Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Two Birthdays

I had two birthdays with a couple of days
of each other & a new background idea,
that I really wanted to try.
Result, two cards but different colours & images.
Both cards feature an image personal to the recipient.
First up, my card for Karin, featuring
one of her gorgeous photos from Iceland.
The colours on the card were selected to match
the blue in the photo.

Next up, my friend (& old work buddy) Kate.
With this one, I went with pink to match her
Labrador's tongue.
I always think of two things when I look at this photo.
First it reminds me of the test screen on television
of years gone by & second I wonder if Skye is in
fact blowing bubbles with some gum!!

Both card began the same, 2 squares of 140lb
watercolour paper and gesso added randomly.
Book text paper from a purpose bought cheap dictionary
added & then one card spritzed with Blue Magicals;
TiffanyLou's Blue
& the other Pink Magicals:
Cotton Candy Pink.
(Both from  LSG Sweet Treats set)
While the Magicals were still wet, I added Brusho,
Ost Blue to the Blue card & Rose Brusho on the pink one.
Both were well dried and then Golden Light Molding Paste
was put through a Tim Holtz Stencil, Blossom.
I love how the paste draws up some of the colour in random places.
I dragged Gold Drawing Ink over some sections.
Brusho & Drawing Ink both by Colourcraft Ltd.
Photos were die cut using the Maggie Holmes Polaroid die.
Birthday - Tim Holtz Thinlits Script.
Sadly the photograph does not show the glimmer
made by the magical sprays.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Latest Art Journal Spread - Craft Life

When I began creating this page, it was using
a colour scheme I had used for something else.
I had used 140lb watercolour paper to blot off
excess colour.
The only idea I had for the page was shimmer.
Lots of glorious pearlescent shimmer...
I totally love the gold/pink combination and
I used this as my starting point.
Sadly, as we all know, cameras do not pick
up shimmer very well. So I included two close up
shots because the gold on the velum heart shows quite well.
 I also wanted a close up of this gorgeous
digital bird I purchased.

Now a photograph of the complete double page spread.

The base of this began life as Dylusions sprays.
First I spritzed with White Linen and then added Lemon Zest
Tangerine dream and Cherry Pie.
Spritzing them this way turned them pastel
(an idea I gleaned from Joggles)
I then used water & more white linen to
do the ghost technique using the Rosetta
& Love Post Stencils by C/Workshop.
Once dry I spritzed with Heidi Swapp Colorshine
GOLD! Yummy!
I added light molding paste through the Love
Post stencil. I also drew them hearts lightly on velum and cut out.
I added the Winged Heart TH die & the bird.
The paste soaked up colour from underneath.
I coloured the back of the velum hearts with Gelato
Champagne Gold and once on the page
spritzed with Gold.
Other products used;
Silk Acrylic Glazes.
Donna Downey stamp
Lime Citron Stamp - Amour
Love stamp - Hero arts
Crafty Secrets Bird Notes stamps
Galaxy Gold ink
LSG Magicals Cotton Candy Pink
Primary elements Rose Gold
Words are all "found Poetry"
from a purpose bought dictionary.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

It's All About Weddings!

I really have neglected my poor little blog.
To be honest, I have been so very busy making
wedding invitations for my friends, Claire & Craig.
Once they were done, I needed a total break from
Anyway, I am back today to share
this card made for my sister & hubby.
Yesterday was their Wedding Anniversary.
I am really into Gold/Pink combinations right
now & so this card was born.
Today, my colleague, Andy married his lovely
girlfriend, Rachel. So, I made
then this card, using the same palette.
Materials list;
140lb watercolour paper
Lindys Starburst Sprays;
Heidi Swapp Colour Shine - Gold
design by Rebekah Meir
Tim Holtz - Mini Hearts
Love - Maggie Holmes - Open Book
Gold Stickers - Jen Hadfield Home Made
Love Defined - Tim Holtz
Paper Strip - Prima
Velum pieces - Papermania
Sequins - from my stash
Deeper pink on heart - Cherry Pie Dylusions
links to products where possible.
Thank you for dropping by.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Handmade Book

Warning - Photo heavy!
I handmade a small notebook for my sister.
Its purpose, so she could note what we did on holiday.
I made the pages using shaving foam & distress reinkers.
I did one side Milled Lavender,
let it dry well & then turned over
& repeated with Victorian Velvet.
I used PaperArtsy Stamps,
Finnabair stamps,
Donna Downey empowered word stamps,
Baroque Swirl stamp is by Inkylicious
I then stitched the book together using dental floss.
Here is the finished piece.
Front Cover
Lower portion coloured with Silks

Inside front cover

some of the decorated pages

inside back cover

Back cover
I tried to keep the book simple so that my sister had room to write.
She said the shaving foam made the paper lovely & silky, smooth to write on.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Card Share

I made this card to give my sister, Tracy. I saved her birthday money until I went up on holiday.
She saved mine for when I got there and we went out for some retail therapy.
I also made her a hand stitched minibook to jot down things about
our week, however having just upgraded to Windows 10, I have not yet got the
pictures back on my computer. (I sensibly moved everything to my portable hard drive) 
For the card I used Tim Holtz tissue, Luminarte Silks, Texture Paste,
Tim Holtz Stamps & stencils. Artful Mosaic- original by Michelle Ward,
Finnabair Butterflies.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Two Art Journal Pages

I wanted to create a page in my journal
made up of recycled materials.
Here is a photo of a few of those items.
Tea bag paper, fruit tea from inside
100% Kraft napkin & balsa wood.
Here's what I came up with.
I used even more recycled bits such as;
eggshells, labels, cut off pieces of hessian
and grass heads from outdoors.

The eggshells were adhered on top of
the tea bag papers and then while the gel medium was
still wet, I added the dried fruit tea from inside the bags.
The hessian was offcuts from some Wedding Invitations
I adhered them to make a square to place my grasses.
The whole page was coloured with LSG Starbursts;
Cape Cod Coral/ Clam Bake Beige
Gelatos; Cinnamon / Ice Chai & Coffee
The Moth images were stamped onto the Kraft napkin
I used Paper Artsy word stamps
The tag was from a set of recycled bags.
Title was die cut with Memory Box Urban alpha
cut from the balsa wood.
I was inspired to use eggshells by
French Mixed Media Artist;

For my next page I wanted to
incorporate lots of layers.
I also wanted to use image transfer.
My transfer was made from this photo
I took in Feb 2008 at Howden Minster.
I changed it to B&W.
However, the transfer came out blue
& I was thrilled because it matched
my chosen background colours!

Here is what I created.
My layers consist of Masking Tape,
Washi Tape,
Gel Medium resist with stencil
Dried Flowers
Die Cuts; Tim Holtz / Memory Box
Stamping - Nathalie Kalbach
Coloured using LSG Starbursts;
Whale Watch Blue / Sea Grass Green
Silks & Primary Elements
My focal Image of the Howden Angel
Crafty Individuals Butterfly Girl
Stamped on tissue & adhered to page.
My wording at top Indigoblu
Angel Definition at bottom.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Happy Birthday to my sister, Tracy

Today it is my sister's birthday!
I made her card quite simple as she
is not fond of fussy designs.
I forgot all about this letterpress plate
until I saw an image on Pinterest!
I have since done a craft supplies re shuffle!!
So annoying not knowing where things are so you forget them.

Inside I used a piece cut off from the front.
On the back I used the same colour for the
Letterpress & plate-floral
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlits Celebrate
& Mixed Media
Dragonfly/Happy/With love stamps;
free cover images
ribbon from £ shop
Butterfly - Anitas
Spiro die
LSG Starbursts Whale Watch Blue
I have two art journal pages almost complete
however the heat has made me shattered & I slept
nearly all day yesterday!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Kim's 40th Birthday

This was made for a colleague who turned 40 last month.
I stamped & embossed the two Kaisercraft stamped designs
using LSG angel Wings Gold.
I then sprayed the panel with Dylusions;
Lemon Zest/Tangerine Dream
Cherry Pie/ Pomegranate Seed
Once dry I added White Linen &
some Picket Fence Distress stains.
I re-stamped the butterfly design over
the embossed one with Hero Arts Cuppa Joe.
Then stamped the swirl.
Die cut two pieces of watercolour paper with Tim Holtz
Mixed media die - Harlequin & coloured
using LSG Starbursts;
Cape Cod Coral/ Salt Water Taffy
Coloured some small white flowers at same time.
Added a cut out butterfly.
I almost have two art journal pages to share but have
been working on a few things at once,
getting nowhere fast!!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

I chose to use a photograph as the focal
image for the card.
I took this picture at Plants+ in Northumberland
the weekend of my sister's birthday.
Dad bought some of these, almost black Fuchsias.
I stamped a panel of watercolour paper
with Darkroom Door large grid stamp.
I then stamped Fuchsias on each side
(Darkroom Door Art De Fleur Vol.1)
I stamped them again onto card
coloured them with Inktense Pencils
& once the photo was in place, I layered
them so overlap the image.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Page 5 of my Art Journal

The idea for this page actually came to
me as I was waking up last Sunday morning!
I'm not sure where it came from or what it meant
but I knew I just had to go with it!
I wanted vivid colour against black
& I wanted the Tim Holtz Doily stencil.
I painted a paper doily black & then
stencilled Bird in the Window Stencil Girl
I added the border stamping using StazOn
& painted the stamped Tim Holtz flower.
The shape of the paper in the centre does
come from a doodle I did a week or so
ago when we had no computers at work.


Other Materials used;
Watercolour paper
Dylusion's paint-
Fresh Lime/ Black Marble
White Linen/ Postbox Red
(both red & green mixed with black for darker shades)
Posca White Paint Pen
Border Stamps from a set
I bought while in France.
It was my train buddy, Martin's birthday
mid week and I made him this card.

The image is a photo I took at Alnwick Castle.
I made the speech bubbles in Silhouette Studio
The fries & coke are from a free stamp set by DoCraft.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Art Journal & Cards

First up is my third art journal entry.
This has taken many weeks to complete.
Firstly because I am working on wedding invitations
for friends and secondly because I wanted a
really worn background.
The background is designed to look like very shabby walls
with old peeling paper.
I used the peeled paint technique using Vaseline
layers of paint, followed by more Vaseline
& more paint. I think in total I applied about
9 layers until I was happy!
I used some free paper that came in a craft mag
a few years ago. It is gorgeous roses by Raspberry Road.
I wanted that to be in the very background and built my "peeled"
layers over the top.
I also added a bit of tinted texture paste
to give the walls a crumbling look.
To finish I added the roses but I feel they
do not do the piece justice. I have not got them aged
enough despite 6 coats of white paint to tone down
the colours!!
The quote reads;
It was June and the world smelled of roses.
The sunshine was like powdered gold
over the grassy hillside.
by Maud Hart Lovelace - 1892 - 1980
 Other Materials used;
French Book text
Dylusions Paints;
Bubblegum Pink & White Linen
Fresh Lime.
Waltzing Mouse Stamps - (previously loved)
Gelatos in green & pink for roses.

Next are two cards that were "lost"
I took the photos prior to going to stay
with my sister for Easter.
When I got home I could not find them anywhere.
It then became apparent they were on the camera
& not on the SD Card in the camera.
After a few weeks of searching for the cable
(been so busy with wedding invites in between)
I finally got my photos!

 This features my two favourite rabbits - Alice Palace
Background stamped with a previously loved
script stamp and then finger painted with
Tim Holtz distress paint;
Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade
& Mermaid Lagoon.
Stencilled with TH Blossom and picket fence.
Rabbits coloured Antique Linen & Sq. Lemonade
with touches of Wild Honey
& a touch of clear Wink of Stella.
Finally, I splashed the card
with Heidi Swapp Gold Colour shine.
This final card is a free stamp set
with a magazine & a touch of water colouring
using my Derwent Inktense Pencils.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

My New Favourite Colour (s)

Over the weekend, I got a chance
to make something quick for myself!
Its official.....
I am in love with Twisted Citron!!!
I have two mini notebooks.
One for lists of my stash & my "wants" list.
The other for my desk at work.
I decided to decorate both books.
I haven't taken a photo of the work book yet.
Below is my stash book.
Front Cover

Back Cover
Front Cover Materials
New Distress Ink Twisted Citron
New Abandoned Coral
Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz Stencils;
Doily/ Dot Fade
Prima Stencil #569457
Back Cover Materials
New Dylusions Fresh Lime Paint
Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz Stencils;
Gothic / Dot Fade
Free Cover Stamp Craft Stamper
July 2015 - Elizabeth Borer design
Stamps used on both sides of book
Donna Downey / Unity Stamp Co.;
Empowered Words
Create To Breathe

Monday, June 01, 2015

Birthday Wishes for Lorraine

Today is my colleague Lorraine's birthday.
I managed to get a card made in between
creating the Wedding Invitations so that everyone
at work could sign it for her.
I'm pleased because I got chance to play
with my new toys!
Materials used;
Memory Box Grid Stencil
NEW Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink
New Tim Holtz Flower Garden Stamps
Water coloured with Derwent Pencils
Memory Box Butterflies Die
Sentiment from a free cover kit.
I am SO into flowers right now. They seem
to be my favourite image.
Art Journal page coming soon
& it features shabby wallpaper style
& old fashioned Tea Roses.
Very proud of the Water Coloured
Christening card in the post below.
Had some very favourable comments.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Commissioned Christening Card

This card was commissioned by
my friend Claire (the ex train buddy)
& recipient of the dog canvas
a few posts below.
My design brief was non religious christening
with a theme Peter Rabbit.
Here's what I came up with.
Have to say, I'm quite proud of this!
First image is  a sleeve to
cover the card.

Front cover of the card

The next  two pictures,
are of of the inside.
The 2nd picture showing the
message tag in place

Close up of the message tag
reverse left blank for Claire's
message to baby Archie.

Final shot just shows the width
of this card/book

Materials used;
Papermania Xcut Woodland Scene
(I wanted this to resemble a tunnel book
& so I mounted each layer on foam.)
140lb Watercolour paper
American Crafts White cardstock
Embossing Folders;
Brenda Walton / Papermania
Rectangle stitched dies - Lawn Fawn
Derwent Watercolour pencils;
Deep Cadium 6
Scarlet Lake 12
Deep Vermillion 14
Prussian Blue 35
May Green 40
Cedar Green 50
Bronze 52
Vandyke Brown 55
Gunmetal 69
Computer font - Harrington
Computer Software Silhouette Studio
Rubber Stamps - Crafters Companion

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Rod's Birthday Card

As I said in my last post, sharing Claire's birthday canvas,
it was also Rod's birthday and today I am sharing his card.
I got this stencil new recently. I really love TCW stencils
especially ones designed by Rebekah Meier.
I felt this design Mini Harlequin Circles just
spoke to me for a male card.
I added texture paste through the stencil and dried well.
I then over stamped with a Kaisercraft Stamp Dictionary
I coloured the background with Gelatos  & Ferro Gold paste.
I die cut two TH men, snipped off the brolleys
& reversed one so they appeared to walk side by side.
I added shadow with my Big Brush brown pen.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Happy Birthday, Claire (& Rod)

Today I am sharing the canvas I made for Claire.
It is also Rod's birthday and I will share his card
later this week. He hasn't seen it yet!
The photo belongs to Claire.
The picture is of Bailey and Baxter.
Bailey belongs to her mum & dad
Baxter is Claire's baby.
This photo was taken in November.
(At least I'm sure it said that on Facebook)
Materials Used;
5x7 Crawford & Black Canvas Board
Gesso - White & clear
Tim Holtz Tissue Melange - stencil Lace
Clear texture Crackle paste
Embossing Folder Falling Hearts
Bo Bunny Stamps
Papermania Doily die - white paper blooms
Hey Little Magpie - Turquoise Dewdrop
Memory Box foliage die
Gilding Wax - Pearl Moon
Dylusions white linen paint
Hero Arts Shadow Ink Wet Cement

Monday, April 20, 2015

Art Journal - Banksy Love

Below are my two favourite items.
My Banksy design mug and mobile phone case.
I was so delighted to discover that
the girl image "Hope" was available as a stamp
from Bee Crafty and I pondered how
to use it for a journal page.

 Here is what I came up with.
(Along with two other Inspired by stamps!
Not Endorsed by Banksy.)
I do love his imagery and I wanted to use it.
This page has taken me a month.
Partly because I am busy at work and tired when 
I get home, and partly because I have
been busy with commissions.
The hardest part of all was keeping the image plain.
I love colour, but this needed to be dirty & grey.
I wanted the page to feel like a run down area,
the song in my head "Hallowed Ground" by Erasure
plays in my head.
This is a unloved waste area in any town or city
the weeds are covered in oil & grime
(free CS cover mount stamp by Visible Image)
The only splash of colour is the graffiti.
(Brusho in colours;
Ultra Marine/ Purple/ Lemon/ red)
Hope's dress & balloon are Hero Arts,Shadow Ink
Raspberry Jam. Wall is layers of torn paper
stamped with numbers and gesso'd.
That didn't work well so I added torn
masking tape over the top giving the aged look
I really wanted. The ground is Pumice Stone
Distress ink rubbed over gesso.

Now everyone has an opinion of Graffiti, Street Art
whatever you wish to call it. I personally love to
see some of it. I especially love the
work of Banksy.
To some it will always be Vandalism, to me much of it
is beautiful and better than the alternative
grim reality of inner city life.

And as for commissions, one is almost complete and
I have agreed to another. :0)
I thought the Wedding Album was a big one,
Well how about a possible 100 Wedding Invitations!