Friday, August 30, 2013

Canvas ~ Lindy's Stampgang Aug colour challenge

Hello Friends!

I have to apologise before hand for the poor photo quality! We are having the most terrible storm winds forcing me to take my photo's indoors...Days like these I seriously consider getting myself a Light Tent. I created another canvas piece for the August colour challenge by Lindy's Stampgang. This month colours are very warm and vibrant and I used all four of them.

I created little mini canvasses using the same UTEE technique as previous,  I promise this will be the last one for a while...just knew it would be suitable to create these abstract canvasses.

On the square pieces of chipboard I used the following LSG Starburst Sprays; Grab a Guy Gold... and TiffanyLou Blue  and the new FlatFabio; Queen of Hearts Red .

The background was sprayed with Starburst; Cranberry Mist Burgundy. The circle chippy was embossed with Stampendeous Aged Ivory and Rose embossing enamel.


Showing again the three steps followed to create this look...First a double coat of white UTEE, stamped with permanent brown ink into the warm UTEE. Inked with spray's and set with my heat gun.

The canvass was first inked with Grab a Guy Gold, Queen of Hearts Red and TiffanyLou Blue mists.

Embossed with clear ink and embossing powder. Inked with Cranberry Mist Burgundy and the embossing removed with a warm iron and paper towels. I inked the canvas beforehand for I wanted the colours to show behind the darker background. 

Thank you for your visit...have a pleasant weekend...

Thursday, August 29, 2013


A canvas created with Lindy's Stampgang Mists...

I received 6 Gorgeous sprays and 3 delightful Embossing Powders from Tracey as a thank you gift after the DT call...and I decided to create a canvas incorporating all these products at once!

These are what I received...
The new Flat Fabio; Queen of Hearts Red and the new Starburst; Mad Hatter Mint ...
Alpine Ice Rose, Icy Primrose Gold, Frosted Forget-Me-Nots, VaVaVaVroom Violet
Two Tone Embossing Powders; Dessert Moon Turquoise, Spring Leaf Chartreuse, Terra Cotta Plum.

 ( As always...zoom in by double clicking...)

I opted to go the softer way on this canvas due to the colours...Just did not feel like messy and grungy was the way to display the pastels this time...I will explain the techniques used for the background at the end of the post.

On the frame I once again used the UTEE embossing as I did on the Photo Album...Just love the effect I get this way, and it's so much fun playing with the mists and UTEE...Here I used the Mad Hatter Mint Starburst...a lovely Green! The script was stencilled with Texture Paste and I used the three embossing powders on it. A tip...after sprinkling the powder on the paste, allow the paste to dry a bit before heating, the powder on first corner took forever to melt because the paste had to dry as well...
I painted the flourish with the Icy Primrose Gold Mist.

Look at the texture achieved with the UTEE and Mist...

The lovaly lace is from Tresore de Luxe... I coloured it as well with the Icy Primrose Gold. Three of the Petaloo flowers were coloured with Queen of Hearts Red mist.

I Die-cut three Butterlies, sprayed them with the Queen of Hearts Red and layered them. I have to say that I am not a lover of the colour red...but this is one of the loveliest reds I have come across! As it is a Flat Fabio, I decided to not add any other product in order to display the true colour of the mist. I did not take a close enough photo, but I did paint the antlers with the VaVaVaVroom Violet! I did want to use all the colours, but this one was just to vibrant to use more directly on the canvas....

Using the gold and green mists on the Prima Window gave it a lovely gilded look. I am going to send this as a gift to a friend...Hope she will enjoy the textures of the frame and the canvas...


I stumbled across this technique recently and would love to give credit...but I can not for the love of me remember who and were I saw it! Apology's there for, but thank you for sharing a great technique!
On my canvas I stamped with clear embossing ink and powder and heat set it with my heatgun.

I sprayed with Alpine Ice Rose, Frosted Forget-Me-Nots and Icy Primrose Gold. Here one can see the embossed flourishes...

This is the result after I ironed the embossing off. Simply place a piece of kitchen towel over the embossing and use an iron to heat and absorb the embossing...This leaves you with a beautiful distressed motif without the bulk or shine from the embossing...neat effect, don't you think?

Thank you once again for visiting my Blog...

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
 It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. 
 We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.  

~Albert Schweitzer~

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I will never Forget...

Good evening Blog friends...

Today's post is going to be a short one just explaining some of what I did on this LO ... The reason is that today I can feel the pain of Fibromyalgia creeping up good and solid again...Won't bore you with it, sufficient to say that shoulders, arms and hands are hurting, and mind not!

These photos are of Michelle end of 2005 after achieving her National colours in Dancing resulting in our trip to New York where she competed in several dance items. What makes her achievements even more worth while is the fact that she at the age of 15 choreographed her own dances and designed her costumes...I just had the honour of doing the sequence work on them...and this is the journal point of this LO...

"I will never forget...the hours spend working on thousand of sequences and mini beads onto your costumes! I so enjoyed sitting at rehearsals with my containers full of beads and sequences, watching you and your fellow dances perfecting routines... What I did not enjoy, was when those containers fell from my lap and we had to scavenge the floors picking up beads...I can still see me and the other Mums and kiddies hunting the floors for beads...such good memories! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do all your costumes for you..."

I used some Imaginarium Design chipboard elements, Mirrored Bracket Frame and Clock and Compass. They were inked with  Distress Embossing Ink and dusted with several colours of Perfect Pearls.

I added a flower and some Crystals from Zva Creative.

I did some distressing of my papers with several punches and added some fibres to the LO.

This is the sketch for August...

Till a next time
Keep well

Friday, August 16, 2013

Aug 2013 ~ Altered Photo Album

Hello every one...

For today's post I altered a photo Album cover for a friend who wants to gift it to her daughter and Son in Law as a wedding gift...The colours she asked for are Blue, White and Gray/Silver, and I added some yellowy Gold for some contrast.

I added some mixed media and quite some texture to the album. I glued some Lou's Heart Shapes down before I covered it all with Gesso and layers of Lindy's Stampgang Mists.

I adore how I was able to manipulate the Window with Shutters to fit the spine of the album as well.

On the back cover of the album I used a Lattice Door with, as the front window, a piece of FabScraps paper stuck to it. The embellishments are from Prima.

The treatment of my chippies are as follows...I embossed them with two layers of white UTEE, and while the UTEE was still warm, I stamped it with a stamp inked with brown ink. I then misted it with the following inks from Lindy's...Blue Hawaiian Blue,  Whale Watch Blue and Azure Sea Asters. I kept drying with a heat gun, moving the inks around until they settled in and around the nooks left by the stamping.

Apart from the blue's, I also used Grab a Guy Gold and Glory of the Seas Gold on the page.


This is what the window looks like after being embossed and stamped...

I used the following Imaginarium Design Chipboard pieces...

Lou's Heart Shapes
IDDL 0015

Window with Lattice and Shutters
IDS 0016

Lattice Door
IDS 0038

Hope you enjoyed this project and are encouraged to try this technique yourself...Please feel free to leave a message as I love reading them and it might give you a chance to win yourself a price pack of chippies...

Till next time, keep well.
Patricia Basson

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Call me...

Scrap Africa Sketch Challenge # 20

It's Sunday, I'm uninspired, suppose it's a good time to get this blog written and posted before the challenge ends at the 14th of August...!

It's sketch time again at Scrap Africa and what a beautiful sketch it is... Hope you will all join us again for this one. I also used the image of Hugh Jackman for the You show me Your's challenge.

( If you want an even closer look at Hugh, please feel free to double click on my photos)

The papers I used this time are,
Authentique: Renew, Foundation Two
     BoBunny: Weekend Market Study
                          Weekend Market Baggage

I achieved the Barb wire effect on the back ground by stamping with clear ink and clear Embossing Powder. I then coloured the paper with the following Distress Paints from Tim Holtz: Broken China' Forest Moss and Walnut Stain. The blue ink spatters are of course Lindy's Stampgang Buccaneer Bay Blue.

For some added texture I scattered  a little Stampendous Aged Teal Embossing Enamel onto the page and heat set it with my heat the golden and silver speckles in it!

I felt that the manly Mr Hugh did not need flowers on his page, thus I opted to give him some earth ware pots filled with designer's branches and alcohol ink coloured glass pebbles! The frame was inked with some alcohol and LSG Buccaneer Bay Blue mist. The metal phone was also inked with some of the Distress Paint left on my craft sheet after inking the background.

This look is achieved by inking the chippie with Driftwood Chox from Mix'd Media Inx and Pumice Stone Distress Ink and some random Stampendous enamel.

I adhered a piece of foil to some grunge board, inked it with several colours of alcohol inks and used a Tim Holtz Alteration Die, On the Fence, to cut this fence from.

This is how I inked the back ground... Dabbed the paint onto my craft sheet, added some water and mixed it a bit and then swiped the paper through this mixture. 

The effect of the alcohol inks on the foil...


These are the other girls playing along with the "You Sow me Yours" challenge...


And just on a last note...I was unfortunately not chosen to be on the Lindy's Stampgang Design Team...I want to thank every one who left me a comment on that post, it was quite heart warming to read the support and encouragement from you...Thank you friends...

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