Saturday, 1 August 2015

Paperartsy Challenge - Flowers

We're already a week into the Paperartsy Flowers challenge and there have been some amazing posts from the DT and guests, but I've only just had time to enter... I had one of the Hot Pick plates itching to be inked, and today was the day...

Prawn Fresco dabbings from a piece of cut and dry foam, from the project...

I added some layers of Buff and Blush, over the page...

I really thought I'd taken a picture of the next stage, stamping on tissue... but seemingly not!

I stamped the poppy (HP1505) twice on a piece of tissue, leaving space for another one in the middle, I cut a mask for the leaves and stamped the poppy again, bending the stem slightly and filling the gap...

I cut the poppies out and painted them with Cherry Red Fresco, and a little London Bus too, then added some more on the reverse for a bit of depth.

For the leaves I used Sage, on the reverse, then mixed a little Sage and Hyde Park (thus diluting the Sage a little and making it semi translucent) and painted them from the front

I added some Blood Orange to the front of the poppies and glued the flowers to the journal.
Finished it with the "art in bloom" from ELB01.

It was so nice to finally get these poppies used, I love them!! 

Entering the Paperartsy Flowers challenge here 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Tissue trade...

My buddy Chris suggested a tissue trade a little while ago, based on something she'd seen in a magazine. (I won;t link to her blog cos I think she's only blogged once since she started it, ha ha!!)

Anyhow, 5 of us signed up although sadly Emma's sheets got lost in the post - dratted Royal Mail!....
These are the sheets I made - the "rules" were to use at least 2 Paperartsy stamps, in repeating patterns.

 I used Paperartsy white tissue, 12x12 and brayered Frescos over the sheets... I did two pinky ones,

added text background stamp in Snowflake,
 then my main image, repeatedly (used the large and small version of this stamp

used the same stamps on the next two -
two greeny ones

and the fifth one was a red one.

I had great fun with this, and now they've all been swapped, we need to think of something "creative" to do with the resulting sheets...

Here are the fabulous sheets I received back...

 you'll have to forgive the poor photograph, it's really dark this evening - sun was shining brightly through one window but all the others look as if it's about to pour with rain!

I don't know whose are whose, as they are all anonymous, but as Chris has put hers on FB, I know hers is the one top left... If I had to stab a guess,I'd say they then go, Lin, top right, Linda bottom left and Lucy bottom right, but I could be way off!

so, now I am going to try and come up with something creative for Chris's second part of the challenge... don't hold your breath though!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015


Welcome to another WOYWW .. don't they come round fast?!
I seem to be going through a phase of lack of crafting energy lately, despite the Crazy Bird dies... it took me 3 days to get round to cutting them...
some of you saw the journal page that resulted but in case not ...

I've recently taken part in a "tissue swap" where a group of us decorated a sheet of tissue and swapped them.
these are mine, now I just need to think of something clever to do with them!!

got some new pens too, Fude Ball pens, we used them at the James Sharp weekend I went on recently and tracked some down (good old Amazon!) they arrived last week but I forgot to tell you... they write really well, if you're interested!!

Anyone off to the Stamperama show in Stevenage on Sunday?  I'm really looking forward to it..
no doubt there'll be shopping to share next week.. if not sooner!
Happy desk hopping, catch you all soon!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Crazy Birds!

So, as you may have seen on Wednesday, I was expecting the Crazy Bird die set to arrive... and it did.  lots of little pieces, beaks and eyes and wings.. as well as the actual bird shapes... So on Friday I eventually sorted them out and matched them up.. and cut them...

It's a fair bit fiddly lining up the die with the stamped image (and keeping it in place when you put the top plate down on top, so you get them cut properly (legs, especially)... I think I'll treat myself to the magnetic platform for the Big Shot which apparently helps lots ( this may be a cunning sales ploy, but I somehow think it will help!)

This is what I used them for first time out.
 some white bits showing between the legs as you see... used my Inktense pencils to colour them in some crazy colours...

used bits of 3d foam pads to add the wings and beaks and eyes to the bodies.... ( swore quite a lot at this stage!)
 decided on a double page spread, painted with gesso first, then Dolphin, a Deco Art Satin paint.. not used this before, was surprised how thin it seems when it comes out of the bottle..

gave it a good shake though, and it seems to cover quite well.

Stencilled Prawn Fresco through the Finnabair circles stencil, just round the edge.
Left the stencil in place and stamped in Watering Can, the large text-y background from HP1501

laid out the birds... made sure they were "grounded" either on a circle, or another bird...
did some background stamping with the honeycomb from JOFY30 also in Watering Can, just extending a little into the journal
 stamped Dina's sentiment in black archival, then glued the birds down

wanted a few more circles to match in with the stencilling, so inked the single text-y circle from HP1504 in Watering Can , and the row of circles in Prawn Fresco, over the stencilled areas.
had fun with this, not sure I'll be doing much layering with some of the beaks/eyes as they are so small and you need a teeny tiny bit of foam pad to fix them to the body... but I like them!!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Dragons Dream -Tag It On

Welcome to another challenge from the Dragons Dream team - this time, my talented teamie Elizabeth has chosen Eight.  Just use eight, the number, or eight of something, on your tag, and don't forget to use at least one real stamp.

I decided to use 8 flowers on my tag (which is a size ten, sorry!)
 I started by dropping a little Sage Fresco on the tag, and brushed it over the tag, leaving a few gaps and wiping some away with a baby wipe.

I added Butternut to fill the gaps and overlap a little.

Then took the criss-cross stamp from JoFY36 and stamped it in the leftover Butternut, and inked part of one of the large collage script backgrounds from HP1501  (hmmm no pic of this stage!) in olive Memento ink

my flowers are by Prima and are all orangey-pale green
I die cut one of the Tim thinlet dies from a piece of spare Paperartsy paper for the bottom corner, and laid out my flowers

 the central text is from HP1507 and is stamped on a piece of spare tag from something else, coloured with the same paints as the background, as is the 8, from HXT06

a few more 8's in the olive green I used for the script background to fill some gaps on the tag

some green ribbon from my stash finishes it off.

Hope you'll check out the pieces of eight (lol) from my team mates and we'd love to see you join in - you have 2 weeks.


Wow, Wednesday again already, where did that week go to?  I had a great week off work and ended up having a few days out and a few days at home... Gazillions of photos on the other blog, one post for each trip out if you have a spare while...  but you're here for WOYWW the desk sharing brainchild of Julia

Meantime, a different view for you today... nothing much happening on the floor
 taken standing by the door

this one makes the room look very full!! (ok, it is I know!)

Arriving just too late to make their appearance on this week's floor are the Crazy Bird dies... thanks to Shaz for the tip off, I managed to get some from Country View Crafts. They should be here tomorrow!
Might get a bit more time to visit a few more of you this week, once again last week was a big fat failure, sorry!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Time... for Paperartsy

The new theme at Paperartsy is "Time" and I have had the week off work on holiday - been out a couple of days as you may have seen, but today was a recover and rest (i.e. laze about) at home day...

I decided to have a play in my journal, with one of the new Paperartsy Hot Pick plates, that just happens to have a clock face in the collage.

I really liked Keren's use of pastels in her clean and simple card, and whilst this is nothing like that, I did use my portfoleo pastels to colour my images!
I stamped the large collage image from HP1507 on the journal page, over the smudged background (the results of the cleaning of some cut and dry foam previously)

the eagle eyed of you might spot some scissor lines..
I cut round the edges of the image, and stamped it again on the page below, allowing just part of it to show behind the top one.

 on the spare piece of paper, I stamped the tulip again and cut it out, to layer it behind the top one before sticking the two pages together; once I'd coloured the images with my portfoleo pastels.

I added a few swipes of paint on a dry piece of cut and dry foam, round the edge of the "bottom" page to bring this into the top page.

for the words, I used the text from Lin's ELB22 "every day is a blessing, every hour is a dream, every minute is a possibility"

Entering this to the Paperartsy Time challenge, here