Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Craft Barn Q & L

Where did November go?........   I've missed several of the Craft Barn's Q &L Challenges , so I am determined to complete the final 2 challenges. The current challenge is Heart and Risk - I chose the word risk as I love this Quote on a Tim Holtz stamp.

Dylusion and Shimmer Mist sprays have been used, stamp - Tim Holtz  Stampers Anonymous, Basic Grey and Paper Artsy. Versamark onxy and Olive Archival Inks.
Thanks for dropping by  :)

Monday, 17 November 2014

"Let It Snow"

Having created a Christmas Canvas I decided to make a card where the stamped images used (other than phrase) are non traditional stamps to design a Christmas card. I used a Crafty Individual corner Stamp for 2 corners and to make a couple of rough snowflakes. The sentiment stamp is from Sizzix. All were inked in Silver and clear EP.

Onto a piece of card I sprayed a selection of perfect pearls, stamped the TH fairy and die cut using Nestabilities and a plain larger circle die for the outer circle to form my bauble. An old can pull to create the top of the bauble. Gesso with applied with a cocktail stick for snow. Snowflakes punches from white card to add more interest and finally silver ribbon tied in a bow.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges
Crafty Calender - It's All About Christmas Challenge
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long  -  Anything Goes
Crafty Catz -  Christmas Is Coming
Alphabet Challenge - T is for Traditional Christmas
That's Crafty - Anything Vintage
Craft Stamper - Use A non Christmas Stamp To Create A Christmas Image

Thank you for dropping by   :)

Friday, 14 November 2014

A "Hearty" Christmas Tree

Having been lucky to win the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge in September I also got the chance to be  Guest Designer for the November Challenge  - Use a non Christmas Stamp To Create to Create A christmas Themed Image.

I had lots of fun in altering an A4 art canvas into a Christmas picture.
A few people who I know well, may now be spitting out their tea/coffee in surprise - as I don't usually do "large"   :)

So here's a quick resume of the process. Paper Artsy Fresco Paint Toad Hall, painted onto white card. Invoke "Textured Hearts" stamps inked with metallic Green from the Colorbox Petal point Brocade wheel, embossed with clear EP. Then fussy Cut.
Music Tissue paper given to me by the lovely She was glued to the canvas and left to dry.Then the background stamping began, I used a large Harlequin stamp for 2 corners using a clear pigment pad and covered with Crystal Stamp n Stuff EP  in 2 corners. Not wanting square edges I tore a piece of paper to mask off some of the stamp - remembered to keep the paper for later too! for the opposite corners I did the same using a Dylusion background stamp.
I wanted a rough idea as to where the tree would sit so I could concentrate on decorating the surrounding areas more. I used Stamplogy Stamps Jazzy Swirls which were stamped using same inks/EP as the corners to further develop the background and then I had fun spraying Glimmer Mists in Cranberry Zing and Antique Gold onto the canvas.
I was having so much fun it wasn't until after I over- stamped the corners of the canvas in Colorbox Frost  white and clear EP and  colourbox sepia back and Fun Stamps Pearl Gold EP.(Off set to create more depth). I had even started to create the border using DecoArt Gesso and more Toad Hall paint with Dylusion stencil that I remembered to take a poor Photo!!
A slightly better photo in daylight - I do need more stencil practice ! Next To create the Star - I used Paper Artsy Ellen Vargo Eclectica 3 Triangle stamp  -
 - I used Paper Artsy Ellen Vargo Eclectica 3 Triangle stamp stamped in Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink and covered with Sparkle n Sprinkle Petina Gold EP. Using a scalpel I fussy cut the Middle and edges to create the star. I directly applied Gold ink pad to the star and EP again.
For the tree container I used card painted in Cranberry Zing and Ellen's Square using inks and EP as above. Fussy cut.
The Tree stump is card painted with PA Fresco Tikka and Old Gold. Then an assembly of tree, stump, star and pot/container. I used foam to give the heart branches more dimension adding Glossy Accents to ensure they stayed in position! Little gems from stash to add the final touch.

Another photo of the completed Canvas - in real life it has loads more sparkle!!
Thank you for dropping by :)
I would also like to enter the canvas into the following
The Artist Trading Post  - Stencil Challenge
Through The Craft Room Door - Any thing Goes
Simon Says - We're seeing Stars Challenge
Stamping Sensations - Christmas Challenge
Craft Room Challenge - Anything 3D Challenge
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes (Altered Art Only).

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Rusty Twinchie

Recently I did a Twinchie swap, as my lovely swap partner has now received them I can share them on the blog

A short while ago I was lucky to attend a workshop with Andy Skinner and so decided to use some of the techniques on two of the Twinchies. The lace edged smile and the one below. I love the rusty, aged look and depth the layers of paint have created.
I am entering this into Artist Trading Post Challenge which is Any Old Iron The face stamp on the above Twinchie is by Stamp N Stor Art Parts #5 .
Have a lovely weekend and Thank you for dropping by   :)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Gal's "N" Pink

This weeks Q and L Challenge at The Craft Barn is Destiny and or Gift.
I chose Destiny and the "A best friend is a sister DESTINY forgot to give you" quote by Anonymous.

The page is very pink for me and The River City stamp is called "The Girls" appropriate I think to promote  Breast Cancer Awareness month.

 With this in mind  I am also entering this page into the following challenges
Fussy and Fancy  Pink or Breast Cancer Challenge
The Crafting Café Think Pink Challenge
Live and Love Crafts Pink Challenge
The Pink Elephant   "Think Pink" Challenge
The Sisterhood Of Crafters "Think Pink" Challenge
Thank you for dropping by  :)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Craft Barn Q and L Better and Tando Crafts - Letters

At last I can re-join challenges and "play" again as the Summer holidays have ended  :)

This fortnights  Q and L challenge at the The Craft Barn  is Patience or Better - I chose a great quote from Abraham Lincoln - it made me smile! Now as I was creating this I knew this was apt for another couple of challenges I remembered the Take It Make It Challenge but could not remember the other challenge ....  hooray as I was looking through my links I found it Tando Creative  Challenge which closes soon and September Challenge is letters - my quote is full of them!!  PC  generated inked and pecncil coloured and Biro pen to highlight on the journal page :)
Lots of inky fun on my journal page and a fussy cut Stampotique boy, TH, PA, C.I. and Dylusion stamps, ink pen, tissue paper for the background  - had a lovely time :)
I am also entering this into the Craft Stamper - Take It Make It - September Challenge which ends tomorrow
Thanks for looking have a lovely evening

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Autumn Tag #2

As previously mentioned I joined in  tag swap and I rather enjoyed colouring the wee girl and so repeated the tag several times just changing the layout of fussy cut leaves and rather than stamping the quote onto tissue and adhering into position leaving the area free from paste so I could stamp directly onto the tag. I also used background stamp text direct to tag too.

The Challenge at That's Crafty  is girl power - I think the quote (TH) is a powerful and positive quote so wish to submit the tag for the challenge.
I would also like to submit the tag into Copic Marker Europe Challenge whose challenge is Anything Goes - The Zeetiology girl is coloured using Copic Markers.
Also The Artistic Stamper who have a Monthly challenge theme of Autumn
Thank you for dropping by :) 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn Tag

Over at Creative Girls FB there is an Autumn tag swap and this is one of the tags I created for it. I love the Autumnal colours and falling leaves - although there is only 1 leaf on this tag!!

The Craft Room Challenge has a something old something new challenge. The old things are Versafine ink pad, fibres, copics pens, paste, tissue paper leaf and crackle stamps. New are the Dylusion spays,stencils, tag, Zeetilogy girl and TH quote stamps.

I would also like to enter this into the Left Of Centre Challenge which is no DP this week and
                                                            Simply Create Too whose challenge is Autumn and
                                                            Take It Make It (Craft Stamper) whose challenge is Tissue paper - the TH quote is stamped on beige tissue - as you can see I managed to tear a piece from the "B" and  "H" oops

Thank you for dropping by, have a lovely weekend :)

Monday, 30 June 2014

Crafty individuals

I thought I had already entered my tag into the current Crafty Individuals Challenge  Tag you're It - if you want to enter you've just over a day to do so  :)   alas not! Better late than never!!
Basic Tag sprayed with dylusion paints I think Holly and Peridot. White pencil through Crafter Workshop Chicken Wire Stencil . The background floral stamp is a Crafty Individual loose stamp (I think years ago the company did ATC snatch bags?), as is the border, all stamped in Versafine Onyx Ink. The main image is CI - 260, I just used the framed lady, edges of frame  coloured in  Viva Precious Metal Bronze colour, and I highlighted part of the frames top and bottom too. Lady and dress coloured with Copics. Quote -"To love and be loved is the greatest happiness",  is part of CI 031,an acrylic painted offcut from another project.
I am entering this tag into Crafty Individuals  - Tag You Are It
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Suzy Bees Challenge - Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes
Tag Along - Quotes - SHOWCASED THANK YOU :)
Try It On Tuesday - Tags Everywhere - or Just A Tag

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Darcy and Q and A

Oh MY WORD!!  It was pointed out that my quote for   The Craft Barn Q and L Challenge was wrong. (Thank you Twinkle Toes). So I double checked and had written the quote wrong - sorry all because as I wanted to edit blogger had a moment so I've had to restart all over ROFL.

As you can see the pic above was my original Journal page (complete with error), created with the help of the lovely Darcy's monthly tutorials over at Paper Artsy Blog. I loved the bulrushes and frame she created, so did my own "take" on her page and used several of the techniques she showed us.
 I stamped lots of words onto tissue paper.

I used a scraper (grouting tool), to apply acrylic paint in red, yellow, (standard) Amethyst, Dusty Teal, Dolly Mixture and Chalk Fresco paints to the journal pages.

The fun part of tearing the tissue and adding to the painted page.

Luckily I paid attention to Darcy's advice and built my "knocked back" layers of Chalk Fresco slowly and diluted but forgot to use the palette knife to apply - I used that for apply grunge paste later!
I used PS 007 for the flower and bulrushes. The bulrushes were pasted and then reused stencil, once dry to paint using Lumin Arte paint ant trying to shade them! I stamped the birds and reeds from Hot Picks 1005 plate in versafine black onyx ink onto tissue. I managed to contaminate with the Luminaire colours from the bulrushes, so had to quickly colour and stick the image onto the page!! Using PS007 I stencilled with Coloubox eggshell white  and clear embossed the lower 2 flowers and transparent sparkled the top 3. It needed colour so off set the stencil to top 3 flowers (Darcy had shown this a few months earlier) and painted using Luminaire Wisteria.
The technique I know I will use again is the edging created using torn paper and Dusty Teal Fresco paint.
The apt quote is here  and so I have corrected the original written quote !!!

I had also entered the following challenges
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
 Rhedd And Rosies - Anything Goes 
 Pennys Challenges -Embossing
 Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Spray It! Ink It! Paint It! Smear It! Emboss It! 
Thank you for dropping by  :)

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Ton Sur Ton

Junes Challenge at The Art Journey is tone on tone. I enjoyed getting the DI out and embossing powder. The main image is Precious-Moments , by The Art Journey. Sentiment - Hot Off The Press, Versamark Black Onyx Ink, PI Clear Embossing Powder .

Challenges I am entering - Art Journey Designs - Ton Sur Ton
                                           Allsorts - Clean and Simple
                                           Addicted To Stamps - Outdoors
                                           ABC -  M for Monochromatic
                                           A Creative Romance - Anything Goes option of Birthday
                                           Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
                                           Stampin' For The Weekend - Anything Goes
Thank you for dropping by :)

Sunday, 8 June 2014


The current words for Craft Barn Q and L Challenge is Mountain and Mistake - I chose mistake and used a Linsey Masson quote "Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Go with them and see where they take you. "

I had great fun creating this double page I used my (new to me) Dylusion spray inks, and stamps,  Lynne Perrella (Paper Artsy) stamps Wendy Vecchi stencil with paste. Another stencil.  Pencil and pen for highlights, and a couple of extra doodles! 
I am entering these pages into The Craft Barn Challenge - Mistake,  Stampin for the Weekend  - anything Goes, All Crafts - anything Goes

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Craft Barn Q and L Challenge

WOW  did I enjoy the challenge - for almost 2 weeks I've been humming a Song to the latest Craft Barn Q and L Challenge   Passion and Music - me being me immediadately turned the 2 words around and ........ after prepping pages with TH DI and a border stamp...... the transposed words became .........

Music and Passion and the Barry Manilow song Copacabana  .........   soo many ideas and images !!  I settled for a sort of scrapbook  double page journal entry. The Copacabana - PA Hot Picks 1108, Artistic Outpost Gastby for "Tony" and "Rico" and a digital image of Sally Fields as Lola. Colored stmped imges with pencils.
From the Players as it were to the bones of the song.........     Stampendous stamp - I love the piano and sheet music,  and TH Sizzix Die to portray Passion,  bit of Computer paly to generate the wording for the pages and  song lyrics.............

All done!!

The Lyrics so you to can ling- along!

I am ntering this into the following challenges The Craft Barn Q and L Challenge ,  Crafty Catz Where Anything Goes,  Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes ,and Rhedd and Rosie's  - No flowers/ Floral

THANK YOU FOR VISITING!!   Have  lovely weekend  xx

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Paint play

With all the gorgeous Gelliplate backgrounds I wanted to see what I could do without one!  So here's my take using cheap copier paper.  A mixture of acrylic paint, poster paint, die cuts and for the later ones water oh and of course a brayer.  I used a glass placemat - it has a texture which came through nicely on the last pressings.

I had great fun and will be doing more soon!!!
Thanks for looking :)