Thursday, 4 January 2018

Vintage Rose ATCs

ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) is the topic for the PaperArtsy blog challenge for January. Go check out the inspirational examples posted there.

I love making these miniatures as they are a great way to try out techniques and new stamp sets. I was given the PaperArtsy Vintage Rose set of stamps by Scrapcosy for my birthday in December so I chose to use them for my ATC entry.

I made a set of three. The backgrounds are painted with Fresco paints, the beautiful images stamped with black versafine ink and then I painted them with infusions mixed with metallic glaze. The smaller butterfly was painted, cut out and mounted on foam pads to add a little dimension to the middle ATC.

Stamp set : PaperArtsy ESC04 by Scrapcosy
Fresco Paints : Chalk, Mud Splat, Key Lime and Gold.
Infusions : Rusty Hinge, The Sage, Golden Sands
Metallic Glaze

A great topic for the challenge which has renewed my interest in ATCs.
I hope you like them.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy New Year

A rainy New Year's Day was a great opportunity to play with some of my new toys that I received for Christmas. Here are two simple birthday cards made positive and negative using the stars die by Pete Hughes from Sizzix :

Wishing you all a very Happy arty, crafty 2018 x

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : December

Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.

This is the last verse for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge, the very last one, the project is done.
Here is my last page for the mini book that I will put together and finish off when I return home after Christmas.

Stamps used:
Tim Holtz Collection : Watercolor Trees CMS317
Card-io Majestix : Elegant baubles

I have really enjoyed doing this project in 2017, sometimes it was tough meeting the deadlines, struggling with ideas and limited by the small pages but it was fun.
Thank you to everybody who has commented on my work this year, it was so kind of you all.

Merry Christmas everyone x

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : November

A bit of a last minute rush for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge this month, where did that month go! I knew exactly what I wanted to do earlier in November but the days just got gobbled up.

November's verse;
Dull November brings the blast
Then the leaves go whirling past

Here is my entry;

I hadn't used Brushos on any of my pages for this project yet so this one is a Brusho and silhouette design, just to mix it up and use a different technique. I used Moss Green Brusho, possibly my favourite colour in that range and I think it really works for Autumnal scenes. I love the browns and purples that are mixed in with the greens.

The tree and leaves are from Lavina Stamps.

Only one month to go for this project now and the book will be complete.

Have a great weekend everybody. x

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


A quick make for Halloween.

Sizzix Scarecrow Die and Skull Damask texture fades embossing folder by Tim Holtz.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Stamping with Water

I am still playing with Distress Oxides, I don't think I will ever tire of experimenting with them.
Here are some experiments using water with stamps and stencils.

Background : Distress Oxides applied with a foam applicator - wild honey, spiced marmalade and frayed burlap. Starting in the middle of the card panel with the lightest colour and blending out to the frayed burlap at the edges. Then with a background stamp, I used a Tim Holtz floral background stamp, spritz the stamp with water and stamp it on the card. The water reacts with the oxide ink and removes some of the colour.
I like this one, it looks like vintage wallpaper.

The same idea with this one but this time I used a stencil (Tim Holtz : Shattered). Spritz the stencil with water and stamp with it, hold it in place for about a minute with a piece of kitchen roll on top of it to soak up any water that seeps out. 
This one looks like a spiders web. 

I used the background to make an Autumn panel. 
Stamps used : PaperArtsy ESC05 by Scrapcosy and PaperArtsy ELB29 by Lin Brown.

Stamping with water is easy and lots of fun. Don't use too much water, just enough to make the stamp or stencil wet but not dripping. 

Bye x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : October

Here we go, my October entry for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge.

The verse for October is :

Fresh October brings the pheasant
Then to gather nuts is pleasant

I thought pheasants ought to feature in this one and I wanted to use my Scrapcosy acorn branch stamp for the "nut" element. Here is the mini page I came up with for October;

The background card is from my stash, coloured with distress oxides (wild honey, spiced marmalade and vintage photo). There is a bit of water spritzing there, just a little.
I stamped the branch in potting soil archval ink and coloured it with inktense pencils, they work on top of distress oxides which is new thing I tried today. Acorns are shiny so there is some glossy accents on that acorn, it doesn't show that well in the photo but it is there.
I printed off a couple of pheasants from the internet, cut them out and added them. They were tiny so the cutting was a challenge! 

Autumn is so inspiring for arty crafty projects. 
I'm off to see what others have done for the challenge now. 
Catch you later and thanks for visiting.