Monday, 23 October 2017

Snowflakes and Stars.

I was thrilled when Leandra asked me to play with Emma Godfrey stamps for the Pearlescent challenge over on the PaperArtsy blog.
Teamed up with Kay Carley's snowflake stencil, it was a perfect match. 

Eclectica³ {Emma Godfrey} 19

Eclectica³ {Emma Godfrey} 20

070 PA Stencil {by Kay Carley}

I began with Emma's stamps in a rustic style. Using brown card and Kraftcard, PaperArtsy fresco Metallic White Fire provided a great sheen for my background.

I also used White Fire and Metallic Pewter fresco paint to stamp with.

I brushed on a little mica powder and also stamped with Archival Coffee ink. The embellishment came from some old jewellery and I added stickles. 

Next, using Kay's snowflake stencil, I created a variety of backgrounds by spraying mica sprays through the stencil.
The first ones were monochrome.

Then coloured mica backgrounds.....

And gelli print backgrounds.

The common denominator in all these are the snowflake stamps which are stamped with either Fresco Metallic White Fire, or Pewter paint.
Using a variety of beads, embellishments and stickles I dressed them up for Christmas.

I happily made 50 cards, which are now sitting in a shoebox waiting to be written! Happy days! 
thanks for looking and don't forget to visit the PaperArtsy blog challenge. 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Autumnal Fern

At the beginning of the month I chose to create my CVC post based upon die cutting. Well, I enjoyed it so much that I have once again turned to this beautiful die set.
This time I have cut the basic frame from textured brown cardstock and used a variety of autumnal colours to die cut the leaves and flowers.
The die cut frame displays the real, dried fern leaf beautifully, and to finish off, I have used Perfect Pearls for flower centres , metallic sticker for the words and a Finnabair paper for the background.

There is still plenty of time to join in with our topic this month. Don't forget to pop over to the CVC blog for lots of inspiration.

Products Used:- Foliage Memories die; Tim Holtz Metallic stickers.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Beautiful memories, special people.

Having just returned from a fantastic 3 day retreat in Coventry run by Art Workshops I was keen to play with some ideas inspired by the amazing Nathalie Kalbach and Birgit Koopsen.

I worked in my large journal beginning with brayering colours, then Nathalies' foamies stamps, gradually building up a background.

The image is a photo of my dear uncles Len and Edgar. Edgar, on the right, is a happy and independent 92 year old and Len left us a couple of years ago.

I wanted to paint them in a happy place with happy colours and it just evolved naturally and I love it.

The paints are PaperArtsy frescos and the stamps at the top are Birgit's from Carabelle.

I am entering this into the Mixed Media Monthly challenge as the colour inspiration is bright.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Today is all about you.

What a great topic on the Country View Crafts blog this month. Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues. 
So many possibilities here and something a little different for me.
Die cutting has never been my "Go To' style of crafting, but, I see many beautiful examples everywhere and feel urged to introduce it into my work.
I began by choosing a Die Set from Sara Davies' Signature collection, Autumn Morning, Foliage memories. It gives you a framework and also many flowers and leaves to add to it.
I also chose to use one of Tim Holtz papers as my background. It is from Wallflower paper stash.
I began by cutting out my framework from Black card and then used lots of autumnal colours and bookpaper to cut out some leaves and flowers.

I like the contrast between the image and the black frame.
I added my flowers and leaves around the image, also some little white mimosa type flowers to give a 3D effect and centred some of the flowers with a few assorted jewels.
I finished off with a few words from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk.

So, I can enjoy die cutting, and with these dies, it was a pleasure.

Thanks for looking and please pop over to the CVC blog for more Autumnal Inspiration.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Exhibit A.

Here is my second piece for the Country View Crafts Challenge on the topic of Metal.
I was sorting out my craft room yesterday and sitting on the highest shelf were a collection of bottles.
So, ping!...lightbulb moment. CVC challenge, heat embossing onto a bottle.

Here is my starting point, I decided to use Gold Embossing Enamels, Stampendous Aged Gold around the neck, using a leaf stamp........this went a bit out of control but I like the effect...

.....and Ranger Embossing Powder Gold around the bottom which is more controlled.

I glued on a few embellishments...some from a broken Christmas bauble and others from collections of metal charms and then wound some twine around the stem.
The twine was grey and so I added some Treasure Gold Brass using a paint brush.

Next, out came the Ranger Liquid Pearls and I enjoyed creating patterns at the base of the neck and at the bottom, around the leaves. 
I went a bit jewel mad and stuck on some self adhesive crystals. Very blingy!

I selected a word band to hang around the neck of the bottle and added some Treasure gold Onyxite to age it. Because I needed a chain to thread through, I stumbled upon this old necklace which wasn't part of the plan....there never is a plan really! Anyway, the necklace was added and so was the word band.

Also on my top shelf were some drawer knobs which I had had for ages. I changed it from Silver to Gold with good old Treasure Gold and glued it in place.

Here is a side view.

I am pretty pleased with my blingy bottle and will add it to my decor at Christmas! 

Thanks for looking and don't forget that our challenge at Country View Crafts is still open.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Adventure Awaits.

Here is my 1st of September creation for the Country View Crafts Challenge. My dear friend Miriam chose the topic of Metal and I immediately thought of Tim Holtz and cogs.

To begin with I chose some silver metallic card with a dull finish and I embossed the cogs using TH embossing folder.
To this, I rubbed in a selection of Treasure Gold colours to enhance the relief. 

Then I started to have fun with PaperArtsy Infusions. Spraying the surface with a fine mist of water and sprinkling Golden Sands, Rusty Car and Black Knight, letting them run and controlling with a few dabs of kitchen roll.

I was going to add some die cut cogs that I had aged and rusted, but on reflection, discovered that plain shiny black die cuts worked best as a contrast. 
So, I arranged my TH diecuts and glued into place.
I spent a while mounting the card onto card and onto card and finished off with a phrase from TH metallic stickers....Adventure Awaits.
So, my card was complete and a little Black Soot around the edges finished it off for me. 

I hope that you will be inspired to join in with us at Country View Crafts and be in with a chance to win the voucher for £20.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Vintage Town

In May, this year we spent a wonderful, if rather damp week in the town of Honfleur. In the Normandy region of France, a town filled with character that has inspired many famous artists.
I have recently been inspired to start a watercolour journal of my travels and this waterfront scene was an obvious addition to my growing collection.
I sketched quickly the collection of buildings using an ink pen and then added watercolours which soon brought the scene to life.
I am happy to enter this into the watercolour challenge in "A Vintage Journey".

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Be Bold, Be Brave.

For my second piece this month on Country View Crafts, my "Blue and Green" ensemble is based around an" Everything Art "set of stamps, more paint card samples and lots of ribbon.

I began in my recycled Girls Annual by gessoing the page and stamping some of the Everything Art stamps from PaperArtsy EEA02. I used a selection of green and blue archival inks.

I used the paint cards and stamped onto parts of them also, so as to continue the background stamps.
I arranged some ribbon and lace and added some swirls of cotton for added texture.
My focal point is a lady from one of the Tim Holtz collections.
I splattered some inks from Posca pens and created a subtle frame with a wash of Distress ink.
The butterfly, buttons and words complete my piece. 
I do hope that you find time to check out the beautiful work on our CVC blog and hope that you will be inspired to enter our challenge! 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blue and Green should never be seen!

Here we are on the Country View Crafts blog into August and our challenge is Blues and Greens.

This saying from years ago always sticks in my mind. Whoever decided that blue with green should never be seen?

I began in my Dyan large journal by spreading randomly some PaperArtsy Fresco paint in Green Patina and then dipped some string into some Fresco Paint China.
I let the string fall in swirls and then removed it.

Next, I added some more string printed lines, stencilled dots using Archival Inks, some drippage and circles using Dina Wakley scribble sticks.

I chose to use a stamp by Dina Wakley which is actually of her Grandma....she told me this at a class in Harrogate.
So stamped in Archival ink and given a light wash of colour and lined up down the centre. I imagined that her generation believed and lived by this motto, although if she was anything like Dina she would not play by the rules.

Thanks for looking and please visit the Country View Crafts blog for more inspiration.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Facelift anyone??

Over on the Paperartsy blog the topic is Dark to Light. I really enjoyed creating this portrait of me and incorporating the lovely stamps from Emma Godfrey EEG14.

First I created a brayered master board with lots of stamping over the top. This was to stamp on and cut out my flowers.

Here are my chosen fresco Chalk Paints

For my background I chose Pumpkin Soup, Banana and Tikka Fresco Chalk Paints.

I wanted to make the process of portraits easier for the people who think that they can't draw. So, I chose a photo of me and printed it out in black and white, and traced it and transferred it to my page.

The scariest bit is adding colour, but the stages really made me laugh out loud!

I have given myself fuller lips, brighter eyes and a tighter jawline! what more could a girl want, except longer legs of course!

Heres a close up, highlighting Emma's indispensable stamps!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Objet Trouve

Happy to be back in the groove and joining in once again at "Stamps and Stencils".
The topic is Colour, Texture, Shape, and the mood board was very inspiring.
I chose to use mellow tones of honey and sepia, with a little antique linen for good measure.
I began with a background of fragile papers and toned them down with Chalk and Snowdrop fresco paints. Added some texture with gesso through a stencil and also with a few Seth Apter stamps. 
next came the lace, flowers and beads which took longer to arrange than the background to create. 
to finish off, a little dishes stain and a word band. 
I managed to include a little of the Oxide, antique linen to the background which made me happy!

Infusion-oxides mash-up.

Hello, happy to be entering the "A Vintage Journey" challenge once again after falling off the crafting wagon recently.
This morning, while half watching tv in my kitchen, I spotted the fabulous Leonie Pujol playing with oxides.
As I came into it near to the end, I am not sure how she achieved her effects but it gave me an idea.
I was about to embark upon a project for the Vintage Journey challenge of "All Squared Up", so here goes.

I started on some hefty mixed media paper creating squares by pressing down with a selection of Oxides.

Then sprayed them with water and dried them.

Next, some stamping with a selection of Lynne Perrella stamps from PaperArtsy. There was a fair bit of masking done.

Next, I sprinkled a selection of infusions over it all and spritzed with water!

Finally, I lifted some of the infusions away with a wet brush and kitchen roll; sectioned the images using a Gold Leaf pen; added a few words and made a rough border.

I am pleased with my experiment and am entering it into the A Vintage Journey Challenge.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Paint card.

My second piece for "Things with Wings" over on the Country View Crafts challenge is a very simple and quick card.

I have recently been buying paint from a paint store and picked up a few paint sample cards.
This stamp from PaperArtsy HP1506, is the perfect size to fit along the colours.
I stamped with black Archival ink , added a strip of ribbon and stamped an extra butterfly onto another paint card and added a greeting from Emma Godfrey's mini stamp EM18, finally mounting onto black card.
There is still time to enter our challenge and be in with a chance of winning £20 to spend in the CVC shop. 

Products used:- Black Archival pad; HP1506; EM18.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


My title is "Collywobbles", because, for the first time in ages I got excited and my heart was going on overtime as I created this piece.
It grew from nowhere and I really enjoyed it!
It doesn't have a story, it is just the pure enjoyment of a creation.
I used 2 of my fave PaperArtsy stamps, SD1 and stamped onto smoothy card with Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch.
A bit of distressing and a few attachments of ribbon, lace and sari sis, a few buttons, a stick pin with jewels and a clip.
Obviously, the pocket of a pair of denim jeans....and a nice little play after tea!
So, I am entering this into the PA challenge of Aqua!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Hey Little Wren.

This weekend I joined in with a free class entitled Creative Retreat.
There was a great selection of talented artists and as always, some appealed more than others, but what struck me the most was one lady in particular who just talked.

She was talking about Rituals and how they can help with creativity. Now, recently I have been in a creative drought and somehow this lady was speaking to me.
One of the things that she talked about was spending a little time each day drawing something....just anything, but drawing practice.
Well, yesterday I drew my teacup and today a little baby wren.
I hope that I keep up the momentum and work towards my creativity once again.
By the way, her name is Eli Trier.....and here is my little wren.