Thursday, 15 September 2016

A Sketch and Mixed Media Challenge for the Month of September

Layouts are not my favourite things to create but this month at Show Us Your Stuff the challenge is to use a sketch and mixed media. Please remember to also include a handmade item

I am far from being normal so I decided to turn the sketch on its side.

Well I know I started with the sketch I can sort of still see it, hope you can too.

products used: whipped spackle, art basics heavy gesso - white, archival ink - jet black, cocoa vanilla studio die cut ephemera - free spirit & love always, green tara blossoms - rose, stampin' up stamp - borderettes, hessian leaves, prima marketing stencil - grungy grid, dylusions spray - funky fuchsia, charms creations - hessiam heart, funky flair studio - kraft ephemera, muslin, heart sequins

Would love to see you play along this month.

Happy Creating

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Stay Strong

There are lots of things in my stash that just don't seem to get used and other things that get used a lot. The card that I created is a combination of both.

products used: ranger archival ink - jet black, gelly roll pen - white, stabilo - all, prima artextravagance texture paste - white crackle, uni pin fine line marker - black, derwent inktense blocks, tim holtz idea-ology - small talk, kaisercraft stamp - script, stampers anonymous stamp - halftone & rings, prima elementals stencil - grungy grid, bobunny stickable stencils - butterflies, mixed media paper, artbasics heavy gesso - white

Happy creating

Monday, 15 August 2016

Ugly Paper

This month the challenge at Show Us Your Stuff is to use that ugly paper that you have stored at the bottom of your stash.

Please click on the link above to see what some of the design team created at the beginning of the month, you would never know that they used ugly paper.

The thing with ugly paper is not everybody may think it's ugly, that's because we all like different things so what I see as ugly, you might think is lovely.

Here are the three papers that I have used on my cards



 Handmade items - the resin rainbow brown butterfly & maharaj resin flower.

products used: chromacryl White gesso, distress ink - vintage photo, distress stain - antiqued bronze, kaisercraft collectables - timeless icons, art of life, kaisercraft jewels - bonjour, doily, kaisercraft cards & envelopes square - kraft, dcwv - floral prints the paper stack.

Handmade items - charm creations - white hessian heart

products used: art basics heavy gesso - white, distress paint - weathered wood and broken china, distress stain - antiqued bronze, tattered angel glimmer mist - dragonfly, doily, kaisercraft stamp - flutter, archival ink - jet black, kaisercraft cards & envelopes square - kraft, dcwv - floral prints the paper stack, tim holtz idea-ology - small talk

Handmade items - hand poured plaster flowers then hand coloured, die cut leaves, hand typed quote

products used - kaisercraft cards & envelopes square - kraft, dcwv - floral prints the paper stack, watercolour paper, black cardstock, coloured cardstock, ecoline liquid watercolour - 656, 318, 665, 657, 416, gold card stock, leaf die

Would love to see you play along with us this month and what ugly papers your have.

Happy Creating

Friday, 12 August 2016

Plume from IndigoBlu

I have had the stamp 'Plume' from IndigoBlu for a little while now, and I have been thinking of a design that I could use it on. I finally created a card.

The stamp reminded me of a peacock feather so I used the colours of a peacock as my starting point.

products used: inktense pencils - turquoise, deep violet & deep rose, posca paint pen - pink, memory box die - distress windham collage, studio calico - wood veneer heart, versamark, ranger embossing powder - seafoam, art basics heavy gesso - white, mixed media paper, book paper.

Happy Creating

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Breaking A Blank Page - Chipboard

Chipboard adds instant dimension and texture to a project, it provides lots of possibilities. On one of the breaking a blank page art journal pages I used chipboard.

I used matte gel to adhere my chipboard to my paper, this gave it added strength as some glues wouldn't hold. Once dry I covered the chipboard and paper in gesso, for some reason I don't like brush marks so with my brush I pounced up and down on my page which gave it added texture.

When adding water or wet medium to dry paper I always have the problem of my paper curling so a couple of times now I have beat the system and stuck my paper to my desk with blu tack. It doesn't completely stop the curling but it certainly minimises the effect.

I love the randomness of the magicals, you just never know what result you are going to get, especially when you combine more than one.

I really had fun playing and finishing off this page, cannot wait to start adding colour and embellishments to my other break a blank page journal pages.

products used: kaisercraft stamp - script, sa crafters chipboard, prima art basics heavy gesso - white, watercolour paper, archival ink - jet black, lindy's stamp gang magicals - merci beaucoup mint, c'est la vie cerise, freaky franken-lime, merry-go-round green and hag;s wart orange, posca paint pen - white, faber-castell big brush - orange glaze, stampin' up stamp grateful bunch, tim holtz idea-ology - small talk, liquitex matte gel

Happy Creating

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Breaking A Blank Page

Art Journaling what does this mean to me? It is a way to express yourself through creativity and words. I have never really kept a journal but art journaling does appeal to me. I have created between 12 - 15 pages, but I just cant get the hang of it. I want to do it but it eludes me at the moment.

A couple of months ago Marta Lapkowska (blog, facebook, instagram) put together a 3 part series of youtube videos on art journaling for beginners. I marked them at the time to watch later, it has taken me this long but last week I finally watched all three of them. Please find the links for the YouTube videos below

Art Journaling for Beginners: TIPS & SUPPLIES, how to get started part 1

How to Break A Blank Page? Mixed Media Art Journaling for Beginners part 2

How to START? How to Break A Blank Page? Mixed Media Art Journaling part 3

I found all three videos very useful. I would love to share with you the blank pages that I have broken. There are 24 of them so far and I haven't use all of Marta's ideas yet, the coloured pages are yet to be done, I need to cut up some more paper.

book pages, music sheet, masking tape and washi tape

washi tape, clothes tags, scrapbooking paper, magazine, gesso

texture paste (whipped spackle), thread, chipboard

As I was creating the above pages, I had some ideas of my own that I wrote down and the pages below are some of those ideas, still have a list that I want to create.

die cuts, tea bags, tissue paper and sequin waste

So maybe breaking a blank page is not my problem maybe it the next step that is. I do know that I had a lot of fun creating the start of some journal pages.

Happy Creating

Friday, 1 July 2016

Winter Blues

Today is the start of another month, just where has the time gone?????? This also means that a new challenge is up on the blog at Show Us Your Stuff. This month it is all about colour, remember to make sure that you add a hand made embellishment to your creation.

For this challenge I made three totally different cards.

The hand made items I used for this card are the snow covered hills & the fussy cut image which I then coloured.

products used: stampin' up ink - dapper denim, marina mist, soft sky, soft suede & garden green, archival ink - jet black & cornflower blue, stampin' up stamps - peaceful pines & festival of trees, faber-castell big brush pen - permanent green olive, gelly roll pen - white, ranger embossing powder - silver, versamark, stampin; up cardstock - whisper white, mixed media paper, aleens glitter snow, prima art basics heavy gesso - white.

The handmade items are the resin butterfly from The Resin Rainbow, which was white but I altered with alcohol ink and the wooden veneer from flutterbydesigns - circle confetti.

products used: lindy's stamp gang spray - tiffanylou blue, Caribbean blue, blue Hawaiian blue & tilt-a-wheel teal, faber-castell big brush pen - cobalt blue, sharpie - white, Adirondack alcohol ink - sail boat blue, archival ink - cornflower blue, white thread, mixed media paper, stampin' up stamp - helping me grow, stampin' up metallic foil doilies, vivalasvegastamp - plate 1471, the resin rainbow butterfly - white, flutterbydesigns - confetti circles, stampin' up cardstock - whisper white, izink - volubilis.

The handmade items used here is the chevie border from burdys embellies and the wood veneer from flutterbydesign - abstract 2 which I altered with silver emossing powder.

products used: archival ink - forget-me-not blue & jet black, versamark, burdys embellies - chevie borders, stampin' up ink - dapper denim, ranger embossing powder - silver, stampin' up punch - circle 1", stampin' up cardstock - whisper white, white cotton, flutterbydesigns wood veneer - abstract 2, kaisercraft stamp - script, stampin' up stamp - honeycomb hello (retired)

Hope that you are able to join us this month

Happy Creating