28 Aug 2013

Lazy Hazy days of Summer

Over on the Arty Inklings blog Anita is doing a challenge.."Summer" so I thought I would have a play and enter.  You can pop over and check out the blog here We have had a pretty decent summer  compared to last year...I decide to do a simple journal page in my moleskine..because when I think summer I think the sea...and the sun..

I painted the pages using various blues and yellows from the fresco range. I then stamped on crackly tissue paper and painted the image from the back. It's a stampin' up stamp but I can't remember what the set is called. I tore out the image and added it to my page along with a quote from a Paper Artsy nature plate stamped out with a peg alphabet in grey ink onto to tissue...A very plain page but say's it all for me about summer!!

25 Aug 2013

Ta Dah

Well it was a bit of a challenge but here it is inspired by Helen Chilton...you can see it here

This had to be the fastest thing I have ever made 55 minutes lol..but the challenge was there and it wasn't so hard working on both sides at once!

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Fabric Tag

As you know it's been Carol's last week on the paper artsy blog. On day three she did a beautiful fabric hanging and some tags, you can pop over and see them here, it is well worth having a look.
So I thought I would play around with some fabric and my baby sewing machine and have a go at a tag....well I am not sure I really like how it turned out....think I will probably have another go at some stage but here it is...

I didn't have any canvas so used a piece of calico and painted it in various fresco paints..smoked paprika,london bus,autumn fire,zesty zing and claret. Using mini no61 I stamped randomly all over the tag.I then sandwiched it between some wadding and smooth cotton fabric and stiched them all together.
I stamped the lady using black archival onto a smooth cotton fabric and heat set it. Painted her in frescos. I frayed the edges before painting..and then stitched her to the tag.
I made the embellishments with my new molds using paper clay and painted them all black. I then brushed on some copper and florentine treasure gold. I also added some treasure gold around the edges of the tag. Added some tape and lace to the bottom and it was done.

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24 Aug 2013

Pencil Case???

Well this is Carol's last week on the Paper Artsy blog and her first project was to alter a pencil box...I didn't have an unused one so decided to recycle...you can see Carol here..and very nice it is too!!

I followed along with what Carol did but used a different stencil and put lace and ribbon around finished box with some pearls. Not sure what I will use it for yet....

Not the best of pictures but the best I could get today...thanks for stopping by

18 Aug 2013

Time does not change us...

Each Saturday Leandra is doing a special video with different techniques and this week it was using grunge paste..you really should go over and watch the video here...I actually saw Leandra demoing this at Stevenage last Sunday but if you weren't there it really is worth watching..

Here is my version of what she did..

I couldn't find the white coated grey board that I bought last week,,hmmm have put it somewhere safe!! so I used a 5x7 canvas. I used the same techniques so won't bore you with a step by step. I cut the big Tim Holtz clock die and painted it with inky pool and when that dried I scraped on a really thin layer of crackle glaze..then sponged a thin layer of eggplant and sanded it back a bit when it was all dry. I stuck it to the canvas and cut off the overhang, used a bit of what was left for the opposite corner. the quote was stamped onto crackly tissue paper with black archival...

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Just slap it on!!

This week on the Paper Artsy blog one of the special birthday guests was the very talented Michelle Webb. She did an absolutely stunning piece..you can pop over and see it here. I didn't have a plywood frame or the gorgeous Jofy stamps she used so had to do my own version. I did however just slap it all on in the nicest possible way of course!! and here it is...

I followed along with what Michelle did...well after a fashion with the just slap it on technique.. I didn't like the way my crackle turned out down the side so sanded it all back to distress it as much as possible. When I was happy with the background I added the stamps from Jofy10 and painted them with fresco paints. I then stenciled on the grass and bird cages and painted them. I roughly went over the stamps with a black pen to bring them to the front again..The branches and birds were also painted in with fresco and the cages just had a light rub with white fire and pewter treasure gold. I went around the edge very lightly with onyxite treasure gold.

15 Aug 2013

Love that bees wax..

I have spent a nice hour or so in my shed this morning making wax ATC's. Now I have never done ATC's  before but was inspired so much by Frances 10th birthday project I wanted to have a go...you can see hers here. I have worked with the wax in a similar way in a class with Lin Brown and really enjoyed it so I thought I can do this lol..I followed along with Frances' instructions so won't bore you with the details except I didn't have any of the encaustic medium so had to skip that bit. I stamped in Stazon using the butterfly from hot pick 1109 and mini 62....and here is the end result!!

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14 Aug 2013

Have a Heart

Just a quick post...I have been playing around this morning before getting ready for work. I had a go at Frances project on day 1 over on the PA blog. You can see it here.

I took a size 8 tag and gave it a thin coat of blood orange, dried that and added a thin coat of crackle glaze, dried that and added a layer of snowflake. I distressed the edges and added a small amount of black ink.
Next I cut two paper artsy primitive hearts and stuck them together, added a thick layer of grunge paste and pushed a chain into it....let that all dry. I painted it in london bus and when that was dry sanded it back to reveal some of the grunge paste underneath. I gave it 2 coats of gloss glaze and let that dry.
To finish it off I wrapped some chain around and added a tiny padlock and key from my stash..stuck it to the tag and added some black ribbon.

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Sunday at Stevenage

Good morning everyone!! I am just getting around to blogging about a fantastic day out on Sunday at Stamperama in Stevenage. I must say it was a great day with loads of PATWITS which is always nice to see!! This blog is mainly pictures as I am being nagged to post them (you know who you are) David Bailey I am not so these are just a few snapshots of the day..enjoy!!

I met Helen on the train a it whizzed through Potters Bar, we had tickets so were one of the first through the door and the ladies were already hard at work cooking up some lovely samples!!

  One of the first things we spied were Lin Brown's new stamps!! loverly and straight in the basket!

              Then one by one the PATWITS started arriving at the stand!! Here is
                                                 ,Helen and Kirsten

                                       Caz, Helen and Jo

                                   Caz,Sue,Helen and Jo

                              Helen,Rachel and her lovely mum Janet...

                                        Karen trying to hide lol!!

           Leandra and Lin who I must say did not stop all day!!

Carol was also there and I have no idea how I missed getting her in a piccie!!

 Leandra showed a great way to make metallic paint using the pewter frescos..neat!!

Lin showing a couple of newbies the art of blending the colours and adding layers!!

       And by the way *no plonking* ...as Lin say's..everything has to flow....

               Here are a couple of samples made by Lin and Leandra





                                     My stash

           And last but not least a Paper Artsy birthday badge..10 years old!!

            So Happy birthday Paper Artsy here's to the next 10 years!!!

10 Aug 2013

A much needed tray!!

Over on the Paper Artsy blog Sue Carrington has just finished her last week as a GD and what a fantastic week it has been!!! On the last day Sue did a beautiful box you should go check it out here.

I had bought this little tray from the MDF man at AP in April I think it was...so thought I would use the inspirtion from Sue's box to paint it for all our keys as everyone just comes in the house and chucks them on the side!!!

I started off by painting it all in snowflake.Then  I then put some grunge paste in a couple of the corners just roughly and then added some crackle glaze all over the rest of it. Next I sponged sage and tinned peas all over,I used the sponge as I only wanted tiny cracks. Then I roughed it up a bit more with sandpaper.
I use the bingo stencil with snowflake and coffee archival to stamp the text and the swirly stamp.I then added some chocolate pudding randomly over the tray for some contrast.

I die cut a memory box label  and distressed it a bit with paint and did the same with the key. I had a little metal frame which I painted in sage and stamped a no 2 as that is our door number. Everything was stuck on using glossy accents. Lastly I brushed onyxite treasure gold around the edges..

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A couple of bookmarks

Well I have had a very enjoyable day spent mostly in my shed just playing around doing this and that.
Two of the things I made were these two book marks inspired by Sue Harrington over on the Paper Artsy blog, you pop over and see how Sue did it here.
So here are my book marks..they are a lot of fun to do..

The first one I used distress inks to colour the grunge paper, old paper,bundled sage and peeled paint.
The image came from LP010, the swirls from HP1005 and the script is mini 61..all Paper Artsy stamps.
I finished off by cutting the fringe at the bottom and edging it with balck archival to draw the eye in...

The second one was painted using Stone.Irish cream and Cinnamon frescos..just blending them until I was happy with it. I used the same stamps as the green one but instead of a fringe I shaped the bottom using an on the edge die. I used black archival for the edge and the lighly brushed ruby treasure gold over the black..

they were quick and easy to make so thank you Sue for the inspiration!!

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8 Aug 2013


This week over on the Paper Artsy blog we have GD Sue Carrington wowing us with her last week of projects, and what a week it has been!! You should pop over here with a cuppa and read through all the lovely projects. The inspiration for this one was on day one. I loved the colours she used so chose the same and followed along with what Sue did.
I didn't have the same frame so had to change things around a bit but the principle is the same. I also did different embellishments but really enjoyed having a go at this!!

     I wasn't sure if it was missing something so I added the flower.....

7 Aug 2013

Lazy afternoon

I managed to have a nice lazy afternoon in my shed today...so peaceful out there especially when the sun is shining. I must confess that I didn't get round to the big tidy up I promised myself but did make a hangy thing..well what else would you call it???

This was inspired by this piece by Sam. I hadn't thought about my stampbord for so long..forgot I had it. So today I dug it out and had a play...

I took 4 pieces of Stampbord and stuck them together at the back with masking tape..then stamped and painted it before taking the tape off. I then scraped away some of the paint. I matted it onto some card painted with little black dress leaving a tiny border all round. This was then stuck onto some corrugated cardboard painted to match the image. I added some black lace to the bottom and some fibres to hang...

4 Aug 2013

Lazy blogger...

Happy Sunday to you all!! I haven't blogged for a week which is naughty as I have been off of work so should have had plenty of time..

As a lot of you know Leandra over at paper artsy has started off a new round of #3up...so I think most of us have been playing around with that...but enough said it is all hush hush and all will be revealed at the end of the month..

So yesterday as I had finished (I think) my project..I went out in my shed to finish off some pages in my moleskine...and here are the results!

All of the pages are done using fresco paints and mainly paper artsy stamps. I must say I had a very enjoyable afternoon getting very painty and inky!! Love my moleskine!!!
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