26 Sep 2013

Ally Pally here we come!!

Saturday just gone was the big show at Ally Pally!! I look forward to this show twice a year as I don't have a decent craft shop near me so it great to go and have a mooch so to speak. I met Helen outside and we queued for ages. We had a plan...go and see the mdf man and straight over to Paper Artsy...well that was before Gillian and Nicky popped outside and told us that there wasn't that many new embellies on the Paper Artsy stand!! so change of plan lol!!! We went straight over to where Leandra and Lin were already demoing and grabbed us a few packs!! Then we went over and hassled the MDF man!! We also met up with Sunshine Cazz and her mum and Kirsten came later on in the afternoon.
After the show we went to the pub for a quick drink and everybody was knackered but in a nice way if you know what I mean.
I did go on Sunday as well and met up with Lucy and her friend who's name I can't remember (sorry) Alison and Julie Ann and probably more I've forgotten!!
So won't bore you with any more here are some piccies of the day..not as  many as I would have liked I'm afraid..

 Getting very busy already!!

                                  Leandra and Lin doing there thing!!

Helen and Karen taking the weight off!!

 And when we went back in Jo was there so we sat and had another natter lol!! like you do!!

    Mark having  chat with Rachel and Janet

                                                      Leandra demoing


Gillian and Nicky and below with Lin
                            And here are some piccies of my stash!!!

                     Well that's it for a few months but ad a fantastic time!!

15 Sep 2013

Inspired by Alison Bomber

This is going to be the shortest blog post in history!!  No honestly I will edit it later, but am running out of time to get this posted to the PA blog!!

So here is my piece inspired by Alison Bomber over on the Paper Artsy blog here you really should go over and see the fantastic projects she has wowed us with in her first week as GD..

*edit* I have updated the picture to show the true colour as I couldn't get it yesterday..it looked brown..

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8 Sep 2013

Swanstitch challlenge

It's time for the September challenge over on the Artyinklings blog...you can read all about it here..

Anita did a lovely canvas and asked us to do our own interpretation of it, and here is mine.

I didn't have a canvas as such so used a sheet of primed canvas from a book. I stuck it to a piece of grey board. I painted it with butternut, smoked paprika,claret,haystack and pumpkin soup frescos. I layered and blended them until I was happy with the background. I cut a dress form using a sizzix die out of some this plastic I got from paper chase can't think what it's called. I mixed some grunge paste with black paint and stenciled it onto the canvas. I also used another stencil up in the corner with plain grunge paste. When that was dry I put the stencil back over it but bumped it slightly to get a white shadow effect.
Using a mask I went around the dress form with a different stencil, then went over the whole canvas again with the original colours. I stamped some script and dots on the dress, randomly over the canvas and added a bow. I used Florentine treasure gold to highlight the stand on the dress form Stamped a quote with a Wendy Vechi stamp and added some small black pearls up in the corner. Edged the canvas with little black dress and done!!

2 Sep 2013

#3up challenge round 2...

As it is the 10th anniversary over at Paper Artsy this august Leandra had another cunning plan up her sleeve!! Round 2...
This time she invited more people into the challenge..about 40 of us I think....so once the list was closed we all received an envelope and a double side set of instructions!! A4!!!

As far as I can gather everyone got different bits in their envelopes and as Leandra put it you were either going to love what we've got and others are going OMG what do I do with THAT!..Well let me tell you I definitely fell into the OMG category lol..and no Leandra I did not find myself making something better than anticipated!!!

                                     Our instructions

I have to admit I sat there for ages and had no idea what to do with the things I had been sent but as Leandra says 'no wimping out'. I knew that whatever I made would not be to my taste as the things were so far away from anything I would usually do. So in the end I thought just get on and do something...and here it is...

                               The contents of my envelope

                               And this is what I came up with

I took white smoothy card and stamped the elephant directly onto it. coloured it using prismas and a touch of fresco paint. I used three of the eyelets in the opposite corner with a little bow made from the ribbon. I didn't use the hanging board as I felt the images were too big,so I cut off the string and used it for the elephant to walk on lol!!

This one was made in the same way apart from the string was tied to make a little bow tie for the Lion.

And lastly this one..
After stamping the elephant I placed a mask over it and stenciled the swirls with guacamole fresco paint. I also masked a ribbon shape using post it's and again stenciled the swirls in the top left hand corner...

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1 Sep 2013


Well it's Darcy's last week as GD over on the paper artsy blog and what a week it was!!! Her first project of the week was a lovely chalkboard...you can pop over and see it here. I loved the project and thought I definitely wanted to have a go..also want to have a go at all the lovely projects she rustled up this week..the patchwork paper here...and the fabric book is to die for..but need to find some jeans to cut up!!! you can see it here..well you should just go over and see all of it from here because she even designed some gorgeous stamps!!!

For my chalkboard I used a bingo clipboard which I had picked up ages ago in one of those pound shops.. I painted it all over in little black dress, Then I coloured some grunge paste with guacamole and stenciled the leaves up the side. I then painted in some hey pesto and green olives.

After seeing Darcy's new stamps it gave me an idea what to put on the leaves as I didn't really want flowers because the board is a bit small. I bought some great molds at Stevenage earlier this month and one of them has a cute little heart..so I made some light weight paper clay hearts and painted them with claret and london bus frescos..they were stuck on along the vine. I made a banner with some calico and painted it with haystack. This was all assembled onto the board and little paper clay bumble bee.
I made a loop from grunge paper to hold the chalk...and done.

I would like to thank Darcy for sharing her fabulous projects with us with such great step by step instructions

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