Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Spread your wings

The overall theme of the March card swap over on UKScrappers this month was "The Borrowers". The idea being not to buy anything but to use some of the fab stuff that is out there already. The main remit was to use one or all of the sketches provided by Craft Stamper in their March issue which can be seen here. They are ALL gorgeous but I have to say my favourite was the one in the bottom right hand corner. We could also optionally download any of the free vintage images found at Craft Stamper online and finally we had to only use what we had - no buying new stuff!!!

Here's my take on it:

I used turquoise ribbon on a couple and purple on the rest. I downloaded the music sheet from Craft Stamper, coloured it purple in Craft Artist, printed it out and ripped it. I attached it to Stampin' Up! purple card. I stamped the flying moon king stamp which I bought from Ali-Craft at a craft show one year, and coloured it with turquoise, marine, lilac and orchid promarkers. The quote is another favourite from Dylusions which I stamped on white card and coloured in with turquoise/marine promarkers.

Keep Crafting! Sian :o) xx

Sunday, 24 March 2013


Part of a mojo-busting CJ on UKScrappers Chell's CJ is Tried and Tested Recipes. She wanted us to use teal and add a hidden tag with our reasons for choosing the recipe. Well first things first, I don't cook - a slight stumbling block... then I remembered that me and mum always used to make two cakes which I loved, the first Polish Chocolate Cake and the second... Nanaimo Bars a Canadian recipe taught to us by my Canadian family members so I chose that and here's my DLO:

Plenty of teal :o) Hope Chell likes the layout and more importantly the food!!!

Keep Crafting. Sian xx

Friday, 22 March 2013

Dance your heart out...

As part of a long-term swap with a group of friends we agreed to create a TH small shadow box frame on a theme for a swap partner. It came from an article in Craft Stamper where they created a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream using Stampotiques and a 5" squared frame (I think). I stuck very closely to the remit after getting Rebecca for my swap partner who wanted a quote. I happen to love quotes but I did spend a lot of time searching for one. In the end I went for one that you have to process a little but has meaning for me and from what I knew of Rebecca I felt she would also find meaning in it.

The quote is: 

"And those who were seen dancing were though to be insane 
by those who could not hear the music." 
by Friederich Nietzsche

I sent it off to Rebecca then realised I'd taken no photos (doh!) so Rebecca's fab daughter took some for me! Thank you! Here they are:

I found the image I created for the back just in case the writing isn't clear, here is what I wrote for the back in way of explanation of why I chose the quote.

How I Made It
I used a TH shadow box and feet and took the inside compartments out. I painted the inside black and for the outer part I sprayed TH music tissue paper with Dylusions ink, ripped it up then pasted it all over with matte mult-medium. I used Dylusions Doolally Doris and cut and coloured 12 of her heads as the judgemental onlookers who can't hear the music. The eyes are also Dylusions. I kept them all brown, grey and black to suggest that being so judgemental is a black and white and dull way to live. In contrast I coloured the 3 crazy dancing Stampotique figures brightly and attached them with acetate (idea given to me by the lovely leanie!) so they wobbled ie danced :o) Finally I attached the quote in two parts to the top and bottom of the front frame.

Thankfully Rebecca likes it.

Finally you can see the AMAZING work of art that Rebecca created for me in return. It takes pride of place on my craft room wall so I can see it at all times. And it has real speakers that work. It really is astonishing!!!

Keep Crafting! Sian xx

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Make Me Laugh

Part of an art journal CJ on UKScrappers I received Yolanda's gorgeous purple notebook in which we had to make her laugh. I've recently bought some Dylusions stamps which I think are hilarious. I also like to use what I have so I chose a quote from them and made this page:

I painted a background with purple, green, pink, blue and white paint then used my favourite washi tape as a border. I made trademark Kate Crane bottle top and credit card marks with black and white paint. I stamped and coloured the Stampotique Keykeeper monster 3 times and the 3 Stampotique sayings onto a pre-sprayed background. These are the Multiple Personalities referred to in the sayings. I may go round the main saying in black ink thinking about it so it stands out more. Anyway I hope it makes Yolanda laugh :) Keep Crafting. Sian xxx

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Inchies and Twinchies

As part of a swap on UKScrappers I agreed to make 40 inchies and 40 twinchies and I've finally finished so here's some pics:

I went for a weathery theme for the inchies.

I made them by spraying an A3 sheet with Dylusions sprays then stamping, painting and stencilling over it to get all different patterns and texture. I cut the card up into inchies and twinchies then added the images. The sun, cloud and rainbow are Octopode images and the raindrops are a Claudine Hellmuth stamp. "Shine" and "every cloud" are from some journaling words I bought on Etsy. I created the Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head on Craft Artist 2 and handwrote "somewhere". I used promarkers to do all the colouring and a black pen to draw the outlines and gelly rolls in purple, green and blue to add the dots. Here's a pic of the whole sets:

Now for the Twinchies which I made in the same way as the inchies:

Rock Star is a Kenny K image that I coloured in with ProMarkers, I manipulated a google image and cropped it for the Rock Star wording and added a silver star gem.

Just Beeing Me is a stamp I bought a while ago... where from escapes me at the moment.... and the words, borders and colouring are the same as before.

Framed is a Stampotique stamp.

Home Sweet Home is one of my favourite stamps from Polka Doodles.

They took me ages but I really like them and I hope everyone else does too. Keep Crafting. Sian xx