Wednesday 17 October 2018

Hawaiian Girl Make Up Bag for PaperArtsy - Stamping Platforms

I'm very pleased to have another post over on PaperArtsy, this time for their Stamping Platforms Challenge topic, using Tracy Scott's gorgeous stamps. I decided to demonstrate how much the Tim Holtz stamping platform helps when working with fabric, which can sometimes be tricky to get a good stamped image on. I have been making quite a few fabric items recently with a view to having some items to give as Christmas presents, and on this occasion have made a make up bag, or it could be used for paint brushes.

I really hope you like what I have made. I really had fun with this post, especially with the fun girl from Tracy's ETS20 set, and I love using my stamping platform. I do hope you will join in the challenge.

Thursday 27 September 2018

Custom Colours with Ellen Vargo Stamps For PaperArtsy

I'm very pleased to have a post over on PaperArtsy if you would like to have a look. The current challenge topic is different ways with reinkers and I have chosen to use Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Reinkers to make custom ink pads using Cut N Dry Felt, spritzing to give a water colour effect.

I used Ellen Vargo's beautiful flower stamps from the Eclectica range, using the background stamps to build up a design around the flowers.

I then used the images to make some useful gift bags.

I would be delighted if you would visit me and leave a comment, either here or on PaperArtsy!

Monday 30 July 2018

Bangle - for PaperArtsy, Kim Dellow Claret, Mint, Sage, Gold Colour Challenge

I am delighted to have another project on the PaperArtsy blog. This time it is a colour challenge, and the colours are Claret, Mint, Sage, and Gold. I was using Kim Dellow's stamps and stencils. She is such a lovely person and I adore this range of stamps, and using her stencils as well gave me a lot of scope. I am not by any means a Gelli Plate expert, and in fact I do not have a full size one, but I think it was because of the stencils that I thought it would be fun to use the Gelli Plate this time.

Although I didn't say in the post, it is because of a scar on my wrist that I had been fancying making bangles that match outfits. I think it was caused by an insect bite that built up scar tissue. I'd like to get it removed but I'm sure the NHS has got better things to do.This way you can have bangles in any colour you want! After I had made them, I added some Wisteria to some of the tissue paper and made another, to match one of my summer dresses. I still have a huge amount of the pieces of tissue paper so I am looking forward to taking them with me somewhere I don't have too many supplies, to do a simple project, maybe in France.

I would be delighted if you would visit me and comment, either here or on the PaperArtsy blog.

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.