Friday, 20 April 2018

Homemade Rock!

Hello! I had a day trip to the seaside over the Easter holidays and saw lots of stones on the beach which gave me an idea! I wanted to see if I could make my own!
I started by forming a ball of air dry clay. I used some Cut-N-Dry foam to help smooth the edges.
Then I misted a PaperArtsy stamp with water (g for... Gabrielle!)
Then simply depress the stamp into the clay and... wait overnight for it to dry!
I then sanded dry 'rock' and painted the letter. I was so interested to see if this would work that I made a few more:
They're not perfect but I know I'll get better at making them! I think I'll add some magnets to the back as they weigh nothing! 
Hope you try something new too!
Gabrielle x

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Card topper or journal panel - you choose

Hi it's Brenda here today with a small panel or topper meaning you can choose how to use it OR just re-create the steps onto larger card for a laeger page or card blank.

Take a piece of media card and scrape some gesso over it and dry. Then take some of the mini Artistic Flair tab stencils - these are so cute and great for small projects - with a palette knife again scrape gesso through it creating random areas on the card.
When dry spritz little areas with water and with a brush dip some of the Amsterdam  Acrylic Ink Cool Grey into it, tip the card to let the colour swirl into the recesses etc. Dry and repeat with Burnt Umber.

Put one small drop of the Burn Umber ink onto a craft mat and smooch it into a smudge shape and quickly before it dries drag the card through it and the colour will transfer randomly.

Distress the edges and blend in ground espresso distress ink. The gather some little bits for a collage or add embellishments of your own and use as a journal panel or a topper for a card. I used a photo booth pic and a type charm with some of my collage scraps.

If you like this design you can find another made in the same way over on my blog - Bumblebees and Butterflies.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Final Postcard ideas

Hello! It's the last day to enter the Postcard challenge on our challenge blog and in case you need some final, speedy inspiration I have three quick ideas you can use. Each postcard took less than 30 minutes so you'll have an entry in no time! There is some typing on each postcard - I have an old typewriter that I used but you could use a sentiment stamp or alphabet stamps for your sentiment.
Let's take each one in turn!
For this postcard, add paint to the postcard for the background (I used Bubblegum Pink and Vibrant Turquoise) and then added White Linen, Lemon Zest and Black Marble paint through some stencils. It really doesn't matter if it looks messy - you'll cover it up!
Then stamp your images - I coloured in a few areas so the white was a counterbalance to the crazy background! When it was assembled I drew some lines from the shape to the scalloped edge so that they look like they are hanging.
The second postcard features a flamingo from Dylusions. The heart is from the Creative Dyary Stamp Set 2.
I used Distress Inks (Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Gathered Twigs) for the background and leaf stamps - the centre of the leaf stamp was inked with Dylusions Fresh Lime ink.
A tip for difficult to cut out images... cut across an area that you can easily glue back together - I regularly cut off the heads from stamped images!
For the third, and final idea I sprayed a stencil with Vibrant Turquoise and then covered the card with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to give it a vintage colour palette. I then stamped lots of images on the background from an old Tim Holtz set. Then I stamped lots of Darcy for PaperArtsy images on card and coloured them in.
I hope you join in with this month's challenge!

Monday, 26 March 2018

Spring or Easter gift tag

Isn't it great having the evenings draw out again and soon and this next weekend is Easter, so Spring is hopefully well on its way.
Easter eggs and gifts will be shared in a few days so I thought I would make a quick gift tag for you to make and attach to the present that goes to someone special.

Begin with distress oxides in spiced marmalade, broken china and cracked pistachio and create a dip and dry background.

 Stamp some flying bugs, I used the Entomology set of stamps by Tim Holtz and used his stamping platform to get a strong outline ( I stamped it twice using coffee and black archival inks)

Take forest moss, pine needles, tea dye and rusty hinge ordinary distress inks and with a paintbrush paint in the wings. I also used some white linen ink spray by dylusions to highlight the bodies.

Next take some scraps of paper and tear pieces to cover the butterflies and stamp the text stamp, also from the etymology set, with broken china doxide.. 

Before removing the paper lightly spritz over with water and heat dry.

Stamp the small butterflies from the classics 17 stamps and remove the little Fig. numbers, cut, distress ink the edges and adhere. Also stamp the special delivery from the correspondence set directly onto the tag.

I always 'frame' my tags, cards etc and didn't want to rely just on the normal distress inked edges so I searched my boxes of old unknown stamps and found a fabulous forgotten distressed border stamp which I used with cornflower blue archival ink.

Finally I covered the winged bugs again and splattered some white gesso and then finished with the distress inked edges.

A lovely gift tag with springlike images and colours don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Find the beauty ......

I have a little journal panel to share with you today made entirely with DecoArt paints and mediums and some of the brand new Aall & Create stamps.

The background was made by laying down some gesso applied on the back of a palette knife and left to dry before adding in some colours - primary cyan, cerulean blue, titan buff, raw umber and burnt umber, taking time to add some dips of watery washes of these colours and finishing with a brayer and titanium white to bring some brightness back. 

The stamp set has 11 stamps in it, so there's plenty to help make up a composition with the brush which has written around it -
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
The stamp above says - Creativity takes courage.

The little arrow and dots make a nice fill in piece and the circles make up a great border.

I love using text so I added some very light random stampings of one of my own small stamps.

I used the quotestamp on paper so that it stood out more and shaded round it after I had finished and sealed it all with matte medium.

To get the finished look I splattered some raw umber and white paint and dried it and took my white posca pen to add some small dots in the circles and a black one to add some squiggly border additions. I sanded the edges and blended in ground espresso distress ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Illusionary Artists - stamps from Andy Skinner

Hi it's Brenda here and I have been having great fun with the new stamps from Andy Skinner, particularly the Spooks set from Illusionary Artists available on the website.

Using  DecoArt media fluid acrylic paints and DecoArt media mediums I made a layered background on an mdf media board, stamped with the alphabet letters and then stamped the gremlin on card, coloured him and cut him out.

The words were taken from the Word Up set of stamps.

If you like images a bit on the dark side - these are for you.

If you make something using these stamps please send an image through to me and I will look to use it in a future post.

Enjoy your art.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

New Visible Image stamps

Hello it's Jane from Jane's Journal here today to bring you some exciting news...Susan has now got some of the new release Visible Image stamps in stock here and also all of their fabulous stencils.

She now has an excellent range of their stamps and stencils and remember that all UK orders are posted free. Visible Image clear stamps are superb quality and stamp beautifully. Their designs are very unique in the stamping world. Mark Alexander, their designer, tries to bring something very different with each release. Whether you are a card maker, love journalling or mixed media there is something for everyone.

The February release was launched to huge acclaim at Creativation in the USA a couple of weeks ago.

I have had the pleasure to be able to play with several of the new sets and I thought today I would first share a couple of my projects I made for Creativation and then share a step by step for making a very unique new baby or baby shower card. I have combined the new Bloom and Grow set with the existing Imperfection is beauty stamp set.  I apologize in advance if you have already seen some of these makes in blogland or if you were lucky enough to attend Creativation, in person and saw them on display. Some of these, and other projects have also been shared on my blog over the last few weeks so if you would like to see my process notes for any specific piece do pop on over to my blog.

 I have added links which will take you to the specific items on the CVC website within this post. 

So for those of you who have not seen any of this fab new release... here goes...first up is the delightful seahorse from  Create your calm. He is a lovely large size, perfect for making a real statement and of course has a slightly grungy tail which gives him a real edge.

For this wall hanging I used alcohol inks to make the background. I teamed this up with the new Organics set, to make the seaweed, which Susan will have in stock soon. 

For my second seahorse piece I made the background with acrylic paints. The extra bubble/wave stamps make a really interesting background and the sentiment works with many stamps, even those in your own stash.

Next up is Aries (my own star sign) from the Aries zodiac set from the Written in the stars collection. All 12 star signs have been released and all have fab words which work with any other projects too.

Susan has most of this collection in stock and is ordering more soon,

I made an inky distress oxide background for this card, the moons I embossed are from the Believe in unicorns set  I gold embossed the large ram's head (each set has a small version too) and used gold ink for the 2 sizes of star constellations which come in the set. I am not sure if the words describe will have to ask my family!

Now onto my favourite of the new release...the totally unique bloom and grow set.

I love this set and every stamp in it also works by itself too...the baby, the fingerprint and the sentiment "Bloom and Grow" work perfectly with existing VI stamps and even any other stamps you own. The little flower inside the baby can be left as it is or it can be coloured in after stamping.

I made this mixed media card below for Creativation teaming it up with Organics (another new release which Susan will have in stock soon).
If you have the current (March) edition of Craft Stamper you will also see another design for this set as I am part of a Visible Image Design Team feature there. It's my Baby Love Plant card!

So here is my step by step for my New Baby card design ,which would also work really well for a Baby shower card. I made a pink and a blue one...but I have embossed the baby in lots of colours...white, gold. black sparkly ..they all look really effective.

I used distress oxides with clear embossing powder for the babies which I fussy cut out and distress inks for the backgrounds

I used the wrinkle free technique for the backgrounds. I added some stencilling to the blue version for some extra interest using the Visible Image fibres stencil an incredibly versatile stencil which I use so much.

I then stamped the finger print to 
cradle my baby using black ink.

Next I stamped several flowers from the Imperfection is beauty set onto inky mop up card and a couple I painted with distress inks. I then fussy cut them out. I also made some pink versions. I die cut some greenery using scraps of green card,
 I stamped and embossed the sentiment, cut it into pieces and distressed the edges and then put everything together. I raised the sentiment and flowers up on sticky fixers to give some more depth.

Here are my finished cards once more.

 If any stamps/stencils are out of stock Susan will be reordering very soon. You can add you email to any out of stock items on the web site and you will be contacted when they are available.

  I really hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the new release you have a favourite? I also hope to have inspired you to have a go at making a very "non traditional, non cute" baby card or indeed any other work.  If you do make something why not enter it into our current Country View February challenge here where our theme is "Anything but cute . It would be great to see you join us,  you might even win the £20 gift voucher to spend on some new crafting goodies on the website.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I have given you some ideas but really all you ever need is your imagination 😃

Enjoy getting inky!

Back soon,

Bye for now