Monday, 8 February 2016

Love Is Like A Butterfly

I've made another journal page for the Art Journal Journey challenge, the theme is If The Music Be The Food Of Love.

The quote says "Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes".

I started by covering the pages with a pretty butterfly paper napkin,

I then added some pink and mauve acrylic paint with my finger.

I then glued a butterfly and some music that I'd cut out of tissue wrap and then I gave the pages a thin coat of gesso.

I stamped some circles, letters and dots with Versamagic chalk inks, the stamps that I used are Indigo Blu and PaperArtsy. I used a Stampendous die and stamp to die cut and stamp the butterflies out of patterned paper, I glued them to the page, I did the words on the computer. I gave the whole page a coat of Multi Matte Medium.

When the matte medium had dried I gave the butterflies and words a bit more colour and shading using Faber-Castell Pitt pens. I also added a bit of colour to the edges.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

SPA - Add A Charm

Add A Charm is the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week.

I used a Creative Expressions stamp to stamp the bird houses onto card and used distress ink to colour the images and the background. I stamped another birdhouse and the words onto scrap card and coloured them with distress ink. I used an embossing folder to emboss the card and I stamped some birds. I cut out the images on the scrap card and glued them to the card and added a couple of bird charms. The embossed card was too small to be a postcard so I distressed the edges and glued it to a postcard,  I drew lines round the edge.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.. 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Heart Journal Page

Before I share today's post with you I would like to say a big hello to my new followers, lovely to have you join me.

Today I'm sharing a journal page with you, I'm linking my page to Art Journal Journey, I'm hosting the challenge this month and I've chosen the theme If Music Be The Food Of Love.

Here is my Page.

The pages in the journal that I've used are very thin so I gave the page two coats of gesso, when this was dry I coloured the page with Gelatos, spreading them with my fingers.

I used a heart stencil and a baby wipe to remove some of the colour, the word love is also a stencil.

I stamped some script on the page and stamped round the edges with a Dina Wakley heart stamp.

I splattered the page with white paint and used a white pen to put some dots round the black hearts. I stamped the two main hearts onto a book page and cut them out. The stamps I used are Elusive Images[Chocolate Baroque]. I glued the hearts to the page and added a couple of red gems.

Thank you for looking and have a lovely weekend.
xxx Hazel.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Queen Of Hearts

I cheated a bit with this journal page, I've used a topper that I made for a valentines card for my husband a few years ago, I make him a card every year but I'm sure if I gave him the same one every year he wouldn't notice.

I'm linking my page to the Art Journal Journey challenge - If Music Be The Food Of Love.

The only thing that I can remember about what I used on the topper is that the image is a Crafty Individuals stamp and everything was coloured with distress ink.
I painted the background with gesso and stencilled some hearts with modelling paste. When the paste was dry I sprayed some creme de chocolat Glimmer Mist and let it run down the page, when this was dry I then sprayed some turquoise blue Glimmer Mist and let that run down the page. I stamped round the edge with a Dina Wakley swirly stamp and some white distress paint, it doesn't show up very well - you can just about see it at the bottom. The last thing I did was to add a little bit of music tissue tape.

Have a lovely day.
xxx Hazel.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Q is For Queen

Q is the latest letter in the Craft Barns Alpha/Dictionary challenge.

I used a Gelli print for the background and stamped the PaperArtsy image onto the postcard and also onto a piece of white card. I stamped the Ecogreen Crafts swirls around the edges and embossed with gold, the ink on the image hadn't dried properly so parts of that got embossed as well. I cut out the head from the image on the white card and glued it over the image on the postcard. I stamped the crown with Stazon onto gold card and cut it out, I glued it onto the head and added some gems. I added the part of the dictionary page that had the definition of queen and stamped the letter Q.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

SPA - Orange

Orange is the theme for this weeks Sunday Postcard Art challenge.

I made the background of my postcard sometime last year using Gelatos and a PaperArtsy stencil. I used a baby wipe on the stencil to take away some of the Gelatos.

I put some orange Magic Colour Liquid Acrylic at the top of the card and sprayed with water so that it ran down the card, when this was dry I turned the card upside down and did the same with green Magic Colour. I used a pen to outline the leaves. I stamped the PaperArtsy tulip onto card and coloured it with pencils and felt tips, I cut it out and went round the edges with black ink and glued it to the postcard, then I stamped the word tulip.

Have a good day
xxx Hazel.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Mixed Media Mojo - Hearts/Paper Piecing

It's the first of the month so that means that it's time for the latest Mixed Media Mojo challenge, the theme is Hearts and the twist is paper piecing.

For my DT piece I've done a journal page.
I'm going to link it to the Art Journal Journey challenge If Music Be The Food Of Love.

I covered the page with tissue wrap and used an old credit card to scrape acrylic paint over it. I stamped some hearts [Dina wakley] with Versamark ink I also stamped some script with black Archival ink, the word love is a Dina Wakley stamp.
For the hearts I cut some strips of patterned paper and glued them to a piece of card then I die cut the hearts with the Sizzex primitive hearts die. I glued the hearts to the page and doodled some dots round them. I added some string and doodled some bows. I die cut some small hearts and wrote the letters on them, then I glued them to the page.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

AJJ Challenge - If Music Be The Food Of Love

I was so thrilled and excited when Valerie and Susi got in touch with me a few months ago asking me to host the February Art Journal Journey Challenge. As it's February I thought that the theme should something about love so in the end I decided  to use part of the first line from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night – “If Music Be The Food Of Love”, there are lots of possibilities with this theme, it doesn’t have to be about love and romance, it could just be about music or food or anything that you love. I hope that you will take part in the challenge.

Here is my page.

I started by covering the page with tissue wrap and I used a brayer to cover it with acrylic paint. I used the following stamps on the background.
Kaisercraft - music and edge.
Dina Wakley - large hearts.
PaperArtsy - dots.
Clearly Impressed - Love.
Judikins - small music notes.

The image is a Gecko Galz digi stamp that I printed and coloured in with pencils. I cut it out and glued it to the page. I was quite pleased with the page but wished I hadn't stamped the small hearts as I think it looks a bit cluttered.

Thank you for looking. This is my second post of the day - just one more to go.
xxx Hazel.

Altered Tic Tac Toe Board

It's February already and time for Altered Eclectics first challenge of the year, as always it's Anything Goes as long as it's Mixed Media/Altered Art - no cards.

For my DT piece I've altered a tic tac toe board

I've had this board in my stash for years and thought it was time to do something with it.

I first gave it a coat of gesso and then painted it with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint.

I added some Aged Spice Frantage embossing enamel and oceanic Crushed Glass Glitter. I used a felt tip pen to colour some little wooden houses. I painted the heart with red acrylic paint and covered it with some crackle paste. I glued the houses and heart to the board.

A close up of the Frantage enamel and the heart.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - B Is For Bird

I enjoyed doing the Craft Barns Calendar Challenge last year and have decided to join in with this years Alph/Dictionary Challenge. I'm into postcards at the moment and have decided to use postcards for the challenge - I'm hoping that's okay as there was no mention of postcards in the brief.

The first challenge is to use the letter B.

I used a brayer to apply acrylic paint onto the background, then I stencilled the leaves with green paint. I stamped the bird [Sheena Douglas stamps] onto the postcard and also onto white card, I coloured the bird on the white card with pencils, I also added colour to the leaves and went round them with a black pen. I cut out a piece of card for the branch, coloured it with pencils and glued it to the postcard. I cut out the bird and glued it over the image on the postcard and added part of a dictionary with the word bird on it. I painted the postcard with Multi Matt Medium and when it was dry I added more colour with my Pitt pens. The letter b was stamped.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Fire And Flames

Fire and Flames is this weeks Sunday Postcard Art challenge theme. I wasn't sure what to do for this challenge, in the end I decided to draw the word fire with flames coming out of it.

I started to colour it in with pencils but the colours weren't strong enough, so in the end I used my Pitt pens.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

SPA Challenge - Comedy/Humour

Comedy/Humour is the theme for this weeks Sunday Postcard Art.

I have a few humorous stamps but the one I've used has been in my collection for years and only used once.

The background is a Gelly print. I stamped and embossed the Eve and words and stamped the apples. I drew the snake and everything was coloured with pencils.
Stamps used.
Stamps Happen - Eve and words.
Innovative Stamps - Apples.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

SPA Challenge - Men In Hats

Men In Hats is the first challenge of the year for the Sunday Postcard Art.

I'm a bit short for time at the moment so I had to do a quick card. The background is a Gelli print that I made a few months ago. I stamped the Stampers Anonymous men images onto card and coloured them with pencils. I cut them out and glued them to the card. I wrote the Walt Whitman Quote on white card and drew some lines round the edge of the postcard.

Thanks for looking.
xxx Hazel.

Friday, 1 January 2016

First Post Of The Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone, this is my first post of the year and it's my DT piece for the Mixed Media Mojos January challenge, The theme is Winter with Glitter as the twist.

My project is a journal page.

I'm linking my page to the Art Journal Journey challenge - Winter Wonderland.

I covered my page with a very dark Gelli print, using a palette knife I spread some gesso that had gone very thick over it and added some white acrylic paint, I stamped the Artemio trees with Archival ink.

I covered the snowy area and parts of the trees with Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium.

I stamped the Personal Impressions images onto white card, coloured them with coloured pencils and cut them out. After gluing them to the page I splattered some white paint over everything. The words are PaperArtsy stamps.

Here is a close up of the snowman showing the glitter. Sorry the photos are so dark, the light wasn't very good when I took them.

Thank you for looking, enjoy your day.
xxx Hazel.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

December Calendar

I've just made it for the Craft Barns December calendar challenge, the theme is Gold and/or Silver and Christmas Trees. December has been a bit fraught and I've not been able to do much crafting or blog hopping, things seen to be getting back to normal so I will be visiting you all in the New Year.

I used Brushos for the background, I sprinkled them onto card and sprayed with water. The PaperArtsy tree has been stamped onto coloured card, I cut out the pieces and glued them to gold card and then cut out the whole tree. I spread some gold Stickles onto the card and then glued the tree and presents, the presents and star have gold Stickles on, I also added red glitter glue dots on the tree. The calendar page and dates have been matted onto gold card.

A close up of the tree. The calendar is a lot more glittery than it looks on the photos.

Thank you for looking.
xxx Hazel.