Saturday 21 February 2015

A Trouble Shared

Hi There
Thanks for stopping by.  Inspired by Alison Hall's plaque on PaperArtsy's blog, mainly because I love the colours, I decided to make one with a particular friend in mind.  The theme is all about paint, an excellent excuse to get out the Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics. 

First some grunge paste was added to mount board and when dry painted with snowflake and chalk paint.

Pieces of patterned paper were glued on.  Some masking tape was painted in patches with bora bora, wording stamped in snowflake and pieces added to the paper.  Splatters of eggplant and beach hut were added by flicking a paint brush.  More script was stamped in cobalt Archival Ink.

Gelatos were added to the edges and very lightly over the Grunge Paste.  Treasure Gold was used to add highlights.

The flower was stamped repeatedly and painted with washes of beach hut and eggplant.  The flowers were layers up, with one flower cut smaller.  Treasure gold was added to the tips of the petals, gold pen added to the centres with a pearl gem. 

The sentiment was stamped in Archival Ink, coloured with paint wash and adhered with Multi Medium.

I'm entering this in PaperArtsy's Challenge 3 - Paint.  Thank you for taking the time to look.  I really appreciate all of your comments.

Materials used:
PaperArtsy stamps: Eclectica EDY05, EDY10
IndigoBlu stamps: B.F.F.
PaperArtsy stencil: PS003
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: Bora Bora, beach hut, snowflake, chalk, eggplant
PaperArtsy Grunge Paste
Treasure Gold: white fire
Faber-Castell Gelatos: grape, cotton candy
Ranger Archival Ink: cobalt
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
gold marker
masking tape
patterned paper

Friday 20 February 2015

All the things I try to be

Six weeks after my first Journal Soup 2 online tutorial I decided it was time to try another one.  In Part 3 All the things I try to be, Kate Crane's video gently guides you through the steps to create a journal card with a whimsical face.  As a first attempt I'm fairly happy and have a few ideas of what I could do differently next time...

Materials used:
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: little black dress, snowflake, mermaid, 
Bora Bora, London bus, limelight
Spectrum Noir pencils: 24, 29, 33, 34, 65, 66
Faber-Castell Gelatos: cherry red, margarita mix, cotton candy, acqua dolce, snow cone, blueberry
Hero Arts stamp: life of the party dots
Meli-Melo stamps
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Stabilo All pencil
white paint marker
washi tape

Sunday 15 February 2015

Valentine Birds

A little card for my lovely husband who bought me the bird stamps for Christmas.

Stamped in Archival ink and watercoloured with Gelatos.  Then masked off and the hearts stencilled on with a little extra Gelato splatter. XXX

Materials used:
Ranger Archival Ink: jet black
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Tando mask: hearts

Wednesday 11 February 2015


Hi there

Not a lot of time for crafting or blogging at the moment but here's a little something with a Valentine's flavour.

The heart is made with grunge paste through a Tando stencil, which is why it was difficult to get it all in focus.

The Craft Barn calendar challenge for February is Red and Hearts...I'm hoping I can get away with one heart!  Thank you for taking the time to have a look.

Materials used:
PaperArtsy: Grunge Paste
PaperArtsy stamp: JOFY  JM05
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint: eggplant, claret, orchid, red London bus, mermaid, snowflake
Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray: post box red, funky fuschia
Ranger Dylusions stamp: The Right Words
Kaisercraft stamp: Arty
Tando stencils: Hearts, Giovanna Spiral
The Crafter's Workshop stencil: Mini Circle Grid
Stabilo All pencil
silver paint marker

Sunday 8 February 2015

Bruges Mini Album

This week's challenge at The Craft Barn is Mini Albums, so I thought it was a great excuse to photograph a little album I made a while back.  A friend in South Africa, who is in to scrapping, sent me a BoBunny Enchanted Mini Edgy Album which was perfect to compliment the snowy scenes.  Fortunately the photos only capture how pretty it was and not that it felt like -10C in the wind.  It was a magical weekend.


Shiny Stuff

Hi there
I've not had much time for crafting in the last month but with less than 24 hours to go I decided to make something for the PaperArtsy Challenge - Shiny Stuff.  Inspired by Trish Latimer's post I decided to make something with copious amounts of Treasure Gold in different guises.

I started by melting some glue with a glue gun, and pressed in to it a flower stamp which had been lightly smeared with vaseline to help it release.  When cool, I cut out the petals and covered them in classic treasure gold.

I covered two edges of a piece of card stock with a thin layer of grunge paste.  On the left a brick stamp was repeatedly pressed in to the past and on the right a script stamp to add a little texture.

Then I experimented with some Fresco Finish chalk paints for a background.  I stenciled on some leaves but later changed my mind and painted them out.  Some script was stamped in distress ink and the flowers were stamped in Archival ink.  The flowers were outlined with a Stabilo All pencil.  Some more stamping was added to the background.

Treasure gold was lightly rubbed over metal butterflies to highlight the design.

More treasure gold was used to highlight the painted grunge paste.  Some extra lines of treasure gold were added with the edge of a credit card.  Gold microbeads were added to the centre of the flowers with a little extra higlighting of course.  Finally I decided against the painted red stamens and added some metal nailhead stickers for a final bit of bling.  Definitely shiny stuff.

Thank you for stopping by. Why not pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see some of the other entries?

Materials used:
PaperArtsy: Eclectica EDY10, JOFY JM05
Fresco Finish chalk paints (chocolate pudding, taupe, vintage lace, chalk, mermaid), Grunge Paste
Ranger: Archival Ink (jet black), Distress Ink (peacock feathers), Glossy Accents
Treasure Gold: classic, white fire
white gel pen
Stabilo All pencil
metail embellishments
cool glue gun and glue