This is for Brenda Brown. A new friend in my life. We have been doing a series of Andy Skinner classes together and although the techniques learnt have been awesome my most treasured memory and experience of them all is getting to know and spending time with Brenda. team.. I promised I would join in the Crafty Individuals February challengebefore it ended and what could be a more perfect subject matter. "For a Friend"
This is just a fabulous Crafty Individuals stamp that says so much. I have used TH's resist paper. The world sheet seemed fitting as friendship knows no miles and travels with us where ever.
I covered it in a number of layers of Picket Fence Distress Stains. Then added puddles of Mowed Grass, Lemonade and, Worn Lipstick on to the craft mat and swooshed the tag through it. I then added more Distress Ink to enrich the colours and darkened the edges.
I have been very bush carving a new dimension to my life and this is why this blog has been so quiet. I have been developing new skills and ventures. I am working towards starting a new business and this has entailed new skills to be learnt. I have been taking photoshop classes, attended a business course and started an amazing online course "The Art and Business of Surface Design" You can see the button on the left hand side.
My alternative blog is Flaxen Hare Designswhich you can see here. Only two post so far but there is an indication of what I have been up to if you are interested? New ventures....
A simple thank you card ready for those post Christmas needs. Just two texture stamps were overlaid, followed by this sincere woman saying "Thank You". She comes from the Nature Notes stamp plate and I love the way she looks you straight in the eye! The stamp plate comes from Rogue Redhead Designs
The inspiration for November at UnrulyPaper Arts is Home Decor. I have used the challenge to create a decorative yet useful key rack. There are some other great ideas so do come by and join in the Readers Art Quests. Hope to see your inspiration over there!
We are to use one of Stampotique's designers as the starting point for our creation this week. I used Kim Howard for the simplicity of her piece and the similar amount of white space in her card...Ok mine is brown space but you get the gist.
It was my daughter's 18th last week so I felt Cone Hat made a very good flame for the candle.
The challenge at Art Journey is to use one colour. Give me a rule and I will bend it but not break it. My one colour is shades of mud. I did only use one ink pad, so in my eyes I have just bent the rules not broken them. I just thought this looked wonderful in these mud colours that are so near monotone it must be OK. I also thought the images worked superbly with this colour.
The stamp images were layered at different heights adding dimension and small white pearls added to the ornament and string.
There is a tutorial over on Unruly PaperArts on how to achieve this texture and canvas. Just follow the link.
I am also entering it into theStampotique Weather challenge since the terms of their challenges have changed recently. Follow this link to see how these terms have changed. It is not too late to join in.
The harlequin background is raised and there will be a tutorial on how this was done on the 9th. Colourwise I challenged myself by pulling three colour cards out of Claudine Hellmuth's The Scrapbooker's Creativity Kit: Prompts And Ideas To Jump Start Your Layouts. Then I chose some stamps which I hadn't played with for a while.
I so love this image from Art Journey. It depicts the absolute wonder that small children have in the smallest of things. How we loose this wonderment far too soon and take things for granted. Hence the title "To see the World in a Grain of sand".
This little fellow is surrounded by Bermuda pink sand and he is fascinated by the tiny shell and coral fragments that are in it. This is what gives the sand it's wonderful pink colour, which Bermuda is famous for. Most of the sand is much finer than this. I collected these coarser pieces especially.
I love this new stamp plate "Nature's Notes" from Rogue Redhead Designs. It has such a reflective feel to it.
I decided to stamp this lovely image onto paper that would reflect the start of a beautiful sunset. Then layered it onto some pinky coral paper to enhance the pink sky at night feeling. Very little else was needed especially with this apt saying. Anything else added would disturb "this delicious solitude."
Jane over at Stampotique has given us a colour challenge this week. The colours are Navy, Orange and Mustard. I thank her for the combination as it is a fabulous one, that works real well.
I have used Daniel's Hearts and Smile together, masking smile and over stamping with the hearts. Added white gel pen to make the eyes and teeth pop more. Coloured in the hearts roughly to define them with orange, and there you are: Laughter is the Best Medicine.
Combining stamps is this weeks challenge over at Stampotique. I had fun using Marci along with Conehat to create this birthday card for a dear friend of mine! Fun was had and I added a Love Heart to finish it off.
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There is a new Readers Art Challenge at Uruly PaperArts, which is to create a collage on a 4 x 4 inch format. This is what I created. And because I enjoyed it so much I also created this one below. All about Freedom!
Gez, over at Stampotique, has given us a challenge this week to create a one layer card. I had great fun creating this.
I used core paper which I layered a stencil over and sanded the gaps so giving the above effect of shading. I stamped Spider Girl with Black Soot Distress Ink and clear embossed her. Coloured her face and stockings with Promarkers. Stamped the words with a small alphabet set. Outlined the tress and embossed with Silver Pearl embossing powder. Darkened the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and there she was standing in the woods with her friendly spider. Not frightened away at all.
For this challenge at Stampotique I decided to alter my spectacle case. First I coloured it with alcohol inks. Then I stamped the quails onto tissue paper with Memento Black ink and coloured with Promarkers. Images torn out and stuck down with watered down PVA.
I had a half hour play this afternoon and came up with this using the sketch challenge over on Stampotique. I rather enjoyed my little play and having sketch to work to. For the ribbon section I have used a Tim Holtz die and set it proud above the card. I seldom use sketches, but I am not quite sure why?
I have used Strut Your Stuff, Flowers and Kisses from Stampotique.
The words "Live in the Sunshine" are from an Artistic Outpost plate which I enjoy to use.
I have used a number of Stampotique stamps for this Birds and Buttons challenge. I have this paper pack that I really like and one of the images on the sheets is this girl with balloon. So firstly Star Bird was stamped beside her approving of the message she is sending out on her red "P" button balloon. I then created these imaginary birds with one of the Two Sticks. How I have used this stamp. It must be one of my favourites of all times. Then created wings by using a heart from the Heart Cube stamp. They are double layered. Firstly stamped onto the card beside two sticks and then layered with iridescent foil. The buttons have the letters P E A C E stuck on them and placed on the balloon and the wings. The Peace sentiment was the starting point of this thought process along with the challenge, Birds and Buttons.
I would also like to add this piece to Word Art Wednesday where by coincidence the theme is Peace, and the second coincidence is that I was left a lovely comment on a previous post that highlighted this challenge to me. I like coincidences, they are often very special. So thank you.
I am a bit tardy with posting this. But there is a new month at UPA with a new theme of Beach. The first Art Quest is to use the theme "Cacth the Wave". I think this must be my favourite Crafty Individuals stamp of all time. It catches such glee, happiness, friendship and the simple joys of life. Everytime I look at this image it speaks these memories to me.
When I was young our family often holidayed in Cornwall. This was before it has become as busy as it is now. We used to either camp or rent a cottage. Often we would rent in St Ives, again before it became as popular as now. With my family we have taken to going to West Wales. This too, sadly, seems to be becoming the new Cornwall for holiday makers and is becoming busier every year. It is not our holiday destination this year. All this blurb is bringing me around to highlight the fact that I have used part of the West Wales map as a background for the card. I liked the idea and it felt personal. The card the image is stamped onto is one of my acrylic ink backgrounds that I make. The splatter stamp is such a versatile and useful stamp , one I use more than any other, comes from Stampotiqueand was designed by Jo Capper-Sandon. Their stamps are available in the UK from The Stamp Attic and Happy Daze.
If you would like to join in this Readers Quest take a jump over to UPA. There are some great tutorials too. We would be glad to see you there.
Rogue Redhead Designs have done it again with this new stamp set called Getting Grizzle. As I was thinking up a new way to use them the idea of children's party invitations came to me. What fun and you get your child to join in by getting them to colour in the bears. They would really feel a part of it and they would be even more personal too.
When the Wind Blows is my contribution to twin images with Stampotique. I was challenging myself to use the brief in an unusual way. I decided to try and portray flowers blowing in the wind, which is very noticeable if you have ever tried to photograph them outside.
I used a canvas the wrong way round so I could give myself some depth. Stamped the large flower image both onto the background and also onto mylar with Stazon. As you can see the mylar is hanging on the two pins outside the recess so giving a feeling of movement as you move in front of the image. I wanted to do something outside the box: forgive the pun. Not easy to capture this in a photograph. Little red Moon Girl looked perfect sitting on the flower and with this technique she really does look like she is sitting in the flower.
I am not sure whether with this second image you get what I mean?
Couldn't you just give this poor little bear a hug? Those nasty bees are tormenting him. It looks as if he may have been stung? This is one of the new stamps available fromRogue Redhead Designsjust follow the link. I am quite fond of telling a tale when I stamp and with these stamps you can't help but do so. The bee is also from the same plate. I coloured the images with Derwent water-soluble pencils. I left them as crayons but turned the shadow into paint by adding water. When it came to the bees wings I came up with a cool idea, at least I thought it was nifty. I added a spot of blue and a spot of green sparkly Sakura Gelly Roll ink and then immediately spread the colour with the clear sparkly pen that they have in the range. It gave a wonderfully subtle and soft colour that was like gossamer.
This is my treasure. A hammered Acer leaf onto white cotton. Quilted with free machine stitching onto the leaf. Little hand stitches added around the leaf for further quilting. Stretched and stitched onto a handmade twig frame and weighted with a shell.
Natural objects, for me, have such a beauty which is seldom surpassed.
I have 3 brothers. My mother married twice which resulted in my having 2 much older brothers. There was about 13 years between us. I had one brother who was very tall and I had to skip when walking with him just to keep up with his long legs. I thought the size difference between these two really depicted this difference and gave me fond memories during its make. And what fabulous large feet he has. Perfect, as I used to stand on his feet and we used to dance around the room together.
A fun technique, but I had no idea which die to use to try it out. I had a light bulb moment when I was looking through them. Since the technique is a wrinkly crackly finish, I thought of skin when it has been in the bath too long. Fond memories came flooding back to me of bath times with babies and toddlers. Always magical and they can just stay in that bath for ages when they have fun toys to play with. Watering cans to fill bottles, wheels that spin when powered by water, squirty toys and that must have, a wind up toy of some sort. Just a few of the toys my children had. Bath time was so special that I used it even in the middle of the day if they became very distressed or when temper tantrums struck. If your children are at this stage, just try it and see if it works for you and them. Afterwards they tended to be wrinkly, cuddly and much calmer. All to be finished off with a cuddle and a bottle of milk and with any luck we both then could have a little snooze together.
This cherub die is a delight. I can just remember the silky feel of babies skin, the wonderful chubby bums and limbs and the most evocative smell. Mmmmmm, one day I may be a grandmother, but apart from the odd lapse I am in no hurry. I would much rather my children to enjoy their young adulthood first.
The post below this one is my make for the CCC4 challenge. I knew I would not make the deadline, but I would love it, even so, if you took the time to view it. It was such a great technique which I thoroughly enjoyed and one I will definitely use again.
What a hectic week. Here, there and everywhere. I knew I would probably not be able to make this until Friday, but that is fine. I am at least keeping up with the challenges and it is great to actually try all the techniques in the book. Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 2, page 43.
I will not give away the technique as it is all in the book, but what a great effective technique. I really enjoyed myself and I just love this elephant. Elephants must be one of my favourite animals. Gentle giants unless annoyed. If I were an elephant I maybe able to remember more? At least I wouldn't forget.
If you do not know these current challenges then hop over to Studio3L. There is a new challenge technique every week.