And today, it's Karen's birthday so I can finally blog her card! This card is along the same line's as Wendy's card in my previous post, just a different Vera Lane digi image. I do so love these images - I don't usually do 'cute', preferring grungy and messy playtimes, but these images have an quirky edge to them which I like. Again, I used a couple of my own hand made stamps to add extra dimension to the card.
That's it for birthday cards - I don't make many these days, possibly just 4-6 a year as I prefer to do more in the way of ATCs or canvases. So next time I'm here I promise to bring you something a little bit different!
Today is my friend Wendy's birthday so I can finally blog the card I made for her :) As seems to be the case with most of my cards at the moment, I used a gelli print for the background with some additional stamping using one of my hand carved stamps. The image is a digi image from Vera Lane, coloured with Pro Markers and the sentiment was printed using the Dymo machine.
(Apologies for the wonkiness of the scan, I didn't realise it was quite this bad at the time I scanned it!)
Last week I made a couple of cards for friends in the Asian art group I am a member of, using gelli prints as backgrounds and Vera Lane digi stamps, coloured with Pro Markers. I've not used digi stamps before because I always felt like it was 'cheating' for some reason! But, I must say, I do like that you can print them out any size you like, there's no storage problem and you'll always get a perfect image!
Back in March I took part in an ATC swap with the theme of 'Shrine'. Well, to me a shrine is a box and as I was making 9 of these and many of them were going abroad, I couldn't go down that road! So, after a lot of deliberation, this was my effort. I little bit of Paris and a little bit of Italy :) And, as a bonus, I learnt a lot about Mona Lisa and Leonardo di Vinci whilst looking up info on Wikipedia!
In the same ATC group, for July the theme was '2'. The number 2 had to be somewhere on the ATC and there had to be 2 of 'something'. I went with the flowers as I already had a load of these stamped and painted with alcohol inks from a previous project, I just added some Glossy Accents to them. The background is painted randomly with Ecoline water colours smooshed around, the number 2 was the same water colour paint dabbed through a stencil (I didn't want a harsh edge so let it bleed a bit) then a bit of random splattering and a bit of stamping. Don't you just love 'random'! I seem to do quite a bit of it ...!
To be honest (joking!), I don't want to be 'told off' by Sy, Wendy and Karen (see Blogtober 2016) for not keeping up with my blog posts! They know me well enough by now to realise that I'm rubbish at blogging :) LOL!
So, what else have I been doing? Well, there are a small group of us ladies, just in the UK, who swap all sorts of artwork in swaps - these are a few of those from the past couple of months:
For this postcard swap we had to create a background paper using a specific set of rules -this was my end result - I may have gone a bit swirly and dotty happy but it was shiny and pretty :).
The spec for this ATC was 'dandelion'. I had the dandelion stamp but it looked a bit boring on its own so I thought a little Alice would enhance it, I mean, Alice enhances anything surely? I quite liked the end result. The background was actually done on the gelli plate with some grasses pressed into the paint before taking the print, but it doesn't show well in the scan.
This tag was for swap in the same group - we chose a country and tried to portray that in our work. I chose Asia (OK, a continent but it meant I could use any of my Asian supplies!). I love doing grungy - this turned out maybe a bit too grungy for the recipient but they were kind enough to say they liked it!!
On the back I made a little pocket using one of the 1001 red envelopes I have and made a tag to go in it. On the front a design, on the back my details.
And, finally, these two prints were produced during the gelli printing course I did on line. I really enjoyed this course and leant so much but I know that I need to do lots more practicing .....!
At some point I'll go back to this one but at the moment I don't know what to add/alter. I quite like the dolphin 'talking' to the seahorse as well as the fish (large bubble wrap!) in the background but I do feel that it needs more attention ..... we'll see! It'll possibly find its way into the large pile of prints in my drawer!!
I think I'm about up to date with work I can share. Being in groups means I can't share as I produce work and that's possibly part of my problem with blogging - once I've finished a piece I forget about it!
If I put up a post now it will only be 4 months since my last post! Just squeezing in here before August hits :)
Well, I have been doing a few bits and pieces over the last few months; some swaps, a handful of cards (I hardly do any cards these days) plus I took part in an on-line Gelli Printing course run by the lovely Lucy Brydon. I'm currently trying to get my August and early September commitments finished before we go off on our hols shortly so am up to my elbows in paint and glue and my craft room looks like a bomb has hit!
So, here are a few of the things I've produced (and am willing to share!!).
These 2 birthday cards were made for friends in an Oriental Stamp Art group, the backgrounds were actually brayer clean up sheets - often they give me more inspiration than the actual sheets themselves!
This card uses the small circle gel press plate (from the set of 3 - circle, square, triangle). I love playing with these, both with inks and paints and can spend hours just producing backgrounds.
This card is something totally different for me. For a swap in another group I had to do iris folding, something alien to me and something I really had no interest in, having 3 thumbs on each hand!. But, I persevered and once I got the hang of it I quite enjoyed it and 'may' do it again on a smaller scale one day in the distant future. (I had to do 9 ATCs of this design!). I made this card for a washi paper swap on the Oriental Stamp Art Group, sort of practicing for doing the ATCs.
And this one was a card for a 'dragonfly' card swap:
So that's just a few bits of what's being going on in the Dragonflywhisperz craft room. I'll be back very soon with some more :)
One of the Yahoo groups I'm in had an ATC swap with the brief being 'Mixed media set of 3'. At the time I had minimal supplies to hand and was working on the kitchen table - that brought back memories of when I first started crafting; boy am I glad I don't have to do that these days! I found my old Alice book and AIW stamps, grabbed some gelli prints from the huge stash I seem to have accumulated and some washi tape and got going. This is the result:
I was really pleased with how they turned out in the end and was sad to part with them, but the recipient liked them which is the main thing.