Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Mail Art

Hi Everyone,

It's been a while but tonight I'm here to share some mail art.....

This was a fun little project I did on a spare 6x6 kraft envelope I had.

I used Paperartsy Fresco paints in chalk, zucchini, mahogany and terracotta. Creating a nice chalk coloured space for the recipients address so it can be easily read by the post office.

All the stamps used are from the most recent Paperartsy and Everything Art stamp plate (EEA04). I used archival inks in black, orange blossom, red geranium and potting soil.

And here is the reverse of the envelope....

Linking this to the current Paperartsy challenge, which is mail art, click HERE to go to their blog and for all the challenge info.

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx


Friday, 4 November 2016

Guest Post at Paperartsy :-)

Hi Everyone,

Tonight I am sharing a journal page over on the Paperartsy blog - all about typography.

Click here to check out all the challenge info and see what loveliness everyone is coming up with :-)

Here's my page, but you can see it in full with all the step outs over on the Paperartsy blog HERE

Thanks for stopping by and i'd love to hear your thoughts on my page!

Claire xx


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Three Little Monsters

Hi Everyone,

My poor blog is getting a bit neglected! But today I do have something to share - I've created three ATCs today to join in with the current Paperartsy blog challenge.

The challenge this fortnight is Diecuts - check out all the info HERE

Here is what I made:

I used some Prima scrapbook papers as my base - I cut eight out to get the double layer:

Used Lindy's sprays and a scraping of white gesso to colourise them:

I used a Sizzix Tim Holtz die set to cut three different patterns out of the Orange-y coloured ATCs, unfortunately one of my cards got stuck in the die and ripped so I carried on to only make the three cards.

And forgot to take any more photos........again!

But never mind, I layered up the die cut card over the blue-ish card.

Then did some over stamping using Paperartsy ELB29 and 30 and also one sentiment is from Hot Picks set HP1601.

I stamped out the three little monsters from the newest Paperartsy designer - Elena Zinski - they are from set ZA01.

I used the Prima tropicals watercolours set the colour them, then fussy cut them and stuck them onto my ATCs. The tallest monster didn't fit so I just cut his shoes and hands out and hand drew in his arms and legs.

Here are the individual cards:

I added some grey shading here and there and edged the cards with black ink to give them a frame.

Pretty happy with how these turned out as I don't usually make ATCs but just thought I would have a go today :-)

And some final piccys:

Thanks for visiting!

Claire xx












Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sunday Sunny Gelli Fun

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for dropping by today - the weather here is amazing this weekend, so warm and sunny :-)

After seeing all the wonderful demo photos coming out of Ally Pally this weekend I was inspired to get my 4" round Gelli plate out for a play.

I made a few pages of prints on pages pulled out of my Seawhite journal. Then chose this one to use as a background for a birthday card.

The stencils are mostly from TCW with one by Andy Skinner I think. All the paints I used are Frescos in these colours: haystack, bougainvillea, turquoise, lavender and candy floss.

Here is the finished card, its 7 x7 inches:

The stamps are all from Paperartsy plate ELB30, except the sentiment which is from a Dina Wakley set.

A couple more photos from different angles:

I had fun making this, hadn't played with my Gelli plate for ages!

I am entering my card in the current Paperartsy challenge which is 'making marks' and you can find all the info about the challenge HERE

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx






Sunday, 11 September 2016

Past, Present and Future

Hello and welcome to my blog today :-)

Last weekend I spent a lovely day at a workshop with Seth Apter hosted by Paperartsy. I haven't blogged my project yet - but I will soon!!

Seth taught so many techniques involving layering, stencilling, mark marking and various paint techniques. I wanted to practise what he showed us so have created this journal page in my small Dylusions journal:

I even remembered to take progress photos today - lots of them! So here we go:

Fun to see it evolving so clearly. All the paints used are Paperartsy Frescos in Zucchini, Caribbean Sea, South Pacific, Buff, Mahogany, Terracotta, Midnight and Copper.

The stencils are from a variety of people including Seth, Andy Skinner and TCW.

I stamped using the two new Lin Brown for Paperartsy sets (ELB29 and 30) and used Archival inks in Potting Soil, Orange Blossom and Cornflower Blue.

I also used white embossing powder, black pen, various white pens and I'm not sure what else lol!

Here are some other photos of my page:

The Paperartsy blog currently has a mark making challenge running which is open until next Sunday, the 18th Sept so click HERE for all the challenge info and to see what others have been making :-)

Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire xx


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Stars from Seth!

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

The current challenge over on the Paperartsy blog is patterns. You can check out all the info and the wonderful DT makes HERE.

Every Saturday Paperartsy are releasing new products at the moment and last Saturday it was a brand new designer to them - Seth Apter. I love Seth's work and am looking forward to going to a workshop with him in September.

So I had to get his two new stamp sets ;-)

I've used one of the stamps here to create a simple little card - not at all like Seth's style I have to say!

I created the background pattern using the stars from Seth's set which is called ESA02 with cornflower blue archival ink.

I used some flower heads from Paperartsy Kim Dellow set EKD03 onto vellum to create a couple of balloons.

The word shine is also from the same Kim Dellow set - I embossed this onto the vellum with Lindy's Stamp Gang midnight sapphire. It's a lovely colour but very difficult to pick up the shine in the photos.

Assembled it all together with some threads for the balloon strings and all done.

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx




Sunday, 14 August 2016

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend

Hi and welcome,

So another Paperartsy blog challenge was up on their blog last Sunday - this time it's patterns. Click HERE for all the info.

So I chose diamonds for my pattern - this is partly because I love this stencil from TCW but also because I had just watched a YouTube video by Marta Lapkowska (here)where she used the Finnabair diamond stencil and it inspired me to create this journal page. So here is the finished pages:

It all got a bit dark and moody but originally it had started out like this:

It was going to be fresh and bright, I used Fresco paints in Carribean Sea and Bougainvilla. I then did the stencil bump technique using white texture paste.

Then I added two Infusion colours - I think it was a bit jaded and are you cerise....

Wish I had stopped here but I didn't.....I decided to add more infusions....then snowflake paint to try to lighten it, but it just reacted with the infusions underneath so that didn't work! Never mind, I just carried on.

I added quite a bit of background stamping, one of JOFY's new minis, then fab rectangles from Kim Dellows new set, lots of splashed of paint and then water blotting too.

As the background was so dark I decided to stamp my images onto book pages so they would stand out a bit. They are all Kim Dellow stamps from her three plates.

I added a bit more colour using coloured pencils and also some posca pens.

Edged the pages in black archival and I think it's probably done.

Thanks for stopping by today, please feel free to leave me a comment :-)

Claire x









Friday, 5 August 2016

Colour Mixing Challenge

Hi Guys,

Thanks for stopping by - here is a journal page I created:

Lots of brayering, finger painting and general painty-ness going on here using a combination of Fresco Finish paints and white gesso:

Drew the heart freehand with the black distress crayon, then used the same crayon to add marks and stencilling to the page - the stencil is by Andy Skinner.

Some stamping in white ink using a Sara Naumann Paperartsy script stamp.

Stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using black archival.

Had fun with this one - felt quite free :-)

I'm entering my pages into the current Paperartsy challenge, which is colour mixing - click HERE for all the details.

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx