Saturday 30 November 2013

Challenge entry

Just a quicky card for this blog challenge 

Thanks for looking x


I loved Jo's first project of the week and was inspired to make a canvass myself. The size canvassed I used was 14x 10 which is larger than Jo's but I wanted to hang it in my dining room so needed something bigger. 

I painted the canvass with vintage lace and and squid ink ( I so love these two colours) they are fresco acrylic paints and can be found here

I then added grunge paste around the edge and stamped into it with Darcy Uk stamps I used the cogs and one of her hearts. Once it was dry I used treasure gold in royal amethyst lightly over the areas that had been stamped. The photo below does not show the detail but later you can see it more clearly.

I stamped around the edge of the canvass to add a little detail.

While this was all drying I gathered some embellishments to add to the canvas. I pinted them in vintage lace .

I used the Squid ink on one heart and vintage lace on two. I used distress ink in milled lavendar on my lace.

I used a cardboard block and painted it in squid ink. I let this dry and then added crackle glaze over the fron and once that was dry went over the top with vintage lace.

I then stamped on the dark heart with vintage lace using Darcy uk heart text stamp which fitted wonderfully over my wooden hearts. I reversed this with the heart changing the colours.

I then assembled the block using some raffia string and one of the embellishments.

Back to the canvass. I add some corrugated card which I had torn and painted to the canvass and then the block using my glue gun.

I finished assembling the canvass 

The finished canvas

And here it is hanging on my kitchen 

I'm also entering this into

Thank you for looking please leave your comments. 


Wednesday 27 November 2013

Simple birthday card

A colleague of mine has a birthday in a few days time, so I thought I'd make her a card. I know she doesn't like cards to be too fussy or pretty so thought I would keep it simple.

I started with Centura Pearl and and some dark pink card

I embossed the pearl card with a butterfly embossing folder from Sizzix.

I then used distress ink in Peacock lightly over the butterflies and used chipped sapphire around the edges. I kept it light. I also added a ribbon.

Next I added a bow and brad and assembled the card. I added another butterfly and a stamped a sentiment. Lastly I added some liquid pearls.

I'm sorry the photos aren't very good - I lost the light and so used artificial light which has dulled the colours slightly.

Thank you for looking. Please leave a comment. X


Tuesday 19 November 2013

Not just for the birthday but to keep...

I wanted to make something nice for my sister in-law. She always make us such nice cards using cross stitch pictures that she sews, and which are nice to keep as pictures. So what could I do I thought... Well this is what I cam up with. A card with an embellishment that could be taken off and hung up. 

First I collected my supplies 

And some stamps

I also decided to make a small plaque. I cut a piece of mounting card approx 3x2in. I laid some trinkets on it and some sparkle ( couldn't forget the sparkle) I then covered it with clear UTEE. Once it was dry I sand the sides and used an alcohol pen to add a distress look to the sides. I added some raffia with which to hang it and added a bow.

It looked rough but I liked that look as it suited the card I wanted to make.

I used  an A5 card and stamped some script randomly around the edge in coffee archival ink. I then stamped the designs onto white card. The bodice didn't quite take all the ink leaving it patchy! No problem I thought, so I took my true black alcohol pen and filled in the bits that were missing.

I used distress ink around the stamps and then mounted them onto some pretty paper that matched my design. Next I assembled the card adding some lace and buttons to finish it off.
 And so here is the finished card.

Thank you for looking I hope you enjoyed how this came together. I would love to hear your views, you can leave your thoughts below. TTFN Debs xx

Sunday 17 November 2013

Painted face

The afternoon marched on and just could not motivate to make more cards. I wanted to paint and after tweeting with Hazel decided that I would do just that so here is my face. I started drawing her and decided to draw an upturned face. I have never drawn the like this before so re- watched Jane davenport's  drawing emotions and in particular her upturned face. 

I sketched out my face using col-erase by prismacolour. I then added some washes using neocolour ll by carandashe. 

I built up the colour using both mediums until I got the depth I wanted. Once I had got there I played around with colours until I had finished. Never no when to stop really.

Thank you for looking. Please leave your comment especially where you think I might develop. I will not be offended I want to learn :)
Debs xxx

Paper Artsy challenge

Here is my entry into the challenge using JOFY 20

Challenge so simple but so affective for details check out Paper Artsy blog

Thanks for looking


Saturday 16 November 2013

Darcy at Art and Sole tag challenge

Another challenge set by Darcy on her blog. Tags, one stamp used  many different ways. Why not I said to myself let's have a go. I only manage 5 but was happy with the result.

I decided to use the bauble ( I cannot remeber wher from ) tags are cut from my tim holtz die measuring roughly 3x6 I do not have many as you go photos as I kept forgetting but I have added the details.

The coloured baubles robins and presents are all painted using fresco paints from Paper Artsy. Colours I used were London bus Pumpkin Soup and South Pacific. I mixed the blue and yellow to get the green for leaves and then all three colours for the robin. I used distress ink round the edges of all cards. 

1st tag I used a stencil from dylusions and used fresco paint in Vintage Lace (I adore this colour) and Lilac.

I then stamped the bauble in chipped sapphire added some sparkle and a ribbon.

2 nd card I stamped the bauble in silver all over the card then added the cut out and painted robin bauble and holly.

3rd card I stamped a snow flake all over then added the bauble and presents add some sparkle and a ribbon

The greeting is from JOFY 20

4th card I distress the card then used the bauble stamp round the edges to give it a frame. I then added a christmas tree stencil more glitter and ribbon.

And the last card again distressed the tag  added some music script and then the bauble and holly.

Another great challenge from Darcy thankYou. 


Sunday 10 November 2013

Paper Artsy Challenge by Alison Bomber

I thought it would be fun to use the inspiration from Alison Bomber' Challenge over at Paper Artsy I couldn't enter the challenge as I didn't finish in time but still thought it would be good to try. I was inspired to try out Alison's technique on two tags.  I used Fresco acrylics in Pansy, Lilac and Eggplant on a dylusions stencil let it snow on my first tag and then as Alison's suggested flipped it over onto the other tag. It was quite dry and so didn't leave a lot of paint but I was ok with that.
I used distress ink to add some more colour and make the paint pop. I then used a dylusions stamp

Quintessential Quotes snowflake randomly to add some more interest.

At this point I took a left turn I loved the colours and was pulled towards something else I'd seen by Tammy  Tutterow  which had inspired me so thought I'd combine the two.  I added some lace and ribbon to each tag.

I wanted to add a heart but did not have one the size I needed so drew one and cut two out of card. I added some script decoupage page to cover the heart and added them to the tag using double sided sticky foam. I then added some flowers and a bow topped with a safty pin.

 I added a metal flower and some words. I finished off with string and a small lilac bow to hang the tag.

Thanks for looking x


Saturday 9 November 2013

Darcy's 6 card challenge

Darcy from Art and Sole set a challenge last week, to design 6 cards using one feature stamp. I wasn't going to enter as I didn't think I could do it, but today I thought why not so here are my cards.

I decided to use the robin from JOFY 20 as the one that I use on each card.

Card 1

On this card I used the robin half off the page to creat a border. I used distress ink in tattered rose around the edge. I used promarkers to colour the wiseman and then added some glitter around the oval. I cut out a piece of acetate with snow effect and stuck on the inside, so the wiseman are getting snowed on .

Card 2

On this card I stamped a robin in each square. I stamped some foliage from FOFY M28 coloured it and stuck them on. I drew some berries to add a bit more colour. I distressed the edge of the card in old paper.

Card 3

This card was cut from a sizzix die I stamped and coloured the robins in the 4 corners. I distressed the edges in shabby shutters and added lots of glitter. The photo doesn't show it but it is very pretty round the edges.

Card 4

I used a paper that had a christmas tree on it. I thought this would be good to add some robins to. I edged the tree in black so that it stood out more and added some pink glitter and gems.

Card 5 

On this card I drew a branch to add the robins. I cut out a coloured some more foliage. I added some decoration around the card and some sparkle again very pretty but doesn't show in picture.

Card 6 

Again used the robins as a border but it in a different way this time you can see they robins and they are coloured in. I distress round the edge of the card with antique linen. I coloured the star and added sparkle.

I really enjoyed making these cards and would le to thank Darcy for the challenge.

Hope you enjoyed your visit, thank you for looking. Please leave your comments xxx