Wednesday, 2 December 2020

December ATC challenge!

Art Doll stamp by me! 

Back in 2008 I first branched out into mixed media - a step away from my usual more neat scrapbooking and card making. On-line groups were in their infancy (can you believe that?!) I stumbled across some ATC trading groups and threw myself into mixed media art (and I'm still going!) I still have many many ATCs from around the world carefully stored in my treasured possessions. 
I LOVE ATCs and in fact anything small. The rules are that an ATC must measure 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" ... and that's it! They are small but a great way to use up your painted scraps, the ideal size for stamped images, and you can pack them with detail.

ATC stamp 

Every day Carabelle Studio have a prompt for you, based on a song, and from there it's up to you. Let your imagination run wild.

Today's prompt is 'I want sunshine', kind of appropriate for December. So of course I had to use my sunshine art doll - she's perfect for the occasion.

Here is the list of challenge prompts:

And here is the little teaser for the challenge on you tube:

I made a couple of ATCs to announce the challenge using up some of my gel printed scraps:

Butterflies by Birgit Koopsen 

ATC stencil

Funky Duck by me!


Hope you'll join us in this month long challenge. Something to brighten the grey days of December and to cheer us all up in the middle of this pesky pandemic!


Saturday, 28 November 2020

Ho ho ho!

Tis' the season to be jolly! Ho ho ho! Time for a LIVE Christmas Art Journaling class over on FaceBook. Live classes have become the norm in the middle of this global pandemic when we are now allowed to meet up in person. They differ from pre-recorded classes because there is the element of interaction of course, but you also get to see the teacher making art in real time. There is no clever editing ... there is literally nowhere to hide haha!

All the details can be found in the description on Etsy and extra information will be added to the private group over on FaceBook nearer the time. 

Just so you know, any stamp can be used to create the Santa page ... anything looks like Santa if you colour it red ;-)

Come and create with me! Maybe see you there, with your Christmas hat and glass of sherry. Cheers!



Saturday, 7 November 2020

OOh Carabelle stencils!

Stencil (background) by Birgit Koopsen newly released by Carabelle Studio today
Stamp: Art Doll by me! for Carabelle Studio

Right now, in these crazy times of a world-wide pandemic and a lock-down (again) we all need all the excitement we can get. I have taken to stalking the postie again LOL! And today, for a bit of excitement all round,  there are new products released by Carabelle Studio, and I just LOVE them.

I had a play with the stencils and my Gel Plate and some yummy alcohol ink. You know one of those days where you say 'I'll just do a couple of prints' and then something like 30 prints and very inky hands later .... yeah, I had one of those days ha!

I used some of the prints to create a page in my beloved junk journal.

And then layered up a couple more of the prints to make a little 'hello' card which I have sent to my mum to cheer her up in lock-down. Because a small skittle creature with a fish on its head should cheer her up, right?!

Small Skittle stamp by me! for Carabelle Studio

I used stencils by Birgit Koopsen and Alexis to create my prints, and here's a selection ... some of them just random pick up prints. So messy, so fun!

On my blog *here* you will find a list of retailers of Carabelle Studio products. This is not a full list as sometimes stored buy direct from Distributers so if you know of any stores local to you please let me know and I'll add to my growing list!


Sunday, 25 October 2020

Bee happy!

This week I just fancied painting a bee in my journal. For no reason other than I just fancied it! It actually is very satisfying painting and adding your own image to a page and actually nowhere near as hard as you think.

I decided to offer this as my next LIVE class over on Facebook on Saturday 7th November 3pm GMT (UK time!) As usual there will be lots of help on offer as well as downloadable help sheets and photos in the private group on facebook. You can find all of the details **here**

Of course if you can't make the class at the LIVE time you can watch the recording afterwards, and usually I do an edited version of not afterwards for more streamlined viewing ... without all of the 'waffle' that you inevitable get especially at the beginning of a live class.

Maybe see you there?


Sunday, 4 October 2020

Hand made journals and alcohol inks :-)

I just LOVE playing with alcohol inks on a gel printing plate. It's sooo messy but you get some lovely results, and often surprising unexpected results too. I used Birgit's *new* vintage wall paper Art Printing plates from Carabelle Studio to make these wonderful patterns.

I then made a little hand bound journal and used up all of my lovely new patterns along with a bit of ledger paper. I disress stained all of my inner pages first just because I like the look :-) 

On the front of the cover I added one of Azoline's lovely new stamps - Suspended Circles. I coloured the flowers and cut them out - fiddly but worth it!

And while I was playing I just couldn't resist adding a page to my junk journal, because it was lying around on my desk just asking for another page ;-) 

This is another of Azoline's fab new doodle stamps - Sunflowers -  for Carabelle Studio. I used a background from my gel printing adventure, and also stamped the flowers onto another print and then just cut them out.