Thursday, 24 August 2017

#SDC280 - INCHIES WEEK TWO. Maria Lawton.

It's odd how I really struggled with my inchie last week, but this week....I just 'did it!'
Again, I have used Distress oxides for the background and on the INCHIES themselves. I used Jo Capper-sandon's seaweed stamp for the background, stamping both with and into spritzed oxides.
I used Daniel Torrente's 'Girl with a heart purse,' to stamp across all of my INCHIES and used a Dylusions sentiment stamp, which is quite close to my heart. To finish off, I used gold guilding wax around the edges and mounted my design onto Kraft card and added a scribble border.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Upward Bound Card.

I have been desperate to use this stamp by Maria Raita Sabina for ages and a belated birthday card for a dear friend's daughter seemed a good excuse to use this gorgeous little bunny.
The card is a fusion of embossed sentiments (Leonie Pujol) stamping and acrylic painting, I loved making it and hope that my daughter's friend loves it too.

#SDC280-Inchies Maria Lawton

After three weeks of sorting out my Art room, I've finally found my desk and made something for the Stampotique 'Inchies' challenge.
Challenge was the appropriate word, I found this quite tricky to do, in fact this is the third attempt!

I have used Daniel Torrente's starfish cube and Jo-Capper Sandon's Seaweed stamps, from Stampotique and the sentiment is from a set by Tracey Evans.
My little starfish Inchie was stamped, then overlaid with glossy accents and finally painted in acrylic paint.
The background, other starfish and card edges were created using distress them.

All-in-all I feel that I have done justice to christening my new and improved art room.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

#SDC278 - Use Some Kind of Tape - Week 2

Phew! It's ages since I have posted, in fact, since May I have taken a bit of a break from Stampotique challenges as I have been busy with work, painting commissions and co-ordinating a whole school art project to paint a huge mural at my school.
I am now on school hols, so I may have a bit of time to play and join in with the challenges...(between keeping my four children entertained!)
Firstly, I have  confession....I have never used Washi tape before (shock, horror!)
The only Washi tape that I owned came in job lot of crafty bits I purchased a while ago.
Being a red candy stripe design, the Washi tape, immediately made me think of Christmas, so it was the perfect excuse to use my newly purchased 'Chilly' by Jo Capper-Sandon.
  I stamped 'Chilly' using aqua markers onto watercolour card and painted it using aqua markers mixed with sparkle pen to give a lovely subtle glitter effect to the snow.
I then added three strips of Washi tape, then over stamped at the top with Daniel Torrente's  'Hanging Hearts.' I painted these in aqua markers again, then used glossy accents on them and Chilly's buttons to make them stand out.
For the blue background, I used a piece of gelli plate art, which I create ages ago using metallic blue paint. I used Kate Crane's 'Doodle cube', to stamp random snowflakes, which I then embossed with Snowflake embossing powder.
Finally, I layered up my card, using a Washi tape border on top of my card and adding a stamped Christmas sentiment.
I really enjoyed making this and will definitely seek out some  more Washi tape, I have also made my first Christmas organised!!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


I have used Buru by Daniel Torrente to create 'Shack Man Tim.' This is a standing joke between myself and my husband Tim. With all the stresses of life and the recent horrors in the world, he wants to go and live in a shack on the beach and be known as 'Shack Man Tim!'
So this was the inspiration for his birthday card. I have used Buru and the shack is made from my signature driftwood. The background is painted using acrylics.
Needless to say, he loved it😁😁🀣

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

It's Raining Men

I have based this weeks challenge piece around the theme of that well known 80's classic 
'It's Raining Men'
The 'men' are stamped onto shrink plastic, which I coloured with blue pencil, then cut into raindrop shapes prior to heating with my heat gun to shrink them.
I stamped 'Relaxin' onto watercolour card, then masked it off with masking fluid, which I also splattered onto the background and used for the puddle.
I used distress oxides for the background with lots of water, to create dribble effects.
I used a raindrop stamp (Designs By Ryn) to complete the background and blended each one with a little water.
I then unmasked my image and painted it using hickory smoke distress ink. 
Finally I added a few shadows and lines with a black fine-liner, stuck on my 'mendrops' and added my sentiment.

'It' Raining Men'

Close up of raindrops in shrink plastic.

Monday, 17 April 2017


How cool is the new Stampotique challenge 'Bling it On', I have so much blingy media, it was difficult to know what to chose.
I decided that I would use 'Safina' by Karen Hayselden for this fab challenge, but I wanted to give her a body, so combined it with a Julie Nutting stamp from Prima Marketing.
Once I had stamped my images, I coloured it with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils. I then masked it off and used Safina's frame to stamp the background. 

I painted alternate squares with gold and purple luscious pigment powder
From Indigoblu, then highlighted each frame with black fine liner and white gel pen.

I used Kate Crane's spiral stamp and circle cube to stamp random patterns in the background with Wink of Stella to provide extra sparkly bling, then used clear wink of stella over the entire dress.
To finish off, I turned Safina into a princess, by adding a crown and 'Princess' sentiment by Jo Capper-Sandon, which I stamped in flitterglu, then applied gilding flakes for more bling.
As a finishing touch, I used gilding flakes around the edge of my picture, to give it a blingy frame.
I found this piece rather cathartic to make...been a tough few weeks and a bit of art therapy was well and truly overdue.