Monday, July 29, 2013

Fancy Flower & Mixed Media

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the summer, it's been very hot in Ontario, Canada but has recently cooled to more comfortable temps.

I have a design today using a little mixed media along with another flower from Chocolate Baroque's beautiful Fancy Flower set along with a fragment from Lace Fragments. .

I started with a sheet from Chocolate Baroque's Leafy Brocade Printable set and glued it to water colour paper with Modge Podge.   I love the printable sheets, the designs are beautiful and you don't have to store paper, just simply print when you would like one.  They are easy to order too !

Next I added a thin layer of Gesso and when dry I coloured with Neocolour II crayons (water soluble) in botches.   I spritzed water over top and let the colours run together.   I stamped the images with Teal Blue Stazon Ink (permanent water proof ink)  I coloured the flower with Tombow markers and blended with a brush & water.  I outlined with a water based Sharpie paint pen.   I added stickles to the center of the flower.    The sentiment is from Words of Gratitude

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mixed Media with Cornflowers

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

It's overcast and rainy this afternoon so I stayed inside and played with Acrylic paints, Silks Acrylic Glaze, Molding Paste & stencils.    This is a cropped version of the canvas that is a little larger, but for photograph purposes it looks better this way.  

I actually started by covering the board with some pieces of background created with the Gelli Plate.  You can't really see them, but bits & pieces show through.  

I added a little lace, drywall tape and molding paste with TCW Cornflowers & Peacock Pattern stencils.   I used heavy body acrylics and Silks acrylic glaze.  I went back over the flower using the stencil with white acrylic paints and outlined with a pigment pen after dry.   I also added a little silver pearl UTEE around the edges.  

A fun 'play' for a dreary afternoon.   I'll be back in a couple of days with another 'Fancy Flower' by Chocolate Baroque :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gelli Plate Background and Leopard Spots

Happy Mid-week everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I'm showing two pages in the journal that I created in a recent Mono Printing Gelli plate workshop.  I posted a few of the background pages in a previous post, but not these.   I stamped images by Designs by Ryn to complete the pages.

Design by Ryn stamps:  Selini (Moth), Leafy Branch and Leopard Spots.  

Miranda used the spots & a moth together in some of her designs as she could 'see' that a similiar pattern on the Leopard spots is also on the Moth.   I think they look great together.  The sentiment was a gift at the door of the Art Specially Event in Zeist, The Netherlands this year.  My sweet sister gave hers to me :)   Thanks Sis, you are the best ! 

I added Gesso in the areas to be stamped.   I used black Indian Ink to stamp the images and coloured them with Dylusions.  The leafy branch was stamped with white Pigment ink.   I coloured Selini with Dylusions inks (on my craft mat & brush) and highlighted with a white pen.

Here is the page folded out with the right side also stamped in similiar manner.  The sentiment is from 2012 Art Specially Event.

And below is the right hand side cropped

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Poppies in Pastels & Brights

Happy Weekend everyone, I hope you are enjoying the summer.  We've had a lot of rain so the gardens are constantly needing pruning but everything is so lush it's great.

I have contrasting card designs today using Chocolate Baroque's beautiful new Poppy Meadow set.    I took some of my dies & an embossing folder out for play as well.

I see that Rhedd and Rosie's current challenge is "Anything Goes" so I'm joining in with this design.

For the card above I stared by creating a little scene using Distress Inks, ripped card stock and a mask created with a circle negative.     Next I stamped one the gorgeous poppies from the Poppy Meadow set with Cocoa Memento Dye Ink and coloured them with my Prisma Pencils.

The white background was embossed with Acanthus Cuttlebug folder.   I used Crealies CL CF 20 & CL CS 23 for the flowers & leaves which I punched from a light blue sheet of Basic Grey paper which added colour by blending Distress Inks over top.   I stamped with a fragment from the Lace Fragment set on some of the flowers.   I used a little brad from my stash to hold them together.

This next card below is quite bright with Dylusions inks, maybe you'll need sunglasses for this one !

The card above started out different but that happens a lot.  When I stamped the Poppy image onto the background I realized it was lost with the busy background.   So I decided to outline it with a Spellbinder die, using a pigment pen, and bleached the area inside the outline. I painted with Pink, Blue & Green Dylusions (I just add a little ink to my craft mat with the end of the sprayer and paint with a brush & water).    I stamped the corners with Salty Ocean Distress Ink and also used TCW Harlequin stencil with Salty Ocean DI.   Love is from Artistic Expressions.    This design is different, but I thought I would show a contrast to the first design.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gelli Plate Fun

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.  It's HOT here.    

I have a quick post this evening.   I had the pleasure of taking a great Introductory class on Mono Printing using a Gelli Plate.  We worked on a large sheet of paper which was cut & folded into a small Art Journal.  I still want to do some stamping on these backgrounds, but thought I would share a few of the pages.      Keep in mind that this is my first 'play' with a Gelli Plate and will learn more as I go.  I can see that it can be addictive. 

Of course I came home with a Gelli Plate along with more stencils and can't wait to have more fun with them.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day,

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Blue Fancy Flower

Happy Weekend and Welcome to the new followers, I appreciate everyone's visits.

I have a quick post today with a design featuring a flower from Chocolate Baroque's beautiful new Fancy Flowers set.

I applied Shabby Shutters and Peel Paint Distress Inks to the background using the Acrylic Block Technique.     Next I stamped the Floral Damask Background stamp with Shabby Shutters.   When dry I stamped with a fragment from Textured Fragments and embossed with a blue glitter embossing powder.  I stamped the flower image from Fancy Flowers with black Stazon Ink and coloured with my Prisma pencils.   I used spellbinder dies for the shapes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Let it Rain

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.  

This is my second post today -  the Out of Hat Creations current challenge theme is "Let it Rain" so decided to get Design by Ryn's Raindrops out to create something to join in.   I also used solid butterflies by Impression Obsession and a sentiment by Chocolate Baroque to create this card.   We are getting more rain than normal, but our plants and trees love it  -  they prefer rain to drought. 

I started with Neocolour II crayons (water soluble) on the background.   I rubbed some colour on and then spritzed with water and let the colour run together helped along with a brush.     I coloured with the crayons directly onto the solid butterfly by IO D5009.   I spritzed with water and then stamped onto the background.    As you can see, the result is a watery effect.   When dry I outlined with a water paint Sharpie (the Gelly Roll pen won't draw on the wax very well).   Next I stencilled using TCW Mini Cell Theory and Distress Ink.

I stamped the Raindrops and also used a couple of stamps from Raindrop Set with Teal Stazon Ink.    I coloured them a little with Distress Ink & water (from my craft mat) and highlighted with a white Gellyroll pen.

The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque's Loving Sentiments set. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend

Sail Away

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well.

I have a card today using stamps by Impression Obsession.   This sailboat collage stamp has been sitting in a drawer uninked for too long.    I was hoping to enter this design in an upcoming IO challenge but one of the rules is that you must use IO Stamps and Dies.   I've used a non-IO flourish die so unfortunately it doesn't qualify but I think this would work well as a 'man card'.

However I'm joining into the Rhedd and Rosie Challenge- as the theme is "Here comes Summer".  Well summer is certainly here, it's beautiful this morning, the humidity left but I'm sure it will be back soon.   Sailing would be a wonderful activity!

Impression Obsession stamps:   Cover a Card CC014 Fluff, H13022 Sail Collage and B3552 just a note.

I stamped the 'fluff' CAC background with Black Soot Distress Ink over a piece of designer paper that has a slight pattern to it.    It looks like a 'swirl' to me and mimics water.

I stamped and embossed the main image with black twice.   I painted with Tombow markers and cut out the outer frame and decoupaged over the main image.   I embossed the nautical decoration a 3rd time and added to the side.   I added glitter to the ripples in the water.

I used Crealie Die CL CS02 for the black flourish that matches the background swirls.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great summer day!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Poppy Meadow

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. 

I have a card today using Chocolate Baroque's beautiful new Poppy Meadow stamp set.  

I applied Tattered Rose & Seedless Preserves Distress Inks to the background using the Acrylic Block technique (add ink to an Acrylic block, spritz with water and rub onto your sheet).    I stamped the Poppy Seed heads with Seedless Preserves but spritzed the stamp with water first (after inking), so it created a watery effect.  I highlighted a little with a white Prisma pencil.

The main image was stamped with Cocoa Memento Dye ink, cut with Spellbinder S4-347 and coloured with my Prisma pencils.  I realized when I took a photo that the Poppy bud should be green to be more realistic, I coloured it like a Rose bud :)   Happy Birthday is from Birthday words.

Here is a look at the new Poppy Meadow set which is on an introductory special this month along with Fancy Flowers.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day !

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Clean and Simple with Water Droplets

Happy Weekend !

I was blog hopping and noticed at Sylvia's Blog and then Florence's Blog that Addicted to CAS code word for the next two week's challenge is "Water".   I have so many beautiful Water Effects stamps by Designs by Ryn, I decided to get them out for a quick 'play'.

I enjoy the challenge of one-layer CAS cards and created this one with Water Droplets 2.      My 'regular style'  is not CAS and sometimes I spend hours to create a card so it's nice to design something that is fast.

But I was in a panic when suddenly my blog disappeared !   I wonder why that happens ?   I went through the security steps to get it back again.   Whew !

I masked off an area of a folded white card and blended Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade & Shaded Lilac Distress inks.   I left the mask in place and flicked some water over top to create water marks.   After removing the mask I stamped Design by Ryn's Waterdroplets 2 and Just Because (from a mini Basic Grey stamp set) with black Versafine ink.  I highlighted the drops with a white Gellyroll pen and I'm done !

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Seahorses & Rising Bubbles

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great week and enjoying your summer so far.  It's gorgeous weather here, not too hot and we've had enough rain to keep our gardens & lawn happy.

I have a card today for Designs by Ryn using a combination of her stamps to create an underwater scene.    I love working with these images. 

I sprayed blue, turquoise & teal Dylusions inks on 140 lb cold press watercolour paper.   I spritzed water over it, moved the page around and let the colours run together here & there.    I blotted off with a paper towel roll, then blotted up some of the ink on my craft mat.   The texture in the top LH corner is from the spray, it created some cool designs.  One of things I love about 'playing' with these spray inks is you don't know exactly how it will turn out.   I also love the vibrant colours.

I used TCW Mini Coral stencil with Shaded Lilac & Mowed lawn Distress Inks.   Next I stamped Ryn's solid Seaweed from Seaweed Set with Salty Ocean DI several times.    I also embossed using the Seaweed stamp & Wow Glamour Green embossing Glitter. 

The WOW powders are very glittery, love them.   I bought a few colours while I was in the Netherlands and now wish I had lots more. :)    However I have many glitter powders hanging out in my stash and intend to play with them more often.    I think I was saving them for Christmas designs, but have been inspired by Miranda's card designs to use them more often.

I stamped Rising Bubbles a few times with Black Stazon ink, blended the inks with water & brush and highlighted with a white pen. 

I stamped the Seahorses from Ryn's Seahorse Set on water colour paper with Black Stazon ink and painted with my Tombow markers.   I added lots of holograph glitter with a glue pen to pick up on the glitter from the embossed Seaweed.

Hello is from Impression Obsession A3579.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,