Monday, 25 July 2016

Stampotique New Release Stamps Blog Hop - 'you're my favorite'

Hi there lovely friends...

so... hop fun!

You should have just arrived after peeping at he the amazing blog hop art by Arwen McCullen and if you didn't, you may want to start the blog hop from the beginning PRESS HERE to start at the beginning... 
(Stampotique will be giving away a $30 gift certificate to go shopping at their online store AND a grab bag of stamps to two random winners who have visited the blogs, make sure to stop by and visit them all - winners will be picked on the first challenge in August!)

My colourful piece of art is a 'squad line-up' showcasing a few of the new characters and I also popped some of the new background stamps in there too - 11 of the new stamps were used in total...

ingredients... (left to right)
(background stamps...)
11 stamps later, and I decided to go with the ironic title of  'you're my favorite' hahaha! cos oh boy I have soooooooo many favorites :-)))

This release is awesome - sooooo many stamps to choose from...

...and eeeeeeep! I have 8 new designs too - go check my new stamps out HERE

To check out all the new releases press HERE

Awe it's time to direct you onto the next stop, I hope you have enjoyed peeping at my squad line-up all lovingly colourised with Prima Marketing's watercolor paints/oil pastels - you now need to hop over to spy the amazing blog hop art by Kathi Rerek

(go peep at all the design team's WoWzers and inspirational blog hop art - don't forget to leave a little love on everyone's post cos you could be one of the lucky random winners eeeeeeep!)

Ranger Ink Guest Blog Art - Sunshine and Daisies

Hi there beautiful friends
I'm so excited and blessed as I'm back over guesting on the Ranger Ink Blog with a tutorial on how I created this 'Sunshine and Daisies' watercolor stylee art with Dyan Reavely's amazing Dylusions Acrylic paints.
I know many of us are all mad about the kool watercolor effects out there at the moment so I thought I'd share my tips n techniques using acrylics as they sooo easily recreate the 'watercolor' look.  
take you through my (always) easy to follow process step by step (including piccys) and give you an ingredients list too so you can create your very own kaleidoscope of color with the Dyan's lush ├╝ber bright paints that I sooooo lovingly used eeeeep!

Here's the link my friends - hope you enjoy my easy to follow steps - let me know what you think eeeeep!

PRESS HERE to hop over to the Tutorial on the Ranger Ink Blog :-)))

I take you from this...

A few steps later to this...

and ta dah!
finally eeeeeep!  
Sunshine and Daisies ( not forgetting the oodles of doodles...)

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Ranger Ink Guest Blog Art - Make Impossible Possible

Hi there beautiful friends
I'm ever so excited as I'm back over guesting on the Ranger Ink Blog with a tutorial on how I created this 'make impossible possible' art.  I take you through my process step by step (including piccys) and give you an ingredients list too so you can create your very own kaleidoscope of color with the Dina Wakley lush stash that I lovingly used eeeeep!

Here's the link my friends - hope you enjoy my easy to follow steps - let me know what you think eeeeep!

PRESS HERE to hop over to the Tutorial on the Ranger Ink Blog :-)))

Monday, 30 May 2016

Simon Days Stamp Monday Challenge Blog Guest Art - Tim Holtz Sizzix Inspired 'beautiful beautiful sunny days' Wreath

Hi there lovely friends - oh no tis my last guest spot over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge - I've had a ball this past month and would like to thank them (Simon Says Stamp) for having me over and Lols you are not only a star, you are an angel too, a beautiful friend MWAH xoxo A quick thanks to everyone who has taken time to pop over and peep at my artwork and left heartwarming words too over here on my blog,, over on my Facebook PageInstagram Page & Pinterest Page.  And my teamies this past month have been the best - they create stunning artwork each week to inspire us all and warm our hearts with their beautiful words...thanks a million sweet teamies xoxo

SO... business teehee!

This weeks challenge was a no brainer for me - 'pinks' I'm a girly girl at heart the challenge being 'Monochrome'

And Tim Holtz knows how to spoil us girly girls with his lush pinks...
I got my hands on all my Distress Paints and Distress Stain Sprays in the 'pinky' tones to create custom background sheets to die cut my petals from...

I started with a squirt or three of the distress sprays and blended it over some watercolor paper.  From sheet to sheet I vary the colors, I make plenty of these backgrounds cos you can always use any spares at a later date and gets the messy bit outta the way in one go...

Now I go in with a layer or three of the Distress Paints, such fun!

My final layer is usually a little squirt from the Distress Stain Sprays, usually in contrasting warming or bright colors or the darks shading tone of the Black Soot (usually the 1 squirt though) or the beautiful softness of Picket Fence (again 1 maybe 2 squirts BUT this spray is a total MUST tis just amazing & I use it in most of my artwork!)
 TIP: I can go in and add multi-layers, alternating the paints and sprays till I get the desired look, because the colors are all so close I rarely dry the layers before adding another - sometimes I hit the jackpot after the first layers and sometimes I simply keep going till i'm happy eeeep! the process has no hard and fast rules apart from having fun is a tots must!!!

Tah Dah!!!  1 background sheet set aside to dry whilst creating more, more more eeeeep!

These are the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Dies I used to create my wreath with - I mix and match the various petals to create the larger flowers down through to the medium and too stinkin cute uber tiny flowers!

So that's where I'll start the tiny flowers are from the Tiny tattered FloralsThinlits Die
The small/medium flowers are from the Tattered Flower garland Die Decorative Strip Sizzlits
Medium Flowers can be created using the Mini Tattered Florals Dies Movers Shapers
The larger flowers I use the Tattered Florals Bigz Flower Alterations
Plus I used the small petal from the Jumbo Tattered Florals Bigz XL

Yum Yum Yummmmmmm!!!

I like to 'build' my Wreath as i go, you can then determine which flowers need to be created next...

I spritz the Tim Holtz Ideaology Crinkle Ribbon with various colors of the Distress Stain Sprays, checking against the flowers to see if I have a perfect color match (keeping in mind the ribbon will dry lighter though) I also like to add a tiny touch of Distress Paint, simply cos it gives the ribbon a different texture layer! Carefully dry the ribbon with your Ranger Heat Tool scrunching it up between your fingers eeeeep!

And can you spy the Tim Holtz Ideaology Occasions Small Talk Stickers and a couple or 3 coordinating pinky Sequins...I've squrted a little finishing touch of  the 'Black Soot & Picket Fence' Distress Stain Spray too!

You can see how deep these flowers really are from this angle...they are truly glorious and addictive - great to 'build' whilst watching tv...

Tip - My wreath ring is simply up-cycled grey-board card-stock from packaging - I draw round various sized dinner/tea plates to get my wreath circle!  I adhere wreath circles together for extra strength...
These really do make kool and beautiful gifts for friends and family, they always bring a smile to the recipients face :-)))
So you need to pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge to peep at all the design teams amazing artwork, tis truly inspiring...
I can't wait to see what you all create, I loooooves that we all share our art with each-other <3
And do join in the fun - cos as always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 to spend in their web shop eeeeep!

Simon Says Stamp

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Stampotique & Roc Nicholas Guest Art - 'anything but black'

Hi there lovely friends
I'm sharing with you today my guest dt art for the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and my Roc NicholasRoc Nicholas design team artwork - I combined them both as Roc's beautiful Horse stamp and Art Lives Here stamp are from the Stampotique  collection...

To go spy all the lush artwork from the design team hop over to the challenge HERE and if you join in the fun you may be one of the lucky random winners chosen at the end of the month to win a $30 spending spree over at the Stampotique Web Shop eeeep!

So this week challenge (heeheehee) I knew I'd have to get my head round cos 'anything but black' being the fabulous challenge is a real task for me as I usually start and finish with black!!!  Samantha Read thought up this brilliant challenge and I urge you all to have a go, it's soooooo much fun (but alas I still need to add a spot or 2 of black when I look at my page hahaha!  Darkest purple just didn't quite hit the mark, although no black on the page automatically gives the page the soft, soothing color wash look, almost dusty so all is good eeeeeeep!!!  I will deffo use this trick again and again :-))) I am sending mixed messages - but I feel mixed up when I look at my page - I loooooves it and at the same time want to grab my black ink pen....hmmmmm....

I used Roc's Horse & Art Lives Here stamps - go look at all of Roc's designs HERE

I used Janet Klein's totally kool NYNY! stamp - go looksey at all of Janet's stamps HERE 

I used Kate Cranes beautiful Colour Wheel stamp - go look at all of Kate's collection HERE

I used France Papillion's Mash Up & Rusted Rivets - go look at all France's kool designs HERE

And you can see all my Stampotique designs HERE

I colourised with Prima's ohhhh so colourful Watercolor Confections Pans - I used a mix of all the 3 sets eeeeeep! Prima's Oil Pastels and Prima's Watercolor Pencils too...You can get these from Art From The Heart and Simon Says Stamp

You can also hop over to Art From The Heart who sell Stampotique stamps.
And A Sprinkle Of Imagination sells Stampotique too...

Monday, 23 May 2016

Simon Says Stamp Guest Art 'Wish' - 'Let's Eat Cake'

Hi there lovely friends, I'm back in with this weeks guest art for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Tis another fabby challenge again this week, one I had an immense amount of fun with, I got elbow deep with my Tim Holtz 'Distress' stash eeeeeep!  So the challenge this week is simply 'wish'...

Firstly I got out the new Dina Wakley Media Board, (this media board is sooooo kool cos I use this kinda board by the ton and I find this one soooooo easy to cut down to a size with my guillotine to suit my whim) 
After Gessoing/drying the surface I stamp out (using the stamp) from Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits Birthday Blueprint Die & Stamp set and partially cover the image with a Tim Holtz Sizzix Doily Thinlits Die I had run through my SIZZIX BIGSHOTSizzix Bigshot - the paper stock I cut through was RANGER WATERCOLORS PAperRanger Watercolor Paper, I needed the paper to be thick and withstand the many layers of media I was about to pop on it - thus with this beautiful Sizzix die being intricate I popped it through my Bigshot many times, very carefully moving it into different areas of the plates so I got a clean crisp cut.  I adhered the doily die cut with Dina Wakley's Soft Matte Gel Medium.

Next I added a thin layer of texture with the amazingly 'marshmallowy' Ranger Texture Paste through Tim Holt's Layering Stencil 'Speckles' and through 2 of his new Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils - one from Set 5 & one from Set 4 - these mini stencils give us sooooooo much love, it's the tiny detail, tis deffo love.....

Dry the texture paste with your heat gun - it won't take long if you've popped a thin layer on cos another thing that is ace about Ranger's texture paste is that it's drying time is like next door to 'now' hahaha! (And spreads like butter too! Makes life sooooo much easier)

Once dry dip your into the Tim Holtz Distress 'Crazing' Collage Medium and swipe a fairly large dollop across your whole surface, where there is texture the crazing media will sit in lovely thick clumps which is exactly what we want as....(the thicker the layer of Crazing Medium the bigger 'n' more pronounced the crackles will be - the thinner the layer will leave more crackle but ohhhh soooo diddy - either way or a bit of both is sooooooo uber kool - and the best bit is that it dries Matt too - but deffo let this dry NATURALLY - if I do the thick layer which is most times - I leave over night to dry - tis sooooo worth the wait)

Whilst the Crazing Medium dries the 'cupcake' background can be prepped, tis a simple and easy background cos the 'stamped image' has soooo much beautiful detail - less is more....
I start by hand painting Tim Holtz's Distress Paints In Cracked Pistachio & Broken China & Broken China  on the bottom half of the Ranger Watercolor Paper, then Shaded lilac Distress Paint over this through Tim Holtz's 'Stripes' layering Stencil.

I randomly add 'Picket Fence' Distress Paint through Tim Holtz's 'Bubble' Layering Stencil - waft dry with a heat gun then...

...and 'Mustard seed' Distress Paint, waft again with a heat gun then...

...and 'Festive Berries & Picked Raspberry' Distress Paints

Once the paint is snuff dry I like to pick the 'best' areas to stamp on ie the 'eye-candy' areas that my eyes are drawn to.  I use Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink   to stamp out the beautiful cupcake image from Tim Holtz's Sizzix Framelits 'Birthday Blueprint' Die and Stamp Set.

Now flip the paper around ready to start finger painting again, this time I started with 'Squeezed Lemonade' Distress Paint then,'Antique Linen' , finally add a random & thin layer  (with a very small amount) of 'Tarnished Brass' Distress Paint.

...stamp out the 'upper' part of the cupcake!

When dry I die cut out my cupcake images - 2 x bottom cupcake - 1 x top cupcake - 1 x candle - plus I cut out I whole backing cupcake in black card stock.

Before I start my coloring I place (without adhering) everything I feel I will need/use in place, just to see if everything is looking like it is going to work/balance.  I do this continually throughout my process.
The beautiful 'Wish' word I eventually didn't go ahead and use is from Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die Handwritten Wish
And as you can see I have my Tim Holtz Distress Crayons at the ready eeeeeep!

I usually start adding the Crayons with my 'yellow' first, then, the oranges etc. the warm tones...
Here you can see I went with the 'yellow & pink' tones plus a little of the Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint and as I said before I keep popping the 'cupcake back in situ' to see if my color layers are building nicely.
Leave whites space so there is room for more colors...
Simply rub the crayons in with your fingertips, they should blend out like a treat as you have some ace mediums that we applied earlier for them to glide over...
Then for an extra intense color hit simply layer more of the crayons over the top of what you have just blended but this time don't blend!

In the white space add the 'cooler' tones, I always add less of these especially the darker tones as they tend to dominate the 'lighter' colors.

As you can see here I just keep adding layers of crayons, once the first layer of color is down and blended, it's really just a case of topping up the blended layers with a very VERY light scribble of the crayons either directly on top or next to the same or contrasting crayon - and can you see I like to leave white space in there too!
The Red and black crayon I usually use last as they are both strong dominant colors, they do make your art 'sing' beautifully though'. And very lastly I loooove to add more, more, more yellow!
Any mistakes you simply wipe away with a wet wipe, because the surface we are working on is prepped with mediums (not bare board/paper) most If not all of the crayon wipes away as it is water based.  likewise if you are needing to blend your crayons more simply dampen your fingertip ever so slightly...

And in the mid section of my piece above/below/around where the 'birthday' word is I spritzed with a couple of shots of water, then ever so lightly tapped dots of the crayons into the 'bare' surrounding space and quickly spritzed the dots with water letting the crayon color bleed into the background!

My Crazy Birds from Tim Holtz Mini Bird Crazy& Things Stamp Set were stamped onto a color-coordinating background I had already sat waiting - these backgrounds are simply created via me using a sheet of card as a palette for my distress paints over and over again, then when the 'palette' is nearly full I add a few Distress Inks and doodles with my Distress Crayons - simple but oh sooooo effective as you can see how cheeky and colorful my birdies look...

I just stamped up the eyes again and added a touch of color to them. The balloons,party hats and Candle for the cupcake came from the 'palette' too! 

This was my first cut - It was too busy, I tried the Sizzix 'Wish' word in various colors and as you see here with the divine 'Vintage Platinum' Distress Glitter Dust which did looksey lush but I decided to go with something far smaller and ever usefull Tim Holtz Idea-ology Occasions Small Talk Stickers 

Next I decide to add a couple or 3 thin layers of white gesso over to the left-hand mid-bottom corner, yes I felt the piece start to come together. 
Hmmmm! What next?  I decided to add a little Tim Holtz's Distress Spray Stain 'Cracked Pistachio' & 'Abandoned Coral' which worked a treat and I also colorised the Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon with the Abandoned Coral (quickly dry off with the heat gun whilst carefully scrunching between your fingers - watch you don't burn yourself). This wrapped around the cupcake & board (which I had decided to chop down with my guillotine to postcard size too) ohhhh soooo nicely and how cute does the Idea-ology Number Tokens look eeeeep!

My final touches are my usual splats and scribbles, also I swiped a little extra Cracked Pistachio here and there.

Heeheehee I've had a journey with this postcard, a fun, fun, fun journey and I've had a craving for cupcakes throughout (still have to be honest nom nom nom but I've not given in to temptation!)

I can't wait to see what you all get up to this week - this challenge theme is sooooo wide open I bet there will be oodles of amazing and ohhh sooo different art out there...
...and as always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 to spend in their web shop eeeeep!

Simon Says Stamp