Saturday, 30 May 2015

Need Inspiration?

This is a scrapbook layout I've entered into the current CSI: COLOUR, STORIES, INSPIRATION challenge - (see the case file at the bottom).

As you can see from the badge in the sidebar, I was lucky enough recently to have been made a Star Witness for another layout submitted to CSI for case file number 161.
 For this layout I chose to document where I go when I need inspiration - from colour combinations to patterns, shapes and more. 
I stamped a band of faded dots across the middle using a Tim Holtz stencil and DI Weathered Wood which was the closest match to the pale gray in the case file.  Then I made the envelopes using the Crafters' Companion envelope board and ran these through the Cuttlebug using a dot embossing folder. 
The small pictures are from some of my Pinterest boards (not all public), combined with the journaling on two tags and the stamped quotes, both from Stampers' Anonymous, 'Stuff to Say'.
Here's the CSI Case File for this challenge and if you want to take part just follow the link at the top but hurry because this challenge closes next week.


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Art Journal a Summery Page

My page this time uses stencils, chalk paints, watercolours and stamping to create a whimsical garden.  Inspired by the sun pouring through the windows this morning, I'm reminded that warmer weather is hopefully on the way and with it flowers in all their glorious technicolour splendour.

 I started by stencilling the large lilac flowers and hearts using JOFY Fresco Finish chalk paint in Amethyst, then used the brush sideways in a dry brush technique to create the rough lines across the page.
Next I mixed some watercolour paint and added the stems, leaves and other details such as the darker purple to the flowers, dots to the hearts and yellow tufts of grass.  Once all the paint was dry I stamped the butterflies and sentiments using StazOn black ink.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Art Journal

I'm sharing a double page today featuring one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamps.  It's a very versatile stamp and for me it represents my art and craft philosophy.  It certainly captures all the random thoughts I've had for new projects lately.  So many ideas in fact I've started noting them down but how many ever get off the ground is another matter.  Anyway on with the journal pages.

On the left I've used the stamp in its entirety but on the right I masked out the words I didn't want in order to create a different phrase.
I worked on both pages simultaneously and started by using a diamond stencil and white texture paste on the left hand page then switching to silver texture paste.  When this was dry I flicked Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Patina and Antique Rose across sections of each page.
I used the end of the spray tube from inside the bottles to draw scribbly lines around the pages, then dropped pools of colour and blew these across the texture paste.
On this page I stamped the selected words onto white tissue paper and used Mod Podge to stick this over the silver texture paste, brushing a little gesso around the edges and over some of the paste. A few more flicks of Cosmic Shimmer over the stamping completed the pages.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Coco's Capers - Caught Again!!

Our cat Coco continues to delight us but sometimes her mischevous antics are a bit tiresome.   Like the game she loves to play when I'm crafting which basically involves her trying to pull out any bits of paper I've thrown into the bin under my table.  No matter how many times I chase her away, move the bin, cover it, she still manages to sneak back round and then I hear that familiar rustling sound.

 The problem is she's so cute that through gritted teeth, I just want to laugh at her.  Anyway I managed to snap a picture before she darted off, having rifled through the bin AGAIN, and have used this for a scrapbook layout I'm entering into the CSI: COLOUR, STORIES, INSPIRATION Case File No. 163.
Here's the Case File notes and as you can see there's a sketch with this one as well.  All five colours must be used and for my evidence I used an animal photo, frames, scallops, fabric and hearts.  For my testimony I framed my story written as an apology

I started with a white background which I sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Mystery and Patina, which gives a turquoise colour.

 After planning where to place my photo, I stamped swirls in DI Brushed Corduroy and StazOn yellow and framed the photo with strips of fabric and some wool. 

I used texture paste for the random hearts around the page and crocheted the large green heart.  The scalloped frame for the story was cut using the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge and Gypsy Font cartridge for the title. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

A Holiday Romance

Two posts in one day - I've even surprised myself.
My tag was inspired by the 'Lovers' challenge at FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGES

I inked the edges of the cream tag with DI Tea Dye and stamped the music score in the same colour to create the background.  I used texture paste and Imagination Craft Sparkle Medium in gold on top to give some texture and dimension to the tag, using a heart stencil.
The main focal image is the lovers kissing as they prepare to say goodbye following a whirlwind romance in Paris.  This is part of a Crafty Individuals' stamp and I used post-it notes to mask off the unwanted areas.  I used DI Vintage Photo for this and stamped it a second time on plain paper to create a mask.  I used this to cover the main image so that the Eiffel Tower, stamped in DI Pumice Stone, is behind the lovers.  The sentiments are also from Crafty Individuals' stamped in DI Black Soot.

Altered Eclectics Challenge

Where is the year going to?  May already which means another challenge month at ALTERED ECLECTICS  We are an altered art/mixed media challenge only, no cards or ATCs thanks. 
For my DT piece this month I've upcycled/recycled (I'm never sure) a very plain but delicate porcelain tea light.

 It was a gift but not my taste and I was about to dispatch it to the charity shop when I turned the top half upside down and an idea was borne.  This is what it looked like before I took a creative swipe at it.
I painted the outside of the new cup and saucer using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish chalk paint in Teal and when dry lightly brushed over the embossed areas and edge of the saucer with Viva Precious Metal Colour in silver.  I used a dry baby wipe which I used to clean a rubber stamp for this as it gives more of a smear than using brush.
Next I hot glued the cup to the saucer and cut a small piece of artificial flower foam which I hot glued inside the saucer.  The white fabric roses were one bunch which I cut to length.
I think it's a huge improvement and it now adorns my mantelpiece.