Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Magazine Transfer MDF Heart - PaperArtsy Transfers Challenge

Over on the PaperArtsy Blog, the challenge topic is still transfers as there is another week to enter as there are new product launches going on this week! So I thought I would enter with another magazine transfer using gel medium. I used a black and white woman's face, particularly beautiful I thought, from a perfume ad. I surrounded her face with the remaining shrink plastic flowers from the hat I had made previously, with Tracy Scott stamps.

I gessoed an MDF folk heart, and then painted it with a baby wipe with shades of Fresco Finish paints to co-ordinate with the shrink plastic flowers. I then stamped all over with the text from JoFY No 31 in Hyde Park Fresco. I used a beautiful Kay Carley stencil 061 with grungepaste at the top of the heart and painted it with a mixture of Hyde Park and Winter Green. To finish off, I edged the piece with Fresco Finish in Gold, letting it blob around the edges like embossing enamel.

I am entering this into the PaperArtsy challenge, which is here.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

'Where Did you Get That Hat?' - PaperArtsy Transfer Topic

I'm delighted to have another project over on the PaperArtsy Blog, this time for the Transfer challenge topic.

I chose the Gel Medium transfer method to transfer a magazine image, and had great fun making shrink plastic flowers from Tracy Scott stamps. I would love you to go over and take a look! Over the course of the two weeks of the topic, the blog contributors will be covering quite a range of different transfer methods, which I think is a really interesting area to experiment with. I'm really looking forward to learning something new, and seeing what everyone comes up with!

Saturday, 30 June 2018

PaperArtsy Enshrined 'In Flanders Field'

I am delighted to have a post on the PaperArtsy  blog tonight for the topic 'Enshrined'. I would be very pleased if you would visit me over there!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Kraft Card and Distress Re-Inkers - PaperArtsy Kraft Card Challenge

Over on the PaperArtsy Blog the challenge is Kraft card. A couple of weeks ago I went to Ally Pally and saw Leandra using the Distress Oxide Re-Inkers and decided to buy a few colours (lovely to have a chat with her too!). I remembered when I saw the challenge that Distress Oxides are supposed to show up well on Kraft. The other item I bought at the show was the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform. My friend bought one too as they were an amazing price. Wow, I love it! Don't know how I ever managed without it and I am only just beginning with all the things I am sure I will be able to do with it. I thought this would be a good opportunity to use some large and detailed stamps and stamp a second time to get a really dark image, and go over any patchy areas again. I stamped the images on the Kraft card first and then coloured them in using little drops of re-inker and a small brush. For the background piece, I pulled the Kraft card through the drops of re-inker. The images are Lynne Perrella from PaperArtsy.

I am entering the PaperArtsy Kraft card challenge, details of which are here.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Craft Fairy - PaperArtsy Whimsy Challenge

'Spring is ever nearing, and now is the time all good Craft Fairies turn their back on the bright lights of the Big House and venture down the moonlit path to the rusty craft shed, leaving behind the family's warmth and chatter for some furtive down-time. As the fairy approaches the soft glow of the single bulb, she can just make out the delicate flowers that have miraculously survived the weight of the recent snow. She can feel a weight lifting too, as her own Marigolds fall from her arms and are replaced by golden gossamer-fine wings. She flies through the door, searching for her toadstool chair, smiling as she does so at the words on the door, which answer that oft asked question about the goings on in her beloved sanctuary. "Of course I talk to myself"'!

Thank you PaperArtsy for bringing the Challenge topic 'Whimsy' to drag me out of my black hole. I would like to enter my Craft Fairy and her Shed here. The fairy door is from The Works, and was painted with Toffee, Caramel, and Chocolate Pudding Frescos, with Rusty Car Infusions. The art doll is from Hot Picks HP1604, and the flowers are from Tracy Scott and the grass is from JoFy 31.

I do hope you are all well. Please keep in touch.

Friday, 15 December 2017

These are a Few of My Favourite Things

As a relaxing end to the year, there are no challenges over on the PaperArtsy Blog- well, who has time for challenges! Instead, we are having a bit of fun celebrating our favourite products and techniques. I am delighted to have a project over there if you would like to see.

I have made a pencil case using the gorgeous floral stamps and stencils by Kim Dellow, together with Fresco paints - of course! And shrink plastic and Treasure Gold. It was very quick to make and I thought it would make a fun little Christmas gift idea.

I hope all is well with you and your families. We just got back a few minutes ago from Colin's Consultant appointment and all the test results seem to be quite positive. I think I am close to getting Mum organized for Christmas so I am looking forward to spending a week with him. I do hope whatever you are doing you are safe and happy and with your loved ones. Happy Christmas!

Friday, 17 November 2017

PaperArtsy Shades of White Challenge - Feathers and Leaves

I'm very happy to be on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with the theme of Shades of White, using lovely Darcy's beautiful feather and leaf from the Eclectica range of stamps by PaperArtsy. I was so pleased with how these turned out because it was such a joy to stamp with fabric medium and their Fresco paints onto fabric as it opened up a whole range of possibilities for future presents, and for adapting the colourschemes for people's home decor. It gave me a much needed creative boost to make other things, especially at this time of year when we need to be thinking of present ideas. I showed them to my dear friend, Mum's original carer, and she was so enthusiastic about them, it really lifted my spirits and made me want to do more. I do hope you will leave me some comments on here, or over at PaperArtsy. Thank you so much.

Some more personal things I wouldn't want to say on the PaperArtsy blog. Once again I want to apologize for being so neglectful of not just my own blog, but commenting on everyone's blogs and being out there in the world in general. I don't feel I deserve to have anyone commenting on my post. I have been finding life quite challenging again and although I probably have more time even with my commitments to Mum than people with full time jobs and big families I find it difficult sometimes to be part of the creative community when worries get on top of me. Although Colin is still feeling well in himself with the treatment, the implications of his diagnosis continue to hit me afresh. I have found it much harder being forty miles from Mum since I have felt that I am not leaving someone big and strong behind each time I leave home as I always did before. But I must try harder to get myself into a frame of mind where I do more crafting as I know it would be therapeutic for me, and I know I would find everyone very supportive and fun.