Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - September Blog Hop - Stamping

Hello and welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge September blog hop - if you haven't already started at the beginning, why not pop over to the Counterfeit Kit blog so that you don't miss out on any of the lovely inspiration? Don't forget there's also a chance to win a set of stamps from Sherri!

So, a stamping technique? I love the look of stamping with white ink but don't own a white ink pad - so I thought that I'd have a go with white acrylic paint and try to stamp on some acetate to make an embellishment. I wanted to make a card and had a handmade flower at the ready, so I decided on a butterfly.

I stamped several images from a couple of Anna Griffin butterfly stamps from each "inking" - the first one was very textured and more detail showed up with subsequent prints - I was surprised at how detailed the butterflies turned out. My acrylic paint is the cheapest craft paint I could find and it worked beautifully and dried on the acetate quickly too. I then tried different ways of embellishing them (some more successful than others!).

Top - left =covered completely in Diamond Glaze and gems added. Right = dots of Diamond Glaze and glittered
Middle - left = Quickie glue pen and glitter (my fave!). Right - Quickie glue pen and 2 colours of glitter
Bottom - left = curved and mounted on gold card. Right = pearlescent gold glue on back, glitter glue on top

I was surprised at how well all these dried on the acetate but I preferred the plain image or one slightly glittered and it was the glittered one I decided to use on my card.

I'd also seen this great technique on Natasha's blog for using your stamps as a stitching template and wanted to try it out. (If you get a chance to browse her blog you'll find it full of tips and beautiful layouts - I wish I'd found it earlier as her use of eyelets is amazing!). I wanted to stitch a sentiment but unfortunately my sentiment stamps are either too small or too curly (the card is for a Dutch lady well into her 90's so I wanted clear writing!)

So I used this stamp (from a QVC kit many years ago) for its foliage, and stamped in a light green ink onto card. I pierced my holes with a pin (I didn't have a pricking mat to use under the card so I just used an off cut of foam carpet underlay) and them stitched with embroidery floss. This is definitely a way to get more mileage out of your stamps.

I added a flower that I had made earlier this month with papers from my Sept kit. I had coloured the edges with paint and non-permanent markers and dabbed on water to get a graduated colour - so all I had to do was add some glitter to match the butterfly!
So here's the card ready to be sent to my step-mother's mum who very kindly sent me some of her old quilting fabric, tools and books - which was a beautiful and thoughtful gift, so I hope she likes the card.

Thanks for popping in - next stop is over at Karen's for more inspiration!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Stamping embellishments - Holiday Home

So - great minds think alike? There's a mini challenge for fun on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge site to create an embellishment with stamps and a mini challenge over at Scrapbookers Anonymous to use stamping on a project- so I made lots of embellishments with stamps and made a layout with them.

The stamps are Scribble Flowers from Banana Frog which I was lucky enough to receive as part of the Blog Hop prize that I won from the lovely Jemma. Thanks Jemma - I loved using these! I stamped my flowers onto some K & Co paper from my September Counterfeit Kit, cut them out, curled the petals a bit and layered them up with something for a centre. Easy peasy ...

I then stamped some onto some packaging acetate using Stazon ink - I think I need a new pad or a re-inker as some came out a little blurry - but I loved the look - and packaging comes free!

Oh - and some eyelets got used!  I tried to keep the layout simple as there are quite a few big flowers.

I really liked the stamped acetate - I definitely try to use this technique again as I liked that it gave a different texture to the layout and an extra layer without being heavy. I've never tried using transparencies but I suppose this is similar? Anyway - I had fun playing! Thanks for popping in ....

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Sketchy Thursday 9.22 - Scrap Whispers - Reach

I recently came across a challenge site called Scrap Whispers which seems interesting and they are holding some weekly challenges at the moment - they have a great prize up for grabs and are in desperate need of some more players. They post internationally so why not give it a go - the odds are in our favour and it all helps to get photos scrapped! This page is for their colour  challenge - use pink, brown and green

I used a lovely sketch from Sketchy Thursdays. I'm still trying to get comfortable with white space and this was just what I needed (step away from the layout Helen, step away!)

 I added some scraps of brown paper, brads and extra gems to my September Counterfeit Kit.


I was pleased to use up some of those old circular embellishments and managed another 4 eyelets - every little helps, right? Thanks for popping in ....