Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A taste of the Orient?

Hi there visitors,

Well, I'm still waiting for the signal to travel up the A1 for our new baby's arrival (officially due in 8 days time) so I've managed a rare bit of playtime just for the sake of it.  I found a square of gessoed canvas in my bit box, discarded from some other project and started out just playing with Slick Stix crayons.  I had no project in mind just wanted to mess about and this is what is eventually became.

I began by blending the dark blue and purple Slick Stix onto the canvas with a wet wipe, dried it with a heat tool then sprinkled Infusions in Royal Blood and Violet Storm and spritzed very lightly with water.  When I had the amount of colour I was happy with I dried with the heat tool and then painted the whole thing with a coat of Fresco Finish Pearl Glaze to give a lovely sheen and also stop any further reaction of the Infusions.

Next I chose some random stamps from the Lynne Perrella Oriental themed sets to use on the background. I didn't want them to show up clearly so used second generation Archival ink images.  There's a bit of Japanese text from a portion of a bigger image, a koi plus a PaperArtsy mini flourish stamp.  I then stencilled the trailing ivy using one of the translucent Fresco Finish blues which I think was South Pacific, as I wanted the Infusions and light stamping to show through.

My next step which I fogot to take a pic of was to stencil some clear texture paste to which I applied a little Aquamarine Treasure Gold when it was dry.  I also added touches of TG round the edges of the canvas.
Next was to stamp the main image onto Tim Holtz tissue and then paint it with various translucent Fresco Finish colours, South Pacific, Claret and Pumpkin Soup.  My only complaint with the TH tissue is that I found it very difficult to tear around the image and painting around it with plenty of water seemed to make very little difference.  It's blooming strong stuff but I got there in the end and adhered it to the canvas with Heavy Gloss Gel Medium. 

I then raided my bit box which I hardly ever think to look in, and found some bits and pieces to embellish the hanging.  I painted the leaves with Pearl Glaze so they looked something like the die cut piece of lace I added to the bottom and the tiny butterflies also got the Pearl Glaze mixed with Claret/Pumpkin Soup.

I used bamboo sticks with beads on the end to form the hanger and found the perfect coloured ribbons in my biiiig bag of those annoying pieces I cut out of clothes.....knew they'd come in handy some time, lol!

Well, that's how my playtime over the past couple of days has ended up.  Hope you like it and I just have to finish the post by sharing a photo of one of the lovely busy bees that were enjoying the campanula whilst I was taking the photo of the hanging out in the garden.

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone and thanks for dropping by.

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Another PaperArtsy Infusions Playtime!

Hi everyone,

I hope you're having a good weekend and the weather isn't putting too much of a damper on it for you.  We had sunshine first thing but it's grey again now.  I can live with grey for a bit as long as there's no more of the torrential rain we had last week.

Bit of family chat next so feel free to skip....

Crafting has been on a bit of a back burner here for a few weeks mainly because two of our grandchildren have been staying or I've been up in Harrogate with them.  Last weekend I collected them after school on Friday and brought them down here because my lovely Daughter in Law to be, Yvonne, had organised a special 'Mum to Be' Spa Day for Jenna and as her hubby was still not well enough to have the children for the full day I had them and we had a very special day out with their Uncle Jamie and our lovely Alexa at The Chestnut Centre, Otter, Owl and Wild Life Sanctuary in the beautiful Derbyshire High Peak.  Then on the Sunday I took them home but there was a lot of subterfuge involved as completely unbeknown to Jenna, Yvonne and some of Jenna's friends had organised a very special Baby Shower for her.  The expression on her face when she walked into the room with everyone there was priceless and she told me that although she was so tired the whole weekend was amazing and just what she needed after the past few horrendous months.  Baby is officially due on 30 June but Izzy and Charlie were both a week late so we will see.  Jenna looks ready to pop now imo, lol!

OK, back to crafting!

When I was having my last bit of playtime fun with PaperArtsy's Infusions powders this was the last make from that session which I have shared on FaceBook but haven't blogged.

For this card, I first sprinkled a little Lemoncello Infusions and misted with water until I was happy with the colour depth and I then dried it with a heat tool. Next I used Black Knight by placing a stencil, lightly sprinkling the powders (not lightly enough really, lol, you only need a teensy bit) and then spritzing with water. After removing the stencil I used a damp paintbrush to define the shapes a bit more.  When it was dry I then stamped a selection of JOFY images using black Archival Ink.

I then used Fresco Finish Chalk Paints to colour the images.  I can't remember which colours now sorry but they were a couple of lemony colours and greys. I again made sure it was dry before adding Diamond Stickles to the middle flower image which I think you can see if you click on the pic.  I matted the card onto a layer of black and then onto my base card before stamping the JOFY phrase across the bottom and finally I added the metal butterfly and the happy birthday.

I was really happy with how this turned out and love the lemon and grey colour combo.

Crikey, while I've been writing this post the temperature seems to have plummeted!  I think flaming June, brrrr!!!  I know I don't like hot weather but this is getting a bit ridiculous now, lol!

Hope it's warmer where you are
Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Wowee! Do I love Powertex!

Hello again,

Yesterday I went to a wonderful Powertex workshop with Alison Turner......what a lovely, informative and oh so patient lady!  It's the second workshop I and several friends have done with Alison.  Last time we explored Powertex Stone Art and I made this ........

I actually prefer this as a piece of wall art rather than on the stand but it still hasn't found a home on a wall yet, lol!

This time we made some fabulous angels.  They vary slightly but are approximately 20" tall and when fully cured in three weeks time they can be put outside as garden ornaments if we want.  I haven't made my mind up yet as she's currently in residence in my hall and I rather like looking at her everytime I walk past.

Anyway, this is going to be a very photo heavy post more as a record for me really so feel free to skip through if you would rather.

Attaching the head/bust to the base using a toilet roll inner stuffed with foil and masking tape.

Creating wings and again attaching with masking tape.  I also gave her a more realistic figure with boobs and waistline ;-).....well, shall we say the boobs and waistline I wish I still had, lol!

Strip of Powertex soaked fabric to create undergarment.

Wings adorned and whole figure covered in bronze Powertex.

Back view....obviously!

Overgarment created.

And here she is fully complete with colour added.  I only added a little at the workshop but decided to add more at home this morning.  I dry brushed PaperArtsy Fresco Jade with a touch of Snowflake mixed with their Metallic Glaze and then added highlights of Copper and Gold Treasure Gold.

Her beautiful face!

The ruffled bottom of the overgarment.

Back the draping!

Doesn't she look regal!

If anyone wants to learn how to use this product I would not hesitate to recommend Alison whose studio is in Stapleford, Notts.  

Many thanks to our buddy Sam for organising our workshop.  It sure was another fabulous day and I hope to goodness I haven't passed on my awful cough to anyone there.

Lesley  Xx

EDIT  You can see Sam's angel HERE and Helen's angel HERE.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

More Lovely Infusions....This time a much needed card!

Morning everyone,

A quickish post from me this morning before I get ready to trot up the A1 for another overnighter in Harrogate ;-).  I am so hoping I find a big improvement in my Son in Law from last week although he is still in hospital.  To cap it all my poor Daughter has been coping with a nasty bout of sinusitis (following on from tonsilitis) and has had to have antibiotics.....this last two months has had a more miserable storyline than Eastenders, lol! 

Anyway, this time I have been playing with my little bottles of Infusions (available from PaperArtsy stockists) again but this time I sprinkled them onto my craft mat and spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mists.  The mist wasn't quite enough to activate the powders so I also spritzed with water and then played around dipping and dragging watercolour paper and mixed media paper through the liquid.  I think the colours I used were Lemoncello and Royal Blood but I forgot to take pics of the pieces before I started stamping on them.

The background is on watercolour paper and the flowers were stamped onto the mixed media paper and cut out to layer up.  All the other stamping except for the sentiment was done directly onto the background.

The stamps are from one of Darcy's latest releases for PaperArtsy except for the feathery stem which is from a Lin Brown set and the sentiment which is made up of separate words from a JOFY set (stamped onto a scrap and cut out) my 'go to' set when I want a simple greeting.

I edged the background piece with a little Treasure Gold  before mounting onto a co-ordinating card and then onto a base card.

Unfortunately, I don't think you can see the subtle shimmer from the Glimmer Mist in the pics very well but it is there and I was really pleased with the effect.

Okay, off to get ready for my little trip.  I hope the weather stays nice for my drive as the weatherman has promised ;-).  Have a good day and thanks for dropping by.

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Another play with PaperArtsy Infusions.

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're all having a pleasant Sunday with lots of sunshine.  It's been very nice here so far but getting cloudier so I think we are in for the forecast rain shortly. 

I've made my second tag after my play with the PaperArtsy Infusions the other day.  This time I tried sprinkling Violet Storm and Blackcurrant onto the tag and activating them with Fresco Frosting Glaze.  This worked in a very similar way to the Satin Glaze on the last tag but left a dull finish this time with a lovely velvety feel to it instead of a slight sheen.

The Frosting Glaze dried very quickly and I then stencilled a mix of three colours of Fresco Finish paints randomly over the tag using a very useful new stencil I bought at Happy Stampers.  The stencil has random sections of punchinella style holes and a grid style as you can see in the pic below.  I followed this with some background stamping using a couple of Hot Picks stamps. (this pic was taken at night so the colours look different)

I stamped the camera image from PA Hot Picks 1503 using Black Archival Ink and dried it with my heat tool because the Frosting Glaze meant it was taking a long time to dry.

 I stamped the butterfly image from PA Hot Picks 1506 using Cobalt Archival Ink, dried it with my heat tool then coloured the butterflies with markers.  Because of the Frosting Glaze the water based markers obviously wouldn't dry so I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder which also enhanced the colours nicely.

Finally I stamped the 'images' from Sara Naumann's stamp set ESN08 for PaperArtsy using Black Archival and the word 'ILLUSTRATIONS' from the same set using Cobalt.

Okay, that's my second fun playtime this week.  Now I need to get on with making some cards (still fun ;D) as I've lost all track of where we are and I have realised with a sinking feeling this morning that I've missed a couple and have more on the horizon, eeek!

I'm entering this tag into Country View Crafts Challenge which is currently 'use a stencil' and making a second entry to Stamping Sensations which is 'anything goes'.

Thanks for stopping by.

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 20 May 2016

First playtime with new PaperArtsy Infusions!

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Well life sure has been throwing a few curve balls around here just lately and probably for a few weeks to come but hopefully all will settle down once our new grandbaby is born at the end of June and Son in Law is back on his feet ;-).  In between stopovers in Harrogate I have managed a nice playtime this week with the new PaperArtsy Infusions I bought at Port Sunlight a few weeks ago and my first make is a tag .......just for fun....always the best kind don't you think, lol!

I started with a large tag and sprinkled Infusions in Sandy Beach and The Sage very sparingly then used Fresco Satin Glaze to blend the crystals over the tag.

I then mixed a bit of the Orange County Infusions with some Grunge Paste and a spritz of water.  I'm still using the old pot I found at the back of a cupboard which was beginning to dry out and it's now very stiff but as long as I don't want a smooth pristine finish it still works, lol!  It didn't have enough colour in for what I wanted so when it was dry I sanded it a little, replaced the stencil, sprinkled a few more granules of Infusions and spritzed with water and let the Infusions do their the walnut stain bits in these little powders!

 I did some background stamping using Archival inks and various PaperArtsy stamps except the for letters one which is my new stamp by Seth Apter :D.

I used a die from Seth Apter, and a fab little numbers stamp on PaperArtsy's Hot Picks set HP1604 to stamp all over the pieces then covered them very roughly with clear crackle paste (Finnabair).  When dry I rubbed in some bright green dye ink (which you can hardly see) & then lightly touched with Treasure Gold.  I stamped the figure from the same Hot Picks set, affectionately known as Shrek Girl, onto tissue and painted her with translucent & watered down Frescos.   I cut her out and severed her head so I could tilt it inside the circle and then stuck these bits on with matte gel medium.

 I dug out some other embellies both wood and metal (I am determined to start using my stash) and they all got the Treasure Gold treatment before being attached to the tag.  The hardest bit was getting that blooming rusty wire to do what I wanted, lol, and boy did it make a mess!

Really enjoyed my de-stress time playing with new goodies and I have another Infusions tag with different colours waiting to be worked on ;-).

See you again soon hopefully.  

Lesley  Xx

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Playing hookey in my little journal!

Hi Everyone,

One of my purchases from the PaperArtsy stand at the Happy Stampers show (Port Sunny) last Saturday was a set of Crayola Slick Stix crayons and today after seeing some lovely inspiration from my friend Hazel (do pop over to her blog) in a FB group we're in I dropped the idea of chores in favour of a playtime, lol!

I decided it was time my lovely little journal, a gift from another fab friend Sam (another blog well worth a visit), was long overdue some tlc.....I still can't get into this journaling lark, lol!  Anyway, here is the result and I'm very pleased with it for a first time tryout.

I had already spritzed some left over Fresco Finish sprays I made for another project ages ago and also some stencilled Grunge Paste so I started adding scribbles of the crayons (brown, orange, turquoise/blue and purple with touches of green) and blending them with my finger.  I found if I lightly damped my finger on a babywipe I could blend them a little easier.  They are water soluble but I didn't want to make them wet in this instance. 

When I was happy with the colours ....and I was very happy because I thought it looked very rusty ;-).....I did a little stamping with Archival Inks and 3 PaperArtsy mini stamps I also bought on Saturday.

I stamped the quote from a PA Urban Snapshots set and the final touch was to use some Christine Adolph (for Prima) adhesive rub ons also bought from PaperArtsy on Saturday with some gilding.  

I love this little flower mini!

What a lovely playtime that was....much better when you know you're playing hookey ;-)!

See you again soon.
Lesley  Xx