Saturday, 25 November 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : November

A bit of a last minute rush for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge this month, where did that month go! I knew exactly what I wanted to do earlier in November but the days just got gobbled up.

November's verse;
Dull November brings the blast
Then the leaves go whirling past

Here is my entry;

I hadn't used Brushos on any of my pages for this project yet so this one is a Brusho and silhouette design, just to mix it up and use a different technique. I used Moss Green Brusho, possibly my favourite colour in that range and I think it really works for Autumnal scenes. I love the browns and purples that are mixed in with the greens.

The tree and leaves are from Lavina Stamps.

Only one month to go for this project now and the book will be complete.

Have a great weekend everybody. x

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


A quick make for Halloween.

Sizzix Scarecrow Die and Skull Damask texture fades embossing folder by Tim Holtz.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Stamping with Water

I am still playing with Distress Oxides, I don't think I will ever tire of experimenting with them.
Here are some experiments using water with stamps and stencils.

Background : Distress Oxides applied with a foam applicator - wild honey, spiced marmalade and frayed burlap. Starting in the middle of the card panel with the lightest colour and blending out to the frayed burlap at the edges. Then with a background stamp, I used a Tim Holtz floral background stamp, spritz the stamp with water and stamp it on the card. The water reacts with the oxide ink and removes some of the colour.
I like this one, it looks like vintage wallpaper.

The same idea with this one but this time I used a stencil (Tim Holtz : Shattered). Spritz the stencil with water and stamp with it, hold it in place for about a minute with a piece of kitchen roll on top of it to soak up any water that seeps out. 
This one looks like a spiders web. 

I used the background to make an Autumn panel. 
Stamps used : PaperArtsy ESC05 by Scrapcosy and PaperArtsy ELB29 by Lin Brown.

Stamping with water is easy and lots of fun. Don't use too much water, just enough to make the stamp or stencil wet but not dripping. 

Bye x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : October

Here we go, my October entry for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge.

The verse for October is :

Fresh October brings the pheasant
Then to gather nuts is pleasant

I thought pheasants ought to feature in this one and I wanted to use my Scrapcosy acorn branch stamp for the "nut" element. Here is the mini page I came up with for October;

The background card is from my stash, coloured with distress oxides (wild honey, spiced marmalade and vintage photo). There is a bit of water spritzing there, just a little.
I stamped the branch in potting soil archval ink and coloured it with inktense pencils, they work on top of distress oxides which is new thing I tried today. Acorns are shiny so there is some glossy accents on that acorn, it doesn't show that well in the photo but it is there.
I printed off a couple of pheasants from the internet, cut them out and added them. They were tiny so the cutting was a challenge! 

Autumn is so inspiring for arty crafty projects. 
I'm off to see what others have done for the challenge now. 
Catch you later and thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : September

Time for my entry for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge. The September verse is;

Warm September brings the fruit
Sportsmen then begin to shoot

Fruit stamps seem to be in short supply at my house but I have some pears so I thought I would use those for the background with a little country scene as the focal image. I have a Dreamweaver stencil of a pear. A bit of masking, inking and stamping with distress ink and I got my focal image. I masked it out with masking tissue and then stamped the pears and leaves on the background using archival ink and coloured the pears with a distress marker.

Silhouette stamps used were by Hobbyart CS083D Farmhouse Scene-it.
The pears in the background - unknown.
Stencil - Dreamweaver 
Archival inks : Leaf green and potting soil
Distress inks : Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concorde

Happy Weekend everybody x

Monday, 28 August 2017

Blues and Greens Challenge

I had the time and felt like doing a challenge so decided to make an entry for the August Country View Challenge. The theme is Blues and Greens, a great colour combination. I was going to make a tag but changed my mind and made a small canvas. Here it is, photo taken outdoors in the sun so the colours look a little paler than in reality:

For the background I used an old book page and some torn music paper and painted it with Granny Smith and Teresa Green Fresco paints.

I added some circles stamped in chalk paint with a bottle top.

This is watercolour card stock with PaperArtsy infusions : In the Navy and the middle panel was an experiment with a few greens, The Sage, Emerald Isle and Slime I think. I didn't use that one. I die cut some Tim Holtz wildflowers from the larger panel and used the TH butterfly punch.

At this stage I thought the canvas needed a bit of stamping so I added some text with leaf green archival ink and the bubbles in cornflower blue. Sticking to the blues and greens for the stamping I was happy with the background. I added the die cut flowers and butterflies plus a TH quote chip colour tinted with the infusions.

Here is a close up so you can see the book text still shows through the paint although they were opaques, I watered them down a little.

Ingredients used for this canvas:

PaperArtsy Infusions : In the Navy
Ranger Archival ink : Fern Green and Cornflower Blue
Tim Holz Wildflower dies
PaperArtsy Fresco paints : Teresa Green, Granny Smith and Chalk.
Stamps : PaperArtsy Mini MN61 and Indigo Blu Bubbles background.
Tim Holz butterfly punch.

This is my entry for August on the  Country View Crafts' Challenge Blog.

Thank you for visiting today. 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Woodland Postcards

Here is one of my August bank holiday weekend playtime makes using my Scrapcosy woodland stamps.

I had a bit of a tidy up in the craft room recently and found some old cardstock with an interesting background. It acts as a resist if you add ink. I used Adirondack dye ink applied with a duster brush (raisin and caramel). I stamped the images with coffee archival ink and painted them with watered down distress ink (rusty hinge, gathered twigs and wild honey).
I added some wooden alphabet letters and a gem to finish them off and mounted them on dark red card stock.

I think you can see the resist background showing through on the mushrooms in the photo, in real life it shows all over the card which adds a nice subtle texture detail.

Stamps : PaperArtsy Eclectica ESC05 by Scrapcosy.
Ink : TH Distress Ink, Ranger Adirondack dye ink and Ranger Archival ink.