When The Stampers’ Sampler announced their annual Colour Challenge, some months ago, initially I didn’t pay much attention as it is one of the challenge calls, to my memory at least, I cannot remember submitting to. However, it was around this time that I was playing with Brushos, received from That’s Crafty. The Universe was obviously nudging me to submit because one of the pots of colour I had was Vermillion, the actual colour stipulated in the colour challenge!
As luck would have it, the submissions were published!
Vermillion, brings to mind the Renaissance and another colour I associate with Renaissance is gold so that was my accent colour.
The colours seem a bit odd in my photographs, as it does look as though there are hints of mauve but nope, I used Vermillion and touches of Rose Red Brushos for the backgrounds and to stain the cardstock for my stamping surface.I played around with the focal images for both cards I am sharing in this post (three were actually published). This created contrast and also dimension and then I simply scribbled a white paint pen, here and there.A banner with a scrap of gold stained handmade paper with a random piece of stamping.The Lynne Perrella image seemed suited to this Artistic Outpost sentiment. The second card.With no detail photographs as I managed to delete them during the editing process! Not the cleverest of moves! Anyway, this card has the same supplies except for the Oxford Impressions sentiment. Once again tissue/handmade papers and muslin were stained with gold to create the gold accents against the vermillion.
As always, thanks for the time you take to stop by my Blog, it is always appreciated.
03 Sep 2015 4 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Artistic Outpost, Brusho Crystals, cards, Lynne Perrella stamps, mixed media, Oxford Impressions, paint effects, PaperArtsy, published artwork, Stampington & co, The Stampers' Sampler
01 Sep 2015 6 Comments
It is time for a new challenge over at the Crafty Individuals Blog. I was handed the task of selecting the theme for this month.
At this time of year with so many people finding themselves with little or no time to create whether due to holidays or focusing on their children during the school holidays or settling back into life after the summer months, I opted for a very open and easy theme, some might say boring (!) … Anything Goes.
When I received CI-443 my first thought was this stamp would be excellent for notecards, so for my challenge sample, that is exactly what I have to share with you.
2 Crafty Individuals stamps + 2 Gelli Prints + 1 mop up = 6 notecards!
Nothing fancy, as you will see, with only a paper flower here and there. I didn’t want the cards to be overly embellished because they are after all, simply notecards.
The bundle tied up with organza ribbon. Admittedly it would have been fancier if I had tucked them inside an altered box, however time was seriously against me as it has been a struggle to create these past weeks so to ensure I had this completed on time for 1st September, I decided to keep it simple!CI-443 is a large stamp, a seriously large stamp. For the two notecards below, I stamped onto one Gelli Print, tore away a thin strip onto which I stamped the sentiments and then tore the reminder of the panel into two and adhered to watercolour paper. I have a fondness (actually, a weakness!) for cold pressed/NOT.The process repeated with a different Gelli Print.
A wee touch of variation, not a Gelli Print but a mop up sheet.
If you would like to join the September Challenge then you are more than welcome. There are very few rules to adhere to other than the requirement of your artwork containing at least one Crafty Individuals product. Visit Jean’s Crafty Individuals blog for full details of the challenge along with prizes and to learn how you can receive a discount on all Crafty Individuals products via their on-line store, throughout the month of September. As the saying goes “You have to be in it, to win it!”
30 Aug 2015 16 Comments
The first inking of some new stamps, a set which I have fallen in love with!
The full project can be viewed over at the That’s Crafty Blogwith supplies and instructions, all HERE.
Have a lovely Sunday.
29 Aug 2015 3 Comments
Just a quick post to share the news of the latest challenge theme over at the That’s Crafty challenge, which is Alphabet Soup.
For this challenge, they would like to see anything to do with the letters of the alphabet on your projects please. This Challenge will run until 7.55am on Friday 11th September 2015.
The winner of the Challenge will receive a £20 voucher to spend in our online store.
27 Aug 2015 22 Comments
It has been the longest time since I last posted for Darkroom Door and I have to say a huge Thank You to Rachel for mailing some fabulous stamps my way.
I did a complete U-turn on this project as when the wonderful Brushed Daisies set arrived I toyed with the idea of joyful colours but with the summer being a wash-out and the rain getting under my skin for a different DT commitment, I decided to keep the rainy day theme for one more project.The stamp element is the daisy head onlybut I wanted the flower to have a stem. No trouble, I simple painted a stem with leaves.A piece of textured wallpaper, painted to co-ordinate with grey velvet ribbon, a scrap of seam binding and a pearlised button.Dinky Stencil Abstract Stone creates the base layer of texture.
Remember that you can sign up for the Darkroom Door newsletter and the Darkroom Door blog is always kept active, lots of inspirational art to be viewed HERE.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post.
24 Aug 2015 26 Comments
To start this brand new week I have a scheduled post to share a card I made many weeks ago featuring beautiful Redlead Paperworks stamps, dipping into the Redlead Paperworks Song Bird Collection.
On first viewing it might look as though I stamped onto the crackled and stencilled background, which is exactly what I did do but I also decided to stamp the bird again, allowing me to layer the image, creating more dimension. This stamp is such a lovely size.I am always happiest when gathering little bits of this ‘n’ that and creating texture.
One of the reasons I adore Redlead, other than the actual images of the stamps, is that they include all the stamps which help me build up a theme, such as relating sentiments and little extras such as the music score.
An adorable spotty feather tucked behind a wooden circle, painted and stamped to create an embellishment.More layers with a scrap of painted muslin, a delicate blue layered jute ribbon, more of the stamped music score and you know me well enough, lace will usually make a feature somewhere!Thank You to Chris and Sharon for allowing me to create with their wonderful stamps.
If your thoughts are turning towards Halloween then you might want to pop on over to Redlead where they have Halloween themed stamps, stencils, collage sheets and more ……. all waiting to tempt you!
Many thanks for taking the time to visit.
23 Aug 2015 11 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: ATC, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, fabric, Finnabair, masks/stencils, mixed media, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, PaperArtsy JOFY designs, That's Crafty Alterable Surface, That's Crafty DT artwork
A sneaky peek at my post over at the That’s Crafty Blog where, in preparation for this post I had a play with some of the recently released That’s Crafty Alterables and Dinky Stencils alongside PaperArtsy stamps.The post can be viewed HERE.
Have a lovely day