Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas Cards 4

Happy Christmas or Happy whatever wintertime type holiday you celebrate.

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone that has, read, looked at and commented on my blog this year. I have had a great time making all these projects and have loved sharing them with you all.

I can not wait to see what next year brings. 

Gemma xxx

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Cards 3

Well I did say I was trying to make a huge amount of Christmas cards this year so I have some more to share with you today these ones are very bright and to change things up I used some of my new Tim Holtz stencils 

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Christmas Cards 2

I have some more Christmas cards to share with you today, these were made with painted scraps from other projects, They were quick easy cards to make and a great way to use up all those old bits of paper.

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Star cards

I decided to make my own cards again this year, These were made with wonderful stamps from The Artistic Stamper.

Pop over and take a look and while you are there take a look at this months challenge.

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Hunky-dory card topper cards

I love it when you come across something super cute in your stash you totally forgot you owned, These toppers from Hunky Dory (I think, these are years old) were a great find and enabled me to make a couple of quick fun cards.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Harlequin Heart

Wow the 1st of December already, I hope everyone is ready for the festivities.
Decembers challenge has started today on The Artistic Stampers blog and Facebook page, I hope you all feel inspired to play along.

I made a heart to hang from my tree, but as it's not overly Christmassy you can display it all year round. 

The heart was a polystyrene shape I had in my stash, I covered this with scrunched up tissue paper.

which I painted with red acrylic paint.

I roughly stamped over the top with a harlequin stamp and distress ink before sprinkling with black embossing powder and heating with my heat tool. I like how the polystyrene will bubble under heat but if you don't you need to keep moving the heat tool not letting any area get too hot.

On a non-stick mat, I scrapped some layers of gold acrylic paint which I left to dry overnight. I carefully peeled them from the mat and glued them to my heart using a gel medium.

Using a very small amount of white paint I stamped the dot stamp to add some lighter areas. To finish off I doodled with a white paint pen and glued some black ribbon to the top so the heart could hang from my tree.

Thank you for reading


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Rapunzel Journal Page

I am sharing a journal page today, I created using stamps from The Artistic Stamper, pop over to there blog and take a look. There is still a couple a day to enter the November challenge, the theme is quotes.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Bo Bunny Pocket Journal

There is nothing I like more than creating little books, this one is covered in fabric and decorated with scraps left over from a project using a Bo Bunny collection.

Inside are three signature of about 10 sheets of plain paper and it has an elastic closure to hold it all together.

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what's your favourite thing to create? 


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Pocket Sketch Book

I have a new post today over on The Artistic Stampers blog here, using this fantasy background stamp designed by Neil Walker.

Please pop over and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Butterfly Light Canvas

This months challenge on The Artistic Stampers blog is USE A QUOTE
Pop over and join in for your chance to win one of Jennies wonderful stamps

My team project was created on canvas board using Gelatos and a small amount of white acrylic paint. I put down a layer of colour on my board from the pigment sticks, I chose three colours for the background, once the colour was down I blended them in using sponge (Love the product, but I'm not too keen on touching it with my fingers), Then I sprayed some water on one of The Artistic Stampers background stamps and pushed it into the Gelato to remove some of the colour.

Then to add a small pop of contrasting colour and rubbed some red Gelato onto a different background stamp sprayed that with water and randomly stamped over my board. The white acrylic paint was added by applying it to the bottom of different sized lids and using those as stamps before the final splattering of black acrylic paint went over the top.

On a separate piece of card, I stamped the large light bulb and filled it with butterflies, before glueing it to the board. To finish I went around everything with a paint pen and added my quote.

Thanks for popping by, please leave a comment to let me know what you think.


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Kiki card

Pop over to The Artistic Stampers blog today to check out my latest card 

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Art Journal Prompt Cards

I am loving all the Art Journal Prompt cards I am seeing everywhere and they have inspired me to make my own, Normally I just have a list of prompts and I roll a dice to pick the prompt, but this is a much prettier way to do it. 

I cut some card to size and then blended layers of Distress Oxides over them, before spraying them with water. Then I added some stamping and doodling before finishing them off by added the prompt.

What journal prompts do you like to use?

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Hearts for Hearts

This was a fun little card to make, all the measuring and laying of masking tape was totally worth it. 

I laid out strips of masking tape, measuring to make sure everything was straight and even. Then using three different Distress Oxides I blended ink onto the squares alternating the colours, before spraying them with water.

Then I cut a little heart out of a piece of card to make my own stencil and scrapped over a beaded gel medium mixed with some red Gelato.

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Splatter Butterfly Card

To is the day I post for The Artistic Stamper, for my post this week I created a simple splatter and butterfly card
Pop over to The Artistic Stampers blog today to find out more and see what products I used.

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Three Cheers for Polkadoodles

The We Love to Create Blog has recently undergone a few changes, We are still a blog dedicated to mixed media, but Polkadoodles is our lovely new sponsor

I have created a canvas board for this months challenge, I am not completely sure I think it's finished, comment below, let me know what you think? 

Don't forget to pop over to the We Love 2 Create blog, check out my teammate's creation and join in the challenge.

I printed off some wonderful papers from the Belle Papillon downloadables, The music sheet paper was then scrunched up for extra texture before it was glued down with gel medium. Once that was dry I mixed some brown Gelatos with some beaded gel medium, which I scrapped through a stencil. Once it was completely dry I went around the edged with a different colour Gelato. I tried to keep all the colours within an orange/brown group (hope that makes sense).

 I then cut around and cut in half this beautiful butterfly from the same collection which I glued in place with more gel medium.

I then glued over the top a quote I had stamped out and another image from the collection.

 Then I went to town with my Faber Castel Pitt Pens in an effort to lift the images from the canvas.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog, 
It's not too early to start my Christmas crafting next month, is it?


Friday, 22 September 2017

Hunkydory Robots

 So I have been crafting for a few years now, and over that time my interests and skills have changed, every so often I like to go back and use some of this stuff. to see if I still remember how and because I really don't like waste.

I came across this cute little kit from Hunkydory and thought I should give it a go, and now I have three very cute cards for all those kiddies in my life.

How much have your creative interests changed since you started crafting?

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Butterfly Flutterby Card

 It has been a long, long summer and an even longer start to the new school year, But I finally got some time to play with my crafty stash and I have a card to share with you all over on The Artistic Stampers Creative Teams Blog

There is Still time to join the monthly challenge for a chance to win a prize.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Groovy Girl - Challenge 16 We Love to Create Challenge Blog

Today is the start of a new challenge over on the We Love to Create blog

Challenge 16 - Anything Creative /Mixed Media Goes

And we have a great prize from our generous sponsor Premium Art Brands 

This really was a fun quick make, I needed a card in a hurry and one of the best things about Pan Pastels is no drying time.

1- Cut a piece of paper to fit the card blank
2- Cover the card with a layer of white and blend orange tint over the top
3- Lay a stencil over the top and apply yellow ochre and white over the top
4- Lay a different stencil over the top and apply turquoise and white over the top
5- Lay your focal image stencil over the top, apply magenta shade along one side of the image and blend the colour out across the other side.  
6- Finish of by doodling with white and black pens.

Thank you for popping by, please check out the wonderful makes from my teamies 
and join in this great challenge.

Gemma x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Anything Goes for the challenge on The Artistic Stamper blog

So it's the 1st of August today and the start of a new challenge theme on The Artistic Stampers blog

This month's theme is

Which is a favorite of mine as we get to see so many types of creative loveliness. 

- Spread texture paste, through a mask, remove any texture paste that may have ended up in areas you do not want it. 
- Push some beads into the paste for added interest.

- Coat the whole canvas in gesso

- Start spraying your canvas with your chosen colours, I used the orange and yellow from the Dylusions line. 

- Not quite sure what happened to the colours in this photo, Sorry.
-Stamp on the canvas with a calligraphy mat and brown ink and blend some ink around the edges.
- Add ink from the Dylusions slate spray in areas around the texture past to highlight it. Only use a little and add water if it becomes to intense.

- Stampe three butterflies onto scrap card and colour them in with the same colours.
-Add extra detail with a white paint pen and cut them out.

- Glue into place on the canvas board after adding a layer of mat medium strength. 
-Add more interest by going over areas with the white paint pen, I went over most of the calligraphy script.

What's your favorite challenge themes?