Halloween Projects

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Yep, it’s been a while. No point boring you with details.

This is my first Artist Trading Block. I made the block at The Artistic Stamepr club night in September & added all the extra stuff last week…….

 

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I made this canvas at this month’s Artistic Stamper club night on Tuesday………..

(Dry brushing with Distress paints – liked them a lot).

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A clock made with All Hallows stamps from www.beecrafty.co.uk & the Tim Holtz Shattered stencil, made at a Karen Clare workshop a few weeks ago………….

 

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Finally, cards……

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Distress inks, stencilling. Distress Crackle paint on the pumpkins…………

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Scaredy Cat & Raven cut rom black card & covered with Black Stars Sparkle Medium.

 

I also made these at the Karen Clare workshop……

 

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Brushos & various stamps……………..

 

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Thanks for visiting, I shall try to be back soon.

Kirsten

PS Apologies for the crass ads at the end of my blog posts. I don’t get to choose them.

Kate Crane Workshop at The Artistic Stamper

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Today I fulfilled an ambition I’ve had ever since I discovered art journaling – I wanted to attend a Kate Crane workshop. Seven/eight months ago when we heard she would be at The Artistic Stamper in Kent, my friend Georgina & I rushed to book a place & then waited impatiently. Today was the day & these are are my journal pages……………….

 

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They’re not quite finished, I have to add the journaling,  but I’m really pleased with them.

I used  all sorts of colouring media, including PaperArtsy Fresco paints, Claudine Hellmuth & Amsterdam acrylics & oil pastels. The stencilling on the page above is t, designed by Georgina.

 

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It was a thrill to meet Kate at last, she is just as lovely as I thought she would be. Thank you so much to her for sharing her vast knowledge & for all the inspiration. Thanks too to Jennie & Mal for their hospitality & for keeping us fed & watered throughout the day.

Kirsten

Yes, I am Still Alive

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Greetings, it’s 4.17am & I’ve been up since 2am. It’s so warm that I’m finding it impossible to sleep at the moment. I’ve been sorting through emails & visiting some blogs & now I thought I’d do a quick post to fill you I on what I’ve been doing for the past ten days or so.

Every spare minute has been spent helping my friend Lisa organise her crafting event day, which happens on Saturday, the 19th – approximately 54 hours away now. The amount of work involved is enormous & I’m just glad I’ve been able to help her with some of it. When I’m not helping I’m home making samples for her, trying to have as many as I can that will showcase all the new stamps, stencils, wood, etc., that she will have on sale. Later on today, we go to Costco to buy supplies, Friday evening we will get the hall set up & we’ll be there by 7 on Saturday morning, to make sure everything is ready before the doors open at 1Oam. I think I can safely say that we will spend Sunday collapsed in a heap somewhere……..

Because of all of that, plus everything else, I have deliberately stayed away from Twitter, Facebook, ignored emails & all the other distractions – apart from not having the time, I’m too tired. I do miss the Twitter chat especially, but I will get back to it next week. And of course, I’ve not made a single thing for myself for the last three – four? – weeks, so I thought I’d include two cards I made a while ago………..

My friend Georgina went on holiday & very kindly gave me her JoFY stamp sets to, ahem, look after for her & my first two projects were these birthday cards.

I kept this one very simple, just coloured with watercolour pencils.

 

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I used PaperArtsy Fresco paints on this card; Zesty Zing, Pumpkin Soup, Tikka, Pansy, Sherbet, Snowflake, Hey Pesto, Tinned Peas.

 

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 Behind the doors, a little pot of flowers…

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Before I go, I must tell you that, thanks to the vagaries of Blogger, there are some blogs I can’t leave comments on at the moment. I don’t know why this is, it seems to change from week to week & I can’t work out why, or fix it. So apologies to those whose posts I usually comment on & am not doing so at present, it’s not for the want of trying..

Thanks for looking, I’ll be back soon I hope.

Craft Extravaganza Day in Maidstone

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Morning all, happy Sunday. This is just a quick post to let you know about this………………..

 

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Lisa will be demoing Sparkle Medium & Silkies from Imagination Crafts & Georgina Ford will be using Artistic Stamper stamps, among others, in her demoes. As well as lots of new crafting goodies available to purchase, there will be a huge sale, with many items at knockdown prices – and when you’re all shopped out, you can relax with a cuppa & chat with other crafting peeps.

Every year, Lisa has an event day raffle with all proceeds going to a local charity. This year the recipient will be the Heart of Kent Hospice, who are utterly deserving of it, they do such amazing work.

It promises to be a fun day, so if you’re in the area please drop in. If you know any crafters in Kent, we’d really appreciate it if you would spread the word.

Earlier this week, I finished making my samples for Lisa’s July class, which took place on Friday & I’m now making samples for the event day, as well as helping Lisa with the organisation of the day. I also run the Lisa B Designs blog & Facebook page. All of which means I have even less time for my own projects & blog at the moment, but it will all be worth if everyone enjoys themselves on the 19th.

Until next time, thanks for looking & please spread the word!

12 Tags of 2014 June

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Good morning, happy Sunday. Yet again, I’m almost too late with my canvas board version of Tim’s tag. I actually made it a few weeks ago & hoped I’d have time to make another, better version, but I don’t think I will now.  You can see Tim’s gorgeous tag & all the details on how he created it HERE.

I decided to use the TCW Cell Theory stencil for my background, which in retrospect was a mistake. There’s very little definition & what there was I ended up covering.  But I quite liked the result so I carried on………….

 

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I tried various images but went ahead with the mini versions of Tim’s butterflies & I also used his Torn Notebook die & Remnant Rubs. I seem to have run out of seam binding, so I coloured some organza ribbon with distress inks instead…………..

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Thanks goes once again to Tim for the inspiration & to you for looking.

See you next time.

PaperArtsy Challenge–Inspired by Linda Cain

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Evening, hope everyone’s had a great Saturday. It’s been yet another week of amazing inspiration over on the PaperArtsy blog & it took me an age to decide what to do. In the end I went with Linda Cain’s gorgeous shadow box tray from Wednesday night.

I didn’t have a shadow box, so I used this photo frame instead………….

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I sanded it a little, gave it a coat of gesso, then painted it with Little Black Dress Fresco paint.

I decided on a blue colour palette & used silver acrylic paint a well…………….

 

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I used Ellen Vargo, Lin Brown & Lynne Perella stamps on the background, stamped with Cornflower Blue Archival ink

I had a bit of a disaster the first time around when I came to stamp the focal image. Stamped with black Archival & this was the result…………….

 

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Not good.

So I started all over again & stamped with Onyx Black Versafine. Much better…………

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Thanks for looking & thank you Linda for the inspiration. I’m entering this in the PaperArtsy challenge HERE.

See you next time.

Lisa B Designs June Class Cards

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Evening. Way back in the dim & distant past, (almost three weeks ago), I promised I would post my cards from the class I did in Maidstone,  when I had finished them & then I forgot about them until now. So here they are, better late than never.

My friend Lisa holds two classes on the first Friday of each month & this month we focused on Lavinia Stamps’ Zen stamps,  using distress inks & Sparkle Medium & Silkies acrylic paints from Imagination Crafts.

The background on this card is a Lavinia Stamps scenescape – very handy when you want to save a bit of time.

 

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We used distress inks & masks to make the background on the second card. I used Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean & Chipped Sapphire.

 

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A lot of the time I assist Lisa at the classes & I don’t always get to finish my projects, so it was nice to complete these. I’ve never use Lavinia Stamps all that much before, but I enjoyed making the class samples. Lisa’s class samples are in this post.  My projects are posted on the Lisa B Designs Inspiration blog on Monday & Tuesdays, while Lisa, Suzanne & Georgina post on the other days.

Thanks for looking.