Thursday, 9 November 2017

Inspiration post at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, I have an Inspiration post over at Stamps and Stencils today and I've been using up long forgotten items and made a few Christmas cards along the way. Hope you'll hop across and be inspired. R x

Friday, 3 November 2017 Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, we have a new 'Pastel' challenge over at Stamps and Stencils hosted by the lovely Cec and here's what she has to say about it...

We have been treated to a riot of bright, warm colour since the spring bulbs made their appearance and continuing throughout summer and fall so let's go in the opposite direction and make a project with soft, pastel colours. Don't forget to include some stamping or stenciling or both in your creation.

I've chosen to get a little Christmassy and created a trio of snow capped houses. I quite often use pastel pink and blue on my Christmas cards, usually snowflakes or trees combined with glitter and bling so this seemed like the next step.

They will stand up and would be a fun project for children to be involved in as they are quick to decorate...maybe you could try creating a whole advent village.

They started off as several die cuts of corrugated card using Tim's Artful dwellings die and sandwiching together with PVA glue and washi tape around the edge. Lightweight but a great substrate for decorating.

I've used Fresco paints in Mermaid. Blush and Sage and stamping in Archival using some favourite  non Christmas plates by Lin Brown. It's always fun to find other ways to use stamps.

Kraft brown is a lovely complement to what I call ice cream colours, so I've used Cheery Lynn doily dies to add detail.

The inside of a doily created the little snowflake.

Clear crackle and shabby white frantage (no apology for using this again) for the snow.

The words are from the Alison Bomber winter plate and just fitted perfectly, a little gilding and ink around the edges and they're complete.

Hope you'll hop across to see more wonderful inspiration from the DT and join in our challenge. Rx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Mosaic frame at PaperArtsy

Hi everyone, I have a post over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight. I've been exploring all things pearlescent making a faux mother of pearl effect frame and combined it with a lovely Lin Perella stamped image.

Hop across for all the details. R x

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The Season of Autumn on a Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, it's time for the October challenge at Stamps and Stencils and Toni is our talented host this month...I'm so pleased with her choice which is based on a wonderful line from a poem by Keats. Here's what she wants us to do.

Autumn:' The Season of  Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness' I'd love to see your projects that are inspired by this beautiful season. You may love the rich, warm colours or the shapes of fallen leaves and natural forms. Let us celebrate the wonders to be found around us. The only catch, is that I'd like you to use a tag or several tags, as your substrate. Your tag can be any size or shape and made of any material but it must be a tag. It must also feature some stamping, stenciling or preferably both. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!

As if I wasn't inspired enough, Alison Bomber's latest stamp releases from PaperArtsy include an autumnal plate which has a quote from Anne of Green Gables. All the quotes are wonderful but this one sold it to me. I was and still am very fond of this series of books and this quote just evokes such images and memories for me....Autumn yes it may be cold, wet and windy at times but oh what a riot of colour!

Forget summer when flowers are big and blousy and fighting for your attention, this is when leaves come into their own....

Even one brown leaf  holds such warmth and may have guessed that I love Autumn ....but if I'm honest I'm so glad I live in a country that has seasons. I will look forward to the frosts of Winter, the acid bright colours that herald Spring and the 'warm' perfumed long days of Summer too, but for now I will enjoy Autumn!

I chose to alter a size 10 tag. A little stencilling in white before a wash of pumpkin soup paint and crackle paste.

Adding further layers of translucent paint, smoked paprika, london bus and yellow submarine, stamping in orange blossom and squid ink around the edges. I've used Lin Brown stamp sets for this.

Instead of card for the leaves I've used off cuts of cartridge paper, I find it holds the paint well whilst giving flexibilty. Fresco paints in browns, yellows, oranges, red, purple and deep chocolate tones too. Stamped and clear embossed and surprise, surprise...touches of  metallic foil and treasure gold.

Assembled with 3D gel

I had 2 choices at this stage, nestle the quote in the leaves or the option I went with which meant I needed something for the centre. Seeds I had from a previous project but I wanted some hawthorn berries. Paperclay and some very easy modelling worked quite well, finished off with gloss glaze.

Splashes of red and white paint to carry the colours through the tag and add contrast.

Sari silk ribbon perfectly matched the tag.

Final close up.

For more autumnal delights and inspiration, hop across and see what the wonderful DT have created. I hope you'll be tempted to join in...can't wait to see your tags! R x

Monday, 18 September 2017

Metallics at PaperArtsy!

Hi everyone, I'm just sharing a sneaky peek of a project I'm lucky enough to have over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight. The new challenge is Metallics and with Christmas looming on the horizon I've created a little home decor project using Ellen Vargo stamps. Hope you'll hop across and take look.

Thanks for stopping by x

A card...

Well that's an exciting title isn't it? I just couldn't think what to call it...I am very lucky and excited to have a couple of projects in the October Craft Stamper and whilst I can share a sneaky peek of one I don't have any photos of the other Stamping Contrasts feature which included a tag and a card...however I so enjoyed making the card I made a variation on the theme (different colours, different stamps). Of course I can't share how I made it as you'll have to read Craft Stamper but I thought you might enjoy seeing this version anyway.

This is the sneaky peek I can share of my other project....yes I may do brights occasionally but I keep returning to vintage!

This makes it a very short quick post though! I do have another sneaky peek post coming up tonight so hope you'll pop back for the link. Thanks so much for stopping by x

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Metallics at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, it's the September challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and this time the very creative Rachel is testing your metal, here's what she has to say.

   This month I would like you to make a piece involving metallics in some way - it could be metallic paints, rusted metal techniques, actual bits of metal, metal foil ....the possibilities are endless - also please use stamps and/or stencils. Have fun!

I've created another journal cover using the Eileen Hull die, no inserts to share just yet as they are a work in progress.

I opted for a neutral colour palette this time and used metallics in a subtle way, instead of gilding the lily, I've gilded the butterfly. Lots of texture and layering and definitely a Finnabair inspired piece.

I started off by scrunching up tissue paper and gluing on to the journal, sealing with more matte medium.

Next I layered up fabric, buttons, leftovers, art stones and a prima butterfly I had been hoarding. I've used sculpture medium to adhere and firm up all the pieces and coated with nougat fresco paint. I had wanted to use some crackle paste through a stencil but all of my pots had dried up, so made sure I included some stamping somewhere, although with all the layering of paint it kept going into hiding!   

  Next lots of dry brushing and stamping.

 From subtle to overload for the inside covers! Love the richness of this though.  

The layers of dry brushing are starting to build up and this last layer of french roast fresco paint which is translucent is wonderful for highlighting all the details. I could have left it at this, but we were going for gold so a little gilding would be perfect. I've used a mix of gold fresco paint, gold embossing powder and treasure gold to add lustre and shine to this cover.

Still some evidence of stamping to see.

I was in a bit of a rush to thread the elastic through and ended up with the knot on the outside....happy accident, 2 bits of lace on my desk came to the rescue and I tied them in....think I might do this again.  I have to say this was difficult to photograph, the subtle neutrals have shown up fine, but the gold highlights that shimmer so much in real life aren't showing up very well, maybe they are too reflective? The photos don't really do it justice, but hopefully you get an idea of my gilded butterfly book.  

 Are you inspired to explore all things metal yet? Hop across and see what all my talented team mates have created and hopefully you'll join in our challenge, looking forward to see what you create. As always thanks for stopping by. R x

Saturday, 26 August 2017

A Paris Journal

Hi everyone, well I've finally finished my first journal using Eileen Hull's Journal Die. It started off as funky but quickly turned shabby I tried to create a little vintage style Parisian elegance. It's more of a Traveler's notebook than a junk journal with lots of room for making notes and it's not too chunky so will fit in a bag easily. Am I going to Paris? Not that I know of..but it will definitely be going with me when I do!

I've also created a little flip through video which I'll share at the end of a rather long photo heavy post. Before I start though I want to thank Anne Redfern for her generosity and helping me out whilst I waited for my die to arrive and also for her many inspirational posts, this one is a particular favourite and Jenny Marples has been fairly busy herself creating gorgeous inspirational videos like this one, which is where my I picked up the tip about using a band of Sari silk ribbon to close the journal. THANKS to both of you!

This may be the first of many journals as I really like this die...

The cover was asking for grunge paste through a large lacy stencil, this is one I've had for ages, picked up in a sale and I'm not even sure who made it. Once covered I use Fresco paint in Nougat and then sprinkled infusions on and spritzed with water before heat setting. A little archival ink and treasure gold highlights the texture. Stitching and metal foil to finish.

As you can see lots of stencils and all my french or elegant style stamps came out. The stamps in the top left are an elusive image set and unfortunately aren't available anymore but photo realistic stamps would work brilliantly. Why Paris, well I was looking for a word to 'bump' stencil onto the plaque and the Scrapcosy stencil showing the word PARIS just sealed the deal as it fits perfectly over that wonderful crackled paint effect. Raquel of Scrapcosy has also made several videos using infusions and the link here covers infusions with Fresco paint.

I used walnut ink to stain the ribbon and white cartridge paper for a lot of the pages as I find it works beautifully with infusions.

The crackle effect on the front can be changed into gorgeous large cracks just by applying the paint thicker. I've used infusions a few different ways, the first page is spritzing water through a stencil having sprinkled the area with infusions, then monoprinting other areas with the infusions remaining  on the stencil.

Stamping and embossing on tissue paper pockets.

Stamping with versamark before brushing on infusions and spritzing, extra stamping in gold and brown archival and a few splashes of walnut ink.

All those punches I've been hanging onto were put to good use and splashes of white paint helped to age parchment writing paper. Stamps I've hoarded from childhood that hopefully aren't worth anything came in use.

As well as scraping white paint over Kraft paper as a base for journalling, it was very effective just stencilled on.

Several different colours of Infusions were used, think this is!

Waxed Kraft paper embosses beautifully and made some lovely stitched pockets for tags.

Another way of stamping with Infusions is to sprinkle them on to the stamp, rub in and spritz the stamp with water.

I imagine writing across in this journal starting at the edge of the images so there is a curvy flow of memories flowing down the page.

Of course there is room for tags and little souvenirs to be tucked away in flaps and pockets.

I'm itching to make another one but will content myself with leafing through this one for a little while longer....and if you want a walk through of the journal then here's the video.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit and enjoy the weekend. R x