Monday, 18 May 2015

Wordy Tag

Today I'm sharing a tag I made to join in with two challenges. The first is the current challenge over on the Paperartsy blog.
The theme this fortnight is 'words' and as per usual there has been some fab inspiration so far over on their blog.
And then I combined it with the penultimate challenge over at Artful Times here.  Artful times was one of the first challenge blogs I ever discovered when I first started blogging so it's sad to see it come to an end. Their current theme is hot pink and orange.
Here is the tag I made:

Started by covering a size 8 tag with old book paper then used three Dylusions paint colours over it - bubblegum pink, squeezed orange and lemon zest.
Stamped on the circles and zig zags from a Clare Lloyd set using white pigment ink then stamped on the tulip image in black archival which is from an Ellen Vargo set.
I had cleaned off the excess paint onto a spare tag so I then stamped the tulip head repeated onto the this and cut them out in layers and added them to the tag.
For the stem I had an old piece of mop up paper which happened to be green hanging around so I stamped the stem, cut it out and layered it on.
I stamped the sentiment from the same Ellen Vargo set using black archival and the doodled the border on using a black fineliner.
To finish off I sprayed a piece of ribbon with Dylusions inks and added to the top.
Thanks for stopping by today,
Claire x

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Tag Duo


Thanks for calling by today :)

I have made two tags to join in with the current challenge over at Paperartsy which is sprays. I was heavily influenced this time by Anneke's post earlier this week - her tags were so lovely and fresh.

I used Dylusions sprays to create my tag backgrounds, I started out making one tag but there was so much ink on my craft sheet I easily had enough for the second tag.

The sprays I used were lemon zest, vibrant turquoise and fresh lime. I then took one of the new Paperartsy stencils from Emma Godfrey and sprayed with the Dylusions white linen spray.

A bit of background stamping with a Clare Lloyd plate and blue and white ink.

Then the main images from a couple of Darcy's plates stamped in black and coloured with spectrum noir pencils.


Added a bit of washi tape and a chit chat sticker to each to finish.

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Show Your Face

Hi Everyone,

First of all I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments on my previous post about my workshop weekend with France - it means a lot to me.

So over on Kim Dellow's blog she is encouraging us all to show our faces - you can read more about it over on her blog HERE

Here is my face this week:

I drew her in a journal in pencil and coloured her with Spectrum Noir pencils then coloured the background using babywipes and Dylusion paints.

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x


Monday, 4 May 2015

Workshop Weekend with France Papilion

Hi Everyone,

I've had a lovely weekend at a France Papilion full weekend workshop organised by the extremely organised Sue Tucker who runs Art Workshops over on Facebook. Warning - this post has a lot of photos!!

We did two projects on the Saturday, the first was this tag book which explored various techniques and is just so cute:

Here's a little look at the internal tag pages:

Saturday afternoon saw us creating a clear stamp storage binder, but it could be used for storing loads of other stuff:

Inside it has Tim Holtz stamp holder wallets:

Then onto Sunday, this was my most challenging day as I really, really cannot sew! In the morning we created our very own journals - all decorated from scratch and bound with wax thread using the coptic binding technique, it was pretty fiddly for me but I am so happy with how my journal turned out in the end:

Here is the spine with the stitching:

Sunday afternoon we created some pages inside the journals using various techniques as directed by France. As with all journals everyone had completely different pages but here are mine:

So that was my weekend - I loved it and enjoyed it so much.

I would recommend a weekend with France to anyone and would definately book another weekend class with her if she comes back again.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my workshop creations,

Claire x


Sunday, 26 April 2015

See Another World


The current theme over on the Paperartsy blog is 'niches' - this topic has been floating around in my head for the past two weeks but I couldn't find anything niche-like to create! Yesterday I was in The Works and spotted some little craft matchboxes so got them so I could join in :0)

So here is my little matchbox niche:

Used grunge paste and the Clare Lloyd zigzag stamp (ECL04) to create the outer texture - painted using Jade, Buff and Olive Bronze Treasure Gold.

The inner part is painted using Prawn and Carribean Sea:

The main image is from Lynne Perella set LPC030. I masked part of the image off to create the border around the inner box.

The same Clare Lloyd zigzag stamp was used inside the box also and highlighted using a white sharpie.

I added a brad as a handle and then to finish some Tim Holtz chit chat stickers with some doodled borders.

All done!

Linking up to Paperartsy Topic 7 - Niches HERE.

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx



Thursday, 23 April 2015

Art it Friday


I saw on Kim Dellow's blog that she is hosting 'Art it Friday' and she has been bitten by the portrait bug! So I thought I would give one a go - not what I usually do but it is really something I enjoy and would love to practise more!

So I created a page in my small Dylusions journal, started with a piece of washi along the spine and a bit of grunge paste stencilled through a Paperartsy stencil. Then set about colouring the background using the new limited edition JOFY paints, which are new to me, adding the colours with a babywipe. I used all four of the colours on here as I wanted to try them all out :)

Drew my girl in pencil and coloured her using neo colour crayons - I debated leaving her in black and white but now she's coloured in I'm glad I didn't.

So here is my page:

A little bit of stamping with a couple of Prima Finnabair stamps and a smidge of harlequin stencilling in the background. Then added the quote and a couple of little doodles using a black micron pen.

Thanks for looking,

Claire x


Monday, 20 April 2015

Trading Post ATC


Today I'm sharing an ATC I made a few days ago but completely forgot to blog it.

I created it to join in with a brand new challenge format over at the Artist Trading Post blog which you can find HERE. The first challenge is to create an ATC inspired by the trading post and there are some photos for inspiration too.

So here is my ATC:

I started with an ATC sized piece of card and then used the wrinkle free distress technique to colour it using Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain inks. Then I added some Shabby Shutters around the edges to give it a more weathered look.

I used an old Tim Holtz stamp set called lost and found, stamping the script in the background with second generation Walnut stain ink and then the main image using black archival.

I then bleached out the children, numbers and the word memories using water and kitchen paper.

For the texture around the edges I mixed some Grunge Paste with a little bit of Cinnamon primary pigment and spread around the edges creating some texture in it with my palette knife as it dried.

Once totally dry I went it with a brush and some Olive Tresure Gold to give all that texture some highlighting.

Thanks for looking,

Claire x