17 May 2013 20 Comments
04 May 2013 34 Comments
I am sorry I’ve left it so long before leaving a little message to say that ill health is preventing me from keeping my Blog more active and also visiting your own lovely Blogs. Although there is a scheduled post for Sunday, at the moment I’m not sure when I will be visiting your Blogs and also managing to organise my own artwork into drafted/scheduled posts.
I thought I would bring your attention to some beautiful new Oxford Impressions stamps. One set is based around the stunning Lily Elsie and the other is called Tattooed Lady. The link to view these is at Austen Gallery.
It does mean an awful lot to me that you take the time to visit and comment when I haven’t been reciprocating and I will understand if you choose to stop the visits until I return to Blogland.
I hope you are all managing to find plenty of creative time in your own lives and possibly making the most of this Bank Holiday weekend in the U.K.
I very much miss all of you, missing viewing your art, being inspired by you all and being part of such a warm and sharing community.
21 Apr 2013 45 Comments
Today sees the announcement of a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking you to be Sentimental. We encourage all styles of artwork to be entered whether it be cards, tags, altered art, etc but as a stamping challenge we do ask that when you share your art with us please remember that you must include stamping on your entry and of course, no digi’s allowed.
Our sponsor is Flonzcraft. The winner of the Sentimental challenge will win a voucher to spend at the Flonzcraft store. To read details of the prize and rules, visit the FSC site and also there you will see on display the stunning array of inspirational art from my DT sisters.
I knew immediately the stamp set I would be reaching for …. Oxford Impressions’ China Dolls. Strangely enough I was never a child who clung to a doll, for me it was always a teddy bear, in particular a very special teddy bear which I still have to this day although he is rather threadbare to say the least. However, for many a child a doll was their friend in life and I am sure many grown-ups can become sentimental at the memory of their special doll.
With this project, from the outset, aside from the stamp choice, I knew it would be a fabric piece where I would use a photo real stamp with TAP and also make my own stamped fabric panel.
This is the photo real stamp transferred to cotton fabric using TAP. Excluding lace, on this wall hanging I sourced all the fabric from a re-cycled old curtain.This wall hanging is very tactile with the soft cotton, the fabric image transfer, vintage doily and lace and to add to the tactile quality this wall hanging is padded.As you can see, I continue have issues with photograph size.
Anyway, this is the same dress this time stamped and cut out to form a fabric embellishment layered onto the vintage doily. The photo real stamp was inked with Archival Sepia but for all other stamping on fabric I used Staz-on Timber Brown. The ink looks slightly grey in the photograph which is why I wanted to point that out.
Creamy lace embellishes the panel with a gathered peachy tone lace trimming the TAP image. At the bottom of the hanging I pleated the panel of lace at either side to create a fluted design to add interest to the bottom edge.From the same stamp set, this lovely text stamp. We hope you will join us at FSC for this sentimental fortnight.
Wishes and Thank you for visiting this post.
21 Apr 2013 15 Comments
This being Sunday it is time for a sneaky peek at my DT post for That’s Crafty.If you would like to see it in full then you can visit HERE.
This is the first of two scheduled posts for this Sunday.
Have a lovely Sunday.
16 Apr 2013 34 Comments
When a lovely friend of mine was celebrating her birthday back in January, along with her gifts I wanted to make something as an alternative to a birthday card as it was a special birthday she was celebrating.
I set upon creating a flag/banner for her but as I wanted to include a means for a message I made it into a pocket, allowing me to tuck a tag inside where I would write my birthday message.
My friend loves Oxford Impressions stamps as much as I do and as she always looks forward to springtime I decided to use the most lovely The Fairest Flower stamp plate.
The flags were painted and inked before stamping and then the fun began of adding the stamped elements and lace, etc.
This is possibly one of my all time favourite label stamps, I seem to be forever using it. The child perches atop another label.This is the tag I inked, painted and stamped in preparation for the birthday message I would write. Once again I used the main decorative label to create a subtle background with the tulips being more prominent. I’m aware that something is afoot with the sizing of my photographs recently, either too large or what I find to be too small. Hopefully I will be able to remedy this at some point, I am wondering if it is annoying when looking at the photographs.
Thank You for your visit to this scheduled post as your visits are always appreciated by me.
24 Mar 2013 42 Comments
Doesn’t a week seem to pass quicker than ever?
The past three Sundays have seen me share a Guest Designer project for That’s Crafty and today is no different with my fourth and final Guest Designer post. However, I am so excited as I can now announce that I am the newest That’s Crafty DT member. Laura has an amazing DT so it is such an honour to be part of their team.
For the time being, my final Guest Designer post and if you a regular visitor to Adorn then you will know that it is sneaky peek time! If you would like to view the artwork in its entirety then you can do so at the That’s Crafty Blog where there will also be a supply list and instructions.At the time of working on this piece I was so sure we would be entering into Springtime not realising most of the U.K. would be blanketed in snow and the same for many parts of the world. As a lovely friend noted “Mother Nature didn’t read the Memo”!
10 Mar 2013 28 Comments
Today is the second of my projects as a Guest Designer for That’s Crafty. As with last week’s post I am being a little bit cheeky by only showing a snippet of the project. If you would like to see what I have created with one of my all time favourite stamps, then you can view it at That’s Crafty’s Blog along with a supply list and full instructions.
Today is Mothering Sunday in the U.K. so for any of you who are either a Mum yourself or celebrating this day with your own Mum, have a lovely Sunday.
24 Feb 2013 33 Comments
I hope your weekend is going well, possibly having some creative time.
I am ending this week With Love, yes it is another DT sample for Oxford Impressions using the wonderful With Love stamp plate. This plate is available from the Oxford Impressions’ Etsy store (link below) and also from That’s Crafty.
This is a list of all the stamp plates used on the card.
Oxford Impressions Stamp Plates:-
With Love (heart, With Love and Paris
Paris Poste (couple and amour)
French Script (damask, script and lace)
I had to use the hearts in conjunction with the stunning photo real stamp from the Paris Poste plate. I wonder who is giving the key to their heart, the man or the woman?
A painted background in a delicate colour which was then stamped with script, damask and heart stamps. Not seen in this photograph but you can see above that I stamped the lace stamp from French Script onto painted cardstock before cutting and layering to the top of the card.I would be lost if I did not have some Crafty Individuals Shabby Tags to hand as they are so lovely to work with. Lots of layers of paint, ink, book text and stamps were applied to the tag.Two hearts together, layered over coffee stained lace.
I will be sharing more With Love cards over the next few weeks where I have married them up with other Oxford Impressions stamp plates to create certain themed cards and also a set of notecards but for today, thank you for visiting this post.
14 Feb 2013 33 Comments
If you are a fan of Oxford Impressions stamps then you will be pleased to know that Suzanne has released a new stamp plate …. With LoveDo you ever find yourself in need of making a quick Thank You card or a Thinking of You card? If so then this is one of those ever useful sets that have such sentiments however Suzanne has not only included sentiments, she has also included lovely design elements to decorate cards or envelope. On receiving this plate I was sure that a set of notecards would be my first project but as Valentine’s Day was approaching I could see that the stamps would work beautifully with stamps from other Oxford Impressions plates.
The two DT samples I made are what I would call a variation on a theme as the card and tag have the same colour palette and the same stamp for the focal.
Below is a list of the Oxford Impressions plates used :- (note that this link will take you to the Oxford Impressions’ Etsy store. If you are from the U.K. the prices stated will be in £ and you can also view the shipping costs to the U.K.)
Soul of The Rose
Card – 7″x5″ - I wanted a faint pattern for the background so I stamped the damask (French Script) with Tattered Rose onto delicately painted (heritage colour emulsion paint) cardstock. This paint colour is my all time favourite which I have been using for years but it looks as though the time has come for me to search out another colour as I am unable to purchase it in tester pots from my local D.I.Y. store. Have you ever had such a situation where you were unable to source something which you would always reach for amongst your supplies?
A Shabby Tag (from Crafty Individuals) became the base for a stamped collage. Vintage French book text, layers of stamping and paint were applied to the tag. If you are interested I stamped the damask and script from French Script and the heart from With Love. I wanted a stamped element to balance the photo real stamp so I stamped a heart, the banner and With Love, inking the Love section only enabling me to cut it out and add to the banner.Little bits of this ‘n’ that A romantic matching tag. Once again layers of paint, vintage text and stamping were applied to a Shabby Tag.There are two elaborate scroll designs in the With Love set, this is the smaller of the two.The heart from With Love is a lovely size for adding as a stamped embellishment. I layered it with teeny pieces of scrap lace. With All My Heart stamped onto found paper and stapled to lace which hangs from the bottom edge of the tag. Thank You for lasting the length of this post, it was certainly photo heavy!
There will be more romantic offerings beyond Valentine’s Day, maybe I should apologise for that but otherwise this post would have been far too long and it is quite long enough as it is!
Before I leave this post for today a Thank You for the well wishes, I am feeling a bit stronger each day and I am slowly managing to catch-up with your Blogs. I was absent for 10 days or so yet it amazed me just how much incredible art I missed in such a short time. It shows the amazing productivity of creative people.
Whenever I have had enforced time away from visiting blogs and my working on my own blog, it makes me realise how important this part of my creative life is to me. Visiting blogs isn’t only about viewing incredible artwork, it is also that wonderful connection with others which I missed very much.
Have a lovely day and hopefully if there has been snowfall in your area that it isn’t creating too much a hurdle for you.
27 Jan 2013 55 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: altered art, boxes, canvas, Fashionable Stamping Challenge DT, gift ideas, home decor, Image Transfer, masks, Oxford Impressions, Oxford Impressions' DT artwork, photo realistic stamps, Valentine's Day
Thank You for joining me this Sunday where it is time to announce a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking if you will Show Some Love. We always ask that you include stamping on your entry and that no digi’s are allowed, other than that just have fun with this theme. The winning entry will receive a prize from our wonderful sponsor so well worth your while entering. All details on the FSC site as well as the inspirational artwork from my DT sisters.
I decided to go for a very romantic take on the theme selecting the stunning Soul Of The Rose plate from Oxford Impressions. This was the first stamp plate I bought from Oxford Impressions and I still love it as much as I did on day one.A heart shaped box.
I wanted a tactile feel to the box so the stamp was stamped onto TAP before transferring to canvas. As you can see in the first photograph, absolutely none of the fine detail was lost in transferring to TAP.After painting the box I stamped the damask design from French Script. I wanted the design to be subtle so I opted to stamp with Distress Ink which increased the shabby appearance before applying molding paste. Leaving the molding paste to harden I had plans to lightly add some highlights to the relief design but when I came back to the project I decided to leave it plain as I liked the contrast against the painted and stamped background.Thank You for visiting this post and enjoy your Sunday.