Sunday, 5 November 2017

Dare to Swim

So it seems yesterday turned out to be a real Visible Image kind of day. I just can't help it- I get my box of their stamps out and can't stop playing with them! Yesterday I shared my skull card, today I am sharing a mixed media card I created using their Fibres Stencil, and stamps from the Dare to Swim set. I just love those wibbly jellyfish!

The background was created with Distress Oxides, which I then went through the stencil with distress ink on top. The images are all stamped direct to the card and heat embossed with glttery powder and painted in twinkling H2O paints. I also added nuvo drops and perfect pears for extra sparkle. 


Saturday, 4 November 2017

Skull Card

This week I have taken delivery of some awesome new stamps and stencils from Visible Image. If you're a regular reader of my blog you will know what a huge fan I am of their stamps, but now they have branched into stencils too I am really looking forward to taking my projects to another level and playing with them.
Today I have had a go with Skull Shadow, teamed with a sentiment from Tomorrow Doesn't Exist, exploring my dark side in a message from the grave type way. I really think they just work together so well!

I must confess, this project was a bit of a happy accident. I had some old distress crackle paint that I attempted painting through the stencil over a card coloured with distress oxides. It didn't crackle right as was a bit gloopy so I tried heat setting it as an experiment. It bubbled and crackled away, and then the magic happened and some amazing texture was the result. 

I reapplied the mask to protect the inked area, then used gilding polish in black and purple to add depth and emphasised the edges with a charcoal pencil to finish it off. 

It just goes to show- there are no mistakes in crafting. This could so easily have ended up in the bin but with a bit of patience and reworking it turned out better than I could have imagined!


Thanks for popping by. I'll be back with another project very soon!


Friday, 3 November 2017

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Blog November Challenge

It's the first Friday of the month which can only mean one thing- a brand new challenge over at Creative Artiste- yippee!!

This month we are kindly sponsored by Lindy's Stamp Gang.

My project to inspire is a box canvas, featuring multiple layers of paper, paint, texture paste, Lindy's embossing powder,  and, well, anything I could throw at it to be honest! I wanted to create something with a romantic shabby feel, so added hearts, die cuts and flowers to soften the grungy inky look. The stamp is a Prima Doll by Julie Nuttall. 

I hope you will join us this month and play along. 

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Have a lovely crafty weekend!


Face It - Mixed Media Journal Page

Good morning! It's Friday, and what a long week it has been here. Lots of fun too but a working week caring for four 2yr olds has well and truly kept me on my toes, and so last night I felt the urge to indulge myself for a bit and relax with my inks and stamps, and this journal page was the result. 

I had the idea of trying to combine two stamp sets from Visible Image , Face It and Capture The Moment, to create the focal point for my piece, firstly stamping the face, masking off one eye, and then stamping the camera and embossing it to give it a shiny look. Using the Face Shape and Mask stencil set, I coloured the face area with a light coating of Spun Sugar distress ink. I then inked up the background in a combination of Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac and Salty Ocean distress ink. I bleached out some stripy circles using a mask and wet wipe. 

The hair was initially stamped using Grunge Flourish, another Visible Image stamp, which I believe is now retired. Then I used a silver and black marker to create extra depth and texture, and finished her off by colouring the eyes, mouth and also the camera with Zig watercolour pens. 

The flashes were stamped using Rays of Light stamps and Wow glitter embossing powder. I think this is one of my most used stamp sets- they are perfect for backgrounds. 

The sentiment was also embossed to make it pop, and I finished off with my silver marker and a star mask from Scrapmatts

Right, now it''s time for me to go and stalk the postman. There just may be a little order of new stamps about to land on my doormat which will be perfect timing for a weekends entertainment! 

Have a good weekend!


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Crafts Galore Encore November Challenge DT Post

The weather is turning colder and as much as I adore Autumn and could live in the season forever, Winter will soon be upon us, and of course Christmas. So my DT project this month for Crafts Galore Encore's Anything Goes November challenge was made with that in mind. This month we are kindly sponsored by Lemon Shortbread  and I have chosen to work with Winter Hood. The image was coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and a background created with watercolour paints and an acrylic paint pen. I teamed her up with some vintage paper and an embossed piece of cardstock, which I highlighted with Pebeo gilding wax. I created a flower to add a splash of colour by stamping and embossing a poinsettia stamp from Visible Image and the sentiment is from Hunkydory.  

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by. Do join in the challenge if you can as we love to see your creations. 


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Glimmer of Light Tag

My entire family is out today, leaving me home alone with just my 3 dogs for company. They are fast asleep in an effort to avoid being dragged out for walkies while Storm Brian whirls around outside, so I have listened to them and decided to stay cosy inside and hit the craft table. 

My first project of the afternoon is a tag. I'm not convinced we won't be plunged into darkness later as the power is flickering in the wind, so it seems appropriate!

To create my tag I first coloured it with musterd seed and spiced marmalade distress stain. When dry I went over with some Ranger Distress Crackle Paint, also in mustard seed. It's gone a bit gloopy with age, but that actually gave it wonderful added texture. 

I wanted to create a dark and light contrast, and found an old mask in my supplies that would work. I used archival ink to black out the areas, then stamped and heat embossed the lightbulb from the Visible Image Glimmer of Light set. To give it a glass appearance I then went over in glossy accents. 

The wasp and sentiment are also from the Glimmer of Light stamp collection. I stamped the wasp onto heat resistant acetate and heat embossed then coloured the clear areas with my alcohol markers. The sentiment was stamped on another piece of coloured card, highlighted with a white pen and layered onto black card to make it pop.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Lulu Cat Girl- Julia Spiri New Release

I'm really excited to be sharing Julia Spiri's newest release image today. She's such a cutie and I love steampunk images! Her name is Lulu and you can find her here in the Etsy store. She also has a super adorable pal called Nessie, so do take a look. 

To create my card I printed Lulu on stamping card and coloured with copics and promarkers before die cutting around her. Being a steampunk image I wanted to create a shabby feel, so I embossed and distressed a mat to mount her on using Core- dinations cardstock. The papers are from a 12x12 pad called Steampunk Botanica by Recollections. I die cut some cogs and gave them a rusty look with Pebeo gilding polish. 

Do pop by the Julia Spiri blog and see what my team mates have created- their work is incredible!

You can also follow Julia on her Facebook page here.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Thanks for popping by