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28 July 2015

Super exciting newness (the return!)

Following on from the super exciting newness that was Lin Brown's new stamp launch that I was incredibly privileged to participate in, my projects were included in the latest PaperArtsy video previewing this fortnight's challenge of flowers. If you would like to watch the video - it's here and really worth a watch because there's some fabulous work from some talented people! If you're my mum and then just watch from 3:51!!!
For those wondering how I did make the petals on the sunflower 3D - the book text was adhered to Clearly for Art, heated and molded in to shape using a paintbrush handle... easy!

27 July 2015

Secret Garden

There's a new PaperArtsy challenge and it's Flowers! I simply had to make a journal page in my large Moleskin journal and this is it!
The background is full of brayered, layered paints, stencils and stamps.
The lovely Lin Brown flowers are stamped on tissue paper (painted on the reverse) and the clouds are painted on an old book page. Thank you for popping by and thanks to all at PAHQ for choosing a great theme!

22 July 2015

Lazy days

Ooh! Time for a new number for DragonsDream Tag It On - and it's the number 8 as chosen by our very own crafty Robin - Elizabeth! I chose to turn my number eights into flying butterflies by adding wings! I hope you'll join in with us this fortnight - just add at least one stamped image on a tag!


21 July 2015

Still enjoying the journey!

For my second project for Country View Crafts Challenges this month I have made a page in my small Moleskin journal. I wanted to create a postcard that fitted with the 'On your travels' theme.
I used my brayer and added blue and white paint to the page and then used tissue paper to stamp on to and painted the reverse. Obviously tissue paper is pretty fragile so when you come to glue it down you do need to be quite careful when the image had extra bits like the flag and sandbags on this one!
I really enjoyed using my travel related stamps, and we hope you'll join in with us and use yours!

9 July 2015

Super exciting newness!

I have been nurturing a little secret! The rather lovely and fabulously talented Lin Brown asked if I would like to play with some of her new stamps - released on the PaperArtsy blog tonight - it really wasn't a difficult question! There is a video to accompany this release - it's well worth a watch!

I was asked to use following paints and to use the sunflower stamp set... so inspiration struck!
The paints I used were:
Caribbean Sea, Tangerine Twist, Banana and Bougainvillea (Lin's limited edition set)
Hey Pesto
Zest Zing
I wanted to use the sunflower stamp as it appeared on the contact sheet (there's a project below where I started to use it differently - and more ways still to come!) The stalk is painted on tissue paper and the flower is stamped on two pieces of book paper; one was adhered to some Clearly for Art so I could mould it into a 3D flower. 
I debated whether to add anything to the centre but I couldn't cover up the text and so opted to leave it plain.
For my second project I wanted to see how the sunflower might look in pink (especially as Bougainvillea is such an amazing colour!) so I brayered lots of thin layers of Bougainvillea and Tangerine Twist paint to a piece of cream card and then stamped the flower on it. I has a warmth to it that I really like - I think I'll experiment with this again!
Having opted to leave the centre plain on the first one, I made a centre by adhering lots of accent beads (the remaining ones are now all over my studio - I mean all over!) and then dyeing them black. The stalk was painted on cream card and I left the leaves so that they could be moulded.
For my final piece for tonight I snuck in some tulips from another of Lin's fabulous new stamp sets. The journal page uses the sunflower but I cut some of the petals off so that it looks like a different flower. All of the images were stamped on tissue paper and painted on the reverse and front so that a depth of colour is reached. 

Thank you for sticking with me through this long post and a HUGE thanks to Lin for asking me to play with her new stamps - they are truly lovely and I have lots more ideas for them and hope to share them over the next few weeks!

8 July 2015

One of a kind

A new recipe has started over at DragonsDream Tag It On and it's Numbers. The lovely May chose the number One - a pretty fitting number to start us off! The rules are pretty simple, you must include a stamped image and a tag - that's it!
I added lots of distress ink layers to a tag (Twisted Citron, Broken China, Wild Honey). I then inked the inside of a Texture Fade with clear embossing ink and embossed the tag. I then added clear embossing powder and heated it. To highlight the pattern I added Black Soot Distress Ink. Then I added a heart, stamped sentiment and ribbons. Great challenge May, thank you! Do join in with us, we love to see your tags!

7 July 2015


I can't believe that it's halfway through the year already! The year has flown by! My pages for July reflect the beautiful weather we've had in the UK and also the scene I see from my studio window (well, the scene I'd see if I was anything like a gardener!)
I try to remember to take a photo before I add the journalling spots and actually the finished project is not too different from this! The background is paint brayered on and lots of different stencils. The leaves are a Dylusions stamp inked with Dylusions ink in a water pen. 
The lovely character is one of Kate Crane's new stamps - Kate hosts a Facebook page (Art Journaling Calendar challenge) where you can see some incredible pages - a must go place for inspiration!
The garden stamps are also Dylusions - a couple had never been inked before - glad to have put that right! Thank you, as always for popping by - I really do appreciate every visit.

1 July 2015

Enjoy the Journey

Gosh! It's July already! The year is simply whizzing by! This month at Country View Crafts Challenges we are exploring the theme of 'On your travels' and this is my first project. I love travelling. I love the journey itself, the anticipation of of what we'll find along the way and of course what we experience when we get there! Not too long ago we, as a family, took a trip to Brighton for the day - it should have taken 4 hours in total but took 9 and it was one of our best trips ever! This tag, using Tim Holtz stamps reminds me of the exciting trips abroad we've taken! The advertising labels were stamped onto tissue paper and painted on the reverse. The ticket, airplane and sentiment were stamped onto cream card.
Thank you as always for popping by. I hope you'll join in with us this month!