When earlier in the year LeeAnne from Gecko Galz invited me to be a Guest Artist for Gecko Galz I was so excited at the prospect. As a member of Bella Creations I had fun playing with LeeAnne’s images as she generously provided them as part of Bella Creations’ challenges.
As the December Gecko Galz Featured Artist the requirement was 5 projects. I will share with you in the order that I made them and scatter them throughout the month of December. Of course all five can be viewed at Gecko Galz.
The first project, altering a blank art journal, I selected the beautiful Postcard Memories image sheets (one of the December products) to work with which is full of wonderfully shabby chic style images.
Gecko Galz Postcard Memories
Oxford Impressions Venezia stamp plate
Canvas Printer Paper
Emulsion (latex) paint
Circle epoxy sticker
Inks – Archival Sepia , Distress Ink Tea Dye (Ranger)
From my own stash:- vintage lace/tea stained lace and vintage French book text
Apply Gesso to cover (the cover was black) then emulsion paint. Stamp handwriting (stamp from Oxford Impressions’ Venezia) with Sepia ink. Rip panel of tea stained vintage lace slightly larger than the cover adhering only three edges, the idea is to leave the top right edge free to form a pocket.
Print Postcard Memories onto canvas printer paper. Select three postcard images to work with, abrade and ink edges. Tuck two of the postcards inside the pocket. Layer the third image with vintage French book text and grey lace. Edge bottom edge of postcard with stained lace. Cut a decorative element from a piece of stained lace and add to the corner of the postcard.Select one of the smaller images from Postcard Memories layering to a circle epoxy sticker. Add lace to top edge and adhere with silicone glue to top corner of the postcard.
With this detail you can see the texture of the canvas printer paper in close-up.To finish, stain stretched lace (rose coloured and coffee), cutting into suitable lengths and thread through the binding.
With the five projects I have printed onto different surfaces to hopefully show the versatility of working with images. I’ve also had my first foray into the world of digital stamps! I will share the second project very soon but in-between there will be some more Christmas projects.
At this time of the year I especially appreciate your visits as it can be difficult to find that extra time for blog hopping when working on your own preparations and also keeping your own blogs up-dated so thank you.
04 Dec 2012 38 Comments
30 Sep 2012 36 Comments
This is another scheduled post. For this post I thought I would share something I made a couple of months ago.
When I saw this particular flower image at French Kissed Postcards I knew I had to use it for a friend who loves flowers. The first part of the gift was a muslin bag which I decorated in a simple fashion with scraps of lace, velvet ribbon and button.
For the bag the image was transferred onto cotton fabric.On the back of the bag I simply stamped a favourite text stamp from Oxford Impressions’ Le Jardin
Then, as I cannot help myself, I decorated another shopping list pad (I’m afraid to tell you I will have more of those to share at a later date!). The same image was used but this time printed directly onto heavy weight white cardstock. I always appreciate the visits my Blog receives but none moreso than when I am absent from Blogland. I hope that when this post goes out there that I am at least managing a little bit more time on-line.
I hope to see you on October 1st when I will have a DT sample for The Stampsmith Challenge to share. Until then, thank you for your time today.
27 Sep 2012 35 Comments
My DT post for The Stampsmith this week is a scheduled post.
This is my first piece using one of the stamps from Belinda and Friends plate. As described by Estelle this plate is “Made from 19th-Century engravings, these stamps evoke the world of literature.”
She reminds me very much of a Jane Austen character which I why I chose to stamp onto script paper, as I wanted the script design to be visible amongst the stamped image. I changed my ink choice, nearly always reaching for Archival when using Stampsmith stamps but I discovered that Versafine was more suited to stamping this large detailed stamp onto pattern paper, as we all know, there are no rules and you might have another ink preference.The paper and vintage book text along with tea and coffee stained lace and stained paper doily were layered onto a book cover to create a wall hanging. If you are wishing to participate in The Stampsmith Challenge for this month then we are nearing the final days. The link to TSC Blog is on the sidebar.
Thank You for visiting and I hope it is not too long before I can catch-up with your Blogs.
06 Sep 2012 47 Comments
Aren’t the days whizzing past? For this scheduled post I am sharing an altered shopping list pad. The first time I prettied up one was last year as DT art for June @ Dezinaworld and since then I’ve altered many, in fact I will have some more to share with you soon. This particular one is so special to me because it was published in Somerset Life (Summer issue), as I type those words I can still hardly believe it.
I had no idea it had been selected as a Creative Living Idea so imagine my shock when I was looking through this issue back in July and spied it! They photographed the pad so beautifully on a full page layout and on the facing page they wrote the most wonderful write-up but for this post I am sharing the photograph I took of the pad. This beautiful image is available from Trishia at French Kissed Postcards and because I couldn’t resist it I added a bow to her hair courtesy of Oxford Impressions with Beauty coming from The Stampsmith’s Say It With Flair plate.It is the most wonderful feeling when creative dreams do come true.
Thank you for visiting this post and for the lovely comments you leave for me to read. I will catch-up with all of you soon.
14 Aug 2012 48 Comments
As Sunday’s post was quite lengthy I thought I’d make this scheduled post a more brief affair.
Back in July, June at Dezinaworld announced a new png set consisting of 7 Marie Antionette images., now if you are fans of Marie then this set will be irresistible.
I selected the Marie I wanted to work with, setting her against a postcard image available from French Kissed Postcards. After printing I added some stamping using stamps from Oxford Impressions. (Versailles plate). The notebook was covered with canvas which I painted and stamped, layered with lace, a paper doily then the postcard image was added trimming it with picot edged ribbon and more lace.
.The bow (Oxford Impressions’ The Dressmaker) was stamped onto found paper. A ribbon bookmark was added as a finishing touch.
Thank You for visiting today and also for the lovely feedback on the altered mailer.
07 Aug 2012 40 Comments
For this post I’d like to share an altered shopping list pad that I made as far back as May to send to my friend Alison.
The focal is Crafty Individuals CI-347, yes, my favourite butterfly stamp.The butterflies were stamped onto paper I’d prepared some time ago using dissolved walnut ink crystals and my own homemade spray ink. Seam binding dyed with the same mix. I have a few more of those altered shopping list pads that I will be sharing over the next few weeks also, I still have other artwork that uses CI-347 to share with you which were made some time ago.
If you are a fan of Crafty Individuals, have you seen their latest Special Offer? Worth a look at.
Sorry I have been absent from visiting your Blogs, I am sure I am missing out on amazing artwork which I hope to be able to visit soon.
28 Apr 2012 35 Comments
I know, two posts in one day!
June at Dezinaworld has an exquisite image sheet available, Veils of Lace. Although all the images are stunning, when I viewed this sheet I was keen to use a particular image on a notebook.
The notebook is a great size at 7″x5″. I covered with artist sheet canvas which I painted and stamped with a text stamp from Oxford Impressions before layering lace. I dyed gimp a grey/green colour, mixing your own dyes is fun and costs so little money. I liked the idea of a bookmark so used a length of satin ribbon, you can see its tail in the photograph below. An ornate frame was used to create a focal for the Dezinaworld image adding a pearl bead and tiny key.
If you are interested in having the Veils of Lace image sheet for use in your own artwork then click the link at the top of the post to take you to June’s Dezinaworld blog.
If you have already visited today then thank you for taking the trouble to visit once more.
16 Mar 2012 34 Comments
Trishia at French Kissed Postcards is known for her generosity, making available a free scan every Monday but for the month of February she went a step further by giving a free image away daily. Then if that were not enough fun she set up two competitions one of which is “Kissed Again” (all details available at Trishia’s French Kissed Postcard’s Blog). Trishia asks that we create something with one of her scans (free or purchased). I was keen to join in with this but as tends to be the case, life gets in the way resulting in less time for creating so I decided to double up Kissed Again with a swap which was organised by Gerri. Gerri sent us a fun pack of crafty bits:- an image, old sheet music, little plastic flowers, a stamped butterfly, etc, etc. The idea of the swap, to make something using at least 4-5 items from the pack before the deadline of 20th March.
As I was pushed for time I was unable to set about creating anything elaborate so I settled on another Journal. This stunning image is from Trishia at FKP and I have listed the items I used from Gerri’s crafty pack.I am not particularly drawn to blue but I have to say that I do like blue when it is that Robin Egg blue, that is appealing, I also liked the name of this paint, Pompadour Blue!
From the pack I received from Gerri I used
. fabric type of paper (don’t know its source)
. lace (used as corner accent)
. German scrap
. sheer ribbon (used to tie around the spine of the notebook)
That lovely decorative stamp is from Oxford Impressions’ Court of Versailles plate.
The postcard back is from French Kissed Postcards.
Finally I am linking this to Beverly’s wonderful Pink Saturday. This week it is not only all about pink but also green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, so with my Journal having touches of pink and green I am linking it up.
Have a wonderful weekend.
09 Mar 2012 62 Comments
Hello and A Happy Pink Saturday
It is such an honour to be the Featured Artist for Beverly’s Pink Saturday.
All because of Pink Saturday I have discovered Blogs that I might not otherwise have visited because Pink Saturday is open to everyone, not solely stampers/papercrafters. You can share photographs of flowers in your garden, collectables and treasures, a pink building, cakes, anything goes!
For Pink Saturday I altered a purchased journal.
Various bits ‘n’ pieces were brought together and collaged on a Crafty Individuals’ Shabby tag.
My story is from Oxford Impressions’My Story plate with the addition of a faux keyhole
This week, in celebration of St Patrick’s Day, entries may be pink or green.
Thank You to Beverly for inviting me to be a Featured Artist.
01 Nov 2011 40 Comments
This month, we will be entering ALL of the comments from this blog and each of the designers’ blogs into a hat for an additional full sheet of Stampsmith rubber – also valued at $21!!! The more comments you leave, the more chances you’ll have to win!!If you arrived here from Karen McAlpine then you are in the right place! From here Julie Mutch invites you to visit! Below is a complete list of the blogs in this hop incase you have missed any! Be sure to leave a comment at each stop for more chances to win! Have fun hopping and best of luck in the draw!!
I have the honour of hosting another theme at TSC so without further ado the November theme is Ribbon & Lace. Create a project that includes some ribbon and lace and link up your project! Please remember that all entries must include at least one Stampsmith stamp. All projects will be entered in a random draw for your choice of a full sheet of Stampsmith rubber valued at $21!
This is such an easy challenge as you can embellish your artwork with little pieces of ribbon/lace or you can go completely overboard, it can be feminine or a masculine project you enter to the challenge.
My stamp is from the heart warming Its’ A Dog’s Life plate.This is a notebook which I altered with artist canvas sheet painted with cream acrylic in a rough and ready fashion before layering velvet ribbon and lace.
The image was layered onto Melissa Frances paper with lace and a button to decorate.
I cut a flower pattern out of lace, stamped Friendship (from Say It With Flair plate) onto painted canvas.I hope you will enjoy the Blog Hop and also have fun with the November theme. The theme runs for the full month of November so plenty of time to create. Good Luck everyone.