Hi there and welcome to my blog! I have been crafting for over 25 years. I enjoy anything messy!!! Using inks, paints and particularly rubber stamping. Through these terrible times with the Covid 19 pandemic I have also tried my hand at watercolour painting and mixed it with my love of nature and particularly animals of any kind. So on this blog, I will share my love of papercrafting, mixed media crafting and my watercolour and mixed media paintings. You never stop learning!.......
Good Morning!!! I had lots of fun making this card inspired by the That's Crafty Challenge "Get Cracking!".
I took some photo's along the way for you with this one so lets make a start!:-
I painted a piece of white card stock with two colours of Imagination Crafts starlights (really bright and shiny!) Then, when that was dry I painted one coat of Creative Expressions crackle glaze and left that to completely dry. Over the top of those two coats came a layer of navy blue acrylic paint and I waited for the magic to happen.......BEAUTIFUL cracking revealing the golden starlights beneath.
I stamped my flower image (Imagination Crafts) with sticky embossing powder and covered in gilding flakes.
Then covered the flower petals in Glossy Accents and left to dry.
This shows you the stamp that I was working with. I used a Sizzix die to put pattern to the edge of the cracked card and layered this on to a further sheet of card that I had painted the starlights on to using my brayer. I also added some floral stamping (Chocolate Baroque) to both sides, one side in bright gold embossing, the other in blue Versafine ink and clear embossed over the top.
Here you can see the beautiful Glossy Accents over the flower petals and sentiment.
A good look at the amazing crackle that has come through.
Nice and super shiny - very happy with that one!
I would like to enter this card in to the Thats Crafty "Get Cracking" challenge.
Well, for those of you that know my usual style THIS IS WAY OFF PISTE FOR ME!!!!!!!
I was inspired to make this card for the Moving Along With The Times challenge "Clean and Simple".
Well, a rather simple card for me but I had a clear image in my mind of what I wanted to achieve - my idea of clean and simple!
I like mats and layers and to keep in with the theme I decided to keep to all white so I measured out three mats and layered them on top of each other. I don't know why, but I was drawn to this stamp by Inkylicious and to the simple sentiment "Dream"which is a part sentiment to the Inkylicious stamp "Dream Until Your Dreams Come True" - I just inked up the word Dream - I felt that was all that was needed and it went so ideally with the image. These were inked in black Versafine ink for crisp permanent images. I stamped the whole sentiment on the inside of the card "Dream Until Your Dreams Come True".
Finished with a lovely deep red velvet ribbon and tied the bow.
There, clean and simple! A lovely card to give to someone perhaps going off to university or setting sail to adventures new.......
I would like to enter this card in to the Moving Along With The Times "Clean and Simple" challenge.
Good morning! Got in a right painty mess with this one!!!! Inspired by Allsorts Challenge "Fabulous Florals" I set out on a bit of an adventure!!!
I knew the stamp I wanted, I knew the effect I wanted - it was just a matter of how I got there, but get there I did and I'll show you how......
I started with my usual white piece of card and sprayed some yellow and red inks on it. Then I stamped my rose image in perfect medium and embossed with matt clear embossing powder. I also at this stage added some stencilled leaves and stamped the "beautiful" sentiment in Archival ink.
I had to start to make that rose stand out so I started to darken behind it with some Distress Ink.
It needed to be darker still so I added more......
Then one of my favourite techniques, - bleach!!!! I needed to remove and lighten between the embossing.
Now comes the magic. By adding acrylic paints the rose started to come to life!!! I have also added some stencil work at this stage too.
I took this photo for you to see the stamp that I was working with from Imagination Crafts.
I made the very bottom of the stamp very dark to bring the rose out a bit more.....
Happy with that!
I would like to enter this in to the Allsorts Challenge - "Fabulous Florals".
Good morning!! Well, last week (when I made this card) I was a very proud Mum indeed! My daughter Hayley received her A Level results (taken aged 17 - a year early) of A* A* A so hence - this card was produced!!
I've done a step by step so that you can follow how I got there:-
Started with my usual piece of blank white card stock and using a smoothie, sponged over tea dye Distress Ink.
Then I stamped my beautiful owl (Sheena Douglass), his mortarboard hat (Clarity Stamps) and a further branch (Lavinia Stamps) with perfect medium and embossed with matt clear embossing powder.
So, not as shiny as clear embossing powder but enough to give me a resist from further paints.
A better look at the embossing and I've now added some branches (Inkylicious) and leaves (Darkroom Door).
Then, I sprinkled some brushos on to a square acrylic block (orange, dark brown, light brown and sandstone). Spritzed the block with water and laid my card down on to it to give me a darker background and then of course, the embossing resisted the brusho paints.
I used some of the excess paints on the acrylic block to "paint in" the leaves and some of the lower feathers on my owl. I added some further Distress Inks (aged mahogany, tea dye and rusty hinge) to help balance the colours how I liked them. Then used aged mahogany Distress Ink to sponge through a couple of stencils, embossed his mortarboard hat in black and left the whole thing to dry off.
To finish things off, I used some household bleach to take out some of the colour on my owl (the embossing works a treat to keep the bleach within the image) and got out my Spectrum Noir pencils to finish Mr Owl off so that he looks like he's got feathers!
This card was inspired by the latest Cards in Envy challenge "Hip to be square".
I have done a step by step for this card so you'll be able to see how I got there with this one.
Started with my usual white piece of card and cut some squares of different sizes from post it notes. Then simply stuck them randomly on the card and brushed black soot distress ink over the edges and then moved the pieces and brushed again as shown below.
You see lots of squares appearing before your eyes! Squares everywhere! So you keep moving them and keep brushing!
Then I highlighted some boxes by drawing around them with a fine liner pen.
I stamped all the images (all from Clarity Stamp) in black versafine ink so I could get nice solid images - each one within a box and stamped the sentiment "Hip hip hooray!" on a square piece of card, brushed that with the DI and stamped around that sentiment with a stamp from Creative Expressions.
Then mounted the artwork on a layer of white, then black card.
Happy with that, suitable for a masculine or feminine card or even a wonderful retirement card perhaps - look in to the card, do you see what I see? Sitting on a bench as a couple? Grandchildren playing perhaps? Walking the dog, children or even Grandchildren finding love and moving on in their lives or simply hands in the air - that's it, done that, it's time to retire! Yes, a perfect retirement card the more I look at it!!!! (Didn't see that when I was making it!!!!).
"Hip hip hooray" - it's hip to be square!
I would like to enter this card in to the Cards in Envy Hip to be square challenge.
Morning, well, I've scheduled this blog today as I will be just landing at Gatwick from my holiday so I thought it was an apt opportunity to share a technique I use quite often (and I used and promised a blog on 22nd July when I used it on my under the sea card).
Now, reflections aren't always the easiest of things to achieve and I don't want to teach anyone how to suck eggs either!!! This is a simple technique that I use when I feel that I need a mirror image of a stamp - sometimes to balance a card, sometimes because I simply want two of a single image and I only have the one stamp!
This works for me and I'm simply using this opportunity to share it with you.......
These are the two finished pieces, both made with only one rubber stamp but handy when you can make two!
OK, I started with the same fish as I used in my under the sea card on 22nd July. I stamped it in a nice new Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad.
Stamped the image on to white card stock.
Then simply re-inked the stamp and walked the brayer over it (a firm brayer is best for this).
Then, without delay, walk the brayer over your card stock - ta dah!! Your fish has a friend!!!!
I don't always but sometimes just need to fill in the outline a bit with a fine liner, this is because I am usually messing around with a lot of inks and paints and the image is fine left as it landed. Two fish!!
This time I'm working with a seahorse. Inked it up with a nice juicy ink pad.
A seahorse and his friend (or himself if he's looking in a mirror of course!).
All done, a simple technique that is easy to do with little risk to your artwork.
I hope I've inspired you to have a go? So, when you've got one stamp and need two - there you go!!
This card was made for my Father In Law. I have used distress inks on the background and a slight sprinkling of brusho powders. Then I have moistened a round sponge applicator and stamped in plain water the circles and lifted off with kitchen towel to give a faux bleached effect to the circles.
A Creative Expressions stamp of the Jive and some musical notes from Visible Image stamped in black with the sentiment of "We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing". Some final work on the edges with some silver embossing powder and top and bottom die cuts by Sue Wilson. Matted on white card then a black mat. Underneath that, an embossed white mat again on a black mat. Some black Creative Expressions glue dots and I was done. It was well received and I was pleased with that! Not a small card measuring 8 x 8 inches.
I have made this card for Stamping Sensations this month as my contribution as their guest designer for August for the theme "Anything Goes".
Well, I thought, it's the summer so lets go to the summer heat in the Serengeti!!!!
I loved experimenting with this one (I love to experiment all the time and to see what different effects I can get from my products in my stash).
OK, so, I started this card as usual with a blank sheet of card and painted the background with some lovely warm Aqua Tints. Then I stamped in black versa fine ink some foliage and some Serengeti trees at the edges. Then the rubber stamp comes in to play - this time Elephants from Imagination Crafts Art Stamp range.
Now, this stamp stamps out the background and leaves the main image unstamped so that you can so easily stamp over many mediums and your colours show through - looove these!!!!!!
So, next step was to stamp it on to the background with perfect medium and clear MATT embossing powder. So no shine and basically no image to be seen at this stage either!!!!! The elephants are of course not inked when stamping so the background becomes a resist with the matt embossing powder giving you an easy surface to in this case use diluted bleach and bring those beautiful beasts to life.
I added a couple of black frames and some die cut black foliage and the sentiment "No matter where you go in life, it's who you have beside you that makes the journey worthwhile" - in this case, it's a mothers love with her two infants.
Finished with four Creative Expressions black glue dots in each corner.
I thank all at Stamping Sensations for choosing me as the winner of their "Feature a Creature" challenge and their request for me to be a guest designer this month - it has been a pleasure and great fun - thank you all!!!
I would like to enter this card in to :-
Country View Challenges - Hot Summer Days Challenge. Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes Challenge. Thats Crafty - Zesty Zing Challenge.
Hope you like this creation, and thanks for stopping by,
Morning! I really enjoyed making this card! A great theme from Cards in envy for their challenge "wings". I wanted to feel that the bird was moving - perhaps landing, I wanted there to be a sense of movement from this theme and I was really pleased with the finished result. So, here goes with a step by step for you to see how I got there!
I started with my usual blank piece of white card and applied some aqua tints (a favourite of mine) to the background (keeping in mind I needed to use colours that would lift nicely when sprayed through a stencil later on). I then very lightly stamped my image from Inkylicious just so that I could see roughly where it was going to enable me to start to paint some diluted bleach on to the wing areas.
Then I spread some Pebeo Milton relief paste on my craft sheet and stamped the image in to it and then on to the card (remember to wash your stamp at this stage in soapy water - you don't want the mixtion paste to stick to your stamp!).
Once the paste was no longer white (went clear) I foiled over it with a gold foil sheet.
I also lifted some paint from an area in the bottom right hand corner so that I could stamp my sentiment on there. I covered the bird and the area in the bottom right hand corner with some pebeo masking fluid and when dry I then laid a stencil over the whole image, spritzed with water and lifted off - WOW!!! Rubbed off the masking fluid. Then stamped some gold embossed feathers and the sentiment "Your wings already exist all you have to do is learn to fly".
I then applied glossy accents over the bird (you can see that the glossy accents is still wet on the card above - it's still a little blue!) A touch of distress ink to darken the edges and draw you in.
Just a couple of mats to keep within an envy envelope.
All done, quite stunning I thought? Pleased with that "wings".
I would like to enter this card in to the Cards in Envy challenge "wings".