Ten minute pear card challenge

Some fool (mentioning no names, ahem – wonder who that was?) set a ten minute challenge on KCUK, with the first part of the challenge being to use pear stamps.

Since I was the one who set the challenge, I thought I’d better get one done before I get busy again, so I got out my pear stamps – didn’t realise I had so many!  I had a real pear fetish at one time, lol.

I opted for two of my all time favourite stamps, the Stampers Anonymous (or is it Stamp in the Hand) solid pear and text.

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You can tell I was rushing because the inks aren’t properly blended and one of the words isn’t stamped properly but it was fun.
I had all the card cut to size (or I’d have been there for another hour, matching, he, he) then stamped the Pear text in Versamark ink. I then added colour to the solid pear stamp with Petal points, blending with fingers (I love inky fingers!).  Background colour was then added (direct to paper and blended with fingers) with the same Petal points and a couple of other colours, wiped over to remove excess from embossed images and clear embossed again.  I’d have positioned them differently if I’d had more time to think about it, but I only had ten minutes.
To be honest, because I used the ATG gun so quickly, I ended up with adhesive on the front of my terracotta layer, so had to rub that off with my adhesive remover rubber (one of the best things I ever bought after the ATG gun) and that took me over the ten minutes, but I wasn’t going to leave it like that!
I may be back with more pear cards because I found some crackers and some other stamps I’d forgotten all about.
Since these are two of my all time favourite images (unfortunately, I have too many ‘favourites’ to choose from) I’ll enter this into this week’s Just For Fun Challenge which is to use one of your favourite stamps.

Bookmark and matching card

Finally finished my swap for KCUK – late as ever – naughty 😦
It’s an Adirondack day, today 🙂
I stamped and embossed the two Dylusions ivy stamps, watercoloured them, stamped the verse (Stampcamp) then painted with Versamark reinker and clear embossed.  (Don’t know why I bothered cos I laminated it anyway, lol.)
I wanted this to be sunny, so I then added Pool and Sunshine Yellow inks to a craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up the colour with the bookmark. Finished it off by inking the edges with Stream ink.
The back was slightly inky, so I just sponged more inks (same colours) all over it and stamped it with various leaves in Lettuce and  Meadow, adding some random leafy words (PSX).  The whole thing is edged in Krylon Gold pen, then laminated.  I’ll add some ribbons and fibres to it before posting it.

Course, I couldn’t waste the inks on the mat, so I added a little more, spritzed again and mopped up with another card, with which I made a matching card, using one of the ivy stamps and the leafy words.  Very simple but I like it. I tilted the card to encourage the inks to run for a different effect and after stamping the ivy, pulled the colour in from the edges (Lettuce) with a damp paintbrush.
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This fits Hels’ Sunday Stamper challenge for this week – Leaves and also loosely fits the Rainbow Lady’s Challenge – Falling Leaves, so I’m entering them for both.
New Doc gave me some tablets this morning and I feel a bit spaced out after taking them –  feel almost tipsy, lol.  NOT good when I have 3 days’ lesson planning to do this afternoon,  hey ho!  Off to work we go…. x


I’m just sneaking in by the skin of my teeth for the Gingersnap Random Redhead challenge, which is ‘Shared Moments’ but I didn’t realise when making it that this would also fit the Colour Challenge, which is Blue, Turquoise and Purple, so I’m entering it for both challenges.

This is also my Stampbord swap for KCUK and yes, it’s late – as usual (hangs head in shame).  In my defence, I’ve had a few really busy weeks with work and other stuff but that doesn’t really excuse me.  Fortunately, the recipient of my swap doesn’t blog, so won’t see this and I can upload it.

I made a little ATC sized book, using Stampbord ATCs for the covers, with the theme of Friendship.  I have to confess that I cried while making it, but that’s another story and this isn’t the place to share it… lots of memories, some happy. some sad. I used to make a lot of mini books, especially when I was running workshops but it’s been a while and I really enjoyed this for a change.

I used my favourite medium – pigment inks – because they blend so beautifully, even with fingers, and always look really vibrant – added to which, they’re PERMANENT, so won’t fade, unlike ALL water based inks.  The covers are embossed with 3 layers of clear embossing powder, then the corners sprinkled with Suze’s Bedazzles. Looks as if I’ve covered part of the wording on the cover, but it’s still readable in real life.

I’ve noticed that my scanner doesn’t seem to be picking up the nuances in shades, which has really been frustrating me, so I’m going to show you the scans first, followed by a photo, so you can see the difference in them. The real thing is probably a little between the two for the covers, because the sun shone for a few moments (it really did, even in North West England!!) and the light reflected off the glossy finish of the EP.  I used Prisma pencils to colour the images and, unfortunately, semi obliterated the faces of the little girls on the front cover, but the overall effect is OK, so I’m happy with it.

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The cover images and words are from Crafty Individuals.
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This is a scan of the outside covers and the back. The colours here will give you more of an idea of the colours and shades of the whole piece, which isn’t quite as dark as it looks, although it is edged and shaded with the deeper (True) blue.
This is the inside – colours washed out because the little girl’s dress (far right) is actually yellow and the man on the right hand side of the first page is wearing a green shirt!  The images are a mixture of Paperartsy, Art Journey and Stampinback.  The words are computer generated, apart from the Hero Arts Friends background and all images are masked, then coloured afterwards, apart from the boy and girl, who come in a frame and I couldn’t face cutting it out today… so I used an image I’d already cut out.
I won’t upload the individual pages cos I’m sure you’ve had enough by now, lol.  If you really want to see them more closely, then (as usual) click on each image to enlarge.
Just noticed I now have 250 followers – wow!  I’m still amazed that anyone at all is interested in what I do but I’m grateful for all of you who come to see my attempts at artwork, lol – thank you VERY much and especially to those of you who leave such encouraging comments!
This calls for a celebration, methinks, so I may have to give away some Blog Candy!!!

Chunky pages

Had no PC this week because a neighbour cut through our phone line, while pruning his tree.  BT didn’t rush to fix it because we have a SKY account, so weren’t a priority 😦 Still, it’s back now and I had a little free time because of it, so I did a bit of stamping.
Here are two chunky pages I just assembled and finished off.  Too late for the swap but I can add them to my own book.

It’s taken me two and a half hours to post this, after two failed attempts in the last two days – all because my phone’s signed into another Google account!  They won’t let me change my email address because I have another Google account with it.  What a nightmare!  Their customer service say nothing they can do 😦  Must try to sort it all out!


ATCs – Pink and Brown

Thank you to all who have left comments and especially for the New Year wishes!  Gosh, I really have missed you all 😦
As promised.  This month’s ATC theme for KCUK is pink and brown and here are my offerings – very simple!  I used Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick inks (with a bit of Antique Linen and Versafine Vintage Sepia)  but neither camera nor scanner could find them.  I’ve tried to tweak a bit but can’t get the colours right, so you’ll just have to imagine, he, he!

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Christmas ATCs

Staying with the ‘one colour plus white’ theme because it’s easy and quick.  I feel guilty for making such simple cards and ATCs – I like to put a bit more work into them, rather than simply stamping and layering, but hey ho!  Needs must when time is precious…  These have all been clear embossed, then most of them have been cuttlebugged, lol 😉

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These are some of my favourite images, so it’s very self indulgent 😀