Friday, 2 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

This month the (always) Anything Goes Challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media is sponsored by Scrapmatts
I decided to create a seasonal piece and used my Cameo to cut a set of concentric rings which were, "Wreath sized". I painted these with Powertex to ensure that they would be durable in the rain and then added a lot of very ugly, coloured buttons(!). 
The buttons were then covered with Powertex as well and it was left to dry. I cut a Merry Christmas greeting out of card which I glittered up. I also cut two acetate circles and sandwiched the greeting in between with lots of little stars as well. The buttons were then buffed with rub and buff and Treasure Gold. 
Glitter was added and also Decoart interference paint in gold. The greeting was sandwiched between the button circle and another Powertex painted, identical, ring and I added ribbon to hang it up and a pearl string to decorate.

I have to say it really sparkles in the sunshine and even in the car headlights!

I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and (at least!) a little bit of peaceful time to create something lovely! :)
Denyse x

I would like to enter this for:-
Cut It Up Tic Tac Toe Texture/Glitter/Ribbon Die Cut greeting
As You like It favourite Silver/Gold (Mine is Treasure Gold white Fire, which creates a beautiful sparkling colour that is between silver and gold!)
Sparkles FCC Christmas is Coming

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Seasons Greetings!!!!

Merry Christmas to you all. I hope Christmas 2016 finds you happy, healthy and ready to create!
At Crafts Galore Encore we have a new challenge for you. Sponsored by Sherri Baldi the winner will receive the 3 digi stamps used by the DT

I decided to use the middle image and printed it on to tissue paper and coloured it with copics, Neocolor crayons and polychromos. I then placed it around a pillar candle securing it with a band of grease proof paper with the excess paper creating a hand hold for me. I then used a heat gun to gently heat the candle , causing it to, "Swallow", the tissue paper. I then added Ranger enamels and some Stickles glue.
To create the holder I designed a candle holder which I cut out of card on my Cameo. I then used texture paste and glitter to "ice", the candle holder and added some gorgeous toadstools which I bought in a new shop in Chelmsford called, "Flying Tiger" (from Copenhagen).

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas,
Denyse x

Friday, 4 November 2016

An Autumnal Canvas with Moths!!!

Today is my second DT creation for Creative Artists Mixed Media and as always the theme is "Anything Goes", using mixed media.
The sponsor this month is Foil Play who offer a host of goodies HERE and offer free delivery on orders of over £10!
I decided to create an Autumnal Canvas and it was quite a long process! 
I began by gessoing an 8x12" canvas. I then used masking fluid randomly to create an irregular border. I brayered on red acrylic paint and knocked it back with white.
I then put my first layer of stamps on using a mixture of Dylusions Paper Artsy and Tim Holtz stamps, letting them dry and then layering them up. 
I added colour and white highlights using Faber Castell Gelatos and a Pitt Big White pen. 
I used stencils to add texture paste and stamped on top of it. I added a postage stamp image from an old book and also an amaretto biscuit wrapper (!) I then used white and black pens to doodle and added the odd Swarovski crystal.
I cut the moths (well butterflies) using the Tim Holtz Texture Fade Bigz Dies, and then embossed them. They were painted with distress inks and embossed with distress embossing powder. I rubbed Walnut Stain ink around the edges and then used a matt Mod Podge and distress glaze on them.
After fixing them to the canvas I rubbed the masking fluid off to reveal the white edges.

I hope you like it!

Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

Friday, 7 October 2016

Exciting News!!!

I am so excited to share some news with you today. I answered the DT call at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and have been accepted on to their very talented DT!!!!

I am particularly pleased as I am finding myself drawn more and more towards mixed media and joining this DT allows me to explore this style further.
The challenges are always mixed media and Anything Goes. This month the sponsor is The Dusty Attic

For my first DT piece I decided to create a sketchbook for my lovely, artistic, daughter Bethany. It needed to be pocket sized so I started with two pieces of chipboard which I covered with canvas paper. I then used PaperArtsy paints with my fingers to create a background. 
The circles (ELB 29 from the new PaperArtsy stamps by Lin Brown ) were stamped on, using Archival ink in Cobalt and Sepia. I then added some darker paint to the corners and cut photo corners out of brown card, on my Cameo. 
I used a Prima heart sticker which I rubbed gold foil on to, and using random dots of glue I added gold flakes to the covers.

I then cut a name plate from waste card and used Deco Art Fluid media paint in Quin Gold and Paynes grey to give it an aged metal look. I used an old typewriter font to create the label and stuck them on.

For the inside covers I used kraft card. I stamped with the same stamp set adding the beautiful leaf skeleton and then used some punchinella as a stencil to sponge fresco paint and tinting base through. I finished with some black splodges.
Before sticking the inside covers down (on top of the ends of the concertina paper) I coloured some white ribbon with my copic markers, so I could get a good match and stuck it on to the end plates.

This is how it looks assembled and open!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

My first painted character!!!

I have long been an admirer of those who can create their own characters for their work (Kate Crane and Trish Latimer being particular favourites). So when the Crafts Galore Encore September Challenge was decided as, "Anything Goes", and I didn't get a digi from Beccy's Place (prize one set of digis to the randomly chosen winner) I decided now was the time to try.

I have been lucky enough to to attend a couple of classes with Kate Crane and I used the techniques I learnt with her to create my 8" square canvas. The paints used were Decoart Fluid Media and also Decoart Tinting Base. My three colours were mixed with the tinting base and applied randomly, I then used stamps and stencils to build up the layers of the canvas. I finished with splodges of black paint, I used a white pen wherever I felt it needed it putting on swirls, wiggles and generally marking my page and added dots from the new Ranger Enamels range.

Trish provided the instruction for drawing and painting the character's face and figure(I have the Traplet DVD "Creating Faces", which gives lessons from four great artists)  I used Golden Watercolour Ground, on normal Journal paper to create a texture to paint on and used a selection of Watercolour pencils and Neo Colour 2 Crayons to colour her in. I fussy cut her out and stuck her on to the canvas. I used a black watercolour pencil to outline her and added washi paper to ground her. I finished with  the saying, "She dreams in colours that don't exist", which I created using my old fashioned motex labeller (which I LOVE!)

I loved doing this, especially as at various points throughout the process I decided it was a complete disaster, but remembered Kate's advice to keep going as anything can be mended using a technique like this!

I hope you enjoy it too, a splash of colour always makes me smile!
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

I would like to enter this for:-

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Jumping Juniper Berries it's July!!!

July and still no sunshine in the UK (well not any of note) so a good excuse to stay in and craft!
This month at Crafts Galore Encore we have an Anything Goes Challenge sponsored by the fabulous, Art by Mi Ran 

The prize is 3 digis of your choice, click on the image above to check out the fabulous artwork that you can work with.

I was lucky enough to get Berrylicious to work with. I cut the image out on my Cameo, using Print and Cut, then coloured it with Copic pens and Polychromo pencils and Wink of Stellar Clear. I rounded the edges of my card and embossed it with circles. I then used a fab new die that I bought, Crealies XXl Double Stitch Circles. I deliberately offset the circles and then swapped the inner colours about!
I then stamped and die cut the Altenew Word "Hello", which I glittered up with frosted Lace stickles. Finally I added some orange dew drops from Polkadoodles.

Happy Crafting!
Denyse x

I would like to enter this for :-
Just us Girls Word Summer (summer berries and prom dresses!)
As You Like It - Fave pens etc Copics, I love the range of Copic colours and shades and think they blend beautifully, I also love the fact they wrk so well with my polychromos pencils.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

A Little Birdie Told Me!

This card has been made using a digi stamp from Robyn's Fetish I used A Little Birdie Told Me.
For the background I cut a strip of acetate with a wavy line and airbrushed a sky using a Copic B12 pen.
I coloured the image with my copics and add some clear Wink of Stella sparkles and fussy cut it out when I added it to the background I created a shadow behind it but pulling the tail and head away from the card. I also  cut out extra daisies from the digi which I added as embellishments and also used to decoupage the daisies on the tree stump. The tag, phrase, grass and layers were all cut using my Cameo.
I mounted it using various papers and cards from my stash.
Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

One Box, One Lid, One Puzzle, Two Ways!

This month at Crafts Galore Encore Challenges we are being sponsored by Kenny K who are offering two prize of  3 digis one will be chosen and one will be selected randomly.

Please pop along to the challenge blog to enter, our theme is "Anything Goes". and we love to see what you create.

I was delighted to be asked to create a sample for the lovely Karen Clare  who is also known as "The Clock Lady"
Karen has recently designed a fantastic puzzle which is made out of MDF and comes flat packed ready for you to decorate/ alter/ personalise. A clever addition to the puzzle is its box which has a reversible lid. As the puzzle can be decorated on both sides, using both sides of the lid means you get two completely different puzzles and looks in one! The kit costs £9.95 with postage of just £1 to the Uk.
Please click HERE to visit Karen's website where the kits can be purchased and also HERE to visit her Facebook page.

I assembled my box using cosmic shimmer glue and held the pieces in place with the elastic bands that came in the pack

I then gessoed all of the pieces. I decided to take my inspiration from a workshop that I did with Emma Godfrey at That's Crafty. On the first side I used a store card to smear Paperartsy Fresco paint in Bougainvillea, Banana and South Pacific, I then added patches of snowflake followed by black stencilling of groups of dots. Various stamps were inked using the paint and stamped on using the paint as ink, I also stamped using distress inks and versa color in white. Splodges of black and neon pink were added and a rubbed in some more distress inks. Lines in gold metallic paint were applied using the store card. Different circles were added using pen lids dipped in paint. Text was added randomly (I put some upside down to make the puzzle harder) using stazon ink. Finally I used black and white journalling pens to add detail and this is what i ended up with ...

For my second side I stuck down old book papers with mod podge then I used Decoart Fluid Media paint in Dioxazine purple, with Paperartsy Fresco paints in Bora Bora, Banana and Limelight. Again I also used Americana neon pink. I sprayed the colours with water and used my fingers to apply the colour. I dry brushed with neat Paperartsy Fresco in Snowflake to knock the colour back and then added little pops of pink and gold dots. I added stamped text and then doodled with black and white journalling pens.
I ended up with this

Turning my attention to the box I painted it with Dylusions Turquoise and then added Prima Art Alchemy metallic paint in Deep Waters. I dry brushed with Decoart gold to finish.
I photographed the two sides of the puzzle and printed on glossy paper which I mounted on to black card and stuck it either side of the lid (the lid can be used either way around). I also Stamped the bottom of the box and added a small copy of each photograph.

As you can see, one item can give you two completely different looks!

I hope you like this and consider visiting Karen's shop to look at all the goodies there and pop one of these kits into your basket!
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

I would like to enter this for:-

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Merry Month of May is upon us!

This month at Crafts Galore we have an Anything Goes Challenge, sponsored by Di's Digis, who are offering $12 of your choice of digis as a fabulous, randomly chosen, prize.

For my project I decided to use two samples I have just created for the Stamp Addicts' show on Hochanda TV.
My first project was created by pulling a gelliplate print using layers of different acrylic paints and various stencils.. I then stamped on to the yellow circles and the corner, using Archival Ink.I kept the card simple by picking out the main colours in the matting and layering. I thought it ended up with a slightly "Oriental", feel to it.

My second project was created by repeatedly dropping alcohol ink on to glossy card (and aiming for the centre of already created circles) Dropping the ink creates a smooth circle which sponging etc couldn't achieve. I then inked the smaller stamps leaving the stalk at a length that matched the rest of the head making more of an orb. I love the fact that this leaves the card open to interpretation!

I am also very pleased to announce that I have been lucky enough to have been offered a place on a new Dt at Jade's Sparkling Butterflies! I will start posting my creations for them in June.
Happy Crafting!
Denyse xxx

I would like to enter these for :-

Friday, 1 April 2016

April Fool's, Anything Goes and an 18th Birthday!!!

Hello Blogland, I haven't been around for a while as have been busy with birthdays (my lovely Bethany was 18, and I was ... too old to remember!) and viruses (I know which I prefer!)
I am also very lucky to have been to a number of great workshops, and the flowers on my project are inspired by a fabulous workshop with Brenda Brown and Countryview Crafts.
Anyway I am back in time for a new Crafts Galore Encore Challenge which is sponsored by Beccy's Place and the theme is Anything Goes.
Beccy is offering 3 digis or a digi set of the winners choice.

I wasn't fortunate enough to receive a digi, but as I had various 18th birthday momentoes to make that wasn't a problem for me. 
For my project I took a light wood heart from The Works and painted it with Bougainvillea chalk paint from the Paper Artsy Fresco range. I then painted on a thin layer of their crackle glaze and once dry added a layer of Sherbet Chalk paint. I used distress inks (walnut) to ink the edges. I then mod podged some card from Amazon packaging and laid old book pages on top. Once dry I used a Tim Holtz Alterations  Bigz die 656640 to cut out flowers, which were painted with various distress inks and edged in walnut. I assembled the flowers with brads and used mod podge to stcick them to the heart. I cut the 18 using my trusty Silhouette Cameo and used Ice Resin Enamels (raspberry) to give them a metallic look (on top of amazon packaging again!). Finally I added some blue frantage around the edges and a tiny butterfly brad that I enamelled with the ice resin powders.
I was happy with the result, as was the recipient, a friend of Bethany's who shares my birthday!
Happy crafting!
Denyse x

I would like to enter this for:-
The Artistic Stamper - ATD
A Beautiful Mess #1 AG
Brown Sugar AG
Craft for the Craic Anything But A Card
Crafting with Friends AG
Creative Artiste AG/Chipboard etc #13
Creative Fingers #106
Dragon's lair AG
That's Crafty ATB&B
Countryview Challenges Spring
Avenue 613 AG
L'il patch of Crafty Friends AG
We love 2 Create AG MM
Crafting By Designs April AG
CraftyCreations Challenges For a Young Girl (to me 18 is young!)
Crafting For All Seasons Diecuts
CraftyGals AG
Crafty Addicts AG/Spring
2 Crafty Girls/Jade's Sparkling Butterflies AG
In the Pink 
Through The Purple Haze Flowers