Chilly Owl

The image for today’s card is Chilly Owl from Limited Runs and is the image for their progressive challenge on Facebook. If you played along last time then you get the image for free, if not then it is available at the Limited Runs Stamps store, the link is below.

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Materials used: 
Limited Runs Stamps – Chilly Owl
brown card
X-Press It! card
pearlised white paper
Britannia leaf die
leafy branch die
gold peel off sentiment
small flower buttons
Copic pens:
feathers – W00, W0, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9
eyes / legs – Y13, Y15, Y17, E15
beak – E31, E33, E35, E39
hat – R29, R39, R59, R89
log – E41, E43, E44, E47
grass – G21, G24, G94, G29, G99
sky – B000, B00, B91, B93

The log I drew in myself following instructions from one of my Kit and Clowder classes (well worth the money and so good if you want to improve your colouring skills.)

The leaves are die cut and coloured with Copics. The pearlised paper does not let the Copic ink blend very well so I have tried to use different greens in patches to show definition.

The little buttons and the greeting sticker have been in my stash for a few years now, just waiting for their turn to shine.

Thank you for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Limited Runs Facebook Progressive Challenge #20
Your Scrapbook Place November – Anything Goes
Dragonfly Dreams November – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1844 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart ##227 – Anything Goes
Ike’sworld Challenge #114 – Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps And More #317 – Make Your Mark
Creative Inspirations November – November Chill  (I know the leaves are green and their are flowers in it but this year in the UK we still have green leaves on the trees and flowers in the garden!)
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #405 – Anything Goes

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Path of Positivity Challenge #63 – Shades of Green

We are almost at the end of our year long colour journey and for this month we are in the greens. It does seem an appropriate colour to choose as we head towards Christmas. Already the shops are starting to get their Christmas goodies in and displays up. With our clocks changing last weekend and the nights drawing in with the shortening days the anticipation is building up.

I do love Christmas, I love a really winter’s day, cold, frosty, snowy if possible but blue skies and winter sunshine. I don’t ask much!! It is a joy to have the winter greenery of the fir trees, the holly and the mistletoe when so many trees are bare or brown leaved and the gardens have lost most of the delicate colourful flowers of summer. The Christmas tree speaks of hope that the earth will be reborn, that life will bloom again in the Spring and that winter is not all dark and gloomy.

As I write this we have just had our chimney swept ready to get the log burner fired up again. The scaffolding is up to replace the front windows which should be happening any day soon so this winter we will be lovely and warm – I can’t wait!

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Materials used:
Scribbles Designs – Silent Night Wreath
PSX – Nativity (rubber stamp)
black archival ink pad
Memento ink pads – Cottage Ivy, Northern Pine
stencil brush
dark red and dark green card
X-Press It card
square card blank
Stickles glitter glue – Star Dust
Anita’s Clear Gloss
Copic pens:
holly leaves – G21, G25, G28, G29
other leaves – YG00, YG23, YG17, G29
berries – R29, R39, R59, R89 \

The card blank has been folded to create an easel card. The nativity is stamped on a scrap of white card with black ink and then coloured with Denim ink using a stencil brush.

The main image is printed onto X-Press It card and coloured with Copics. The background is coloured with two shades of green ink using a sponge and keeping the centre white.

Glitter glue has been added to the leaves to give a little sparkle and the clear gloss added to the berries.

As always the challenge at Path of Positivity are anything positive goes and is open for a month. The optional theme is Shades of Green and while you do not have to follow it there is the chance of an extra prize for doing so. With lots of Christmas tree and wreath images about at this time of year this challenge would be ideal.

We have two great sponsors this month, Scribbles Designs and Ike’s Art. For details of how to enter and the prizes on offer please check out the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog. You will also find links to the other team members for more inspiration.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #427 – Christmas
A Bit More Time To Craft #79 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore #57 – Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude #45 – Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #489 – Winter
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #404 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #258 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #154 – Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge #230 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #93 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #215 – Anything Goes/optional twist Christmas/Winter
Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1844 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #227 – Anything Goes

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Moving – Again!

Just a head’s up to say that from January this blog is moving back to Blogger. All the posts have now been transferred over and for a few weeks both blogs will be posting identical posts. This site will probably go dead at the end of January to give everyone who wants to continue following me the chance to head over to the new site.

So from now but from Jan 1st officially the Blog address will be: https://viewsfrommycraftroom.blogspot.com/  The blog is keeping the same name : Views From The Craft Room.

I would just like to thank all my regular followers, I still cannot believe there are so many of you, and hope that you will relocate with me.  I will put up a few more reminders over the next few weeks in case anyone missed this post.

Thanks for following me. Take care.

Pippa

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Be Thankful at Crafting With Dragonflies

I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a winner of a recent Crafting With Dragonflies challenge and part of the prize is a guest designer slot so this is it. I had thought of calling this post ‘Back to My Roots’ because I have had the ‘real’ stamps out along with inks, dies and stencils. It felt really good to be back using techniques that I started with years ago.

The theme for Crafting With Dragonflies Challenge #116 is Be Thankful.

 

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Materials used: 
Free Stamps, Dies and Stencil set from Simply Cards and Papercraft #177
banner die from stash
X-Press It card
Personal Impressions embossing powder – Pastel Lilac
Versamark ink pad
Adirondak Espresso ink pad
Memento Lilac Posies ink pad
stencil brush
Copic pens:
V01, V12, V15, V17, V09

The sentiment is computer generated and cut with a banner die. The cup cuff has been embossed with the Pastel Lilac powder and coloured with a Copic pen. The coffee bean paper is made using the sencil from the set and Espresso ink. I used the inky brush over the whole piece at the end to tone down the white background.

The cup cuff, steam and little heart embellishment were all cut from the  bits of card left over from fussy cutting the cup and a second lid.

The second lid has been attached to the cup with foam pads for dimension.

I hope my card has inspired you to maybe go along to Crafting With Dragonflies and have a go at the challenge yourself. With Christmas around the corner it is a good incentive to lay the Christmas cards aside for a short time and make up some Thank You cards!

Thanks for dropping by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread #79 – Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges #23 – Inspired by a Song (Your the cream in my coffee)
Crafty Creations #377 – Anything Goes
Creative Moments #155 – Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #403 – Anything Goes
Back to Basics and Beyond #14 – Stencils or Masks 
Crafting With An Attitute #44 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #257 – Anything Goes
Creative Fingers #153 – Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge – Humour
Less Is More #383 – Dimension
A Gem of A Challenge #230 – Anything Goes

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Taking it outside the box

The image for Ike’s World Progressive Challenge this month really is a challenge being the grim reaper. A lot of craft challenges and digital stamp companies have taken the halloween approach to October. I am not a fan, never have been, I try to be more a Philippians 4:8 girl. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (NIV)

So you see my dilemma. So I have been pondering all month. I was just going to skip this month and then buy back into the challenge in November but then I had a bit of a brain wave. I have been wanting to try a bit of Bible journaling for a while but never really got around to it so when Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, came to mind I thought I would try out an idea in an old Bible I have been saving to practice in.

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Materials used: 
Ike’s Art – Death #2 (available on Facebook Page)
white tissue paper
bookbinding glue
Polychromo pencils:
clothes
– Black 199, Cold Grey VI 235, Cold Grey V 234, Cold Grey IV 233, Cold Grey III 232
bones – Cream 102, Ivory 103, white 101
scythe  handle – Burnt Sienna 238, Ochre 187, Terracotta 186
scythe blade – Cold Grey III 234, Cold Grey II 231, Cold Grey I 230

If you read my post a while back on the decorated candle, I used the same technique for printing the image onto tissue paper. There are a lot of  videos online which will explain the process.

Once I had my image sized correctly and printed onto tissue I very carefully coloured it using the Polychromos. Because it is so easy to tear the tissue I had to work very lightly building up the colour in a series of layers. I did not attempt to burnish as I think the tissue would not be strong enough to take it, that is probably why the photo is showing up areas that are quite grainy looking.

When my image was coloured as best as I could do I carefully tore around the edge leaving a little border then glued it to the page with a bookbinding glue. Because the edge is torn rather than cut it gives a softer join so once the glue had dried it was hard to see where the image and the page meet with the naked eye (the photo shows it up more as it is zoomed in).

When I left school I trained as a librarian and we did a bookbinding and book repairing unit at college. I will always remember the lecturer talking about how evil sellotape is and should never be used to repair books! He was right, of course, over time it yellows and goes brittle and leaches into the paper damaging the pages. Do you know the correct way to repair ripped pages? Go on have a guess! Yep tissue paper and bookbinding glue! I knew that unit would be useful again one day even though I ended up working in school not in a library.

Thanks for popping in. Take care.

Pippa

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Shades of Purple on the Path of Positivity

Can you believe it is already the middle of October? It is certainly feeling more Autumnal here in the UK, our long hot summer is receding into memory as the wind and the rain make their presence felt. I quite like the changing colours of Autumn, it’s just that it has been a bit sudden this year.

There is still a bit of colour left in the gardens, particularly a lot of purple flowers. Not sure if it is a general thing or just this year but most of the colour left does seem to be purple. We have visited quite a few National Trust gardens recently and they all had purple flowers in abundance.

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As you may know this month the optional theme for The Path of Positivity Challenge is Shades of purple and we are now half way throught the challenge month so here is my card for the midway reminder.

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Materials used:
A Day For Daisies – Christmas Shopping
X-Press It card
purple paper
white paper coloured with purple ink
flowers and leaves cut with Britannia dies (from stash)
fancy rectangle die set
5×7″ card blank
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
lady’s dress – V20, V22, V25, V28
girl’s dress – V0000, V000, V01, V12, V15
lady’s cloak and girl’s hat – V05, RV66, RV69, V09, V99
hair – E21M E25M E29
grass and hat leaves – G21, G94, G99
red box and flowers – R29, R39, R59, R89
yellow boxes – Y13, Y15, Y17, YR18, E15, E18
blue box – BV0, BV02, BV13, BV04
girl’s boots – C3, C5, C7, C9

The little flower I already had in my stash made and not used on a previous project, it was pure chance that the colour worked with the picture! I have not added a sentiment to the card because I am not sure yet how I will use it. It could be a Christmas card or even a winter birthday card so for now I am leaving it open.

I hope you will join us along the path. Remember the theme is optional although following it makes you eligible for another chance at the prizes on offer from our two sponsors this month. All the details and how to enter can be found at the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft #78 – Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft #10 – October Anything Goes
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #46 – Anything Goes/Gear Up for Winter
Your Scrapbook Place – October Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1841 – Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #91 – Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge #228 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #255 – Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge #486 – Christmas

 

 

 

 

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Path of Positivity Shades of Purple

Time for a new challenge at Path of Positivity and this time in our colour journey we are focusing on Purple.

Purple is my favourite colour which I think I may have mentioned before. I love the richness of the deep hues that make me think of the Magi at Christmas even though no one knows what they wore! Purple does get a mention in the Bible but in a different context suggesting it was a colour cloth for rich people. Of course purple is also associated with Easter, the soldiers mocking Jesus put a purple robe on him, again although they meant it as mockery, suggesting the royal connection.

The lighter tones of lilac are also beautiful, more delicate and make me think of Springtime with the purple crocus and even the odd puple looking bluebell.

So really purple is a colour for all seasons.

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Materials used:
Limited Runs – Snail Mail #1
X-Press It card
purple card
white card
scalloped edge rectangle die
Victorian edge cutter
Adirondak Wild Plum in pad
Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap
5″ x 7″ card blank
Copic pens:
shell – V05, RV66, RV69, V09, V99
body – YG21, YG03, YG17 YG67
grass – G21, G94, G99
sky – B000, B00

The image and sentiment are printed together on the X-Press It card and cut out with a rectangle die. The edges have been highlighted with the Frayed Burlap ink. The middle layer is cut from white card and coloured with the Wild Plum using a stencil brush.

We have two fantastic sponsors this month, Limited Runs and A Day For Daisies. To find out the prizes on offer and how to enter please go to the Path of Positivity Challenge Blog where you will find all the details. While you are there please do take a look at the amazing work from the rest of the Design Team.

I hope to meet you along the Path. I’ll be the one wearing purple! Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft #77 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #208 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #222 – Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore #56 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1839 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #213 – Anything Goes/Clean and Simple
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #90 – Anything Goes
HIMCR #372 – Freestyle 
FFC #253 – Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #74 – Anything Goes

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Skul for Kats!

This image of a cat ready for school is from Ike’s Art for the Progresive Challenge on her Facebook Page.

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Materials used:
Ike’s Art – Bak 2 Skul Kat (not in store yet)
Sonia De Hart Design – Back To School Digi Paper
X-Press It card
printer card
red card
5″ x 7″ card blank
oval die
rectangle die with faux stitched border
banner die
Copic pens:
fur – W0, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9
nose and inner ear – R00, R11, R02
eyes –  YGO6, YG25, YG17
jumper – R29, R39, R59, R89
cap and shoes – B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
bag – BG00, BG93, BG96, BG99
book – E07, E19, E18, C3

The paper from the Back To School set is printed on printer card and cut with a die.

Colouring the cat was a challenge, in the end I abandoned the idea of  detailed fur and went for a more blended look.

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Ike’s Art Progressive Challenge #7
Addicted To Stamps And More #311 – Anything Goes
Show Us Your Pussycats Challenge #34
A Bit More Time To Craft #76 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspiration #207 – Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge #September – Anything Goes

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Peter Pan

LeAnn’s World 101 offered a lovely Peter Pan inspired image for their latest Progressive Challenge on Facebook.

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Materials used:
LeAnn’s World 101 – Pete
acrylic greeting stamp
black archival ink pad
X-Press It card
printer card
blue card
yellow card
5″ x 7″ card blank
star die
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
hair – E35, E08, R59
tunic – YG21, YG25, YG95, YG97
hat and trousers – YG61, YG63, YG67, YG99
eyes – E23, E25, E27
shoes – E21, E13, YR27, E08
feather – R24, R29, R37, R59

I made the backing paper on the computer using a quote from the film of Peter Pan. Pete is coloured in then cut out with a small border around him. I have attached him to the card front with some gel glue to give a bit of dimension so he is standing proud of the star.

Thanks for swinging by. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
LeAnn’s World 101 Progressive Challenge #14 (Facebook)
LeAnn’s World 101 Challenge #6 – Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps And More #311 – Anything Goes
Jo’s Scrapshack FFC #252 – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #76 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #207 – Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1838 – Anything Goes

 

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I Don’t Do Halloween

The image for the Progressive Challenge at Limited Runs is Dracula, all be it a cheerful one! However I am not into Halloween at all so have done a bit of alterations to him to make him less vampirish, if that is a word!

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Materials used:
Limited Runs – Progressive Challenge #19 Image
X-Press It card
red card
rectangle die with faux stitched edge
5″ x 7″ card blank
small black button
Copic pens:
skin – E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
teeth – E000, E41, E42
cloak – C3, C5, C7, C9, 100
B23, B24, B26, B18
jacket – R29, R39, R59, R89
pocket – C0, C1, C3, C5
shoes – C3, C5, C7, C9

To alter the image I have just drawn in some teeth with a black fine liner and covered his skull broach up with the button. I was really fortunate to come across the quote online as it fitted the image so well.

Just a word of caution, if you decide to alter any images please check with the TOU of the company, some artists do not agree to any changes in the overall look of their art work. I checked with Nikki at Limited Runs before messing about with his teeth!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.

Pippa

Entering the following challenges:
Limited Runs Progressive Challenge #19 (Facebook)
Addicted To Stamps And More #311 – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #375 – Anything Goes
Creative Moments #153 – Anything Goes
Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge #399 – Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations #207 – Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart #221 -Anything Goes
PIP Challenge #1838 – Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #213 – Anything Goes / Clean and Simple
A Bit More Time To Craft #76 – Anything Goes

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