Friday, 10 February 2017

'Imagine'.... Winners Guest Design Spot at The Craft Stamper

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Hope you are all doing good and have had a great week.
Today I would like to share with you the project I have made for my 'Winners Guest Designer spot' on the Craft Stamper Challenge blog. My work features alongside the Craft Stamper design teams as inspiration for this months TIMI challenge 'Anything goes ' and can be seen here .
I am so delighted and very grateful to be given this wonderful opportunity - Thank you Trish and everyone at Craft Stamper .

So here's my Guest design spot Project

Tim Holtz Phrenology head stamp was stamped in Black archival onto a piece of a very lightly wrinkle free distressed card.

After shading the head with distress inks Tim Holtz crazing medium was applied. Once dry, distress crayons were blended over the medium to emphasise the crazing.

- I love the delicate crackled texture - like glass /porcelain that has shattered .

The background panel was created using Tim Holtz Wrinkle Free distress technique and distress inks, with Stamps and Stencils adding extra detail. The rays were created using Deco art crackle paste through Tim Holtz 'Rays' layering stencil and Black Soot distress paint drybrushed over the crackle medium once dry. Silver gilding wax highlighted the 
The completed background panel was mounted onto cardstock and adhered to a wood panel that had been crackled with Deco Art crackle paste with hex nuts used as faux fasteners .

The eyes were watercoloured using distress inks and then covered with glossy accent drops,

A few paint splatters made an appearance too

and the finishing touches came in the way of twisted wire, numbers ( 2017)

and the word 'Imagine' held in place with an ideology memo pin.

There's still plenty of time to join in this months Craft stamper TIMI Challenge . All the details you need can be found here .Who knows you too could be chosen as this months winner!

I would like to enter this project into the following Challenges:
Stamps and Stencils : Texture, Crackle and Paint 
Thank you so much for stopping by day, for all your recent congratulations and lovely kind comments. They really are sincerely appreciated .
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend
Enjoy and keep on the happy side
Take Care

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Winter Magic is featured .....

Hi Everyone

I'm back again , this time to share with you yet more 'happy' news about my 'Winter Magic' Canvas!
The amazingly talented and super lovely Seth Apter has very kindly featured my canvas on his blog
I am absolutely thrilled, honoured and incredibly humbled to be featured on such a prestigious blog as Seths alongside so many talented artists.
Thank you Seth for the feature, for appreciating my art and for
creating and designing such inspirational products.

'Winter Magic'
using Seths Drip drop die
Its a die from Seths first collection with Spellbinders Paper Art and I LOVE it .

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing my 'proud moment ' with me .
I'll be back Friday with more of my creativity.
Hope you will be able to join me then
but until then
Take care and keep on the happy side


Friday, 20 January 2017

Happy News!

Hello Everyone and Welcome

I'm here today to share with you all some really Happy News I received at the end of last year - New Years Eve infact !
Remember the canvas I shared in December 2016 that I created for our Winter Magic Challenge theme at A Vintage Journey? Well, I entered it into Craft Stamper TIMI challenge and it was chosen as the Challenge Blog 'WINNER' 
and I'm told aswell that  I'm the FIRST EVER DOUBLE WINNER!
I am super, super thrilled It was the first project I made since my injury so you can imagine it means so much more to me that my project was chosen.
Today, as part of my prize, I am honoured to be featured on Craft Stamper Challenge blog- with my Winners Profile. If you fancy visiting then just click here

Thank you so much to Trish and the Design Team at Craft Stamper for choosing my Altered canvas as the Challenge winner 
Thanks too to all of you who are sharing my creative journey (and waffle) , for all your visits , your follows and your wonderful comments - It means the world to know that my Art is appreciated !
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and see you again real soon
Take care

Monday, 16 January 2017

Destination Inspiration- Arriving at Terminal #2 at A Vintage Journey 2017

Hello Everyone and Welcome
Happy New Year to you all. So far so good I hope?
My first blog post of the year begins with a sneak peak that I hope will tempt you to join me over at A Vintage Journey  
where I pick up the travel bag of goodies at Terminal #2 to continue the journey of this months Destination Inspiration.

Just one more click (here) and I'll be there waiting to greet you .
Hope to see you soon ...... 

Friday, 30 December 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016- December

Hello Everyone and Welcome
Here I am again today sharing yet another tag - this time its Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 - December. I'm running 'close to the wire' this month as deadline rapidly approaches so I'll save you from my chit chat and get right down to business so to speak.
Tim's December tag and tutorial can be found here so there's no real need for me to go into any great detail as Professor Tim does a far better job of that than I .

So here's my take on Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 - December
Now for a few close ups.... I don't have Tim's Dot stencil so I used a similar one I have in my stash.
the tiles and shadowpress
I added a poinsettia to my foliage spray and had fun, as I always do, splattering!
and here's a few more shots of the completed tag

I am so pleased to have achieved my goal to make all 12 tags this year! 
I have loved creating each and everyone of them and have learned so much in the process .
Huge Thanks to Tim Holtz for a year of fabulous tags and for sharing your invaluable wealth of knowledge, inspiration and creativity!
In case any one hasn't told you yet You Rock!!

Time now to head on over n link my tag up so I thank you again for stopping by today -much appreciated
Thanks too for all your support throughout 2016 . I really do feel incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful friends and followers .
I would also like to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy, Healthy New Year full of love,light and peace .
See you Next Year
Take care
Keep on the happy side

Tag Friday-December 2016 at A Vintage Journey.

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Hope you have all enjoyed the fun and festivities of the Holiday season and are looking forward to ringing in a brand New Year in just a few days time!
Today over at A Vintage Journey we see the year out with our final post for 2016 - Tag Friday! . I'm sure many of you are already familiar with this tradition but for those of you who aren't, l will explain. When there are 5 Fridays in a month, the 5th Friday sees some of the AVJ Creative Guides post a tag they have created in whatever style they wish - no rules- no themes - anything goes!

So today I'd like to share my 'Tag Friday' with you all

My tag was born from the central alcohol inked panel I'd created earlier this year. I'd saved it for 'later', forgot about it (along with a whole lot more) and came across it whilst tidying!! (cough)

The tag itself is covered in canvas, given a coat of gesso and coloured using distress crayons and gesso. Some stamping and stencilling provide the detail.
The alcohol ink panel was created using a selection of Tim Holtz Alcohol inks pounced onto silver mirror board.
The base star was among my 'bits' and an application of Tim Holtz Grit paste gave it some lovely grainy texture.
The 'Star' of the tag was die cut from cardstock using Tim Holtz Dimensional stars thinlits die , given a coat of gesso and then crackled using Finnabair crackle texture paste before spraying with Deco Art shimmer minster. Deco art antiquing cream, media fluid and silver gilding wax all help bring the 'Star' to life!
Hex nuts and gem beads embellish both the stars

and the alcohol panel with a metallic small talk sticker as a finishing touch .
I really enjoyed creating this tag just going with the flow, getting inky and having fun .
Really is amazing what you can create when inspired by alcohol! lol.
If you haven't already be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey to see the fabulous gallery of tags created my my fellow teamies. 

I would like to enter this tag into the following challenge : 
That's Crafty- Anything Goes!
Thanks for stopping by today. Its always lovely to see you all.  I always appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment .
Look forward to seeing you all again really soon
Take care


Friday, 16 December 2016

Meet the Dapper Deer!

Hello Everyone and Welcome
Not long now  - just 9 sleeps to go to ......! Are all you ready?
 I thought I was and then realised I'd overestimated the time I had left and am now running around frantically trying to catch up as the clock ticks forever nearer to the big day.
Today though I'm  taking time out to share with you one of the Christmas cards I have made using some of Tim Holtz fabulous products- stamps, dies, embossing folders, distress inks and paints, industrous stickers, metallic card stock, watercolour card stock and ideology .
 Let me introduce to the The Dapper Deer all dressed to impress!  

The background is heat embossed onto black card stock using Tim Holtz Holiday words stamp and clear embossing powder
Tim Holtz BIgz dapper die dressed the deer. 
(Run the die through the Big shot to just above the lapels so as not to die cut the moustache or top hat)
Embossed silver mirrorboard using an embossing folder from Tim Holtz knit set and Tim Holtz painted industrial technique created a panel to use for the dickie bow, lapels, collar tips and buttons 

The deer head (Tim Holtz Scribble woodland stamp set ) is stamped in Black archival onto watercolour card stock ( smooth side) ,and subtly painted using hickory smoke distress paint as a watercolour.  The antlers are heat embossed using silver embossing folder
and  given a touch of  black soot distress paint. 
Industrious stickers( borders and frames) embellished the edges of the background, once matted and layered using Tim Holtz silver metallic card stock and white card stock
 With a few pieces of Christmas related ideology,  hex nuts topped with festive red gems for buttons and some splatters of snow (Picket fence  distress paint)  and Dapper Deer is ready to celebrate Christmas in style!  
Thank you so much for taking  the time to stop by . I hope you have enjoyed your visit.
I'll be back at some point in the coming weeks to share a few more of the Christmas cards I have made this year so look forward to seeing you again soon . 
Until then have fun, be good and keep believing!!!