Sunday, 29 May 2016

Time for More Artist Trading Cards

Yes the second theme this month at UKATC was 'Time' so here are the 3 cards I made for that swap.
Sorry this is so pale but I used white card and white paper to back it whilst scanning.  The stamps are from Inkylicious, using Distress Ink Pumice Stone for the dandelions and Seedless Preserve for the sentiment.

For the next one I couldn't resist the very superior image of the cat, given that our cat Coco (a black ninja cat!) was sleeping near my desk.   The plate is a chipboard die cut from a set I've been working through for a few years.

For the last card I used an image from Crafty Individuals' - one of their glossy sheets - but I can't remember which one.  I stamped the woodgrain paper with CI clock stamp in DI Black Soot before adding the image.  The sentiment is taken from Tim Holtz, Stuff to Say, stamped in Black Soot.


Thursday, 26 May 2016

A Trio of Peachy Artist Trading Cards

Today it's the first of 6 ATCs made for this months theme of 'peach' at the UKATC  swap.
I enjoy the challenge of deciding what to make, often thinking outside the box , then making sure it   fits onto such a small card.
 The fan is from a Kanban oriental set, stamped onto pale cream cardstock with
StazOn black ink, then brushed lightly with DI Spun Sugar to create more of a peach colour.
The central image is cut from a set of Docrafts papers and the frame is cut from Cricut Cartridge Elegant Edges.  The carte postale stamp is Tim Holtz. 
Naturally our cat Coco inspired this one, although she's completely black. 
Using white card inked with DI Spun Sugar, the cat is from another Docrafts set and the word 'life' masked out from Time Holtz stamp set, 'Stuff to Say'.  See what I mean about thinking outside the box!


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Inspired by Art Nouveau

I've had this little box in my drawer for over 2 years now but just never seemed inspired to do anything with it.  Finishing another project recently, I had some pale blue ArtDeco acrylic paint left over and on a whim plucked the box out of the drawer and painted it.  And then it sat on my desk for a few weeks until this month's challenge theme of 'Anything Goes' was announced at CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS and I decided the box was it!!!
All stamps are from Crafty Individuals and the image is from their miniatures, People & Places 2 set. Ink used is Distress Ink in Broken China.
Having painted the box, I used CI-116 Crackle Background stamp to add a vintage feel to the box. 
I planned to add a smaller, silver panel to the lid and lightly brushed Viva Precious Metal Silver to all the edges to give the appearance of an old but valuable trinket box.

I heat embossed the corner stamp onto the front corners and turned the same stamp upside down for underneath the clasp, which I coated with Alcohol Ink in Latte.
The panel was cut to size from thick chipboard and the image added with ModPodge after distressing it lightly to looked aged. 
 I've been reading about The Glasgow Boys, a group of painters from The Glasgow School of Art who had an association with Charles Rennie Mackintosh and inspired by his work, I chose this lovely Art Nouveau style stamp for the lid.  
Several layers of silver embossing powder were added to the sides of the image and heated until thick enough to press the stamp into to create the impression.  You need to be careful when doing this, making sure you wash the stamp immediately afterwards.
To complete the vintage feel I brushed some of the Viva silver on the top and bottom of the image which gave it a dull, worn look as fingers, tinged with fondness, had lightly brushed the lid for years bringing back memories.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Memories of Dad

I'm sharing a layout from my family heritage album today, with another page about my Dad.  This time sitting on the front of the car that my elder sisters grew up with in 1950s.

The background paper is in fact a very pale blue, canvas pattern paper, with a strip of text paper on the left.  As the picture speaks for itself, I kept the embellishments to a minimum - unusual for me I know - and these vintage die cuts were perfect. 
I decided to type the journaling so the story would be clear for everyone to read.  It tells the woeful tale of my Dad's restoration of the car in the late 1950s and details the two cars which followed at the beginning of my life. 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Lovely Cupcakes

As part of my Christmas present my daughter bought a cupcake decorating class for us both to enjoy.  We both love baking and I particularly like decorating cupcakes (yes I'm remembering the waistline!) but I always end up piping buttercream on the top.  So this was a great opportunity for a girlie day out 'window shopping' in Edinburgh, lunch and to learn a new skill. 
 We always have such a laugh when we go shopping but it's a rare event these days as she lives in England and we both miss not having each other nearby anymore.
As you can see this is a very busy layout - I just went for it and in a way it reflects all that we pack into the time we spend together.
I started with a background paper of pink and lavender fairies then added a large white paper doily and a rectangle of shiny pink for the photograph.
I included the print-off she made to give me at Christmas so I wouldn't see the price and the label she wrote on the envelope.
I used two cream tags for the journaling, stencilling a flower on each with pink chalk paint.  The black and white cupcakes were stamped onto card using StazOn black ink because originally I was going to colour them with watercolour paint.  However I changed my mind, thinking that was a little over-the-top and I actually like them as they are.  The sentiments are from a set of printed acetate images which just seemed appropriate for the layout.
Needless to say the class was brilliant.  With 14 of us provided with delicious caramel cupcakes and a cake box, we were shown how to make 6 different decorations using sugar paste and an assortment of moulds, gold spray and cutters.  Easy to follow and do at home and as we left we were already chatting about how we could adapt some of the techniques and add to them for all kinds of cakes.  We also decided we'd like to go to one of their other classes as well.
If you live in the Edinburgh area and you're interest in cake decorating check out 3-D Cakes

Friday, 13 May 2016

Artist Trading Cards

Today I'm sharing the ATCs from this month's UKATC partner swap.  This is for 3 cards, all different, sent to one partner.  Later in the month I'll post the ATCs for the themed swaps.   If you are interested in joining in, we also have kit swaps, matchbox swaps, round robins and occasional double-sided ATC swaps.
To start with, a pretty summery card with a background of Imaginations Sparkle Medium in Diamond using the Tim Holtz faded dots stencil, on a linen effect card. 
The image is from a set of vintage die cuts with a few additional paper flowers to brighten up the watering can.
Sticking with the summery theme I chose blue card which I stamped with Crafty Individuals script stamp in Distress Ink Seedless Preserve.  The flowers (can't remember the maker's name) were stamped using DI Black Soot and the ribbon adds some movement to the die cut butterfly from the same vintage set.
Starting with white card which has been inked with DI Frayed Burlap, the image is layered onto a wood effect card and finished with a piece of raffia.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Art Journal Journey

It's a new theme at ART JOURNAL JOURNEY and this month it's 'Journeys' - any kind, physical or spiritual.
My page reflects the fact that I've been gently nudging myself outside of my comfort zone in different areas of my life for a few months.  Trying food that previously I would have shunned, expanding my art to include figure drawing and soon, I hope, painting.
 The sentiment is a mixture from Tim Holtz 'Stuff to Say' and an unknown alphabet set. 
I started by spraying the page with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gingerbread, then flicking  watercolour paint across the page. 
To this I added the stencilled butterflies using Distress Ink in Broken China.  Each butterfly, deliberately paler to suggest a journey through time.  The pearl drops adding to the movement of the butterflies.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Absentee Blogger with a Drawing

Yep, I've been absent again but that's life.  We've been very busy with family stuff which has taken over our lives for the last month but I managed a 2-day break to Bristol because my husband was working there.
I visited the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and spent several hours admiring some lovely paintings.  It's not a big gallery but an interesting one and in the Victorian and Edwardian gallery I found several wonderful pieces, including 'The Mackerel Shawl' by Algernon Talmage painted in 1910. 
It is a large painting depicting a lady with her back to the artist but with her reflection in the mirror.  The folds of the dress and the shawl are really the focus and as the gallery was empty at the time and didn't mind people drawing, I did a quick outline sketch of  just the figure to get proportion and angles correct.  I bought a postcard of this and several other paintings and later finished my sketch in more detail.  And here it is.
This is only the second time I've attempted to draw fabric and the first attempt at a figure, so I'm quite pleased with the finished result. 
I'm working on a couple of craft projects at the moment and will hopefully share these and this month's ATCs with you over the next couple of weeks.
I hope you've managed more creative time than me recently.