Theme Thursday – Black and White

I love black and white and wanted to make an Oriental Card, so thought I’d make it in Black and White.  Sorry about the photo – it’s not very bright here today.

oriental bw1

This one’s just ‘cos I can’ – thought I’d make a card like everyone else does :)  It’s for a friend’s birthday, but she’s away now, so she won’t see it before it arrives.

easel card2

easel card addition


Spring ATCs

I seem to be doing a lot of VERY similar things, lately – h’mmm, must do something different after these!  Not sure I should have made these today cos I’m really not in the right frame of mind but time’s moving on and there are other things to do tomorrow.
These are for a KCUK swap I’m hosting – what Spring means to us…
Fortuitously, the One Powerful Hour Challenge is also Spring, so this is my entry 🙂
Spring 1
Spring 2

Bird song…

I’m using one of my wet Tissue Backgrounds here – just added a little more ink and some background stamping.  Didn’t those colours turn out fab?

It’s not difficult for me to think about birds – I absolutely love them and especially at this time of year, when they sing so sweetly (and loudly) and all the summer visitors arrive – in fact, I stayed awake for the Dawn Chorus in my garden last year (3.40am) and intend to do it again this year – what a treat it was!!  My son calls me ‘Bird Woman of Rainhill (where I live)’ because I buy so much birdfood and really spoil them.  We always have birds in our tiny garden (unless the Sparrowhawk’s laying in wait or has just visited) and I appreciate being able to contribute a little to them when they give so much pleasure to us. 

Anyway, enough waffling, here’s my Birdie entry.  This is for both Sunday Stamper’s Free as a Bird Challenge (get yours in while you can) and because I noticed it last night, for Crazy Amigo, which is birds.  (I’ll probably do another Sunday Stamper one, just to stay within the rules.  I don’t really like combining challenges – feels like cheating…)

Bird Song

This one’s especially for Hels, at Sunday Stamper – lots of detail on that background layer if you click to enlarge it 🙂

free as a bird 

This one’s just because – I sprayed a piece of card with Glimmer Mists and it was perfect for sky.  I had every intention of doing more on it but decided that the simplicity suited the bird image better.  I tend to forget about this bird because it was one of my own stamps but I really, really love it 🙂 I’m entering this one into the Simon Says Challenge – Things with Wings.

Be as a Bird

Words on both of these are from Stamp Camp who I’m hoping will be at Port Sunlight next weekend – I think that’s when it is – woohoo!!  Can’t wait!  If you live anywhere in the North West, it really is worth travelling to.  It’s still mainly a Stamping show and hasn’t been taken over by papers, stickers and stuff, so it’s well worth a visit, but tickets only…

TMTATC – Image Transfer

This is NOT Maths – ahem, cough, cough!  Mondays are Maths Days… couldn’t resist this challenge for TMTC, though, which this week is Image Transfers.
TMTATC image transfer 
I used Sheer Heaven to transfer the image.  If you’ve never tried it, you really should – it’s SO easy!!  Just follow the link and it will take you to Jessica’s website.  I used to sell this stuff and love it 🙂
These two are done with Golden Gel onto fabric – not quite as easy but it works pretty well.
atc accordion 3 image transfer atc accordion

Stars in her eyes

After getting drenched earlier this afternoon, while out birdwatching, I spent a couple of hours colouring this image, while I was drying out.  I’ll paint some glitter onto the Moon when I go downstairs.  Hard to get true colours with the scanner, but the bits of sky which look white are actually primrose coloured.  There’s a lot of lavender and pale grey in that sky 🙂

stars in her eyes

Close up, as promised.  Only problem with close ups is they show all your mistakes…

bg on stars 

Here’s another image I’ve been playing with, too – really enjoy this colouring for a change, though I really struggle with the fine lines, must be honest… old age, methinks, he, he 🙂

more sweet pea

Haven’t made a card with her yet but I will 🙂

Ooh la la and Painted Lace!

While my computer was down, I thought I’d try some stamping – whatever I did turned out wrong and was a disaster..  Ever have one of those days?  NOT funny!  Anyway, thought I’d better get my corset swap done, since I organised the swap and I’m the LAST to get mine to my partner – what’s new, lol?

I really struggled with it and in the end found I couldn’t do one with stamping on it, so I had to put it on a card – it’s for KCUK, which is a Stamping Group.  I stamped on the lace background but it didn’t show up too clearly over the paint (previous post) and I had to stamp it THREE times before I managed to get it straight – that’s how bad I was!!  Then, I managed to get some black ink on the edges of my Ooh La La stamp, but at this point, I was losing the will to live, so it stayed as it was 🙂  I did swipe Black Stazon over the Eiffel Tower charm, but it’s obviously come off… really wasn’t my day and I had all that time to play.  Could have done loads if things had gone right.

Oh, I forgot to mention that during this disastrous time, I managed to break my Crop-a-dile AND my favourite old, black heat tool packed in – I was near to tears by this point AND in pain.  Good job I can laugh 🙂   Anyway, here’s the finished card, which Dot has now received.   

Here’s a close up, showing the vellum more clearly.  I DID stamp on it, but with Pink Sherbet (Adirondack) ink, so it’s very, very subtle.

Painted Lace

Been making a swap for a friend and pulled out some card I made a while ago, thanks to some inspiration from a friend, Freyja, who some of you will know, who sent me some samples which I really liked 🙂

I thought I’d show you and tell you how it’s made because it does look good and it’s SO easy.

These are A5 size, so could be folded to make a card or cut up to use as backgrounds.  It doesn’t stamp very well – though it does stamp – but it certainly looks rich and elegant.

It’s just cheap gold and silver spray paint, from the Pound Shop, sprayed through lace onto cream and black card.  I did use some copper too but must have used that.  Doesn’t it look good?  It’s worth doing if you have any spray paint knocking about.  You can buy scraps of lace from market stalls, in little bundles and there are often some really interesting patterns.  Great for Christmas cards, too.  (Sorry to mention the ‘C’ word at this time of year!)