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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Out of This World!

I've been playing with inks this weekend, and love this Galaxy effect.  I used Distress Inks in Seedless Preserve, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.  Once all the inking was done, I splashed water, which has a little bit of mica powder added, over it all which left a nice subtle shimmer.  Then I watered down a tiny bit of white Gesso and splattered if all over.  I then stamped the images and heat embossed them, stamps by Sheena Douglass, the lettering was heat embossed with stamps from Urban Stamps.

More Christmas Cards

I took inspiration from Heather Telford for this card.  I started by blending Distress Inks for the background (Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire).  Then I heat embossed the image with white embossing powder.  I stamped the trees with Chipped Sapphire DI, then heat embossed the sentiment.  To finish off I watered down a tiny bit of white gesso, and flicked it over the card to give the impression of falling snow.
The image stamp is by Honey Doo Crafts, Trees  -Penny Black and the sentiment Just Rite stamps.

 These 2 cards were made using a die by Sue Wilson, Aurora Star, using just the inner part of the 2 die set.  The sentiment in the top card is a stamp by Urban Stamps and the bottom one's sentiment is by Just Rite stamps.
I used the Holly Striplet die by Sue Wilson for this one, just using the inner die 3 times.  I used Cosmic Twinkle for the berries, the sentiment again by Just Rite which I stamped onto card cut with Sue Wilson's Pierced Flags die.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Latest Art Journal Pages

 I created the background for this one with a brayer and acrylic paint in a couple of shades of blue.  I used stencils by Andy Skinner.  The skull and flowers are by Sheena Douglass, and the stamping round the edge is by Ryn.
 I am entering this one into the present challenge on That's Crafty where the theme is 'Zesty Zing'. The background for this one was created with baby wipes that I'd used to mop up inks and paints.  I thought it looked pretty, so let it dry out and just tore it up and stuck it down.  Then I went over that with a stencil I made from a die and added a bit of stamping in black.  The wording is a stamp that was a freebie a while ago, it's all one stamp, I just cut it up after stamping.  The main image is a stamp by Julie Nutting, coloured with Distress Inks on a separate piece of card and attached with mod podge. The bubbles are just cut circles on a spare piece of card, coloured with Gelatos and cut out.
 I got the idea for this one from Pinterest.  I've had the post card stamps for years and never known what to do with it..... so when I saw one similar on Pinterest, I just had to give it a go.  The background was done with Distress Inks, I stamped and masked the postcards, the sentiment was generated on the computer.
The background was made with my fingers and acrylic paint.  I used texture paste through a stencil for the tree and coloured it with Distress Inks when it was dry.  I used a couple of tops dipped into white acrylic pain for the circles, the bubbles are a stamp, can't remember who by, and the butterflies are die cuts coloured with Distress Inks.  The working was done with Dyan Reaveley stamps.

Lavinia Stamps - No Black (28th August)

This months challenge over on Lavia Stamps is 'No Black', now I always do silhouettes with black, so this was a nice change for me, I used brown to stamp my main images and purple, green and blue for the others.  I used Distress Inks to colour the background and finished of with some glitter, more than I would usually use..... lol. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Sheena Douglass Canvass

I made this canvass for the 2nd stage of a DT appplication, which unfortunately I didn't get because I work for a well known craft company.
 I started off by using a script stamp and stamped it a few times onto tissue paper, which I then ripped up and stuck randomly over the blank canvass,  I added some texture paste through a stencil for the corner,  then I added a coat of Gesso.  I made a couple of ink sprays using 2 colours of Aquatints and water and added it till I was happy with the colour.  The butterfly, dragonflies and flowers were all stamped and coloured with the same 2 colour Aquatints, but I used them as water colours.  The pictures really don't do the colours
And here's some close ups.

All stamps and the stencil are by Sheena Douglass.
Thanks for looking xx

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

40th Birthday

The present challenge on That's Crafty (22.7.16) is Feminine.
It's my nieces 40th on Friday, so I thought I'd make her card a little different.
I repeatedly stamped the water droplets to cover my piece of card stock, this stamp is from Inkylicious.  Then I used Distress Markers to add the colour.  I then went back to each one and removed some colour from the bottom of the droplet, just with a paint brush and water, then added the white dots on each with a gel pen.  This give them so much dimension.  Next I blended some Distress Inks onto a piece of white card and cut them out with a die, added a little bit of stamping before adding them to the card.  I printed the sentiment and cut it out with tag dies by Sue Wilson.
I think the water droplets look like gems or misshapen jelly beans..... lol.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Water Droplets

 I got inspiration from Eileen Godwin for this card.  The background was made with Distress Inks, pressing the ink pad onto an acrylic block, spraying with water, then placing onto a piece of card.  Once it was dry I stamped the water droplet stamp.  I removed a little of the colour from each droplet using a paint brush and water and dabbing of the water.  Once dried I added little white spots to the top of the droplets, to give more dimension.  I die cut the butterflies on a piece of leftover over card, and attached them with foam pads.  The sentiment is from a stamp set by Stamps U Love.
I used the same stamp for this one, but stamped onto white card and coloured each droplet with Distress Ink Markers.  I think they look like jelly beans or jewels.
The droplet stamp is from Inkylicious or Designs by Ryn.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Masculine Art Journal Page

The present challenge over at That's Crafty is 'Masculine', so I thought I'd do a page in my journal, since it's all quite girly at the moment, need variation, right?
I blended Distress Inks all over the page, I used Rusty Hinge, Broken China, Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo.  I used Texture Paste through a clock stencil, and coloured it with the same inks.  I added various bits of stamping, and cut the clock from a Tim Holtz die.  I coloured this with Vintage Photo DI, then added some gilding wax to it and also over the stencilling.  The wording is a stamp from Visible Image.
Thanks for looking. xx

Monday, 27 June 2016


Another journal page....
I used Aquatints for the background, added some stenciling and stamping.  I also used Aquatints to colour the butterfly and dragonfly, and when dry used a clear sparkle pen from Crafters Companion over the top of the wings.  I then added glossy accents to the bodies and the drops for a bit of dimension.  All stamps and stencils are by Sheena Douglass.
Thanks for looking xx

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Some Journal Pages....

...... Yes I'm still addicted to this......
 I stuck some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap to the page to start with, then sprayed with a couple of Dylusion Sprays, drying between each layer, randomly stamped images.  I got inspiration for this from Marta Lapkowska, really love her work.
 I used acrylic paints for the background on this one, applied with my fingers (had rubber gloves on though, lol). m then I added some random stamping and added the bubbles simply by painting circles with white Gesso, I then added the colour with Gelatos, smudged with my finger.  The sentiment is a stamp by Dyan Reaveley, which I cut up.  The dragon fly was a left over die cut from another project.  Inspiration again from Marta.
 I used a couple of Dylusion sprays for the background, added some texture through a stencil for the squares.  Heat embossed the tyre tracks with white embossing powder, then added some random stamping.  The butterfly and sentiment are from Visible Image.  Inspiration was from Corrie Herriman.
 I used Dylusion Sprays for the background, some random stenciling and stamping.  The stencil in the middle is by Dyan Reaveley, and the wording was found on the internet and printed on the computer.  I've had this stencil for a long time and never really used it as it's bigger than I was expecting it to be.  But since I'm now into journaling, I thought it was perfect.
 I coloured the background with Gelatos, used a Sheena stencil for the sun rays.  I added a little acrylic paint to give the top half a dull look, Stamps are by Crafters Companion, Ryn, and Paper Artsy, the man was die cut using a Tim Holtz die.  Wording was computer generated.
 I'm still in love with New York since our visit back in 2014, and I think I always will be.  So I just had to do a page dedicated to NYC. (probably won't be the only one Background made using a couple of Dylusion Sprays, and dabbing most of it back off, I wanted a subtle background.  The stamp along the bottom is from Altenew, the script stamp is one of Sheenas, I printed the images and cut them out.  Wording is computer generated too.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Pretty Bubbles.......

I'm getting quite addicted to this Art Journal
I used Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral) for the background then sprayed water through a stencil and splashed water to remove some colour.  Stenciled with the same DI colours.  The bubbles (a big lopsided....) were stamped with Sheena stamps and coloured with Gellatos. The smaller bubbles were stamped with Lavinia stamps and round the edges with a stamp from Paper Artsy. I finished off stamping the words, using stamps by Dyan Reavely and colours in some of the bubbles round the edges with gold and white pens.
Inspiration for this is from Marta Lapkowska.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Sheena Stamps & Art Journaling

I've been playing with journaling for a while now, just using a book I already had.  I finally bought one of Dyan Reavely's Art Journals from Crafters Companion, when their new shop opened just 20 minutes drive from me.  It sat on my desktop for a couple of weeks, before I could bring myself you actually use  Anyway I've done a few pages in it now and I used stamps by Sheena Douglass for this one.
I made the background by brayering acrylic paints onto the page till I was happy with the result.  Then I got my stamps out and got on with the stamping.  I knew when I bought the circle stamps they would make good flowers, so I stamped onto book pages and cut them out. I kept going back to this page as I just felt it wasn't quite finished, and I needed to decide what wording to use.  I used a white gel pen to add some highlights, jus to make things pop a little.
Thanks for looking.