Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Seeing Red....Stampotique SDC267 Challenge

Red, Red and more Red...!

I really can't quite believe that this is my third week as Guest Designer for Stampotique- only one week left and I'm having so much fun, I don't want to stop..!

The theme for the Stampotique Designers Challenge (SDC267) this week is 'Seeing Red'. 

I thought I was going to struggle with this theme because I usually steer clear of using red as the main focal colour in my projects - I find it quite a scary colour to use, unless it's just for a small highlight somewhere.

Here is my project for this weeks' theme...

I used Yupo paper (Tim Holtz) for the first time on this project. I've been wanting to try it for a while now, and I was pretty Impressed with it. I used it alongside Alcohol Inks to get the best results. I chose Cranberry, Raspberry and Valencia as a good blend of red shades and applied them to the paper using a felt pad and some blending solution.

I like using alcohol Inks as you can keep layering up the colours until you are happy with the results you have.  Whilst adding the red tones, I also added a mixitive of some white, just to knock back areas of the colour if it was too dark.

Before the ink had dried (and it dries very quickly), I sprinkled on some Brushos, again in red and rusty tones, and lightly spritzed with water. It was mainly for a different texture and feel to the piece. I then heat dried it.

When fully dry I stamped the fabulous Journey Collage stamp on top of the inked background with an embossing pad, then used Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to heat emboss over it. It left brilliantly raised, clear background lettering, which you can just 
make out in the photos. I really love the effect.

I chose a few stamps to use together, which is one of the hardest things to do. I'm always spoilt for choice, they're just fabulous.
Eventually, I chose Twinkie, Kitty Cube, Animal Cube, French Text, Approach with Caution and Journey Collage (see the links below for the stamps).
I coloured each image in using Tim Holtz Distress Markers and my water brush, to get a watercolour look, then adhered them to to background.  I used a piece of washi tape to ground the images. Finally I mounted it onto black card to make the colours pop.

The stamps I used were :-
                                        Twinkie - Daniel Torrente
                                        Kitty Cube - Daniel Torrente 
                                        Animal Cube - Magda Polakow
                                        French Text - Jo Capper-Sandon
                                        Approach with Caution Text - Kate Crane
                                        Journey Collage - Amy Wilson Wellenstein

I hope you like my make this week? I enjoyed making it....

Please come over to the Stampotique Designers Challenge page and join in the fun with us.... It's SDC267 'Seeing Red'. I'm looking forward to seeing your fabulous creations ...

Happy Crafting.... Gemma xoxo

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

SDC266 Love Bugs Week 2!

Love Bugs....!!

Hi everyone!

Well, it's my second week as Guest Designer for Stampotique and I'm having lots of fun. 
I can't think of anything better than being surrounded by amazing stamps, a cup of tea and the potential to make a great mess - my perfect day..!

This Is my second 'Love Bug' project.  I decided to make a Canvas this time and already had a stamp in mind to use - I love it...

I wanted to use Brusho's as the colourant this time, as Ive haven't really used them very much. I wanted a 'greenish' background, so I stuck mainly to greens, but also turquoise, blue and yellow so it looked like it was outside?!
I applied some brushos to the dry canvas first of all, then spritzed them with some water and dried.
Once dry, I chose a fairly open stencil and used some texture paste and although the brushos had been dried, some of the colour still wicked into the paste.  Let it dry completely.
Then I wet the canvas again and applied more pigment, until I was happy with the coverage. If there was too much in one place, it's easy to just mop it up with some kitchen paper.

I coloured my stamped images in with watercolour paint, I used Prima Watercolours and I 
adhered them to the canvas.
To make it more of a Love Bug theme, I added wings to backs of the friends jumpers  ('Take your Time' stamp by Daniel Torrente ) and the bumble bee and moth.

I added the fabulous Patio Lights and used a 3D varnish on the bulbs, so that when they dried they actually looked like light bulbs. Then I adhered everything else in place.

I thought it was quite a summery looking scene and I hope warmer weather is on its way soon!

The stamps I used were:

It would be great if you could join in the challenge. 

Here is the link you need:- Stampotique Designers Challenge SDC266 'Love Bugs'

We would love to see your fabulous creations....

Happy Crafting.... Gemma xx 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Unleash Yourself...!

Unleash Yourself and Fly to your dreams...

Hi everyone! Thanks for coming over to look at my blog this month for Roc Nicholas and Stampotique

It's pretty exciting for me at the moment because not only am I still on Roc's Design Team, which I love, but I'm also Guest Designer for Stampotique during February. Im over the moon...!

For Roc this month, I thought I'd make a large tag as I haven't done one in a while. I do enjoy working with tags as they're so versatile and great fun to use.

I started by applying a really coarse texture paste to the tag through a stencil In opposite corners, just to add some further detail, then let it dry completely.

I lightly sprayed the tag with some water then used 3 or 4 of Tim Holtz Distress Sprays in variations of yellow, lime green, teal and turquoise. I made big puddles with each colour, then rolled off the excess with some kitchen paper, then just kept building up the colour until I was happy with it.
Again, when it was dry, I used a sanding block to sand some of the modeling paste back. I wanted to try to bring some contrast back by showing the whiteness of the paste.

I decided to colour my images this month using Copic markers and to be honest, I haven't used them for years, so am completely out of practice...! I did enjoy using them again though..

I used a few stamps in the background in complimentary colours to add interest and to ground some of the images... Then I glued my stamped images in place and outlined them in black, as well as the edge of the tag...

The stamps I used for this tag are:-

             Roc Nicholas ~ Bird Border
                                       ~ XXXX Border
                                       ~ Camper
                                       ~ Ellie
                                       ~ Unleash Yourself Text
                                       ~ Flying Heart
                                       ~ Heart Vine
                                       ~ Squiggle Arms
         Jo Capper-Sandon ~ Daisy Daisy
                                   ~ Floral Flutter

I hope you like this, if you do, I'd love to hear from you xx

Happy Crafting, 

Gemma Xox


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Love Bugs......Guest Designer for Stampotique

Oh my goodnesss... I'm so, so excited...Stampotique!!! 

I can't believe that I've been asked to be Guest designer  for Stampotique for February, I'm giddy with excitement!

I have loved Stampotique for years, so this was the perfect opportunity for me to jump into..

Week 1 Challenge:- SDC266 Love Bugs

I really enjoyed creating this project, it was so much fun.  I don't have many bug stamps yet, but I love these butterfly wings by Daniel Torrente called 'Lovely Wings', and they were shouting to be converted into a steampunk style butterfly..!

I used a wooden heart as the base of the project, and covered it in a thick layer of black gesso. When it was dry, I painted a heavy layer of crackle paste over the top. I just love using crackle paste on things, it's magical and so effective. You must leave it to dry naturally though as using a heat tool may stop the full full effect of it.

When you work in layers, it's important to let each layer dry fully before working on the next one.
I used some silver embossing paste to stencil parts of a brick wall on a few areas of the heart, I wanted it to look like the butterflies had landed or were grounded on something solid.

Whilst everything was drying, I stamped out the 'Lovely Wings' stamp with a glue pad and 
used gilding flakes to achieve the metallic look I wanted. I cut out the holes on the wings 
and used my Cropodile to add bronze coloured rivets to reinforce them. I attached a screw as the body to one butterfly and some clear stones (some bling) to the other body.

To add some colour to the heart, I used some acrylic paints in bronze and dark teal, and used my fingers to rub it in to certain areas. The rest of the colour was from using gilding wax. The result of the wax was fabulous. It really clings to the crackle and picks out any little detail, it really catches the light...!

I positioned the butterflies on the 'wall' and created a trail from their bodies using mini 
stones and micro beads in turquoise, black and bronze. Then, using some silicone glue, I attached Roc Nicholas' 'Flying Heart' over one of the trails. Finally I stamped out, 'Love Bugs' onto some black card, and made a wire hanger so it can be used.

I really enjoyed making this, I hope you like it too..?!

It would be great if you could join in the challenge. 

Please come over and say 'Hi', I'd love to hear your comments!

Stamps I used are:
                           Lovely Wings - Daniel Torrente
                           Flying Heart - Roc Nicholas
                           Design Cube 2 - France Papillon

Happy Crafting, Gemma x

Saturday, 7 January 2017

New Year's Resolutions...!

Happy New Year.... Woooo Hooooo!! 🎉🌟🥂🎈

Hi everyone, I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year..?!

Well here's to another year of new resolutions we promise to try and stick to, LoL. 
I'd like to think that mine will last longer than last years did...fingers crossed..!!

With New Year resolutions in mind, I made my first piece for Roc Nicholas Design Team. After drinking copious amounts of tea and covering myself in paint, I was finished! 

'Live with Promise, Love with Passion and Laugh with Pleasure'.

What were your resolutions, I'd love to know??

The camera doesn't really show the colours well. The background is a range of different tones of pink, grey and a little yellow paint, but for some reason, it looks mainly yellow here! Oh well, that's fine haha!

I made a canvas this month, and painted the background as described above. When it was dry, I stencilled pink glitter paste through my chosen new year promise and set aside for it to dry.

In the meantime I stamped and coloured Roc Nicholas' stamps - Polka Dot Dog and Bird Princess. I also used Heart Vine to add detail to the top of the canvas.
I coloured the images in using my amazing new set of Caran d'Ache Pablo pencils, the colour range is stunning. Well worth trying!
I added some background stamping when everything was dry, then positioned where I wanted my Bird Princess and Dog. Once happy with the placement, I glued them in place.
I was quite pleased with it until I saw how it came out on camera -the tones are so different. I'll try and take another photo, and if that one is better, I'll post it here..!

I hope that 2017 grants your wishes and fulfils your dreams...

Happy crafting,

Gemma xox 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas......

Merry Christmas one all all.....

Oooh I'm starting to feel all festive and Christmassy..... 

It's that time of year again folks....!  I just love Christmas time and all it encompasses, it's always been such a special time for me, and I don't think that I'll ever out grow it.

I love making anything Christmassy, but I never seem to have enough time to make everything I want, but I really enjoyed making my Design Team project this month for Roc Nicholas

The Photo doesn't show the colours off that well. There are lots of brightly coloured 'baubles' in the Christmas tree, but for some reason they can't be seen.

I used one of Tim Holtz Vignette boxes as the 'frame' for my project (I think it was the middle sized one) and I really enjoyed creating it.

I chose a piece of Christmas paper and added some background embossing to it. I then attached Roc's gorgeous Christmas Tree (Roc's Tree) stamp to it, which I had heat embossed onto acetate.

I really wanted to try and make this look as Christmassy as I could, so I applied a Christmas washi tape to the to and sides, then covered the inside base of the box in snowflakes as well as snowballs. 
I wanted to add a tree of some sort and I really love Tim Holtz Woodland Trees (I used the medium size one) and prayed it a few shades of green, using a combination of Dylusions and Tim Holtz Distress Sprays. When the inks were dry, I added the baubles.

Whilst the ink was drying, I chose two more of Roc's stamps, as I Love them to bits, they're sooooo cute. I chose 'Horse' and 'Vic. I gave Vic a Santa hat to make him more festive and a bow tie for Horse.
I used Luminance colouring Pencils by Caran d'Ache to colour in the images, they give such a smooth result and blend so well, I love them.

Once everything was dry and coloured in, I glue everything in place using a silicone glue. I don't always like my projects but I really enjoyed this one and being Christmas themed makes it even nicer...!

Stamps I used were Roc's Tree, Horse and Vic. Click on the links above to view them..

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you've enjoyed my project and if I don't see you before, I'll see you in 2017...eeek!

Mwah, Happy Christmas Crafting xoxo

Monday, 7 November 2016

My Journal page....

She was Grateful....

Hi everyone, it's my turn today to show you the Journal page I made for Roc Nicholas Design Team....

I haven't done a Journal page in a while, so after spending what seemed like ages trying to choose which journal to use, I finally opted for my pocket Moleskin. I enjoy working in smaller Journals, you get totally different results from working on larger projects... They're great fun and can be as detailed as you want them to be (or not)!!

I began by selecting a few co-ordinating colours of Amsterdam acrylic paint, in this case I chose shades of Turquoise, Lime Green, Yellows and a contrasting Pink, which really helps the other colours to 'pop'...

I started the page by layering the colours upon each other, beginning with the lightest colours first. In order to achieve a good blend of the colours, I always apply white paint with 
a dry brush over areas of the colour to soften the edges or joins. You can then reapply more colour to increase the depth or more white to soften the colour depending on the style you're looking for. Although I do have to mention that I always use a dry brush for this technique.

When I was happy with the border, I used white Gesso to block out a rectangular panel in the centre (it needed a couple of coats), this is where I wanted my main images to be...!
I made sure it was completely dry before drawing a border around the central panel with a black fine liner pen.

I chose some of my favourite background stamps and stencils for the next step as I wanted 
to use the same colour paints (or ink pads) to highlight areas of colour around the painted border. 
To make sure that I didn't stamp on to my clean gesso'd panel, I used a piece of paper as a mask, so any over-lapping would end up on the paper and not the Gesso. I was really pleased how the stamping and stencilling turned out!

Whilst everything was drying, I coloured in Roc's images which I'd stamped using Archival ink, as it's permanent...
I coloured the images using my favourite colouring pencils, which are a mix between Fabre Castell Polychromos and Caran d'Ache Pablo pencils. The colour ranges are beautiful and are so lovely to use and blend colours together.
Once I cut out my images, I positioned them on my page where I wanted them, then glued them into place.
All was left to do was some shading with a grey pencil around the base of the letters and under the 'Bird Lady's' shoes. This just gives the image some depth and grounds' it.

I hope you like my journal page? I love using Roc's stamps as they are so versatile and great fun...

Stamps I used were:-

- Bird Lady, Roc Nicholas
- Be Grateful, Roc Nicholas
- XXXX Border, Roc Nicholas
- Hearts Cubed, Jo Capper-Sandon 

I'd love to hear what you think, so please feel free to leave me a message. 

Thanks for looking, Happy Crafting Everyone xoxo