo 3-d.
Basically stamped with Dee Gruenig Blox (Pink and Green) and edged with Maroon Fluid Chalk ink, they spritzed with my water mister to get it to run. The stamp used is the Floral Fabric Pattern cube by Judikins. Then, as I mentioned in the original card, I stamped out the large flowers on thin card, coloured them in with Lyra's and applied glossy accents, mounted then on with silicon glue, and added embroidery thread for stems and a small string bow at the bottom. Oh, I also added a drop of Pearlidoodles Soft Green (from the Galaxy) to the centres of the background flowers.
Galaxy Girl

Inchies Quota has been reached........


I've done my 26 for the UK STampers Inchie swap.
I don't want to put too many on here yet, as it will spoil it for the participants, but couldn't resist just showing this second one.
I will scan the rest in later on, and then once the swap's happened, I can upload them.
Enormous fun to be had doing them, but it's quite hard working on such a small canvass. LOL!
Galaxy Girl

A fishy tale..............





or four tails so to speak....introducing Daisy, Violet, Spot and Black Stripe...the new inhabitants of Chez Bolton.



They seem really happy, and have settled in well. Felix the Cat's given them a bit of passing interest, but that's all - I think he's way to lazy to do much else.


Actually, they are time-wasters, as we all feel compelled to stop by on the way to my studio to Hi to them and watch them swimming around.

Galaxy Girl


Saturday, February 03, 2007

Fish buying, craft buying and then a Chinese....

couldn't really have been a better day.

Started off with a quick dip round Sainsbury's for food essentials, then on to Homebase for DIY essentials and then the Pet Store for Lydia's fish.

So bought two purple Orlandos (yay colour co-ordinated for Mummy) and two purple/orange ones. Also, tricked me into getting them a pirates head!

So after dashing back home, unload and climatising the fish, I whisked off to the Craft Barn - couldn't see any of those Memory Mists though Sid!

I bought a couple of stamps, Hero Arts Original Definitions set (LL912), Penny Black (3362K) Silken Knots and Stampendous (P107) Agapanthus Cluster, and a Papercrafting Mag. I also picked up some Art Institute Gold Glass Glitter Shards and Impex Forest Mix Accent beads for the altered mint tin project which is to keep my precious Inchies in.

When I got back, I managed to get the lion's share of the mint tin project finished, so I really just need to get the rest done tomorrow with pictures, and finish up with that. I also need to make a start on the next class. Really, this year, there will only be a couple as I don't think I will have time for more classes on my own [insert pleah for help darling UK STamper's for another class]

I also got something for a friend's birthday, but can't say too much about that.

We've just finished a fab Chinese, and now I need to have a lie down.

Galaxy Girl

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Just been working on another Wednesday Stamper...

atc, but I'm waiting for it to dry before I photograph/scan and get it uploaded.

Actually, following Sid's tip about adding glossy accents to copier paper, I tried the same stamp he used, and got the same affect. I used really thin card, added the glossy accents and left it to dry, and I got wonderful curly flowers.

I've broken the back of my Inchies commitments, and only have two of them left to do (which is tomorrow's goal), so that will free up some mental spare time if you see what I mean!

I've just got to send off a CJ tomorrow, and do 2 further entries, and I'm caught up with that commitment too.

Good mail day: I got a fabulous gothic heart atc from Rachel - thanks honey, it great, and I will wing one right back to you shortly.

We're beginning to get a good response to the UK STampers Newsletter (Intensive Rubber Therapy), and thank you all for your contributions. We still need more, so get stamping and creating. DON'T FORGET closing date for the first issue is 30th April 2007.

Announcement will be made very soon about the closing date for the next issue, and the theme, so watch this space.

Right, I'm off to get the kiddy wink ready for bed, and watch a bit of tube.

Galaxy Girl

Wednesday Stamper...think pink....................



this week's challenge was "think pink", so I've not participated for a couple of weeks I did a quick atc last night with a new stamp I slipped in my bag shopping with Lydia after school.

It's a piece of light raspberry card, which I stamed with the Anita's rose image in clear EP, then used pink and green lyra crayons over the top and moved them around with my waterbrush.

Then I ironed off the clear EP leaving the image of the roses in green - in real life it looks like a faded fabric. The I stamped the swril patter randomly (one of Aud's), tied a piece of green ribbon round, and the word "bloom" (Sunny l/c by Hero Arts).

I had a piece of watercoloured card on my desk that I'd made with my new blending blox, so I stamped the rose image in Maroon fluid chalk in and embossed with clear EP, then cut it out. Ran Black Soot distress ink around the edges and mounted on with silicon glue.

Finished off by just running the Maroon fluid chalk in around the whole thing - aiming for a messy edged look.

Galaxy Girl