Friday, 27 November 2015

Snowy Christmas Card for Shimmerz

Hello all and thanks for dropping in at this busy time of year.
Today I have a snowy card to share on the Shimmerz Blog, with a step by step of course.
Here's a little preview.... To see more detail, all you need to do is CLICK HERE.
Hope you are managing to get some creative time, nothing more relaxing than that.....
Stay safe and warm and thanks for your visit like always!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Shabby chic Christmas

Hello all and thanks for dropping in! Today it is my turn to show a project over at the Countryview Challenge blog. I have made another Christmas card, this time more shabby chic in style.

I had actually planned to just make a tag, so this card started with a size 10 manilla tag.
I stencilled three snow flakes using the Tim Holtz snowflake layering stencil using texture paste. Once the paste had dried I coloured the tag with Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks.
I deepened the colour with some Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain Spray and inked around the edges with Ground Espresso DI then did some background stamping with a text stamp.
At this point I decided I was going to turn the tag into a card, so I took a piece of scrapbook paper, cut it somewhat larger than the tag, inked around the edges with Blueprint Sketch and then adhered my tag. I also glued two bit of lace along the side.

Next I selected some flowers, leaves and berries from my stash and gave them a coat of gesso. When the gesso had dried I used a hot glue gun to create a cluster and arranged it over the lace
I also adhered a little resin bird over the hole in my tag and added a little red berry sprig for a patch of colour.
Here is a close up of the flower cluster.

I added a little sentiment by stamping and fussy cutting a ticket from the Tim Holtz Odds and Ends set, then all I needed to do was mat and layer my card and it was done.

Well, it's only just over a month until the big day, so I am glad I can tick another card of my list.
Thanks so much for visiting today, and don't forget, there are still a few days left to enter our challenge at Countryview Crafts!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Journal page for Calico Craftparts

Hello all, thank for dropping in.
I am sharing a journal spread over on the Calico Craftparts Blog today.
A mixed media background, some crackle and of course some craft part are all in the mix. Hope you'll take the time to check it out :o)
All you need to do is CLICK HERE
Thanks for coming by and have a fab creative week!!

Friday, 13 November 2015

More Christmas experiments...

Hello all and happy weekend! Following on from my last post I have been experimenting further with backgrounds and fairly quick ways to complete Christmas cards.
Today I have 3 further cards to share, - all variations on a theme really....

I'll give you a quick run down of what I did, though I forgot to take step by step photos.
The background on this one was done in pretty much the same way I described here
I coloured with Archival inks, sprays and added some Stampendous embossing powder too for additional texture. The gorgeous ivy die cuts were a gift from my lovely friend Rita. Thank you so much lovely lady!!

Here's a close up, where hopefully you can see a but more of the background. The sentiment is an old one, I think it might have been from Waltzing Mouse stamps, the image is from last year's Papermania Victorian Christmas collection.
The background on this one was done with Crackle paste and a mix of sprays. I highlighted the raised bits with Treasure Gold white fire
The pine branches were also a gift from Rita, I also used one of the new Tim Holtz punches and added some berries with a Viva Decor pearl pen. The image is from the same Papermania Collection.
And here is the last one in this set, further variation using the same techniques.
I love how these delicate ivy branches (I think they are from Sue Wilson) can be bend in whatever way you like.

Well, that's it, - 3 more to tick off my list......
Hope you are having fun with your own Christmas projects.
Until next time and thanks for your visit today

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Christmas Card Experiment

Hello all and thanks for dropping by. I don't know about you, but I like making at least some of my own Christmas cards, so today I was playing with trying to find a basic design that would be relatively quick, fun to do and easy to send in the post, so no bulky embellishments.
So this is what I came up with:
The most fun was making the background panel, here you can see what it looked like:
I made it using a technique I discovered by chance. I shared it once before on the Shimmerz blog.
This is what you do: Cover a piece of dark coloured card with thick (rather old) heavy gesso. Press in the Tim Holtz Crackle layering stencil while the gesso is still wet. You can also paunce some scrunched up kitchen roll for more texture. Then add some sprays to creep in the cracks, and hey presto, background done....

Next I prepared the other elements.
A piece of Scrapbook paper (maja Design) cut with a snowflake die by Memory Boxed (Distressed Snowflake Collage) It has 4 dies, working a bit like the Tim Holtz mixed media dies. I put a bit of white card covered with glue and then Rockcandy Distress Glitter, for a sparkly effect, behind the snowflake opening.
Another die cut, - this one is from Crafters Companion.
A vintage Santa image, cut from another Maja Design paper, edged with Distress Embossing ink and then embossed with Stampendous EP in Antique Silver.
Various elements layered on top of each other and then couple of punched snow flakes finish it all off.

The whole thing was pretty quick to do, so expect to see more with variations on this theme.....

Hope you are having some creative time this week, - thank you for visiting today like always!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Seasonal Plaque for Shimmerz

Hello all, just a quick post from me today, showing a sneak peek for my latest Shimmerz project.
Hope you'll take the time to see the details....

To do so, just click HERE
Thanks for your visit like always and have a good week

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Playing with Portraits and some re-visits.....

Hello all and welcome. I don't know about you, but  have you seen some of the amazing portraits people are posting these days? There are several challenges out there also....
Anyway, I am not much of a challenge player, but I did decide that it was high time to try my hand at some portraits again.
Here first of all is a recent attempt:
I have been hugely impressed with the wonderful work of the talented Froebelsternchen/Susi who posts almost daily journal pages, often including super portraits. One of my all time favourites was this one.
I really admire her loose style and faces full of character.... Oh to be able to do that, mine always look stiff and bland by comparison....
Anyway, here's a quick run down of how this spread came together:
A mop up page with some additional gesso was the start.
Some background stamping and further splatters. I had no plan in mind for this spread, I was just playing really. But then I started to see the outline of a face on the left side, so that's when I made the decision to finally try my hand at a portrait again.....
So here she is, a girl's face with an attempt of wind swept hair, drawn with a 4b and Stabilo All pencil and a water brush.
The finishing touches with some autumnal elements thrown in and some lines from a favourite poem.
When I rise, let me rise joyfully like a bird
When I fall, let me fall gracefully like a leaf without regret...

Now I am not actually a newcomer to portraits, I used to do them a lot, particular when I really got into journalling way back into 2010. So today I thought it would be fun to share some of these earlier attempts. When I look at them now, they make me cringe in many ways. Endless fiddling with acrylic paints taking hours and hours (one of the reasons I probably gave up on portraits).... stiff like I said and overly stylized..... ah well, judge for yourself. All I can say is, - they are no longer me really....
Done in June 2010, an attempt at a half profile.
I called this one Ode to Motherhood, I think I created it on Mother's day, - so sentimental (always a problem of mine)
The last portrait of that period. I quite like the background on this one and the bird, which also took a long time to draw......

Anyway, there you have it, - playing with portraits, warts and all. I am going to enter the first one into Susi's challenge Art Journal Journey where the theme is Inspired by Autumn Colours.

Thanks for your visit today and indulging me into a trip down memory lane...

Monday, 2 November 2015

Homespun Christmas for Calico Craft Parts

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping in today.
Sorry, it's been a bit quiet here, but I have had other things on my mind.
Anyway to day I am sharing a couple of Christmas Cards on the Calico Blog
If you want to see more, all you need to do is click here.

Have a good week everyone and thanks for dropping in!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Texture with Indigo Blu

Hello all and thanks for dropping in, possibly even for the second time....
If you are interested my first project today can be found HERE

This project, - a card and matching tag, was created for the Mixed Media Monthly challenge blog where our theme is "texture".

 What's more,  Indigo Blu,  are our incredibly generous sponsors this month! 
And just look at what you could win if you play!!!

Well, on to my project, - here it is.

I'll give you a quick explanation and some step by step photos of how I put this together.
I took a 6 x 6 piece of card and did a gelli print using three colours from the Indigo Blu paint range, Frosty Sky, Hot Cocoa and Townhouse Teal. I also added a tiny bit of gold paint from my stash.
When the paint had dried a gave it a few sprays of Ground Espresso and did some background stamping, both with the teal paint and Ground Espresso Distress ink, using two of Indigo Blu's background stamps, Honey comb and Crackle Glaze. I also added some stencilling using one of their new stencils, Laurel Leaves and some Wendy Vecchi Gold embossing paste.

Next I took one of their Christmas stamps, the Tear Drop Bauble and used it with Flitterglu and Mega flakes on a Teal painted piece of card and a black piece of card.
After they had been stamped and gilded I fussy cut them to use as embellishments for my card.
I also added mega flakes around the edges of my card.
To add more interest to the background I also stamped the large text stamp from the Enjoy Life set, straight on the the background with Flitter Glu and then used the flakes again for that lovely shimmer.

A sentiment stamp from my stash done on black card, finished it all off.

The tag, a size #8 Manila Ranger tag, was done in a very similar way. Again, I did a gelli print and some stencilling and background stamping for the background.
I then finished it off with some more stencilling, using the same stencil and gold embossing plus another bauble and sentiment to finish it off.
Now the great news is, - if you decide to play along with our challenge, you could be in with a chance to win a fantastic selection of Indigo Blu stamps and products, so do check out all the details. There is of course also some fantastic inspiration from my teamies.
Thanks for visiting like always and have a great creative month!!

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