Monday, 25 September 2017

And......another entry for the fab PaperArtsy blog challenge.

Good morning all,

Well, I didn't do another blog post over the weekend as promised mainly because I was having another play in the craftroom after finishing chores and as well as a tag just for fun I made another entry to the current PaperArtsy, Stamps and Stencils and Country View Challenges

A couple of weeks ago I mixed some texture paste with Infusions and Brusho powders and of course, made loads more than I needed.  I couldn't waste it so ended up with two tags and a piece of card as well as my original piece for a card which I forgot to photograph before I sent it, Doh! This is made from the piece of card which I also forgot to take a pic of in it's original state.  I sprayed a couple of Lindy's mica colour sprays to cover the card and then stamped the PaperArtsy image with Versamark Ink and embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold embossing powder.   Originally the image was lost against the background but as the sprays are water based I bleached out most of the colour from the face and then touched in the empty spaces with Sakura Stardust pens (been in my stash like forever!).  

I also removed a little colour from around the image to make it pop a little more and then used the same Tim Holtz stencil as the textured area to remove bits of colour here and there.  Next I used Cut n Dry foam to add Versamark ink and embossing powder around the edges.

Finally I replaced the stencil over the texture paste and added some Treasure Gold guilding paste before sticking the piece to a base card.  If I find a suitable word sticker or something I may add it to finish it off completely.

It's a horrible very dull rainy morning here, the complete opposite of yesterday, so the photos aren't the best and are not picking up the subtle sparkle from the lovely mica sprays 😞.


This is the tag I created very quickly and just for fun late last night.  I used one of the tags with left over texture paste on and blended Distress Oxides in two suitable colours before adding stamping which is all done with PaperArtsy Minis.

I used a sparkle brush pen on the eye and the textured flourish to finish it off,  Oops, just realised I didn't ink the edges to 'frame' it.  Must rectify that before it will look finished to me, lol!

Righty Ho,  off to do the link ups and maybe I'll manage another 'metallic' entry before weekend.  So looking forward to a Tracey Easson class on Sunday.  It will be my first workshop at Art Workshops and I am really looking forward to it.

Thanks for dropping by and see you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 22 September 2017

Ooer.....Long time, no see!

Wow, I hadn't realised that it is exactly one month today since my last blog post so for anyone who has been lovely enough to stick around waiting .......

Goodmorning on this beautiful sunny Autumn day!

I haven't been totally idle on the crafting front but somehow just never got round to blogging my makes over the past couple of months.  I've made several birthday cards and two lots of swaps for UK Stampers Forum Facebook group.  Some of the cards I even forgot to take pics of so they are not going to get shared, lol!  I'll try and catch up with the ones I do have though over the next couple of weeks.

Today I'm sharing an entry to the fab new PaperArtsy challenge ........did you see all their lovely new releases over the past couple of weeks?  Some beautiful Christmas stamps and stunning inspirational creations from the stamp designers and their wingmen. This link will take you to the first of the two weeks of new release posts and they are well worth a visit.  Anyway, back to my entry.....

As I want to make a few birthday cards for October I used the theme of metallics, introduced beautifully as always by Darcy HERE, for this one.   I started with a Gelli background I made a few weeks ago (forgot to take a pic) when I had a lovely messy play with some new acrylic paints I got on a brilliant offer from Hobbycraft.  Some of them are beautiful metallics from Pebeo and Abstract and although they are very subtle on my background they are there.

I went with two of my favourite leaf stamps from the gorgeous Lin Brown set for PaperArtsy ELB33 and a lovely background 'punchinella' stamp from ELB34.  I used the smaller more skeletal leaf and the background stamp with PaperArtsy Gold Fresco Finish paint to random stamp all over the background and the larger leaf stamp I inked with Versamark onto the piece of Gelli background I had left and embossed with Ranger Queen's gold embossing powder before fussy cutting them.

I stamped and embossed one of Alison Bomber's beautiful quote stamps (set EAB02) onto a Gelli scrap cut it out and embossed the edge.  I layered the background onto a piece of gold metallic card, then the card base, added the strips of German scrap and finally stuck my cut out bits.  If you click on the pics to enlarge I think you might get an idea of the lovely textures I ended up with on this.  I absolutely love it.  It's very tactile and I must stop stroking it otherwise it will be very grubby before it reaches the recipient, lol!

Righty Ho!  I'm off to link to the challenge.  I'll be back to share some of my swap makes over the weekend but here's hoping you all have the same beautiful blue sky I can see right now.  Thanks for dropping by....

EDIT  I just remembered there are a couple of other lovely favourite challenges of mine with a metallic theme this month so I am also linking to them, see below

Lesley  Xx