Saturday, 15 December 2018

Clean and Simple Christmas

A clean and simple Christmas card for you today using Darcy's stag from PaperArtsy (EDY16).

This is a 5" by 5" card, the background kraft card is embossed with snowflakes and Christmas words from one of Tim Holtz 2017 stamp sets are around the border. It wasn't that quick to make as I had to fussy cut the stag after I had coloured him with Copics but there is no inky, painty business going on so nothing to clean up afterwards.

This will probably be my last post before Christmas so wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the festive season.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Festive Overlays

More Christmas cards have been made in super quick time thanks to Tim Holtz 2018 Holiday Hacks YouTube video inspiration. Here is the video if you have not seen it :

My cards, all stamped with Distress ink (not oxides);

I've also used the same stamps for some other designs which are my own, here is one example;

The small holly branch makes a nice background but the interesting thing with this one was the blue that comes out in the stamping when you use frayed burlap distress oxide. I think my stamp was slightly damp when I stamped with it as it had been cleaned previously with a baby wipe.

This is a great set, probably my favourite of the 2018 TH Christmas release.

The Country View Challenge theme for December is Christmas so I would like to enter my stag Christmas card in that challenge.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Stencil Trees

I am sharing a quick post today of two little Christmas cards I have made using the Tim Holtz shifter tree layering stencil.

Tim Holtz Stencil THS113
The sentiment is from Festive Overlay CMS357 by Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection.
The trees on the right are using Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough Distress Oxides and on the left, Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio.

I have made quite a lot of Christmas cards this year, if I get the time I will post some more.
Bye for now.

Friday, 9 November 2018

2018 Topic 19 : Tissue Paper

For the PaperArtsy challenge this time, the topic is tissue paper. Lots of options with this topic and I have chosen to use bleeding art tissue. Here is the challenge link with the inspiration:  PaperArtsy Topic 19 : Tissue Paper

My completed entry is a card but when I started playing I wasn't entirely sure where I was going with this.
Here is the card using the bleeding art tissue technique for the background and stamped tissue paper flowers.

I used my new stamps that I got with my win for topic 17 the other week: JOFY 62.

I started by die cutting lots of hexagons from tissue paper, arranged them on the watercolour card and painted them with water.

See how the colours bleed into one another, isn't it lovely.  At this point I had to walk away and not be tempted to peep. I think I left it for about 20 minutes. Then I peeled off the tissue when it was dry. This is the result :

The colours have bled into one another but still we see the hexagon shapes. This is a good technique for backgrounds.

I stamped the JOFY flowers onto some book pages and cut them out and also stamped the flowers on white tissue. They were applied to the card with Mod Podge. I finished it off with a bit of doodling with a gold pen and mounted it on the card.

I hope you like this one.

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post, I really appreciate those comments.
Bye for now.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

2018 Topic 17 : Colour - A Box of Eggs

The latest PaperArtsy challenge is a colour challenge which is always fun. Here is the link:
2018 Topic 17 : Colour - A Box of Eggs

There are many colours of eggs so I picked a few pastel colours from my Fresco paint stash and made a postcard. During the week I was stuck in traffic going home one night after work so that was a good opportunity to think up some ideas as I was going nowhere fast that night. I had several ideas and if I get time I will do them, strangely, this postcard was not one of them. This little project was just to get in the mood.
The photo looks darker than the postcard actually is as it is a grey rainy day today, perfect for doing craft projects though.

Stamps used;
PaperArtsy ESC01 and ESC04 by Scrapcosy
Fresco Paints;
Ice Blue, Sage, Seaglass, Vintage Lace, Concrete
Watering Can archival ink and Limestone dye ink (Altenew)

Monday, 10 September 2018

One Cup at a Time

PaperArtsy Challenge Topic 15 : Artist Trading Coins

I like this challenge because I like artist trading coins and you can pretty much do anything that takes your fancy as long as the coins are 2.5 inches in diameter. Click on the linked title to go to the PaperArtsy blog and see the great selection of inspiration posted there.

Here are my tea themed artist trading coins using the lovely Scrapcosy tea stamps from ESC16.

Materials used:
Fresco Paints : Peach Nectar (the new Courtney Franich paint), Concrete, Vintage Lace (not the new Courtney paint, it is a very old one, one of my first purchases. I wonder if it is exactly the same as the new one).
Stamps : PaperArtsy Eclectica ESC16 by Scrapcosy
Watering Can archival ink

Have a good week everybody x


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Time for Tea

I have new toys to play with and it rains at last outside so I have an excuse to play all day.
I made a tag just to get into the mood although I have already way to many ideas for using my new Scrapcosy stamps from PaperArtsy. The trouble with too many ideas is that I mess around and don't actually produce anything for ages. I want to make a mini book, some cards, ATCs, a canvas and more but there are just not enough spare hours so I will exercise some control ... for now.

The first thing I wanted to do is enter the PaperArtsy Challenge #13 : Colour - Mint, Sage, Claret and Gold. That is a colour combination that works really well for vintage designs.
Here is my tea themed tag :

I used images from the new release stamp set ESC16 by Scrapcosy, the new Seaglass Fresco paint for the background and infusions to colour the images mixed with matte glaze. The lace and word cloud are stamped and embossed with WOW metallic brass sparkle and the spoon has metallic glaze on it to make it shiny.
The cup was stamped on smooth stamping card which had a pale blue wash of stormy sky oxide so it is not a stark white. All the images were fussy cut and the cup mounted with some foam pads to give it dimension.

So the tag ended up as a clean vintage design rather than the more grungy vintage that I originally had in mind but I am quite pleased with it. Seriously, those stamps are so good I reckon you can do anything in any style with them and get a good result.

A close up of the word cloud and don't you think that postage stamp is cute.

OK, that's me done for today. I'm off to make some tea. x