Thursday, 7 December 2017

Festive at Stamps and Stencils...

Hi everyone, time for our last challenge of the year over at Stamps and Stencils and of course we are getting festive. Sue has chosen the theme this month and wants us to use both Stamps AND Stencils in our festive mixed media style pieces.

'Festive Stamps AND Stencils - Now normally to join in with us we ask you use either stamps or stencils, but for this challenge I want to see both and lots of them with a Festive theme ! So dig out all your stamps, maybe some long forgotten that need some love and all of your stencils and let them take centre stage ! '

I decided to make a box full of gift tags to use this year in my present wrapping.

I started by altering a box...

..and then made a few tags!

For a few years now I have been making my own Christmas wrapping paper inspired by a gorgoeus post Alison Bomber of Words and Pictures did for PaperArtsy here. I love 'brown paper parcels tied up with string' and Scandanavian crisp clean motifs so here's what I came up with this year.

I started off with a teabag box that I'd saved and flattened out for painting.

I still have some Irish Cream fresco paint so used that but didn't add any embellishments as I wanted the box to be practical.

I used cherry red stazon to stamp the images and had some matching card which would be perfect to make the tags from. These were my ingredients. The stamps on the right are a Waltzing Mouse set which unfortunately you can't get now BUT I am sure there are lots of alternatives out there that could be used.

As we are a mixed media blog I had to embellish the tags a little and used crackle paint, teabag paper, tissue, stitching, foiling and embossing enamel in the process. I don't think the tags need step outs but it's rather photo heavy now so you can see them in more detail.

I loved making each little one of them (2 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch) and will have plenty to use next year as well now.

I hope you're inspired to dig out some of your well loved or forgotten stash and create something festive for our challenge and don't forget to hop across and see what the rest of our talented team have created to inspire you. I hope to be back before Christmas but in the meantime enjoy your Christmas crafting! R x

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Leaf print

Hi everyone, I can't remember the last time I sat down to make something that wasn't for a deadline of some sort, but I have snatched a little time this afternoon to enter the PaperArsty 'Shades of White' challenge...although this is a last minute entry into the challenge!
Life has been pretty hectic and although I've doodled and dabbled and been exploring eco printing of leaves on paper during the summer I've not yet made or finished anything until today.

Here's a little canvas I made this afternoon with a tiny leaf print.

I loved the topic intro (my kind of style) and all the posts have been inspirational but when I saw the Florence Adam post here, I knew I wanted to create a finished project.

Just a few step outs and apologies for photo quality this was tricky to photograph in the fading winter light.

I love using up scraps and there are so many shades of white in my scraps! I have used some gesso to soften some of the creamier tones.

It was fairly quick to assemble and there is some stamping on the vellum under the leaf print and I added a 'W' for white.

I think I went a bit overboard with the art stones though.

A rather quick blog post and here's a final pic.

In case you're wondering it's a eucalyptus leaf and I hope to do a blog post soon about my experiments with leaf printing, so watch this space.

As always thanks so much for stopping by and wherever you are I hope you're creating art!  R x

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Inspiration post at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, I have an Inspiration post over at Stamps and Stencils today and I've been using up long forgotten items and made a few Christmas cards along the way. Hope you'll hop across and be inspired. R x