Friday, 21 October 2016

Oriental Card

Carrying on with the squares and dies I made an oriental card.

Close up of the Seth die cuts, the LP stamped image and the butterfly.

PaperArtsy have a theme of squares and grid.

Oriental Adventure

I've carried on with the oriental theme, but I also wanted to incorporate some of my new birthday presents, ie Seth's dies.

Close up of the stamping and the die cuts, top left panel.

The cross bar die with a Lynne Perrella PaperArtsy stamped image.

Cherry red, blood orange and little black dress fresco paints brayered onto the die cuts and oriental script paper backing.

PaperArtsy have a theme this week of squares and grids.

Birthday Thanks

I had a few things to open this morning, these are my cards.

These are presents from Chris which she gave me at Port Sunny.

And she also gave me these from Linda too.

Fabulous cards from Alison, Neet, Chris Slater, Helen, Emma, Tracey, Chris Cresswell and Lesley. Thank you, they are fabulous and all so different.

And these are what was inside Chris's packages, the piggy money bank has skulls on it, looks pretty cool - thanks Chris, much appreciated.

And this is what was inside the packages from Linda R, love the pens and the yarns and fibres will be great to powertex, thanks Lin 

Two Seth stencils and a peg from Lin Shields which she got and gave to me at Port Sunny - thanks Lin, can't wait to use them stencils.

And this set of fab Seth stamps are from Lesley, again, can't wait to get stuck in and have a play - thanks Lesley, very kind and much appreciated.

The die and fab set of stamps and circle die, again designed by Seth, are from Emma. We were looking for them at Port Sunny, but unfortunately Leandra's order hadn't arrived, but we managed to find them elsewhere - thanks Em, can't wait.

This was also from Chris and Linda, Chris got it whilst at Port Sunny as she saw me buying the innies, this is the outies stencil, again designed by Seth - thanks Chris and Linda.

And finally I treated myself with some of the money I knew I'd be getting. Mum and sister obviously don't know what to buy in craft land, so I always end up getting something for myself.

So no need to ask what I'll be doing later after I've been out for lunch. As you can see, I've got lots of new Seth goodies to play with and as they all interlink with each other I really can't wait to have a play.

Thanks to everyone for the lovely cards and presents I've received and all the birthday messages on FB and twitter. They are very much appreciated and I have some lovely friends out there xxx

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Oriental Tag

I've got a couple of days off and wanted to play oriental as I've not done so for ages! The background tag is brayered, a die cut was added to the top and some red fibres.

This is one oriental stamp, I stamped it twice and cut four pieces out and mounted them on 3d foam over the relevant squares and added a bit of colour with a red pitt pen.

PaperArtsy have a theme of grids and squares.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Another Male Card

As I was on a roll and had lots of dies left over and the left over bits, I decided to keep going and make another card been as I will need one for November.

I used a blue sharpie pen to doodle with, outlined the shapes and added a few dots. The circle off cuts were stamped with ultra marine blue stazon and the Seth stamps.

I also stamped some of the circle images onto the background piece too.

I'm also entering into the PaperArtsy blog challenge this week.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

A Couple of Male Birthday Cards

I needed a couple of male birthday cards for later this week and I thought Seth's dies would be perfect for that male touch. Layered up lots of shades of fresco paints in blues and browns. Lightly stamped some of the images in Seth's solar system set in blue and brown stazon. I coloured the brown set of dies with french roast and the blue set are actually double embossed using blue wow powders, I don't have any in brown!! But, can you spot the deliberate mistake probably not on the photo, but on the right card, I meant to put the die cut with the 'x' on the bottom and the drips over the top, but I stuck the drips one on first by mistake!! Not to worry, it still looks okay!!

And I'm also sneaking these into the PaperArsty challenge this week.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Journal Page

I wanted to use the 'waste' from the Seth die cuts in some way, so here's what I came up with.

Added the eyes from another image and swapped them over!

Added some dots and doodling.

Whitened the eyes and the teeth and gave her some luscious lashes.

PaperArtsy have a theme of die cuts, and I'm entering my page.

Circles Journal Page

This page was already started with a base layer of grey. I built up the layers with various colours of fresco paints and stamped in chalk and stone. 

Used a purple posca pen, a black micron pen and a white sharpie to outline and add doodling. It is a lot brighter in real life.

PaperArtsy have a theme of die cuts this week, so I'm entering with Seth's spellbinders sets.

Altered CD Swap

Over on Mini Marvels FB group there is an altered cd challenge for October. There is also the option of a swap. 

Chose some patterned backing paper and glued it to the cd.

Cut around the cd, this is the back.

And this is the front.

Next I edged the cd with black rik rac, added some French themed embossed die cuts and a black rose. 

I decided it needed a little something else, so added some white gems around the edge.

To hide the attached piece of rik rac for the hanger, I cut a circle of striped paper and glued it to the back of the cd.

PaperArtsy have a theme of die cuts this time around, so I'm entering my altered cd.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Oversized Lolly Sticks

Had a little play with some over sized lolly sticks. Backgrounds painted with multi surface satin paints and images stamped with same paints too.

And these are the backs.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Ghoul #2

As I had lots of black powertex left in my dish from the vase, I decided to make another ghoul. I haven't taken any photos before this stage, but if you would like to know how I got to this stage, check back here.

And this is he from the back. I used cotton scrim to wrap around this time.

This is after he has been left 48 hours to dry including being put in the airing cupboard.

And from the back after being left to dry.

I decided to use the green on the cotton scrim cape and red on the main body and the headgear.

And to bring out the colour a little bit more I decided to use the metallic gold pigment over the red to enhance it.

I also decided to put clear type crystal gems in the eye sockets.

And again the sun came out for a rare moment so I took advantage.

Powertex Vase

After seeking this vase out for £1 at the car boot, it needed the powertex treatment.

As it's quite shiny and slippery I covered it in masking tape.

I had some bronze open from another project so painted it with what was left.

And as I'm off this week, and mum and dad are away, so there is no danger of her turning up and seeing it, this was the perfect time to powertex it.

I used black powertex with strips of t-shirt material, created lots of ruffles, added some flowery lace around the top and dotted on some clay flowers.

This was it approx 48 hours after it had been left to dry.

Really pleased with the ruffles and the clay flowers have stuck solid which is perfect.

Next the really scary bit, adding white pigment so the metalics pop. I was a bit heavy handed in some places, but to be honest it just adds to the authenticity of it.

And one from the other side.

Then I added rich gold, bronze gold and a bit of red pigment until I was happy with what I had.

And again, a view from another side.

Then the sun popped out so I took a few photos in the garden.

And another one from the garden.

I'm really, really pleased with how this has ended up, been as it's my first big piece. I hope mum likes it as she's getting it for Christmas this year! 


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Hi I'm Sam, 45, birthday in October - Any piece of art gratefully rec'd - Thanks. OH, Martin, been together 25 years and still no plans to get married!!! We love spending time with our pupster, especially when the weather is dry and we get to take him to the woods. I love any sort of crafting and would say that I am adventurous with new materials. We love going skiing in any winter resort, but mainly the States or Canada, they have better snow!! We lost our first beardie, Max, August 2006 at a ripe old age of 14 and 1/4. Since then Frazzie has come along, he is now 9 years and 0 months old and is still a little Bugger, Bugger!!! Unfortunately in December 2008 we lost Alfie at 14 months old after only having a short time of 7 weeks loving and caring for him. He found a good buddie in Fraz and loved him to bits.

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