Saturday 19 January 2019

Album part 2...

Back again to share more of the mini album or journal I created. A few details, some photos and I've quickly made a flip through video. Any questions I've not answered just leave a comment and I'll reply. I really appreciate all the interest and lovely comments and for many reasons I'm so glad I was given this creative opportunity.

Grid background stamped, masked and then stamped again to create a larger background with WOW seafoam white EP

Yes it's a trimmed down version of the Eileen Hull travel journal. Olive tree infusions throughout and the gold splats are Winsor and Newton gold metallic ink, you only need a tiny amount watered down, a little goes a long, long way. The ink just has that bling I wanted and soaks into the cartridge paper.

The hand is stamped with infusions. To recap, use versamark on the stamp first then rub in a little infusions, spritz and stamp onto cartridge paper, dry with heat gun and then splat with the gold ink or splat before drying; I used both ways in the album. The infusions will reactivate when they get wet and just mingle a little more. You can also re spritz with water to get a few impressions.

The pages were decorated after assembly to give unity to the lay outs and I used pieces of spare cartridge paper under the sheet edges to protect the pages below and in the process realised I'd got some great coordinating paper to use on the edges of other pages.

I used archival ink in two tones for most of the other stamping and WOW bonding powder on the die cuts to enable me to add some foiling.

Here's the video and as it's a walk through you can just pause to see the pages in more detail. No audio on this occasion.

Lastly just to show the versatility of the stamps, a simply stamped card in subdued colours with some bling. I love subdued, neutral colours with a touch of bling.

My top 3 favourite stamps from the A5 sets are on this, the spring, watch and sketchy spiral. My favourites from the minis are the hand and seek....but that's if I really have to choose!

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs Ruth xx

Thursday 17 January 2019

New Seth Apter stamps at PaperArtsy!!

Hi everyone, super excited to be sharing my 'playtime' with the fabulous new Seth Apter stamps over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight! The stamps were released yesterday with 2 A5 plates and lots of minis!!
Inspiration really hit me with these and I used them all in creating a mini album. I'll be back soon with a run through of the album but will just share a couple of pics to whet your appetite...hop across for more details.

Front, loving the seek mini and grid stamps

Circles, circles, I do love circles. White embossing powder, fresco paint, infusions and of course gold....what's not to love!

Can't wait to show you what's inside!

Ruth x

Thursday 6 December 2018

It's got to be Christmas at Stamps and Stencils...

Hi everyone and welcome to what will be our last challenge at Stamps and Stencils...... here's Sue to explain... 'It's Sue here with you today for the start of the new challenge but also the end of a journey. The December challenge will be the last one for Stamps and Stencils, we have had a lot of fun over the three years we have been together but now it's time for a change in direction. I personally want to thank everyone who has visited us and those who have participated in our challenges. I also want to thank the Design Team for producing fantastic projects month after month and some amazing Inspirational Posts. So now it's time to share the theme for this last challenge. It's got to be Christmas! Possibly predictive but as everyone gets busy for the festive season time seems to disappear at a fast pace, so we're keeping it simple . For this challenge we want to keep it festive and see your Christmas themed creations, just remember it must be mixed media and include stamping and/or stenciling.

All things come to an end so to wrap things up for this challenge (see what I did there!) I've created a snowflake gift box.

Lid on...

Lid off...

So to start - this was a container which I coated with gesso and then went mixed media mad, adding loads of textures, with stamps and stencils and all manner of pastes, sprays and glitter. See a gap and fill it!

Not forgetting the lid....just a touch of glitter...


Tiny art stones

Die cut snowflakes and distress glitter

Crackle and gilding wax

A lovely soft green and icy blue give a wintry feel....warmed and softened with gold

And to put the lid on things...

Hope you'll be inspired to join in with our challenge, the DT have pulled out all the stops to finish the year and close on a high, hope you'll across to have a look.

I just want to take this opportunity to thank Sue and team members, past and present for being a joy to work with and providing such wonderful inspiration...I've enjoyed the journey! Ruth xx