Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Golden Rain of The Dragonfly & Butterfly

Hi every one, I hope you are all well and are playing and being very crafty.  Today I 
have a project that I started a while ago that I added bits to each day. Well as
 you know The Artistic Stamper has released New Stamps
 this is what I created with the NEW! Butterflies plate.

I picked up a two wooden box's at a boot sale as I thought they were perfect for altering.
I am trying not to waffle so I will TRY!!! to give brief account of how I achieved 
this result. 

I covered the box in Gesso then once dry I used Deco art crackle paste through a Memory 
Box stencil, on the top I used plain texture paste through the same
 stencil & the Tim Holtz crocodile layering stencil. 
I allowed it all to dry over night 

I painted the entire box with Deco art Americana Desert Turquoise
and used Raw Umber on the edges. 
Left to dry over night.

Next I used the triple emboss technique with gold embossing powder
and stamped the Butterfly & dragonfly
X 2 on black card.

As in my previous post's I used alcohol ink to colour the butterfly &

Once the box was dry I got out my Deco art Media misters and started spraying
everything! including whatever was on my desk and the 
floor lovely mess.

I highlighted the embossing on the insects. slightly with treasure gold

I embellished with cogs and beads from my stash.

All I can say about the Deco art misters is that they are really intense compared
to other brands and the turquoise shimmer is my new love it is
amazing I think this photo captures it beautifully.

The golden rain was a technique picked up on one of my blog catch up days and I 
changed it slightly I think it was called how to make your own pearl drops 
or something so I tried it and wasn't that happy so used
 treasure gold as well as the mica powder.

It is basically the melted glue from your hot glue gun brushed with mica 
powder and in my case treasure gold.

I attached the ornate lock.  

Luminarte H20's in the following colours key lime, Teal Zircon, Moss Agate, 
Sky Blue & Dutch Iris the pots were sprayed with water from a mini mister.
 I then used my finger to rub the colours over the surface until I was 
happy with the results. I brushed the treasure gold over the rest
 of the box to highlight the pattern.

I hope I didn't bore you all! I have tried to keep it as short as possible if you have 
any questions please feel free to ask.   

Products Used
  1. Deco Art Media line crackle paste, Misters in the following colours Yellow Green, Primary Cyan & Shimmer mister in Turquoise. Americana Desert Turquoise.
  2. Luminart H2o's Moss Agate, Sky Blue, Dutch Iris, Teal Zircon & Key Lime.
  3. Stencils Tim's layering stencil crocodile & memory box
  4. Alcohol Inks in lettuce, stream, and denim.
  5. Treasure Gold Spanish Topaz
  6. Texture paste
  7. Gesso 
  8. Embossing powders
  9. Artistic Stamper Butterflies 2
I really love the new stamps from the Artistic stamper so don't forget to have a look.
remember when you are out at a boot sale look beyond and imagine 
what that item could look like altered.
Let me know what you think.

Cheers Dee x

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

February's Creative Challenge Winner

Hi, Jennie here with the winner of last month's challenge, which was Love. 
We loved all of the entries on this challenge, and in particular I was bowled over by the winner of this challenge. Believe it or not, I was planning to choose it as well,  as a special mention, but amazingly enough this particular entry came up as Mr's choice!! How coincidental was that!! Obviously meant to be! please put your hands together for
and her fabulously clever idea with The Artistic Stamper stamps ( an added bonus!)

Congratulations, and please email me to arrange your prize.

Don't forget to join in this month's Creative Challenge which you can find here

Have a Creative day

Sunday, 1 March 2015

March's Creative Challenge - Spring is Coming

A BIG thank you to everyone who joined in February's  Challenge. A fabulous set of entries with some great interpretations!
Our new challenge for March is Spring is Coming. You can interpret this anyway you like :) as long as it has rubber stamping in it.
We are  looking forward to seeing all your artwork and stamped projects that you submit in relation to this theme. To join in with this challenge (and you can join in as many times as you want), is simple; all we would like you to do is, make a piece of artwork, making sure that you include the theme and some rubber stamping. Pop back here to link up using the Inklinkz at the bottom of this post, so that we can see what you've made and then, leave us a comment to let us know you have joined in with the challenge. As always, there will be candy for one randomly picked entrant - the winner will receive £15 worth of The Artistic Stamper stamps of your choice. And don't forget....if you use Artistic Stamper stamps on your entry, you will entered into the draw, twice!!!! You can also enter as many times as you like!
Some of the team have created artwork for you to be inspired by....


Stamps I used to make this door hanger :


I created this page with Mad as a March Hare in mind, and if you would like to see how I made it please pop over to my blog.
Stamps used
Hare picture from The Graphics Fairy
We hope that you will join in this month's challenge and look forward to seeing your creations. Don't forget to add a comment when you have posted your entry.
I will be back in a couple of days with the winner of last month's Challenge.
Have a very creative month

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Ribbons and leaves

Hi, it's me, mellpellmell (Maria Potapovich) here for you today!

And I have a little questionfor you...

Whether you like gifts?

And whether you like to give gifts?

And how do you package your gifts?

Do you know how do I do it?


The first step:

  The second and final step:

Here you'll find branches-leaves - Botanical Plate 2 A5
And here - the crowns for the ribbon London A6

Have a good creative day!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Art Journal page- Fly

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,

I've art journal page to share with you.

I've taken few photos while making this are they

Journal is of A4 size. At two corners I adhered paper and texture strips. In the middle I created textured butterflies with stencil and modeling paste.

Next I applied gesso and spritzed Lindy's sprays in teal, brown and yellow shades. I loved this undefined spread created by inks...drips and drops!

I used Artistic stamper stamps- Calligraphy Mat8
and small butterfly stamp in the background

I wanted to highlight texture in my  background, I outlined textured butterflies and strips with Faber Castell PIIt pens.

I stamped 2 butterflies from Artistic stamper Insects and butterflies stamp set on white card, colored them with ink. I fuzzy cut them and adhered on my journal page.

here is the another picture

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you liked my page :)

Supplies used:

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Golden Gibson Girl

Hello everyone!  Alison (butterfly) with you here again today, and I'm back in the journals again, I'm afraid... but with a whole new colour palette for me.  I'm here today with a Golden Gibson Girl!

This page came about from playing with the fabulous new Background Flourish stamp.  It's A6 sized, so I was able to stamp it twice - in Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Pumice Stone - and cover the whole page.  I gave the inked stamp a tiny spritz of water for a softer look in places.

The details in the flourishes are gorgeous.  I stamped some of my favourite script stamp - Calligraphy Mat #6, as I now have the large size too - also in Pumice Stone to add another layer.

I can't resist a bit of crackle, as you know, so I applied some crackle paste through the Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil and left it to get on with crackling.

With all the vintage flourishing going on, I found myself reaching for one of the Gibson Girl stamps as a complementary focal point.  I stamped her on watercolour paper and used Distress Stains and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze to tint the background.  I toyed with colouring her in, but decided I like how the image really pops in its "naked" state.

Once the Harlequins were crackled I used the same Distress Stains and Glimmer Glaze to add colour to them too.

I think Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade are all in there, as well as the Scattered Straw and Wild Honey, and the Glimmer Glaze was the slightly innappropriately-named Flirty (it looks to me as though flirting is pretty much the last thing on her mind at the moment).

I also used my Pumice Stone Distress Marker to add some shading to the diamonds...

... and the final touch was to add some Treasure Gold in White Fire and Florentine to highlight the crackled texture.

A simple WordBand provides the thought for the page, picked out in Chalk Fresco Paint - a reminder for her not to get dragged down by reality's limitations, but to dare to make the leap of imagination and break free.

And of course there's lots of splatter!

So it's stamping plus crackle plus colour - a step outside the normal colour zone, for sure, but still essentially playing in the journals with my favourite things.  I hope you like it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  There's still a week or so to come and play in our Love challenge this February.  You don't have to use Artistic Stamper stamps, but if you do you get a double entry in the prize draw.  Hope to see you there!

Ingredients used:
Distress Inks - Pumice Stone, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Distress Stains - Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Distress Marker - Pumice Stone
Idea-ology WordBands
Treasure Gold

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Florishes and Butterflies

Hi everyone I have for you a picture  for my next post the background came out of a
 session playing with a brayer and using Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints 
in shades of blue,  I watched Leandra's you tube brayered 
backgrounds and that was the result.

Instead of their waxed paper I used kitchen grease proof paper
and gradually built up the layers.

You have to be very careful not to have to much paint on the brayer and be gentle rolling 
it across make sure all the paint is off the brayer before you use a different colour. 
Start with dark colours first then and then gradually add the lighter ones.

It left a lovely mottled effect and the grease proof paper gets stronger
 with each application.

To finish the background I used Tim's Flourish stamp inked up with snowflake fresco
 finish paint then stamped randomly across the paper.

I triple embossed The Artistic Stamper butterfly off the insects & butterflies plate 
three times with gold embossing powder.

I then layered it up and highlighted areas with treasure gold after using alcohol
 inks to colour the recessed bits.

Little sequins were glued onto both wings and the body was made up with beads
 from my stash. The curly twig with berrys on I had laying around and 
two sparkly circles were glues on.

The frame was made with grunge paste through a stencil once dry painted with deco art
media paint in Cobalt Turquoise, once dry I used Deco Art Antiquing cream 
if you haven't tried this product yet you need to get some its amazing.

Products Used
  1. Fresco Finish Paint in marlin, lake wanaka, antarctic, bora bora and snowflake. 
  2. Deco Art Media Cobalt turquoise Hue, and Antiquing cream Raw Umber.
  3. Grunge paste
  4. Speciman Stencil
  5. The Artistic Stamper Insects and Butterflies plate, Tim Holtz flourishes.
  6. Gold embossing powder.
  7. Treasure gold classic.
  8. Alcohol Inks in stream, and denim.

I used beads and sequins from my stash, The very talented Jools Robinson inspired this piece by suggesting that I framed the paper I had made. So with that in mind this was where I ended up.
I would be very pleased if you let me know what you think.
Cheers Dee x