Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge - Take a Stamp

This is my entry for Craft Stampers Take It Make It Challenge.  This Tag really was one of those happy accidents,  I had initially decided to do something completely different and had put gesso onto the background with a Prima, Peonies and poppies stencils.  It didn't quite work out, so not wanting to waste a tag, I painted over it with Lilac Fresco Finish paint and using some sequin waste as a mask dotted on some Mermaid fresco finish with a sponge.   The result once it was all dry made a really nice textured background.  The background script stamp is one from the Pink Paislee Nantucket set.  The flowers are from Chocolate Baroque's Punky Flower set coloured with flex markers.  The stamp at the bottom and the words are a Craft Stamper cover stamp from a while ago, it's one of those stamps I use quite a lot as its so versatile.  

I must confess (as I am feeling huge pangs of guilt) that this tag is one I did a while ago but kept hold of as I didn't want to spoil it by putting it onto a card with the wrong background.  I had sat at my desk to create something for this months challemge thinking I had another day before entries closed, just double checked the rules and thought oops!!. So rather than rush something I thought I would enter this one.  I really like it and it's been hidden away for a while. 

Hope you agree with me and like the outcome, and as always please leave your comments - good or bad 

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Indigo blu Glitz and Glamour challenge

Well here it is my entry into The Indigo blu challenge and what a challenge it was, everything that could go wrong with this did, which is why having started it yesterday afternoon I have only just finished it!  I don't normally go for glitz in any shape or form unless its Christmas or for a special occasion so it made quite a change stepping outside the box! Probably why it proved so challenging lol!!

Firstly the masking idea (original plan was to emboss Ella Bella and then mask her and stamp Blazing Poppies, (but a raised image and a mask well best not go there eh) needless to say this didn't work so in frustration decided to over-stamp (and was actually quite pleased with the results).  Then when I started colouring the flowers on the original version I realised too late that I had stamped in Archival instead of Memento, not a problem usually but a  big one when you are using flexmarkers!!  The ink bleeds into the pen and makes a right royal mess!!  So today I started afresh!  I stamped in Memento let it dry, coloured and let it dry, as I wanted Ella Bella to be a nice crisp embossed image.  It worked!! My patience today paid off - I hope you agree!  I wouldn't normally have over-stamped I would have carried on trying to mask but the effect that i got with the poppies being seen in her hair i felt added to the overall effect.

I have used three different stamps here as you can see, the background is blazing poppies, over-stamped and embossed with Ella Bella and the quote is from the Take the Time set.  I have masked the background using mini chicken wire and mini chicken wire reversed from The  Crafters Workshop using shaded lilac distress ink.

Hope you like todays efforts am off now to either play journalling or start another challenge!! Hopefully whatever I do will be a bit less traumatic lol!!

Thanks for looking, and as always do let me know what you think.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Fragile Papers my entry into the Paperartsy Challenge

Having bought some waxed tissue from Paperartsy only last week I was thrilled to watch Leandras new video showing brayering onto none other than wax tissue.  So out came the brayer and fresco finish paints and here it is...

This challenge had a dual purpose as I was supposed to be making my nephews birthday card so the tag I have made for the challenge will be going onto a card later for his 16th birthday.  

This technique was such fun to try and just by brayering onto wax paper you really do get a lovely effect.  The was tissue was such a pleasure to use and I think I will be using it quite a bit in the future. I have had a great idea with mini rosette die and wax paper!!  

In Leandras video she finished off the piece by stamping in white to make the whole sheet lighter but as the colours I was using were not too dark I decided to omit that last bit and just carry on with the colours.  The stamp is from the artistic stamper, the stencil is crafters workshop mini harlequin with grunge paste coloured with a touch of toffee fresco finish. The embellishments are all Tim Holtz, the paints all fresco finish are Dusty Teal, Mermaid, Irish Cream, Toffee, French Toast and Stone.

As always do let me know what you think enjoy the rest of the weekend and hopefully will be posting something else in the week.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A New Beginning - my entry into The Artistic Stamper Challenge

I have decided that now I am back to enter as many craft blog challenges as I can. Here is my second challenge. This page is my entry into The Artistic Stampers challenge.

I used only two colours for the whole of this project, both distress inks, wild honey and gathered twigs. I started off brayering the background which went a bit wrong on the first go but I thought it looked nice so did the same over the rest of the page.  

I then used Artistic Stamper stamps for the background, with a couple of crafters workshop stencils.

Then I added some stamping in gathered twigs.

The stamps I chose were really quite random, the two pieces in opposite corners were made from UTEE, using my new melt pot and a texture fade I have had for ages.

I hope you like it as usual please do let me know what you think 


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

First blog of the year and my entry to the Art Journalling Calendar challenge

Happy New Year and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.  After I finally reclaimed my craft room (it was being used as a bedroom lol) I needed to play and having decided to be brave and enter more blog challenges this year I am starting with The Art Journalling Calendar Challenge.  

This page started with a clear gesso background with some texture added by a Tim Holtz texture tool and some left over bits of Tim Holtz tissue.  Then painted over or rather scraped paint over using an old Starbucks card!! (Any old credit card will do lol).  I had picked up the paints from The Artistic Stamper and was itching to use them. I just added random blocks of colour filling the page but leaving some white gaps ( I have to say I found this very hard as I don't normally like white space on my pages unless I have put it there with paint!!)  

The ovals for the days were cut out of my first Gelli print (guess what I got for Christmas) and using two lids both from the same skincare range just in different sizes.  I stamped over the paint with a selection of Artistic Stamper background stamps in black and white and then added the Dyan Reavley stamps as the page needed something bold!!  I was going to colour In the toadstalls but instead opted for the white spots only.  The flower in the top left corner was die cut out of a coloured baby wipe!  I have found that sometimes you only use one or two colours and the effect left on the dried out baby wipe after clearing up can be quite surprising and after all it is only ink or paint you have cleaned up with it.

Do let me know what your thoughts are, must go as have dinner to cook and two more challenges to enter.  Oh and I also need to figure out how to link my blog to Facebook lol!!