Thursday, 17 August 2017

Country View Challenges - Blue & Green - Inspired By Seth Apter

It's my turn over at Country View Crafts Challenges.  I hope you have been enjoying the fabulous art from the design team members - I always find them so inspiring.

For my second project of the month I chose to create a project inspired by the techniques that I have learnt from workshops with the multi-talented Seth Apter.

Here is my finished project - it is a panel to be attached to mount board ready for display.


As you can see U have gone to town using lots of amazing Seth goodies.

The them at Country View Crafts Challenges this month is 'Blue and Green' and so I started off by collecting some of my favourite Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints.


For my project I ended up using Smurf, Midnight, Dusty Teal and Zucchini.

I started by painting a watered down coat of midnight onto a sheet of card.  This was then followed by a thicker coat of Zucchini.  After this coat I immediately added drops of water...


....and then using a paper town to pick the droplets up.


I really like the texture and added layer that this creates.

I then added more layers of paint by 'kissing' painted card to my project card.



Next, I set about stamping using Seth Apter set 1 ,set 2 and set 4 from PaperArtsy.  I also added highlights and scribbles using a white gel pen.


For the next step I cut a 6x6 inch panel and tore around the edges - this was then edged with Black Archival ink.


This was then set aside so that I could create the focal image of my project.

For this I die cut Seth's Broken Maze and the largest of the Robo Stars.   These were painted using the same paints, but this time with my finger!


I also coloured the small star from the PaperArtsy Seth Apter Wood Chips and stamped the co-ordinating stamp from Set 4

To finish I assembled all of the pieces until I was happy with the finished project.


I was really pleased with how this turned out. 

Don't forget, there is still a few days left to enter this month's challenge.  There is a voucher up for grabs too!


Thanks for joining me again today - I hope you pop back again soon.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Zinski Fun!

Last week was one of our nephew's birthdays.  Thomas is full of life and fun so I wanted to make him a fun card:


A card blank was covered using distressed looking papers.  I then drew a scribble line around them.

The images were stamped onto water colour card, painted using Prima water colours and then cut out.  I adore these images - they are perfect for children and adults!

To finish the card I stamped a Paper Artsy sentiment from an Emma Godfrey mini stamp.

I had great fun making this card and hope that Thomas likes it too!


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Country View Crafts Challenges- Blue & Green

It's that time of the month already!  I don't actually know where July went! 

The new challenge has launched over at Country View Crafts Challenges.  The theme for this month is Blue & Green - two of my favourite and most used colours.

Here is my project for this challenge


I started by colouring a panel of watercolour card using Distress Oxides in Broken China and Peeled Paint.  I know I keep going on about these but they really are fabulous!


I then sprinkles some water to activate the oxides.  This, to me, gave it a lovely glistening summer look.  I then stamped various grasses and coloured them with Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint and Lucky Clover.



Using PaperArtsy JOFY 49, I then stamped the larger flowers and  coloured them in using the same Oxide colours.


To finish, I inked around the edge using Walnut Stain and then mounted it onto a panel of navy card stock.

This photo shows how wonderful the Oxides react with water.


Make sure you pop over to the blog  to see what the other design team members have created.... and make sure you enter this month's challenge to be in with a chance of winning a voucher to spend in the CVC shop.

Thanks for looking.....

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Country View Challenges - Things With WIngs

It's my turn over at Country View Crafts Challenges .  I hope you are enjoying the wonderful inspiration from the design team this month. 

For my second project I challenged myself to use scraps and left overs.  Here is my creation....


The background was created by using Distress Oxides. I love these inks and cannot believe how they have become my 'go-to' pads!

I then stamped the Tim Holtz Vines and Roses stamp set using water - this is a great technique - after colouring the background with ink I spritzed the stamp with water and stamped as normal.  After a few minutes it had lifted the colour and created a 'bleached' effect - which I love. 

This close up shows the bleaching a bit better....


Next I added scraps of Tim Holtz tissue paper.

The oval was a spare that I had in my stash.

The art doll with wings is a very old stamp which I adore (and isn't made anymore).  This was stamped and coloured using alcohol markers, then fussy cut out (yes...really!).  This was added to the oval using foam pads.

To finish I added a few butterflies and a simple greeting.

I really had fun making this and hope you like it.



There is still time to join in the challenge for this month... don't forget that there is a voucher up for grabs!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Paper Artsy - Aqua - 50's Blues!

It's my evening over at the PaperArtsy blog.  The theme is Aqua and so I chose to challenge myself by using only a few colours and creating a male themed project.


I started by covering a canvas board using Caribbean Sea and Captain Peacock Fresco Finish paints.


Next, I experimented with Infusions to see how they mixed with Grunge Paste - and what a happy experiment it was...


The infusions brought only a small amount of the walnut out and kept the gorgeous jaded colour.  I then used this through a PaperArtsy stencil.


I simply love the distressed look of the Infusions - awesome!


The main image was stamped in Archival ink then, once heat set, washed in watered down Caribbean Sea and French Roast.

I then mounted into onto a may that had been coloured and the stamped using Chalk Fresco Finish paint.

To finish I used metal embellishments from my stash.

I really enjoyed this project!  And the fact that it made me challenge myself. 

Pop over to the PaperArtsy Blog and see the other fabulous projects that have been created this fortnight.  There is still time to join in with the challenge too.

I hope you have enjoyed my post tonight. I really appreciate the views and comments.

Thanks for looking.....


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Colourful Collage

I recently purchased lots of the new and amazing Jane Davenport goodies from Country View Crafts.  Here is the first project that I have created with them.....

I started my project by tearing up parts of the 2-ply tissues, after removing one of the ply.

These were then added to the card in a random fashion using matte medium. 

I also covered a stitched oval in the same manner.  I left these to dry over night.

Once dry I added the oval to the card front and drew a scribble border using the paint pens (which are amazing!!).

I chose one of the face rub-ons from the neutral collection as my main image.  This was simply rubbed onto white card, cut around and mounted to the oval.

To finish I added a Tim Holtz sentiment.

If you haven't seen the Jane Davenport range yet, pop over to Country View Crafts - it's amazing!!

Thanks for letting me share this with you today.....


Thursday, 13 July 2017

A bit Leafy!

I thought I would share with you a page that I have made for a circle journal I am part of.


I started by creating a background using Distress Oxide inks in Walnut Stain and Broken China. I also sprinkled some water to add more texture.

Once this was dry I stencilled a leaf from a PaperArtsy stencil, again using Walnut Stain distress oxide ink.

I chose to use the wonderful leaf stamp from a stamp set by Tracy Weinzapfel.  I stamped one leaf direct to the card and another onto white card.  These were then coloured using alcohol markers.  The separate leaf was cut and mounted to the card.

To finish the page I used this great quote from the same stamp set.

I was really happy with how this turned out......




Monday, 10 July 2017

New Home

A friend of mine is starting a new life in a new home.  Here is the card that I created for her.....


I started by covering a card blank with purple card from my stash and drawing a scribbled border.

The background is from a masterboard that I created a few months ago using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints, stamps and Seth Apter stencils.

The house is from the fabulous new Zinksi Art collection from PaperArtsy.  I stamped the house onto Smoothy card using Memento ink and then coloured it using Alcohol markers. 

I then cut the house out and mounted it using foam pads to the card base.

Nice and easy, but a lovely image for the card!

Thanks for looking.....

Thursday, 6 July 2017

More Tag Art

I've been playing with the new PaperArtsy Sara Naumann stamps again! This time it was to create a tag for my circle journal. 

Here is my tag....


I coloured a tag using Distress Oxide inks and sprinkled it with water.

Next, I used one of the new Sara Naumann stencils which I then outlined in black and white pen.

The collage stamp was added to the right hand side of the tag using black Archival ink.

I wanted the fabulous quote to stand out so stamped it onto a Distress Oxide coloured panel and cut it out individually and mounted onto the tag so that it stood out.

So yes - I cannot stop using these new and amazing stamps and stencils for PaperArtsy by Sara Naumann!

Thanks for joining me today. 

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Country View Challenges - Things With Wings

It's that time of the month again when there is a new topic over at Country View Crafts Challenges.This month the theme is 'things with wings'.  Those of you that know me will know how much I love butterflies - so this was a great topic for me!

I chose to make a card for this theme.....


I started by stamping the fabulous Tim Holtz Flutter butterfly stamps.  This set is just perfect for me!  I coloured them using Alcohol markers then die cut them using the matching dies. How wonderful to have a matching dies set - I really don't like fussy cutting!


My next step was to die cut the mosaic Mixed Media die onto white card.


This was added to a card blank that had been covered using yellow background paper.

To finish, I assembled the butterflies onto the card front and added a few gems.


This shows the dimension created on the card....


So there you go... my entry for the start of the challenge.  Do pop over to the Challenge blog and see what the other DT members created. And why not join in with the challenge in the hope to win a voucher to spend at Country View Crafts.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Hopeful Love

It's my turn over at Country View Crafts Challenges.  The theme is still Hearts.  Here is my project....


I started off with a chipboard Heart and Deco Art Texture Sand Paste.


I spread the texture sand in a couple of areas of the heart and left it to dry.


Once dry, I set about using Deco Art Mixed Media paints and covered the heart in Quinacridone Red and Quinacridone Burnt Orange.


Once this was dry, I added more colour to add shading and depth (that sounds like I knew what I was doing - lol!! 0 I just pay until I'm happy)


Next, I stamped a Tim Holtz Ponderings quote onto Tissue Wrap.  This was then added to the heart with Matte Medium.



It was at this point I realised that this should have been the second step of my project as the tissue paper was not coloured.  To rectify, I added the same coloured paints and tried to blend the tissue into the heart as much as possible.  This is how it was after the painting.


To finish I edged the heart with black paint.  I also added lots of watch parts and Prima mechanicals.

I punched a hole and added brown twine.


Here is a close up of the texture on the heart.....


I really enjoyed this project and actually learnt things from it too! 


I hope that I have inspired you to join in the challenge this month - there is still time - and a gift voucher up for grabs.

Thanks for looking.


Monday, 26 June 2017

Happy Birthday Little Sis!

Today it is my little Sister's 30th birthday - I have the day off work to treat her to lunch and give her the present (which is a secret which I will share on another post).

Here is the card that I created for her....


Laura is a very 'girly' girl so I chose the Tim Holtz shabby chic papers for the
background and created lots of layers.


The main image is from Paper Bag Studios.  This was stamped in Shadow Grey Archival Ink.


I then decorated the card using lots of flowers in co-ordinating colours.... and of course a big 3 and 0!

The card is so dimensional that I have made a box in matching papers to go with it!


I have 3 birthdays to celebrate today!  One of my colleagues is celebrating her 40th birthday and so I decided to make her a similar card....


This time I used one of Tim's Paper Dolls and a few sequins!

I will be sharing the card made for my friend who also shares her birthday in a few weeks time as I have made it for a future blog challenge!

Thanks for sharing my post with me today....... 




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

More PaperArtsy Fun!

Today I thought I would share another project that I created using the fabulous new Paper Artsy Sara Naumann stamp sets and stencils.


I chose to alter a tag using the Seth Apter Fresco Finish paints.  I then stencilled using Sara's new stencil and created highlight using a white pen.


I decorated two of Seth's wood chips    the stamped the Bumble Bee in Archival ink.  I added colour using Fresco Finish paints and Pearl Glaze to the wings. 

To finish I stamped and cut out the 'bumblebee' word.

This was a really fun tag to make.... and I love using a different way to showcase the new stamps and stencils.

Thanks for joining me today......