Wednesday, 28 September 2011

TIO # 98 - These Boots are Made for Walking

A fabulous set of entries last week to Dragon's Dream TIO challenge, so thanks folks!
Now on to this weeks challenge, which is set by Silvia. She has chosen a song my Nancy Sinatra "These Boots are Made for Walking". Now you can use boots, shoes, flip flops, slippers.... In fact, any type of footwear you please. Just have fun in your dreaming and please ensure you use at least one real stamp in your creation.

Now on to my entry. As you can see I decided to take the song title quite literally and opted for boots. Not having an actual boot stamp in my collection I have resorted to clip art to get me out of this slight pickle.

My tag is made from a page from the TH Vintage shabby paper stack, over which I have repeatedly stamped a flourish by Rhonna Fahrer in broken china DI. The wording is a Papermania stamp set and the exclamation from a SeeDee's set.

The clip art boots have been cut out and then glamour dust has been added to the flourishes and tops of the boots. Sadly, the sparkle doesn't show up very well here.

A TH mini rosette has been added with black ribbon behind and glamour dust in the centre.

The feather, horse charm, tassle and ribbon are all from my stash.

 And there you have it! Short and sweet!

Now come on, show us how you are inspired by the song title. Pop over to the TIO blog and check out the work of my fabulous design team buddies, then have a go. We love popping over to your blogs to take a look.

Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment. I love reading them.

Wanda xx

Friendly Plastic Weekend - Episode Two!

I thought I would show you some examples of work created by the lovely Liz Welch that I photographed over the weekend.

These are just a small sample of the beautiful masks that were on display. Don't they look fabulous set against the ancient stonework of the castle?

The handles and lacework are all made from friendly plastic!

And this one too!

I just love the tassel cap pictured above!

Well, that's it for now. I took lots more photos but will save them for another episode!

Bye for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Wanda xx

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Friendly Plastic Weekend with the lovely Liz Welch

I have just had the good fortune to spend a weekend at Caernarfon Castle in the company of a delightful group of ladies being inspired by the very talented Liz Welch, ably assisted by the lovely Adrienne. Friendly Plastic is so versatile and can be made to look like metal, knitting, in fact anything, in the capable hands of Liz.

The weekend just flew by we were all having so much fun. Adrienne provided a wonderful buffet lunch on both days and flew up and down the steps endlessly keeping the kettle and crock pots topped up with water.

Some fabulous work was created by the ladies in attendance, inspired by all the lovely examples Liz had brought along.

Here is a look at my work from the weekend. I am just itching to do some more, which is in my plans for tomorrow, so watch this space.

This is a piece I stamped into with a clay squisher stamp.

This piece was created using the "knitting technique" demonstrated by Liz.

Another piece using the knitting technique.

The two above are samples of the ooze technique

This heart is made using a shape cutter and the ooze technique

Another heart, this time with black lace embedded into it.

And finally, a picture of all the pieces I created over the weekend.

I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and can't wait for the next one!

We also had a bit of drama at the castle on Sunday afternoon, but that will have to wait until my next post as galley duties call. Pop back tomorrow and there will be more piccies, including some of the drama!

Bye for now.

Wanda xx

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

TIO #97 - Mother

TIO # 97 - Mother

The theme this week on Dragon's Dream TIO challenge is "Mother", by Pink Floyd and is set for us by AJ who would also like to see some embroidery in our creations. Now, before I start I have to admit my embroidery is actually faux embroidery. I haven't done any embroidery for soooo long and left it too late to be able to take the time to practice!

I started by spraying some linen fabric with cherry blossom glimmer mist and desert moon endless sky moonglow glitz spritz. Then I overstamped with a swirly leaf stamp, I think it might be from imagination crafts but I haven't kept the packaging so can't be sure. I adhered the fabric to a tag and put an eyelet through. I stamped the words "mother" and "love" using black stazon at the top and borrom of the tag. Then, for the ingenious bit - I added my embroidery - with a teal blue stazon inkpad and some Anna Griffin stamps I bought absolutely ages ago! You see, where there is a will, there is a way. I cut the bottom of the tag around the scalloped edge, then added the lace. My tag is edged with timber brown stazon.

I searched through all my stamps for a suitable image, but drew a blank. So then I resorted to going through atc's that had been swapped when I was in the swap on the JS forum, and found this little beauty. She reminds me so much of my grandmother at that age. There was no name on the back of the atc so I can't give credit, nor do I know where the image is from.

I added some little flowers from my stash, together with a TH flourish and zig zag ribbon from my stash. And there you go, Bob's your uncle, Fanny's your aunt, as the saying goes, done!

I must say I found this challenge quite - a challenging! Pop on over and check out the entries from my fabulously talented design team buddies, then show us how this theme inspires you. Above all, have fun and remember to use at least one real stamp in your creations.

Please feel free to leave a comment. I so enjoy reading them.

Bye for now, Wanda xx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


TIO #96 - Dedicated Follower of Fashion"

I don't know why I have a figure "1" just below my picture and I can't get rid of it. Grrrr!!!

We had a fabulous response to last week's TIO challenge, and really enjoyed checking out your entries and having a good old nosey on your blogs. You are such a creative lot! I seems you all really like the colour red, in all its shades. We were really blown away by your entries. Thank you all for sharing your talent with us.

This week is is my turn to set the challenge and for my song title I have chosen "Dedicated Follower of Fashion". I think it was by the Kinks? I know, really showing my age here. The song has been going round in my head for ages, driving me mad! It is not even a favourite of mine. Yikes!

For my entry this week I have started by covering a tag with paper from a TH vintage shabby pad, then I grunged it up with distress inks in pink and blue (sorry, can't remember which ones), I also threw sone PaperArtsy Fresco paints on there, then overstamped with little elements fashion stamps from Crafty Individuals. I edged the tag with Brilliance Silver and Cosmic Shimmer Silver ep.

The words are from a stamp plate by The Stamp Man, stamped onto some more of the paper and edged with sepia archival. The dress form is from another stamp plate which I stamped and embossed in silver and then cut out. Then I covered it with a coloured wet wipe, some netting, narrow ribbon and a flower and gem. Oh, and a litttle heart necklace.

The two fashion conscious ladies are from a new stamp plate by Crafty Individuals (I love their stamps), coloured with prisma pencils. The lady in blue is stuck directly onto the tag, and the lady in pink is 3d mounted. The flowers are cut from paper from the same pad and, once rolled, edged with silver rub n buff. I took an idea from the fabulous Frankie and rolled some blue wire to place under the roses. The lace was coloured with spun sugar distress stain as was the ribbon for the little bow at the top.

The bird in flight is also from Crafty Individuals, coloured with pink and blue fresco paints, then overstamped with sepia archival. The flourish is a TH die, coloured with the same fresco paints.

Please pop over to the TIO challenge blog and check out the samples by my uber talented design team buddies. Then let us see what you can do with this weeks theme. Above all, have fun and remember to use at least one real stamp in your creations.

Thanks for dropping by. Please feel free to loave a comment. I love reading them.

Bye for now, Wanda xx

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Red Red Wine

This is the challenge this week set by my teamie, Helen. I immediately thought of a set of stamps by Creative Expressions, well two sets actually - French Vintage and Vintage Labels, for my tag.

I coloured my tag with antique linen distress stain on a damp tag so the colour remained really light. I then stamped the script from the set in antique linen distress ink, then the other stamps using barn door and fired brick distress inks. The leaves have been stamped with black archival on dark green card.

I distressed the edges of the tag and the label then coloured with fired brick. The flower is made from copy paper that had been underneath flowers when I had been spraying them. I just added a bit of fired brick and script using the same ink.

I have tipped the edges of the leaves and flowers with distress stickles. The wine glasses have been covered with glossy accents, and the wine botttle has been sprayed with crafters companion glossy spray.

So that is my entry. So pop over to the TIO challenge blog and check out all the other fab samples, then pop back in a day or so and check out the entries. We get some fabulous entries, so diverse! The main thing is, just have fun, and remember to use at least one real stamp in your creation. I look forward to checking out your entries.

Please feel free to leave a comment. I so enjoy reading them. Thanks for stopping by.

Wanda xx

Monday, 5 September 2011

Inspired by Peacocks

The CD Sunday challenge this week "Inspired by Peacocks". So I thought what better than Peacock Summer Party CD by Glenda Waterworth of Chocolate Baroque, who are this week sponsoring the challenge. I am very neglectful of my CD collection as I tend to just reach for stamps and ink when I am crafting, so I welcomed the opportunity to make use of these lovely CDs. I printed the bp on 160 gsm text and graphics and the peacocks on satin finish photo paper. I cut one peacock our using an oval nestie and then cut around the other so I could decoupage it over the oval. The oval has been inked around the edges using broken china DI as has my A5 base card. I have used glitter glue on the "eyes" in the peacock feathers. The border has been cut using an EK Success punch, then spotty ribbon from my stash added. The two curly corners have been cut using a die I have had for ages, and once in a while I remember it again and it gets another airing. So that's it! A short post as it really was quite quick and easy to put together.

Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to leave a comment.

Wanda xx

Friday, 2 September 2011


Rainbow Lady's Challenge 168 - Let's Emboss It!

Ok, I have taken another photo this morning and replaced it. It was driving me mad! I don't know why I posted it last night at all. Think I was tired and not thinking straight?
The challenge this week set by Rainbow Lady is to do some embossing. I had a play this afternoon with a Creative Expressions embossing folder, some Wow embossing powder in a lovely shade of blue and a Papermania backing paper, and this is what I came up with.

Once I had embossing the white card, I then gentle shaded the raised parts with blue DI, then set about cutting out all the little squares in the trellis. I laid that over the bp. Then I cut out a frame using nesties, and laid that over the top, first sandwiching some spotty blue ribbon across the panel. I added a little blue bow to one side.

I then stamped and embossed two large irises and one small iris and coloured them with prismacolour pencils before cutting them out. The second large one I only wanted the three top petals for layering. I stuck the flowers down using glue gel.

So there you have it.

Better get going. I hadn't noticed the time, and we haven't eaten yet - yikes!!! What am I like. 

Bye for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Wanda xx