Monday, 20 November 2017

Mixed Media Beach Bathroom Decor


Heyyyy crafters! Let me first remind you of the release sale at Rubber Dance - with 20 % discount on all the new stamps. The sale ends on Tuesday, midnight CET. (Between you and me: I'm rarely up that late, so the sale ends after I get up on Wednesday morning, usually around 5 o'clock-ish, and get a chance to change the reduced prices).

I made this wall decor to send to Anti-Santa, or whatever the Santa in Antarctica is called. Since there are no penguins on the North Pole, it would be so silly to send this to the Santa up north, wouldn't it?

Turns out I didn't have the southern Santa's address in my Rolodex (remember those?), so I hung the sign up in our downstairs bathroom (aka loo), which has a beach theme. Not that we live on the beach, but a few times a day I can always pretend... (Raise your hand if you just starting singing "The Great Pretender", Freddy Mercury version! Grab a banana and slap me over the head if you can't get the song out of your mind!)

Properly propped on the bathroom basin with bath towels and sea shells (and a lighthouse to the left):


I posted this photo over at the Rubber Dance blog for my stamp release last week, but I thought I'd share some details with you. I stamped the Playful Penguins on watercolour paper, coloured them in with Zig clean colour makers, cut them out and set aside.

The surface I used is a 15 x 15 cm white/greyboard panel with rounded corners, from That's Crafty in the UK (you can find it here - pack of 5 for only £2.25!). These are white on one side and grey on the other, and I used the white side - without adding gesso first.

I wanted to test the crackle paste I had bought after a friend recommended it. I have tried quite a few crackle mediums, but frankly not been all that impressed with them - but I really liked this one! I'm not affiliated with the brand, which is Finnabair/Prima's Texture Paste White Crackle. I covered the whole board with the crackle paste, using a broad palette knife. I made both thin and thick layers to achieve different sized cracks. After having left it to dry for the cracks to appear, I smeared some acrylic paint in blue and green on top and wiped off some of the paint with a baby wipe.



The MFD signpost (below) is from Calico Craft Parts in the UK, and you can find it here (I'm not affiliated, just a very excited customer!). I love that it's so big - over 10 cm tall and 12 cm wide. I painted the signpost with white gesso and aged it with brown ink. The text was painted with blue acrylic paint, then some glitter on top to make it look more frosty (it does sparkle in real life...).
The "snow" is made with art stones (Finnabair/Prima), which I hadn't used before so I wasn't sure how to glue them down... but it worked fine with a thick layer of matte medium.



The very same day I was working on this, I received some happy mail - and one of the postal stamps was this with two penguins!!




So, there it is - Frankie goes to Hollywood has nothing on my Penguins goes to Anti-Santa!


The rest of this post is a promotion of my stamp company, Rubber Dance.
Just skip to the end if you're not interested.

 This is what the set of Playful Penguins looks like
(13 x 18 cm, or 5 x 7 inches if that's how you roll ...)



Other new sets, also at 20 % right now:
These two 9 x 13 cm sheets, packed full of funny sentiments
(at least I find them funny..... that's why I made'em!)



 ..... and this 13 x 18 sheet of lovely winter stamps:


 Hurry if you want that 20 % discount, 
the sale ends verrah soon!
All the new stamps are in the Rubber Dance web shop.



Thanks for looking! 







Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Out of Africa - Movie Challenge


Hello lovelies! I made a collage for the new challenge over at the Rubber Dance blog. The theme of the challenge is to make something inspired by a movie.

I'll admit that it took me a while to pick a movie, but my love for elephants lead me to choose 'Out of Africa', an American movie from 1995, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The movie was loosely based on the autobiographical book 'Out of Africa' by Danish author Karen Blixen, published in 1937.


I made the sunset background first, using Distress Oxides and a makeup sponge. I had masked a circle where the sun would be and coloured it in with Oxides after making the sky. There are some purple looking mountains in the back, painted with ink. I drew the tree by hand. The bird stamps I used are seagulls, so I added some feathers and adjusted the beaks a bit in an attempt to make them look like eagles. I stamped the elephants over the background and coloured them in with black ink, as I just wanted their silhouettes against the sunset. I adjuested the tusks of the left elephant with a black pen to make the two elephants look slightly different.

This is what the elephant stamp looks like.
It's easy to turn any stamp into a silhouette!



Some details:



I used a page from an old Danish book, since Karen Blixen was a Danish writer. 
She lived in Kenya, a British crown colony at the time, hence the British postal stamp.
Karen's husband was from Sweden - luckily I had a Swedish postal stamp.
I didn't have any postal stamps from Kenya, so I found some photos online and printed them out.
The Lion was stamped on a book page ... I don't know whether Karen Blixen made any sketches of African animals, 
but I imagine it would look something like this.
The African pattern in the back is also an internet photo that I printed out for my collage.



Karen Blixen wrote a lot of letters while she lived in Africa,
perhaps she sent some postcards as well .... 
I stamped the postcard with Distress inks and sprayed it with water
to make the ink seep for a vintage look. I also crumbled it up 
and added some ink here and there.

So there it is,
Out of Africa:


Stamps used (all from Rubber Dance):
Elephant and Lion from African Animals
Seagulls from A little Birdie



Which movie would you pick, if you were to make something inspired by one?

Would you like to join our challenge?
You have until midnight CET on November 30th.
See you there! Maybe? ;-)



I want to end my post today by sharing this quote. I've printed it out and hung it up in my studio, as a gentle reminder in case I should forget .... (Feel free to do the same - I made it using a copyright free image of a torn book page. Print out and decorate if you wish!).

"Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, 
and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever."




Thanks for looking!

 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

On thin Ice with Shabby Chick!


Hello good people! I have made an attempt on a style I'm not comfortable with, it just sort of happened! I was playing with the new stamps from Rubber Dance, and I thought the ice skates would look nice if I made them vintage... and one thing just lead to another .... 

So, what is this - shabby chick or vintage? Vintage Shabby Chick? No matter what the style is called, it was fun to try something different from what I usually make. You know I love a good challenge! :-)

 



The next card is more my style, wouldn't you say? I printed the text out, but the images are from Whimsical Winter - one of the new stamp sets from Rubber Dance.





Here's another "Bibi style" card. The sentiment and penguin are both from the new stamps at Rubber Dance
(released today!).


I made the background first - sea with Distress Oxides and a spray of water, sky with regular Distress ink. All the images were stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with Zig markers, cut out and placed on top of my background. I cut a line through the "waves" and tucked half of the whale behind the waterline.  The whale and clouds are also stamps from Rubber Dance, 'case you wondered. I drew the shark fin on watercolour paper and coloured it with grey and black Zig markers. It looked better, not so flat, as if cut out of black cardstock.


Below are some tags I cut out of a background I had in my stash. Just having fun with the new sentiments stamps from Rubber Dance :-)




If you want to see more artwork with the new stamps, most made by Donna Gray who designed the new Whimsical Winter stamps for Rubber Dance, check out my post on the Rubber Dance blog.


Thanks for looking!
♥ Wishing you all a lovely and creative week ♥





http://www.rubberdance.com/shop?shop_section=163311


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

New Stamps from Rubber Dance!


Hello everyone! Right now I'm over at the Rubber Dance blog, bragging about the new stamps that are being released today! All the new stamps are 20 % off until October 31st. Yooohoo! :-) You can find them in the web shop here.

So far, I've made two cards and this picture with the new flower stamps:




I cut the spiral of the flowers to make them stand up:


Supported by foam dots:


The snail was made from two spiral flowers:


I used the same idea on this card:




I also made a tulip card with the new stamps.

 

I cut the middle out of two flowers to make mini-stamps I used on the edges.
Just pop them back in next time you use the flower stamps, or use them without.
I love that you can do that so easily with un-mounted stamps!
 

...and here they are, our brand new stamps:


 plus this set of sentiments:


If you want the new stamps, pop over to the Rubber Dance web shop for a nice discount!

http://www.rubberdance.com/shop?shop_section=163311 



Thanks for looking!






Sunday, 15 October 2017

Rubber Dance Animal Challenge - Two Cards


Hello humans! The challenge over at Rubber Dance blog this fortnight is to incorporate stamped animals in your work (you don't have to use our stamps to join).

Rubber Dance has lots of animal stamps and I ended up making two cards with the largest ones - one on land and one underwater.

My first card, or picture really as it's rather big, features the blue whale - at least one of mine is blue - 
this adorable stamp from Whale Wishes:

 

I made the background with Distress Oxides, blending the colours and spraying light with water. After the first layer had tried, I added more green ink, lots of it, add water and held it upside down to let the green run down the background to look like tall seaweeds. I used a black pen around the edges of the "seaweed" to make them stand out more, and stamped the smaller seaweed and flowers at the bottom. The whales were stamped on watercolour paper and coloured in with Zig clean colour markers, cut out and adhered with foam dots. The fish from Something Fishy were stamped on acetate so I could turn one of them around to swim in the opposite direction. I coloured them on the back with copper paint and gave them a dash of copper glue glitter on the front.

My next card features the Elephant from African Animals. Do you know the children's rhyme about the elephants playing on the spider's web? Edited: Many have not heard of the rhyme, so if you want to get a mind bug.... you can hear the song on youtube here.



One elephant went out to play
Upon a spider’s web one day.
He had such enormous fun,
He called for another elephant to come​ ...
I cut the head off one of the elephants so I could tilt it upwards to reach the tail of the other: 


The leaves are die cuts, stamped on top with leaves and texts from Rubber Dance:




Wanna join our animal challenge? 
You have until 31st of October (midnight CET)
and you don't have to use stamps from Rubber Dance to enter. 

 I'm so proud that Susanne chose my blue whale for the challenge image!
She's our DT & social media manager over at Rubber Dance
and also the one who designed the Whale and Elephant stamps for Rubber Dance.



Thanks for looking! 







Monday, 2 October 2017

Masking with Washi tape


Hey people! I want to show you the two cards that I made for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, which I'm sponsoring this month with stamps from Rubber Dance.  If you want to see more cards made by the Rubber Dance teamies, check out this post.

Here's my first card. I'll show you below how I made it:



I used the challenge colours in the opposite order of the stripes below:


And here's how I did that:

Mask off every other stripe using Washi tape - which is low-tack and won't tear the paper when you pull it off again. 
Fill stripes in with colour (I used Zig Clean Colour Makers and a waterbrush):


Stamp the twig image, using a waterproof ink: 



- Repeat the process with the other stripes. Easy peacy!
Here it is again so you don't have to scroll back:

 


The flower twig is from this stamp:


My second card for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge took a while longer to make, but I had such fun making it!
(... maybe a bit too much fun??)



 
I used stamps from these sets (all by Rubber Dance):
 Handsome Hedgehog, Funny Fungi, Sarcastic Superpower
 

When I started making this card, I didn't plan to make it look like an advertisement for LSD - or whichever hallucinating substance the hedgehog found in that toadstool .... 

Or maybe she's just high on glitter? Yeah, that's it.

Funny Fungi from Rubber Dance, coloured in with Zig Clean Colour Markers. 
I added Glossy Accent inside all the little circles, then sprinkled some fine glitter on top.
Flower stamped a second time, cut out and glued over the other.



When I make a card, I like to keep just the essentials on my table: 


OK, let's zoom out and see what I mean by "just the essentials" ..........



That's not too bad, is it? A girl needs her schtuff around to make a card - in this case TWO!
(My substance is coffee with soy milk, 'case you wondered what's in that mug. Keeps mama going all day!)


Thanks for looking!
 
Now, pop over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog,
and join their October colour challenge!