Friday, 24 October 2014

Guest Designer for Paperartsy!

Hi Everyone!

I'm very excited tonight as I'm on the Paperartsy blog :-)

Here is a little sneak peek of my project:

To see it in full pop on over HERE to the Paperartsy blog!


Claire xx


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Paperartsy Inspired Coaster

Hello Everyone and thank you for visiting today.

A couple of weeks ago over on the Paperartsy blog Wanda Hentges was sharing a project on ceramic tile art - HERE

I wanted to have a go so found a plain old tile and gave it a couple of coats of gesso as it was very shiny.

I went to Stamp Magic at Doncaster on Sunday and thought this was the perfect opportunity to try out my new Paperartsy goodies!

I gave my tile two coats of Marlin Fresco paint followed by two coats of Evergreen. I then sanded back some of the Evergreen to reveal both the Marlin and the white tile underneath in places.

I used my new Lin Brown stencil and sponged through Hint of Mint and Plum Fresco. I highlighted the petals using my white Sharpie pen.

I sealed the tile with a couple of coats of Satin Glaze and then added some Royal Amethyst Treasure Gold around the edges.

It was missing something so I added the two corners from Creative Expressions and then coloured them using the Royal Amethyst Treasure Gold again.

Finally I added four cork feet the to bottom of the tile and now it's ready for use as a coaster!

Loved creating this, thanks to Wanda and Paperartsy for the inspiration!

Claire xx


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Decorated Box


Last weekend I went to a workshop taught by Annette Lee. Annette had brought some lovely MDF boxes for us to decorate, my box is roughly 6x6.

Here is my finished box:

I used Paperartsy Fresco paints Dolly Mix and Dusty Teal from one of the JOFY limited edition sets to paint my box. I then used some papers from Craftwork cards on the sides, lid and on the underside of the kid too. I distressed the papers with some of the Teal paint and a baby wipe.

The sides looked a bit bare so I added some stamped flowers ( I think they are heartfelt creations) and some metal corners. On the lid I used a die cut and a stamp both belonging to Annette so I have no idea which brand they are.

Once I was home I added white fire treasure gold to the corners and the die cut on the lid. I also added it around all the edges and along the lid edges too.

To the flower centres I added some gems which I had coloured also using the white fire treasure gold.

It was a lovely day and I really liked my box.

I have given it to my sister as a house warming pressie :-)

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire xx


Sunday, 12 October 2014

New home card

Hi Everyone,

My little sister is moving out of our parents house this weekend into her first house!

I have combined this event with the Sprinkle of Imagination monthly colour challenge and made her a new home card.

Here is the colours for this months challenge:

I chose to use regal purple, zest of lime, off white and ebony black for my card:

I started with a normal 5x7 card blank and trimmed it to create the house shape. Then I painted it with Chalk Fresco paint for my off white colour. I cut a roof for my house and painted it with Eggplant Fresco paint (my regal purple) before punching the edge with a Fiskars punch. I also painted some corrugated card with the same Eggplant paint to use as the door then dry brushed the raised areas with the Chalk Fresco paint.

I stamped the leaves and bricks using black versafine ink - both are from Paperartsy Eclectica Darcy set 9. I coloured the leaves, the buttons and the grunge board letters using Zesty Zing Fresco paint.

I added the chit chat stickers to the roof and some bakers twine through the larger button. Then added the little green button to the door as the door handle.

Thanks for calling by my blog today, Claire x


Monday, 29 September 2014

Tag Trio with Paperartsy Stamps

Hi Everyone,

Today I want to share a trio of tags I created after seeing a project on the Paperartsy blog by Anneke De Clerck

I started with three plain tags and randomly brushed on three colours of Fresco paint: Mermaid, Candy Floss and Haystack.

I then did some background stamping using the same colours of paint and two Eclectica Darcy stamps sets.

I stamped the main images also from Eclectica Darcy sets 9 and 10 using black versafine ink onto each of the tags.

I gave the images an undercoat of Chalk Fresco paint before adding colour using a mixture of Limelight, Zesty Zing, Smoked Paprika and Bora Bora.

I added grunge paste through the Paperartsy Lin Brown bubble stencil then once dry painted it with Ice Blue Fresco and highlighted the bubbles with a white posca pen.

Here is a closer view of each tag:

To finish of the tags I edged them with Slate Fresco and added shading around some of the stamping using a grey spectrum noir pencil.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire xx


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Journal Tree

Hello Everyone,

So on the Paperartsy blog over the past few months Darcy has been sharing journal pages so people can try out different techniques. As I've been working away from home I haven't had a chance to take part until now.

Unfortunately this is her last page demo for now but my twitter friend Helen encouraged me to join in anyway.

So here is my tree journal page:

And some close ups:

I started by giving my pages a coat of chalk fresco paint then added the background colours using watersoluble crayons and blended with a damp paint brush.

I created a mask from torn paper and went around the edges of the pages with Eggplant and Spanish Mulberry to create a border. I then used the bricks stamp from Eclectica Darcy 10 and stamped the bricks in using black versafine.

Then I drew in my tree shape and painted it using a combination of Toffee and French Roast frescos.

When it came to adding the leaves I realised I didn't have any suitable leafy stamps! So I scrunched some paper and randomly added various shades of green paint to my branches. I think the greens I used were Hyde Park, Tinned Peas, Green Olives and Hey Pesto.

I painted some card with Tinned Peas and stamped the leaf with versafine black ink from the same set as the bricks. Then cut them out and added them to my tree.

I haven't written on the backs of my leaves yet as I haven't quite decided what I'd like to use my tree for but I will come back to my pages and annotate them when I'm ready.

I've really enjoyed the process of creating my pages and I hope Darcy will be resuming the series some time in the future.


Thanks for stopping by today,

Claire xx


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to my blog today - I have been nominated by my lovely twitter friend, mass of hair, to participate in this creative blog hop that is doing the rounds at the moment!

Mass of Hair has a lovely blog where she regularly posts wonderful projects - if you want to learn a bit more about her pop over *HERE* to see her creative blog hop post :)

So here goes my five questions:

1) Something about myself
Well I am 31 years old and have been married for 2 1/2 years to Richard.  We moved very recently into our new home together which is near Darlington - aka up north!  We both work full time and have two cats which are like my babies :)
I went to university in Huddersfield and now work for a large pharmaceutical company in a laboratory that performs testing on tablets.  This year I will have been working there for 10 years!
Richard is pretty active and loves playing lots of sports - so when he's off doing that I spend my time creating!  I started crafting about four years ago when I met a lovely lady called Margaret at a local fair.  She was handing out leaflets about a crop group she ran - I went along and that was that, I loved it!  The scrapbooking rapidly moved into card making and that is what my main craftiness revolves around.  People love to receive handmade cards and so I think it is such a great hobby and a way to show someone you really care.  Most of my makes involve stamping, inks, paints and any other general mess that can be made!

2)What are you working on at the moment?
Recently I decided to take up art journaling as it is something I see a lot of other people do and they make it look so easy!!  Well after a few attempts it really isn't as easy at it first appears....but currently I am working on a journal page to join in Darcy's journal challenge on the Paperartsy blog.

3)Why do you create what you do?
The main reason I create is simply because I enjoy it!  I just love taking myself of to my room (yes - I have a room now since we moved house!) and just sitting peacefully and creating anything.....most of the time it doesn't matter what I'm making I just enjoy the process.

4)How does your creative process work?
Lol! I definatley do not have a creative process at all!! I sit at my desk and look at what I have around me or in my cupboard and then will just make something!  Really no forward planning involved! Sometimes I will see some challenges out there in blogland that I want to join in with so that helps me decide what I'm doing too.

5)How do you stay focused/motivated?
I'm not really very patient when I'm creating - I want to see the finished project all done and completed the same day.  So to stay focused I usually don't do long drawn out projects that go on for days.....everything I make is done in a few hours at the most.

I would like to nominate my lovely Splodgeaway design teamie Kay Foreman to carry on the creative blog hop baton!

Kay is a wonderful lady and we have met in person several times at various classes around our area so please do pop over and visit her  *HERE*

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I hope I haven't bored you too much!!!

Claire xx