Monday, 11 September 2017

Shooting on the Moors

Here's my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Twelve Month Challenge based on Sara Coleridge's poem - for September we can add a shooter if we want.

Well I had a good think about this one and decided I had to use my Whitby Abbey stamp (from Crafty Individuals) - I love this stamp mainly because I've been doing my family history and my family were here in the 1760s!!    Also I'm a target shooter so had to include a shooter - I just used clipart again, printed him on the card and then cut my postcard round him.    The background is just blended inks with added purple heather on the moors and I've stamped a few bushes and trees in the foreground.   As ever it's finished with the two lines of the poem for September.

Hope you like and thanks for commenting - it's much appreciated!

Elaine xx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Harvest Time

Here's my August postcard for The Craft Barn's Twelve Month Challenge based on Sara Coleridge's poem The Months.   Not only do we have to include the two lines from the poem but also a tractor......thank goodness for clipart!!

The scenic background is created using Distress Stains - Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Wild Honey - and I've just used a small tree stamp for the field hedge and beech tree.   I printed out the tractor, sheaves of corn and the words and then just added them.  It probably took me half and hour in total but a week or so to get started!!

I can't believe we are in August already - that's 8 months of postcards already so I thought I'd add the first half of the year.  Not only does it prove I like doing scenes, but also I'm stuck with blue, green, red and yellow!

Anyway thanks for visiting and leaving a comment - it's always nice to know someone is actually reading this!

Elaine xx

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

July Swaps

Well I've had chance to do a little more crafting.  I've joined in the Inchie and ATC challenges on the UK Stampers Forum Facebook group - both themes are 'Anything Goes' for the July swaps.

I do enjoy making inchies - maybe because it's a challenge to find things to fit.  I ended up buying a job lot of Inkadinkadoo Inchie stamps off ebay so I now have plenty of small scale stamps.  The first is a set of 6 Inchies using some Birthday stamps, stamped in black and then coloured with pink, red and yellow markers.  

The three ATCs I've made as a set but you don't have to.  I started by colouring card with a selection of spray inks and then stamped the Punky Flower stamps (Chocolate Baroque) with Deep Purple Archival.  I've had this set a while but only used 2-3 of the stamps so thought the rest needed to be inked.  I've just added words printed from the computer in an old typewriter style font.

That's two posts already this month - I'm doing well!!   Thanks for visiting and for leaving comments - they are much appreciated.

Elaine xx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

July Postcard

Well I've just finished 58 exams over the last 7 weeks and now I'm playing catch-up - trying to get to the bottom of the ironing pile and doing some crafting too!  Here's my postcard for The Craft Barn's Twelve Month Challenge based on Sara Coleridge's poem - for July we have to add a gillyflower.

For the Apricot part of the poem I went for an apricot background - a mix of Citrus Yellow and Citrus Orange Spray inks.   It seems a gillyflower belongs to the stock family so stocks, carnations or wallflowers.  I decided this art nouveau style flower looks like a carnation (Punky Flowers by Chocolate Baroque) so I've stamped it with Onyx Black Versafine and clear embossed it.  I've added bricks to the background so if you don't think this is a carnation then at least call it a "wall flower".  I seriously couldn't fit in the showers so ignored that bit!!

Hope you like and thanks for visiting are always welcome.

Elaine xx

Friday, 23 June 2017

June Bouquet

Seriously short of time and inclination at the moment - I invigilate at the local school and have done 45 exams in the last 5 weeks.  Luckily only 1 week to go and then I may be able to stay awake in the evenings and do something!!  Anyway this afternoon I've had chance to make my postcard for The Craft Barn's Twelve Month Challenge based on Sara Coleridge's poem.

The background is just blended inks overstamped with a Lace Kaisercraft Stamp in Vermillion Red.  The posy mentioned in the poem has turned into a bouquet as it's the only stamp I had with tulips - it's a Stampendous one.  Please do not look closely at the colouring - there are splodges where they shouldn't be.  My excuse is that I am tired, in a rush and my DH decided to try and mend the curtain rail behind me........

Anyway it's done and ready to go in my calendar.   Thanks for popping by and sorry there has not been much for you to see.  Another week and I will have the summer to myself .....and then the weather will change!!

Elaine xx

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Month of May

Back again with my postcards for The Craft Barn's Twelve Month Challenge which is based on Sara Coleridge's poem.  I spent most of April decorating my lounge which meant I had to pack all my craft stuff away and so I missed entering last month but I've had chance to make it now.

April's Challenge was all about primroses and daffodils so I've simply added some bright yellow/orange daisies to an inky background and then finished with the lines from the poem.

May is about lambs and this is another month where I have no suitable stamp.  As ever the trusty internet came through and I found this cute image of a lamb.  I just printed him on some card and flipped the image and printed some smaller ones for the distance.   The background is coloured with Distress Stains, some blobs for hedges and I used a grass stamp at the front.

Am I the only one that thinks the natural world has changed - Sara Coleridge died in 1852 so the poem is well over 160yrs old - but lambs should be April and the lines for June are all about tulips which are well and truly over in my garden.  Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely poem but it doesn't seem to fit the modern world these days.   Anyway thanks for popping by and leaving comments - they are very much appreciated.

Elaine x

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Inchies & ATCs

A quiet week this week so thought I'd have a play.  I've made some ATCs and Inchies for the UK Stampers Challenge on Facebook.

The theme for the Inchies is "Anything Goes" which is just as well as all my stamps seem very large.  Having had a good rummage I decided to use a mixture of Crafty Individuals foliage stamps with added insects.   I've used Onyx Black Versafine , Archival Emerald Green for the foliage and Monarch Orange for the Butterflies.  I've just added some extra colour and shine with sparkle pens.

The theme for the ATCs is "Butterflies"  so I've used Oak House Studio's Butterflies and words and added the same Crafty Individuals foliage stamps.  The inked card for both I found in my bit box.....which is overflowing!!
Hope you like both sets and if you fancy joining in then look on Facebook for the UK Stampers Forum.  Inchies are great fun but seriously small  .....anyone got any inchie size sets of stamps they can recommend?   Please let me know and thanks for looking.
Elaine xx