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Thursday, 16 April 2015

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

It's the fabulous Magda's turn to host the Stampotique challenge this week, and she has chosen circles. Here's what she has to say.
 I like using shapes in my projects especially circles. They can give interesting effects on projects depends in what way they are used. I would love to see circles on your creations. How you will use them, depends on your imagination. 

Here's my postcard.


I started with 3 colours of DecoArt Americana Multi Surface Satin paint.
Carefully applied :-)
Then a second coat, and stamping with Splattered Mug and Splatter Circle.
I credit card swiped quinacronine gold and magenta onto some card and stamped Screaming Bunny, and paper pieced his tongue and ears.
His bubbles have been stuck one, by one, by one, by oh dropped that one, by one, by blob of glue in hair, by one, by time for chocolate....
Unleash Yourself has been stamped, and this time I was careful with the painting :-)
Neil's asked why I've 'started sticking everything in books' Really simple, everything I make except for the odd card gets thrown into a big box in the corner. Once a year (or whenever I get sick of it) the big box in the corner gets thrown into the big bin outside. Bit of a waste, and lets face it crafting is not cheap! So now although things wont get 'used' at least it will be kept and not just get bashed about and then binned!
I hope you get chance to join in with our challenge this week, remember there are 2 $30 gift certificates up for grabs for April's lucky winners.
I'm entering this into the Craft Stamper colour challenge, and Mixed Media World's use bright colours.
 Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Read All About It

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the top three in last months IndigoBlu challenge, and I've been invited to make a piece for this months 'off the edge' challenge. You can find the challenge here http://indigoblublogchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/04/challenge-26-top-3-inspiration-off-edge.htm
I've had the Yorkshire Evening Post plate for ages, so decided it was time for an inking.




 I started by painting all of the slide mailer in cream acrylic, then dragging it through some watered down distress paints.
I stamped the inside with the grungy stamp from the plate.

I did the same with the outside, making sure to keep the layers of paint very thin. I've learned the hard way that the cardboard mailers don't stand up very well to wet paint.
These were then stamped with the vintage adverts. These are BIG stamps, so 'off the edge' was easily achieved.

I coloured some of the images with Distress Markers, and stamped the ink stains again with brown archival.
Same again on the other side.

I stamped my man about town onto card, then stuck him to my slide with glossy accents.
I was really pleased with how this turned out as I'm very hit and miss with my mailers (I tend to end up with a soggy painted mess)

Thanks very much to IndigoBlu for having me play along, and thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Playing With Paint

I've recently joined the Deco Art Blogger Outreach Program and have received some fabulous paints from them. It's also made me realise how many of their wonderful products I have in my stash already. I've been having a play today, and made a masterboard which I've turned into tags.

I started with lots of Multi Surface Satins, and Media paints and a water spritzer and dragged the paint around with the end of a paintbrush.
Added some stenciling with the fab Media paint sprays, and some Dina Wakley stencils, and a little background stamping with a Stampotique text stamp.
A little bit more Dina Wakley stamping, and that's my grungy masterboard all done.

Now to chop it up...
I stamped the Dina stamp with the DecoArt Gesso.
Then overstamped in Archival ink. This looks really nice, some of the colours have come through the gesso, and also show through the ink.
More DW stamps, the main image has been stamped in black gesso. This is the first time I've ever used black gesso and I love it, it's just so - black! A white stabilo pencil to outline the words, and  I dabbed around the edges with quinacrinone gold (one of my favourites).
Same again, with green gold around the edge.
Bit of a pattern forming lol this one has quinacrinone magenta around the edge - another of my favourites.

And all together for another page for my tag book.
I'm entering this into 
The Mirror Crack'd challenge, make and use a masterboard, 
That's Crafty which is grunge, grunge, grunge, and Stamps and Stencils first challenge which is anything goes.
Enjoy what's left of the weekend, and thanks very much for looking xx

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Sing Me A Song

I had a proper play over the Easter weekend with my PanPastels. I've had them for ages now, but have never really gone beyond the dust and dab stage. This is what I came up with.
I wanted to try some stamping and colouring, so I started by putting some blues and greens down on my watercolour paper, then stenciling through my Paper Artsy stencils.
Some more stenciling, then lots of stamping using PA stamps, Versamark and PanPastels.
Next I wanted to try colouring, so I scraped a bit of the PP's into their lids and added a little water.
My silver and gold had had a rough time in transit so had quite a lot of breakage. I used some of this to make quite a thick paste.
They paint on really nicely, and the metallic have a beautiful shimmer, just like a real metallic paint. 
As I was in an experimental mood I wanted to tint some Grunge Paste rather than colouring it when it was dry.
A little paint goes a long way lol.
Apparently it's just like icing a cake (no of course I can't ice cakes!) I just spread it on with a palate knife then made 'bark like' marks with a cocktail stick. I added Onxyite Treasure Gold when it was dry.
You can see the painted PP's here.
And the metallic ones...
Then the sun decided to come out so I took another photograph just 'cos I could.
I'm entering this into the Pan Pastel challenge, Spring Colours,
Paper Artsy which is Grunge Paste,
That's Crafty gold and silver,
and the new challenge blog Stamps and Stencils anything goes, and
Art Journal Journey where we need to illustrate a poem or quotation.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

All Sewn Up

Coby is our hostess this week at Stampotique Towers and she has chosen a theme of stitches. Here's what she has to say
I love stitches in my creations, sometimes stamped sometimes made by hand and sometimes with the sewing machine.  I challenge you to use stitching in your creations this week.
Here's another page for my tag book.
I had a great time playing around with my Brusho's and DecoArt paints for my backgrounds.
This is a Brusho background and some of my favourite new stamps. I've used 
together with Daniel's Hearts in the background.
In the words of Craig this was a bit of a disaaaaarster daaaarling. I was trying out my new DecoArt paints and a fab Andy Skinner technique.


Looking nice painted tag and Isopropyl dropped over it.

Second layer looking good...
More layers and some white over the top - really liking...
Then I dropped a black inkpad sticky side down right in the middle of it. Not a happy bunny - in fact the odd naughty word was heard to come from my craft room...
Luckily I keep a very dirty craft mat, and a lot of paint had seeped through to the other side of the tag, so when I picked it up (to throw it away) I quite liked the other side! No way would I have left so much white space deliberately, but I wasn't going to look a gift horse in the doo dah's so on went Bla Bla Bla, Freakin People Person, and 3 Dwarfy Gnomes.
This one is my favourite. I used DecoArt Multi Surface Satin, in red, yellow, and blue. You could here the cogs in my brain ' red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green, red and blue make purple' yep we should get away without mud! There's an Andy Skinner stencil in the background, and Kate's lovely Sing, with the words from Hold On Tight
All of the tags were then stitched, then stitched to the larger tag to make a page.
I loved working with these bright colours, they really cheer me up!
I'm entering this into the Craft Stamper colour challenge.
I hope that you join in with our challenge at Stampotique, and show us your stitching.
IMPORTANT REMINDER:
Please read ALL RULES on the linkz page before linking your creation.
If you didn't follow the rules posted, you may have been deleted.  
Feel free to relink your creation with the correct information for a chance to win.
Thanks very much for looking x








Sunday, 5 April 2015

Spring Is Here...

The challenge this week at Tag Along is Easter and/or eggs, and I've gone along with the egg theme.
The tag has been coloured with distress paints then stamped with Artistic Outpost stamps from the Birds of a Feather plate.
I think my poor bird is incubating some cuckoo eggs judging by the size of them!
A few feathers and bit of raffia and all done.
I'm also entering this into the Artistic Outpost and
Mixed Media World Anything Goes challenges.
Thanks very much for looking x

Happy Happy Happy

Happy Easter everyone - this morning we had some lovely sunshine, but now we have typical Bank Holiday weather, and the clouds have descended again.
The challenge this week at Stampotique has been chosen by Arwen, and she has asked us to make an unusually shaped card. Here is my Easter bunny

I've made a Brusho background on some watercolour paper then simply stamped Roc's Bunny The Happy is from Carol's Happy Anniversary stamp.
Hope you get the chance to join in with the challenge, and enjoy your long weekend.
Thanks very much for looking xx

Friday, 3 April 2015

Feeling Krafty Again For Country View Crafts

Hi, I've been having another play with my Kraft card and some Dina Wakley stamps and paints and made a page for my Kraft album.


 I started by laying down the masks from the Mask and Stencil Leaves set then spraying with Dylusions in Squeezed Orange and an old (and favourite) fuchsia. I stamped the Scribbly Flower and embossed in white.
Next I stamped the butterfly from Scribbly Insects and embossed, together with the sentiment from the same set. I added some text from an older stamp. 
I got a bit carried away with the stamping here, and so the sentiment didn't show up too well so I added some stitching to highlight it a little.
The butterfly was painted directly with a mixture of Dina's Sky and Magenta.
The leaves were painted with watered down Lime and the flower head was made by swiping lime, Lapis and Blackberry Violet onto Kraft with an old credit card and embossing again in white. There's a little bit of hand stitching in the middle. 
I hope you like it, and that you join in with the challenge at CVC, and show us your kraft.
Thanks very much for looking, and have a lovely Easter xx

I'm also linking this to the Mixed Media World Anything Goes challenge - thanks for the reminder Donna :-) xx