Monday, 30 June 2014

Cut-Outs by Deborah


I recently visited the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern in London and was inspired to have a go at my own cut-outs. Matisse cut freehand from sheets of paper that had been painted in flat, bright colours whereas I decided to cut from gelli prints and ink sprayed/stencilled papers. So my papers are both more textural and earthier in colour.

I first selected two gelli prints using the Mod stencil (the negative part of the set) and cut round them, leaving a very thin border of white. Using my unadorned journal pages as a background I played around with placement. On the right hand page I placed my Mod shape onto a piece of scrap paper I had cleaned my brayer on. By chance it almost matched the colour of the Mod shape I wanted for the left hand page.

After adding my journaling (look at the illegible handwriting - you would think I was a doctor! LOL) I glued my second Mod shape onto the left hand side. Then I rummaged through my papers to find more papers to cut into. I selected a sheet sprayed with Dylusions ink through the Fire Coral stencil and cut seaweed/sea anemone shapes freehand - these are similar to one of Matisse's favourite shapes. Once I had arranged them and glued them in place I turned to a gelli print scrap featuring the Star Coral stencil and cut out some of the centres. To me they looked like primitive sea creatures.

I didn't consciously intend the left hand piece to look like a sea creature or coral reef, I just seemed to suggest itself as I went along. Although very different from mine, Matisse created cut-out artworks called Oceania so I was no doubt influenced subliminally by what I saw.

Anyway, the point of all this, I suppose,  s to say that you don't have to leave gelli prints as they are. Especially if you have ones that 'went wrong' - chop them up and play with them!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Queen for the Day by Lynne Moncrieff


Sometimes it all fits into place! When planning a gift for one of my lovely friends, I looked through my stamps, focusing on Parisian themed sets. One stamp jumped right out at me, a stamp stating Marie Antoinette. With my friend’s name being Marie, it couldn’t be more perfect.



Oxford Impressions:- Court of Versailles, Wonderland (larger crown), With Love and April In Paris
Ranger Memory Frame 1.5”x1.5”
Jewellery Findings
Jewellery Pliers
Extras:-wooden box (with glass aperture), fragments of lace, pearls and beads and French book text.



Memory Frame Key Chain

Apply Fresco Finish Vintage Lace to French book text.

Stamp Marie (cover Antoinette with a Post-it-Note to avoid any ink touching this part of the stamp) with small crown stamped above.

Onto another piece of the painted book text stamp the larger crown.

Embellish both pieces with fragments of lace adhered with Gel Medium.

Sandwich the two stamped pieces between Memory Glass and insert into Memory Frame.

Attach swivel clasp and beads to the frame.


Apply Gesso followed with Alice Blue paint to the box.

Stamp Mode de Paris, Paris and crown repeatedly onto the box (top and edges).  Apply a thin layer of paint to push back the stamping, before proceeding with another layer of stamping.

Finally, pop the keychain into the box. 

Until next time,


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Summer Sparkle by Donna Ratcliff


I was given some of the new colours of the Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste to play with a few days ago so thought I’d use it with a gelli print and a That Special Touch Mask…….

Kaisercraft Stamps - Birthday
That Special Touch Mask – Fuchsia
Memento Ink – Tuxedo Black
Gelli Plate


What I did….

1. I started out with a gelli print that I made some months ago using various shades of acrylic paint and a Claritystamps Leafy Swirl stencil.

2. Then I placed the Fuchsia mask in place and spread some of the Sparkle Texture Paste through it using a palette knife. Once that was dry I mounted onto a card blank.
3. Then I added a stamped birthday sentiment to finish.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and see you next week
Donna xx


Friday, 27 June 2014

I Spy by Fliss Goodwin



Hello there, I have quite a simple creation for you this week which is to kick start my intended theme for the next few weeks which is to be a love of mine – Steampunk. So here’s a quick one to get the ball rolling.


Here’s What You Need: 

Cardstock – Manila, Kraft
Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen
Archival Ink – Coffee
Dymo Machine or Stamps for Text


Here’s How To:

·       Cut a piece of manila cardstock to fit your chosen card blank (mine is kraft card). Use the clockwork stencil and a sponge applicator tool to add a clock pattern to the cardstock.

·       Place the stencil back over the inked areas and add a little Vintage Photo. Remove the stencil and sponge on Antique Linen. Darken the edges with Vintage Photo ink.

·       Stamp the looking glass image with the Archival ink on manila cardstock and trim to a square panel. Add to a kraft cardstock mat and stick to the card.

·       Finish off with text made with a Dymo machine and black tape or stamp it if you prefer.


So there you have it, short and sweet this week!


Don’t forget to check out the challenge blog later as we have a great new challenge for you today and to give you a bit of a clue, it could be considered seasonal!


Fliss x

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Secrets of the Sea Tag by Carol Fox



I keep a jar on my desk which I keep Post it Notes in that I write all the odd stamps on that I have never used. If I have had a stamp longer than 3 weeks and not used it, it goes on a post it note in the jar. Then if I need a poke in the crafty department I pull one out and that is the stamp I use. That is what I did this week because I felt very lacking in inspiration. The name of this Lost Coast stamp came out, so here is my project for this week using it, I must admit I had no idea where this was going when I started it, so here’s hoping for the best.


I did this


·       I spritzed my tag with water and then thoroughly sprayed it with Dylusions White Linen, while the ink was wet I sprayed on Crushed Grape and London Blue, letting them pool and mix on the tag and then letting the whole thing air dry with no blotting.

·       I stamped the Seahorse using black Archival ink. I then roughly masked my image and added some gesso to the background through a stencil.

·       I put a couple of spots of Dylusions inks on my craft mat and picked these up with a watercolour pen and added the colours to my image, I then highlighted areas of it with a white Sharpie pen.

·       I ran some black paint around the edge and over the ring hole and now sat and looked at it for a long while.........

·       I decided to add the tentacles from the Doodle Parts set by stamping them onto card, cutting them out and layering them onto my tag, I then coloured them.

·       I added my single word to the bottom of the tag.

·       I edged my word and tag with some hand drawn lines.


I used the following items 


Carol X

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Be an Individual by Alison Hall



Hi everyone! For my final guest designer project for June, I have an inky card to share with you.



Prima Color Bloom Sprays - Summer Sky, Lime Wedge, Tangerine
Lost Coast Designs Stamp Set - Crow Party
Prima Build a Frame Stamp Set - Collection II (That's Crafty stock Collection I, which would work just as well)




1. Spritz the card with Summer Sky & Lime Wedge ink, then dry with a heat gun.

2. Using Jet Black Archival ink, stamp the Prima corner image in the top left corner, & two of the Prima borders on the right, near the bottom, as shown in the photo.

3. Stamp 3 of the Party Crows above the border 'perch', then stamp them again onto scrap white card. Spritz the 3 Prima inks onto a craft mat, then use a water brush to paint the hats & wings on the scrap card. Cut out & adhere to the crows on the card.


Thanks for dropping by,


Alison xxx
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