Welcome to my Sunday post for That’s Crafty, at least, a sneaky peek at my post. To view the complete project then please visit HERE.
Have a lovely Sunday, enjoying the last day of August.
31 Aug 2014 23 Comments
28 Aug 2014 50 Comments
As recently promised, it is time for a Giveaway.
It is no secret that I have loved Oxford Impressions stamps from the very early days of my stamping life and over those past few years, I have grown to love this company more and more and in my view, Oxford Impressions have the best collection of Alice In Wonderland stamp sets.
One winner will become the owner of this Oxford Impressions’ Classic Alice stamp set. This set is approximately A4 in size and as you can see, it is bursting with stamps.
If you would like the chance of winning this stamp set then please leave a comment before the closing date of Friday 12th September. If any of you would like to share on your Blog’s sidebar or at Facebook then please tell me so that I can add your name a second/third time into the hat.
25 Aug 2014 30 Comments
I could not believe it, when I looked through draft posts, I came across this particular one where I had written that this was one of Crafty Individuals new releases…. except they have since released a whole new crop of stamps, tell me, where do the weeks go that this is no longer one of the new stamps!!
This stamp, CI-411 brought to mind country cottage gardens,aiming for a shabby feel with a mix of natural textural elements.
It was by pure chance I happened upon the stamping surface I used as it wasn’t what I initially hand in mind. This was a panel of found paper which I had prepared for another project (but never actually used). I liked the effect of the brush strokes, giving a distressed appearance to the stamped image. On receiving the new stamps CI-410 jumped out at me especially for the lovely sentiments so I had to use one immediately which I stamped onto a wood panel I roughly painted. Some of the natural elements:- jute, burlap, balsa and driftwoodI dipped into the same stamp which the sentiment came from to stamp the lovely butterfly, I know, I should have stamped a dragonfly to match the sentiment. Thank You for your visit to my Blog today.
There is still time to enter the Crafty Individuals Autumn Fashion challenge. Visit Jean’s Crafty Individuals Blog for details.
24 Aug 2014 17 Comments
23 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
A few words to tell you that over at the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog the theme is This Is A Man’s World.
As always, there is a £20 gift voucher to spend at That’s Crafty for the winner, a fabulous prize.
To read the rules for entering please visit the challenge blog, link at top of post.
20 Aug 2014 27 Comments
Welcome to this post which sees me sharing a sample for Darkroom Door, using the new Criss Cross Texture Stamp.
This sample was made along the same lines as a sample I shared recently HERE , where I laid down texture and paint before stamping one of the Texture Stamps to form a random pattern for a background. Alongside the Criss Cross Texture Stamp I also dipped into stamps from the following sets
Wildflowers Vol 1
Art de Fleur Vol 2
As with the sample shown HERE, I once again stamped the wildflower stamp with paint instead of ink.
I wasn’t entirely happy with the stamped impression and laid it aside to place in the rubbish bin but for some reason, it caught my eye. Picking it up again I decided to go with it because the nature of the wildflower stamp almost lends itself to a slightly shabby/grungy appearance. Now that I have the photograph in front of me I should have listened to my first instinct of wanting to bin it because maybe it isn’t so much shabby/grungy but truth be told, a messy result.A sentiment is all I used to finish this card.So no, story, no wonderful characters, only stamps, paint and some textures to form a card.
There are now several Texture Stamps available and all can be found at the Darkroom Door on-line store, link at top of post.
Many thanks for taking the time in visiting this post, it is always appreciated.
18 Aug 2014 34 Comments
Redlead Paperworks are known for their stamps and stencils but they also have a stunning collection of collage sheets whether for Halloween, Christmas, Nature or why not have a look at their Ancestor collage sheets.
When I laid eyes on Redlead Paperworks’ Ancestor Collage Sheet No. 8 I so wanted to work with one image in particular, a girl who I came to call Pearl.
If you are interested in the Redlead products used on this canvas then I will give you a link for the stamp used. The sentiment I used comes from a stamp which has two other sentiments on it, great value and can be found HERE.
To see Pearl dance amongst the waves, it has been said there are those who whisper that she is a Mermaid Child and if you were to find yourself swimming alongside Pearl then she surely would turn her green eyes upon you and swear upon the sea that she is a Mermaid but if you were to take a moment to look a little deeper into her eyes, is that not a mischievous glint.
It is true that Pearl wishes with all her heart that she were a child of the sea because it is where she finds joy. Running down to the ocean she whiles away the summer days bobbing atop the waves, where the seaweed entangles itself amongst the tendrils of her hair so that you do not know where her hair ends and the sea begins.
Her happiness most certainly floated, like the waves of the ocean.
The end result is not what I had in my mind as I planned on working with colour. Let me show you a photograph of the initial texture I created and also the paints I laid down onto the deep edged canvas, colours which were eventually made to be more muted in tone. I also changed the orientation of the canvas.
A froth of gauze to mimic the froth atop the ocean’s waves and a flutter of mica flakes, the sunlight glinting on the waterand a scattering of pearls.This sentiment was so perfect for this image of PearlI will leave Pearl to catch the final waves of the Summer.Many Thanks for visiting my first post of this brand new week.
Maybe you are savouring the final days of Summer or maybe you have already waved goodbye to Summer, which appears to be the case in my little corner of the world.