Tuesday, 20 September 2016

September - One for the Boys

Welcome to our September challenge where this month our theme is................

********One for the Boys********

As the title suggests we would like to see cards and project suitable for the guys, be it young or not so young, the choice is yours.

Please can I remind you of our basic rules: You can enter up to three times, combine with other challenges, use any make of stamp......but can I please remind you.........we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artworkIt so upsets us to see names come out in the draw who are not eligible for the prize because they have not read the rules. 

Our prize this months is a super collection of Hero Arts stamps.

We are very pleased to welcome Sue as our Guest Designer this month, she had made a lovely inspirational card to share with us all............

And here is some inspiration from the Design Team who as always have really embraced the theme.

Happy crafting all, we look forward to seeing all your entries.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Dora in the spotlight

Good morning, this month I am pleased to welcome Dora to our mid month inspirational post, currently the Design Team are sharing either a new technique or one they particularly enjoy using.

Our current theme of 'One for the Boys' is in full swing and runs until 28th September so still plenty of time to join in to be in with a chance of winning a collection of Hero Art stamps.

Now I will hand you over to Dora....................................

"Hello everyone, this time I (Dora) am showing a technique that is one of my favourites.

With this post I will show you how you can make this, there are lots of photo's and you can make this with all kind brands of stamps.

For this card I used Stampscapes stamps.

First stamp the bear, and again on the masking tape

Cut the image out of the masking tape and put it on  stamped image

I have  a tool from StampinUp called a stamp positioner which I think other brands have it as well. It is a tool that you can put a stamp precisely on the paper wherever you want. You stamp on the sheet, leave the stamp on the clear block. 

And then put the sheet on the bear image then you can see where you can stamp the second stamp.

If you know where you want the second stamp. Put the stamp positioner to the sheet and put the sheet away and take the stamp with the clearblock to the stamp positioner and stamp.

Then you see this.

I stamp this background stamp once more on the masking tape.

I cut the top edge and put it on the image.

Than I take the third stamp and stamp it on the sheet.

With the sheet I can look where I want the tree stamp.

Put the stamp positioner again to the sheet. Put the sheet away and take the tree-stamp with the clearblock to the stamp positioner and stamp.

Remove the masking tape. Than you see the whole image. You see also the white lines where it is not covered. There I use a black water resist fine liner and add lines and dots to blended it in. Below I colourized with 'Grazy Grayons' (dutch brand) But you can do it with all kinds of colour materials.

The 'Grazy Grayons' I used it for larger area's.

With pencils I used it for the smaller area's and details. Also for shadow.

I cut the edges and ink them. Draw some birds in the sky.

With a white sharpie pen I place dots for the water, for a flowing effect.

And at last you can finish it to make a card. For all the stamping I used Stazon. For stamping on the sheet I use black Adirondack ink. Then you can clean the sheet much easier.

I hope you like this post to inspire you. There is a plenty of time to enter our challenge.
Theme: One for the boys.

Kind regards, Dora."

Thank you for such a comprehensive post Dora.

Friday, 2 September 2016

August winners

Morning Peeps and a big thank you for so many wonderful entries to our August challenge, we really did see some wonderful work on our rounds of your blogs. The votes have been cast and counted and I am pleased to announce the winners of the prize from Foil Play is.......................

Just stunning

Huge congratulations Fiona, please mail me with your full name and postal addy so I can arrange your prize.

And our Top 3 are......................

Who wouldn't love to display this at Christmas

A really pretty shape and colours

So very tranquil

Well done to you all, please collect our Top 3 badge to display on your own blogs.

I will be back on Sunday with our September challenge.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Viv in the spotlight

Today it's the turn of my team mate Viv to be in the spotlight following our current challenge to the DT to share either a technique that is new to them or one that they particularly enjoy using, so I will hand you over to her.................

"I received a card from a friend some time ago who had done the Faux Mother of Pearl technique so I thought I would give it a go. It was quite easy and overall I was pleased with how it turned out. It's simply done by using white acrylic paint, dragging across your base card then leaving to dry completely. By sponging or brushing Distress Inks over the dried acrylic paint you end up with lovely shimmery effects (which as with all things that shine are terrible to photograph to capture how it looks in real life!)

I used Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Shabby Shutters on the panel then stamped my image over it, adding teeny drops of Perfect Pearls onto the berries. I smudged the post mark stamp a little on the base card unintentionally and was going to do a new one but dear husband said 'postmarks are often smudged' so I left it alone!"

Many thanks for sharing Viv.
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