Purple and Silver

This week at Our Creative Corner it is my turn to set the challenge, and I have chosen a colour theme, using my favourite colour Purple, along with Silver, you can use other colours as well, just as long as purple and silver are the feature colours for your project.  Our Creative Corner will taking a break over Christmas and it is our last challenge before our break, so lets make it a Christmas project as well.

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I have had fun with the Big Shot and embossing this week on my card.  I have used a stamp from the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set which I have heat embossed with silver powder onto Elegant Eggplant card stock and then cut out with the Holiday Ornaments Dies.  The silver layer is some of the gorgeous Glimmer paper cut using the Apothecary Accents Framelits, and for the white layer I have used the Adorning Accents Edgelits and the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  The greeting comes from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set and I have used a little bit of Pink Pirouette card stock for some interest and some non-Stampin’ Up! ribbon that I found in my stash!

Happy Stamping!
Chris

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Stitching and Fabric

Our challenge this week at Our Creative Corner is to create a project which uses some stitching and fabric.  Stitching can be done on the sewing machine or faux stitching, and the fabric could be used in any part of the project, either as an embellishment, or as I have done, an entire panel.

Again, I am sewing machine-less… that is, without sewing machine…. so I had to use “faux stitching” on my card.  Faux stitching is one of my favourite’s, so it wasn’t a chore, actually I think I may have got a little carried away with it, what do you think?  That’s all faux stitching around the outside of the greeting and the lines along the top and bottom of “Season’s Greetings”, plus there is some around the red star, it’s just a bit hard to see in the photo.

I stuck with some traditional Christmas colours for this one, and have used a non Stampin’ Up! embossing folder which has been sitting unused for some time now.  The Christmas tree looks a bit lumpy in the photo, but I have just used some cotton wool behind it to make it puff out a little.

The Christmas Tree was cut out of the white panel of card stock using the Holiday Collection Framelits die, and the fabric is from the Orchard Harvest Designer Fabrics.  And the greeting is from the Welcome Christmas stamp set.

If you have any questions about how I made my card, please feel free to send me an email.  And you can see what the rest of the Design Team have made  for this challenge here. We do hope you will give this one a go and join in the fun, we love to see what you have created using our challenges.
Next week is my challenge, so make sure you come back to see what I have for you, and it is also our final challenge for the year, as we are taking a well earned break over Christmas.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Our Creative Corner Santa Challenge

So, my second card for the week… yes, I did…. this time though, I had a few more supplies.

This week’s challenge at Our Creative Corner, is to make a vintage style card or project which uses a Santa Claus image, along with some red, such as a red button, brad or ribbon.
For my Santa image, I have used a free image from this site  which I printed onto Very Vanilla card stock.  I have then sponged, and done some red zig zag faux stitching around the edge.  Ah, yes, you guessed it, my sewing machine is still packed!

I have used some Be of Good Cheer Patterned Paper in the background, along with some tulle, seam binding ribbon and of course, a gorgeous Vintage Brad and some half backed pearls.
And up in the top corner you will see a little Merry Christmas, this is from the For The Birds stamp set, I have just used my marker to ink up the greeting without the bird.
Check out the rest of Santa inspired projects from the Design Team this week, and please join in the fun, we love seeing your projects.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Foil and Alcohol Inks

Another fabulous challenge for Our Creative Corner this week from Sue at Scrumplescrunch:

The technique of dripping Alcohol Inks onto Foil has an amazing effect. 
The item you make can be anything; a free standing decoration,  or an element to place onto your project, experiment and have some fun, it is getting close to the silly season, so why not let go and free all those inhibitions and let rip with some colour!
I decided not to do Christmas again this week, but did I have fun with the foil and alcohol inks!  Once I am unpacked after my move I will most certainly be playing with this one again 🙂  Thank Sue!
I have die cut the flowers out of a backed foil and then dripped the different colours of alcohol ink onto the foils, adding more colour once the first colour was dry, if I thought it needed more variation.
Here is a closer look at the flowers:
Well, I hope you are all getting lots of crafting time in.  I am looking forward to being able to unpack all my precious stamps and equipment and getting back into it.  But in the meantime, why don’t you check out all the creative and gorgeous inspiration from the very talented Design Team at Our Creative Corner.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Make your own Background

Absolutely loved this week’s challenge at Our Creative Corner from the fabulous and very talented Susan Butler at Scrumplescrunch.  If you haven’t already, definitely head on over to her blog for some serious inspiration!
Sue’s challenge is to make your own background:

“Decide whether you are a Pablo Picasso- and delve into mixed-media which involves paint, inks, glue, newspaper-clippings, photographs; in fact anything that you can lay your hands on to make it work visually.
Or do you lean toward Paul Cezanne- water-colours-   (you are allowed to use Distress Inks as your watercolour medium) to set your scene, mood and connection to your project. 
Try not to cover up your background too much with your focal image, allow everyone to view it in all it’s splendour.
And absolutely no patterned paper on your project!”
Since I just love to do water colouring, I decided to use this technique for my background.  I have used a large sheet of water colour paper and wet it down completely under the tap.  So when I say, wet it down, I mean literally  put it under the tap and get it wet all over.
I then used my markers to add ink in different colours (you could use re-inkers for this but mine are packed!) and then an aqua brush to blend the colours nicely.  I wanted to keep the colours soft and subtle.  I then used the French Foliage stamp set to add the leaves, splodges and very faint words, while the paper was still very wet.  I thought it needed a bit more colour then, so I have used some alcohol inks and dropped some blobs of ink in various colours.  The flowers are from the Field Flowers stamp set, which have been stamped and then cut out and layered over the background.  The centres of the flowers have some tiny spots of  Copper coloured alcohol ink in the centre, which gives it a nice shine, along with some Champagne Glimmer paper and Crumb Cake Tulle Ribbon.
Lots of inspiration from the OCC Design Team this week (as always!) so make sure you check out their creations.  And please join in the fun with us this week.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Silhouette Challenge

This week’s challenge at Our Creative Corner is to use either a silhouette stamp or a cut-out silhouette on your project.
I really don’t think I did this challenge justice to be honest with you, I struggled with it and am not happy with what I ended up doing.  My excuse – too many boxes to pack and not enough time to craft!  But I guess I have used some dark tree images against lighter background.
Anyway, I have used the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, and the coloured panel  I have done with ink pad swiped directly onto the card stock then a little bit of sponging to add some shading.

The colours are Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Old Olive and Marina Mist.

That’s enough for now – back to the packing!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Masking for Halloween Challenge

This week’s Our Creative Corner challenge from Marcy, is to create a scary creation in the theme of Halloween, and using a masking technique.

Oh dear, this one was a challenge for me, I don’t have any Halloween stamps (this seems to be happening a lot lately!!) so I went scouring the local craft stores.  Halloween is not big in Australia like it is in the US, however it is becoming bigger and more people are celebrating it, so I was not entirely without hope of finding something that I could use. Hmmm famous last words.  The best I could come up with were some stickers.  My son likes creating craft projects and uses stickers sometimes, so I knew they wouldn’t go to waste, and that he wouldn’t mind if I used one or two.
I’m not really sure that this little witch is particularly scary, she looks rather cute really.
I have used Serene Silhouettes stamp set in Midnight Muse and Basic Black inks, and used the masking technique to get that layered effect, where some of the trees look like they are behind others.  The spider web is from Mixed Medley stamp set, (yes, it does have a couple of halloween stamps in that set) and is stamped using the Illuminate Glimmer Ink Pad (Page 23 of the Holiday Catalogue).  The moon was punched out of the silver Glimmer paper, and the stars are just some half-backed Rhinestones.
I hope you will have a Happy Halloween, and hope you play along with all of us at Our Creative Corner this week.
Happy stamping!
Chris