Saturday, 6 February 2016

Let's get Darcying....

I've been lucky enough to nab some of Darcy's new stamps for a workshop at The Craft Barn on Saturday 20 February.
We're going to be making a selection of ATCs with their very own box:




We'll be using tissue paper techniques, stencilling, Distress inkpads, glazing and more, so if you'd like to come along, just follow this link or phone 07958 569279.

Thanks for looking!

Helen

Monday, 1 February 2016

Drum roll please.....

Yes, it's that time of year again - PaperArtsy new releases.
This time I've had the pleasure of working with a new PaperArtsy designer, Kay Carley. Kay has released two beautiful  stamp sets with delicate, fine line drawing.


I couldn't resist decorating this birdcage with layered up tissue paper flowers from the Cosmos set, EKC01, and a stuffed bird inside:





I had some of the flowers left over so then created this canvas:



After that, I wanted to try out the Allium set, EKC02, and decided to use it on fabric. These stamps lend themselves to embellishments so I got out my needle and thread and did some hand stitching. Apart from the words, everything is stamped with Fresco paints:





Lastly I mixed the two sets and made these glossy panels:



If you hop on over to the PaperArtsy blog you can see what everyone else has made - there are new releases coming out every night this week!
Many thanks to Kay for letting me be one of her wingmen - I think you'll agree, her designs are beautiful

Thanks for looking!

Helen



Thursday, 28 January 2016

Yippee for Yupo!

I've been having a lovely time playing with Yupo paper and alcohol inks. Here are some of my first attempts, finished with Crafty Individual stamps. I've left the images completely uncoloured so they stand out from the background.
First the background itself with a little doodling:


Then doodling finished (very addictive!):


And then stamped and framed:




I'm now off to have another play!

Thanks for looking!

Helen

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

A little bit fishy...

I've just finished the canvas for next week's Inky Fingers and can you believe it, I've not used a single stamp! We're using all stencils with  different effects to produce a bit of an underwater scene:





If you fancy having a go, follow the above link.

Thanks for looking!

Helen

Saturday, 9 January 2016

PaperArtsy Fairy garden...

Hi everyone, Helen here with a bit of fairy kitsch! 



The instructions for this are over on the PaperArtsy blog where the topic is transparency and, being just after Christmas, I managed to pick up this bell decoration which I've taken apart to make a sort of fairy garden. 

I've used some of The Cat's Meow stamps which I've had for ages - I like them because the images are clearly drawn and also have a sense of fun. Have a closer look at The Cat's Meow range as there's some really good images in there. The sets have a wide variety of stamps: pictures, text, labels, fillers etc.

Here's another example, again using Cat's Meow, this time with a seaside theme - my version of a ship in a bottle:



Transparent surfaces can be both difficult to stamp on and to photograph, but it's worth persevering as they give you the opportunity to introduce lots of layers to your work.

Thanks for looking!
Helen

Thursday, 7 January 2016

In Fashion................



Here's a pop up card (love pop ups!) made using Crafty Individuals stamps and papers:



Very delicate colours and images.

Thanks for looking!

Helen

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Christmas!

A card to wish you a very Happy Christmas:


Many thanks for all the lovely comments and I hope you have a happy and healthy new year.

Helen