Sunday, 19 February 2017

New Home Infusions Card

Hi Everyone,

Today I would like to share a new home card I made for a friend - I decided to incorporate some masking into it so I could enjoy a play along with the current Paperartsy challenge.

Here is the card:

I used a couple of different ways to mask - I cut a paper mask to protect the houses along the bottom of the card and also used my Molotow masking pen to create some stars in the sky.

The stamps used are from Paperartsy Hotpicks HP1601 and the newest Everything Art Paperartsy set with that lovely alphabet.

I used Infusions in Black Knight, Violet Storms and Royal Blue, spritzed with water.

To check out the challenge info please click HERE.

Thanks for looking,

Claire x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Masking Fluid Experiments

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my blog!

The current challenge over on the Paperartsy blog is all about masking.  You can see all the info HERE

My good crafty friend Hazel has been trying out a lot of techniques with masking fluid HERE.  I have a bottle of masking fluid which I think I may have used once upon a time so thought I would dig it out and have another go.

I decided to use one of Lin Brown's stencils - I pondered how best to add my masking fluid and decided on using a small piece of cut and dry foam.  I think I may have used a bit too much as I did get a little seepage (it is quite runny) but it kind of adds to the effect!  At least that's what I'm telling myself anyway!!

Once the masking fluid was dry I sprinkled on Infusions in Royal Blue, A Bit Jaded and Black Knight and spritzed with water.

I blotted it a bit so the colours weren't too dominant.  Once the page was dry I rubbed off the masking fluid - it came away really easily, much better than distant memories of using it before.  Maybe this is because I only got a very thin layer on the page due to the cut and dry foam?

I stamped the sentiment from Lin Brown set ELB33 in black archival.  I added a shadow to the flowers using a charcoal pencil and smudged it with a blending stump.  Then added a smudgy charcoal border around the page to frame it.

I enjoyed my little experiment and as I washed my stencil straight away it is perfectly fine.

Thanks for looking,
Claire Xx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Dragonfly Masking

Hi Everyone,

I was really inspired by Jo Firth Young's post on the Paperartsy blog tonight for the masking challenge they have ongoing - click HERE to visit!

I didn't have the mask and stencil set Jo used but I do own a lovely dragonfly mask made by Carabelle Studios so thought I'd have a go at the technique using that.

I started by creating a blended background in my journal using Paperartsy Frescos in Midnight and Green Patina.  I then flicked some copper splatters onto it as I think it looks fab against the green.

I placed the mask on and stippled Chalk paint all over. I like the effect created as it reminds me of clouds.

It seemed a shame to cover up my dragonflies so I ended up adding a small sentiment at the bottom, which is from a Prima set by Finnabair. 

I was undecided whether or not to add anything else and spent a long time debating if an extra addition would ruin the page. So in the end I decided to leave it alone, I didn't want to mess it up!

Entering this at Paperartsy HERE

Thanks for looking, 

Claire xx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Pink and Orange....Again!

Hi Guys,

So another entry into the Paperartsy challenge of 'pink and orange' but I just find these colours so appealing together!

After Tracy Scott's blog post last night where she was creating in a mini notebook I decided to dig out my cheap A6 notebook which I haven't used for ages and I made a little journal spread:

I also decided to use my Distress Inks which I haven't used for I used Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry to create the background and I also used them for the background stamping along with some Chalk paint too.

The stamps I used are all Lin Brown ones from sets ELB30, 31 and 33.

All the focal images were stamped using black archival and the pages edges were inked using Walnut Stain DI.

This will definately be my last entry into this challenge as it closes tonight at 5pm but to see all the other entries and to check out the various blog posts from the past two weeks please visit the Paperartsy blog HERE

Thanks for stoppping by my blog today,
Claire xx

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Paperartsy Challenge Sunday

Hi Everyone,

Sunday is the day I typically do all my crafty playing and this Sunday is no different!  I have created a journal page in my small Dylusions journal to join in with the current Paperartsy blog challenge, which is Pink and Orange.  Click  HERE for all the challenge info.

So here are my finished pages:

I started out creating a background using Candy Floss and Haystack before adding Prawn, Tango and Smoked Paprika:
It was a bit too bright! So I toned it down a little using watered down Chalk:
Next I added some stencilling using one of Lin Brown's new stencils (PS044) and also some background stamping using archival ink in orange blossom and potting soil:
I toned down the stark stencilling using Pumpkin Soup and then added the main stamping using black archival:
I added the quote and some shading around the quote and also around the edges of the page.  All stamps used were from plates ELB30, ELB31 and ELB33. 
Thanks for looking,
Claire xx

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Pink and Orange Tag

Hi guys,

So a brand new challenge topic is up over on the Paperartsy blog - the first one for 2017. The topic is pink and orange, and if you want to see all the challenge info please click HERE

I had a play to join in using some of the brand new Tracy Scott stamps (ETS06) that I got the other day.

I blended lots of shades of pink and orange onto a size 10 tag. I used Leandra's scrubby brush technique to blend them and add layers. I used pink peony archival ink to stamp one of the large flower heads all over the background.

I stamped and cut out the various layers of the flower onto painted card and used foam pads to give it some dimension. The photos aren't great as it's dark so these have been taken under artificial lighting.

The 'dream' down the left hand side is from one of Lin Brown's stamp sets (ELB30) from last year.

I added some book page along the bottom, which has been stamped using one of Tracy's other stamp sets (ETS01) released last year. Then added flicks of gold paint and and gold border to the tag.

Don't forget to visit the Paperartsy blog to see all their new releases for 2017 and to see all the fabulous projects for this new topic!

Thanks for looking,

Claire x


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Happiness on a journal page....

Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing a journal page in my small Dylusions journal made using some of the new Elenazinski stamps by Paperartsy.

Paperartsy have tons of fab new products out at the moment and are sharing videos and periscopes etc demonstrating different ways to use them. I have used quite a few of the different techniques they have shared over the last week to create these pages....

The background was done using Leandra's scrubby painting technique. I used loads of different colours and created lots of layers to build up the depth. I used Chalk paint and a new Lin Brown stencil on the background and some of the smaller stamp elements too before knocking the brightness back how Lin showed on her recent periscope using a baby wipe and Pumpin Soup paint.

For the flowers I finger painted a piece of heavy paper in shades of purple, red and a bit of yellow and flicked gold paint on - as seen on Tracy Scott's release blog post. Then I stamped and cut out the various flowers from Elenazinski sets ZA06 and ZA07.

I stamped some of the other more 'grassy/leafy' elements directly onto the page in green ink before adding the Oscar Wilde quote.

A bit of shading around the flowers with a charcoal pencil and some distress crayon around the edges of the pages and it is done!

A fun page using some different techniques to what I would usually do, love how vibrant it's turned out :-)

Thanks for looking,

Claire x