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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Paper Artsy Inspiration from Helen Lindfield

Here is Helen's journal cove
Purely by chance, this month I have started following the Paper Artsy blog. Talk about a feast of creativity! There is a new project posted every night around 7.00 pm and a monthly challenge. Early on I saw a great journal cover made by fellow WOYWWER Helen Lindfield,  who I know just loves all things Paper Artsy. The bright fresh look of it appealed to me and as the challenge is to make something inspired by one of the designer’s I thought I’d have a go.

here is Helen’s journal cover
I thought I’d try a couple of tags because I have some peeps to send things to and thought they would make nice gifts. So I chose my paints from my meagre collection of PA FF paints - Ice Blue, Honey Dew, Lilac and Spanish Mulberry. Then I painted the tag blue, and stencilled some flowers through a PA stencil with the honeydew. Ok, it’s pretty, but why isn’t it ‘fresh?’
Oops, lack of concentration - meant to do that the other way round!! Oh well that’s my creative process I guess, because I have the attention span of a hamster.
Sighing, I went on a search for a flower stamp that would work with the stencils - I wanted something a little more detailed but still ‘stylized’ - and found a very, very old set of acrylic stamps (possibly early Dawn Bibby?) that I thought would do. Wondering why Helen had opted to stamp her contrast image on tissue paper, I stamped the flower and the sentiment and then coloured in. Finished with a ribbon and  voila.
For the second tag thought I would try and stick to my original intention (darker stencilling on white) but after I had painted the tag white it seemed too stark – I don't have the PA chalk white - so I changed that for Nougat.IMG_1523[1]
Using the same stencil with Zesty Zing I stencilled my background flowers and then stamped the other flower onto tissue – well I might as well see why Helen thought it made a difference. As I was cutting them out, of course a light bulb went on – Helen had been decorating a journal cover and  the stamping onto tissue was to ensure a good image – doh.
Still I’d already done them so I stuck them on. I wondered if the black overstamping on the stencilled flowers Helen had done made a difference – I didn’t have a similar stamp so just used a black pen to add a few lines – it worked on this tag but I felt would overwhelm the sentiment on the blue one.
Helen had used some fabric flowers as embellishment – I tried die cutting from hessian which worked, but probably won’t stand up to much handling due to the loose weave. Made them into flowers with bits from my stash and added buttons.
And there you have it. Inspired by, but nothing like really!!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #281

Wasn't going to link as have been out and about. But hey, I may be a bit late getting round but its good to say 'hi'. Here's the desk:

Went to visit our new TK Max this morning - needed a birthday present for a friend. Nope, no luck, but got myself a paper pad and a ball of twine. No hope is there? Bug is out because I had a die cutting sess with a friend yesterday - great fun!! You might be able to see my current project - there is a chipboard bauble and stocking that I am decorating. Over the back you may be able to see some painted reindeer  - they need glittering up. And I have a new set of speakers as my little 'hi fi' (LOL) stopped playing CDs on Sunday - been driving me mad as I went to see Caro Emerald at the O2 last Friday and have been dying to play her CDs ever since - of course she is playing now!! Had no idea what I was buying but did have the sense to choose one that had a bluetooth link and DS has shown me how to link to the music on my music player - simples!! Who knew it was that easy? (I know, not news to anyone else!).

Oh, why am I telling you this? go here to find out. Must crack on now -  Happy Hump Day!!  

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tim’s Tags of 2014 - October

Sometimes I really don’t like October. It is just one Halloween project after another and I struggle to find appropriate stuff to use. But given that Halloween isn’t a big thing here in the UK it really doesn’t seem worth investing in stuff to use once a year. So although Tim’s tag is a Halloween one, I decided to take an easy route and make mine autumnal.

Techniques for this tag are: Stamping, embossing, masking, stencilling with texture paste, watercolour distress background, embellishments, generally grunging up. Piece of cake (!?).
I made a paper mask for my embossed stamping – in my eagerness to get ahead I forgot to put it on before adding the texture paste, resulting in much fine work with a q tip and my pokey tool. The second time I did remember and it came out much crisper as you can see – one on the left if not obvious. Neat technique.

No Distress Stains so I went old school, using my colorwash sprays. Really like the way the texture paste picked it up – could have tried to distress it more but liked how it was so added a bit of mica spray to add some sparkle, letting it pool in the dips. Nice.

Stamped, coloured and glossy accented my leaves. Found the berries from stash and a bit of hessian string to go behind.
Don’t have the monocles so thought I would try and recycle some ‘medals’ I have. Added some rub-ons (is that an owl or a bug? I am not quite sure) and more glossy accents over the top. Finished with a bit of lovely orange blingy fibres and the word ‘FALL’ (Autumn would have been a bit big LOL).


All done!! Think this may be my new fave for the year.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Time to hang up the brayer?

I had to make a sympathy card today and thought I would make one of those wistful brayered scenes as somehow too much fancy stuff seems a little inappropriate to me. However, since my last brush with the brayer I haven’t got any better at it. It looks simple enough when I watch a demo but I seem to get sludge and ink everywhere. Sigh. Oh well, I suppose you can’t be good at everything (GRIN).

Still I hate waste and managed to get one card and two notelets out of the least disastrous attempts. I know they are a bit samey but that birdy silhouette stamp works really well I think (and hides a multitude of sins).


Hope you are having a good Saturday, bit blah here weatherwise and teen tantrums his morning have got me in a bit of a blah mood myself. Going to try out my stamping gear next, that might cheer me up (or demonstrate even more technical inability – well we’ll soon find out!!)

Have a good day!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #280

Morning deskers!!

Here’s how to find out about WOYWW and here’s how my desk looked last night when I got in from work:


I’d had a crafty sess with my mum and sis the night before and, for no good reason at all, we had all had a go at making a 3d teacup from a dreamees template. My sis had a bit of bother and decided hers looked like ‘Chip’ from Beauty and the Beast. You can see him sitting on top of my DI pile. Didn’t take a photo of mum’s but it was coming along nicely (although there WAS a lot of arguing that there was a better way to do it until I finished one). That’s mine you can see, showing off its untidy bottom!! I wanted to put lots of flowers in it, and decided to follow the technique shown by Lise Cooke (Lise makes stunning pop up boxes … well everything she does is pretty cool - and I have seen one IRL and it was AWESOME). IMG_1516[1]

Here’s my finished project, a little wobbly but not too bad for a first attempt, I think I could work the wrinkles out with another go, but that’s a project for a commission or a special birthday methinks. 

Enjoyed finishing that off last night – really needed to wind down yesterday after doing a course – I am (I hope!) now an official Arts Award Advisor for Bronze and Silver level. Well, I think I understand the admin……not too sure about the delivery…….

And I showed you all that because the actual desk this morning is pretty boring. But I do have some new goodies to play with……



Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Try It On Tuesday – something spooky! 14/10

tiot1 copyI took a little break from  the DT at Try It On Tuesday over the summer as I’ve had a lot on but its good to be back!

The current challenge is ‘Something Spooky’ – I love other people’s halloween makes (Laura Carson’s blog is one of my fave places for eye candy) but it’s not something I’ve ever really got into. So I don’t have a lot of Halloween stuff and every year I struggle to find things to use that fit the theme.

IMG_1507[1] So I’m afraid my ‘Spooky’ project is more cute than newt – and because I seem to be obsessed lately with putting things on cotton spools I decided to make a little 3D art doll sitting on same. The main stamp is of course by Gorjuss and the rest is just scraps and assemblage. I think I made her skirt a little too big but she is still rather neat and I’ve found her a nice spot on a shelf.

So, now it’s your turn. Pop on over to TIOT to check out the other DT makes and to link with your entry. Happy Spooking!!


Monday, 13 October 2014

21st birthday pop -up

Thought I would share my latest commission card with you as it should have been received by now. The brief was to do something with playing cards as the young lad in question does card tricks. Although I confidently said ‘OK’ I was in a bit of a panic when I couldn't find anything in my digi collection that I could use. Then I remembered a small pack of cards that I had in my stash and after a bit of a rummage to locate them (it turned out they were the perfect size!) it was plain sailing.


I did do a tiny bit of stamping – see the black spade and club but basically it was just assemblage. Still quite pleased with the way it turned out though!

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