Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Pink Ink Designs “Bee-utiful”

I recently bought some new rubber stamps by Pink Ink Designs from McOyster Crafts in Cupar. I finally had a play with this set called “Bee-utiful”
The bee is quite large but perfect as a centre piece. And the set contains lots of nice elements for creating backgrounds.

Here are a couple of cards I made with the set:


I painted the wings with pearl mica pigment mixed with a little water to make a paint. It gives the wings a lovely shimmer, that you can't really see in this photo but is lovely on the actual card.


For this card I used a resist technique to create the strip at the LHS. It was done on glossy card using Versamark ink. I will be covering resist techniques in an up coming workshop. There are many types of resist and I thought it would make a great theme for a class. 


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Canvas for Catriona

I have been wanting to create a canvas for my daughter Catriona. I had this photograph of Catriona taken on her wedding day, after hair and makeup done just before she got into her wedding dress.
I was unsure whether to go with a black and white copy or colour. In the end I decided to use the colour photo as it shows off her red hair.





The first stage was to start selecting the embellishments. I wanted to use some gorgeous lace that I had found a while ago and had kept for this project. I used a combination of lace and paste through a stencil. The stencil was from Finnabair and had an Art Deco feel. This was the general theme of Catrionas wedding and I thought it would work really well.



This was me laying out all the embellishments to get an overall idea of the final layout before sticking anything down.
And after painting all the flowers and adding wax I ended up with the finished canvas.










Monday, 4 March 2019

Mixed Media Bird Houses Frame

I bought this frame a few years ago in the shape of a row of houses. Like many crafters, I buy things with a vague idea of what I want to do with it. And then they sit in a corner of my craft room gathering dust!! Until the time is right.....


To start with I gave it a light sand and removed a few wooden birds that had been stuck on.




I then added paste with stencils and added some chipboard pieces. For added texture I added a gritty texture paste (Graphite paste by Prima) especially on the roof. Everything was painted with black gesso and then I started adding colour with mica sprays and metallic paints.

I knew I wanted a bird theme (so predictable I know) but I also found a couple of little rabbits that just had to be included.


Instead of photos I stamped some of my favourite bird images and popped them into the frame apertures. I was quite pleased with this and am now looking forward to my next project.
Have a good week. 
Siobhan x

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Home Sweet Home

I am really enjoying playing with all my mixed media products. I bought a bare wood word “Home” a couple of years ago intending to do something with it. So I finally plucked up the courage to try something. I don’t know about you but I have loads of ideas of what I want things to look like but not the actual courage to start because I am not confident that the end result will be worth it.
But I have finally decided it’s about time I actually started using all this stuff I have accumulated and have a go. After all if it’s a complete mess no one needs to see it and hopefully I will have learnt something in the process.

I keep meaning to take photos of the various stages but forgot and just went for it.
I love birds as a theme and managed to include a few in this project.




I was quite pleased with the finished look and am now deciding what to try next!!

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Getting Dirty

After saying I would do a mixed media workshop at McOyster Crafts in Cupar, I have had some fun playing!! And making lots of mess. Over the years I have collected paints, waxes, pastes, mica sprays etc, but never really used them properly. So I decided it was about time I actually started using them.

I have been inspired by several mixed media artists, especially Finnabair (Anna Dabrowska) and some of the artists on her design team. I am still learning how to use the different products and produce something I am happy with. I want to find my own style but think at the moment I am happy to try ideas I have seen. Here’s what I have made so far.



This was inspired very much by Finnabair and the techniques she showed us on a workshop my friend Linda and I went to last September. I didn't have a black and white head shot to hand so this was from a card my daughter Catriona had printed at Art College. I quite like the layers of lace for the background and the white gesso dry brushing to pull everything together.


For this mdf tag I was trying to get a rusty patina look with paints over the black gesso base.


This was created using Finnabair rust paste then gold wax on top. The background layer was a piece of thin metal paper embossed with a Tim Holtz 3-D Mechanicals embossing folder. 


The photo does not show this at it's best. I love this stag die and wanted to create a wintery background. Again I used a piece of metal sheet (that I got from McOyster crafts) and embossed it with a Tim Holtz Christmas words folder. I triple embossed the stag after colouring him, with clear powder. I then stamped into the hot melted powder with a crackle effect stamp and used a copper wax to pick up the raised areas. I might do something similar for another workshop if the first one is successful.

I think its time now to clean up my desk before I start anything new. I look forward to seeing some of you next Saturday 9th February at my workshop at McOyster Crafts in Cupar.

Keep stamping!!

Siobhan xx








Saturday, 12 January 2019

Happy New Year

Now that Christmas and New Year are past, it's time to look ahead and start planning lots of projects to try. 

This will be another busy year I'm sure. My daughter is now halfway through her teacher training. I am so happy that she is now on the perfect career path for her. I think she will be a great teacher!

We have a family wedding in August. My nephew Neil is getting married. So that will be a trip to Ireland to look forward too. And on the work front, I have put a request in to work 4 days a week. Call it pre-retirement if you like. I have worked full time for as long as I can remember but I have been struggling over the last few years. I want more time to do the things I love. So I am hoping an extra day a week will help that.

As some of you know I have been doing the odd workshop at McOyster Paper Crafts in Cupar. I will be doing some new classes this year. Adrian and I have agreed dates for the first two.


Setting the Scene - Saturday 9th February

This workshop is all about creating little scenes using ink blending and masks. We did this in the Christmas workshop but I was asked by a few customers for more ideas that weren't wintery. The card with the cowboys on the fence is just there as an example. One of the shop's other tutors Pamela will be doing a workshop using that die.

Here are my examples:


This is a card I designed last year for a magazine commission. I thought it would be a nice simple idea to start off with.


I love Oriental style cards. I bought this die in Adrians shop and I just think it is so effective. It reminds me so much of the designs on a willow pattern plate.


As soon as I saw this stamp set from Visible Image, I knew I would use it lots and I have. I just love the owl flying across the moon. 



This is the sample I mentioned using the two cowboys on a fence die!! Such a great die for men's cards. 


Vintage Dress Form Monolith - Saturday 23rd March

This my first mixed media class for McOyster Crafts. Visible Image make these MDF monoliths. They are freestanding and reversible. I thought they would make a great base to create a mixed media project. This class shows you some basic techniques which I am hoping will inspire you to try your own ideas at home. 


We will use texture paste and stencils, black gesso, mica sprays and waxes. 




I am still finding my way in the world of mixed media, but trying to develop my own style. Be prepared to get a bit messy in this class, so if you have an old apron please bring it with you. 



If you are interested in joining me on any of these classes then please contact the shop. They have a Facebook page (just google McOyster Paper Crafts)  or phone Adrian on 
01334 654606.

KEEP CRAFTING!!!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Winterland Woods Continued

I am now trying to get my own Christmas cards made. So to make it easier on myself I thought I would batch some using the gorgeous stag from the Winterland Woods set. I had also bought a while ago some of the new deep embossing folders from Tim Holtz. And they are fantastic!! I especially love the floral one as it reminds me of old damask material. And the lumber one worked really well with the stag. 
Next time my son is home I will get him to show me how to put images of products onto the end of a post. But sadly that is beyond my limited IT skills at the moment.
Anyway here are some of the cards I have been making!!











Once my Christmas cards are finished I will be working on samples for new workshops at McOyster Crafts for next year. I have some ideas floating around.

Thanks for all of you who came to my workshops this year. I have enjoyed dipping my toe back into the craft world and hope to see some of you next year.

I also want to thank Sue who gave me my very own storage box for my round applicator pads. All the Distress Oxide ink colours on sheets with velcro strips - perfect!! 

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Winterland Wood Workshop

I am now all ready for my workshop this Saturday at McOyster Crafts in Cupar. I have enjoyed playing with this set of stamps. They stamp beautifully and are perfect for creating winter scenes. As this is a special workshop which includes the stamp set I have put together a display board with some other ways to use this set. I will leave the board in the shop after Saturday's workshop. 
All I have to do now is to persuade Adrian to stock Bazzill card and I will be a happy bunny!!

Here are the cards from the board.










































Thursday, 20 September 2018

Christmas Workshops

I have finally finished my samples for the Indigo Blu "Winterland Wood" workshop I hope to do at McOyster Crafts in Cupar.
We have two dates:
Saturday 13th October and possibly
Saturday 10th November if there is enough interest.



We will be making 3 cards and a small gift bag: 

1. 

 I love creating little scenes and the tree in this set is just perfect for this.

2. 

Another scene, another chance to use the adorable little rabbits!!


3.

I just love this snowflake engraved reindeer. I wanted a scandi feel to this one using kraft card.It looks great in red or navy as well. 

4. 


And finally a little gift bag. This is a perfect size for small gifts like jewellery, gin miniatures (or any miniatures!!), sweets, tablet, fudge etc. It's also a nice size for a Christmas table gift instead of/as well a cracker.

The price includes the set of stamps. 
If you are interested please get in touch with Adrian at McOyster Crafts in Cupar. Check out their Facebook page for contact details.


Saturday, 25 August 2018

Christmas Workshops at McOyster Crafts

I have been asked about doing some Christmas workshops at McOyster Crafts. I have discussed with Adrian the idea of doing a special workshop with a set of stamps from Indigo Blu. The cost of the workshop will include the stamp set. So as well as having your own stamps to work with, we will make at least 4 projects to give you loads of ideas to try at home!!
Here is the set I plan to use:




This set would be lovely for lots of occasions, not just Christmas. Once I have finished making the samples I will post them on my blog. 
Dates have yet to be arranged but there will be a Saturday in October and again in November if there is enough interest. I think the cost will be around £30 which is great value as the stamps are nearly £20 and we will make at least 4 projects. I am hoping to get the samples finished in the next couple of weeks.
Please message Adrian at McOyster Crafts if you are interested just to help him plan for ordering stock.
Have a good weekend!!

Just adding to this post.... I have been playing this afternoon and have my first sample done!!



I love the two little bunnies, I think they just finish off the card!!
Siobhan x

Monday, 6 August 2018

Workshop coming up!!!

Hi 
My next workshop at McOyster Crafts in Cupar is this Saturday 11th August. There is a morning class from 10am to 1pm and then an afternoon class from 2pm to 5pm. 
The cards for this class are shown in my previous post. We will be using plastic stencils/masks to create different backgrounds. Three cards, tea and coffee and lovely crafty ladies to blether to .. what more could you want!!
If interest please contact Adrian at McOyster Crafts. Details are on their facebook page.

I have been playing with some of my new Visible Image stamps to make up a sample board for the shop. I am loving them!! The hummingbird set was my new favourite "Life is Beautiful"





Then I bought "Dare to Swim" and "Create Your Calm"...... what can I say!! They are all lovely, great quality polymer stamps.




I also recently bought "Jazz it Up" thinking it would be great for masculine cards. Teamed up with Visible Image stencils, I love it too!!




McOyster Crafts have a great selection of Visible Image stamps and stencils. No doubt my collection will continue to grow.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Using Masks for Backgrounds

With all this amazing weather it has been difficult to tear myself away from the garden to craft!! But I have finally put together my samples for a 4th workshop at McOyster Crafts in Cupar. 
I have called this one "Using Masks for Creating Backgrounds" Masks are fairly inexpensive and can be used in so many ways. I use them a lot in my own card making and thought they would make a fun class. This workshop explores 3 easy techniques that would be ideal for crafter's who have bought masks and then not really used them. 
I hope to follow this with a more advanced class.

The first technique is just using inks through the stencil to create quick and easy backgrounds. 


The first two cards are made using a plaid mask to create quick backgrounds that can be used for girly or masculine cards.




The next two samples use a water lifting technique. I used this technique before in a previous workshop but took it one step further using a glimmer spray.




 The final sample uses embossing paste and glitters to create a pretty background to please anyone who loves a bit of bling!!


This class will be most probably be in August. So keep an eye out on McOyster Crafts Facebook page or contact Adrian for details. 

Siobhan x
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