Thursday, 18 September 2014

I thought I would share a couple of my recent makes with you. The first one was actually a kit that I purchased from Jane Davies at the NEC. It was a nice and easy kit with instructions that were clear and easy to follow. I have changed it up a bit and added some of my own embellishments but I really like the style and the colours.

The second project is another piece that I made for my newly decorated bedroom.

It's a collage of stuff on a burlap canvas. I really like the open texture of burlap and with many, many layers of stencilling, painting and stamping I am finally happy with it. It was one of those projects that whatever I used, I hated!!! In the end, I painted over most of it with Stone and Antarctic Fresco paint and selected some stencils with more delicate designs as my background was in competition with those flowers.

If you look real close, you will see some of Ellen Vargo and Sara Naumann's new stamps, I'm loving these new releases, I'm pretty sure that I will be using them a lot!!

Well, that's me for today. Two blog posts in two days....woo hoo!!! Wonder how long it will be before my next post lol ??????

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A bit of a play

Today I managed to grab a couple of hours in my studio and have a bit of a play with my new set of Limited Edition Fresco paints

I love all these new colours but Hint of Mint.....what can I say......It's beautiful and I want to paint everything with it!!!!!

My project today started with a heart shaped piece of greyboard which Leandra had cut for me for a previous project, and lots of buttons. We all have a button tin don't we???? Mine seemed particularly full of pink and lemon ones which I know I will never use, so I decided this was a good way to find a home for a few of them. They are stuck down with some matt medium.

Now to get some texture. Still using my matt medium, I stuck down some crumpled tissue paper.

When it was dry, I painted everything with a Hint of Mint Fresco, using quite a stiff paintbrush so that I could make sure the paint got into all the little hidey holes. When this was dry, I sprayed a few squirts of watered down Evergreen (50/50 water and paint) in the centre of the heart followed by a light mist of plain water to help move the paint around all the texture.

I found a few embellishments that also got the Hint of Mint treatment followed by a touch of Spanish Topaz Treasure Gold

I love the effect of the darker Evergreen paint sitting in the dippy bits of the tissue paper. I will definitely use this technique again.

Don't forget, it's The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking show this weekend at Alexandra Palace. The PaperArtsy guys have a stand there which will be full of all the latest stamp releases. Leandra and Jo will be demonstrating on Saturday and I will be joining Leandra on Sunday. It's a great show, I hope you will join us for some arty fun and retail therapy.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Star Book

On Saturday, I taught a class for the lovely Ali and Iain of Ali-Crafts at their retreat in Daventry.  The project was a star book and I had twenty five fabulous people attended my class. Every single project was totally different from my sample, the colours were amazing. It was fast paced, fun, messy, hilarious and there was lots of chocolate (thank you Danielle).

We made master boards using Colorbloom sprays, my PaperArtsy stencils, lots of PaperArtsy background stamps by Ellen Vargo and Sara Naumann and of course, my all time favourite paint, Fresco Finish. These were chopped up to create the pages and covers for the books.

We used the new floral stamps by Darcy and pretty much all of  Jo Firth-Young's floral images to create some focal images for the books.

We used some of the phrases and quotes from ELB05 & ELB06 throughout the book and for the front cover.

I think you'll agree that some of the colour combinations were just beautiful.

This is the front cover of my sample book. I tried to keep to turquoise/blues and orange.

And last but not least, this is how the books looks when it's opened out into a star. It's been many years since I made one of these and I must admit, it was so nice to make another one.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

New PaperArtsy Lines

Today it is my turn on the PaperArtsy blog to reveal my new lines. This release includes a new set of Limited Edition paints which I absolutely adore and three new plates of stamps for Christmas. Click here to hop on over there for all the details, there are a few projects too which hopefully, will inspire you.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Bad blogger

I have been such a bad blogger again lately. In all honesty, I really haven't felt at all creative these past few weeks but this bank holiday weekend may just have put me back on track. A group of lovely, crafty friends gathered at my house for two days of creativity. My kitchen became an art studio and a lot of fun was had by all, including my little doggie Meg. Everyone seemed to take a shine to her and she kind of stole the show a bit. Emma and Sam took it in turns to take her out in the garden for a mad five minutes on numerous occasions and now she is seriously missing their company and attention.

I was so busy that I didn't take any photos all weekend, so I have stolen a few from Sam and Helen's blogs (I hope they don't mind!!!) where you can read the full round up of events .

So the last two days left me itching to get back into my studio and after months of renovations and decorating, I thought it might be quite nice to make a few things for my new bedroom.

I found a small display unit that has been sitting in my "waiting to be altered " stash and gave it two coats of Fresco paint. The first colour was a custom mix of Snowflake, Vanilla and Vintage Lace to create a nice neutral cream colour, then I dry brushed some Space Cadet around the edges. I found the piece of fabric in my ever growing stash that is just the right colour and used a piece in each section to make a change from using paper.

I had an idea in my head to hang things in each of the niches and to try and keep it simple for a change. After searching through my stash of found/collected/scavenged objects, I decided that I might need to alter the few pieces that I had selected. This cameo was the perfect shape and size but completely the wrong colour but that isn't a problem at all as Fresco paint seems to work on pretty much any surface, so I set about changing the colour.

Although this gold crown is not exactly the wrong colour, it was way too shiny for my shabby looking project so I decided to alter this too.

I'm really pleased with the way they look now. A touch of Brass Treasure Gold over the Space Cadet paint worked perfectly with my colour scheme.

I added a few more bits and pieces which I think are mainly from Prima and decided that the project didn't really need anything else. This only took a couple of hours which is amazing for me, normally I would have spent all day just searching for the right components!!

 Here's a little close up of one of the niches.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Class information

Thank you to all those lovely, lovely people who have been emailing me asking when details of my classes will be released. Family life has been my main focus for the last few weeks but I have been trying to figure out alternative class options, as the very lovely Steph no longer has enough space to accommodate my classes at The Bead Scene.
With that in mind, and along side all the family commitments, I have come to the conclusion that for the remainder of this year, I will only be teaching a few classes at other stores, so if you would like to join me for a class, this is where I will be.

6th September 2014 - Ali Craft retreat in Daventry.

20th September 2014 - DEMO at Alexandra Palace with PaperArtsy

4th October 2014 - Crafting Time, Shepreth

19th October 2014 - The Stamp Attic, Wantage

If you are unable to join me for one of these classes, there is one demo slotted in my schedule for Ally Pally, which is always an amazing show. I get to catch up with all those loyal followers who have supported me throughout my creative career. The show, in my opinion is the best show on the stamping/scrapbooking calender and is an opportunity for the general public to see all the latest releases alongside fabulous demonstrations from some of the UK's leading suppliers.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Weekend of crafting

On Saturday 6th September 2014, I will be teaching a class at the Ali-Craft retreat in Daventry. I taught there last year and it was a fabulous event, so I feel very honoured to have been invited back again this year. The lovely Ali tells me that she has one remaining place available, so I thought I would post a sneaky peek of my star book project to see if I could tempt one of you lovely crafty folks to join us for a weekend of paint, ink, sprays, stamps and stencils. We will be using some of the brand new (yet to be released) products from PaperArtsy as well as some Luminarte products.

If you think a whole weekend of getting messy and having a giggle with a bunch of like minded people sounds like heaven to you, click here for more details of how you could grab that last remaining place.