Sunday, 21 June 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, 14 June 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, 7 June 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, 2 June 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, 1 June 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.