Monday, 8 April 2013

Domino Duo

I've had a bit of a tidy up of my crafting area, so not much creating was done for a few days. But on Saturday OH and I went for a trawl of the charity shops in Stockbridge. I was hoping to find some dominoes and was lucky to find a tin of them for a couple of quid.

I'm indebted to a couple of you tube contributors for the idea for making these little 'domino books'. I will find the details and note them here, when I have access to my PC.

(YouTube contributors RachO113 and AKCaraboo I love your work, hope you don't mind me stealing your ideas!)

I think they will make nice gifts.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Another go

I wasn't particularly happy with my take on Tim's April tag. I didn't have the right colours and thought it was a bit dull.

So today I went searching the craft shops in the Edinburgh environs and at the third attempt I founding that had some of the distress paints in stock. Stampers Grove is well stocked but a bugger to park near as it's in the middle of the city in a one way system! But the drive through the park was lovely as the view is stunning and the sun was shining for once.

Unfortunately I'd forgotten the list of colours, and was too stupid to remember I could have looked them up on my iPhone. Pfft.   But I bought a few that I thought were right, though no metallics in stock yet. I also got Paper Artsy stamp set 'Wings4' as it had a tiny dragonfly in it.

As it turned out I didn't get the right greens, and thought I'd use some perfect pearls bronze mica powder in lieu of the metallic paint. But I'd forgotten how powerful the powder is and that a little goes a VERY long way. Mixed with water to make a very wee puddle, it just about coloured half the tag and so the effect is just a bit overpowering! I've hidden the worst behind the date ticket and rocket square.    And the metallic finish of the tag has a very strange effect on my ink stamping - the ink just fades away.  I'm new to stamping and am a bit confused by all the different types of ink there are so presumably Memento fade resistant Dye Ink in Tuxedo Black is only fade resistant on non metallic finishes!  Who'd have known? Another lesson learned.  If someone can explain the difference between dye inks and solvent ink (I have Stazon)and all the other types inks then I'd love to hear from you...

I'm going to try and incorporate (or hide) a date ticket in every one of the Tags of 2013 marked with the day I made it. I thought that would be nice.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Let's Play Tag

April at last, the sun is shining, and another tag from Tim Holtz to play with. He used his new metallic acrylic paint dabbers along with other dabblers none of which I own (yet!) so had to make do with what I have in my stash. It's okay but a bit muddy as my colours were not as bright. And instead of a dragonfly I used a silver foil butterfly that my crafty friend Cheryl sent me in a swap. I'm not much of a butterfly person but after a bit of tinkering and dabbing this was perfect. And my friend Elspeth posted a photo on Facebook today of the first butterfly of the season so doubly apt!