Saturday, 27 June 2015

June Calendar - Lavender and Dragonflies

Here is my June Calendar for the Craft Barns challenge, the theme is Lavender and Dragonflies.

I coloured the background by scraping a mixture of lavender, wisteria and chalk Fresco Finish Paint over the card.
I used Faber-Castel Pitt big brush pens to colour a PaperArtsy flower stamp.
The dragonflies were stencilled with gesso, when this was dry I coloured them with Inktense pencils and a water brush.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Masculine Journal Page

Good morning all, I hope you're all having a good weekend. Mine hasn't been so good, I badly twisted my ankle on Friday and am feeling very sorry for myself, my foot is very painful, very swollen but it's changed to some amazing colours.

I'm sharing my project with
The Art Journal Journey challenge - Masculine - Feminine.
The Anything But Cute challenge - Make It Masculine.


 I love this After Midnight stamp,

I started by scraping acrylic paint over the page then I did some stencilling with a fluorescent pink paint

I added some stamping to the background and did some lines with the edge of an old credit card.

I painted some white paint so that the stamped and embossed image would stand out. I edged the page using black Archival ink and then I added the Immanuel Kant quote, he was a German philosopher - born 1724 and died 1804 - "Man must be disciplined, for he is by nature raw and wild". I think the image looks a little wild.

Stamps used
After Midnight - the main image.
Dina Wakley - the border.
PaperArtsy - the white circles.
Stampers Anonymous - background.
There are some stamps on the background that I'm not sure who made them.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Butterfly Tag.

I made this tag for a black and red tag swap, unfortunately the red looks very pink.

I brayered some black and red paint for the background and brayered the excess paint onto some white card. I stamped the Stampers Anonymous butterflies onto the painted card and tore round them, I wound some red metalic thread around the butterflies and then adhered it to the tag. I stamped the Innovative Stamp Creations butterfly onto the card and cut it out. You cant see from the photo that I covered the butterfly with stickles. I added the sentiment [unknown stamp]

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Ebony and Ivory ATC

The May theme for the UK Stampers ATC swap was Ebony and Ivory.

I drew lines round a white ATC and then adhered a Gecko Galz image to it. I stamped and embossed some music notes and wrote the words. I went round the edge of the ATC with black soot distress ink.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Navy and Cream ATC

Good morning all, I hope you all had a good weekend and have lovely weather - cold and miserable where I am.

Today I'm sharing an ATC with you.

I started by stamping the image onto cream card and then I stamped the crackle round the edges.
I stamped the butterfly and sentiment onto a scrap piece of card and cut them out.
Items used.
Paper Bag Studio - image.
Kaiserkraft - crackle.
Unknown stamps - butterfly and sentiment.
Chipped sapphire distress ink.

I'm entering my ATC in the Moo Mania And More challenge - Anything Goes.

Friday, 12 June 2015

A Couple Of Cards

Hi everyone, I've made four cards this year and I'm sharing two with you today.

I used acrylic paint for both cards, building up layers by painting, stencilling and stamping. The main image is a Dina Wakley stamp and both sentiments are by Creative Expressions.

I'm sorry I've not done much commenting for a while, hopefully I can catch up next week.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Mixed Media Mojo Challenge - Summer

The theme for the latest Mixed Media Mojo Challenge is Summer and the twist is monochromatic.

When I was younger, many years ago, I use to pick flowers in the summer and press them in books, so for my DT piece I decided to alter a flower press that I found in a local charity shop. This is the finished press.

This is the flower press before I altered it.

When I took the press apart I found some long forgotten pressed flowers in it.

I started by painting the top with orange acrylic paint.

I then spread some DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and painted it with a beige coloured paint.

In my stash I had a lovely piece of paper that was free in one of the Stampington magazines, I stamped the PaperArtsy/Lin Brown flower four times to make one large flower. I cut this out and glued it to the press.

I cut out two of the smaller flowers from the same stamp set and joined them together with a brad, I coiled some wire and fixed it to the back of the brad and then I glued it to the press. I added some words.

This is a photo of the flower press with some freshly picked flowers ready for pressing.

I'd like to share my project with
The Artistic Stamper challenge - Summer Is On It's Way.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes.

The rest of the Design Team have made some wonderful inspirational pieces so why not pop over to  Mixed Media Mojo to take a look.

Altered Eclectics DT Post

It's the first of the month so it's time for the latest Altered Eclectics challenge, as always the theme is Anything Goes as long as it's Mixed Media/Altered Art, no cards or ATCs are allowed.

For my DT piece I've decorated this notebook cover.

This is the finished notebook.

I started by spreading some acrylic paint over a piece of copy paper with an old credit card.

I then spread some white paint.

More colours are added.

 I then added other colours using stencils and some stamping.

I covered the notebook with the paper.

I stamped the PaperArtsy/Lin Brown flower onto a french book page and cut them out, then I glued them to the cover.

 I coloured the flowers and added some remnant rubs to the cover.

The very talented DT would love you to visit Altered Eclectics to have a look at the fabulous things they've made.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

May Calendar - Magenta and Flowers

Hi everyone, I hope you're having a good weekend.

I'm cutting it a bit fine this month with my calendar for the Craft Barns May calendar challenge, the theme is Magenta and Flowers.

I started by stamping and embossing the Woodware clematis, then I made some masks to cover the flowers. I coloured the rest of the page with magenta Pan Pastel. I used a baby wipe with a stencil for the leaves then I sprayed a fixative over the page. I removed the masks and coloured the clematis with Inktense pencils and a water brush.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

A Pair Of ATCs

Here are two ATCs that I made for a couple of swaps last month.

I made this one for the UK Stampers swap, the theme was Solitaire.

I stamped the image onto glossy card with Archival ink and added a gem to her ring finger, I don't know who made the stamp.

This ATC was made for the KCUK swap, the theme was anything goes but we had to put a feather on it.

I stamped and embossed some white feathers onto some previously coloured card. I stamped the bird onto white card and coloured it with watercolour. I glued the feather to the ATCs and added the bird.
I don't know who made the feather stamp, the bird is a PaperArtsy/Jofy stamp.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Navy Blue and Cream Deco Pages

Today I'd like to share with you a couple of deco pages that I've made for the KCUK swap, I made the pages for Dot, the theme of her book is Children in Navy Blue and Cream.

For both pages I used chipped saphire distress ink on cream card.
Stamps used:
Impression Obsession - the background.
Flower Soft - the image.
Oxford Impression - the quote.

Stamps used:
Flower Soft - the image and jars.
La Pashe - the sign post and quote.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Under The Sea

Good morning everyone, before I share my latest project with you I would like to say hello and welcome to my latest follower Marga.

The challenge this month at Art Journey Journal is The Sea, immediately the Beatles song Octopus's Garden came into my mind.

I'd like to share my page in the following challenges.
Art Journal Journey - The Sea.
The Artistic Stamper - Journalling Your Heart Out.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes.
Bumblebees and Butterflies - A Visual Journey.

I started by giving my page a coat of gesso and colouring it with gelatos. I sprinkled brushos and sprayed with water. I stamped some grassy type plants on the background and stamped the mermaid, octopus and shells onto white card and coloured them in, I fussy cut them and glued them to the page. I drew some green leafy type plants and added them. I wrote the first line of the beetles song "I'd like to be under the sea, in and octopus's garden in the shade".

I used the following stamps.
Stampotique - the mermaid and octopus.
PaperArtsy/Jofy - background.
Unknown - seahorses and shells.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Mixed Media Wednesday

Today it's my turn to share a project for Mixed Media Wednesday over at Mixed Media Mojo.

I covered a 7"x 5" canvas board with dictionary paper, when the glue was dry I stuck down pieces of very sticky masking tape and pulled it of, this removed some of the paper leaving some of the underside, that had stuck to the glue, showing, I also scraped bits of with my finger nail.

I gave the page a wash with watered down acrylic paint and put other colours on with my finger.

I stamped some crackle and flowers, then I splattered some white acrylic paint over it.

The flower and sentiment were stamped and embossed. I used the stem of the flower to go round the edge, The butterflies were stamped onto previously coloured card and cut out, I painted a glossy accents over them.

Items used:
DecoArt - acrylic paint.
Kaiserkraft - crackle stamp.
Visible Image - flower and sentiment stamp.
Innovative Stamp Creations - butterflies.
Archival Ink - black and French ultramarine.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Tic Tac Toe

The theme for this months Mixed Media Mojo Challenge is Tic Tac Toe and the twist is to use all the squares.

For my DT piece I decided to use all the squares but it wasn't until I'd finished that I realised I hadn't used any tape.

I started by stencilling some raindrops with modelling paste onto a piece of mount board. I then painted it with gesso and when this had dried I painted it with green and blue acrylic paint. I sprinkled lime green and ultra marine Brushos and sprayed a little water. I stamped some leaves [Sheena Douglas] and coloured them with Inktense pencils and a water brush, then I painted some Glossy Accents onto the raindrops.

A few years ago I had a go at doing the Caught In Crystal technique with acetate and alcohol inks, I still have some pieces left so decided to use it for some flowers. You can just about see the glitter that I had added.

Here is a close up of the die cut flowers.

I wrote the quote and used chipboard letters for the word May. I made a couple of holes and used ribbon for the hanger. I'd stamped some extra leaves, coloured them in and cut them out, I added them to the flowers.

Why not visit the Mixed Media Mojo blog to see the wonderful creations that the rest of the talented DT have made.

I'd like to link my project to the following challenges.
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - May Flowers
Our Creative Corner - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes

Altered Eclectics - May DT Post

It's the first of May so it's time for Altered Eclectics new challenge, as always the theme is Anything Goes as long as it's mixed media/altered art, cards and ATCs are not allowed.

My DT piece this month is a set of three canvases that I started at a workshop earlier in the year but didn't get finished, so I've finished them at home and here they are.

I started by glueing tissue wrap, book pages and tissue tape to the canvases and then used grunge paste with a stencil. We cut some hearts out of corrugated card, and used wooden butterflies and hearts, the clock is a Sizzix die. Everything was painted with acrylic paint and we used black antiquing cream on the grunge paste. The last thing I used was Treasure Gold.

Why not pop over to Altered Eclectics to check out the fabulous projects that the rest of my team mates have made.