Sunday, 9 July 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : July

The July verse for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge is :

Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.

We have to include a gillyflower so I googled gillyflower just to be sure. A gillyflower is a medieval term for any fragrant summer flower but typically refers to dianthus or carnation. So I used my Tim Holtz sketchy flowers for this page, I think they are carnations.


I started with distress ink on the background, mainly blues but with some cracked pistachio thrown into the mix. Then some stamping and masking of the flower heads in the background, I wanted to leave them sketchy and add one flower head as a focal image coloured apricot. I used Promarkers to colour that one, cut it out and stuck it on the page. 
I wasn't too happy with the background as I wanted it to look summery but as if it had been raining or was about to rain. I added some distress oxides in faded jeans and broken china plus water spritzing and tried to drip it a bit from the top of the page. It doesn't show that well in the photo but there are some very fine drips. OK, happy with that now. Oxides are just so good!

Monday, 26 June 2017

New PaperArtsy Stamps

I am loving the new PaperArtsy releases and I predict they are going to be costing me a fortune. My first purchase was Kay Carley's beautiful foxglove set EKC08 and the new stencil PS061.
Check out the PaperArtsy blog post, Kay's example's are stunning :
http://blog.paperartsy.co.uk/2017/06/new-paperartsy-products-eclectica-kay.html


Inspired by Kay's work I had a play and made up a couple of little cards. Here is one of them.



The background was an experiment with infusions which went a bit wrong so I used Chalk Fresco Finish paint on top of it, I quite like that effect.
I used Distress oxides Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet for the stencilling then stamped the smaller of the two foxgloves from the set in black. I added some of the other flowers in black and cornflower blue archival ink and coloured them with distress oxides. One of the bees is cut out and mounted on a foam pad so he stands off the foxglove.

That was fun, I know I will use the stamps and the stencil a lot.
Thanks to Kay and to PaperArtsy for another great release!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : June

Oh how I struggled with the verse this month. It was the posy. I had loads of ideas for roses, I like doing floral themes, but the posies and the children blocked all creativity. I have to say I don't particularly like this one but it is done.

I found a stamp with a child holding a posy, phew! I just stamped it and coloured it with water colour pencils. That's it.



Stamps used : Polka Doodles PPC0001
Water Colour Pencils - Faber Castell

June brings roses, lilies, tulips
fills the children's hands with posies

... and I missed the deadline in the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge for June.


Monday, 29 May 2017

Illustrated Garden

Today I would like to share a couple of cards I have made using the Tim Holtz Illustrated Garden stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.
For some time now I have wanted to try stamping on fabric and I thought the lovely vintage flower stamps would be perfect for this. The images are  stamped with black archival ink and coloured with TH distress markers on fine linen. I am quite pleased with the results.



The panels are mounted on paper cut with pinking shears and some torn book pages. 

Have a great week everybody and thank you for visiting.


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Cat Therapy

Sometimes all you need to do to clear your head and relax is colour something in with watercolour pencils. The Laurel Burch stamps from Stampendous are perfect for such therapy. Today I finished off a panel I started in the week and mounted it on a card so I can add it to my stash for a birthday later in the year.


I used watercolour card, masking and stamping in black versafine ink.
I have a new set of Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolour pencils that I was keen to try out and I must say, they are so nice to use. They are very soft and loaded with pigment, the colours blend really easily.
I bought my pencils from Cowling and Wilcox and they are on sale at the moment in a set with Pitt pens, it's always good to find a bargain.

I am quite pleased with the result so I might just stamp up some more panels for those times when a bit of colouring therapy is required.

Thanks for dropping by today and hope you are enjoying your weekends wherever you are.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Simply Wild

Today I would like to share a little card I made using my Visible Image "Stay Wild" stamp.
This one was super easy. The background is made with distress oxides on white stamping card spritzed with a little bit of water. The horse image is stamped with black Versafine ink. That's it, very simple.


Enjoy your weekends everybody.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : May


The verse this month is :

May brings flocks of pretty lambs
Skipping by their fleecy dams

I remembered I had a stamp of a lamb which was a freebie with a magazine. Amazing, I found it! Then I remembered a Hobby Art set that a friend gave to me as she had a duplicate. It is the same set that Claire used on her canvas this month, I recognise those sheep. 


I used distress inks for the background and for some of the stamping, removed the ink from the sheep in the distance with a water brush and coloured the fences and lamb with inktense pencils.
Stamps used:
Card-io Oriental Blossom (branches and leaves).
Hobby Art CS083D Farmhouse Scene-it (sheep, wildflowers and fences)
Rural Springtime from Creative Stamping Magazine issue 23 (lamb)

Next month we will be half way through the challenge and half way through the year, how scary is that!