Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn's Vibrant Colours

Hello blogging friends, I hope you had a great weekend.   We enjoyed 'summer like' temperatures and lots of sunshine.   The leaves are showing gorgeous vibrant oranges early this fall.    It must have something to do with our cool wet summer and recent cold nights.

I used a couple of Design by Ryn's fabulous stencils and a Fairy stamp to create this Autumn design.   

The background was created with Distress Inks using the Acrylic Block technique.  I blended Distress Inks over the Flowing Branches stencil and  bronze Viva 3D Decor Modelling Creme over the Maiden Hair Fern stencil.  I stamped Dragon Fly Faerie with coffee Archival Ink, coloured with Prisma Pencils, cut her out and attached over the background.  I also added holograph glitter to her wings. Autumn is from Chocolate Baroque's November Fairy set. 

Thanks for your visit and have a great week,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Green & Blue Christmas Magic

Hello dear blog friends I hope you are doing well.  I managed to get back into the craft room, life is getting back to normal, it's wonderful :)

I'm on the same colour theme, but this time for Christmas using a beautiful new stamp set that was released this month by Chocolate Baroque and I couldn't resist ordering.   I love the 'negative' style snowflakes.  I'm looking forward to be back 'working' with the Design Team soon.

Chocolate Baroque stamp sets used for above card:  A Child is Born and Christmas Magic.  The pretty die cut snowflakes are by Joy.

The background for this card was created again with Dylusions inks and gold Glimmermist spray.  I added some 'blobs' of Gesso as well.   I stamped over the background using a couple of the snowflakes from the set.  I coloured the angel with Inktense pencils and added lots of stickles.

Here is a look at the complete stamp set, it's gorgeous:

Well that's all for this morning, thanks for your visit and have a great day,
Shirley x     

Monday, September 22, 2014

Working with new Stencils in a pink room!

Hello blogging friends, I hope you are all doing well.     We are finally settled into our new home, happy to have most of the big projects done, it was a busy summer and suddenly Fall has arrived.   We are still working on our new gardens but I finally found time for crafting, which sure feels good :)

I was frustrated one day while still waiting for my 'craft studio' to be painted and decided it could stay pink for a while.  I'm not a 'pink girl' and it's the only room in the house that needs re-painting.    My husband has been working hard and ran out of time so I unpacked all my boxes, put away the drawers, a new desk was assembled and I'm able to 'play' again!

Ryn from Design by Ryn sent me her fabulous new stencils prior to our move, two were still waiting for me to 'work' with them.    What I came up with seems very familiar, either I've created similar designs or I've been influenced by my talented DT teammates.   I did have fun and as you can see I've used my 'go to' or 'fav' colour combos !

I used Dylusions inks, gold Glimmermist and Gesso on both Designs.

Design by Ryn stamps above:  Sea Bubbles Set and Candra (the Moth)
Design by Ryn stencils above:  Flowing Branches (faint) and Maidenhair Fern (with Gesso)

Design by Ryn stamps above:  Striped Reed Set.  The words are from a freebie from the Craftstamper magazine.
Design by Ryn stencils above:  Flowing Branches (with Gesso), Floral Spirals, Maidenhair Fern

It was great to have a creative 'interlude' but I'm back working on gardens and getting ready for a family visit from overseas, so my blogging time is still limited for a while.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week,

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Chocolate Baroque Colour Challenge 2

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great week.   This is a scheduled post while I'm in the process of moving.   The move went smoothly but it's a lot of work as anyone who has moved knows.  It doesn't get easier as we get older.

We are very pleased with the fantastic response to Chocolate Baroque's new Colour Challenge.  I created this tag for Chocolate Baroque's Colour Challenge No 2 using the inspiration design colours (shown at the bottom of this post).    

I embossed the cogs from Steampunk Christmas with white.  I blended the following Distress Inks over the embossing to create the background:  Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.  I stamped two flowers from Punky Flowers with Dried Marigold and Rusty Hinge at random.   I blended Dried Marigold and Chipped Sapphire on the butterfly from Steampunk Butterfly that was stamped with Cobalt Archival Ink, decoupaged and popped up over the background.  I also stamped the butterfly on the background so that the antennae didn't need to be cut out.  Art is from Artistic Expressions.  I used a white Gellyroll pen for highlighting and added Glossy Accents to the body which is hard to see in the photo).

Below is the gorgeous Colour Inspiration created by DT member Doreen:

If you have time we would love if you could join in the fun and for a chance to win £15 gift voucher at Chocolate Baroque.

All the details for the Challenge Blog can be found here.

I will continue to be on a blog break until the Fall while we get settled into our new home and create new gardens.   My craft room is still sitting full of boxes and needs work.  Thanks for your visit and have a great day.