Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Follow your dreams

Hello everyone,

Today I have a card to share with you. It is a really simple card made with 3 stamps and coloured with Copic Markers.

I have used one of those fabulous critters by Elena Zinski art. These stamps are by PaperArtsy. The sentiment is also from a PA set.

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Great things

Hello everyone,

and welcome to this blogpost where I am showcasing the wonderful 100 Proof Press Stamps. As you might already know, Sara from 100 Proof Press asked me if I was interested in doing some design  work for her and of course I had to say yes ! Her stamps are wonderful ! I already had some in my collection and I used one of those (The large handsome hares) today  in this art journal spread:

This fantastic Hares Stamp was what attracted my attention to 100 Proof Press. Isn't it absolutely gorgeous ? It stands just over 6" tall ! 

Here's how I made this spread:

I started off with a piece of Mixed Media paper that I cut in half but kept together with painter's tape. I also painted a layer of gesso on it. 

I used different acrylic paints and a brush, my fingers and a baby wipe to apply colour to my page. At this stage I thought: Oh dear..... but I persevered and I do like the end result. So don't give up straight away..... 

Next, I stencilled polkadots in the same colours, moved the stencil slightly and repeated with white paint. The stencil is a piece of acetate that I die cut circles into. 

I then used a bottle cap and black watered down paint to add circles, a brush for the splatters and a palet knife to add some black in two corners. 

Here I added some doodle lines around the edged and stamping too.  

I stamped the hares twice because I wasn't sure which paper I wanted to use. I decided on the book text. 

After adhering them on the page with gel medium I added a little shading and colour to the hares and also added the sentiment in the same way. Some doodle lines around the strips finished it off. 

A detail of those fantastic hares... 

A detail of the left bottom corner... 

A closer look at a part of the background...

And the sentiment... 

I hope you liked my post and just in case you would like some of those fantastic stamps, here are the links to the shop:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Resistance is futile

Hello everyone,

and welcome to another new Challenge over at the Stampotique Designers' Challenge Blog! This week we are seeing red and want you all to use your favourite shades of this colour !
Before you enter the competition where you could win a $30 voucher at the end of the month, please read the rules on the blog !

Anyway, here's mine :

I made the background with Distress inks. I smooshed them onto my craft sheet and dipped the card in it. I kept repeating it until I was happy. 
I used a Tim Holtz stencil and white paint to add some interest and also some background stamping in similar colours as the background. I coloured in the hearts with Copic Markers. 
Little HooHoo was stamped on white card stock and coloured with Copics too. I cut him out and found he didn't stand out enough so I added a circle of white paper stamped with the same hearts I used for the background. I typed this sentiment (from Star Trek when the Borg were getting everyone, yes, I am a bit of a Trekkie) on my old typewriter and added it to the card. 
I also used a little washi tape with more hearts.

I used the following stamps:

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy where she was

Hello everyone,

It's  my turn on the UmWow Studio blog again today and I have an art journal page to share with you.

I have used the Distressed Harlequin Background pieces that I had left over from my last project.

This page was made with a piece of pattern paper by Prima called 'love letter' from the Pastiche collection. I added some 'Old paper' Distress Ink around the edges and collages pieces of an old envelope on it. I bought this in an antique shop and it has a letter too. For now I just used the envelope with the address on it. Next I added some gesso where the chipboard was going to be and  stamped the background randomly for more interest. I then added the stitch lines around the edges with a black marker. 
I added my altered chipboard ( I have made a YouTube tutorial of how I did this; link below)  and some other bits and pieces like cambric and some lace flowers and stuck my photo on top.  Lastly I added the sentiment. 

Here are some close ups: 

This is the chipboard I used. I had some left over pieces from my last project and decided I might as well use them but then in a different way. 

Here is the link to the video tutorial :

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

New stamps at Visible Image

Hello everyone,

I was really excited to get my DT stamps for Visible Image in the post and couldn't wait to make something. So I grabbed my watercolours and got started and before I knew it I had two cards made and here they are :

I stamped the eyes and the sentiment first and then painted the background with yellow, orange and red watercolours. I then stamped over the top with a script stamp. Lastly I added a doodle line around the card panel.... 

For this one I did the same, first stamp the sentiment then added the watercolours in rainbow order, I added some background stamping with a little flower stamp and similarly coloured inks and added some circles with white paint and a bottle cap and some splatters too. Lastly I drew some faux stitchlines around the panel. 

I used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

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Monday, 13 February 2017

A trio of tags with funny men !

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my blog where today I am sharing three tags that I made for 100 Proof Press Stamps. As you might know, Sara from 100 Proof Press approached me and asked if I could make some stuff with her stamps. I think it is very flattering to be asked so I accepted gracefully ! Her stamps are fabulous, stamps like a dream and there are over 2500 of them... just saying'.....

But without further ado, here are my tags :

Aren't they guys funny !!! haha...

Here's how I made the tags:

I cut three #8 size tags from white card stock and painted them with gesso. 

Next I added model paste through a small Tim Holtz stencil.. 

I then painted the tags with different colours of Amsterdam Acrylics using a paint brush this time. 
I thought they didn't look very nice at this stage and wondered if they were going to turn out all right... 

Next, I added some drips of darker shades of the same paints. For this I diluted the paint with water. This is a game of layers, adding paint, drying it, adding more paint, drying again... just keep going until you are happy with the result. 

I always think every project also needs black and white. I white embossed numbers and for the rings I used black acrylic paint which I diluted with water. I also added white and black splatters. 
I thought they looked really nice at this stage. 

Here are the guys that I was going to use... I thought about colouring them but because the backgrounds were rather busy already I decided to stamps some script on white paper with grey ink and then stamp the men over top. I cut them out and the adhered everything to the tags. 
Lastly I coloured some crinkle ribbon with Distress Inks and added it to the tags. 

Here they are again. 

He is wondering if it is art. This sentiment actually says 'this is art' but I switched the words and added a question mark..

His ming is magic as it seems to have left.....lol

And this one is seeing double.... haha

I used the following stamps:

6591 Stylish numbers (I love, love, love this one, so versatile)

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The little things...

Hello everyone,

Today I just had a play. I got some new PaperArtsy stamps and had to use them ! So here are my journal pages:

I fingerpainted the pages and used some stamps and a stencil to add more interest. 
I then added the little guys and the sentiment... 

Thank you so much for stopping by today !