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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.

Monday, 13 June 2016

In The Pink!

There's a new challenge over on That's Crafty where the theme is 'In The Pink'.  I've been playing around with a bit of art journaling this past week or so, so thought I'd do this for the challenge.
I started the background by using one colour Aquatint, working from the bottom of the page to the top to create the 'Hombre' look.  I used various stamps from Dylusions, and Tim Holtz, the lady stencils are from Clarity Stamps.  The working is a stamps by Dyan Reavely - I'm pretty sure the with a pair of sparkly shoes, and a new tiara, she could conquer the world'.  I don't have a tiara stamp, but I thought a crown was just as good.  I also added glitter to the feet to create the sparkly shoes....
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Sheena Stamps

I recently bought some of Sheena Douglass's new stamps and a couple of other goodies that she demo'd on TV,  and have finally had a lovely play with them.  I think I may be slightly addicted to the Rose...... lol, I love it!
Here's what I've been doing.....
First of all, a couple of tags.
 I've been messing with inks lately and this is a tag I sprayed with Dylusions ink, and splashed with water to create the white dots.  I then stamped the rose with Versafine then I went over that with gilding paste which I then dragged in a little with a damp paintbrush, this creates an embroidery look. Once it was clear, it stays sticky for a long time, I went over it all with foil.   This technique is called  Brush Embroidery, which I used to do when I made wedding cakes, so it was nice to try it again.  I also used the liquid gilding paste around the edges, applied with a sponge, and added foil to that too, it gives a lovely distressed look and very subtle.  I finished off stamping and heat embossing the sentiment.
For this one, I went looking in my file of backgrounds and came across this one which was made with Brushos.  All I did was stamp the rose onto it then cut it out.  I cut a tag from Kraft Card and attached ripped pieces of a book page, finished off with some Distress Ink around the edges and added the word.
 I stamped onto water colour card for this one, and used water colour paints to add the colour.  Then blended some Distress Ink around the image and added the stamping with another stamp by Sheena.
Last one.......  This was another background I found in my file, which was made with Brushos and blown around a bit using the Tim Holtz air spritzer.  I stamped and heat embossed the rose, then used Brushos to add the colour.  I added water, a section at a time, then sprinkled Brushos onto the wet and let it do it's thing, just easing colour into the little crooks and crannies with a paintbrush.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 4 June 2016


The present challenge over on That's Crafty is 'The Sea'.  This is my entry for the challenge.
I cut the tag from Sheena's stamping card and gave it a spray with Dylusions inks. I used a stamp from a Sheena Douglass set for the leaves, the bubbles are an Inkylicious stamp,  The seahorses was the free stamp on the latest issue of Craft Stamper, and she shells are from an older copy of the same mag, both coloured with Distress Inks.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Inspiration from...................

.................  Hermine Koster.  I've been following Hermine for quite a while now and her work is just amazing and I think she such an inspiration.  I thought it was about time I tried putting some of her inspiration into action.
I began by stamping the butterfly, then stamping it again on a sticky note to make a mask.  Once I had the mask in position, I started to do some random stamping using Distress Inks in Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord, I also used a stencil.  Once I was happy I removed the mask and coloured the butterfly using just Dusty Concord, finishing off with the text.  Stamps used are a mixture from Inkylicious, Stampers Anonymous and Kanban.
Thanks for looking.