Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A Special Birthday Card

Hi all

At this busy time of year we mustn't forget those whose birthdays are in December, my mother-in-law  is one of those people and this year it was her 80th birthday and so I felt that this warranted a special card  I have recently been introduced to the wonderful chippie pieces from Scrapiniec.  There chipboard pieces are beautifully intricate and extremely delicate.  Here is the card I created.

I cut a piece adhesive canvas from Ranger and added some paper and some embellishments  you can see here the bare chipboard pieces

I then started adding Distress ink sprays I used, Tea Dye, Wild Honey and Spied Marmalade 

The face in the frame is one of Sandra Evertsons Relics and Artifacts.  I covered the lot in gesso before spraying as you can see here.

I thought i had taken a photo of the fully completed card but i obviously forgot!  once the sprays had dried i mounted this piece onto an 8 x 8 square card

Thanks for popping by and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year

Take Care and Happy Crafting

Sunday, 22 November 2015

My latest little creation

Hi All

Me again, I know i am a bit like a London bus today you don't see me for ages then two come at once lol!  Lots going on over here in Smith towers but lets not get into that its quite boring lol!

So here is my latest creation, i had just taken possession of the latest release Distress colour - Lucky Clover and whilst i was testing it out to see how the colour came out i had this thought.  The thought was that maybe whilst trying to get the colour for Cracked Pistachio, maybe, just maybe Tim and the Ranger gang also came across Lucky Clover!  So i thought why not put the two together and create and ombre effect.  Here is what I came up with

Here is a quick step by step  I would like to point out that i did actually try to video this canvas however trying to paint one handed whilst trying to video at the same time is not really that simple lol!  Think i will add a tripod to my Christmas list ;-)

Firstly i painted cracked Pistachio with a dry brush up to about 3/4 of the canvas

 Then added the Lucky Clover paint in the same way blending as the two met

 I drew some flowers with a pencil got a bit carried away with excitement and gesso'd over the top before i could take a pic - duh!!

 I went around the edges of the pencil lines with Black Soot Distress Paint and a very thin detailer brush and then painted the petals in abandoned coral

 Where i had changed my mind on the size of the biggest flower i repainted over the gesso with both greens again to cover

Next out came the Grunge Paste and some white paint through some crafter workshop stencils.  There were a few white bits showing through where the stencil and been as you can see from this photo

So I waited until they were dry and then went over them with the relevant green and a fine brush added a chipboard phrase these from Scrapiniec and are wonderfully delicate.  I love this phrase and wish i had ordered more although I am sure i will be placing further orders with them lol!!  To finish i added some white dots to the centre of the flowers using a white sharpie paint pen and a dotty stencil.

As always do let me know your thoughts. I do love to hear from you.
Take care and happy crafting

Altered Book Page

Hi all

I was playing around with my Inktense pencils the other day and decided to try doing a whole piece with just Intense.  Admittedly i had just read the latest edition of Craft Stamper and seen Kim Dellow's wonderful article using her watercolour pencils and was feeling a tad inspired to say the least.

This is what i came up with hope you like it.  I have used this technique on my latest post for The Artistic Stamper so if you would like to see the basic step by step check out the Artistic Stamper Creative Team blog on the 24th!

The Stamps are all Finnabairs, and apart from using Archival to stamp the rest was all done with the Intense pencils

As always thank you for popping by and please do let me know what you think I do read all comments and aim to reply to all of them thanks again

Monday, 9 November 2015

Artistic Stamper November Challenge Sneaky Peak

Hi All

If you would like to see what this is check out The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog tomorrow to find out exactly what it might be!!

Thanks for stopping

Happy Creating in the meantime

Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Artistic Stamper November Challenge - Fabric

Hi All

If you have come over from The Artistic Stamper Challenge Blog here is the step out for the little mini book i have created if you have just popped over anyway, I hope you enjoy this little lengthy post.

Now this little book and i mean little it works out at 2 inches x 2 inches once its finished cute eh?

First make up a selection of Gelli prints I used Distress Paint and Dylusions for mine you will need four complete sheets to make the same amount of pages as mine, plus one for the cover.  Obviously you can use more or less sheets but if using more be careful not to make it too big for your cover.

Next cut down each piece to 8 x 8 squares or if you want it smaller 6 x 6 and cut each square into half (sorry i seemed to have missed taking a photo of that bit)

Fold both pieces in half

then in half 

then back on it self 

Then again and you should have a  folded square 

Do that for each piece and then line them all up and trust me as silly as this seems and looks it really is helpful so don't move them once you are done!  

the next step is starting to stick them together, firstly open up you first page and glue down one side, sorry i forgot to take a pic of this bit then fold it in half and slot the next sheet into it so it should look like the image below

carry on adding the pieces together until you are finished

once it looks like this clasp it together and glue down the spine 
As you maybe able to see i did have a bit of an accident with the glue here lets just say it went splodge!! You actually don't need that much just enough to hold it all together and stick a clip on it whilst it dries - avoiding the glue of course ;-)

Next take the sheet you want to use as the cover and cut it to the same size as the original pages so it should be 8 x 4 if you have made the same size as this.  

Now at this point my fingers really were sticking to everything so i was unable to take a pic of the next bit as i needed a clean up and then forgot again  but you fold the piece in half open it up and then fold each long side towards the folded line leaving a smidge of room.  Place it around the dry pages and fold around to make the cover making sure you burnish around the spine nicely.  Then add a piece of ribbon - i used fibres if you want to hang it up and glue down the spine of the cover and stick over the spine of the pages then once in place slot the end page into each of the cover

This is where the smidge of extra space comes into play ;-)

Hope you have as much fun making yours as i did mine and don't forget to pop back to The Artistic Stamper Challenge Blog to upload your challenge for this month!

As Always please do leave your comments on here or on The Artistic Stamper blog or even better on both I do appreciate all comments and they are all read.


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Dream as if you live forever!

Hi all

Hope everybody is managing to keep warm, it's been horrible here today! And what better way to cheer yourself up on a miserable day than to work on a canvas!

I must confess I did start this yesterday when the sun was shining and the trees and shrubs outside had that lovely autumnal feel with all the lovely reds and oranges being highlighted by the sun.  And that's what gave me the inspiration for the colours on this piece.

I started off by deciding which embellishments to use.  I have had some Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts from Prima for a couple of weeks now, these pieces are stunning and have been taken from original relics and artifacts in Sandra's own collection, there are quite a few different ones to choose from, cameos, skulls, hearts and faces and pieces of faces! If you haven't seen them yet they are well worth taking a look at and are very reasonably priced. I originally was going to use another piece first but this one just kept calling to me!

I placed him on a piece of gauze and arranged the embellishments till I was happy added on some glue stripes, and then in my infinite wisdom covered it all in gesso.  Why do I say that I hear you ask. You need to coat it all in Gesso, well yes if you are putting paint on, but i was using Lyndys Stamp Gang sprays and I soon found out that they just soak into the gesso.  It looked ok, it was just a bit pale!  I had added some grunge paste through a crafters workshop stencil. After this had dried and I had sprayed it a few time and still the colour was soaking in, I decided to put some Tim Holtz Crackle paint over the top in a couple of places and as it dried I noticed something miraculous as the crackle paint was drying it was bringing the colour back to the surface!!

If you compare the above photo with the top photo you can see the difference adding the crackle paint made.

Oh joy, I have to say I was a very happy little bunny! Back out came the crackle paint and I coated the whole thing, because it's a paint it has very fine crackles, but it certainly adds to the whole effect especially over the grunge paste lettering.  The flowers are from the very clever Sam at Samoflora, she really does make the most gorgeous flowers.

Well as always do let me know what your thoughts are

Saturday, 10 October 2015

I can resist everything.........

.......Except Temptation said Oscar Wilde. I have to say I can't argue with him. Hope today's post finds you all busy crafting and creating.  Here is my third entry into Fall in love with art journaling - fall challenge.

The third challenges topic for those that aren't following it, is Irresistable or resist (maybe I should have done Irresistable and painted a bar of chocolate!).  I went for the resist option. I have seen the Oscar Wilde quote before, in fact I had noted it down as one to use in my journal at some point so when it appeared on the prompts list, I had to use it.  

To start I painted the page with white and brushed pewter Distress Stains, once dry I used Primas Finnabair's trust the magic set of stamps and using the doily shaped stamp and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I wanted both the white and silver to come through under the stamp and it sort of worked, I think I probably got a bit carried away and should have left the stain to dry off a bit more before applying another coat, as it wasn't quite as vivid as I had hoped.  
I then stamped the "Finn" image stamp in the corner with archival black ink and sprayed with wild honey and spiced marmalade distress stain sprays, popping my finger over the face so that it stayed white.  Once the sprays had dried and this time i did wait honest! I re-sprayed again using the same colours. Once dry I then wiped the embossed image to reveal the white and silver resists. The archival also acts as a resist and you can see this as the heart took the colour.  I used stencils and distress ink to add some background.  I used Tim Holtz Kraft resist letters to make up the word resist and printed off the rest of the quote. Painted the letters with picket fence distress stain and when dry sprayed with peacock feathers spray.  Finally I used black and white charcoal pencils to edge the words and add some depth to the images and to the stencilled background.

As usual please do let me know your thoughts.  Hope you all have a crafty weekend

Thursday, 8 October 2015


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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Art, Vision, Enjoy the Journey - a Journal Page

Good evening everyone

I trust everyone is well and managing to find some time to craft.  I recently signed up to a Facebook Journal Challenge group called Fall In Love with Art Journaling - Fall Challenge.  This started on 1st of october with our first challenge and the aim for me is to do each challenge before the next one comes out.  There are two a week so this could be fun but so far so good.  The second challenge was to create a page using fabric.  Now this is a bit outside of my comfort zone so a good challenge to push those creative boundaries!!  I have had some hessian for a while and decided that i would use that as my starting point.  My first thought was do some stamping onto it and then to use it as die cuts and then it came to me - cover the page with it - use it as a canvas!  So thats just what i did!

Cut a piece of hessian (for any overseas visitors this is burlap) to fit my journal page.  Stuck it down with glue i used cosmic glue which does stick pretty much most things and it certainly worked on the material.  Once it was stuck i covered it with a coat of gesso and then got out my Paperartsy Fresco Finish paints i used Tinned Peas, Professor Plum and Teresa Green.  Covered the hessian using a dry brush until i had enough coverage.

Then i added on some stenciling using some black paint and a dylusions stencil and some grunge paste through a harlequin stencil, with a touch of Teresa Green and then a dotty stencil with some more grunge paste with some Professor Plum added in.

Next i die cut Tim Holtz Umbrella Man with Green Felt and then stamped onto it with a Tim Holtz stamp and archival ink.  

Popped a bit of black paint around the edge and stuck it onto the page

I quite liked the effect the green felt added to the page and decided to die cut some letters or words out of the same felt!  Had decided to do letters, but then found a die I had sort of forgotten about and used that

Some of the letters didn't die cut terribly well so had to finish them of with the scissors.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.

As always please do let me know what you think.

Happy crafting


Saturday, 19 September 2015

Ken Oliver Color Burst Guitar Card

Happy Weekend to you all

I hope it is as nice and sunny as it is here.  Today I have a quick post for you.  Its a quick and simple card i made for my husbands birthday.  As usual with family cards I left it to the last minute and made it yesterday afternoon - its his birthday today lol!!  Still he loved it and it was a bit of a different technique for me, one I saw used in a copy of Craft Stamper and thought I must have a go at.  I have to say I will be using this again it was so much fun! Plus it was nice and quick which was a big bonus as I had just finished it when my husband came in from work.  Nothing like cutting it fine.  Still it does get the adrenaline going and sometimes I find makes the old creative juices flow just that little bit smoother ;-)

The card itself is made out of a good weight watercolour paper.  This was vital as the blue and purple strip which extends around the back of the card was done with water on a paintbrush and then I applied Ultramarine Blue and Violet just in small amounts and let the water do its magic. First stamp your image twice once onto the card and once onto a post-it to use as a mask.  Once stamped image is dry I used Archival so it dried quite quickly, place mask over the top and with a brush and water paint your strip or pattern.  You do need to have plenty of water, don't completely soak the page but enough water to mix, it won't work properly otherwise, trust me lol!!  I must confess I did help it along a touch in places with the paintbrush but only to fill in a couple of places.  Once dry you can then if desire stamp on extra background stamping.  The stamps are from an Inkadinkado set I have had for a very long time!  The word stamps are from Avery Elle.

Sorry about the lack of photos today, but in my rush to get it finished I forgot lol!!

Thanks for popping in and hope you all have a wonderfully creative weekend 
As always please do let me know your thoughts


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

With Shades of Midnight Blue - A canvas

Hi All

Hope everyone is having better weather than we are here in East Kent, its been positively awful!  Anyway there is nothing better to cheer you up on a grotty day but a spot of crafting  My son had asked me when he came home from uni at the beginning of summer if I would make him a canvas to take back.  So nothing like leaving it till the last minute with only a week to go he instructed me on what he would like.  His remit was quite simple  he wanted graduations of blue with shards coming out of one edge or corner.

So this is what I made him

He was very pleased with it, but as he left all his packing till the day before we left and still hadn't completely finished on saturday morning when we were leaving he left it on my craft table!!  My daughter is dropping it off on her way back this weekend lol!!

I started with an 8x8 canvas, some dry wall tape, corrugated cardboard, a die cut Tim Holtz clock, Tim Holtz Family (which didn't get used) and embossed three Tim Holtz playing cards and  three old paint brushes.  I stuck it all down

Added some texture paste through stencils and some embellishments.  

Covered the whole lot with black gesso and then added on a coat of Fresco Finish Inky Pool as this is a translucent paint it works really well with the gesso  you can see a bit of inky pool inbetween the paintbrushes.

This picture was taken after I had covered it in distress paint, here i used the new Blueprint Sketch highlighted with faded jeans and broken china, but this was a bit bright so out came inky pool again and i added some more texture.  To achieve the final look I added some Treasured silver.  

Thanks for popping over and as always do please let me know your thoughts, all comments good or bad are appreciated.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Artistic Stamper Creative Team Sneaky Peak

Hi All

Here is a sneaky peak of tomorrows post over on The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog

As always do let me know your thoughts, good and bad, I do read each and every one.
Hope you are all having a lovely crafty week 

Friday, 4 September 2015

Circles - PaperArtsy Challenge #16

I love the topics that Leandra and the PaperArtsy team come up with, and this one was certainly no exception. As soon as I saw the word circles a song popped into my mind.  Well actually if I am honest it was a line from a song. All I kept thinking was circles in my mind.  It didn't matter how many fab posts I read from the team at PaperArtsy. The initial post by Leandra had sparked off something.  For those of you who are already yelling at me the song title, yes it was Windmills of my mind by Michael Legrand.  For those of you who haven't got a clue what I am talking about it was the  theme music from The Thomas Crown Affair, which was a film that came out in 1968 (I was only five then so a bit too young to see the original but I did see the re-make a few years ago, which had Pierce Brosnan in the Steve McQueen role.  The song was a hit both by Noel Harrison who first sang the english version (it was originally recorded in french) and again a while later by Dusty Springfield.  A little bit of music and film trivia for you there lol!

So here is my journal page for the Circles challenge

 This one is a close up

Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos as i made the page.  So here is basically what i did and the products I used.  Dylusions paints with a dry brush to get the paint onto the pages.  Stamped loads of circle stamps onto magazine and book pages and cut out  (i quite literally went through my stash of stamps to find any that had circles on  the bike wheel one was take from a Kaisercraft penny farthing bike stamp and their are quite a few JOFY ones in there along with some from The Artistic Stamper.  The background was made up of any stencils i had with circles on - turns out i have quite a few of these as well ;-) The words were just printed off the laptop.

Having stuck the circles in place i then got out my white uniball pen, and drew circles around the circles.  Then with a black pen went around some of them again writing the words circles in a circle.  To finish it off i copied a couple of verses of the song around the edge of the page to make a border.

As always do let me know your thoughts, good, bad and indifferent!  Its always nice to get feedback no matter how critical or not it is.

Have a lovely crafty weekend

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Dance to the Music

Hi All

Hope you have all had a good crafting week.  Here is my latest post for the latest challenge at The Artistic Stamper

I started off with a blank tag, die cut off the corner with Sizzix Tim Holtz mixed media die. Stamped "Dance with the music" from the Dance Stamp set in versamark.  Then blended Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers Distress inks over the top, yes it really is only two colours the purple is created when the two colours are blended together!

I stamped the ballerina and the wings on a separate piece of card and used the same colours to colour in both 

I die cut a whole set of flowers from the Sizzix Spiral Flowers and stamped them all with words from the Dance set and coloured again all with the same two distress inks blending the two colours on one to create the purple flower

Then stamped a flourish from the Simple Swirls set randomly around the edge positioned everything on the card and attached.  I added an extra tag underneath so that it would show through the honeycomb die.  I first stamped the Dance to the Music in Black Archival, coloured the whole thing with the peacock feathers ink and then ran it through an embossing folder for a bit of extra texture.  I stamped once again the Dance to the Music stamp onto a separate piece of card, this time in Versamark and covered with Wow silver embossing powder and heat set.

Thanks for popping over and don't forget to join us in this months challenge we always enjoy seeing your creations  

Take care and happy creating!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sneaky peak for Monday's post on The Artistic Stamper

Here is a sneaky peak of my latest creation full details on Monday on The Artistic Stamper Blog

Don't forget to let me know what you think either on here or on The Artistic Stamper Blog.

Debs xx

Monday, 17 August 2015

A Friendly Challenge!!

Hi  All

Me again, with my second post this evening.  I have a couple of crafty friends - they know who they are!!  We have little chats and share our queries, blocks and generally give each other support and encouragement, with quite a bit of silliness thrown in.  Last week we decided to give each other a challenge and mine was to do a project that only used Brown and Green, other than that it didn't matter.  So here it is

I started with a canvas board, a spray of artificial flowers, some Finnabair Modelling Paste, Micro Beads, various stencils and masks Sprays from Lindys Stamp Gang and Prima ColorBurst, Prima Mechanicals and embellishments from Tim Holtz and The Artistic Stamper.

I stuck the flower to canvas using the modelling paste as the stem was plastic and this seemed to hold it nicely in place.  I also used the modelling paste through the stencils.

I added some embellishments and some torn bits of music paper, and started spraying using my two Lindys Stamp Gang sprays in Glory of the Seas Gold and Bayou Boogie Gold. They compliment each quite nicely despite both having gold in the titles Seas gold is more of a sand colour whereas the Bayou boogie is a lovely rich brown.

Thanks for popping over and as always do let me know your thoughts.

Happy Crafting