Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tree Pendant

For those of you who know me well know that I like to dabble in many different things. Lately I have been created small pieces of art and making pendants out of them. For the first time last weekend I tried wood burning.

Using the Stazon Black Ink I stamped one of the trees from the Trendy Trees stamp set onto a 1 1/2 inch wooden pendant. I then went over it with the wood burning tool. The final touch of colour was created using the Luminart Micr Powders with the wood medium.

It was so easy to do. I am waiting for the gold bail to arrive so that I can attach that to the pendant. I am also thinking of attaching a small charm at the bottom on one side of the tree. I have some tiny gold dragon flies but if anyone knows of an online store where I can get hold of some others that would be great.
Last night my friend came over and helped me christen some of the new stamp sets and inks that I have recently acquired. She made a gorgeous owl card for her sister. I am going to try and replicate it today and hopefully blog it later.

Well this is Sunday which means house cleaning so I had better go do it so I can sit down and have more fun.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Simple Realisation

I have been doing a bit of a blog surf and have come up with the realisation that my cards are rather simple. I am doing it safe rather that going out of my comfort zone, so I am going to challenge myself to do so. Below are a few examples of my simple cards.

This card was a large one made for someone who was leaving work to go on a European Adventure. I am so jealous. The stamp I used here is Garden Whimsy.
This stamp set, Organic Outlines, opens itself to simple. I think it would be too busy to add any more to it. I am really happy with how this card turned out. The paper and ink used is Kiwi Kiss and Very Vanilla.
This little one needed to be relatively simple because I had to make 16 of them. Each month Ngaire gives a challenge to her down line for a swap (she is the one who inspired me to become a rep). The last challenge was punch art. I used the round and oval scallop punches for the wool and ears, the face is half a large oval punch and the legs are the double rectangle. It was fun coming up with the design and though it looks simple there is in fact quite a lot of work in this one.

In hind site I suppose there has always been a reason for my cards being simple, so I am not going to stop doing these but I am going to try and go out of my square a bit more. In fact I do believe I can hear my craft area calling now.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I really love how this card turned out, though when I was making it I had no idea. I really love brown and blue together so you may see a lot of this combination. One of the "In Colours" at the moment is Baja Breeze. It is a gorgeous blue and I have used the ink to edge the blue coloured circles.

For those who are not aware, the "In Colours" only last for the duration of the main catalogue. Once the catalogue changes it is most likely these colours will change. They are currently on page 126 of the catalogue and are absolutely gorgeous. If you do wish to purchase the ink pads it is recommended that you get a refill as well.

The designer paper and oval stamp are from the Mini Catalogue. I have also used the oval scallop punch that is also available in the Mini.

To get the brown smudge in the centre I used one end of the ink pad and dragged it.

Stamp Set: En Francais (background), Oval All
Card: Close to Cocoa
Paper: Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa
Ribbon: Close to Cocoa
Punches: 1-3/8" Circle; 1-1/4" Circle; Large Oval; Scallop Oval

Feel free to ask any questions that you have.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Something Simple To Start

Welcome to the first blog post of Stamping Artlore. I have chosen a simple card to show you today. It doesn't take long to create which makes it a nice quick and easy card when you need one urgently.

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes
Card: Elegant Eggplant, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgandy
Punches: Word Window
Tools: Piercing tool, mat and template.

I am hoping to update this blog at least once, if not more, a week.