Tuesday, 26 April 2016

White Space!

Hello everyone,

This fortnight the theme on the Paperartsy blog is 'white space' you can check out their blog by clicking HERE.

Here is my journal page for this topic which was inspired by the post Anneke did a few nights ago - which you can see HERE.

I created it in my smaller Dylusions journal - I started by grabbing a bunch of random stencils and sponging paint through them. The colours I used were all Paperartsy Frescos in Teresa Green, Granny Smith, Professor Plum, Tangerine Twist and Captain Peacock.

I stamped the flowers which are Kim Dellow for Paperartsy plate EKD01 and the sentiment in black archival.

With the leftover paint from the stencilling I finger painted some circles onto scrap card and stamped the flower heads again and cut out.

I got some brand new Posca paint markers in the post today so wanted to try them out - so I set to adding some doodling and extra bits and pieces to the stenciling with them. Really enjoyed this part and could have gone on for ages but as this topic is 'white space' I thought I had better stop!

I thought the page needed an extra little touch of black so added some faint stamping in black archival using the circles from the same Kim Dellow stamp set as used above.

Then finally added the pop of white in the flower heads by colouring the circles white with a white Posca marker.

Enjoyed creating this bright and cheerful page - much thanks to Anneke for the inspiration :-)

Thanks for visiting my blog today, please do leave a comment so I know you stopped by!

Claire xx


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Paperartsy Challenge - Resists

Hi Everyone,

It's been a while since I blogged as my mojo seems to have been on holiday lol!

But today I made some cards to join in with the current challenge over on the Paperartsy blog which is resists. This week I also watched Kim Dellow on YouTube where she was demonstrating how to create a faux printed look which has totally inspired these cards.

So here are my finished cards - I made three of them:

I remembered to take a few in progress pics today!

Started my masking off the edges of my white card squares with washi tape. Then to create my resist I used Vaseline through a few stencils:

Then I added Paperartsy Fresco Finish paint with an old card, smearing it on. Unfortunately the Vaseline also went everywhere but you can still see the resist which is good!

I created masks from Kim Dellow's two stamp sets and used them to add paint through onto the background before stamping over them using black archival.

Then to finish them I added the sentiment, which is from a JOFY stamp set, and then mounted onto black card before adding to card blanks.


Really enjoyed this way of creating and will definately be trying it out again in the future. Thank you Kim for sharing it - if you haven't been before Kim has a wonderful blog full of inspiration which you can find HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire xx













Monday, 7 March 2016

Marta Workshop Day!

Hi Everyone,

On Saturday I was lucky enough to get a place on a full day of workshops with the amazing Marta Lapkowska ran by the very organised Sue Tucker.

In the morning we altered an old book cover, using a range of Prima supplies, some Scrapiniec pieces and also Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays. Here is my finished project - it's a bit dark here so the colours really look so much lovelier in real life :-)

In the afternoon we made some journal pages inside our altered books, here are the two pages I created - they are really shimmery, which the camera really hasn't picked up!

It was a really lovely day and I hope I'll be able to go to another Marta workshop again!

Claire xx














Sunday, 6 March 2016


Hello and welcome,

The current challenge over on the Paperarsty blog is all about image transfers. On Friday night Keren Baker showed us a couple of really clean and simple cards she had created, one was using the technique of transferring an image using an acrylic block.

I wanted to have a go at this technique so created a card in a similar style:

The images are all from Chocolate Baroque, I stamped the main scene onto the card first and then onto a block, then transferred the image from the block to the card.

I coloured in my scene using distress markers in a watercolour style fashion.

I think it worked pretty well and will definately remember this technique for the future!!

There is lots of other transfer techniques over on the Paperartsy blog HERE if you want to check them out!

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire xx



Sunday, 28 February 2016

Trying a new technique....

Hi Everyone,

The current topic on the Paperarsty blog is all about image transfers. You can check out all the projects on their blog by clicking HERE.

I have never, ever attempted an image transfer before so this was all new to me....I decided to go with a gel media transfer technique after finding a lovely image of some flowers in a magazine.

I did not expect it to work on my first attempt so was pretty surprised when I ended up with this (I also had very sore fingers!):

So then I needed to decide what to do with it.....so turned it into a journal page. The first step was to add some colour to the page, I used Fresco paints in Chalk, Elephant and Slate:

I added some background stamping using second generation ink with some Finnabair texture stamps and also the number stamp from the new Paperartsy Everything Art stamp set.

Then I stamped the other images in purple and green versafine - these are from an Inkylicious stamp set:

The sentiment is from a Lin Brown set, stamped in black archival - I also stamped the word Hydrangea.

Finally I edged the page with Little Black Dress Fresco paint.


Was quite fun, I think I will try image transferring again :-)

Claire x



Saturday, 27 February 2016

Wanderlust Journal

Hello and welcome to my blog today.

I've been playing along with the year long mixed media online course - Wanderlust - since the start of the year.

Today I'd like to share a page created in my journal as part of the course, the prompt was to write a lot - which I think I achieved!

Background created with Paperartsy Fresco paints in Granny Smith, Turquoise and Chalk.

Background stamping, and stamping down the sides using the new stamps released by Paperartsy in conjunction with Everything Art. Added a little bit of stencilling as well with a Dylusions stencil.

Words were done using a black Pitt pen - I love this song by Adele so felt it appropriate for this journal prompt.

A little bit of page edging with a grey Pitt pen as I thought black would distract from the lettering.

Thanks for looking,

Claire x


Final circle journal page


This is the final page I created as part of a Paperartsy themed circle journal:

This page was created in Gabby's journal and now that it has arrived safely at her house I can share it on here.

Used Paperartsy Frescos in Turquoise and Chalk for the background.

Added some stamping with the new Everything Art Paperartsy stamp set.

For the focal point I added some old scraps of scrapbooking paper and some washi, then stamped the face image on a piece of cotton. I added some red paint on the reverse of the cotton to add colour to her lips.

Added some grunge paste on the left hand page and dry brushed with Coral FF.

The quote is a Tim Holtz Chit chat sticker cut up and edged, it says - live each day with grace and authenticity.

I added a little tab with my name and date created on and then edged the pages with black ink.

Now the circle is complete Chris is busily organising a new circle for all us Paperartsy fans - so watch this space!

Claire x