Sunday, 10 July 2016

Flower Garden on Paperartsy Blog

Hi Everyone,

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the 3UP week over on the Paperartsy blog.

The theme I was allocated was to use an autumnal palette with Lin Brown and Darcy stamps :-)

I chose to create a journal page in my small Dylusions journal:

I started off sticking washi tape randomly onto the blank page:

Next I scraped white gesso on and once dry sprayed my page with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays:

I used Potting Soil Archival ink to sponge in the twiggy element from one of Darcy's stencils to add extra depth to the background.

Next I positioned where I wanted my flower garden to be and stamped onto the background. The Darcy flowers I used were from plates EDY10, 12 & 13. The Lin Brown flowers are from plates ELB 22 & 24.

I also painted a piece of smoothy card a variety of colours (Haystack, Autumn Fire, Tikka, Cherry Red and Zucchini) and stamped the flower heads and stems out again.

I inked all the cut edges with Potting Soil Archival ink before adhering them to the journal pages, and also inked the page edges with the same colour.

Then I added shading around the flower heads and stems with a soft pencil, smudging it with my finger.

I decided to add a little bit more foliage to the page so used some of the smaller elements from Lin Brown's stamp plates (ELB22 & 24) both along the top and bottom of the pages. I used Archival Orange Blossom and Versafine Olympia Green inks, but used second and third generations so they weren't too dominant.

The sentiment is from a really old Lin Brown plate (ELB02) and was stamped directly onto the page in black archival.

A few white paint splatters and then the final touch was the various colours of liquid pearls to most of the flower heads.

I enjoyed creating this page and seeing it develop from a relatively bright and basic page into one which has a lot more depth and layers.

I hope you will hop over to the Paperartsy blog to see what my two 3UP buddies created for tonight and also make sure you pop back every night this week to enjoy a new 3UP theme :-)

Claire xx


Paperartsy - Paper Piecing

Hi Everyone,

I'm writing a quick post to share my journal page I created today to join the Paperartsy challenge this fortnight, which is paper piecing. Click here for all the details.

Created in my small Dylusions journal. The background is Paperartsy infusions spritzed with water. I used Blackcurrent, A Bit Jaded, Violet Storms and Are You Cerise.

A bit of stencilling over the background using Snowflake and Haystack Frescos.

The stamps I used are JOFY13, JOFY23 and EKD02.

I stamped them out numerous times onto some old Stampin Up papers I had in a drawer, then cut out and layered everything up onto the pages until I was happy. I do like paper piecing and I do it quite often as I like to see how all the colours will work together without fully committing to anything!

A bit of Potting Soil Archival to edge the pages and then the sentiment from EKD02 was the finishing touch.

Thanks for looking :-)

Claire xx





Friday, 24 June 2016

Infusions Playtime

Hi Everyone,

Today I spent a couple of hours in my craft room playing with the Paperartsy infusions which I bought this week.

So I set about making a journal page - all the colours on the page are the infusions.

The background was the following infusions sprinkled on the page and spritzed with water: golden sands, a bit jaded and the sage.

I coloured a piece of white cotton and some lace with the infusions as well - this time using a few of the other colours. Then left them to dry whilst I continued with the background.

I used a TCW stencil and potting soil archival to add the sentiment to the page. I also edged the page with the potting soil ink.

I stamped the month 'June' and also some of the background elements from the Everything Art stamp set EEA02 with second and third generation potting soil ink.

Then I took the numbers from the EEA01 stamp plate and sprinkled on some of the Orange County infusions, spritzed with water and stamped on to the background. Then added some white paint splatters.

I stamped the face image from EEA01 onto the piece of cotton, then bleached away some of the colour from the face using water.

I layered up the piece of cotton on top of a piece of cheesecloth, a strip of hessian and the infusions coloured lace.

I don't do sewing so chose to glue them to the page - but I wish I could sew as I think that it would have really given the page a better look.

I had fun using the infusions and can't wait to try out some more ways to use them again soon.

The current topic over on the Paperartsy blog is fabric so I am entering this page into the challenge - all the challenge info can be found by clicking HERE

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx





Sunday, 22 May 2016

Scribbled Hearts

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my blog today! So the current Paperartsy challenge is scribbles/doodling - you can check out all the info HERE.

I made a journal page today for this challenge....

Started by adding washi tape to my page then a light layer of white gesso.

Then I scraped on three Fresco colours - Bora Bora, Coral and Zesty Zing.

Next I added stamping and stencilling in black archival ink. The stencil was a TCW one and the stamps were the second everything art set by Paperartsy.

It was all looking a bit bright so I gave it a couple of coats of watery Snowflake to calm it down a bit.

Then added the border using a Paperartsy stencil by Darcy which has a wavy edge.

I used some old teabags, gave them a slight wash with white and then added my doodling. Then layered them up with some hearts chipboard and black ribbon scraps.

Then added some more doodling to the page using black and white pen...

Finally I added the white dots around the edges of the page and some stencilling in white with the Paperartsy numbers stencil.

Thanks for looking today and don't forget to stop by the Paperartsy blog and check out the lovely DT pieces.

Claire xx








Sunday, 15 May 2016

On the lookout....


Today I've been working in my journal and I wanted to share my pages with you.

So the journal I've been using today is my smaller Dylusions journal and I had a bit of trouble getting started with this page and it sat staring at my blankly for quite a while. So a few days ago I had watched a YouTube video by Marta Lapkowska (here) where she was demonstrating a whole load of ways to get started and get over the blank page fear lol!

So I used one of her techniques which she uses in the video which is sticking a load of washi tape strips to the page then adding a layer of white gesso.

So that was how I got started today, then I added some grunge paste through the Paperartsy numbers stencil - oops I didn't take any in progress pics today!

Once dry I started spraying with Lindy's stamp gang sprays before adding some background stamping with some Sara Naumann (ESN11) stamps.

Then I stamped all the flower heads from Darcy stamp set (EDY11) and Kim's stamp set (EKD01) onto the gelli prints I made last weekend.

I stamped the flowers onto my journal pages then cut out and added all the heads. Then into all the flower head circles I added some Posca paint pen.

I inked around the edges of the pages in black ink and highlighted the grunge paste using white fire treasure gold.

Coloured the flower stems in with a green Sakura glaze pen and then added the sentiment which is a Tim Holtz sticker.

I added some shading and white one highlights to the flowers and the sentiment as well.

So the current challenge over on the Paperartsy blog is Mono Printing so I am entering my page into this challenge.

Thanks for looking today!!

Claire xx







Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Gelli Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

The current challenge on the Paperartsy blog this fortnight is Mono Printing....I have two Gelli plates that get rare use, but my smaller circle one does get more use than the larger square one. But when I do use them I really enjoy it and the effect that it creates is always fun.

So here is a bunch of prints I made at the weekend:

I used one of them to create this card along with the stamps from the two Paperartsy/Everything Art stamp plates:

I stamped the main image, tore it round the edges and then mounted onto black card.

The edge is from the same gelli print, torn and stamped with black archival.

I added some bits and pieces of washi tape, staples and the TH sticker before mounting into black card and then a white card blank.

Pretty happy with how it turned out and I have a bunch more gelli prints to make more cards, journal pages or whatever I like with :-)

Claire xx






Saturday, 7 May 2016

Workshop Day!

Hi Everyone,

Spent a lovely day over in Stockton being taught a workshop by the wonderful Birgit Koopsen.

I made a mini book, although we had the choice between this and a set of cards and matching decorated envelopes.

Mine isn't finished as I have four more pages still to decorate and add to the book but here is what I got finished today:

Pictures aren't great as its getting a bit dark here now but never mind!

Looking forward to going back again tomorrow where we are doing a gelli plate and image transfer class :-)

Thanks for looking!

Claire xx