Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Spring with BoBunny

I made this using the beautiful Faith papers from BoBunny - I started with some glitter paste, and then added some of the pentart pink paints and blended it into the pinky background.  Once that was dry I layered up some of the papers and added some little roses that I painted with pink ink and some petrol coloured pearls.  I added chipboard and some of the ephemera pack and then added my foil title with BoBunny's foils - which were really easy to use (though I still struggle to get anything straight on my page - I should really draw lines!

Here is the foiled title.

You can see the rose tipped flowers and Faith noteworthy elements.

Here is a close up of some of the painting and glitter paste.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Adventure with no patterned papers

Each month Ann sets us a challenge over in the ATDML#Create group and this month it is to use no patterned papers.  I'd seen a few pages that were more art journalling and had techniques with brayers and paints, and just decided to give it a go with my Pentart acrylics.  I started with yellow and then added in 2 different shades of green and a little gold, all on my brayer (really I should have got an even covering on my brayer, but I just went straight to the card stock!).  Once this had dry I drew around several different style circles, and then added some stamping in red and grey inks.  I also used my Tando gears stencil and aubergine and cream acrylics to add some gears.  Next I had a go at using my brayer with some distress ink, there was not smooth ombre effect for me!  Possibly the paper or my brayer, but I didn't let that stop me and used the bubble wrap stamp over the top and punched out some stars and also a circle, and then punched the inner out with a smaller circle.  I added a little bit of washi tape and some Heidi swap glittery stickers...and that is it - so mostly just paint.

If you fancy joining in the challenge or getting some more inspiration then check out our group here.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Family Time with Kaisercraft

Here is a page I made with Kaisercraft's Cherry Tree Lane and a little video I made of it too.  Lots of tearing and a bit of inky mist as well as a bit of playing with some alterations dies from sizzix too.  The papers were from my kit from A Trip Down Memory Lane - I've just got back from teaching at their retreat too, so I have loads of pages to show you.  Also this weekend is another Virtual Crop - even if you are busy with Easter fun on Saturday you will still be able to check out the classes and join in afterwards.

Here are some close ups of the details.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Forever in my Heart

I made a slightly messier page using Kaisercrafts' Cherry Tree Lane - I started with red and gold mists, which I puddled and then tilted the page forwards so I could get some drips.  Once this was dry I added some texture paste too around the area that the photo was going to go.  I layered up lots of the flowers from the Kaisercraft embellishment pack - using coma pads to add dimension. I distressed and layered my paper and used some mesh ribbon to add a little more texture too.  The butterfly and imagine stamps are from BoBunny and the hessian stamp is one of Kaisercrafts.

Here are some close ups.

I stamped the butterflies in gold ink

You can see the mesh ribbon under one of the ephemera frames that goes with these papers.

Here you can see a bit more of the texture paste and the mists which were cosmic shimmer ones.

lots of little embellishment clusters with echoes of the texture paste and mesh,

You can see the layering of flowers and birds with foam pads.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Life was meant for great adventure

Even more Kaisercraft Ubud Dreams - I love the colours in these papers and the Moroccan style patterns.  A little while back I bought a craft magazine with a hexagon die on, so I had to use it - I like having a die for hexagons as they are really hard to cut out accurately!  I began the page with the 1/3 2/3 rule for my papers, and then added some cream pentart acrylic around where my photos and hexagons were going.  I die cut lots of hexagons and randomly spaced them on my page.  I created  little cluster at the bottom and added a frame from the Kaisercraft ephemera pack that goes with these papers.  A few stickers and doilies with a little bit of brown inking.

The photos are from our holiday and just a typical rock climbing expedition.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

When You're Laughing

Some more Ubud Dreams from ATDML today, and a bit more of the Pentart acrylic paint....I love this teal green colour.  The page started with a mix of white acrylic and the teal acrylic, I also watered some of the teal down to add some flicks of paint - the pigment in the colour is so high that the colours don't loose their strength even with water.  I used lots of the Kaisercraft embellishments and layered up lots of the doilies for this page as well as the frames and the title came from the bottom of one of the papers. I added a few little embellishments that co-ordinated in the blues, wrapped some silver thread and added white sequins.

The photos are my son mucking around with a cardboard cut out that came on a birthday card - there is something about these that just makes me smile as you just look totally ridiculous!  Quite fitting for April fools day!

I'll be back with some more Kaisercraft in a couple of days.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Do More of What Makes You Happy

I got to play with 2 new Kaisercraft lines from A Trip Down Memory Lane, this one is Ubud Dreams, which is a beautiful mix of blues and woodgrains.  I started with some Pentart paints and dry brushed silver and teal acrylic - the teal went really well with the colours in these papers.  I cut out several of the tiles from the Kemala paper and then layered up some of the stickers that matched on foam pads.  I used the reverse of the Kemala paper with the rich, brown woodgrain at the top and base of my page.  I also added some of the paper embellishments and a few more stickers to document my photos.

The pictures are from our holiday last was fairly busy with lots of touring and sight-seeing, my favourite part of New York was Central Park and we stopped there on our way from the Metropolitan Museum of Art...the kids really enjoyed playing in the playgrounds and just running around the park.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Altered Art with Faith

I made these arrows, which I twisted around to be houses to go in some photo frames for my wall...however with the reflection on the glass you couldn't see the images so here they are lined up...but they will be in frames.

The chipboard base was an older Maya Road set, I covered it in gesso, and then added texture paste using the BoBunny dotty mask, I then had a play with some of the new pentart mixed media inks - which are really fun alcohol based inks.  You also get a diluter so you can create drips.  I used this for both of the blue houses.

I used some bronze metallic wax around the edges to add some sparkle.  Whilst it was dry I used the Faith light bulb stamps and cut them out.  I then wound florist wire around the houses and attached my light-bulbs to it with foam pads.  I used a mixture of paper and the noteworthy collection to add banners across, and tucked in a few sequins.

I used lots of the pentart creamy acrylics, I stamped and cut  out my "Be the Light", so I knew where to focus my paint.  I also added in some seed beads and some glitter paste, and just made the whole piece very textured.

Here is the other half of my "Be the Light" sandwich - made in the same way as the first.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Believe with BoBunny Faith

I really enjoyed making this paper with the new and beautiful Faith collection by Bobunny.  There is a whole and more detailed blog post on the BoBunny blog here is the link.  I went with a patchwork style pattern and dug out my sewing machine as well for this.  A little bit of paint and some of the gold foiled vellum in this collection, as well as the beautiful cut-a-part papers.  The colours have a warm and spring like feel to them and were perfect for my photo, and to document a few of my thoughts about my eldest.

I don't usually stitch through 2 layers of paper, but did for this project so I ended up stitching in diagonal and horizontal lines which gives a slightly different effect.

Here you can see some of that beautiful foiled vellum which is also packed with colours.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Simple Stories I am Class

Hi, here are some pages I made using the I Am collection from Simple Stories for A Trip Down Memory Lane.  You can find the instructions here if you would like to make any of the pages.  

I used a large banner for this page and used accents of the jade dot paper to make everything stand out on the pink background.  There is a beautiful paper in this line with loads of type-written words, so I cut some of the words and phrases out to embellish my layout as well as using lots of the stickers.

A page with me in - I need to add the journalling, but I started with the foiled I Am base paper and then cut out the banner from the 6 by 4" cards as well as a few of the feathers - they all have gold foiling and the photos don't do it justice.  I added some of the floral stickers on foam pads to add some dimension too.

Another page with me on - they don't happen that often, so it it good to be forced to document it with these papers.  I have an area next to the photo for journalling.  The base of the journal spot is piled with stickers and embellishments cut from the papers, another strip of the beautiful type-written paper decorated with more of the stickers.  

These are all holiday photos - I'm still making my album for our massive trip last year!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Awesome with Life in Color

Life in Color is one of the new BoBunny collections and it is beautiful - I love the colours and also that the papers work really well for the men in your life as well as girls too.  I had a play with lots of different things on this page and you can see a fuller write up on the BoBunny blog - here 

I had a bit of a play with the rust powder and regents from Pentart - they are fantastic.

I used some texture paste and the dot stencil and then ran lots of colours through it.

Here is one of the new dies - it comes with the crowns, but there are also keys and locks and they just look beautiful with the Pentart metallic waxes.

You can also find out about how I made this title using Porcelain/Glass paints.


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