Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Art Journal London

I live in Australia, my children & Grandchildren are Aussies, and I am Natralised one.. I was born in the UK and still feel pangs of longing to see London and places in England like Cornwall, the Moors and the old castles and buildings etc my first page in my journal was influenced by these feelings. 

The background used an old calendar picture of London Bridge and the plane was also from a calendar. I used Newsprint deli paper, various distress inks, Tim Holtz Townscapes on the edge die, various stamps and stencils and texture paste under the whole thing that was scraped with the Ranger texture tool. 

The calendar paper went cloudy when I used multi matt medium on it, so I went with it and made it look like a foggy day. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit

Simon Says June Card Kit

Favourite Flowers Stamp Set

Love this Tim Holtz Texture Fade, Notebook from the Collage & Notebook Set I lightly swiped over it with Tea Dye distress ink. I used the Freckled Fawn Washi Tape, the Butterfly, various stamps, the spotted Vellum, some striped paper and cut some hearts from another sheet of paper, all from the give a bit of oomph, I used some Wink of Stella on the hearts, then put glossy accents over the top,

Another of Tims Texture Fades the Frame from the Distressed Frame & Postale Set I stamped the smallest flower bases in various Hero Arts inks, Soft Vanilla, Butter Bar & Fresh Peach then used White embossing powder for the outlines. I drew the stems with a black Sharpie, Cut a bow from vellum with the Tim Holtz Bow Tied Decorative Strip Die the greeting was with the Kelly Purkey letter Stickers and the gems also came with the kit.

The last card used the same technique as above using Fresh Peach, Bubblgum & Pale Tomato Hero Arts Inks. the leaves were with Mint Julep.

Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit

Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit

All Boy Stamp Set

Love the leathery look of the "Hey Dude" Die Cut, I also went around the edge of it with my Tim Holtz craft pick to make it look a bit more authentic. I joined the two patterned papers with a strip of blue card stock, then hand sewed a zig zag pattern, (It wasn't supposed to look really neat) I cut out the Monster from the patterned paper in the Kit.

I really like this for an older boy. I coloured my Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink then used the Stencil that comes in the kit. Love the runners (shoes) and the game controller too

Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

April 2014 Card Kit

Watts Up Stamp set.

Using the globe and various Papers from the Kit and lots of Wink of Stella. this picture doesn't show it, but I also sewed around the two herringbone papers with white thread, and left the ends dangling.

I really like this one, I love the frame and the tattered edge paper. I also threaded the banner through the heart.
I love how this looks against the black cardstock. Just adore Wendy Vecchi Archival inks and Dandelion has to be my favourite....... I think???

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - I ought to use this more often

My craft room is full of wonderful things I am yet to use.. Time is my enemy here, but this Challenge by Simon Says Stamp gave me the perfect opportunity. I tend to use dark colours, but for this card I used lots of pink, red, orange & yellow. I also used my Tim Holtz tissue paper. that is always thought of but not used nearly often enough. I also coloured my Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste with Fired Brick Distress Ink and used the Zenspirations Mini Live Love Laugh Stencil by Crafters Workshop,
Firstly I ran my white cardstock & a sizzix embossing folder through my Big Shot Machine, then painted it with Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade & fired Brick Distress Paints,  I then adhered the tissue paper with Claudine Hellmuths Studio multi medium - Matte  in patches around the card base. I used the Numbered Stencil by Tim Holtz with White Gesso then partially coloured it with various Gelatos which I outlined with a Derwent Charcoal pencil. I used Black acrylic paint to stencil the flower, then used my embossing paste/distress ink mix for the words and the butterfly.
I stamped the flower heads using the My Favorite Things - Pretty Poppies Stamp set painted with Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Distress Paints. and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the same stamp set. I randomly stamped the honeycomb image from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media stamp set.
I rolled the top corner and tore down one edge of the cardstock I inked around the card stock with Fired Brick & Black Soot Distress Inks. I then used another sadly neglected item, my Paper Stash.
I tore a strip of paper from  Kaisercraft's Lulu & Roy 6X6 pad, then mounted it onto a craft card.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Take on the World

Back to what I love doing. No structure no theme, just playing. Eventually something just appears then you just keep adding.
I started using  a technique fro CC1Compendium of Curiosity Vol 1 Scribble Stain Distress, page 34, which didn't turn out exactly as I wanted. but good enough to use as a background for my tag I stamped various Tim Holtz stamps using Wendy Vecchi Archival inks , Versafine Sepia ink & Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink pads I stamped various images from Different Tim Holtz stamps.
Because it started to take on a Journey theme, I went with it. I layered the tag onto Ranger/Tim Holtz Ideaology Kraft resist cardstock which I coloured using Distress Stain.
I finished off with Word Vellum quotes, Brads, Fragments and Word Charms. I ended up with a card that could be used for someone travelling, or someone who is starting a new phase of their life, or even a Birthday card for someone who is celebrating a milestone Birthday.

hope you like it? please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Online Watercolor Class for Cardmakers Day 5

Love Love Love these techniques. the first by Jen Rzasa Using Inktense pencils. I adore my Inktense Pencils and just love colouring in. so this card was really fun to do. I was quite proud of my building shadows too!!

This next technique using water colour paints, by the incredibly talented Swarup Murthy, is absolutely amazing and although my first attempt wasn't too bad, you must take a look at her work.

And last but never least is the wonderful Shari Carroll. This simple card used Distress Inks. They are so good to work with.