Friday, 31 May 2013

Flower Girl?

I'm a little later posting this today....I got totally distracted by about 50 donkeys outside my window......really!!!!
I should explain. My house backs onto the very large car park in Blackpool. When I opened the curtains this morning there seemed to be all of the donkeys in Blackpool clip clopping around the car park! (with owners, of course, although much more entertaining if not!!) I'm guessing it was some kind of assessment thing, they were all being checked for fitness, having their pictures taken.... anyway, very distracting!!!
So..... todays project! I made a painty panel for Creative Expressions....
I've used lots of stamps, and combined them all together to make a weird and wonderful (well I think so!) art doll....
I started off with a torn cardboard panel, just love the exposed texture...
I smeared and scraped red, blue and black paint across the cardboard to colour it, then got busy with some printing in the same colours...
(for some reason, looking at the above picture I can see a bloke wearing a cape riding a motorbike.....)
I used the chicken wire stamp, along with the alphabet stamp too....
My doll is composed of three different stamps, the large Aster from the Heartfelt Creations set, the Steampunk Dressform, and a Tatty Button figure....
The Tatty Button figure is actually a Christmas stamp, and a lot of that hair is technically part of her hat! I think I just about got away with it though!!!
All the dots you can see are a little technique you can have a go at to create a little texture and splat effect without getting the paints out! All the dots are individual crystals of UTEE, sprinkled sparingly then melted in....
I typed the phrase, and added it to finish...
A little bit of fun for what has been a very odd day here so far!!!!
love Trish xxxx

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Windows Ten

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Today is my turn over on the A Sprinkle Of Imagination blog, and I'm sharing a little exercise in minimalism....... well not in the paint department, but in the ephemera department!
Loads more pics can be found over here!
Love Trish xxx

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Aster Spool

This weeks creation for Creative Expression again uses the fabulous Delicate Aster stamp set by Heartfelt Creations. I really think this flower set is right up there with my fave flowers of all time, four sizes and it stamps so beautifully! (and I'm not just saying that because I have to!!)
I've gone for a more edgy look this week.... none of the pretty colours this time..
I stamped the asters onto book pages and acetate before layering them together...
As you can see, I gave them a smidge of colour by splatting them with red paint!
I wrapped a wooden skewer with an old book page before twisting a little wire around it. This became the stem for my flower. I stamped the leaf onto a book page and acetate, and attached them to the stem with more wire...
The spool was an exercise in restraint for me...I really don't use these much without covering them completely with paint!!! I added a few torn book pages, wire and more splatted paint. I typed the phrase and then added it to the spool as the finishing touch...

I really like how all the design team have managed to use this set in so many different ways... check out their blogs from the sidebar here...

Have a great day.... its blowing a gale and hailstoning here in Blackpool, its a 'jumper on and turn the heating up' sort of day...its nearly June, how silly!!!!!!
Love Trish xxxx

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge- Reminder!!!

The second Craft Stamper Blog challenge still has a few days to why not have a play and join in!
A few of the design team have come up with some more designs to spur you on, have a little look here to see the new eye candy!
My contribution is this panel....
I created a painty background using turquoise, purple and white paint. I scraped texture paste through a stencil....
And did a little printing with white paint and lego pieces!
My ripped and torn aperture was backed with book pages as you can see, then coloured with a wash of turquoise paint. My figure peeking through the hole is a fab new image from Stampotique. I really like the dazed and confused 'what me?' kind of expression she has!
The figure was simply stamped onto white card, which was then adhered behind the aperture. I used my vintage typewriter to create the word..
I hope you like her...and I really hope you'll take a look at the Craft Stamper challenge and join in! We'd love to have you!
Love Trish xxxx

Monday, 20 May 2013

Beach Huts

A tiny bit of sun and what happens? I get out the driftwood and go all nautical.....!
My project today over at Calico Crafts are these rustic beach huts...
Please pop on over here to see some more pictures and a little 'how to' !
Love Trish xx

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Waxy canvas!

For my Creative Expressions DT project this week, I've made a canvas. Lots of flowers...
I've called it my 'waxy canvas' because there's a lot of beeswax on it! Not something that is obvious in pictures, but its there!
The flowers are from the gorgeous Heartfelt Creations plate " Mini Vintage Floret". I stamped each of the three designs onto cardstock that I had painted first. I used three colours of paint, Eco Green colours Ocean, Lime and Waterfall. Once stamped and cut out, I dipped each flower into melted beeswax. This gives a nice thick flower, with a matt finish. Very tactile!
The canvas itself was painted with the same three colours, along with a touch of white! Once dry, I added some white stamped tissue, using the fab chicken wire background. I also added the quote from the Special Sentiments Umount plate...
I stamped the flourish from the Funky Floral plate onto acetate, then added them to the corners of the canvas....
I added feet to my canvas too...rolled up spirals of paper covered with text paper....
A little door knob to the top, and it was done!
See you again next week with another flowery project!
Love Trish xxx

Friday, 17 May 2013


Friday already! Hurrah!!!!
Today it's my turn over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination, and I'm sharing another panel where I've gone a little overboard with the texture!
Please go check out the blog HERE, there are lots of closeups so you can see whats going on!
love Trish xxx

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Ten Minute Tuesday

Vicki over at The Biskit Barrel has a great play along challenge on a Tuesday....simply share something you've created in just 10 minutes. Great for when you have just a smidge of time, with no concrete ideas of where your muse will take you! I just used up some stuff that was on my desk (instead of tidying it up, I used it again!!)
I cut some white card into a tag shape, then very quickly and randomly scraped red paint over it. Where it ended up fairly thick, I used the tip of my palette knife to score more random lines into it...
Once dried, I gently brayered with black paint, then used two stamps for some detail. A script stamp, and a circle stamp...
I had cut out the girl for something else, but decided to go with another image, so she was just waiting to be used! I placed her over the circle to give a halo effect....
The heart panel was a scrap of card left over from some punching. It got the same painty treatment as the tag, then I sewed it to a black scrap and glued it to the tag...
I really had fun with this, just using leftovers on my desk was very liberating! It normally takes me more than 10 minutes just to decide paint colours....
Hope everyone is having a nice week...hailstones and pouring rain here in Blackpool today, and an extra jumper needed for the school run! Flipping freezing!
Love Trish xxxx

Friday, 10 May 2013


(yes I know its supposed to be an aster....artistic license?!)
Hello! This weeks project for Creative Expressions features the same stamp I used last week. I wanted to show you just how versatile they can be, simply by switching colour schemes you get a whole new look....

The layout is very similar too, but just look at how a fresh and clean image can look against a grunged up tag!The daisy (or aster!) is from the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters set, and was very simply stamped onto white card with black ink. I coloured the centre with yellow paint, then cut it out.
The tag background was created by scraping layers of paint onto the white surface. I used yellow first, then the blue. Once those layers were dry, I lightly brayered the surface with black paint.
A little painty stamping, namely the plaid background and the chicken wire background, then I splatted it with black paint!
I did a little stitching around the edge of the tag to frame it.....
and I also used some random stitching as the stem of my flower..
Some 3D letters formed the word, then it was done!
You may notice the orange bits...... this was an accident, the brayer got smeared with orange paint before I used it! Not what I had intended, but could have been worse!!!
See you next week with another make featuring these fab stamps!
Love Trish xxx

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Follow your heart....

I've been playing with inks today over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination... only a teeny bit of paint!
Little teaser pic there....please pop on over to the ASOI blog to see the whole thing!
Love Trish xxxx

Monday, 6 May 2013

Live Laugh Love

I've been playing with a Tando arch set for Calico Crafts today...
I'd love it if you could pop on over to have a proper look, loads more pics and a 'how to' explanation!!
love Trish xxx

Saturday, 4 May 2013


Happy Weekend!!!
Sooooo glad to see the back of this word.... Ofsted! (School inspectors for those not sure!)
Wouldn't want to repeat the last few days for a good long while!
Anyway... I want to share a tag I've made for my DT project over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination today...
I've done a full step by step with lots of pictures, so I would love it if you popped on over here to have a look!
Have a nice relaxing couple of days (or three in a row for those that get the bank holiday too!)
Love Trish xxx

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Krafty Daisies!

My Dt piece for Creative Expressions this week features these gorgeous daisy stamps by Heartfelt Creations (well actually they're called Asters..but I've never been one for knowing my flower species!!)
I've used them in a simple way today.... but brace yourselves for some all out flower explosions to come, these just lend themselves to being used LOADS on a project! Anyway, I made this.....
Very simple in terms of colour palette, and a nice simple background too!
I took a size 8 Kraft tag, and did some stitching around the sides, and a little in the middle..
I smeared cream paint in places, and splattered black paint over it. That's the extent of the background, told you it was quick!
There are four sizes of lower on the stamp plate, but I chose just three to use this time. I stamped them onto book pages using Archival ink, cut them out then adhered them to the tag...
The stem of the flower is twine, very in keeping with the Kraft look. I also threaded twine through the hole in the tag..
The final tough was a tiny Remnant rub on...LOVE these!!!
Hope you like it, a muted start to what will be a very colourful month with these stamps I think!!
Love Trish xxx