Sunday, 30 April 2017

Veggie Scraps

I love bank holiday weekends, I get time for me. I have spent the afternoon playing in my craft room and here are a couple of Scrapcosy inspired cards.

Stamps by PaperArtsy : Eclectica E3 Scrapcosy 02
Stencil by PaperArtsy : Scrapcosy 049

The background technique is described on Raquel's Scrapcosy YouTube video for the Ally Pally make and take. I used metallic glaze with some gold acrylic paint and "In the Navy" infusions for my wood panels. The vegetables are painted with infusions and the yellow on the cabbage card is inktense pencil. I love those stamps.

What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
Pumpkin pi.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Wild Horses

I have been having a play with my new Laurel Burch stamp from Stampendous today.
I made two versions, one is coloured with Copics and for the other I used water colour pencils.

The images for both cards were stamped and embossed with gold sparkle WOW embossing powder before colouring and I added some doodle details with gel pens.
I cut out the panel coloured with the alcohol pens and mounted it on some purple cardstock, I think I prefer that one because these folk art style images need bright colours.

Colouring these was fun.
Stamp : LBCR005 Cling Wild Horses by Stampendous.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : April

The verse this month is :

April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.

The challenge is to add a primrose or a daisy so I chose daisy giving me the opportunity to revisit my favourite JOFY daisy stamps from PaperArtsy's JOFY 13 stamp set.


I kept it simple because I think the sketchy images are so lovely I did not want to over-work this one. The background is an old book page with a light wash of gesso and some vintage photo distress oxide lightly added.
The daisies are coloured with distress markers : wild honey, spiced marmalade and mowed lawn. I added the verse and my page is done.

Happy Easter everyone.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Infusions Take 2

It crossed my mind that I said I would share a few more of my infusions experiments a couple of weeks ago so here they are.

First a tag using metallic glaze with Emerald Isle and Black Knight infusions for the background.

Stencil : PaperArtsy PS049 by Scrapcosy
Stamp : PaperArtsy Hot Picks HP1507EZ

.... and a set of ATCs. The backgrounds are metallic glaze again with Golden Sands infusions applied with a brush.

Stamps : PaperArtsy ESC01 by Scrapcosy

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : March

Here is my entry for the Craft Barn Twelve Month challenge for March.

The verse from Sara Coleridge's poem is :
March brings breezes loud and shrill
Stirs the dancing daffodil.

The challenge for this month is mad hares and daffodils. The first thought that popped into my head was the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland, no surprises for me as I am an Alice fan. So, whatever I did, I wanted my March Hare in it.

I didn't really have a plan when I started so I stamped the hare onto white card and coloured him with inktense pencils and cut him out. Since he needed to be somewhere, I created a background with Stampscapes stamps to make a pathway with tufts of grass. To add the daffodils I used an old wooden block stamp from my stash called Three Daffodils by Hero Arts and made them "dance" into the picture along the border.

I have also finished off the cover for my mini book for these pages to live in when I complete the twelve month project, also a motivation to make sure I do finish it. Here is my book cover:

I used a Sizzix Thinlits die by Lori Whitlock to make the pages and the covers plus the little embellishments on the cover. The papers are from my Tim Holtz wildflowers paper pad.

I am having lots of fun with this project and love seeing what everyone else comes up with too, there is so much talent out there. 
Until next time, thank you for dropping by. x

Monday, 6 March 2017

PaperArtsy Infusions Blog Candy from The Craft Barn

The Craft Barn has Blog Candy and it is a full set of the 12 new PaperArtsy Infusions. What a treat it would be to win those.

Here is the link :

Talking of infusions,  I was having a little play with them yesterday. Here is an ATC that I made using Infusions with PaperArtsy metallic glaze. I am pleased with that effect, in fact, I was so pleased with it yesterday I made more things. I will post them on my blog later.

PaperArtsy Infusions : Black Knight from the last release.
PaperArtsy Metallic Glaze
Botanical image from PaperArtsy stamp set ESC01 by Scrapcosy
Stencil : PS049 from PaperArtsy, Ground Espresso distress ink

Good Luck with the blog candy draw everyone.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Distress Experiments

Oh my goodness, I love the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxides.
I was relatively restrained and only ordered three colours, just in case I wasn't impressed. Well, that wasn't going to happen was it!
They arrived last week so this afternoon I had a little play. There is no finished project here, I just wanted to share some of my experiments with you.

The three colours I have are Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce and Spiced Marmalade. All the trials are on white stamping card.

First up, here are two panels showing the difference between Distress ink on the left and Distress oxide on the right. The oxides are muted colours when you add water, the inks are more vibrant. The finish is matt, just as advertised.

This is a link to a video of Tim's demo at Creativation by ScrapTimeVideos :

The second panel originally had a bit of iced spruce ink mopped up from a previous project and I added the oxides on top. The oxides are opaque so on top of the ink but there are some little patches of the dye ink showing through.

So, what are they like to stamp with? Here are some comparisons.

See the colour difference between the iced spruce panels, isn't it lovely. The leaves are stamped with the vintage photo, the colour is very similar but spritz water on them and the magic happens. The dye ink separates from the oxide but the image is still there as the pigment is left behind, just not so sharp. Add more water, more separation.

Finally, what does distress ink look like on top of the distress oxide? 

For the tag on the right, I used the three colours as in the first photo. I spread the oxides on the craft mat, spritzed with water, dried with the heat gun, added more, dried again and so on until I was happy with it.  Watch Tim's demo, the technique is exactly the same as using distress ink. 
I used spiced marmalade distress ink through one of the new stencils (Floral THS077). Doesn't that look good. All it needs now is a focal image and maybe some embellishment and I think that would be quite a nice tag. I'll think about that later.
The small tag on the left is just me cleaning up the stencil with a baby wipe, we don't want to waste that ink do we! I'll find some use for that later too.

I highly recommend these oxides, I had great fun this afternoon with my new toys.