Tuesday, 14 November 2017

And......... Catch up #3!

Hi Everyone,

Once again I'm catching up on recent makes and this time it's the turn of some fun projects made using Tracey Easson's quirky, whimsical girls and other images that she designs for Which Craft under the banner Wonky Tonk stamps.  Several weeks ago I went to a really fun workshop with Tracey's run by Sue who organises some amazing workshops at Art Workshops in Stockton.  My friend Hazel and I went up the night before, had a nice relaxing evening and then the workshop on the following day.

There were three projects planned for the day, a fabric cover for a little notebook, and larger fabric piece which could be used to make a cushion, decorate a bag or make a wall hanging or framed piece for example.  My larger project is nowhere near finished yet but it's coming along really well and I don't rush anything, lol!  I will finish it though once my Christmas cards are done.  The third project was a fabric brooch which I have totally forgotten to take a pic of so I'll try to remember to add it to my other project when it's finished.

Tonight I'm sharing the notebook cover from the workshop.

We stamped one of Tracey's lovely girls onto fabric and painted her with DecoArt paints.  Stamped the body part again onto patterned fabric then glued it to the main piece before adding some stitching and that was about as far as I got in the workshop being the slowcoach that I am, lol!

When I got home I started layering and piecing together pieces of fabric from our kit together with bits of lace, ribbon and buttons from my stash.  The most difficult part for me was being random and 'wonky' with my stitching.  Having done C&G Fashion and Design years ago and lots of garments making where precise and neat stitching was a must 'wonky' is so not in my mindset, lol!

I am sooooo happy with the way this turned out and it makes me smile every time I pick it up.  Hopefully, it won't be too long before I can started creating inside the book with more of Tracey's lovely imagery as Hazel has done with hers.......she must have done about 5 or 6 different fab pages already and needs to blog them so we can all see.....ARE YOU LISTENING HAZEL.....I'M SHOUTING!!!  😄

My second project tonight is a card I made for a friend who had recently moved house.  I was rather late sending this card but I knew I wanted to use one of Tracey's fab Wonky Tonk houses and had to wait to go to StampMagic at Doncaster to get the set of stamps I needed.

 I stamped the image in Archival Ink and I think I coloured it with Zig markers and a waterbrush but to be honest, I can't remember now, lol!

I added some little spots of the colours over the card by flicking them from a fan brush.  I really love Tracey's range of stamp designs and they are a change for me as I don't normally do whimsical faces but for these beautiful girls I will make an exception any day of the week!

That's all for tonight folks.  See you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

And ....another catch up!

Hi Everyone,

Tonight's catch up comes to you courtesy of the only fairy stamps I like....beautiful Lavinia images by Tracey Dutton.  I always call them fairies for grown ups, lol!

A couple of weeks ago my crafting friend Emma came for an inky stamping session.  She wanted to have a play with my Distress Oxide inks before deciding whether she needed to buy any (I told her she would, lol) so we both created a few backgrounds which we saved for later stamping on and we also had a go at an alcohol ink technique as demonstrated by Tracey Dutton on one of her YouTube videos.  I'd already had a practice at one of these backgrounds, then made another one with Emma and turned them into cards.  These cards are the result of our time in my craftroom.....doesn't time fly when you're having fun!  The afternoon was gone before we realised it and now we can't wait to try out something else.

This first card was an Oxide background with main images stamped with Versamark and embossed with white ep.

I then used Archival ink to stamp the other images in various colours and used torn paper and a sponge to create the slopes at the bottom.  Oh yes some touches of stickles sparkle to finish off!

This second card was also an Oxide background which I loved but it was a bit dark for creating a little scene so I used the birches stencil and some white acrylic paint to stipple through.  I loved the misty woods effect I got.
 I added the fairies and toadstools with Archival ink and the fairy 'dust' with gold paint which didn't work too well so I finished off by added stickles to wings, toadstools and fairy dust.

Third card was the first of my alcohol ink experiments after watching Tracey's video.  She makes it look so simple and I suppose it might be with a little practice, lol! 

Anyway, after creating the background I added stamping with Archival again to create the little scene.  For this one I used my new Be Creative stamp press to stamp the silhouette fairy.  What a fab tool this is turning out to be and imo it really comes into its own for silhouettes as I never get a good image first time.  It took me three goes before I was happy with this lovely image and even the lacy wings had lost none of their definition.

Fourth and final card for tonight was created in the same was as the previous background.

After stamping the beautiful tree I coloured it with Amsterdam acrylic inks then added the little dots of various Stickles colours to coordinate with the alcohol ink colours I'd used.  I think it looks like the fairy has decorated a tree in her garden with 'fairy' lights for Christmas, lol!

That's all for tonight folks but there are still quite a few more catch up shares to come over the next week or so.   See you again then I hope.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 6 November 2017

A 'bit' of a catch up!!!

Good Morning everyone,

Even though it's Monday so first work day after the weekend for lots of people, it is a beautiful crisp day with sparkling sunshine so hopefully it's still a lovely day for you all.

I have sorely neglected my blog (even more than usual) for several months now and I like to at least post pics on here so that I have a record for myself of things I created.  This morning I've searched my photos to find the things I missed and I'm just going to post a couple of photos of a few today.  Hopefully I'll catch up over the next week or so.

My first share is a card I made at a quick class I and my friend Hazel (you need to check out her wonderful inspiration filled blog) did with Sheena Douglas at the Crafters Companion store not far from us both at Dobbies Garden Centre and retail park, Barlborough.  Lots of other lovely shops there too and a couple of places to eat so it's a really nice place for Hazel and I to meet up for lunch or coffee and cake, a good chat and a little retail therapy thrown in too.  This particular meet up we decided to do this quick class with Sheena, who happened to be visiting the CC store, which was great fun.  My only complaint......they had sold out of the beautiful stamp we used 😞!

We used Oxide Inks with a little glycerine which made them even easier to blend.  It was perfect timing making this card as I wanted to send one to a friend who was in hospital at the time and I know she's a Sheena fan.

This next birthday card was created when I was first experimenting with my then new Oxide Inks and making backgrounds.  I actually pinched the idea from another crafting friend, Helen, who made me a beautiful birthday card using a similar technique.

I created quite a subtle background piece using Oxide Inkpads and then used the Tim Holtz wildflowers dies to create the little bouquet.  The butterfly (an envelope full) was sent to me by a crafting friend Lin, (this fab hobby has brought me some lovely mates) and I coloured it to coordinate.

My last card for today was another birthday card.

I'd had a fab Gelli plate day a little while ago playing with various acrylic inks and stencils and I used one of the backgrounds to create this card.  I used various stamps to create even more interest then stamped the Tim Holtz dragonfly image using Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold powder.  I then dug out a piece of card previously created with powders which I think were a mixture of Infusions and Brusho, die cut it and arranged them on top.

Well that's my project reminders for today.  Hope to be back with a few more later in the week.  Thanks for dropping by.

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 29 October 2017

PaperArtsy Pearlescent challenge entry....very last minute!

Quick Hello from me on this Sunday afternoon,

Once again it's been a while since I posted.  I really must blog the things I've made recently if only so I have a record of them on here (which is why I started my blog years ago).  Anyway, it's the final few hours of the current PaperArtsy challenge which has a theme of pearlescents so I need to be quick.  Here is my entry.

I started out with the Gelli print background I made a while ago.  I loved how it turned out and I can't remember which paints I used now but it has a really smooth velvety feel to it.  I do know the orangy colour is a Pebeo pearly finish paint but whether you can see that in any of the pics is debateable.

The decoupaged flowers are stamped onto a really old background piece I made when I discovered MoonGlow Inks sold by the lovely Jill at The Stampman many years ago.  It was created using cling film and has lovely soft ridges of pearl shimmer and I diecut the sentiment from the same piece.

I used golden pearl-tinted Gansai watercolour paints from Kuretake to paint some of the Jofy images and edged the whole thing with one of the 6 shades then layered onto pearlescent card before mounting on the card base.

As always there has been 2 weeks of fabulous inspiration over on the blog including one from my friend Hazel which shows how to make batches of wonderful Christmas cards so it's well worth a visit if you haven't already dropped by.

Till next time
Lesley  Xx

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

I'm impressed!

Morning everyone,

Last Saturday was the Autumn Happy Stampers Show at Port Sunlight and I had a trip across with my friend Emma.  It's a fair trek of 2.5 hours drive from here which is a bit much for me these days, there and back with a show in between so we went the night before, stayed in a cheap Travelodge, had breakfast in Port Sunlight's Garden Centre then went to the show in the beautiful hall across the road, another bite to eat before we left and back in Mansfield for 6.30.  We had a great time and as always the show was fab (apart from being too hot in the hall). 

I was quite proud of myself as I pretty much stuck to my shopping list for once (just a few extra stencils and 1 set of PaperArtsy JoFy stamps snuck into my basket) and the item I had at the top was a stamping press because I am finding that as I get older my hands occasionally don't do what I tell them, lol, and most importantly I have always had trouble getting really good silhouette images.  There are quite a few on the market now and for various reasons I had decided on the Be Creative one from Once Upon A Stamp.  Today I'm sharing my first little test using it.

As it was just a test and I didn't intend making anything with it I just stamped the cute image from Lavinia stamps onto a piece of scrap card.  I forgot to photograph the first impression too and have to say it wasn't too bad actually but it still had a few bare patches in the middle so I inked up again and repeated the stamping and voila! A perfect silhouette image with no gaps!  Of course, I then thought it was too good to waste so I made a mask and used Distress Oxides and a stencil to create the sun rays.  I turned the post it mask round to cover the rays then used Oxides again to blend greens onto the bottom bit.

I dripped some water and dabbed it off for the speckles and I did the leaves and flowers stamping the traditional way and inked around the edges.  Then I used the stamp press again to make sure I got the tiny word stamp in just the right place....perfect!  Finally I added various colours of Stickles before matting and layering onto the base card.  

I was delighted with my little card and I have to say I'm very pleased with the stamp press so far.  I was a bit concerned it might be another gadget that would end up shoved to the back of a cupboard but I now think it's going to become one of my most used tools.

Have a good day everyone and see you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 9 October 2017

And.....Missed It!

Morning All,

Two weeks ago the PaperArtsy blog challenge topic was one of my favourites ie Metallic and I did manage two entries which is pretty amazing given my usual production rate, lol.  However, I did start a third but it got no further than bits on my desk which got left while I tootled off to a fabulous workshop with the delightful Tracy Easson and her beautiful Wonky Tonk Dreamer girls ....more on that in another post!  Yesterday, I determined to stick to my new rule of finishing projects before embarking on the next and this is the result.

I altered a mega cheap frame from Poundland using embossing metal tape and Fresco Finish acrylic paints.

I used various shades of grey starting with a good coat of slate and used a makeup sponge to apply so that I got good coverage on the metal. 

I then got carried away having fun and forgot to take progress pics as I added a couple of orange and brown shades with the odd touch of blue and spritzed with water, dabbed with tissue and let it run.  I kept on till I was happy with it, dried with the help of the heat tool and then sanded lightly to reveal the silver foil on the embossing.

I also had a rummage in my old bits and bobs box and found the acetate leaves which I'd coloured with alcohol inks years ago.  I drew in some veins and scrumpled them up a bit by heating gently and then stuck them to the frame with heavy duty gloss gel and added the pine cone to hide the blob.

I then blended co-ordinating Oxides onto a piece of card and did a little subtle background stamping before adding the lovely quote from one of the new Alison Bomber sets from PaperArtsy to finish off.  I only got these on Saturday from the fab Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight 😃.

A close up of the leaf detail.

And a final one of the painted metal.

I'm now feeling very virtuous for finishing this little project and as well as having some painty fun I'm pleased with how it turned out.

When I was editing these photos I realised I still have several fairly recent pieces I haven't shared yet so I must make an effort to catch up this week.  Have a good week everyone till then.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 25 September 2017

And......another entry for the fab PaperArtsy blog challenge.

Good morning all,

Well, I didn't do another blog post over the weekend as promised mainly because I was having another play in the craftroom after finishing chores and as well as a tag just for fun I made another entry to the current PaperArtsy, Stamps and Stencils and Country View Challenges

A couple of weeks ago I mixed some texture paste with Infusions and Brusho powders and of course, made loads more than I needed.  I couldn't waste it so ended up with two tags and a piece of card as well as my original piece for a card which I forgot to photograph before I sent it, Doh! This is made from the piece of card which I also forgot to take a pic of in it's original state.  I sprayed a couple of Lindy's mica colour sprays to cover the card and then stamped the PaperArtsy image with Versamark Ink and embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold embossing powder.   Originally the image was lost against the background but as the sprays are water based I bleached out most of the colour from the face and then touched in the empty spaces with Sakura Stardust pens (been in my stash like forever!).  

I also removed a little colour from around the image to make it pop a little more and then used the same Tim Holtz stencil as the textured area to remove bits of colour here and there.  Next I used Cut n Dry foam to add Versamark ink and embossing powder around the edges.

Finally I replaced the stencil over the texture paste and added some Treasure Gold guilding paste before sticking the piece to a base card.  If I find a suitable word sticker or something I may add it to finish it off completely.

It's a horrible very dull rainy morning here, the complete opposite of yesterday, so the photos aren't the best and are not picking up the subtle sparkle from the lovely mica sprays 😞.


This is the tag I created very quickly and just for fun late last night.  I used one of the tags with left over texture paste on and blended Distress Oxides in two suitable colours before adding stamping which is all done with PaperArtsy Minis.

I used a sparkle brush pen on the eye and the textured flourish to finish it off,  Oops, just realised I didn't ink the edges to 'frame' it.  Must rectify that before it will look finished to me, lol!

Righty Ho,  off to do the link ups and maybe I'll manage another 'metallic' entry before weekend.  So looking forward to a Tracey Easson class on Sunday.  It will be my first workshop at Art Workshops and I am really looking forward to it.

Thanks for dropping by and see you again soon.

Lesley  Xx