Thursday, 24 October 2013

UK Art Swaps for November

Entered into two swaps with the UK Art Swaps Group this month. One is to make 2 Halloween ATC’s and the other is 5 for 5 tag using lime with a hint of pink.

Do take into account i have shaky hands and a hint of colour is sometimes a little hard to achieve lol.


All of the backgrounds were made using Pan Pastels a couple were then layered with stencils, fine line Unipin Pens added shadow and detail to all as i outlined the words.

Starting from the left used a Dina Wakely stencil then added green Portfolio Pastel to the edge trying to introduce depth. The words are from Dyan Reaveley and the pink shape is made from felt.

Second from the left again used Pan Pastels for the background then added stamps from Chocolate Baroque’s Punky Flowers, butterfly from Darcy Wilkinson’s Electica Range, words from Dyan Reaveley.

Not too sure about the middle Tag, used Pan Pastels for the background, the cornflower stencil from TCW designed for them by Julie Fei-Fan Balzar, struggled with shadow and light! Words by Dyan Reaveley.

Fourth from the left background from Pan Pastels, used Lin Brown’s Ecelctica stamps, did a little shadow stamping and a little highlighting with a black Unipin Pen. Words from Dyan Reaveley.

Last Tag, background using Pan Pastels, used a stamp from a company haven’t seen before called Deep Red, wonderful quote from Picasso.


For the second swap i made 2 Halloween themed ATC’s.


Stamps on the left Tag are very old and don’t know which manufacturer they are from.  This is only the second time i have used any of the images but i do love the cloaked monster. 

Tag on the right used a large Chocolate Baroque stamp, great image. Used Fresco Paints to colour them both in on top of Pan Pastel backgrounds.

Hope you like both swaps, looking forward to your commentsSmile

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Twitter ATC Swap

Joining in with a Twitter swap with the lovely Sarah Dunkley and some of her friends. The theme is Nature and we have been asked to make three ATC’s.


Started off by making all the backgrounds from Pan Pastel colours Purple,Yellow and Orange. Wanted to see what would happen if i applied the Pastels to the card stock on a piece of kitchen roll so as to catch the excess grains. you can see from the above image that there was some overspill.

Wanted to see if i dragged the cards through the Pastels on the kitchen roll, a bit like picking up distress inks or Paints, what would happen. The excess grains stuck onto the backgrounds and added another shade, didn’t have to blend they were already smudged and mixed with the background colour. Then added a layer of Light Gold Metallic Pan Patel to add a little glimmer then sprayed with fixative before stamping.


A close up of this card shows both the imprint of the kitchen roll, the picked up colour and the delicate glimmer of the Metallic Pan Pastel.


On the ATC titled ‘Balance’ i used Portfolio Pastels and Fresco Paints to colour in the Jo Firth Young mini 20 and 21 stamps. Hand wrote the word Balance, trying to achieve the dark and light of Nature.

‘I’m Perfect’ sentiment is from Dyan Reavely stamp set called the ‘Right Words’, haven’t used the whole sentiment. Used Jo Firth Young stamps from plate 12 for all images. This ATC is not perfect, have done this on purpose because imho everything is perfect as it grows and evolves. Used Fresco Paints from Paper Artsy to colour and used Seedless Preserve to edge and bring depth.

‘Just The Way I Am’ is the other half of the sentiment i used on the above ATC and how we would all like to be. Paper Artsy flower and border are from HP 1009. Used Fresco paints to colour in and the Bronze Pan Pastel metallic to add shimmer to the leaves.

Really enjoyed making these ATC’s and am looking forward to receiving my swap in the near future.

Thanks for dropping bySmile

Paper Artsy Challenge

Needed to make a card to send with some ATC’s so chose to try and recreate this one from Joanne Wardle on the Paper Artsy Blog. Am going to enter their challenge this week!

Chose a die from the Marianne range which is a few years old now but one of my most used dies. Even after years of owning a Big shot, then a Big Kick i still don’t remember to emboss the edges of anything so you will see my shape doesn’t have an embossed edge, I like not having that embossed edge.

Paper Artsy Joanne Challenge

The sentiment is from Paper Artsy HP 1004 stamp plate. Used Fresco Paints Eggplant, Smoked Paprika and Pumpkin Soup in same quantities as Joanne showed. Had to add some Treasure Gold Limited Edition 1 and Royal Amethyst.

Loving the new set of stamps from the Artistic Stamper called Swirls, Splats and Dots used this to go over the aperture using the same combination of colours as above.

Hope you like the card, thanks for dropping by Smile

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Port Sunlight September 2013 show

The Port Sunlight show was really great this time with some of my favourite retailers being there, Paper Artsy, Snazzys, Anna Marie Designs, Stamp attack and the lovely Jennie Boxall from the Artistic Stamper was demonstrating. Here is the tag Jennie gave me at the end of the show. She used Distress Stains and the stamps and stencils are available on her website.


I asked Jennie to bring this mirror that she had altered along to the show as i was bowled over by the vibrant blues and golds, needed to see in real life. 

jennie mirror crop

It is beautiful and so very tactile, thank you Jennie:-) (Picture of Jennie below).

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Bought one of Jennie’s stencils and a stamp set.



Of course i had to visit Paper Artsy!!! Here are a few images of Mark and Leandra and their stand.

PaperArtsy HSNW Sept 2013

PaperArtsy HSNW 02 Sept 2013

Bought some Fresco paints, Smoothy Card, A large Journal and some Crunchy Paper.

PaperArtsy HSNW 01 Sept 2013

The Versacraft Ink Pads i bought from Card-io who have a new shop in Wigan, everything else from the Paper Artsy stand.

Inks and Bits HSNW Sept 2013

Got the last two metallic Pan Pastels Silver and Light Gold so now i have all of the metallics so far. The circuit Board stencil was from Stamp Attack designed by Carol Clements, the wooden items and the Mixed Media shapes are from the PA stand.

Lovely things HSNW Sept 2013 01

Here they are the Lin Brown #Tagsonstour! Lin Brown better know as Yours Artfully makes some unique tags with her rubber stamp designs, here are a few i saw in real life and they are all amazing, Thank You Lin for letting them out of your sight and thank you to Paper Artsy for remembering to bring them.

Next sighting will be the Doncaster Dome Show in October.

Tagsontour HSNW Sept 2013 01

Tagsontour HSNW Sept 2013 02

Adore this larger project below, the blues and greens are so gorgeous, wanted to bring this one home with me lol.


Using a mixture of Lin’s stamps and those by Jo Firth Young.


These two projects are larger than tags, love this size of greyboard.


More stash!


MDF Items 01 HSNW Sept 2013

Stamps 01 HSNW Sept 2013



Stencils HSNW Sept 2013 01

This is the last of the stash but i thought i would show you a couple of images of Hulme Hall where the show is held.  It is a very old hall with a lovely ceiling, very airy and bright.

Hulme Hall HSNW Sept 2013

I wasn’t able to get permission from all the people in the images so if anyone would like their picture removed please let me know and i will remove as soon as possible.

Here are a couple of pictures of Leandra creating her final project of the day, it isn’t finished but it was time to go as was exhausted from the day.



Think you can tell i had a lovely day, caught up with a few people i hadn’t seen in a few years and left broke but happy.  OH gave me my Xmas present money to spend early which helped me out a lot!

Hope you enjoy the stash share, looking forward to your comments Smile