Sunday, 21 December 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Well it's almost here and I have packed away all of crafting bits for this year - mainly due to the fact that my daughter has been turfed out of her bedroom and she needs somewhere to sleep lol!  Christmas cards are finished.  Below are the designs some lucky friends should hopefully receive.  The background was done with paint (distress and fresco finish) one of Georgina's Christmas stencils from The Artistic Stamper, and indigo blu Christmas stamps.  

I popped the paint on my mat and then used a brayer to cover a sheet of card.  With pewter distress paint I popped a bit on my craft mat, picked some up with a bit of cut and dry and then popped this through the pointsetta stencil.  Left it all to dry ( ok I admit that I had to bin the first batch as, as usual I got carried away thought it was dry stamped onto the background and then gently sprinkled embossing powder onto the image tapped the excess off and then swore at myself for being so stupid - did it again yesterday due to rushing but that's another story altogether.

I don't know if you will be able to see these clearly unfortunately this one didn't come out as well as I had hoped
This one is still a bit dark
This one is a little better but I must remember to take the photo in my craft room rather than at night in the middle of writing Christmas cards.

Anyway enough of my waffling.  Hope you all have a lovely Christmas, I am keeping my fingers crossed that the square present under the Christmas tree from my daughter is the gelli plate that I had put on my list - well you never know it looks the right shape ;-)

Happy Christmas 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Then Jennie from Artistic Stamper said do it with distress inks.............

I had out gesso through one of my Prima 12 x12 stencils but couldn't decide on what colours to use or indeed what medium to use. I was talking to Jennie at The Artistic Stamper and her words were do it with distress inks! So I did I used Peacock feather and shaded lilac. Tim Holtz chevron stencil and white gesso. The Heart is cut from grungepaper using the tattered heart Tim Holtz die.
Let me know what you think As ever thanks for spending the time to have a look Debs xx

A change of scenery

I hope you like the new layout, i personally think it looks a bit cleaner and clearer. You never know it might get me posting a bit more regularly, which would be nice. I have been trying my hardest to get some Christmas cards made, and i think i have finally got a design - hopefully in the next couple of days i can show you the finished article! To be honest i keep getting distracted by my journal. I don't really use it for writing down my thoughts more for playing and trying out different techniques With this page i was trying out some new paints and trying out painting without water - something that i hadn't done before. I had also just got back from the Artistic Stamper and along with the paints i had a new stamp and stencil that were just crying to be tried out. Once it was finished i left it as it was and then yesterday i decided that the Dyan Reavely stamp would look perfect on it using the same blue as the background but just added some white to make it lighter painted the dress and then added a tad more blue to just take it that tiny shade darker for the hat. The hair was done with the same colours as well! Its still not quite finished but i quite like it.
let me know what you think. Debs

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A little altered something

Whilst we were shopping in Shanghai one of the clothing stores was giving away free diaries with every purchase.  It had a plain white plastic cover with their logo in the middle.  The diary itself was really useful as it appears it covers half of those year and the whole of next with a few extras.  It was duly packed in my things to go in the craft room boxes (of which there were many).  I was playing around last week and decided to have a go at altering that diary.  Having just got back from a trip to The Artistic Stamper and seen some of the beautiful samples that Jenny has up on the wall I was a tad inspired!!

Thankfully the cover came off the main diary which made it so much easier.  Firstly I covered it in a layer of fresco finish Bora Bora paint.  Not quite sure why just seemed a good idea at the time!!

Then once that was dry I added some stencilling with grunge paste

So far so good I thought, and that's were I left it, I made some die cuts and found some Tim Holtz letters and stuck them all on with multi medium.  Then I couldn't decide whether to carry on with paints or get the distress inks out. So I left it alone to dry.  Today I decided to carry on with it.  I am so glad that I had left it as it gave me a chance to think about what else I could do with it. I decided to put a layer of gesso over it mostly on the die cuts as I had just cut them out of Kraft card I had some clay flowers on my desk that I had made last week and again after sticking covered with gesso. 

Then I got the sprays out!!!  

Opened out

With the diary back inside 

I used Dylusions lemon zest and London blue to start with and the colours mixed themselves up really nicely without adding any water to them.  Spritzed a bit of Dylusions melted chocolate on.  Then topped it all off with a bit of treasure gold, using classic, sapphire and onyxite.  It has taken a while to dry as obviously being plastic I couldn't put the heat gun on it for too long.

All I am hoping now is that nothing falls off ;-)

Thanks for popping over to have a look and as usual do let me know what you think good or bad!

Happy crafting

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


The shipment arrived with all of my crafting supplies and everything else.  Boy there was a lot to unpack and with general other stuff getting in the way it has taken me until today to finally get my craft room straight.  Shelves bought and erected, desk bought and erected and everything crafty finally unpacked and some semblance of order!!!  Well to me anyway.

So today I got out my journal and my dylusion sprays and just had a play.  I was a bit worried that my mojo had disappeared and that it would need some encouragement to come back.  Once I got started though, and made a few errors - looking at a dylusions spray whilst attempting to unblock the nozzle with a pin is really not a good idea - I did manage to get out of the way just in time - well I think my jumper has survived lol!!  You would think having done that once that I would have learnt my lesson but no!!  Still not quite sure how my cream jumper has stayed cream.  Serves me right for not covering up, I just feel a bit inhibited when I wear an apron in the kitchen let alone whilst crafting!!

So here is today's play, nothing out of the ordinary I am afraid but hopefully I will be back up with more regular posts.  

The inks I used were all dylusions and colours used are: fresh lime, lemon zest, squeezed orange and melted chocolate.  I was having a play with my new stencil from Georgina Ford. (It's great living close to The Artistic Stamper!!) This is the bit done in the melted chocolated. The lighter stencilling is done with grunge paste tinted with lemon zest and the stencil is Tim Holtz.  The words are from Tim Holtz and the clock is paper artsy as is the feather stamp.

As always do let me have your comments.  It's always good to hear what people think.  Thanks for visiting take care.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

At last....

I have cleaned, tidied and  unpacked the first shipment and finally made it into my albeit sparse craft room.  Not much to use at the moment as I didn't really think things through properly when I was packing a small stash to go in the air freight.  It's my nephews birthday next week and I only have stamps which are suitable for ladies!!  Oh well!! 

I did however pack my small collection of JOFY stamps and with my welcome home present to myself (so far the only one, but I am feeling the urge....) a lovely big box of inktense pencils.  I thought I deserved a little play this afternoon.  I started with a blank tag and randomly scribbled just two colours of pencils across the tag then got my waterbrush out and applied a touch of water to the pencil marks.  

It didn't look too great so I added some stencilling with peacock feathers and weathered wood distress ink. Then out came the Jofy stamps.  Quickly followed by more pencilling and a wetter brush.  The final result is this.....

As always do let me know what you think and hopefully soon the rest of the shipment will arrive with the contents of my craft room and the playing can commence


Monday, 15 September 2014

I haven't completely vanished off the face of the earth........

Hi All, apologies for not posting anything for the last couple of months.  It's been a bit manic as we were packing up the house we were living in, in Shanghai to come back to good old Britain.  That of course meant packing up all of my craft room.  Dividing up a small amount of stuff to go in the air shipment and the rest to go in the sea shipment.  This is not an easy task and is made harder by the fact that no liquids can go in the air shipment.  Even the smallest bottle of glue and seal - you know the little 5ml bottle was whipped out of my craft bag!!  

However I did manage to get my beloved distress inks and I think my box of flex markers with some Paperartsy, Tim Holtz and a couple of other stamp sets in.  So now all I have to do is wait!!  The air shipment will be arriving today. So hopefully will be able to make hubbies 50th birthday card before Friday!!  The sea shipment isn't arriving until next month so won't be able to do too much.  I will try and dig out some old pics that I haven't posted before in the meantime.

Sorry no pics at the moment as getting ready for shippers to arrive and unpack some boxes!!


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

So there I was supposed to be making a card for my niece...........

.......but it morphed into a journal page.  I couldn't stop myself!!

I have had some dylusions sprays for a few months and as some of you may have seen I have started a journal using them.  But I couldn't quite get to grips with them properly! I watched Dyan Reavley's you tube videos, but I was missing something somewhere.  Probably more like a case of rushintoitis!!  I just can't help myself, I get all excited by new thing that has arrived and need to play with it immediately and then all I end up doing is creating a mess with the occasional thing I am happy with.  So having mucked up the card I started this morning I decided to have another bash and try and figure out how to use them properly.

My aim initially was to to make some backing paper to put on the card and this I did start, however I was having so much fun with the sprays I thought let's get the hardly used journal out, practice in there and then we can come back to the card later.  (I will take some pics and upload that when it is done).

I figured out where I was going wrong and so here are a couple of stages of the page I created.  Sorry was too inky and carried away to take photos to start with

The sprays I used were all dylusions and the colours used were, lemon zest, squeezed orange, bubblegum pink, fresh lime, cherry pie and melted chocolate.  The leaf stamp is called Japanese maple and is from penny black and the phrase is from Tim Holtz just thoughts collection.

As usual please let me know what you think.  I am also thinking about doing a few videos it would be good to know whether anybody would be interested in them and if they are what they would like to see.

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Feeling Very honored

Today is a very special day for me today, as today I am the Guest Designer on the Chocolate Baroque blog. If you would like to check it out it can be found on www.chocolate baroque.blogspot. I do hope you all enjoy the post. I have been so excited about it. If you have come here from chocolate baroque to have a look at my blog, thank you! I hope you see something of interest. 

Here is the pic, full instructions on how to make it are on the Chocolate Baroque blog

 Thanks and as usual please do leave a comment Debs Xx

Monday, 30 June 2014

We'll that was a busy couple of months

Goodness I really don't know where the time goes. In May my mum came to visit us here in Shanghai, so lots of sightseeing and too be honest I was too tired to do anything!! For a 74 year old she just doesn't stop!! Plus we found out that we would be moving back to the UK at the end of August so preparations have now started in ernest with phone calls to packers and running round buying things to take home.  So consequently not a lot of time to concentrate on card making or my blog.  So below are two cards, I made two cards inspired by one made by Glenda at Chocolate Baroque.  

The background of both cards was something I had played with a few weeks ago and put to one side. I used the flowers from Chocolate Baroques Punky Flowers and stamped randomly with versamark and then with gelatos just randomly colored the background with red, yellow and pink to make a nice mixed background 
This one I then got a piece of white card and stamped a Sarah Kaye image in memento and colored with flex markers.
This one I cut a tags from glossy card stock and had a play using last weeks Monday Mojo from Chocolate Baroque and used versamark on the sentiments on the tag and then using a brayer, covered the tag in Peacock feathers distress ink.  Stamped some background images over the top and then added on two clay flowers I had made and painted.  Then stamped the Tim Holtz words down the side.

Hope you like them.  Do come back tomorrow as there will be something special going on ;-)

Thanks for looking and reading and as always do let me have your comments
Debs xx

Friday, 25 April 2014

Well I don't know where that month went........

Is it me or do days and weeks get shorter as you get older??  I really don't know where the last month has gone or what I have been so busy doing!!  Not much really, had a very posh afternoon tea with my daughter and a friend and her daughter at the Peace Hotel here in Shanghai ( our equivalent to tea at the ritz). Followed by a very lovely facial during which I fell asleep and to my daughters disgust started snoring lol!!  Anyway I digress I have been having a play trying to stretch myself lately.  Some of the cards didn't quite work out but here is one they didn't quite go how I was hoping but I still liked when I had finished.
The stamps are Chocolate Baroques steampunkery.  I die cut the word "imagine" with the time holtz die and using just distress stain coloured and stamped the tag I also colour a piece of water colour paper in dusty concord and stuck it to the back of the tag so that the purple showed throughout the tag.  The background was made with a piece of Mirri board embossed with a gear embossing folder and then covered with black acrylic paint,  I did use distress paint on this one but ordinary acrylic paint works just as well just use your finger to work the paint in and then with a piece of kitchen roll wipe it off it will leave the mirror board with a lovely distressed effect and completely takes the shininess away. The ribbon was stained with the same colours as the tag and the card itself was covered with the rest of the watercolour paper. 

The stamped hat was painted with distress stain using a water brush.  The cogs and winder were painted with brushed pewter and I also stamped the wings two extra times coloured them all with antique linen and brushed courdroy and then layered them.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for looking

Monday, 31 March 2014

Chocolate Baroque stamps, distress stains, plus a few other bits!!


Today's post is a bit of random card.  It was for my friends husbands birthday, it needed to be a bit different as every card I have given them has been given it's own shelf in their bedroom!!

So I decided to have a really good old play.  I took my steampunkery stamps from Chocololate Baroque! And took the airship stamp out and coloured using a paint brush and mixing bronze distress paint with some brushed courdroy stain, for the wood part of the boat.  For the sails I used a mix of stormy sky, salty ocean and then added a tad of sapphire treasured gold!  I stamped it twice as I wanted to make sure that the sails gave a real feeing of being blown in The wind.

The background was done by swooshing some card in stormy sky and salty ocean again.  I mixed some grunge paste with a tad of salty ocean and then pushed this through crafters workshop mini tile stencil and then once all that had dried, I got a cog border stencil out and sponged walnut stain paint through it, just to balance the colours out a bit.

Finally I mounted the airship on 3D pads and stuck that on the card just moving off of the backing on to the plai white card.  Then with some more antique bronze distress paint covered another small piece of card and stamped the sentiment!!

And here it is
Thanks for looking and as always do let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Distress Paints, Fresco Finish paints and a brayer!!

I must say a big Thank you to the Paper Artsy team for there brilliant tutorials, I had been trying to find something in brayering backgrounds when up popped Ellen Vargo post a month or so ago.  Well that was me sorted! Ellen is inspirational, and thanks to her my brayers are now no longer discarded in the drawer but on my desk with all the other stuff I need out!!

I had a piece of card that I had been trying out an idea on which hadn't worked, and it seemed a shame to waste it ;-). So out popped the paints again with the brayer and I set to work laying down blocks and stripes of colour, again using the same colours as before, but this time with a dab of fresco finish caramel as well!

I added some Tim Holtz tape (which really should have gone on first).  Painted over that with a bit of peacock feathers distress stain - I am waiting for the paint to arrive!!  Added some stencilling in fresco finish sky, then cut the A4 pice of card in 4 more or less equal pieces!!

The lighter stencilling was done with white gesso mixed with a tad of spiced marmalade distress paint. Backed with some coredinations card and they are more or less ready to go on some cards now!

As always do let me have your comments.

Has it really been a month!! Distress paints and Paper Artsy Grunge paste came out for this one!

Oh my goodness, I didn't realise it was a month ago I put up my last post!  It's been a bit manic here In Shanghai and although most of the time we have quite good Internet, this month seems to have been full of Internet gremlins.  Firstly the Astrill server went down - this is a VPN site without which I wouldn't be able to see or post any blogs at all!!  Then just lately our Internet has been playing up and taking ages to load pages let alone upload a photo or two!!

Anyway apart from a trip to Korea for my husbands boss's wedding (which was lovely) I have been busy filling orders, having a general play, painting (well trying to) and exploring.  If anybody ever has the chance to visit Shanghai a must see is Yu Yuan it's the old part of town and is beautiful, however it all has what are called the commodities markets and the other day I found one that I didn't know exisited, - well I was in heaven, journals, notebooks, scrapbook papers, a few stamps and some general crafting stuff!!  I ended up with a friend visiting two shops and we were there for three hours!!  Below is the first pages of my new journal - the paper is a bit thin but it's such a thick book I glued a couple of pages together ;-). It has lined paper, plain paper and black paper all in one lovely wire bound hard backed journal cost £2 approx!

Anyway I digress, I just wanted to have a general play with this page, I was trying out some techniques with gesso and using my brayer with distress paints!!

I used gesso to prime the page, the paper was too thin not too!! Then I stenciled on the joggles flower stencil and the crafters companion mini roman lettering.  Then after I brayerd picked raspberry, spiced marmaled with a bit of scattered straw. Once it was dry I sprayed a bit of dylusions lime green. Stamped the dangly bits which I coloured with H2os and the sentiment really said how I was feeling last week!!  It still needs a bit more of something on it but as I can't decide it's going to be a work in progress!!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge - My Entry!

Hi Everyone This latest creation will be my first ever entry onto the Take It Make It Challenge, something i have looked at quite a bit but have not quite been brave enough to enter before. This time however the rewards are just too amazing not to at least have a go and what a good way to try out a new small stamp that i recently received. This card uses stamps from Chocolate Baroques Steampunkery Set and a Crafters Workshop stencil, all the colouring was done with either distress ink, paint or stain and a little glossy accents in the middle of the clock face, just helped to make the clock look a little more like it was actually flying through the skies!! As always do let me know what you think.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Chocolate Baroque and Indigo Blu stamps, Flexmarkers and Distress stuff!

Me again!!  I was supposed to be concentrating on getting my sons scrapbook done, but ever since my new chocolate baroque steampunkery stamps arrived last week I have been itching to play with them.  It got to the point today that all I could think of was what I was going to do with the stamps.  The ideas were buzzing!!  Would they work I wandered, sometimes I have an idea which turns out awful and ends up in the bin.  There was only one thing to do and that was just to try out the ideas and see how they worked.

The main image of the stamp was inked in memento.  I put a mask over the top before adding the Indigo Blu gears.  The hat itself was coloured using Flexmarkers, and the clock in the middle and the winder at the top I painted with brushed pewter distress paint.  Because Distress paints are translucent anything stamped underneath shows thru so perfect!  The feather on the hat was coloured with flexmarkers, I had decided right from the start (after seeing Julie-Ann's latest PaperArtsy post) that I wanted the feather to stand out so I stamped it three times and then layered it on top.  To hide all this I used a couple of idea-ology mini gears.  The stamp itself has gears in that position.  I used bundled sage on the background with the mini tile crafters workshop mask on the main background and then with guacamole fresco finish on the main background!  I also used mini harlequin with tinned peas fresco finish.  The mesh is dry wall tape painted with brushed pewter. Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Distress Inks, paint and Crafters Workshop stencils

Hi All

I first stenciled the mini doily in antique linen distress paint.  This creates a fantastic resist, if you haven't  used this technique before it dries completely flat, unlike most resists which tend to be raised.  I then inked the background with scattered straw and wild honey inks. Dried them off with a heat gun.  Then stenciled the mini butterfly meadow over the top with weathered wood.  I was trying to achieve a sun rising in the background sort of effect - think it might have just worked.  What do you think?

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Thank you PaperArtsy!

I received a small(ish ;-) ) box of new goodies yesterday from PaperArtsy.  Delivery can take a while to get here in China so the anticipation of a box of goodies arriving gets rather exciting by the time it arrives - it can take up to three weeks!!  Yesterday my box contained some more fresco finish paints ( which by the way are fabulous and work really well with distress paints, inks and stains) I digress - and also my first stash of treasured gold and some grunge paste.  Having watched several of Leandra from PaperArsty's video.  I had to have a quick play this afternoon and this is what I have come up with so far............
It's not quite finished yet and hopefully at some point this week ( I am still working on my sons scrapbook) it will be put on a card.  It needs a little bit more, but I am quite pleased with how it's turning out.  The stamp was from today's delivery which was a box of Chocolate Baroque goodies the flower is from their punky flower stamp set.  Something else I really need to play with.  So much to do so little time ..............  Watch this space!

Tim Holtz Distress paint, inks layering stencils and Kaisercraft stamps!

After a few days away at the Harbin ice and snow festival here in China, which is why the lack of postings this week!!  It was a bit cold up there but well worth a visit.  If anybody would like to see pictures let me know otherwise I won't bore you!!  I was in the need to get on, with my sons and best friends birthdays both on the same day and in a couple of weeks - this means two cards and a scrapbook (it's my sons 18th!)

This card needed to be really special as it is for my best friend, fortunately she doesn't know I have a blog yet, so I can put it on.

I first used scattered straw and pickled raspberry distress paint and layering stencils for the background of both the main card and the tag.  This then acts as a resist against the distress inks. Then used just scattered straw, rusty hinge and peacock feathers inks to blend in the background.  Once I had done that, it still needed a little more dimension so used the sunburst layering tag with spiced marmalade paint over the top.  The sentiment was stamped in pickled raspberry paint as the mini dots in the background were.

The damask background was just clear embossed and stamped with Tim Holtz damask stamp and then I used peacock feather stain over the top! I used some Chinese handmade paper at the back and stamped and embossed the letters and numbers onto a separate sheet and then cut and stuck!!

Hope you like it as much as I do.  I will hopefully be posting more this week!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

What a day!! Fresco paints and brayer background

Well I say what a day, but it actually started yesterday when I went onto the PaperArtsy blog and saw Ellen's brayer background.  Had to give it a go, as usual theses things never quite turn out as you plan! The idea was that I would do the background and then enter the weekly challenge, however in-laws, dinner cooking and other stuff, meant that I missed the deadline lol!! Oh well there is always this weeks.

So here is what came out of my playing yesterday and today.  I decided to try and use different stamps on each piece and wanted at least one of them to be "manly"
The flower on the bottom card is made from a wet wipe that I used to clean up the paint.  It soaked up the colours really nicely so i popped it onto the radiator and then stamped on it today and cut it out!!

Let me know what you think!

Monday, 27 January 2014

And then my Dylusions delivery arrived!!!

I have been waiting somewhat impatiently for my Dylusions goodies to arrive.  My first journal and my first five Dylusion sprays!!  Having watched Dyan on youtube I was itching to get started.  iPad was on YouTube logged onto Dyans vids my journal was ready and spritzed with water! slight problem I had forgotten to unwrap the sprays!! Page dried - or so I thought lol!! Sprayed, stenciled, dryer, stamped and my first ever journal page turned out like this.............
Not quite what I planned, but I was quite pleased with it..........for now anyway ;-). Can already see me either adding to this page or doing another one similar!!  

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Take one empty tin, some fresco finish paints, dry wall tape, assortedmasks and a stamp!

I had, had an empty chocolate tin sitting on my desk for ages, waiting for a bit of inspiration to turn into something other than an empty tin.  Yesterday it came to me in one of those brief moments that don't happen very often.  So out came the Fresco Finish paints, no need for gesso or primer with these - you can just paint straight onto more or less any surface including tin!!  It was time to get messy!

First I painted the lid with Bora bora
Making sure the tin was given a nice even coverage, I used some cut and dry foam, squeezed a small dollop of paint at a time and blended it in.  Left it for a couple of minutes to dry then gave it another coat.  I then painted the sides in mermaid, retrospectively it would probably have been better to do the sides first, but I didn't think of that till afterwards!!

Then out came the stencils, Crafters workshop mini harlequin, mini roman letters and mini treescape.  The letters I dabbed guacamole paint then treescape in vanilla and followed up by harlequin in mermaid.

I then left it overnight while I decided what else to add on to it.  I decided I wanted it to be a bit grungy so I stamped a PaperArtsy clock flower three times then made that into a paper rose and then inspired by an article in this months Craft Stamper about dry wall tape, and the fact that I had managed to buy some this morning and was itching to try it out.  I cut a strip off my huge roll painted it guacamole and once it was dry, die cut it using tattered leaves.

The finished article

I was going to give it away but I think I may just keep it, and put some bits and pieces off my craft desk in it. The bottom is also painted Bora bora.

Thanks for looking and do leave a comment.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Chocolate Baroque moonlit Waterfall stamps and Gelatos

I love this set of stamps, I suspect partially due to the fact that I live in Shanghai and so appeal because of the oriental nature of the stamps but also because there are so many ways to colour in the main image and each time it will look different.  On this card I used Gelatos, if you have not heard of them before they are mad by faber-castell and are a really creamy texture a little bit like a crayon that has been left out in the sun!! Only better!  They blend so nicely with each other and on their own so you can build colour up to add dimension to your piece by just adding a bit more colour.  I was really happy with the way this card turned out, especially the way the rock face to me seems to be casting a shadow from the sun! I was just playing around to see if it would work - expecting a muddy mess - which is what normally happens, but it didn't! Do let me know your comments.
All the stamps are from the Moonlit Waterall collection except the sentiment which is from a DoCrafts Papermania Lucy Cromwell set from a couple of years ago.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Warning Fresco Finish Paints are very addictive!

This afternoon I couldn't resist, I should have been cracking on with my sons birthday scrapbook, but having watched one of the tutorials from Paper Artsy I had to play.  First of all I had made some tags yesterday - just small ones with a vanilla base and then added toffee on one, guacamole on another and then tango on the last.  Left them to dry stamped a butterfly on each of them with a sentiment and left them. I decided that the card blank needed some masking and got the distress inks out and went with peacock feathers didn't like the look of it once it had dried so I then proceeded to cover the whole card with vanilla Fresco Finish.  This is how it then looked.
Added some more masking with vanilla paint this time and then a tad more with pumice stone distress ink, and was really pleased with the effect.  Added the tags and it ended up looking like this;

Oh and by the way Fresco Finish paints work really well with distress paints :)

Do let me know what you think 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Fresco finish paints, paper artsy stamps and a general play!

At the weekend I received my first batch of fresco finish paints from paperartsy.  If you have not used them or heard of them they are a chalk finish paint from  UK based PaperArtsy.  I kept seeing them in magazines, web etc and decided it was time to give them a go.  They are just fab, the colours are gorgeous and the delivery to me here in China was just excellent.  I have yet to try them with distress paints but as they work well with distress inks I don't really seeing that being a problem.  PaperArtsy have loads of tutorials on YouTube and having watched a couple of Leandras tutorials I am well and truly hooked!  Here is a tag I made using the paints and some PaperArtsy stamps.  The stamps are from the Hot picks range  - Hot picks 1006 and are just so great to stamp with.  Apart from the harlequin pattern which is from a crafters workshop mask the rest is all from PaperArtsy.  Once the paints dry they are so smooth.  The blending is so easy with just a dab of paint and a piece of cut and dry foam - but using the reverse side, I.e not the white side.  The background stamping was done with peacock feather distress ink, which works really well with the Bora Bora and Mermaid paints.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Chocolate Baroque Butterfly and Poppy Collage Stamps, Gesso and Distress paints.

For this card i took a piece of linen card and cut it down to a 13cm x 18cm card.  I then took one of the new Tim Holtz tag masks - hesian and some black soot distress ink and made a background by masking off the outer edge of the card.

The main image of the card was stamped onto a piece of card i had covered in gesso to give it a bit of texture and it helps to make the paint more vivid.  I used the paints in a similar way to Distress inks using the sponge on the paints to paint in the background but also using some cut and dry foam to  spread it around a bit more. Then i sprayed it with some perfect pearls mists - I am really getting into my sprays at the  moment and am eagerly waiting for some to arrive.  Might take a couple of weeks but once they have arrived you can be sure that there will be inky backgrounds aplenty appearing!!

Once the background had dried completely and this is essential for this to work properly, as if you don't wait for it to dry you will end up with embossing powder over the whole piece of card - I know I have done it before!! I also rubbed an stamp buddy over the top - it does help to keep those stray embossing powders at bay!!  I inked up the main image with versa mark ink, stamped and embossed with black embossing powder i use Ranger as it is nice and fine, (i am waiting to try out the Wow powders)  then used the corner of the stamp to offset the corner of the card added a butterfly and stamped and embossed in the same way.  The flourish in the other top corner and the sentiment are both stamped in Archival Jet Black this I thought gave the image some dimension.  A touch of black soot distress ink round the outside edge of the card and then glued to the card blank.  Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Distress Paint, Grunge Paper, Mini Tattered Florals die, stamps and an empty tea tin!

I had saved this tin from some green tea ages ago, i even coated it in gesso ready to paint.  Then Christmas got in the way there were cards to make, presents to buy, a demo for a group of Chinese Teachers to prepare for (yes you did read it correctly)!

Then yesterday it happened! I had time to play! I painted, stamped, created a grunge paper rose.  It was one of those really inky days, where ink is everywhere, including my face!!  Not quite sure how the green paint got there but hey it was fun and it washes off!!

So here it is hope you like it.  Do let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Chocolate Baroque Stamps, Distress, Paints and inks

This card was done by swiping the card through some distress paints, although rather than putting the paint on to a craft mat as usual, I put the paint directly onto the card in random spots sprayed a touch of water onto the craft mat tipped the card upside down so that the paints hit the water on impact and managed to avoid the muddiness i normally get!!  The flowers were then coloured in with a paintbrush and the pickled raspberry paint.  The main card blank was covered with broken china distress ink and then stamped using the kaisercraft script from the lush collection. 

Monday, 6 January 2014

Stampin up stamps and stencilled background with flex markers

This card was one of those happy accidents that we all know and love!!  I was trying out a stencilling technique that I had seen in the new Craft Stamper magazine and that didn't quite go according to plan, so tried the next one which used the left over ink on the stencil and some blending solution and that worked a treat but didn't quite cover the whole piece of card. So I popped some blue flex marker on my craft sheet added some more blending solution and then dabbed the corners in the ink! Stamps are from Stampin' ups Bestys blossoms ( I think need to double check that)!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

My latest card using Distress Paints and JOFY stamps

My latest card using distress paints and JOFY Stamps

Its Been a While!!

Well its been a while, quite a while in fact but then moving country and getting settled takes a while, especially when you move from UK to China.  So it may have been two years since i started this blog but hopefully this time i will keep it up to date.

This year I plan to upload photos of cards, scrapbook pages and all things crafty and hopefully some videos as well.

I do hope you enjoy what you see and please feel free to comment on anything you might like to see on here as well.  Am not quite sure how that would happen at the moment but you never know!!