Apr 20, 2015

Circles and a Flower

Hello Everyone,
I had just edited my card and then with one click I deleted it all!!  So I just have a photo of the finished card for you today.
All the time taken up to take a photo as I am creating to all  float away some place with one click.
The computer is a wonderful machine but it can be a trifle annoying occasionally don't you think?  Can you sense I am a trifle peeved.

I have made the Bg using Neo Colour crayons and Oil pastels, I then stamped circles in White Acrylic, followed by stamping circles in Archival Ink.
The die cut circles cut from paper using the same media but concentrating on the Orange palette.
My Flower was stamped and embossed in Gold.
The centre is some squished up cheesecloth.
The two leaves are cut from painted Tyvek fabric.
I would like to enter these Challenges:
City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 257 ~ CCCB Anniversary CASE TWO.
 (I picked up the element flower and the circles from Kirsty's card.)
The Mixed Media Card Challenge #10 - Flowers 
Simon Says Wed Challenge- Make your own Background. 

Have a most enjoyable week.

Apr 11, 2015

3UP at Paper Artsy and a Mini Canvas.

Hello Everyone,

It's 3UP time over on the Paper Artsy Blog, and I am one of the 3UP-pers privileged to be chosen to participate.

  What is 3UP?  
A summary of all the themes that have been explored over the Jan-April period on the Paper Artsy Blog for 6 nights.

 We 3Uppers today have been co-ordinated by the very talented Darcy of Art and Sole..
..how could I go wrong!
  The colours we were to work with are Red, Grey, White and Black and I chose the theme Paint.

 Paint can be a barrier to many and I know mixed media even more intimidating, so I have intentionally made this little canvas as uncomplicated as possible, but still incorporating a mix of media that has texture and a tactile quality. I enjoy the process of mixing and matching and I encourage you to give it a try and explore what can be created with pieces of material and the like.
 It is a great fun.

The first layer:
Watercolour paper painted in Black Acrylic and India Ink using an almost dry brush and random sweeps across the paper.

2nd Layer:
Piece of muslin roughly covered in Gesso.
Then painted in Red.
Stamped in Black Archival.
I stamped the Paper Artsy Butterfly onto Tyvek Paper 3 times and fussy cut each one.
Attached it to my Muslin substrate.
Added the elements.
 Stitched the borders in Metallic thread
and mounted it onto my Canvas Board.

Entering into Crafty Cardmakers Challenge#136-WINGS.
 City Crafter Anniversary Challenge.  
Choosing one element from Samra's Card- Butterfly.

If you want to see more creations covering the different themes then pop across to the
Paper Artsy blog.


Apr 7, 2015

The Poppy.

Hello Everyone,
I unfortunately had to make a sympathy card for a friend whose Mum passed away over Easter.
And as I was just about to post it up my friend Rosie had also posted a sympathy card, so I popped across to have a look at her creation which I already knew would be a classic, and sure enough it was and more.
 I then looked at mine.......very different.

The Poppy is symbolic of the fallen and by association the departed, so to me this is an appropriate flower to place on a sympathy card, I hope you like it.

I made up my substrate in these colours.
There is an option for texture, so of course I added a little to this card.

Stamped the Poppy in watering can Archival Ink.
Painted in Acrylics.
 Stamped the poppy again on a scrap and cut the middle petal out.
This was then popped up to create a 3d effect on the Poppy itself.
At the bottom of the card I stencilled circles in Grey acrylic.
Stamped the sentiment and stitched in place.
 I finished off the card with a Glaze.
Three colours : Orange, Quin Nickel Azo Gold and Yellow Iron Oxide.

Have a great week.

Apr 6, 2015


Hello Everyone,
The Challenge this month at 'The Mirror Crack'd' is 'Use a  Master board', and
For this month you will be allowed to make cards as your finished project as long as we can see that you have created a masterboard.
For those who are confused by the term master board, the basic idea is very simple, you make one main artwork and then cut it up to make something else.

Here is my master board made with  Acrylic paints and the Gelli plate.

Step One.
Brayer on the first coat of paint.
Step Two.
Add another colour
 Step Three.
Add the texture.
Step Four.
More colour.
 Step Five.
More texture and ready for my pull onto cardstock.

I chose to make some coasters, I cut the squares from the master board and glued them onto chipboard, 
I painted a rough oblong shape in Titan buff Acrylic paint in the center of each coaster then stamped randomly in Black Archival.

Stamped the Bird and coloured up.
I made up the others using different stamps.

 Edged the frames with distress pen.
 It was fun making these, and if you are up for a Challenge then why not join us this month.
Click here to enter and also to see what my fellow teamies have made with their master boards
So have some fun and join us this month.

Have a great week.