Friday, 30 May 2014

Clarity Challenge- Its All About The Words

A bit of a last minute project for the Clarity Stamps Words Challenge, and has I haven't used the Word Chains before, it was the perfect opportunity

I applied the DecoArt Texture paste through the following Clarity Stencils
Stripes, Dotty Wave & Double Bubble stencils to a 8'' x 8'' piece of chipboard

Then stamped the words from Clarity Stamps Word chains 3 & 4 onto card then tore the edge and glued onto the Chipboard and applied Gesso around the edges, and the same with the image

I then applied DecoArt one step crackle on the image and words and heavily around the edges and left to dry overnight the crackle effect is amazing

I then applied a wash of Prussian blue , heavier around the edges, followed by a wash of Quinacridone gold, heavier more intense in areas on the texture
I finished with areas of one step crackle around the edge thickly to get larger cracks

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

A Vintage Journey- All About Him

A Vintage Journey
All about Him Challenge 

My inspiration for the challenge came from one of my favourite artists René Magritte and the weather!

The Artemio frame was textured with DecoArt Modelling paste
Once dry painted with Williamsburg Blue and darkened towards the bottom with Burnt Umber and Carbon Black and highlighted with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso, Black Shimmer and Champagne Ice

The background was a wash of  Williamsburg Blue, then stamped with Tim Holtz Umbrella man from Mini Muse in Distress Ink Stormy Sky and Black Soot

I used the Tim Holtz frameworks Honeycomb die, which was my inspiration for the frame for the Winged Things Gentleman image, these were all lightly textured with modelling paste Painted with Carbon black then highlighted with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Espresso and Black shimmer

The London Skyline was cut on my new Cricut Explore, a file I created and then cut
To say I'm blown away by this machine is an understatement, I scanned the large umbrella man from Creative Muse and created a cutting file, as you can see the detail is amazing, the umbrella handle is 1mm!
The skyline was painted black and then dry brushed with Dazzling Metallic Rich Espresso acrylic

The quote was stamped onto a piece of honeycomb embossed card and coloured as the image with Distress Inks, Walnut Stain, Black Soot and Stormy Sky as watercolour and then distressed with Walnut and Black Soot

The metal embellishments where all coloured with alcohol inks for a more distressed finish

Thank you for looking, and it might be sunny tomorrow!

Jools : )

Stampotique Pink and Turquoise Polka Dot Challenge

This week's Stampotique challenge is hosted by Sam Read and her challenge is:

I'm so excited to be sharing with you my love for polka dots. Almost every thing I own is dotty!

Polka dots are great fun as a main feature or as a delicate accent to artwork. My other love is my favourite colour combination, pink and turquoise. So for this weeks challenge I'm inviting you to have fun with my favourite things: Pink, Turquoise and Polka Dots! I can't wait to see your creations, so get your rubber out and have lots of fun creating :)

Sky Blue Turquoise and Pink Polka Dots
I don't often use pink but when I do I like cerise tones, I love turquoise and the combination of the two is great fun, really zingy!!

It's my last Guest Designer Challenge so I thought I'd go out with a bit of sparkle too! thanks to Tim Holts Peacock feathers distress glitter!!

The background was embossed polka dot card mounted onto a 12"x 12" Chipboard sheet

I created a graduated effect with DecoArt Aquamarine and Vivid Violet
Starting with the Aquamarine at the top and working down with the pink and a little Dioxazine purple at the bottom to add depth

I painted sheets of Turquoise and pink to cut the polka dots, and flowers

The main image Stampotique Leopard Queen stamped onto card washed with vivid Violet and Baby Pink, She looks to be meditating and in a good place so the quote seemed perfect

The flowers were Tenticurl, Seaweed, Dandelion, Stalks, Lavender, Daisy Daisy and Spidergrass with Honeycomb

I've had a fabulous time as a Guest DT for Stampotique, and look forward to carrying on doing future challenges

I hope you have been inspired by all of the Stunning Pink and Turquoise Polka dot DT design projects and  look forward to seeing your creations
For more information and to enter just pop back

Jools : )

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Stampotique Challenge Steampunk

This week’s Stampotique Challenge is Steampunk

Kathi Rerek is our hostess this week and her challenge is:
As an avid reader of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Historical Fiction, it's only natural that Steampunk imagery appeals to me. Here's some info for you about Steampunk that I found at online. ( )

"Steampunk is an inspired movement of creativity and imagination. With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America’s Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. If Jules Verne or H.G. Wells were writing their science fiction today, it would be considered “steampunk.”"

My challenge to you is to create a Steampunk project using your stamps and your imagination!

Time Nether Flies

My third Guest DT Project couldn’t have been better as I love Steampunk!
I was so was soooooo! looking forward to this challenge and I wanted to use the fabulously Gothic Nether,
but soften slightly with the colours and flowers and as I love purple it just had to be!

I used 12"x 12" chipboard sheet and covered with embossed card using a variety of metal effect Embossing folders, embellished with wood and metal gears, cogs and half pearls
Then painted with DecoArt Carbon Black, and then dry brushed with Titanium White followed with a colour wash of Dioxazine Purple and then dry brushed with Elegant Finish Shimmering Silver

The frame was made from chipboard and textured with DecoArt Modelling paste
I than applied the embellishments, one dry I painted black and dry brushed with Elegant Finish and then highlighted further with DecoArt metallic lustre Black Shimmer and Silver Spark

All of the metal embellishments were painted with the elegant finish and distressed with Alcohol Inks, Black Soot, Espresso and Eggplant
The clock face was made from the Stampotique Timeless stamp, distressed with antique linen and black soot and Decoart one step crackle

Nethers clock house was Tim Holtz Rivets embossing folder painted with Elegant Finish Shimmering Silver and then coloured with alcohol inks
The door, framed window, flowers, Nether and her wings were all stamped onto the silver card and then coloured with Promarkers and distressed with black soot

I hope you have been inspired by all of the Stunning Steampunk DT design projects and we look forward to seeing your Stampotique Steampunk creations For more information and to enter just pop back

    Jools : )
Stampotique Stamps

Picture door
Picket Fence
Daisy daisy
Lavender Sprig
Daniels Hearts
Medium & Tiny Bee
Bat like wings
DT Framed

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Stampotique Challenge- Use a Tag

Stampotique Challenge

Kaz Boughton is our hostess this week and her challenge is:

I love using tags on things I make, so my challenge is simple: whatever you make, put a tag on it. You can make a tag for the challenge, but it has to have a tag on it!!

The Stampotique gang loved playing hide and seek tag but they were always hiding in places that Fofe couldn't find
They gave him clues but mischievously they mixed the labels up!!!
So he quite often lay down and went to sleep while counting, One, two miss a few 99, 100 ready or not, snoring!! 

It's my second week as the guest designer for Stampotique and the chance to use tags! I love using them usually with just a single image or making envelopes to hide things in! So I though why not make a background made up of the two!

I applied the tags to a 12" x12" piece of chipboard, some flat and others as concertina fold but mainly envelope folded to create the hiding places!
With layers of corrugated cardboard for more texture and torn and embossed card

I used DecoArt modelling paste with stencils and applied more texture with a palette knife and covered with Gesso

Once dry, I sprayed with a mix of Dylusions and Mister Heuy sprays
Finished with Tim Holtz, Distress Stains, Persimmon, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
I wiped back some of the colour with a baby wipe, so that the colour wasn't too dark

I also decorated with die cut trellis patterns, which were also covered with modelling paste and painted with DecoArt Carbon Black acrylic and Metallics Rich Espresso and Shimmering Silver

The characters characters were stampeded with Black Stazon and then coloured with coloured Distress inks used as watercolours
Forest Moss, Dusty Concord, Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain, Black Soot
Fofes tag bed was a label stencilled with the Tim Holtz Lattice and coloured with distress inks

Once dry, I used a embossing ball tool on them to achieve a slightly 3D effect as the whole piece is so structured and textural

I hope you have been inspired by all of the Fabulous DT design projects and we look forward to seeing your lovely Tag creations For more information and to enter just pop back

                    Jools : )
Stampotique stamps

Fofe, Wilbur, Spykee, Sheer,  Gooseneck, Eric, Prom Queen, Mary , Smile

Text & Textures
Small Numbers cube
Splatter blob & long
Interactive cube
bits and pieces
French Script
People Person

Friday, 9 May 2014

Guest Designer at A Vintage Journey

Fond Memories Challenge
I’m so pleased to have been selected as the winner of the ‘A little Bit French’ Challenge and asked to be a Guest Designer for the  current ‘Fond Memories’ Challenge

My memory box and album is inspired by a special place with fond memories, we frequently stayed in a village in the Yorkshire Dales when I was growing up
A beautiful place, fresh air, green rolling hills and a group of peacocks!
They inhabited the village and ruled the roost! constantly calling and parading around displaying their beautiful feathers

All of the images are from the surrounding area and places we visited, one very fond memory is the St Michael and all Angels Church, a place I loved to go into and count the wooden mice
The pews were made by a local craftsman Robert Thompson known as the Mouseman due to his famous carvings and trademark 

I started my memory box with an image transfer technique using DecoArt Faux Medium on the lid using a peacock feather image, I aged this with one step crackle and a wash of DecoArt Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Umber and Carbon Black

The outside of the box was painted with Carbon Black and Burnt Umber acrylic and decorated with Tim’s Vintage lace die cuts in black card and then dry brushed with Metallic Rich Espresso.
Once dry I applied the various decorative metal fixings

The memory album is based on Tim’s W book format but left just as a concertina only sticking the sides that form the pockets the first end fixed to the inside of the box lid
The great thing about the concertina book is the it allows for any depth of embellishments and you can add more pages

I Coloured the Curio knob, Foundations box feet, trim, Word keys, heart and oval charms with Alcohol inks to add a more vintage effect

The heart embellishments were cut from chipboard with the Tim Holtz die covered in modelling paste and painted with Acrylics and metallic shimmer, the smaller hearts were Tando chipboard mini hearts
I also made heart, discs and abstract embellishments using UTEE & Ranger peacock texture treads and edged the micro slides too

 Details of some of the feature pages and tags, I made 16 in total which was two of W books put together
The remainder are made up of photo pages

Such a wonderful challenge theme, I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone’s amazing creations.

Jools : )


Tim Holtz

Lost and found papers
Kraft Resist
Kraft Glassine

Texture fades Harlequin

Nature walk stamps
Mini muse stamps

Mini Heart die
Vintage lace die
Tag & Bookplates

Curio Knobs
Heart Charms
Cash keys
Locket keys
Word keys

Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks & Stains, Glossy Accents


One Step Crackle
Metallics Perfect Pearl  Peacock and Purple
Rich Espresso and Glorious Gold
Traditions Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Burnt Umber
Modelling Paste


Cricut Cartridges
Paper lace
Fancy Frames
Art Nouveau

Fiskars Plumage
QuicKutz Feather Die
Prima Vintage Trinkets

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Stampotique Challenge- Pink and Orange

SDC146: Color Challenge-Pink and Orange Background

Corrie is our hostess for this weeks challenge:

"Hello everybody and happy Wednesday to you. I am hosting today's Challenge and I would like you to use pink and orange in your background. Now my mother used to tell me that orange and pink don't go together but because I am a rebel, I think they do !!! 

So I would like you to use pink and orange in the background of your project. I am looking forward to see what you come up with. Happy crafting."

I'm pleased to announce my first Guest DT for Stampotique Originals Stamps
I love the stamps such amazing beautiful artwork, quirky and such wonderfully expressive characters

As soon as I saw the theme, I wanted to create a Sunset and Silhouette effect And as Mela & Toby loved an evening stroll, they fit the bill perfectly and looked fab in the Garden bathed in fabulous pink and orange glow from the sunset

I created a pink and orange graduated background using DecoArt Traditions and Americana arcylics, Quinacrodone Violet, Vivid Violet, Black Plum, Bright Orange and Orange Twist

I then stamped Stampotique Mela & Toby such a beautiful pair with Stazon and coloured lightly with black watercolour with owl tree and sun, moon, clouds stamp in the background

I used the darkest stamps in the foreground to create a silhouette effects with secondary stamping and lighter stamps further up using Tenticurl, Jos Flower Cube, Seaweed, Stalks, Dandelion, Meadow and Spidergrass

The flowers and the hearts around the frame are Jos Flower cube and Heart cube Stamped onto card and coloured with the wonderfully vibrant Dylusions sprays and cut out, I lost count! and to finish off a couple of Bumblebees and a Dragonfly!

I hope you have been inspired by all of the Fabulous DT design projects and we look forward to seeing your lovely Pink & Orange creations For more infomation and to enter just pop back

Jools :)