Sunday, 1 June 2014

PaperArtsy Blog Challenge - inspiration from Linda Cain

Happy Sunday All ,

I hope you've all got the lovely sunshine we have here today.  Actually, I would cheerfully have given most of ours away today as my craftroom has been a boiling 30c+ and I can tell you it is NOT condusive to working with paints and inks!!!

Over on the PaperArtsy Blog this week, as we've come to expect, there has been some amazing inspiration and one evening Linda Cain popped in for a one night stand!  I loved the triptych she did but as usual I spent yesterday faffing about blog hopping, trawling Pinterest and tidying my tip of a craft desk but couldn't settle down to actually make anything.  I was up bright and early (ish) this morning determined to get something done for the challenge and as I didn't have a triptych I decided to just make one piece using my TH/Sizzix cabinet dies and that's when things started to go wrong, lol!

First I forgot to use the magnetic release things you put inside the die shape and wasted a piece of greyboard trying to get it out of the die.  From then on I wanted to more or less follow what Linda had done for her project HERE but the next thing to go wrong was the crackle ..... for the first time my PA crackle paste didn't! Then when I got to doing the different colours on the insert it was so hot in the craftroom that the paint was drying on the Cut n Dry almost before it got to the PA smoothy card and the adhesive holding the two layers of sponge together degraded in the heat to leave me with a sticky mess.  It took me forever till I was reasonably happy. 


Because I had a much smaller stamping area than Linda's piece, I decided not to leave the border but just ran a black Sharpie round the inside of the frame to make the insert pop more.


When it came to the back I did get the usual lovely crackle and I used the cut out from the frame to put on the back.  I edged with a Sharpie again to leave more stamping area but here's where the heat hit again and the first image I stamped kept drying on the stamp before it got to the grayboard.  After 2 ruined attempts and having to paint over it each time, I gave up on the large image I wanted to use and  used a selection of parts of smaller stamps instead.


Phew, I can't believe it's taken me nearly all day to do this, lol!  I need aircon!!!  I'm off to link up to the PaperArtsy blog now and then start preparing dinner.......why on earth did I promise OH a Sunday roast.  Oh, I know why.....it's 'cos I felt guilty because next Sunday I'm gadding off to the StampMagic Show at Doncaster and leaving him to fend for himself, ;D!  Whoohoo, up close and personal time with PaperArtsy goodies!

Till next time, take care!

Hugs
Lesley  Xx

18 comments:

Helen said...

I think it looks great - love the black pen you outlined it with, does the job just as well.
Shame you had such a faff with it, but you got there!

Hazel Agnew said...

You make it sound so funny Lesley. Well done for your perseverance and you did end up with a lovely piece of art. See you at Donny!! Xx

Lin said...

LOL Lesley I could see you flaffing as I was reading your post!! My crackle didn't crackle either..and I had to use a black pen to go around the edge!! It is beautiful so well worth it in the end xxx

Margaret Iddon said...

Love it Lesley. Colours are so vibrant. Glad you managed to cut the shapes!!,

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

You may have faffed Lesley, but it was worth it. This is gorgeous, I love the bright colours.

Sue xx

Paula Whittaker said...

As everyone has eluded too the fluffing was worth it! Super piece.

Darcy UK said...

It turned out great and the black pen did it's job perfectly. See you at Donny.

Aquarius said...

Well the end result is brilliant but it was interesting to hear of all the troubles along the way. It certainly isn't too warm in this neck of the woods and I'm thinking about putting some heat on for a while. Have a great time at the show next weekend.

sam21ski said...

Blimey, the trials and tribulations of crafting hey, what a time you've had of it!!

If it makes you feel any better, my crackle wouldn't crack either!!

We're having a roast tonight too, but it's not been as warm here as you've had it.

Can't wait to see you next Sunday again.

Sam xxx

vinny said...

this is beautiful Lesley, everything I make involves lots of faffing lol. Warm here as well today but I`ve been busy planting in the garden x Lavinia

Gay Peplow said...

Wonderful I love this one and under the circumstances I am amazed it turned out so well Lesley. 30 degrees is very warm, poor you :D xx

Sally H said...

Stunning Art my friend! Love the colours! Hopefully we will bump into each other again at Donny next week xxx

Brenda Brown said...

You got there in the end and thank goodness you persevered, you did a great job xxx

Brenda Brown said...

You got there in the end and thank goodness you persevered, you did a great job xxx

veronica said...

Yes, a load of faffing around,but it all came out great in the end! I lost the magnetic bit ages ago,it'a a right pain digging stuff out so my TH dies now have rolled-up bit of card instead, sellotaped in so they don't go missing...........

craftytrog said...

Glad you persevered Lesley, it looks fabulous! xxx

isisimaginings.com said...

Lesley, it's gorgeous. Well done for persevering, it was worth all he hassle.

butterfly said...

That's delicious - love the blended colours in the centre and the texture on the frame!
Alison xx