Monday, 18 September 2017

Flower Power


A frosty offering from me today using the new Flower Power stamp from IndigoBlu.


I stamped out the image in Gothic Purple Stazon ink onto a piece of 5 1/2" square watercolour card.


Then I started adding colour to the image with Luscious Powders, starting first with the beautiful Coral and building up the depth with Orange, Penny Dreadful, Raspberry and Verdigris.


After making sure everything was dry, I then went over some of the flower centres and shading lines using a Pigma Micron pen, to give more definition. I also added a hand written sentiment.


Next I added a piece of double sided adhesive sheet cut to size, ready to add my Unicorn Sparkles on.


So now my Autumnal flowers have a gentle frosty sparkle and were ready to mount onto a co-ordinating matt on a 6" square white card blank.


Happy Crafting.
Elizabeth x

Friday, 8 September 2017

Craft Stamper Magazine's Take It Make It Challenge



Just a little reminder that the challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog is underway, with lots of fabulous entries already.


There's still plenty of time to enter to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize or even to be featured in the magazine it's self, so check out the entry rules and get creating!


Please do remember to add stamping to your project, after all we are a stamping challenge ;) and have fun.

I've water coloured and doodled with white Gelly Roll, in my Midori sized sketchbook, then added a sentiment with Onyx Black Versafine along with dinkie bubbles and numbers in water colour paint.

Elizabeth x

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

IndigoBlu International Design Team Lead


I was very proud and super excited when Kay and Alfie asked me to be their International Design Team Lead for another year over at IndigoBlu. We have yet another amazing team lined up for this year, and I can't wait to start sharing all their gorgeous artwork with you.

Here's a sneaky peek at my first post over on the IndigoBlu Blog this morning.

Elizabeth x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Craft Stamper Challenge September 2017 - Take A Stamp


I've created something quick and simple for the launch of the September Challenge over at the Craft Stamper Blog using a watercolour wash background, and some of the beautiful floral stamps from IndigoBlu's Victorian Garden stamp set. Simple but effective.

We have a fabulous prize up for grabs from Uniko check out these gorgeous sets.



All you have to do is share your projects that include stamping on them with us over at the Craft Stamper Blog 

Not only do we have the fabulous prize of those gorgeous stamps up for grabs, but as always there's a chance to be featured in the magazine as well, so cool!

Please take a moment first though to check out the entry requirements, we have so many stunning entries that can't be judged as they don't have the right links etc so please do check the rules out before linking your project.

So check out the details, get creating and enter for a chance to win!

Have fun.

Elizabeth x

Friday, 11 August 2017

Craft Stamper Magazines Take It Make It Challenge August Reminder


Just a little reminder that the challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog for August is live and waiting for you to enter!

There's a fabulous prize up for grabs as well as a chance to feature in the magazine, how cool is that!!

So get creating, follow the link above and be in with a chance to win. Please do check out the entry requirements before linking your project, it's so sad when we have to disqualify fabulous entries.

Elizabeth x

Friday, 4 August 2017

The Craft Stamper Challenge - August 2017 - Take a Stamp



It's a new month and another new challenge has started at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog.
Where we would love you to share your projects that include stamping with us. We have a fabulous prize up for grabs, and as always the chance to be featured in the magazine it's self.

I've used the Mermaid stamp set by Santoro, added colour with my Koi watercolours, a sentiment using my Prisma Micron pen and I of course I had to add a few extra lashes around her eyes!



So to be in with a chance of winning, check out the entry details over on the blog (via the link above) and get creating, and just look at the fab prize you could win!


From our great sponsors this month :-





Wow who wouldn't want a chance of winning those fabulous goodies!

Happy Crafting, Elizabeth x


Friday, 14 July 2017

The Craft Stamper Challenge Reminder - July 2017


Just a little reminder that the challenge is under way over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where we would love you to share your stamped projects with us.

As always we have an amazing prize up for grabs along with the chance to be featured in the magazine it's self.

So get creating, add stamping and enter!!!

Elizabeth x

Friday, 7 July 2017

The Craft Stamper Challenge - July 2017


It's a new month and the start of a new challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where we would love you to share your stamped projects with us.


This time around we are sponsored by STAMPlorations and have a wonder prize from them up for grabs,  three fantastic stamp sets.

ALSO: For the whole month of July, when the readers/followers place an order of at least $15 from the store, they can get 20% off on all stamps, stencils, and dies using the code: CRAFTSTAMPER


And if that's not enough to get the creative juices flowing you could also be in with a chance of being featured in the magazine it's self, how cool is that!

So follow the link to check out the entry conditions, get stamping and enter, after all you have to be in it to win it!!!

Elizabeth x

Friday, 9 June 2017

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge June Reminder


Just a quick reminder that the June Challenge is underway over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where we would love you to share your stamped projects with us. Check out the instructions for entry on the blog via the link above and get creating.
Not only do we have a fabulous prize up for grabs from Just Jolande, but also the chance to be featured in the magazine it's self.

So have fun creating!
Elizabeth x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Craft Stamper Magazine June Challenge - Take a Stamp


It's time again for the start of another fabulous new challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where we would love you to share your stamped projects with us. As always we have a fabulous prize up for grabs along with the chance to be in the magazine it's self.


We are being sponsored by Just Jolande and have a fabulous set of stamps and a really cool stencil, check out that fish!


So get creating, make sure you have stamping on your project and follow the guidelines for entry on the blog.
Have fun, Elizabeth x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Worker Bee's


 These are the Worker Bee's, you may not notice the work of one lone Bee, but when strength and support are needed, the Worker Bee's pull together and support one another.


You will find these Bee's all over my home town of Manchester, from the litter bins to the mosaic floors of the Town Hall. They represent the hard working proud people of the City.


I couldn't think of a better saying at this time, love is the honey for these Worker Bee's.

Elizabeth x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

IndigoBlu ODS Sample


I always, always forget to share pictures of the samples I make for Kay Halliwell-Sutton's shows on Hochanda.

So this young lady was created for the One Day Special launching Saturday 13th May at 8pm, there will be further shows on Sunday at 9am, 12noon, 4pm and the last show will be at 7pm.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Craft Stamper Magazines Take It Make It May Challenge Reminder


Good Morning, just a little reminder that the May challenge is under way over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where we would love you to share your projects which include stamping on them. I've been doodling Mermaids "James Burke" style again and using the Ecoline Ink Brush pens to colour them in. Love these water based ink pens as they are so versatile. I've drawn, waterbrushed and  stamped using them, and not lost any of the gorgeous rich colour.


Once they are dry you can work over the top with Paint pens and Micron Fineliners to add in extra details. Just remember if the colour get wet again, they will move!


I've added one of the new sentiments from IndigoBlu's Dreams Come True stamp set, the fonts are beautiful, and I wish I could write like that!

So get stamping and join in the fun. We have a fabulous prize up for grabs as well as the chance to be in the magazine it's self, how cool would that be!

Please check out the entry details before adding your link, and have fun creating.

Elizabeth x

Friday, 5 May 2017

Craft Stamper Magazine - May 2017 Take It Make It Challenge


I can't believe we are in May already,  our new challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine blog has just opened and summer is on it's way.

We would love you to share your stamped projects with us, just check out the entry guidelines over on the blog first and get creating!

This time around we are sponsored by Imagine Design Create and have three sets of stamps up for grabs, along with the chance of being featured in the magazine it's self, how cool would that be!



So here we are in my favourite time of year, everything is waking up after winter, and my walks along the beach are getting warmer, thank goodness!

A Mermaid swam onto my journal page, inspired by the very fabulous (and gorgeous) James Burke, using his brushstroke style, and my very yummy Ecoline Brush pens. I love the rich intense colour you get from these, and a big bonus you can also use them on your stamps, as I did with the Numbers and Bubbles stamps from IndigoBlu's new Collectors series.


So get designing, get stamping and get entering!!

Elizabeth x

Friday, 28 April 2017

Make Time For Your Art


I was super excited to be asked to share my take on one of Eileen Hull's amazing Journal Die. The journal die is a Bigz XL so will cut through all kinds of materials, including leather, canvas and mount board. All the scoring and holes are in place, so two passes through your machine and all the parts are cut and ready to go.

So here's what I created using Eileen's fabulous die and one of Jane Davenport Petite Stencils.

Using a purple Inktense pencil, I traced through the stencil, I love using these as the pigments are so rich, and once the wet paint touches the outlines, it blends in beautifully to create a natural shadow, where it would be, clever hey!


Then I spent several happy hours chilling with various paints, creating skin tones, bright eyes and pouty lips. I could spend days just painting like this, it's so relaxing.


I drew long flowing hair across to the back cover of the journal, not sure that it shows up too well on the photo here, but you get the idea. Then I added colour to the hair using diluted grey paint, as I wanted her gilded and sequined crown so be showcased.


 I coloured the background next, starting with a layer of purple all over the background and then building up the colours, adding some dry brushing and stencilling with an assortment of different colours. I added lettering, splatters of dilute black gesso and doodles.


Anyone that knows me, knows I have been a huge fan of the Artist Jane Davenport for many years. I adore her photographic books, style of art and of course I have my own little family of Ladybugs here on my work table keeping me company.

I added elastics through the holes cut by the die, and tied them on the inside ready to slip my signatures in. Then I added some of Jane's washi tape to a metal rimmed tag, attached it to a larger tag, then tied it on the the elastic on the spine using ribbon. The same ribbon was used to create the fastening for the journal. Et voila my new travelling art journal, filled with different types of mixed media papers, ready to work on.


So without a doubt I knew the first book I would be making would be a travelling art journal, and somewhere for me to have inserts of mixed papers and cardstock to easily carry around with me on my travels.


I don't have any of Jane's own paints yet as here in the UK we won't be able to get hold of them until the end of May/June.  I did order a few bits and pieces as soon as the range came out, directly from Australia, but the Tax Man here in the UK is brutal!!! So I had to be restrained. I've used washi tape on a metal rimmed tag as decoration on the spine. And papers from Jane's paper pad are mixed in with other papers in the three hand sewn signatures.


I love this idea, as the books are filled with my scribblings and idea's they can be replaced with fresh, new, empty ones ready to start again.



You can get hold of Eileen's amazing die at Country View Crafts where it is on pre-order with deliveries starting at the end of April. I can't wait to start another journal, I've already decided on my next theme!

Happy Crafting
Elizabeth x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Craft Stamper's Take It Make It Challenge Reminder


It's reminder time over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog where the challenge has been open for a week now, how fast has that gone! I am just in love with the new Distress Oxides from Tim Holtz, and have teamed them up with one of his new stamp releases, Sea Life.


I created a background on one of the large Ranger tags, then stamped out all the critters in Black Archival Ink.


After fussy cutting them out I set them to one side whilst I inked up a 5 3/4" sheet from the Vintage Shabby pad, using the Distress Oxides. I spritzed with a little water to get the ink moving, then quickly dried with a heat tool before the paper moved too much.


I added a little coarse texture paste around the background, and added diluted Purple Luscious powders over the top.
Then after arranging some of the sealife on the background, which was now mounted onto a 6" square White card, I added some of the Chit Chat stickers.


Never doubt your instinct, something I live by!!!!!


How cool is this Fella.....

So check out the guide for entering the challenge via the link at the top of this post, get stamping and enter for a chance of a fabulous set of stamps from Visible Image and even the chance to be featured in the magazine it's self.


Have fun,
Elizabeth x