Monday, 20 August 2018

Baked Textures

Hi again.  It's my turn over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight.

The theme for the Challenge is Baked Textures.  If you haven't tried them yet then you are missing out!  I think I was afraid to try them but now I have opened those jars I can't get enough.

Along with the wonderful Baked Textures I used the new Courtney Franich Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints in the background of my project.

These colours are amazing and fresh - what a clever lady Courtney is!

Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the detail of how I created my project.

Thanks for joining me this evening.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Sun, sea and Sand

Today I am sharing with you my second project for the Challenge this month.  I hope that you have been enjoying the projects from the design team.

When I created this project I was sat in 30 degree heat day dreaming of being on the beach and near the sea.

I started my project by brayering Haystack and Smurf PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk paints.

I then drew and painted clouds in Nougat and a sun in Tango.

My beach huts were stamped from PaperArtsy JOFY mini 24.   These were painted using Cherry Red and Blue Glass before being cut out and mounted to the background.

The bucket and spade were actually stamped from the PaperArtsy JOFY Mini 43, which are supposed to be gardening tools.  These were painted, cut out and mounted.  I drew a handle to create the bucket on the flower pot.

To finish I added a quote from Tim Holtz Tiny Text Remnant Rubs.

So, there you have it.  My second project for the Sun, Sea and Sand Challenge this month.  

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with this month's challenge - it's sure to be a scorcher!

Pop over to the blog to see the projects throughout the month and to join in yourself.  Don't forget, there is a gift voucher up for grabs that can be used in the Country View Crafts Online shop.

Thanks for joining me.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Sun, Sea and Sand

Can you believe that it's August already!  What it does mean is that it is time for another challenge over at Country View Crafts.

The theme for this month is 'Sun, Sea and Sand'.

Here is my first project for the challenge.

I wanted to try something different to my 'normal' posts and so dug out my small journal.  I love this journal as it is a good size and the scallops are cute!  It was actually a set of 3 that I bought from Cath Kidston.

I started by lightly brayering PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk paints in Baltic Blue, Caribbean Sea and China.

I then used Archival ink to stamp the seaweed and coral from the PaperArtsy Eclectica ScrapCosy set ESC10.


Next, I stamped the fish from the same set using a different shade of Archival ink.

The sea horses are die cut from a Tim Holtz die that is sadly now retired but I adore.  These were painted using Coral Fresco Finish paint and then I drew in the eyes.

Once I added these to my journal page I drew around them using a Stabilo All pencil and softened the line with water.

To finish I stamped the fab quote from PaperArtsy Eclectica ScrapCosy ESC12.

I really enjoyed making this page.  

Make sure you pop over to the blog to see the inspiration from the other design team members.  

I hope that I have encouraged you to join in with this month's challenge.  It would be great to see your take in this month's fab theme.

Thanks for joining me.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - In The Summer Garden

I'm back with you to share my second project for this month's Country View Crafts Challenge.  The theme for this month is 'In The Summer Garden'.  It has been super easy to be inspired this month because of the beautiful weather that we are having.

My project this month is similar to one that I made for Creative Expressions earlier in the year, however, this time I have missed it up a little.

My substrate for this is a large MDF tag.

I started by applying a coat of gesso over the tag.

Next, I laid down the Gerbera stencil that Creative Expressions released earlier this year and stencilled Grunge Paste through it.  I then left this to dry thoroughly overnight.

I simply love how the detail of this stencil looks when dry.  It is a beautiful stencil.

Next, I added Magenta and Golden Sands Infusions.  The method I like to use when using Infusions is to spritz them with water, pat with a paper towel and then apply and repeat again until I'm happy with the depth of colour.  When happy, I dried this thoroughly with a heat gun and left it aside.

The shed,fence and flower were all part of a garden themed Pop-ems set from Creative Expressions.  These sets are really good value for money.  I painted the shed and flower pot using Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk paint in 'Brown Shed', the picket fence in 'Snowflake' and the Flower in 

To finish, I used a quote from PaperArtsy Eclectica Alison Bomber ELB03.

I was really pleased with how the tag turned out.  The Infusions are bright and colourful, just like summer and they make me happy, which suits the quote perfectly.

Pop over to the Challenge blog to see he inspiration from the rest of the design team.  I hope that I have inspired you to join this month's challenge. You still have time to join in with this month's challenge, and one lucky entrant will be selected at random to win a voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts online shop.  

Thanks for joining me.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

CVC Challenges - In The Summer Garden

Hi again,  this time I am sharing with you my first project for Country View Challenges this month.  The theme is 'In The Summer Garden' which is very apt as the weather is currently wonderful in the UK.

Here is my finished project

I started off my brayering Magic Moss and Smurf  Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paints onto a card blank.

Once this was done, I stencilled flowers from the new PaperArtsy Darcy stencil onto the background, using Lilac for the flower heads.  Once dry, these were highlighted using a white gel pen.

The Tracy Scott and Jo Firth Young stamps were stamped, coloured using Polychromo pencils and then cut out and mounted onto the background.  

Another of Darcy's new stencils were used with Stone paint, again highlighting in white once dry.

To finish, I stamped the sentiment from another set by Jo Firth-Young.

This was so much fun to create.

 Make sure you pop over to the Country View Crafts Challenge blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team.

I hope that I have inspired you to create a project for this challenge.  Don't forget, by linking it to the Challenge blog you will be in with a chance to win a gift voucher to spend in the online shop.

Thanks for joining me...….I'll be back with my second project soon.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

'Enshrined' Using PaperArtsy Hotpicks

Good evening,

I have a project over on the PaperArtsy blog again tonight.  The topic for the fortnight is "Enshrined" and I knew just what to use - I chose the fabulous MDF Shrine created by Danny Macintosh over at That Craft Place.

Here is a sneak of my finished project

Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the full reveal of my shrine and to find out how I created it.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Happy Father's Day

Today, in the UK, we celebrate Father's Day.

Here is the card that I made for my Dad - I kept it quite fun and colourful for a change.

For some reason I forgot to take pictures as I was going along - which meant that I must have been having fun!

The papers used are random papers that I have had in my stash for a while.

The Super Hero image was stamped and coloured using Alcohol markers.

The sentiment was included in the stamp set.  This was such good value for money as it also contains other sentiments to be used for other occasions - but I thought this was perfect for Fathers Day.

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope everyone has a great day.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - The Written Word

Me again, showing you my second project for the challenge this month - The Written Word.

I have again used a Gel Press masterboard as my background for my project.  Here is the finished design

A few weeks back I spent a couple of hours making Gel Press backgrounds so that I had some ready for when I wanted to use them.  This is how my masterboard looked before I cut it up.

To create this I used various PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints, a Carabelle Printing Plate, circle stencil and a white gel pen.  I also added touches of Gold paint using an old credit card.

Here is a closer look at some of the detail

I cut this to size and the stamped and embossed in black a quote from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Ponderings CMS252.

I love this quote!

The flower is from PaperArtsy JOFY set JOFY64.  I stamped it using Archival ink and then coloured it using Polychromo pencils.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  It was then mounted to the background image using foam pads so that it had dimension.

To finish, the panel was added to a larger card blank.

I was really happy with how this turned out.  If nothing else, I used colours that don't come naturally to me.

Do keep popping over to the Challenge blog to see the design teams contributions this month - they are all amazing!  And I hope that you are going to join in with the Challenge yourself.  I always love seeing what you create.

Thanks for joining me.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - The Written Word

Hello again.

The theme for the challenges this month is "The Written Word".  So, I got my thinking cap on and have incorporated two of my favourite things in my first project this month:
  2. Alice In Wonderland
Here is my finished project

The background is a gel plate masterboard that I created using PaperArtsy Seth Apter Chalk Acrylic Paint, PaperArtsy Seth Apter Stamp Set ESA01, and a Carabelle Printing Plate.  I love the texture that has come through on the finished print.

The quote is from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set CMS165.  I love this quote and use it a lot.  I highlighted it using a white gel pen to make it stand out on the painted background.

The main image is one of the original Carabelle stamps.  It was this stamp that led to me Carabelle.  I am always on the look out for Alice themed stamps - and I totally adore this one!  

The image was stamped and then coloured using alcohol markers,  then cut out and mounted.

I added strips of washi tape so that Alice didn't appear to be floating and drew around her with a Stabilo All pencil which I then softened with water.

So, there we have it.... my first project of the month.

Do pop over to the CVC Challenge blog and see the other amazing projects that the team have created.  And I hope that I have inspired you to join in - don't forget, for every entry there is a chance of being picked at random to win a £20 gift voucher in the Country View Crafts shop.

Thanks for joining me.  

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Birthday Celebrations For My Number 1 Man!

It's a very special birthday today.  Not only is it my Dad's birthday, but today, we are celebrating a special birthday.

As it was bank holiday yesterday my family got together to celebrate.... there was even cake!

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

I wanted to keep the card simple but make the image stand out.  The card was covered using Tim Holtz paper (sorry, I can't remember which pad, I think it is Dapper).

The vintage car was stamped using Coffee Archival ink onto Dictionary paper, showing the definition of 'Dad'.  I also cut out 'birthday' and added this above my stamped sentiment, which is from Tim Holtz's Simple Saying set.

To finish, I added a scalloped border and a seam binding ribbon.  I also couldn't resist adding Dad's age!  

So there we have it.....  I am sure Dad will like his card.  I know he loves us all being around him and so yesterday would have meant a lot to all of us.

Thank you for joining me today.

Happy crafting!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Forever Yours

Tonight I am sharing a project over at the Paper Artsy Blog

The theme for the challenge is Paper Dolls.  I don't know about you, but these have become a bit of an addiction.  They come in all formats and I just love them!  For me, it's an easy way of being able to own a variety but without spending a small fortune on old photographs.

Here is the project that I created:

Pop over to the blog to see how I created this.  I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge over at PaperArtsy.

Happy creating!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Vintage Neutrals with Eclectica Everything Art

Good evening all,

Tonight I am over on the PaperArtsy blog showing a project for the theme of the fortnight, Vintage Neutrals.  I always love to see vintage colours on projects, and people like the very talented Jennie Atkinson carry this off really well.  It's always been a colour scheme that scares me a little.  Although I don't lean towards very bright colours, subtle and neutrals are also not a combination I tend to us, mainly because I think I can never pull it off very well. 

I have to admit, I loved creating this project and was really happy with my finished project.

I wanted to use the lovely Eclectica Everything Art stamps for my project as they can be used with all colour schemes and give a different effect each time.

I lightly brayered Buff, Chalk and Sage Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint over a card blank and the stamped the script stamp from EEA04  using Shadow Grey Archival Ink.  I chose this colour as it went really well with the colour scheme and it's a beautiful subtle grey.

I then stamped the lace ribbon to the edges of the card blank using Pink Peony Archival ink.

I painted a panel using Sage Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint and set this aside to use as a mat for my main image.

For the main image, I used a technique demonstrated by Lauren Hatwell at Stamperama earlier this year.  This technique has completely changed my way of working!!

I stamped the image from EEA01  using Coffee Archival ink using the Stamping Platform.  I then pained over the image, leaving the card in the same position on the Stamping Platform.   As I was using Opaque paints I painted over the detail of the image as seen below.

Then , and this is where the genius of Lauren set in... I just re-stamped over my image again using the Stamping Platform.  Why do I never think of ideas like this?!  But it works a treat.

I then started to put my card together, layering the main image on the Sage mat I had created and then layering on top of some dried flowers which gave it a softer and more vintage look.  

To finish, I stamped the quote from EEA02 and added a bow using Seam Binding Ribbon.

I was really pleased with my finished result.  I am now wanting to make more projects using this colour scheme!

Thanks for joining me. Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see other inspiration for this fortnight's challenge.  I hope I have inspired you to join in!

Have a great evening.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Be Humourous - Part 2

Hello again,

Today I am sharing my second project for Country View Crafts Challenges.  The theme is 'be humourous'.

I teamed this with gel press experiments that I been playing with.

Here is my finished project:

Don't you just love happy accidents!!  That's exactly how this started.  I had been playing with my gel press and when I cleaned it off this was the print that appeared:

I just loved the depth and texture - for me, it just worked!

I then added some stamping, highlighting and scribbling - Kate Crane style!

Followed by a touch of gold paint.

I've recently purchased a couple of the awesome Carabelle printing plates and I kept my first experiment and decided to use it for this project.

The Dina Wakely image was stamped onto the hexagon and then the hat stamped onto scrap gel press print.

To finish I added a Tim Holtz Snarky quote to finish.

I really enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone this month!  I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge.  Don't forget, someone will be picked at random to win a voucher to spend in the shop!

Thanks for joining me.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

A Very Happy Birthday

Today is my dear friend, Wendy's birthday.  I have a very special present arranged for her in a couple of weeks and so wanted to create a special card to give to her on the day.

I wanted to show her how much her friendship means to me and so I used this wonderful Paper Bag studio image.  True friends really are like family and so this was perfect.  I added stencilling to the bottom left of the stamped image to add a filler.

The background was created using the Gel Press.  Blues are one of Wendy's favourite colour schemes and so I knew that this would be the scheme for the card.  I used my favourite PaperArtsy Fresco  Chalk Acrylic Paints and created my mono-printed background.  I also used Chalk Fresco Acrylic paint through a mini JOFY stencil.  At this stage I always go through the stage of not liking my creation, but I know that I have lots more layers to go.

Once this was dry, I added further stamping using a mini PaperArtsy script stamp and blue Archival ink and the amazing Seth Apter background stamp using black Archival ink (I must add that this has soon become a stamp that I use so often it is always on my desk!!).  I also used the Stampotique Kate Crane Marks cube to add some lines and scratches.

I then started to highlight areas in white and add some scribbling (Kate Crane told me that I would never look back once I got used to scribbling and she was right!).

To finish my background, I added gold dashes in a few areas.

To complete my card I added some dried flowers (one of my flower loving friends will be able to tell me what these are).  I also added a scribbled border and a stamped sentiment.

I hope that Wendy has a fabulous birthday and I hope that she loves her card, and then just as the birthday celebrations are over, it will be time for her weekend away with me.

Thanks for joining me.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Happy Anniversary To My Two Favourite People!

Today is my Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary.

Here is the card that I made for them

I have had the stamp for years.  I purchased it from Simply Craft in Cardiff.  It is one of my favourite images.

Here, I stamped it onto paper that I aged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

The main background paper is from 7 Gypsies that I purchased from PaperArtsy at a show last year.  I just love this paper and have spent so much time stroking it, so I decided to use it.

I wanted to make the focal image stand out and so kept it simple.

To finish, I drew a gold border and made a display of flowers, beads and heart pins.

A perfect way to show my Mum and Dad that I love them!  Here's wishing them a fabulous day.

Thanks for joining me.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Be Humourous

I am actually in disbelief that we are into May!!  This year is just whizzing by!

Here is my first project for Country View Crafts this month.

This challenge really was a challenge for me - I am not known for my 'humour' - so it really pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

I used the wonderful Crazy Cats  stamp set from Tim Holtz, teamed with a fun quote from Dyan Reaveley.  

I kept the card very simple so that the image and the quote stood out.

I hope you join in with the challenge this month - it was fun.  Pop over to the blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team.  And don't forget, if you do join in you will be in with a chance to win a gift voucher to spend in the shop.

Thanks for joining me.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Mixed Media Delight

Yesterday I was lucky enough to share a mixed media project with a wonderful group of ladies.


I shared this project last week as my submission for the April Country View Crafts project.  It is based on a few techniques demonstrated by the very talented Hels Sheridan that she shared some years ago.

Here is my finished project


I won't share how I made this, but I will tell you what goodies I used in my creation.

It is full of looked of yummy mixed media products:

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints
JOFY PaperArtsy stamps
Emma Godfrey PaperArtsy stencils

I had 8 ladies at the workshop, all of varying skill level.

Everyone was amazingly tidy and so quiet!

What I loved is that everyone created a completely individual project.  Here are the finished designs:

Didn't everyone do ace?!  I loved seeing individuality coming through.  Everyone left with a project they were really happy with.

I hope you like our projects as much as we loved making them!

Thanks for joining me......Happy crafting!