Sunday, 13 November 2016

PA challenge Typography Fonts and Quotes #2

This is my second entry to the current PA challenge and quite different to my usual style - loads of colour in the background from some beautiful zingy frescos.  I've also stamped the word SING in matching distress inks after adding the white bricks.  The main image is from Visible Image - love her thumb print dress

Thank you for looking xx

PA Challenge Typography Fonts and Quotes

This is the first of two quick posts for the current PA challenge #21 as I've realised the time  - full details are here

I've put together a journal page using frescos and JOFY stamps - I love this verse and will give this page to a young friend who is battling cancer for the second time. I've also used a fine script stamps in the background which you can just see in these pictures.

Thank you for looking xx

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Grids and Squares #3

A last hour entry to the Paperartsy challenge - using up some of those scraps which I've cut into random sized squares and rectangles to make a quick journal page.

Thank you for looking xx

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Squares and Grids #2

This is my second entry for the current Paperartsy challenge see here for full details  - I hope this is allowed as there's not a drop of paint or stamp in sight.  I've been intending to make a little dust cover for my sewing machine for a while and this made my mind up on what to do.  I've put together a simple pattern of squares which is backed and slightly quilted also making it reversible..

Thank you for looking xx

Squares and Grids #1

Check out the Paperartsy blog for some wonderful inspiration for the current theme see here for details.  I've created a card for my friends birthday using different embossed papers for the grid background.  For a change I've used distress inks for my colouring instead of paint.  I've stamped and coloured some JOFY flowers as the focal point with a couple of die cut flourishes.

Thank you for looking xx

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Paperartsy challenge - Die cuts #2

I needed a quick card for a friend so decided on the below that also tied in with the current challenge over at Paperartsy see here for full details

I made an easel card base first with the one of the nesting dies and covered with some pretty hot air balloon paper. For the balloon I painted space cadet and captain peacock frescos onto some scraps and die cut the balloon and attached to the backing. Next I cut Happy Birthday with my most used die and added a shadow.  Three little circles were the finishing touch to make the stopper.

Thank you for looking xx

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Paperartsy Challenge - die cuts

An interesting challenge this week, see here for info, as sure like most of you I've my favourite handful of dies that get used all the time and loads that seemed a good idea at the time.  One that falls into the second category is a PA die that goes with ELB01 stamps - only because I've always had a nightmare working out how to line it up - to the point that I sent it back to Leandra who kindly gave me some fall proof instructions.

So I set myself a little challenge in using it and here's the result - great to use some old stamps, crackle glaze and embossing powder. 

Thank you for looking xx

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Patterns #2

Having not done a lot crafting recently I was on a roll today. I needed another card to send to a friend and wanted to use Patterns in a different way for the Paperartsy challenge  see here for details Out came a long neglected embossing folder - the black card was then hi-lighted with treasure gold.  The flowers are JOFY flowers stamped onto some small design patterned papers and fussy cut out.  So rry for the awful photo

Thank you for looking xx

Patterns #1

The current Paperartsy challenge is Patterns - where to start ........see here

As usual I didn't really have a plan in mind.  I started with some painty stripes in Coral and South Pacific then added patterns with the small Ellen Vargo stamps. A bit too bright at this stage so I applied a wash in Chalk.  

I haven't used my Infusions for ages so with a sprinkle of A bit jaded and a spray of water here's the finished background.

 At this point I was reminded of the seaside.  With the addition of three little JOFY beach huts here's my finished card

Thank you for looking X

Monday, 4 July 2016

Paper Piecing - topic # 13

This is my entry to the current Paperartsy challenge of Paper Piecing - the full details of inspiration from guest designers can be found here.  My first thoughts of paper piecing does involve hours spent on patchwork when I was younger. More recently I've found paper piecing using stamps and patterned papers very therapeutic - I think it's all that cutting out that's relaxing.

Here's a selection of cards I've just made - creating my own patchwork backgrounds as well the main images from oddments of paper.  I haven't 100% finished the owl ones as I've not decided who they're for yet.

Thanks for stopping by xx

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Paperartsy Challenge #12- Fabric

I've finally had time to come up with an entry for the latest challenge, see here for full details
I've so many ideas but not enough time at the moment - hopefully might find time over the weekend.

I started by stamping some leaves onto scraps of fabric in archival ink - I think these were the first PA stamps I purchased. These were cut out and machined onto a piece of hessian fabric.  This was too fragile and kept fraying so I backed it onto a scrap of calico.  
I then cut a bird shape from felt and stitched this into place.  To finish I added some die cut fabric flowers and beads.  The bottom photon gives the most realistic view of the colours as it had clouded over again when I took these. 

Thank you for popping by to look xx

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Resist Tag

As I can't get out into the garden today I thought I'd make my own little indoor one instead.  This is bit of a test piece using various resist techniques.  Over the last couple weeks the Paperartsy blog has show cased numerous techniques which can be seen here

The background includes metallic glaze through a stencil as the resist.

The flowers were stamped and enmbossed in white for the resist before colouring with distress ink.

I didn't have much success with glossy accents as the resist under fresco paint - found it hard to remove the paint just from the heart.  Something to try again.

 And lastly this was oil pastels scribbled onto card with distress inks on top - quite liked the effect this gave - should have taken a photo before die cutting though

Thank you for looking X

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Resist Birthday Cards

The current Paperartsy topic 7 is resists, see here for some well known and not so well known techniques Resists.  This is one of those lovely techniques I always forget about. I've a few birthdays coming up so decided to make several similar cards this morning. In each I've stamped and embossed with white powder. My favourite purple/lilac distress inks made an appearance in the background and additional stamping.

And here's close up of each card


I'm entering this into the Paperartsy challenge and the Country View Crafts theme of Spring details here.

Thank you for popping by x

Sunday, 3 April 2016


When I first read the latest Paperartsy challenge of Liquid Sculpting Medium I dismissed it as I didn't have anything such as Powertex to use. But reading further that other glues etc could be used I decided to give it a go.

I took a paper mache mask and firstly added strips of pleated calico to the edge using copious amounts of fabric decoupage glue - nice and messy ! I wanted another fabric with more texture and after hunting around I came across a bandage - this forms the main part of the mask. At this point I wasn't sure where to go next. The overall effect had an ancient look about it so I built up layers of paint, antiquing creams and treasure gold to give an aged look. Unfortunately it's a bit dull here this morning so the shine hasn't come out in the pictures 


To finish I added some metallic brads and a "sun" like cog.  Thank you for looking x

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Art Doll - topic #5

The Paperartsy theme at the moment is art dolls see here for info - at first I wasn't really sure what to do but after a bit of googling it seems anything goes.

So off I went to rummage through my bits and bobs for something suitable to use as face - I came up with a little wooden spoon which fitted perfectly into a cotton reel sitting on my desk. Now the scary bit of drawing a face and colouring in with a mixture of fresco paints.

I added cardboard arms secured with wire and then built up a bit of bulk using strips of material. Here's the basic doll in all her glory !

Now she needed some clothes - I stamped a pattern onto a piece of white cotton (just seen on the blog that Lucy did the same thing - great minds think alike lol). I used this and some smaller pieces of fabric to fashion a dress.  This was sewed direct onto the body bit by bit.

All that was missing was some hair - a bit stumped for a while but fiddling around with some scraps I decided on lace hair - well who would like this - here's my finished doll........thank you for stopping by xx

Friday, 4 March 2016

Image Transfer #4

As I've never attempted any form of image transfer before I thought I'd start with something simple.  I printed a black and white image of some scissors etc and transfered it onto a piece of white fabric using Matt Medium.

I made up a little bag using some scraps of fabric left over from making some bunting and attached my image and some matching buttons.  

Front of my bag

Crazy patchwork bac


And finished bag

Thank you for stopping by to look xx