Saturday, 31 May 2008
Friday, 30 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Monday, 26 May 2008
Sunday, 25 May 2008
This will probably sound ridiculous to some people, but I absolutely cannot live without my heat gun. I use it for everything, so I feel like somebody's chopped my arm off right now. Bleh! (And I have an unfinished ATC which I was really enjoying doing and now I'm sitting here feeling grumpy instead).
Anyway, looking on the bright side, my heat gun (before it died on me) was one of the really blowy ones and I've wanted one of the non-blowy ones for ages, and now I've got the excuse I need to get one. Why the silly thing had to die the day before a Bank Holiday though I really don't know. How inconvenient! The only place that sells heat guns around here is Hobbycraft and they only have the blowy ones, so I've had to order one online. The good news is I found a website that has 10% off over the Bank Holiday weekend, well, if I spend over £25.00 anyway, which meant I had to buy some Grungeboard too (well I couldn't miss out on the discount, could I?)
This is an ATC I made last night using a few techniques I've never tried before. I started off with a piece of mountboard which I painted silver, then stuck a piece of mesh over the top using double-sided tape. I then cut a frame from another piece of mountboard (and I'm saying nothing more about the frame as I've used a banned item and the ATC police will be after me). I made the words out of wire and attached them using brads at the corners of the frame, then stuck the frame down using double sided tape. I then added the torso in the middle. The torso is made from Makin's Clay using a mould. I've covered it with torn up patterned paper stuck on using a mixture of PVA glue and water, added beads and wire around the waist and the wings which are Paperartsy German Scrap.
This is a pendant I've made out of Stampbord. I've done the background using blue and green inks applied with a sponge, stamped the owl image on top, scraped away part of the colour with a needle to create highlights and then added UTEE over the top. I've then added beads, wire and a smaller owl image which I've stamped on shrink plastic and coloured with inks.
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Sunday, 18 May 2008
These are some ATCs I made yesterday for Vonxy's swap on the DoCrafts forum. The one on the left has an alcohol inked background with the image stamped over it inbrown Stazon. I've then picked out the various elements and stamped them onto a separate piece of card which I've coloured with dsitress inks and then finally added some Anita's Clear Gloss Finish to the car.
For the one on the right, I stamped the image in Versamark onto black mountboard, then dusted Cosmic Shimmer Powders over the top. I set it with hairspray and then added two layers of UTEE. The words are handwritten on card and coloured using distress inks.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
I got a good few hours so I managed to do eight altogether (I can only put 5 in one blog post). They will mostly be in a swap I've joined, but I'm trying to build up enough ATCs to finally start up a trading album, sot the rest will go in my stockpile!
I have to say a big thank you to Wendy for inspiring me to try out some new colours (the sandy ones) with her fantastic encaustic art - hers is much better than mine! I've finally managed to produce something that vaguely resembles a real landscape!
Monday, 12 May 2008
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
...And here's the reason. Adam will be three towards the end of the month. He's decided that if it's not dark then it's not bedtime, so I spent most of yesterday evening up and down the stairs trying to get him settled and clearing up the mess he made. I finally got some ATC time at around 10pm and then I discovered I'd run out of ATC sized mountboard so spent another half hour cutting mountboard. Grrrr!
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Monday, 5 May 2008
This week's challenge on Make a Moo or Two is Gold. There must be gold somewhere on the Moo. For this set I've used rubber stamps, old sewing pattern images, gilding flakes and brass tape.