Sunday, 31 May 2015

Flower Power

Hello and welcome to my blog today!

I have been busy in my craft room this morning and have a card to share:

I used thick cartridge paper as my base and did the wrinkle free distress technique for the background using Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers.

Added a bit of stencilling - Squeezed Lemonade through the Tim Holtz rays stencil and White Linen Dylusions paint through one of Dyan's harlequin type stencil.

I stamped the flowers from the Tim Holtz flower garden set onto my background and then stamped the heads again onto another piece of cartridge paper.

I coloured the flower with distress markers, cut the heads out and layered onto the card using glossy accents for a smidge of dimension.

I stamped the sentiment from Dina Wakely and added the TH butterfly washi tape.

To finish I distressed the edges of the paper, matted onto dark brown linen effect card and then onto a 7x7 cream card blank.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

  • A Vintage Journey - where Astrid has chosen the theme of Spring Colours. You can visit the blog HERE.
  • The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog - the current theme there is May Flowers. Hop on over HERE to visit them.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire x



Saturday, 30 May 2015

Capture the magic


Thanks for visiting today!

The current challenge over on the Dragons Dream Tag It On Blog is 'purple and circles' you can visit the blog HERE to see what all the DT ladies created for this theme.

But here is my tag:

Background was created using Dylusions paints in Crushed Grape and Squeezed Orange.

Stamped Dina Wakely scribbled lady in black then stencilled in the circles using the white dylusion paint and an Emma Godfrey for Paperartsy stencil.

Added the doodling down one side and the chit chat stickers with a bit more doodling in both black and white pen.

Thanks for looking,

Claire x


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Show us your face

Hi guys,

Another face to show you to join in with Kim's 'show us your face' regular Friday challenge. You can find out more info over on Kim's blog HERE

So here is my face this week:

I drew her in pencil, then coloured using Prima watercolour pencils.

Decided to try something a bit different today by scribbling over all the pencil lines with black fineliner.

I quite like how she turned out except her eyes are a bit wonky lol!

Added a bit of colour to the background using a few more watercolour pencils and then added a scribbled quote around her which says: Choose being kind over being right and you'll be right every time.

Thanks for looking,

Claire x



Monday, 18 May 2015

Wordy Tag

Today I'm sharing a tag I made to join in with two challenges. The first is the current challenge over on the Paperartsy blog.
The theme this fortnight is 'words' and as per usual there has been some fab inspiration so far over on their blog.
And then I combined it with the penultimate challenge over at Artful Times here.  Artful times was one of the first challenge blogs I ever discovered when I first started blogging so it's sad to see it come to an end. Their current theme is hot pink and orange.
Here is the tag I made:

Started by covering a size 8 tag with old book paper then used three Dylusions paint colours over it - bubblegum pink, squeezed orange and lemon zest.
Stamped on the circles and zig zags from a Clare Lloyd set using white pigment ink then stamped on the tulip image in black archival which is from an Ellen Vargo set.
I had cleaned off the excess paint onto a spare tag so I then stamped the tulip head repeated onto the this and cut them out in layers and added them to the tag.
For the stem I had an old piece of mop up paper which happened to be green hanging around so I stamped the stem, cut it out and layered it on.
I stamped the sentiment from the same Ellen Vargo set using black archival and the doodled the border on using a black fineliner.
To finish off I sprayed a piece of ribbon with Dylusions inks and added to the top.
Thanks for stopping by today,
Claire x

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Tag Duo


Thanks for calling by today :)

I have made two tags to join in with the current challenge over at Paperartsy which is sprays. I was heavily influenced this time by Anneke's post earlier this week - her tags were so lovely and fresh.

I used Dylusions sprays to create my tag backgrounds, I started out making one tag but there was so much ink on my craft sheet I easily had enough for the second tag.

The sprays I used were lemon zest, vibrant turquoise and fresh lime. I then took one of the new Paperartsy stencils from Emma Godfrey and sprayed with the Dylusions white linen spray.

A bit of background stamping with a Clare Lloyd plate and blue and white ink.

Then the main images from a couple of Darcy's plates stamped in black and coloured with spectrum noir pencils.


Added a bit of washi tape and a chit chat sticker to each to finish.

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Show Your Face

Hi Everyone,

First of all I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments on my previous post about my workshop weekend with France - it means a lot to me.

So over on Kim Dellow's blog she is encouraging us all to show our faces - you can read more about it over on her blog HERE

Here is my face this week:

I drew her in a journal in pencil and coloured her with Spectrum Noir pencils then coloured the background using babywipes and Dylusion paints.

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x


Monday, 4 May 2015

Workshop Weekend with France Papilion

Hi Everyone,

I've had a lovely weekend at a France Papilion full weekend workshop organised by the extremely organised Sue Tucker who runs Art Workshops over on Facebook. Warning - this post has a lot of photos!!

We did two projects on the Saturday, the first was this tag book which explored various techniques and is just so cute:

Here's a little look at the internal tag pages:

Saturday afternoon saw us creating a clear stamp storage binder, but it could be used for storing loads of other stuff:

Inside it has Tim Holtz stamp holder wallets:

Then onto Sunday, this was my most challenging day as I really, really cannot sew! In the morning we created our very own journals - all decorated from scratch and bound with wax thread using the coptic binding technique, it was pretty fiddly for me but I am so happy with how my journal turned out in the end:

Here is the spine with the stitching:

Sunday afternoon we created some pages inside the journals using various techniques as directed by France. As with all journals everyone had completely different pages but here are mine:

So that was my weekend - I loved it and enjoyed it so much.

I would recommend a weekend with France to anyone and would definately book another weekend class with her if she comes back again.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my workshop creations,

Claire x