Monday, 31 August 2015

August Week 5 UKS Challenge

 I have set the weekly challenge over at UKS this week. 
The challenge : 10 points- Use floral paper 
10 Points-use a stencil 
10 points- use a butterfly.

I chose two very different styles

the first one - lovely and bright. The papers with the sunflowers are some Daisy D papers that I loved so much I had to have two sheets . I used an old sunflower stencil on the background with distress inks ( I think the sencil was free on a mag years ago)

 The butterflies were cut from P paper left over from a retreat last year.

 I chose soft pastel colours for the next one and used some of my fav maja papers. 
The butterflies were stampedf and coloured in with paint.

 I have decided that this stick is a bit bright so may tone it down with some gesso.

I used pale blue and white acrylic paint though a hexagon stencil ( memory box) and then very lightly stamped the text over it.

I though I would also do a card ( you don't get points for cards at UKS but as I make loads of cards - I thought I would add one).

I used distress inks to creat the background and the memory box stencil. I added a little sparkle with a spray. The stamped butterfly was also coloured with the distress inks.

Pop over to UKS and join in the fun 

Soojay xx

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Notepad Folios

I was playing with the gelliplate today and really liked the gold and brown print. It doesn't look that great in the photo I am afraid and I may be adding to it as it needs something else - maybe stamps or embelllishments ot something for texture. I will show you ( if i am happy with it when it's done). I do still need to put Velcro dots on the closure tabs on all of them and find some pens to pop in the ribbon holders.

I have to say that this one is my fav so far - Love graphic 45 ( so easy to cut and such bright colours) 

This is the inside with a flap to store bits and an A5 notepad.

A group of us took a level 4 course and passed in the spring, this would be perfect for them.

Soojay xx

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Finished Journal Page

 This post carries on from my Wednesday post HERE.
So after the paint dried, I added seed beads and those tiny caviar beads. I found a pack of 10 colours in pound land a year or so ago ( they were meant to be used for adding to nails) .

 You can see some of the blue here. I also brushed the page with perfect pearls and some gilding wax.

 I found some very old embellishments and painted them .

 I added some tiny sequins ( also from pound land and meant for nails).

 The two clay flowers were made from sculpy clay years ago and painted .
I made the paper flower a long time ago - it was pink , so it got painted too!

 I added some Tim Holtz sticker words and some dew drops.

 Can you remember those film frames we all just HAD to have about 5 years ago? I have loads still - this is a card one that had been painted, embellished and used to frame some more words.

I dusted the flowers with perfect pearls.

My inspiration was from HERE.

Soojay xx

Friday, 28 August 2015

August Tag Swap

 Over at UKS we have been swapping tags. The theme this month is Travel.
I used the sizzix thinletts tag die to cut the tags from grey bazzil card. I then painted with a thin coat of picket fence distress paint.
I stamped and stencil ed the background.

 Then I punched the topper and heat embossed the words.

I just added a few pearls to finish.

Soojay xx

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


 It's a bit tidier than last week but not a lot on it as I have put most of my things away, I think you can just see a little tiny part of my UK Scrappers Challenge page for next week. Shhhhh  don't let on! The beginnings of a new journal page- this is only the second art journal page in my book. I have "stolen " the idea from HERE
How gorgeous is that page? and such a brilliant idea for using up odd letters.
 This has just one coat of gesso on it.

 Three coats and finally covered.

Next some acrylic paints and ........ that's as far as I have got! No time to create today as I am off with a couple of friends to London for the day and going up the Shard.
I shall hop round to you all when I get back and on Thursday.
To join in with the weekly nosey around fellow crafters desks, pop over to Julia's Blog for all the info.

Soojay xx

Monday, 24 August 2015

Art Journal

 So, I have been saying for ages that I want to have a go at doing an Art Journal and I keep putting it off. I saw this art pad at Hobby craft in the sale for £5.50 - couldn't put it off any longer and to show my commitment, I bought two!

 How scary are those White pages !!
I got out the gelliplate to help . I love that a whole page is coverd so quickly and all in one go or in a couple of layers.

This is a couple of prints over the top of each other directly onto the page, half way there :).

 I cleaned my paint roller off on two pages ( to be used later)

This is another print from the gelliplate. Having the begginings of a few pages gave me more confidence to make a start.

Back to the first page- I added some paste coloured with acrylic paint though a Tim Holtz crackle stencil in random areas.

Then painted some of the "crackles" with silver and white.

 I stamped and painted a butterfly to cut out later onto another gelliprint.

And used distress stains on a some piece of text paper to die cut into hexagons.
Here they are added to the page and shaded with blue jeans distress stain and a little festive berries.

I painted a little white acrylic paint to highlight each piece and smudged a black pencil to shade.

I added two butterflies and some text - just a small amount for the first page.

I shaded around each butterfly with the new ground coffee distress pen and added glossy accents to the words.
I added a little glitter to the large butterfly.

So here is my very first proper art journal page ( in a journal) done .

Sorry about all the photo's .

Soojay xx

Friday, 21 August 2015

Using up Gelliplate prints

 So I saw a video on pinterest on making ATC's from gelliplate prints. It looked fun , so I thought I'd have a go . 

 Basically you just draw  cut out or tear out a few circles of paper and randomly stick them to the print. Then you draw flowers around them using acrylic paints - well anything really , although acrylic paint is better and more dense over the acrylic print. 

once the paint is dry, go in with finer detail - using more paint, pens, inks , whatever. I have also used liquid pearls and glitter glue to accent the flowers. Next the scary bit ...cutting it up!!

 ooo they are not too bad.

 I quite like them.

 They are definately different from my "norm"

 Think I can call myself a "mixed media artist" yet ? Ha Ha

I need to find a swap now.

 I will do this again I think.

 And I did .. might put a coating on them to seal them though .

Soojay xx