Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tree Love - A Chunkie ATC by Donna

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with some stamps from the new Carved Whimsy Wood stamp set which of course I love ;)

This is a very photo heavy post so grab yourself a cuppa and have a little nose through it! Apologies for some of the photo lighting as dark Winter days are not great for that are they!

All the details:

I have been very lucky to get my hands on these wonderful MDF Chunkie ATCs' from That's Crafty, they come in four different sizes but I've just used the smallest size for my creation. This is how they come, ready to be decorated any way you want.

I gave them a quick coat of That's Crafty! Multi Surface paints, there's no need for Gesso with these as they cover everything in the first coat. I was aiming for a sort of twilight effect with the colours I chose.

Next step was to stamp my favourite tree with Versamark and then emboss with a white embossing powder, any make will do but try and get one for fine details.

Once that was heated with the heat gun and allowed to cool off I then added a leaf stamp using black Archival ink to stamp with.

Now for the sides which were stamped with another leaf stamp and I added a pop of white to it using a Posca pen.

So because these are completely 3D it's entirely up to you which side you favour as the back or front or just keep turning it around to change the view! So this is the other side on which I stamped the toadstool/mushroom on and then proceeded to doodle and colour in with a mixture of the Posca pens.

Now I just had the top and bottom to do so another leaf stamp was used and once again I added a pop of white with the Posca pen.

Here you can see all the ATC Chunkie laid out. I also added some words from Tim Holtz Quote Chips for a finishing touch. I also used a fab little piece of Washi tape that was attached to an envelope with goodies inside that Bibi sent me. We are all little collectors aren't we, I know I look at absolutely everything and wonder how it can be recycled!

I adhered it all together using That's Crafty! Multi Purpose Glue and put to one side to dry thoroughly which doesn't take long at all.

 Here's a picture of one of the sides

Here's a picture of of the top.

These Chunkie ATCs' are a great size and fitted the stamps from Carved Whimsy Wood perfectly. I just adore this set of stamps for everything nature related and yes I really am seriously addicted to using that bare tree stamp :)

Hope you like it
Donna xx

Stamps Used:

Carved Whimsy Wood

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mixed Media Canvas - Sue

Good afternoon and happy Saturday - yay for the weekend! It's Sue here and I've been using the beautiful Blossoming Rose stamp that my teamie Debs designed for Rubber Dance.

 I started with a canvas that was in my 'to finish sometime never' pile. For some reason I didn't like it at the time, but it's perfect for what I need now.
Then I added some DecoArt crackle paste through a stencil that Debs has also designed. I know - she's very clever isn't she!

 I let the crackle dry overnight 'cos we've not seen the sun here since late September (or at least that's what it feels like). I got busy with the paints next. I've used the quinacridone colours and lots of water.

 Then I used gold through the other part of the stencil.

 I made some Plaster of Paris leaves and painted them.

 Then stamped and watercoloured my lovely rose and added it to the canvas along with the leaves and some chunky embossing powder.

I stamped the flower again so I could layer it up, and stamped and coloured the quote from the stamp sheet.

And we're all done. I've added some gilding waxes and paint splatters and the obligatory sequins. It's always a little frightening using a stamp that a teamie designed, so I hope that Debs like it.
Have a very happy day, and thanks very much for looking xx

Box canvas
DecoArt paints
Chunky embossing powder

Rubber Dance Stamps

Friday, February 23, 2018

Something Wonderful Is About to Happen...

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,

I would like to share my next Journal spread with you today for which I have used Rubber Dance Crazy Flower 1 stamp set.

I created background with watercolors first, next I stamped flowers and texture. I highlighted stamped images with color pencils again.

It was fun creating this happy page with watrcolors and many Rubber Dance stamps.
Hope you would like to play too!

Thanks so much for stopping by

Rubber Dance Stamps used here are:
Crazy Flowers 1
Crazy Flowers 2
Textured flowers
Something wonderful
Art defined stamp set

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Moon looks larger - Moonscape Card

Hi everyone,

Donna here today showing you how to make a moonscape card using just one of the awesome tree's  off the Carved Whimsy Wood stamp set (which happens to be on sale in February).

First of all I grabbed a sheet of my beloved Strathmore Mixed Media paper and cut it down to size to fit a 5x7 card. I then took a post it note, drew a circle on it and then cut it out making sure that I kept a bit of the sticky bit on it!

I positioned the post it note circle on the paper and then used a blue and purple Distress Oxide with a blending tool to lay down the colour making sure not to disturb the circle. When I finished the blending I flicked a couple of drops of water on the paper and left it for a few seconds, then dried with the heat gun. I think this gives a really nice effect doesn't it.

I removed the circle and taking the blending tool once more just gently blended a little bit around the moon so it looked softer against the background.

I took the tree stamp from Carved Whimsy Wood (my favourite tree ever) and stamped it on the background in black Archival ink, doodling a bit around the bottom of it with a black fine liner pen to 'ground' it.

The finishing touch was to add a couple of sticker sentiments from Tim Holtz Clippings that very handily mentions the moon!

I do hope you enjoy my moonscape and have a go at one yourself ;)

Donna xx

Stamps Used:

Carved Whimsy Wood

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This is Not a Mushroom Soup Recipe

If you were looking for a soup recipe, you've got to keep searching. However, we have some really cool stamped artwork to show you with our new mushroom stamps! Or is it toadstools? Fungi? You know, those funny little thingies.... Fun-gies!

All the lovely artwork below were made by our DT Donna Gray, who also hand carved the stamps from which these rubber stamps then were made by Rubber Dance. This new sheet of rubber stamps is called Carved Whimsy Wood and you can find it here - on sale all throughout February, along with the other new stamp sheet called Four Seasons, designed for Rubber Dance by our DT Melina Dahl.

Let's start with this tag - can you guess what Donna did here?

If you guessed that she stamped the image on an MDF tag, then burnt the toatstool image and grass with a pyro pen, you're absolutely right! The image was coloured using Faber Castell Pitt Brush pens, adn white Posca pen for the highlights. How cool is that??

Here are som more:

Last, but not least - Donna stitched this one!

Fabulous - my words exactly!!

Don't miss out on our February Special,
in our web shop:

A closer look at both stamp sheets,


Thank you for stopping by!

We wish you all a fun(-gie) and creative day :-)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Heart Card by Dot Leathbridge

Hi, it's Dot here to share a little card making fun.
I've used a couple of the colours from this month's challenge, along with a home-made heart which also follows our challenge.
Have you entered the challenge yet?  It is a real fun one this month.

For this card I've simply folded a piece of copy paper in half, drew half a heart into the crease and cut it out.  This gave me both a positive and a negitive mask.  I've used the negative one to add some gorgeous colours with Distress Oxides and a little stamping.

This picture shows how I've used both of the masks - one to stamp inside the heart, and one to stamp outside of the heart.

And a little loooove to finish with. This stamp from the 'A Little Birdie' set was easy to stamp and easy to colour in with a little distress oxides.

Other Products Used Were:
Distress Oxides: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke
Archival Ink - Jet Black

Thank you for looking.
 I hope that you enjoyed seeing the difference in the masking techniques.
Dot x


Sunday, February 18, 2018

How to - recycle packaging into Art

Hi everyone Debs here with one of my how tos, and this week I’m focusing on recycling packaging. You know that stuff that comes in boxes along with your goods to hold it all in place. This pieces is 8x12 and about 1/2in thick, it’s not solid, as it has strips of card sandwiched between outer layers of card, and is quite sturdy.

I gave the substrate a coat of white Gesso first to seal it, and provide a light hue base upon which to work.

Wanting more layers of acrylic paint I chose Fresco Finish from Paper Artsy in mauves, blues and greens.

I built up several layers of the paint and then with the end of my paint brush I added some scraffiti 
And then dried it thoroughly with a heat gun.

Next I used water colours by Zig Kuretake GansaiTambi 
in the same hues, and with my water gun made the paint drip and run. I then flicked on some gold, as well as adding some to the edges.

I wanted the illusion of thick under growth and so used the leaves from a stencil (corners1) from ArtZone, first with acrylic Paint and then blended with Big Brush Pens from Fabre Castell

I now had my background and was ready for my stamps. I started with my favourite leaf stamp at the moment, from Crazy Flowers2. It was 
difficult to get a clear definition as the surface was quite bumpy and textured.

I then stamped the feature bird from Merry Magpie. I heat set all the stamping but before this, with a damp cutip I tidied 
where the ink had smudged.

I used the brush Pens to paint the bird and a black gel pen to fill in the gaps.
I deliberately left the leaves uncoloured as it is on trend at the moment.
My sentiment is from Adore Me.

A last look, as you can see we had a dusting of snow the day this photo was shot.

Here’s a reminder of the stamps I used