Thursday, 17 November 2016

I is for Illuminate

Here with my postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is I.   There are quite a lot of I words but few that I had a stamp or idea for.  So I've chosen ILLUMINATE so think lights and illuminated letters.

The background is a mix of Colour Chemistry Spray Inks - Citrus Yellow, Pumpkin Pie, Jubilee Red and a bit of Precious Purple (indigo) to create an intense colour scheme as my H and J pages are paler ones.   The stamps are Punky Flowers from Chocolate Baroque and Mini Calligraphy Set from The Artistic Stamper - I've embossed both in gold to represent illuminated manuscripts of old.  I've just used various markers to add more depth of colour, the letter I Thicker  and the torn dictionary definition.

I've lost track of how many we have left - 2 or 3 - but I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone's end of year photos.   Thanks for visiting and for commenting!!

Elaine xx

PS. I'm also linking to the Craft Stamper Challenge this month where Anything Goes as long as there is some stamping !!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

U for Umbrella

Back with my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter this time is U.  Having had a read of my dictionary I see there are lots of Un... words but nothing inspiring so I'm going to have to stick with my first thought and use Umbrella Man!

The background is a mix of  Waterfall Pure Colour Chemistry Ink blended over with Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet distress inks think ultramarine and ultraviolet. I've flicked water over it to create the rainy look.  I've used Tim Holtz's Umbrella Man - he could be an undercover agent, or an underworld figure and he's definitely underwater hence the need for an umbrella.   Is that enough U words yet?  Anyway it's just finished with the U Thicker and dictionary definition.

I know the Craft Barn will be doing some sort of challenge next year but does anyone have suggestions of other ones I could do that would keep me motivated.  I seem to have lost the plot a bit!!

Thank you all for visiting and I hope you like my postcard.

Elaine  xx

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

V for Valentine

For various reasons I'm not getting much crafting done but thought I'd have a play this afternoon and make my postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge.  The letter this time is V - I've chosen Valentine but if you visit regularly you will know I've tried to use as many v words as possible!!

So the background is a variegated vibrant mix of yellows through to reds and I've stamped the Pansy Pot down the side with Vermillion Archival.  I've also gold embossed the Pansy stamp and coloured it a purple-blue.....think Violas!!   The main element is the Walesby Heart gold embossed and again coloured in purple-blue.  It's just finished with the V Thicker and the dictionary definition.

Well I've filed that as no. 21 so we can only have 5 more to go = 10 weeks to Christmas.  How did that happen???   Anyway thanks for popping by and for all the comments you keep leaving.

Elaine x


Monday, 3 October 2016

E for Engineer

There's a new letter over on The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge - this time it's E so I've gone for Engineer as I had some suitable stamps.

I've done the background green...think Emerald...but it's actually Mowed Lawn Distress Stain as it fits nicely between the dark & pink letter D and the lilac letter F.   The diagram stamps are from Tim Holtz Steampunk set,  the Checkerplate is from Kaisercraft and the Dapper Men are from Paperartsy.  Whilst my other half is an engineer, you can't really depict them without their Victorian top hats can you?   As always it's just finished with the dictionary definition and my E Thicker from the Platforms set.

Can't believe it's Monday and I've got my postcard done already.  I'm guessing there will be loads of interesting words chosen this to have a look.   Thanks for visiting.

Elaine x

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Triple Fruity Reds and Thoresby!

Here's my next project using the Thoresby stamp and the red pigment inks.

As you can see they come in a positive and negative design - these are from the Texture Squares set as seen on TV. Full details are on the Oak House Studio blog.

Only a few hours left but please visit the blog to see all the DTs projects this weekend and check out the Inkspired page on facebook too.   Many thanks!!
Elaine x

Thoresby Plaque

As you may have gathered by now you don't just have to make cards with stamps and a trawl round the pound shops usually provides some sort of base for a project.  This time I've chosen a large plaque with a raised heart in the middle.

Full details are on the Oak House Studio blog but here you can see how I created a lovely textured frame.

Once this was all dry I painted it with Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics adding the triple embossed heart too.
I really enjoyed making this and am off back to Poundland to buy a few more. Please leave a comment here or on the Oak House Studio blog - there are still more projects to come!!   Also check out the Inkspired page on facebook for more projects.
Elaine x

Inky Backgrounds

A while back I did some backgrounds using the Pure Colour Chemistry Inks on watercolour paper - I overdid the Vintage Green and when it dried I was mightily impressed with the elephant I created.

Can you see it?   Big flapping ears and 2 legs and a trunk!!   Well I can see it but the rest of my family think I'm strange......!    Anyway I made a couple of Gift Card holders. 

For some reason I can see a frog on the inside too and yes, other Gift Cards are readily available!

Anyway hope you like this idea - full details are on the Oak House Studio blog.  For more keep checking back and visit the INKSPIRED group on facebook too.

Elaine xx