Wednesday, 18 July 2018

PaperArtsy


PaperArtsy new Stamp Release .

Hi there , I'm here this evening to share some projects that I have made using two new sets of stamps that I have designed. The lovely people at PaperArtsy have made these stamp sets and the official release can be seen on their blog tonight .
These designs are inspired by the shapes and flowers found in decorative and traditional painting. One of my loves is Decorative Painting which I have studied for years . It fascinates me that there are many forms of painting around the world which seem to use the same shapes within the designs . However, despite this , the forms of painting are instantly recognisable as coming from particular places . For example the English form of traditional painting is well known as canal boat painting -- Roses and Castles .
Other forms of art work also use the same shapes for example Jacobean embroidery .
So I have hand drawn these stamp designs with these ideas in my mind and I hope you will enjoy them .
Heart Wall Hanging .

Firstly I should say that not only has PaperArtsy released new stamps but they have also released some new paint colours .
I've used the new colours for all of these projects , namely , Lemon Meringue, Mustard Pickle, Vintage Lace , Blah Mange , Mulled Wine , Peach Nectar , Seaglass , pine Grove , Surfs Up and Twilight . I've incorporated these colours in the projects to show how well they work together .


  
The heart was based with Surfs up and then I stuck some old music paper over it and washed the same colour over the paper . I added Surfs Up in random patches and then some Crackle Glaze .



I painted over the Crackle Glaze with more Seaglass . I added the main design and coloured it with some of the new colours .


The stamping around the edges was done with a grey ink .



Here I've stamped and painted some of the single flowers before cutting them out . I've also created a plaque from cardboard which I pushed Grunge Paste onto through a stencil .  This was painted wirh Surfs Up and then I added some Treasure Gold onto the raised areas .



I've created some floral paper by stamping and painting on old music paper. Once I'd made all the pieces I attached them to the heart as shown .


The next two photos are close ups of the finished plaque .





Floral Card .

I've reversed the colour scheme here so I could use the lovely shades of blue on the flowers .


I painted the background of the card and the piece of card on top with Vintage Lace  . The base card has been coloured with the yellow and red colours , the purple areas are where I've added Twilight over the red . Lots of random stamping finished the background.



I've washed some of the colours around the edges of this after colouring the stamped design. I added a little lace before sticking the two parts together.



Black and Gold

This card was inspired by a form of Decorative Painting called Khokhloma.
It's deceptively simple , paint the background Gold and stamp the design with black ink  .
Fill in all the areas  around the design with black paint .



I've finished the design by adding bits of Mulled Wine and some stamped and embossed areas .


Floral Frame .

This is only a small frame but it shows off the flowers beautifully .


I used Grunge Paste through a stencil on both the frame and the base and painted everything with Vintage Lace before rubbing White Fire Treasure Gold over the raised areas . I then stamped little leaves from the stamp set onto the frame . 


I stencilled a script pattern onto the base and then stamped the design.


I then stamped , painted and cut out the flowers so I could create a three dimensional flower on the base . As the design has little commas on the petals I painted them in a very pale colour .



Tag Card .
This is really three pieces in one ! A card with a pocket on it and two tags .



The background has been painted wirh Vintage Lace and has some other colours blened over it . I've stencilled over this with some blues and stamped some simple designs.


Here's the two tags with different coloured backgrounds and stencilling. I've added different flowers and coloured them with the paints . In each case I've built up washes of colour starting with Mustard Pickle then Peach Nectar and finally Mulled Wine to create a rich blend .





I created a small pocket and stamped and painted it so that I could tuck the two tags in it ,

I haven't even shown the fact that some of the sprig designs can be used as stems for the individual flowers, which I hope to show on this blog as soon as possible.
In the meantime if you would like to see all the other wonderful designers who have work on the PaperArtsy blog please go to 

Creative Expressions


Hello there and many apologies for the long gap . Unfortunately there has been a lot of illness within my family which has interfered with my work . Anyway things are slowly getting back to normal and I will be back with more goodies ! 
Today I am sharing three cards I made using my new stamps from Creative Expressions and lots of colours from the new Shimmer Shakers range . 


So , I had a little fun shaking all sorts of different colours onto card and spritzing with water to get the colours to spread and mix . The colours are lovely with lots of shimmer! Here's a collection of the  coloured card  I made !



I then used the card in different ways to create some cards . The background of this card was made from strips of coloured card  stamped randomly with flowers . The butterflies were stamped on scraps of the same card  so they were already coloured !
The important thing I found out about these powders is that they can be used as paints . Put a little of your chosen colour on a palette and add a little water and you have a shimmery watercolour. This means the painted flowers are in colours that go with the background.


On the background for this card I only used a little of the powders to create a soft colour . Then I stamped the design. I used Dusty Mink to paint the flowers and to keep the colour scheme simple .
Although it doesn't show well in the photo the painted areas really shimmer.



I did something different for this card , I stamped the design across two pieces of card so that I could have a raised area . I then stamped the same deign several times onto card that I had coloured all over with the Shimmer Shakers. I cut out the flowers so that I could create a dimensional effect on a simple black and white background .

Creative Expressions products used include :- 
Lots of different Shimmer Shakers.
Creative Expressions Clear Stamp Set-- Anemone, Hypericum and Mixed Posy .

I've used lots of different colours here just to show the wide range available and I hope I have inspired you to try them out .
If you want to see what other members of the Creative Expressions DT are doing please go to
Creative Expressions

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

PaperArtsy

Pretty box using Kay Carley Stamps .

Here are some pictures to inspire you . I've decorated this box as part of the topic 'Boxes ' on the PaperArtsy blog . As I've written on that blog how I created this I'm not going to do it here .


I just thought I'd you some more pictures of the finished project .


All the colouring has been done with PaperArtsy Infusions . I put a little of the powder on a palette and mixed with water . They layer over each other beautifully.


Here's a closer picture of the top of the box .


There's a secret surprise inside the box that I will share with you another day .
If you would like to see this or what other members of the PaperArtsy team have been doing go to

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Creative Expressions

A Little bit Steampunk!


Hi there , I'm here today with another project for Creative Expressions, this time it's Steampunk. I'm sad to say that I can't write this up with long explanations about how I made it so I thought I'd show you lots of pictures to inspire you .
This is created using a large shadow box, which I've decorated with lots of bits and pieces from Creative Expressions and my own stash of goodies .


When I create a shadow box I always think of it in terms of - back , middle and front. .



So I paint all the surfaces and add decorations to the back of the boxes , in this case stamped and embossed.


Then I work on filling the spaces . All the little bit of 'furniture ' are made out of mount board and painted .



The sparkly effect on the clock is created using a new product from CE called Granite Paste and the clock and pocket watch are some of the new POP EMS .


Even the flowers are decorated by making a paint out of Gilding Polish and painting them .



The little bottles are painted with gesso and the image stamped on black tissue paper and embossed with gold powder . The tissue can then be attached to the bottles with Matt medium .

I hôpe this has given you some ideas .
If you want to see what other members of the CE design team are doing go to


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Creative Expressions

Two tags .

I've made a couple of tags today , lots of Embossing powders and a little sparkle !



First a picture of the finished tags .

And this is how I made them . I cut two tags from mount board and sprinkled them with the new Shimmer Shakers before spritzing with water .

Next I stamped , rather randomly with Watering Can Archival ink, the Vintage Music stamp .

I then stamped the words from the Vintage Inspiation stamp set onto mount board and to colour the background I mixed a little of the Shimmer powder with water to make a wash .


These bits are made from corrugated card with bits of the top layer removed . I painted them with Sea Turtle paint and dried it thoroughly. I then added Perfect Medium randomly and added gold Embossing Powder, and after that was melted I repeated with Regal Arctic Aurora powder . I thought the paint was too bright , so I rubbed a bit of Chocolate Bronze Gilding Polish over the paint to tone it down . On the left is just the paint and on the right is where I've added the gilding polish.


To create these pieces I used mount board again and triple embossed with gold powder. I then added more powders randomly and melted them into the gold . I had to repeat this to allow the colours to mix . While still hot I stamped into the melted powder with the Butterfly Background stamp and allowed it to cool before removing the stamp .


You can see the mixed colours and dimensional effect here .


 The keys and lock , and also the circles are from two sets of POP EMS which have been embossed with gold powder.

I finished the tags by sticking everything together as shown and adding a little lace and ribbon  from my stash .       I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how I created the tags .

Here are some of the Creative Expressions products I used to make the tags :--- 
Stamps -- Woodware Clear Singles , Vintage Inspiration.
Sentimentality Yours , Vintage Music.
Creative Expressions Background Stamp , Butterfly Background.
Cosmic Shimmer, Shimmer Shakers , Heather Meadow, Cornflower Blue , Denim Dash and Dusty Mink .
Cosmic Shimmer Detail Embossing Powder,  Bright Gold ,
Cosmic Shimmer Blaze Embossing Powder, Aqua Blush Blaze.
Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Embossing Powder, Regal Arctic Aurora.
Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish , Chocolate Bronze.
Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Mixed Media Paint, Sea Turtle .
POP EMS , Luna Circles and Lock and Key .

If you would like to see what other members of the DTare doing go to Creative Expressions

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Follow you Dreams

A little mixed media .

Hello , I'm back again today with a piece of mixed media showing how some of my new stamps from Creative Expressions can be used within a frame .
The flowers are from the clear stamp set Columbine, CEC886  and the little flowers on the internal frame and the quotes are from the clear stamp set. Bouquet , CEC884 .


I've used a Tim aHoltz stencil with texture Paste to create the raised areas on the frame and added lots of flowers from my stash .
To create a slightly distressed effect I've used Distress ink over everything , this tones all the colours together . I've even brushed it over the whit flowers .

I've included lots of pictures so you can see all the areas of the frame !


Finally I added some metal bits and pieces .


I think this shows how mixed media can be used , not in the way that most of us expect , but to make something pretty and floral !
Back soon .