Thursday, 30 May 2013

Sheena's DT Call Out

Good morning, peeps!

If you are a Facebooker you have probably already seen the news, which is that wor Sheena is looking for two more members of our little Inkoid gang.  If you're not a Facebooker, just go to this link or you can use the link here to look at Sheena's blog where I've no doubt that the ever busy Gopher will be posting something of this news today.

Anyhoo, if your interested in applying to join our slightly crazy Inkoid group (did I say 'slightly'?!), here's what you have to do:

To be on the design team you should be able to commit to:

  1. Producing high quality samples sometimes at short notice and within deadlines
  2. Maintaining a blog
  3. Supporting Sheena and fellow Inkoids with ideas and suggestions when requested
Here are the rules for this call out - please make sure that you follow them, thank you.

Please remember "wor Sheena" is a stamper at heart and therefore your examples should include stamping:

Create an album using YOUR NAME as the title by clicking the Photo tab on the Facebook Group page that I have provided a link to above and provide 3 examples of your work. Samples can be anything not just cards - choose examples that showcase your skills.  If you have any of Sheena's stamps, it would be good to use them since that would show us how you interpret them but, if you don't have any of them, just do the best you can with what you have.

Give brief details of your crafting experience as the album description. Please include your blog link if you have one.

Please use the photo description to give brief details of how you made your creation.

The closing date for this call out is: 20 June 2013

Entries will be reviewed by Sheena and the current Inkoids and 2 new Inkoids will be chosen to join our little gang :-) .

I do hope you feel inspired to have a go - I know it feels scary to know that people are looking at your work  with this kind of decision in mind but we're not that scary....honest!

Well I'm off now to do some more work for the next show that Sheena's doing on 8 June.

See you soon.


Friday, 24 May 2013

A daffy canvas

Good evening, peeps!

There are literally only hours to go before wor Sheena is on the telly showing her new sets of stamps and lots of other goodies to tempt us all!  In fact Sheena is probably closing on Peterborough as I type - I do so hope that she's having a good journey.  Anyhoo, here's one of the samples she'll be carrying with her:

Even though we're focussing on the Luminarte products for this show, I wanted to paint a canvas - solution? put a coat of gesso on to the images first.  Once that's dry, you can simply paint over with the H20s - simples!  I also used the crackle stamp from the Ageing Beautifully plate around the edges of the 12" x 12"canvas and finally edged the whole thing with Pebeo Empire Gold Gilding Wax - I just love this stuff and the tiniest bit goes such a long way!

Of course the wonderful new clear Rock-a-Blocks were used to overstamp the painted images with Dove Grey Stazon to add back some definition.

and, finally, let's take another look at some of those violets:

A real clean and simple card this but I just love this violet plant and its lovely flowing lines so I simply embossed it with WOW Brass EP and painted it with the H20s.

I hope you enjoyed a last sneaky peek before Sheena's shows at 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. when she's sure to be demoing up a storm with these lovely floral stamps.


Thursday, 23 May 2013

Daffodils and Bluebells

Good afternoon, peeps!

I have two cards for you today both made with the wonderful new stamps from wor Sheena that will be given their debut on a screen near you on Saturday at 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.

First of all, here are the daffodils:

I'm sure this will show better when glimpsed by those wonderful camera people at Create and Craft TV because, in my dodgy photo, the light was reflecting off the WOW brass embossing powder on the top corner.  Anyhoo, the background is created with Distress Ink and the flowers are painted with H20s.

Now for the bluebells:

These beauties are on the same sheet of rubber real estate as the daffodils and what I really love is that, in addition to the main stem of bluebells, there are two separate little 'bells' so that, if you're stamping multiple stems of flowers like I have here, you can make them look different just with a little masking and the addition of the separate flowers - clever Sheena.  The wonderful new clear Rock-a-blocks make a difference with this task as well!

The background clouds are created with Tumbled Glass Distress Inks and the bluebells are painted with H20s (seems like I'm working to a formula here - Distress Inks for the background and H20s for the main feature.....well, I might surprise you with something different tomorrow!).

Thanks for looking today.



Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Violets are blue....well, a bit purple actually!

Good afternoon, peeps!

Well, the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming on my blog as well as in the garden.

Wor Sheena has been busily drawing away again to bring you some new stamps that are all glorious florals with Spring in mind and a touch of the Art Nouveau thrown in.  They are on big A5 plates and can be seen in the flesh on Create and Craft TV on Saturday at 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. so don't forget to tune in.

Another big surprise for us all are clear, yes, crystal clear Rock-a-Blocks, YAY!!  This means that, if you cut your rubbah close to the design, you can overstamp painted designs and build pattern, such as on this card:

Ordinarily, I'd only be building patterns with Clarity stamps because I can see right through them but now, with the clear Rockers, I can build patterns with me rubbah, woo hoo!!  I'm sure you'll see them in action with wor Sheena on Saturday.

She'll also be featuring the lovely Luminarte products.  I was pleased to see that, despite my lousy photography, I did at least manage to capture a little of the mica sheen on the background, which was produced with my treasured H20s - the posy was painted with them too.

Thanks for looking and I'll see you tomorrow with some more.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

My favourite flowers

Good morning, peeps!  Oh where did the sun go?  I don't think he'll be putting his hat on and coming out to play today! :-(

Anyhoo, I thought I'd show you some flowers I painted (with the help of Sheena's Paint Fusion stamps but, like yesterday's samples, not using PF techniques) that always make me think of Summer sunshine and they are my very favourite flowers.  First on the list are poppies:

They are, of course, painted on to a Pebeo canvas board (this one is 18 x 24 cm) with the wonderful Pebeo Acrylic Paints.  It was so easy to make the clouds in the sky with a stencil brush and the High Viscosity Acrylic (the stuff in the tubes).  The flowers themselves were painted with the Deco Matt Paint.

Number 2 favourite flower is the daisy:

This one is on a 20 cm square canvas and using the Deco Matt Paint for the background and leaves but using the Studio Acrylic Titanium White.for the daisy flowers themselves to give greater opacity.  I always think that daisies look such cheerful flowers but then you probably always knew I was strange!

Sheena will be showing us what she's doing with these stamp designs on Create and Craft TV tomorrow at 8.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. so please don't forget to tune in.

In the meantime, you can check out what my Teamies LisaTracyFiona and Caroline are doing.

Thank you for looking today.


Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Paint Fusion-esque

' Evenin' All!  I think someone else may have said that?

Just thought I'd pop in with a quick post about Sheena's shows on Thursday at 8.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. (it also looks as though one of the shows is being repeated at 10.00 p.m.).

Here are a couple of the projects I've produced for this one:

This is a 20 cm square canvas on which I've used the Pebeo Acrylic paints and the Paint Fusion Sunflowers image but not the Paint Fusion technique - believe it or not I have never actually practised that technique (hangs head in shame!) but the point is that you don't have to use that technique for these stamps, they are very versatile.

.... and this is the top of the box....

This was a big project but worth it!  I really fancied painting a box all over with lilacs!  Again, this is a Paint Fusion stamp but not the Paint Fusion technique although, with this one, it was very similar but I just couldn't think of another way to successfully paint all those tiny lilac flowers.

I'll be back tomorrow because I have some more to show you but thanks for looking today and don't forget to watch wor Sheena on Thursday!