Prima Ballerina

This is my second piece of artwork for The Stampsmith.There is a little play on words for this altered tag as the substrate is recycled Prima packaging which I painted and stamped. You may also notice that I recycled a  Prima label. As The Stampsmith Ballerina has such a sense of romance about her I wanted to convey this in the elements I brought together – tulle, organza, paper rose, etc.

My good friend Lucy (True Colours) commented on my Blog that I am a true romantic – I am sure she will agree that this little tag lives up to this label!

Life Through Rose Tinted Spectacles

Gingersnap Creations Colour Challenge is “3 Colors U Love”. The three colours I use time and time again are sepia, rose pink and a creamy white. Pink, yes, I am afraid so!! In my defense I am very particular about the shades of pink I use, they have to be blush rose, dusky faded pinks.

It is relaxing to paint sheets of thin card so they are always to hand. I use the prepared sheets for the main backgrounds and also to stamp small paper elements.  To vary the depth of colour I spray walnut ink, raspberry ink  or dry brush Stucco colour paint (my latest discovery!).



On Friday I received the most fantastic news – I was selected as a DT member for The Stampsmith. What makes it extra special, the other DT member is Carol Quance who I know through Katy’s Corner Yahoo group.The first piece of artwork made for The Stampsmith Blog is “Blossom” using Camelia. I stamped onto the painted canvas sheet and layered a scrap of fabric and a beautiful piece of LLB Retro Rose vellum. The blooms I removed from a stalk of artifical flowers.

Legs Eleven

Over at Gingersnap Creations one of the challenges at the moment is “Numbers”.
It was a good opportunity to dig out the Bingo stamp which was still in it’s packaging and a slightly saucy lady who rarely sees the light of day. I was aiming for a vintage feel but still keeping the colours soft and feminine. For the Bingo cards I used thin card painted with emulsion paint in a barely there pink, using the same card on which I stamped and masked the Bingo card and then adhered to the cardbase. Then adding final touches with a piece of lace and measuring tape.

A Fine Romance

Over at Gingersnap Creations the theme for February is Romance. I have never participated in an on-line challenge and realised that it was time I took the leap!! Not sure why on-line challenges seem so much more terrifying than challenges I participate in elsewhere.

On the canvas I built up layers consisting of the “peeling paint technique” and peeling paper. Then immersed a piece from a poetry book into beeswax forcing the corners to curl up. The Crafty Individuals image I stamped onto watercolour paper. Then a matter of adding all sorts of romantic elements.