Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Burnt Orange

I love making ATCs. These are for a colour themed challenge - orange - definately not my favourite colour to work with! However choosing a burnt orange and toning it down further with stamping and text seems to work. All stamps used are from The Artistic Stamper. I have used a text stamp with rust ink on the coloured paper and then overstamped this with part of a flouish stamp around the edges in black. Most of the flourish stamp is used again on the bird ATC to act as a branch, again in black. The bird and the butterflies are stamped on the cards with black ink and then again on a book page. These are then cut out and paper pieced (one of my favourite techniques) over the original images. Edges are sponged with Black Soot distress ink and a few 'jewels' added to accent.
Entered for the Mixed Media Monday challenge

Tuesday, 29 December 2009


I have some time to blog again. This is another ATC from our swap group. The theme was texture but I couldn't do this without adding a picture focal point. This is the end result - the card has several layers to build texture. The base is painted muslin machine stitched with a zig zag to card, then a cuttlebugged layer with similar colours of acrylic paint and inks which is also machine stitiched but with a straight stitch this time. The small picture is triple embossed with UTTEE (a lovely smooth texture) and I have added some crumpled tissue to accent and give another textured layer.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Polka Dots

This little Mabel Lucie Attwell girl from The Artistic Stamper was just begging to be paper pieced.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Christmas Cards

I need more Christmas cards! This one uses stamps from The Artistic Stamper Mini Christmas plates 1 and 2.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Pixie Baby

Inspired by Chris the other day I came up with this banner using some patterned papers that I have had for years and one of the lovely new Mabel Lucie Attwell stamps from The Artistic Stamper. A bit of embossing (clear powder on black Brilliance ink), colouring and machine stitching produced a decoration for any little girls room.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Pretty Pixie

I made this card with one of the new Mabel Lucie Attwell stamps from The Artistic Stamper.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Christmas Again

Have managed another Christmas card this morning using a new Mabel Lucie Attwell stamp from The Artistic Stamper. Have a look at these cute little pixies.

This card mixes purchased pattern paper and some stamped. The swirls in the centre panel are from Artistic Stamper's Flourished Swirls plate and the polka dots are from their Design Essentials range. The pixie is stamped with chocolate Brilliance ink and heat embossed with clear powder, water coloured, cut out and mounted with sticky dots. Some computer text, stitching and ribbon finish this card off!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Christmas is Coming

Hope you like this 'creation'. The plan this year was to make all my own Christmas cards but I think I have left it a little late! Oh well - maybe a few people will get the handmade look.

This card is made with Baisc Grey Wassail paper and a beautiful Christmas stamp from The Artistic Stamper. Other items used include an edge punch, a pine branch punch and some small beads and brads.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Mabel Lucie Atwell

Card and art making has been a little slow for the last week or two, but I am still playing with the gorgeous Artistic Stamper collections. This card is made with a stamp from the Mabel Lucie Attwell range. Embossed with black the image is water coloured using distress inks and then mounted and layered with patterned papers from Basic Grey (Wisteria). A bit of machine sewing, some Primas, ribbon and a border punch complete the look.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Essential Flowers

This card is made using a Design Essentials plate from The Artistic Stamper. The flowers on this plate are VERY versatile. I love them.

Flowers are stamped in black, clear embossed then cut out and layered as shown. The red card at the bottom is stamped with white and black inks. The white strip has computer generated 'Happy Birthday' and its border is made using a Fiskars edge punch. The top white strip uses the cuttlebug 'dots' folder to add some texture.