Sunday, 21 August 2016

Stars from Seth!

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

The current challenge over on the Paperartsy blog is patterns. You can check out all the info and the wonderful DT makes HERE.

Every Saturday Paperartsy are releasing new products at the moment and last Saturday it was a brand new designer to them - Seth Apter. I love Seth's work and am looking forward to going to a workshop with him in September.

So I had to get his two new stamp sets ;-)

I've used one of the stamps here to create a simple little card - not at all like Seth's style I have to say!

I created the background pattern using the stars from Seth's set which is called ESA02 with cornflower blue archival ink.

I used some flower heads from Paperartsy Kim Dellow set EKD03 onto vellum to create a couple of balloons.

The word shine is also from the same Kim Dellow set - I embossed this onto the vellum with Lindy's Stamp Gang midnight sapphire. It's a lovely colour but very difficult to pick up the shine in the photos.

Assembled it all together with some threads for the balloon strings and all done.

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx




Sunday, 14 August 2016

Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend

Hi and welcome,

So another Paperartsy blog challenge was up on their blog last Sunday - this time it's patterns. Click HERE for all the info.

So I chose diamonds for my pattern - this is partly because I love this stencil from TCW but also because I had just watched a YouTube video by Marta Lapkowska (here)where she used the Finnabair diamond stencil and it inspired me to create this journal page. So here is the finished pages:

It all got a bit dark and moody but originally it had started out like this:

It was going to be fresh and bright, I used Fresco paints in Carribean Sea and Bougainvilla. I then did the stencil bump technique using white texture paste.

Then I added two Infusion colours - I think it was a bit jaded and are you cerise....

Wish I had stopped here but I didn't.....I decided to add more infusions....then snowflake paint to try to lighten it, but it just reacted with the infusions underneath so that didn't work! Never mind, I just carried on.

I added quite a bit of background stamping, one of JOFY's new minis, then fab rectangles from Kim Dellows new set, lots of splashed of paint and then water blotting too.

As the background was so dark I decided to stamp my images onto book pages so they would stand out a bit. They are all Kim Dellow stamps from her three plates.

I added a bit more colour using coloured pencils and also some posca pens.

Edged the pages in black archival and I think it's probably done.

Thanks for stopping by today, please feel free to leave me a comment :-)

Claire x









Friday, 5 August 2016

Colour Mixing Challenge

Hi Guys,

Thanks for stopping by - here is a journal page I created:

Lots of brayering, finger painting and general painty-ness going on here using a combination of Fresco Finish paints and white gesso:

Drew the heart freehand with the black distress crayon, then used the same crayon to add marks and stencilling to the page - the stencil is by Andy Skinner.

Some stamping in white ink using a Sara Naumann Paperartsy script stamp.

Stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using black archival.

Had fun with this one - felt quite free :-)

I'm entering my pages into the current Paperartsy challenge, which is colour mixing - click HERE for all the details.

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx








Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Paperartsy Challenge - Colour Mixing

Hello and welcome to my blog today.
Over on the Paperartsy blog they have a current challenge theme of colour mixing. The new Everything Art stamp plate, released by Paperartsy, has a fab colour wheel theme so I tried it out to join in the challenge along with some of the Infusions stains.
Here is the journal page I created:
Infusions were used on the background with white acrylic. The colour wheels are Infusions mixed in various quantities with water.
I added in washi tape, grunge paste, some stamping, doodling and some inking too at various stages.
Click HERE to see all the challenge info. There have also been some great posts on this topic over the past week so try to check them out :-)
Thanks for stopping by,
Claire xx

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