Saturday, 18 May 2019

PaperArtsy Challenge - Turquoise

Good evening,

I have a project over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening.



Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog see more details on how I created this journal.

Here are more pics of my journal.... you may want to grab a cuppa as it is very picture heavy!



I loved the colour combination - turquoise mixed with Slimed and Cherry Red Fresco Finish paints.


I kept the background simple with wrinkle free distress, leaving parts white.  The gold splashes really lifted the journal.


I drew borders around the pages.  The intention will be to write down 'happy thoughts as I go along.


I loved the splashes of red above some of the houses.  It looked like a red sky!




I thought some of the quotes were appropriate for my journal purpose too!




There are lots of different elements in this collection of stamps.  So versatile to use for so many reasons.



The belly band's initial use is to balance the journal out as it was leaning when closed.  However, it is brilliant to hold little trinkets such as tags and tickets.



I also made sure that I decorated the spines.





So, there you have it.  My wrapped journal.  Celebrating the wonderful PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink Bricks and Mortar stamps, but also a place to jot happy thoughts!


Thanks for joining me this evening.

Happy Crafting!

Miriam


Saturday, 11 May 2019

Country View Challenges - Opposites

Hi again,

Today I am sharing my second project for the 'Opposites' challenge over at Country View Challenges.

Here is my second project


This time I used embossed and de-bossed as my 'opposites'.


I used two different Tim Holtz Texture Fades to create the embossing and debossing.  I love using these folders.  Always amazed at the depth of the embossing.


The Tim Holtz large stems were die cut in white and the coloured using Distress inks.  I love colouring objects in this way because I can vary the colours.


To finish I used a phrase from Tim Holtz Small Talk Ideology.

I had great fun making this.  I hope that I have inspired you to join in with this months challenge over on the Country View Crafts blog.  Don't forget, by joining in you will be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher that can be spent in the shop.

Thanks for joining me today.

Happy Crafting!




Saturday, 4 May 2019

PaperArtsy Snap!

Good evening,

Tonight I have a project over on the PaperArtsy blog.  The theme is currently Fish and I chose the amazing Hot Picks stamps, teamed with Sara Naumann stencils.

I wanted to do something a bit different for a change, so decided to create a game of snap!

Here is my project:


Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see how I created this box and cards.

Let me know what you think of my project - I was a little freaked about stepping out of my comfort zone but certainly pleased I did!

Thanks for joining me.....

Happy Crafting!
Miriam

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Country View Crafts Challenges - Opposites

Happy May!

One if the super talented design team over at Country View Crafts, Teresa,  has chosen 'Opposites' as the theme for the month.  At first I was a bit stumped, but then I got my thinking cap on and came up with loads of ideas.

Here is my first project for the month


My opposites here are 'light' and 'dark'.

I had so much fun I forgot to take photos as I was creating!


The background was created using PaperArtsy Infusions in Sleight Blue.  I never bore of Infusions - I love the colours that each little bottle carry.


The Tim Holtz Sizzix Filament die was die cut in black and white.  The white was coloured using Distress Inks.  I added a bit of sparkle using a Gelly Roll pen to give it a bit of extra 'light'.

To finish, I added a Tim Holtz phrase.


So, there you have it.  My first project for the 'Opposites' challenge.

Make sure you pop over to the blog to see the amazing inspiration this month.  I hope that I have also inspired you to join in with the challenge.  Don't forget that you might be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher to spend in the online shop!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Country View Crafts Challenges - Easter/Spring

Hi again,

Today I am sharing with you my second project for the month.  I hope you are enjoying the amazing inspiration from the team over on the blog this month.


You may have realised that I am totally in love with the new PaperArtsy JOFY stamps that were released last month.  When I see them they remind me of spring time and beautiful flowers.  So these were perfect for this month's project.


I started by lightly brayering Fresco acrylic paint onto a 6x6 card.  I purposely left this rough looking around the edge as I liked the effect.


Next I used a technique shown by Tracy Evans at the NEC show last month.  I loved the possibilities of using a stencil as a stamp.  Although I actually ended up using a different stencil to the one shown in the photo.



How wonderful is this technique?!



The large flower was stamped and then coloured using Polychromo pencils.  I love how soft these pencils are, again, reminding me of Spring and warmth and lighter nights.


To finish I mounted everything onto a card blank, inking the edges with black paint.

The sentiment was from an earlier stamp release from PaperArtsy JOFY stamps.

I hope I have inspired you to join in with the challenge.  Don't forget, by joining in you may be in with a chance of winning a voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts shop.

Thanks for joining me...… happy crafting!


Sunday, 14 April 2019

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Good evening,

Tonight I am sharing a project over at the PaperArsty blog.  The theme for the fortnight is Maps and Plans.

As soon as I saw this topic I knew that I wanted to use a map of my home town, Cardiff.  I will always hold Cardiff very close to my heart and this is what inspired my project.

Here is my finished project


Pop over to the blog to see how I created this.

Let me know in the comments where you hold close to your heart.

Thanks for joining me.

Happy crafting!
Miriam



Monday, 1 April 2019

Country View Crafts Challenges - Spring and/or Easter

Happy Spring.  As I type this there is hope of warmer days and lighter evenings.  I am keeping everything crossed!

The theme over at Country View Challenges is Spring and/or Easter.  With Easter fast approaching I decided to make an Easter card.



I started by die cutting a Tim Holtz stitched circle and rabbit.  I don't yet have the new Cotton Tail but it is certainly next on the list!  I cut them using white card and then coloured them using Distress Oxides.  I love colouring shapes this way - I cam alter the colour until I'm happy.


The foil was embossed using a Tim Holtz Texture folder.  Doesn't it look amazing!

I also coloured seam binding using Distress Oxides.  Again, I love colouring seam binding this way as it always co-ordinates with my project.

Once I was happy, I layered everything onto my card.

Thanks for joining me today.  Make sure you pop over to the Country View Crafts Challenge blog and see the inspiration from the other members of the design team.  I hope that I have encouraged you to join in with the challenge.  Don't forget that if you link a project over at the Challenge blog you may be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher to spend in the shop.

Happy Crafting!