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Water Colour Art Stamping

After my class on Saturday one of the girls stayed behind and we had another few hours of just playing. We used some stamps that haven’t seen the light of day for yonks and yonks, they are my Water colour Art Impressions Stamps.

Haven’t finished the card that I started on Saturday but yesterday I made this tag and used the Rocker stamp.

Stamped the rocker then masked off to do the background. As soon as I was happy with the background took off the mask and water coloured the chair.

Used a Peg Tapestry stamp to fill in the cushion. These stamps are a great way to start art stamping here is a link for them.

This is a sneak peak of the card which we started , used the back and front stamp called Annie and the Window. She is on my desk at the moment waiting patiently to be finished.


Absolutely Spiffing Old Chap

Never ever wanted to plonk an image onto another item to alter it, simply because it just doesn’t seem to gel with my brain cells and my eyes. Weird or what!!!

Something in my head tells me that it looks ugly and completely wrong. Well decided not to listen to what my eyes are telling my brain and just went for it.

Coward that I am definitely nothing major to begin with … just baby steps.

For my baby start used this PaperArtsy Mini 03 and this stamp here from Flonzcrafts.

Other stamps used are from Artistic Outpost Generation Redux and another of Flonzcrafts here.


Alas Not Quite A Perfect Sentiment

Thought I had found the perfect sentiment for this tag but alas no.

Now I could have made a computer generated one but I wanted to see what it looked like if the words were crossed through …
HER and SHE then changed to HIM and HE. Judge for yourself!!!

The original sentiment is from a set by Studio 490 called She had a flair for Fashion. Mr Darcy is from an Indigo Blu set.

Used a SU ink pad called Night Of Navy to stamp him before colouring with Distress Markers.


Peace & Tranquility

As if I need to tell you it’s Friday today … all you crafters out there will be chomping at the bit for 5 0’clock to come around so that you can dash off home ready for your weekend of crafting heaven to start.

Today is week 4 of the Crafts-Too-Challenge You which has this months theme of texture.
Onto twist 2 of the theme and we would dearly love to see you add something shiny or glittery.

My DT make this week is a tag which has just about everything on there that makes me a happy and relaxed bunny when crafting.

Stamping and especially colouring really surrounds me with such a charming sense of peace and tranquility. Everything just shuts off around me and I hear and feel nothing except the stroke of the paintbrush. I know that sounds really mushy but I do honestly feel like that.

All the cares and woes just drift away and leaves me with a face like this … 😀

Painted her with a mixture of mediums but mainly Cosmic Shimmers. Loads of texture on the tag … oh my, even die cut some gold mirri card … which I have to say I rather like!!! Stamped the butterfly onto DP then added glossy accents before pressing the little gems into it.


The pretty embossing folder is an A4 Crafts Too which I used on the tag and the vellum envelope. More texture with the gauze material and the stamped sentiment which is one of my faves from Dyane Reaveley. Now it’s your turn to have fun and enter those scrummy pieces plus hop on over to see what my other teamies have made.


Chubby Cheeks

All you want to do with those gorgeous cheeks is pull a little face, shake your head and say in a babyish voice “cooochi coochi coo”!!!


That Autumn Feeling

Not sure what the weather is like where you live but where I am things are definitely turning those delicious Autumnal tones. Our super sweet teemie Avril picked the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and it just had to be Autumn colours.

Autumn brings to mind my childhood days of wearing wellington boots, walking in the road by the kerb and kicking those beautiful, crisp and colourful leaves into the air. Not sure our grandchildren can do that nowadays with all the traffic about!!!

As usual my card evolved totally not the way I wanted it to. Leaves were going to be my focal point but when I saw this stamp lurking on my shelf an image came to mind of a genteel young lady playing the piano nestled in a bay window and looking out at the Autumn weather.

Pop on over to the main page at FSC and see what all the lovely teemies have made and remember Flonzcrafts wil be giving the winner $20 to spend at his store.


Glitter & Shine For C2CU

Friday … another week just whizzed by and I’m sitting here wondering where it went!!!

Today is week 3 of the Crafts-Too-Challenge You which has this months theme of texture.
Onto twist 2 of the theme and we would dearly love to see you add something shiny or glittery.

When I first saw the words shiny or glittery … picture the scene … me sitting in my chair in the craft room … hair standing on end just like a Mohican … face looked as if it had seen JACK THE RIPPER … frozen scream from my mouth … first thought, that awful glittery card which shed everywhere!!!

Phew panic over, the ole gray matter kicked in and calm soothing thoughts entered of Frantage, embossing powder, glimmer mists and other lovely goodies needless to say the hair and face went back to normal.

Close up first because I wanted you to see the Frantage button which is delicious, this is the mold I used just a tiny amount of Frantage needed then popped into the oven on a baking tray to set. You can see the other buttons made with it here. Be warned they are very delicate when made so treat with x x loving care x x

The yummy embossing folder is an A4 Crafts Too. Only used on half the card then obscured most of it with the image … why do we do that??? The knotted bow is made with a bandage … don’t even go there as to why the bandage was on my desk, I have no idea … just cut off a bit, tied in a knot then spritzed with glimmer mist … mmmmmm glimmer mists!!! Also spritzed the flowers … nothing escapes when I have the glimmer mists in my little puddies!!! Used a gold embossing powder for the stamped images, both are from Penny Black called Soft Sculptureand How To Fly. The stencil which also got the gold treatment is called Mini Bricks.

That’s it waffling over, now it’s your turn to have fun and enter those scrummy pieces plus hop on over to see what my other teemies have made. All gorgeous makes of art as usual.


Scary Mary

I have the crafting head of a … BUTTERFLY… which flits from here to there, then spies something else which gets it totally side tracked from what it started in the first place.

At times like this I have the attention span of a … GOLDFISH!!!

I say this because I was visiting my dear friend Donna this morning from Creative Smiles and saw the beautiful card she made. That’s all it took for me to forget the urgent piece I am making.

My butterfly head spun off to find the image which I coloured whilst on my crafting hols in Wales … remember the one with the reader and the crafter!! Now you might think that I am really rude by calling them the crafter and the reader … mmm maybe we could make a film of this … but both ladies asked me not to name them in my posts.

Anyway the goldfish took over and everything else was forgotten except finding what I had done with her.

Found her in my finished box of coloured images. Nicknamed her Scary Mary on the hols. Just added her to a tag with a few embellies and job completed. Now she can go in my finished tag box … so many boxes!!!!!

Now where was I … urrr the urgent piece which should have been completed yesterday!!

Entering for Forgotten Things at Our Creative Corner


Lauren’s Forgotten Book

Started hunting for some material which I desperately needed when I came across this little book which was started over a year ago with my granddaughter Lauren. Material forgotten about at this stage.

Lauren wanted to learn how to sew and this is what she wanted to make. We both started off with some hessian cloth or burlap as it’s also known for the outside. Used a striped material for the inner and stitched to the hessian. Lauren lost interest at this stage so I put it away ready to finish later.

Nearly finished the inside I still want to put in a few pages for additional photos to be added but have to leave it again until I have finished the project which I needed the material for in the first place.

Entering the Forgotten Things challenge at Our Creative Corner


Playtime After Class

In my class yesterday I showed the girls how to alter those papers that we don’t necessarily like anymore. See here. Demonstrated with the same piece of paper but because I had already made the Christmas card I showed them how to add colour to the paste mixture and used a different stencil. Didn’t get to finish in class but told the girls I would post when finished.

Totally different from the Christmas card. Used part of the Indigo Blu stamp Dancing Children and also a couple of other stamps from my stash. Because the stamping looked so stark against the muted background I washed over with some watered down gesso. Coloured the images with DI – Faded Jeans, Crushed Olive and Worn Lipstick

What the heck thought I would show the Christmas card again.
Can you believe that both projects started with such a grotty looking piece of paper just goes to show what you can do with inks, stencils, stamps and paints.