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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.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Song Bird Journal Page

Today I'm sharing with you the journal page that I've for Art Journal Monday on the Mixed Media Mojo challenge blog.


My page is A4 size,


I started by gluing book pages, decorated paper, pink lace and tissue tape to the page, I stamped some Dina Wakley birds but they disappeared underneath all the later.paint layers.


I scraped some white acrylic paint on the page with a credit card.


I scraped some acrylic paint and stamped some numbers using a stamp from  the Stampers Anonymous Documented stamp set.


A bit more white paint.


I added a couple of die cuts and cut out some flowers and birds from patterned paper and glued them to the page, I also stamped some Dina Wakley leaves with olive Archival ink. The dies I used are from the Sizzix Thinlits scrabbles and splat set.


The last thing I did was to add colour and shading to the images with Pitt pens, I also added some doodles with a black and white pen.

I'd like to enter my piece in the following challenge
Mixed Media World - Use Bright Colours.

Monday, 20 April 2015

April Showers and Umbrellas

Good morning all. The project I'm sharing with you today is for two challenges.
The Craft Barn's April Calendar challenge, the theme is Blue and Umbrellas.
The Mixed Media Monthly April Showers challenge, I took my inspiration from Mr Umbrella Man.


I coloured the background with Gelatos then stamped the small Stampers Anonymous Umbrella Men. I die cut the large Umbrella Man out of one of my Gelli prints and stamped some sript on him. I mixed some turquoise brushos with water and let it run down the page. For the quote I used a Doo Lally Pip stamp.

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Documented Life Project - Week 8

Hi everyone, I hope you had a good weekend, I went to the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday, had a good day meeting friends and spending some money although I didn't spend as much as I usually do.

I'd like to share with you week 8 of the DLP challenge, the challenge for the week is Repeating Elements. I decided to do squares as I remembered that in 2013 I made an inchie every week for the Every Inchie Monday challenge, I never did anything with the inchies, they were put into an envelope and forgotten, the pages in my journal are A4 size, big enough to take all 52 inchies.

I'm linking my journal pages to Rhedd's Creative Spirit Anything Goes challenge.


These are the finished pages.


I started by drawing the grid and adding the calendar page.


I then coloured the squares with Inktense pencils and a water brush. I coloured the rest of the page with a red watercolour crayon and went over the lines with a black pen, I also drew squiggles on the lines but they're not on this photo.


I stamped some squares [Hero Arts] with distress ink in the blank areas and glued in the inchies.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Favourite Poems and Quotes

Favourite Poems and Quotes is the theme for this months challenge at Art Journal Journey.
I decided to use The Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner for my page, it's a poem that I remember doing for my exams at school.


There's a very small line drawing at the end of the poem in my book, so I adapted it for my page. I drew the design and painted the sky and sun with acrylic paint. I painted the sea with acrylic paint and then sprinkled turquoise and emerald green brushos on it, then I gave it a spray of water. The ship and albatross were painted with acrylic paint and I drew lines on the sea to show that there wasn't a wave in sight. I decided to put the albatross in the picture even though by the time the ship was becalmed he'd been killed by the ancient mariner.

Here's a close up of the verse.
I was going to use the verse "Water water everywhere" but decided the one I used was more apt.


Monday, 6 April 2015

Time Deco Pages

Good morning everyone and a big welcome to my new followers. I hope you are all having a lovely Easter weekend.

The KCUK 2015 Deco Swap is well under way, there are ten entrants this year, these are the pages that I made for Wendy, the theme of her book is Time.


For this page I coloured the background with Gelatos and stamped some clocks and script.
I die cut the Weathered Clock out of one of my mono prints and spread some DecoArt crackle glaze over it. I glued it to the page when it had dried and added the main image.
I used Creative Expression stamps for all the stamping.


I coloured the background for this page with acrylic paints and stamped the Crafty Individuals image over it. I stamped the main image [unknown stamp] onto white card, coloured it and cut it out. I put glossy accents on the face and added a clock charm. I added the sentiment [Creative Expressions].

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

First DT Post For The Mixed Media Mojo Challenge

I'm very excited to have been chosen to join the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Design Team - this is my first project for them.

The theme for the April challenge is Recycle/Upcycle and the twist is Flower.


I've made a vase using a plastic Options jar.


I started by glueing lace, die cut leaves and flowers to the jar.


Then I went back to the days of when I use to decorate cakes and used a piping bag with modelling paste to pipe some squiggly lines and dots. I did try to use a stencil but it was difficult because of the shape of the jar.


I painted the jar with white gesso.


I then painted the jar with DecoArt acrylic paint.


I made a wash of hansa yellow paint and let it run down the from the top of the jar, when this was dry I did the same with paynes grey.

 Here is a close up of the runs.


This is the finished vase with some daffodils. I had hoped the buds would have opened by the time the photo was taken, but it was not to be. The only thing I don't like about the vase are the roses that I put on - I should have left it plain.


The rest of the DT have made some fabulous projects so why not pop over to the MMMC to take a look,

Spring Hanging

It's the first of the month and time for a new challenge at Altered Eclectics, as always the theme is Anything Goes but it must be mixed media/altered art, no cards are allowed.

My DT piece this month is a Spring Hanging.




 I started by painting the base with gesso and then acrylic paint, then I stamped the flower to position it. I added a die cut and some lace and brushed some acrylic paint over them.


I stencilled some yellow dianmond shapes and stamped some script and mesh.


I sprinkled some brushos on the lace and die cut, then I sprayed some water and let it run, I also splattered watered down white acrylic paint.


I stamped the flower and rabbits onto card, the flower and leaves were stamped twice, I cut them out after colouring them with felt tips, then I adhered them to the hanging. I added some die cut letters, flowers and black gems in the centre of the flowers.

The stamps I used are
PaperArtsy/Lin Brown - the flower,
Crafty Individuals - the rabbits.

Why don't you check out the challenge, my team mates have made some fabulous samples.