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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.
Thanks for looking.
xx

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.
Thanks for looking.
xx

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

Brushos

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.
Thanks for looking.
xx

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.
xx

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.
Thanks for looking.
xx

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.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Same Stamp, 3 Cards

I didn't realise how long it was since I last blogged, so sorry but I've had the decorator in again and my house has now been decorated from top to bottom and I've finally got my pictures back up!  I'm on painting my old kitchen cabinet now, one of those from the 1950's.  I bought it about 25 years ago and it's been all colours..... lol.  Now it's going to be black and white to match my kitchen even though it doesn't actually stand in my kitchen, but it's very close.... lol.
I bought some new flower stamps from Honey Doo Crafts, this is one of the stamps, went a bit mad using it for the first time..... lol.
 I used Spectrum Noir Blending Pencils to colour this one.  I used the 'Sue Wilson Pricking Technique' round the edges, the sentiment stamp if from a set by Stamps U Love.  Sorry I forgot to make a note of the colours used.
 I used just one shade of Distress Ink to colour this one, Seedless Preserve, and also used the same colour for the splatters.  The sentiment is a stamp by Inkylicious, still my favourite sentiment.
I used Distress Ink to colour this one too, Peacock Feathers and again for the splatters, and my favourite sentiment stamp again.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Forever Yours

This lovely image is from the Day of the Dead stamp set by Sheena Douglass, and is called Forever Yours.
I coloured the image with Spectrum Noir Blending Pencils, I love them.... lol.  The background is just ink sprays sprayed randomly onto a piece of card.  I then sponged ink through Sheenas Ornate Finishes stencil.  The frame is from the £ shop and was grey, I gave it a coat of black Gesso and added some black gilding wax to make the patterns pop.  The flowers are also from the same set of stamps and called Floral Fiesta.  I used the left over card from the backing, just stamped onto it and cut out.
Thanks for looking.
xx

Dream & Inspire Canvass

I haven't made a canvass for quite a while and I fancied a change from cards, so here it is.
 This one measures 24 x 29 cm, and I started by just adding any random bits and bobs.  That's what I love about doing these, you can add anything at all.  And I love looking at other peoples picking out what they've used. I also added some texture paste through a stencil.  Once that part was finished, I gave it all a coat of black Gesso.  For the colour I used Pebeo Dyna Acrylic paints, just added with a paintbrush.  The colours remind me of the colours you see in oily puddles.... lol.
And here's some close ups of the bits I used.




Thanks for looking.
xx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Glitter It! with Lavinia

This months challenge over on Lavinia Stamps is Glitter It!  Well you can't have fairies without glitter can you..... lol.
I started of by making the background with Aquatints from the Bright & Beautiful set. Then simply stamped up with various Lavinia stamps, added some white spots to the flowers and finished off with lots of glitter.
Thanks for looking. xx

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Love Never Dies

I've not done any of this inky stuff for quite a while.  I started this heart a while ago, and it never got finished.  So this week I got it back out and finally finished it off.  I love looking at mixed media pieces, there's always so much to look at and it's interesting to see what people have used.



It started of as just a plain mdf heart.  I gave it a coat of Gesso, then added all the bits and pieces, there's bits of everything, washers, screws, paper clips, buttons beads, a bottle top, flowers, dominos and of course a coin.  I always add at least one coin when I do this kind of thing.  Once I'd finished adding the bits  I added texture paste through a stencil.  Once it was all dry, out came the ink sprays and I just went for it..... lol.  Lastly I added some Pebeo Dyna paint with a sponge very randomly and finished off with some silver Gilding Wax.  I heat embossed the skull and sentiments with silver and coloured the flowers on the skull with the same Pebeo Dyna paint. (stamps by Sheena Douglass) Now I need to find somewhere in my craft room to hang it!
Thanks for looking.
xx