Thursday, 5 January 2017

Swirls, Whirls and Flourishes at Stamps and Stencils

Happy New Year to you all, I'm kicking off the first challenge of the year over at Stamps and Stencils and I've chosen Swirls, Whirls and Flourishes! There are such a variety of stencils, stamps, embellishments in these designs and they are so versatile that I thought it would be fun to incorporate them somewhere in a creation of your choosing. I've had some chipboard flourishes for a while and chose to incorporate them in a little canvas I'm going to have sitting on my craft space. This year I'm going to keep positive by looking for the Joy in things.


Very grungy...a bit like January really, except there is some bling if you look closely and lots of texture .


I started off with a small 7 x 5 canvas that I added some mod roc or plaster bandage to the edges. Using Teresa Green and Chartreuse fresco paints I lay some colour onto the background.


I've added stamping and used a flourish stencil with embossing and grunge paste. Some prima blooms drips in Teal were added.


A little crackle paste was added and then I started to alter the mdf shapes, a little while later I've added micro beads, glitter, drips of watercolour... I also used a green and a raw umber glaze letting it seep into the cracks before wiping back. Basically I just had fun adding and taking away. Although I liked the monochrome palette I decided a little contrast was needed in purple.


I'm always surprised how things turn out, rarely anything like I originally thought...they evolve and I guess that's the beauty and yes the joy of creating.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I do hope you'll be able to join in with our challenge and please do hop across and see what the DT have created to inspire you, there really is some yummy eye candy!

R x

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Wishes at Stamps and Stencils.....

Hi everyone...well I'm late to the party and I apologise to you all. The new challenge at Stamps and Stencils has started and our host this month is the very talented Toni. Without further ado here's what Toni has to say..

Ahhhh! Christmas, like it or lump it, it rolls around every year and seems to arrive faster than ever. If you celebrate Christmas, it's likely that you'll be making cards, gift tags, decorations or even creating your own wrapping paper. My Christmas Wish is to see some of the creative things you are making, in order to spread a little seasonal love to your families and friends. My only request is that you include some stamping or stenciling or even both! 



I decided to create a little window decoration and I've used Tracy Scotts Gothic blooms set. As soon as I saw these stamps I thought they would be perfect to use at Christmas time as well, as they could double as spiky frosted winter  blooms or snowflakes. I thought I'd use a slightly different colour combination just to ring the changes and of course I had to add some bling.


At this time of year we need quick ideas that can be easily replicated, well I certainly do! I used some smoothy stamping card and quickly brushed some fresco paints on to it in bougainvillea, antarctic and tango. Add in some Lindy's stamp gang sprays and splashes and my go to shabby white enamel frantage and wow gold sparkle embossing powder, heat set and it's done. I just wanted splashes of colour and pops of bling.


I stamped lots of images and heat embossed in wow black glint embossing powder, a little fussy cutting later and its ready to be assembled.


The background is a coaster which has been painted gold and then a crackle glaze applied  before applying a coat of antarctic. Let the crackle appear add in some more stamping...love the bubble doodles from the same plate. To finish I added some dots of white enamel accents and frosted lace stickles. I hope you can find a little time to join in our challenge. For more amazing inspiration and  all the details please hop across to see what the rest of the talented DT have created for you. Ruth x

Friday, 18 November 2016

Alcohol Ink tiled frame at PaperArtsy

Hi everyone, welcome to my second post of the day. I'm over at the PaperArtsy blog tonight where I've been playing with alcohol inks and using Darcy's stamps to create a tiled frame for the new challenge theme which is all about 'Alcohol Ink and Pens' Here's a sneaky peek...


hope you'll hop across and see what I've been up to. Thanks for stopping by x