Monday, 13 October 2014

'Morning Monday ........ here's a bit of cheer!

Hi Everyone,

I really, really hope not many of you have the horrible weather we have here this morning but I think if you're in the UK we're all in the same boat!  It's dark, rainy and very blowy .... roll on the weekend when we are supposed to have a mini heatwave!  At this time of the year that won't be mega hot so I will be able to enjoy it if it happens, lol!  Anyway, I have a quick tag to share today which I hope adds a bit of cheerfulness to your day.

Regular visitors may remember at the end of August I spent a lovely weekend with my PAtwit buddies and the equally lovely Lin Brown where she taught us many things and we got the chance to play with lots of stuff new to us.  On the Sunday we all made lots of tags using different products and techniques but as usual I didn't finish any of mine at that time.  Having a bit of a tidy of my workdesk this weekend I found the pile of tags which I'd covered up to protect them from the lethal sunlight in my craftroom (aka conservatory) and this is the first one I decided to finish off because it made me smile and sort of summed up the way the weekend made me feel. 

Lin's friend Karen shared the workshops with us and kindly brought in her full set of Spectrum Noir pencils for us to have a try with so I'd stamped some PaperArtsy images from the latest smashing Darcy sets (hoping to buy these next Sunday ;D) and started the colouring but didn't finish it.  I did like the Spectrum Noir but can't really say I saw any difference between them and my Derwent Coloursoft.  I would love a full range of pencils though but no idea which to choose ...... I see lots of people singing the praises of Polychromos (spelling?) and Prisma.  If anyone has a preference or can tell me the difference I'd love to hear what you think.

Anyway, I'm waffling again, lol!  I used my Coloursoft pencils and Derwent blender pencil to complete the colouring on my tag and added a bit of background stamping using a couple of my JoFY sets from PaperArtsy.  I stamped out the words from some cheap little peg alpha stamps I bought in the supermarket years ago, doodled round them and cut them out to complete the tag together with a bit of ribbon and some paper covered wire.  The wire is my latest Eureka! buy as I've wanted some of it for ages but could only find it online until last week when I visited a local wholesalers and found a big roll of it in their floristry section.  It will cerainly last my lifetime I think, lol!




I hope my tag cheers up your Monday morning.  See you again soon.  Oooh yes, nearly forgot it's the StampMagic show at Doncaster Dome next Sunday........can't wait!

Hugs
Lesley  Xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Last minute card request from my Other Half!

Morning All,

Ppfft!  We are certainly back down to earth with a bump as far as the weather is concerned aren't we?  I do not mind the drop in temperature one bit (except of course for the heating bill) but this miserable 36 hrs+ of rain can take a hike.....had enough of it for a few days now, lol!

Anyway, I have something to share today somewhat sooner than I thought I would as yesterday Hubby asked me if I could make a card for him to give to the physiotherapy team at the breathing clinic he's been attending for the past 6 weeks. Of course, he leaves it till the last minute to ask me as tomorrow is his last session, lol! 

I have become a Pinterest addict and I pinned this lovely card to my CAS board from HERE which gave me the inspiration for my card below.  Gayatri Murali has a lot of style!


This card was a pleasure to create but deceptively tricky to get the positioning of the cut out and the stamped image balanced but I think that's true of 'clean and simple' style cards in general and because of their CAS style there is no hiding place for stamping errors, etc., lol!  I think it's fairly obvious how it was made but if you have any questions please ask away.  The lovely dandelion seeded head image is an IndigoBlu stamp and I used Archival Aquamarine to stamp it.  I can't tell you whose the embossing folder is because there is no name on it and I keep very little in the packaging ...... not enough space in my craftroom as it is without packaging, lol!

Wow, that's short and sweet from me today after my long post last time ;-).  Thank you for all the lovely comments on my box, I really appreciate every one.  Off to get some less enjoyable tasks done now before a visit to check on Mum.  See you again soon.

Hugs
Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 5 October 2014

PaperArtsy Blog Challenge..........but I missed it :-(

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, especially my buddies who were lucky enough to go to the Happy Stampers North West show at Port Sunlight.  I love that show and the venue but it's a loooooong drive from here so means an overnighter which I couldn't run to this year sadly but from tweets and blog posts I know they all had a fabulous time.  Instead my OH and I met our Son and grandaughter Alexa and went to see the illuminations and fireworks at Matlock Bath.  Luckily after a bad start to the day the weather decided to be kind and was dry and not really cold (although OH reckoned it was) but there is a lot of hanging about and queueing and even we got bored let alone Alexa, lol!  Never mind we did have a nice meal, the fireworks were good and it was lovely to spend time with them.

Last month saw a change in the way the blog challenge works over on the PaperArtsy blog and instead of weekly it is now monthly.  You would think that would give me more time to make an entry but it didn't seem to work that way for me.  I got bogged down with all the wonderful inspiration from Guest Designers, Signature Designers, Guest Bloggers, etc., and right at the last minute the lovely Lin Brown shared a project HERE which involved metal work (at which she is simply The Best) which I really wanted to have a go at.  I made a start but knew I had no chance of finishing it in time so it got left on my workdesk all last week.  I really wanted to finish it though and so I spent today doing just that.

I had a framed canvas like the one Lin used but mine was much bigger but then I found a fab box with a canvas to set into the lid.  I'm pretty sure I bought this from PaperArtsy at one of the shows and although it's still 2 cm bigger than Lin's square that just gave me scope to change it a little.


I removed the clasp and hinges before I started working on the box.
 

This is the metal adhered to the canvas square but before adding Fresco paint and Treasure Gold
 

Painted, buffed off and then the beginnings of adding Treasure Gold.  At this point I thought what a bl.....y mess!
 

Finished with the TG but not polished.


Polished off, corners added and attached into the lid recess. The Treasure Gold colours I used were Sapphire, Onyxite and Royal Amethyst.
 

I toyed with the idea of adding stencilled Grunge Paste or lots more stamping round the sides but decided against it as I liked the whole focus being on the metalwork, so I just stamped one of Lin's quotes  and highlighted with some Treasure Gold.


I lined the top and bottom with pieces of PaperArtsy's Chatsworth paper over which I'd added a wash of Fresco to tone it in with the Baltic Blue and Squid Ink Frescos I'd used.  I don't yet have Lin's new limited edition paints for the gorgeous colour she used but hope to rectify that in 2 weeks time at the StampMagic show ;-). 
 

I'm really pleased with how this turned out in the end especially as at one point I thought the metal looked awful, lol!  Must try harder this month to get a project finished for the October challenge.  I love tonight's canvas from Gillian and my buddy Helen did a lovely journal page the other night......however, I don't do journalling, lol!  Could always do a tag instead perhaps!

Whatever, have a great week everyone and see you again soon........ hopefully with a shorter gap between posts than the last one, lol!

Hugs
Lesley  Xx


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Two Birds with one stone?....... but I hope I haven't killed them, lol!

Hi everyone,

I've had very little time for crafting so far this month as various family commitments have filled up my time.  Last night I returned from two delightful days of looking after my youngest grandchild, 2 yrs 9 mnths 'know no fear' Charlie!  He's been an absolute delight for me to look after and I think his Daddy must have worn him out with energy requiring persuits in the first half of the week as he just wanted to sit for cuddles and watch his current favourite films ....Mr Poppers Penguins and Hocus Pocus.......with me and then after school there was double pleasure when big sister, Izzy came home.  Do love my littlies (although not little for much longer :-(  ) sooo much!

I had been wanting to make an entry to this month's Chocolate Baroque Challenge so last weekend I finally made a short time to play with my new Brushos (only had them about 2 months, lol) I ended up with one piece that I thought I could make use of to fit with the colour inspiration and as I needed to make a last minute birthday card I 'killed' two birds with one stone so to speak.  Debs, who creates some beautiful art and shows it HERE, had her birthday last Tuesday and I didn't know she was going to be on holiday for two weeks so still hasn't seen my card but we've swapped messages this morning and she's told me to go ahead and blog the card and she won't look till she gets home, lol!

This was a piece I decided to save after mopping up some of the Brushos from my craft mat.......they are gloriously messy, lol!


And this is the card I made I made from it.

What I couldn't capture in a photo is the 3D glaze I added to the 'light bulb' centres.  I just hope it was properly 'cured' by the time it went in the post as it was quite thick.  All the stamping was done with Versamark and embossed with Wow Bright White embossing powder.

The butterly was stamped onto the same original piece of card but on an area less covered by ink spodges.

All the stamps are from Chocolate Baroques lovely Steampunk collection.

See you all again later this week hopefully.  Have a good weekend all!

Hugs
Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

And more fab PaperArtsy ....but this time just for fun & guided by the wonderful Lin Brown.

Hello again lovely visitors!

After the excitement of being part of the launch of new stamps by a brand new designer, Elizabeth Borer, over on the PaperArtsy blog last night I now have something to share from my fabulous weekend away with a lovely group of PATwits and learning from the awesome Lin Brown.

As I'm so slow and always way behind the others, I never get time to take pics on the day so leave that up to my buddies Sam and Helen (they take better pics than me anyway, lol) but we had an absolutely wonderful time and Lin Brown is a brilliant artist & teacher (and a lovely hostess into the bargain) and I love making things under her guidance.

On the Saturday we made a beautiful Lin Pirella chipboard mini album.  Lots of Fresco Finish paints, gorgeous Lin Pirella stamped images, stencils, colouring in with paints and/or pencils and it was fabulous!   Of course, I nowhere near got mine finished and I didn't get chance till last night to do so but I've taken lots of photos to show you the lovely details.  I had to change mine a bit when I got home because I realised I hadn't thought enough about which 'pages' were going next to each other and which of the smaller shapes were being attached to which of the larger ones so some of the colours were wrong and/or they were too busy. It doesn't matter though, just means it's not an exact copy which is good, lol!

Okay, off we go ........here come lots of pics!

The gorgeous front cover with my absolute favourite Lin Pirella image!
 

Inside front cover


The smaller page should have been attached to another page but the colour was soooo wrong, lol, so I made it into another mini page.
 







Opened out to show back and front covers.
 

So there you have it!  I did enjoy colouring all those images with a mix of Fresco Finish  paints and coloursoft pencils...... so relaxing!

On the Sunday we had a day playing with all sorts of different media onto tags none of which are yet  complete but I'm going to have a lot of fun turning them into finished tags that I can show you another time.

See you again soon.

Hugs
Lesley  Xx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

and .....BREATHE!!!

Hiya Everyone,

Well, I can finally breathe as the cat is out of the bag, lol!  For almost a month I have had to not let slip the fact that PaperArtsy HQ had asked me if I would like to do a couple of projects for the launch of their new designer, Elizabeth Borer's pretty stamps.  What me???? Nah, course I wouldn't!!!  I did actually hesitate slightly but only because I would hate to let them down by not coming up to scratch with the projects...... and my makes were being shown alongside the talents of Elizabeth and Penny Nuttall ....Ooooer!  I hope I didn't let the side down and that you like what I created.  If you go HERE to the PaperArtsy Blog you will be able to see my projects but more importantly Elizabeth and Penny Nuttall's fabulous designs too.  Not only that but all this past week Leandra and the DT have been showcasing some fantastic new stamps from the wonderful designers on the PaperArtsy team so there is oodles of awesome inspiration to keep you going for an age.

These are the lovely stamps and although they are very different from the rest of the PaperArtsy ranges I think they fill an important niche.  Now this is going to be a long post so make yourself comfy, lol!

EDIT  Now the launch has gone live the stamps are on the website and if you click on the images you will be transported to the wonderful PaperArtsy shop.

Eclectica³ {Eizabeth Borer} 01



Eclectica³ {Eizabeth Borer} 02

My first project is an MDF heart (stamps from EEB01). 


Now silly me, I was so engrossed in the actual projects I completely forgot to take step by step photos so I hope you can understand my explanations from close up pics.  The first one, obviously taken in the garden wasn't very successful because the sun was so bright it drained some of the delicate colouring from the main image but she looked so nice against her ivy backdrop!


I started by painting the heart with Pea Coat Fresco Finish and on the left side I smeared some Grunge Paste which I then stamped into with the trailing ivy.  On the right side I applied PA Crackle Glaze.   When it was all completely dry I covered all of the surface with a blend of Sky, Antarctic and Snowflake Fresco.


I then used my lovely new Fibralo pens from PaperArtsy to colour in the ivy trails including those stamped in the GP and then highlighted those with Pewter Treasure Gold as well as right round the edge. 
 

Next I stamped the beautiful Ivy Fairy in her bower onto watercolour paper and, scribbling the Fibralo pens onto my craft mat, I watercoloured her.  I also painted areas of her wings and dress with PA Matte Glaze and sprinkled with Glamour Dust .... one of my rare concessions to glitter, lol! I included this photo because I think you can just catch the faint glitter sparkle, the hint of TG and also the sheen on the die cut flowers but after I took the photo above I decided there was not enough colour to her skin nor the 'sky' background so I added a little more which was a big improvement.


 The diecut flourishes were coloured with Fibralo pens and for the diecut flowers I made my own mica sprays with Fresco Finish paints, water and mica powder and sprayed onto Heavy Duty PaperArtsy Smoothy paper.  I was so chuffed with these sprays! I also used them to colour the chiffon ribbon.


So there you have my pretty Ivy Fairy who could be displayed anytime of year.


My second project is a small luminary (stamps from EEB01 and 02)


I was having a little tidy up and found this wooden luminary frame hidden behind other stuff.  I can't remember who the kit is made by but when I got it it was badly cut out on the corners so took me ages of carving bits out to make it fit properly.  Once I managed that I had painted it with Pea Coat Fresco Finish and then it got left. 


As soon as I found it I knew it was a perfect showcase for Elizabeth's new stamps and would make a lovely decoration for Christmas too!  I repainted it with a mix of Claret and Little Black Dress Frescos and then sanded it back to reveal some of the dark blue and bare wood. 


I then took the lovely trailing ivy and stamped with Versamark without a block so I could work it round the corners and then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I rubbed the metal corners and some wooden beads for feet with Classic Treasure Gold to tone them in but didn't attach them until after the panels were in place. 


I cut four heavy vellum panels to fit and then stamped them with various images from the two stamp sets. I coloured them on the reverse with watered down Fresco Finish paints and added subtle sparkle on the front surface (as on the circle frame and wings above) with a Sakura clear sparkle pen. I fixed the panels in place before attaching the feet and corners.


Here are the panels with a fake candle inside.  I wish I could capture the true effect as it really does look quite pretty.  Even my OH loves it!


 On the above two panels I did some masking to layer up those lovely baubles and then drew in the hanging twine with a fine black Pitt pen.  Again, after painting the images on the reverse I added Sakura sparkle to the baubles on the front.


(must have had the shakes when I took the above photo cos it's a bit blurred, lol! Must remember to take more water with it ;D)


This was my favourtie of the two projects but I had so much fun doing them both.


Thank you so much PaperArtsy for asking me to play with your new stamps and for Elizabeth Borer for her lovely designs.  I was very honoured to be asked and hope that my projects have given the stamps the showcasing they deserve.

Thanks for visiting me today and if you haven't already been over to the PaperArtsy Blog please give yourself a treat and visit.  There had been so much beautiful artwork all week and so much variety there's bound to be something to make you Oooh and Aaah!

See you again soon.

Hugs
Lesley  Xx



Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Birthday Card for one of my very special people.

Hi Everyone,

Woops!  It's been a few weeks since I managed a post but I'd had enough of my mega hot craftroom (conservatory) during most daylight hours and what I did manage to make I can't show yet.  Happily for me things are cooling down although we do seem to have our own little weather pocket here at the moment and are still having very comfy temperatures and lots of sunshine unlike most other areas of the UK from what I can gather.  It does get a bit nippy in the evenings though!  I managed to have a really good cleaning session in the craftroom on Monday (although lots of tidying still needed) which took me hours but made me feel very virtuous, lol!

Anyway, today I can now share a card with you that I made for a lovely girl who has become very special to our family, my Son & his Daughter in particular.  Yvonne is partner to Jamie and much loved Step Mum to Alexa and this is the card I made for her birthday.


Because the colours are very subtle I found it difficult to capture them on the photos but I used a lovely piece of Prima paper from one of Finnabair's collections and overstamped on the right side with an IndigoBlu corner flourish stamp.  I used Watering Can Archival Ink stamping twice each time between inking.  The sentiment stamp is from Heartfelt Creations and is stamped in the same ink onto another piece of the Prima paper, die cut with a Spellbinder label and layered onto Co'ordinations card cut with a matching fancy label die.  I used the same Co'ordinations card for the poppy diecut and to matt & layer.


I used the same method of stamping the flourish for the inside of the card and the sentiment is from Inkylicious.

It took me blooming ages to get that bow exactly how I wanted it, lol, but I was really pleased with the finished card.



Thanks for visiting today and I hope it's not weeks before I can post again ;-)

Hugs
Lesley  Xx