Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Bit of Tradition

Today I have a couple more cards for you using my new stamps, these ones are pretty traditional in their colours. 

I have used patterned paper for my backgrounds, layering them up and then adding a tag that I swiped with paint to match. 

I love how this flower lends itself to lots of layers.. 

I think this has to be one of my favourite samples, typically Christmassy with lots of bling. 

The holly leaves are from my older Christmas collection EDY04 Here they are embossed with WOW embossing powder in Primary Evergreen. They work perfectly to frame the stockings which are painted simply and then blinged up with stickles and liquid pearls. 

All these stamps are available from your favourite PaperArtsy retailer. 

Darcy x

Sunday, 4 October 2015


Did you pick up your copy of Craft Stamper yet? if not go and get your copy then you will get my free Sugar Skull stamp. Inside the magazine there are some ideas for using the stamp, but I love it so much I decided to make some more, so here is a skele-cat for you. 

Ages ago, like way back in Februaury I made this cat.. It is just 2 pieces of calico, pinned and stitched.. 

Then it was stuffed and given 2 coats of gesso.. 

Then I lost inspiration and had no idea how I wanted to decorate it, so it sat unloved in a drawer for several months. I finally decided to make it shabby chic and started by applying a few coats of different browns. 

I really liked this base, but again I got stuck with what to do next. 

Then my lil skull stamp came out in the Craft Stamper magazine, and I knew I wanted to use it on the cat. But how.. I searched around and found THESE, now they are wooden and my little cat is just stuffed fabric, but I really liked the overall look. 

So I started over and painted it black. 

I painted some tissue white and then stamped the skull and some extra flowers from the top of the skull. I coloured all these using Pitt pens. I glued them on with Satin glaze. 

I also started adding patterns with paint and posca pens. 

I also stamped some roses from HP1104, leaves from EDY12 and the butterfly from HP1506. These were all coloured with Pitt pens. 

Again they were glued on with Satin glaze. 

I added the butterfly to the back of the head. 

Here is the finished back. 

I gave the whole thing another coat of satin glaze to seal everything in. 

I felt it needed something else, so I added the wire whiskers. 

Hope you liked that, sugar skulls can be fun. I look forward to seeing what you make with your stamp. 

Darcy x

Friday, 2 October 2015

To be or not to be...

Christmas .. that is.. or when is a Christmas stamp not a Christmas stamp?? ok enough of riddles. I wanted to show how some of my new Christmas stamps could be used for everyday projects. 

So here are a couple of cards. 

This one uses Prima Belle Rouge paper pad(6x6) The paper is so pretty that with just the addition of my circle stamp, a sentiment (old Banana Frog) and my trees I think it makes for a sweet little card. Perfect for any occasion. 

I snipped my way around the trees to omit the dots of snow and Voila! they become everday trees. You could do them in spring greens or autumns browns/reds. 

The circle layers up perfectly and is just big enough for this tiny hello. 

here is card number 2. This one uses paper by Crafty Individuals, again an old one ( Book 5, Travels in Italy) 

Layered simply onto music paper and dyed muslin..

Darcy x

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Calendar Challenge : October

hi everyone, welcome to the October calendar challenge. 

A reminder of the rules for this month.. 

1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - use water,bleach,rubbing alcohol to remove colour to create a pattern
3. Add – add something or use the style of a famous artist. Tell us which artist and why you like them. 
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from October 1st 2015

Here is how my calendar started... Mona.. 

I decided to keep the background.. as for my famous artist, I chose Banksy. I love his bold graphic images, they always make me smile. They just seem perfect for the age we live in. 

I started to black out all the dark areas and shadows. 

and then I added the white.. 

I did say I would keep the background. and I will.... I just need to cover it up first. 

I added several shades of brown. 

Using a brick wall stencil and some rubbing alcohol I began to rub back the brown paints, this bring the original background back to the surface. 

Once the bricks were in place I added some grungy bits of white at the edges. 

Here is the top part finished. The original background now shows as the bricks. 

On the bottom I used the same browns, stencilled in some bricks and added some little rats in honour of the Banksy rats. 

and the whole of the bottom page.. 

The two pages together.. 

Hope you like her.. 

Here are the rules for November. 

1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - make it shiny... anything metallic, paint, sprays, waxes,metal embellishments
3. Add – theme, make your page mythical and magical, anything fantasy
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from November 1st 2015

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Published At Last!!!

I am so excited... sooooooooo excited.  I will be in  the issue of Craft Stamper that goes on sale this week ( some of you may already have it if you are a subscriber)

Not only am I inside, but I have designed the free cover stamp!!! how cool is that. 

Here is my sugar skull stamp on the front cover of the magazine... 

Inside I have some projects made with the stamp.... I have a couple of sneaks for you, but if you want to see them in full you will need to go get yourself a copy of the magazine. 

If you follow this LINK to the Craft Stamper site you will see one of the projects. 

So giddy hahahaha off to conquer the world now lol

Darcy x

Monday, 28 September 2015

Snowman Tag

Hi everyone, here is a cute Snowman Tag, love this lil guy!

It starts with a blend of Spanish Mulberry, Mermaid and Beach Hut. 

I brayered on some white then I added snowlakes from EDY04 using Mermaid. 

I painted some tissue white and stamped the snowman from EDY15,  coloured him in and added stickles and liquid pearls. 

The text is stamped onto smoothy painted with Spanish Mulberry, white dots were added with a posca pen. 

Some larger dots of white were added around the tag with Snowflake Fresco paint and the end of a paintbrush. 

Grab a snowman stamp for yourself from your favourite PaperArtsy retailer. 
Darcy x

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Miss. Noelle

helloooo.. I bet you were wondering if I would do a big haired girl? well I have and here she is.. 

Meet Miss. Noelle. 

I started with heavy smoothy card and a quick sketch. 

I began to work on the face using Chalk, Rose, Irish Cream, Pumpkin Soup and Haystack. 

Adding, refining, smoothing.. 

Next I gave her a red hairband using London Bus and Blood Orange. 

and the start of some green hair using Tinned Peas. 

Then I went back to her face to finish the eyes.. 

The hair is going to be all holly, so I started added that into the background using EDY04. I also blocked in the background using Smurf and China.. 

I added text from EDY03 and then snowflakes from EDY04. 

Next I added the reindeer from EDY16. I used WOW embossing powder in Vintage Peacock directly onto the card to stamp the antlers. Then I painted some card with Captain Peacock and Metalic Glaze and embossed the rest of the body, this was cut out and glued in place on the hand.

See how shiny.. 

I stamped the baubles from EDY16 and coloured them using Caran d'Ache Fibralo pens. I also added liquid pearls and stickles. The tops of these are the perfect sixe to be punched out using the small hole on a cropadile. 

Here is the rest of the hair filled in with Tinned Peas. 

 and the rest of the background stamped with leaves. You can just see the small trees from EDY16 resting on top of the hairband. I shaded in between all the holly using Holly Fresco. and lightened up some of the leaves using Hey Pesto. 

More holly leaves, some stamped in black archival then coated with gloss glaze, some embossed with WOW Earth Olive and some embossed with WOW Evergreen. 

I painted some tissue white, then stamped and coloured just the snowman heads from EDY15

Here they are in place... who remembers wearing Deely Boppers in the 80's???
I added some white paint onto the small trees as snow, and the baubles are glued in place. 

her arm looked bare, so I added the hanging bow from EDY04.. not sure if it is a tattoo or a bracelet. 

More smoothy painted with London Bus and the poinsettia flower stamped. The buttons were stamped onto Captain Peacock.. i love the contrast. 

and finally some stars stamped with WOW Gold Pearl. These were cut out and dotted around the hair. 

The flowers and loose leaves were all glued in place and the title added at the bottom. I added some shading to the flowers using Pitt pens, some shadows with a stabilo pencil and some more dots of liquid pearls and stickles here and there. 

I love the dimension and movement created with the loose leaves. 

Hope you enjoyed that. 
Darcy x