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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

IndigoBlu Retreat

A couple of weeks ago my daughter and I went on an art retreat organised by IndigoBlu.  On day 1 we did a face painting, using a stencil for the outline and then painted with acrylic paint.
I'm entering this into - November challenge - stencils

On day 2 we had a go at acrylic pouring, we loved it because you dont know how each one is going to turn out. Even when you use exactly the same colours, each pour looks different. When I got home I mounted some onto larger canvases and one in a frame.

On day 3 we made and decorated a mixed media box with 6 ATCs to go inside, I didnt get to finish it so I haven't taken any photos.
Big thanks to Kay, Alfie and all the other ladies for making it an absolutely amazing few days, I have already booked us on another weekend next year. Can't wait :)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Top 3 Runner Up Award - Altered Eclectic - August Challenge

Woo Hoo !!
I got awarded with the Top 3 Runner Up Award over at Altered Eclectic - August Challenge for my ocean theme canvas.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted, I'm thrilled.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Lose yourself in nature and find peace..

Evening all, just a quick post tonight.
Here's a mixed media canvas I made, its so soft and romantic, I just love it.
I started by distressing the edges of some papers from Crafters Companion Shabby Chic paper pad, and layered them on a canvas board.

Then I layered flowers and die cut pieces down the center, along with a resin embellishment.

Next I added a 3d butterfly sticker and some small sparkly gems.
Finally I stamped a sentiment, cut it into a tag shape, and added a ribbon bow. 

I am entering this into these challenges;

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Altered notebooks

Afternoon all, I hope its nice and sunny where you are, coz its wet and miserable here today. But at least that means I can spend time in my craft room. 👍
For todays make I would like to share a couple of altered notebooks, in a bit of a vintage / steampunk style.

I started out by removing the back and front covers of the notebooks and used a stencil and texture paste to create a raise design, before painting with starlight paints to add colour and a shimmer. 
After die cutting some cogs, clocks, locks and hinges, I painted them black and lightly rubbed over some of them with gold gilding wax to give the effect of metal. On the others I used red and gold acrylic paint, stippling it on to produce a rusty look.
These were then arranged on the notebooks with some chipboard nuts and bolts which I had painted in the same way.
Finally I stamped and embossed some words, teared around them, inked the edges and glued them in place.
The back covers were also stenciled and painted in the same way, although I have not taken any pictures to show you.
I reassembled the notebooks and Voila there you have them, finished.

I'm going to enter them into a couple of challenges:

Thanks for taking the time to look,
Hugs Sue x

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Home is where our hearts belong

Morning all, 
for today's creation I have made a decorative mdf heart. 
Firstly  I covered the heart with Blissful paper in peach by Anna Marie Designs. I added strips of different designs from the same pad in a criss cross pattern.


 Next I added an arrangement of flowers, stamens, a chipboard butterfly, a metal butterfly, a couple of pearl pins, glitter droplets and a metal /enamel button embellishment.

I stamped and embossed a sentiment 'Home is where our hearts belong' and finally splattered some white paint and dusted lightly with irridescent glitter.
It actually looks quite glittery in real life, but it doesn't show up on the picture.

I will be entering this into these challenges
Altered eclectics -august -anything goes -challenge 

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Beside the seaside, beside the sea..

Good morning!
As I can't go on holiday this summer, I decided to cheer myself up by making this ocean themed canvas.
To start I used some sea life stencils on an 8x8 canvas, glued some cheesecloth strips and then mixed up some luscious powders by IndigoBlu with water in spray bottles and spritzed blue and green down the left and sandy gold across the right.

  Whilst the canvas was drying I gessoed some chipboard shapes, shells and various other embellishments, then sprayed them with the same colours as the canvas.

 Extra texture was created by adding some sand and balls, along with beads, gems and some string.

A nice sentiment was stamped and embossed, then spritzed with the colour sprays and finally I used gold gilding wax and some sparkly gems. 

I am entering it into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Peacock painting

Good morning, I'd like to share my first attempt at painting a peacock.

I used water colours and a little acrylic paint for the neck and head, and a technique using masking fluid, bubble wrap and Brusho powder pigments for the effect of the tail feathers.
I was inspired by Alison C Board who does some wonderful water colour and mixed media artwork.
I'm pleased with the finished painting, and hope to improve with practice.

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x 


Monday, 28 August 2017

Imagine' - mixed media canvas

Good evening, I would like to share one of my mixed media wall hangings with you.

I started by covering a canvas board with a couple of layers of patterned papers from  the Blissful Cotton pad by Anna marie designs. I distressed and inked the edges before layering them up.  

I found some lovely hessian and lace ribbon in my crafty stash, so added a piece across the middle. 
 I painted some chipboard pieces, a frame and a couple of swirly corners and used them to build up a little arrangement along with some silk and paper flowers.
I made a small heart out of UTEE and added that to the frame. 

Finally I stamped a beautiful sentiment from Inkylicious, tore it out and inked the edges to match the backing papers. After adding a few pearl embellishments, I splattered the whole canvas with white paint, a quick mist of gold glint spray and then lightly rubbed over the edges with gold gilding wax.
So that it could easily be hung up, I used my Cropadile to punch 2 holes and threaded some jute string through them.
Et voila ! Finished !

I hope you like it and perhaps I've inspired you to have a go yourself. If so Please leave me a link to your blog or facebook, in the comments, so I can come and take a look.

I am going to enter it into this months-
See you soon 
Sending hugs and sunshine
Suzanne x

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas catch up

I'm finally in the Christmas mood, must be all this new Christmas stock
Fairy and Elf doors

Special Christmas baubles 

Wine glass tealight holders

And best of all,  my Christmas eve boxes containing 
  • A letter from Santa himself
  • Santa's magic key
  • A believe bell, for those who truly believe 
  • Reindeer food 
  • Candy cane
  • Chocolate coins
  • And a chocolate Santa lolly 

So if I don't post again before the big day

Merry Christmas to everyone 🎅😀🎁🎅

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Fairytale bedroom is no more...

The time finally came when my daughter decided she was too old for her fairytale bedroom. Oh no!! I couldn't bear to paint over all my lovely art, so we compromised and I just wallpapered over it instead. No one can see it anymore, but I know its still under there.

 From this ... fairytale

to this. 
Parisian chic in silver and grey.
 It's finished now with new bedding, furniture and curtains, but I haven't got a picture.

It looked lovely and definately more suitable for a young teenager, unfortunately it doesn't look very chic now she's lived in it for a week or two. Anyone with teenagers will know, there's clothes and make up all over the place.
 I'm going to go and do a bit more painting, but not decorating. I've got a few smaller projects on the go, like these fairy doors and toadstool houses.

Thanks for reading
Big hugs
Sue x


Thursday, 16 April 2015

New stamps and paints

Good evening all,
I've been playing with some new stamps and paints today. 
The paints are by Pebeo - Dyna acrylics, look how yummy they are, all shimmery and gorgeous.

I painted a few A5 pieces, just to have a go with them, then I made a set of 4 coasters.

 The peacock stamp is from Heartfelt Creations and the hummingbird and flowers are from Sheena Douglass' Laguna range.

 I will be taking the coasters with me to an artisan market at the National Wildflower Center, Liverpool, this Saturday. I will probably make the other paintings in to notebook covers.

Hope you like them!
Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x

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