Wednesday 31 August 2011

TIO #94 Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi & Metal

One of my most loved songs of all time has to be "Bed of Roses" by Bon Jovi, it's such a beautiful love song, and I'm a soppy old Hector at heart!
Inspired by Frankie's metal flowers I decided to have a go at making some of my own, the perfect match for my song choice. The base stamp of a rose is a sale bargain from The Stampman, coloured in with promarkers. I then inked up the tag in a mixture of peeled paint, shabby shutters and black soot distress inks. The sentiment is from PSX and stamped out in black soot. My roses are made from the Tattered Flower die, and coloured using red pepper alcohol ink. The prima leaves were left over from another project. I hope my choice of song will inspire you to dream with us this week.  Elizabeth xxx If anyone doesn't know the song, scroll down to the bottom of my blog and check out my playlist.

Thursday 25 August 2011

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #167 Faux Postage

This week over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge blog we are being sponsored by Glenda Waterworth at Chocolate Baroque. I've been a big fan of Glendas work for many years so to sent some of her gorgeous stamps and digi's to play with was fantastic!!
All of the paper's that I've used are from a paper pack I had from Glenda a couple of years ago, the colours are just beautiful. I downloaded the faux stamps sheet and printed it out on to 160gsm text and graphic paper, then very carefully cut out the centre of the stamps. I trimmed around the outer edge with a wavey line trimmer to make it look perforated. The bird and branches were already on the paper, and I thought they lent themselves perfectly to the "Mail Art" stamp set that Glenda had sent me. I added a selection of different stamps using memento tuxedo black ink, making sure they would be visible through the faux postage stamps. I then added the postage frame over the top of the bird paper. To finish off I cut out some flowers using a crealies die in some scrap pieces of the backing paper, and added a gorgeous piece of black lace as a border. Hope you pop over and join us this week as Glenda has very kindly put up some fab blog candy for grabs!!! Elizabeth xxx

Wednesday 24 August 2011

TIO #89 Travel - Time to make a quick get away!

This week over at DragonsDream TIO Frankie is encouraging us to dream about travel and getting away from it all, I wish!!! I've had a very busy summer with lots of extra Country Markets, Artisan Crafts Events and Agricultural shows (yep you read that right lol). I have a weekend break planned for my Birthday in Caernarfon, where I'll be spending the two days at the Castle, on a friendly plastic course with the fantastic Liz Welch. My dream this week evolved from playing with some Tattered Angels misters in a mix of many colours. I added some more colour with milled lavender and faded jeans distress inks, than embossed the dragonflies with a moonglow embossing powder in hyacinth blue/jade. The picture is from a HOTP book of travel collage. Hope you like and pop over via the link of my sidebar to join in this weeks challenge. Elizabeth x
I forgot to add this on this morning, it's an old luggage label that I found in the loft with an address for a hotel in Colwyn Bay. Who knew Thomas Cook had been around so long LOL

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Kanban Kanban are launching tonight at 9pm on Create and Craft along with Wendie. Pop over to Dawn Wheeler's blog for a chance to win some Kanban blog candy and have a sneaky peek at some of her gorgeous DT cards.

Monday 22 August 2011

Little Boxes

Bought a set of 5 of these little boxes a few weeks ago to alter, though I'd do a couple as gift boxes to go on the stall. They are painted with acrylic paint, crackled and then sprayed with a layer of iredescent glitter, spray and sparkle. The flowers and ribbons are from my stash box.

Sunday 21 August 2011

New Flowers

Have been having a play about with a pattern I found on the internet for a fabric corsage. Thought I'd make a few of them in different fabrics to pop on the Artisans Craft stall on Tuesday. They are very easy to make once you get the knack, sore fingers again though I realy must find a thimble lol. Hope you like. Elizabeth x

Wednesday 17 August 2011

TIO #92 Childs Play

This week over at DragonsDream TIO the very talented Janet is leading us the with the theme of "Childs Play". Sadly for us DT members it's Janet's last week on the team due to other commitments, we will miss her lots!!!!!
I've inked up my tag this week in honor of two friends, who have had bad falls, and are both beautiful shades of purple and green at the moment!! Dusty Concorde, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint were the distress inks I've used. along with Black Soot to stamp out the art Journey child and Stamp Camp sentiment. The felt flowers were cut out with Sir Tim's Tatty Flowers die, and the one at the top is needle felted as a corsage, the others are just one layered.
I hope you enjoy this weeks challenge and pop on over to join us via the link on my sidebar. I promise to try and stay awake after all the fairs I'm doing this week to hop over to your blogs for a peep! Love Elizabeth x

Thursday 11 August 2011

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #165

This week over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge we are being sponsored by Chi Chi Memories who have some fab digi images up for grabs!
They sent us DT girls a few images to play with, a tough choice which to choose, so decided on two of them this time. The little boy who is ready for bed and the window. Thought it would be fun to have him looking out instead of in, so had fun drawing bricks with my promarkers! The images are also coloured in with promarkers, and the text stamp is an old one from PSX.

Wednesday 10 August 2011

TIO #91 A Horses Life

This week over at DragonsDream TIO we are being encouraged to dream about horses, and with Zoe in the saddle to lead us it should be a fun challenge!!! (sorry how could I resist?)
I have played with a mixture of brushed corduroy,worn lipstick, victorian velvet, dried marigold, scattered straw and black soot distress inks. My tag has ended up looking very "Tootie Fruitie LOL, remember those?). I used three Clarity stamps along with brushed corduroy, as I wanted to keep a muted feel to the tag. The small stamp is by PSX and  stamped put in black soot. Hope you enjoy this weeks challenge and pop on over via the link on my sidebar to join in. Elizabeth

Wednesday 3 August 2011

TIO #90 Natures Bounty.

This week over at DragonsDream TIO it's Wanda's turn to lead the challenge and encourage us to dream about "Natures Bounty". I knew exactly which stamps I wanted to use for this week, and kept everything crossed that both Wanda and Janet didn't use the same stamps, as we had all bought them last year at the Stamp Addicts Retreat LOL.
The stamps are by a company called A Stamp in the Hand and stamped out in a mix of bundled sage and shabby shutters distress ink, with a little extra colour added with Lyra Polycolour pencils. The background is antique linen with a little black soot around the edges! Click on the link on my sidebar and have a look at the fab tags created by the design team, and join in !!! Love Elizabeth xxx

Monday 1 August 2011

Blooming Roses!!

Well here we go again just got a moment to show you the corsages that I've been making for the Country Market. This is a small selection from todays batch (which I hope will see me through the 2 markets this week lol). all are die cut from Sir Tim's Tatty Flower, the felt ones are then needle felted with various shades of wool and felted together. The leather ones are just sewn together, hence my very sore fingers!!!! Here's a couple of piccies to show the building up stage.

Sore fingers crossed - Elizabeth xxx