Saturday, 9 July 2016

Timeless....

Time is one thing I have been short of of late, hence the lack of posts over the last few weeks, but I was determined to find time today to join in this week's Less Is More challenge aptly called "Time".

I've used Lindy's magicals to create the painted backdrop for my stamp. I didn't realise until recently that there are two types of magical powder, flats and shimmers, and it is the shimmer powder that has mica. I have to say whilst I love the flat colours, the shimmer colours really are something else.

I've used "Cape Cod Coral" from the Nantucket Pearls set for this creation, which splits into gorgeous coral, orange and pink tones when water is added.

  time 1

The beautiful stamp is from the Sizzix framelits stamps and dies set called "clocks"-perfect for this challenge.

  time 2

Well, I hope you like, I'm off to enter the challenge. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

It's a beautiful day...

I'm loving the new Altenew stamps and although I only possess one set at the moment I am going to make the most of them.

Now don't get me wrong, I love the flowers with this gorgeous set called "Beautiful Day", but it was the leaves that caught my eye first.

I chose to stamp the leaves in quite unconventional colours of bronze and beige. The lovely frame is by Papertrey from their Boutique Borders range: Sympathy.

Altenew 1 

All I did was simply mask off the middle so that the leaves frame the sentiment.

  altenew 2

Well, it really is a beautiful day today, hope it is wherever you are too!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Splatters...

I hope you like this creation as I have suffered for my art today and I'm covered in ink!

Very difficult to control ink when spraying direct from the bottle but somehow eventually I managed to create this inky card and leave some white space.

I have created this card for this week's challenge over at "Less Is More" which is "splatters". Yep, judging by the state of my hands I think I've definitely splattered some ink today!

I masked off a rectangle in the middle and then sprayed Dylusions inks with a sprinkle of Pixie powder in copper, and then added some splatters of black ink.

SP1 

The frame is from the Boutique Borders stamp set by Papertrey, and the lovely solid sentiment is by Paula Pascual.
  
SP2

Well, I'd better go and clean my hands before I get my inky paw prints all over the house.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Lindy's Magicals and Gesso...

No creation as such for you today, but I thought I would share my experience of using Gesso with Lindy's Magicals powders.

As mentioned in previous posts I have been crafting a long time but I have never used Gesso. I know lots of you have been using Gesso for many years and are very experienced with it so this post is really for those who like me maybe haven't tried it yet.

I kinda knew about it's use for acrylic paint but didn't realise that there is a universal Gesso by Pebio which is suitable for all mediums including watercolour paints.

Having used Brushos and Magicals on watercolour paper and 300gsm cardstock I wanted to see what the difference might be with Gesso. I hope you can see the difference in the photos below...

 G4

I simply used a paint brush to apply a thin coat of the Gesso all over the card. Once dry (it dries very quickly) I spritzed the card with water and then sprinkled the Magicals onto the water.

I have used exactly the same Magical colour powder in both samples, in this case "C'est La Vie Cerise" from the "Tres Chic set, but you can see the colour is much lighter in the top sample as some of the paint has soaked into the cardstock.  

The colour in the bottom sample is much more vibrant where the Gesso has prevented the paint from soaking through and I think the powder has dispersed much better too.

G3

In the photo below you can also see one of the other colours I've used called "Chateau Rose" (the pink sample on the left of the photo), which is also more vibrant and you can see the different pigment colours better too. And because the Gesso prevents the cardstock from getting soaked with watercolour the card does not wrinkle or warp nearly as much.

  G1

I suppose it's all personal preference, but I'm glad I invested in this Gesso as I prefer the effect with it rather than without it. I am hoping it will have the same effect with Brusho's too, I will let you know!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Shades of blue...

I know I am jumping from one style to another recently but by experimenting with different techniques it helps to stop me getting in a rut.

This time it is out with the Tim Holtz ink pad in Weathered Wood and some very old but beautiful Stempelglede stamps.

I've layered up the stamps in varying shades of blue to add depth.

St1 

Then simply added some sentiment stamps by Papertrey and Paula Pascual.

ST2

Who knows what style my next creation will be,

Have a great weekend
See you soon x

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Purple rain...

This isn't actually a reference to song by the late great Prince, but rather the name of the Nuvo drops used for this week's challenge over at Less Is More which is to use the colour purple.

A very simple card using a beautiful stamp by Chocolate Baroque called "decorative edges". Stamped in purple and then I've added some purple Nuvo drops to accentuate the little circles.

  CB1

And as if that wasn't enough I've added some purple velvet ribbon too.

Well, I'm off to enjoy the weekend, hope you do to!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Borders and Edges...

I do love creating a bit of abstract work and there are now so many fab border and edges stamps to create abstract designs with.

No embellishments, no frills, nothing to distract from the background.

And this was the result, shown here with some practice pieces.

  AB3

The edges and border stamps I've used are from:

WOW-Funky Border strips
Kaisercraft-edges
Kaisercraft-Tiny dots
Dovecraft (my fave) Beautiful borders


  AB4

Once I'd decided on which stamps to use it was just a case of practising and playing until I came up with the overall effect I wanted.

AB2

It's been nice to get a bit inky again,

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Once upon a time....


BRU2

Together, they made a right mess...

BRU4

But eventually they made a beautiful baby card, 

BRU3

...and lived happily ever after!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Sprinkle and spray...

My first time with Brushos and I'm hooked.

Just to get used to them I thought I would spritz them over some die cut flowers. I've used Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters dies for these flowers.

BR5

It's a shame the Brusho bottles don't come colour coded so I pinched an idea I saw on TV which was to stick a map pin with a colour coded circle of card into the top of the Brusho bottle as shown below.

I can't believe such a tiny amount can pack such a punch of colour.

For anyone who hasn't used them, they start out like this...

BR4

..and, after spritzing with water, end up like this...

  Br3

I have kept the rest of the card clean to show off the flowers and completed it with a sentiment from Paula Pascual.

  Br2

Love love love these little pots of colour!

Bye for now, thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Making a right GIMP of myself...

This post is as much about me learning GIMP as it is about making flowers.

So what is GIMP? Having ditched Windows operating system several years ago when Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP, I now use Linux instead. The best part is it's free. For those that don't know GIMP is the free photo editing software compatible with Linux. I've used both Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop in the past when I used Windows XP. GIMP is every bit as good, if not better in my view.


TH2 

So not only did I edit the photos for this post in GIMP, I learned how to add text and symbols. Now you's all may be looking at this and thinking but it's really easy, but for me, although I'm far from a technophobe, it has take me a little while to get used to it. 

With no further ado, here are my flowers, complete with the names of the Tim Holtz colours I've used. Note my little left and right arrows!!


TH1

I've enjoyed learning something new today and will no doubt be using my newly aquired GIMP skills for future photos!

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Precious treasures...

It feels like winter has returned here so I thought what better to stay indoors and craft.

I found this huge flower from Prima at the bottom of my stash and thought I would use it for this creation, I love the different colour tones of the petals.

The background script stamp is by Stampin Up, and the flourishes are by Kelly Panacci for Hampton Arts.

  P1

And of course I've splashed around some Dylusion ink in Polished Jade, gorgeous colour.

Hope you like, enjoy your weekend whatever the weather!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Waking up my mojo...

I think it is fair to say my card designs are going off in a new direction. Having spent years crafting along the clean and simple route, I felt I had got stuck in a rut. Since getting out my inks and watercolours out a few weeks ago my mojo has been reignited.

Now don't get me wrong, it is in my crafting DNA to leave lots of white space still, so I think my new creations will be somewhat of a hybrid between CAS and these new inky designs.

  B2

These abstract designs are much more out of my comfort zone, learning how to layer stamps and add ink without it ending up looking a total mess. Trust me several attempts have already ended up in the bin.

I have used a mixture of various texture stamps with sentiments by Paula Pascual.

B3

 Now that I've unleashed my inky side I'm not sure I'm ready to go back, only time will tell.