Monday, 23 January 2017

Crikey where did December and January go!

Hi Everyone,

I just got a shock when I opened up my poor neglected blog and realised it's nearly 2 months since my last post so a very belated Happy New Year to you all!!!  To be fair to myself though there has been rather a lot going on in this neck of the woods but not much of it has been crafting.

The old year ended on a mix of highs and lows.  The high was our Son's fabulous wedding 3 days before Christmas which was such a happy day for us all and here's just a few photos.

Sadly, the lows were the loss of 4 members of mine and Hubby's families, 2 Aunties, 1 Uncle and most devastating, my lovely Sister-in-Law who passed away on her 59th birthday after a brief, brave battle with cancer. We'll miss you so much Pauline!

So, what with Christmas and New Year as well, I sort of got out of crafting mode and with my craftroom/conservatory being a tad chilly (mega understatement) it's been a bit of a struggle for my enthusiasm to resurface but I think I'm getting there now ;-).  All the fabulous new stamp releases from PaperArtsy not to mention lots of wonderful new products constantly popping up on my Facebook Timeline from Creativation, the trade show currently in full swing in Arizona, are really getting the creative juices working again. 

Anyway, I have my first share of the year for you today as it's my friend Lin's birthday and I know she has received her card.

I very roughly scraped gesso onto a square Kraft card base with an old credit card so that the surface was a little textured.  I then inked up Stampendous Crumpled Edge stamp with Archival Ink (Coffee I think) and followed this with a lightly stamped script in the middle, splatters and then flourishes in the corners using Potting Soil Archival.  These were all PaperArtsy stamps.

Next comes the very unintentional error!  I stamped the little quote upside down so I had to cut the front off the card base and turn it into a topper for a second base, lol!!!  Good job the background script is very light as this is now upside down ;-0.  I rubbed Treasure Gold round the edges of the card and stuck it to the new card base then cut and embossed the Tim Holtz/Sizzix butterfly from a piece of Fresco painted card, sanded and touched it with Treasure Gold before attaching just the body to the card.

I was really pleased with this fairly simple card and love the impression of lots of texture.  

I'm going to try to remember to enter more challenges this year (hmmm, wonder how long that will last) and this card fits three I think.    (theme is Anything Goes)

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I'll be back in a day or two.

Lesley  Xx

Saturday, 3 December 2016

It's PaperArtsy guest blogger time!

Hello Everyone,

For the past week over on the fabulous PaperArtsy Blog there has been lots of inspiration and wonderful projects for Topic #23 - Bleach techniques which was introduced brilliantly as always by Darcy HERE.

I love the effects you can get using bleach on paper, card, inks, etc., and have tried out various different combinations in the past.  I even have a pad which has some sort of product that removes colour that you can use as an 'ink' pad for stamps.  In all the attempts I made I have found the results to be extremely varied.  With some card and also inks bleach barely works at all and often when it does work it leaves a totally unexpected colour behind.  Some of these are lovely and some not so, lol!  I also like 'painting' with bleach if I get the right combination of card or ink  On this occasion I wanted to use stamps and stencils to remove colour from dye ink backgrounds on matte coated cardstock and I did a few experiments using bleach but found that a faux bleach technique using water was more successful.  If you hop over to the PaperArtsy Blog you can see my step by steps on how I created two Christmas cards using mainly Sarah Naumann stamps, sneak peeks of which you can see below.

Thanks for dropping by!

Lesley  Xx

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Whoops, I nearly forgot........'s the first of November's Quick Cards posts over on the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog!

Morning All,

I completely forgot I had a couple of quick and very easy cards oveer on the CB blog today.  As we have Christmas getting ever closer and this year I am even more behind with my preparations than usual due to my slow op recovery putting a major spanner in the works, quick Christmas cards always come in handy and Chocolate Baroque have some stunning Christmas stamps suitable for every style.  Just hop over to their website and enter 'Christmas stamps' in the search bar....gorgeous!

Anyway, for my first card I simply stamped the beautiful tree onto a diecut shape, embossed with sparkly embossing powder then coloured in with some water based metallic paints. I dusted around the tree using Pine Needles Distress Ink.  After sticking the image to the card base with double sided tape I stamped and embossed the sentiment and used the same but smaller dieshape to cut it out before adding it to the card using 3D foam along with some ribbon.

My second card was even quicker!  I stamped the image onto the diecut shape using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and pulled in some of the colour with a water brush.  I then added a little grey watercolour shading around the image, edged with Vintage Photo and stuck it to the card base with 3D foam.  I then stamped the sentiment at the bottom, risking all if it had gone wonky, lol!

Do pop over to the Chocolate Baroque DT blog as there is loads of fabulous inspiration from the team members if you need a card or two in a hurry.

See you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 11 November 2016

Wow! I think I'm on a bit of a roll......

Morning All,

I was up even earlier than normal this morning so went more or less straight into my craftroom for a play.  I seem to be on a roll at the moment and am really enjoying being creative with relatively simple techniques instead of trying to be clever with loads of different products. It's amazing what you can achieve with inks or paints and some beautiful stamps.

This morning's offering has turned out rather grungy in contrast to yesterday's card and I've inked up some fairly 'new to me' stamps from Dina Wakley and Tim Holtz together with several stamps from one fab PaperArtsy Hot Picks set which was released last year.

I already had the piece of card covered with blended Distress Inks and some light spritzing with water to take some colour off and I just did some simple layering of stamps with various Archival Inks.  I started with the brilliant script stamp from the Hot Picks set and Coffee Archival.  This stamp is huuuggge and made up of a collage of different scripts, some going horizontally and some vertically.  It makes for a fab beautifully detailed background with one easy stamping!

I then simply added the other images on top, inked around the edges and stamped the Dina W quote onto Kraft card before cutting it out and adhering to the tag.

This tag has loads of script on it so it's my third entry to the current fab challenge over on the PaperArtsy Blog.  The inspiration from the guest designers has been stunning over the past week and a half and it's not over till Sunday!  I wonder if I'll  manage another entry before the deadline, lol!

Have  good's almost the weekend ;D!

Lesley  Xx

Thursday, 10 November 2016

A little more play................

...............this time with JOFY latest release stamps for PaperArtsy!

Hi Everyone,

We have a very mixed bag of weather here today, one minute bright sunshine and blue sky and the next, as it is now, dark enough to need the lights on and raining!  Whatever it's doing though it's a tad chilly, lol, so perfect for spending some of the morning in my craftroom finishing off a card I began last night.

I started with the rest of a scrap piece that I had used in my last post as my background and stamped the images bottom right with Black Archival ink.  I made up the clusters of little 'bubble' flowers using a couple of the small stamps on the JOFY set and I also stamped the leaf 3 times together with the flower head onto PA lighter weight Smoothy card.  I painted all the images with Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints and added a few white highlights.  I also went over the shading marks of  the stamps with a black Pitt  Pen to freshen them up after painting the images. 

I mounted the piece onto coordinating card, then again onto a Kraft card base then I adhered the leaves and the flower head with Matte Medium.  I stamped the words from an older JOFY set (I use these words a lot as you can mix them up to make different greetings) onto the last little piece of the background I had left, cut them out and stuck them on with 3D foam to finish the card.

Another nice bit of playtime this week and another card for my standby box.  Confession time.......I really should be making Chistmas cards but I think I am living in denial that it's only a little over 6 weeks to The Day, eeek!  I haven't bought a single pressie yet either and think I need to get my act together, lol!

See you again soon!

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 6 November 2016

A Tag for Fun with Elena Zinski & JOFY stamps.

Good Morning all!

After a very noisy Saturday evening (dratted fireworks which went on for almost 8 hours!) it's a beautiful peaceful, sunny Sunday morning here.  I suspect we will have another noisy evening tonight with our Snoopy barking constantly but hopefully not for as long.

Yesterday I had a little play with a mash up of stamps from Elena Zinski, PaperArtsy's newest designer and a JOFY favourite to create a fun 'Christmassy' tag.

I started out with a piece of copy paper I had dabbed left over Fresco Finish  paints on from a sponge.

I ran some Snowflake Fresco over it with a brayer to knock the colours back and covered a tag with the paper.

I stamped all the images with Black Archival ink making an alternative Christmas tree from one of JOFY's dandelion style flowers and the pot from one of her real Christmas tree stamps.  I also stamped Elena's cute little monster again onto card.  The one stamped directly onto the tag I made a little Christmassy by turning her hat into a Santa hat and adding pompoms using one of the small stamps from the set.

I coloured all the images with Derwent Coloursoft pencils, cut out the body and head of the little monster and stuck it onto the tag.  Next I blinged it up a little with some Stickles to the tree, stars and the white bits on the hat.  I think you will see the sparkle if you click on the pics.

Finally I mounted the tag onto co-ordinating card and added the ribbon.

EDIT - As my friends are pointing out this does look more like a tag for the current topic here in the UK, ie Bonfire Night fireworks, lol!

Have a pleasant Sunday and see you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Told you I like Words ....PaperArtsy Blog Challenge entry #2!

Good Morning All.

What a gorgeous morning we have here in Notts!  Fabulous bright blue sky and brilliant sunshine albeit with a slightly chilly wind but much better than the grey and drizzle we had yesterday.

I really love the current PaperArtsy Blog Challenge topic of Typography, Fonts and Quotes and I have made a second entry..  Already there has been a lovely project Pavla Hozikova and of course, the inspirational intro from Darcy.  Unusually for me this entry is a journal page in my 'Sam's Journal' (so called because it was a gift from my friend).  I'm not very good at this journalling lark but do try to swipe left over paints and inks from other projects onto pages (when I remember) and then have a go at a later date.

This started off weeks ago as random brayering of leftover Fresco Finish paints in Nougat, Blush, Rose and Taupe and I'd stamped in Coffee Archival ink with a PA script stamp.

I then just started adding layers of stencilling, stamping and some left over diecuts. 

I've used Fresco Finish paints and Archival Inks for stamping and stencilling.

I also stamped some circles with a Colourbox white pigment ink and clear embossed it.  There's a bit of white pen inside the diecut 'holes' and a little Treasure Gold here and there.

Finally I stamped the quote onto card, cut it up, roughed up the edges and inked them before sticking them to my page and adding a bit of graphite pencil round the pieces.

Everything I used on this page is from PaperArtsy!

As I said I don't really know what I'm doing with journalling but I enjoyed the play and although many would probably think the colours are rather dull they are right up my street, lol!

I might be back with some more entries before the two weeks are up on this challenge, lol!  Have a good day everyone.

Lesley  Xx