Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Challenge at Our Creative Corner

It's time for another challenge over at Our Creative Corner! Jennie is our host... so I will pass you over so she can introduce her challenge theme :)

Hit the Books

I adore old book paper and old books and I am always glad to be able to breath new life into a dilapidated book which most people would consider throwing out!

For your projects this month we would like to see you searching through your stash for old book paper or books and create a project with what you find. You might want to use papers within your project or you might want to breath new life into an old book by altering it in some way. I hope I have chosen a challenge theme with huge scope for projects small or large.

Whatever you make let us see you give those old book papers or books centre stage!

Our Sponsor this month....

The winner this month will receive a huge bundle of goodies from our generous sponsor!
So, what did I make?
I am clearly on a bit of a jewellery 'thing' right now... I made a necklace..

I used book pages as the base for each 'leaf'..... glued to the twisted wire shapes..

I trimmed around them, then filled each leaf in with glossy accents, dyed with Distress reinkers to give the glossy jewel tones...

I can't wait to see how you use book pages in yout art! Link up (and see all the fab creations from the rest of the team) HERE!

Trish xxxx

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A WOW! Blog hop!

I have loved being part of the WOW! Embossing Powder Design team!
As a last 'hoorah' (!) we are having a blog hop combining both the 2015and 2016 teams... with some amazing prizes along the way!

 Please leave a comment on each of the Design Teams posts as you hop, this will enter you into the draw to win some not-yet-released WOW! products. We will be giving away 1 of each of these sets to three lucky winners! The new products will be available from May onwards, for those who miss out :)

Set 1:
Designed by Marion Emberson: Hey Little Flower Stamp *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Just Saying Stamp *NEW*

Set 2:
Designed by Marion Emberson: Strawberry Sundae Embossing Powder *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Blueberry Cheesecake Embossing Powder *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Peppermint Tea Embossing Powder *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Banana Split Embossing Powder *NEW*
Designed by Marion Emberson: Mint Macaroon Embossing Powder *NEW*

Set 3:
Buttons Mould
Hearts Mould

WOW Blog Hop list:

Laurence Colling

Please leave comments on each stop by Saturday 30th April at 11:59 PM BST for a chance to win. Good luck and happy hopping :)

Where to Buy WOW! Embossing Powders:
US Shop

So.... that's the official stuff out of the way! What did I create for the hop? 
This little lady...

Lots of WOW! powder on there! 
Her dress is one large bit of triple embossing. I melted three layers of clear Ultra High powder, then added a top layer of Fluorescent Blue powder to give the colour.
Once the blue was cold, I sponged Versamark ink through some sequin waste, then added bright white super fine powder Once this is melted in, it gives the fabulous dot effect!
For more interest, I also added a teeny pinch of Primary Apple Red and Pastel Glacier mint to give the blue and red speckled effect.... 

I also used silicone moulds for my 3D embellishments! Miss Serenity has a blue flower in her hair....

and is carrying a red posy..

Both are made using the Blossom Mould.     The glitter effect is created by adding a teeny tiny sprinkle of Sparkling Snow powder into the mould before adding the molten coloured powder. The glitter powder has just enough heat to be melted onto the surface of the blossom, but not so much it all blends in and some sparkle is lost! Looks very glittery in real life :)
The blossoms are made from Apple Red and Fluorescent Blue powders. The blue turns paler once you heat up a lot of it and mix it around! 
I hope you like her.... a nice combination of hand drawn whimsy and  WOW!

So.. your next stop on the hop is  Fran ! 
Don't forget to leave everyone a comment, and good luck in the draw!
Trish xxx  

Monday, 18 April 2016

Colourful Storage!

Over on the Our Creative Corner blog today, I am sharing a storage shelf from Tando Creative!

Of course, I may have painted it a little :)
Here is a sneaky peek....

Why not hop on over to the blog and have a proper look!
You'll find the Tando Sponsor Spotlight post HERE

Have a great day,
Trish xx

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Bird On A String

Another ATB from me today over on the Calico Crafts Parts blog! I am still a teensy bit obsessed with these cubes, you would think inspiration would run dry after so many, but it really doesn't!!
Here is a little peek..

To see everything, you'll need to pop on over to the CCP blog HERE :) Yep, I'm being a big meany today!
Take care,
Trish xx

Friday, 1 April 2016

April Challenge at Our Creative Corner

It's the first of the month again... so time for a new challenge over at Our Creative Corner!

This month, the challenge theme is:


                          This month's challenge invites you to let us see your gypsy nature.  
Gypsies are wanderers, purveyors of exquisite things, mysterious things, free-spirited bohemians curating the beauty of life and sharing the wonders with you as the travel along.
So for the challenge let your creativity run wild and free like a gypsy 
  we want you to create interesting items you might imagine finding at a traditional Gypsy Fayre.

You may create whatever your gypsy heart desires, but it must....

contain at least 3 colours from the featured colour palette 
  show us how your project is inspired by this gorgeous ode to the gypsy soul!

                                So craft with the soul of a gypsy and share the wonder with us.  

Our sponsor this month is: 

I created a bracelet..... Whilst bohemian and individual, the handstamped 'gypsy' charm grounds the wearer with her sense of identity, wherever her gypsy soul may travel. 

Why not hop on over to the OCC blog HERE, and have a look at all the amazing creations dreamt up by the rest of the team!
I can't wait to see how you all interpret the theme!
Have a great day,
Trish x

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Time for a new challenge: Our Creative Corner!

It's the first of the month, so it's time for a new challenge over at Our Creative Corner!

This months challenge is an exciting one....

The Return Of The Challenge!

We are asking you all to have a look back at our challenge themes, and choose one that you loved... then play along using that revisited theme! 
Here is the list of challenge themes you can choose from, and remember to tell us which one you have chosen! :)

June '13 "Recipe"

July '13 - "Captured Memories"

August '13 - "Words, Words, Words"

September '13 - "Forgotten Things"

November '13 - "Tic Tac Toe"

January '14 - "No More Shopping Sins!"

February '14 - "Three Colour Challenge (without the use of black)"

April '14 - "With a Song in Your Heart"

May '14 - "Love Those Leftovers!"

June '14 - "Flaming June"

July '14 - "Homemade Flowers and Hand-dyed Ribbon"

August '14 - "Summertime"

September '14 - "Autumnal Image Inspiration"

October '14 - "Go Rustic!"

November '14 - "It's Magic!"

February '15 - "Tic Tac Toe - Fun!"

March '15 - "Junk in Your Trunk"

April '15 - "Colour Your World"

May '15 - "April Showers Bring May Flowers"

June '15 - "What Makes You Smile"

July '15 - "Mexico Moods

September '15 - Shades of Autumn"

November '15 - "Topsy Turvy!"

Our sponsor this month is:

Artistic Outpost will be donating a $15.00 gift certificate to their online sister-store Our Daily Bread Designs, where Artistic Outpost resides, to our randomly drawn participant.  

I chose the challenge from April 2014:  'With A Song In Your Heart' as my inspiration this month. I love using song lyrics in my art, so this is exactly what I did!

I created a painty background on an MDF panel....

I then drew a whimsical girl, all dressed up in a prim and proper frock.... looks like butter wouldn't melt :)
I used a lyric by Taylor Swift to add a little quirky 'edge' to the whole thing..

I can't wait to see what you come up with! Don't forget to hop on over to the OCC blog HERE, have a look at the amazing projects created by my talented teamies.... and then join in yourself!
Have a great day,
Trish xx

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

PaperArtsy new stamp release!

All this week, PaperArtsy are launching new releases in their product range... and tonight is a rather special one :)
The fabulously talented Clare Lloyd is releasing new stamps and stencils, and I am very proud to say that she asked me to create some samples to support the launch! Not a difficult decision, Clare creates the most amazing face stamps, it's just a pleasure to work with them!
 Leandra has filmed a short video showing off the new release from Clare... you can have a look at it here:

All of the samples and a tutorial from Clare are now live over on the main PaperArtsy blog HERE 
I created probably too many samples, I got a bit carried away! I have a few sneak peeks to show you now though :)

 The colour scheme we used was a really lovely pink and turquoise pallette... fabulous for crazy hair colours as well as the other details!

I used a mixture of substrates for my samples... I love using deep edged pieces, I can add stripes!

Clare has created two fabulous faces, I decided to colour them with a dark and also a light complexion to show a bit of variety.

The faces in this new release are a lot bigger than before, so you can really go large with your work!!!
This last sample is 11.5" by 8", plenty of room to add in a body to the amazing faces!

I loved creating these, the whole release is fabulous, you need to check it out!
Thank you Clare for trusting me with your stamps :)
Trish xxxx

Monday, 1 February 2016

New Challenge time at Our Creative Corner!

It's the first of the month, so that means it's time for a new challenge over at Our Creative Corner!

Fabrics, wool, threads, lace - this months challenge is all about texture, layers and loveliness!
What scraps have you got hidden away? Any snippets of favourite clothes you can't bare to part with?
Anything sewing related can be used in your piece. You could use stitches, sewing machine or fake stitches. Don't forget to get out your sewing themed stamps and dies.
Have fun and create something!
Our sponsor this month is:

Darkroom Door is sponsoring one Rubber Stamp Set, valued at $31.95 AUD, to our randomly drawn winner.
I decided to focus on the fabric/texture part of the brief, and used torn up fabric strips in my project!
I used inks to colour the fabric, and also to colour the card upon which I stamped the butterfly . A bit of a fresh and springlike colour scheme of pink, turquoise and green!

Don't forget to hop on over to the OCC blog to see all the fabulous projects by the DT, and to enter your own creation into the challenge!
Trish xx

Thursday, 14 January 2016

ATB's for 2016!

My first DT post for Calico Craft Parts this year is now live over on their blog HERE!

I have started as I mean to go on (!!) with an ATB cube kit project... here is a little peek:

You can have a look at the whole thing if you pop on over to the blog!
Have a fab Thursday!
Trish xx

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year! (and a new OCC challenge!)

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you all have a wonderfully crafty 2016......
And to start us off, there is a new challenge today over at Our Creative Corner!

Make time

Why not promise something good to yourself for the new year's start?

To make more quality time for yourself for example and spend it doing what you love? Creative time is quality time if you listen to your inner voice and follow your own speed instead of listening to the clock ticking and reminding you of deadlines or other duties. Other work will be done so much easier (and faster) after some recreational me-time as it will have fueled up your energy! 

So escape the endless circling and rushing and get yourself in the right mood for some me-time...The mood board we have in store for you could be a good start.

Claudia challenges you to enjoy what you see and let yourself be inspired by it. There is no precise theme to narrow your creativity down - just the colours, shapes, directions, textures and hints of possible themes.

Our sponsor this month is:


Creative Embellishments will be providing a voucher to spend at their store.

So... my contribution to the theme? I decided to have a bit of a change this month, and create a bracelet  using the colour inspiration from the mood board..

I used hand made clay beads, Artisan lampwork beads, along with text beads and ceramic beads thrown in for good measure! All were strung onto waxed lined cord, then secured with a hand forged and antiqued clasp.

I can't wait to see the creations that emerge from your imagination! To link up, please hop on over to the OCC blog post HERE!
Have a great day,
Trish xxx