Thursday, 19 October 2017

Autumnal Fern



At the beginning of the month I chose to create my CVC post based upon die cutting. Well, I enjoyed it so much that I have once again turned to this beautiful die set.
This time I have cut the basic frame from textured brown cardstock and used a variety of autumnal colours to die cut the leaves and flowers.
The die cut frame displays the real, dried fern leaf beautifully, and to finish off, I have used Perfect Pearls for flower centres , metallic sticker for the words and a Finnabair paper for the background.

There is still plenty of time to join in with our topic this month. Don't forget to pop over to the CVC blog for lots of inspiration.

Products Used:- Foliage Memories die; Tim Holtz Metallic stickers.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Beautiful memories, special people.



Having just returned from a fantastic 3 day retreat in Coventry run by Art Workshops I was keen to play with some ideas inspired by the amazing Nathalie Kalbach and Birgit Koopsen.

I worked in my large journal beginning with brayering colours, then Nathalies' foamies stamps, gradually building up a background.

The image is a photo of my dear uncles Len and Edgar. Edgar, on the right, is a happy and independent 92 year old and Len left us a couple of years ago.

I wanted to paint them in a happy place with happy colours and it just evolved naturally and I love it.

The paints are PaperArtsy frescos and the stamps at the top are Birgit's from Carabelle.

I am entering this into the Mixed Media Monthly challenge as the colour inspiration is bright.

Thanks for looking.




Sunday, 1 October 2017

Today is all about you.



What a great topic on the Country View Crafts blog this month. Mixed Media with Autumnal Hues. 
So many possibilities here and something a little different for me.
Die cutting has never been my "Go To' style of crafting, but, I see many beautiful examples everywhere and feel urged to introduce it into my work.
I began by choosing a Die Set from Sara Davies' Signature collection, Autumn Morning, Foliage memories. It gives you a framework and also many flowers and leaves to add to it.
I also chose to use one of Tim Holtz papers as my background. It is from Wallflower paper stash.
I began by cutting out my framework from Black card and then used lots of autumnal colours and bookpaper to cut out some leaves and flowers.


I like the contrast between the image and the black frame.
I added my flowers and leaves around the image, also some little white mimosa type flowers to give a 3D effect and centred some of the flowers with a few assorted jewels.
I finished off with a few words from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk.

So, I can enjoy die cutting, and with these dies, it was a pleasure.


Thanks for looking and please pop over to the CVC blog for more Autumnal Inspiration.




Monday, 25 September 2017

Exhibit A.



Here is my second piece for the Country View Crafts Challenge on the topic of Metal.
I was sorting out my craft room yesterday and sitting on the highest shelf were a collection of bottles.
So, ping!...lightbulb moment. CVC challenge, heat embossing onto a bottle.


Here is my starting point, I decided to use Gold Embossing Enamels, Stampendous Aged Gold around the neck, using a leaf stamp........this went a bit out of control but I like the effect...


.....and Ranger Embossing Powder Gold around the bottom which is more controlled.


I glued on a few embellishments...some from a broken Christmas bauble and others from collections of metal charms and then wound some twine around the stem.
The twine was grey and so I added some Treasure Gold Brass using a paint brush.

Next, out came the Ranger Liquid Pearls and I enjoyed creating patterns at the base of the neck and at the bottom, around the leaves. 
I went a bit jewel mad and stuck on some self adhesive crystals. Very blingy!

I selected a word band to hang around the neck of the bottle and added some Treasure gold Onyxite to age it. Because I needed a chain to thread through, I stumbled upon this old necklace which wasn't part of the plan....there never is a plan really! Anyway, the necklace was added and so was the word band.

Also on my top shelf were some drawer knobs which I had had for ages. I changed it from Silver to Gold with good old Treasure Gold and glued it in place.

Here is a side view.



I am pretty pleased with my blingy bottle and will add it to my decor at Christmas! 

Thanks for looking and don't forget that our challenge at Country View Crafts is still open.


Friday, 1 September 2017

Adventure Awaits.



Here is my 1st of September creation for the Country View Crafts Challenge. My dear friend Miriam chose the topic of Metal and I immediately thought of Tim Holtz and cogs.

To begin with I chose some silver metallic card with a dull finish and I embossed the cogs using TH embossing folder.
To this, I rubbed in a selection of Treasure Gold colours to enhance the relief. 


Then I started to have fun with PaperArtsy Infusions. Spraying the surface with a fine mist of water and sprinkling Golden Sands, Rusty Car and Black Knight, letting them run and controlling with a few dabs of kitchen roll.



I was going to add some die cut cogs that I had aged and rusted, but on reflection, discovered that plain shiny black die cuts worked best as a contrast. 
So, I arranged my TH diecuts and glued into place.
I spent a while mounting the card onto card and onto card and finished off with a phrase from TH metallic stickers....Adventure Awaits.
So, my card was complete and a little Black Soot around the edges finished it off for me. 

I hope that you will be inspired to join in with us at Country View Crafts and be in with a chance to win the voucher for £20.
Thanks for looking.








Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Vintage Town



In May, this year we spent a wonderful, if rather damp week in the town of Honfleur. In the Normandy region of France, a town filled with character that has inspired many famous artists.
I have recently been inspired to start a watercolour journal of my travels and this waterfront scene was an obvious addition to my growing collection.
I sketched quickly the collection of buildings using an ink pen and then added watercolours which soon brought the scene to life.
I am happy to enter this into the watercolour challenge in "A Vintage Journey".

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Be Bold, Be Brave.



For my second piece this month on Country View Crafts, my "Blue and Green" ensemble is based around an" Everything Art "set of stamps, more paint card samples and lots of ribbon.

I began in my recycled Girls Annual by gessoing the page and stamping some of the Everything Art stamps from PaperArtsy EEA02. I used a selection of green and blue archival inks.


I used the paint cards and stamped onto parts of them also, so as to continue the background stamps.
I arranged some ribbon and lace and added some swirls of cotton for added texture.
My focal point is a lady from one of the Tim Holtz collections.
I splattered some inks from Posca pens and created a subtle frame with a wash of Distress ink.
The butterfly, buttons and words complete my piece. 
I do hope that you find time to check out the beautiful work on our CVC blog and hope that you will be inspired to enter our challenge!