Sunday, 28 May 2017

We Love to Create Challenge 11- Anything goes/ Mixed media goes

Wow! so happy to be here and be able to say we have a new challenge on the We Love to Create Blog. They like to keep things nice and simple over there and the new challenge, challenge #11 is Anything Goes/ Mixed Media Goes. There is a chance for one lucky winner to receive a prize from our generous sponsor Premium Art Brands. 

Not only is this my first post for We Love to create, but it was also my first real play with Pan Pastel products. First impressions are that I absolutely love them, they were so easy to use, although I will have to learn to be nicer to my applicators (oops!). I am looking forward to learning more about this versatile product, and hope to bring some of you along for the journey.

The first thing I had to try was stencilling, as it's one of my favourite things to do. I cut a piece of card to fit my card blank and laid a stencil over the top. over the stencil, I applied some Magenta Shade and Light Blue Pan Pastels. Blending over the top with a large sponge to blend and mix the colours together. On two book pages, I stamped out two large flowers with archival ink and the words it's all perspective. To colour the flowers I added a layer of Titanium white and build layers or Magenta Shade and Violet on top. I used a lot more Violet than Magenta on the flowers. Once I have glued everything in place I went around all the edges with a black Stabilo pencil. 

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Note Books

I am really getting back into making these notebooks. They make such handy gifts for people especially if you're like me and leave it to the last minute to find/make a gift. 

 * I cut my chipboard for inside the cover to the sizes I needed
* Then I cut files down to size for the pages, once they are cut I glue them together. I like to weigh these down with something heavy while they dry to keep everything together.
* The covers were made from a sheet of A3 card which I decorated with stamps, stencils, paints and sprays. The sprays I used will always react to water so I made sure to seal them after I was finished. 
* Cut the card down to fit the chipboard pieces and glue together to form the cover. Punch holes and attach the ribbon for the closure and then glue the pages in place. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

I love watching the Art Sherpa Paint.

I love watching the Art Sherpaa, Cinnamon Cooney. It's my little guilty pleasure as I often watch, but very rarely do I bother to get my paints out and have a go. I have learnt so much watching these videos and I am sure I would learn a whole heap more if I actually painted along. 

When I do join in I like to paint along in my journal and tend to go completely off track, Cinnamon will say do this to make this wonderful effect and I, for example, will do a quicker circle with a bottle top that just happens to be next to me on the table. I really must try to focus more next time. 

You can find her Youtube channel here
and this video I was watching here

I am sure I will to this one again someday as I really enjoyed it and mine looks nothing like the original, I still have so much to learn.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Colorista colouring pad card

Hello Everyone

I made this card using the leftover piece from a different card I had made, which I posted recently. All I did was cut the piece in small squares which I glued into place on the card blank and doodled around with a black pen. 

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Wet Wipe Card

Hello Everyone

I have dried out and used wet wipes to create this card over on The Artistic Stampers blog today, Why not pop over and look for more information.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Colourista Colouring page

Hello Everyone

I have a new card to share with you all using a page from a Colorista Colouring pad, I really enjoy colouring on this pad, but hate the idea of leaving them in the pad doing nothing so often turn them into cards.

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Colorista colouring page 2

Hello Everyone

For this card, I used the section of colouring page I had left over, It was coloured in using Spectrum Noir pens. I just mounted the section of the colouring page I had left to a piece of kraft card and doodled/drew in the rest of the image with a black fine point pen. 

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Floral Fantasy Challenge on The Artistic Stamper Blog

Hello Everyone

WOW May already, I feel as if April went by way too fast, a new month means a new challenge over on The Artistic Stampers blog. This month's theme is

Floral Fantasy

It took me a while to work this one out and decide what I wanted to make, In the end, I got stuck on the idea of florals being individual flowers but not wanting to make something with traditional flower images, Then I decided I was making myself freeze creatively by over thinking and I should just have fun with the them. So I turned the Lightbulb stamp into flowers.

I cut a piece of card to fit my card blank and covered it with a layer of purple paint. I laid the floral mask over the top and sponged through some blue paint. Once dry, using black and white paint I stamped different sized circles. All the paints used were Dylusions paints.

After stamping the large lightbulb twice and drawing in some bottoms, I painted them in with a layer of gesso to act as a barrier between the purple and the colour I painted over the top. I also stamped the word smile from the framed words set in three places on the background.

Sorry for the badly out of focus picture, But here I painted a layer of green paint over the light bulb flowers and using a mask I stamped inside the light bulbs with a calligraphy mat stamp and a black ink pad. 

I also decided to stamp inside the light bulbs with orange paint and one of Lesley's small flower stamps, and then I scribbled gentle around the light bulbs and the words, to highlight them and help them stand out from the background.

Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to seeing what everyone makes.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Wet Wipe Background

Pop over to The Artistic Stamper blog today, 
to see what I used to make this card.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Colorista Colouring page card 1

I love to colour in the Colorista colouring pads, and instead of leaving the pages inside the pad I like to turn them into cards. You can get some very beautiful results fairly quickly.

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Hearts as flowers card

A new month means a new challenge over on The Artistic Stampers blog, 
And this month the theme is 


So many ideas pop into your head with such an expansive theme title and I can not wait to see what everyone comes up with. You can join in on the blog and the facebook page, a lucky winner will be chosen to receive a stamp. 

I started by spreading some Distress Ink onto my craft mat and spraying them with water. Once the ink was wet enough to form those small little beads, I pressed some watercolour card into the ink repeatedly drying between layers until I was happy with the results.

Once dry I stamped over the top, fairly randomly with the same distress inks and the mini background stamps from The Artistic Stamper.

I then cut the watercolour card to fit a card blank I had previously made. after which I stamped Neil Walkers mini heart in archival ink before doodling stems so they looked like flowers and around the edges of the card 

For the front of the card, I doodled around the edges and stamped more hearts onto leftover watercolour card, which I cut out and glued to the main piece, gluing some twin behind them.

Thanks for reading
Gemma x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Crafting with Kids

Today is a happy/sad kinda day, My time on the Inspirers team for Crafters Companion has come to an end. I have enjoyed ever minute of it and met some amazingly talented people who I hope to keep in touch with for years to come.

So for my post today I am sharing some projects I created for crafting with kids.

Stamp and stitch cards, use your larger stamps with lots of open spaces. Once you stamp the image punch holes along the stamp lines with a sharp tool. Then stitch along the holes with a cord or think thread.

Make a large pom pom mixing material, wool, cord, and buttons together. My son loves making these and feeling all the different textures once complete. You can add all sorts of things including bells. 

These are great for little ones and are a great way to use up leftover papers, glue patterned papers to the flat side of large clear beads and glue googly eyes to the top. 

Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Gilding wax tissue box

I created this tissue box for an Inspirers post and tutorial a while ago and just wanted to share it with you. You can find the tutorial here 

It was the first time I had ever used Pebeo Gilding was, which I completely fell in love with and is now one of my must-have products

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Mini Mini embossed book/card

For my Inspirers post today I am sharing a project I made a while ago but forgot to blog, follow the link for the full tutorial on the Crafter's companion website.

I used Centura Pearl card stock as the base, embossed the mats and coloured them with Distress Ink. Unfortunately, the embossing folder I used is no longer available 

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Card and Matching tag using the free gifts from Crafter's Inspiration Issue 13

For my Inspirers post, I would like to share with you all this card and tag I created using the free gifts from Crafter's Inspiration Issue 13 and Distress Inks, You can find the link for the full tutorial below on The Crafter's Companion website

I mostly spread Distress Inks onto my glass mat before spraying them with water and pressing watercolour card into the ink. as well as stamping and embossing with the free folder and stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by, 
Let me know if you pop over and read the full tutorial, 
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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Aqua Tints and Colourista Pad card

I love playing with Aqua Tints, they sit on the shelf and I convince myself I don't know what to do with them but when I get them out I have such fun and I never want to put them away. So for my Inspirers post, I have a card made using Aqua Tints and a sheet from a Colorista colouring pad.

I laid my card stock on my glass mat and sprayed it with water before brushing the Aqua Tints over the top drying between layers 

The gold foil on the colouring sheet resisted the Aqua Tints and stayed a very vibrant gold.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Journal Page using the free gifts from Crafter's Inspiration Issue 13

Well sometimes a girl just need to play in her journal or in this case on a cereal box, So for this Inspirers post, I have played with paint and the free gifts from Crafter's Inspiration Issue 13

I started by coating the box with a layer of Pebeo Gesso, while that was still wet I scrapped Pebeo orange cadmium hue and azo light yellow over the top.

I then stamped over the top using the free embossing folder and white Gesso, I also used the free stamp to add extra interest with Distress inks and Archival ink.


Once I had drawn in my girls face with a pencil I added a layer of gesso to block the paints and inks underneath. Ove dry I painted the face and hair in with acrylic paints. On a sperate sheet of paper, I had painted with Pebeo cerulean blue and Gesso, Die cut lots of petals from the free die and built a dress from them.

I added extra stamping from the free stamps  along the bottom
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