Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Owl Box card

I have a friend who struggles to craft now as she has a problem with here eyes and can no longer see if something is straight.  So we get together and create cards for her. We say designed by Rita and assembled by Lynne.

At the end of last month it was her daughter's Birthday at the end of last month so we made a card together.

With postage costs going up all the time I'm really taken with the box cards that fold flat.  Like all of us we both have lots of things we've kept for that special occasion. We found some lovely Owl toppers from a Dawn Bibby collection.

As the pop ups had a silver edge we opted for silver foil card and embossed it with a small flower folder.

We then added pink gems to the flower centres, silver peel off corners and Happy Birthday peel offs.

The front of the card.

The back of the card.

Thanks for dropping by


Friday, September 26, 2014

Mask Storage

I don't know about you, but it's normally spring when I tidy and de-clutter.  The other day I was looking for a particular mask and spent half an hour searching!   At a show I'd seen an envelope book and thought what a good idea and that's as far as I got, until now.

I cut 5"x5" squares from paper I'd gone off that had a white back.  It was a lovely sunny afternoon so I got my Oak House studio sprays out.

Ready to spray :

Spraying in progress :

Not liking to waste ink I had my watercolour pad next to me to blot the excess off the masks, before they were put in a bowl of warm water. I now have a lovely background to work with too.

I have the WRMK envelope board and lots of papers (who can't resist sale stuff?)  I made the envelopes 6"x7", scored at three quarters of an inch from the closed end and cut the top flap off.

I wanted to be able to add to the books, you can never have enough masks, so decided to use book rings.  To do this I needed a hinge, what better material to use than grunge paper. It's flexible and takes ink so well and can be mistaken for leather once inked, embossed and gilded.

This piece was inked in fired brick, vintage photo and frayed burlap and then put through an embossing folder :

Then inka gold was added :

This was then used to create the hinge for my background masks:

inside the album

I made two more albums using the same techniques, one for scene masks and one for my Christmas masks.

I won't spend as much time searching for a mask, now they're organised and I didn't buy anything extra to make them.

I have some 5"x 8" stencils that need a home, so that's my next project.

Thanks for dropping by Lynne

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cheer you up card

I like to send creative cards to people for various occasions.
This one was made as a thinking of you / cheer you up card.

The base was a sprayed background using Oak House Studio, Inks in a bottle.

The tile was stamped using an Oak House Studio stamp Thoresby Square positive. I inked it once and stamped four times in midnight blue, not inking between stamping.  Bronze pearl detail powder was sprinkled on and tapped off. It didn't stick everywhere, the shabby look was what I wanted.
A stamped heart ( a RAK from an ATC swap) was tucked in the corner.

I wanted to add a metal embellishment, first of all I tried a heart charm.

 I wasn't happy with the look so tried a different charm and layering on wood.

I liked this combination, but thought the wood a bit plain, so I painted it with turquoise acrylic ink (Oak House Studio, now do acrylic inks). They colour beautifully, I used one coat so you could still see the grain.

 Then it was matted onto copper pearlescent paper and a craft card.

I was going to add a quote but decided to step away.

Thanks for dropping by

Lynne x

Friday, September 5, 2014

The challenge over at Less is More this week is "I do like to be beside the seaside".
Unfortunately I was to late to enter the challenge, but wanted to share my card with you.

My favourite place to be, is by the sea.  This stamps I used are from Indigo blu and called "Under the sea".

I used flitter-glu, Lancashire rose, morris dance and Yorkshire dales flake along with some micas in shades of blue and green.

Thanks for looking Lynne x