Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Nature Elements

Hello Friends

I hope you are all staying safe and well.

With the warm sunny days we have been experiencing of late, I have spent more time than usual sitting in the garden.  It is such a joy at this time just admiring the flowers, birds and butterflies.  I felt inspired to create a summery coloured butterfly tag for my AALL & Create Guest designer project this week.

I used Tracy Evans' gorgeous butterfly stamp set together with a slight variation on a paint technique that I learned from Tracy in one of her weekend Facebook classes. I created a large size mixed media tag.
Tracy taught us a finger painting technique (messy but great fun) direct to card.  I changed it up a little by finger painting onto my Gelli plate, taking a print and then reverse stencilling on top with the Totally Dotty stencil #87 by Autour de Mwa, using white paint.
I added the background to the large tag, then stamped and fussy cut the butterfly, twice, from stamp set #267 Nature Elements by Tracy Evans.
I watercoloured the butterfly and added it in two layers to the tag.  I added some further stamping here and there using Tracy's Heartfelt #304 stamp and #350 Splattered Numbers.

I added some chicken wire, a sentiment and an acrylic dome to finish off my tag.

I really enjoyed making the tag and will definitely be experimenting more with the finger painting on the Gelli plate (thanks for the idea Tracy).

Worldwide stockists for the AALL & Create stamp sets I used can be found HERE.

That's all for today, thanks so much for your visit.  Please stay safe and well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Iris by Tracy Evans

Hello Friends

I hope you are all still staying safe and well.  I have lost count of the number of weeks I have been cocooned in lock down, but I know it is for the best.  My lovely and talented friend Tracy Evans has been doing a series of Facebook Live sessions and also doing some closed Facebook classes, all of which have been keeping many of us busy as well as entertained.

Edited:  How wonderful to wake up today to find that the incredible Captain Tom Moore is to receive a Knighthood for his efforts in raising over 30 million pounds for our NHS.  Well done to Boris Johnson for nominating him and to the Queen for recognising such a wonderful achievement by a 100 year old man!  Congratulations Captain Tom!

Tracy's newest release of stamps for AALL & Create includes a gorgeous Iris stamp set (#333) and I have become slightly addicted to using it.  After doing a little research into colours of Iris, I used it for my Guest designer project for AALL & Create this week.
For the card on the left, I started by creating a background, brayering paint onto my Gel plate and then adding a layer with the Totally Dotty stencil (#87) in a contrasting colour.  Once dry I stamped the Iris where I wanted it to be on the background.

I stamped the Iris several times onto mixed media card and coloured it with Polychromo pencils, just as a change from watercolour pencils.  My plan was to decoupage the Iris to give it some dimension.

I fussy cut the Iris, shaped the petals and layered it together with 3D glue.
I cut the card down, then mat and layered it onto my card base.  I stamped the '829' and the sentiment from the same stamp set.
I made the second card in a similar way, brayering the background with paint and adding a touch of stencilling using the Broken Circles stencil (67).  The Iris was again stamped, coloured, fussy cut and layered up to give dimension to the flower heads.
I simply lengthened the stem on the second flower  and again added some stamping from the Iris set.
I ended up making 3 more cards but I will save those for another day!

A full list of worldwide stockists for the stamps and stencils I used can be found HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.  Take care and stay safe.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Faded Grandeur

Hello Friends

Are you doing well since my last post, two weeks ago, and keeping safe?  I hope so.  Not much change here, we are still in total lock down but not complaining!

I have been doing lots of day dreaming lately about wonderful holidays in Greece, Spain and France, and so for my Guest Designer project this week for AALL & Create, I used a couple of stamp sets by Bipasha to create a mixed media board, attempting to show the faded grandeur of so many of the buildings we experienced on our holidays there.

The process was pretty straightforward to I condensed the photos showing you a few steps.
I started by colouring my base using Distress Oxides, layering them until I achieved what I thought looked like an old wall.  I stamped Bipasha's Shuttered Window #268 and then used her Archway stamp set #264 at the top and bottom to create some 'crumbling' stonework.

I watercoloured the elements and then stamped and coloured a separate window part which I added to create some extra dimension.  I also wanted the windows to reflect the sunlight, rather than create a dark interior.

The bottom part of Bipasha's Shuttered Window stamp set has a lovely key which I stamped, fussy cut and added to the bottom of the board. I just adore the little bird.

These are the stamp sets I used and you can find a list of worldwide stockists HERE.
Another look at the finished project.
Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.

Keep safe and stay well.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Tremendous Friend

Hello Friends

I really hope you are fairing well during this awful pandemic.  We are in our 7th week of lock down in our house now but we are doing our best to keep ourselves entertained.  David is spending time doing lots of things in our tiny garden and I have re-organised my craft room several times!

My Guest designer project this week for AALL & Create is something a little different from me, it is a shaker card.  Janet Klein has done sets of the most adorable little girl and boy stamps and I love this little girl with her butterfly friends and the fabulous sentiment.  I used Janet's AALL stamp set #299 - Tremendous Friend along with Autour de Mwa's Lotza Dotz stencil (#39).

I have a few pictures to show you the process, I am sure you all know how to create a shaker!

A close up to show you the fabulous sentiment...

You can find a list of worldwide stockists for the stamp and stencil I used HERE

I thought whilst I am here, I would share what I made in one of Tracy Evans's on line workshops at the weekend.  We used Eileen Hull's Notebook die by Sizzix along with Tracy's beautiful stamps.  It was great fun and I loved it so much, I made two!  I will definitely be doing more of Tracy's classes!

As always, thanks for your visit.

Stay safe and well.  Hugs, Anne xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Tiny Houses and Passion Flowers

Hello Friends

I have created a mixed media project for AALL & Create this week, using a couple of  Tracy Evans' recently released stamp sets along with the Tiny Houses die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix and his Brickwork 3D Embossing Folder.

I have condensed the photos, so as not to make the post too long. 
First I cut the tiny houses from thick black card and then embossed each piece with Tim's 3D embossing folder, before dry brushing each of the pieces, first with white gesso and then Quinacridone acrylic paint.  Before putting the houses together I randomly stamped with Tracy's Mesh stamp (No. 262).
Next, I stamped Tracy's Passion Flower stamp set (No. 278) onto Tim Holtz tissue wrap.  I coloured the flowers on the reverse side with acrylic paint and then ripped the tissue close to the flowers before applying these to the tiny houses with matt medium.
I added the roof to each of the tiny houses and added a further strip around the bottom of each house.
To finish off I added some hessian string along with some words to the front and back of each house.

You can find a list of worldwide stockists for the stamps I used HERE.  We do encourage you, wherever possible, to purchase from your local stockists, particularly during these difficult times.

I do hope you are all staying safe and well and continue to do so.  As always, thank you so much for your visit, it is appreciated.

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Floral Journal

Hello Friends

I hope you are all well and coping with the lockdown and social distancing.

My Guest designer project for AALL & Create this week is a mini journal.  I decorated the journal with Tracy Evans'  Create It Grunge stamp set (#150) along with the Totally Dotty Stencil (#87) by Autour de Mwa.  I also used Eileen Hull's Notebook die (Sizzix 663635) for the journal base.

I am still trying to use up some of my brayered sheets of left over card, the one here was also used to clean off my stencil after using texture paste.

  • Top left shows the sheets of card that I started with.  They are both left overs from another project.

  • Top right shows the covers of my signatures, one is a left over and the dotty one was created by applying several colours of paint through the Totally Dotty Stencil.

  • Bottom left shows the die cut journal.

  • Bottom right shows the flower stamped three times, coloured with watercolour paint and then fussy cut to allow some depth to the flower.
I stamped the flower onto the front of the journal and then added the fussy cut flower on top.
The above is a view of the back of the journal showing how I added the elastic closure.  It also shows the lovely textures I achieved by cleaning off texture paste from my stencil and then brayering over the dried paste with red and yellow acrylic paint.  It feels lovely to the touch.

You can find a full list of the worldwide stockists of the stamp and stencil sets I used HERE.

Short and sweet this week, but if you do have any questions on anything I have shown,
please let me know and I will do my best to answer.

Thanks so much, stay safe and well!

Hugs, Anne xxx

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Tracy Evans' Happiness & Nature

Hello Friends

I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times.  After our third week in lock down we are getting quite used to it now and have established a simple routine, which helps!

My Guest Designer project for AALL & Create this week uses Tracy's beautiful Happiness & Nature stamp set (#281) along with a left over piece of brayered card, to create a card.
I loved the background colours and decided not to cover it up too much.  I had some die cuts left over too from a couple of Bipasha's dies - Code #12 and Cells #14.

I stamped Tracy's flowers onto watercolour card.
I watercoloured four flowers in the end, using two different colour combos.
I trimmed the brayered cardstock and mounted it onto a red mat and then stamped the flowers onto the base.  I prepared the die cuts that I wanted to use and in the end I went for the lighter of the two sets of flowers.
Before adding the die cuts I felt I wanted a little more texture so I stamped Tracy's Mesh stamp (#262) here and there using Red Carnation Archival ink, and also some Distress Oxide (Spiced Marmalade).
Here is the finished card again, with the die cuts added.  I finished off by adding a sentiment from the Happiness & Nature stamp set.
You can find a list of worldwide stockists for all of the stamps and dies I used HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit, it is much appreciated.

Stay safe and well.  Hugs, Anne xxx


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