Sunday, 26 January 2014

Heart of Glass

The title of this week's post was inspired by the Blondie song which is running around in my head at the moment. The theme for this weeks' Twinchie challenge is GLASS so I wanted to try making something that looked like shattered glass. I decided to use clear shrink plastic.

At first, my idea was to stamp a heart and cut it into pieces but I thought the heart would be too small given that my heart stamp was small to start with. So, I cut up pieces of the shrink plastic and shrunk them with the heat gun and they look like pieces of broken glass.
The stamp is a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine, stamped onto shrink plastic with Galaxy Gold pigment ink and then shrunk. All the pieces were stuck to the black 2 inch square piece of card with Pinflair glue.
I was hoping that the glue would not show when it dried but unfortunately not, maybe glossy accents would have been a better plan. I will enter my twinchie in the challenge anyway, it was after all, an experiment.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Twinchie Challenge : Film

The theme for this week's Twinchie challenge is "Film" which could be interpreted in many ways but I have chosen a film that I have loved since a child. The film I chose is Wuthering Heights. There have been many film versions of Emily Bronte's book but for me the best film is the 1939 production by Samuel Goldwyn starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. 

My Twinchie shows the moors, or my interpretation of it. The background was made using blueberry and grape metallic gelatos, scribbled on a craft sheet, spritzed with water and the card swiped through it. It gives a nice moody moorland sky look. The tree is stamped in Tuxedo Black memento dewdrop ink and the grasses too. I drew in the dry stone wall and bank so the tree had something to land on.
Then I added a piece of Tim Holtz film tape using staples and the title. 

I enjoyed this challenge, its given me some ideas for bigger projects.

“I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.” 
― Emily BrontëWuthering Heights

Saturday, 18 January 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - January

The January tag that Tim Holtz created is loaded with techniques and lovely industrial looking elements not to mention inspirational words to start the year. I really enjoyed making this one and I have set myself the goal to try much harder to take time out and to do the tags each month. I think it fair to say I learn more from Tim's tutorials than from any other source.
The step by step tutorial is here : 12 tags of 2014.

Here is my tag :

I have the pocket watch frame die but not the gears embossing folder so I used cogs to emboss a die cut piece of silver card and attached a few washers from the tool box. I think my favourite bit of the tag is the distressed look on the numbers and I am a fan of the pumice stone distress ink so I enjoyed doing the background too although my stencilling could have done with a bit more depth of colour I think.

I really enjoy making these and looking at the great artwork that everyone else comes up with for the challenge is also an inspiration, there are so many talented people out there.

Happy Saturday all.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Patchwork Birthday

A friend of mine asked me to make her a card for an 85th birthday. As my friend is very talented at sewing I thought I would incorporate some patchwork into this one. Most of the product used is from Anna Marie Designs including the lovely dotty card, the ribbon and the flowers and the card is inspired by one of Anna Marie's samples that I saw at Alexandra Palace last year.

This card is 7" by 7", I'm well out of my comfort zone with this size as most of the things I do are in miniature but the dotty card squares in the background are all twinchie sized, 2" by 2" and the sentiment is tiny.
So, this is the card I made for Cheryl and Richard to give to Richard's Mum for her birthday, I hope she liked it.