Saturday 30 May 2020

The fox and the raven

Hope you have all been keeping well. I've been having a bit of a play this week with my new set of Derwent inktense pencils. With hindsight I should have started with making a colour chart, but I was a bit ambitious and decided to jump straight in with a picture.

I started with a Hobby Art Stamps image of a house viewed through a tree tunnel...

At this stage it nearly went in the bin, but I convinced myself that the purpose was to get the feel of the pencils and I carried on...

I'm reasonably happy with the end result and have forced myself to stop tinkering with it. I do love how the pencils can be layered and layered, but next time I need better paper from the outset.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week xxx

Saturday 16 May 2020

Look deep into nature

Hello everyone
I hope you are all keeping well. Last weekend, needing some impetus to get creative for an afternoon, I dipped into an online tutorial with Carpe Occasio Creative Arts on Facebook. I started off following but of course soon went off in my own direction. But then that's what it's all about isn't it?

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein



I'm still working on the lettering :-)

Take care and have a lovely week xxx

Saturday 9 May 2020

Snarky cat returns

Hope you are all keeping well and getting through the challenges of a restricted lifestyle. I've lost my energy and creative mojo this week, but I know that's fine and normal and it will be back.

Here are some cards I made last weekend with the fabulous snarky cat stamps. I went with warm colours this time. You can see my first batch here and a link to the method I used here in one of my old Craft Barn posts.

I'm off to find my mojo. Thank you for taking time to stop by. Take care xxx

Sunday 3 May 2020

Steampunk style

Today I'm sharing a card made for an 18th birthday for someone who loves textiles and design. Hope it fits the bill.

Unfortunately I accidentally deleted the photos of how I made the background. I used an embossing folder for the tailor's dummy image and stuck on black peel-offs, before painting over it with black gesso and Fresco Finish chalk paint.

I used various metallic waxes to highlight the embossed areas...

...and added the embossed and die cut numbers.

It's a good technique to get a different look from your embossing folders.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day xx

Saturday 2 May 2020

Good day sunshine

I hope the week has been kind to you. Both April and the #craftingwithgiogio challenge have come to an end. For the penultimate theme 'faux' I made some metallic backgrounds for use at a later date.

The final theme was 'sunshine' which was a great opportunity to get out a lovely stamp set with sunny sayings.

I'm still debating whether to add a little gold foiling to the suns.

It's been a good week all things considered. Friends and family are safe and sound. I have received gifts of gin, flowers and a very special Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The sun is out and the swifts returned on the 30th April, always a highlight for me. My little treat to myself arrived just in time to have a play this weekend. Many blessings for me to count.

Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe and well and have a lovely weekend xxx