Monday, 31 October 2011

Autumn Leaves

Good morning everyone on a very grey and blustery Monday. Hoping that you all had a lovely weekend.
Also I'd like to wish a Happy Halloween to those of you that celebrate it. 

Before I go on to details of this weeks Make My Monday challenge, can I just remind you all that my candy ends at midnight tonight so if you would like to win and haven't yet left a comment on the blog candy post, please remember you have to do this to be in with a chance. The result will be posted tomorrow evening once one of my daughters has pulled a winning name from the hat.

Now for the challenge, this week sees the last of our month of Autumn challenges and I'd like to say a big thanks to Caz for this as I really enjoyed this theme. The challenge this week is to make a project featuring Autumn Leaves and I think this is my favourite of all. I've gone quite grungy and shabby for my card with loads of texture.

As you can see, I've used a kraft card blank which I have to say are my favourites at the moment. I made a panel embossed with the Cuttlebug leafy branch folder and inked this with Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany Distress inks.
I then added a torn edged panel of cream card stamped with a B Line Designs skeleton leaf in Rusty Hinge and a Rubber Stampede leaf stamped with Aged Mahogany.
I made a tag from a piece of hessian, fraying the edges and adding a top tab stapled on. I covered up the staple with a button tied with recycled yarn.
I made some leaves with a maple leaf stamp. embossed with clear powder and inked with various Distress inks. I cut these out and added them to the tag with a sentiment by Hobby Art.

Challenges for my card:
Creative Inspirations Paint - Inspired By Fall
Craft Your Days Away - Autumn
Crafty Creations - Leaves Fall Palette
Addicted To Stamps - Shabby, Shabby Chic or Vintage
Quirky Crafts - Autumn Leaves
The Shabby Tearoom - Homespun Fall

Have a great week.
Fliss xx

Friday, 28 October 2011

A Magical Day

Morning folks, here's hoping this finds you all well and that you've had a good week. Mine has been mixed with being busy but the best thing was a phone call from my younger daughter Sarah. She's recently started her second year of a degree in fashion and this year is spent designing collections for clients.
She's just completed her first one and worked so hard on this that I am really delighted to be able to say that hers was chosen as one of ten to send to the company and it's now winging its way to Cape Town where the company is based (yippee!)
Now for the new Polka Doodles challenge which has been chosen by Claire this time and she would like to see your Mystical and Magical creations - so let's see those fairies, witches, dragons and so on.
It's also what we call our stashbox stamp week so I've used a set of Papermania fairy stamps with some really pretty Polka Doodles papers.

I covered my card blank with the pretty leaf paper from the Pretty Sweet CD and added a border of dotty paper punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.
I stamped a little scene on a circle of white card and coloured everything with Promarkers. I made the little butterflies 3D by stamping these again, cutting them out and adding with foam tape. I inked the edge of the circle.
I stamped the fairy, coloured her with Promarkers, cut her out and glittered her wings by rubbing on embossing ink and heat embossing with crystal powder. I added a pink dotty scalloped mat cut with a Nestabilities die to the circle scene and added the fairy with foam tape. She's been positioned as if she's looking at the tiny sweet fairy on the toadstool.
I added some very pretty lace, a ribbon bow and stamped and matted sentiment to finish.

Challenges for my card:
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties - Embellish
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
 Passion For Promarkers - For A Child
Totally Papercrafts - Glitter It!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend,
Fliss xx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Send In The Clowns

Good afternoon folks, I hope you're having a good week so far. I'm here today with another just because piece of artwork which is a little different. It came about because I saw the gorgeous lady Pierette image on The Graphics Fairy's fabulous site and immediately wanted to make something with her. Judy Collins started singing in my head and this collage was the result.

As you can see, the image is really beautiful. I printed her out and cut her out then decided to add wings. The gorgeous butterfly that I used for these is from June of Dezinaworld's fabulous Butterfly PNG set which I love because it's so versatile. I printed the image out on beige parchment paper and cut the wings out.
I then made a balloon using this rather jolly clown face also from The Graphics Fairy. I simply printed it out and drew the balloon shape by hand and cut it out and added a red string.
I assembled the pieces on the pretty dotty paper from the Polka Doodles Paper Boutique Volume 3 CD printed on to beige parchment paper and glued to strong card.
I then altered a plain wooden frame by painting it with antique white acrylic paint and stamping on a checkered design by Polka Doodles from the Wonderland set with various Palette and Stazon inks. I then dry brushed with more of the white for a soft look. I added computer generated text coloured with inks and stamped then dry brushed.

Bye for now,
Fliss xx

Monday, 24 October 2011

Orange And Black

Good morning folks on a rather cold and very windy Monday. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and managed to get some crafting done too. I did quite a lot, some of which is under wraps still.
We have a new challenge for you today over at Make My Monday and continuing with the October Autumn theme, we have a colour challenge for you, Orange and Black, which can be Halloween or not, the choice is yours.
I wanted to do a Halloween project but don't own any stamps which fit this so I resorted to digital images and papers.

I decided on a fun and spooky creation because I love the spiders on the backing paper - they look so cute, unlike the real thing which I'm not at all keen on! The paper is from the Polka Doodles Polly Witchydoodles Halloween download bundle and I printed this out, tore the edges to distress them and inked them with Black Soot Distress ink.
The other elements are all from the Polka Doodles Sundae Of Seasons CD and I used the black and white digital stamps, colouring with Promarkers. I cut out the pumpkins and rounded them out with a large embossing ball tool before adding to the card with layers of foam tape for a 3D effect.
I added a larger bat and text printed with a Dymo label maker to finish.

The DT have some very varied projects to inspire you so do pop over for a look as there are some really gorgeous creations there. Talking of which, your entries for the last challenge were fabulous and it was so hard to pick only 3!

Challenges for my card:
CD Sunday - Halloween
Creative Inspirations Paint - Halloween
Dream Valley Challenges - Halloween
Gingerloft - Halloween or Fall
2 Sisters - Pumpkin Patch
Card Makin' Mamas - Halloween
Fashionista Friday - Spooky Fall
Raise The Bar - Orange and Black

Hope you all have a great week.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Coffee And Cream

Hi everyone, hope you're all having a great weekend and managing to fit some crafting in too. It's rather cold still here on the south coast but at least my washing dried today!
It's now time for another new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and have to say that the amazing creations for the last one are going to cause the DT great problems in choosing the Top 3 so well done to everyone who took a strut down the catwalk this time.
The challenge for this fortnight is  
Coffee and Cream with a Hint of Dark Chocolate
and as I said to the other DT members, it's all about how you like your coffee so if like me you like cappuccino and are partial to the occasional caramel latte or mocha, there are quite a few coffee shades to choose from which are reflected in my creation.

Ingredients for my card:
  Lady and Paris Text - B Line Designs Le Brun
  Eiffel Tower - Prickley Pear
  Diamonds - Hero Arts
  Dreams Text - Debbie Moore
  French Script - Hero Arts
Cuttlebug Fleur De Lis Embossing Folder
Inks - VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Memento Rich Cocoa, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Umber VersaColor
Coffee Marbled Card
Cream Crochet Lace, Coffee Lace
Manila Tag
Kraft Photo Corners - Paperchase
Clear Embossing Powder

The background paper is the coffee card stamped with the diamonds and the sepia ink, stamped twice before re-inking.
The Eiffel tower was stamped and embossed with clear powder and then inked round the edges and partially embossed then inked on the raised area.
The lovely lady was stamped with the sepia ink and coloured with Promarkers in coffee shades. I then cut her out and embossed her with clear powder.
I stamped the Paris text and then stamped the script over the top and cut this out. I embossed some card panels with the fleur de lis folder and inked these.
I assembled the card as you see and made the lady really stand out by adding 2 layers of stacked foam tape at the top as this gives a very 3D effect.

The Design Team have made some absolutely stunning creations to inspire you and it's well worth a look just to see how many interpretations of the theme there are. Also please remember that we're a stamping challenge so rubber and clear it is but no digis please!

Some challenges for my card:
Top Tip Tuesday - Layer It (quite a lot on mine!)
Moving Along With The Times - Vintage
Charisma Cardz - Embossing (Heat or Dry) (I have both)
Totally Papercrafts - Layer Upon Layer
Creative Inspirations - Monochromatic

Have a great Sunday.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Friday, 21 October 2011


Good morning folks it's Friday again so it's time for a new challenge over at Polka Doodles and I'm hoping this pops up as scheduled as I have an early hairdressers appointment (can't get parked otherwise).
Before I go on to the challenge, I'd like to say a big welcome here to all the new Design Team members especially Joanna who I already know as we're fellow DT members for Fashionable Stamping Challenges.  I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone else.
This week's challenge in common with quite a few others at the moment has a Halloween theme and our Nikky has cooked up a gorgeous download especially for the challenge so don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog to see the fabulous spooky creations the teamies have made to inspire you.
Here's my spooky and rather cute creation:

I decided on a side step card as I wanted to include quite a few spooky elements. I covered the card with colour block sections of the same paper as I had some bits to use up and being a side step card, it worked out quite well. The papers together with the sentiment came from the Polly Witchydoodles Halloween Download Bundle.
I added the haunted house image and some rather cute and naughty looking pumpkins from the Sundae Of Seasons CD to the side elements.
I printed out Nikky's fabulous Halloween sheet and chose the very cute witch and her little black cat. I coloured the witch with a variety of Promarkers and gave her green hair for a fun look - I did think of giving her a green face (Wicked style) but I thought she looked a bit too cute for that! I cut her out and her little cat whose eyes I coloured with a Promarker and added them to a mat of white card cut out with a Papermania die.

I have a feeling this challenge will be very popular and can't wait to see all your entries.

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday - Happy Halloween
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge - Halloween Card/Project
Tuesday Throwdown - Shaped Card
Crafty Boots - Autumn Or Halloween
Creative Stamp Friends - Halloween
Hooked On Crafts - Something Spooky
Magical Monday - Halloween
Paper Creations Ink - Halloween
Paper Pretties - Halloween
Stamp Fairy - Spooky, Scary or Just Fun Halloween
The Crazy Challenge - Halloween
There's Magic In The Air - Halloween Colour
Delightful Challenges - Halloween
Crafting For All Seasons - Halloween
Divas By Design - Something Spooky
Inky Impressions - Trick Or Treat - Spooky Halloween

I did check all the rules for the above and think it's all OK but if I missed something, many apologies!
Have a great day everyone.
Fliss xx

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Song Bird Collage

Hello folks, hope you're all having a good week so far and don't know about where you are but on the UK South Coast I woke up this morning to 5 degrees and it's still October!!! Brrr! Woollies and thick socks on today.
Before I show you what I made today, I want to say a very big THANK YOU to the Design Teams of both Paper Play and Moving Along With The Times as they kindly picked my Autumn Floral Wreath which you can see HERE for their Top 3. I can't tell you how pleased I am!

I now have a little "just because" collage to show you, as in just because I felt like it!

My collage started out as many of mine do with a piece of recycled grey board which came from the back of a pad of accountancy paper. It was A4 size and I cut it in half. I then inked just the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
I then took a piece of vintage music score (my incredible value Mikado score again) and added the large Tim Holtz flourish mask after tearing the edges. I sponged on Tumbled Glass, Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick inks before removing the mask.
I stamped on some flourishes from the Viva Decor My Paper World Floral Embellishments clear stamp set with Chipped Sapphire DI.
I printed a beautiful bird with lilacs image from The Graphics Fairy (thanks Karen!) on beige parchment card then stamped on the same flourish with Versamark ink, clear embossed it and sponged on some pink ink. I added the image to a mat, partly embossed with the Cuttlebug Textile folder and partly stamped with pink ink and a tiny flourish stamp.
I added pearls and a flower altered with Copics together with the sentiment from Paper Artsy Hot Pick 1005 to finish.

Happily, I found some challenges for my creation:
Try It On Tuesday - Taking To The Skies
Heart Song Inspirations - Flowers And/Or Felt
Incy Wincy Designs - Recycle (the backing for my collage is recycled grey board)

Bye for now.
Fliss xx

Monday, 17 October 2011

Autumn Flora And Fauna Inchies

Brrrr! Good morning everyone on a rather chilly Monday. Hoping that you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was rather busy as I had my younger daughter home from uni for the weekend and I had DT work to do plus preparations for a card making class I'm teaching this morning. My designing didn't get done until the evening whilst I watched the Strictly results followed by the X Factor results and then Downton Abbey (wasn't it sad yesterday).
Now I must stop waffling on as there's a new challenge today over at Make My Monday. We're continuing Caz's Autumn theme and this week the challenge is to make Flora and Fauna Inchies for Autumn.
Here's my inspiration for you which is a little collage:

The base of my collage is a piece of recycled cardboard from a cereal box and I covered it with some rather lovely handmade paper with leaves and flower petals embedded in it.
I made the inchies using a Magenta cling set - CSET28 and chose the floral tiles. I stamped them with VersaFine Vintage Sepia and Spanish Moss and then coloured them with layers of Distress inks, Promarkers and Prisma pencils.
I assembled it as you see, adding the cute little owl from the Inkadinkado 97729 Bird Assortment clear set, coloured with Promarkers and some flourishes cut with a Sissix die from vintage music paper and coloured with Crushed Olive Distress ink. So there you have it - finished!

The Design Team have made some gorgeous projects to inspire you so do pop on over for a look and hope to see you there.

I'd like to enter my collage in the following challenges:
Corrosive Challenges - Flying Things
Delightful Challenges - Colours Of Fall
Scrappy Frogs - Something That Flies
Stamptacular Sunday - You Choose
Kaboodle Doodles - Squares Or Inchies

That's it for now so have a great day.
Fliss xx

Friday, 14 October 2011

Ribbons And Bows

Good morning all on a rather chilly but beautiful Autumn day. The sun is shining and I can see the trees in their Autumn coats from my window - heaven!
It's Friday again and we have a new challenge over at Polka Doodles which has been chosen by Emma. She would like to see your creation with Ribbons/ Bows and I rather think the DT has been making a lot of cards with Nikky's new mini CD, Pretty Sweet, which we all love so much.

Here's my card:

I really love the patchwork look at the moment and of course, it's an ideal way to use up those scraps of paper left over from other projects. I had quite a few bits after making some samples up for Nikky and I've used them here.
I cut out squares of the 3 papers, then trimmed them with pinking scissors and added faux stitching by piercing holes and then going round with a brown fine liner pen. I added these to a kraft card blank. I added the cute Amelia image cut out to an oval shape on a matching mat of scrap pink dotty paper. To finish I simply added a big ribbon bow and a sentiment from the CD cut out with a scallop circle Nestabilities die.

Can't wait to see all the entries as it's bound to be a popular theme. Do pop over to the challenge blog to look at the DT inspiration too as they've really outdone themselves with this one!

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz - In Stitches
Do You Stack Up? - Use Your Scraps
Meljens Designs - Use A Ribbon
Whimsy Inspires - Punches And/Or Die Cuts

Have a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Monday, 10 October 2011

Autumn Trees

Good morning folks, Monday is here again so it's time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday. We're continuing with our theme for October, AUTUMN, and this week would like to see a creation with a Tree or Trees.
My inspiration again includes a lot of leaves - almost my entire collection I think!

Supplies Used:
Solid Leaf Stamps - Mine are Rubber Stampede, Hero Arts and Crafty Individuals
Tree Stamp - Hobby Art
Script Stamp - Artistic Outpost
Distress Inks - Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Rusty Hinge
Brilliance Inks - Crimson Copper, Pearlescent Rust
VersaFine - Vintage Sepia
StazOn - Timber Brown
Nestabilities - Circle, Scallop Circle
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Textured Natural Ribbon
Hole Punch, Needle & Thread
Beige Parchment Paper - Southfield Stationers
Shrink Plastic - White and Frosted

The background paper was made using the leaves which were layer stamped from lightest to darkest using the inks. I then sponged Scattered Straw over the top to blend everything together.
The tree was stamped on cream card with the sepia ink and clear embossed. It was trimmed to a circle with the die then set on a scalloped mat of brown and a further circle sponged with Rusty hinge round just the edges.
I made a shrink plastic embellishment with the tree stamp and StazOn ink. This was stamped on the frosted plastic, cut out with a scallop die and shrunk. I then added colour with the Promarkers and set on a further mat of white shrink plastic in a scalloped shape.
I made up the card with the brown border punched and trimmed with a strip of the textured ribbon on which I stitched the tree charm. I added the sentiment by Artistic Outpost to finish.

The Design Team have some gorgeous samples to inspire you so do pop over for a look and hope to see some gorgeous entries again.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Card Cupids - Use A Decorative Punch
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Favourite Colour Combination (Autumn shades)
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes + Sentiment
Our Daily Bread Designs - Make Your Own Embellishment
Sew Many Cards - Burnt Orange, Yellow and Brown

Have a great week.
Fliss xx

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Autumn Floral Wreath

Hello everyone, hope you're all having a good weekend in spite of the cold weather that has suddenly appeared after the mini heatwave.
It's time for the next challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this fortnight we want to see a lovely parade of Anything But A Card.
I have to confess I slightly struggled with this as I couldn't quite decide what to do until a good trawl through my treasured collection of Somerset Studio gallery magazines which always help the creative juices return.
I decided on a little wall hanging decoration in more of those glowing Autumn shades I can't get enough of at the moment. There's a photo of the finished decoration and underneath you'll find a few pics to hopefully show how the wreath came about, so here we go:

Both of the above papers were brayered with stripes of Distress inks going from light to dark. They were then stamped with the same inks and the Viva Decor My Paper World Letters and Embellishments clear stamp set.

I then used various punches (Woodware and Papermania) to punch out the flower parts and layered them up with foam tape - a little inking with darker Distress inks brought out the petal edges.

I made the leaves with a Woodware punch and scraps of inked and stamped decorated papers from my bits box. The flowers and leaves were then attached with foam tape to a ring card shape cut out with my trusty Creative Memories circle cutting set.
As you can see, it really isn't that difficult so I'm hoping you're all ready to strut your stuff!

I'm entering my wreath in the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy - Fall or Halloween
Glitter Geeks - Flower Power
Stampin For The Weekend - Colours of Autumn
Stamping With The Dragon - Fall Colours
Moving Along With The Times - Autumn Leaves
Scrapalicious - Hang It Up!
Paper Play - Autumnal Colours
One Stop Craft Challenge - Anything Goes

Have a great day,
Fliss xx

Friday, 7 October 2011

Handmade Flowers

Good morning everyone on a very chilly Friday. It looks like Autumn has finally arrived and I was rather surprised to find my hubby had put the heating on this morning as he is normally the last one to do this!

We have a new challenge for you over at Polka Doodles and this time it's my turn to choose the theme. As I'm sure you know, I really like making my own card elements in lots of ways so my challenge to you is to show some Handmade Flowers on your creation. You can use punches, die cuts, stamps, decoupage - in fact anything but pre-made paper or silk flowers.

I've used elements for my card that you can find on the A Double Sprinkle Of Kraft CD which I love for the pretty shabby chic papers.
I've made a favourite shaped card that I really love at the moment as it's quite easy to do but looks very different. This is quite a big card but will still fit in an A5 size envelope as I made sure that the raised central panel doesn't exceed the measurements.
I covered the card base with striped paper and then added a strip of floral paper trimmed with scallop scissors and inked to emphasize the edges. I then added a scalloped border from the CD.
I made the central panel with a cute girl image, coloured with Prisma pencils and then ran a warm grey Promarker round the edges of the image to make her pop out more. I layered the image panel on contrasting papers and then on a scalloped panel which I hand trimmed with scallop scissors and inked with brown.
I finished off with a flower made from scraps of paper and a Woodware punch and emboss punch. I inked the edges and added silk flower stamens to the centre. I also made the embossing show up more by using a large embossing ball tool in the embossed lines.

I hope you can enter and look forward to seeing the flowers you create.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Crafts and Me - Use A Digi
Fab 'n' Funky - Die Cuts/Punches
Penny's Paper-Crafty - Anything Goes
Color Throwdown
Anything Goes Challenge - Die Cuts/ Punches or both

Have a lovely day,
Fliss xx

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Polka Doodles DT Call

Hello all, just to let you know that our Nikky, head doodler over at Polka Doodles is looking for some new talent to join the Design Team and here's a little of what she says:
Yep, we need some new blood to join our lovely talented team on this challenge blog and also to make samples for shows and TV! So, if you LOVE colouring and you're great with your Promarkers, Copics, Prisma's and Watercolours (or any other colouring medium) and it's your speciality then please email us with a link to your blog and NO MORE than 50 words about yourself and why you want to be on the Polkadoodles team. If you don't like colouring then don't worry - we cater for everyone, but you do need to be able to use digital products and rubber stamp.  It doesn't matter if you're a cardmaker, scrapbooker, a stamper or a CD crafter, we need someone who can be versatile and fit within the other talents on our fabulous, happy team. We look for all kinds of abilities and styles so you've gotta be in it, to win it, as the saying goes! You MUST have a blog where you post regularly. You MUST be able to commit to participating in the challenge blog 3 times per month, making TV samples when required AND commenting on challenge entries each week, so please ensure you can do all this before you apply - this is a permanent position and you must be able to offer the commitment we need. 

The rest of the details and requirements are on the challenge blog so just hop over for a look if you'd like to be part of a friendly creative team and work with Nikky's fabulous products.

Good luck!
Fliss xx 

Monday, 3 October 2011

Autumn Resist

Good morning everyone on another fine and sunny day. Being the start of a new month, can't believe it's October already, we have a new theme over at Make My Monday and no surprise here - it's AUTUMN. The challenge for this week is to use the monthly theme with a RESIST technique and if you're not sure about this, I know that there's a link to one on the challenge blog and if you read my blurb here, you'll find that I have used a resist technique I designed just over 2 years ago which is perfect for this. The link to my tutorial is below in the card details.

Supplies Used:
Solid Leaf Stamps - Hero Arts, Rubber Stampede
Open Leaf Stamp - Personal Impressions
Script Stamp - Butterfly Kisses
Distress Inks - Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed, Old Paper
StazOn Inks - Timber Brown, Pumpkin, Olive Green
Embossing Ink
 Clear Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Copper Embossing Powder
Tag - Mine is a recycled clothing tag with fab distressed edges
Vintage Music Score
Kraft Card Blank

The decorated paper was made using some of the Distress inks and StazOn inks with my TWIST ON RESIST TECHNIQUE which you will find HERE.
I covered the part of the tag with writing on with a piece of torn, inked music score. I stamped and embossed the leaves with clear powder, coloured them with Distress inks and cut them out.
I added a stamped, embossed text panel inked to colour and the edges copper embossed and a twine bow to finish.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes - Lots Of Layers
Stamptacular Sunday - Photo Inspiration

Craft Your Days Away - Tag It!
Our Craft Lounge - Fall Foliage

Have a lovely week everyone,
Fliss xx

Sunday, 2 October 2011

A Wish From The Heart

Hope everyone's been having a good weekend in all the lovely sunshine we have at the moment. I've just returned from visiting my parents in law and have a quick post to share a card I made at the last minute for the UK Stampers Stash Buster challenge to use glitter on your creation which ends at 12 midnight today.

The main part here is the blingy button heart which I made a while back for a project and it didn't fit so it's been sitting in my bits box since then and I decided to use it for the challenge. I had applied Diamond Glaze all over the painted heart to stick the buttons, pearls and jewels on and sprinkled pink glitter on to cover the remaining glue.
As it's quite busy, I made a simple card covered with paper embossed with a Tim Holtz Texture Fade folder and inked this with Spun Sugar and Milled Lavender Distress inks. I swiped Cotton Candy glitter glue over the top. The plain side was trimmed with the Martha Stewart arch lattice border punch and then swiped with VersaMark ink and embossed with clear powder with glitter added.
I finished off with text and a heart from a Tim Holtz sentiment. I cut these out as the whole thing was a little too large for the card.

I'd like to welcome Gail to my blog as my 200th follower and will soon be having a giveaway to celebrate as I was so excited to see I'd reached my second century today.
Thanks so much to everyone who follows and those that leave me such lovely comments.
Fliss xx

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Autumn Fruits Collage

Hello everyone, I hope you're all enjoying the somewhat unseasonal heatwave we seem to be having at the moment. I'm on the South coast so we do at least have a sea breeze to keep it a little cooler.
I have a collage to show you that is in my favourite warm, glowing Autumn colours and will be hanging in my kitchen as it has a fruit theme.

Supplies used:
Pear stamp (unknown as I've had this one for over 10 years)
Script stamp - Anna Griffin
Jar stamp - Inspiration Jars from The Artistic Stamper
Distress Inks - Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint,                      Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany, Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Rusty Hinge
VersaFine Inks - Spanish Moss, Toffee, Vintage Sepia
Brown Fineliner
Corrugated packaging and cardboard packaging
Beige Parchment Paper
Checked Wired Ribbon
Acrylic Paints - Olive Green and Golden Green

I've used the parchment paper for the inked and stamped background as well as the jar and pears which were stamped and sponged with ink to colour. This paper is very good for inking as the inks move around well.
The edges of the packaging were inked and the torn edged paper added. The corrugated card was painted with the acrylics and the collage assembled as you see. The text is computer generated and was inked. The jar label is cut out with a small Nestabilties label die and was hand doodled and written on.

I'm entering my collage in the following challenges:
The Stamp Man - Pears or Pairs
Sir Stampalot Challenge - Food Glorious Food
The Artistic Stamper Challenge - Autumn Colours

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Fliss xx