Sunday, 24 August 2014

Leftovers and Doodling - Inspired (Loosely) by Jo Firth Young for Paper Artsy

 Lots of lovely projects as always on the Paper Artsy blog this week. I didn't intend to play along as I am meant to be doing other things but I was tidying my desk and realized I could make something from the left overs! I always love how Jo Firth Young does her doodling and I never doodle - daydream, Yes, but doodle, No! I had this piece of square Chatsworth on my desk where I had been doing another project using the lovely new Marlin Fresco mixed with grungepaste and I had a little left so I popped it through the JoFY circles stencil and then used Tikka through the flower stencil, so when I saw she had doodled around the circles I thought I would try it and turn the square into a card. I had the left over clay flowers and canvas stems from when I did the bottle with the Clay Flowers for  Paper Artsy, and the painted buttons from when I did the house with the button roof. I know that makes it sound like I haven't tidied my desk in a looooong time, but I put left overs into little baggies and then never seem to use them. So there it is.

I am entering this card into this week's Paper Artsy challenge.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Floral Hessian Canvas Inspired by Penny Nuttall for Paper Artsy

Over on Paper Artsy this week, Penny Nuttall was Guest Designer, and on night one she made a wonderful hessian book with fabric liner paper. I thought I would try to recreate the same look as an excuse to use a hessian canvas with a gessoed background, and use the stamps in a similar way to Penny - so I was totally inspired by her in making it even though it is much simpler. I used StazOn in Claret, Orange Zest, and Ganache. The script is from Hot Picks 1304 and the flowers are from 1009.  I added metal flowers from an old necklace which I rusted and enamelled with Fresco paints, and some rusted photo corners. It was very quick but I quite like it as a piece of home decor as I like to be able to 'put things somewhere' or give them to people who won't say 'what is it?'!!

I am entering this into the Paper Artsy challenge and also That's Blogging Crafty which is Something Stamped, and the Artistic Stamper which is Anything Goes.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Lynne Perrella Tea Cup Lady - Inspired by Keren Baker for Paper Artsy

This week at Paper Artsy has seen the swansong of the lovely Keren Baker who has a wonderfully imaginative and experimental but still clean and simple style which I love, and I will be sorry to see her go. On the first of her three nights she used one of my favourite stamps, the Lynne Perrella Tea Cup lady, and I was pleased to have such a different way to use her. She had cut the diamonds out of her bodice and teased pieces of organza through the resulting holes. It was very effective and fortunately I had replaced my craft knife from last time she had us doing fussy cutting, but I thought I'd do that part of the project earlier in the week, as A and E can get busy at the weekend! I really think it was the most fiddly and exasperating thing I have ever tried to do in crafting, and that's saying a lot! The cutting out part wasn't too bad, but I used a tweezers to pull the pieces of organza through the tiny holes, and every time I pulled one bit through, it pulled one of the other bits out again! Did any of you try this? I don't know if you can make it out in the photo but it is quite effective, like a ruffled bodice.

I did as Keren suggested and stamped the image several times. I used archival and layered up the teacup, the necklace, and the wording. I then coloured it with my new Fibralos. Did I tell you I bought Fibralos?!!! Then I recycled a canvas by reversing it and filled the back with white lace and painted the edges with Beach Hut. I finished it off with Teal coloured rose organza trim.

I am entering it into this week's Paper Artsy challenge.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Altered Bottle with Chocolate Baroque Harlequin Rose

I thought it would be fun to join in both the Eclectic Paperie Altered Bottle Challenge and the new Chocolate Baroque Challenge, which is a colour one, using the colours of blue, green, yellow, and red. I thought these colours would work really well with their lovely Harlequin Rose set which has such a lot of stamps on the one plate. I painted the bottle, which was an M and S port decanter which Colin kindly emptied for me (!), with Fresco Finish paints in Sky, Space Cadet, and South Pacific. I stamped various images from the set onto tissue paper and painted them from behind with Snowflake and then coloured them with Inktense pencils and adhered them to the bottle with gel medium.

I added a little glitter to the roses and some Treasure Gold in Ice Fire to the rim and top edge of the bottle, and finished off with a ceramic door knob by way of a stopper.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Celebrate Burlap Panel - Gio's New Stamps for Crafty Individuals

Today I am celebrating the lovely Giovanna Zara's new stamps for Crafty Individuals with this mini burlap panel. Gio has brought out two stamp designs and Crafty Individuals have also launched some other new designs including a fabulous bicycle, and you can read all the details here.

For my make I mainly used this set which is on special offer at £3.70 - isn't that amazing! But I also used the bird cage from this set, so the two work really well together. I added a little door onto the birdcage. I added the word Celebrate from another Crafty Individuals' set as I was so delighted to toast Gio's success! I have stamped all the pieces onto various Crafty Individuals' background papers and cut them out.

Just wanted to mention the technique in the central section which I picked up from an absolutely beautiful blog which I now subscribe to called Layers of Ink by a very talented lady called Anna-Karin. Here is the link to the technique which Alison, Butterfly, drew our attention to, and I know I will return to it time and again.

Well done, dear Gio, and glad to have recently added the word 'Dalek' to your ever-growing English vocabulary!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Crafty Individuals' Seaside Scene

I made this Crafty Individuals' Seaside scene for the Artistic Stamper challenge, the theme of which is by the seaside, and the That's Crafty challenge, which is to use stencils and masks. I used a reversed canvas and Crafty Individuals' background papers, with the seaside paper in the middle and torn strips of their other papers around the edges and some canvas textured ribbon to tidy up the inner rim. I stamped the bather, shells, and beach huts, and coloured them with Fibralos, and stamped the text from the two sets CI 272 and 278 around the edges. For the sea I used bubble wrap coloured with alcohol ink in Pool, Stream, Clover, and Bottle, and then added gesso for the spume on the waves. For my stencil I used But is it Art script with Grunge Paste.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Marie Antoinette goes Paddling, inspired by Helen Chilton for Paper Artsy

One of my favourite people, Helen Chilton, popped up on the Paper Artsy blog on Friday night with a delightful sea casket full of brightly coloured fish! Although I've already done a challenge entry this week, my dear friend Petra has just kindly given me two of the seaside Hot Picks stamp sets including the one Helen used, and I loved the way the anchor background made the casket look like wood, so I had to have a go.


For the casket I followed Helen exactly. For the images I painted some heavy smoothy stamping card with Nougat and then stamped them with black archival and coloured them with Fibralos and fussy cut them. I am loving the Fibralos!!! Thank you Darcy for test-driving them; I am not sure how I lived without them.

As I'm still in art doll mode following Penny Nuttall's wonderful inspiration this week I decided to use the beautiful 'Marie Antoinette' Lynne Perrella image as it has a shell for a parasol and I thought it would be fun to have her paddling amongst the shells. I supported her on a coffee stirrer (do people actually stir their coffee with these or are they just for craft purposes?) and glued it into a wooden stool so it is self-supporting. I then popped it in the casket surrounded by shells and used a piece of net from fruit packaging (thank you, Jean!) for the fish.


This was a very quick project and such fun and I am entering it into the challenge, inspired by Helen Chilton. Also wanted to mention that I found my missing stamp. Phew! I hadn't thrown it away, it was stuck to the bottom of something. Can I have back the hours I spent looking?!