Wednesday, 4 January 2017

I'm a Tad Excited!!!

I'm more than a tad excited to be able to tell you that there is a sneaky peek of my new PaperArtsy products over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening. Please pop over there and take a look......I can't wait for you guys to see everything in all it's glory in a couple of weeks!!!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Stencil Girl/PaperArtsy Blog Hop

I was absolutely tickled pink to be invited to take part in the PaperArtsy/Stencil girl blog hop. What a fabulous opportunity for me to combine my own stamps with some of my favourite Stencil Girl stencils. In addition to that, there is a fabulous giveaway!!!!! I hope you will join us and visit the blogs of all the very talented artists to be in with a chance of winning an awesome prize for yourself.

One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

Are you sitting comfortably? Here's my blog hop project.

I chose to use the following products on my  8" x 8"canvas board

Step 1. Using a flat, wide paint brush, I blended together Mermaid and Granny Smith Fresco Finish Paint.

Step 2. Snowflake Fresco through the "Brickwork Factory" stencil created the perfect first layer on my coloured background.

Step 3. Once the Snowflake paint was dry, I used a baby wipe to apply a layer of Hey Pesto Fresco over the green areas of the canvas. This is a translucent colour and also my all time favourite Fresco!!!

Step 4. I repeated this technique with Beach Hut over the blue areas.

Step 5. More Snowflake, this time through the Rembrandt's Words stencil. My intention was to fill a few of the gaps. I also tinted this with Hey Pesto and Beach Hut.

Step 6. Next up....Orange Blossom Archival ink to stamp the circle of dots from ELB29.

Step 7. You can never use too much Snowflake in my opinion when creating layers. This time, I used the biggest stencil, Verdant Moon. I turned it on it's side so that it looked like a sunrise or sunset peeking over the top of a brick wall.

Step 8. Using a small paint brush and South Pacific Fresco, I created a shadow around the edge of the moon to soften the huge, stark expanse of white.

Step 9. I replaced the stencil to apply a layer of Gold Fresco on the brickwork. I like to apply the Gold over the Snowflake, it gives it a bit of extra pop. If I had applied the Gold over the blue and green background, several layers would be needed to achieve the same effect.

Step 10. With some scrap paper in place to protect my Gold brickwork, I applied Caribbean Sea Fresco to my grasses stamp with a small piece of Cut'N'Dry foam and blended a small amount of South Pacific around the edges of the stamp before printing on the canvas.

 At this point, I wasn't sure if the piece looked finished. I was pleased with how it was looking but felt that it needed some kind of embellishment.

Step 11. A strip of narrow Washi Tape and some painted trinkets added the finishing touches.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Long overdue blog post

I guess I'm just like the rest of you guys, feeling that 2016 has zapped by at the speed of light. I've actually had a couple of emails from loyal followers asking me if I'm OK as it's been so long since I posted anything on my blog. I was so touched to think that you were worried about about me and I can assure you that I am fine, but thank you so much for caring.

I have two main reasons for my absence, one of which is that it's that time of year again when I am working on secret squirrel stuff, so there's a lot going on behind the scenes which I am sworn to secrecy about. The second reason was that Mark and I took a fabulous holiday on the beautiful island of Mauritius. We were both very ready for a break and longed for some sunshine to recharged our batteries and Mauritius certainly ticked all our boxes.

The sunsets were spectacular!!!

We took a trip on a mini submarine which seated about 10 people plus the captain. All I can say is Wow! If you ever get the opportunity to do this, you should, it's one of the best things we have ever done.

Not the best photograph in the world, but it really felt like this fish was laughing at us.

I do love waterfalls and this was one of many that we saw.

 Our trip to the botanical gardens was also pretty amazing.

I loved how fabulous our hotel looked at night.

Dinner on the beach at our hotel.

It was such a brilliant holiday and I'm really missing that sunshine right now! 

I have spent a little bit of time over the last few weeks be creative. I signed up for the best on line class I have ever taken, with the super talented Laly Mille. I have admired her work for quite some time and when she announced she was going to be offering an on line class, I was first in the queue to sign up. Laly is one of the best teachers I know and am thoroughly enjoyed her style and laid back approach. I know that the class is sold out, but I can highly recommend a visit to her website and sign up for any newsletters so that you get to hear about any future class plans she might have up her sleeve.

I'm not going to share the details of how these canvases were made, that wouldn't be fair to Laly or the other students who paid for the class, but I wanted to share them with you as they were created using photos from our trip to Mauritius.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Journal Pages

Today I thought I would share a few recent journal pages with you using my latest stamp releases from PaperArtsy.

The background is a collage of papers, blended into the background with some thick gesso. I added some Infusions and blended in some Distress Crayons too.

This ready made ATC size card was the perfect fit for the leaf from ELB30.

I used some washi tape to create a hinge.

Another pre-printed tag from my stash, this time for the leaf from ELB29

I actually created a background on the page behind this double page spread so that I could create a pocket to store little tags and envelopes.

The next pages uses similar techniques but I restricted the colours to white, teal/turquoise and sepia. As well as my own new stamps, I used some of the fabulous new stamps by Seth Apter. I just love how his stamps works so beautifully with mine.

My third and final page is one that I created quite a while ago but I realised that I hadn't shared it here on my blog. I had found an image in a magazine that I really liked and combined it with one of my all time favourite Hot Picks (HP1507).

I hope you have managed to find a little time this weekend to get creative. 
Lin x

Monday, 29 August 2016

Step by Step

Today I thought I would share a little step by step tutorial of one of my Stevenage samples for those of you who were unable to go to the show.

This Kraft paper journal page started life with a very rough base coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

A sprinkle of "Golden Sands" and "Are You Cerise" Infusions adds a splash of colour to the page. After spritzing with water to activate the Infusions, I dried them pretty quickly to stop the brown part of the Infusions developing too much.

Ooops, I appear to have lost the left side of this photo but hopefully, you'll see that I stamped the very fine script from ELB30   in the centre of my page and scribbled a square border using a Sharpie pen. I masked off the bottom of the square, ready for the next step.

My favourite stamp of the moment is this beautiful grassy stamp which creates the focal point of my collage. With the addition of a few stars and the "Dream" stamp (all from (ELB30), it completes my simple collage. I then used some water colours for the finishing touches to the grass, stars and border. 

This next page uses the same technique but the stamps are from ELB29.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

I Have New Stamps!!!!!

Here's a little sneaky peek of a sample that I made using some of my brand new PaperArtsy stamps. Click here to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog for all the details!!!!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

More journal pages

Feeling like I've got the journal bug again, here's a couple more of my recent journal pages. Both have backgrounds that started out as simple Infusions backgrounds.

The pages were painted with a light layer of Gesso and while it was still wet, I sprinkled on some of PaperArtsy's Infusions. I then spritzed with water ans watched the magic happen. I loved how the Infusions blended with the Gesso to give a more muted look.

Short and sweet post today. I'm off to investigate the activity of the wasp nest in our porch. Mark sprayed it with a foam last night.......not sure it has done the job yet though!!!!

Lin x