Thursday, 6 July 2017

Colour, Texture, Shape at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, it's my turn to host this months challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and I have a picture inspiration board for you this time around! Here's what I've created.

..and here's the inspiration board..

Maybe it's the colour palette ranging from cream and peach through to gold, warm browns and soft greens that inspires you...or you want to choose different colours and fabric, lace or metal in your project as texture? As for shape, what about flowers, leaves and architecture or the design elements that are gothic, steampunk or romantic? 
So lots of scope here for you.   Whether your inspired by one or all of the pictures, please share your mixed media creations with us, the only restriction - you must use a stamp or stencil somewhere in your project.

The picture bottom right is some of the beautiful stonework at Lincoln Cathedral, a place we visited last summer. I loved all the different patterns and warm tones that were present. Here's a larger picture and this is where I chose to take my inspiration from.

Having been lucky enough to play with Seth Apter's new releases I chose to use some of the stamps on a canvas to create columns in different tones of brown and grey. I also included some of Lin Brown's recent releases as well.

I was also inspired by a quote from the must have new word stamps by Alison Bomber for PaperArtsy ( I'm so glad she has designed these and look forward to more). At this stage I was thinking of creating some flowers and maybe touches of green for lichen and had also incorporated Kay Carley's latest 'sprig' stencil...however sadly this background totally changed and the sprigs are not visible by the end. The result was that however much I loved the background it was too imposing for any flowers; on reflection the stamped phrase would have probably worked beautifully on it's own but it wouldn't really be a mixed media piece so plan B...

I covered it all up with paint to start again but when it dried some of the archival ink showed through.

So working with this, a little more stamping in paint and I added some texture with crackle and some lace that fitted in with the patterns from the stonework. Now I didn't mean to go down the teal route again but I was having to refer to my colour wheel as this palette was a bit unfamiliar and not one I would usually choose....and teal was the complimentary colour.

I rather like how this turned out, it's always good to have an interesting art usually learn more!

Hope you'll be tempted to join in, for more wonderful inspiration please hop across to see what the DT have created and I'm really looking forward to see what you're inspired to create!

Ruth x

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

New Eclectica Seth Apter stamps at PaperArtsy

Hi everyone, well over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight it's my turn to share what I've been making with the fabulous new Seth Apter stamp release. I made a mini envelope journal and a card.

There are 2 new plates ESA05 and ESA06 and I absolutely love them. Hop across to see all the details,  process shots of how I made the journal are below.

These are money envelopes and I brayered them before assembling. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer has a great tutorial on how to make them so here's the link

Once assembled I added touches of metallic fresco.

Grunge paste and paint through stencils before decorating. Here are the 5 pages

First pages

2nd spread

Pages 5 & 6

7 & 8

The final pages....

...and a monochromatic card

I've enjoyed working with Seth's previous releases, exploring his style and using his paint techniques; in the process my own style is evolving . I'd never have imagined creating something like this a year ago but love where these stamps have taken me.

Follow your bliss! R x

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Teal blue...

Hi everyone, I've been meaning to share some more cards that I made which have a teal blue theme.....I think teal goes wonderfully with shades of brown so we have teal and copper, teal with Kraft and teal with chocolate. I have also been using up bits again, snippets that sit in my little gather pots on the work space. This post is short on information but hopefully rich in eye candy... to make up for my less frequent posts of late!

A mark making background and of course stitchery.

The copper flowers are left overs from a craft stamper post I did last year when I made far too many.

I have had this 'plastic' card stock'  for years, sometimes you just have to wait for the right project to come along.

The Hambly paper is even older (it's been in my for stroking only stash). The new favourite Tammy Tutterow blossom die has had a good airing and of course I've used the iconic Chloe stem die.

Using snippets is creatively very satisfying as I find there are usually a few things that will go together and it's easier to make something with less than when I look around all my stash and think 'Where do I start?'

3 more cards that are variations on the blossoms theme.

with border

or without. Distress inks in Vintage Photo and Broken China matched perfectly.

I'll be back soon with more cards...that aren't in teal! Happy crafting whatever you are doing. R x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Words with Meaning at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, we have a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and it's all about using words, here's what Sue the host of this months theme has to say about it. Words with Meaning - I may be an old romantic but I love to see quotes and meaningful sayings on pieces of art. These can be quotes that are particularly meaningful to you or family sayings ! So, for this challenge I want to see your words taking centre stage, big and bold ! Remember, as always, you need to include some stamping or stencilling or both !

I love incorporating words, especially on my journal pages and have a whole board of favourite quotes on my pinterest account. I've used a current favourite on these pages.

I found these pages where I'd scraped spare paint onto my journal and thought this would be a good place to start. I loved the fresh and zingy look to these and wanted to try and keep the white space.

I added stamping and stencilling, keeping the purple and green separate  with only a little overlap of colours. I wanted to add some more white and after looking through my stencils decided I would use a piece of card I had die cut flowers from, it just seemed perfect for the pages.

I've used Lin Brown and Seth Apter stamps with archival ink and fresco paint.

A little texture was needed....I added crackle paste and sprinkled it with silver leaf, and rock candy distress glitter and added some pearl glaze as well as I wanted the white blossoms to sparkle and shine when they caught the light in keeping with the quote.

A few close ups of the words where I've added splashes of silver ink.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to hop across and see what the rest of the talented team have created to inspire you this month.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The ties that bind

Hi everyone, just a very short post today. I shared a snippet of a journal page on social media and I haven't shared the whole page so here are both.

Manchester is my home city....I had a piece of material stamped with the Lynne Perella images already to hand from some previous dabbling. I decided to tear it in half so it would fit in the journal and fold and really the piece evolved from there. A little bit of journalling and there are what look like quirky hearts...they are 22 of them and they are made from 22 with the first number reversed, random acts of kindness are also represented by RAK.

Linked together by mesh and thread that can't be torn apart... I'd been playing around with the word and realised that Manchester has the letters of heart in it and placed them so you can read it across and then link it. Art is a form of expression and sometimes you can't move forward until you've put your feelings and thoughts down. Take care. x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

...anyone for cake??

Hi everyone, nice to be back in blog land and with something a bit different today. I've still been busy creating but took some time out recently as we had a wedding in the family, I've been busy dusting off my cake and sugar flower making skills to make a wedding cake for my son and his bride who got married last week....and yes it was a lovely, happy, perfect day.

I thought I'd take this opportunity to go down memory lane and if you fancy reading on you may want a cuppa to go with your cake as I thought I'd share some of my previous creations. I haven't chosen to do this before because it's nearly 20 years since I made many of them and digital photos weren't around but I recently found an app that's enabled me to scan in a few of the pictures. The photos aren't great quality and it was still a challenge taking photos this time around as cakes are big and cards and pieces I usually make are small and flat and soooo much easier to photograph.

What started me off on my cake decorating journey nearly 30 years ago was finding a book called 'Finishing touches' and I saw a wedding cake in it unlike anything I'd seen before...which I wanted for my wedding...well if possible...well at least like it...and I did.

Our wedding cake 1988
I bought the book and was inspired to have a go, I never set out to make wedding cakes and started with a cake for my mother's 70th, I haven't got a picture of that one but I did make a rose...which looked more like a cabbage if truth be told; as my mum said blood, sweat and tears went into making the cake (I hasten to add not literally). Like all craft/art, you need to practice, practice, practice.

I made all sorts of fun birthday cakes for our children and, communion and nativity cakes for their school. I've come to the conclusion that I prefer to model or sculpt with my hands rather than draw.

I practiced piping and started to wire flowers, the honeysuckle cake was for a 50th Birthday and is still one of my favourite creations.

Then someone asked if I could make their wedding cake.

3 tiered ones followed and as they say every picture tells a story and these are a sign of the times - flowers on all tiers, drapes and swags were in and stacked cakes certainly weren't the fashion then.

Then life threw a curved ball and I went from part to full time work and cake making being quite time consuming had to take a back seat except for special occasions...but I discovered something that was easier to do in the time available and fulfilled my creative need. I was at one of the sugarcraft shows and next door at the craft and hobby show there was 'The Stamp Man'....card making and stamping became and have stayed my thing with a short hop across to mixed media. I genuinely love all the creative journeys I have been on and revisiting them is a treat too.
One thing I had forgotten is how much making flowers affects my shoulders, I do tense up. It's something I know I have to pace myself at and know I couldn't do regularly.

So if you are still with me, I thought I'd share a few close ups of this years model. My daughter-in-law chose a purple and ivory theme. She too had seen a picture of one she liked which was stacked, flowers on top and some decorative piping. In case you're wondering all the tiers are fruit as there was no way I could make and keep sponge fresh enough to decorate in time...but I did make a chocolate ganache cutting cake as well.

I knew she had chosen peonies and vintage lilac toned roses and that the bridesmaids were wearing mid length dresses (Monsoon) so took inspiration from there.

The flowers are made from 'petal paste' and start off like this before being shaded with edible dusting powders....not that they should be eaten! They will keep for years  if stored correctly and make a lovely keepsake. Freesias and Roses I've made before but it was a first time for making Peonies.


'Pearl drops'
Finally it was a simple wedding card in keeping with the theme...

Thanks for stopping by I really do appreciate it and hope you enjoyed a slightly different creative post. You may be pleased to know that after that sugar rush I will be back next time with some more cards I've been creating. Ruth x