Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Deux Chevaux

I was very flattered recently to be invited as a guest designer on the Ready Steady Stamp challenge. The brief was Grand Prix/Cars and my project had to incorporate the following:-

So, 'what to do?' I thought, quite a tough challenge, but I came up with this 2CV theme. Of all the cars I have owned the Citroen 2CV was my favourite, or I should say favourites as I have owned two. Here is a (very faded) photo of the first one I owned, approx 26 years ago!

These cars, sadly no longer in production, had some very special features-

1.The canvas sunroof that you could roll back and hold in place with straps.
2.The hinged windows that were held in the 'open' position with a kind of popper.
3.The removable seats (great when you had no deck chairs!)
4.The jack that also served as a cranking handle.
5.The horizontal gear stick.
and the ability to go from 0-60mph in one day!

As you can no doubt tell, I'm quite nostalgic about this vehicle and was inspired to produce this card as a sort of 'homage' to the 2CV.

The Paris-Persepolis (Iran) Rally in 1971 was promoted by Citroen and must have been a huge adventure.

This card was made with an image I found on a 2CV site and the larger car image was taken from my old car handbook! I painted it with Twinkling H20's and Cosmic Shimmer. The compass is a Clear Choice stamp, and as I had no UTEE I embossed it with clear EP about 8 times in the hope of making it appear like glass. However, as usual it doesn't look at all shiny in the photo. The white mat is inked with Mustard Seed D.I. and I inked the wheels of a toy car borrowed from my nephew and ran the car over the card to get the impression of tyre tracks.

Can't imagine who will be the recipient of this card as I don't know anyone who likes 2CV's as much as me. Don't forget to have a look at the fab creations the design team at RSS have come up with.

Fiona x

Friday, 14 May 2010

RSS No. 20

Here is my latest make for the current Ready Steady Stamp Challenge which requires you to use the following things.

1. Angel
2. Ribbon and Lace
3. Turquoise, Black,White and Silver
4. Wood
5. Hearts

I altered this pasta sauce jar using stamps by Crafty Individuals and Penny Black. Lace, card and beads came from my stash.

The teardrop beads are wooden and I coloured them with a silver inkpad. Here, I've filled the jar with lovely bath salts!

I made a flower for the lid using layered tissue paper scallops cut with nesties which were inked around the edges with black ink. A silver flower from my stash completed the jar.

A word to all you scrappers out there. Isabelle Norris has a new blog, SCRAP THEME SKETCH check it out!

Fiona x

Thursday, 13 May 2010

A Bloke Card

This was a very speedy card I made for my friend's husband but now I'm wondering if it looks masculine enough ? The paper is by Scribble Scribble (double sided) and the stamped sentiment is Personal Impressions.

Had a nice surprise when I got in from work last night, I made the Top 5 in last weeks CAS-tastic challenge!

Thanks for stopping to look.
Fiona x

Saturday, 8 May 2010

coconut craft

hi my name is Emily and i'm 10 years old. Today i am at my aunty fi's and we were making coconut ice. We then decided to put it in somthing pretty as plastic bags arnt very good looking.

this is me glewing the circle i cut on the cuttle bug.

And this is me using the ribbler.

here is the finished product.

the coconut ice needs 4 hours in the fridge so we cant put it in the jar yet.
this is my first time on a blog and i hope you like what i've made.

thank you for looking


My Acetate Debut

Here is my entry for CAS-tastic challenges, which is a nice easy one.....birthday cards. I've been inspired to use acetate for the first time as I've seen so many gorgeous examples in blogland. I found it quite difficult to crease even tho' I used my score board and it's a bugger to photograph! (especially on a grey day like today)

The paper and sentiment came from a Kirsty Wiseman CD which I'm mad on at the moment, I just simply added some ribbon and a button mounted on a circle of black card.

Another problem I encountered when making this, was keeping it clean. No sooner was the acetate out of the packet when all sorts of fluff and cat hair seemed to be drawn to it. It probably wasn't very sensible to be wearing an Angora jumper, I shall know next time! Fingerprints are another problem, but I managed to rub them off.

Hope you have a nice weekend wherever you are. I have my niece Emily coming today, she has asked if we can make Coconut Ice and I expect we might make something pretty to put it in.

Thanks for looking and all your kind words.

Fiona x

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Ready Steady Stamp 19

......or, Really Seriously Struggled!. Found it hard to come up with any inspiration for this challenge, I don't know why because on the face of it, the 'ingredients' weren't the most difficult.

The only one I didn't use was Gesso, as I didn't have any. So, here is my 'effort' and it really was, several pieces went in the bin before I was satisfied with it. Well, 'satisfied' is not really how I feel about this card, but I've spent enough time on it.

The design paper is from Artylicious, the flower stamp by Autumn Leaves and the sentiment stamp is Stampin' Up. The sentiment does include the letter M, so I hope this is ok, and I used a coiled up green rubber band in the centre of the die-cut flower for the 'rubber'.

Hope you are having better weather where you are.
Fiona x