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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Pretty Bubbles.......

I'm getting quite addicted to this Art Journal
I used Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral) for the background then sprayed water through a stencil and splashed water to remove some colour.  Stenciled with the same DI colours.  The bubbles (a big lopsided....) were stamped with Sheena stamps and coloured with Gellatos. The smaller bubbles were stamped with Lavinia stamps and round the edges with a stamp from Paper Artsy. I finished off stamping the words, using stamps by Dyan Reavely and colours in some of the bubbles round the edges with gold and white pens.
Inspiration for this is from Marta Lapkowska.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Sheena Stamps & Art Journaling

I've been playing with journaling for a while now, just using a book I already had.  I finally bought one of Dyan Reavely's Art Journals from Crafters Companion, when their new shop opened just 20 minutes drive from me.  It sat on my desktop for a couple of weeks, before I could bring myself you actually use  Anyway I've done a few pages in it now and I used stamps by Sheena Douglass for this one.
I made the background by brayering acrylic paints onto the page till I was happy with the result.  Then I got my stamps out and got on with the stamping.  I knew when I bought the circle stamps they would make good flowers, so I stamped onto book pages and cut them out. I kept going back to this page as I just felt it wasn't quite finished, and I needed to decide what wording to use.  I used a white gel pen to add some highlights, jus to make things pop a little.
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Monday, 13 June 2016

In The Pink!

There's a new challenge over on That's Crafty where the theme is 'In The Pink'.  I've been playing around with a bit of art journaling this past week or so, so thought I'd do this for the challenge.
I started the background by using one colour Aquatint, working from the bottom of the page to the top to create the 'Hombre' look.  I used various stamps from Dylusions, and Tim Holtz, the lady stencils are from Clarity Stamps.  The working is a stamps by Dyan Reavely - I'm pretty sure the with a pair of sparkly shoes, and a new tiara, she could conquer the world'.  I don't have a tiara stamp, but I thought a crown was just as good.  I also added glitter to the feet to create the sparkly shoes....
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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Sheena Stamps

I recently bought some of Sheena Douglass's new stamps and a couple of other goodies that she demo'd on TV,  and have finally had a lovely play with them.  I think I may be slightly addicted to the Rose...... lol, I love it!
Here's what I've been doing.....
First of all, a couple of tags.
 I've been messing with inks lately and this is a tag I sprayed with Dylusions ink, and splashed with water to create the white dots.  I then stamped the rose with Versafine then I went over that with gilding paste which I then dragged in a little with a damp paintbrush, this creates an embroidery look. Once it was clear, it stays sticky for a long time, I went over it all with foil.   This technique is called  Brush Embroidery, which I used to do when I made wedding cakes, so it was nice to try it again.  I also used the liquid gilding paste around the edges, applied with a sponge, and added foil to that too, it gives a lovely distressed look and very subtle.  I finished off stamping and heat embossing the sentiment.
For this one, I went looking in my file of backgrounds and came across this one which was made with Brushos.  All I did was stamp the rose onto it then cut it out.  I cut a tag from Kraft Card and attached ripped pieces of a book page, finished off with some Distress Ink around the edges and added the word.
 I stamped onto water colour card for this one, and used water colour paints to add the colour.  Then blended some Distress Ink around the image and added the stamping with another stamp by Sheena.
Last one.......  This was another background I found in my file, which was made with Brushos and blown around a bit using the Tim Holtz air spritzer.  I stamped and heat embossed the rose, then used Brushos to add the colour.  I added water, a section at a time, then sprinkled Brushos onto the wet and let it do it's thing, just easing colour into the little crooks and crannies with a paintbrush.
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Saturday, 4 June 2016


The present challenge over on That's Crafty is 'The Sea'.  This is my entry for the challenge.
I cut the tag from Sheena's stamping card and gave it a spray with Dylusions inks. I used a stamp from a Sheena Douglass set for the leaves, the bubbles are an Inkylicious stamp,  The seahorses was the free stamp on the latest issue of Craft Stamper, and she shells are from an older copy of the same mag, both coloured with Distress Inks.
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Inspiration from...................

.................  Hermine Koster.  I've been following Hermine for quite a while now and her work is just amazing and I think she such an inspiration.  I thought it was about time I tried putting some of her inspiration into action.
I began by stamping the butterfly, then stamping it again on a sticky note to make a mask.  Once I had the mask in position, I started to do some random stamping using Distress Inks in Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord, I also used a stencil.  Once I was happy I removed the mask and coloured the butterfly using just Dusty Concord, finishing off with the text.  Stamps used are a mixture from Inkylicious, Stampers Anonymous and Kanban.
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Monday, 23 May 2016

Country View Challenges

I made this project for the present challenge over on Country View Challenges where the theme is 'Stencils'.

I started the background by sprinkling  some brushos onto my work surface which I spritzed with water, then simple 'dipped' the card into it a few times till I was happy with it.  Once dry I randomly stamped some text and swirls with stamps by Tim Holtz.  To finish of the background I inked through a sunray stencil with distress ink.  I stamped and embossed the butterfly on a scrap of water colour card, then used Brushos to add the colour.  I finished off with a few gems and a bit of rough heat embossing round the edges.  The Butterfly and sentiment stamps are from Inkylicious.  
I have a fear of Butterflies or moths, and it's not very often I use them in my crafting, but I do have about 4 Butterfly stamps that I love. At one time I never used them in crafting, but the stamps are making me use them more, but I'll still never like them in RL.... lol.
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Sunday, 22 May 2016

More Brushos

All of these cards follow the same technique, I've just used different stamps.  I sprinkled a small amount of the Brusho powder in just one spot, then spritzed it with water then used my TH Spritzer to blow some of the colour around, before letting it dry.  Once dry I added the next colour and carried on till I'd used all the colours.
 Stamps from Lavinia Stamps, coloured with Brushos.  The colours I used are Purple, Cobalt Blue, Gamboge, Leaf Green and Rose Red.
 Stamps from Inkylicious, the butterfly is also coloured with Brushos.  The colours used are Sea Green, Orange, Rose Red, Cobalt Blue and Gamboge.
Stamps again from Inkylicious, colours used are Purple, Lime Green, Gamboge, Vermillion and Turquoise.
Thanks for looking xx


I made the background with 3 colours of Brushos, Purple, Emerald Green and Yellow.  I let each colour dry before adding the next as I didn't want the colours mixing.  The Fairy is from a set by Chocolate Baroque and the grasses from Inkylicious all stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with black powder.  The sentiment if from a set that was free with a magazine a long time ago.
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

A Bit Spooky with That's Crafty!

The present challenge over on That's Crafty is Spooky.  Well as soon as I saw the theme, I knew exactly which stamps I was going to use - What Lies Beneath by Sheena Douglass.  This is the first time I've used these stamps.
 I started of with Brushos, but they've got a bit lost amongst the stenciling and stamping.... lol, but they are there, somewhere.  Then I did a bit of stencilling with Forest Moss DI and also sponged it round the edges of the tag.  The sentiments are also from the same set.  I added some Frantage round the edges and some crackle accents to the skulls.
A closer look at the crackled skulls.
Frantaged edges.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Spring Blooms at Lavinia

I made this tag for the present challenge over on Lavinia Stamps where the theme is 'Spring Blooms".
For the background I pressed 3 Distress Ink pads onto my craft mat, spritzed with water then places the tag onto it, lifting and repeating till I was happy with the effect, think this is called 'smooshoing'.  Colours used were Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Spiced Marmalade.  Once this was try, I stamped the flowers with Versfine and coloured them with Mowed Lawn and Ripe Persimmon DI's.  I also sponged some Ripe Persimmon around the edges, then added the pearl dots round the flowers using a Pearl wand by Pinflair, which are available in my online shop, Opal Crafts.  I've tried another brand of these pearls but I find I get a rounder finish with the Pinflair ones.  Finished of with an organza ribbon bow.
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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

More Honey Doo Stamps......

.........Just one this time though..... lol
I coloured this one with Spectrum Noir Pencils and got the idea for the background from Jane at The Craft Barn.  I then used a stencil and coloured through it with the pencils, thanks Jane for the idea.  The sentiment is from a set by Stamps U Love.