Wednesday, 12 July 2017
My title is "Collywobbles", because, for the first time in ages I got excited and my heart was going on overtime as I created this piece.
It grew from nowhere and I really enjoyed it!
It doesn't have a story, it is just the pure enjoyment of a creation.
I used 2 of my fave PaperArtsy stamps, SD1 and stamped onto smoothy card with Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch.
A bit of distressing and a few attachments of ribbon, lace and sari sis, a few buttons, a stick pin with jewels and a clip.
Obviously, the pocket of a pair of denim jeans....and a nice little play after tea!
So, I am entering this into the PA challenge of Aqua!
Monday, 10 July 2017
This weekend I joined in with a free class entitled Creative Retreat.
There was a great selection of talented artists and as always, some appealed more than others, but what struck me the most was one lady in particular who just talked.
She was talking about Rituals and how they can help with creativity. Now, recently I have been in a creative drought and somehow this lady was speaking to me.
One of the things that she talked about was spending a little time each day drawing something....just anything, but drawing practice.
Well, yesterday I drew my teacup and today a little baby wren.
I hope that I keep up the momentum and work towards my creativity once again.
By the way, her name is Eli Trier.....and here is my little wren.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
My latest post is called "Fanfare" because we have our first sets of stamps from Alison Bomber! So happy and so well deserved.
Alison has been an amazing source of inspiration to me and many others for a few years now. I now have a few techniques locked into my head from her work and she never ceases to inspire me.
So, my stamps arrived this morning and I chose one of them to create this piece.
I had a sheet of Bo Bunny paper which was ideal for my background and selected a few Oxides to add to it to create an interesting sky. Blending and spritzing onto my craft sheet to create the desired effect.
A frame of Vintage photo distress ink and the sentiment stamped with coffee archival onto Kraft Card which also had the oxide treatment.
A little hessian to frame the words and......hey presto....happy with my creation.
Thanks so much Alison....you are a star!
Last month I spent a week in Padstow. The weather wasn't very kind to us and so we went on lots of walks.
Here is my journal page celebrating the fabulous Camel Trail.
I had collected a few brochures with pictures of the Padstow area which I used as my base. I added some neutral paints into the gaps and also rubbed some TH Distress crayons in Tattered Rose and Scattered straw, spraying them with water and blending with my fingers.
Next, I added a beautiful poem by Wordsworth entitled "To a Butterfly" and stamped a sentiment from a fairly new Kay Carley stamp. EKC05.
To complete my page , I added some lovely images from TH Botanical Layers...a packet filled with flowers, birds and butterflies.
I do hope that you feel inspired to join in with the challenge over on Country View Crafts....lots of lovely ideas on there.
Saturday, 3 June 2017
Here is my second piece for Country View Crafts topic of "Hearts".
There was a lot of muppetry involved in the creation of this, as I was on another planet and thought that I was still in May and designing something for the flowers topic!
However, just before I finished I realised that it was "Hearts" and was able to redeem it!
I have a dresser in my kitchen with lots of beautiful plates and mugs and decided to have a go myself. So, I selected a white plate and covered it with clear gesso to give me a dull surface to work on.
Using Black Stazon, I stamped some flowers from 2 PaperArtsy designers...Lin Brown, ELB25, and Jo Firth Young, JOFY14.
You will notice that I also stamped a sentiment but it was wonky, so I painted over it!
Next are my colours and here was my inspiration.
And the Fresco paints that I chose.
After a while it dawned on me that I was on the wrong months' topic, so I grabbed a heart stamp from PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink SM05 and dotted some hearts frantically around!
Finally I sealed it with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.
So, here is the finished plate, happy with it and will add it to the collection on my dresser.
Plenty of time to join in with our topic of Hearts. We look forward to seeing your entries, and you never know, you may be the lucky winner drawn out for the £20 prize over on Country View Crafts!
Thursday, 1 June 2017
I chose the topic of "Hearts " for our June challenge over on Country View Crafts. It provides lots of scope for creative ideas.
I began by recycling a hair product bag. As you can see, I left the recycling notice visible as I think that it adds to the rustic feel.
Next, using my Sizzix Hearts die, I cut lots of different sizes using manuscript paper and corrugated card. I brushed the edges of the hearts with good old Vintage Photo distress ink.The background manuscript is really old and has luscious age spots on it....no fakery there!
I used some Dina Wakley stamps along the top of the bag and in the centre of the arrangement of hearts.
To finish off, I put some manuscript paper through my shredder to create ribbons, which I curled with my scissors.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of it sitting amongst my glorious Wisteria.
I hope that you get some inspiration from my creation and from the other members of the CVC team. Don't forget to pop over and have a look.
Products Used:- Sizzix Hearts Die; Vintage Photo Distress ink. Dina Wakley Gals and Borders; Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Here is my second offering on the Country View Crafts blog on the topic of "Flower Power".
For this, I chose to feature a wild flower called..."Queen Anne's Lace" otherwise known as "Wild Carrot".
I began by black gessoing my page and applying layers of glorious Heavy Body Acrylic Paint by Dina Wakley. I drew the stars around the moon with Posca pen and also added a "stitched" border.
I stamped and heat embossed with white, the flowers from one of my favourite sets by Paperartsy HP1005 and then die cut some flowers from a new set of Sue Wilson dies called Queen Anne's lace. The die cuts are from off cuts of gold coloured card.
Finally, a few words from TH Ideology small talk.
There is just one week left to join in with our challenge and a chance to win the £20 prize. Good luck!
Products used:- Black gesso; Dina Paints; HP1005; Craft Dies; Small Talk.