Monday, 20 September 2021

Nanny's Flower Quote

Hi there! Today I have a step-by-step tutorial showing how you can use scraps to create beautiful backgrounds. I made this background entirely from scraps from The Homemaker stack plus a piece of paper that I geli-printed myself.

I started my art journal page by adding some colourful scraps of paper behind some pianola roll paper from The Homemaker stack. The dots on the pianola paper allow the coloured paper to show through, creating a cool effect.

I then layered on random scraps from The Homemaker stack plus some more of the coloured geli-printed paper.

I really like the rows of coloured dots created by the pianola roll paper over the coloured paper so I decided to reinforce this by making rows of larger dots. l used a standard hole-punch to punch out lots of small circles and glued these in rows. I also added the negative strips from those dots plus some more coloured paper. I painted pink around the edges of the pages and added a rose, again from The Homemaker stack.

I wanted to add my crazy stitching around the edges of the page but I had other art on the back of these pages and the stitching would show on them so I took more scraps from The Homemaker stack and added lots of stitching to them then glued those to the page.

The final step was to add butterflies, a flower and a quote from the Anemones & Friends CardStack. In the stack, the quote is attributed to Walter Hagen, however my mother-in-law used to use this quote a lot so I'm attributing it to her! I finished by using a black pen to finalise the border and highlight the rows of dots.

I love using up leftover scraps to create with!

Happy creating!


Wednesday, 1 September 2021

A New Kraft + Challenge!

 Hello there!

Oh gosh - the new challenge over at Kraft + is a beauty this month. You have to be inspired by Laura Horn. Laura's work is beautiful - I really love it. There's lots of watercolour and abstract shapes.

I created my background using Laura's work as my inspiration then added an Altered Ancestor figure and a quote from Lorraine Haight Moraine's new stack over at ArtStacks. There's a double-artist inspiration on this one!

I'm still using my collaged sheet made up of leftovers on my desk that are largely from "The Homemaker" stack at ArtStacks. I cut rough circular shapes from it to add to this background. I really love these!

I hope you can join us at Kraft +. You can find the challenge details here.

Happy creating!


Monday, 23 August 2021

Set it Down Anywhere

Hello! Sorry I've been MIA - I'm on holidays, catching some sunshine and avoiding covid spots.

ArtStacks is sponsoring the month-long #seekgathercreate challenge so I thought I'd participate.

The challenge requires you to use certain items on your project. Weeks 3's requirements are:

The focus of my page is an Altered Ancestor and funny quote from Lorraine Haight Moraine's CoreStack. I love these!

Because I'm on holidays I found it hard to collect some of the items needed for the challenge. The old photo was easy - Lorraine's images are perfect for this! I used blue watercolour and a piece of one of the blue backgrounds from Lorraine's BackStack. The fabric part was not so easy. I eventually cut off the hanger ribbon from inside one of my t-shirts and used that! I cut the barcode from a cheese packet and used the Say Cheese sticker from the same pack. I thought it was appropriate for the stern-looking woman. I added the badge about only 6 grams of sugar as there is very little sugar in this woman's expression. :)

I hope you can join in the #seekgthercreate challenge. You could win an ArtStacks prize!

Happy creating!


Sunday, 1 August 2021

Doesn't Follow Directions......

Hello! It's the first of the month which means there's a new challenge over at Kraft + and it's such an original challenge. You have to use pie-chart shapes on your kraft-based project!

I thought about this then decided to create some funky, oversized flowers that are in a pie-chart shape.

My flowers started out as a collaged piece of paper using up scraps that were lying around my desk, mostly from ArtStacks' The Homemaker Stack. I simply collaged these onto a blank background then used this collaged paper to cut out my flowers.

To create the flowers, I simply cut rough circles from the paper then cut a couple of pie wedges from the circles, moved them out from the main circle slightly, then decorated them with 'stamens'.

The funny woman and the quote are from Lorraine Haight Moraine's CoreStack from ArtStacks. I love these!

I thought the lady is the very strange dress clearly doesn't follow directions - or understand the meaning of "one word" - lol!

I hope you can join in the challenge. You can find the details here.

Happy scrappin'!


Sunday, 18 July 2021

Just for a Laugh

Hello there!

I've been having so much fun playing with ArtStacks' new Artist Series stacks by Lorraine Haight Moraine! I adore Lorraine's snarky, funny quotes and I've used two of them here on my tags.

Aren't the Altered Ancestor figures so cool? They match the quotes perfectly.

All the papers on these tags are from Lorraine's stacks. The figures, bags and quotes are from her CoreStack and the background papers, including the black and cream paper, are from her BackStack.

You can find Lorraine's stacks here

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday, 1 July 2021

I'm Losing My Marbles!

Hello again!

The new challenge at Kraft +is up! This is a tricky one - use graphic layering on your kraft project! I was a bit stumped for ideas on this. I studied the challenge board (see the end of this post) and got an idea though.

We've just released a new ArtStacks range called the Artist Series. These stacks have been designed by artists from around the world. The first stack has been designed by Lorraine Haight Moraine. Her "Altered Ancestors" are amazing!

Some of the papers in her Backgrounds and Borders stack have really cool texture so I tore strips from some of these to make my mountains. I was really pleased with the result. It was exactly the layered look I was after.

Don't you just love the vintage boy with his bag of marbles?

I adore Lorraine's quotes. They're hilarious - and so true!

Will you join in this month? You can find the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!


Monday, 21 June 2021

Express Yourself at ArtStacks

Welcome back! 

I'm very excited to be using papers from the brand new "Artist Series" stacks from ArtStacks. The "Artist Series" range are stacks that are designed by well-known, incredibly talented papercrafters. These first stacks have been designed by Lorraine Haight Moraine.  

I used her Altered Ancestors to make these tags. I thought the cheeky, slightly outrageous style of the Altered Ancestors worked well for my theme of "Express Yourself".

Both tags feature quotes from musicians - the first from Billy Idol and the second from Madonna.

Almost everything on these tags is from ArtStacks. 

On the first tag, the backgrounds, the man and the bag are from the Lorraine Haight Moraine stacks and the wings are from the Anemones & Friends CoreStack.

On the second tag, again all the papers are from ArtStacks, but the rainbow and clouds hat is one I pinched from the internet. 

The new stacks are soooo much fun to play with!

You can find the new stacks here.

And Lorraine's work here.

Happy scrappin'!