Monday, 24 November 2014

My first attempt at Scrapbooking

Good afternoon, peeps!

For some years I have been wanting to scrapbook some old family photographs and, whilst having bought some papers and other stash for the purpose (as you do!), I have never felt inspired to create any actual layouts until I found the work of Gabrielle Pollacco.  Do follow the link and have a look at this lady's blog, her work is amazing!

Anyhoo, I wanted to use her work as inspiration and not slavishly copy so this is what I did:

It's not perfect but I'm reasonably pleased with it for a first shot and I really did have the most fun doing it!  The photograph is of yours truly (I'm the one in the middle but without the big ears!!) at age three and a half on holiday in Rhyll, North Wales with my parents.  It was ever after known as 'Windy Rhyll' in the family because everything we ate on the beach came accompanied with quantities of sand because of the wind!  Perhaps that's why I'm not over keen on ice cream to this day - the memory of the sandy kind is imprinted on my memory!

Here's a close up of the very flowery bit to the right of the photograph:

The twine bow and the little scrap of cheesecloth/butter muslin (it's known by different names in various parts of the world) are two of Gabrielle's signature touches and I just love the way they add texture.

Obviously, for this layout I was working with stuff in my stash but I have been collecting a few stencils and bits to help out.  Here's the list of what I used where I know where it came from:

Designer Paper:  Foundation paper (pink)  Graphic 45 'Botanical Tea' Collection.  The rest from my stash
Flowers:  These are largely from my stash and were bought from Wild Orchid Crafts.  They also have some similar flowers to the hydrangea ones I used here.  The Flower Vine I bought from The Craftz Boutique years ago and they still have some similar ones here.  They are really helpful at this shop and they have a very efficient mail order service - don't go there unless you're prepared to spend - the temptation awaits you there!
Stencils:  Dylusions Luscious LeavesTCW Mini Art IsTCW Mini Specimen
All other bits and bobs are from my stash - it's amazing what you find when you root around!

I do hope you've enjoyed looking at this - it's a complete departure for me so do please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Thank you for looking today and I hope you've enjoyed your visit,


Saturday, 1 November 2014

More mixed media

Good morning, peeps!

Well are you all ready with a cuppa to sit down and watch wor Sheena?  I'm so looking forward to the shows!  If you are watching, look out for these samples:

This is painted on a stretched canvas and I think I just about chucked everything at this before I finally painted it with the Pebeo Acrylics (on the shows today if you're quick - they often sell out!).  There are plasterboard tape, butter muslin (or cheese cloth as some call it), crumpled tissue paper, modelling paste, die cuts, grunge board shapes (Tim Holtz) and silk flowers....oops! nearly forgot the beads!  When the paint was dry I dry brushed over the highlights with gesso and finally added some Pebeo Gilding Wax to other highlights.

This box could be for a man because it's not fussy at all but is painted with the special effects paints that are in the mixed media kit launching today on Create and Craft TV.  The shape stretched diagonally across the lid is one of the new stamps that you'll see today.

And finally:

A door hanger for the lady herself.  The wood is primed with gesso and then painted randomly with Spectrum Noir Aquatints.  The stamps used for the tree and leaves are new for this weekend's shows and the leaves are painted with H2Os.

Enjoy the shows and thank you for looking.


Friday, 31 October 2014

Tree Canvas

Good morning, peeps!

Did you miss me yesterday?  I'm sorry there was no post but I don't know what happened to the day, it just sort of ran away with me.  I'm sure we all have days like that.

Anyhoo, here is today's offering:

This is a canvas board on which I painted some random hilly shapes using white acrylic mixed with various shades of H2Os.  The basic tree trunk is one of wor Sheena's new stamps that are being launched on the Weekender event starting tomorrow at 9.00 a.m.  I filled the trunk shape with Modelling Paste to create the bark texture that isn't showing all that well in the piccy.  When that was dry, I painted the surface with H2Os.  The leaves, blossoms and sky were all produced with some of the special effects paints that are in the mixed media kit that's also being launched on the weekend shows.  The stamps that produced the flowers and leaves are also on the shows but the butterfly is cut from a Crafter's Companion die.

I do hope you'll all be watching over the weekend because I know there'll be some wonderful demos and some exciting products as well.  The show times again are:

Saturday 1 November at 9.00 a.m., 12.00, 6.00 and 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 2 November at 11.00 a.m, 2.00 and 7.00 p.m.

Thank you for looking today.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

.... and now for something completely different...

Good morning, peeps!

I'm back again to tell you about wor Sheena's latest adventures in the land of paint!  She has a Weekender event on Create and Craft TV this coming Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd November and will be launching a yummy paint kit and some brand new stamps.  Here is one of the samples I made with them:

The black area in the middle is actually a mirror but I put the black card in there so you wouldn't see the reflection of my lights and the camera lens!...not a very artistic sight!!  Anyhoo, this mirror (from a certain well known Swedish Department store at a cost of about £1.50) has been covered with Modelling Paste into which were pressed some cut out pieces of black card impressed with some of the new stamps that were heat embossed with brass EP .  When this was all dry, the result was painted with Pebeo Vitrail paint (glass paint), which is part of the kit, and hey presto, you have a mirror that looks far more than the £1.50 that it originally cost - a nice Christmas present for someone, methinks!

Do look in at the weekend if you possibly can, I'm sure that the lovely Sheena will be showing us lots of lovely techniques with these new painty wonders.  At the moment the show times are:

Saturday 1 November at 9.00 a.m., 12.00, 6.00 and 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 2 November at 11.00 a.m, 2.00 and 7.00 p.m.

Watch out for changes to the schedule though as they do sometimes happen.

I'll see you tomorrow but thank you for looking today.


Friday, 3 October 2014

Two today!

Good afternoon, peeps!

Well, wor Sheena's shows are getting very close now with the first one being tomorrow at 9.00 a.m.  so I thought I'd show you two cards today and they show two differing ways of using the elk stamp (at least I think it's an elk!).  This one shows the magnificent beast painted with the Aquatints then cut out and mounted on Collall 3D Glue Gel, as are the ferns also (from the Optimism plate).  The background is created with the Aquatints using the salt technique on Watercolour card.

On this card the elk is just a silhouette because I've painted over the image with Black Gesso.

He's standing on rocks made with torn black card and I've used the Silver Aquatint from the Essentials set to create highlights on the elk and the rocks from the effect of the Northern Lights.  The other image is from the Sheltering Tree plate.

Thank you for looking today.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Sneaky Peek at a Stencil

Good afternoon, peeps!

This post is a slight departure from the norm in that there are no rubber stamps involved, which is definitely surprising for me!

These deer relaxing in a glade at sunset (or is it sunrise?) were produced from one of eight stencils that will also be launched on wor Sheena's Weekender show starting on Saturday on Create and Craft TV.  The colourful background is of course the wonderful Aquatints that I've been waxing lyrical about (well I might just like them a teensy bit!) and the shadows were stencilled through with black pigment ink.

The show times again are:

Saturday 4 October at 9.00 a.m., 12.00 noon, 6.00 & 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 5 October at 7.00, 11.00 a.m. 2.00 & 7.00 p.m.

and I'll be watching/recording all of them - hope to see you there!


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Sneaky Peek the Third

Good evening, peeps!

Yes, I'm a bit late with today's blog post, it's been a bit of a hectic one but here I am finally with another example of what you can do with these lovely Spectrum Noir Aquatints:

Now you're probably thinking that I've used the pastel set here?  Wrong!  This is Sheena Stamping Card (brilliant stuff!) coated with Gesso then when it's dry, spray with water and start painting with your chosen colours.  The Gesso stops the Aquatints from soaking into the card so you get a softer effect.  I tell you these inks are really, really versatile!

Do watch the shows and see wor Sheena demonstrating some of what you can do with them.  The shows are:
Saturday 4 October at 9.00 a.m., 12.00 noon, 6.00 & 8.00 p.m.
Sunday 5 October at 7.00, 11.00 a.m. 2.00 & 7.00 p.m.

There'll be lots of other goodies to spend your money on as well, including a brand new range of stamps.

I hope you enjoyed today's sneaky peek and I'll see you again tomorrow.