Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Dragons Dream - TIO - White and a Number

Time for another Dragons Dream TIO challenge - this time, it's my lovely friend and very talented team-mate Gabrielle's choice - and she's picked White, and a number, for the theme.  Don't forget, you must use a tag, and at least one real stamp.  Have fun!

As you may have seen, I've been melting the plastic recently and splurging a bit on new crafty goodies.. and some of them make an appearance here.

 I started on a size 8 tag, and stencilled some numbers (Dylusions) using clear embossing ink, then embossed with white EP.  Painted the tag with Snowflake Fresco paint, and wiped off the paint over the stencilled numbers.
 some more numbers, used a Paperartsy Mini stamp, with some solid numbers, stamped randomly, right way up and sideways, without a block, and using Cracked Pistachio distress ink.  Dried it, but then wiped a little of it away with a not quite dry babywipe.

Took another number stencil (new, but not recently so, just never used) - by Stamps Away -  and Snowflake Fresco, then went over that with a white Sharpie marker and outlined with a fine artist pitt pen.
Took the diamond pattern from one of my new JoFY Paperartsy stamps and stamped it with Glass Blue Fresco,  which I also used to edge the tag.
 took one of the Silhouette Women from Dina Wakley, stamped in black on tissue paper, tore it out and glued to the tag, then took some watered down Beach Hut Fresco (it's already translucent, but wanted to make sure the 7 (my number) still peaked through her dress from the layer below.

Took the sentiment, from one of the new Prima stamps sets designed by Finnabair, and stamped on white scrap card.

Finished with some white fibres
Not particularly happy with this, but no time to make another tag, lol, as I was busy all weekend I had no time to play properly and am finishing this after work on Monday!

Do come see what the rest of the DT have done, and we'd love to see you join in!


A warm welcome to another show and shame... well possibly show, but I have no shame... as you know!

these were the stamps that failed to turn up for last week's desk!  the two Dina Wakley sets at the top from Amazon, and the Finnabair sets from Oyster eventually, lol!!

Then, onto Sunday and Stamperama show in Stevenage, where I met up with loads of mates and had fun... and as Shaz asked on Facebook, "does that mean there'll be new stuff to see next week"...well......

a "few" sets of Paperartsy stamps... some Indigo Blu stamps, some pastes, stencils, bits and pieces... rusty wire and flowers .. as you do.

and because on Friday I'd seen some of the new Crafters Workshop stencils at Artist Trading Post, and no-one had any on Sunday, I "may" have put in an order when I got home (yes, after spending ALL that money!) for some of them...
see, I told you I had no shame...

(and they've arrived in time to share too...)

Now, to find time to play with it all... and then time to find somewhere to store it... re-organisation is in order I think... if you want to see who I met up with (no Deskers) see the post on Sunday night when I got home (here)

just realised I haven't mentioned why I'm doing this... in case you haven't visited's What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday - week 300... Visit, share your desk or workspace, and have fun - it's a bit addictive though!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

It's not all about the shopping...

Today was a wonderful day - the Stamperama show in Stevenage.  Set off early to meet Lin and join up with a group of lovely friends - hope I don't miss anyone out - it was wonderful to see you all again! Lin, Kirsten, Jo M, Jo V, Gabrielle,Freya, Julie Ann, Alison, Margaret, Debs, Karen, Sarah, Cazz, and the Paperartsy team of Leandra, Lin, Mark and Millie. I really hope I haven't forgotten anyone! oh no, Lesley, and I checked mentally too, so sorry!!  Rachel and her Mum also popped in briefly...
Sam left me strict instructions to take lots of photos so don't blame me!!   You can click on any of them to enlarge them (if you really want to!!)
We could have had a comedy moment, as I so nearly wore the same jumper that Lin did today!!
(edit-LtoR Lin, Julie Ann, Freya, Gabrielle, Jo Myhill)
Gabrielle, Freya, Kirsten,Debs, Lin, Margaret

and me ithe middle

 Jo got to demo again this afternoon whilst Leandra took a break - rocking the purples and pinks (yes, Jo, using pink!)
Lin and Lesley debating something so earnestly - stencil brushes, I think

 Some of Lin's wonderful artwork on show..
 and working her fab new birds!
 Gorgeous crackle by Jo
 and I love the Darcy flowers, embossed and then painted and glossy accented (which as you can see here is still wet!)
 one of Leandra's great tags.
 and I am sure you can tell, this was one of Lin's!

so, on to the shopping. of which there is a little (technical term for ... quite a blooming lot really!)

 all together
 the stamps..
the rest of it!

so, ladies, thanks for some great fun today, let's do it again soon.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

WOYWW? 299

Morning/afternoon/evening... welcome back for another desk-hopping extravaganza... if you want to know all about it,Julia's Stamping Ground is the place to start..
Now, I know you are all expecting new stuff again this week... but I've been let down by deliveries not being sent when they should have, lol!!   Waiting for some pre-ordered stamps that should have arrived by now and are only just on the way, and something from Amazon that is coming from the States so also isn't here yet (even though in both cases, friends who ordered the same things at the same time already have theirs... so NOT fair, ha ha!!)

so instead, I've opened another box...
 This is a box of papers next to the end of the sofa, (there is another one underneath this...) and as you can see, it's a bit full...there are lots of plastic wallets in this and indeed the one underneath, all labelled... but, also lots of loose things too...
I don't use much of what's in here (and there's stuff dumped on top, inevitably so it's a right palaver to get into )

the papers I do tend to use, are in the plastic concertina wallet in front of the box, and are mostly Tim Holtz but not all... these are the 12 x12 ones... smaller pads are elsewhere..

the plastic tubs with the bright lids, down by the side of the sofa, are tubs of glitter... just in caseyou were wondering!

to put the other pictures into context a bit, here's a final slightly wider angle shot..showing even more stuff!
There is no hope, obviously...
See you all soon.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Alphabet Soup

One of my favourite places I shop online is Artist Trading Post and their latest blog challenge is "Alphabet Soup" - to use letters (or numbers) in a mixed media project. I decided to work in my A4 Seawhite journal

I had a set of Finnabair stamps itching to be inked up and this seemed the ideal challenge, along with some new Fresco colours.
 the alphabet stencil is from Carabelle, that I bought at VersionScrap last April.  the Fresco is China - a gorgeous colour!
 brayered some Smurf in the gaps round the stencilling, then stencilled grunge paste through the same stencil and let dry.

 Diluted Guacamole and washed it over the page, wiping back from the China stencilled letters.
Sanded back the grunge paste a little, then added White Fire Treasure Gold
Stamped the collaged lady from the Finnabair stamps on tissue paper, then used Glass Blue and Limelight Frescos over the top, being translucent they don't obliterate the stamped image.  Added a little Zesty Zing too. Glued the tissue to the page with matte medium and sealed it on top with matted medium too,  to help fix it to the page..
 stamped the little 'trust the magic' and the heart, and painted a little watered down Smurf into the hearts
edged the pages with a little of the China Fresco.
Had great fun with this, thanks to Artist Trading Post for the challenge

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Discover Extraordinary..

I have a triple for you today, three totally different journal pages with new Paperartsy goodies...
the first, which is actually the last I made, is inspired by Alison Hall's splattery plaque from yesterday on the Paperartsy blog - inspired by the colours and the splatters.
 I have most of the new Fresco individual colours now, and was keen to play with the purples and blues.. Started by brayering Wisteria over the page, then added a couple of drops of Purple Rain which I blending with a babywipe and continued to brayer and blend for a bit...
 added some texture, in the form of tissue tape and the hessian type mesh "stuff" I used in a previous piece..I fixed these with matte medium, and then brayered a bit more Wisteria over the top to help blend it into the background.  
Stamping next - took the script and circles from Sara's new set, used Watering Can and black, respectively.  bit more dry brayering to blend that in just a little.

Took a scrap of white card, brayered Wisteria on it and stamped one of Sara's texts from an earlier plate and cut it out and stuck to the page.

and stamped 'discover' and 'extraordinary' directly onto the page.. added some more of Sara's stamping, spatters and circles in Blueberry.

Finished with some splatters of Chalk Fresco, got best results with a coffee stirrer and slightly watered down paint.

Am entering this to the Paperartsy "paint" challenge here  and, because there are lots of drips and drops, both stamped and literally, I am entering the CountryView Challenge "drips and drops" here 
 next up is a page in my small A6 journal, bit of fun with JoFY's new stencil in Chalk over Cherry Red background and the flowers are painted with some of the new purples.
next is a page I am calling Homes for Smurfs - mainly because I used the new blue Smurf, and the stencilled bubbles are Blueberry (gorgeous colour!)

I bumped with Chalk Fresco
and stamped Lin's houses twice the solid, and once the outline, and cut as shown.  The text is Lin's, and the little circles are from the big flower set, stamped in Blueberry to match the under-bumping.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

TIO #185 - Pink and hearts

Welcome back to the DragonsDream for another fortnightly challenge.  Thank you for your orange entries, we enjoyed seeing them.

This time, it's the choice of our newest team member, Catherine, who's chosen Pink and hearts - for a just after Valentine tag.  Now, amongst my friends, I have some who love pink -  and quite a few more who hate it!!  however, I like a nice strong pink  and that's what I've used.

 Bougainvillea, one of the Limited Edition Frescos from Lin Brown forPaperartsy. Isn't it gorgeous?  Painted the size 10 tag, and stamped Daniels Hearts by Stampotique
 then took a Stencil Girl stencil (it has 4 or 5 different heart shapes and styles on it) and added Prima Light Paste by Finnabair, through the hearts - then, added another single one, at the top.

Waited (im)patiently for the paste to dry - this is where it's wet, very bright white..the nature of this paste is to pick up the colour you're using, or it comes into contact with, so as it dries, it gradually looks pinker.

I do love this heart stamp and never seem to use it often, it makes for great backgrounds

Added a piece of pink ribbon (it only looks red due to the lousy light when I was taking the photos) and some white fibre
and finally the sentiment from one of Darcy's stamp plates for Paperartsy.
We'd love to see you embrace your pink side, stamp us up a tag and join in! Don't forget to use at least one real stamp, and a tag.