That time of the week when I share a sneaky peek at my latest offering over at the That’s Crafty blog.The full project can be viewed at the That’s Crafty blog.
Enjoy your day and many thanks for your visit.
31 May 2015 9 Comments
03 May 2015 10 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: mixed media, Oxford Impressions, paint, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, photo realistic stamps, Sara Naumann stamps, stained trims, stamping onto tissue paper, That's Crafty DT artwork, tissue paper
26 Apr 2015 18 Comments
Over at the That’s Crafty Blog I am sharing a small notebook/journal I made.To view the complete project then please visit HERE.
My blog will continue to be quiet, with a scheduled blog post here and there. You have all been so loyal and I have managed, now and then to catch-up with the comments left for me to read. They have really warmed my heart and mean so much to me but I completely understand if you decide to stop visiting and commenting during this time when I am unable to stop by and visit your art. I just wanted to say Thank you so much for your support which continues to remind me just how wonderful this community is and I keep hoping it isn’t too long before I am once again part of it .
19 Feb 2015 26 Comments
I have a sample to share with you which I made for Crafty Individuals featuring their newest stamp, Elements stamp CI-429
The background consists of Brushos. In an ideal world I would now list the colours I used except for this card I would be guessing because I had several Brushos (available from That’s Crafty) in front of me and it was a scatter here and a scatter there! I did finish with a spritz of Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mica Mist Tarnished Gold (also available from That’s Crafty). You can see the subtle glimmer in this photo.I used cold pressed watercolour paper and I wasn’t sure if it was the most suitable surface for stamping the detailed stamp with crisp results but I wasn’t prepared to use hot press as I wanted the texture. I simply stamped onto tissue paper. Normally I want the tissue paper to melt into the base but I decided I liked the texture achieved with the feather edges around the stamping.A Crafty Individuals sentiment stamped onto some lovely mulberry paper which I’d previously painted, left over from some other artwork, as was the painted muslin. They were gathered together with some other bits.Thank You for your visit to this scheduled post. I still have some Valentine creations to share with you but as this card was made weeks ago for Crafty Individuals, it seemed only fair I now shared it.
01 Feb 2015 10 Comments
16 Jan 2015 21 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: cards, Crafty Individuals, Crafty Individuals Team Artwork, fabric, paint, published artwork, stamping onto tissue paper, Stampington & co, The Stampers' Sampler, tissue paper, Valentine's Day
At the beginning of the month I shared with you news of the Crafty Individuals January Challenge, as chosen by the lovely Coco.
Amongst the information for the challenge it was stated that scenic stamping could be interpreted any which way but even I will admit that I am probably being cheeky by saying that the cards I share below are Setting The Scene For Love! I didn’t make the cards with the challenge in mind, I actually made them last year but I would be sharing with you soon and it was the ideal opportunity to refresh or draw your attention to the CI Challenge.
A few days ago I received the latest issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. Answering their Challenge Call, Heart of a Different Colour, amongst my submissions were two Crafty Individuals cards featuring Alice Palace designs, designs which I have been honest in the past by stating that I have struggled with them particularly when I was desperately trying to fit them into the shabby chic/vintage style. When I simply sat back with a collection of Alice Palace stamp and several paints, it was actually fun to create these cards. Around the time of making the cards I was playing with the notion of not adding layers which I normally build up, sometimes with a tag, lace, seam binding, buttons and other usual suspects however I still wanted texture and interest. At this point I played with building the layers before any paint was applied.I also played around by mixing and matching several Alice Palace stamps, selecting a heart from one stamp, a border from another and playing with composition. If you own any of those Alice Palace designs you will know what I mean.By Your Side
Different paint colours and papers but essentially the same style of background. The paint, on both cards, was applied in a bold manner which created a lovely textural qualitybut I always ensured that some of the pattern on the paper beneath was peeking through the layers.Funny that I am starting to grow fond of those animals!So, maybe if you have a little time or looking for a challenge you might want to pop over to the Crafty Individuals blog and join the fun.
Before I say goodbye I have to say a warm thank you for always being so supportive, whether I share something which is vintage in style or sees me playing around with colour, you always encourage me.
12 Nov 2014 30 Comments
One of the recently released stamps I received from Darkroom Door to play with was the Eclectic Stamp, Rose.
I am sure you will relate that sometimes when you receive a stamp you let ideas percolate until you decide on which direction to take and other times you know instantaneously what your plans are. For my sample I knew I wanted to create a paperclay embellishment as a focal on a canvas. However what was interesting, when I have used paperclay before for stamping into, the stamps have not been photo real. Of course, we all love a challenge!!!
As I was working on this canvas the song, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden would not leave my head. This song I remember so vividly from my childhood but when I Googled to see what year it was released, 1970, I realised I was too young to remember it from that year, I was only 2 years old but my Mum had the vinyl (now, there is a word that can date us all!) single. Little did I know that during those years, fast forward a few decades and I would be making reference to this song in a blog post!
(This canvas involved many stages and as it has already appeared on the Darkroom Door Blog I would say that if you are interested in the supplies I used and how I used them, especially creating the rose with the paperclay, then please visit the Darkroom Door Blog post, HERE.)Although I usually set out with a rough idea, I always like to go with the flow but in this case, alongside knowing I would be using paperclay, I also wanted there to be a romantic feel to the canvas but also for their to be texture. This might sound silly and it might also sound pretentious but I wanted that sense of peeling plaster on buildings in Mediterranean countries with their pastel buildings which look so pretty in the sunshine even when showing signs of age and decay, which, for me, simply adds to their beauty and their story.
(This photograph is more true to the colours of the paints.)This is what started this particular story, paperclay and the Eclectic Rose stamp.Which became this after painting.I so enjoyed working on this canvas, that doesn’t mean I am completely satisfied because there is much I would do different now but as for the actual process, it was a lovely canvas to work on for Darkroom Door.
Thank you, always, for the time and trouble you take to stop by and seeing what I have been doing and thank you always for your continued support and encouragement.