Mar 6, 2015

A is for Angel and Attitude

Hello Everyone.
I have an Angel with attitude, in the form of a real person; my  precious also known as Scarlett (Gd). She is now 6years old,  an only child and a proper madam.
But she is a very lucky child as she is loved unconditionally.
When I was constructing this piece of mixed media I was thinking of her all the time.

This is not a representation of how she looks, however the hands on the hips and the pursed lips have more than a slight resemblance I must confess.
 Over on the mixed media blog -'The Mirror Crack'd.'  the Challenge is 'Wings',
 usually when this is set as a theme, it is mainly butterflies or some sort of flying object that is seen.
I wanted to go a different route and make a conceptual doll, this was my opportunity.

Let me take you through the steps....

This originally was a chipboard flourish that I cut in half, painted, stamped and added crackle accents.

Next a chipboard Tag off a purchased garment.
Applied Black gesso and a light wash of paint and then dry embossed .
 A couple coats of Glaze to add depth.

Second Tag (body) I applied Alcohol Inks.
Stamped with  Black Archival Ink.
Frayed piece of muslin, painted and stamped.
Diecut a frame from corrugated card-stock.
Strips of painted paper to make the beads.
Threaded them through with a ribbon to make arms and legs.
I added some glass and wooden beads as well.
( No knobbly knees here !)
I drew the face freehand, and I do not think I will do this again, this was at least my 10th attempt, note there are no pics of the process as I was beyond frustrated... almost defeated; which is not in my vocabulary. I settled on this version and lived with it, even though she is a bit askew.
Top Tip:  Add Metal elements to entice the onlooker to focus some place other than the face!
 More metal and media. 

 But I always have fun!

I am entering this little one into- Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Special Lady/Girly.

If you would like to join in this Challenge at TMC, just click here.
My teamies of course have projects to delight the senses that you can view as well.
We would love you to join in this month with us, just remember no cards, but anything else is acceptable.

Thanks for the visit,

Mar 1, 2015

Layered Butterfly.

Hello Everyone,
March 1st and if you live in Wales you will be celebrating St Davids Day.
Probably means absolutely nothing to most of you, but being Welsh I have wonderful memories of this day growing up.
You have come across to see a card not to read about my heritage, so I will proceed expeditiously with my post.

Country View Cards Challenge this month  is 'Anything Goes.'  which pleases the masses as one is not restricted by theme or design. It is CVC's second anniversary, and to celebrate there will be two winners this month!!!!

My Bg was painted up using Acrylics, stamped in script then dry embossed.
The butterfly was stamped onto painted paper three times and layered up, stitched onto card to include the antennae. The body is a shape fussy cut from G45 paper.
Another element is the collage, just scraps that I saved after a tidy up, I added the weeny buttons and lace for interest.
You can pick up the embossing here with the Inka Gold applied.

Entering: 'The Artistic Stamper'  Challenge -Spring. 
               The Mixed Media Card Challenge-Hints of Spring.
Butterflies are always synonymous with a new beginning, and Spring time is the prelude to warmer weather. (I am basking in hot sunny days here in Auckland.)

You will find all my talented teamies here, if you have a few moments hop across and say hello.
Have a great day,

Feb 25, 2015

Shabby meets Drips and Drops

Hello Everyone,
The Challenge over at Country View Crafts-(Drips and Drops) is just about coming to an end, and so far we have had some wonderful inspiration not only from my fellow Dt's, but also from our entries. I have one last card to entice you to join in, it is my favourite genre Shabby-Chic and I have included some mixed media.
 I may upset a few Shabby-Chic enthusiasts in doing so, but I think it works wonderfully well.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

I enjoy making these cards as it always makes me feel as if I have accomplished something.

The process in making the Mixed Media Background.

The previous photos show the stages of applying the paints, below I have dry embossed and added white drips and drops.
Now for the Shabby part.....
....and the Glamour
Marrying them together.
Front and finished view.

Remember you can click on the pics for a more detailed look.

And I am entering this into:
 Simon Says Monday Challenge -'Anything Goes' .
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge -'Think Pink .'

Thank you for the visit, you can find the CVC challenge HERE.


Feb 7, 2015

Visual Journal Page.

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to my new friends, hope you enjoy following me.

Here I am with another double spread for my Journal and Brenda's Feb link up of her 'Visual Journey' record. I try really hard not to think about what the page should look like, more towards where I want to go with my far I have no answers that is why I have left the text open ended.
But looking at it now it could be finished off as -This Year I will... 'Smell the Roses.'

Apologies for no steps but my Journal is more about me than anything else and I do not want to pause frequently to take snaps.

The roses were cut from a magazine and blended into the Bg with gel medium and Charcoal pencil.

The Bg has Gesso, Acrylic paints, tissue paper, stamps.

 Challenges:  The Mixed Media Monthly-'Think Pink' sponsored by Ellen Hutson.