Monday, 19 March 2018

Dreaming Of Sun and Sea......

Tonight I am sharing a post over on the PaperArtsy blog.

The theme for this fortnight is 'Nautical'.  I have used the awesome new Emma Godfrey stamps to create my project.

Most of my friends know just how much I love Portugal - It's my go to destination to relax and re-group.  In fact, I try to go there a few times a year.  So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that the very talented Emma Godfrey had released new stamp sets with PaperArtsy - and they were based on Portugal.

One of the images on the stamp set is a pebble stamp - and this reminded me of the wonderful mosaic that I see when I am in Portugal.  So, that got me thinking of creative a mosaic canvas board.

I started by roughly painting an A4 sheet of card using Butter, Ocean, Double Denim (from the new Seth Apter set), Sky and Chocolate Pudding Fresco Acrylic Paints.

I then stamped the background to fill the painted card.

This is where I suddenly realised what I was doing.  I don't have much patience..... and hadn't thought that to create my project it required me to cut out each little cobble!!

But...I did it!!  And, I am pleased I persevered.

I drew a very basic boat and sun on my board and the started to fill it in with mosaic.

Once filled I Wanted to create the 'grout' that you would get in a mosaic.  To do this, I used a grey Pastel pencil and rubbed it in-between the tiles.

I then mounted this onto a black card panel and stamped and cut out the two signs included in the set.

And here is my finished project.  I think you can see what it is!! lol!  I thought the stamps and paints all worked together fantastically.  

Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the rest of the Nautical inspiration throughout the fortnight.  I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge -  you could be in with the chance of winning one of the totally amazing PaperArtsy aprons.

Thanks for joining me......

Country View Crafts Challenges - Postcards

It's my turn over at the Country View Crafts Challenges Blog.

I normally try to make a contrasting project for my second post, but this month I seemed drawn to the same colour family!

Here is my project:

I created the background in the same way as I did my previous background, using the scraped paint technique. This time I used Spanish Mulberry and Amethyst Fresco Finish Chalk Paints.

I used a new Creative Expressions mini stencil to add Grunge Paste to the background before stencilling a JOFY flower over the postcard.

I then copied around the stencilled image using a white gel pen to make the stencilling 'pop',

The flowers on the front are from a new JOFY mini stamp.  I just love this stamp.

I stamped 5 of them and coloured them using Polychromo pencils.  They were then cut out, shaped and added to the postcard using a foam pad to give them dimension.  I also drew and painted stems.

To finish I added a quote from an older JOFY set.

I've had great fun creating postcards this month.

I hope I have inspired you to join in with the Challenge.  I hope you join in with the challenge to be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

A Lightbulb Moment

Early last week I saw a sample of a new stamp produced by That Craft Place.  For those of you who are not familiar with them, Danny and Lisa produce amazing MDF shapes, stamps, stencils and more.  They also design amazing products for Creative Expressions.

So, how lucky was I when the stamp I had seen in the week dropped through my letterbox!  I had an idea instantly but had to wait for the weekend to play.

So,  as soon as work was finished on Friday evening I set about with the first stage of my plan.

I used a large MDF label from Creative Expressions as my base. I spread a fairly thick layer of texture pastes over the label, knowingly leaving a few bare bits around the edges.  While the paste was wet I spritzed the stamp with water and randomly stamped it all over the label. 

If you try this please make sure that you clean your stamp immediately so that the paste does not dry and ruin your stamp.

This was then left to dry thoroughly over night.

Next morning, once the paste was fully dry, I sprinkled Sleight Blue Infusions over the label and spritzed with water.  Each time I did this I blotted with a paper towel, and repeated until I was happy with the result.

I loved how the Infusions pooled into the indents from the stamp - I thought it looked pretty awesome.

For some reason I didn't take a pic of the next stage.  I stamped the bulb onto shrink plastic 5 times, cut them out and heated to shrink.  No matter how many times I do this it always amazes me.  I had also coloured parts of the bulb in but forgot that when they shrink, the colour deepens.  I wasn't really happy with this so used rubbing alcohol on a cotton bud to mute the colours.

Once I was happy, the bulbs were glued using Cosmic Shimmer glue.

I twisted some rusted wire and glued this too.  Once the glue had dried clear I carefully went over it with an alcohol marker which made it look like it had been soldered.


To finish, I edges the label using Black acrylic plate and drew a scribble border using a white gel pen.

So, there you go.  My finished project.  I really like how this turned out....and how my idea actually worked!

Thanks for joining me this evening.......

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Postcards

Happy St. David's Day for all those who celebrate it - I have been working in London for the last couple of days and so am hoping I can find somewhere selling Welsh Cakes likes the ones back home.

This month's topic over at Country View Crafts Challenges is Postcards.

Here is my first project for the challenge:

If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that I use ALOT of PaperArtsy products - what this means is that I have quite a few of the postcards that they send with their products.

I started by gessoing the postcard and then scraped Fresco Finish Chalk Paints in Amethyst, Moonlight and Cherry Blossom.

Next, I used one of the new Kay Carley stencils and stencilled over the postcard using Grunge Paste .

I added glitter to the wet Grunge Paste and left this to dry thoroughly.

Once dry, I stamped images from one of the new PaperArtsy Kay Carley stamp sets  using Archival ink.

I highlighted some of the stamping using a white gel pen.

I stamped the quote from the set onto tissue paper and used Matte Medium to adhere it to the postcard.

To finish, I drew a border with a black fine liner pen.

I was really pleased with the results of this.  Unfortunately, you can't see how lovely the glitter was on the Grunge Paste.  I also love being able to see a little bit of the original postcard underneath - this was an idea I saw used by DarcyUK a few years ago - awesome idea!

Thanks for joining me today.  Make sure you pop over to the blog and see the inspiration for the rest if the design team.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge.  Do share your projects over on the Country View Crafts Challenge blog to be in the chance to win a gift voucher.

Thanks for joining me....

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Little Bit Of Love

Evening all..... an unusual time for me to post but I have some exciting news.... Today, DarcyUK  launches her new stamps for PaperArtsy.  I have been waiting patiently for new Darcy stamps, and she hasn't disappointed.  There are 2 A5 stamp plates and they are AWESOME.  I was very lucky to be able to get them last week and couldn't wait to get playing!

Here is my finished project....

Cute eh?  And yes, I know I don't do 'cute'!  But Darcy's new stamps can be used in soooo many ways.

So, how did I create this?

I started by creating a quick background.  A brayered Cherry Blossom and Spanish Mulberry  Fresco Finish Chalk paint onto an a4 sheet of card.

I then scraped Spanish Mulberry, Dolly Mix and Egg Plant Fresco Finish Chalk Paints over the brayering. I kept loads of empty space as I had further steps.

The next step was to stencil Archival Ink using Darcy's previously released stencils.  I used Magenta Hue and Thistle Archival Ink.

I then highlighted the stencilling using a white gel pen.

Next, it was time to get the stamps out!

I used EDY20.  How amazing are these stamps!

I stamped the hearts, flower and swirly circle using Thistle and Black Archival inks.

I was happy with this.

The next stage was to stamp and colour the girl image.  I used Alcohol Markers to colour her in.  I love how Darcy has added shaded bits in the image already - it's so helpful for people like me who are not that good at colouring!

I then mounted this and some of the painted background onto black card. I edged the main image in Thistle and the background in white.

I loved how this all came together.  

I added ribbon and tied a bow, along with flowers and 2 heart pins.

I just love how the background images stand out so well and I am just delighted with my finished card -though I am not sure I will be able to give it away! 

That's enough from me, but Darcy and her wing 'man' Lauren have the official launch of this release.

You can see Darcy's post here and Lauren's post here.  Make sure you pop over and see their creations.

Thanks for joining me this evening.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Country View Challenges - Anything But Cute

I hope you are enjoying the inspiration from the Design Team so far this month.

Here is my second project for the Challenge

I started by brayering a panel with Buff Fresco Finish Chalk Paint.

I then lightly pressed paints from Seth Apter's Limited Edition paints for PaperArtsy onto my dry panel.  This is a technique that I learnt in a Seth Apter workshop a couple of years ago - so simple, and so effective. 

Once dry, I stamped various Seth stamps in the same colours.  I added some highlighting to some of the stamping.

Next, I die cut 3 Seth Apter dies .  These were then coloured in Mahogany and Midnight Fresco Finish.  I added further stamping to the star.

The die cuts were then added to the panel.

I stamped three words from a PaperArtsy Lin Brown stamp set.  I added white highlighting using a gel pen.

To finish I added a game spinner and a Tim Holtz brad.

This was a really fun project to make and I love the colours!  

Do pop over to the blog and see the rest of the amazing inspiration this month.  And it would be great if you joined in with the challenge - I always love seeing how we have inspired you.

Thanks for joining me........

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Just A Note.....

Tonight I am sharing a project on the PaperArtsy blog.  I have used the gorgeous new Seth Apter set of Fresco Finish Chalk Paints and Lynne Perrella stamps.

I've created a set of notecards using the detailed stamps on the background as well as the main images.

I decided to create a Masterboard.  I started by lightly brayering 3 of Seth's new Fresco Finish Chalk paints onto a sheet of Smoothy card stock.  I used Butter, Magic Moss and Double Denim.

I then used Blue Lagoon and Double Denim to stamp the key and small border images across the masterboard.

I used one of the larger images as a background on my masterboard and stamped it in Magic Moss.  I used a white gel pen to highlight parts of all of the images on the board, then cut it onto 3x3 inch squares.

I stamped my focal images and coloured them using the same paints, with added Blush for the faces.  As the paints are opaque I added a tiny amount of water to ensure that you could still see the detail underneath.  These images were cut out and added to a painted 'Butter' background.

The cards were then put together.

To finish, I stamped the word 'Hello' from the Emma Godfrey Mini.

I  was really happy with how my note cards turned out.  The paints and stamps worked perfectly together.  I also had loads of the masterboard left so I can make some more cards.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in and create your own art.

Thanks for joining me this evening.....