Wednesday, 23 July 2014

SDC 157 Christmas in July

The lovely and talented ~{Gez}~ is setting the           ~{Stampotique Designer's Challenge}~ this week and she would like us to visit Christmas in July! It's fine with me as it's still a long way off and a long time since last Christmas - so no bah humbug for a change!! 

I just love those ~{Penquins}~ and stamped them around the feet of ~{O Joy}~ who is about as pleased about Christmas as I usually am  in December! I've watercoloured them, but the photo doesn't show the colours so well hhmm.

I've added ~{Jingle Your Own Damn Bells}~ cut into pieces and did a little doodling.

Head over to the ~{SDC Blog}~ to see what the rest of this week's team have come up with and then dust off your Christmas stash and join in. If you follow the simple rules you'll be in with the chance of winning one of two $30 vouchers to spend in the ~{Stampotique Store}~.

Kaz xxx

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tando-Creative Free For All ~ Making Stamps

For this month's ~{Tando}~ Free For All I've done something a little different - I've made my own stamps using some chipboard. It produces a lovely sketchy result. Here's a finished card before I tell you how I did it:

I used the ~{Tornado}~ mask and it's the diamonds that are the stamp.

I've used ~{ATC's}~ as the base so I've got something firm to start with and stuck down some pieces from the new Grid ranges using Glossy Accents:
~{Grid Rectangle}~ I also used part of the grid as another stamp,
~{Gird Round}~
~{Grid Diamond}~

I had a play with various different products to add as a seal to the chipboard so it will stamp rather than absorb the ink. Glazing fluid, gel medium and Mod Podge all work, but acrylic paint works just as well so I've painted that onto the surfaces and trimmed the edges down to make positioning easier:

I then used the inside of ~{Karen's Frame - Gothic Arch}~ and cut an arrow from it. You can use a scalpel or a strong pair of scissors to cut it down to size, and I also used one of the ~{Mini Arrows}~. I've stuck EZ Mount onto the back of the ATC's to attach to the acrylic block:

Here are a few images of the resulting stamping:

As my journal is quite lumpy and bumpy (just how I like it) the arrow didn't stamp perfectly, so I just filled it in with a pen:

I've been using them quite a lot as they are exactly what I wanted from them! You can use inkpads or paint and you can just wipe them with a baby wipe afterwards.

I then went on and made some more a few days later and these are my most favourite yet. I used all the snippings and little bits to make a more random wall effect and I used the Crop o Dile to punch holes through the centres of some of the Grid Rounds.

Kaz xxx

Friday, 18 July 2014

Tando-Creative ~ Something Useful

This week's ~{Tando}~ theme is Something Useful and I have actually made something that takes a bit of time to make!! And I really enjoyed doing it!! I must confess before I start that I didn't actually put the boxes together. I was sat next to Di as she made them and took the step by step photos that come with them. When they were done, they found their way into my possession!

I've used the ~{Noteholder/Pen Pot Set}~ and used it to keep my washi tape in order. I stuck the two parts together before I started.

I gave everything a coat of gesso and then Mermaid Fresco paint. When these were dry I added paint with my fingers randomly, stamped a bit and then gave it all a coat of watery white paint and dabbed bit of it off so the colours showed through.

I painted the insides white and lined the floors with patterned paper.

I used ~{Grid Round Mask}~ all over the side panels and wiped some off with a baby wipe, then doodled away.

I've used a stamp onto the raised parts and doodled over that too.

I added alpha letters and a knobby thing to the front.

I've got 63 rolls of tape in this!! And there is room for 7 more!!!

I've also put my fave doodling pens, pencils and waterbrushes into the pen pot part. At the moment it is making me want to keep my desktop tidy because it's new, but I'm not sure how long this will last!!

Kaz xxx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

SDC 156 Favourite book

This week's ~{Stampotique Designer's Challenge}~ is set by the very talented ~{France}~ and she would like us to make something inspired by our favourite book. Hhhmm. A few weeks ago the Journal 52 prompt was book inspired. For the J52 I've also been doing little index cards that explain my pages, so the journaling on the card says it all. 

I don't have a favourite book, but I do have these stamps.

I stamped ~{Mad Hatter}~, ~{Chessy}~ and ~{Rabbit}~ directly onto the card first of all, watercoloured them and then finger painted with acrylics around them. I had stamped them before, but one of the images didn't stamp properly (of course it was the last one) so I cut these out and laid them over the original images then splatted some inks over them. I kept the masks to use on the index card as I liked them with splats. (The journaling says how I made it up as I went along).

I then stamped their faces again and cut the eyes from Rabbit, the nose from Hatter and Chessy's grin and stuck them into the inky circle.

The semi-circles are stickers that I made by scanning an old journal page I like onto a sticker sheet. They are of the ~{Welcome Door}~.

I finished off with some doodling, shading and a quote using ~{Typewriter Alpha}~.

Head over to the ~{SDC Blog}~ to see what this week's team have created and join with us to be in with the chance of winning one of two $30 vouchers to spend in the ~{Stampotique Store}~.

Kaz xxx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Tando Monthly Challenge - Come Fly With Me

I've actually managed to do something for the monthly ~{Tando Challenge}~ this month. The theme is 'Come Fly With Me' and I did a journal spread:

I've got a painty base with circles and book paper to start with then I used ~{Sunburst Mask}~ to add some interest around some of the circles.

I added 'fly' with texture paste through the ~{Have Your Say Mask}~ and used paints to colour the area.

I've painted ~{Mini Butterflies}~ and ~{Mini Birds}~ (without their branches) with white acrylic paint and then blended them with Pitt Big Brush Markers before adding some stamping.

I've finished off with some stamping, a pc printed quote and a load of doodling. I thought it needed something more, so I flicked my paint pens to get splatters.

It would be great to see you joining the monthly challenge, there are some fabulous prizes to be won.
Check it all out on the ~{Tando Challenge Blog}~

Kaz xxx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

SDC 155 newspaper or magazine page

This week's ~{Stampotique Designer's Challenge}~ has been set by ~{Magda}~ and she would like us to use a page from a newspaper or a magazine. I don't get a paper and the tv mag had nothing worth cutting out so I rooted around in a box where I had put magazine pages ages ago. I hadn't looked in there for quite a while and I found all sorts of pictures I had forgotten about, but this frog one just had to be used:

I think he was from an internet company advert. Here's the full journal page:

The base is acrylic paints with just a bit of colour around the outside. I've stamped ~{French Journal Page}~ and ~{Numeric}~ around the edges and used Grid Round Mask and Grid Moroccan Mask for details.
I put washi tape onto each page and stuck the frog down and stamped ~{Minkygirl}~ directly onto the page. She's been watercoloured and then I added shading and doodling before adding some letters for the quote. Kiss has been stamped using ~{Typewriter Alphas}~.

Head over to the ~{SDC Blog}~ to see what the rest of this team has come up with and then join us to be in with the chance of winning one of two $30 gift certificates at the end of the month to spend in the ~{Stampotique Store}~.

Kaz xxx

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Tando -Creative ~ black and brown

This week on ~{Tando}~ we're having another colour week and it's a real challenge for me as it's black and brown. It seems I don't have any brown paint!  I could have sworn I did, but I couldn't find it so I had to improvise to make this card:

I started off with my new favourite stencil ~{Grid Round}~, then painted 2 leaves from ~{Mini Leaves 2}~ and a  ~{Mini Butterfly}~. I've stamped the leaves with Design Cube in white paint and the butterfly with Fax to Wolfgang. I added more paint over the text stamp as it was too bold.

The tag has been assembled with text paper and a flower and stuck over some washi tape. I then went mad with white and black pens and a Happy Birthday stamp.

Kaz xxx