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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Geevor Tin Mine

This is a page I have made for this week's challenge at Gingersnap Creations where we are focusing on steampunk all month.  We are very kindly sponsored this month by Dezinaworld and some of the images I have used in this piece were donated by them.   The title of the challenge is GC112 Iron, leather and Brass.

In one of my earlier posts, following my first foray into trying out steampunk, I said that I hoped to scrap my photos of our recent trip to the Tin Mine in Cornwall in a this style.  I hadn't realised when I said this, that I would get an opportunity to do so this quickly!  

A good friend of mine recently sent me the fabulous die cut clock which she has designed and cut out on a Pazzles machines.  It has sat on my desk for a week while I decided where to use it and then this layout sprang to mind.  

I inked the corners of my paper, which is by Pink Paislee, with distress inks to highlight the gorgeous damask masking.  I printed and cut out the cogs from a collage sheet by Dezinaworld and altered the large cog to make it a more open style gear.  I coupled these images with real cogs from old watches.

I cut my Victorian gent from a tag collage sheet, also by Dezinaworld and used more old watch parts to dress him in a steampunk style.  The moths and tiny dragonflies were stamped with Pumice Stone distress ink.

I created my title sign from grungeboard which I inked with distress ink and then dried with a heat gun.  I then re-inked it with Versamark and coated it with UTEE which I heated until it started to bead and then stopped.  This gives a faux leather effect which is hard to pick up with the camera but it really an easy and impressive technique which I would recommend everyone to try.  Tim Holtz (who else could have dreamed this up?) is the master behind this technique and there are several u-tube videos on it if you would like to see a clip.

My letters were cut on my cricut machine in dark grey cardstock to match the clock.  However, I had not thought through the faux leather colour and soon realised they would need to be pale to show up.  I decided to ink them with VersaMagic White and clear emboss them.  I was really pleased with the result as they actually look like tin - result! 

I ran them through my Xyron Quick Sticker but found that they wouldn't adhere to the faux leather finish. so some fiddly gluing was required!  

I am really happy with this page as it has all come together really well (hope you agree!) and it was fun.  It was a great place to visit and I had lots of great shots which I wanted to use.  Best of all, my friend who provided the clock for me lives about a mile from the mine so my page has a great local connection.

Happy crafting everyone! x

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Timeless Seas

I'm taking part in a postcard exchange which is going to run for the next 14 months.  This is my first card and is on it's way to Jeanie in the US (hope you like it Jeanie!).

Whoever is the recipient for the month gets to choose the theme or they can leave it as a free choice.  Jeanie has left it to each of us to decide and seeing all the cards that have been made and the variety is fantastic. 

I decided to indulge my passion for fish and clocks and do a sea theme using some new stamps by Chapel Road. They are beautiful as they look like real fish fossilized into stone and stamp beautifully.

I embossed the single fish onto the background and then inked all over it.  I stamped and cut out one fish and covered him with black UTEE and pale green crystals. I stamped the tag with the clock and then put all the elements together and added a couple of small shells which I hope will survive the mail!

These postcard sized pieces of art are really fun to create so I think I'm going to enjoy being part of this exchange.  :)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Smile & Wave!

Oh the fun I had with this page!  

The challenge this week at Gingersnap Creations is continuing with machinery and steampunk and is GC111 Trains and Planes.  Dezinaworld are very kindly sponsoring all the July challenges at Gingersnap and my airship image was donated by them.

A few months ago I bought two old volumes entitled 'General Knowledge Illustrated' from a secondhand book shop for £5.  They have lots of black and white image plates in them which I knew would come in useful for loads of projects and this fantastic background image is a prime example.

Once I had found it and decided to use the image of the couple on the 'airship' (can I call it that?!), so many funny conversations came to mind that that hardest part of creating my project was deciding that that couple would be saying to one another!

I studied the faces of my vintage couple.  The man is smoking on his pipe and waving, quite happy with his situation whilst his lady friend is looking rather more concerned at where they are.  By positioning them in a sky filled by a  plane being re-fuelled mid-air seemed the only appropriate course of action!!

I printed my image onto acetate and used an vintage typewriter (another recent purchase) to add the conversation which reads 

But suddenly taking to the sky in his marvellous flying machine seemed a little foolhardy ...

I used an embossing folder for the backing sheet and also for the cogs and I applied silver metallic rub-on to hightlight the texture.

One of my faster projects which I hope brings a smile to your face and encourages you to join us for the challenge. x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Escaping the Machine

This week the challenge over at Gingersnap Creations is GC110 Gears, Cogs and Watch Bits.  The whole of July's challenges are being very kindly sponsored by Dezinaworld and some of the imagery I've used has been donated by them for this project.

I bought my background machine image from a secondhand book shop which sells plates from old books.  I cut it out and then used an the steampunk alterations die to create my cogs.  I used black UTEE on them all and sprinkled a little embossing powder into the last layer.

I used the mini gears from the movers and shapers alterations die set to cut some further cogs in metal and metal mesh.

The wording is from a dymo machine and the winged wheel is by The Artistic Stamper.

I haven't done a steampunk layout before although I've always loved the style so this was fun to do.  I've got some photos of old mining equipment to scrap and I'm going to attempt to use a steampunk style on them.  If this turns out OK, I'll add it to the blog ... 

Hope this inspires you to join the challenge! Have a crafty weekend! x

Sunday, 10 July 2011


This is another page for my Isles of Scilly album.

For this page, I printed my photo onto canvas and distressed the edges before fixing it to the paper.  I then tinted some Golden Molding Paste with acrylic paint before blending the edges of my picture into the background paper.  

Once the paste was dry, I created some more coloured pastes using inks and used them with various flower stamps to create textured blooms.  The best stamps for this technique are those which are deep cut and mounted onto wood such as the fabulous alium which is by The English Stamp Company and is one of my all-time favourites!  Once these dried, I stamped some flat images to finish the bottom of the page.

The branch and birds at the top were also created using molding paste and a Crafters Companion stencil.  

The title letters were painted with acrylic paints and some tinted glass bead gel.  The hanging tag is made using Vintaj brass elements.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Send Him at Once to Me ...

This is my entry for the Stampotique Designers Challenge SDC33 Use Your Scraps.  There was a blog hop tour attached to this challenge with some prizes up for grabs but  I've been too busy to get my entry done in time for that!

Like most crafters, I've got tons of scraps.  Actually, due to moving house, I have thrown away some stuff (shame on me!!) and since moving, due to my new craft area being visible to all rather than being tucked away in the annexe, I have been throwing more bits and pieces away just to keep the area tidier!  However, suffice it to say, I still had more than enough stuff for this challenge LOL!!

As I started to rummage, I found some sheets of paper that I had used to experiment with some inky techniques.  I chose a piece for my background which was created with inks, water and rock salt and was languishing in the bottom of the bits box.  I then found another sheet which I had used lots of different inks on and then masked and sprayed with glimmer mists.  It had loads of different colours on it so I stamped my images in different areas before cutting them out.  I cut Kitty out from a sheet where the technique I had tried didn't go to plan (and I've a good choice of those!).

I was deciding on the sentiment when I chanced upon a leftover piece of sheet music which seemed to lend itself to my layout.  Job Done!

Hope you like my scraps entry -  if you are quick you could use us some of your scraps too as the challenge runs until 12th July.

Have a crafty weekend!! x

Travel Bookmarks Exchange

If you are following my blog or just popped by a few weeks ago, you would have seen that I entered the Travel Bookmark Exchange being hosted by the  Gingersnap Creations Group.

These are the book marks I received in the exchange and they are all absolutely lovely.  They came from Zoe, Emma, Valerie and Laura.

Thanks girls for creating such beautiful pieces!  x

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

On the Road

The theme for this week's challenge over at Gingersnap Creations is On the Road.

I started off thinking about transport and cars and briefly toyed with an idea using the Old Jalopy die by Tim Holtz but then my mind started to come in on the idea of the road of life and this photo lent itself perfectly to this theme.

It was taken in 2004 of the children ready to go to their new school. They all look so small and I don't know where the time has gone!

I created a road using Dylusions sprays and Glimmer mists with a variety of masks.  The hearts were free cut from my test spray page and the line of stars was the mask I cut to use in the road so nothing was wasted!

The tag is hard to read in the photo but it says "So the day arrives when they stand in their new uniform ready to start out ON THE ROAD to gaining an education and growing UP.  An important moment for us as parents and for them.

I'm really pleased with the simplicity of this page and hope you like it too.  :)