Sunday, 29 January 2012

Can We Keep Him? ~ by Emma

Hi everyone...Emma here!!

It's already time for my third and final post of the month and for this post, I wanted to share a freestanding easel plaque that I made using a stamp from Mabel Lucie Attwell, together with some more of those gorgeous Perfect Pearls Mists  that are still on offer at The Artistic Stamper with a 15% discount, right up until the end of January...

So, here's what I made and how I created it...
First of all, I cut a piece of chipboard, 15cm square in size. Next I took a piece of cream paper, blended it with Antique Linen Distress Ink, scrunched the paper up into a ball and then flattened it out to give a creased look to my background. I then swiped the Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad over the top before I misted it with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mists to give a gorgeous shimmer. Once the background paper is dry, I stuck it onto the chipboard and added die cut decorative borders down each side, overlapping the edges of the card, which were die cut using a Tim Holtz ~ On The Edge die.

Next I stamped the Mabel Lucie Attwell ~ Can We Keep Him? onto a piece of card, coloured it with alcohol pens and then distressed and aged the edges of the card with Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Ink

I then inked up the Music background stamp with black Archival Ink, stamped it onto white card, which I then blended with some more Distress Inks to give an aged feel to the image. I then stuck both images onto my covered chipboard base.
Next, I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and die cut enough petals to create a dimensional flower. I blended Victorian Velvet Distress Ink over each of the petals and misted them with more of the Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist, then stamped them with the Music Background stamp. I then built up the flower and adhered the finished flower to the chipboard base, together with some Tattered Leaves die cuts, that I had blended with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
I then used the Tim Holtz ~ Mover and Shapers, Mini Butterflies from my crafty stash and die cut a couple of butterflies from card which was covered with Tissue Tape and blended the die cuts with some more Victorian Velvet DI. Next, I attached these to the card base and added Adirondack Dimensional Pearls down the centre of each.
Finally, I added an Adage Ticket and attached it to the front of my artwork, using a Trinket Pin from the Idea-ology range before attaching an easel stand to the back of my chipboard base to make it freestanding.

So, that's about it from me for this month and I hope you like what I've made.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and hope you all have a fabulous inky week.
Emma x

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Only Love...

Hello Everyone,
Thanks for calling by...Sarah here with my final piece of the month. Golly, almost February already! I've had a fabulous time being Guest Designer and thought I'd end with a bit of good old-fashioned vintage shabbiness!
I cut a large tag by hand from the Retro Grunge Stash and swiped it with Vintage Photo Distress Stain to add more depth of colour. I stamped it with a few Papillon butterflies and script before machine-stitching and distressing the edges .
This Gibson Gal is really great and I stamped her onto a French book page that I had white-washed with Gesso. I aged the edges, layered her onto a scrap of design paper which I'd also stamped before adding more random stitching and Distress Inks. I created the flowers by stamping the rose from Flower Power onto manilla card that I had swooshed with Distress Stains and water. I stamped them lightly with a script, gave them a light crumpling and roughed up the edges with an emery board for the shabby look. I dropped a gold bead into the centre for a little sparkle.
I layered up my sullen gal with some lace, adding a gold washer, butterfly and vintage buttons to the tag top. Then I had to sit and think about the words! I love using my vintage typewriter to add a sentiment and I went for these 'oh so very true' words from Oscar Wilde.
And there you go - a little womanly melancholy on a tag! I hope you like her...I could make another one with "Will I ever do my housework?" on it!!! So with that said, I am going to dig out my dusters and have a Cinderella moment (before the ball that is...)
I just want to say a huge thank you to Jennie, Hels, Emma and all the team for their support and this fabulous opportunity to share a little inky passion with you all. Have a great weekend...stay inspired, creative and full of Mojo!
See you around...Sarah.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

NATURE'S FLOWERS (card book)

Hi all, Kat here,
I am here with the 3rd & final project of the month for me,
today I would like to share a card/mini book creation.
the focus is still on perfect pearl mist at a reduced price.

I started by making the tags for the inside,

Here's what I used,
4 manilla tags 12x6cm,
2 different scripted stamps,
sayings printed out on my computer.

Next I made the insert for the tags to fit in from
an A4 white piece of card
the items listed above &

I stuck it all together with
one strip of red line tape on either end. Only 
(so it closes properly) & is not restrictive,
to the cover, (A4 pearlised brown card) cut to size,

I used the perfect pearls mist this time as more of a paint
& just painted the bodies of the insects,
to give them a sheen,

for the front cover,
again I used the same stash as above
with the addition of a large manilla tag, 16x8 cm
a sizzix frame & a saying from my stamp collection.

& there you have it!

hope you like my creation this time,
see you next month,
all take care, & have lots of creative fun,
Kat x.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Tick Tock by Alison

Hello Stampers! For my third & final post this month, I have a card to share with you. I have used Perfect Pearls Mists, which are on special offer this month, on The Artistic Stamper website HERE.

For the background, I swiped chipped sapphire distress stains over a square of white card. Then I lightly misted the cog background stamp with forever blue perfect pearls mist, & stamped it on top of the background. I dried it immediately with a heat gun.

I stamped Phineas Pinchbeck & Tick Tock (from the Tick Tock plate), onto a dictionary page, cut them out, inked them with black soot & chipped sapphire distress inks, then matted them on black card. I glued them to the card as shown.

I die cut some Sizzix mini cogs from mountboard, inked them with chipped sapphire distress ink, then triple embossed them with clear UTEE. Whilst the last layer was still molten, I inked the Europe Map background with versamark & stamped the cogs. I trimmed the UTEE around the edges. I added some watch parts & Ideaology to the cogs, & glued them to the card. 

I distressed the edged of my artwork with a paper distresser, inked the edges with black soot distress ink, then glued it to a kraft card blank. To finish, I added more watch parts, & a layer of matt accents to Phineas' clock.

Thanks for looking!
Alison xox

Saturday, 21 January 2012

No Mortals by Sioux Jenneys

It's that time again and I'm here to share a little journal page :)

1. I spritzed plain water all over the page in my 15 x 10.5cm journal book and then added some Adirondack Dye Ink wild plum to the top portion and fired brick re-inker straight from the dropper then used a brush to mix it all up before heat drying the page.

2. Spritz Perfect Pearls Mist in pearl all over the page......and don't forget to stock up on that pearly lushness whilst they are on special offer ;)
3. Stamp the bird head from Airmail Bird Collage Elements in Archival black and mask it before stamping one of the crowns from Crowning Glory in Archival aquamarine......leave both masks in place and stamp the calligraphic mat 13 all over the background in Distress Ink pine needles.

4. Stamp the Dreams from journaling words in Archival aquamarine using some sticky tape to mask off the smaller words.

5. Type up the phrase, print and cut up and adhere the "Dreams" and the words with Studio Multi Medium matte
6. I added some yellow neo colour round the word fragments and blended with a little water....drew round them with a Sharpie pen and hand wrote the author and work along the edge.

7. A touch of Inka Gold in a copper colour was added round the edges and a little blob of black Enamel Accents was put on the eye.

I'll be back next month so see you then!
xoxo Sioux

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Shimmer by Emma

Hello everyone!!

It's already time for my second post of the month and I think it's definitely time to get inky!!

For this project, I decided to create a gift box and I've used lots of those stunning Perfect Pearls Mists that are currently on offer over at The Artistic Stamper with a huge 15% discount, right up until the end of January...
I've taken a few photos of my finished box, to try and show you all the detail and the gorgeous shimmer that you get from the Perfect Pearls Mists. I hope you can see just some of the glisten and I hope you like what I've made...

To begin with, I created an oblong box from white card and then blended Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink all over the white pieces of card. I then used Picket Fence Distress Stain over the top of the inks, to blend the colours together. Next, using Viridian Archival Ink, I inked up the Calligraphic Mat 13 Background stamp and stamped over a corner section of the box, which you can just about see in the photos. I then spritzed the entire box with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mists to give a beautiful shimmer. Once the mists have dried, I attached some Tissue Tape from the Symphony set, around the four edges of the lid and coloured with Antique Linen DI.
Next, I stamped the outline of  the largest flower from the Flower Power A6 stamp plate, onto Grungepaper, using the black Archival Ink, cut each of the outlines out and then blended Tumbled Glass DI over the blooms, and then sprayed each of them with Turquoise Perfect Pearls Mists. I repeated this to give me enough blooms to make two complete, dimensional Grungepaper flowers. Next, I stamped the image of the leaf from the Flower Power A6 stamp plate, onto some more Grungepaper and blended Peeled Paint DI over these, before spraying them with Kiwi Perfect Pearls Mists. I also added a bow, tied from twine.
Next, I stamped the "Keep Calm and Carry On Stamping" stamp onto cream card using Fired Brick Distress Ink, trimmed the edges and mounted it onto black card. I then added this to the top of my box, together with my grungepaper roses and leaves.
Finally, a tied a piece of twine around the box.
Thank you so much for taking the time to come and have a look at what I made and for all your lovely comments.

See you soon and hope you have a lovely inky day!
Emma x

Monday, 16 January 2012

Seeing Spots by Alison

Hello Stampers! It's time for my second post of the month, & I have a tag to share with you. I've used plenty of those yummy Perfect Pearl Mists that The Artistic Stamper has on offer right now.

To start I attached some Claudine Hellmuth sticky back canvas to a piece of card, then I die cut the dress form from the Sizzix Alterations Sewing Room die. I laid the dress form on my craft sheet, in a pizza box, then spritzed it with red pepper colour wash & forever red perfect pearl mist. I mopped up the leftover ink on my craft sheet with a tag. I don't like to waste good ink!

I used jet black archival ink to stamp the dress form with the mini polka dot background. I then stamped the tag with calligraphic mat 15. I applied a thin coat of Studio gesso to the tag, then spritzed it with heirloom gold perfect pearl mist. I distressed the edges of the tag with my paper distresser & inked it with walnut stain distress ink. I also sanded the edges of the dress form & inked them with walnut stain DI.

I stamped the phrase from Tim Holtz's Going Somewhere plate on the top right of the tag, & the sewing woman from the Dressmaking plate slightly off the tag on the bottom right. I stamped the woman again on white card, cut her out, & inked her with vintage photo distress ink, before gluing her to the tag.

I used the Sizzix decorative strip vintage lace die to cut a lace border from card, then painted it with pearl paint dabber, & attached a piece to the hem of the dress form, & a piece to the bottom of the tag. I tied a strip of tulle around the waist of the dress form, added a safety pin, & glued it to the tag.

Finally, I stamped the thimble from the dressmaking plate on some sticky back aluminium, cut it out, and attached it to the tag, together with a couple of buttons & metal poppers.

I hope you like my tag, thanks for looking,
Alison xox

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Feeling Blue...?

Good Morning to both you and the weekend...
and hopefully a little off-duty time for some and oodles of crafty dabblings too! Sarah here with my second make of the month. Today I'm feeling rather blue and girly but all in a good painty, inky way. I make no secret of being an ATC fan, especially when they're funky and chunky!
I cut a chunk of wood from an old beam that was lurking in the shed. It's the three dimensional model of your standard ATC (2½ x 3½ inches, but 1½ inches deep). I started with a couple of coats of paint with my Cloudy Blue Dabber and then cut a cardboard frame for the front which I swiped with Snow Cap before stamping some yummy Polka Dots.

I lined the frame with Mr.Tim Ball Chain and inked up some Grungeboard Letters with pigment ink. I chose the word 'Fleur', because somehow French sounds so much nicer!
I painted some Grungepaper in Snowcap and then stamped the really great flowers and leaves from Flower Power and Flower Blooms.

I love cutting weeny things out so I had a ball with those leaves! Plus it means you can create more movement and shape with them.

I layered up the flowers, added a brass stud and made a triple one for the top finishing off with an old ceramic drawer knob!
On the back, more yummy dots, leaves and three pretty mini flowers. Just too cute! I don't often say cute, but these just are! I played around with the words from Flower Blooms by stamping them onto painted card and splitting them up. Oooh, so many places to play with...

I think chunky ATCs make great gifts because you can put so much in to them but they're just the right size too... They'll happily perch on a shelf or in a cabinet.  

Are you stamper or cardmaker wanting to venture into mixed media but feeling a bit daunted by the thought? Well, this could be the perfect project to help you make that step, whilst still taking all your other skills along.

On the sides, I kept things fairly simple but still wanted to add a little extra detail with some seam binding, vintage buttons and another flower. I don't mind seeing the lumps, bumps and cracks in the wood - all part of the natural look!  On this side some more wordplay and chain. Finally, (fanfare) the whole ATC is mounted on four metal corner thingies also painted blue!
So, that's all folks, as they say. Hope you like it and will maybe give it a go yourself. Thanks for looking and Happy Weekending! Sarah.

Friday, 13 January 2012


Hi all, Kat here,
I'm here with project no 2,
it's another page in my little board book,

The focus is still on Perfect pearls this month,
you can grab yours HERE at a discount price.

My page is missing a smart of funny saying or quote,
can anyone help me out on this one,
please leave me a comment with any suggestions
as I am stumped, but I do feel the page needs one.

this is such a shiny page but I can't seem to get it on the camera.
 (sorry about that)

OK I started by painting my page with blue acrylic paint,
then sprayed green patina perfect pearls all over it
then took a flat paint brush & brushed all over the page
to get the sheen all over, I unscrewed the bottle &
splatted the plastic pipe over the page to get the splats. 

next I stamped the (be confident find your wings & fly)
all over the page,
along with parts of the Harlequin background stamp
both stamped in Coffee archival ink
I then doodled around the page with a black uni-ball pen
& a white gel pen.
I cut the car images from a collage sheet,
and stamped & added the wings from the
then glued them in place,
lastly I added a sky line cut from a magazine
to try to give a bit of perspective.

hope you like it!
I'll be back on the 25th with a more in depth project
until then have a crafty time,
Kat x.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Dreams by Sioux Jenneys

Hello everyone! It's my turn again and I'm here to share a card :)

1. I started off by making the flowers and stamped a piece of pale yellow copy quality paper (80gsm) with the Mini Calligraphic mat 20 in Archival chrome yellow then overstamped this with two of the flowers from Flower Power in Archival black and cut them all out ;)

2. Next I layered the large flowers with some small ones and one flower using just small flowers then pushed a brad through all the layers to hold them together.

Now the fun part for the scruchie look.....just spritz the layers with plain water and scrunch each layer into the centre. When all the layers are scrunched well, gently unfurl the layers to get the effect you want. Heat dry a little or just leave to dry naturally.

3. The background is a piece of paper from the Crowded Attic pad that I stamped with the Dance Dictionary background in Archival black and then spritzed with Perfect Pearl Mist in heirloom gold.

Grab those mists whilst they are on special offer here ;)

4. "Follow your Dreams" from journaling words 1 was stamped onto white card and cut out before attaching with dimensional pads on top of some die cut Elegant Flourishes that had been coloured with Distress Ink shabby shutters.
5. The background was first attached to some of the yellow copy paper and then to a piece of black card. A little bit of rustic twine was wrapped around and the flowers glued on top with silicone glue.
Hope your dreams come true this year :) See you soon!
xoxo Sioux

Monday, 9 January 2012

Darling Child by Alison

Hello Stampers! I have a little 5x5 canvas to share with you for my first post of the month.

To colour the canvas, I schmooshed peeled paint & broken china distress inks onto my craft sheet, spritzed with blue raspberry perfect pearl mist, then dipped the canvas in the ink. I dried it with my heat gun, then carried on dipping in the ink, until I had a pleasing background. Then I edged the canvas with vintage photo distress ink, & stamped the music background in the 4 corners with coffee archival ink.

I stamped the girl image from The Artistic Stamper Childhood Dreams plate, using coffee archival ink, then inked with vintage photo & broken china distress inks.

I stamped the Calligraphic Mat 15 onto a small tag, using peeled paint distress ink, then the words from the Childhood Dreams plate in coffee ink. I added the flower fairy image from Botanical Plate 3, in the top right corner, & the edge of the rose in the bottom left corner, then edged the tag with broken china distress ink.

I embossed a couple of Ideaology Foliage flowers with broken china distress embossing powder, then a couple of long fasteners with shabby shutters distress EP. I added the larger one to the tag, & the smaller one to a prima flower, layered with a circle of vintage music sheet.

I layered my stamped images with an inked doily, a scrap of inked music sheet, & the flower. To finish, I added a scrap of cream lace & blue ribbon.

The Perfect Pearl Mists are on special offer HERE on The Artistic Stamper website.

Thanks for looking,
Alison xxx

Sunday, 8 January 2012

So Red The Rose by Emma

Hi everyone! It's Emma here and I hope you're all having a lovely, inky weekend.

It's already that time of the month for me to share my latest little creation with you and I chose to use a gorgeous Mabel Lucie Attwell image as the main feature of my project, together with lots more goodies from The Artistic Stamper. Also, if you head on over to The Artistic Stamper, this month you can 15% off Perfect Pearls Mists right up until the end of January...

So, here's what I made, all the details of how I did it and lots of close up photos...
To begin with, I made my own shadow box, using two pieces of white cardstock, cut to 15cm x 21cm. I then cut a circle aperture into one of the pieces of cardstock, which will become the front section of the box. Next, I blended Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the front section and then inked up the Dots Background stamp with more Tumbled Glass DI and stamped over the entire front of the box.
I then stamped the Mabel Lucie Attwell "Cut Off Her Head" image from Alice In Wonderland and coloured it in with alcohol pens and Distress Inks. I mounted the finished image, centrally onto the back section of my box and then attached the front section, lining up the two pieces of cardstock and the cut out aperture, to complete my freestanding shadow box.
Next, I die cut some flowers from ivory card using the Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals Die. You will need enough petals to make three complete dimensional roses. I blended Fired Brick Distress Ink over some of the petals and left the petals that I will use for the third flower, ivory. I then used Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mists and sprayed all the petals with the mist, just like the Queen did in the story of Alice In Wonderland. I dried them all with a heat tool, before assembling each of the petal sections to give two completed red roses and one rose, that is half sprayed.

Next, I die cut the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers, Mini Leaf and Branch and blended Gathered Twigs and Iced Spruce Distress Ink over them. I then arranged the dimensional roses, together with the leaves and twigs onto the front section of my box. Finally, you probably all had a small pack of playing cards in one of your crackers at, I used three cards from one of those packs and attached them to my shadow box.
So, I hope you like my creation and thank you so much for taking the time to come and have a look at what I made.

See you soon and hope you have a lovely creative week!
Emma x