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.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Our Castle and Our Keep for Paper Artsy


Over on the PaperArtsy blog I'm delighted to have a piece for the Our House challenge. I have featured a little row of wooden houses with the central one depicting, 'Our House, in the Middle of Our Street'. I have used Lynne Perrella stamps throughout.


The roof has been made up of one inch stampbord tiles with a selection of Lynne Perrella faces.


I then made a chimney out of turrets from one of the lady's heads to suggest, 'Our Castle and our Keep', the words from the 1982 song by Madness.


I really hope you will like what I have made and leave a comment! Thank you.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Crafting At Ally Pally

 I had a wonderful time at Crafting at Ally Pally last Saturday! It was so great to have a day out and to be at this beautiful venue and to meet up with such lovely friends, old and new! My good friend, Helen, did this write up of the day, as always with her brilliant photography:-

 http://stampingbyh.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/crafting-at-allypally-show-today.

This was her photo of me, my first time demoing:-


Thank you, Helen, for the photo! I really, really enjoyed demoing and the time went by so quickly. It was great meeting the lovely members of the public who came over to chat and ask questions. Jo Firth Young was on before me and I was so pleased to see her again. Then it was time for Kim Dellow to take over. I have been wanting to meet Kim forever, and our paths just never seem to have crossed. It was such a great day.

As Helen pointed out, I'm wearing an apron I made with Lin Brown stamps. I didn't manage to get any of my canvas boards finished as everyone who came over wanted to see the image transfer being done, so I came home with a pile of canvases just with catalogue images on them! So this one I finished at home, using the most recent Lin Brown stamp releases. And my current fave Fresco paint, Coral!


Roll on September Ally Pally!!!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Crafting at Ally Pally - 9/10 April 2016 - I'm Demoing - Yay!!!

I'm so excited! It's Ally Pally time again! It's always been one of my favourite shows as it's such a stunning venue and a chance to meet up with so many people, but this year I am demonstrating for the first time. I will be on the PaperArtsy stand from 12.30 pm to 2 pm on Saturday 9 April. I would be thrilled if you can come along and say Hello. Of course, if you are there at other times over the weekend, there are some great demonstrators and make and takes, and you can see the full schedule here. For those of you who will be seeing PaperArtsy but over in Paris, well I am just green with envy!

I am going to be decorating small canvas panels using image transfer. It was such fun when I recently discovered transferring images from catalogues and magazines onto canvas using Golden Gel Matte Medium that I thought it would be a fun thing to show everyone so you can see for yourselves how easy and effective it is. I will be using the latest Fresco paint colours and the most recent Lin Brown Eclectica stamp releases and stencils to blend the transfers into a cohesive design.

If you can't get there but wanted to, I sympathize - normally at the weekends I'm busy looking after my lovely Mum. I hope whatever you are doing you have a great weekend and we will have lots of photos to show you afterwards I'm sure!