Saturday, 3 June 2017

Flowers and hearts plate

Hi, Hazel here!
Here is my second piece for Country View Crafts topic of "Hearts".
There was a lot of muppetry involved in the creation of this, as I was on another planet and thought that I was still in May and designing something for the flowers topic!

However, just before I finished I realised that it was "Hearts" and was able to redeem it!

I have a dresser in my kitchen with lots of beautiful plates and mugs and decided to have a go myself. So, I selected a white plate and covered it with clear gesso to give me a dull surface to work on.
Using Black Stazon, I stamped some flowers from 2 PaperArtsy designers...Lin Brown, ELB25, and Jo Firth Young, JOFY14.

You will notice that I also stamped a sentiment but it was wonky, so I painted over it!

Next are my colours and here was my inspiration.

And the Fresco paints that I chose.

After a while it dawned on me that I was on the wrong months' topic, so I grabbed a heart stamp from  PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink SM05 and dotted some hearts frantically around!
Finally I sealed it with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

So, here is the finished plate, happy with it and will add it to the collection on my dresser.

Plenty of time to join in with our topic of Hearts. We look forward to seeing your entries, and you never know, you may be the lucky winner drawn out for the £20 prize over on Country View Crafts!

Products Used:- JOFY14; ELB25, Black Stazon, Fresco paints; Ranger Multi Medium; Clear Gesso.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Recycled hearts

I chose the topic of "Hearts " for our June challenge over on Country View Crafts. It provides lots of scope for creative ideas.

I began by recycling a hair product bag. As you can see, I left the recycling notice visible as I think that it adds to the rustic feel.
Next, using my Sizzix Hearts die, I cut lots of different sizes using manuscript paper and corrugated card. I brushed the edges of the hearts with good old Vintage Photo distress ink.The background manuscript is really old and has luscious age spots on fakery there!

I used some Dina Wakley stamps along the top of the bag and in the centre of the arrangement of hearts.
To finish off, I put some manuscript paper through my shredder to create ribbons, which I curled with my scissors.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of it sitting amongst my glorious Wisteria.

I hope that you get some inspiration from my creation and from the other members of the CVC team. Don't forget to pop over and have a look.

Products Used:- Sizzix Hearts Die; Vintage Photo Distress ink. Dina Wakley Gals and Borders; Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Queen Anne's Lace

Here is my second offering on the Country View Crafts blog on the topic of "Flower Power".
For this, I chose to feature a wild flower called..."Queen Anne's Lace"    otherwise known as "Wild Carrot".

I began by black gessoing my page and applying layers of glorious Heavy Body Acrylic Paint by Dina Wakley. I drew the stars around the moon with Posca pen and also added a "stitched" border.

I stamped and heat embossed with white, the flowers from one of my favourite sets by Paperartsy HP1005 and then die cut some flowers from a new set of Sue Wilson dies called Queen Anne's lace. The die cuts are from off cuts of gold coloured card.
Finally, a few words from TH Ideology small talk.
There is just one week left to join in with our challenge and a chance to win the £20 prize. Good luck!

Products used:- Black gesso; Dina Paints; HP1005; Craft Dies; Small Talk.

Monday, 1 May 2017


My first piece of art for the Flower Power challenge over on the Country View Crafts blog was determined by my choice of TH flower stamp, which I adore. 

I began by Gessoing a page in my Girl's Annual, adding neutral fresco paints and choosing some papers to show off the flowers. 

I stamped the flowers onto some sturdy watercolour paper and painted them very roughly with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

I cut them out so that there was some of the cream background still there in order to make them stand out from the background. 
I assembled my chosen papers and aged them a little, and added a poem from a book by Wordsworth. 
The key just gave some added interest to the story.
I hope that this, and the fabulous work of my teams has inspired you to enter our challenge. 
Thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Mindy Lacefield.

Typical on a different tangent as a result of watching a video by Mindy Lacefield on my Wanderlust class.

I really didn't think that her style would appeal to me, but it has really captivated my interest.

Loved layering up the colours for the backgrounds using Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic paint.

Got plans to do more. 😍

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Magic Of Three!

I am thrilled to have invited by "A Vintage Journey" blog team to be a Pinworthy Guest Designer.
The theme chosen is "The Magic Of Three", and this is what I have created.

I began with a piece of Acrylic paint Board measuring 12"x8", and created a textural background. This consisted of grungepaste through a doily stencil, cheesecloth, lace, hessian, manuscript paper and crocheted doily.
All were secured down with dollops of gesso. 

My piece is a dedication to my Dad's sister Joan. A wonderful lady whom I admired very much. A quiet, unassuming lady who was always gentle and kind. She had a twin sister who was the more flamboyant of the two, and Joan just blended into the background. 

I copied a photo, framed it and added treasure gold to my frame.
Here is where the 3's come in. There are 3 wooden hearts, 3 Roses and 3 other flowers. I added the word Love, and some die cut foliage. 
The gold effects are created by melting some Frantage Embossing powders, Aged Gold and Shabby White.
There is a little script stamping in the background and it is framed with Aged gold Embossing Enamel.

So, here is my lovely Auntie Joan, I aspire to be kind and gentle like her!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Utee Sunflower

Over on the PaperArtsy blog the new topic is Resin and UTEE. Great inspiration on there from the designers and Darcy's intro, so, I got out the old Melting Pot.

I wanted to use the fabulous stencils and stamps from Jofy, with her Sunflowers. I created a background using her stencil, but it didn't show off the main flower.

So, here is my Jofy sunflower, with infusions, and my UTEE centre, with flakes and beads inside. I mounted it onto a background which had been waiting to be owned, which consists of Seth Apter frescos.
Entering the PA challenge.