Wednesday, 15 July 2015

More new stamps...

Hello and welcome to my blog today,

I recently bought some of the new Paperbabe stamps and a couple of the templates for creating faces. I had a bit of a play with them in my watercolour paper journal and here is the result:

I started by creating the outline for my girl using the templates from Paperbabe stamps which I bought from Etsy then using the coordinating stamps for her facial features.

Here she is at the start, I extended her body down a little bit to the bottom of my page. Then started adding colour to her using a combination of Prima watercolour pencils and the Spectrum Noir pencils along with their blending solution.


Then I added the background around her using Distress inks in Fossilised Amber and Abandoned Coral. I then over stamped using Paperartsy Hot Pick Xtra 06 which is lots of days and months of the year. I stamped these in Ranger white pigment ink and then also in the Abandoned Coral in places.

And then she was all finished :)

Very happy with my first attempt at using the templates!

I'd like to link my page to the following challenges:

  • Paperbabe Stamps - the current theme is 'hair' click HERE for all the details
  • The Craft Barn Blog - their theme this week is 'words' and you can pop HERE for more info

Thank for looking,

Claire x


Sunday, 12 July 2015

Enjoy Yourself

Hello everyone,

I had some very, very happy mail this week! I was lucky enough to be a commenting winner on the Art Workshops Facebook page ran by Sue Tucker following a Tracy Easson workshop I attended - here is what arrived at my house on Friday:

I had a quick play today in my journal using the Andy Skinner stencil and a few of the paints:

I started by adding Paperartsy Fresco paints in Carribean Sea, Tangerine Twist and Bougainvillea through the Finnabair doily type stencil:

Then I added Prussian Blue DecoArt paint and Colbalt Turquoise to the whole page with the two girly masks in place. Then splattered the page with the Titanium White DecoArt paint:

I outlined my girls in black then white pen.

Added the stars to the page using grunge paste mixed with Metallic Gold DecoArt paint, but it wasn't really gold enough so once dry I used Treasure Gold over the top.

To finish I added a couple of chit chat stickers edged with black and gold pens.


I'd like to link my page to a couple of challenges:

  • Paperartsy Blog - the current theme is stencils, click HERE for all the details (and to see all their fab new stamp releases!)
  • That's Crafty Challenge Blog - the current theme is stars, for more info click HERE

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire xx


Thursday, 9 July 2015

Yay New Paperartsy Stamps!

Hi everyone,

This week sees the release of the newest Paperartsy stamp sets - there are so many wonderful projects over on the blog this week it really is inspirational.

So obviously I couldn't wait to get my hands on some of these so popped my order in with Country View Crafts and they came really quickly. I couldn't wait to have a play so here is a giant tag I created last night:

My tag started off with my attempt to recreate the background technique video Lin Brown shared over on the Paperartsy blog last night using a card to add the paint, I used these paints on my tag:

The background uses two of Lin's stencils, done in Snowflake first then with Limelight over the top.

I stamped the Poppy from Hot Picks 1505 and added an extra stem to the side. The leaves and both flowers were stamped separately onto some painted card and then layered on top.

I mixed some grunge paste with the leftover Carribean Sea and Tangerine Twist and added this to the tag through the new numbers stencil.

I added some script stamping using the fab new script stamp from Hot Picks 1501 in sepia ink.

I edged the tag with Black Soot distress ink then stamped the No 1 in black archival in the bottom corner which is also from Hot Picks 1501.

I'm linking my tag to the following challenges:

Thanks for dropping by,

Claire x


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Stencil Sunday


Over on the Paperartsy blog they are up to topic 12 for the challenge which this time is stencils.

Here is a giant size 12 tag I created for the challenge which was very much inspired by Leandra's tag in the video:

Created the background using a store card and Fresco paints in Wisteria, Hint of Mint and Ice Blue.

Stamped the flower stalk from Lin Brown set ELB16 then used the co-ordinating stencil to colour the flower head using Pansy, Snowflake, Bougenvillia and Rose. Then stamped the flower head, not perfect which is a bit annoying but close enough I guess!

Next I added Grunge Paste tinted with Guacamole through another Lin Brown stencil, once dry I added some Hey Pesto in places. I also coloured the flower stem with Hey Pesto.

Some more stencilling in the background using white paint and a couple of TCW stencils including the little butterfly done with the leftover flower head paint.

A bit of extra stamping with the little circle stamps from the same plate using purple ink.

I stamped the quote out from ELB05, cut it out, edged with black and added to the tag.

Finally I edged the whole tag with black ink to finish.

Biggest tag I've ever made lol but I kinda like it :)

Claire xx




Saturday, 27 June 2015

Blue Girly

Hello all,

Here today to share a journal page I created to practice my face drawing.

So here is the finished page:

I started by sketching her out in pencil:

Then used Paperartsy Fresco paints to colour her:

I used Buff, Snowflake, Irish Cream, Toffee, French Roast, Blush and Rose paints. Then added black and white pen to her also.

Next onto the background, for this I added Southern Skies and South Pacific Frescos using a baby wipe. Then did some stamping using some Clare Lloyd stamps with white pigment ink.

Finally I doodled the quote around her - in case you can't read my scrawl it says 'When it rains look for rainbows. When it's dark look for stars.'

I'd like to link my face up at Kim Dellow's blog HERE and also over HERE at Paint Party Friday :)

Thanks for looking,

Claire x


Monday, 22 June 2015

Fathers Day Fun!

Hi and welcome to my blog today!

Yesterday was Fathers Day and I'd like to share the card I made for my Dad.

I started by creating the background using Paperartsy Frescos in Banana, Tangerine Twist and Carribean Sea from the most recent Lin Brown paint set.

Then I did some stencilling, I used three different The Crafters Workshop stencils (TCW554s, TCW525s and TCW457s) with Snowflake paint and Walnut Stain distress ink. Then did a little bit of stamping with Finnabair dirty walls stamps.

I stamped the tree, which is France Papillion for Stampotique, using black archival (it's very first inking!)

Added some bits of TH tissue tape then die cut the sizzix lattice shape from card. I coloured this with Walnut Stain distress ink then added Treasure Gold in Olive Bronze.

Distressed the edges and inked those with Walnut Stain ink also. I added the sentiment, which is by Inkylicious, to the card using the tiny attacher.

I mounted it onto some dark brown card which I had distressed the edges of before adding to a cream card blank.

Dad liked his card, but he is usually slightly biased!!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

  • Artist Trading Post - this month the challenge is all about The Crafters Workshop stencils, I've used a few here that I bought recently from ATP as they have a special offer on them at the moment in their online shop. Visit their blog HERE.
  • Mixed Media World - this month the theme is Masculine/Fathers Day check out their blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today,

Claire x




Sunday, 21 June 2015

Circle Journal Page

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today - I'd like to share my very first page in a new journal I made for a circle journal group.

This is the very first circle journal I have ever taken part in - there are seven of us in the circle, each person has made a journal which will travel around the country with each member creating a page or pages and eventually it will end up back with it's original owner.

I decorated the first page in my journal and incorporated the current theme over at Paperartsy which is 'Hidden Objects' Check out the Paperartsy blog HERE for all the details and DT makes.

The background was created using the limited edition Lin Brown Fresco paints plus Snowflake.

I also used a Lin Brown stencil to get those lovely big flowers in the background.

I did some background stamping using second generation cornflower blue archival with a Lynne Perella script stamp and a Sara Naumann stamp, then created splatters using watery black gesso.

I stamped the twiggy image a few times from a Hot Picks set, then layered on some old book paper, some hessian type ribbon and a piece of left over plaster material.

Next for my 'hidden object'.....I took a little envelope that came with a tag inside. I stamped the front of the envelope with some Hot Picks stamps and then did some more stencilling and splattering.

For the tag - I have chosen not to show my hidden tag as it contains my circle journal rules which I want to keep a secret from the rest of my circle journal friends.

But I basically colourised and stencilled the tag to match the rest of the page and stamped on some rules for my journal that must be followed :)

Then I added the trees ribbon to the top of the tag so that it can be easily removed from it's little envelope for people to read.

A couple more photos:

Thanks for looking!

Claire x