Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Father's Day

Several years ago a few crafty ladies gathered over a cuppa to share their new stamps. Each lady took their own card, ink and 2/3 of their favourite stamps and we took it in turn to swap images. One particular design caught my eye and as Dad is a keen gardener I knew it would come in handy one day. Stamping the design twice I could make a layered picture when the time came.

This month wondering what card to make for Father's Day I came across the two images and set about colouring the first piece in pencils. As I worked I decided to cut out the middle area behind the cat saving the shelf, garden tools and little radio.

I used a knife to cut part way round the butterfly wings and folded them forwards. From the second piece I coloured and cut out the watering can, potted plant, shed notice and cats head. Layering all the pieces onto a brown piece of card gave a decoupaged look (Dad's favourite.)

We often have a family joke about the number of snails on the allotment so decorating the plain card with snails seemed the only option and raised a few smiles on the day!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Pond Water

Nearly the end of June already - I have to tell you it's been a busy time including a visit to the Chelsea flower show, a trip to Harrogate, another to Rye, birthdays, Fathers Day, walks round a couple of beautiful gardens and a little crafting!

Do you remember the gorgeous pond water background papers I made from the distress oxide inks? I decided they were too busy for my frog photo's, I couldn't bare to cut into them so I have kept the cards for another day.

Plan B, I spotted some gorgeous frog card designs and stamps on http://www.amom.co.uk/ have a look on their blog archive for the month of April and you will see the full blog post, including lots of fab ideas.

I'm not very good at cropping my photo's and at the moment adding borders looks a bit 70's so until I master a more modern look I have decided to place plain photos on a double page, four full size photo's was too much so bravely I chopped into two so there is a focal point on each piece.

I set about stamping waterlilies and frogs around the photo's, there is a very cheeky looking chap top right, and I love the one who looks like he is dancing on a lily pad.

 On the bottom right corner this little chap looks like he is going to jump into the photo pond.

I did consider making a slider so a frog jumped across the page but this is going into a plastic sleeve so I decided against it. I also considered whether to cut out some lily pads and raise them over the edges around the bottom of the photo's but decided to use a few accent beads and a simple line of journaling at the top. I can always add to the pages as my scrapbooking experience increases.

To colour the images I used pencils and for the background I reached for a soft blue in my pan pastels but I don't have a blue! Out came an old chalk set.....I will tell you about them at the end of the blog. 

Can you see the accent beads? There is a little glitter added to the water and the bottom edges of the frogs so in day light they glistens as if they are wet. 

Carefully drizzling glue near but not on the photo's I have used Frantage flakes and fragments to resemble food given to the tadpoles and pond weed.

I'm so pleased with this set of stamps, it's one of those very "useable" sets perfect for male and childrens cards - lots of fun can be had adding a few balloons to one of the characters for example.

I journaled along the top edge and down the side of the page. It was one of those amazing evenings when the frogs were too content to dive under cover when I approached to take a photo.

This water lily stamp is a great design for a ladies card. I used it in the middle of my double scrap page.

Then filled in the background using the smaller set below.

I'm thrilled with my pages and hope to decorate a flowery page next time so I can add a few more embellishments.

I mentioned using an old chalk set to colour the background. Well after years of use many colours had crumbled under heavy use, I decided to clean the box. Carefully removing the colours from the box I then placed a piece of journal paper on top. Turned the tin upside down and emptied the small pieces of chalk and crumbs onto the journal page. Below, top left.

The box was wiped with a dry tissue and the larger pieces of chalk were placed back in the box. I carefully rubbed the crumbed chalk into two piece of journal paper to make two pretty backgrounds using what was basically waste for use at a later date. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A visit to Keukenhof

Lots of colour inspiration from my trip to Keukenhof, the dutch bulb fields in Holland.

This was the first flower bed that I saw as I walked through the gates, look at the mass of beautiful tulips.

The planting was spectacular. Every time you walked around a corner there was an array of colour.

Planted through woodland and around a large lake many tulips, daffodils, narcissus and hyacinths in all colours, shapes and sizes.

This was my favourite statue called Butterfly, if you could like one it is 26,000 Euros! The designer is Jack Van Iwaarden de Vreede.

Indoor installations included this caravan, now I would love one of these!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wiggly Stems

I thought I would share the images I coloured using the Wiggly Stem Stamps. What a fabulous name for a set of flower stamps!

The pretty pastels on this piece were made using a water technique shared by Christina from http://www.amom.co.uk/ using my Zig pens. By dipping the pen in a little pot of water it drains the ink from the nib of the Zig pen and as you start to colour the ink filters back through the nib and allows you to shade or create beautiful rainbow effects. 

I think this one was my favourite.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Circle Flowers

While the Circle Flower stamp was all inky I decided to stamp a couple more to sit and colour in front of the telly.

So I now have a pretty colour selection which would be nice mounted with gem butterflies and a pastel colour selection which would be nice mounted with lace or pretty paper doilies.

This was the one from Sunday's blog.

Colouring is very therapeutic and its surprising how different they can all look.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dylusion Paints

There's nothing like a bright sunny morning to encourage bright colours in crafting, I love the latest Dylusion paints which come in 59ml pots suitable for dipping brushes, cloth, cards into.

I am using Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass and a Pure Sunshine ink spray.

By dipping a corner of a baby wipe in the lemon zest pot to pick up the smallest amount of paint I then used the full wet wipe round my fingers to spread the paint over the card. (When you have a go spray water over the sheet to help the colour move if it's a bit dry.) Start with a small amount of paint, you can always add more paint.

I started on an A4 sheet so I can make four background pieces. Using Fresh Lime paint applied with a baby wipe I made a cross on the centre and added more paint around the edge. Next a small amount of Cut Grass adds depth to the cross and edges.

The bubble effect on the left hand side is Pure Sunshine ink sprayed through a stencil, it compliments the paint colours beautifully.

Decision, decisions, what images shall I use for my card fronts?

It's such an quick and easy way to make a selection of cards.

I added more Cut Grass paint to the edge of the fourth piece which will be perfect for the Eiffel Tower stamp! It reminds me of spring time in Paris.

Grabbing a few Zig pens I decided to colour a couple of my pieces. Starting with the Circle Flower stamps I used pen colours to compliment the paint.

Then I used a wilder selection of colours for the Wiggly Stems flower stamp.

Once the pieces are mounted I will add a little glitter and maybe a couple of accessories or a greeting.

As mentioned before all the materials used can be purchased from http://www.amom.co.uk/

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Spray inks at the ready!

I'm having one of those days where I want to make something but I don't know what! Looking at the gorgeous background pieces made using the pixie dust last week I can't help feeling they should be used.

So many colours to choose from! Mmmm.

The nice thing about Woodware stamps is that as part of the packaging they come with an image of the stamp design on a piece of acetate. I have referred to this little sheet many times in choosing colours for my cards.

Pretty...how about this colour...

Doesn't the lemon in the centre of the card set off the Eiffel Tower nicely. The background for this piece was made using Dylusions Paints. I will show you more designs with this paint later in the week.

For now I decide to use some ink sprays, mixed bold colours that will look great under the collage of the Eiffel Tower. Working on an A4 piece of card means there will be enough background for 4 cards.

To allow the three colours to leak into each other I sprayed water over the sheet to dampen it. Leaving some of the background white means I can add an additional colour later if I like (sponge distress ink, chalk, pixie dust, add another image or word.)

Because of the variation in colour each image is going to look different, they will make a lovely gift set of cards.

Cut round the 4 designs, this is my favourite.

From here I can simply mount the design or customise it - edge it with pretty scissors or ink, add a few accent beads, glitter, glaze the clock add a butterfly lots of choices what are you waiting for!

Stamp Paris Collage code FRS638
Cosmic Shimmer Ink Sprays in Aqua Breeze, Magenta and Grape Crush
Dylusions Paint in Pure Sunshine, Fresh Lime and Cut Grass
Dixie Dust in Aqua Lagoon, Purple Violet and Golden Mint

All available from A Maze of Memories telephone number 01844 208996 or email info@amazeofmemories.com