Thursday, 15 November 2018

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Martina !

Hello and welcome back ! Today we are welcoming Martina of Piece of Me who was the winner of the It's been a while challenge. Let's move on and hear from Martina:

Hello everyone! My name is Martina Stoycheva. I`m from Bulgaria and live in a small town on Black Sea coast named Burgas, with my husband Stanislav and my 4 years old daughter Ava. My interest in scrapbooking started in 2015. I was making albums for my little (then baby) girl. Almost two years later I found mixed media. It was an instant love. So much freedom to create, so much possibilities.
I was making cards for a few months and then slowly discovered layouts, canvases and off the page projects. I love using paints, pastes, powders, different textures. I like all pretty things and exploring new products. You will see me using flowers often, but then you will see projects without flowers.
It all depends on my inspiration and where it comes from. I really hope I can bring up some inspiration for you.



Martina has very kindly put together a video of her project which you can find here. Below is a taster of the finished article ! 


Thank you Martina for sharing your fabulous project with us ! There's still plenty of time to join in with the current theme Remember Remember the 5th of November !

Page 1 of 1

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Inspiration Post - Bright Heart

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Inspiration Post this time and have created a very bright heart to share with you.  I usually like to make my inspiration posts follow the current challenge but since I live in Canada where we do not celebrate Bonfire Night, I decided this post would be about something colourful and not something directly related to the celebration held on November 5th each year.

Here is how to make this canvas with the products I used:
  • Using Mod Podge or some soft gel medium coat an 8"x8" canvas board with white tissue paper that has been crumpled up and then opened up again
  • Cover the tissue with a coat of White Gesso (Liquitex)

  • Spray the canvas with Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Bubblegum Pink and Cherry Pie Ink Sprays (Dylusions)
  • Soften the look slightly by spraying the canvas with White Linen ink spray (Dylusions)

  • Mix some Medium Yellow Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) with some Glazing Medium (Liquitex) and brush on random sections of the canvas

  • Add some stenciling using a Bubble stencil (Tim Holtz) and some Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Coat a wooden heart (cut by my husband but a chipboard hand cut or die cut heart could be used) with White Gesso (Liquitex)

  • Rub some Passion Fruit, Mango and Lemon Gelatos (Faber Castell) on the heart and then blend with a wet finger
  • Cover the heart with Mod Podge to seal

  • Use a floral stencil (Plaid) with some Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi) to add some stenciling to the heart

  • When the stencil is dry repeat the Gelato step

  • To pump up the colour ink with Picked Raspberry. Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Use gel medium (Golden) to mount the heart on the canvas

  • Create a trio of curly wire (mine is wire found inside telephone cable that I confiscated from my husband)
  • Use Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain to colour a white paper flower and then add it to the heart along with the wire (they are there but hard to see in the photo), a couple other flowers, some leaves and a feather
There you have it, a bright colourful canvas that should cheer anyone up on a dreary day - I hope you will give it a go.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Winner Spooky Fun with an Autumnal Twist

Hello and weclome back ! Today is the day to announce the winner and top 3 for the Spooky Fun with an Autumnal Twist. Please congratulate:

Congratulations Ann ! We loved your spooky project cobwebs and skulls included ! Please email for your winners badge and details of your guest post.

Now on to the top 3:



Congratulations everyone ! Please email for your top 3 badges.

The current challenge is Remember Remember the 5th of November and you have plenty of time to join in !

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November..........

Hi it's Toni here and I've got a 'bonfire night' challenge for you this month. As a child, I used to love bonfire night. My dad would come home from work with a box of fireworks and packets of sparklers. We couldn't wait to get outside and enjoy the show! Fireworks and fire, are used in celebrations all around the world. I'd love to see your art works based on fire and fireworks. Think bursts of colour, let rip with colour sprays, glitter, and paints, in fact whatever you like ! Let's have a bit of fun and brighten up these dark days with COLOUR ! Just remember it must be mixed media and must include stamps or stencils or even both. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.





Now it's over to you !

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Helen !

Hello and welcome back! Today we are being joined by Helen Liu of Happy Stamping and Happy Life. Helen was the winner of the Grunge/Industrial challenge and was therefore invited to join us for a day.

Hello Artsy Friends,

I’m super excited and honored to be the Guest Designer for Stamps and Stencils’ October Challenge - Spooky Fun with an Autumnal twist.

My name is Helen Liu. I live in Taipei, Taiwan and work full-time as a Banker in a Commercial Bank. I enjoy playing with stamps, stencils, inks, paints, die cuts, etc. in my leisure time. To know more about me, please check out my previous Guest Post in March here (link:

For today’s challenge - Spooky Fun with an Autumnal twist, I must confess that I’m not really into the spooky things, especially that I don’t have little children around me for some years. Yet I’ve decided to challenge myself to create an Autumnal tag with spooky elements. It’s fun to explore something out of my comfort zone. The following is how I made my tag.

1. Stamp text (Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz) with brown shadow ink on a watercolor paper tag.

2. Apply various Distress Inks on tag.

3. Die cut several leaves die (Sizzix/Tim Holtz) to create a DIY stencil.

4. Apply several Distress Inks over the DIY Leave Stencil to create a tone-on-tone effect.

5. Spread a thin layer of Texture Paste over the Gothic Stencil (Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz) on tag.

6. When dry, the Texture Paste will absorb some of the Distress Inks. Further apply several Distress Inks over the DIY Leave Stencil to enhance the tone-on-tone effect over the raised texture paste pattern.

7. Stamp Halloween elements (Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz) in black, die cut and color. Stamp text (Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz) in VersaMark and Heat Emboss in white on a black card scrap.

 8. Adhere Halloween elements on tag.

Hope this non-traditional Halloween tag is eye-pleasing and inspirational to you. Please join us for this fun challenge and I can't wait to see your artsy project.

Thank you so much for your wonderful project Helen ! There's still plenty of time to join in with the Spooky Fun with an Autumnal Twist challenge.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Autumnal Match Box

Hello and welcome back ! It's Sue here and today I'm sharing an Autumnal match box. This was a sheer fluke in terms of where the idea came from, I had just finished a box of matches and was about to throw the box away when ......

 I had an idea and grabbed the Gesso ! The sun also came out at this point so apologies for the shadows !

 I also grabbed my Amsterdam acrylics, which seem to be my go to at the moment. The Gesso creates some wonderful texture and the paint, applied with a baby wipe, really highlights it.

 A real change about too are the stamps I've used, the above is a Tim Holtz stamp that I've only used once but I do love the script. I've used Amsterdam acrylic to stamp on to the box.

 Some bits of washi tape are added then some stencilling, using cut 'n' dry foam as the box isn't strong enough to stand me pounding on it with a stencil brush !

More stencilling and stamping, with Tim Holtz stamps and a Wendy Vecchi stamp, all done with Amsterdam acrylics. A little bit of smudging with Gesso then stamping the script stamp again and embossing with white EP. 

The handle is made from jute that I've plaited and the leaf is made from Grunge Paper ( I still love the smell !)

 I even dug out my Distress Inks to shade the leaf and rubbed some Archival Ink around the edges to colour the cut edge.

The text is stamped onto Smoothy card and the stamp is from a Lin Brown set. 

One final shot to show how everything goes all the way around the box.

I hope you've enjoyed today's Inspirational Post and remember you still have time to join us for the Spooky fun with an Autumnal Twist challenge.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Winners, It's been a while

Hello and welcome back ! Today's the day to announce the winner and top 3 from the It's been a while challenge. There were so many fabulous entries but a winner has been chosen, please congratulate:

Congratulations ! We loved the colour combination and the textured design. Please email for the details of your Guest Post and winners badgs. 

Now on to the top 3:

Congratulations everyone ! Please email for your top 3 badges. 

There's still time to join in with the current challenge Spooky fun with an Autumnal Twist.