Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Zodiac Challenge-Aquarius

The amazing Deborah Wainwright aka Lylac Sparkles has brought a new Monthly Challenge to the web. Here is what Deborah has to say:

It is a Mixed Media challenge that focuses on the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Each month I will bring you new inspiration to help your creativity flow.

Deborah has very kindly asked me to be a Guest Designer this month to help get the challenge started so without further ado here is my project.


Used an online programme which you can add any words and a picture to and it will give you something like the above image. Printed this out, you can see how i used it later in the post.

I do hope you can see who this is, any guesses? It is of course Abraham Lincoln who was born on February 12 1809, an Aquarian and a great American President.

I have read a few articles to research this great American President and have found that he thought outside the box, had oodles of compassion, he was a visionary, literally and extremely intuitive, eccentric, a revolutionary for the greater good.


Aquarians are Air signs, their colours are typically shades of blue particularly turquoise or sky blue but they are often associated with water colours as their symbol is the water bearer.

Took a piece of water colour paper, sprayed it with water and added shavings from Inktense Blocks in blues and greens which i moved around with my fingers. Made the marks with the bottom of a paint brush.


While the paper was still very wet i placed a size 10 Tag over the top and used a brayer to apply pressure which transferred the colour and the pattern onto the card stock.


Added a layer of Snowflake Fresco paint using a brayer over the top of both the tag and the background to soften it slightly.


Really enjoyed this next bit because it helps to use up my peel off stash and means i can enter this into the Paper Artsy Metal Challenge 2.

Coloured the peel offs with Kaiserfusion alcohol pens placed a few on the left side to represent bubbles.


Macro shot of the bubble colours.


Found some fern style peel offs, again coloured them with the alcohol pens and added to the Tag, coloured the little areas in with Sakura Glaze Pens.


This macro shows you how i coloured all the peel off rings with a mix of Rainbow Glazes. When dry i went around all the bubbles with a white then a black pen adding shading and highlighting where needed.


Here is the completed Tag, i cut out the image of Mr Lincoln layered him onto silver mirror card then added some more peel offs to his eyes which just happened to be the correct shape for the Aquarius symbol, oh yes and i coloured them black with alcohol pens.

Also used The Journey stamp from Stampotique to add some beautiful text to the background, i then stamped this onto a black piece of paper and cut out the sentiment we are spiritual beings which i layered onto a piece of coloured card stock and then a piece from an on the edge die from Sizzix.

I really hope you have enjoyed your visit today, i have enjoyed creating this for you and hope it offers some inspiration towards your own project, now if i was you i would head over to Deborah’s Blog to enter and get yourself some wonderful DecoArt goodies!

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, 23 January 2015

Stencils and Treasure Gold

Watched this fantastic video today from Leandra at Paper Artsy on You Tube about their new Challenge Shiny Things. Leandra has shown so many wonderful techniques using different products i decided to make something CAS.

I made a very quick card using a Lin Brown Stencil, a die cut from my Pazzle Inspiration, Treasure Gold, white Signo Pen, Fired Brick and Iced Spruce Distress Ink Pads.


Used Ruby, Renaissance and Aquamarine TG through the stencil on the front and the Fired Brick and Iced Spruce DI pads on the reverse of the card and the envelope. Added a shadow using the Signo white pen around the poppy heads and outlined the word with a black pen.

I am entering this into the Paper Artsy Challenge 2 Shiny Stuff.

Hope you enjoyed your visit today, looking forward to reading your lovely comments.


APC’s Week 19 Steampunk

Claudine’s APC Challenge is passing by very quickly, we are already on week 19 only 7 more to go! Still time to join in so come on over and have some fun!

Claudine says:

I wanted to go with a Steampunk/Time theme this week. If you know me, you now I really love Steampunk, although I love it, I don't do it enough. So this week is all about Steampunk!

Recently i purchased some Shimmer Sheetz, never seen them before so had to visit You Tube for some inspiration and i found one idea that i liked very much.

The Shimmer Sheetz are quite easy to cut, they are made from Mylar and take embossing very well.



I cut one of the copper coloured Sheetz to the size of the playing cards and then ran it through a Cuttlebug Gears folder. Got a piece of 280 sandpaper and rubbed off some of the colour.



The technique that i liked from You Tube was taking some Blending Fluid and rubbing it onto areas you wish to remove the colour from. If you zoom into the images you will see those areas a little more clearly.

Took a tiny blob of Quinacridone Gold and Metallic Gold DecoArt Media Paints and finger painted some areas to highlight them.

Machine stitched around the cards to add another highlight to them.



Added the moth from Paper Artsy, their stamp and die cut using Grungeboard and added a word from Tall Collage stamp from Stampotique.

Sewed the moth and sentiment onto the APC.



Vellum is making a comeback and i found some very old embellishments, cut one of them out and mounted it onto a book page heart shape, then sewed into place.

Have really enjoyed working with the Shimmer Sheetz, i hope you like how shiny and versatile they are.

Am also entering this into the Paper Artsy Challenge 2 Shiny Stuff.


Would like to welcome my new Followers Elly and Wanda, thank you ladies! I will be doing a draw very soon to celebrate having over 100 Followers, so keep a look out for the post as i will be giving away a little something to one of you.

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


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Speed Craft Challenge #11

Hi Everyone and welcome, today it is the lovely Deborah Wainwright’s turn to choose our Challenge over at the Speed Craft Challenge Blog.

Debs has chosen

Glitter and Sparkle

as her theme. I do hope you can find the time to pop over and join in. 


My stash includes a stencil from the lovely people at Glitzcraft who are sponsoring our Challenges for 2015. This one was designed by myself and made for me by Glitzcraft, did you know they have this service available, if you have a need for something of your own design do get in touch with them.


The base is made from the leftovers from my fragile paper challenge which i have adhered over a piece of white cardstock that has had Red, Orange and Magenta Pan Pastels blended and then covered with a layer of Imagination Crafts Sparkle Gel.

I had to heat the Sparkle Gel to get it to dry in the time available, fortunately i only used a very thin layer, took about 5 minutes to dry.


I had to work very fast to get this completed so i kept the stencilling to a minimum by using a white Signo and a black Uni Pin pen to draw around the shapes, then heat set.

If you zoom into the picture you can see more clearly the areas i stencilled. It was fun to add the circles to the glitter flowers.

I had a few of the envelope seals left from Xmas which are self adhesive, used three of them to add that sparkle to the centre of the flowers.

The words are from Stampotique called Tall Word Collage, i added them onto some of the glitter paper i had over and then mounted on top of the flower centres.


Added a doodled border and finished in under the 15 minutes.


However a day later i realised that the plaque needed a little more so added a stamped border of dots and used a black large tip Sharpie pen to go around the edges.

I am now happy with the completed plaque.

I hope your visit has shown you just what can be achieved in the 15 minutes, please come and join us and let us see what wonderful creations you can make in the time too.

Remember to add the time it took you to create your project within the body of your post. 

It takes time for the Design Team to visit the entries and add comments and even more time when we have to ask for the time to be entered in your post and then revisit to comment again, i hope you can understand why we are asking for your help.

Please visit my other Teamies to see what wonderful inspiration they have also provided.





Looking forward to seeing your creations over on the Challenge site and reading the wonderful comments you leave me here.

Thanks for dropping by.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Playing With peel Off Waste

I know that peel offs are not really trendy at the moment but i still find them useful sometimes. I happen to have far too many and need to use them up before they start to loose their sticky.

My project is an experiment using some DecoArt products, Distress Ink pads,Pan Pastels, Treasure Gold, peel off waste, Stampotique, Dyan Reaveley, Christy Tomlinson She Script stamps and lots of little pieces of card that you don’t want to throw away but are not sure how to use. Am sure there are more products i used but will mention them along the way.


Started by adding two different flower peel off wastes to an A4 sheet of white card stock.



Then i decided to add a little texture paste and add embossing powder over the top, a technique that a lovely lady called Pamellia uses a lot. It worked well and will try this again, thanks Pamellia for the inspiration to try this.


Added a few layer of Pan Pastels and sealed them before adding ay other embellishments.


I forgot to take pictures along the way, there are many layers, stencils, colouring with KaiserFusion alcohol pens, die cuts one using corrugated board and completed with a Sharpie pen border and a little Treasure Gold added to the edges and the glittered pieces.

I will try to use up a lot of my peel off waste like this as they work as a base layer.

Hope you feel like using up your peel off waste too, let me know how you use yours up, it will be interesting to know and i might learn a new technique or two!

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, 16 January 2015

Birthday Card

Hi Everyone just a quick post today to share a birthday card i made for a male relative who works with and loves all types of cars.


Two different people have inspired this background, Paper Artsy for their brayering technique and Val from So Simply Snazzy Blog for her stamp collaging idea.

I have some thick card A4 sheets that i had sprayed with watered down Cosmic Shimmer sprays which need using up so i used Quinacridone Gold and Turquoise Hue from DecoArt to add the colours over the top followed by a layer of Snowflake Fresco paint so i could add the stamping.

Used an old set of Tim Holtz Visual Artistry stamps to create the background using Sepia Versafine Ink.


Cut a piece from the master board, added it onto another layer of kraft card, went over the edges with black Distress Ink.

Adhered this to a 4 x 4 inch card and added the sentiment from a freebie set of stamps. Added a line around Umbrella Man, added a Stabilo All black pencil line to the outside and then added a little water to add a little smudging.

Stamped the back of the card with the car, the envelope with Umbrella Man and added an insert also stamped with Umbrella Man.

I am entering my card into the following Challenges:

Craft Stamper: Take A Stamp

That’s Crafty Challenge: Tick Tock

Hope you enjoyed your visit, looking forward to reading your comments.

Thanks for dropping by.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

SDC 178–Bright Colours

Wednesday is a smiley day, the day when a new Challenge comes from the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. This week it is Kaz Boughton who has set the challenge and she says:
I'd like to see some bright colours to cheer us up in the dim days of January.

Claudine Criner’s APC Challenge Week 18 is about Flowers. I love playing with DecoArt paints too so i enjoyed taking part this week.


These are the paints i chose to work with, one APC has the 3 colours on the left and the other has the three colours on the right.



The top set of stamps are from Inkadinkado and are called Fluid Motion, the single flower stamp is a freebie from Craft Stamper Magazine.

Put a tiny blob of Primary cyan, Raw Sienna and Metallic Silver onto a mat and sprayed a little water onto them. Placed the APC face down into the colours and then moved it around a little, left on one side to dry but got impatient and used a heat gun hence the bubbles in the silver.


I am so in love with the way these paints have mixed together, will be using this combination again!


Repeated the technique again using Quinacridone Gold, Primary Magenta and Teal Hue, added a little Primary Cyan and Interference Gold after the card had dried as it needed a little more pop.


The final colours before the stamping.


Stamped the huge flower from the Inkadinkado set using Archival Black Ink, didn’t add colour as i wanted a more ethereal look, the sentiment is from Paper Artsy.


The flower was coloured using Derwent Graphik Line Painter pens. Lost the black lines so went over with a white pen from the same set. Doodled the stem and added the doodled circles on the left. The sentiment is from Paper Artsy.

On a different note i am one Follower away from 100 which is quite exciting, i will give something small away to celebrate this huge milestone by taking all the names, cutting them up and asking my lovely OH to choose a winner.

Thank you to everyone who visits, your comments are very much appreciated and lets me know someone has dropped by.


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Fragile Papers at Paper Artsy - Glassine Paper

So many people are loving the first Challenge of 2015 over at the Paper Artsy Blog which is fragile papers.
Some of my storage decided to fall apart yesterday so i had to sort all the items that were stored there and i came upon some Glassine paper that i purchased from Wendy Cotterill in 2013, i am hoping this counts as a fragile paper and also as something new to me as i have never used this product before.
Coloured the Glassine with DecoArt Media Paints Quinacridone Gold,Quinacridone Red, Primary Magenta and Teal Hue, followed by a layer of Fresco Snowflake to know it back a little.
Die cut the Glassine using the Tattered Florals die by Sizzix and set to one side.
Val over at the Simply Snazzy Blog is showcasing Frugal Crafting through January, i do hope you go and pay her a visit there are some very cool techniques she is showing.
On day 10 Val showed collage stamping, something a technique i haven’t tried before, this is where i got the inspiration for this sheet of paper. Used Dylusions, Paper Artsy and Tim Holtz Visual Artistry stamps to stamp over the DecoArt Media background i made from using up the excess paint from the Glassine sheet.
This sheet of paper was used for more layers in the flower i was about to make.
Macro shots of the completed flowers so you can see the texture from the crumpled Glassine petals and the shaped collaged petals.
Once the paper had been crushed added some Pan Pastels over the top which i heat set as you can see above they look amazing, especially the layer of the White Coarse Pan Pastel.
Chose the Cameo Frame from Sizzix to mount the flower and Spring Greens on and a stamp sentiment from a freebie set.
Tried white, cream, kraft and finally a black card which looked the best to show off the panel.
The card looked a little too CAS so stamped a corner from Tim Holtz Visual Artistry and used one of my favourite Pan Pastel Metallic colours Rich Gold to add a little delicate bling to the corners.
Am also entering my card into the following Challenges:
Country View Challenges: Use Something New To You
Hope you have enjoyed your visit today and i look forward to your lovely comments.
Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, 12 January 2015

SDC 177–New Year’s Resolution

Stampotique have merged their Designers Blog along with the Challenge Blog this time it is the lovely Claudine Criner who is the host, this is what she has to say:
Claudine Criner Most of us always create a New Year's Resolution and the beginning of the New Year.  For 2015 try your hand at making something with your New Year's Resolution in mind.
I have never made NYR as i feel that i am setting myself up to fail so i have taken inspiration from the Scrapbooking and Journalling world where a Word of the Year is chosen,


is my word of 2015.

This word can be interpreted in so many ways which for me means that it will be a positive way forward, no failing.
Recycled a page from my 2014 documented Life Project book that Dyan Reaveley showed me how to make my page more durable. She glued two pages together and added some paint onto the page using a baby wipe, sorry not too sure what she used!
I have added the stencilling over the top using one of Dyan’s stencils and Snowflake Fresco Paint.
DecoArt Crackle Paste is fantastic and it dries quite quickly, used an Artist Cellar stencil from Willowing for the stars and hearts.
When they were dry went over them a few different Distress inks but they didn't look as i wanted them to so went over the top with Pan Pastels Rich Gold and Copper.
The Stabilo All black pencil gives a little depth and shadow round the edges.
The Paper Artsy stamp Breathe The Love is one of my favourite stamp sets, it is from set Love and Kisses 1. This was one of the first PA stamp set i ever bought. Moon Girl and Hare are both by Daniel Torrente by Stampotique.
Both Moon girl and Breathe The Love are stamped onto tissue paper with a white font and adhered onto the tag with pva glue. Hare is just stamped onto the Tag.
Brayered over the top using Snowflake Fresco as i wanted Moon girl to look a little ethereal.
Added a Signo white pen border around the sentiment and on some of the stars, then finished the Tag off with a black bow.
My NYR or Word is to Breathe…
Hope you enjoyed your visit today, thanks for dropping by and i look forward to your lovely comments.