Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Darcy’s Calendar Challenge–April 2015

Hi it’s time for Darcy’s April Calendar Challenge, hope you can find time to come and play!

This months techniques are:

1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design

2. Technique -  use drips and splatters

3. Add - a repeating shape or word as many times as possible

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


Printed off my page onto 80gsm copier paper and then cut it down to size.


The only thing i wanted to keep was Tinglyitchiness from Stampotique.

Masked off Tingly using a masking fluid then painted over the whole area using Fresco Paint Nougat. Then i went over the whole area again using Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks blending the two yellow colours and using the Chipped Sapphire for the edge.

Really enjoyed this month’s techniques. I tried to follow a You Tube video from a very talented lady called Helen Allen who is on the DT for Rubber Dance Stamps. I was inspired to have a go at her background as she repeat stamps a script stamp over a butterfly.


I tried to follow her instructions but my second generation stamping was a tad heavy handed so i didn’t achieve the look she did, this is my first attempt at this and i will try again as i love the effect it gives. Let me know if you have a play and how your project turns out! Used a sentiment from Lindsay Mason’s set Creative thoughts, the butterfly is from Sarah Lugg for Rubber Stampede.

Added the drips and splats using a Sepia coloured Ink from my local stationers. Coloured the butterflies in using a watered down version of Mustard Seed DI.

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that Tingly is a different colour than in the beginning. Had to go over him as the masking fluid didn’t do a good job and the paint covered him up, ooops!

I am very happy with how my calendar image has turned out. Now to add him to my mop up journal.


Added some of the papers i had over from the recent workshop once again but there was something missing…


I added some washi tape to ground Tingly and to add a little more colour on the collaged page and a couple of dark splats from the Inkylicious Elements 2 set.

More pondering over a couple of day then i added a


Memory Box die called Chloe and a piece of fabric i had over from making a watch strap for my OH, thought this would make a fab tree trunk, then added a piece of the Gelli Plate i had over to ground the trunk.

Recap - I used two stamps repeatedly, added splats and drippage as April’s instructions.

If you want to join in with May’s Challenge Darcy has left these instructions:

Here are the rules for May 2015.

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


Looking forward to your lovely comments, thanks for dropping by.



  1. WOW .. this page turned out super! So many!
    Happy Day!

  2. Your page is fabulous - I love the tree you added, although the picture prior to that looks pretty perfect to me and I would have been very happy to call it finished at that point!

  3. This is brilliant, love the techniques you have used!

    Lucy x

  4. TOTALLY many awesome techniques!

  5. I'm always impressed by the number of layers you create on any one page. This one is no different. However, I'm a bit confused as to what sign you are. Needless to say, I'm really in love with what you did, and the techniques you used for this calendar page are sensational.

    You always put my calendar pages to shame. Guess that is one reason I didn't join this challenge (grin).

  6. Ooh I love your page, I love the layout and colours and the rusty colour border xx

  7. This is going to be a great calendar of techniques by the time you've got to December xxx

  8. Love the colours and the technique you used in the background... Will have to check out your inspiration.
    Catherine x

  9. Wow, what a great calendar page! I love the techniques you used - especially like how you created the tree trunk and Tingly is such a cute little character. You explain everything so well too. Very inspiring work. Anne xx

  10. Love the use of left over on your page. Waste not want not... Great page and interesting techniques!

  11. Great calender page Mo! I love what you did for your tree and there is a lovely grunge yet whimsical look to the piece, which recycles so beautifully and looks terrific. I really like the effect of Helen's background technique. I love RD stamps and they have a very talented Design Team, so I must give her YouTube a look. If I try it, I'll let you know how it goes for me! I had never heard of Masking Fluid - sounds like a good idea, if it works? Have a great Easter, xx

  12. Love it Mo,so many textures to admire ;)
    Try Peobeo for the masking,I've learnt the hard way that's the only one that's any good!
    Big Easter hugs
    Donna xxx

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  14. Magnificent page, Mo! Love all the detail directly related to the number of techniques used! Well played, my friend!

  15. I love seeing your process here! great page!

  16. Loved hearing how this layered its way into the world over several days - and what a great final page. Just love the original envelope, and Tingly perched there in the corner, and so fabulous when the tree arrived!

    In answer to your Viva Decor question, I'm afraid I don't know! They're pretty much brand new in my stash, so haven't encountered problems yet - but forewarned is forearmed, thank you - I'll make sure I use them regularly!!
    Alison xx

  17. Oh Mo, this looks lovely! And you're always so on the ball with this challenge! I must get a move on with mine over the Easter weekend Xx

  18. Intrigued to watch the video as I loved your background. I also love the addition of the tree. Great make lovely xxx

  19. Oh this is wonderful Mo, I really like your tree, and your journal is looking fab. Have a very happy Easter xx

  20. Very clever upcycling, Happy Easter!

    Love and hugs

  21. Oooh, I love this! Great depth, texture and I love hearing about your process - thank you too for the YouTube suggestion - I will check it out. AND thank you for your sweet message, you really made me smile, xo

  22. Oh this is fabulous, I loved the first taking already but when you went back to it and added the other elements it became even better, Blinky looks adorable in his new out fit! Thanks for the video link too, will definitely check that out.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog this morning and as to your question re the size of the file folder, mine was US letter size (A4 approx), but I would be very interested to know where to get these folders in any size in the UK, A5 in fact would be brilliant!

  23. This is more than brilliant! I checked out the U-tube link and it certainly looks do-able!! I always get in a tiz with masking!!! Love how you made your fab tree! Chrisx

  24. Completely wonderful Mo!!! You are so very clever :o)) xox

  25. Mo, my birthday isn't until EARTH day, the 22nd. That's why I do the 22 days of recycling each April. I felt sure everyone knew when I keep saying bEARTHday, that they knew what day it is. Looks like I'll have to let everyone know I "assumed" too much. So you are actually early in your wishes (grin).

  26. Just had to pop back to say thank you for your lovely messages on my holiday posts and I'm so glad you enjoyed reading them. I really was worried it was too much and then told myself to shut up, it's my blog, I can write as much as I like, lol. Silly huh!?
    Thanks for the link to the Range too - have you seen this box frame they do
    I saw one for real on my holiday, that my friend had used; the inside is padded so pins can easily be used to afix things (scroll down it's almost at the end)
    Enjoy the downhill of your week {{Hugs}} xoxo

  27. Hello - back again with DecoArt info! The base layer, crackle glaze and next layer on the garden tray were all the Chalk paint line; then the Hauser Light Green and Forest Green are from the Americana range, and I think there's also some Quin Gold Traditions in the mix. I can guarantee there's none of the Media Line - it was made last year before they were released!

  28. Your calendar looks great, love the collage look of this.

  29. wow! so many techniques and layers, I adore the tree that you added at the end, it totally makes all the difference.