Tuesday, 29 April 2014

PaperArtsy 3UP

Woohoo .. I got lucky and was picked out of a hat to be one of tonight's PaperArtsy bloggers ... here is a little snippet photograph of my project so head on over to PaperArtsy blog see the rest and the other two gorgeous projects on there ... you gotta love PaperArtsy ... fab products and brilliant blog inspiration almost every day ...

I got a bit carried away and made a second project ... if you head back here tomorrow I'll have more pictures of the above, the second project and a link to a video showing the above in a bit more detail ... see you then

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Challenges - Ink on my Fingers, The Artistic Stamper and Simonsaysstamp

This weeks Ink on my Fingers challenge is 'memories' ... my tag is in memory of my Nan (maternal grandmother) ... I have used scribble stain distress technique for the background (2nd technique in Compendium of Curiosities Book 1), flowers made from similarly stained paper and die cut with Spellbinders Rose creations die, some leaves (Memory Box die)' and a frame made by layering up Oval die cuts and embossing with copper embossing powder ...

The words, embellishments and charms all relate to things about her ..
Sewing words and phrases, doily lace stencil resembling the crochet she used to do, she liked a bit of bling, she loved flowers, she always had a pot of tea on the go, she could always find a safety pin when you needed one' and she was clever (the book charm) - she passed her exams to attend Grammer School in 1911 but her parents couldn't afford for her to go - her head mistress even offered to fund her uniform but it was still too much money and she never got there - her mother then died when she was 13 and she went into 'service' for her cousin who seems to have managed to marry 'well' ... this is a photograph of my Nan with her young charge aged about 14 ...

My Nan was the best - I miss her.

I am also entering this for The Artistic Stampers embossing/texture challenge
And Simonsaysstamp big stamp challenge (hard to see but I have used this gorgeous background stamp all over the distress inks for added texture)

Friday, 25 April 2014

Tag Along Challenge

The latest challenge from Tag Along  is 'Pin Up' ... here's my version ...

Wrinkle free distress background (I just Got Compendium of Curiosities 1 - I know - years behind :-)) - and I have used wrinkle free before of course but thought I might work through the book. PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint in Snowflake through a star stencil from Dutch Doobadoo. The text is in Potting Soil Archival and is an old Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers stamp and is instructions on how to take care of yourself in terms of beauty! The numbers and title are a Stampington Alphabet and are stamped in black archival. Black soot around the edge and a bit of silky striped ribbon to finish it off.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

PaperArtsy Weekly Challenge 2nd try

I wasn't at all happy with my first entry into this challenge and wanted to try again ... I have really loved Pam Thorburn's posts this week and wanted to carry on Gelli printing ... I don't 'scrapbook' but I do 'junk journal' and often use photographs ... usually I use patterned papers as backgrounds but Pam and a recent Gelli Arts video inspired me to try making my own ... I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints in Guacamole, Claret and Snowflake and stamps from Plate ELB01 to make the pattern ... it turned out really well ...

When I started the page I had in mind the photograph I wanted to use which was a black and white one of my Dad chopping down a very large tree ... while I was looking for that photograph I found this one and the colours were just perfect (there's even some Guacamole coloured green moss on the rocks at the back) ... I love how that kind of thing happens when you work through a project! 

The prints I started off with are below ... the first yellow one didn't work and the sheet on the left is where I brayered off my paint. I then tore some strips from this to make the paper ruffle which picks up the (very stylish!) ruched swimwear. I stamped the leaves from ELB01 onto off cuts from the original print to embellish the page ... and found some ribbon with a bit of sparkle ... all very simple. Oh yes I'm the one on the right - in orange - never worn this colour since!

Below are a few junk journal pages made some time ago in a similar style ... just trying stuff out and recording a little about the photograph/event.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Paperartsy Weekly Challenge

I haven't played along with this challenge for a while but this weeks first post by Pam Thorburn did inspire me - I have a Gelli plate and I needed to use it more.

When I woke up yesterday morning I had a VERY clear vision in my head of what this page would look like - neutral light background with the monoprint prominent and a framed floral element - this is NOTHING like that vision :-))

It has somehow ended up with my favourite but overused colour combination of blue and orange - albeit muted - the paints are all PaperArtsy Fresco Finish. I'm not really happy with it though. I do like the background and I like the die cut flowers. I've added crayon to the painted background of the flowers using Prisma pencils and I have shaded around them with Bark Inktense pencil - these work quite well.The quote has got a little lost however and makes it look a bit messy - I need to re-think my 'journaling'. I will still enter it for the challenge - if it doesn't count that's fine - the monoprint is now invisible but I like to think it has added 'depth' to the finished piece. 

Here are the original monoprints ...

... and the one I chose to work with ... Neutral, Light and all ready for that fabulous floral thing in a frame???

This is where it started going wrong - still fairly pale but it just wasn't doing it for me ...

So I ended up here after painting another sheet with those gorgeous blue and green Fresco Finish paints

Back to the drawing board I guess

Two more greetings cards

 More cards - the original Pinterest ones are here and here 


Monday, 21 April 2014

Playing card 8

Another 'heart' added today - love making these - just a little larger than ATC size ...

Sunday, 20 April 2014

PaperArtsy Journal Challenge

Decided to have a go at Darcy's Journal page challenge this month over on the PaperArtsy blog ... however I have some limitations! I prefer to work on an smaller scale so cut my background card 6" x 5" ... because of the smaller size I only used a selection of the techniques Darcy used and my page is very different from hers ... although with a similar feel regarding the colours which I loved ...

The techniques I used were ...

1. Ripped book pages for texture - taken from this old Ready Reckoner bought this morning for 50 pence at a car boot sale.
2. Mainly translucent paints ... I painted my card first with Snowflake Fresco Finish as it was a piece of packing - you can see it top right in the picture below ...

I mixed some of the translucent colours together but forgot to write this down in detail ... I used Blood Orange, Beach Hut, Zesty Zing, Tango, Limelight, Hey Pesto, Pumpkin Soup and Inky Pool. Right at the end I used a little Mermaid to the flowers and Little Black Dress around the edge of the card. This is the card at this stage ... all wiped back with a baby wipe as I didn't want this too strong.

3. Glued in stamped images - the heart frame and the flowers were stamped on separate pieces of painted white card, cut out and glued down ... the turquoise border was stamped directly onto painted background in Snowflake paint then filled in with Snowflake and then with Beach Hut mixed with Inky Pool and then re-stamped (badly - this was tricky but in the end I liked the grungy look this gave) ... this is how Darcy did her border.
4. Window frame - not sure how successful this is really but i like the way the flowers are framed
5. Using a white pen to highlight
6. Masking off areas - the turquoise border was masked when heart border was stamped

To do my shading I used an Inktense pencil colour Bark and like how it 'grunged' this up a bit

I meant to take a few more photographs along the way but got so involved I forgot ... I used PaperArtsy stamps - Swirls and Curls 4 (an all time favourite) , HP1009 and LPC014

PS Some of the other techniques Darcy used are on yesterday's hanging heart post- just coincidence!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Shabby Chic hanging heart

In a few weeks I will be attending Beryl Taylors UK workshops and can't wait. In 'preparation' I have been revisiting her work and have altered  an MDF hanging heart over the last few days in her 'style' - homage to Beryl. It is a little difficult to photograph I hope this gives you an idea ... I have used Paperartsy paints and Pewter Treasure Gold to achieve the finish ... its has a nice muted silver finish in real life ...

The heart is approximately 6" x 5". Just to demonstrate my process I have added some extra pictures below ...

Covering the heart with scrapbook paper ...

The heart painted and stencilled (there are some tissue paper strips added under the paint for a bit of texture and a little crackling around the edges using Paperartsy Crackle Glaze and as I said the paints used are Paperartsy Fresco Finish in gorgeous pinky purples - I used Vintage lace, Mushroom, Spanish Mulberry, Rose and Squid Ink ..

I made the charm with glass beads and a chain tassel and drilled a small hole at the bottom of the heart to hang it ...

The square is silver card dry embossed with my Cuttlebug and then painted with Fresco Finish paints to make it 'shabby' with some brads is each corner. The centre heart is card covered with a little padding and a piece of silk painted with the Fresco paints to match the rest of the project. I have stamped it with a text stamp and wound wire and beads around it - this is similar in design to a piece I created years ago that I still like ...

Friday, 18 April 2014

Another card

The original spotted the other day here .. a card by one of my all time favourite card makers Amy Scheffer - she is fabulous...

This looks much nicer in real life ... thank you for looking

Thursday, 17 April 2014


When my mojo goes missing I make cards .. here are two of todays ...

Pinterest is my source (inspiration) and you can see the originals here and here.