Tuesday, 20 June 2017

More PaperArtsy Fun!

Today I thought I would share another project that I created using the fabulous new Paper Artsy Sara Naumann stamp sets and stencils.

I chose to alter a tag using the Seth Apter Fresco Finish paints.  I then stencilled using Sara's new stencil and created highlight using a white pen.

I decorated two of Seth's wood chips    the stamped the Bumble Bee in Archival ink.  I added colour using Fresco Finish paints and Pearl Glaze to the wings. 

To finish I stamped and cut out the 'bumblebee' word.

This was a really fun tag to make.... and I love using a different way to showcase the new stamps and stencils.

Thanks for joining me today......

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day

A very happy Father's Day to all of the fathers out there.

Here is the card that I created for my Dad.

I kept my card fairy simple as I wanted the words to stand out.  The words are from a Stampendous stamp, which I have stamped and embossed in silver. I still get the 'Wow' effect when I heat emboss and remember the first time I ever did it - it was a card class in a local shop in December 2007.  I had not long started to craft and I was hooked!  I still have the very first stamp set that I bought too - it was Woodware.... such fond memories!  Can you remember your first stamp purchase?

Anyway - back to the card.......

I heat embossed the edges of various geometric type papers and layered them on to a card blank, mounting the quote on last.

A very simple card to make but one, I am sure, my dad will love.

Thanks for looking......

Friday, 16 June 2017

More Cards For Men

A few weeks ago another of our car-loving friends celebrated his birthday.  Here is the card that I made for him:

I've had this paper in my stash for a while - I think it's K&Co.  I used it to cover a card blank.

The main image was stamped in Archival ink onto watercolour paper -  I didn't need to use this paper but I really like them as they are a perfect size.  This was then mounted onto larger rectangles and mounted to the centre of the card blank.

I then stamped the sentiment and mounted it to the right corner.

Simple but perfect for a car enthusiast! 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Frame Art

Tonight I am sharing a project over at the PaperArtsy Blog. I will warn you that you should make yourself a cuppa before reading this post because it's a long one - and very picture heavy!

I felt privileged to be asked to be a wingman for the new Sara Naumann release of PaperArtsy products - Sara has released 2 new stamp sets and 2 new stencils - they are totally fabulous and so versatile.

I spent a few days carrying them with me wherever I went, looking at them and seeing new details that I hadn't noticed before, and thinking of loads of different ideas for projects. 

I remembered that I had an old, battered frame that I bought cheap and had been saving for when I needed it (yes, I know, we all do that!). Then the idea flowed!

This was the frame to begin with

It took only one coat of Chalk Fresco Finish paint to completely cover the rich purple of the frame.

I then started to sponge on Caribbean Sea Fresco Finish paint and added Treasure Silver to highlight the detail of the frame. 

You can see how well the colours work together.

I brayered Teresa Green and Beach Hut Fresco Finish paints onto a card cut to fit the frame aperture.  I then stencilled different images using Beach Hut.. How awesome is that splatter!

I stamped the wonderful dragonfly collage stamp using Archival ink and used Pearl Glaze on the wings to create a shimmer.

I stamped the image again onto Clearly For Art film, cut out the dragonfly and painted the back with Pearl Glaze, Caribbean Sea, Teresa Green and Coral Fresco Finish paints. 

After heating and shaping the wings the dragonfly looked like this....

Quite a transformation!

I then put the frame together, attaching the dragonfly to the front of the glass to great extra dimension.

So there you have it.... I had such fun creating this project, which I hope shows in the final creation.

I hope you pay a visit to the PaperArtsy blog and see the new releases.... I love this time of year... though not sure the bank manager feels the same way!

Thanks for spending the time reading my post.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Brotherly Love

Today is my little brother's birthday.... I say 'little'...he's in his late twenties!

Here is the card that I made for him:

I covered a card blank with diamond foiled card that I have had in my stash for a while.  I then added strips of script paper and Tim Holtz Dapper paper.

The main image was stamped using Coffee Archival and then cut out.  You can't quite make it out but I fussy cut around the 'postage stamp' style image.  This was mounted onto another rectangle of card and then onto the card blank. 

To finish I stamped a Tim Holtz sentiment and mounted it to the card.

I took the opportunity to make another card to keep in my stash for later in the year.

So, there you go.... two cards for the price of one.... and, I am prepared for later in the year!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Baby Love!

Lots of celebrating to do at the moment - including the welcome of pitter patter for 3 friends of mine.  I am absolutely delighted for them. 

As the babies are all due so close together I have made similar cards for them.

I started off by covering card blanks with patterned paper.  I then cut Window shapes in co-ordinating colours.

The main image is from a Stampin' Up set called 'Moon Baby' - it is absolutely adorable!  The image was stamped onto card using Momento ink, coloured using Alcohol pens and then cut out and mounted onto the die cut shapes.

To finish I chose the sentiment that I thought would most suit the family.  I drew scribble borders and add a few cute enamel shapes.

So, there you go.  Three baby cards on their way to one new family and two bigger families.

Have a great weekend.....

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

More Gelli Print Makes

A month or so ago I shared the fun that I had one afternoon making lots of Gelli Print creations on tissue paper.  I won't share the method again, but here is another card that I made for a friend's birthday.

The flower for this card is designed by Jo Firth-Young for Paper Artsy.  I have coloured the flower using Polychromo pencils.

I also used an earlier Gelli Print to create this card.....

The cat is an Inkylicious stamp.  I just had to get this one as the cat reminds me so much of my Sid. 

I stuck to my go-to colours of blue and green and added gold mesh as a highlight.

I made this card for another dear friend's birthday.

Thank you for looking at my blog today - it always means so much!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Love Is In The Air

Today I am off to celebrate the Marriage of Georgie and Gary.  Georgie is the daughter of my dear friend, Dianne, and I am delighted that I have been asked to share this happy occasion with the family..... I have even bought a dress for the occasion - those of you who know me will know that you can count the number of times that I have worn a dress in my life on two hands - and that includes wearing my wedding dress twice for the wedding in St. Lucia and Blessing back home!

Anyway...back to the celebrations.  Here is the card that I made for the Happy Couple.

I'm not going to do a 'how to' as the card is fairly simple but classic.

I kept the colours quite classic - white and silver - and have used my favourite Personal Impressions stamp (this was one of the first stamps I bought when I started crafting in 2007).

Anyway - I will be away for the day - but thanks for looking, and join me in congratulating the Happy Couple.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Country View Challenges - Hearts

This month, Hazel has chosen the theme of Hearts for the Country View Crafts challenge.

Here is my entry

I started by creating a Gelli print background using Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints and mini stencils.  I even got a bit carried away and made a few....though some turned out better than the others!

I then set about using one of my favourite (and most used) sets of Paper Artsy stamp sets.  I stamped the heart and coloured it using several different colours of pencil.

I started to construct the card.  The card blank was covered with black card  and the Gelli print centred.  I drew around parts of the print and added scribbling.

To finish, I stamped a quote from Tim Holtz Life Quotes.

So, there you go.... the finished card.

Pop on over to Country View Crafts and see the amazing projects created by my fellow DT members. 

I hope I have inspired you to join in with the challenge this month.  Don't forget that  there is a gift voucher up for grabs for one lucky person.

Thanks for looking.....

Monday, 29 May 2017

Birthday Wishes For My Number 1 Man!

Today is the birthday of the number one man in every girls life..... no, I'm not talking about George Clooney.....  it is my Dad.

Here is the card that I made for him....

I started off my stencilling Walnut Stain and Broken China onto a card blank using a Tim Holtz stencil.  I then edges around the card with Walnut Stain ink.

The image was stamped using Coffee Archival ink and then mounted onto another rectangle of card. 

To assemble, I added a strip of card and a tab that I had stamped using a fabulous new Carabelle Studios stamp, and layered co-ordinating washi tape.

To finish I used Tim Holtz letters to spell Dad and a quote.

I'm hoping that Dad likes his card.

Thanks for looking......

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Flower Power Challenge at Country View Crafts

It's my turn over at Country View Crafts Challenges.  The theme this month has been Flower Power... who doesn't love flowers, right?

For this challenge I have created a canvas for a very dear friend of mine, Dianne.  This is the finished canvas....

To create this I started by adding scraps of lace and chipboard to a blank canvas board.  I then added micro beads for extra texture.

Once this has dried I painted the whole canvas using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints.

Here is a close up of the texture created by the micro beads.

Next, I added a layer of Deco Art Weathered Wood which I left to dry thoroughly before adding a different colour of Fresco paint (which in this case was Lake Wanaka)  It's at this stage you see the effect of the Weathered Wood.

I never tire of seeing this - it's like magic!! LOL!!

Once this was dry I started to embellish the canvas using photographs, flowers and metal embellishments.

I really enjoyed creating this, and it was more special because it is for a dear friend.

Here are some close ups of the embellishments.  Dianne always likes to look at my work and so I concealed some of the embellishments so that she could 'find' them.

One of the frames was chip board and the other was plastic.  I coated these in gesso and then added Classic Treasure Gold.  I love the vintage effect that this has created.

I also used lots of metal embellishments tucked away here and there.

So, there it is - my canvas for Dianne.  Beautiful photographs surrounded by lots of flowers in Dianne's favourite colours.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today. 

If you haven't done so already there is still time to join in with the current challenge and be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Thanks for looking.....

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

More Flower Power

I can't get enough of this month's theme over at Country View Crafts Challenges., Flower Power.

Today I am sharing some note cards that I have created with the challenge in mind.

I started off by embossing a Tim Holtz flower onto some small water colour papers that I bought from a fine art shop in London.  I couldn't resist them because they were so small and cute...LoL!!

I then started to colour them in using Distress Oxides and a water brush.

I never tire of water colouring!  Especially on white embossing because it makes the image 'pop'

For the backgrounds, I blended Vintage Photo and Broken China Distress Oxides.

After blending the inks I splattered some water then added Broken China through a Tim Holtz stencil.

I then layered the panels onto note cards... and voila!

These were great fun to make!

Do pop over and join in with the challenge at Country View Crafts.

Thanks for popping by today.....

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Flower Power Challenge

I can't get enough of the current challenge over at Country View Crafts.

Here are 2 more cards that I have created having been inspired by the latest challenge....

I started by covering card blanks with patterned paper.  I drew a scribbly border around this to create a frame.  I cut a rectangle in shimmer card and drew a scribbly border around these.  They were then mounted to the centre of the cards.

The images were stamped and coloured using Prima watercolours.  Once dry they were cut out and attached to the mounted rectangles.

To finish,  I added gems and seam binding ribbon.

I love these JOFY for Paper Artsy flowers - really striking!

If you haven't done so yet, do join in with the Flower Power challenge over at Country View Crafts - don't forget - there is a gift voucher up for grabs for one lucky person!

Thanks for looking.....

Friday, 5 May 2017

Framed Memories

Good evening,

This evening I am sharing a project over at the Paper Artsy blog.

The theme for the fortnight is Found Objects and I have created a frame using repurposed train tickets and a painkiller packet.

For my project I have used Ink and Dog stamps from Paper Artsy which are still some of my favourite 'go-to' stamps.

Pop over to the blog to see more details from my project and to see what other wonderful creations have been contributed for this topic.

I hope that I have encouraged you to join in with the challenge.  Don't forget that there is a gift voucher up for grabs over at the Paper Artsy site.

Thanks for looking....


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Catch-Up Blog Post

I haven't been very good at blogging lately and so have a few things to share with you.  Today I am sharing the mother's day cards that I made this year.

I made both cards the same but in different colour ways.

I started by covering card blanks using background papers.

Next I added doilies, pleating the larger back ones. 

The sentiment was stamped and cut around and then layered onto the doilies.

After this the fun began as I started to choose different paper flowers and beads to embellish the cards.

I drew a border using a fine tip pen to create squiggle lines.

So - there you have it..... 2 similar but very different mother's days cards for 2 very special mums.