Sunday, 6 May 2018

Trying New Techniques - Finnabair Style

I treated myself for Easter to Finnabair's  Art Transformations Imagine Course - which I thoroughly recommend. 
I decided to decorate a 14cm MDF Circle .
 Crafters Companion embossing folder was my starting point.Various Dies were used by TimHoltz and Sheena Douglas. plus ply numbers, and various embellishments including found items from my stash.

I stamped several images of Sheena Douglas' Steampunk Woman and used one as a guide to check position and size. I then coloured one of my other images with Copics and sealed.  
 I had a blast layering and colouring this project and for a first attempt am happy with the finished project. It would be unfair to add any more details as a courtesy to  Finnabair.

Thank you for dropping by - have a lovely Bank Holiday if you are in UK or Europe xx

I would like to enter the following challenges 
Fussy and Fancy                                             Beautiful In Blues
The Artistic Stamper                                               Backgrounds
Altered Eclectics                                                   Anything Goes
Colour Crazy (wk 18)                                                  Anything Goes
Creative Artiste                                        Anything Mixed Media Goes
Creative Inspirations                               CAS or Fussy and Fancy (mine is
                                                         Fussy and Fancy)
Love 2 Create                                                      Anything Mixed Media 
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                                       Anything Mixed Media
TIMI (Craft Stamper)                                                           Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday                                    Stencils /Die cuts or Both ( I have
                                                                   used lots of die cuts)
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk                                           Anything Goes Steampunk/ Industrial

Monday, 9 April 2018


I had a blast adding multiple layers of pastes, crackle, paints, MDF and metallic cogs to create Sid


A layer of black paint then a layer of crackle paint (both Deco Art).
Before Die cutting I used the dies to see which/ where I wanted to position them. (Tim Holtz and Sheena Douglas dies).
 I then used Andy Skinner and my own added concoction of paints to add rust onto the pre cut cogs. Adding texture paste here and there for dimension, and many layers of paint.
I treated the added to cogs to the same rusting and crusting effects as the base ones and added metal cogs and gears plus watch hands in some areas.
I added some layered small circle offcuts from the die cut cogs to add more interest to the mouth.
The eye is a trimmed card die cut made from the transparent cellophane from a sweet LOL . I made several in different colours but the red was my favourite.

Skull and MDF cogs here
 Paints used

Thank you for dropping by :)

I would like to enter into the following challenges
Sandie & amelie's Steampunk Challenges                        Steampunk
A Vintage Journey                                                                     Rusty and Crusty
Craetive Artiste Mixed Media                                                  Anything MM Goes
More Mixed Media                                                                   Anything Goes Option yellow ( lots of                                                                                   transparent Yellow oxide was used in this project).
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                                                             Anything Mixed Media
That's Crafty                                                                              Going Around In Circles ( lots of cogs)

Friday, 16 March 2018


I used TH Oxides in 3 shades of green (Cracked Pistachio, Iced Spruce, and Peeled Paint) to create my back ground using Visible Image strobe stencil.
I used Kate Cranes Stampotique background block using the same colours and Archival Olive, to build more interest to the background .
I then stamped the Stampotique Snuhubala stamp onto card - clear EP. I used Twinkiling H2O's on his scales and hair . skin and lower tail were coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.  He was them fussy cut and using matte media applied to the decorated postcard. 
Matte media was used to seal the whole project.
Thank you very much for dropping by x

I would like to enter this into the following Challenges -
Country View Crafts                     Postcards
The Artistic Stamper              Stencils and Masks
More Mixed Media                Anything Goes Optional Green
Mixed Media Monthly                    Stencil  +  3 Mediums

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Mail Art

 It has been a long time since I altered an envelope and I needed one for a swap
Quick and easy. New Distress Oxide inks for the background.  Reggie then inked stamped clear E.P Coloured with Twinkling H2O's .

Next Octopet inked stamped and clear E'P . He is also used on the flap at the back of the envelope . Again Twinkling H2O's to colour. Finally some doodling with a black Faber pen, including zizags on the front to add more interest.

Thank you for dropping by x

I would like to enter this mail art into the following challenges 
Stampotique SDC293                         Mail Art
Sisterhood Of Snarky Stampers                     # Z is for Zigzag
Creative Artiste MM                                   Anything Mixed Media Goes

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Dreaming of Spring

I have not had a long crafty session in ages - so needed to spring into action and play!
I must be yearning for warmer spring days as I delved into my DecoArt paints with no real plan or ideas of where I was going with my chosen substrate but chose spring colours.

As usual the stencils followed the painty layers - I love how many different colours and shades appear when brayering on layers of paint! TH mini stencils - it is the first time my Splatter stencil was used. A selection of ink pads and MME Asparagus stamps to add more layers depth and interest and also to frame the MDF piece.

Amongst the many Christmas crafty gifts I received at Christmas was this large Banksy style girl with balloons from Bee Crafty she is gorgeous. I also wanted to use a favourite Visible Image phrase but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't use the images separately in a layout I liked .

So I decided to combine both stamps to place the saying within the balloons. Lots of stamping to form masks to enable me to create my finished project.  

A repair to the damaged tissue stamped girls leg, more painty layers to blend the tissue edges. White Sakura pen for highlights and thread to hang and I am quite pleased with my altered stamped image. The sun came out so I had to take a photo in the garden!

Phew sorry for such a long post

Thank you for dropping by - have a lovely day / evening  xx

Stamps - Visible Image - Text
                Bee Crafty - Banksy Style girl and balloons (large)
                MME - Asparagus set - floral, text, floral mesh stamps
DecoArt Media Paints - Cobalt Teal Hue, Phthalo Green Yellow, Dioxazine Purple, Green Gold, Diarylide Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Pyrole Orange, Pyrole Red, Quinacrodone Magenta
DecoArt Tinting Base, White Gesso and Matte Medium
Sakura White Gel Pen
Versamark black Onyx, Archival Olive and Sepia ink pads
Tim Holtz Mini Stencils - Dots Fade, Splatters, Alpha and Numbers
15 X 20CM  MDF Plaque Woodform Crafts

I would like to submit this project to the following challenges
The Artistic Stamper                            Stencils and Masks
That's Crafty                                         Spring Into Action
Altered Eclectics                                  Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                        Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Mixed Media             Anything Goes
TIMI (Craft Stamper)                          Anything Goes
Moo Mania                                          Colour / Effect
We Love To Create                             Anything Mixed Media Goes

Monday, 22 January 2018

Happy New Year - 2018

Long time no posting

Blogger is being very odd so I just thought as I could access my page I would like to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2018,

As usual I have several in progress project but hope to get something up real soon xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Steampunk Mouse With his Hairy House ..

Short and sweet post from me - I seem to be chasing my tail at the moment!

For a recent FB (houses to be no smaller than ATC but no larger than Postcard size), swap this was one of the houses the cute mouse from Donna at Crafters Companion.
Foamboard base cut into an Arch shape, brush bristles for the roof , gesso then Painted with DecoArt Americana paint.
For the house base layers TH D Inks followed by more DI, through a stencil - Design by Ryn
Copics to colour the Mouse 
Corrugated cardboard for interest painted with Titanium White DecoArt paint.

I would like to enter the following Challenges 
Country View Crafts                                             Stencils
That's Crafty                                                          Stencils
Rhedd's Creative Spirit                                          Anything Mixed Media
Creative Artiste                                                      Anything Mixed Media
A Vintage Journey                                                 Mini Marvels
More Mixed Media                                                Anything Goes
Emerald City                                                          Anything Goes 
Morgan's ArtWorld                                               Anything Goes
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