Thursday, 28 November 2013

Paperartsy - Inspired by Jo Myhill

Hello Everyone,

Today I want to share a project I made following a project by Jo Myhill I saw over on the Paperartsy blog *HERE*

My project started as a 6x6 piece of mountboard, I scraped Fresco paint onto the mountboard - Elephant and Mermaid.  Next I mixed some Grunge Paste with Old Gold Fresco paint and a sprinkling of gold glitter and spread this onto the board randomly.  While that was drying I cut out the three hearts using a Paperartsy die and painted them with Little Black Dress, next I added Crackle Glaze and then once dry I painted the hearts with Irish Cream.  I stamped over the hearts with black versafine ink and the Mini 73 stamp then edged them with Vintage Photo.  Now the Grunge Paste mix was dry - the Old Gold hadn't really shown through totally so I used Renaissance Treasure Gold all over then added touches of White Fire here and there.  Next I tore a piece of vintage music sheet that had a list of songs on it and edged with Vintage Photo and added it over the Grunge Paste.  Then I added the three hearts together using foam pads to give a bit of extra dimension.  Finally I edged around the outside of the mountboard with Vintage Photo to tone everything in.

I would like to enter my piece in the following challenges:

  • Paperartsy - Inspired by Jo Myhill, click HERE for details
  • Sunday Stamper - Fields of Gold, click HERE for details
Thanks for stopping by today, please feel free to leave me a comment so I know you popped by!

Claire x

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Flower Tag

Hi everyone

A very quick post from me today to show you the tag I made to join in with Liz Borer over on the Paperartsy blog this week. 

So I created my tag by adding Fresco's in Irish Cream and Haystack with a baby wipe, I then added three of the translucents: Smoked Paprika, Lemon Zest and Pumpkin Soup , spritzed with water and scrunched cling film on top and left to one side to dry.  I stamped the flower image from Hot Picks plate 1011 onto tissue, painted on the reverse using Eggplant, Lemon Zest and Hey Pesto, then covered with Snowflake - I cut this out very carefully!  Now my tag was dry leaving a wonderful textured background.  I mixed some Grunge Paste with Green Olives, Hyde Park and Hey Pesto and spread through a stencil to give the look of plant tendrils.  I stamped the words from the same plate onto the background using Snowflake randomly.  I inked around the edges of the tag with vintage Photo distress, added the tissue paper flower and to finish off added the purple ribbon in a bow.

Thanks to Liz this week for such great inspiration, to see her projects hop on over *HERE* to the Paperartsy blog.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Claire x

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Inspired by Joanne Wardle for Paperartsy

This week Joanne Wardle is showcasing her clean and simple style over on the Paperartsy blog - you can see her projects HERE

To join in with this weeks challenge I created this Christmas card using JOFY stamps from JOFY Collection 06:

Firstly I'd like to say sorry for the bad photo - the light today was horrible and even with my daylight lamp on I still couldn't get the photo I wanted.

I stamped the JOFY hanging baubles stamp and also the sentiment (both from the JOFY 06 stamp plate) using black versafine ink. I used Derwent coloured pencils to colour in the baubles.  I then used a black fineliner to doodle around the edges JOFY style!  I mounted my panel onto a white card blank, all done!

A very nice and simple card in my opinion!

Thanks to Joanne for all the inspiration this week :)

Claire x

November Challenge for The Crafting Cafe

Hi Everyone

Today it's my turn to share my project over at The Crafting Cafe.  The theme for November is Winter Blues and we are sponsored by LEJ Designs who are offering a fab prize to the winner!

Here is my card, using an image from our sponsor:

I created my card by starting with the background using stamps by Lindsay Mason stamped in cocoa memento ink and coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils and watercoloured.  The sentiment was also stamped in cocoa memento and is from Paperartsy.  Next I printed the snowman out twice, I coloured him using the Inktense pencils also and watercoloured him.  Then I cut one image out whole and the second image I cut out only his hat and scarf and layered them up using foam pads.  I tore a piece of white card to create a hill for him to stand on and inked along it's edge with tumbled glass distress ink for definition.  I also added the fence posts and squirrel to this torn card from the same Lindsay Mason set.  I added silver glamour dust to just about everything that snow might land on using a quickie glue pen.  Then I inked around the edges of the card using the tumbled glass distress again.  To finish I mounted my piece onto navy cardstock before adding to a 6x6 scalloped card blank.

To visit The Crafting Cafe blog and link up your own Winter Blues project 
please click *HERE*

Thanks for stopping by today!

Claire x 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Some fantastic news to share....

I am thrilled to be able to share some fantastic news with you all today.....

I am a brand new member of the Snazzy's Design Team!

I was beyond thrilled when Val invited me to join the team and am really looking forward to getting going with my very first DT kit!

Over on the Snazzy's Blog today I am sharing a couple of altered beermats as part of my introduction:

I'll be back in a few weeks with my very first DT post but for now you can hop on over HERE as the rest of the team will be introduced in the next few days!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire x

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Pan Pastel - Altered Media

Hi All

Today over on the Pan Pastel challenge blog (click here) the theme is Anything Goes or Altered Media themed projects if you fancied that instead.

I wanted to alter a beermat to join in with the challenge as I am trying to build up a new set of them which I think I will then glaze.  So here is my beermat:

It started out as a plain grey beermat which I coated with gesso and then painted with Fresco Finish Snowflake.  Next I blended Fresco's in Mermaid, Eggplant and Pansy on top of the Snowflake.  Next I used the Snowflake paint to stamp the words in the background repeatedly.  I stamped the flower from Paperartsy JOFY Collection 13 using black versafine ink and heat set, I also stamped the side border at the same time from the same set.  I coloured the flower and the side border with Fresco paints - I think the colours I used were: Hyde Park, Hey Pesto, Tinned Peas, Haystack, Rose, Spanish Mulberry, South Pacific, Sky and Limelight.  To finish off I added a little Treasure Gold in White Fire around the edges.

I really enjoyed creating this project - I have six more boring grey beermats waiting to be altered!!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire x

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Paperartsy Hanging

Hi Everyone
Today I would like to share a hanging I made:
My hanging is a 6x6 piece of mountboard.  I started by covering the mountboard with a piece of BoBunny newsprint paper.  I then added Paperartsy Fresco paint with a babywipe - I used Eggplant, French Roast and South Pacific.  I chose these colours as they are all translucent and would allow the newsprint to show through.  Next I added Grunge Paste mixed with French Roast and Mocha Mousse through a SplodgeAway stencil.  I created peaks on the Grunge Paste with my spatula to add further texture.  Next I took the cog stencil, also from SplodgeAway, and used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to create the cog background.  On a separate piece of card I stamped the sentiment in black versafine ink, I tore this and then inked with Vintage Photo and Tattered Rose distress.   
I stamped the image of the clock/lady three times onto card.  I cut one out in full and coloured using distress inks.  I cut the wings from the second image and coloured with distress inks, I curled the wings and added them to the first image.  On the third image I just cut the clock face out, coloured with distress and mounted onto the base image using foam pads.  I added glossy accents to the clock face to make it look it look like glass.  All the stamps were from the Paperartsy Ink and Dog ID10 plate.  Next I added two eyelets to the mountboard, curled some wire around a paintbrush add added it through the eyelets.  I then added the sentiment and the clock to the hanging.  I used Treasure Gold White Fire to highlight most of the hanging - it was added to the Grunge Paste, around the edges of the mountboard, on the wings of the butterflies and around the sentiment.
I would like to enter my hanging in the following challenges:
  • Paperartsy - Inspired by Alison - click HERE for challenge details
  • Our Creative Corner - Tic Tac Toe - I chose the line with texture, wire and letters, click HERE for all the challenge details
  • Country View Crafts Challenges - the challenge here is letters - click HERE for all the details
Thanks for stopping by today,
Claire x

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

One Stamp, Three Ways

Hi Everyone

Darcy over on her blog Art and Sole has challenged people to use one main Christmas stamp as the focal point in different ways.

I decided to use the Paperartsy JOFY Mini 02 to create three different Christmas cards:

The first card was made by stamping the JOFY stamp onto white card, painting the background using Fresco Finish paint in Blood Orange and Zesty Zing, the star was painted with a mixture of Haystack and Old Gold.  This was then ripped and edged with Treasure Gold White Fire and added to a white square of card, the sentiment was stamped from the JOFY 06 stamp plate, the edges were then smeared with the same Treasure Gold.  Mounted onto black card and added to a card blank.

My second card was created by stamping onto black card with Perfect Medium and adding Cosmic Shimmer mica powder in blues, pinks and purples.  I mounted this panel onto a kraft card blank, stamped the sentiment (JOFY 06) and added the little pinky pearls.  (Very difficult to photograph the mica properly!)
My final card was created by stamping the mini onto some patterned paper and fussy cutting the star.  The mini was then stamped again onto white card and the paper star layered on top.  I cut a strip of the patterned paper and faux mounted it using a black pro-marker, the mini star panel was faux mounted also.  The strip of paper was added to a card blank and the star panel added to the card using foam pads.  To finish off I added some glamour dust with a quickie glue pen around the outside of the text background to give it a bit of Christmas sparkle.

So there are my three Christmas cards, to pop over to see what Darcy made with her one main stamp click *HERE*

Thanks for stopping by today!

Claire x

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Dictionary Challenge - Letters N and L

Hello Everyone

Well I have two dictionary pages to share today for The Craft Barn's dictionary challenge as I missed out on creating my L page completely.
This fortnight though the chosen letter is N and the word I chose is 'Needlework' so here are my pages:

I started by masking the definition and then gave the pages a coat of watered down Fresco Finish Snowflake paint.  I used Distress Inks in Tea Dye, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Walnut stain and blended them across both pages.  I then mixed some Grunge Paste with Irish Cream Fresco Finish and spread through a frame mask from SplodgeAway  - I thought this was kinda a lacy look for the pages to fit in with the needlework theme.  I stamped all the images in Versafine Sepia ink - this stamp set came free sometime ago with a magazine.  To finish off I removed the masking tape and coloured the definition lightly with Tea Dye Distress then added a tiny bit of White Fire Treasure Gold wax to the lacy Grunge Paste.

Next up is letter L - I chose the word Lighthouse - and it's a totally different look compared with N:

These pages were spritzed with Dylusions in London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise and White Linen sprays.  I then closed the dictionary so all three colours blended together nicely - then very, very gently separated the pages again and dried.  I stamped the lighthouse and seagull from Chocolate Baroque onto some white card and coloured using Inktense pencils which I then blended with water.  I cut out the images and added them to the pages.  Next I stamped the clouds from the same stamp set straight onto the pages using Versafine Black Onyx ink.  Finally I removed the masking tape from the definition.

To see what others have chosen to create for the letter N click *HERE* to visit The Craft Barn's blog.

Thanks so much for calling by my blog today!

Claire x

Saturday, 2 November 2013

SplodgeAway - 2 masks in 1

Hi Everyone

Today I am sharing a project over on the SplodgeAway Blog - we were challenged to use two masks on one project.  Here is the tag I created:

To create my tag I spritzed it with dylusions sprays in lemon zest, bubblegum pink, postbox red, crushed grape and a little bit of black marble.  Once dry I added grunge paste through parts of the cut wood mask and when this was dry I used distress inks to give the grunge paste some colour and definition.  Next I used the mask of many faces to add the images to my tag using distress ink and acrylic paint.  I inked around the edges of the tag with black soot distress and doodled a couple of lines around the tag to form a border.  To finish off the tag I added some red and clear pearls to the eyes and then added a double ribbon to the top.

Please pop over HERE to the blog to see what the other DT ladies have been up to!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire x

Friday, 1 November 2013

Splattered Christmas

Hello Everyone!

Today I would like to share a card I made to join in with the current Take It, Make It challenge over at the Craft Stamper blog - click here to see all the challenge details and to see some fab inspiration from some of the Craft Stamper DT too.

I created my card by stamping the robin from IndigoBlu using black versafine ink and the masking it.  I then used olympia green versafine to stamp the tree branch from Tim Holtz and the sentiment from Papermania.  Next I stamped the splatters, these are all stamps from Inkylicious and I used Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean.  I removed the mask from the robin and coloured him and the holly leaves using various distress markers.  I then used glossy accents to give him a nice beady eye!

I then mounted this onto black cardstock and popped it onto a white 5x7 card blank.

Thanks for visiting today,

Claire x