Thursday, 6 April 2017

Daisy bookmark

Seemed to go a bit crazy with this blue and yellow theme this past fortnight but this bookmark started off as a practise piece - I was testing out different mediums over embossed work to see if the embossing was clearly visible when you added ink and different paint over it.

This piece has white embossed circles from the same Ellen Vargo stamp I used in the previous blog, with a blue distress ink over the top and seemed to work the best.

Added a text stamp in purple and another Ellen Vargo pointy 'squished' oval stamp also. Then I painstakingly painted and cut out lots of daisies - 'Lesley's Flowers' from The Artistic Stamper and glued them on for that added pop. I added treasure gold around the outside but that's not too visible in this photo.

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Hot Chocolate Box 2

....and so I have decorated another of my daughter's mini hot chocolate boxes that she received for Christmas. I love these little boxes, such a cute size, they are made from great quality card and so are a delight to paint and work on.
I decorated my first box in pinks and oranges and added stamped little piggies here.

 Well, for this box, I started with some hand-drawn flowers on dictionary paper and neo-color crayoned them - I've made a few of these flowers recently and found the idea on Anna Friesen's blog called Artful Stories here. I didn't exactly copy her idea but tweeked it a bit - anyway love these flowers.

Then the boxes were first gessoed - painted with turquoise and white Paperartsy paints - and finally white embossed and stamped with a brown ink using the fabulous Ellen Vargo EEV02 shape stamps.
Then everything was assembled....and voila! Pretty pleased with the result.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Blue and ochre

Over at the Paperartsy blog, they have a colour challenge going on - I guess it's no surprise now which 2 colours they have chosen.....yes, blue and ochre!

I thought that it would be fun to use my new Donna Downey stencil to create the flowers.The brick work was initially embossed using a Jofy 38 stamp set, then I painted over them with a brown and inbetween with an ochre neo-color crayon.
Joy of course because flowers are joyful!

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Blowin' in the Wind

Haven't blogged for a while, as it is major garden time, lots of weeding and sowing seeds - it has to be one of my favourite times of the year with the blooming of daffodils and snowdrops and the promise of warmer weather. I do find that if the weather is fine then I'm out in the garden and so any craft time is very limited!
I did however manage to find time to create a picture for the the Song Title Challenge over at the Craft Barn. This month it is Blowin' in the Wind as you can see below. 
I am trying to draw a face for each picture, don't always like the faces but it's good practise. This woman was supposed to be blowing and my daughter pointed out that maybe the lips should have been parted a little... she may have a point!
Anyway, on the whole I'm happy with my picture and the Jofy 'dandelion' seedheads.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017


This is another picture in my gelli plate journal - every picture starts off as a gelli print!
I drew the large daisies onto dictionary paper and stamped the other flowers onto various thick patterned card and cut them out.
The Jofy words were embossed onto some more gelli prints - sure do use the prints up!

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Sunday, 5 March 2017


Over at the Craft Barn blog they are holding a competition for a chance to win the 12 new colours of Paperartsy Infusions, please follow the link below to enter.....


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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Monster hugs

Just a quick card that actually took me under 30 minutes to finish, so I thought I would enter it into the Country View Challenge this month, which is create something in under 30 minutes!
A little birthday card for my brother, it actually looks a bit girly in the picture but those pink parts were actually more of a purple paint. The wording was embossed with a sparkly black powder - still needing to practise my embossing skills as sometimes I accidentally find some embossing powder has escaped over the page and then once I have gone in with the dryer, well.. it's just too late then! Not too sure what everyone does to combat that? 

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