Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Believe In Magic

Although Halloween is now over for another year the autumn mists are here in force, making everything look a bit spooky and magical.
Here is a card I made for a friends birthday. The fab quote is from Roald Dahl!

It's got tons of lovely texture made with Frantage embossing powder, gel medium through a stencil, some Pebeo Cerne Relief outliner (the black star) and the quote itself embossed using a label maker. There's also some transfer foil as well and the whole thing looks very sparkly. 

I'd like to enter this is in the Mixed Media Monthly challenge, which has the theme on texture this month.

I hope my friend likes it! 

Sarah xx

Friday, 30 October 2015

Strange Beauty

With Halloween almost upon us my mind can't help turn to the strange and spooky.

Here are a couple of very quick spooky ATC's 
This one uses a stamp from Inkadinkado. I've had the set for ages as I just couldn't resist the quirky images, but this was the first time I've used it. The quote round the edge is "there is no beauty without some strangeness" which is a variation on an Edgar Allen Poe quote and very fitting for this fab octopus. It is coloured mostly with watercolour pencils.

For the second one I used a Sheena Douglas stencil and a gorgeous tree stamp from a Crafty Individuals set. It was coloured with a mixture of watercolour pencils and black and white Neocolor crayons.

I'd like to enter these into the Craft Barn weekly challenge.

Happy Halloween to all!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

My little boy recently turned 3 (where on earth did the time go!). He's a very sweet little lad (most of the time) and loves singing. One of his favourites is twinkle twinkle little star, and he sings it so sweetly that I well up every time. He's my little star. 

So today, I want to share a piece of home decor I made with this in mind. I have wanted to do something with teabags for a long time, and it finally got pushed to the top of my mental ideas list by an article by Jaine Drake in this months Craft Stamper magazine. My piece is a very different style but the patchwork effect was definitely inspired by that project.

I have to admit, it's a bit, hmm, should I say 'rustic' and I'll apologise in advance for the poor picture quality.

It's made of teabags stitched together and then stitched onto some brown packing paper. The packing paper had white and gold paint applied randomly using my Gelli plate (using up a failed experiment). Some of the teabags were stamped or stencilled. The stars were stenciled in Prima copper crackle texture paste through a Prima stencil and outlined with watercolour pencils. I stamped the words and stitched those on too. 

I'd like to enter this in the Craft Barn weekly challenge on the theme of light, and also into Craft Stampers 'take a technique' challenge

Finally here's a quick pic of my lovely little muse.

Thanks for looking! X

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Oriental Adventure

Hi All,

I have a canvas to show you today. Its a small (~A5) one that I've had hanging around for ages and has already undergone several incarnations. 
This time I've finally got something I like: A grungy, aged, oriental inspired design.

First I gessoed over the previous project, then gave it a bit of colour with tea dye and walnut stain distress ink. 
Next I took some packaging paper, crumpled it and smooshed it through the same distress inks watered down on the craft mat. I love doing this, it creates really lovely worn looking paper. I also splattered on some watered down DecoArt quinacridone gold acrylic paint. I glued torn strips to my canvas with gel medium.
I added an oriental bird image and some stamping with some Paperartsy stamps from a Hot Picks backgrounds set.
A thick layer of DecoArt one step crackle, and some DecoArt antiquing creams in black and red oxide, and it was finished.

I'd like to enter this into the Craft Stamper Take it Make it 'take a stamp' challenge. The stamping may not be the most obvious here, but It was very definitely necessary for the oriental feel and texture in this piece.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah x

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Gelli and Stencils

Hi there, 

My lovely husband got me a Gelli Plate for my birthday a couple of months ago. Its so much fun to play with that I have made loads of prints, but haven't actually used many of them. The piece I want to show you started off as a print using acrylic paints (Sennelier Abstract Blue and DecoArts Media Quinacridone Violet) with an Andy Skinner stencil.

Looking for something to do with the print, I spotted a new sketch book and thought the print would make a lovely cover image.

I edged it using black neopastel, which mirrored the lovely rough texture of the print then added more layers of stencilling with neopastel and archival ink through some Crafters Workshop stencils (I love the Rebekah Meier ones!). Simple, but quite effective I think.

I'm going to enter this in the Thats Crafty 'stencils and masks' challenge and also a stencils challenge on the Mixed Media World blog which I have only just discovered.
Thanks for visiting, I hope to have more to show you soon.

Sarah xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A few cards

Here are a couple of cards I've made recently for family and friends. They are fairly experimental so I hope their recipients liked them. 

First 1: brayered fresco finish paints, stencilled grunge paste and stitched layers. Stitching seems to be making its way onto almost everything I do now I've finally got the hang of threading my sewing machine (it didn't stop me doing making the stupid mistake of sewing the front and back of the card together though, oops!).

Second one: music paper, stamped and distressed, stencilled fabric and a stamped and stitched teabag.
Sorry for the poor quality photos - my mobile actually takes better pictures than my camera, but neither are fantastic.
Thanks for looking, hope you are having a good week,
Sarah x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Trading Post - Forgotten Times

Here is my ATC for the Artist Trading Post challenge. The theme was 'Trading post' and it made me think of an old, forgotten shop and how times have changed.

My son found me the watch face and bark for the sign in our local park. Getting him trained early at finding me random bits and bobs - think he's a bit of a magpie.

The background was a Tim Holtz paper, coloured and stamped with distress inks. I added texture with some Finnabair copper crackle paste to which I added some brown fresco finish paint to take the shine off. Unfortunately it didnt actually crackle - maybe because of the paint or maybe because I was impatient and dried it with a heat tool. I still like the texture though.

Thanks for visiting,
Sarah x

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Fun With Scraps and Stitching

So often my creative time gets taken up with marking cards for friends and relatives, so it was really nice this weekend to just have time to play.
I grabbed my distress inks, sewing machine and all the leftovers scraps lying on my desk.

I made a couple of ATCs:

And a larger, postcard sized piece: 

Just for fun :-)