Friday, 25 November 2016

Long overdue blog post

I guess I'm just like the rest of you guys, feeling that 2016 has zapped by at the speed of light. I've actually had a couple of emails from loyal followers asking me if I'm OK as it's been so long since I posted anything on my blog. I was so touched to think that you were worried about about me and I can assure you that I am fine, but thank you so much for caring.

I have two main reasons for my absence, one of which is that it's that time of year again when I am working on secret squirrel stuff, so there's a lot going on behind the scenes which I am sworn to secrecy about. The second reason was that Mark and I took a fabulous holiday on the beautiful island of Mauritius. We were both very ready for a break and longed for some sunshine to recharged our batteries and Mauritius certainly ticked all our boxes.

The sunsets were spectacular!!!

We took a trip on a mini submarine which seated about 10 people plus the captain. All I can say is Wow! If you ever get the opportunity to do this, you should, it's one of the best things we have ever done.

Not the best photograph in the world, but it really felt like this fish was laughing at us.

I do love waterfalls and this was one of many that we saw.

 Our trip to the botanical gardens was also pretty amazing.

I loved how fabulous our hotel looked at night.

Dinner on the beach at our hotel.

It was such a brilliant holiday and I'm really missing that sunshine right now! 

I have spent a little bit of time over the last few weeks be creative. I signed up for the best on line class I have ever taken, with the super talented Laly Mille. I have admired her work for quite some time and when she announced she was going to be offering an on line class, I was first in the queue to sign up. Laly is one of the best teachers I know and am thoroughly enjoyed her style and laid back approach. I know that the class is sold out, but I can highly recommend a visit to her website and sign up for any newsletters so that you get to hear about any future class plans she might have up her sleeve.

I'm not going to share the details of how these canvases were made, that wouldn't be fair to Laly or the other students who paid for the class, but I wanted to share them with you as they were created using photos from our trip to Mauritius.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Journal Pages

Today I thought I would share a few recent journal pages with you using my latest stamp releases from PaperArtsy.

The background is a collage of papers, blended into the background with some thick gesso. I added some Infusions and blended in some Distress Crayons too.

This ready made ATC size card was the perfect fit for the leaf from ELB30.

I used some washi tape to create a hinge.

Another pre-printed tag from my stash, this time for the leaf from ELB29

I actually created a background on the page behind this double page spread so that I could create a pocket to store little tags and envelopes.

The next pages uses similar techniques but I restricted the colours to white, teal/turquoise and sepia. As well as my own new stamps, I used some of the fabulous new stamps by Seth Apter. I just love how his stamps works so beautifully with mine.

My third and final page is one that I created quite a while ago but I realised that I hadn't shared it here on my blog. I had found an image in a magazine that I really liked and combined it with one of my all time favourite Hot Picks (HP1507).

I hope you have managed to find a little time this weekend to get creative. 
Lin x

Monday, 29 August 2016

Step by Step

Today I thought I would share a little step by step tutorial of one of my Stevenage samples for those of you who were unable to go to the show.

This Kraft paper journal page started life with a very rough base coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

A sprinkle of "Golden Sands" and "Are You Cerise" Infusions adds a splash of colour to the page. After spritzing with water to activate the Infusions, I dried them pretty quickly to stop the brown part of the Infusions developing too much.

Ooops, I appear to have lost the left side of this photo but hopefully, you'll see that I stamped the very fine script from ELB30   in the centre of my page and scribbled a square border using a Sharpie pen. I masked off the bottom of the square, ready for the next step.

My favourite stamp of the moment is this beautiful grassy stamp which creates the focal point of my collage. With the addition of a few stars and the "Dream" stamp (all from (ELB30), it completes my simple collage. I then used some water colours for the finishing touches to the grass, stars and border. 

This next page uses the same technique but the stamps are from ELB29.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

I Have New Stamps!!!!!

Here's a little sneaky peek of a sample that I made using some of my brand new PaperArtsy stamps. Click here to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog for all the details!!!!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

More journal pages

Feeling like I've got the journal bug again, here's a couple more of my recent journal pages. Both have backgrounds that started out as simple Infusions backgrounds.

The pages were painted with a light layer of Gesso and while it was still wet, I sprinkled on some of PaperArtsy's Infusions. I then spritzed with water ans watched the magic happen. I loved how the Infusions blended with the Gesso to give a more muted look.

Short and sweet post today. I'm off to investigate the activity of the wasp nest in our porch. Mark sprayed it with a foam last night.......not sure it has done the job yet though!!!!

Lin x

Friday, 22 July 2016

Feeling the need to be creative!!!

It's been quite a while since I had the opportunity to create a page in my journal and I have to say, I have really missed it. Don't get me wrong, I have been doing some arty work but that's all hush, hush, top secret stuff for the time being!!! I just wanted to grab some paint, a few favourite stamps and see what happens. This is the result.

PaperArtsy's  Lynne Perrella stamps are some of my all time favourites. When I saw this pair of curtains in a magazine, I hoped that one of Lynne's images would fit behind them perfectly....... and it did!!! I used this image from LPC004.

Hope everyone has a fun weekend.
L. x

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

30th & 31st July 2016

Are you free on the weekend of 30th and 31st July 2016????? Fancy sharing a creative weekend????? I have a few spaces on this fun, two day class that is filled to the brim with exciting techniques using PaperArtsy's new Infusions, Distress Crayons, Grunge Paste and all manner of paint techniques. Day one will be exploring said techniques and day two will be spent putting you new found skills into practice in your journal.

Click here for all the booking details. It would be fab if you could join me, it's going to be a busy weekend!!!