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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Hi, just a quick hello to let you see the card I made for my sister.
 I started with Mustard seed, Rusty hinge and Black soot Distress Inks for the background with a spritz of  Radiant Rain - Shimmering Mist in copper.
 Indigo Blu "Wild Meadow" stamps were used, and I stamped the butterfly on Clearly for art, coloured it with alcohol inks from Spectrum Noir pens and Adirondack blending solution to blend and soften the colours.
 I hope your weather hasn't caused you too much worry lately.
We've had terrible strong winds and heavy rainy weather for a good few days in UK.
It's been much better here today, I even enjoyed a bit of warmth from the sun.
Thanks for visiting.
Alexandra x

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Rusty's portrait... work in progress

Hi, I just thought I'd share a portrait I'm doing for Celeste. She asked me if I would do a portrait of her DH's dog Rusty when she commented on Kath's lovely boy, Buddy's portrait I did in July.
I asked her if she wanted me to do a colour portrait instead of the graphite ones I've been doing here so far. The last coloured pencil work I'd done was around 10 years ago or maybe more so I'd forgotten it is a much longer process to complete (around 16 hrs so far), but I'm getting there.

So for you Celeste, this is a peak of how your lovely wee dog's portrait is coming along .

I shouldn't be long finishing it now. I've worked on it more since this photo.

Alexandra x

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Make Art Challenge #50 tag and a big THANKS!

Hi everyone, Thanks for popping by, and welcome to my wee blog.

I got a wonderful package in the post yesterday. I'm still smiling yet.

Lori, our most wonderful and talented list mom on the Everything Wendy Vecchi group recently posted me a prize for taking part in, and winning a game of Bingo in the group last month.
.... I still can't believe I won!! lol.

Below is the content of the box that arrived yesterday, all the wonderful goodies she so generously sent to me.

 I couldn't believe there was so much in the box. The spagetti mix of grey in the bottom was a huge pack of chipboard letters, so I couldn't help myself spelling out what I was thinking at the time! lol

Here's a close up of the beautiful tag she sent me too. It's gorgeous! The rose was glazed too but this doesn't show up in the photo. The pretty clear crystal next to the pearl doesn't show much at the top either, but it's there, if you look for it.

THANK YOU so much Lori. I'm sure I'll have lots of fun playing with this lot.

If you've not checked out Lori's blog yet, I recommend you do, her artwork is gorgeous.

This is the 50th Make Art Challenge in the yahoo EWV group, this time we've to use the techniques Tim Holtz shared in the Stamptember video on Simon Says Stamp's Blog here, and use at least one Wendy stamp or the stamps from one set, as Tim did on his video.
I made time this morning, to make a tag.

This is my entry for the MAC #50.

I really enjoyed creating this one. I used Distress Stains in "Faded jeans" and "Peeled paint", as I didn't have metalic DS, so I used "Egyptian gold" Radiant Rain Colour Concentrate dauber. I stamped using Black Archival and also with the same two DI colours I used in stains, and of course, Wendy Vecchi's beautiful "Botanical Art" stamp set (I used all but 2 stamps from this set)

Thanks for visiting and checking what I've been up to.
Please let me know you've been here by leaving me a comment. I love hearing from you.

Alexandra x

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Hidden Fairies

I've been having a play with some of my new silhouette stamps. I treated myself to a few new sets, I've made this card using  A Little Bit Scenic stamp set from Sheena Douglass called Hidden Fairies it's great to work with, I don't usually go for fairies but these were lovely and the leafy swirl and ivy leaves are gorgeous. The background is created using Luminarte Radient Rain daubers and spray with a touch of DI's too. I stamped the swirls and leaves with a pigment black ink, this actually took on the green of the background or maybe it has a green tinge that I just hadn't noticed before or maybe is because just a old pad? nuff rambling, I liked how it stamped anyway. I stamped the wee fairy with IndigoBlu Flitter glue and used guilding flakes on her, I thought this would make her shine as I imagine fairies should. Well she's no longer hidden, she's shiny and metallic, lol.
I really love those ivy leaves though, they're so realistic when stamped. I stamped a few extras and cut these out to add dimension.
Thanks for visiting and please let me know you've been here and what you think.
I love to hear from you.
Alexandra x

Friday, 7 September 2012

I've not forgotten about you

Sorry I've not been around for a while but the past month seems to have zipped by.
First of all welcome and thanks to all you lovely people who visit and have choose to follow my wee blog.
I've been doing a bit of drawing not a lot else art or craftywise, unless purchasing new stamps and putting them on EZmount counts, since my last post nearly a full month ago.
I can hardly believe the time that's gone by. My garden, dogs, family and work stuff is pretty much taking my clock each day and spinning the hands to ultra quick time, before I know it, it's bedtime then it all starts again.
Yikes! I need more hours in the day.
Anyway, I thought I'd share another couple of pretty flowers sketches I completed a few weeks ago, just to say thanks for returning here to check out my blog.
The first digi is a Calendula....

....and this one is Pinks.
Enjoy these and please let me know what you think. I love reading your comments. If you want to share these please point folks back to my blog and if you use these to create something I'd love for you to let me know. I'd love to see it.
I'm hoping to get a chance to play with my new stamps soon. I hope to be back soon with more art and creations soon.
Thanks for visiting
Alexandra xx