Sunday, 17 September 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : September

Time for my entry for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge. The September verse is;

Warm September brings the fruit
Sportsmen then begin to shoot

Fruit stamps seem to be in short supply at my house but I have some pears so I thought I would use those for the background with a little country scene as the focal image. I have a Dreamweaver stencil of a pear. A bit of masking, inking and stamping with distress ink and I got my focal image. I masked it out with masking tissue and then stamped the pears and leaves on the background using archival ink and coloured the pears with a distress marker.


Silhouette stamps used were by Hobbyart CS083D Farmhouse Scene-it.
The pears in the background - unknown.
Stencil - Dreamweaver 
Archival inks : Leaf green and potting soil
Distress inks : Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concorde

Happy Weekend everybody x

Monday, 28 August 2017

Blues and Greens Challenge

I had the time and felt like doing a challenge so decided to make an entry for the August Country View Challenge. The theme is Blues and Greens, a great colour combination. I was going to make a tag but changed my mind and made a small canvas. Here it is, photo taken outdoors in the sun so the colours look a little paler than in reality:


For the background I used an old book page and some torn music paper and painted it with Granny Smith and Teresa Green Fresco paints.


I added some circles stamped in chalk paint with a bottle top.


This is watercolour card stock with PaperArtsy infusions : In the Navy and the middle panel was an experiment with a few greens, The Sage, Emerald Isle and Slime I think. I didn't use that one. I die cut some Tim Holtz wildflowers from the larger panel and used the TH butterfly punch.

At this stage I thought the canvas needed a bit of stamping so I added some text with leaf green archival ink and the bubbles in cornflower blue. Sticking to the blues and greens for the stamping I was happy with the background. I added the die cut flowers and butterflies plus a TH quote chip colour tinted with the infusions.

Here is a close up so you can see the book text still shows through the paint although they were opaques, I watered them down a little.


Ingredients used for this canvas:

PaperArtsy Infusions : In the Navy
Ranger Archival ink : Fern Green and Cornflower Blue
Tim Holz Wildflower dies
PaperArtsy Fresco paints : Teresa Green, Granny Smith and Chalk.
Stamps : PaperArtsy Mini MN61 and Indigo Blu Bubbles background.
Tim Holz butterfly punch.

This is my entry for August on the  Country View Crafts' Challenge Blog.

Thank you for visiting today. 





Sunday, 27 August 2017

Woodland Postcards

Here is one of my August bank holiday weekend playtime makes using my Scrapcosy woodland stamps.


I had a bit of a tidy up in the craft room recently and found some old cardstock with an interesting background. It acts as a resist if you add ink. I used Adirondack dye ink applied with a duster brush (raisin and caramel). I stamped the images with coffee archival ink and painted them with watered down distress ink (rusty hinge, gathered twigs and wild honey).
I added some wooden alphabet letters and a gem to finish them off and mounted them on dark red card stock.

I think you can see the resist background showing through on the mushrooms in the photo, in real life it shows all over the card which adds a nice subtle texture detail.

Stamps : PaperArtsy Eclectica ESC05 by Scrapcosy.
Ink : TH Distress Ink, Ranger Adirondack dye ink and Ranger Archival ink.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : August

This is my August page for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge.
The verse this month is :

August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.

I've been thinking about this one for two weeks, we have to include a tractor. All that kept spinning around in my head with this one was corn dollies. Should I draw a tractor with a corn dolly driving it, maybe a corn dolly with a tractor as an embellishment or a row of corn dollies and tractors in a field. There are so many ways to interpret that verse and I have no tractor stamps and no corn stamps so time to improvise.


The corn dolly and vintage tractor images were printed from the internet and colour tinted with inktense pencils. The background is a print of a photograph I took last week in the vegetable garden at Chartwell. A different kind of page this time, no stamping at all.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Autumn Tag

A busy weekend with house jobs but I still found the time to have a play. I have a couple of the new Distress Oxides: antique linen, frayed burlap and wild honey so I used then to make an Autumn tag.
Of course I got carried away and threw in some infusions as well.


Stamps: PaperArtsy Eclectica by Scrapcosy ESC05
Paperartsy Infusions : Rusty Car, Olive Tree and Orange County
Distress Oxides : antique linen, frayed burlap and wild honey

The images in the background and the mushroom are stamped with coffee archival ink. The branch is stamped with frayed burlap oxide and painted with antique linen. The mushroom was stamped on kraft card and painted with infusions and matte glaze, I quite like the effect on kraft card.

Hope your weekends were good ones.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dreamer Canvas

When the May 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine arrived on my doormat and I saw the stunning project in the article by Jenny Marples, I knew I wanted to give that a try. I often see projects I want to try and time goes by but with this one, it was still in my head three months later.

I've pretty much followed the instructions in the article but used PaperArtsy Fresco paints, changed the colours of some of the buildings and changed the words to make it my own.
Here is my finished canvas;


The paints I used for the background were Squid Ink (one of my favourites, love the name and the deep purple tone), Elephant, Slate and Sage.
This is the background before I started:


The next layer was stamped using white gesso and the Tim Holtz Halftone background stamp CMS260. Then I used my PaperArtsy mini MN18 for the letters and numbers in black and coffee archival ink. I didn't get photos at each stage although I intended to. I totally got lost in the project and three hours went by in a flash, I forgot to eat, it was great.

I spent ages die cutting the Tim Holtz suburbia buildings and adding the details, some of the parts are so tiny but it is worth the effort.  The photo below was taken outdoors so the background looks a bit more blue than it actually is.
Here's a close up :



I am really pleased with this one so huge thanks to the very talented Jenny Marples for the idea.

Enjoy your Sundays and see you again soon. x 


Monday, 31 July 2017

Message in a bottle

I was having a play with some Studiolight papers and dies at the weekend and made a couple of collage cards. These are the results of my playtime;



All products used are by Studiolight from the Summer Feelings range.
6x6 Paper pad.
Dies Summer Feelings SF47
Decoupage labels sheet EASYSF576
Embellishments - pearls from stash

I liked the colours and the beach themes, fun to work with. The die cut starfish and feather were cut from kraft card and colour tinted with distress ink.

There are lots of birthdays in August so two more cards done.

Thanks for visiting today.