Friday, 29 March 2013

This is my 100th post and my final sneak peek of the week.

wow - who'd have thought I'd keep it up that long!!!

How  unsurprising then that my first post in May 2011 and this one  both feature Sheena Douglass and constant inspiration...

Amazingly my first post was also wall art - my first canvas ... it now hangs in my hall

But, back to today ... and my final sneak peek of yet more lusciousness from wor Sheena  - This canvas uses the gorgeous iridescent  paints on the acetate butterfly, the fab iris stamp  and features possibly my favourite colour in the set of pebeo paints - please take a bow number 55!!

Finally, if you've seen Sheena's facebook page you will have seen the  magnolia and mountains canvas. Below is my original where I was experimenting with using the texture medium and palette knife.

Enjoy the shows - I will be glued xxx

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Just 2 more sleeps till Saturday!

Good morning!

First off news: Shows on Saturday are now 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. On the upside this means that Sheena will get home to Easter Eggs earlier that originally eggspected ( sorry!) but one less eggsciting show ( Booooo). Nonetheless I am sure that they will be eggstra special !!

OK today's sneaky peek... or two ...( what kind of rebel am I!!!!)  The first pick is a wall plaque made from an "oh so useful" £1.50 mirror from the Swedish Store and using one of the little coaster size hessian canvases. The silver in the new paints is fab  and that's what I used to stipple the outer frame. The image itself is created using titanium white acrylic paint mixed with the matt gel medium which will also be on the shows and contains NO stamping ( or eggs)!!! I am quite pleased with this new discovery :-)

With all the eggscitement of the wall art I also wanted to share a pic of a card made with the iris from Sheena's a little bit floral. The paints work beautifully on acetate and the iridescence is lush - Love it!!! So quick and easy.

Hope you like? Hope you are intrigued and hope you tune in to find out more! Did I mention that the shows are £10,000 Give away shows too??

Keep warm xxxx

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Day 2 Sneak Peeks

Hello all

Have you seen Sheena's Facebook Page today - absolutely gorgeous landscape on there! I may share my one later - but love her version!!!:-) The show times on Easter Saturday are 11 a.m. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Today I decided to go with a butterfly theme:

I chose this one as you can just see the fab iridescent  paint at work on the central butterfly which is made of acetate. I think it complemented Sheena's Magnolia branch beautifully. The texture paint makes stencilling a dream! Using canvas boards makes stamping SO much easier too.

The 20 x 20 cm canvas was then popped into an Ikea frame (£3.50 - bargain!) and the sentiment was stamped directly onto the glass - just for a change.

Hope you like? Looking forward to sharing more tomorrow

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Do snowmen get Easter eggs?...

Morning all!

It's bleedin freezin ....thought I'd start with stating the obvious and get it over. Now ma leetel chums more news of Sheena and shows on Easter Saturday on Create and Craft. So far Create and Craft appear to be keeping the actual show times a closely guarded secret but as soon as they are posted I will post them here.

The Saturday shows are going to be a little different: Have you ever made/ received a card and thought that would look great framed ? Well, wor Sheena is going to help us make the little leap from cards to wall art!
She has managed to get some AMAZING paints from Pebeo and canvases. I have fallen in lurve with the Hessian ones!!!

I thought I would share one with you. This is a super easy one to create using acetate, Sheena's Lily stamp from the little bit florals and the lush new paints and gel mediums.  The liles were created by stamping in black stazon on acetate then applying paint - none too carefully to the reverse. They are then cut out and stuck on using Collall - simples. Really :-) In fact trying to photograph this 12 x 12 canvas was far more challenging than making it!! The frame is  from that well known Swedish store and a bargain £9.00 - it is HUGE!

 and a close up

I really like the end result and hope that you do too... more sneaky peeks tomoz... In the meantime why not click here and check out Sheena's blog?

Keep warm


Friday, 15 March 2013

Sheena? On a Saturday? Are you sure???

Hello ma leetle chums!

I am absolutely sure that wor Sheena is on Create and Craft THIS Saturday ( That'll be tomorrow then!) at 9 a.m. 12p.m. and 3 p.m. How brill is that?

She has the fantasy paints  and the recent 4 day deal stamps with, I am told, another great offer on them. Good thing too as they sell out!

So I had a play to see if I could combine the two and here are the results:

First a plaque - I have realised on blogging that I photographed these BEFORE the final tweaking.. DOH! I added some crystal lacquer to the "mosaic" to make them into cabochons and a bit more distress ink to the right hand side - bit you get the idea!! The flowers and leaves were done on acetate then cut out when dry.

The second sample is a mirror - from that well known Swedish store....
 The dots were added by ensuring that the border paint had dried for 24 hours first..

Enjoy the shows or set your recorder.., they are bound to be crammed full of hints. tips and techniques


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Hang in there...sneak peek number 3

Well afternoon all - it is nearly Friday and "Hang in there" seems appropriate. It is kinda the message behind the sentiment on my 3rd and final sneak peek this time round before Sheena's shows on Create and Craft tomorrow. The shows are 11a.m. and 7 p.m. tomoz and I hear a rumour of a multi buy offer...

For stamps to work for me I want them to be flexible in terms of style so I have combined the ancient oak tree and wrought iron for 2 different styles of cards both using pretty much the same stamps:

Card one is embossed onto Centura Pearl that was coloured with distress inks and the backing paper is from Sheena's Paint Fusion CD rom.

Card two is an 8 x 8 card - so you can see that tree is substantial - and used a more clean and simple approach:
I'd be interested to know which ( if any) you prefer...

If you watch the shows tomorrow I hear that one of my teamies has made THE most amazing Owl...not seen it myself yet so I will be glued to the box too!


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Sneak peek Number 2 Sheena's new stamps :-)

Decisions, decisions - which sample to share??? Well lets call it divine inspiration! Todays card is featuring the fab angel wings stamp with some tumbling fathers from the feather plate. The background is Centura Pearl with a wash of  blue twinkling H2O ( Summer set) over an cloud stippled emulsion resist. The wings were then embossed in white and painted with more H2O's. Finally a wrap was made using Crafters Companion Heat Resistant acetate...

I was quite pleased with the result....

What do you think?

Have a fab day xxx

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Guess who's back Friday 8 March???

Morning all,

Sheena is back on our screens on Friday with a new collection of some beautiful stamps. Think vintage, texture, atmospheric, peaceful, beautiful and versatile.

So today for my first sneak peek I have chosen the simply beautiful ruined arches one...sorry I WILL list the "proper names" once I have them but, whatever, this is a favourite ;-)

The card has been made using 3 distress inks Picked Raspberry, Peacock and Chipped Sapphire on Centura Pearl ( the wrong side, what else?!) You might also spot a corner from the texture plate which is also in the new release lurking on the topper.

The shows on Create and Craft this Friday are currently showing at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Finally, thank you to Melissa Latchem ( who has passed me a  Liebster blog award - the award is designed to help folks discover new blogs of people who currently have less than 200 followers. I follow so many inspirational people but discovered that some of my design team pals also have small and exquisitely beautiful blogs so, I am passing the Liebster award baton to the following people:

Diane - Inky Meanderings
Karen - KSLCreative
Lisa - Lisa's Craft Garden
Caroline: - Crafty Caroline

Congratulations guys and I hope that you have fun nominating your own inspirational blogs!
More sneak peeks tomorrow xx