Friday, 19 July 2013

It's easy being green

Green. I love green, well, next to purple that is. I was excited to see the latest Monday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp was the  "green challenge".

I am particularly proud of this one because I used stuff just lying around my studio and recycle bin. I would love to say that I came up with the idea of the bell jar using a plastic bottle, but the fab MJ Girling had it on her blog last year. You can check out the Link here...
 A huge thank-you to her, cause she's awesome and very creative.

I cut the base out of scrap foam core and stained the top with Gathered Twigs distress stain.

Now to build the scene...
I didn't have any floral foam, so I cut a cardboard paper tube and covered it with rustic wood paper..
I hot glued them to the base and started attaching my vines. Recognize the material? Brown paper bag strips that have been twisted up. I added some thin gauge wire around them to make it more "bendable" then it was just a matter of hot gluing everything in place.

Hibiscus is made from the Susan Tierney Cockburn die set from Sizzix.

Tropical leaves cut from Graphic 45 paper and Memory Box die

Aarrrggg, tried to take this picture 5 times. This was the best one. Kinda crappy but you can get the idea of the finished effect.

Thanks for taking a look today, I appreciate all the kind comments I've received. Cheers!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Twelve Tags of 2013 - July

Hi again
I have a quick post to share with you. I love the crackle stained technique that Tim posted for his tag this month. And the brayer technique? So cool, I need to practice a wee bit more with it though, I didn't really get the droplet effect with the stains but it's still a great way to lay down color on the background. Check out the step by step here:

I used the specialty stamping paper for my tag because I wanted a true color read of the green. 
Here are the colors I used on the tag: Gathered Twigs stain and ink, Walnut stain ink, Bundled Sage stain and ink, Broken China stain, Archival Jet Black ink, oh and I threw on some metallic stain for the base of the globe too.

I used the Tim Holtz set from Stampers Anonymous "Air Travel"
And the "Simple Sayings" set for the label and words. I found this great washi tape at Michaels with globes on it. Cool.

Here you can see the great crackle effect with the Rock Candy crackle paint on chipboard and the SS paper. The frame around the compass is a gadget gear with the center cut out ( and being cheap, I saved the middle hole and used it on the top of the tag) hahaha.

Thanks for checking out my tag, have a great week. I will chat and share with you soon.

Friday, 5 July 2013

The Timekeeper

Hi again

I made this card a little while ago, but never got around to posting it. It's one of the sweet man's favorites. He kept bugging me to post it on my blog so here it is...

I love the stamp set(Time Travellers) from Tim Holtz. I used the gears in the background. Can you spot them? I also used Tim's paper stash (Destinations) for the whole structure of the card.

Here you can see the layers a bit better.

A time keeper gentleman that travels through time . The holes in the card could be rips in the time/space continuem. Sweet man thought they were bullet holes. That's cool too. I guess art is in the eye of the beholder. What do you think?

Thanks for surfin' by, I also want to submit this one to the "anything goes challenge" over at Simon Says Stamp and Show blog. You can check out the link here: