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. 


Sunday, 27 September 2020

OOOh new stamps!

I just LOVE it when I get to play with my **new**stamps, Yayyyy! More often than not, these designs start as little doodles in my daily bullet journal, or even on the scrap paper than I usually paint on on my desk!

Boho Dreams

Here you can see how I have built a dreamcatcher with the face and single feather, and added it to my junk journal:

But sometimes it's great to just stamp and colour, so here is a dreamcatcher decorating the next page in my bullet journal:

Sometimes I just want a quick background for an art journal page so I raid my stash of Gel prints. I made this one using my **new** Flowers and Leaves Art Printing for Carabelle Studio. It's not a fantastic print, but it doesn't have to be ... there is always something good and colourful and useable in EVERY print :-)

Flowers and Leaves Art Printing

And then I added Funky Duck! I love that he seems to be shouting  - it's great for adding a quote on a page. I added our new Covid Mantra - 'Hands - Face - Space' (although now I think I prefer the Great British Bake-Off version - 'Stay Alert, Protect Cake - Save Loaves' LOL!)

Funky Duck

And here I created a Mix and Match, or Frankenstamp or whatever you want to call it - the face from Boho Dreams on Funky Duck. I think it works rather well :-) 

(Did you notice I snuck a colour wheel on the Duck's tummy?!)

Links to retailers of Carabelle Studio can be found on the **Carabelle page on my blog here**

Mandala Medley Art Printing

Florals and Feathers Art Printing


Monday, 14 September 2020

More new releases from Carabelle!

Art Printing - Flowers and Leaves
Art Printing Coasters - Mandala Medley 
Little Skittle
designed by me! for Carabelle Studio

I actually had time for a good ol' inky play today with my *new* designs for Carabelle Studio. 

Seems like everything has been affected by the Covic pandemic and the subsequent restrictions, and impacts on businesses. Supplies can be held up which has a knock-on effect and so on, and so on ....

But today was a fun day for me and I've got very inky fingers to prove it ;-)

I wanted to play about with one of my new Art Printing plates - Flowers and Leaves - to create some background papers. I LOVE the grunge effect of this one, created by using positive and negative prints from the texture plates, and then picking up with a neutral colour:

I also managed to pull an extra pick-up print and I LOVE this one! 

These two prints became backgrounds for pages in my much-loved junk journal. I used my new Mandala Medley coasters with alcohol ink (see my previous blog post for details of this). The Mandalas are designed from the centre out, so they are great to position your main focal image on:

And in this second page I cut one of the coaster prints in half and placed them on opposite sides. They make a great shape to journal round.

The new designs are available from Carabelle directly, but should be with retailers very soon ....