Thursday, 10 March 2016

NBUS = Bird Crazy Birthday Card

Hello Blog Friends, 
Just popping in to share this Birthday card I made for Jim's birthday I thought I would enter it into Darnell's NBUS challenge #6 here at djkardkreations .


NBUS is a anachronism that stands for .......
Never Before Used Schtuff  and that is mostly what I used for Jim's card.


This happy little chappie is of course one of Mr Tim Holtz crazy birds, I got him into the party mood by dressing him up in a party hat and matching tie (crazy bird not Jim!) 
I coloured him with Distress markers gave him some odd googly eyes and popped him up on a boingy spring for fun  (Jim not crazy bird)!!! 
Boy do those Distress markers do what they say on the tin, after spilling his party drink down his front whilst doing the Hokey Kokey dance he was well and truly blended!
Least said soonest mended I think! 

Soooo my Never Before Used Stuff are
Tim Holtz Crazy Bird and Crazy Things Stamps
Tim Holtz Happy Holiday Thinlits Die
Hobbycraft, musical notes stamp 
Other
Basic Grey Sweet Threads paper pad
Tim Holtz Distress core'dination card
Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments set
Tim Holtz Distress markers and inks
Action Wobble spring

I would just like to Congratulate Darnell on NBUS challenge  #6 and it's hugely successful response.
Thanks for your visit today hope you have a great weekend
Happy Art Making
Hugs Lottie x


Friday, 5 February 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge -156


Hello Blog friends, 
After visiting Angela's blog  here  aka Felix the Crafty Cat last week and seeing her post for the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge  #156. I decided to make this card to play along.
The theme is Punches and/or Dies


I have used both die's and punches to create a card which is feminine and reminds me a little of the  Victorian style of cards.
My elements are
Tim Holtz :-     Caged Bird die
Marianne Designs :-    Swirl Leaf
Sizzix :-    Butterfly #12
Stampin Up:-     Bird builder punch  (leaves)
Crafty Individuals :-    Springtime background papers
Sentiment :-     Dimension Fourth (I think)
Flowers and bling from stash

I am linking up to play along in the http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for looking, have a great weekend
Happy Art Making
Hugs Lottie x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

WOYWW #348

 
It's Wednesday and that means it's WOYWW  which stands for .......
'What's On Your Work desk Wednesday'.
If you too would like to join in the fun then, take a picture of your work desk, table, etc. and share it with lots of other like minded people.
Hop on over to Julia's blog   Stamping Ground  for more info. Hope to see you there.

 Hellow desk hoppers, 
It's been a while since I joined in with some desk hopping, so here I am today with my desk.
I am just in the process of making a card for the Crafty Cardmakers challenge so on my desk are various die's and punch, papers and flowers etc. At the back of my desk there is a new stencil from Docrafts some new, sale die's (not put away yet) my jar of Starburst Sours sweets (love these) a glasses case that I want to try and re-cover, a stack of embelishments and my January Tim tag along with the stamps I used.
Hope you have a great day and have fun desk hopping, t, I'm off to do some desk hopping myself so see you soon. 
Happy Art Making
Hugs Lottie x

Monday, 1 February 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 January

Hello blog friends, 
Just making a quick post to share my 1st Tim tag of 2016.

I followed Tim's tutorial  Here
He says -
 "i’m going to be taking you back into the archives of my blog to explore techniques that might be new discoveries for some, and re-discoveries for others.  each month i will be “remixing” two previous 12 tags techniques to show you an entirely different outcome using the same techniques.  i plan to highlight new ideas i may have, perhaps show a new product that might exist now to achieve a similar effect, or just helpful hints i’ve learned since i originally shared the technique.  my goal is to empower your creative way of thinking and remind you that inspiration is right at your fingertips".

So, having spent a few happy hours in the archives with Tim, exploring his techniques, re-discovering the things he taut me and waiting with bated breath to be whisked away on a whirlwind of new discoveries I'm feeling empowered and inspired, my creative juice is flowing and with my fingers tingling in anticipation, here goes! 

I remember these two techniques from last year and in fact the Industrious Metal technique is one of my favourites,  though the Chalkboard Technique is one of my least favourite.

I used the gears from the Industrial Blueprint set of stamps for my image and  had to throw away my first attempt at the Chalkboard Technique before realizing my second attempt which wasn't much better could be covered by the decoupaged layer which was my third attempt and as it turned out was the best one,so as the saying goes 'third time lucky' was for me! 
For the top and bottom part of the tag  I used  a Cuttlebug  (Clockworks) embossing folder, and managed to complete the Industrial Technique without a hitch. 
The gear embellishment is cut from Tim's Gadget Gears die and put through the same Industrial process  (really happy with how that turned out). 
I didn't have any appropriate coloured ribbon so sprayed what I had with some DecoArt media carbon black mister along with a spritz of water and after drying I ran some brushed pewter Distress Stain over the top (love how that turned out too)  a gunmetal sort of grey with a subtle shimmery sparkle, just a pity it doesn't show that in the photo's. All that was left was to add a couple of metal gears and a word band. 
Eh Voila! my January 2016 tag is finished.
Ta Dah!

I thought I had done my best not to have the little smiley face in the middle of the cog but I see now I have uploaded the photos that he was determined he would. It is rather cute though dontcha think?
 
I am cutting it fine I know, that's one of my New Years resolutions out of the window already. 
All I can say is it's a good job Arizona is 7 hours behind us!!
Thank you for the ride Tim!
Hope you have a great week
Happy Art Making
Hugs Lottie x

 Edited
Can you believe it blogger decided to teach me a lesson by refusing to play nicely. I could not get it to publish my post last night, Sunday, until now 11.40 am  Monday so of course I have missed being able to link up at Mr Tim's.
I have heard these things happen but I've never had a problem until now.
So lesson learned I must not leave things till the last minute.
TTFN

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Made but not Blogged !

Hello Blog friends,
I hope you are well and surviving the January blues?! 
January always seems to be a miserable month everything seems so drab once the Christmas decorations are down the presents are put away, people are back at work and wondering how long until the next holidays and the weather decides to give us everything except sunshine.
It's hard to feel motivated by anything! well almost anything as there is always crafting and the excuse to try out the new craft products that father Christmas so thoughtfully left under the Christmas tree. ( only if you were good of course)
So that is how this post came about. I received a new camera and took some practice pics and when I uploaded them to my computer I ended up sorting through all my uploaded pictures and found the following pictures of cards I made for friends but had not put them on my blog.
A lot of people show their favorite makes of the year, so I thought I would post these cards today.
WARNING! picture heavy but not much reading.
Anne of  http://bollyanne.blogspot.co.uk/   and   Darnell of http://www.djkardkreations.com/  you may well recognize some of these lol.

 



























So there you have it, my first post of 2016 showcasing  cards from last year and even a couple from the year before that. 
And here are some of the pictures of the Barron family on Christmas Day

Jim, Rufus and Jasper, Jim is the one with least hair!
Number 1 Son Oliver
Favorite Daughter Katie
 Tree and Rudolf



Stella, Rufus and me
 Santa Stella-me-bobs
 Reggie
He's behind you!


 So now we have come full circle, I  think I need more practice with the camera or at the very least get my subjects to stay still lol.

I hope your January is going well so far 
Thank you for your visit today
Happy Art Making
Hugs Lottie x


Friday, 18 September 2015

A card for NBUS

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.) 


 
Hello friends and a Happy Friday to you all.
I am whooshing (that's a Darnell-ism as if you didn't know) in today to link up my card with Darnell's of djkardkreations NBUS challenge. If by chance you are wondering who Darnell is and what does NBUS stand for let me explain.
 Darnell is one of the most entertaining bloggers (IMHO) in blog land, she runs a happy, entertaining, fun and witty blog with never a dull moment in sight, and as an added bonus she happily shares her amazing clean and simple style of card making art on an almost daily basis. Add to that the regular photographs she posts of the wonders she sees from her Playhouse and the tall tales she tells of her sidekick and muse, Hammy, who resides there, well aren't you just dying to go check her out ?!
 
But wait ! I haven't told you about NBUS. 
This is an acronym coined by Darnell and stands for Never-Before-Used-Schtuff and the challenge is to encourage us to use our NBUS from the back of the cupboard - bottom of the draw - top of the wardrobe - under the bed stash and create something with it.
If you want to go check out Darnell and the NBUS challenge click  HERE 
This challenge is massively supported by her many friends (followers) and this time for challenge number 5 has many well known sponsors who are generously donating prizes too. 
 
The Card
This is my first attempt at using Brusho powder inks and I would  like to thank Eileen Godwin of Eileen's Crafty Zone   for the inspiration to try these powdered inks. Her art work is amazing.
 
 

I used :-
Penny Black - Floral Display stencil  (NBUS)
Brusho - Lime Green and Lemon    (NBUS)
Clearley Besotted - Sentiment
 
I wish I had used a plain white card stock for this card front  instead of  pearlescent.  I don't like the gold sheen of the card with the Brusho colours, also the black ink didn't cover very well on this card, I had to try several different black inks'  and it didn't photograph very well either.
I have a lot to learn, ah well, I know for next time eh !

Congratulations Darnell on your 5th NBUS challenge and the great response it's achieved.
Hey you've even managed to drag me out of the doldrums and make a card. lol
 
Thanks for stopping by, have a happy weekend  and
Happy Art Making 
Hugs Lottie x 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 May

Hello fellow bloggers, well here I am with my May tag for Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 and as usual I am scraping in at the last minute. So I had better not waffle on too long or I will miss the bus.
So here it is 
Ta-daaa

I followed Tim's great tutorial but used some alternative elements as I did not have all of the items he used.
My tag is a tribute to a significant chapter in my mum's life and indeed mine.

The picture I've used is a photo of my mum aged about 20. The year was 1953 and she was about to travel to South Africa to marry the man who had written to her and asked her to marry him, my dad. 
They were going out with each other when my dad's work took him to South Africa and I guess it was a case of "absence makes the heart grow fonder."

The picture of the ship is an actual poster that I managed to find via the internet of the ship Sterling Castle that my mum traveled on. The All Aboard card is a docrafts Urban stamp as is the ticket at the bottom. I used the same quote as Tim because it does describe my mum, she was kind hearted.
The trinkets I used belonged to my mum the little flower  came from a pair of large clip on earrings that I can remember from when I was a little girl, and then found, still in her jewelry box after she died. The little bell is also one of a pair of earrings which my mum really liked and wore often.
I used  the word love from  Tim's special delivery remnant rubs on the token, the tattered garland die for two of my flowers and the Gothic stencil for the pink decoration.

I think my mum was very brave to travel by ship on her own to South Africa at twenty, I really don't think I would have dared when I was that age. But not only that, she also made the return trip back to England on her own with two small children. I was born in 1955 then my brother in 1958. In 1959 they decided that my mum my brother and I would return to England as I would be starting school the following year,  My dad stayed there to work another few years before coming back to join us in England. 



So thank you Tim for the inspiration to make this tag personal to me, and thank you mum for being my inspiration, love and miss you    

Thank you for stopping by
Happy Art making 
Hugs Lottie x