Saturday, 21 November 2009

Creative Circle Blog Party

Welcome to the party!! Did you get here via Sian's blog, From High In The Sky? Cool, you'll already be in the party spirit then :-) Did you just happen upon the party here? Cool, you're very welcome! Let me take your coat. What would you like to drink? I can recommend the punch....



May I introduce you to a few people?

There's Rinda, at Gallo Organico. She's sharing some lovely mixed media work with us. (And she organised this party - thanks, Rinda!)

And here we have Jacky, aka Scrappy Jacky, who is a prolific and very talented cardmaker!

Then there's Sian, From High In The Sky, who scraps beautifully and makes me laugh often.

Me? I'm Mel :-) I dabble in almost any craft going lol but today I've been playing with small scale pieces - my contribution is of an inchie/twinchie/taggie/moo variety!

Sharyn, who is Living Artfully, will be popping in and out of the kitchen - she's cooking up something gorgeous for us (can't have a party without food!)

From Happy Bunny Designs we have Gemma, who's our photographer in residence today :-)

Fiona from Fiona's Flotsam has been having fun with some cute crochet. Can't wait to pick up some tips from her, as crochet is on my 'to-try' list!

And Lizzie of Lizzie Made is queen of mini albums (Queen Elizabeth! You see what I did there?!)

If you get lost at all (it's a big party....) you can always look out for Rinda, she knows who everybody is and where they can be found. (And she has a little party gift for one lucky party-goer...) Or you can find me, of course.

So, what are these inchie twinche taggie moo things then?! Shall we start with a few definitions?

Inchie: A square piece measuring 1" by 1" (approx 2.54cm by 2.54cm).
Twinchie: A square piece measuring 2" by 2" (approx 5.1cm by 5.1cm).
Taggie: Just a tag. Taggie fit better. Any size, really.
Moo card: A rectangular piece measuring 2.8cm by 7cm (or 7cm by 2.8cm. Depends how I feel that day).

The rest is up to you - at various times I've used cardstock, fabric, acetate, wood, Stampbord etc as a base, and decorated with stamping, inking, stitching, collaging, glittering, painting, layering.... The possibilities are endless, my friend!!

I decided to go with a self-imposed theme of roses and colour-scheme of pink, green and white - just because. And I couldn't decide between inchies, twinchies, taggies and moos, so I did one of each! Here they are:



And here's a closer look at each...
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Inchie: I made a ribbon rose by coiling and stitching a piece of narrow organza ribbon. I began by folding one end to a point, then wrapped the ribbon around a few times and securing with a couple of stitches. Then I sewed a running stitch for an inch or two, gently pulled the thread to gather the ribbon, wrapped it round and secured as before. This gathering helps to give the outer 'petals' some shape.



When I reached the end of the ribbon I stitched it neatly(ish) to the back of the rose. I then trimmed a piece of card to a square inch, attached a loop of green ribbon to form leaves, and added the rose on top.
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Twinchie: I found an Anita's stamp which just happened to be almost exactly 2 inches square (hooray!) I stamped it onto acetate using black StazOn then left it overnight to dry. I then flipped the acetate over and painted behind the design using acrylic paint, letting it dry between colours. (A spare scrap of acetate is great for mixing colours - but don't mix too vigorously or you get air bubbles!)



Then when this was all dry I just trimmed the acetate to size.
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Tag: I used the brushless watercolour technique for this. Stamps with large 'solid' areas give the best results. Ink up your stamp - I use a pale shade generously all over the stamp, build up with a stronger shade, tapping it all over the stamp, then add a still darker shade just to the edges. Refresh the ink by 'huffing' on it - just breathing heavily onto it - then stamp onto paper or card. Watercolour paper is particularly good for this. I'm afraid I can't tell you much about this stamp; it was given to me and it has no identifying labels at all! But I can at least tell you that I used Whispers inkpads in Whisper Lilac, Grand Cranberry and Port Wine to do the inking, and a heavyweight watercolour paper to stamp onto. I wanted a very faded, antique-y look, so didn't refresh the ink very much. You can get a stronger impression by slightly moistening the paper before stamping if you prefer that effect.



Then I used my Big Shot to die cut the tag shape from the stamped card (but you could easily just hand-cut a tag shape). I added a couple of strips of green checked paper and a selection of ribbons and fibres to finish.
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Moo card: For this piece I went for a paper-pieced peel-off technique. First cut the background cardstock to size and choose a peel-off to fit. Stick the peel-off to your clothing a few times so it isn't so sticky. Then apply it to some scraps of coloured paper or card, draw around the selected area, and remove the peel-off. Cut out the pieces and arrange on the base card, using the peel-off to check placement before you stick anything down.



Finally, stick the peel-off outline on top.
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There we go, a few different rosy small-scale pieces - hope you like them!

Mmmm, something smells good..... Shall we go see what Sharyn's up to in the kitchen? See you there! :-)

27 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

These are amazing,Mel....your hands must be a lot smaller than your feet!!!!.....I'd never cope with working on such a small scale.

Fiona said...

Fantastic. I have never tried doing anything smaller than ATC sized - maybe I should try an inchie!

Sian said...

That's one seriously rosy collection Mel! I've never tried an ATC (though I'm thinking about it now!) let alone anything smaller. I love anything little though. These are perfect.

Cherry said...

What amazing creations using lovely techniques. I love the stained glass effect. The small scale is fab. Have a great day. Hugs Cherry XXX

Lizzie said...

They are all so pretty! And each one using a different technique. Thanks for the ribbon rose instructions - now I know why mine are always a bit stiff - no gathered stitching to relax the petals!
I'm really having fun - this is the best party ever!

Amy said...

Hi, Hi, Hi ......
I'm late to the party. I've been out to dinner and we are child free ..... YAY! I hope you are not breathing too heavily there Mel?! I love the inchie flower - see you over at Sharyn's!

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RachelB said...

Loving the rosey theme, they all look gorgeous. Inchies look fiddly but fun!

Grethic said...

Beautiful, what a great idea - I must look into this party business. I feel an idea coming on.....

Sasha Holloway said...

amazing .. love the idea .. love ATC's

Francine87544 said...

Great hints. I really like the 'twinchie'. I know I couldn't do the ribbon rose - fingers aren't too big, but close, tight work hurts. I like them all. Great party you gals have going.

Alison said...

I love the turtorial Thanks I think on my next day off I will try!
Love the roses.

mise said...

These are super, and in one of my favourite colour combinations. I love the stained glass effect.

Tracy said...

Those are very clever. I have never got into small things, ATC's are small enough for me, dont think I could manage.

JO SOWERBY said...

wow inchies, taggies etc i've learnt a whole new language. g8 post today mel. see u later for the world blog
jo xxx

Maria Ontiveros said...

Mel,
I'm back for a proper look after having been out on kid duty this morning, and I am amazed by all the created! I love it all, and I'll definitely try the acetate project with a gorgeous stamp I have that's about the right size.
I've never seen the technique you used on the moo before - such detail! I may give this a try as well.
Love brushless watercolor, and you did a great job with it. I'm afraid to admit that playing with ribbon is beyond the ability of my cranky fingers - so I"ll just admire that one!
Thanks so much for participating in the blog party1!!
Rinda

SarahLP said...

Thanks Mel for some inspiring ideas! Esp. love the tiny rosebud on your inchie.

Mina said...

these are fabulous Mel and thank for that gorgeous teeny roses instructions, will so be having a go at that
Mina xxx

Mary B said...

They are really lovely Mel makes me want to do them, which, has never happened before when I have seen inchies. Must admit never heard of the others but love the name moo card great idea.

Becky said...

These are wonderful! I ahve never tried inchie's but may have to have a go now :)

Heather said...

Amazing fabulous projects. love them! I love doing inches and my collection from swaps are among my favourites :-)

Mary said...

Love your Twinchie especially Mel but they are all fab.

sharyncarlson said...

These are great! I don't think I've tried anything in these sizes. But I should because it looks like so much fun. That technique on the twinchie is amazing!

Margi said...

absolutely amazing Mel, I love all of them to pieces! Thanks for sharing the projects and the kewl techniques as well.

Ruth said...

Sorry I missed this yesterday but looks like you had fun! Still not sure about ATCs and Inchies ...

Clair said...

Love the Rennie McIntosh style rose on acetate. I could totally rock that on some glass :)

Gez said...

Great creations.xx You are one clever girlie. So glad you came to us in Blogland.xx