Thursday, 26 November 2015

White Hexagons at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, I have another inspiration over at Stamps and Stencils today. I've created a scrapbook themed canvas in keeping with the current memories themed challenge. Hope you'll pop across to see what I've been up to.

Thanks for stopping by....and happy crafting! 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Textured Canvas at PaperArtsy

Good evening, I have a guest designer spot over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight...yippee! The current fabulous theme is Abstract Art. Oh the ideas were flying around in my head for this one...what to choose? I eventually settled on a textured canvas. Please pop over to here to see what I've created...and here's a sneaky peek.

Edited to show the full 'picture'

Thanks as always for stopping by. Ruth x

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Frosty Green

Hi everyone, sharing a layered textured page from my large dylusions journal today. Following on from a glorious autumn, the weather has turned blustery and we are probably not far off from some frosty weather.

There are always patches of green around even in winter and I love a crisp morning where the frost has touched everything. I was reminded of this as the layers built up on my pages and a frosty green scene appeared, a white frosted bird and foliage just seemed a perfect touch alongside the sentiment.

I used a leafy clarity stencil with colour blooms and then added further stamping and stenciling with coordinating fresco paints.

Stencils with clear gel medium and a sprinkling of rock candy distress glitter gave dimension and added to the frosty feel. 

Book text and washi tape were also used in the background.

 Some stamping in black archival.

The foliage is a memory box die which I scraped some puff paint on and added a sprinkle of white embossing powder before heating.

Same treatment to the PaperArtsy bird diecut.

A little shading and finally the sentiment stamped under the 'branch'.

It's a little hard to see the subtle sparkle, but it's there.

It's been lovely to have some fun creating and  be able to enter this in the following fabulous challenges.

 Craft Stamper - Take It Make It challenge - take a stamp and Anything Goes for November.

Mixed Media World - Anything Goes

Try It On Tuesday - Create a Scene

Mixed media Monthly Challenge- all about Texture

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and hope it is peaceful wherever you are....

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Remember, Remember challenge at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, it's time for our next challenge at Stamps and Stencils but before I announce the theme can I thank everyone who took the time to blog hop and enter our word search, we were thrilled with the amount of entries Thank you!

Onto this months challenge then and it's my turn to host! When I realised that the challenge fell on 'Bonfire Night', the words 'Remember, Remember the 5th of November' came into my head and the idea of a memory themed challenge formed. So this month we want to see projects inspired by favourite memories. This could be a  favourite holiday or destination, childhood memories, something from last week or your first memory or it could be as I've chosen something that brings back happy memories. Here are my journal pages.

So here's the story...we stayed in a cottage this summer and there were beautiful hydrangea bushes in the garden and it struck me how they always remind me of 'Auntie' Eva & 'Uncle' Jack, so why not make some pages in those beautiful pink and sage green hues of the fading flower heads. So I did.

This is my upside down book journal, pages were gessoed and then I tinted some embossing paste with Green Pearl and spread it through the Prima doily stencil. I then made up some sprays of Primary element pigments in Pear Blossom, Green Pearl and Ginger Flower. Sprays, splats and drips later I was a happy bunny.

Next some stamping with white fresco paint and some Sara Naumann Eclectica background stamps and then some Granny Smith fresco paint for the very appropriate quote from a Lin Brown Eclectica set. 'We do not remember days, we remember moments'.

Card stock and paper in green tones were given a wash of the Primary Element colours already used and then flowers from a JOFY set were stamped in black archival and cut out. I also added their names to the centres of the flowers.

So why do hydrangeas remind me of  Eva and Jack? Well here's the rest of the story..

Eva and Jack were very good neighbours and like a lot of family friends they were known as Aunt and Uncle by the children on our road, sadly they had no children of their own. Whilst my mum was a very good cook and baker, Eva would also teach me to make and bake things and Jack who was a very good gardener first instilled me with a love of gardening giving me cuttings and seedlings to plant.
They gave my mother a cutting from a beautiful hydrangea bush many many years ago, and it grew and flowered every year. When my mother moved house nearly 30 years ago she took a cutting from it, nurtured it and it still grows now. Without fail as the hydrangea flowers she will say Jack and Eva are flowering again, and that's why hydrangeas will always remind me of Eva, Jack and my mother.

So what are your favourite memories?

As always thanks for stopping by and can't wait to see what you come up with. x