1 August 2014

Home is where the heart is...

I love words, they often act as the springboard for my ideas and so I was thrilled when I saw we had 'Word Play' as a challenge at Country View Crafts Challenges this month. I took my moleskin journal and roughly drew some houses in pencil and then wrote, by hand, everything home means to me around the houses. 
Then I coloured the houses in with Portfolio Pastels. I painted the background with watered down paint and revealed some of the writing in areas by wiping them with a baby wipe. I live at number 4 so I stamped a heart on that roof. I also added two Dylusions birds with funky hats.
I love these pages, as much for the personal message in the background as well as for the lovely bright houses in the foreground! I hope you'll join in with us this month!

30 July 2014

Petal (Twice!)

It's time for another challenge at DragonsDream Tag It On and this time it was time to choose and I chose the letter 'P' and cogs (as well as the usual rules of a stamps image and to use a tag). 
I used a cog from the MDF Man as a flower head in a Wendy Vecchi bottle. The doily stamp on the flower is also by Ms Vecchi.
The bottle needed something to stand on and so I added a strip of decorative lattice die cut  Now this you would think is where my post would end.... the trouble is I'd completely forgotten I had made this and so made a second tag for this challenge! When you see the second tag you might spot a few similarities! The design, the doily stamp etc were all on there! Spooky or what?! I only realised I had made two when I was adding the second to the big ring that I store this growing alphabet on! Good job I keep them all together!
You can't see the background very well in the photos but it has a water spritzed clockwork mask by Tim Holtz - honestly! The last photo might show this a little clearer...!
So, two tags for the same challenge! Bargain! I hope you'll join in with us this fortnight - we'd love to have you along!
I have (finally!) updated my dedicated DDTIO Alphabet page with all my tags so far this year - there aren't many missing now...!

26 July 2014

Always Shine!

This month at Country View Crafts Challenges we are using stencils and encouraging you to as well! This tag has a few stencilled images as well as stamped ones!
The background has paint applied to it (white, pink and blue) and then, when dry, I used some Cut and Dry foam and applied white paint through a dotty stencil (apologies for the messy craft mat!)
I added a (Wendy Vecchi) striped stencil border to the top and bottom of the tag using Broken China Distress Ink then drew round them in white pen. I added a (Ellen Vargo) stamped border down each side of the tag and added a white dot in the circles. 
The figure was a composite of stamps on tissue paper (painting the reverse so the design stays clear) and I drew round the image with charcoal pencil to give it a little depth.
The final stage was to add the sentiment, again a Wendy Vecchi stencil, 'painted' with Cut and Dry foam and outlined in white pen. As a final flourish I added Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges. I hope you've joined in with us this month - we love to see the terrific projects you make!

22 July 2014

Heart U

Ah! The joys of being off work for a week - thank you school holidays! I have put the week to good use already by having a 'play' in the Studio and not being able to resist joining in with the PaperArtsy challenge this week. I loved the shadow box that Kate Yetter made and this is my version!
As my husband is Koumpounophobic I won't be bringing this project into the house!!!
Thank you for stopping by and reading this - I loved my afternoon playing with paint (I do love South Pacific!) 

16 July 2014

Hold my Heart

This fortnight's theme at Dragons Dream Tag It On is chosen by my rather lovely friend Silvia and is the letter K and a heart (with the usual rule to include a tag and at least one stamped image).
The hand and heart were stamped on tissue paper and painted with white and red paint on the reverse. The heart, background stamp and the stencil for the stripes are by Wendy Vecchi and the hand is by Tim Holtz.
I hope you'll pop over and see what the rest of the DT have made (it's worth the trip!) and then feel like joining in with us this time!

6 July 2014


I've not really had much 'play' time over the last few weeks so it was wonderful to be able to play along with this week's PaperArtsy challenge. I had a fab afternoon yesterday playing and this is my version of Liesbeth's canvas.