Saturday, 30 April 2016

What challenge next?

Here is our final post from the "Something Blue" Challenge from SuzeJo. She has really enjoyed using a variety of blue inks on a small project.

Mini Canvas with 2x2 stampbord added on top, canvas sprayed with Vintage Blue & Jubilee Blue mixed together.
 Walesby Flourish stamp embossed with gold on top, then blue wax crayon melted & dripped canvas.
Stampbord has blue acrylic (sapphire) on with white crackle paint on top and a white pen scratched through it, gold paint added and The Spring Bloom flowers painted with the blue ink mix (as for the canvas).and the word creativity added using the creativity never goes out of style stamp,.

Well I hope you enjoyed this months challenge as much as we have and I hope you have been inspired.
Shall we do it again next month? YESS!!
Next month's TAKE 5 will see a different team of designers let loose and the topic for May is .... STAMPBORD!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Stampbord Challenge By Katy Leitch

Stampbord Keyring. 

Stampbord is pretty robust, especially if you varnish it, so it makes great jewellery pieces. It’s also incredibly smooth so takes stamping really well. A nice touch is to scratch back the ink to reveal the white clay surface underneath and Stampbord make a tool for this purpose.
1 Colour a piece of Stampbord by sponging with Pure Colour Chemistry inks in Citrus Lime and French Mint.
2 Stamp the image from the Texture Squares set in permanent black ink. Use a Stampbord tool to scratch a white border around the stamped image.
3 Add a keychain and a wooden flower coloured with metallic silver pen or paint.


French Mint and Citrus Lime

Take 5 Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Sylvia here again with another project for the April Take 5 Challenge. My project is a wedding card using waterfall ink and powder blue and triple blue skies pigment ink.

I made a white linen card blank 14.5 cm square and cut two squares of white linen card 13.5cm and 13cm.  The 13.5 cm square was washed with diluted waterfall ink, dried thoroughly then stamped with the wedding words stamp and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

The 13cm square card was stamped with the floral heart frame in powder blue pigment ink. The center of the heart was cut out with a craft knife and mounted over the wedding words with 3D sticky pads.  The heart and sentiment panel was then attached to the white linen card blank. The heart was stamped again and each flower cut out and glued to the stamped heart.  The flowers were embellished with crystals and pearl Stickles.

Materials Used:

    Don't forget to tag Oak House Studio in any Facebook post or blog posts with your Take 5 projects so we can check them out, and keep popping over to check what the design team have been mking.
    Sylvia xx

    Wednesday, 27 April 2016

    TAKE 5 Challenge Creating a gift jar

    Not long now to get your challenge entries in. Here is another post from Diane Ingram. I have some great feedback about Diane's post with people asking me to make sure she does more for Oak House Studio.... Well I have always loved her input so will certainly ask her again.

    Stamp and Stick

    Sometimes a card just doesn’t seem enough, so I love to make little personalised gifts….and I love to incorporate vintage items. I had little piece of vintage braid which I thought would be great for a “Something Blue” project.  Oak House Studio Cobalt and Powder Blue pigment inks were a fantastic match so I decided to try making my own self-adhesive stickers to attach onto a very inexpensive candle. I have done this technique before but with dye inks. I must admit it has been sometime since I used pigment inks and I had forgotten how nice they can look. The opaque effect does have a different quality and works so well with a solid stamp like the elegant Mountain Ash stamp.

    This really is a simple and easy project and sticky backed plastic is the only other item needed (the technique also works with clear packing tape or sellotape).
    Cut a chunk suitable for the stamp
    Crease a fold down the edge

    Then peel back to the fold to reveal the sticky side (mostly static will hold the front – non sticky side - of the clear panel to your work surface but if you experience problems lightly dampen the work top with a wet wipe and this should hold it in place while you work).

    Stamp the image onto the sticky side….don’t worry the plastic retains its stickiness! I inked my stamp with two blue colours plus white to create an ombrÄ“ effect…

    WARNING! If you want to keep your white ink pad clean….ink this first…..if you work dark to light, the white pad will get contaminated…..DOH! guess who didn’t do this….lucky I was using an old pad !!!
    Replace the backing over the image and cut round the image. The backing can then be removed and the image attached to your project.

    I repeated this step with the fantastic little stitched stamp from Oak House ….I love this stamp it’s one of those useful additions that can add that all important finishing touch….plus its bang on trend at the moment.

    As a finishing touch I made a matching tag.
    I now have several more projects I want to explore with this technique, if you get time do hop over to my blog to see more “blue” projects. I would love you to leave a message and any helpful hints, tips and suggestions….and I look forward to seeing your “something blue” projects.
    Happy Crafting, Love Diane

    Tuesday, 26 April 2016

    Take 5 Challenge With Totally Turquoise and Waterfall Inks

    Hi Sylvia here with two quick cards for the Take 5 April Challenge Something Blue.  I like to keep a selection of simple cards to hand which can be used for any occasion, especially thank you cards.  These cards are quick to make and look good in any colour.  Blue is one of my favourite colours especially the totally turquoise and waterfall pure colour chemistry inks. 

    This card uses totally turquoise Pure Colour Chemistry ink for the background

    To make my two cards I coloured two squares of stamping card one with totally turquoise and the other with waterfall spray ink and stamped randomly with a selection of small stamps using the triple sky blue ink pad.  The daisies were die cut from a baby wipe used to mop up the blue inks, these were overstamped with small stamps using the darkest shade on the triple sky blue ink pad and added to the stamped squares.  These squares were matted and layered with navy card then onto a white linen card blanks.

     This card uses  Waterfall Pure Colour Chemistry ink for the background

    This type of quick card is ideal for any occasion and makes a lovely gift if presented in a set with envelopes and a ribbon tied round.

    Materials Used:

    Keep checking the blog for more Something Blue projects from the design team throughout April. 

    Sylv xx

    Sunday, 24 April 2016

    Stamping with Triple Colour inks.

    Using Colour Chemistry Inks

    I can't believe how many lovely projects are being done and now and all the lovely comments for the guest designers about all our products. Todays project is from Rachel Fisher. I hope you like it as much as I do.

    Rachel used the following Oak House Studio products to make this card:
    Triple Colour Chemistry pigment Ink in sky blues
    Blue Jeans PURE Colour Chemistry-inks
    Peacock green PURE Colour Chemistry ink
    Texture-Squares stamp
    Take time to smell the roses unmounted-stamp.

    1. drip a few blobs of each of the inks onto a craft sheet and add a little water, mop up the ink with stamping card until the sheet is covered. Allow to dry and once dry die cut leaves with the sheet.
    2. Using the triple colour sky blue ink pad stamp the 'rose' textured square many times and fussy cut.
    3. Stamp and cut out the sentiment.
    4. Assemble on a piece of kraft card.

    What a lovely simple but effective card that anyone would have a go at, why not do you own version and show us the pictures. 
    There is more tomorrow so pop back. 

    Saturday, 23 April 2016

    Dog Rose Card For "Something Blue"

    A beautiful Card form SuzeJo today.

    Oak House Stamping card features in this project, backing paper spritzed with a spray made with Vintage Blue PURE Ink.
    Winter  Words stamp stamped in Triple Sky Blue .
    Dog Rose Corner stamped in black and painted with Triple Sky Blue and Spring Green, Plain Heart stamped & embossed with Denim Blue embossing powder, Something Old stamped in Cobalt Blue Colour Chemistry Pigment ink.

    Have you made anything yet?

    Friday, 22 April 2016

    First Adventures with PURE inks by Diane Ingram

    Dip, Drip, Dunk and Dye!

    Perhaps a more appropriate title for this post would be “Dyed and gone to heaven” as I have spent some very self-indulgent hours playing with Oak House Studio inks.  So much fun in one little bottle and endless possibilities. The more I played the more I discovered ….sometimes by design….sometimes by accident!  I managed to create some interesting background papers when I knocked over a full bottle of diluted Jubilee Blue…. without its lid on. 
    Top tip….the pipettes are excellent for sucking up spilt ink and decanting back into the bottle…the rest can be mopped up with copier paper and/or scraps of ribbon lace and punched shapes… fact anything that comes to hand that could be dyed.

    After my exploration session I was left with a fantastic bank of pieces to use….  
    ….and an idea for adapting Shibori (Japanese fabric dyeing).  Instead of fabric I used to 2 sheets of tissue paper folded together to create some designer wrapping paper.
    Working with a “puddle” of water and a “puddle” of Colour Chemistry Ink, I dipped the folded paper in and out of the water and ink…depending on the pattern and effect I wanted to create.

    The paper had to unfolded while still wet and laid out to dry.
    I created several designs with different folds and different shades of ink – Waterfall, Vintage blue, Jubilee Blue and Blue Jeans.

    Once dry (which actually didn’t take very long) it was time to wrap my friends present. The “dyed” look is very fashionable at the moment in home trends and so is accents of gold. The finishing touch was an initial cut on a Cricut then stamped with the Thoresby Background stamp.  My gold ink pad was very old but it was improved with a few accents of Oak House Pure Gold Acrylic Ink ….. This ink is so beautiful and difficult to capture on camera how shiny and gorgeous it is…..true liquid gold.

    As I am an extremely frugal crafter…I used the negative of the initial to create a coordinating card. Keeping it “Clean and Simple” I attached the shape over one of the premade backgrounds…. a few splashes of the amazing Pure Gold added some pretty detail. The sentiments (Oak House Birthday and Best wishes text stamps) were stamped with Cobalt Blue and Powder Blue pigment ink.

    I will be posting some more “Something Blue” projects and further details of my “dyeing” adventures on my blog …plus a very frugal envelope to go with my card, quite by accident I created a Verdigris effect with the Pure Gold and Colour Chemistry inks which I was quite pleased with, see what you think, I’d love you to pop by and say hello.
    .....and finally very big thank you to Lynnda and Oak House Studio for inviting me to play along with the Take Five event….I do hope you join in to……...    Happy Crafting, love Diane

    Thursday, 21 April 2016

    A Stamped canvas for "Something Blue" challenge

    Today's Challenge post is from SuzeJo Oconnell. 
    SuzeJo was one my first ever design team members and I have always loved the way she has of making me see my own stamps in a different way. 

    5x5 canvas

    Canvas gessoed, texture added then sprayed with Vintage Blue, Jubilee Blue, Water & Totally Turquoise. 
    Flowers & Butterfly painted with Ink pads in Midnight Blue, Cobalt Blue Sea Blue & Power Blue,all embossed in Denim Blue as was the Apache Blessing, pearl drops and embellishments added.

    Don't forget we want to see YOUR "something blue" projects.

    Tuesday, 19 April 2016

    Take 5 Splodges and Splashes

    Sylvia here with another two cards for the April Take 5 Something Blue Challenge.  For these cards I made some home made washi tape by stamping two strips of masking tape with two different colours and stamps.  The first with the square grid stamp in the sea blue pigment ink and the circle grid stamp in the triple sky pigment ink.

    For the first background I lightly sprayed white stamping card with totally turquoise ink and added drops of waterfall ink splashed here and there.  The second background also on stamping card was a mixture of stamping, dropping ink onto the card and flicking with a brush.

    I added the tape to the backgrounds, a sentiment to both and embellished the first card with a die cut feather coloured with sea blue and sky blue pigment ink .  The backgrounds were mounted onto matching coloured card then attached to white linen card blanks, a few enamel dots were added to finish the cards.
    Materials Used:

    Don't forget to show us what you have made for the Take 5 Challenge, post your projects on your blog or your Facebook Page and make sure you tag Oak House Studio in a Facebook post so we can check out your projects.

    Sylvia xx

    Sunday, 17 April 2016

    Something Blue Challenge ~ Rose Bumper Collection

    Elaine here with an 8" x 8" card for the April Take 5 Challenge where the theme is Something Blue.

     For this card I've chosen the  Rose Bumper Collection set of stamps - there are 12 stamps in the set, the focal rose, borders, backgrounds and sentiments so it's really useful.  The background is a mix of  Totally Turquoise and Tempting Teal Pure Colours sprayed onto the card and moved around with the solid rose stamp.  Over that I've added the Rose Border and Outline Rose stamped with Midnight Pigment Ink.  The main Rose is embossed with Copper Embossing Powder and then painted with Tempting Teal and Paris Pink Pure Colours.  I had a little Paris Pink left over on my mat so picked this up with the Solid Rose to create the border. It's just finished with the sentiment again embossed in Copper.

    Hope you are inspired by my projects. Please keep visiting to see more projects by the Take 5 Team!


    Tuesday, 12 April 2016

    Something Blue from Rachel

    Here is a post for the "Something Blue" Challenge from Rachel Fisher.

    1. Spritzed a piece of card with pure colour inks Blue Jeans, Peacock green and a mixture of Blue Jeans, Peacock Green and citrus lemon. Dry.
    2. Overstamped in Colour Chemistry pigment ink in powder blue using the Thoresby background square stamp from the texture squares stamp collection

    3. Stamped Clematis Tower stamp and heat set in detail silver embossing powder.
    4. Repeat step 3 on a piece of card left over from step 1. Fussy cut the flowers and add to image one.
    5. Stamp the Creativity Sentiment and cut out. Add the acrylic ink around the edges of both the main topper and the sentiment and mount onto a card.

    I really hope you are enjoying the challenge and I can't wait to see what you make.
    Post you makes on your blog or your Facebook Page. Make sure you tag Oak House Studio in a Facebook post so we see your project.

    Sunday, 3 April 2016

    Texture Element Flower

    Elaine here with  the first project from the design team for the April Take 5 Challenge where the theme is Something Blue.

    I decided to use the Texture Elements set of stamps - five different but really useful designs.  The background is Waterfall Pure Colour sprayed onto the card and moved around with the solid rose stamp.  For the flower I've stamped all the stamps in the set onto die-cut ovals using Midnight Pigment Ink.  It's just finished with the sentiment from the Birthday Stamp set.

    Thanks for popping by.  Don't forget to keep visiting to see other projects by the Take 5 Team!!


    Friday, 1 April 2016

    Join in our new challenge.

    As we move into Summer I know the Design Team struggle to keep making and posting, so I often look for guest designers. This year I came up with the idea of combining the best the team and some specially selected Guest designers. So for 5 months I am going to be running challenges that will feature 5 designers, sending you short posts you can check out in 5 minutes. So there you have it TAKE 5.
    Here is a card I made on Hochanda recently. I really loved this one, quite simple and made with just one sheet of Stamping Card.

    It inspired me to decorate the envelope too. I used Waterfall Pure Colour chemistry ink and Midnight Colour Chemistry Pigment ink pad with some clear embossing powder. The stamp used is the Clematis Tower

    This project also inspired the first challenge, so for April the Challenge is make "Something Blue". 
    It can be anything you like, you can use any Oak House Studio products you like.
     If you have a blog, post your project on your blog and post a link on Facebook tagging Oak House Studio.
    If you don't have a blog you can simply post your make on your Facebook page and Tag Oak House Studio.