Friday, 18 April 2014

Vase of Spring Blossoms - for Indigo Blu Challenge


I made this altered bottle of blooms for the Indigo Blu challenge which is Spring Blossoms. I have used the gorgeous Live, Laugh, Love stamp plate. I started off with a small glass bottle which I covered with their Gee So Good Gesso and then painted with acrylic paints in various shades of blue. I stamped the flowers and leaves from the stamps set in Jet Black StazOn all over a piece of tissue paper and adhered it to the bottle with Slap It On. I painted some extra flowers and added these on.

I then stamped more flowers and leaves onto backing papers and cut them out, and glued them to some of the sticks you get with reed diffusers, and arranged them in the 'vase'.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

All The World's A Stage - Inspired by Julie Ann Lee for Paper Artsy

This week on Paper Artsy sees the return of the very clever Julie Ann Lee as Guest Designer. This week Julie Ann has drawn on the dramatic arts for her inspiration and produced an amazing theatrical journal over three nights, which begins here. I am not a journaller but I really wanted to make something inspired by Julie Ann and the gorgeous Lynne Perrella stamps she has used, so I used a 'stage' shaped wooden frame instead.

I painted some cardstock as Julie Ann had done, following her colours, and stamped the houses from LP028, and the 'Marie Antoinette' figure as I am calling her from LP001. I thought I had the stamp set Julie Ann had used for her actors and looked in vain! I loved the way she had stamped the two figures from LPC015 on the butterfly shape so I copied this. I stamped the collage from LP030 on cardstock painted with Vanilla and then painted it with translucent shades of Fresco. I loved the William Blake quote Julie Ann had used from ELB05 and I didn't have this set so I promptly ordered it!

I used some dew drops on the arch to represent the stage lights and the curtains are pieces of organza. I had intended to have the full William Blake quote in the centre of the frame but I liked the collage so much I didn't want to obscure it. In the end I decided that Marie Antoinette would be holding the rolled script in her hand whilst waiting in the wings behind the curtain. Why she should be in this particular guise, wearing a ship on her head is anyone's guess, but at least she no longer has a shell for an umbrella - I snipped that off!

I am entering the Paper Artsy challenge which is here.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Crafty Individuals' April Challenge - Nature's Beauty - Bird Cage

I am very excited that my turn has come round again to choose the theme for the Crafty Individuals' challenge.  I have chosen Nature's Beauty as I felt there is such a lovely range of bird, butterfly, flower, and tree stamps amongst the Crafty Individuals' range that you can play around with.

I wish you could see this 'make' in real life as it is difficult to capture in 3d. It is a deep box shaped like a birdcage with acetate windows through which you can see a range of stampbord tiles depicting a variety of nature themed stamps in a pale teal and pink colourscheme, accented with olive for the leaves. It took me days, but it was days of pleasure as I added little bits here and there; a very relaxing make.

I thought I would go into a bit of detail today as I feel really guilty that I haven't done a step by step tutorial yet for Crafty Individuals. The box was bought in the post-Christmas sales a few years ago as I fell in love with the shape, and it contained quickly discarded make up products. I have been saving it ever since and was scared of messing it up. I painted the outside (lid) first with Beach Hut and Mermaid Fresco Finish paint and then stamped it with Script CI 161 and Music Script CI 194 in Archival Inks. I made rolled roses with a selection of Crafty Individuals' background papers. I cut leaves and branches from dies and inked them with Distress Inks, graduating the colours. I made a bird out of clay and a mould and painted him with Frescos and highlighted the wings with Treasure Gold and sat him on a branch. I added a clock to the top which I also highlighted with Treasure Gold. I dotted on some Simply Pearls in places for a pearl accent. So that's the outside.

For the inside, I cut a piece of cereal box to fit the shape and covered it with Crafty Individuals' background paper, piecing it together carefully so it fitted without the joins showing. I spread some Paper Artsy grungepaste through a Mini Art Is stencil for the words.

I used a selection of Bird, Tree, Flower, and Butterfly stamps on Stampbord, colouring the tiles first with archival inks. I used Jet Black StazOn, did some scratching back highlights, and sanded the edges, then coloured the sides with a dark brown Pro Marker. To position them I kept popping the lid back on to see how they would appear through the acetate windows. Finally I added more rolled roses, branches, and leaves, and a leaf and birdcage charm painted with Snowflake Fresco.

I do hope you will join in this month's challenge. As always, you can claim a discount on any Crafty Individual orders placed, just for taking part, which I think is amazing! All challenge details are here.

I thought I would also enter this into the Altered Eclectics challenge as it is altered art in the sense that I have altered a gift box into a home decor item. As it is very much a Spring make which represents New Beginnings, I am entering it into the Country View Challenge which is here.

Thank you so much for all the lovely good wishes on Facebook and Twitter and the cards and e mails for my birthday. Unfortunately I am very behind with everything, and with saying my thank you's, as I have had a crisis this week, and the worst is over. It was wonderful getting so many messages and I will be able to catch up and have some birthday outings now.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Vintage Images Cogs Canvas for Crafty Individuals

I wanted to make something that used most of the new stamps Crafty Individuals recently brought out so I decided to make a chunky canvas. I painted it with Fresco paints in Green Olives, Butternut, Yellow Submarine, and Tango, and used the new script stamp CI 406 . I then cut some canvas board pieces to fit the other stamps, the vintage car, the steam train, the 'phone, and Wishes, and painted the pieces with Inky Pool, Sky, and Beach Hut. I highlighted some areas with white pen. I then rusted some die cut cogs, and also some of the metal corners you can now buy from Crafty Individuals under their Must Haves section.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Mon Ami Pierrot - Inspired (Loosely) by Julie Ann Lee for Paper Artsy

This week has been the turn of the sweetest Paper Artsy Guest Designer of them all, lovely Julie Ann Lee! The last couple of times it has been Julie Ann's turn I don't seem to have managed to join in so I was determined to have a go. She has the knack of looking at the world around her through an artistic eye and bringing her interpretation to us, this week in the form of a series of three canvases featuring the Green Man. She said she was worried we might be scared of masks as some people apparently are, and the Green Man can be rather gargoyle-esque, but it certainly hasn't put anyone off judging by the number of amazing challenge contributions. What a talent to be able to inspire people in that way!

Well, I love masks, bring it on, I'm not scared at all! I am scared of men with beards, but that's to do with the fireman in Trumpton! I decided to go a bit off piste and do a Pierrot mask rather than a green man, for the very simple reason that I have had my Paper Artsy Pierrot stamps for some time and haven't used them, and this seemed a good opportunity.

I ordered a couple of ceramic masks from ebay which looked like the ones Julie Ann had used, and as she said, the Frescos went on like a dream. I used a coat of Snowflake first off, then the eyes, a scull cap, and tears with Little Black Dress, and lips with London Bus. I painted a chunky 6 x 6 canvas with French Roast, then added Crackle Glaze, then a mixture of Pansy and Lilac and Eggplant. I embossed the Story of Pierrot wording in black ep (I used plates 3 and 4), and also the Pierrot image. I stamped the remaining images from the plates and gold embossed onto green Chatsworth paper. This bit I wasn't happy with, I wish I hadn't used green. I mounted these pieces onto black cardstock, including the Pierrot on the Promenade wording.

Then I mixed grungepaste with Old Gold and puff paint and smeared it through a distressed harlequin stencil as I associate harlequins with Pierrot, and sprinkled with gold ep before heating with a heat gun. I then added a bit more gold with Brass Treasure Gold and also used some round the edges.

I gave Pierrot a white ruffle using the Tim Holtz rosette die and added lots of mauve feathers as I also associated feathers with masks. Wasn't sure I liked this bit either. I then added my remaining images here and there, and some pearls as I felt it needed lifting with a bit more white.

Do have a look at Julie Ann's Green Men if you haven't all ready. I am entering this week's challenge which is here.

Friday, 14 March 2014

DT Project No 3 for Snazzys - Featuring Kaisercraft Art of Life

Over on the Snazzys Design Team Blog I have my final make for this week using the beautiful Kaisercraft Art of Life kit. Here's a sneak peek:-

I would love you to pop over and see it there, and if you leave comments on all the posts using this kit, you will be in with a chance of winning all the products we have used!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

DT Project No 2 for Snazzys - Featuring Kaisercraft Art of Life

Over on the Snazzys Design Team Blog I have my second make for this week using the beautiful Kaisercraft Art of Life collection.

I do hope you will pop over to the Snazzys blog to see what myself and my teamies have been making. If you leave a comment on each of the blog posts using this gorgeous kit, you stand a chance of winning it for yourself!