Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Vera Lane Studio

Another new love of mine is Vera Lane Studios.

I have been following the blog Betwixt this and that for a couple of years now, Nikki the blog owner makes some incredible ATC's using Vera Lane Studio downloads and I decided to give it a go and see what I could come up with.
The Facebook page of VLS has monthly swaps and the standard of the work is amazing. 
Below is my first piece, a 6" x 6" card coloured using watercolours.
The ATC below is the first swap I took part in.
As you can see, the images are a little quirky but lots of fun to use. There are a huge variety of images to choose from and I intend to make full use of as many as possible!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A Simple Tag


As I didn't want a clean crisp background I used paint applied with a brayer and paint sponged threw a stencil to give the effect below.
The stamp is by the wonderful Kate Crane.
The die cuts I added were from Sizzix and Tattered Lace, I finished it off using various fibres, ribbons and beads.

Friday, 17 November 2017

ZinskiArt

I am completely in love with ZinskiArt (Elena Guzinska), who has a wonderful range pre-coloured digi images (available from Etsy) and rubber stamps (available from Paperartsy)

The card below I made for my niece Suzi. I used Distress Oxides for the background (another new love of mine), a background stamp by Paperartsy and a digi image from ZinskiArt.
As my colouring skills leave a lot to be desired I find using these pre-coloured images brilliant for quick cards. This is a 6" x 6" card.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

A Spooky Challenge

Over at A Quiet Colouring Corner during October, there was a Spooky Challenge! 

A prompt for each day was posted and all you had to do was make a piece of artwork relating to that prompt and upload it to share.
 I opted to make ATC's as they are a brilliant size for quick projects and easily stored too, here are 3 of my cards. 
I use playing cards to make my ATC's and I used various techniques and products over the 31 days the challenge ran.
If you would like to look at all the wonderful entries just click HERE
I will post more of mine over the coming days.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Playing with Clay


I had great fun one evening playing with clay, this is the first time since leaving school (too many years ago to count!) that I had done this. 
Glazed Creations in Royston occasionally have clay evenings when you can do whatever you want with a lump of grey clay. I decided to make a wall hanging of a wonky teapot.
This is the result when fired, I absolutely love the bright colours, I added twisted wire on which to hang it with, hope you like the finished result.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Smile!

I made this photo frame using Fiber Paste by Golden.
Golden Fiber Paste is an opaque, viscous medium that dries to a surface similar to rough handmade paper. When dry, it has an off white colour and is very absorbent. You can give it a smoother finish either by skimming it with a wet palette knife before it dries or by applying it to a smooth plastic surface. Adding acrylic colours, watercolours or inks will give it a pastel tint. It has a sticky feel when wet but once dry, Golden Fiber Paste provides a good surface for pastels or pencils. It is very light weight and can be used in a die cutting machine or scissors.
I used paints by DecoArt adding a top coat of Golden Iridescent Pearl Coarse paint to give a sheen finish.
Finally I used Prima Resin Angels to complete my frame.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Perfume?

I used a circular canvas for this mixed media piece of art. I made this after watching Finnabair's lesson on Wanderlust 2016. 
I used a perfume bottle as my centre piece ( which when I used the last of the perfume I couldn't bare to throw it away even though I had no idea what I was going to do with it), lace and lots of metal embellishments. It is now sitting proudly in my craft room.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Blast from the past scrap

While going through photos with my mum recently we came across this one from the 1970's. Its a pic of my mum and dad at a wedding reception.
The layout is on a piece of 12 x 12 smooth white card which made it easier to doodle on. I used paint through the 6 x 6 stencil to add colour and finished with a bit of journaling on a tag.


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Meow

I thought I would share a couple of cards and a journal page I made using the Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamps, I love these quirky stamps, such fun images.
I used a mask and a brick design Washi tape for the above card.
I decided to use colourful watercolour paint colours rather than realistic so staying with the quirky feel of the stamps.
I made the background for the journal page using gesso to give texture, Gelatos and string.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

You can be Heros just for one day...

Below are three art journal pages of inspiring people.

Anyone who knows me will tell you David Bowie was and still is a huge inspiration to me. His death in 2016 was a shock and left me feeling numb, sadly we lost many great people last year. 
 David Bowie
 Bob Marley
Audrey Hepburn


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Exploding Box



Simple things please simple minds so they say and I'm never tired of an exploding box! 
I used stamps from Tracy Scott at PaperArtsy to create this latest colourful version. There are fabulous instructions to make your own exploding box from Sazzle Craft Here.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Colour by Numbers?

Below are a couple of pieces of my colouring, I do this for relaxation only. I'm really pleased with the results. These are from a colouring book by Johanna Bashford called Magical Jungle.





Saturday, 20 May 2017

Christmas is coming........

Only Joking!
I thought I would share a few Christmas cards I made with my lovely friend Ann.
 A little bit of stamping and glitter 😝
A little of PaperArtsy always a good sign.
Peel off glittery lines, perfect!
These are such easy designs to follow but very effective. Sadly I did have to use glitter!