Thursday 24 March 2016

Liquid Sculpting Medium Paper Artsy Challenge

As soon as I saw the latest topic on the Paper Artsy blog I knew I wanted to take part.

I haven't got much free time at the moment but I wanted to use it wisely.

My liquid sculpting medium of choice is Powertex.  You will have seen the ornament that I made my mum for Mother's Day..... it's great fun to use.... in fact I am a little bit addicted to the stuff!

So.... here is my project which I am entering for the challenge

I started of by taking a Paper Artsy Grey Board and I covered this with bronze Powertex.

I then took a strip of fabric and saturated this with Powertex before positioning it on the grey board.

I did the same with a frame and a cameo.

I also took some glass beads and positioned them in a couple of places.  I then poured some Powertex over them.  At this point I was worried because I thought I had created sludge!

This is what it looked like before it dried.

Here is a picture of part of my 'sludge'!

Once fully dry (over night) I sealed everything with a varnish.

Once dry, I then set about with various colours of Treasure Gold.

Here is a close up of the beads with Treasure Gold on them....

I tried to create an aged look to the frame.  Before my project started it was a cheap plastic white frame!

This next photo shows some of the texture on the fabric

To finish my project I stamped a Lin Brown quote onto brown card and manipulated it in my hands to give it some movement.

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed creating this project.  In fact - if I wasn't so busy at the moment I would probably be creating more!

So.... there you have it - my finished creation for the Paper Artsy challenge.

Thanks for looking

Saturday 19 March 2016

A Sort Of Art Doll!

e titled this a 'sort of' Art Doll as I haven't done any of the hard work here!!  The art doll is the fabulous Hot Picks stamp, nick named Shrek Girl by Leandra!

I adore this stamp set - it's fun and very useful!

I used one of my simple painted and stencilled backgrounds again.  I created this so long ago that I have no idea what colour I used!! Sorry!

The image was stamped using black Archival ink and his was then heat set.

The image was then coloured using Polychromo pencils and then cut out. 

Again this was mounted onto black card so that the main image would pop.

Yay..... that's another birthday card made!

Thanks for looking......

Friday 18 March 2016

Finally Using Backgrounds Created Ages Ago!

Every now and again I set about creating backgrounds that then sit around for ages before I get around to using them!

I wanted to use the gorgeous Paper Artsy Everything Art stamps again and wanted to show the gorgeous image off, so I remembered some very simple stencilled backgrounds that I created months earlier!

The main image was stamped and coloured using Polychromo pencils. 

I mounted this onto black card in order for the image to pop.

The background was painted in 1 colour. Once dry I then used clear embossing pasted through a stencil and let it dry.

Once dry I thought that it looked really effective - quite subtle but detailed!

The background was also mounted onto black card that was attached to a card blank.

I added black lace and ribbon, and grey pearls to finish.

I made a second card almost identical to this but using different coloured pencils....

These are now ready for 2 birthdays that are coming up very soon.

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Happy Hour Take 2!

After a very busy day at work I needed to try to relax and de-stress.  So... after the fun I had creating the background a couple of days ago I set about to create another.

I used the same Fresco paints to create a brayered background

I continued to layer the paints until I was happy!  I'm always scared of over doing it.... but I think I got it right!

Next I added infusions - today I chose Are You Cerise, Royal Blood and a touch of Black Night.  I really can't tell you just how wonderful these powders are - there are so many ways to use them!

For this background I decided to stencil on grunge paste and I did this in 2 ways.

Firstly, I coloured grunge paste with Pixie Dust and stencilled this on.
The second stencil I wanted to keep bolder and so kept the original colour of grunge paste.

Next I stamped lots of Emma Godfrey stamps in Watering Can and Black Archival.  I then used the small French Script stamp and stamped this in White Staz On.

Not content with leaving it there, I then used Portfolio pastels to highlight some areas.
I also used a white gel pen and a pink Pitt pen to add more scribbling!

And here is the finished article.

It looks very different from the background I showed on Monday and yet I used the same base colours.  Love it though!

I feel like this might be the last creation for a little while - but if I get the chance to play I will!

Thanks for looking.....

Monday 14 March 2016

Happy Hour

Yesterday I had the rare opportunity to have a good old play with my craft stash.

There were a few things that I had been wanting to try for ages and so set to it!

I started off by creating a brayered background using Paper Artsy Fresco paints - Sugar Plum, Bourganvilla and Eggplant.

Once dry I then sprinkled Paper Artsy Infusions - Are You Cerise, Blueberry and a touch of Black Knight.  I just LOVE these powders!

I made sure this was dry completely and then got some Paper Artsy stamps out and stamped randomly in Watering Can Archival and White Staz On

This is a close up of one of the corners...

To finish I used my Portfolio pastels to add extra depth of colour and to scribble!! Yes!  I scribbled!! I have Kate Crane to thank for my scribbling - I almost cried when I had to scribble in a workshop the first time! lol!!

And here is the finished background.

My plan is to, at some stage, use it for card backgrounds.

I had so much fun creating this.... it really helped me relax and enjoy every minute!

Let's hope I get more of those opportunities!

Thanks for looking.....

Thursday 10 March 2016

21st Birthday Celebrations

Last week was my brother's girlfriend's 21st birthday (oh to be 21 again!).  Here is the card that I made for Mollie:

I started by covering a card blank with patterned paper. 

I punched a border and added this to the card.

The image was stamped and coloured using Polychromo pencils.  This was then cut out and added to a kraft oval die cut.

I die cut '21' in the same colour as the border and added ribbon which I tied into a bow. 

To finish I added gems to one corner.

I had great fun colouring this image and look forward to colouring more!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Rebel Stampers ATC Swap

February flew by - even with an extra day slipped in!!

The themes for the February swap were music and resist.  Here are my creations:


I started off by covering an atc in music tissue paper.  I then inked over the paper using broken china distress ink.

The Elvis image was stamped in Archival ink, cut out and mounted to the atc.

I then found words to make up the title of an Elvis track and added these to finish the atc.


I kept this atc very simple. 

I stamped the flower image directly onto the atc and embossed it using white powder.

I then did a very quick wash of ink over the embossing and allowed this to dry. 

Once dry I gently rubbed over the image using a baby wipe which made the white image 'pop' more.

I stamped a sentiment in Archival ink and added a few sequins to finish.

I had great fun making my atcs this month.

Thanks for looking.....

Sunday 6 March 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK. 

I have already shared the gift that I made my mum - the Powertex figure.  I went to visit mum today - she didn't know we were going and was surprised to see us!  I also had a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered in the morning.

Here is the card that I made for mum....

 I embossed grey card and used this as my background.

The banner was punched and sentiment stamped.  I added a bow to the top of this.

I die cut various flowers ad leaves and layered them together - adding pearls and gems to the middle of them.

Simple... but pretty!  And mum loved it!!

Thanks for looking.....