Monday, 24 October 2016

The Hunter’s Moon by Moira Sutton

Last Weekend on Sunday night we had a “Hunter’s Moon”. The Harvest Moon is the full moon nearest the Autumn Equinox and the Hunters Moon is the first full moon after that.  Both moons are close to the Equinox and appear in the sky earlier than usual. You can usually see the moon rising in the sky around the same time as sunset, and because it’s near to sunset, it can take on a red or orange colour. The orange hue is because when you stare at the horizon to watch the sunset and low moon, you are looking through a thicker layer of atmosphere than if you are gazing straight up. The atmosphere scatters blue light but allows red light through to our eyes. Whereas the glow of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather crops as the daylight hours got shorter, the Hunter’s Moon gave extra light to hunters looking for deer, boar or other prey destined for dinner. This has inspired my picture this week.

Pebeo Dyna Paints – Black/Blue,  and Orange/Yellow
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Diarylide Yellow, Napthol Red, Carnon Black, White
Prima Art Alchemy Paints – Deep Waters, Dark Velvet, Black Berry

I started with making marks along the bottom of the sheet with the Modelling Paste to resemble strands of grass. As this dried I cut a circle from the Mask you could also use a punch or die for this but mine are in storage ready for the house move so hand cut it was.  I stuck my mask where I wanted my moon. Next came a coat of black gesso.

Next I started painting using the dark Dyna and Prima Deep Waters and Dark Velvet paints, alternating to get multiple colour showing but with the left hand side, away from the moon a little darker than the right.

Next I removed the mask and painted my moon using the Dyna Orange/Yellow and the DecoArt yellow and red paints. 

Next I added masking tape over the grass part of the stamp and got out my Gelli Plate to act as a paint pad, and rollered the silver paint on it, then picking the silver up on my tree stamp, removing the masking tape and stamping with it. If you don’t have a Gelli Plate you can use a non stick mat. Once stamped I used the Prima Black Berry to add shadows on the left side of the tree. 

Finally I painted a howling wolf with the white and black paint using an image in google as my reference and splashed some silver paint for stars.  


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Leaf ll by Lynne Moncrieff

For this card, the leaf panel was prepared the same as for the assemblage piece last week.

When working with PaperArtsy Infusions, play around with them. The more water you add, you will notice the colour changing, the brown of the walnut ink crystals coming through.


Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
Extras:- Stained muslin, crochet lace


Sprinkle The Sage onto colour diffusing paper, misting with water. Leave to dry naturally.  Once dry, tear to required size, adhering to cardbase made with Kraft cardstock. I found a glue stick the best adhesive for this purpose. Stamp leaf onto panel. Stamp script with Distress Ink and Archival repeatedly on background.

Stamp script onto mop up paper and stained colour diffusing paper scraps. 

Assemble card by layering the stamped script pieces with a pre-stained muslin fragment to upper corner, attaching with Tiny Attacher. Layer another piece of stamped mop up paper with crochet lace to below the leaf.

Until next time,



Saturday, 22 October 2016

Live Simply by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a card featuring the lovely Fern, she’s absolutely so much fun to colour in.

What to do:

You’ll need some of the Seth Apter dies for this, use thick white card to cut them from, add a little green Distress ink to the ‘drip drop’ die cut, set them all to one side.

Next stamp Fern on Strathmore Mixed media paper with black Archival ink as you’ll be using a combination of Distress markers to colour her and her birdie friend in. Once finished, fussy cut out which is super easy to do with her.

Stamp the leaf too on the mixed media paper and colour again with Distress Markers, fussy cut out.

Offer up the ‘drip drop’ die cut to the Kraft card to see where to position it and then taking a Dinky stencil pounce through the same green shade of Distress ink you used to colour the ends of the die cut.

Gather up all your die cuts, stamped image’s, washi tape and various little cut outs from patterned papers (any will do, entirely up to you) and start to assemble them and adhere them in the way shown on the card.

There you have a card with Fern the star of the show ;) 

Supplies Used:


Friday, 21 October 2016

Follow Your Dreams by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I’m back today with my promised reverse side of the heart shaped dreamcatcher, the first side of which I was pleased to share last week. This side has a more vintage, romantic feel to it and I hope you like it.


Extras from stash – oval jump rings, antique gold filigree etchings


As for the previous side, all of the pieces were first given a coat of Gesso as this gives a good surface for further layers. I then painted the small hearts with shades of pink and blue. The Pebeo paints have a lovely shimmer, which doesn’t show up that well in the photos. I stamped the hearts for the outer rings with the dreams text using the black ink.

I next decorated the large heart having decided I wanted lots of texture. To achieve this I covered the heart with embossing ink using the Emboss It Dabber. This is very wet and stays that way whilst you sprinkle the Frantage embossing powder all over. Heat the powder to melt and repeat if necessary until the heart is well covered.

Stamp several of the large butterflies on stamping paper using black ink and paint using the Pebeo acrylics. I used the same pinks and blues and varied the colours on each of the butterflies. Cut these out and glue to the large heart. Make sure the glue is quite strong as the embossed surface is shiny. I also positioned the top butterfly first, mirroring the one on the other side so that the top looks neat.

I did explain how I fixed it all together last week but it’s easier to see on this side how it all works. If you look closely you can see that I attached the filigree etchings in between the jump rings on top of the hearts and the effect is so pretty.

Here’s a close up of the embossing and a butterfly so you can see the texture better. As you can see, this side is simpler in some ways but the overall effect is more vintage in style.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 20 October 2016

A Simple Card by Mandy Chilvers

Hi all, it’s Mandy again with a very simple yet stylishly grungy card to show you this week. I’m using Carabelle Studio stamps for this one.  Ideal for any occasion card!

Items used:

4 inch Square Blank Card

Take your white card and cut a square out slightly smaller than your card blank.

Mix the texture paste and the alchemy paint together and using a palette knife, scrape some of the mixture through the stencil on the lower left side and the upper right side of the card.

Leave to dry … you can speed this up by heat setting but it will bubble which is great to add texture but I wanted this card to be relatively flat.

Once the paste is dry, stamp the Carabelle Studio stamp centrally, using the black Archival ink. Blast with a heat tool to make sure it’s dry before carrying on.

Use the Vintage Photo Distress ink to edge the card, and then the Gathered Twigs.

Stamp the smallest butterfly from the Finnabair stamp set onto a piece of white card and cut out.

Add some of the star rub on’s to the card, just under the stamping. This will make the main image slightly larger.

Add ‘hope’ rub on to the upper left of the stamped image.

Take your sprays and undo the nozzle. Use the pipe to add some splatters to the card. Then splatter water on top. This gives a softer and more watercolour effect to your card.

Colour the mini butterfly with the blue spray using a paint brush. Glue onto your card wherever you like it.

Outline the hope word and also around the edge of the card.

Matt the stamped piece of card onto the black card and then onto the kraft card and finally onto your card blank.


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Fleur Mandala by Alison Hall

Hello everyone, Alison here today, with a floral mandala card that I created with Donna's lovely flower from the That's Crafty! 'Fleur' stamp set.


Contrasting Patterned Papers (pink and blue)
Flower Brad
8x8 inch White Card Blank


1. On a sheet of pink patterned paper, I stamped the flower six times, then cut them all out, omitting the stem.

2. Using matte medium, I adhered the six flowers to the blue patterned paper in a mandala design, then trimmed to a 6.5 x 6.5 inch square. I used the ink pad to ink the edges.

3. I stamped the word 'fleur' in the bottom right hand corner, then stamped a frame around the edge with the little flower, stamping it off the edge.

4. I added a flower brad to the centre of the mandala, then attached the panel to an 8x8 inch card blank.

I hope you are inspired by this simple mandala card.

Until next week,

keep crafting,

Alison x

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Be Bold, Be Brave by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

Another Tuesday has come around so my day to share some art. I thought I’d start by admitting to you all that I do have an addiction to buying stamps and an even bigger confession is that some of them haven’t even seen an ink pad yet. I tell myself I am a collector!! Anyway one such stamp set that I bought and failed to ink up, until now that is, is the 2nd in the series of PaperArtsy’s Everything Art stamp sets.  

Here’s What I Did:-

I sprinkled some PaperArtsy Infusions onto my craft mat and then lightly spritzed with water to activate the colours of the crystals I then picked the colour up onto a piece of mixed media card, I dried it off with a heat gun after picking up the colour before going in to pick up some more I find this layers the colour. I then stamped the hand image onto the card and again onto some road atlas paper. I used an out of date road atlas of the UK. The paper is a little glossy so I used Stazon for that and added some coloured pencil to colour the hands of the compass. I then cut the hand out and glued it over the stamped image on my background. 

I then added some stencilling onto the background using a combination of Seth Apter and Andy Skinner designed stencils using both black ink and red paint.

The moth was stamped and cut out along with one of the statements from the stamp set and added. I have also added a couple of X’s die cut using a Seth Apter die from card that I had stamped the text onto. Finally, I matted it onto black card before mounting it onto a card blank.

What I Used:-

Card Blank
Road Atlas Page

Well that’s another stamp inked I can cross off my list!!!

Hope you like it and see you next week
Amanda X
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