Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Red Shoes

I've gone back into a 'draw people' phase! I'm practising sketching bodies in lots of different positions (sounds weird...they're all fully clothed, promise!) , today I want to share a dancing girl I have created for my DT turn over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination.....

Yep, you'll have to pop on over to see the whole thing! :)

She is now live over on the ASOI blog HERE
Have a lovely day!
Trish xxxxx

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Calico Craft Parts are back!

I'm so happy to share my first DT post for the new Calico Craft Parts blog today!
If you were a fan of Calico Crafts, you'll need to bookmark the new blog... all the 'old' DT are back, sharing new makes with the fabulous Calico Craft Parts!
My first creation uses some mini butterflies...
The whole thing is now live over on the new blog! Find it HERE....
Have a great day everyone!
Trish xxxx

Friday, 1 May 2015

Our Creative Corner: May Challenge time!

It's the first of the month, so that means it's a new challenge over at Our Creative Corner
Shari is our host this month....

April Showers bring May Flowers 
...Or so the proverb goes.  Spring comes late in my neck of the world, in the mountains of Northern Idaho.  In the month of May (with Summer just weeks away), our Spring flowers are still, usually, under a thin blanket of snow, until those Spring rains wash it all away. 
This month, the challenge is to create something, a mixed-media project, a journal page, a scrapbook page, a card or tag...Anything, that reflects the Spring rains and/or Spring flowers in your part of the world.   
Now, I'm not going to nit-pic your choices of Spring flowers, as the growing season here where I live is short and our Spring flowers don't last very long before the blooms of Summer start budding.  So, if you throw in flowers of Summer into your creation, that's OK, too.  
Our wonderful sponsor this month is:

Ryn is offering a lucky winner an unmounted sheet of one of her most popular designs (Water Effects 1) and three of her stencils. This is a prize worth $50!
So, what have I created?
Well, I have a confession to make....I'm a bit rubbish when it comes to complicated themes, or really any theme which requires a lot of deep thought lol! Create instinctively without too much thought, that's how I roll :)
So.... I read the theme and just latched onto two things, showers and flowers! A girl with a brolly and a big flower kind of evolved from that...

I created a canvas, with some stencilled texture in the background. (Bit too big for raindrops really, but that was kind of the idea!)
The canvas was painted with blues and a touch of turquoise. As its a box canvas, there are lovely deep edges to decorate too...

The lady (Art Journey) was stamped, cut out then glued down. As always, if you are including a figure in your work it's always a plan to have something for them to stand on, so they don't look like they are suspended in mid air!
My flower is made from stamped petals, glued together than glazed for a glossy look. The stamps are from the wonderful Carabelle Studios, and were stamped onto rainbow painted cardstock before I cut them out and stuck them down...

I hope you will pop on over to Our Creative Corner today to have a look at the other projects created by the DT, and then why not have a go and enter! We would love to see your art!
See you soon,
love Trish xxx

Friday, 24 April 2015

'Happy Clare' : For PaperArtsy

I am thrilled to be a guest designer over on the PaperArtsy blog again tonight!
The theme this time is 'niches', and I have created an art doll (oh really?!!), with a niche holding her heart!
She is called 'Happy Clare', after the designer of that wonderful face, Clare Lloyd!
There are step by step pictures over on the blog now, so have a look to see how she was made!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Trish xxxx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Big news...and a rainbow!

So sorry I have been a little absent from blogland recently... maybe because I have been a bit busy?!?
I can now share with you all that I am the new Editor of Craft Stamper magazine!
I'm so excited I can't tell you, I will be doing my very best to bring you a bright, happy, vibrant magazine, filled to the brim with arty gorgeousness of the mixed media variety!

My design team work will still carry on though, how better to be fully immersed in this wonderful crafty world? If I know the artists, then I can bring them into the magazine to share all that wonderful art!

I have two DT posts today (bad scheduling on my part lol!), the first one is a very restrained (for me anyway) rainbow panel for WOW! Embossing Powders....
I love how the shiny black embossing really 'pops' next to the rainbow of paint!
More pics can be found on the WOW! blog HERE
I will see you this afternoon to share a colourful assemblage!
Have a great day!
Trish xxxxx

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Our Creative Corner: Exciting News!

I have an announcement!
Today marks the start of a new adventure...as a DT member for Our Creative Corner! I'm very excited, I'm joining a very talented group!

The April challenge is launched today over on the OCC blog HERE.
The challenge is hosted by Laurie, who explains the theme like this:

Color your World

"Here in the United States we are coming into spring - the season when nature comes forth with new life.
Soft green grasses grow in the fields and the trees bloom in glorious colors with the promise of fruit.
Tulips and daffodils emerge from the soil after a long winters nap.
The colors of spring, the sights and sounds of nature at this time of the year renews my soul.
In the spring time the colors of nature are different around the world.
For my challenge this month I want you to
Color Your World
For this challenge create a project with the colors of spring time where you live.
Show us what colors renew your soul"
My contribution is this quirky birdie...
I've used some of my favourite spring colours,  sky blue, fresh new shoot green, as well as tulip red and a tiny bit of crocus purple!
My bird is made from clay. I moulded a rough bird shape, then created a small niche in his tummy. This was filled with a tiny clay heart. Both the bird and the heart were painted....

I cut thin strips of card, then coiled them into circles to create the nest. The nest was glued on top of a painted spool...

To add a little extra detail, I tied cord around the spool and knotted it, as you can see! 
The finishing touch is his crown....a metal embellishment, covered with old book pages and then painted!

The challenge this month is sponsored by Creative Embellishments

The lucky winner drawn at random will win a great voucher..

 I really hope you'll all go on over and take a look at the inspiration my DT teamies have on show....trust me, it's worth a look!
Have a fabulous week everyone!
Trish xxx

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Bunny Girl...

it's a glorious day here in Blackpool, and I've managed to fit in some playtime just for me!
Usually I'm a bit skeptical about SAD disorder and how it affects people, but seriously, the sun is shining, it's warm on your face as you walk outside, and I have more energy than I have had for weeks! There really is something in it after all, it would seem!
Anyway, on to my creation....
Spring colours, nice and painty-messy, and a fabulously random and quirky figure!
The background is a smeared paint/stencilled/printed/stamped affair..
A selection of washi tape to keep my girl from floating in space...
And some random words typed out on my vintage typewriter! Top Tip.... to get the old paper look to your freshly typed words, go through your old book pages and keep the new chapter/end of old chapter pages safe. The words tend to start or stop halfway down these pages, so you have a blank bit of old book page going spare. Use this bit to type on! Hey presto, brand new words but with the vintage look!

Anyway.... the focal point of the panel is my figure, a gloriously quirky girly from The Octopode Factory. I have coloured her with a mixture of Polychromo pencils, and some watercolour pencils too.
I hope you like her, I just adore that bewildered expression!
I'm linking up with two challenges today...
The Simon Monday Challenge (the theme is animals...so hope this counts! She thinks she is a bunny, so who am I to argue?!)
and the new Mixed Media World challenge. This looks great, a fab new challenge blog for all of us mixed media addicts!
I'm off to sunbathe......!!
Trish xxxxxxx

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A Sprinkle Of Imagination: Challenge!

Did you know that there are challenges over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination? We have just started our first challenge of the year with our new DT, and it's a good one!
All our challenges have the same theme....a very broad  'Anything Goes'. The only catch is that we ask you use something in your project that can be found in the shop over at ASOI. You DON'T have to have bought it from there, as long as the shop stocks it, then you're good to go! My advice would be to have a little browse, see what Vicki stocks, then have a look at your stash and see if there is a match. I'm sure there will be...inks, paints, stamps, mediums, you name it, the shop sells it!
Anyway...enough blethering on for now....you want to see a project! My contribution is this Art Doll:
I cut a shape from card, then gave it a painty background with a bluey purple colour scheme..
Loads of stencilling, printing, and a bit of white UTEE splattering too!
I gave my doll some wire arms...
She is holding a magic wand type thing...a punched out star on a cocktail stick!
Her wings are Stampotique...
As is her face...
I added a cut out crown, a bit of doodling and some red accents to add detail....
She can stand proudly due to her.....um.......feet? wheels? Whatever, she can stand because I glued on some large Prima Bottle Caps!

(You can't see them, but there are more caps glued on to the other side, this makes the whole thing more stable)

I hope you like her...why not head over to the blog and link up your project? The winner, chosen by the DT, will get a £10 voucher to spend in the shop! All details can be found HERE.

Products used that can be found in the ASOI shop;
Dina Wakely paint
Stampotique stamps
Prima bottle caps
white UTEE

Have a good day!
Trish xxxxx

Friday, 13 March 2015

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge Inspiration!

The 'Take A Stamp' challenge over at Craft Stamper is still going.....you still have nearly two whole weeks to enter! Our randomly drawn winner will win some fab goodies from PaperArtsy, so it's well worth getting your stamps out and giving it a go! All the details are HERE !
Over on the blog today, the DT are sharing some more eye candy, and I've joined in for once lol!
My contribution...
A little step by step to show you my process....
First, I created a background. Smeared paint, stencilling and stamping..
The colours may be different, but the process is identical to the project I showed you in this video...

Once I had my background completed, I created my figure! I added washi tape so I knew where my figure would stand, then I sketched her in....
Those parts of the figure that would be white, or pale, were then given a coat of gesso...
I re-sketched the face in pencil...
Then coloured it using Polychromos pencils...
Hair next. I used acrylic ink ink a waterbrush....
Her dress was also coloured with Polychromos, using the same shades as the background
For a finishing touch, I added in detail with a very fine pitt pen...
The words are a very old stamp, probably my most favourite stamp ever! I've looked, and I don't think they make it any more...so it's even more of a treasure! I stamped onto tissue, then added it to the background with Mod Podge. A layer both under and over the tissue...
Once dry, you can't see the glue......
So... loads of painty layers......
and lots of lovely stamping...JUST the thing for a Craft Stamper Challenge!

I would love to see your stamping creations, so go on, join in with Craft Stamper this month!

Trish xxxx

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Freedom Art Doll

Comfort Zone crafting.... Art Dolls!
I made myself do things a little differently though, this one is a rather tall and stately 30cm big!
This is my DT project today for A Sprinkle Of Imagination, and you can see lots more pictures showing the details, plus a 'how to' over on the ASOI blog right now!
Have a great Sunday,
Trish xxxxxx