Sunday 16 September 2018

When Stamps meet Glass

Hi. it's been a long long time since I posted on here.

Over the past few years my card making has become less and less. I stepped away from the Chocolate Baroque design team and have had more time to create for me. I will always be a stamper at heart and will love stamps. I am lucky to have been able to gain lots of skills and techniques from many talented artists from the UK and overseas.

I have always been interested in lots of crafts, sewing, painting, beading, metal, glass, clay work. For the first jewellery class I went to I took my husbands pliers. That was remedied really quickly with many different tools for my stash.

I'm fortunate that my hubby is a gadget collector and this year bought an engraving tool to use in his workshop. Light bulb moment for me. I had bought a couple of glass pieces, a large vase, a small vase and a bottle with cork lid. For a couple of nights this week I've been engraving.

The small vase is the first that I've done with three butterflies on. The glass is fairly thick which is why I chose it. I stamped Tracy Evans butterfly from All&Create number #45 and then engraved the butterflies. I'm really looking forward to buying some of the new designs to experiment with.

Here is the bottle with the sweet dragonflies. The glass on this one is much finer than the first vase.

The following photos are of the large vase which is holding the beautiful yellow roses with no water in. The majority of the engraving is free hand with the addition of the Tracy's dragonflies from set#45 stamps.

I'm now looking for more to engrave on and also there is a pyrography tool in the workshop calling to be played with.

Thanks for stopping by
Debbie xx

Monday 7 May 2018

Some where ...

Hello and  I hope all is good this May Bank Holiday.

I indulged in spending time in my craftroom yesterday to play with stamps and inks.
I have seen Stripey the flamingo coloured in various ways so I decided to paint him with distress inks in his true colours, pink and coral.

I started with the Rainbow Stencil and used Finnabairs light paste coloured with black Brusho powder. I used the powder so it didn't thin out the paste.

For colouring the Rainbow I used Distress inks that were the colours closest and vibrant.

I didn't want the colours to blend as they would have gone muddy so waited till each had dried completely before adding the next. I think that when using Kassa Hayseldon stamps and stencils you can go crazy with colour and sparkle. . Ice stickles was added all over the rainbow.

I stamped with the staggered lines from the border stamp set. It is going to be a real worker stamp for me. Of course Mr Stripey had to be wearing his top hat as he's off to find the pot of gold.

Friday 12 January 2018

Bright pages calmed

Hello, the journey of CJS has been paused as I'm back at work.
Saturday morning will be playing catch up as I want to make sure I've watched and had some time to play and then go back in a few weeks or months to refer back to.

These pages were worked on from Carolyn Dube recipe video. I did take mine off in a different direction but this was great for me. I felt that the colours I chose were clashing so added the black and white stamping.

Thanks for popping by

Wednesday 10 January 2018

Stencilled backgrounds

Oh my I've been having great painty fun with CJS. The lessons / videos have been so informative, inspiring and put together so well. Michelle Ward gave such great instructions of the techniques.

This lesson for making backgrounds was addictive and I could have filled my journal with more but will definitely make more soon

I used Finnabair's Impasto paints, I did water them down a little as they are really thick. I'm really pleased with the vibrancy and the way they blended.
Thanks for popping in

Monday 8 January 2018

Work in progress

This past weekend I took time to work in my journal. I have an ambition to fill one of my journals this year. Creative Jump Start has definitely kick started my fun. 

These pages are definitely a work in progress and it's been great fun so far adding more and more layers of paint with a brush, brayer, stencils and foam stamps. When I pluck up courage I'm going to add the word freedom as it's such a powerful word. I have more as I did another couple of pages.


Tuesday 2 January 2018

New Year and new Inspiration

Very long time with no posts. 
Last year was taken up with massive amounts of weeding preparation for my daughters wedding.
She and her (now) husband told us in January they had found a venue for the event. The date was to be 31st December 2017.
My first questions were who is doing your cake and the second who will be doing your flowers. The reply was, 'Mum will you sort it for me'. So I set to work within the first week of being told and it carried on all year.

My intention this year is to fill one or more of my many journals and one of my gifts from my hubby was to sign up for Creative Jumpstart.

This morning I have watched the first video and been totally inspired by Mystele Kirkeeng.
I found a background I made a couple of years ago, followed the video and played with the techniques she talked about. The dress is made from some spare gelli plate scraps. I'm looking forward to the next video as this one has sparked my mojo.
 Thanks for popping in