Sunday, 19 May 2019

Rainbow Bird

This weekend's offering is the beautiful kingfisher designed by Maria Kitano for Crafty Individuals.

I tried this stamp out using a couple of techniques, first on watercolour card and the second, which I will show here, is stamped on cream card and painted with distress ink. The background is also a Crafty Individuals stamp where I used distress ink (cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon) and spritzed with a little water. I like the watercolour effect fading away in the background.


Stamps used : Crafty Individuals CI-430 and CI-510

"Rainbow bird - that sets the stream alight with burn and glitter!" - Robert Macfarlane


Sunday, 12 May 2019

Moon Pods

I had some playtime today with Lavinia stamps and distress oxides. Here are the results using my new Moon Pods stamp.


Frayed burlap, antique linen and faded jeans distress oxide inks with some frayed burlap distress ink on the edges. The fairy barnacle is stamped with VersaFine Clair (Twilight), my first time using Versafine Clair. It is good for detail stamps and is very juicy, maybe because it is new. The moon pods and sprite are stamped using VersaFine black ink and the picture is finished off with a sprinkling of fairy dust (frosted lace stickles).

... and here is a small panel showing off the lovely detail on the moon pods.


For the background on this one I used faded jeans, antique linen and aged mahogony distress oxides on watercolour card stock. 

I hope you like them.
Back soon, off to wash my inky fingers.



Sunday, 5 May 2019

PaperArtsy Topic 2019 #6 FISH

There is something fishy going on, this is my first post of 2019 and it is May already. I've not been idle but have a lot of catching up to do.



Fossil fish stamp from PaperArtsy.
The background is a mix of Fresco paints with some Golden Sands infusions on top to try to make it look like sandstone.

I'll try not to leave it so long before I post the next project and will visit blogs very soon.
Have a great weekend x


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 :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6UI-lKvOl4

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.