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Monday, 6 July 2015

A Calico Apothecary

Hello all!  I hope you enjoyed those New PaperArtsy Hot Picks releases... and don't forget there are more new stamps every night this week over at PaperArtsy.  (There's also my July Tim tag to catch up on if you blinked and missed it!)

I've always enjoyed playing with the Hot Picks glass bottle images, as well as trying to create a glassy effect with the Lynne Perrella stained glass stamps, so you can imagine my delight when Calico Craft Parts came up with a whole sheet of tiny Apothecary Bottles in their line of Mini Wood Shapes.  Here's a sneak peek of what I created using them...

If you'd like to see more, do hop over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog and see how I set about trying to give the wood shapes a touch of glossy glassiness!  And it's all on one small ATC.

It's a bit busy here at the moment, but I will be picking a Candy Winner soon.  In the meantime I hope you all have a wonderful week and I'll see you out there in Craftyblogland.

The sign outside the shop said Apothecary, which meant that the shop was owned by a sort of early chemist, who would give you herbs and things until you got better or at least stopped getting any worse.
Terry Pratchett

Sunday, 5 July 2015

All New PaperArtsy Hot Picks

Hello everyone, and welcome.  Tonight is the start of a whole week of NEW RELEASES over at PaperArtsy, and first up it's some amazing new Hot Picks stamps.

(Oh, and there's my July Tim tag to check out into the bargain, just in case you're interested!)

I was delighted to be asked to be one of Leandra's "wingmen" for the new Hot Picks stamps, and armed with a colour palette and two of the gorgeous new sets of stamps I set to work.  You might want to arm yourself with a cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine...

These are all created using HP1501 and 1503, which you can see below.  The images and text and graphics will be fantastic for art journalling, as well as all sorts of other crafting. 

But I couldn't send away my art journals as samples, so instead I created some tags and "pages" in a layered journalling style, as well as some wordy little houses made with one of the most fabulous script stamps ever.

If you hop over to PaperArtsy you can see all the new Hot Picks stamp sets, as well as samples made by lots of other designers.  There's so much eye-candy, you'll end up with a sugar rush!  I'll just share a couple of details from my projects with you before you go...

I started with a pair of tags and, as ever, with some weathered backgrounds using the Crackle Glaze.  I decided to allow one tag to focus on HP1501 stamps (to the left) and the other on HP1503 (to the right).

For the first, I stamped this delicious corner piece from HP1501 in Squid Ink and the chevrons and background text in Sepia Archival ink.

The HP1503 has a great film strip collage with a fantastic vintage camera.

That and the rest of the stamping on this tag is done in Sepia, with some hints of Jet Black added around the edges before stamping.

I added some book page chevrons (cut with the Tim Holtz Frameworks die) to echo the chevrons in many of the images, and shaded around them with pastel pencils.

A couple of Big Chat stickers and some embossed metallic embellishments finish them off.

How about those word-houses next?  The large script stamp from HP1501 is simply beautiful - lots of different font sizes and directions, all within one stamp.  You can stamp the whole thing for a great background, or add partial stamping for great detailing (as on the first tag above).

Each of these houses was painted and then stamped with either Sepia ink and clear-embossed, or with Versamark and white-embossed.

You can see on the Squid Ink house that there are even some lovely numbers within the image.  I gave the houses some book page windows, and the whole street is mounted on a crackled tag.

I used the grungy background stamp to give them something to stand on, but it's only just visible now.

Next is a pair of "pages" created with HP1503 on some 5 x 7 kraft card.  Since I couldn't use an actual art journal, I created pages which one could insert instead.

I layered up book pages, some stained with tea and coffee, some not, and added lots of background stamping.

These edge and corner stamps will be so cool for adding vintage detail to journalling pages.

And there are some great grungy dots too...

For the main focus I stamped onto ATC blanks.  Here's the fabulous film strip again, with a hint of pink to draw the eye to the butterfly and the man's face.

I added some Handwritten Words cut from kraft paper and Crunchy wax paper to both panels.

And on the other ATC you can see the adorable little girl peeping out at you.

The ATCs are "attached" with some file clips altered with alcohol ink, and I added some extra little metal accents.

Finally, the two tags which are probably my favourites of this selection...  

Again I've used HP1501 for one of them and HP1503 for the other, but they're definitely a pair.

(HP1503 is to the left this time and HP1501 to the right.)

Starting with the crackled background again, this time I stamped the industrial corner in French Roast Fresco paint.

I love how much detail you get when stamping with Frescos, and I love this stamp too.

There's another appearance for the script stamp in the background, and then this wonderful compass, some stamped in Sepia Archival and some in French Roast.

I altered some Finnabair/Prima metal cogs with Antique Metal embossing powder, their shapes echoing the industrial cog and the compass stamps.

It was starting to have a travelling feel to it, so I used watery washes of paint to add shading around the elements, including the added Big Chat stickers - I hope it has the feel of an ancient map.

I went even further with mapping on the HP1503 tag.  I used torn strips of book page as my land masses, again shading around them with washes of paint.

Since I'd clear-embossed my Sepia stampings, I knew they wouldn't get covered over.  I just love this Montana label - so cool for adding interest to the side of a tag, page or project.

And if you read the words of this pair all as one phrase, you find the suggestion that we should all "travel together, making memories" - capturing them on film as we go.

I hope you have time to hop over to PaperArtsy to see what everyone else has been making.  As I say, there's a wealth of inspiration there using these new stamps, and I promise you won't want to miss the other sets in this new release.

And don't forget that at 7pm every night this week, you can see all the other new releases from PaperArtsy's signature designers.  Hold on to your wallets!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you again (very) soon.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

Most travel is best of all in the anticipation or the remembering; the reality has more to do with losing your luggage.
Regina Nadelson

Gone Crazy!

Okay, okay, I admit it, I caved... I bought the Bird Crazy stamp set!  Well, it just looked like everyone was having such fun with it.  And I've been having fun with it too, even though it may not be in my usual vein.

I do love to watercolour with Distress Inks but I don't have many blueprints, so when Tim's new inspiration tag for July popped up, I thought I should go a bit Bird Crazy and here's the result. (Also, we're not so much for the 4th July this side of the pond!!)

I won't go through the how-to with you.  You'd do far better to hop over and check out Tim's fantastic tag and instructions.

But, as is my wont here at Words and Pictures, I've got a few close-ups to share with you nonetheless.

As well as the crazy birds, I've been playing with some of the new Distress colours for this tag.  All those blues and greens - I'm a happy woman, and now impatiently awaiting the arrival of the new Blueprint Sketch colour in the UK.  

For now it's a combination of new and old.

We have Faded Jeans, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Shabby Shutters and Mermaid Lagoon all putting in an appearance... 

... not to mention the Frayed Burlap for shading.  (Oh, and I used Hickory Smoke for my stitching - hickory stitching!)

Since the birds are fairly large, I've ended up working on one of the jumbo, jumbo tags, 10.5 x 5 inches in size.

It's covered with one of the text papers from the Wallflower set.  I started out with a very full-on background from Lost and Found, but decided I'd rather let the watercolouring take centre stage.

The micro-glaze is fabulous stuff.  I nabbed some as soon as it was released, but this was really my first chance to have a play with it.  As you know, life's been a bit busy!

Happily I was able to find lots of winged words amongst the Small Talk stickers...

... one for each of our nervous flyers.

Perhaps they will take flight one of these days!

If they decide to, there are some metal wings to help them out, altered with Mushroom alcohol ink, which means they tone in with the Frayed Burlap beautifully.

I had a ball creating the stripy ribbon.  We're on blues and greens again, I'm afraid, but with such limited time at the craft table, I'm afraid I'm leaning to my favourites rather than experimenting when I do get there.

Oh, one more thing - it's not actual stitching (sewing machines and I continue on terms of enmity), but uses the stitching wheel recommended by the lovely Jenny of Pushing the Right Buttons. Then you just join up the holes with a pen.  Much easier!

You can just about see the gleam of the Glossy Accents applied to their eyes in the photos below...

There's a flurry of posts coming your way over the next few days, starting with a VERY exciting one later today (and back in a more vintage style), but I wanted to sneak this in.

It'll probably get lost in the rush, but so be it.  I had great fun making it and I wanted to share it right away.  I had such a lovely time watercolouring this characterful trio and I suspect they'll be back.

Hope you'll pop back and see all the excitement to come, but for now I'll wish you a lovely Sunday.

I'd like to enter this as my July Tag in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015.

And since we're in lighthearted vein...

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
Dixon Lanier Merritt

Monday, 29 June 2015

Next stop... Destination Inspiration

Hello all!  I'm afraid it's yet another sneak peek... June has been just one peek after another it seems.  If you missed my second outing over at Artist Trading Post (which you might well have done if you so much as blinked!), do check out my stencilled card there - yes, a card, and a floral one at that!

But right now I'm on A Vintage Journey, and it's my turn to share what's going on at Destination Inspiration.  As you know, for this weekly spot at A Vintage Journey there are specific items in our luggage, and over the course of a month each of four Creative Guides uses those items to create some fuel or further inspiration for the journey.  Here's a little taste of what I got up to... 

This month it's been a lovely bagful - Walnut Stain as the colour, texture paste through a stencil as the technique, watercolour paper as the substrate and a Tattered die as the product to use - we clearly packed very well between us.  You've already seen three of the Creative Guides unpack their luggage and work some magic, and if you hop over to A Vintage Journey now, you can see some more of my offering.

I hope it will provide some fuel for your creative journey!  Happy crafting all!

One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.
Henry Miller

P.S.  There are just a couple of days left to sign up for my Butterfly Blogaversary Candy... what is it they say?  You've got to be in it to win it!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Stencilling again at Artist Trading Post

Hello everyone, and after a brief interlude to share my Coffee House version of the Tim Holtz June tag, we're back on the sneak peeks!

I'm delighted to say that I'm over at Artist Trading Post again today with another stencilled project to inspire you to play along with their Crafter's Workshop stencilling theme this month.

I hope this will tempt you to hop over to take a look - it's another of my rare excursions into card-making.

It's been another quiet month with a sudden flurry towards the end, and it's not over yet - I'll be back very soon with yet another sneak peek... Hope you're ready to hop some more!!

Oh, and speaking of hopping, if you haven't yet joined in with my Butterfly Blogaversary Candy, do hop in that direction too and sign up.  You only have until the end of June to get your name in the hat.  Happy Crafting all!

The writer catches the changes of his mind on the hop.  Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming.  Growth of the soul, growth of the mind.
Vita Sackville West

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Off to the Coffee House

Hello all, and welcome!  I thought it was time we had something other than a sneak peek here at Words and Pictures.

Design Team work is pretty much all I've been able to squeeze in, but - with a hundred and one other things I was meant to be doing - I grabbed some time to riff on Tim's fabulous June tag.

I don't have the coffee cup die Tim used, but I have created a Coffee House.  "What makes it a Coffee House?", you may well ask... read on and all will be revealed!

Apart from the choice of die, I've followed Tim's inspiration pretty closely.  (All his making-of details are here - much the best place to find out how to do it all.)  I've used lots of different materials in the cutting machine, and have adapted the other ingredients he included to suit the house instead.

I had a lot of fun with the background although I had to improvise a touch with how I did it.  I plan to get some of the blank ink pads, but don't have them yet so instead I used the mini Distress pads to ink up my stencil for printing.

I was working with a larger size tag to give the house enough room, so I had to line up my printings pretty carefully.

I do love using the new Distress Spray water spritzer... it really does make it easier to create gorgeous spatter effects, though sadly they've mostly disappeared under my blue-green tartan.

So here's one thing which makes this a "coffee" house - the corrugated roof is cut from...

... yup, a cup holder from a certain coffee seller - recognise it?!

I used acetate behind the windows, and so that it would show up better, I tinted it with various shades of blue alcohol ink (Denim, Cloudy Blue and Stonewashed are all in there).

There's another coffee ingredient in the tinting of the metal elements...

Both the Muse Token at the top and the flowers have had a touch of Espresso Alcohol Ink along with the Mushroom.

I also borrowed the idea of the twine used on Tim's tag to wrap the coffee cup and deployed it instead as my flower stems.  They're growing out of a grassy lawn which was made as Tim made his circular coffee badge.

And I've even used a straw, as Tim did, though mine is playing the role of guttering and down pipes.  I painted the straw with Distress Paints - first Salty Ocean, then Faded Jeans and then a hint of Brushed Pewter for a metallic sheen - and then trimmed it to fit.

At the bottom, since I don't have the hashtag stamps, I've used one of the Simple Sayings on my banner instead.

So there you have it... finally, something other than a sneak peek - though I do thank you if you've been dashing all over Craftyblogland in search of my creations.  Your visits and comments are so much appreciated.

If you missed my Flourishing Butterflies over at Calico Craft Parts, I hope you can check them out... and I wouldn't want you to miss my Butterfly Blogaversary Candy - just leave a comment there before the end of June and I'll put your name into the hat.  Do come and celebrate with me!

For now I'll love you and leave you, and hope to see you soon.

I like coffee because it gives me the illusion I might be awake.
Lewis Black

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation.

I'd like to enter this as my June Tag in Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015
And I'd also like to play along with Housey Housey at That's Crafty Challenges