Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Winter Project

Over the winter months, I like to have a larger project to work on. Something that I can pick up during an evening to add stitch and embellishment to. I am very  lucky to have a fabulous studio in my garden, complete with good heating but during the dark winter evenings, I actually prefer to park myself on the sofa and do a spot of sewing. With this in mind, around October time, I started to prepare some fabric pages for what I thought would be a new fabric book. I gathered bits of lace, ribbon and buttons along with fabrics that I had stencilled designs on, along with a pile of rusty fabric. Apart from the rusting of fabric, many of the other techniques are techniques taught to me by some very talented artists....Hilary Beattie, Lynda Monk and Beryl Taylor so out of respect for those very lovely ladies, I'm not going to share how I made each page, I'd simply like to share the photos with you.

This next page could be my favourite page.

As I mentioned earlier, I started this project with the intention of making it into a book but Mark planted the seed of another idea in my brain by saying "if it's a book, not many people will see it!" Now I'm trying to decide whether to:
a. stitch them all together to make an art quilt.
b. Stitch them on to a larger piece of calico, leaving a border between each piece.
c. Frame them all individually and hang them as a series of nine small artworks.

What do you guys think???
L x

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

I'm a Tad Excited!!!

I'm more than a tad excited to be able to tell you that there is a sneaky peek of my new PaperArtsy products over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening. Please pop over there and take a look......I can't wait for you guys to see everything in all it's glory in a couple of weeks!!!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Stencil Girl/PaperArtsy Blog Hop

I was absolutely tickled pink to be invited to take part in the PaperArtsy/Stencil girl blog hop. What a fabulous opportunity for me to combine my own stamps with some of my favourite Stencil Girl stencils. In addition to that, there is a fabulous giveaway!!!!! I hope you will join us and visit the blogs of all the very talented artists to be in with a chance of winning an awesome prize for yourself.

One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

Are you sitting comfortably? Here's my blog hop project.

I chose to use the following products on my  8" x 8"canvas board

Step 1. Using a flat, wide paint brush, I blended together Mermaid and Granny Smith Fresco Finish Paint.

Step 2. Snowflake Fresco through the "Brickwork Factory" stencil created the perfect first layer on my coloured background.

Step 3. Once the Snowflake paint was dry, I used a baby wipe to apply a layer of Hey Pesto Fresco over the green areas of the canvas. This is a translucent colour and also my all time favourite Fresco!!!

Step 4. I repeated this technique with Beach Hut over the blue areas.

Step 5. More Snowflake, this time through the Rembrandt's Words stencil. My intention was to fill a few of the gaps. I also tinted this with Hey Pesto and Beach Hut.

Step 6. Next up....Orange Blossom Archival ink to stamp the circle of dots from ELB29.

Step 7. You can never use too much Snowflake in my opinion when creating layers. This time, I used the biggest stencil, Verdant Moon. I turned it on it's side so that it looked like a sunrise or sunset peeking over the top of a brick wall.

Step 8. Using a small paint brush and South Pacific Fresco, I created a shadow around the edge of the moon to soften the huge, stark expanse of white.

Step 9. I replaced the stencil to apply a layer of Gold Fresco on the brickwork. I like to apply the Gold over the Snowflake, it gives it a bit of extra pop. If I had applied the Gold over the blue and green background, several layers would be needed to achieve the same effect.

Step 10. With some scrap paper in place to protect my Gold brickwork, I applied Caribbean Sea Fresco to my grasses stamp with a small piece of Cut'N'Dry foam and blended a small amount of South Pacific around the edges of the stamp before printing on the canvas.

 At this point, I wasn't sure if the piece looked finished. I was pleased with how it was looking but felt that it needed some kind of embellishment.

Step 11. A strip of narrow Washi Tape and some painted trinkets added the finishing touches.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Long overdue blog post

I guess I'm just like the rest of you guys, feeling that 2016 has zapped by at the speed of light. I've actually had a couple of emails from loyal followers asking me if I'm OK as it's been so long since I posted anything on my blog. I was so touched to think that you were worried about about me and I can assure you that I am fine, but thank you so much for caring.

I have two main reasons for my absence, one of which is that it's that time of year again when I am working on secret squirrel stuff, so there's a lot going on behind the scenes which I am sworn to secrecy about. The second reason was that Mark and I took a fabulous holiday on the beautiful island of Mauritius. We were both very ready for a break and longed for some sunshine to recharged our batteries and Mauritius certainly ticked all our boxes.

The sunsets were spectacular!!!

We took a trip on a mini submarine which seated about 10 people plus the captain. All I can say is Wow! If you ever get the opportunity to do this, you should, it's one of the best things we have ever done.

Not the best photograph in the world, but it really felt like this fish was laughing at us.

I do love waterfalls and this was one of many that we saw.

 Our trip to the botanical gardens was also pretty amazing.

I loved how fabulous our hotel looked at night.

Dinner on the beach at our hotel.

It was such a brilliant holiday and I'm really missing that sunshine right now! 

I have spent a little bit of time over the last few weeks be creative. I signed up for the best on line class I have ever taken, with the super talented Laly Mille. I have admired her work for quite some time and when she announced she was going to be offering an on line class, I was first in the queue to sign up. Laly is one of the best teachers I know and am thoroughly enjoyed her style and laid back approach. I know that the class is sold out, but I can highly recommend a visit to her website and sign up for any newsletters so that you get to hear about any future class plans she might have up her sleeve.

I'm not going to share the details of how these canvases were made, that wouldn't be fair to Laly or the other students who paid for the class, but I wanted to share them with you as they were created using photos from our trip to Mauritius.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Journal Pages

Today I thought I would share a few recent journal pages with you using my latest stamp releases from PaperArtsy.

The background is a collage of papers, blended into the background with some thick gesso. I added some Infusions and blended in some Distress Crayons too.

This ready made ATC size card was the perfect fit for the leaf from ELB30.

I used some washi tape to create a hinge.

Another pre-printed tag from my stash, this time for the leaf from ELB29

I actually created a background on the page behind this double page spread so that I could create a pocket to store little tags and envelopes.

The next pages uses similar techniques but I restricted the colours to white, teal/turquoise and sepia. As well as my own new stamps, I used some of the fabulous new stamps by Seth Apter. I just love how his stamps works so beautifully with mine.

My third and final page is one that I created quite a while ago but I realised that I hadn't shared it here on my blog. I had found an image in a magazine that I really liked and combined it with one of my all time favourite Hot Picks (HP1507).

I hope you have managed to find a little time this weekend to get creative. 
Lin x