Saturday, 29 August 2015

Clarity Stamp Challenge - Bingo

Hi, today sees my design for the Clarity Stamp Challenge
This month it is a bingo theme, choose any three in a row.
I have chosen to use, the middle line, Grunge Paste, Stencils and Stamps, my favourite combo.

My background is made using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints brayered on, a mix of blue oyster, mermaid, south pacific and moonlight and lilac all layered up. First I used the clarity alphabet stencil and blue oyster paint, then added the grunge paste through the Clarity Stencil, Seed Heads. I left that to dry and then added the Gerbera stamp to the right hand side. I used grunge paste through the trellis stencil again on the right hand side, and continued this towards the left side using snowflake paint. I edged my design with London Night paint, a lovely violet grey, now discontinued. Over the trellis stencil I added some Dotty Wave dots in lilac. I added some colour to the grunge paste with paints and Spectrum Noir pencils. Then stamped the Wee Folk Fairy sitting on a seed head looking at the stars. I used "Imagine" from the word chains to finish my design.

Thank you for visiting and reading about my design

Kathy xx

Friday, 28 August 2015

Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Hi, today is my design for the Stamps and Stencils blog challenge - Time Flies -

My design is using PaperArtsy paints for the background brayered on randomly, then I used a Clarity Stamps Alphabet Stencil with blue oyster paint, various PaperArtsy stamps using distress inks and snowflake paint. The main focus of my background is a Clarity Stamp Stencil of clock parts stenciled using Cinnamon paint. I added my sentiment ... every minute is a possibility ...  for the hungry caterpiller heading towards the flowers, stamped on card and cut out. The card was coloured using distress ink sprays. With the completion of the life cycle a beautiful butterfly. Coloured in shades of yellow and brown to remind me of the Clouded Yellow butterfly that I was lucky enough to see on monday, 17th August.

I am going to enter this design into the PaperArtsy Blog Challenge - Circles- too where I was inspired by the design from Gabrielle journalling circles.

Thank you for visiting and reading about my design,

I was so lucky to have my design chosen in the Top 3 of the Stamps and Stencils blog challenge and to have been randomly chosen on the PaperArtsy blog challenge. Thrilled. 

Kathy xx

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Frilly and Funkie : Things with Wings

Hi, today I have a card for the Frilly and Funkie blog challenge. My first time creating a card for this challenge, "Things with Wings" I have a beautiful butterfly stamp from Tim Holtz which looks super and plenty of space to add colour this time using Spectrum Noir Pencils, which I thought would fit the brief.

My butterfly is stamped onto a background made using the rubbing alcohol technique detailed on Wendy Vecchi's blog. I do not, at present, have the picket fence distress spray stain, so substituted with Abandoned Coral and two shades of blue Archival Inks, the result is very soft colours. I overstamped with some PaperArsty stamps using Memento inks. My butterfly was stamped again onto white card and coloured, then fussy cut out and attached by it's body using foam pads to give some dimension. The pink and blue background has been mounted onto a white card that has been coloured with Fresco Finish paints from PaperArtsy using a brayer. There are various colours, blue oyster, moonlight, and hyde park are three that I can remember. To complete my card I have added a sentiment form the Tim Holtz Perspective stamp set, which includes the lovely butterfly. The background stamping is clearer if you enlarge my photo.

Thank you for visiting and reading about my design.

Kathy xx

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Less is More - Berry Colours

Hi, today I have my design for the Less is More blog challenge
This week it is a COLOUR Challenge using berry colours

Well, Berry Colours are some of my favourite colours, so just had to create a card for this week. I used Distress Inks to make the background, Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac. Then made some coloured card with DI Seedless Preserves and Pickled Raspberry so that I could stamp the flower design and cut out the flowers. Then I stamped the flower design on to my background card and added the cut out flowers on foam pads for some dimension. Finally stamped "Thanks" in a dark shade of purple.

Thanks for visiting and reading about my design.

Kathy xx

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

PaperArtsy Challenge : Flowers

Hi, today my blog post is for the PaperArtsy blog challenge : Flowers.

I was inspired by the post a few days ago, although I enjoy seeing all the inspirational designs.
The post was by Anneke De Clerk I loved the lovely bright and cheerful canvas design.
Additionally, I am a huge fan of Sue Carrington and her deisgns, so there is some of her design influence too.

I started with a brayer backgound, Fresco finish paints, guacamole, sherbert, bora bora, chalk, spanish mulberry and lilac. Then stamped various Ellen Vargo, Sara Naumann script stamps and the lovely flowers. The leaf edging is from JoFY and the stems are by Darcy. There is a stencil in the background of seed heads painted through, and a grunge paste "Secret Garden" stencil by Lin Brown. To lift my design I added the circle stamps in DI seedless preserves. The leaves and stems were coloured with distress markers. Finally, the stamped sentiment "Art in Bloom" was added stamped on a piece of scrap card that had been coloured in DI berry colours, cut out and stuck down. The flowers were stamped on first and then stamped on to the berry coloured card and fussy cut out, buttons were added for their centres, I decided to leave the buttons white for contrast, they were fixed to my design with foam pads to give some dimension.

Thank you for visiting and reading about my design.

Kathy xx