Monday, 29 April 2013

A is for... Craft Barn Challenge

A is for Architect and Architecture!  A good reason to get out a load of stamps I haven't used for ages.  Thank you, Craft Barn Challenge!

I took this on panoramic view, and it seems to have foreshortened the third image, so probably easiest to see each one in its own right.
I finally used the (old) sizzix accordion die (I really want the new one with the flippy bits!) to cut a couple of sections.  Each one has two pages, plus the tag to stick them together.

I stencilled each of the front pages with a different 'that special touch' mask, each relating to buildings in some way.   This first one, I was thinking of blueprints and graph paper. There's an Apse there, I think, and deffo, some Attitude!

The second one, well, back to my Latin A level (and S level - WHY??!) to get to the 5 types of columns from Greek and Roman Architecture, with a brickwork stencil.  The stamps were lightly coloured with water colour pencils.  Is that an Acanthus I see?

The third front page was stencilled with a cobble effect, and then stamped with that lovely church from Sheena. (Arches, and an Apse, I think!)Again, watercolour pencils to tint.

This is the back page (which you see when you turn to the A page in my challenge binder).  This didn't get stencilled.  I coloured the background with Distress inks, and the stamp was also inked up with Distress inks.  Ooh, look, an Arch!  The flower could be an Anemone, if I really squint!

As usual, the definitions are on the tag, which has the wooden letter coloured with Distress marker, and a great Azure blue ribbon to pull it up from the holder on the back.
Kanban Superior Stamping card
Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed
Stazon: Midnight Blue
Versafine: Onyx Black, Majestic Blue
Stampers Anonymous - CMS107 Steampunk
PaperArtsy - HP1011 Courage
Sheena - SD-SS-ARC Ancient Arches
Elusive Images - UA4GW0145 - general architecture and map stuff!
Other stuff (wot?! no bling??)
Faber Castell Water colour pencils
That Special Touch masks


  1. Love all your "A"s super job.
    Second attempt at the word thingy then I give up!

    1. I struggled with the first few! I know my definitions are pretty literal, and not hugely creative, when I look at others' entries, but I am using this almost as a tips and tricks book, as a reminder of how to do certain techniques - and I am a stamper at heart!! Keep at it, you'll have a thing of beauty in no time!

    2. What I meant was the word verification thing on your blog! Oh and it was only by chance I came back and saw your reply too, not something we get notified to so most of the time we don't see these types of reply at all.
      Again if I don't managed the word verification thing, I'll give up.

    3. Whoops - didn't know I HAD word verification on!!! May have to go and remove it then!! Sorry for misunderstanding!

  2. You sound like you had fun with this one. Love all the A words you've used.

  3. Fab choice of word... and wonderful 'A' pages. What a lovely bundle of stamps you own!

    1. Aaah, but that's the problem, Jan!! Too many, probably, so I forget what I have!! I do enjoy just getting them out (oo err!) and stroking them to remind me what I have. Glad you like the results.

  4. Brilliant choice of words and well done on using so many A words!!

  5. Great pages, lovely arches (I need that stamp!) lots of A's and some fab architectural stamps

  6. Wonderful words to chose and very well illustrated

    Chrissie x

  7. Superb pages sweetie, what a collection of stamps on show, I love it.
    Hugs x

  8. Very cleverly done for this challenge. I did not know those three fellows were architects. I have that stamp too and love it. I've used them together and individually. I imagine they've worked many professions in their lives. LOL

  9. Looking great - love your stamps! Very well done.

  10. Super pages, love the stamps brilliant word chosen.

    Sylv xx

  11. This is awesome !! Great job
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn