Friday, 7 April 2017

Spring has finally Sprung...

....A gorgeous time of Year

Hi everyone, time really flies! I can't believe it's my turn again to show my creation for Roc Nicholas Design Team, using her fabulous stamps by Stampotique. You can find her stamps Here.  I hope you like it..!

I think Spring has to be one of my favourite seasons of the year. I love seeing and smelling  the new flowers in the gardens and the warm, sunny skies.

I'm on a mini break visiting my parents in Wales, UK at the moment. I brought limited supplies with me on purpose to test myself on what I could make without a room of stuff around to tempt me..!

I wanted to suggest that Spring has finally arrived, by using birds and flowers as my main images but to keep it fairly simple.

As you can see by the photo, I have used Acrylic Paints - I used Tim Holtz Distress Paints today, to colour the background, then used plenty of stamps to build up the details and the textures.
I began by stamping the tree onto the background using a Coffee Archival Ink pad, then I stamped out the flowers a Bunny onto a page of text from an old book I use exactly for 
this purpose.
I wanted to try any create a contrast between the strong green colours, the birds and 
I only highlighted the Bunny with a few splashes of colour so he popped off the page and drew your eyes to him, I love this stamp - it's so easy to use.

I have to admit that I am a bit obsessed at the moment with Roc's Bird Border, I use it whenever and wherever I can. I coloured the birds and big flower in using Acrylic Inks and a water brush. I love to colour like that as you never know how the Inks are going to react - so much fun!
Before I stuck the pieces in place I added quite a lot of background stamping. I stamped within the dark green to make it look more grassy, and also from the top of the card making it look as though there are vines falling.
When all the ink was dry, I stuck each piece on place et voila!

Like I said, it was a quickest piece this time, but it did put me in the mood for spring.

These are the stamps I used:-

Bird Border - Roc Nicholas
Bunny - Roc Nicholas
Heart Vine - Roc Nicholas
Agatha Flower - Roc Nicholas
Tree - Daniel Torrente 
Carol's Flower, Small - Janet Klein

Happy Crafting,

Gems xoxo

Tuesday, 7 March 2017


Artiste of colour.... 

Hello again everyone, time has really flown by since my last post. I've been busy learning to crochet (badly I must add lol)!

It's my turn this month, to shown my creation for Roc Nicholas Design Team. I thought that I'd mix a few stamps together this month to create a strange new 'person', with lots of colour...
This is it, plus squiggly arms lol!

I began by gessoing an 8x8in piece of Kraft card stock, and leaving to dry.  Once dry I selected a few cool Acrylic paint colours (I used Amsterdam paints)like Lime Green, Turquoise, Yellow, Mid Blue, Teal and then a bright contrast splash of Red and Pink.
I used a palette knife and a large dry brush to apply the colours, starting with the lightest colour first and building up the layers, then adding the warm colours as the last layer through a stencil.
I used the same colours to add some depth by stencilling on to the background and then by adding some background stamping in black as well as similarly coloured Archival Inks. The black ink makes the rest of the colours really pop...

Once I'd finished the background, I stamped out some of Roc's fabulous stamps and coloured the images with Tim Holtz' Distress Markers and a waterbrush. I decided to cut around the Artiste stamp letters individually as they would show up better on the background. Once I had stuck everything in place, I stamped his squiggly arms in place, and finally added a black border around the edge.

I enjoyed making this as I love lots of bright colours. I hope you like it too?

The stamps I used were:-
                                    - Squiggle Arms
                                    - Party Dog
                                    - Artiste Block
                                    - Stand Tall
                                    - Bird Border
                                    - XXXX Border  - All by Roc Nicholas at Stampotique 

Pop over and say hi, I'd love to hear from you xx

Happy Crafting xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

'Seeing Red' Week 2 - Stampotique SDC267 Challenge

In Your Dreams.....

Hello my lovelies, hope you are all well ....

This is my fourth and final Guest Designer piece for Stampotique today, so I'm a bit sad! I've really, really loved my month as Guest Designer, had lots of fun and have been supported by the fabulous Stampotique team, so thank you all for the chance to be part of your great team - I've loved it!

The theme for the Stampotique Designers Challenge (SDC267) this week is 'Seeing Red'. 

I usually find red quite a scary colour to use as it's so bold, but I'm pleased to say that this theme has made me slightly less scared of it, daft, I know lol!!

This is my make for this week. I love working on these smaller canvasses sometimes, especially on black as the colours pop so much more.

It's pretty simple background really, but I think it's quite effective. I painted the canvas with black gesso, then dried it. 

I chose a few bright colours to use as the base colours. I think I used Turquoise, Lime Green, Yellow, Fuchsia and Primary Red. I only used the tiniest amount of each colour as It  just needed to cover areas of the bottom part of the canvas. 
I dry brushed the paint, starting with the lightest colour first, then gradually built up the colours. I love dry brushing, it gives such a great effect.

To add another texture to it, I took some acrylic paint pens and sprayed some colour onto 
the canvas by blowing (huffing) sharply onto the nib. It sounds really bizarre and be careful not to overdo it as you may feel really dizzy. It leaves a lovely air brushed spray effect. This is how I added most of the red, along with splatters and red paint running down from the top of the canvas. I also stamped the sentiment in red paint, which says 'In your dreams' (by Terri Richardson) it doesn't show up too well in the photos though.

I added a few extra background stamps and marks in white and even black paint just to highlight areas. Then left it to dry.

I love Magda Polakow's stamps, they're so very cute and versatile, and I think that Agatha Heart is one of my favourites.  I coloured her in using Tim Holtz Distress Markers, by using them as watercolours with my waterbrush.
I also stamped 2 of the same flowers from Magda's Flower Cube 1 and layered them up for a more 3D effect.  I then just adhered them to the canvas using silicone glue for more dimension and structure. 

I enjoyed using the stamps in this canvas and making this little canvas. 

I hope you like it too?

I'd love to hear what you think, please let me know by leaving me a message....

The stamps I used in this project we're:-

                   Agatha Heart - Magda Polakow

Please come over to the Stampotique Designers Challenge page and join in the fun with us.... It's SDC267 'Seeing Red'. I'm looking forward to seeing your fabulous creations ...

Happy Crafting.... Gemma xoxo

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Seeing Red....Stampotique SDC267 Challenge

Red, Red and more Red...!

I really can't quite believe that this is my third week as Guest Designer for Stampotique- only one week left and I'm having so much fun, I don't want to stop..!

The theme for the Stampotique Designers Challenge (SDC267) this week is 'Seeing Red'. 

I thought I was going to struggle with this theme because I usually steer clear of using red as the main focal colour in my projects - I find it quite a scary colour to use, unless it's just for a small highlight somewhere.

Here is my project for this weeks' theme...

I used Yupo paper (Tim Holtz) for the first time on this project. I've been wanting to try it for a while now, and I was pretty Impressed with it. I used it alongside Alcohol Inks to get the best results. I chose Cranberry, Raspberry and Valencia as a good blend of red shades and applied them to the paper using a felt pad and some blending solution.

I like using alcohol Inks as you can keep layering up the colours until you are happy with the results you have.  Whilst adding the red tones, I also added a mixitive of some white, just to knock back areas of the colour if it was too dark.

Before the ink had dried (and it dries very quickly), I sprinkled on some Brushos, again in red and rusty tones, and lightly spritzed with water. It was mainly for a different texture and feel to the piece. I then heat dried it.

When fully dry I stamped the fabulous Journey Collage stamp on top of the inked background with an embossing pad, then used Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to heat emboss over it. It left brilliantly raised, clear background lettering, which you can just 
make out in the photos. I really love the effect.

I chose a few stamps to use together, which is one of the hardest things to do. I'm always spoilt for choice, they're just fabulous.
Eventually, I chose Twinkie, Kitty Cube, Animal Cube, French Text, Approach with Caution and Journey Collage (see the links below for the stamps).
I coloured each image in using Tim Holtz Distress Markers and my water brush, to get a watercolour look, then adhered them to to background.  I used a piece of washi tape to ground the images. Finally I mounted it onto black card to make the colours pop.

The stamps I used were :-
                                        Twinkie - Daniel Torrente
                                        Kitty Cube - Daniel Torrente 
                                        Animal Cube - Magda Polakow
                                        French Text - Jo Capper-Sandon
                                        Approach with Caution Text - Kate Crane
                                        Journey Collage - Amy Wilson Wellenstein

I hope you like my make this week? I enjoyed making it....

Please come over to the Stampotique Designers Challenge page and join in the fun with us.... It's SDC267 'Seeing Red'. I'm looking forward to seeing your fabulous creations ...

Happy Crafting.... Gemma xoxo

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

SDC266 Love Bugs Week 2!

Love Bugs....!!

Hi everyone!

Well, it's my second week as Guest Designer for Stampotique and I'm having lots of fun. 
I can't think of anything better than being surrounded by amazing stamps, a cup of tea and the potential to make a great mess - my perfect day..!

This Is my second 'Love Bug' project.  I decided to make a Canvas this time and already had a stamp in mind to use - I love it...

I wanted to use Brusho's as the colourant this time, as Ive haven't really used them very much. I wanted a 'greenish' background, so I stuck mainly to greens, but also turquoise, blue and yellow so it looked like it was outside?!
I applied some brushos to the dry canvas first of all, then spritzed them with some water and dried.
Once dry, I chose a fairly open stencil and used some texture paste and although the brushos had been dried, some of the colour still wicked into the paste.  Let it dry completely.
Then I wet the canvas again and applied more pigment, until I was happy with the coverage. If there was too much in one place, it's easy to just mop it up with some kitchen paper.

I coloured my stamped images in with watercolour paint, I used Prima Watercolours and I 
adhered them to the canvas.
To make it more of a Love Bug theme, I added wings to backs of the friends jumpers  ('Take your Time' stamp by Daniel Torrente ) and the bumble bee and moth.

I added the fabulous Patio Lights and used a 3D varnish on the bulbs, so that when they dried they actually looked like light bulbs. Then I adhered everything else in place.

I thought it was quite a summery looking scene and I hope warmer weather is on its way soon!

The stamps I used were:

It would be great if you could join in the challenge. 

Here is the link you need:- Stampotique Designers Challenge SDC266 'Love Bugs'

We would love to see your fabulous creations....

Happy Crafting.... Gemma xx 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Unleash Yourself...!

Unleash Yourself and Fly to your dreams...

Hi everyone! Thanks for coming over to look at my blog this month for Roc Nicholas and Stampotique

It's pretty exciting for me at the moment because not only am I still on Roc's Design Team, which I love, but I'm also Guest Designer for Stampotique during February. Im over the moon...!

For Roc this month, I thought I'd make a large tag as I haven't done one in a while. I do enjoy working with tags as they're so versatile and great fun to use.

I started by applying a really coarse texture paste to the tag through a stencil In opposite corners, just to add some further detail, then let it dry completely.

I lightly sprayed the tag with some water then used 3 or 4 of Tim Holtz Distress Sprays in variations of yellow, lime green, teal and turquoise. I made big puddles with each colour, then rolled off the excess with some kitchen paper, then just kept building up the colour until I was happy with it.
Again, when it was dry, I used a sanding block to sand some of the modeling paste back. I wanted to try to bring some contrast back by showing the whiteness of the paste.

I decided to colour my images this month using Copic markers and to be honest, I haven't used them for years, so am completely out of practice...! I did enjoy using them again though..

I used a few stamps in the background in complimentary colours to add interest and to ground some of the images... Then I glued my stamped images in place and outlined them in black, as well as the edge of the tag...

The stamps I used for this tag are:-

             Roc Nicholas ~ Bird Border
                                       ~ XXXX Border
                                       ~ Camper
                                       ~ Ellie
                                       ~ Unleash Yourself Text
                                       ~ Flying Heart
                                       ~ Heart Vine
                                       ~ Squiggle Arms
         Jo Capper-Sandon ~ Daisy Daisy
                                   ~ Floral Flutter

I hope you like this, if you do, I'd love to hear from you xx

Happy Crafting, 

Gemma Xox


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Love Bugs......Guest Designer for Stampotique

Oh my goodnesss... I'm so, so excited...Stampotique!!! 

I can't believe that I've been asked to be Guest designer  for Stampotique for February, I'm giddy with excitement!

I have loved Stampotique for years, so this was the perfect opportunity for me to jump into..

Week 1 Challenge:- SDC266 Love Bugs

I really enjoyed creating this project, it was so much fun.  I don't have many bug stamps yet, but I love these butterfly wings by Daniel Torrente called 'Lovely Wings', and they were shouting to be converted into a steampunk style butterfly..!

I used a wooden heart as the base of the project, and covered it in a thick layer of black gesso. When it was dry, I painted a heavy layer of crackle paste over the top. I just love using crackle paste on things, it's magical and so effective. You must leave it to dry naturally though as using a heat tool may stop the full full effect of it.

When you work in layers, it's important to let each layer dry fully before working on the next one.
I used some silver embossing paste to stencil parts of a brick wall on a few areas of the heart, I wanted it to look like the butterflies had landed or were grounded on something solid.

Whilst everything was drying, I stamped out the 'Lovely Wings' stamp with a glue pad and 
used gilding flakes to achieve the metallic look I wanted. I cut out the holes on the wings 
and used my Cropodile to add bronze coloured rivets to reinforce them. I attached a screw as the body to one butterfly and some clear stones (some bling) to the other body.

To add some colour to the heart, I used some acrylic paints in bronze and dark teal, and used my fingers to rub it in to certain areas. The rest of the colour was from using gilding wax. The result of the wax was fabulous. It really clings to the crackle and picks out any little detail, it really catches the light...!

I positioned the butterflies on the 'wall' and created a trail from their bodies using mini 
stones and micro beads in turquoise, black and bronze. Then, using some silicone glue, I attached Roc Nicholas' 'Flying Heart' over one of the trails. Finally I stamped out, 'Love Bugs' onto some black card, and made a wire hanger so it can be used.

I really enjoyed making this, I hope you like it too..?!

It would be great if you could join in the challenge. 

Please come over and say 'Hi', I'd love to hear your comments!

Stamps I used are:
                           Lovely Wings - Daniel Torrente
                           Flying Heart - Roc Nicholas
                           Design Cube 2 - France Papillon

Happy Crafting, Gemma x