Tuesday, 22 July 2014

We Don't Stop Playing

Pretty simple tag, background is painted and stamped with script, middle panel is alcohol inks and stamped with a Crafty Individuals image and TH quote.

Artful Times have a theme of 'a tag' 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Dreaming of Summer

Over at FSC they have a theme of dreaming of summer. I simply stamped the Stampotique shrooms with black archival over the left over piece of alcohol inked card, masked them off and stamped the TH grunge butterfly over the top. The background is a piece of foam wrapped in a piece of silver sticky tape run through an embossing folder, painted and sanded back. Unfortunately I've covered most of it up!!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Graffiti Clock

You might recognise my clock face, I robbed it off something I'd previously made!!! Background is an embossed texture fade coloured with alcohol inks. The blue frame is the negative of the postage die cut. Pen is a stamped image from a LP set and the word is from a Hero Arts set.

Simon Says Monday have a theme of about a face and PanPastelUk have a theme of inspired by Tim Holtz and A Vintage Journey have a theme of dies and distress.


Black tag stamped in white fresco paint using Stampotique images, a piece of gelli print, with black paint marks added. Stampotique face image and word stamped in black archival over a left over piece of alcohol inked card.

Artful Times have a theme of 'a tag'
Simon Says Monday have a theme of 'about a face'

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Oriental Tag Trio

Over at Tag Along they are asking to see bright sunny colours this week. I happened to have a lovely gelli print in reds, oranges, and yellows. I cut size #8 tags out and managed to get 3 out of the page.

Stamped all the oriental images in archival and mounted them onto a piece of scored black card. The rain stopped and sun came out so I was able to get a photo outside.

FSC have a theme of dreaming of summer
ABAC have a theme of anything goes


Over on the PA blog Jo is back with her CAS cards using kraft card and little black dress fresco.  So dead simple, took a kraft tag, stamped images in little black dress fresco paint, outlined in white posca pen, and that's it!!!

Artful Times have a theme this week of 'a tag' 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Summer of Colour - Week 6

Week 6 of Summer of colour and the colour scheme is raspberry, tangerine and splash of lemon.

I decided on a box and alcohol inks.

The lemon is fresco paint in the colour haystack which was painted onto the background to create the border.

Raspberry and sunset orange alcohol inks on glossy card using TH distress marker spritzer tool for the panels.

LP images stamped in black stazon.

The top image is a PA wooden stamp.

I used 4 wooden beads for the feet which I painted black.

Simon Says Monday's challenge this week is about a face.

Anything But A Card have an anything goes challenge.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Quartet of Tags

This is simply a page of a gelli print cut into 4, the words stamped in the gap, mounted onto a a scored piece of black card and fibres added.

That's Crafty have a theme of masks, stencils and templates
Country View Crafts have a theme of stencil it

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Exhibit A

Started off with a piece of corrugated, exposed all the edges. Added a couple of different pieces of gelli plate prints. TH die cuts, pocket watch, picture wheel and tiny tabs.  Wheel and tab was covered in a mix of peeled paint and weathered wood distress embossing powder.

Close up of the embossed picture wheel and gelli plate print.

 Added film strip ribbon and a metal clock face.

And a couple more idea-ology pieces.

Simon Says Monday Challenge has a theme of start from scratch
PanPastelUk has a theme of inspired by Tim Holtz 
A Vintage Journey has a theme of dies and distressed
That's Crafty has a theme of masks, stencils, templates
Country View Crafts has a challenge of stencil it

If you are looking for the stencils, they were used on the the backgrounds to make the gelli plate prints!!

Friday, 11 July 2014


Over on the PA blog Lin Brown was back with a journal using stencils and acetate. I used a piece of corrugated instead and stamped Ellen Vargo circles over the top using snowflake. 

 I used all the special edition paints in Lin's PA Range. I also flicked on some white dylusions spray paint.

Using stazon ink I stamped random Sara Naumman images onto a piece of acetate.

Close up of the acetate sheet over the stencilled background.

Close up of the arch and the stencilling where the isn't any acetate.

The completed piece with wooden and metal embellishments added, TH frameworks die cut and the word is from a Clarity stamp strip.

That's Crafty have a challenge this week of masks, stencils, templates.

Simon Says Wednesday have a challenge this week of lets be clear.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Triple Frame Hanging

After I returned from the AS weekend, using the products I already had, I tried to recreate the grit effect on this trio of circle frames.

I gave them all a coat of white gesso, and mixed equal amounts of matte medium and coarse pumice gel by Golden and applied to the outsides of each of the frames.

I stamped some LP oriental images onto a piece of card that I'd previously coloured with alcohol inks.

I die cut all the images with a spellbinders nesties circle die.

Unfortunately they were still too big and I had to cut them down further.

Painted the frames in little black dress and hi-lighted with treasure gold.

Finished piece hanging from the light fitting!!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Triptych LP025

Promise this is the last one, a triptych using all the stamps in the LP025 set. Background is a mix of tango and zesty zing fresco edged in blood orange. Images coloured with posca pens, mounted onto black background with white posca pen dots and dashes.

Another entry for A Vintage Journey.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Oddities Canvas

As I enjoyed using all the stamps in a set so much yesterday, I decided to do another one. I brayered fresco paints, pea coat, Baltic blue and south pacific onto a square canvas board. Stamped all the images from the TH Oddities stamp plate in black archival onto tissue paper and cut them out. As you can see, I stamped two eyes. I glued the tissue down with matte medium and once dry washed over the images with a watered down mix of Baltic blue and south pacific. I edged the canvas in pea coat.

I'm entering again into this week challenge over at A Vintage Journey.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Paris Memoir

Over at A Vintage Journey, they have a great theme this week of use every stamp in a set, the whole stamp or just part of it can be used.  I chose the TH Paris Memoir set. Background is coloured with weathered wood and vintage photo distress ink and images masked and stamped in brown stazon.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Summer of Colour - Week 4 Inspired by EV

Yikes is what I thought when I saw this weeks Summer of Colour scheme!!  Yeah that first colour is pink!!  Pink and green, that's a love hate relationship in my book!!

Also over at the PA blog this week there's been some fab stuff going on, but the Ellen Vargo project which you can see here, particularly took my fancy.

So combining the two challenges with inspiration for the layout from Ellen Vargo and the colours from week 4 of SOC, I came up with this huge size 10 tag.

Also over at Country View Crafts they have a theme of stencil it. Patty Tolley Parrish stencil - dangles was used top and bottom and Imagination - thistle, for the main image.


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Hi I'm Sam, 43, birthday in October - Any piece of art gratefully rec'd - Thanks. OH, Martin, been together 23 years and still no plans to get married!!! We love spending time with our pupster, especially when the weather is dry and we get to take him to the woods. I love any sort of crafting and would say that I am adventurous with new materials. We love going skiing in any winter resort, but mainly the States or Canada, they have better snow!! We lost our first beardie, Max, August 2006 at a ripe old age of 14 and 1/4. Since then Frazzie has come along, he is now 6 years and 7 months old and is still a little Bugger, Bugger!!! Unfortunately in December 2008 we lost Alfie at 14 months old after only having a short time of 7 weeks loving and caring for him. He found a good buddie in Fraz and loved him to bits.

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