Monday, April 21, 2014

Caught up with my Art Journal

I have been very creative behind
the scenes making things for others
and taking care of a few commission pieces.
Today I got chance to finish page 6
of my Art Journal and make page 7 too!
 I had made a mistake on the word MOON
but with some bold drawing around the word,
it is hard to see now where I went wrong.
The background is made spraying home made
distress inks in peacock feathers and pumice stone.
This page came together really easily once
I decided on my theme. In fact
the only problem I had with
this one was knowing when to stop!
The colours do not look as good in photo
form as they do in real life.
The camera makes them much lighter.
I had planned to offer this piece for the
latest Vintage Journey challenge,
Spring Flowers but I do not think it floral enough.
The background on this one is stamped white tissue
coloured with distress ink sprays. I made it in the week
following reading an old CS article by
Rachel Jackson & seeing France Papillon
use it on her latest AJ layout.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quick Cards

No Art Journal page to share again, this weekend.
It still isn't quite right. I made an error (smudged my colouring!)
and to fix it is a slightly lengthy process.
If I could get away with leaving it I would.
I have also been extremely busy trying to
finish up some commission work so that I
can crack on and create for me & others.
Once I'd finished one of the commission cards,
(It will not be blogged as the person it is for reads &
it wouldn't be fair on the person who requested it!!)
I had all the inks, stamps & embossing gear out so,
I made a quick couple of cards just to have
on hand.
Les Papillons
It is always good to have a few
cards  in reserve!
Stamps; Kaisercraft, Next
Cavallini, T Holtz
Butterfly - 2 Cavallini stickers fussy cut.
White embossing detailed powder
Distress inks; worn lipstick,
bundled sage, victorian velvet,
squeezed lemonade.
The first card has gesso on the surface surface before embossing
the stamp and inking it up.
Ironed off the powder and added further stamping.
Second card was a piece of left over from the
commission using wrinkle free technique.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Vintage Journey - A Little bit French

The third challenge on The Vintage Challenge blog
I had to think long and hard about this one,
not because it was hard, but because I had
too many choices!!
I finally decided on a matchbook in browns and pinks.
Here is the front.

This is the back.
 This is the front of the glassine bags
and this is the back of them.

I made six of these mini cards to insert
into each bag and they have images on the front
and quotes on the reverse. 

This is the whole piece put together.
If I could have done this differently,
I would have used sturdier cardstock.
The whole thing took me about 8 hours,
with drying time at about half hour.
Glassine bags (internet purchase)
White cardstock
Distress stains - gathered twigs/ Victorian velvet
picked raspberry
Perfect Pearls - Cappuccino/ perfect gold
Staz-on Timber Brown ink
Archival black
Hero Arts Shadow Inks in
soft sand/wet cement
CW - Harlequin Stencil
Stamp sets;
Tim Holtz/Elusive Images
Kaisercraft Quotes
Wooden Paris stamp
B Line Designs Paris duo
Typographie - unknown
I coloured the main body of the matchbook with
gathered twigs distress ink & then once
dry sprayed with gathered twigs
re-inker & the perfect pearls.
Mini cards were sprayed with V/Velvet
& then a quick spritz of P/Raspberry
added to the back of each.
They were lightly over-stamped with text
and V/Velvet was sponged through a
Crafters Workshop Harlequin Stencil,
prior to having the images & quotes added.
Hope you like it as much as I do. The shimmer is gorgeous!

Edited to add I have also entered this in the
Kraft Journal Paris or France Challenge.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Do Seagulls like Lettuce?

Hi guys! No Art Journal page to share
this weekend. It just isn't quite finished!
But I do have the first scrap layout of the year.
In fact, the first layout since October 2013!
The title of my blog post says it all.
While staying with my sister last July, we went to Holy Island.
It was the most beautiful hot day. Not a cloud in the sky,
the sea was a dazzling blue & the birds sang their hearts out.
We sat down for a drink in this pub garden & watched the birds flocking to the tables.
It was really comical. I would never imagine a Seagull
liking lettuce!! Oh well, I guess what ever was on offer suited them.
I wanted this layout to be loose & scribbly,
hence all the black lines around the triangles.
I also wanted it bright because it was such a gorgeous day.
I stamped the background first with
Tim Holtz paint & Kaisercraft stamp.
Papers are Finnley - Glitz Design
The word Lettuce was die cut using
Tim Holtz Chipblock die & funky foam.
The other letters are from the Finnley pack.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vintage Journey Challenge & and Art Journal Page

My first piece of art is for challenge 2

I made my background spraying various homemade sprays
mixing distress re-inker with water.
Colours used; Broken China, Peacock Feathers,
Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord.
Edges blended with Chipped Sapphire & Archival Black ink.
Corner bird stamped - Prima-  embossed black.
Tim Holtz phrase - embossed white.
Die cut clock &bookplate.
Stamped Tattered Sparrow.
Other stamps Tim Holtz background stamps.

Spring (Birds)
 This second piece of art is my 5th Art Journal Page.
This was started over a week ago.
As I visited my sister last weekend,
today was the first chance to complete the piece.
Stencilling, dry wall tape, die cut birds
& swirls. Stamped birds nest & floral sprigs
die cut words & TH Chit Chat sticker
all make up this page.
Now it is complete, I wish I had done it
quite differently! Typical that!!
Oh well, the technique in mind can wait
for the next page.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Painted Tea Cup & Cabbage Rose Flower

It's my birthday today & so I have had
the luxury of a craft day at home!
I had been away to my sister for a long weekend
& didn't see the point in returning to work just yet!!
A while ago I bought a china white cup & saucer
& made a start painting it.
I used Artiste Pearl Acrylic paints & pearl medium to
create this gorgeous blue/green shade.
My next issue was, what to put in it!
So, it sat on the shelf empty for a month or ten!!!
Then, a couple of days ago, while watching a friends You Tube Channel,
I came upon this cabbage rose tutorial by this very
crafty lady, Lee (crafty loops)
Sadly my rose is not as gorgeous as Lee's but it is my first attempt!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Art Journal - Time

This was meant to be page one!
However I just wasn't happy with it,
re-created it and now it has ended up page 4.
In my first version, I coloured the faces of each clock & they just lost all definition
& meaning because of course they are the important elements.
Also the Da Vinci style wings (free cover stamp CS)
turned out far better in this version.
Finally, the original version was wild honey,
I much prefer this purple/blue colour!!!
My background was created by making up my own distress ink mists.
I used re-inkers - Chipped Sapphire & Dusty Concord (with perfect pearls)
You won't be able to see the pearls,
but I added a bit of interference blue to the purple mix.
Clock faces are white gesso & then stamped
with my Heidi Swapp clear stamp set.
Lady Time as I like to call her is PaperArtsy.
I used Tim Holtz weathered clock
plus some free cover stamps from CS
journal strips computer generated.
Thanks for looking hope you like it!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dad & Vintage Journey Challenge!

Today is my Dad's birthday & I made the card below.
Typically I was quite poorly last weekend and it was a struggle to complete
& photograph. so the image is poor :(

This next card is for A Vintage Journey Challenge
Anything Tim!
This is a brand new challenge blog which has some very
 talented people on the DT. Go check it out!
To be honest, they are both totally Tim Holtz but I guess my
Dad's birthday card does not really fit with the
Vintage/Shabby theme.

I got to play here with some of my favourite techniques!
Wrinkle free distress, lemon juice distress
(to add nice aged spots to my design)
except these came out a gorgeous caramel colour.
And, I also used the Perfect Distress technique.
The writing isn't too clear  under the fragment but it says
Its the little Things that makes life big.
A TH stamped quote.
Thank you for looking :0)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Art Journal Page 3

Technically this is page 1. I started a page about TIME
the first week in January. However, I hated it.
I went on to make France & Butterfly House,
but kept adding to page 1 here & there.
It just didn't work, I covered it with this page instead.

Materials Used;
Golden Gel Medium, Gesso.
Reeves Soft Pastels.
Adirondack Die Ink Pads.
Prima Floral Stencil, TCW Mini Ledger Stencil
Stamps; Cats Life Press - Happiness Definition
& Stampotique Jo Capper - Sandon Bees
Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens
Orange paint
Archival black Ink
Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy (bee wings)
The background is made using "hand made tissue"
to do this I took white tissue paper (Crafty Individuals)
& I over-stamped with French Script & CI script stamps
it was then attached to my page with gel medium.
Finally, many people know I have a thing about clocks & books.
Few people know I also have a thing about mugs!
Yesterday while out shopping
I purchased this fabulous baby!!!!
(for just 99p I should add)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Second Art Journal Page - France

I am very pleased how this turned out :)
I started the page by cutting up a whole 12" sheet of paper and then sticking it to my page randomly.
The paper I used was Madame Payraud from Papermaina
 I used a sheet made up of advertisements and had the image of the Eiffel Tower.
 I put them the right way up but thought they looked better
moved around as opposed to laid down as a whole sheet.
I then applied torn pieces of the Madame Payraud Tissue over several sections to soften the imagery.
I got the idea for the frame from this Art Journal Page by Shari Caroll
The main image was printed onto a piece of canvas. I bought it some time ago from a website.
I covered the frame with the tissue paper as well and coloured it with ink - Frayed Burlap.
I added gesso circles for some interest and glued the word PARIS cut from the paper.
I then took an Inkylicious stamp to add random swirl imagery around the page.
Once dry, I covered the whole page with regular golden gel medium to seal.
The word FRANCE is die cut using Tim Holtz Chipblock Alphabet from
a piece of card covered with metal tape, coloured with Oregano & Espresso Alcohol inks.
To add a little more interest I added a die cut door hinge inked and embossed.
Shading was applied with a Pitt Pen - Big Brush in Raw Umber
and some colour to warm up the greys & browns with Purple Violet.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Birthday, Hayley

Today is Hayley's birthday. She is my beautician.
I decided on a minimal card with a French theme.
All the products she uses for my monthly massage are French.
This is the front
Tim Holtz Wallpaper stamp using Picked Raspberry Distress Paint
French Stamp - B-Line Designs.

I used the same wallpaper stamp using Brushed pewter.
Heart is a Craft Stamper free stamp
second generation stamping with Grey Versafine.

I added the same heart on the back using the same
Picked Raspberry Distress Paint.

I LOVE stamping with Distress Paint!!!!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

My First Art Journal Page

I have wanted to start an Art Journal for the past year and decided I would begin in 2014.
I had planned a page a week, but so far I have two started that I feel are not quite complete.
This one I feel would be ruined by anything else added & another one just begun!
I based this page on image transfer after watching this Donna Downey Video.
Materials used; Gesso, Acrylic Paint, Golden Gel Medium, Butterflies from Swirlydoos,
Memory Box die cuts, Jenni Bowlin letters. I die cut a mini house with Silhouette Cameo.
Stamps by Cavallini. My page is based on a book I read
The Butterfly House.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to share it but I am so happy it turned out well!!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Art - inspired by Storage?

You bet!!!
I just bought some new storage.
I have to craft in my living room and so I bought
book boxes and chests to disguise my stamps & dies!

I loved the browns and the French imagery.
So I decided to make this mini canvas to match.

I used Madame Payraud Tissue and the butterflies were
cut from a sheet of the matching paper.
I coloured it using oil pastels & painted the edges
with Burnt Umber Acrylic paint.
The Eiffel Tower was part of a wooden design
& I added a small Wood Veneer Studio Calico Bicycle.

Then while preparing my evening meal I found this little guy!
My very own Heart Shaped Spud!!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Birthday Number Three, Happy Birthday, Rachel!

Crikey, three birthdays in four days. That has to be a record!!
Well today it is the turn of Rachel (aka Taniwha)
Again, Rachel,  is a scrapper friend of mine & I decided that
as she had a scrap style Christmas card, I would do a mixed media birthday card.
I am quite pleased with this, it turned out better than I imagined & I got
chance to play with some forgotten art materials, my soft & oil pastels.
I won't bore you too much with the detail,
 but basically I glued book text to a piece of watercolour paper.
I applied white gesso to the surface & once dry
I coloured it with the soft pastels, adding oil pastels at the edges
to give a darker frame effect.
I stamped the background with TH Attic Treasures
& Elusive Images - Paris Postcards set of 4 plates.
I die cut the bookplate (TH) & applied gesso then antique linen distress paint.
I added a touch of brushed Pewter distress paint too.
Added Madame Payraud -  Washi Tape strips
an Xcut die cut swirl & Memory Box Butterfly
which was stamped with text. Adding two brads for decoration.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Birthday Number Two, Happy Birthday Pauline!

As I said yesterday, it's Pauline's birthday today.
she is a scrapper friend of mine but I decided on a
mixed media card for her birthday.
I incorporated my fav technique of the moment;
stamping with paint!!!
 as I love the mini doily so much I made it a feature on the back.

I used TH Wood & wallpaper stamps
Crafty Individuals Girls on Beach stamp
Die cut circle frame
Marion Smith Designs paper
Madame Payraud paper tape
That Special Touch Stencil - Delicate
Memory Box die - Honeyblossom
TH Die cut swirl
Coloured girls with Distress Markers
see you again Monday for birthday number three!!!!!
hint another mixed media card....

Friday, January 24, 2014

Birthday Number One, Happy birthday to Kath!!

Kath, my aunt has her birthday today.
I am not going to tell you her age but it is a big birthday.
I made this stamping with an inked glass block using wild honey
then I stamped the Urban Stamps Madame Payraud Postcard stamp.
I then added a bit of text stamping & the die cut birds & lamp posts.
I added detail with Jo Capper-Sandon's Stampotique Bee
& the other part of the postcard set, which houses the greeting.
I have 3 birthdays this weekend so pop back tomorrow for birthday number 2, Pauline.
Then on Monday it is the turn of Rachel, for birthday number 3!!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Thank You

to my sister & brother in law for my lovely Christmas presents.
I had hoped to share with you a page from my journal but have decided I really hate the
colour.... thank crunchie for Gesso!!!
It really is the defender of all evils!!
Anyway the card above was made to send my thanks
& it was simply done with two memory box dies.
I've had a few days off work & made 4 cards for up
& coming birthdays.
I'm also off work after Tuesday for a week :) & I
have an online class lined up along with some more
craft tidying up & I have also promised myself that I will
make a few Christmas cards in readiness for the festive season.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Penny's Birthday

My craft friend Penny had a birthday on Friday.
Now to say she is an Alice Cooper fan is
not really enough words to explain her passion!
Naturally her card needed to feature the man himself
so huge thanks to Andy Skinner who just
happened to have two great images on his website.
Front of card

inside of card
The images were added using image transfer.
Inkjet printer and sticker sheets.
I used distress stains, inks, texture paste & stencils.
My stencils are by Julie Fe i- Fan Balzer
I only wish I had lightened the background more.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

New Year, New Craft

Happy New Year Everyone!
I hope 2014 will be filled with crafting delights for all my friends.
I started my first page in my art journal & this year I am going
to share each page. It strikes me the only way to be arty from now
until May when light is poor, is to create small do able pages.
More on that next week.
My forum friend, Carol had a birthday this week.
Normally after Christmas I am a tad rushed.
She gets a card I feel I don't put enough effort in.
So this year I started it early!!!
My design is based on a tunnel book.
 This is the inside of the front design.
The part with the girl was stuck to the card front.

Products used;
Distress re-inkers neat, swirled on watercolour paper
TH Stamp - weathered wallpaper
Corner stamps from my stash
Girl - Paper Bag Studio

This is  a canvas I fell in love with in July.
Alex Clark has an art gallery run by her mum right near my sister.
She bought me this for Christmas, I was thrilled when I opened it!!!
I love the colours, they are so yummy.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Post of 2013

I hope you all had a lovely, relaxing Christmas.
I wish you all a wonderful New Year.
I hope you all find more time for craft in 2014.
I will leave you with a final design of 2013.
My forum friend, Anne has a birthday on
Christmas Day & here is the card I made for her.
Paper is Websters' Pages
Stamps - Tim Holtz - Paris to London
Die - Tim Holtz Cabinet card
Technique - Shabby Chic - from
Creative Chemistry 102
Clear Embossing ink & powder
black & pink paint

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Cards

Cards made using TH CC102 technique Distress Paint Resist.
Stamp by Papermania, Stars die cut & heat embossed tinsel silver.
Backgrounds;- various inks & stains.
Carol, Karin, Kaz & Penny.

Pictures from my photo collection.
Scrap paper - Lemon Owl - Cozy Winter
Bauble - designed & cut by Silhouette Cameo.
Katie - Labrador, Claire - Westie
5 baubles made for train gang
3 birds in snow for my scrap shoppin' girls 

More CC102 distress paint resist using Hero Arts Music Stamp.
Card die cut on Silhouette, deer - Memory Box, & Fence - DieNamics dies
using big shot & added along with stamped trees.
Bird & cages TH die. Swirls - XCut die
Merry Christmas - Cheery Lynn designs

Close up of cage to show it is embossed with Papermania
Gold (shellac) & while wet some gold glitter dropped into it. 

Swirls stamped with music stamp, bird covered with paper from Lemon Owl Cozy Winter.
Birds & cages - Tracy (sister)  & Hayley (beautician)
Woodland cottage in snow - Dad, Kath (aunt)  & Craig (hairdresser)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Two Birthdays

I know it seems like I have been away a long time, but I have
been very busy creating in the background.
Some things are for others that I do not wish to blog,
others are for up & coming birthdays.
I'm also busy working on two mini-books.
Anyway here is card one,
this was made during my latest Silhouette Cameo Class,
I made both the envelope & the card using basic shapes!

This second card is my favourite!
It is a mixed media piece using inks, stains and paints,
with stencils, embossing folders and stamps.
This one is for Karin, a crafty friend, who had a birthday this week.

Products used;
Crimson & Blake 180gsm watercolour paper
Acrylic paints - Docraft Artiste - sea spray, baby blue, soft grey
Crawford & Black - burnt umber
Distress Stains - Salty Ocean
Distress Ink Pads:- Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot
Archival Jet black Ink
Stamps:- Hero Arts French Writing, B-Line Stamps Paris, CI Swirl
Stencils; Prima Butterfly Floral, Stencil Girls Bird in Window
I particularly love how the swirl is the birds breast. ♥ I used burnt umber on the emboss folder
& pressed down onto the watercolour paper. Dried quickly, smeared on some gesso, dried it & then applied
the blue paints. To colour up the image I dampened some folded kitchen towel, pressed it to the tops of
distress stains bottles; seedless preserves & Victorian Velvet & applied in a dabbing motion.
I inked over the prima stencil with chipped sapphire ink using blending tool, but the final image, the window & bird,
I inked over black soot. what a lovely dramatic effect it gives. ♥ ♥

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Hallowe'en

Crikey, two posts in two days!!!
But, I had to share this.
It is a forum challenge and obviously aimed at today!
First picture is a close up so you can see the headstone.

This next picture shows the entire piece.
It was so hard to photograph so I had to use the white shelves.
The main piece slipped as the shutter went & it is not stood as it should.
The main skeleton is hanging freely.

Materials used;
Black cardstock
TH Cabinet card die & Mini Cabinet Card die
Skeletons - Stamped by my friend Karin
Background piece is an Urban Stamp Steampunk image
inks used - Seedless Preserves/ Dusty Concord/ Spiced Marmalade
Fired Brick distress inks
Crow Fence die cut - Loni Stevens
Tombstone & Crow die cut - Loni Stevens
Coffin die cut - Silhouette America
Leafy Branch - Kerri Bradford - part of a class kit
Cobweb - dingbat free from
all cut with my Silhouette Cameo - Camille (pictured in the post below)