Craft is something that belongs to you in a way that nothing else does. You may share your passion with someone else, and provide inspiration for each other, but at it's very core it is a private joy that feeds your soul. It is there for you on the sunny days, the rainy afternoons and in the middle of the night when your worries are keeping you awake. At the same time it can be restful, meditative and exciting.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Something a little bit different.  Spotty dotty ribbons, of course, but rub-on sentiments and a self adhesive embellishment.  When I first got the square brad set I kind of wondered what I was going to do with them.  They are perfect for threading ribbon through.  Corrugated white card behind the ribbon balances the colour for me =^..^=

Friday, July 16, 2010

And last but not least, number 20 in the black and white challenge.  This is another Inkadinkado stamp and I have used Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor stamp pad.  This blue pad, unlike the green one, seems to ink and stamp an image without any white lines between the colours.  Can't live without the spotty dotty ribbons =^..^=
I had to post number 19 in the black and white challenge in a bigger size because the detail in the star stamp didn't show up when the pic was smaller.  One of the blue inks is a pearlescent ink pad and it has a beautiful sheen to it. I think that the stamp is fairly versatile, but I do like it in a very simple layout like this that seems to highlight the 'movement' of the star =^..^=

Friday, July 9, 2010

I fiddled with number 18 in the black and white challenge for ages.  So much so that I nearly tossed it out of frustration.  I do love these alphabet stamps and think that I will use them a lot.  The ribbon wrapped around the bottom of the white panel very easily and turned itself into a bow as if by magic.  But then I was stuck.  I couldn't decide what to do.  The only thing that stopped me from tossing the whole thing completely was that I love this colour blue so much.  Anyway, this is the design I ended with =^..^=
Number 17 in the black and white challenge.  These are part of an Inkadinkado dog stamp set.  I was playing around with my Kaleidacolor stamp pad and have had trouble with there being a distinct white line between the colours.  Almost as though the separate parts of the stamp pad are not pushed together properly.  I can't really work out why this would be.  I'll have to have a bit more of a play around with it.  In the mean time I will get the pencils out and colour this one a little so that there is no white line showing.  This is a simple card with the central panel mounted on corrugated cardboard =^..^=

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I really really like this one.......I figure I am allowed to say that because it is an idea that I copied from a magazine and adjusted to suit.  It's a normal sized card with the front scored from top to bottom about 2/3rds the way from the fold.  Three different ribbons were crossed across this second fold and the fold secured with double sided tape.  The flower panel is three daisies cut with a punch and secured with a flower brad to a white square mounted onto a black square.  Then it was set on the diagonal and attached to the card.  Number 16 in the black and white challenge.
I had to post number 15 in the black and white challenge larger than the others because I love the stamp so much.  It is from Lili of the Valley, a U.K. company who have a gorgeous range of stamps and papers.  These stamps look beautiful coloured with watercolours and the Christmas fairies in the range are really sweet.  The card opens down the left hand side and all the pinks are a perfect match except for the heart shaped brads which I think tone well with the others =^..^=
Number 14 in the black and white challenge.  I had to double layer the ribbon at the top and the bottom because it is so sheer that you could not see the green in it at all.  The panel under the cat panel is handmade paper and was a perfect match for the sea foam green ink that I used with the stamp.  I used a corner punch turned upside down to create the scalloped edge.  This was surprisingly difficult because the handmade paper is so soft that it wanted to mold itself to the punch rather than be cut and there was a lot of tidying up to do with scissors =^..^=

Saturday, July 3, 2010

This is number 13 in the black and white challenge and I used the other reverse image stamp in an acrylic set I have. It never occurred to me that you could effectively use a pastel pretty pink with black.  I thought that the black would completely over-power it but thought I would give it a try.  I have to say that I really like the effect, and I think that the black stops the card from being too cutesy =^..^=

Friday, July 2, 2010

Number 12 in the black and white challenge.  I find green hard to work with and this olive doesn't have the zing of a bright green.  I always like using corrugated card and I had exactly the right shade to tone with the olive ink.  A very simple card of course: five layers and four brads.  It's the first time that I have used a stamp that stamps a negative image.  I like it a lot, and I like that it isn't meant to create a perfect image.  I guess I would use this as a 'thank you' or a sympathy or a 'thinking of you' card. =^..^=

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Card number 11 in the black and white challenge.  I still can't decide if I like this or not and made it as more of an experiment than anything else.  I was using a little cat punch and liked the punched pieces that came out as much as the silhouette the punch creates (clear as mud I guess).  Anyway, I played around for ages and was determined that I would not cut another piece of white cardboard to finish it.  Anyway it's a bit quirky and a bit fun. =^..^=
So this is what the card really looks like and it is card number 10 in the black and white challenge.  I'm not really all that fussed on orange, in fact it's my least favourite colour so I didn't think I'd come up with anything that I personally liked.  But I quite like this, if I could only get the centre bits of the flower to co-operate. =^..^=
The cat decided that he needed to get involved in the photography today.  After all, I had ignored him, at least his version of ignoring, for all of half an hour.  I really like this flower but can't seem to convince the middle 'bits' to sit properly =^..^=