Saturday, 24 January 2015

Oooooh Shiny! GDT for PaperArtsy

(yep, two posts in one day, unheard of!!!!)
This post a bit of a 'squeeeeeeeeeeee' type post!
The lovely Darcy invited me back to do another guest slot over on the PaperArtsy blog, how very exciting! This project is all about Treasure Gold gilding wax, fitting in nicely with the 'shiny' theme going on over there just now. LOVE gilding wax, it was such fun to create using lots and lots of it!
I'll show you just the one pic here...if you want to see loads more, including some step by steps then you'll need to hop on over to PaperArtsy HERE
Hope you like it!
Have a good weekend folks,
Trish xxx

Calm Cat!

I have a journal page to share today over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination.... with a step by step tutorial on how I created the background! *hint*...get your washi tape out!
Here is a little peek.
To see the whole thing, please pop on over to the ASOI blog HERE!
Have a good weekend!
Trish xxx

Friday, 16 January 2015

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge: Blog Hop!

Welcome to Craft Stamper Magazines very first Take it, Make It blog hop!
We're all very much eye candy (and prizes!) to share!

If you have landed here from Tracy's blog  then you’re in the right place!
If not, no matter! You can find the list of all the blog hop links HERE.

The January challenge is called ‘Take A Stamp’, and is really simple…just use a stamp somewhere in your art. The project I am sharing today is this…..

A very 'me' creation, very painty, very colourful and full of stamped images!
I smeared and sponged my background with lots of different colours of paint...
before adding loads of background stamps, stamped with Archival ink...
I then created my house. It blends in to the background doesn't it? That's because it IS the background! I scanned my background once it was dry, then printed it off in a couple of different sizes to give me some papers to cut up and collage. Not sure whether you can spot exactly which bit of the background became the house....
I also collaged some stripy card to make a base for my house to sit on, and some more paper for windows, a heart and the dot on the roof! Once the glue was dry, I added doodles and some black shading with a Stabilo pencil..
I added typed words to give a title, then edged the whole thing in black, just to give it a 'framed' effect. I hope you like it!

 The main challenge this month has a HUGE prize up for grabs, all you need to do is enter a project into the challenge to earn your place in the random draw!
AND....(this is the exciting bit!) , we are also offering MORE prizes for all you hoppers!….

You can win this fabulous mixed media substrate pack:

To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. When the main January challenge ends (midnight GMT January 28th), we will randomly draw a name from the comments left! The lucky winner will not only win the mixed media substrate pack, they will also win a piece of original art from me, the project you have just seen above! This opportunity is the same across all 12 blogs in the blog hop, so TWELVE chances to win a mixed media pack and some original art from that blog author…how cool is that?!
You can comment on as many or as few blogs as you wish, but remember you will only be entered into the draws for the blogs you DO comment on!

So, leave your comment here, and then hop along to the next blog, the fabulously talented:

I'm sure Zoey will have something amazing for you to look at, and if you leave a comment for her you could even win it!

Once you’re all done with the hop, don’t forget to enter the main challenge! All the details can be found HERE

Have fun!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Friday, 12 December 2014

Craft Stamper White Stamping Challenge!

Yes, I'm really here.... slap my wrists for being such a bad blogger!

The December challenge over at the Craft Stamper blog is all about white stamping...nice and easy, something every stamper should be able to get to grips with!
My contribution is this panel...
I go through phases....and my current phase is painting people! Whimsical, lollipop style people....
You'll need to bear with me whilst I get it out of my system and move on!
As the theme is stamping in white, this is exactly what I did on my background..
I stamped some dots (snow!) in white paint using a big background stamp, then I cut some foam into triangles and stamped with those too...

My little lady has big green eyes and a head of fiery red hair....
She was created with a mixture of paint, watercolour pencils, acrylic inks and Polychromos pencils.
Hope you like her!
To see some more stunning white stamping projects, and to get the full detils of the challenge, why not hop on over to the Craft Stamper Blog!
See you soon,
Trish xxxxx

Monday, 24 November 2014

Art Doll alert!

Just can't stop...they're my fave thing to make! This one is a little different as it's the first time I've shared a hand painted face with you....... just about plucked up the courage! She is my DT project for WOW this month,so please pop on over there to see more pics and a description of all the WOW products I used in her creation!
The WOW blog post is now live HERE!
Have a great week!
Trish xxx

Monday, 17 November 2014

WOW Embossing Powder and Ruby Rock-It Blog Hop!

Hello Ruby Rock-It Fans and WOW Embossing Powder fans!  We are delighted to have you join us this week for some fun with our blog hop!

We are very excited to be partnering with this fabulous company and their amazing designers, so here's all the info you will need...and then come and join and hop along!

There are two fabulous prizes to be won, a Ruby Rock-It prize, the Essence East Coast Collection (album not included):
And a WOW embossing powder prize:

If you want to win the Ruby Rock-It prize, leave a comment on EACH designers blog as you hop along, and then go back to the Ruby Rock-It blog and let them know you have done so! 
To win the WOW Embossing powder prize, leave a comment on EACH designers blog as you hop along, and then go back to the WOW blog and let them know you have done so!
To be in with a chance of winning both prizes, tell BOTH Ruby Rock-It and WOW :)

Comments will be closing at 11.59pm PST on Friday November 21st ( 7.59am GMT, Saturday 22nd)

Nicole Picadura<>
Maya Isaksson<>
June Goh<>
Trish Latimer<>
Nataliya Serova<>
Beckie Dreyer<>
Sian Ridley<>
Kaka Costa<>
Christine Saunders<>
Candice Elliott<>

And here's my project!
I must confess, I found this very challenging as I'm not a scrapbooker and I don't use printed papers!
Challenges are good for your creative brain, though (I'm told lol!), so I embraced the papers and created this:
A little bit weird and quirky, just like me!
The vintage fork and spoon were embossed with Metallic Pink, Primary Process Blue, Metallic Brass and Copper Pearl powders..
I also used White Ultra High as splatter detail on the background, and to cover the chipboard 'wow'. i wanted a more textured look to the chipboard!
I attached the sppon to the top of the canvas with wire, then tied the bunting to it!
Finally, my quirky lady was paper pieced together from cut out paper shapes, then given a rather fetching hat!
This may be a bit different to a lot of the other art on show today, but I hope you 
like it!

Your next blog to hop to is

Enjoy the hop!
Trish xxxx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Let It Snow...

I promised you Christmas here is the first installment!
This is todays DT project for A Sprinkle Of Imagination, and there are more pictures and a 'how to' over on the blog right now!
See you soon,
Trish xxx

Friday, 14 November 2014

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge..

It's eye candy day over a the Craft Stamper blog, the DT are sharing some more inspiration for the current Take It, Make It challenge! My contribution is this little tree ornament...

Long time followers of my blog may think this looks familiar.... and you would be right! Last Christmas I made a similar tree using stamped circles (but sssshhhh, I think I like this star version better!)
The TIMI challenge this month is to take a regular stamp and turn it into something Christmassy. The DT girls have some up with some fabulous ideas- perfume bottles as penguins? Genius! I used a star, not quite in the same league but you get the idea!
As I didn't have star stamps in the right size, I created my own out of thick fun foam and a pyrography tool....
I stamped the stars in white paint on glassine paper, then cut them out...
Three different sizes were stamped. I then stacked them up and poked a hole through the whole lot...
(I tried to create a teeny tiny star stamp for the final layer, but gave up and used a punch instead! Too fiddly!)
These now need to get stacked up on your stand. I wrote an article a few months ago for Craft Stamper on how to create these stands, but in case you missed it , here's a reminder!
Create a spiral from thick wire. Make sure the spiral is a little smaller than the chipboard circles you wish to use as the top and bottom of your stand...
Bend the wire over the centre of the spiral, making it as flat as possible...
Bend the wire at 90 degrees to the very centre of the spiral...
Now glue to the base circle of chipboard...
Doesn't matter how messy it is! Poke a hole in the other chipboard circle, then glue in place over the top of the spiral...
I now cover the stand with either book pages or copy paper to hide the gap!
The base can now be painted or decorated to suit your project!
Anyway...back to the tree!
Thread on a couple of seed beads, then add the first star...
Continue adding a bead then a star, making sure the biggest stars are at the bottom...
Keep going until you have used up all your stars....
I then punched out another star from text paper, and glued it to the trimmed wire at the top of the tree..
As a finishing touch, I covered the tree with Rock Candy Glitter!
I am definitely in the Christmas creating mood now, expect lots more assemblage type weirdness over the next few weeks!
The Craft Stamper DT can't wait to see all your interpretations of this months challenge theme, so why not join in? All the details can be found HERE !
See you soon,
Love Trish xxxxxx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge: Christmas Fairy!

The November challenge starts today over at the Craft Stamper Blog.. with a really fun theme!
We would like you to use any old stamp, a stamp that is NOT Christmas themed, and come up with some kind of Christmas project! Sounds complicated? At first, yes, I agree........ but then once you start thinking, you can find all sorts of cool ideas! Here is my project...

I used the freebie stamp that came with the August issue of the magazine, and turned the flower into a pretty frock for my Christmas fairy!
I'll show you how I created her....
First I took two lengths of wire, and threaded both through a seed bead. The wire was then bent in two, with the bead at the top....
Next, I threaded the wires through a wooden bead...
This is the head of the fairy! Next, hair. Take a tiny bit of text paper, and cut fringed into the sides..
Glue this to the head....
Add more paper to give her a fringe...
Yes, the head looks pointy at this stage! It needs to be this shape though, all will be revealed in a minute....
Take two of the wire strands, and bend them to form a curve above the head...
These are the arms, which also double up as a hanger. Twist the wires together to secure, then trim off the excess...
Next, I made a teeny tiny circlet for her head. I used wire and 3mm crystals...
This then was glued to the head. This is why a pointy head is a good thing, it helps to keep the circlet in place! The 'pointiness' disappears once the circlet is on....
I added more crystals onto the other two lengths of wire, to form the legs...
The gap is left as this is where the body will go. No point in using up crystals if they won't be seen!
A little paint and fineliner pen to give her a face...
Next, stamping! I stamped the flower onto kraft card using white paint....
Once dry, I cut it out...
As you can see, I trimmed off the stem! I then covered the flower with glitter...
(and a punched out star too!) Strictly speaking, this isn't actually glitter. It is white glitter embossing powder that hasn't been embossed! I love using embossing powder this way, especially the glitter ones. (Yes I'm weird) This particular one, (WOW Sparkling Snow) is a fab mix of white granules and holographic glitter, which may be a bit 'in your face' when embossed, but perfect used as is for a bright white look with a subtle touch of shimmer!
Glue the star to the top of the arms (hiding the twisty bit of wire!)
And then glue the flower to the front of the fairy...
The final thing to add is wings...nearly forgot!
Bend some more wire....
Then trim off the excess and glue it to the back of the fairy...
All done! All that remains is to hang her from the tree....
There are LOADS of great ideas over on the Craft Stamper Blog today... the DT have come up with some ingenious ways of turning non Christmas Stamps into Christmas projects! Why not have a think, and enter the challenge.... as always, great prizes on offer!
See you soon,
Trish xxxxx