Wednesday, 17 September 2014

ATC by Maria Potapovich (mellpellmell)


Sometimes we have to repay debts!

A thousand years ago I promised some people to make cards for the exchange, and  ... voila!  ... there are two ATC "Brutal flowers"! 

They are ready! Uffff...

But in fact, I have to admit - it was very easy to make them! I took two stamps from Family Values 062 A5 :

...added a bit of watercolor and acrylic, a bit of ribbons, flowers, beads, gouache pens ...

But the butterfly flew by themselves!

Oh yeah! I had to connect everything with the stapler!
But it was easy, honestly! ;)

P.S. Do you like ATS?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Believe - Art Journal Page

Hello Everyone, Shilpa here,
Hope you had a great weekend and making some crafty plans for week ahead.
Today I am sharing with you a journal page which I made with Artistic stamper's gorgeous Gibson girl stamp.

I've used Wendy Vecchi's Archival reinkers and rubbing alcohol (Surgical Spirit) to create the background. I put few drops of rubbing alcohol on the craft mat and on that I added one drop of each Archival reinkers colours- Forget Me not, Dandelion and Leaf Green. They are very concentrated colours. I mixed them well with rubbing alcohol. And put my paper into that and took it off. I had to do two three times to get this cool background.
Next I stamped this Gibson girl image with Ranger jet black Archival Ink. Below that, I stamped circles  with  Boarder stamp A6#2. I also attached ruler washi tape. I've created some background texture with Damask stencil, Calligraphy mat 12 and Vintage photo distress ink.

On the other side of the page, I stamped Neil Walker Bobble bird with Ranger black Archival ink. To bring more vibrant colour on the page, I adhered flowers. The Journaling word 'believe' is from this AS stamp set.

Hope you liked my two page journal spread.
We have Autumn colours theme challenge going on for this month, join us to win the beautiful Artistic stamper stamps.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Supplies used:
Washi tape, Flowers from my stash.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

I love Autumn by Astrid

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping in. It's true, I love Autumn, the colours, the smells, the crispness in the air, so today I am sharing another Autumnal project with you.
A good friend is celebrating her 70th birthday, she is a keen gardener, so I thought I'd make her this gift bag to put some seed packets in.
I used one of the new Debbie Cotton stamps for my vocal image.

I started by creating my background papers, following a technique my blog friend Ingrid Kristina shared a while back on her blog, you can find it here:

She has done a brilliant step by step, so I will not repeat it all, I slightly adapted mine, but the principle is just the same. This is what you need:
A piece of printer paper
A piece of smooth card
Background stamps (I used the regency one and calligraphic mat 18)
Household bleach
Watercolour pencils
Twinkling H2Os
A brown paper bag, some twine, some matting card (I used Kraft core)

I followed Ingrid's instructions and landed up with a piece of printer paper that looked like this:
I wanted to use it for my leaf embellishments and I just love the effect of crumpling the paper before spraying it with Dylusions, it really looks like old leaves already, here's a close up:

I added some perfect pearls in Heritage gold and some gold perfect pearls powder into the mix also.

This paper is used to create coloured impressions on the smooth card, I was a bit disappointed with the effect on mine, but that was soon solved with some inking using Distress Inks:
This is what it looked like first of all:

A bit too blotchy for my liking and too much green. 
I trimmed the best part to about 4 x 6" and then inked around it with Mustard Seed, Ripe Permission and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks. I then used the Regency background stamp to do some bleach stamping. If you want to know how, please feel free to email me, but whatever you do, stick the stamp straight into water after you have used the bleach!! This is what it looked like now:
All the rest was simple: I stamped the vocal stamp, cut it with a Spellbinder die and while still in the die inked around it. I then coloured the image with watercolour pencils and some twinkling H2Os and matted it first onto Kraftcore and then by background paper.
I cut a tag from the remaining background paper, stamped in bleach, this time with a script stamp and then embellished both the bag and the tag with leaves which I had die-cut from the original bit of copy paper. I also used Distress inks to deepen the colours on those.
Here is the tag:
And here the final project surrounded with some of the leaves.
This was a fun project to do, and of course the techniques can be used for lots of different projects too.
Thank you Ingrid Kristina for your brilliant step by step, I know I will come back to it again and again!

Thanks for visiting here today

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Measured Time.

Hi Everyone Dee here again with my passion clocks, this is actually 
a two piece blog as it started out as a tag and I wasn't 
happy with it but loved the colours, So it developed
 into two pieces. So here it is
 Part 1

I love paint splats and had seen a lovely tag that just had paint or ink 
splats on it & was very effective. So I started by flicking 
water colour paint across the tag.

I wasn't happy with this so I got my distress inks out and blended 
spiced marmalade and broken china across the tag.

I stamped the numbers from the Numerical plate in fired brick distress ink,
down one side and at the bottom of the Tag. 

I stamped the Tape measure from the Ephemera Plate down the bottom in 
black versa fine and clear embossed, I also stamped it on the opposite
 side to the numbers and gold embossed it. 

The centre was stamped with the Clock of the Tick Tock plate and 
gold embossed. I stamped the graph  paper stamp in dove grey 
so it only hinted that it was there.

Texture crackle paste was put through the Artistic stamper mask The large
splat & swirl at the top and the bottle top at the bottom.
I then cut the top third of the Tag off.

On scrap card coloured with distress inks I stamped clocks from
The Time and keys plate also the tick tock 
plate I cut them out.

I then layered the clocks and embossed some of the edges with
gold and placed others on top.

I placed glass embellishments on them, along with cogs
and I also used distress crackle paint rock candy
on one of the faces. of coarse a little bit
of gilding wax, to highlight.

I backed it all onto black card. I hope you like this piece 
and come back to view part two. Please feel free to 
let me know what you think.
Cheers Dee x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Autumn Journaling by Alison Hall

Hi Everyone! Have you joined in with Kate Crane's Art Journal Calendar Challenge? I decided to take part this year, & I thought I'd share my September journal page with you.

Here's what I used...

Watercolour Paper (27 x 35 cm)
Water Spray Bottle
Dylusion Ink Sprays - Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, Postbox Red, Squeezed Orange
Archival Ink - Venetian Orange, Potting Soil
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Alteration Die - Tattered Leaves

And here's what I did...

1. To start, I sprayed water all over my paper. Then I used the inner plastic tube of the Dylusion Inks to flick my chosen colours all over. I love this! It looks like a Dr Who intro! Lol!

2. Next, I laid another piece of watercolour paper over the top, to take up some of the ink. Here are my two pieces.

3. I chose to use the bottom one, dried it with my heat gun, then spritzed some more colour on it, & flicked more of the inks, until it looked like this.

4. I then used the Venetian Orange Archival ink to stamp the botanical encyclopaedia background on some manila card. I die-cut 30 leaves for each day of the month, then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

5. I used Potting Soil Archival ink to stamp a few leaves onto my background, then stamped the Autumn phrase in the bottom right corner. On a spare piece of stamped manila card, I stamped September 2014, cut it out, inked with Vintage Photo, then glued to the top left of my page.

6. I glued all of the leaves in place, then used Potting Soil Archival to stamp the numbers.

7. I finished off by inking the edges of my page with Vintage Photo Distress ink. 

Here's another look at my finished page, all ready to start my daily journaling :)

My page fits in nicely with this month's Artistic Stamper Challenge, which is 'Autumn Colours'. Don't forget to join in if you haven't already. There's a prize up for grabs for one lucky entrant!

Thanks for visiting,
Alison xxx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Watch these fabulous new stamps !

Hi there, Titbelsoeur today, I am so happy to use these new stamps from Debbie Cotton !

To make this card, I have recycled one I received from charities, again !
The background paper comes from a Canson envelope. I have made my background with ink,  splattered some other ink with a toothbrush, then inked the edges with a watercolor chalk and passed a wet brush to spread the color :

I have played with the 2 Blossom stamps, small and large

and added Lots of Love from the Grungy Greetings #1 set :

And here is my card :

Thank you so much for stopping by, I am always looking forward to reading your comments below, I am sure you love these new stamps as much as I do !
A tout bientôt !

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Hi everyone hope you are all well, and feeling crafty!
Today I bring you a picture using the new stamps
 from Debbie Cotton.

I had this collage frame I covered the base in a cream 
acrylic paint and dried.

Next I used weathered wood, frayed burlap & pumice stone 

I put the three paints on a craft mat & spritzed with water & then
 I swept the cream painted board through the paint. I dried 
it and swept it through again and the spritzed
 the board with water, then dried with
a heat gun.

I grunge board with a Tim Holtz Die and painted with the 
fresco finish stone. Then I used the same distress
paints around the edges and a bit of 
aged mahogany then I blended
 it all with my finger.

I used the crafters workshop specimen stencil and put grunge paste through it. 
Once dried I painted the frame with Fresco's Finish french toast
& dried it. I then applied crackle glaze over the flat area's
 & allowed it to dry. I painted nougat over the top
 & applied white fire treasure gold.

I stamped the Earl's automotive stamp onto tissue paper.
And coloured it with mahogany distress paint.
I carefully cut out all the images
and stuck onto the sign
and canvas.

over the rest of the canvas at the bottom I used the A6 Boarders 
stamp and the cogs of the Tick Tock plate.

I fixed the sign with jump rings and fixed to the top
left hand side. All the stamps used here today are 
for sale at the Artistic Stamper. That's it from 
me today although I will be doing an extra 
post this month. Please feel free
 to leave a comment.
Dee x