To start this new week, I thought I would share some Love Tokens, a collection which appears as an article in Somerset Life., obviously I am absolutely thrilled!
All paper doll elements are Character Constructions stamps
Love/Valentine themed sentiments are Redlead Paperworks
Heart is from Oxford Impression, With Love (also available from That’s Crafty)
The How-to for making this collection appears within the article so you will appreciate why I do not want to share those details here.
Friends of my blog will recognise this mischievous face as I have inked her up countless times since the release of the Paris Flea collection in 2016. I cannot imagine I will ever tire of her.
A love sentiment on the rear of each tag.
A new favourite rests beside an old favourite, one of my oldest Character Constructions stamps, she is from the French Laundry collection.
Each tag has a kraft pocket.
Variations of the first two tags, making four in total.
Red and white are not colours I find appealing but I wanted this collection to have a Retro Valentine feel as opposed to shabby chic Valentine.
Gathered and bundled,
with another Redlead stamp featuring on the tag.
Thank you so much for your visit.
Have a lovely week.
06 Feb 2017 11 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, fabric, Oxford Impressions, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Somerset Life, Stampington & co, Tag art, Valentine, Valentine's Day
04 Jan 2017 8 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Calico Craft Parts, masks/stencils, mixed media, Oxford Impressions, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts, shrines, Somerset Studio Gallery, Stampington & co, That's Crafty
In the latest issue of Somerset Studio Gallery, Winter 2017, amongst the items I am so very lucky to have published, is this shrine to Frida Kahlo.
Yes, this is quite removed from my regular colour palette but I wanted to work with the Frida theme and knew I had to attack this with colour.
The shrine is from Calico Crafts Parts
PaperArtsy Metal Card was perfect for this project, painted with Frescos. The stamped shrine and Frida are Oxford Impressions stamps El Corazon with the panel behind, the stamped words, from Redlead Paperworks.
The stamped sentiments are all fussy cut, after again stamping onto the painted metal card, from the She Makes Art stamp – this stamp is a “must” in my eyes!
Two Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts were used on this shrine. This is the smallest heart from the Flaming Hearts Ex Votos I set
The shrine has amazing depth to play around in. I incorporated this arch shaped panel which was a piece of “waste” from the shrine – expect nothing is waste for a crafter!
Another Relics & Artifacts tops the shrine, this time from Ex Votos II, although this particular R&A can be found within a few of the packs.
On the left and right sides, after I had painted and carried out some distressed stamping, I stencilled two wonderful sentiments from Redlead. She Shares Her Story is the stencil and if you love sentiments with a positive feel to them, then a visit to Redlead is a must.
I actually made this in 2015 to submit to Stampington and Company. Some might say that is a long wait until publication, winter 2016, but for me, there is such fun in opening a magazine and making the discovery of a project that I had actually forgotten all about!
Thank you so much for your visit.
21 Nov 2016 13 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: cards, Christmas, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, masks/stencils, Oxford Impressions, photo realistic, photo realistic stamps, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Stampington & co, That's Crafty DT artwork, The Stampers' Sampler
Sharing cards that appear in this issue of The Stampers’ Sampler
The cards are small in size, approx 3″x4.5″, the size dictated by the wee kraft envelopes.
Some links to the fabulous products I used on the cards:-
Redlead Paperworks stamps – Christmas stamps (She Loves Snowflakes and Winter Wishes stamps were available at the time of drafting this post and the sentiments labels are also available)
Oxford Impressions stamps Season of Giving stamp set (the boy and the two children)is available in the U.K. from That’s Crafty.
That’s Crafty Dinky Snowflake background stencil and Greyboard Snowflakes
The co-ordinating envelope is peeking at the background.It is only the past couple of years that I have felt comfortable in using red for festive creations. With the stamps I selected (above and below are Redlead), it brings a touch of nostalgia.
The two cards below are Oxford Impressions stamps, photo real stamps. The stamped image of the boy has been troubled with what obviously was sun reflecting off the glossy cardstock.
The snowflake Dinky Stencil is much loved by me, you just need to take one look at the stencil I own and it is evident how much I love it, it isn’t exactly box fresh! The greyboard snowflake is another favourite. I used them so often on festive/winter creations last year.Each card does have a pocket/envelope even though they do not appear in all the photos. They can be seen in The Stampers’ Sampler as they took the trouble to print them all.Thank you so much for your visit to this post, my first for this brand new week.
If you are preparing for the festivities, I hope your plans are going according to plan and it isn’t too stressful a time.
24 Oct 2016 16 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Art Doll, Calico Craft Parts, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Halloween, Halloween art, Oxford Impressions, paper doll, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Somerset Studio, Stampington & co
I am sharing a trio of kindly witches, they do not mean you any harm.
The trio are still bubbling over with the excitement of making an appearance in Somerset Studio (Sep/Oct issue). They are aware that if it were not for some generous people, they would not have the opportunity to make this appearance so shout-outs to Catherine Moore Character Constructions, Redlead Paperworks and Oxford Impressions along with a thank you to Anne Redfern who kindly gifted me some pumpkin die-cuts.
Character Constructions stamps
Oxford Impressions stamps
Redlead Paperworks – Halloween Collage Sheet Skirts
Calico Craft Parts – Bats
Height 10″ approx
To add interest to the wings I scribbled Halloween related words. A lace rose painted for it to co-ordinate and a scrap of stained seam binding tied at her waist.BOO is an Oxford Impressions stamp which I decided to form into a flag banner, her pet bat catches a free ride by clinging to the banner!Each witch perches atop a spool. I should mention that the skirts for each witch, they are available from Redlead Paperworks, all links at top of post.No. 2
This time the hat was made in the same way as the wings, drawn free hand before cutting and scribbling Halloween related words.
A Calico Craft Parts MDF bat becomes a pendant for her to wear.She clutches a pumpkin in her hand.The final witch. All the faces, arms and torso were stamped onto stained cardstock.Another pumpkin with another MDF bat making an appearance.
None of the dolls are articulated but I do like to angle the arms, it brings more character to the paper dolls by doing so.Thank you for your visit to this post. I hope to share some more drafted posts throughout this week, a mixture of projects.
19 Oct 2016 15 Comments
Squeezing in another Halloween post!
This trio of cards were made last year, submitted for The Stampers’ Sampler annual Frightful & Delightful Challenge Call. So pleased that the trio made it to print.
All stamps are Oxford Impressions and you will find, if not all, then nearly all of the stamps at That’s Crafty.A grungy layered appearance was what I was aiming for with it being all about the stamps, embellishments were kept to a minimum.All the papers were either kraft or re-cycled kraft/brown paper packaging, with paint and coffee and tea altering the colour.The actual background has layers of stamping, where I even stamped with Distress Ink (which is rare for me), misting with water and allowing the ink to bleed.This card is lighter with orange tones instead of the mahogany above.The owl is suspended on invisible thread, you can just about make out the thread. When the card is displayed it creates a sense of movement on the owl, purely for a bit of fun!Large stamped pumpkins make up one of the stamped layers in the background along with a huddle of fussy cut pumpkins.The final card.Lots of splatters bring a nice distressed quality to the card and also to the cardstock which had been stained in preparation of a stamping surface. I rarely colour in stamped images, all the colour laid down prior to stamping.The invisible thread makes another appearance, to allow the moon to dangle.
Thank you for your visit!
18 Oct 2016 11 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: bags, Calico Craft Parts, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Halloween, Halloween art, Oxford Impressions, paint, paper doll, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Stampington & co, The Stampers' Sampler
Today I am sharing a trio of Trick or Treat bags which were published in The Stampers’ Sampler.
On each bag, the focal is a paperdoll comprising stamps from Character Constructions. Each doll is made of many elements so they are time consuming but they are so much fun to make, it’s very relaxing to gather all the fussy cut elements and enjoy the process of assembling the paper doll.
There is nothing sinister about the witches, they are all kindly witches with the merest hint of mischief in their eyes!The wonder of the Character Constructions stamps, mixing and matching allows the stamper to transform the dolls to suit any occasion. Soon I will share a trio of paper doll angels which use many of the Character Constructions stamps featured here.
Alongside Character Constructions stamps, I also inked up Redlead Paperworks stamps for the stamping on the tags and Halloween banner with Oxford Impressions stamps also featuring.Some stained ribbon, a cluster of tags (painted cardstock, stamped and paper punched with a tag punch) and also some torn tulle adorn a handle.
The sentiments are from Redlead Paperworks. A fun stamp set for Halloween with a quirky collection of sentiments.Each bag is a kraft bag painted with PaperArtsy Frescos trimmed with lovely black velvet ribbon or black sparkly ribbon.The piece of lace rose trim was painted to co-ordinate with the painted bag and painted cardstock (used as a stamping surface).This piece of orange/copper fringing was lying around, it just had to adorn one of the bags.She clutches a banner …. BOO!The Witching HourA wee bat from Calico Crafts Parts rests on her necklace.
The moon lights her way.
This moon is from Oxford Impressions. You can source Wicked, the stamp set this moon is from along with a selection of other Oxford Impressions Halloween stamps at That’s Crafty.Thank you for visiting this post. I am nearing the end of my Halloween makes.
I hope you are all having a good start to the week.
13 Oct 2016 13 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Calico Craft Parts, fabric, Halloween, Halloween art, mixed media, Oxford Impressions, paint, published artwork, shrines, Somerset Studio, stamping onto fabric, Stampington & co, That's Crafty
Halloween and I were not a natural fit, it took me some time as a stamper before I felt comfortable with Halloween, it was Oxford Impressions stamps which opened my mind and it is because of Oxford Impressions that I have a considerable amount of Halloween related stamps!
This Poe inspired assemblage shrine happens to be one of the pieces which appears in the latest issue of Somerset Studio. The actual shrine is from Calico Craft Parts, that does not include the spool, I added the spool with all stamps from Oxford Impressions Haunted set and is available in the U.K. from That’s Crafty.A quick photo of the shrine/assemblage in Somerset Studio.
I decided I wanted Poe set right at the back, adding to the sense of unease from the insects crawling towards and over him.
As the instructions are printed in Somerset Studio, I don’t want to include them here.
There is beautiful depth to play with on this shrine. I added the cobweb as a midway layer.
The spool was my own addition, painted with the stained and stamped calico bringing detail to the spool.
Thank you for your visit. I hope I am not swamping you with Halloween artwork!