Wednesday 27 February 2013

A little bit of Playtime.

Hello Lovely Visitors,

I hope it's sunny in your neck of the woods this morning.  It's just broken through to smile on us here today and it's much more cheerful than the dark, dank day we had yesterday. Makes you feel so much better I think.  We've just about got rid of the flu bugs here too apart from the really annoying and persistent coughs.  Alexa (granddaughter) and I seem to spend our time together having coughing competitions ........drives us both potty!

Because I felt a little better I also felt a bit more inclined to play with some lovely goodies I received from PaperArtsy just before the bugs struck and last night I finished decorating a chunky heart.  I'm only just learning what can be done with acrylic paints but have tried one or two types and these Fresco Finish paints from PaperArtsy have to be my favourites.  I love the chalky finish to them and if you've used them on a flat surface it's perfect for stamping straight onto.  However, in this case because of the puffy shape of the heart I had to do the stamping onto tissue (PaperArtsy Crackly Tissue) and then adhere the tissue to the heart.  Everything I used for my heart came from PaperArtsy except I used Studio Multi-Medium Matte to adhere the tissue and unfortunately I find although it says matte finish it is actually still shiny when dry to some extent.  Next time I'm going to try Leandra's Fresco Satin Glaze (as she shows in her video) and see what the difference is.

The Fresco colours used were Pansy, Moonlight, Snowflake, Hey Pesto and Limelight and I used Claret to colour the gorgeous JoFy stamped images.  The touches of greens don't really show up on the photos but they are there ........... honest, lol!

I was really tempted to started adding flowers to where the hanging loop is as well as some background masking/stamping (as is my usual habit) but I love the simplicity of the JoFy stamps and didn't want to start going too fussy with other stuff so apart from the simple ribbon and a few half pearls I managed to resist, lol! 

The flowers are from the JOFY09 set which is the first A5 non-Christmas set and I'm now longing to buy all the new sets that have just been released.  The quote is from PaperArtsy Hot Picks HP1203.

Well, I hope I'm not tempting fate here but on Friday evening I should be wending my way down to Swindon with my buddy Jo.  On Saturday we are doing the fabulous Steampunk Mask workshop with Val at Snazzy's.  You may remember we should have done this workshop a month ago but the snow decided to totally disrupt our travel.  I refuse to be stopped this time, lol!  I'll try to remember to take some pics on Saturday but if past hisory is anything to go buy ....... don't hold your breath ;D.

Till next time, take care lovely friends.

Lesley  Xx


Helen said...

Oh, Lesley this is beautiful!! I had one of those hearts for Christmas, not dealt with it yet!! (lol!) Aren't these flowers gorgeous?!

Good luck with the re-arranged trip to Snazzy's - the forecast so far is benign!!

snazzyoriginal said...

What a pretty project, the stamps and colours look so delicate, thoughts of Spring. Travel safely and see you Saturday xx

Paula (PEP) said...

Hope you have a super time at Snazzy's. Your heart looks a treat & I love your positioning of the stamped images plus the gems. It looks perfect without any more (!!!! I do know the temptation is great).
Hope those coughs depart soon.
Paula (PEP)

Jean said...

Your heart is very pretty Lesley, I love the colours you've used. I like the Fresco finish paints too, I just have difficulty deciding which ones to buy.
Jean x

lisa said...

Sorry to hear you've been poorly, Lesley, there are a lot of bugs about again aren't there. Thank goodness you will be well enough for your workshop, it sounds great. Hope you have lots of fun.
Your heart is gorgeous. I'm dying to try the tissue thing, sounds right up my street.
We have beautiful sunshine here too, it's wonderful to see at last.
Take care
Hugs Lisax

Carol Q said...

ab fab Lesley. have a lovely time on Saturday.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

So glad your feeling better Lesley. Your heart is gorgeous . I bought some studio matt medium with the intention of making a clock, it still waiting to be made! Hope you have a fantastic time at the workshop on saturday.

Sue x

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh what a fab project Lesley, - love your heart! I have to be honest, I am not a huge fan of the JoFy stamps, but I love what you have done here and well done you for not overloading it with embellies ☺. You are so right, what you have done fits the style of these stamps much better.

Hope you have loads of fun at the workshop, say hi to the bosses from me and I'll try very hard not to be totally jealous!!!

Inkypinkycraft said...

A gorgeous make, I love hearts and I lve what you have done here! Beautiful! Trace x

Netty said...

Loving your gorgeous heart Lesley, am loving this CAS design it really draws your eye to the stamping, which I love.
Enjoy the weekend and have loads of fun, hugs Annette x

Anonymous said...

You did a great job with this, it's gorgeous!
Hope you have a great time on Saturday.

Christine B. said...

Hi Lesley glad your feeling better. These bugs don't half hang on.
Your heart is beautiful. Have a lovely time on Saturday. LOve and Hugs xChrisB

Words and Pictures said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Lesley - love the colours and the finish on this... aren't the stamps a joy to work with?! Do hope your cough doesn't interfere with the fun of the workshop you've waited so patiently for!!
Alison x

Beryl said...

It's beautiful Lesley. Love the colouring of the background and the beautiful stamping.
Sun came out here today and inspired me to give the grass it's first cut of the year. It was so warm out there I didn't really want to come back in.
Hope the weekend goes well this time.
Beryl xx

Rebecca said...

Lovely Lesley
Happy craftin

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! Love everything! The soft white background and then the flowers are gorgeous! Beautiful sentiment and perfect! What a beautiful ornament!

judith@poppy cottage said...

This is lovely Lesley. I have these stamps on my wishlist, along with most of the others in the range, lol! I love the colours you have chosen, they are gorgeous.
Fingers crossed for the weekend, hugs, Judith xx

Suzi B said...

A gorgeous heart lesley I love how you've left it simple... so lovely.
So sorry you've not been well hope the cough is diminishing... but I know how persistant they can be.. and annoying!
take care
Suzi B xx
ps ... just love all your Snazzy projects... I'm way behind with blog visits. :(

Sally H said...

Oh wow, Lesley! This is so beautiful! I LOVE it! Sorry to hear you have been having internet issues. Hope you get them sorted soon x

Kim Dellow said...

ooo that is gorgeous Lesley. Lovely. Kim