25 January 2015

Aquarius

Hello! The very lovely Deborah Wainwright has set a new challenge. I can't promise to join in every month but it's good to start as I mean to go on! The challenge is monthly based on the zodiac. I know nothing about the zodiac really so I had to look up what Aquarius was all about! I like the bit where it said that the symbol can be a water jug and took that bit pretty literally! 
The head and plinth are one stamp that, after painting I cut in half and the jug is a Wendy Vecchi stamp that I love lots! The head stamp I have had for ages and never inked (despite the rest of the set being used several times!) - I hadn't spotted the shells before! I will now use it loads of course!
Congratulations to Deborah on starting this new challenge an I hope lots of folk join in too!
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24 January 2015

My New Hat!

Hello! I have had the chance to have a play in my Studio this morning and wanted to use some metal to be able to play along with the current challenge at PaperArtsy - Shiny Stuff. I  was ultra prepared this time and had even sketched it out beforehand! 
However, as is pretty typical it came out very different to my sketch! Isn't it always the way?! The hat is stamped onto plumbers tape (that's shiny!) and the rest of her is stamped on the world's wrinkliest tissue paper! I have no idea why it's suddenly wrinkled but I am embracing the wrinkles (if through clenched teeth!)
Thanks for stopping by!
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Bird on a Branch

Over at Country View Crafts Project Blog I have made a tag - want to see more?!
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21 January 2015

Red and flowers

It's time for a second in our new series of challenges over at Dragons Dream Tag It On. This fortnight my lovely friend Helen has challenged us to use Red and a flower(s) (as well as the regular rules of a stamped image and a tag).
The background is PaperArtsy Frescos which I 'cracked' with their Crackle Glaze. I chose to use a lovely Wendy Vecchi stamp which I stamped five times on tissue paper and then cut out, painted and added some directly to the tag and some to card so I could make the flowers and leaves 3-Dimensional. The sentiment is made up from two Wendy Vecchi stamps which I drew round to make them 'pop' from the background. I really hope you'll join in with us this fortnight!
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13 January 2015

Indian Ink

Over at Country View Crafts Challenges the theme this month is ... Something new to you! I thought this was a great idea for a challenge because you could use any crafty stash you might have had for Christmas or perhaps try a technique that you fancied but never actually had a go at.
Ooh! I *might* have bought myself a Christmas present or two when I found these little shrines! I bought enough to keep me going for a while and this was my first attempt at using them - so that makes them 'new' doesn't it?! I started by covering the wings in old book paper. I scour charity shops for books that can be repurposed - this one is a gardening book - I probably should read that one before cutting it up!
The lady is a Lynne Perrella for PaperArsty stamp. I stamped her on tissue paper and painted the reverse. She fits very well doesn't she?! The 'Indian Ink' sign disappeared where her shoulders are so I stamped that on cream card and added it where it should be. As it pretty standard for me, I added brown Distress Ink round the edges of the whole piece before gluing her together. The crown was painted with gold paint and then sanded - I wanted it to look a little 'faded glory' rather than the bright blingy gold colour. The final flourish was to add a pen nib in the aperture!
My lady's currently placed on top of my pile of acrylic blocks (guess who tidied up over Christmas!?!) but she needs a name - suggestions very welcome!
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8 January 2015

7 January 2015

Turquoise and Bling

Ooh! Time for a new series of challenges over at Dragons Dream Tag It On. We bid a tearful goodbye to the Alphabet Challenge during 2014 and wave hello to a colour challenge for the start of 2015! This fortnight Elizabeth has challenged us to use Turquoise and bling (as well as the regular rules of a stamped image and a tag).
Now I'm really not a huge user of bling and don't really have much that's 'blingy' but I do have Liquid Pearls and so that prompted me to think of a pearl necklace... 
I used a favourite Lynne Perrella stamp set and Turquoise Fresco paint and my tag was born! Now it's your turn! We look forward to you joining us but in the meantime, do pop over and see the fabulous tags my team mates have made!
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