Thursday 28 May 2015

Darcy's May Calendar Challenge

Hello everyone, this is Mo’s Partner. She has asked me to post on her behalf as she is quite poorly at the moment.

Mo completed her May page for Darcy’s Calendar Challenge a couple of weeks ago and just needed to add one word, under her direction i stamped and added the word and took the last two images of her completed page in her mop up journal.

Darcy’s May prompts:
1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique - Make marks... scratching or stamping into texture paste/thick gesso/spackle/glue anything that will hold the shape
3. Add – an image that depicts your star sign/horoscope (drawing,painting,magazine image)

4. Blog your calendar page and link up from May 1st 2015

Mo used copier paper to print her image, cut it out, added DecoArt white gesso then dragged two different wedges through it and let it dry.

The colours are Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Abandoned coral and Mermaid Lagoon.

Plum dots are Finnabair stamp and Plum Archival ink pad.

Progression of background in Mo’s mop up journal. First she splatted some Mermaid Lagoon Distress stain then swept Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed DI pads over the page.

A layer of Abandoned Coral DI was added and the marks in black are using a credit card edge and Black Dylusions Paint. Mo has added some words into the spaces between the marks on the bottom left of the page which relate to a Gemini personality.

The circles are from Derwent Graphik pens. 

Mo wanted to use two of her favourite images to depict her star sign of Gemini. She coloured her characters of Molly from Stampotique and Hush Little Bunny Gorjuss Girl with Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir pencils.

I stamped the word Gemini and added it between the two hearts of Polydeuces and Castor the Gemini Twins. Didn't manage to get the word in a straight line but Mo tells me this is perfect so i didn't feel too bad (hmmm).

Mo’s final page for May 2015 challenge where she made marks and added an image that depicts her star sign.

Thank you for dropping by, i will be posting for Mo (taking dictation) over the next few weeks until she is able to.


Friday 15 May 2015

Reverse Canvas

Hi Everyone, a share today from last weeks workshop with the very lovely Lindsay Mason. We made a reverse canvas using DecoArt Media Paints and other media.


We were all give the same kit and with Lindsay’s guidance we glued different embossing folders onto some thick grey board, next job cut our pieces into tile shapes. When we were happy with our tile shapes we painted all of them black.

The head is made of paper clay and the ribbon is curtain lining which we stamped on. I chose a Tim Holtz butterfly stamp with Plum Archival ink to match my canvas colours.

The most tricky job was attaching the tiles and getting them to fit around the frame. I like how mine are all different heights.


Close up of the face and wings. The wings are from Tim Holtz dragonfly die.

This is as far as we got in the workshop, finished everything else at home.

The words in the two hearts read Love and Deeply.


Decided to keep the back of my canvas black. Lindsay’s had lots of lovely papers on the reverse of hers but i wanted to keep mine simple.

You can see how the triangle topper is attached onto the canvas with a cardboard hinge.

When everything was dry i tried to add ‘grout’ between the already metallic looking tiles but it all went wrong so i had to coat all of the tiles black again and added DecoArt Metallic Lustres in Green Gold, Majestic Purple, Blue and Copper Kettle.


The finished reverse canvas.

Really enjoy making this, learnt how to make some fab tiles which i can use on other projects and how versatile baking foil is (this made the top of the triangle).

Thank you for taking the time to drop by, i hope you have enjoyed your visit today.

I am entering this into the Paper Artsy challenge of WORDS.

Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Altered Art

Art It Friday–Show Your Face

Another Friday is upon us and this week i can show a face i created yesterday. I am linking to the lovely Kim Dellow’s blog where she is hosting a Face Share every Friday, the link goes live at 10.00 am. Hope you can find the time to come and play along.

Be gentle with me this week as this is the first time i have painted a face on an A4 sized page.


Added some Gesso onto a piece of A4 white card stock, sticking down little pieces of embossed card, book paper and a Frameworks die cut, chevron to add texture. In the thicker areas i ran a Catalyst Wedge through for adding texture to the surface.

I didn’t sit down and finish my page in one go, i did a little bit here and there over the day. Used Portfolio Pastels for the whole of the page. These Pastels are so wonderful to blend, i enjoy using them a lot.

I hope you can see the beginnings of a face shape on the page.


This was after i added some more colours and managed to get an area to add the facial details. So glad i took a picture at this stage!


Macro of the hair area,look at that texture!


Macro of the frameworks die.


Macro of her face.


Added DecoArt Metallic Lustres in Orange Flicker, Copper Kettle and Blue, i hope you can see them in the picture.


Completed face with faux glitter pearls for her eyelashes.

If you look closely you will see that the varnish i used on her lips and hair is gloss, everywhere else it is matt.

Struggled with adding eyes, nose and lips but i am fairly happy with the result. When OH saw the blank face he said that’s you! I wonder what he will think when he sees the finished page. Don’t think he will recognise me!

See you next week on Friday with another face.

Thanks for dropping by, looking forward to your lovely comments.


Wednesday 13 May 2015

SDC 195 Human With Animal Head

This week it is the turn of the very talented Arwen to choose the theme over at Stampotique Designers Blog, this is what she has to say:

I love to combine designs together.  This time I want to see something funny.  Combines a human body with an animal head.  I'm looking forward to your creations.




The background is from a workshop i attended last year and is made from Dylusions sprays. Wanted to add some splats and drippage which i did using Windsor and Newton Inks and a Colour Bloom spray called Precious Stone. Also added some script stamping using Brilliance Graphite black ink pad.


The pictures dried up after that, sorry! Did a bit of mixing and matching and came up with two characters.

I have used Mink and Smitten Moustache Monsters as my first mash up and Buru and a piece of fabric with a butterfly on it as my other.

Washi tape from stash grounds them both and if you look closely you can see that Ron has wings…

The text reads RONALD WEASLEY!!! Thought this would be a good adventure from Hogwarts School of Magic where Ron has tried to do a transformation spell and it has gone all wrong, poor Hermione!

Went a tad overboard on the tiny little stamps in the background, they represent the Magic in the air as Ron tries to get his spell correct.

The stencil used is from Artist Cellar and Tamara LaPorte.

Thanks for dropping by, i hope you enjoyed your visit and look forward to your lovely comments.


SDC 194 Stencils

Hi Everyone! A very quick post today as i want to enter three challenges with the same project and the deadline for one is very close.

Stampotique SDC 194 Stencils

Glitzcraft – Bespoke

Andy Skinner – Industrial

Stamps and Stencils – 3 of a kind

Three 3 x 4 inch tags

Three in a Round from Stampotique

Paper Artsy – Words

I made the background for the tags from some left over DecoArt Crackle Paste i used on another project here and three of the new Distress Ink colours, Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio.


Cut the paper up into 3 3 x 4 inch pieces and adhered to black card that had used to mop up some IZink silver.

All the glue and sealer used in this project are from DecoArt.




Macro shots of the cards.


Used my Glitzcraft stencil to add circles to the backs of my cards. I LOVE DecoArt Metallic Lustres, they can be used straight out of the container or they can be watered down. The finishes you see above are:

left – neat Copper Kettle through the stencil using my finger.

middle and right – removing the lustre from the stencil using a baby wipe you get a much more subtle effect and a shimmer which i really like.

The script stamp is an old one, used Brilliance Ink Pad Moonlight White to stamp over the stencilling.




Stamped out three of Three in a Round and three of the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds.

The Crazy Birds have been coloured with the new Distress inks Abandoned Coral and Mermaid Lagoon. Three in a Round have been coloured with the new Distress colour Cracked Pistachio.

Used copy paper for Three in a Round and Print Paper for the birds.

Had a little fun by using the circle stencil over the birds and applying Mermaid Lagoon over the top. The blended colour is a beautiful grape shade, now they are dotty crazy birds lol.

Highlighted the circles with a white Signo pen and added DecoArt Liquid Glass to the bird’s eyes. Took the pictures before the Liquid Glass had time to dry so they do look a little funny at the moment!


Here are all three together.

Had a bit of fun adding the words from three in a round who are eyeing up dinner, they read from let to right:

left – who’s a pretty boy then

middle – mmm lunch

right – is the oven on yet?

I do hope i haven’t offended anyone, just my humour…

Thank you for dropping by, looking forward to your lovely comments.