Friday 29 June 2012

Why not decorate a letter?

I thought I would revisit my Decopatch letters and pick up where I left off a few months ago. The next letter I needed to decorate from my series in "The Hobby Room" was 'Y'.  I went for a grassy letter this time with daisy's.

I used railway flocking for the grass and a flower punch for the daisy's.

Here are the other letters I've done so far, not the best picture in the world I know, but I've hung them a bit high up on my wall and the desk lamp is turned round to light up the letters.

Here are the other posts for the other letters if you wanted a closer look with more detail.

And Y is this one.

My next project is going to be using something I bought from the MDF man from the last show I was at.
I feel another painting moment coming on.
Michelle x

Sunday 24 June 2012

Morning world

A new day and a new computer! I went out and bought a shiny new laptop thinking my old one was running slow and I'd had it a while. Oh no it was my internet provider's network dying, and then going off for the last 24 hours. A blogger simply can't live without an internet connection for 24 hours! So I've been busy installing programmes on the new puter, and then did a sneaky ATC with my new Ranger canvas ATC's.

So this is what I thought this morning, "Morning World" hopefully we can get the internet back on, and sure enough it did. Phew no more internet dt's. 

Background is stamped with an Inkylicious 'Brick wall Stamp', dabbed with Aqua Adirondack dabber and a Dimension Stamp small 'Honeycomb stamp' with some gold acrylic paint.
I used a close squirt of Dylusions inks for the 3 circle sprays.

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Beauty is everywhere

Another little quickie. I started this watercolour card at Art from the Heart on Saturday. I finished it off with the brilliant 'Heart Throb' Stampotique stamp and a Indigo Blu Nature 1 (love this set) caption. Background was made using Golden acrylic paints. I drew the stitching around the edge too.  I nearly forgot but the clouds are from the Indigo Blue Nature stamp set too. Michelle x

Entered into Try it on a Tuesday

Monday 18 June 2012

He looks a bit creepy!

Just a quick post. I finished off a little canvas I started at Art from the Heart on Saturday. Which one's are the creepy ones?  The '3 in a round' stamp is from Stampotique and the tree, leaves, and spider-web are from Lavinia Stamps. I used Golden & Artiste acrylic paints.  I stuck a bit of modelling paste through a Balzer Designs stencil (mini burst) for the texture around the edge.

I like the creepy stamps, I need more. Michelle x

Please check out other artists at Artists in Blogland, there is loads to inspire you here.

Sunday 17 June 2012

Olympic Torch relay 2012 Teesside

This just happened at the end of my road, what a great party atmosphere, everyone was in very high spirits, with carnival floats and lots of high five-ing policemen. Lovely warm day too. The BBC news team said they've had the best crowds so far in Teesside. We know how to party up here! lol It was a massive bonus that they changed torches right in front of me!

Saturday 16 June 2012

Golden Paints play day at AFTH

Well I've had the most enjoyable day today. I really had a lot of fun at Art from the Heart (AFTH), .... it should be dished out as therapy ..... I sang all the way home in the car on cloud nine! The paint-ier my hands (and face) got today the happier I became.  Kate Crane was of course on top form again drawing out the secret artist inside you. I'm always surprised about all the creative things I've made when I get home. If you've not been for a class there, then you should seriously think about having a go.

Here are a couple of pics of what we got up to today.  Here we are rubbing off our printed image transfers that we stuck to our tags. In the foreground you can see the colour swatches we made from using Golden paints with different mediums. Brilliant idea Kate.

Here are 2 journals drying on the end of the table. The blue one is mine, and the orange one belongs to the wonderfully talented Ruth.

Here are the tags I made and a little canvas board in the middle. Some tags are only a background for now and will appear on the blog later when I've finished them.

Here is the background of the journal pages. Not finished yet, it needs calming down a bit, but I love those Golden paints! 

Here are those printed image transfers. The one on the left we used fluid matte medium to adhere the print to, and on the right we used gesso. I rubbed more of the paper off around the face to give it a 3d effect of a face.

I love this background below. This was made using watercolour card, I sprayed it with water first, then painted it with some light blue paint, then dried it off.  Then I added a darker blue with a palette knife, oh and did a couple of circles with the lid while I was on. Then I added iridescent orange Golden paint....OH this is sooooo yummy! I NEED MORE.... finished it off with some splats of orange paint. Now I need to make an image to go on it.

I also managed to spend £68 while I was there too! My second haul of the week, good job I'm on a diet, they'll be no food shopping this week!

On another note.

On Wednesday's post for WOYWW I promised I would put up the ATC's I received from the 3rd Anniversay swap. 

Trace's grungy steampunk from InkyPinkyCraft is full of wonderful layers, love those embossed rivets.
Jo's felt Dumfling from Twiglet is beautifully different, love this idea.

Rita from RMG creations produced this wonderful art embellished ATC.
Belinda from Belinda's Crafts gave me a marvellously inspiring quote, "Do small things with great love".

And last but not least Jo from JoZart made this fab colourful ATC dedicated to the 3rd WOYWW anniversary.

Thank you everyone for my smashing ATC's which are now on my wall inspiring me everyday.
Michelle x

Wednesday 13 June 2012


I'm trying to write and upload this post into the only 45 minute gap I have free today! I'm off out shortly and I can't miss WOYWW! I've only got time to upload one pic of my crafty stash I bought at Stamp Magic on Sunday, but I will update the post tomorrow evening with some more pics of my ATC swaps for the Anniversary of WOYWW.

I did buy a lot on Sunday, but it was the MDF man's fault because he had so many great bargains on his stall. I can't wait to slap loads of paint on them and ink them up!   I got a few new stamps from Lavinia, Inkylicious and Indigo Blu, a couple of masks, some gorgeous Stampendous Shaved Ice and aged embossing powders, can't wait to get cracking with them!    

A couple of canvas boards, some more Pinflair, because I fixed my fridge door handle with my last tube! OMG it's brilliant, oh and my tea towel holder's never budged since I stuck it on with Pinflair, it's a wondrous thing!

A couple of pads of papers, some old style cigarette cards, an ATC pack, some more blank tags, some twinchies like inchies but 2 inches instead of 1. A Christmassy TH embossing folder ......  aaaannnd some little mirror florishes, ooh and a random bottle of Colourcraft mist spray, I wanted to see how it compares to my other bottles of mist sprays.

More to come in this post later, I gotta dash.
Bye bye my lovely crafty friends xx
There's probably a spelling mistake somewhere, but I'll have to fix it tomorrow!

Friday 8 June 2012

Home is where the ink & paint is!

Home is the place to be right now with this rainy weather. I'm not complaining though, I have to occupy myself somehow, and I don't need any encouragement to get my inks and paints out. I thought I would make a happy little scene of "Home is where the ink & paint is", and the heart of course!

I first primed a 30 x 25cm canvas with gesso, and left it to dry. Brushed some blue and green acrylic paint across the canvas until I was happy with the result.

I drew this quirky little house.

I sprayed a page in a book with Dylusions Inks, Cosmic Shimmers and Radiant Rain, drew the letters for the    caption and cut them out.

I used Balzer Design's Crafter's Workshop stencil on the bottom with some Forest Moss green TH Distress ink. I used a flourish mask to give the illusion of clouds and I really like how it looks. I also used a Dylusion's number jumble stencil here and there. The frayed material stamp around the edge is from The Stamp Man. I flicked some yellow, black and white paint at the canvas and used a lid for the circles.

I drew the heart flowers and painted them direct on the canvas then I tore two thin pieces of green card stock for the flower bed. I painted a page in my book with gesso and cut out some fence posts and cross bars from the page and stuck them on the canvas to make the fence. I really like the way the fence had turned out. I did some shading with some Caran D'Ache pencils at the base of the fence posts and the house.

A happy little painting for my craft room wall.
Michelle x

Thursday 7 June 2012

Jubilee ATC's

Well the rain managed to stay away for my two Jubilee garden parties on Bank Holiday Monday & Tuesday. Day one was a family get together, but the second one was a much more rowdy affair with people from work. I forgot to take any pictures of the second one.

Here are the ATC's I made for the WOYWW 156 ATC swaps, hopefully they should be with their swapee's by now. I still have two to make however. I've just been mega busy over the weekend.

The stamps are from Papermania's Portobello Road urban stamps, as well as the Portobello Road airmail paper. The crowns are stamped with silver embossing powders, then I added gems and painted them with Ranger's Rock Candy. I also used real 1st and 2nd class stamps on the ATCs and a Crafty Individuals London postmark stamp. I melted some wax and painted it on the corner of each ATC and stamped a flourish stamp into it before it cooled. Then I rubbed mica powders into the wax.

I am making the other two ATC's this afternoon, as well as another small canvas. I'm making the most of my week off work now by getting inky and messy. I will be back to the old grindstone on Monday, boo hiss.
Michelle x

Friday 1 June 2012

Gone ATC crazy

It seems like everyone in the crafty arty world has gone ATC (Artist Trading Card) and art journaling crazy, that includes me too.  I haven't made a birthday card in ages, saying that I have to make 4 this month!.  Julia Dunnit's Stamping Ground blog has sparked off a mass ATC swap all around the world for her 3rd Anniversary of 'Whats on Your Workdesk Wednesday', if you like having a neb at crafter's messy desks then you should join in. I've got one's coming from the US and Africa, how exciting.

Here are 4 ATC's I've made for Evil Edna. Hopefully she'll have them by now, so it'll be ok to put them on here.

1. There's no place like home = Tim Holtz & Artistic Outpost stamps, Cosmic Shimmer's Embossing powder. Background is Adirondack alcohol inks.

2. Whitby Curiosity  = Whitby Abbey stamp from Crafty Individuals, curiosity stamp from Tim Holtz. Background is Dylusion's Inks.  

3. Listen to your heart = TH & My Minds Eye stamps, background is mixed white Picket Fence, Broken China, Vintage Photo TH distress stain and a TH text stamp using a copper Brilliance ink.
4. Eye into the Soul = My current favourite Inkylicious face stamp, and My Minds Eye strands stamp. I coloured the eye in with a blue Signo pen. I rubbed a bit of gesso in the corner too to whiten it up to stamp some words on. The background is stamped hard with TH Distress Stains to get a splat effect.

I thought I might add the ATC's that Kate Crane and I had swapped a few weeks ago too, I love the Stampotique stamp on the ATC that Kate gave to me. I feel a purchase coming on when I go to Art from the Heart in a week and a half's time. The ATC I made for Kate is .....based on Kate herself, she has these fab loose ringlets that are just begging to be drawn, and I couldn't resist, and she's always got her glasses on her head. Typical school teacher look, I feel like I have to put my pen down and listen. I had a lot of fun making it, and she likes it too, so that's a bonus.

I drew a little kitchen roll and attached it to the bottom of the ATC, there's always a roll knocking about when your using the Dylusions Inks.

I have another 5 to send off this weekend, exciting times! Will put them up next week.
Michelle xx  
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