Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Art Canvas - Pin Wheel Flowers

This was created on watercolour board.  I used Dylusions spray in Teal and Ranger spray in Butterscotch.  I sketched and coloured the Pinwheeel Flowers using Cathothello Pastel Pencils, then masked them to stamp a script (Darkroom Door) in the background, and added some white acrylic circles by dipping the lid of the colour wash spray into the paint and using it as a stamp.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Art Tag - Watercolour Flowers

Created using a size 8 manila tag.  The stamped image (B-Line) was painted using Winsor & Newton Pan Watercolours.  The background uses Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress inks, and a script stamp by Prima. The tiny floating seed heads in the background are from a stamp set by Crafty Secrets.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Art Postcard - Folk Houses

Decided to play with my Carbothello Pastel Pencils today and doodled this little postcard.  I've not had chance to really test them out since I bought them, and I'm very impressed - the same pigmentation as Pan Pastels, but in a  pencil.  I sketched and coloured the folk art scene with the pastels, then once I'd finished with them, I added some stamping with Archival ink, and some stenciling with white acrylic paint.  I sprayed fixative onto it, then doodled over everything with black and white pens.

Art Tag - Summer Flowers

Made using a background paper sent to me in a swap by Dede (inkwell) and created by Julia (Straydreams).  I stamped the paper using archival Blue-Violet with a script, then used texture paste through a Crafter's Workshop stencil.  Once dry, I sponged burgundy Lumiere paint around the stenciled images, and wiped it back so that it left just an outline.  I distressed the edges and coloured these with the same Burgundy paint.   I then painted the images with Lumiere Pearl White.  Finally, I added some Golden Brand acrylic in Nickel-Azo Gold to add some warmth, punched a hole and added fibres to match.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Art Postcard - Under The Sea

Created using the inky background shown below.  I added some Cheery Lynn Die cuts, Wild Orchid Craft Pearl sprays, texture paste, tulle netting and Lumiere paints (Blue-Green, violet Gold & Indigo).  The image was stamped onto newsprint and adhered with semi-gloss gel medium.  It was painted with Lumieres and Cosmic shimmer spray, then highlighted with a white Posca pan in places.

Inky Background

Playing with a mixture of Dylusions sprays & Cosmic shimmer along with kitchen towel and tissue paper.  Just waiting for it to dry before making something with it.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Art Tag - Precious

Created using a background paper sent to me in a swap by Dede (Inkwell) and produced by Dar (Artedar).
I used Moonglow embossing powder to emboss the Precious stamp (Heidi Swapp), aswell as the background stamps: distressed lines (Darkroom Door), ink splatter (Tim Holtz).  The edge of the tag was distressed and embossed too.  The flowers were die cut from foil card, embossed and alcohol inked to match the magenta colour in the background.  The centres are brads from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I stamped some hearts in Archival black to add more interest and outlined these in black and white pens to match the text which I had also scribbled some pen work around..

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Art Tag - Gorjuss Girl

Playing with a new Gorjuss stamp, and new Promarkers.  Background is distress inked using Frayed Burlap.  The tree and the hearts stamp are by Stampotique. The crackle stamp is by Stampin' Up.  Edge is doodled in a black pen.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Ink Pad Storage

I made these 2 storage units from chipboard after watching SaCrafters video on YT.  They turned out pretty sturdy, though might need some reinforcement between each pad to stop them warping.  It was a fun project and they store all 36 of the Distress colours (excluding the seasonal releases).
They are both coloured with Distress Inks and stamped with Tim Holtz stamps.
This is the back of the unit to show the stamping.

Abstract Canvas

This started out as a background paper sent in a swap to me by Dede (inkwell), and made by Lorri (Artivity).  I used lumiere and Golden paints over the background and added some texture to it.  I then adhered the paper to chipboard as I was originally going to make it into a tag, but then liked it so much, I decided to glue it onto a canvas and keep it as it was. The texture was made from art bits I'd normally put straight in the bin. Anyone want to guess what it is???

Postcard - Warm Colours

Created using Dylusions sprays, stencils and stamping.  The hearts are from Paperbag studios and were stamped onto newsprint before applying to the background so that they would stand out more, same with the sketchy circles.  I highlighted parts with black and white Posca paint pens.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012


I created this just playing around with stamps, acrylic paint and glass bead gel.  I haven't made it into anything yet, though it will probably end up as a tag or on a canvas.   I stamped the tree branches by Tim holtz in several places, then painted over the branches and added leaves using Americana Craft paints.  The flowers at the bottom are also a Tim Holtz stamp. I sponged the background with Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Tea Dye & Tumbled Glass and Victorian Velvet.  I also stamped a few ink splatters here and there, and painted on some pink and red flowers at the bottom.  Finally, I added glass bead gel to create texture on the trees, unfortunately the scanner does not pick up the effect very well.

ATC - Cherry Blossoms

Created whilst experimenting with Claudine Helmouth Gloss Multi-Medium as a resist.  I sponged the medium through a dreamweaver stencil, then, once dry, sponged ink over it in Aged Mahogany.  It came out quite cool looking with some texture and a gloss finish.  Will definitely use this technique again.  The stamp is a Prima tiny text stamp.  I added some Inca Gold in Tarnished silver to highlight the textured areas, then sprayed it with a bit of Antique Gold Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger) before mounting it onto black Bazzill cardstock.

ATC - Hearts

Created using up scraps.  The background was made using the same scrap of background as the transparency ATC below which was just sprayed with some Crafty Notions Sprays.  I added some texture paste hearts, coloured them with Archival ink, then added more sprays over the top.  The border is a TH die cut - also a scrap piece where I was testing alcohol inks over silver foil cardstock, but then never used it.  The stamp is a tiny script by Prima, stamped using Archiva Blue -Violet ink.  I added some guilding flakes (Crafty Notions) and some Inca gold to highlight the card in places.

Encaustic Postcard

I don't often play with my Encaustic supplies, but decided to try and make use of them.  Here's the result using waxes in blues, lilac and white for the sky & water.  Green & brown for the foliage and birds, plus a little red for the flowers. 

ATC - Escape

Made using a piece of left over background which had been sprayed with Crafty Notions Sprays in blues, green and purple.  I used a transparency over the top of the background and added some 7-Gypsies Rub-Ons - All things that had been in my stash for ages!  The glimmer from the sprays really shows through the transparency, but unfortunately doesn't pick up on the scanner.  I edged the ATC with Gold Krylon pen and then mounted it onto black Bazzill cardstock to create a little frame for it.

Art Card - Spring birds

Created to try out some new dies.  The main image is from a digital collage sheet from Itkupilli on Etsy. The embellishments include Wild Orchid Craft flowers (coloured with Glimmer Mist), flat-back pearls, die cut leaves & frames,  plus a punched butterfly (Martha Stewart) & some stickles (Fruit Punch).

Art Card - Shades Of White

Created using various laces, trims, fabric embellishments, paper flowers all in shades of white.

Art Card - Bunnies

This is a square card about 5x5" ish.  I used a Martha Stewart Punch for the lacey effect layers & edged it with Distress ink.  I also used some Prima background paper from the Almanac collection. The little bunnies are from a digitial collage sheet, and I finished it off with paper roses, and a die cut leaf (Spellbinders).

Art Card - News Print Bird

I made card this using some of my new stamps which are the Newsprint Bird & Newsprint Background by Hero Arts.  The background was created using acrylic paints, stenciling and the newsprint stamp.  The layers were machine sewn together, then embellished with some lace, Tim Holtz Die Cuts, flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts), and a little birdhouse charm.

Art Tag - Flower people

Using up more backgrounds from my scrapbox.  The background was painted using a mixture of acrylic paints, then I used some punchinella as a stencil with white acrylic, a PaperArtsy numbers, a mesh stamp and the lid from a glimmer mist bottle for the circles. .  The stamps are a mixture of Lost Coast designs & Teesha Moore.  The faces were coloured with Promarkers and I added some doodling using Posca paint pens in white and black.

Mushrooms Tag

Created out of a piece of background that was left over from another project.  I can't remember the exact colours used on the background, but they were Dylusions sprays.  I used a Crafters Workshop stencil with white gesso, then stamped the Mushrooms stamps (Stampotique).  These were then masked and a background text stamp was used all over the tag in Archival Violet-Ble (Tim Holtz stamp).  Finally, the mushrooms were painted using Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Paints, and the quote stamped at the top (Cat's Life Press).

Clay Cameo Cards

Created live on UStream.  Each card uses a cameo mould by Krafty Lady (available at www.amstamps.com). The cameo was moulded using white Fimo soft, then painted with white pearlescent paint after baking.  The papers used are all Tim Holtz, and the border is a Spellbinders die which is embellished with Swarovski crystals.  The white centre piece is from the same Spellbinders die set.  The flowers are from Wild orchid Crafts (10mm roses) - These were painted by mixing Adirondack inks with pearlescent paint. 

Monday, 4 June 2012

Stampotique Card

Created using Inktense watercolour pencils and stamps, plus a bit of doodling using Posca Paint Pens.

Stampotique Card

Made using Tim Holtz papers, ink, lace, metal corners and a Stampotique stamp.  The stamp was coloured using Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Paints & the little hanging hearts were hand drawn

Decorated Easter Egg

Created for You tube.  The video showing the process can be found here: Decorated Easter Egg

Art Tag - Bloom

I made this trying to use up scrap backgrounds left over from other projects.  I can't remember exactly what I used on it, but the floral images are part of a digital collage sheet bought on Etsy.  I also used a crafters workshop template and Daler Rowney Texture paste for the butterflies.  These were coloured and highlighted with Inca gold.  I used seam binding from Wild Orchid Crafts for the top of the tag.  This was dyed with Adirondack color wash in Raisin & Butterscotch.

Altered Mask

Created for You Tube.  Find the video here: Altered Mask

Art Journal Page - What You've Been Waiting For

Created live on UStream.  The background was created using a combination of 7-gypsies tissue paper, a script stamp & gears stencil.  I used a varitey of inks including Distress inks, Archival & StazOn.  The main image was made by paper piecing a variety of digital collage images. The hot air baloons were also collage images.  The quote was computer genterated using a font called "1942 Report".

Fabric Postcard

Created live on UStream.  I used chipboard as the base, and hot glued  newsprint fabric and lace to make the postcard background.  The main image was printed onto matt photopaper and the edges distressed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. (The image was part of a digital collage sheet I found on Etsy).  The piece was then embellished with carnation flowers (from Wild Orchid Crafts), string pearls, applique lace and some charms.

Shabby Chic Fabric Canvas

Created for You Tube.  Find the video here: Shabby Chic Canvas

Art Journal Page - Burst Into Smiles

Created live on U-stream.  I used Dylusions sprays for the background, then stamped over this with a mesh stamp by Prima, and a hearts stamp by Stampotique.  I used a crafters workshop stencil and gesso for the white hearts, and stamped a stampotique image into the three largest ones.  The quote is stamped using 2 different font sets - the dymo text is by Tracy Bunkers & the type writer keys by See-D's.  Posca paint pens were used in black and white to create the borders and highlight the sttamped images.