Wednesday, 31 August 2016

H for Holidays




I’m a bit late with my next postcard for The Craft Barn’s Alpha Dictionary Challenge as we’ve just got back from holiday.  When I saw the letter this time was H then I had to do HOLIDAY.


 If you are like me you pick up all the touristy leaflets so I decided to cut out all the interesting images and words and create a collage of our holiday on The Gower in South Wales.  We visited lots of places……beaches, tin works, waterfalls…..so Heritage and History gets a look in too!   I’ve added the letter H and dictionary definition to finish.

I’m not sure I will get round everyone this time as our internet connection is virtually non-existent….but we’re trying!!  Thanks for visiting.

Elaine xx

Sunday, 28 August 2016

More Word Stamp inspiration


Have you entered the Oak House Studio WORD challenge yet?   I think there are a few days left!!

Oak House Studio have lots of different word stamps from small sentiments, to sets that you can cut up and mix and match, background texts and focals.   Here are a few cards to hopefully inspire you to enter ......there is a prize to be won!!

Daisies and Rainbows

Don't forget Oriental Text too!



Christmas  card with Friendly Words

Clematis Tower. English Garden Text & Friendly Words


Winter Words with Christmas Corner
So I hope you've been inspired to enter the challenge.  I think it ends at the end of August so you have plenty of time to join in!  


Elaine xx

Friday, 19 August 2016

Build Your Own Sentiment


In keeping with the WORDS Challenge for Oak House Studio I thought I would show you a few cards I made using the Build Your Own Sentiment set which was launched on Hochanda TV earlier in the year.    There are lots of elements in this set - a few sentiments that can just be stamped or you can cut them up and mix and match the words to fit any occasion.

 
You also get a dotted line for adding stitch details (left) some flourishes (right) and a solid block (below) which I've inked with the Triple Brown ink pad to create a brick effect......an easy way to create a masculine card!



Below I've used the words with the Dog Rose Corner on this zigzag card.

 
The card below just uses the Build Your Own Sentiment set and the Triple Autumn Leaves ink pad. The block stamp gives a light background for the words.


And here using the same Triple Autumn Leaves ink pad with the flourishes and dotted line to make flowers.


The final card uses a mix of words to create a panel over an inky background stamped with the Clematis Tower.

 
As you can see this stamp set is really useful and you can create any number of sentiments for your cards and notelets etc.  All the stamps, inks and ink pads are from Oak House Studio.  Go take a look!!
 
Elaine xx
 
 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Z for Zebra Crossing


Here's my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is Z and we have to add a pearl.   There are not many Z words but surprisingly I did have a choice.... I've gone with Zebra (Crossing).


The background is a Zingy Zesty mix of Citrus Orange and Citrus Yellow Pure Colour Inks overstamped with the Chevron stamp from Kaisercraft.....think zigzag!!  The Zebra stripes are from the Animal Skins set from Inkadinkadoo and I couldn't resist adding this across my postcard so its a Zebra Crossing!!    I've added 3 black pearls, the dictionary definition and the Z Thicker to finish.

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment - they are much appreciated!

Elaine xx

Monday, 8 August 2016

Rainbow Colours


The new Oak House Studio challenge has the theme of WORDS so I thought I'd have a play.  I decided to feature the Daisies and Rainbow Words set of stamps so obviously I had to make something very colourful!!


I've used Oak House Studio Pure Colour Inks - Blue Jeans, Totally Turquoise, Peter's Pear, Vintage Green, Citrus Yellow, Citrus Orange and French Lavender - for the background and edged this with Valentine Pigment Ink.  I've used the Circle Line stamps to add interest and stamped the words using Orchid Pigment Ink.

The Rainbow Words set is another set that can be cut up and used in lots of ways:
You are my Sunshine
You are my Rainbow on a Stormy Day
You colour my World
You are my World
etc
etc

I'm sure you can think of other combinations too and the good news is it's on SALE at the moment along with lots of other stamps and inks on the Oak House Studio website.  Why not go take a look!!

Elaine xx  

Friday, 5 August 2016

Beech at Sunset


EXCITING NEWS!  I have a card published in this month's Craft Stamper magazine.  It's funny isn't it - I made this so long ago I forgot all about it but there it is in the Ready, Set, Stamp feature.



I saw the colours they were asking for and immediately thought sunset.  It's fairly simple and all the detail are in the article, but here is a list of the Oak House Studio products used:
Vintage Sepia
Vintage Burgundy + Jubilee Red
Pumpkin Pie
Bottled Sunshine


As I said, simple and with few products but I love using the inks for backgrounds - add some water and let things happen - then choose the best bit!!  I dithered about adding a sentiment but didn't want to cover any of it up!

Oak House Studio are also featured in the Stamping Contrasts feature where several designers have used the Walesby Heart stamp - go take a look!!

Elaine xx

Monday, 25 July 2016

C for Caravan


Hello there!  I'm here with my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is C.  I toyed with the idea of doing cartography with a compass etc but in the end went with CARAVAN.


As I did a country scene for B I decided to do a Caravan in a showroom with a Checkerboard floor (both Oak House Studio stamps).  For the back wall I've used various red inks as there are so many reds beginning with C - carmine, crimson, cerise, cherry etc and I've added a bit of interest with some Conifers (Tim Holtz stamp).    It's just finished as always with the torn dictionary definition and C Thicker.


As we are over half way through I thought I'd take a photo of all 15 together - so you can see them but it also helps me see what designs and colours I've done to avoid too much repetition. 

Thanks for visiting and leaving comments - they are much appreciated!

Elaine x