Friday 30 January 2015

NEW STAMPS from The Artistic Stamper!

Hi, Jennie here with some fab new stamps which have been released today! We have a new theme of Gardening, and some large butterflies, plus 3 new backgrounds, which I hope you will find useful.
I am loving our new stamps, and here are a couple of cards that I have made with them.

© The Artistic Stamper

© The Artistic Stamper

© The Artistic Stamper

You can find all the new stamps here on our website.

Have a very creative day

Thursday 29 January 2015

Words LO

Here is Maria Potapovich (mellpellmell) here for you today.

Flu raging in our house for several days.
This year it is particularly insidious ...
So this LO, probably done  the most in order to cheer me up.

To be honest, for the creating this project, I did not need anything but a photo and stamp with positive words)
Let's see.

A little closer:

Slightly to the left:

Downwards slightly to the right:

And another angle:

Here is the best Journaling Mini Words stamp , heh:

P. S. I have to confess that in addition to photo and stamp I also used the paper for the base, glue, white gel pen and two kinds of acrylic ink (for splashes). Although still is not very much material ...) Do you agree?

Monday 26 January 2015


Hello Everyone, Shilpa here
I've art panel today to share with you.

I've used lots of Artistic stamper stamps for this.

I enjoyed making this background. Here are the steps I followed.
1. Gessoed the panel
2. Applied Peeled paint distress stain. Let it dry.
3. Stamped text randomly on background with Artistic stamper Calligraphy mat 13 and Fern Green Archival Ink. I also stamped texture with Artistic stamper Fantasy background stamp designed by Neil Walker.
4.Spritzed Picket fence distress stain and let it drip. Heat set it.
5. I created large clock in the background  with mask and peeled paint distress ink.
6. I applied vintage photo distress ink through Tim's Measured stencil at the two edges.
6. Next I stamped watches and gears.
7. Spritzed Picket fence distress stain and let it dry, it gave translucent layer. 
8. Applied wild honey distress stain at the edges of panel.

 Bird image is from Neil Walker designed Junior bird stamp.i colored it with wild honey distress stain dauber.

The sentiment is from Traveling words collection.

 Hope you liked my art panel, it is always great to hear from you.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.

 Material used:

Saturday 24 January 2015

A few of my favourite things...

Hello all!  Alison (butterfly) here to share another journalling page with you.  This one centres around a vintage photo and one of my favourite Katy Leitch flower stamps.  Cups of coffee at the ready?  Let's dive in...

I started by layering torn book pages and heavy gesso into a kraft-paper journal (still working through the pages carved out of my candle niche!).

The next step was some stamping... the Encyclopedia Botanica flower and one of my favourite Calligraphy Mats, number #4, stamped in Sepia, and with clear-embossing for the flower to give extra definition.

I then started playing around with ephemera and embellishments and it all came together without me really thinking very hard.

This wonderful young woman from the Darkroom Door Photobooth sheets was really the catalyst.  (Since I'm having to be patient about getting my hands on the new Tim Holtz Photobooth release, I'm playing with these for now!)

The determined set of her mouth and the humorous gleam in her eyes drew me to her at once.  Here's someone setting out into the world with her head screwed on straight and ready to pursue her desires.

She's layered up over some Tim Holtz ephemera, some shabby lace and some stained calico from when I did my last rusting session (a long time ago... there needs to be another one very soon).

The journey she takes will undoubtedly be full of twists and turns, but you can bet your bottom dollar she'll grit her teeth and come out smiling in the end.  This word from Journalling Words #2 seemed the right one for her.  The layers here include some more of the rusty calico as well as some tea and coffee-stained tissue paper.

You'll recognise the book page Frameworks Trellis pieces (they put in an appearance on my New Leaf tag as well as my Russian Love Is In The Air hanging)... 

Here they've had lots of shading (with Inktense pencils and a water brush) to embed them in the page.

I found when I was looking at some of the photos that I couldn't make my eyes see them properly - they kept either sinking in to the page or sticking out - a sign that the shading for dimension is doing its job, I suppose.

It was while I was creating the shadows around the Frameworks and the other ephemera - with various blue and grey Inktense pencils - that I decided the flowers might look good with some "sky" around them.

I'm really pleased with how it makes the image pop.

The other elements which made an early appearance in the plans were the wooden butterflies.

I already like them in "naked" wood, but for this page I decided they should be crackled.

I used the Croco Crackling in White again (as on my last journalling page here).

And then added splodges of Black Soot, Gathered Twigs and Vintage Photo Distress Stains, wiping back and adding more until I was happy with the grungy look.

The little wooden buttons I did leave naked - though they did get caught in the splatter fire!

You'll have spotted the metal accents - some Idea-ology pieces that worked with my young woman... business-like cogs and paper clips, and the Muse Token which is definitely hers by rights.  I sanded it back to give it an extra burnished glow.

So that's today's bit of fun.  The journalling does seem to have taken hold, and I'm enjoying the freedom it's giving me to play.  I'm hoping you're still enjoying the results!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - it's always lovely to hear what you think.  Oh, and there's still almost a week to come and play in our New Beginnings challenge... hope to see you there.

Ingredients used:
Artistic Stamper stamps: Katy Leitch - Encyclopedia Botanica, Journalling Words #2, Calligraphy Mat #4
Archival Ink - Sepia
Distress Stains - Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
Idea-ology Findings - Muse Tokens and Gears
From my stash: gesso, wooden butterflies and buttons, book pages, rusty calico, tissue paper (plus tea and coffee), lace, Sizzix Frameworks Trellis, Tim Holtz Ephemera (but there are similar things here), Inktense pencils

Thursday 22 January 2015

Butterflies and Gems

Hi everyone I hope you are all good and that the new year finds you in good health!
I have loved this stamp but have never been able to do it justice but I 
think this wooden wall plaque,

might just do it justice.

I started of with putting texture paste through a memory stencil and allowing to 
dry naturally, then I covered the entire plaque with gesso.

Next I painted the entire plaque black. 

Once dry I highlighted it with Treasure gold in spanish topaz and white fire.

I triple embossed gold embossing powder on black card 
I then pressed the butterfly stamp into the molten

Once it had set I removed the stamp I had a rummage in my gem 
box and found the centre piece for my butterfly.

I took my alcohol inks in stream and denim and applied them 
to the butterflies wings.

I dyed some lint in steam Adirondack colour wash.

Some sequins from my stash and some gems to strewn across the 
stream lint.

A small piece of friendly plastic that I had from a previous project 
to finish off at the bottom. I really hope you like my plaque as 
always feel free to let me know what you think.

Cheers Dee x

Products used

Monday 19 January 2015

Calendar ATBs by Titbelsoeur

Hello happy crafters ! Today I want to share with you the way I made a perpetual calendar with 4 blocks :

I found the template here but I am sure you will find some anywhere on the internet. 

Sorry for the bad pictures, there was very few light in my room when I made these blocks. 

I cut 24 2'x2' squares from a scrapbook paper. Did some ink tests and decided to use Antique Linen, Buldled Sage and Tumbled Glass distress inks :

 Here are some squares  stamped with butterflies, watches, postcard and Ephemera

I then stamped numbers and months with black Archival, and glued the squares on to the template :

 Fold and glue, and.... tadamm ! here they are :

Thanks so much for stopping by,
your comments are very much appreciated.
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