28 Nov 2014

A Lynn Perella folio....



I was more than a bit surprised when I received an invite from Darcy to appear on the blog tonight. Once I had accepted panic set in! I decided to decorate a small Idea-ology folio using a couple of my favourite Lynn Perella stamps and some crunchy wax paper

It started off like this…

I did intend to make my own folio from a well known online shop but one of my crafty friends already did it so had to think of a plan B!
I painted it inside and out with little black dress, then covered the front and back in crumpled up tissue paper. When it was dry I took some cut and dry and started adding layers of colour using fresco finish paints in chocolate, pudding, cinnamon, toffee, french roast, marlin, pumpkin soup and hey pesto. When it was dry I added copper and sapphire treasure gold and fern green archival ink just rubbing it on in different places until I was happy



I covered the inside of the folio using the prima script paper. Next I set about making some pockets to go inside to hold tags atc’s altered playing cards or anything you like really. I made a kind of concertina pocket from craft paper from a sainsbury's note book so that you can put something in with embellishments etc on them.



I embossed some crunchy wax paper to put on the front of the pockets. I lightly brushed the front of them with some sapphire treasure gold and fern green archival ink.

(before I added the treasure gold).



As you can see you can fit in any size tag so it’s a handy little thing to keep all your little treasures in


Back to the front I stamped the main image from LP026 onto Chatsworth paper and heat embossed in black. I then cut her out and collaged the pen onto the image. I used some embellishments from my stash to make up the cover. Adding the final touches with copper treasure gold


I thoroughly enjoyed this project once I got into it and love all the little pockets. I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I am very tempted to make a few more to keep my ever growing collection of tags and treasures that are mounting up on my desk!!

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30 Sep 2014

Metal Flower inspired by Lin Brown

Two posts in one day!! talk about last minute lol..My second piece this month for the Papaer Artsy blog was inspired by Lin Brown. I absolutely love her metal work and missed out on every class she did at her shop!! But I was dertermined to have a go at her project this month.You can pop over and see Lin's here I didn't have the stencil she used so chose another flower with a long stem as I knew I was going to put in on a bigger piece of chip board. Earlier this month Lelania Lloyd did a wall hanging where she stamped into grunge paste and I decided that was what I wanted to do with my base. you can see her post here. I used the script stamp from SN10..(love this script) I followed along with what Lin did with the metal but probably missed some of it as I don't have my pc near where I play..

I did use one of Lin's new paint colours..Marlin and I love it!!

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When it was all put together I added some white fire treasure gold and wrapped some cream coloured string around the middle with a bow finishing it off. Loved doing this and will definately be playing with the metal a lot more!!

Paper Transfer bunting..

It's all change over on the paper artsy blog this month!! instead of a weekly challenge we have a monthly challenge. As it has given us a lot longer to come up with our creations you would think I would be able to get sorted before the last day??? wrong!!! We have had an array of fantastic projects again this this month..all very inspiring but you can't do them all!! well I wouldn't have the time to..

My lovely friend Lucy came up with a great idea experimenting with paper transfer onto canvas! It was very very clever...you can pop over and see her blog post here. Well I decided I wanted to have a play around with her idea so transfered some of my chatsworth paper onto some thin egyptian cotton. Going along with Lucy's instructions was really very easy although a wee bit messy. I used my craft scrubbie instead of my finger for a lot ot it...when it was finished I wanted to sew something with it so thought I would have a play around with some bunting. I cut the pieces but when I tried to sew the glue from the double sided tape clogged up the needle!! ooops!! so out came the glue and it all gor stuck together.


It really is a great idea..the paper once on the fabric didn't feel like paper at all!! So thanks Lucy I will be playing around with this tecnique quite a lot!

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8 Sep 2014

What have I been up to....

I have been off from work for the last two weeks but haven't had much time to go out in my shed and play. Where did all that time go!! Warning pretty long post so crab a cuppa or something stronger...

Well on the bank holiday weekend Helen,Emma,Sam Lesley and I all met up and went off to Lin Browns house where Karen joined us for a two day class. It wasn't supposed to be there but that is another story lol...

I only took a few piccies (too busy gabbing probably) but Sam and Helen did so you could pop over to their blogs..here and here. Sam and Helen have both blogged 2 days!! We had a fantastic time..and played with so many different mediums it was a lotta lotta fun!!


 I finally managed to finish my first project from the saturday so here a few piccies of my Lynne Perella book...







That book was a lot of fun using all the LP stamps fresco paints a few other stamps slung in, some embellishments and rub ons.

A couple of days after we came back my lovely daughter Sam turned 40!! imagine that lol..I am very proud of my darling girl she works hard and is a fantastic mother to my three grandsons..her boys are her everything xx She had a little trip up to Scotland to see friends for her birthday treat but I wanted her to have a bit of a surprise too. I always try to make her something..so I bought a plain wooden mirror and did this to it.....using frescos in sage,irish cream, snowflake and french roast..it has loads of layers,grunge paste embellishments you name it it's on there!! She loved it though..



                            This is a part of her birthday card..she loved it!!
                              And here she is with her three boys...


And seeing as it's not very often that I get both my two sat at the same table here is a piccie of Sam and Rhys with Rhys' girlfriend Bryony with my dad just at the side of them...

Then finally on Saturday Helen and I took a trip to London to do a Charles Dickens walk through the Borough, finishing at London bridge..very interesting and a lot of fun. When that finished we walked back over the river and sat and had some lunch before paying a visit to the Tower of London. We had a fantastic and exhausting day..but soooo worth it!! I forgot to take my camera so if you want to see all the piccies pop over to Helen's blog where she will tell you all about it just here.

I got some brushos and managed to have a quick play with those...


I also managed to make a birthday card for a fellow patwit but can't show that because she hasn't got it yet.
Well that's it for now..back to work in a couple of days..thanks for stopping by........

22 Aug 2014

Journal page inspired by Linda Cain

I am definately early with my paper artsy challenge this week as tomorrow I am off to see some of my lovely crafting buddies for a class with Lin Brown, I hope she's ready lol!!. Before I go I wanted to blog my page. You can see Linda's here. her page really jumps out at you..not sure if I am happy with mine...but too late now. So here it is using frescos,paper artsy stamps and stencils and black and white pens...


You may be able to spot a few mistakes where I had to wash off the heart leaves and try again..but I suppose that's just another layer!

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20 Aug 2014

Darcy's journal page challenge..

This is the first time that I have actually had the time to finish one of Darcy's challenge pages. I really loved the page this month (not that I didn't like the others!) I loved the colours and the way it seemed to flow and that was my inspiration..all those different techniques on two pages, loved the way they all came together.
I managed to follow all but a couple of the techniques..Embossing and painting on metal card,creating sprays from frescos,making a stencil from a handprint,adding punch outs,doodling outlines,cutting a recess in the pages,and using metal working tools..phew a lot of techniques! I used a slighly different colour pallette to Darcy, you can read the step by step right here


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17 Aug 2014

Stampboard Charm

Hi everyone!! where's the sun gone!!! It's a wee bit windy here today and I think we will definately see some rain...good old Englsh weather..typical on the weekend.

This week I have made a charm from stampboard. My inspiratiion was the lovely piece Helen Chilton did over on the Paper Artsy blog this week. You can pop over and see it here.







I used 3 pieces of stampboard one inch square...I picked a few translucent colours from my freco paints..london bus, tango,yellow submarine,chatreuse and hey pesto. I layered them on until I was happy with the colour. Next I took the stamp ith the three beautiful ladies from LP006 and inked it up with black stazon. I laid the stampboard onto the stamp to ensure that I only got the part of the image I wanted.










 I scraped just a bit of the paint off to reveal the white underneath, and then used tiny screw eyes and rings to attach them all together and added some fibres to the top


 I had forgotton how much fun stampboard is to work with.



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10 Aug 2014

Inspiration from Keren Baker

Over on the Paper Artsy blog this week one of the GD was Keren Baker. On day one she did a lovely piece called Tea Bag lady. You can pop over and see it here. Well worth the visit!

I took inspiration from Keren for my piece. I wanted to try and keep it as simple as possible. I cut a piece of grey board and painted it in snowflake...put it aside to dry. I painted a piece of smooth card with nougat as my base and stamped the girl from LP022 in black archival. I stamped again in vermillion archival and cut out the cheeks and the lips to layer over the original image. Using a sharp craft knife I removed pieces from the image randomly. After cutting out the main image (leaving a small border around the edge) I cut another piece of card to go underneath and rubbed the vermilllion ink pad over it. When that was dry I gave it two coats of gloss glaze added some glossy accents to the lips and some blue promarker around her eyes. I used some 3d foam to stick the two pieces together.

For the background I used a piece of the new tissue paper that paper artsy have and brayered a mixture of frescos..layering them after each one was dry. Nougat,snowflake,blood orange,london bus,beach hut and eggplant. I then used nougat to stamp randomly over the background and vermillion and black for the small splatter staps from HPxtra01.

To finish off I used a selection of gems and pearls and framed it with black archival...not my usual colours but really enjoyed this one!!


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2 Aug 2014

A little bit of peeled paint

Good afternoon everyone..my post is a bit early this week as I am off to Stamperama in stevenage to meet up with some fellow Patwits and a tiny bit of crafty shopping...
This week over on the Papaer Artsy blog among others we had GD Liesbeth Fidder. She did a beautiful hanging board using the peeled paint technique. I knew I wanted to have a go at this!! So I found myself a 5x7 canvas and got to work. I followed along with Liesbeth...you can see how she did it here. Although I loved the colours she had used I thought I'd go with the green frescos..honeydew,sage,and seaweed.




I used the same colours for the tag. Instead of vaseline I was going to use some textureizing clay (for hair stolen from my son) but in the end used microglaze by judikins.I mixed brown shed with cinnamon to paint over the top..loved the colour. Followed the instructions from Liesbeth added a feather and some flowers painted black and dusted with green amber treasure gold. I also added a tiny bit of copper frantage just around the edges and that's it!

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27 Jul 2014

Inspiration by Kate Yetter

Another quick post and that's it for today because I really need to go cook some dinner!! Kate Yetter was back on the Paper Artsy blog too this week and did a lovely journal page which you can pop over and see here...and it was my inspiration for my next project... I had been playing around a couple of mornings this week with my pan pastels and some masterboards. One of them was sitting on my desk so I cut it up and ended up with this........



Now I really must go and cook!!

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A little mixing it up again...

Good afternoon..I hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather!! I know I would enjoy it a lot more if I wasn't at work lol..

This week over on the Papaer Artsy blog we've had some lovely stuff again. I loved the piece fron Elizabeth Borer..so thought I have a go at that this week..you can pop over and see it here. also on another day we had our very own Darcy with adventures with glue! well I didn't have a chance to try all of them out but had a go with the skins which I add to my project. You can read all about darcy's adventures here..some great stuff. I more or less followed along with what Elizabeth and Darcy did and here is the result... the first one is before I painted the images


                                           

              And the images painted with the colours used for the background

                                    

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20 Jul 2014

Art Doll

Yesterday I made my very first Art Doll. This was inspired by Penny Nuttall who did three very different dolls over on the Paper Artsy blog this week..you really should pop over and have a look here...they are a lot of fun because anything goes!!

So here she is..introducing Penelope...She is made up with various Lynne Perella stamps, some feathers and a filigree charm..





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CAS card..

We had a bevvie of lovely projects over on the PA blog again this week..Joanne Wardle did some lovely clean and simple cards on braft using just black paint.....you can pop over and see it here.

Here is my contribution this week..craft card..black paint..and a couple of stamps highlighted with a white pen....







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13 Jul 2014

Reverse Canvas

Good afternoon all..well it seems I am just about in time (again) to enter the paper artsy challenge!
This is my version of alison Bomber's gogeous reverse canvas..you really should pop over and see it here..well worth a visit.

I loved the colours Alison used..blue and green together..lovely. So I went along with these colours and followed what Alison had done. I did use different stamps and embellishments. I have had quite an eventful week so I didn't spend as much time on it as I would have liked but here it is...

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6 Jul 2014

Inspired by Liesbeth Fidder

Liesbeth Fidder was GD over on the Paper Artsy blog this week and one day one she shared a beautiful card she had made using the LP030 collage stamp...you can pop over and see it here Now I haven't had a chance to use this set yet and thought of something I could use it with so went for a rummage in my shed. I had bought this folder at Ally Pally in april and hadn't had a chance to decorate it yet...until now!!

                            I started off by painting it all black.










I then followed along with what Liesbeth did and cut out all the tiny squares...I used two stamped images for the front of the folder and just a few of the squares in the inside which I used my white sharpie to put tiny white dots around the outside.

I can't remeber the name of the paper I used inside (sorry) I stamped on top of this and used some more LP images..

I covered a few of the small images on the front cover with crackle accent although they don't seem to have crackled that well!!
I had cut down the concertina bit in the centre which is now the perfect size for No 3 tags!! Watch this space!! Here is the fininshed piece....








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29 Jun 2014

Love

I have spent a nice couple of hours in my shed finishing off a birthday card and thought while I'm here I 'll have a go at one of the Paper Artsy projects. Kate Yetter was back this week with some smashing work..you should pop over and have a looksie here. I really love her style..think I've told you that before lol. So I thought I would have a go at her Tag board. I followed along with what Kate did so won't repeat the process. I didn't have the stamp she used so used one of my paper artsy A5 plates. I really love this stamp but it the first time I have used it..so here goes..







 I used more or less the same colour palette as Kate as I love blue and brown together...


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22 Jun 2014

Fabric Hanging

Hi all hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather we are having. I have been out in the garden almost all day! I wanted to do the paper artsy challenge this week and was stumped as to what to do...On day one Penny Nuttall did a beautiful fabric hanging which you can see here..so I thought fabric,stencils,paint..hmmm

So this is what I came up with..It was very hot in my shed today so I have to admit I didn't spend loads of time on my piece. I used a Lin brown stencil on some calico (Ithink it's calico)..I used two of the green fresco paints and when that was dry I went over it lightly with chalk to knock it back a bit.

I had made a stencil with my TH dress form die and used this to stencil on some grunge paste which I painted when it dried, added some lace for he skirt and some black pearls. I then used LB04 and fresoc paint to stamp some flowers onto the background. I stamped,coloured and cut out some butterflies and stuck them on. Lastly I used my cropodile and eyelets and threaded ribbon through the top to hang. I didn't have a suitable word or words so may add them later....


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15 Jun 2014

Inspired by Kirsten

Over on the PA blog this week a very lovely friend was guest designer. She did a beautiful butterfly shrine..pop over and see it here...I am running later than ever today so this is short and I hope sweet. This is what Kirsten piece inspired me to do.....


Thank you Kirsten for sharing your beautiful shrine...

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11 Jun 2014

Fathers Day..

Morning all..what another lovely sunny day we have here...hope you all have the same. Well I have finished my fathers day card for dear old dad lol..and actually remembered to take a piccie before I send it off.


I ran some brown card through the Tim Holtz texture fade patchwork. I used some gesso on my finger just randomly all over it and then swiped it with my black archival. I used more brown card and the mini texture fades for umberella man and the cogs..then cut them out..and did the same with the gesso. I then layered up scraps of different papers and laid them on the card. Cut 'dad' from the word play die in black and stuck it all on.Lastly I added a slight shadow around most of the pieces to give it some depth.. This was then mounted onto a lighter brown card to tie in with the paper scraps...

I am going to enter this into the Simon Says Fathers day/masculine challenge..
Also the Frilly and Funky challenge here

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