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Hi I'm Clare, I live in the South West of England in the seaside town of Torquay. I adore playing with inks, paints and generally getting messy. It is the calm place which fits in between my hectic life whilst working as an outreach support worker, looking after my son, daughter, foster son and hubby. Not forgetting our gorgeous springer spaniel, Suzi.

Monday 19 June 2017

Jumping for Jofy Joy!

Good evening all.  As you can tell, I am more than a little excited about my post this evening!  I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Paperartsy's newest release of Jofy stamps. 

Jofy's new stamps are so delightfully, doodlicious I decided to use them all in my first project.

I started off with my gelli plate, printing a couple of masterboards for the flowers and leaves and also some deli papers for the frame.  I used Paperartsy Fresco acrylic paints:- Prawn, Tangerine twist & Butternut (from Tracy Scott's limited edition) & Egg plant along with some gold.

I stamped the flowers and leaves and patiently fussy cut them out so I could create my layered blooms.

Onto a cardboard frame I painted with Paperartsy fresco acrylic :- Nougat.  I applied some of the pieces of my printed deli paper with matt medium to the frame.  Some of the leaves were stamped directly onto the frame,  just to give me an idea of positioning.  Using all of my cut out blooms and foliage I adhered them to the frame.

Now I did seem to go from one extreme to the other for this next project but I only chose to use two stamps!  Onto a sheet that had been prepared with Sunset beach Infusions and Fresco Acrylic paint I stamped the leaf, multiple times and one of the large circle flowers to create a layered bloom.  Alert.... more fussy cutting!  I carefully arranged them onto a blank card so that the luscious petals of my bloom had plenty of layers.

Never throw anything away!  I'm sure that you don't?  I do love leftovers and I always try to be resourceful and utilise anything that gets left behind.  A piece of the Sunset Beach Infusions card was perfect for this little bookmark/tag


I added a little white doodling of my own and some pearly dots to embellish my tag.

Last but not least a few more of my crafty makes that I enjoyed experimenting with whilst playing with these gorgeous new stamps.  Remember to pop over to the Paperartsy blog for details of who will be stocking these yummy new designs.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I love to hear your thoughts and comments, please feel free to do so below or if you fancy keeping tabs on what I get up to next hit the follow button above, the more the merrier!

Crafty Hugs,

Clare x x x

Thursday 1 June 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #37 A year of choices

Good morning to you all!  It's the start of a new month and the start of a new challenge At Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  This month we are re-visiting the past 12 months and you have an extensive choice of themes to play with.

Our Sponsor for this June's challenge is Donna Downey Studio which comes along with a prize of $50 gift certificate to their store.  

So I chose the theme where I very first started with MMMC and opted for 'Reach for the Stars'

On a 12 x 12 canvas I glued down die cut stars which had been cut from a sheet of Dylusions sprayed card.

I painted loosely over the top with Dina Wakley acrylics using  the colours lime, turquoise and night.

Using a variety of  stencils I went over my canvas.  I love these colours!  I think I'm going to a journal spread using these.

I needed to decide where everything was going to go so using the stencils I made some marks for my stars.

Using cherry pie and white linen Dylusions paint, I blended around my stars.  I added the stencil by Donna Downey - crescent moon using more Dina Wakley acrylics - Night. Using some 3D gel I added some more stars over the top through the Dylusions star stencil.

I also added in some stamped stars using one of Seth Apters star stamps.  Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Be sure to head over to MMMC and check out the rules and pop your entry on the blog .

Happy crafting, 

Clare đŸ˜˜