Thursday, 27 October 2016

Stampbord Mirror - PaperArtsy Squares and Grids Challenge

A great challenge over on PaperArtsy with some great inspiration so far! I thought I would make something that would be useful and I needed a mirror for my dressing table at Mum's, you know, the kind of thing you can grab and hold up a nose length to myopically put on mascara! I've had some wooden ones for ages from the pound stand at shows, which I thought would be perfect surrounded by Stampbord inchies.

I'm having a phase of watercolouring at the moment. Nothing to show you, and probably never will be, but I am improving. Anyway, as an offshoot, I decided to use some dabs of watercolour on the tiles as a change from inks. I have been using one of those mini travel palettes with a small number of colours in that you are supposed to use whilst sitting in a field of poppies. They are ideal for me when sitting in an armchair next to Mum at weekends or for taking to France. I used a selection of Hot Picks stamps for an eclectic look, and embossed them with a purpley-black embossing powder. As I've mentioned before, my room at Mum's is mainly purple, chosen because Col would hate it and I can please myself there. I tidied up the sides and the inner edge of the frame with some heathery-purple velvet ribbon which really finished off the boudoir look.

 I found the watercolours worked really well because where I found I had a blob of purple where a facial feature needed to be prominent, I could take a damp paintbrush and lift some of the colour away.

I am entering this into the PaperArtsy Squares and Grids Challenge which is here.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Demo at Ally Pally - and PaperArtsy Autumn Leaves Challenge

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to demo on the PaperArtsy stand at Ally Pally which was great fun. The customers were great and took such an interest in finding out more about the products. A while ago my friend, Pauline, had mentioned that Lesley Wharton had been on The Craft Channel for Chocolate Baroque promoting Brushos so I tuned in to see this lovely lady on one of her shows. She did a great technique where she sprinkled the Brushos onto tissue paper, spritzed it with water, then when it was dry she scrunched it up then tore it into tiny pieces, decoupaged it onto various surfaces such as a frame, and then highlighted the crinkles with embossing powder. I thought I would try this with PaperArtsy Infusions but keeping the tissue in one whole piece. The result is above, on the lid of one of those wonderful boxes you can get from the MDF man, Rob, at the shows (although I think he may not be coming anymore unless we send him some love?!). I think the colours I used were Are You Cerise, Royal Blood, Violet Storm, Black Knight, and Sunset Beach. I patted a Versamark Pad over it and around the lovely shaped edges and used a special dual toned sapphire embossing powder I bought years ago from Gill at the Stamp Man.

So I thought this would be a good technique to show at Ally Pally as it translates so well into the Infusions and I thought Treasure Gold would work well instead of embossing powder, and it works a treat. Pauline had given me a huge pile of wooden blocks some time ago when she took the rubber stamps off in the microwave. They are so useful although they need a bit of prepping. I gessoed them first so that the true colours showed up, and wrapped the tissue paper around them. Before I dried the spritzed tissue I plonked some cardstock down to pick up the excess and to use for stamping on and matching everything up.

 You can see what the tissue looks like here. I think it's lush, but the customers were oohing and aahing when I added the treasure gold to highlight the crinkles. I only used brass but it would be fun to use different colours, maybe a sapphire like the box lid I did?

This is the moppy-uppy card. I stamped some of the gorgeous stamps from Lin Brown's new Eclectica ELB 29/30. These stamps are so lush!!! I found when I was using the Infusions to paint with that if I used gel medium instead of water, the colours were much more intense. I am new to Infusions, is this a known fact? Very nice anyway!

It's lots of very special people's birthdays this week - lovely Julie Ann, one of my other best friends, Elaine, my bro John, and our lovely David would have been 57. I decided to make some Autumn Leaves birthday cards and this one is for John as he won't look on here. I thought it would be suitable for the PaperArtsy Autumn Leaves challenge, and just right for a horticulturalist. I used the tissue as the background glued to some cardstock and the sentiment is from JoFY 26. I am entering the challenge which is here.

One final thing I was showing at Ally Pally. A couple of years ago, Anneke de Clerck, who I greatly admire, did a blog post for PaperArtsy which I adored, using little pieces of scrunched up tissue on this particular flower, a hollyhock I think, from JoFY 26. As you get lots of tiny scraps of coloured tissue left from the Infusions technique, I thought I would revisit it with this card. The background has been made with Crayola Slick Stix. Hope you like.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Charm Box for PaperArtsy

I'm delighted to have a post on the PaperArtsy blog featuring the theme Beads, Charms and Dangles. For more information on how I made this box with Crayola Slick Stix and Lynne Perrella stamps, with clay and shrink plastic charms, please hop on over to PaperArtsy. I'd be thrilled if you left a comment there or here. I hope you will join in the challenge!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Zesty Zing Patterns

At the moment, Paper Artsy have a Patterns theme challenge, and the challenge on That's Crafty is Zesty Zing. I thought it would be fun to combine the two. I had in my mind's eye to do rows of brightly coloured Fresco paint colours with a different pattern on each colour, going across. I wanted the rows to be definite but not neat lines, and for the colour to be a bit patchy. I also wanted a little bit of white to separate the rows. I found the idea much easier than the reality! I wanted to use my brayer, with different widths of masking tape to divide up the rows, removing them when I had done a particular colour. Above is what I finally came up with, on a canvas board. For the colours I used Zesty Zing, Granny Smith, Limelight, Coral, Cherry Red, Bougainvillea, and Tango. For the stamping I used EEV05 and 06, ELB 23, and ESN17. IRL it is incredibly Zingy!!

As I was working I cleaned off my brayer and my stamps onto a piece of stamping card and then stamped the leaves from EEV02 and the Flower from JoFY36 and layered them up to finish the piece off.

This card was a result of my first, trial attempt which was a masterboard on cardstock, which I cut up into pieces and have made several cards. It was tricky working out which colours of stamping would show up on the paint lines. The main disaster though was that I had various types and widths of masking tape and one of them was very high tack and lifted off some of the surface of the card. This made it very 'textural' in one spot! It wasn't a complete waste though as I've been able to use it, and it was good fun. 

I am entering the card and canvas into the That's Crafty Zesty Zing challenge and the Paper Artsy Patterns challenge.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Fabric Vase for PaperArtsy

I am delighted to have a project on PaperArtsy for the fabric challenge. I have made a vase out of a bottle, using transparent Powertex and calico. I'm not completely happy with how it turned out but I'm pleased I did what I set out to do which was to experiment with showing how stamps and Frescos could be introduced into Powertex and fabric work by using the transparent version. There is loads and loads more scope to use these components together on future projects and it was such fun.

I had originally intended the rose to have leaves so I thought I would give you a couple of photos here as an additional idea. It didn't look right on the final vase but I think it would look nice on maybe a flatter project such as a box.

I used the leaf from Ellen Vargo Eclectica 02 and stamped it on the calico with a mixture of Granny Smith and Toad Hall Frescos. I cut some out full size and some I cut a shaving off, following the lines as shown, to make smaller leaves. I coated them in the transparent Powertex and shaped them a little when they were sticky.

I also stamped Cogs in Slate as I had thought they would work well as flower centres. I made some flowers using the large Spiral from Ellen Vargo Eclectica 02 and they turned out fantastic but again I didn't need them. Lots of ideas for future projects though!

I do hope you will hop on over to see me at PaperArtsy and let me know what you thought!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Powertex Bronze Plaque - PaperArtsy Fabric Challenge

I have made a Powertex reverse canvas for the PaperArtsy Fabric challenge theme which I thought could act as a plaque on the side of a house as it will be weatherproof. In fact, although it doesn't look it, it is mainly bronze and will match the fairy I made before so I will give it to Mum's wonderful carer. Maybe she would like it for the outside of her summerhouse for her daughter. Daughter is coming home from Uni for the holidays and her boys have got so used to not having to share a bedroom where the younger one moves into her room during termtime, that Mum has created this amazing den in the garden with her own hands for her to sleep in. I guess it means she keeps a bit of the independence and privacy she has become used to, too. In termtime, when the now all male household gets too much for Mum, she goes out there to ring me for our natters.

It was really hard to get a photo as the colours are really bronze, copper, green, and rose gold, with touches of white. I love the texture but in the photo it looks a bit tatty because you can't really see the depth of the canvas so it looks as though the  lovely trailing pieces round the edges are layered on top of everything else in a haphazard way. I made the face with clay and the flower is die cut and filled with little balls.

I'm not totally happy with it, but it does look quite pretty in real life and will be a good companion for the fairy. I am linking this up to the PaperArtsy fabric challenge.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Secret Garden Bird House for PaperArtsy Our House Challenge

I mentioned on the post I did for PaperArtsy here that I wanted to do a house with a tiled roof with the Lynne Perrella collage pieces I had left over so here it is!

I had a little stuffed fabric bird in my stash from when dear Petra had her clear out before going to La Palma so I gave him some new Lynne Perrella feathers.

Just nearly broke my neck climbing on the bench to hang it up, just for fun! I'm entering this into the PaperArtsy 'Our House' challenge.