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Friday, 11 October 2019

October Acorns

Okay, so I promised you another autumn tag, and when I was sharing my coasters of happiness yesterday, I said that this one makes me very happy.

I hope it will do the same for you!

Sometimes I just want to play with lovely objects, so this is a fairly straightforward piece of autumnal assemblage...

... some dimensional collaging with acorns, skeleton leaves, scraggly moss and a touch of starlit shimmer.

No need to tell you very much about it, apart from maybe the inky background, so just sit back and enjoy the pictures!

(Talking of things which make you happy, there's a fantastic new interior to see over at Cestina's Dollshouses if you're a fan of miniatures.)

You may recognise the background from this photo I also shared alongside my Tree Poetry tag.

What you can't really see properly without an angled close-up are some of the golden shimmers provided by some Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals powders.

As soon as I saw that autumnal glow, I wanted to provide some contrast. 

So that's where the strands of stringy moss come in.

I love how they pop against the inky background.

They also allow the acorns to come into focus.  They wouldn't show up nearly as well if they were directly against the background tones.

These are faux acorn tops but they appear to be in real acorn cups.  I've got them in a sort of yellowy green colour too, but I thought I'd keep it simple here.

Brown and orange... that awful 1970s combo - I would usually run a mile from it, wouldn't you?

But in autumn they work beautifully together... Mother Nature really knows what she's doing.

Some metal skeleton leaves are also tucked into the foliage.

I thought of altering them in some way, but in the end decided they really didn't need it in this case.

In any case, at least they have caught the final drops of paint spatter in a way I rather like.

The quote is from my PaperArtsy stamp set EAB04 The Autumn Edition, and it's by L.M. Montgomery.

I expect it's Anne (of Green Gables) being cheerful about things.  I can't blame her on this occasion.

It's stamped in Coffee Archival and mounted on a some waste MDF pieces so that it nestles cosily amongst the nature gatherings without being overwhelmed by them.

A few Scrapiniec confetti stars are dotted around.

They've had a light wash of PaperArtsy Cloud 9 (warm white) paint so that, like the mossy stems, they stand out a little more from the background.

Also in this photo you can see the lovely misty spritz of Pumice Stone Distress Oxide Spray... that'll be the "season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" then.

And if you catch the tag at the right angle, you still get to see that gorgeous golden glimmer...

There's nothing quite like autumn gold, is there?!

Some simple twine finishes things off, and I mounted the whole tag on some pale card to frame it.

It's also mounted on some sturdy cardboard cut from a box which gives it a lovely solidity.  I adore the dimensionality of this as well as how easily it came together.  

Once I had the background, everything else just fell into place.  Definitely a happy tag for me.  I hope it is for you too.  Have a lovely weekend, whatever you're up to, and I'll see you again soon.

Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak!
George Bernard Shaw

I'd like to play along at Tag Tuesday where the theme is Autumn
At the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge it's also a Fall/Autumn theme this week
At MOO Mania & More they are inviting us to Count Your Blessings - as the words say, I'm grateful for Octobers
At the More Mixed Media Challenge they are playing Anything Goes with an Optional Twist of Orange
At Let's Craft and Create it's another seasonal one with Anything Goes + Optional Colours of Fall
At the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog it's the usual Anything Mixed Media Goes
And at the Bleeding Art Challenge it's also Anything Mixed Media Goes
They are playing Halloween/Fall + a sentiment at Aud Sentiments

Thursday, 10 October 2019

A sunbeam of the soul

Hello all!  Another quick sample post today from my latest stamp launch at PaperArtsy, and this time we're celebrating the third of the three sets, EAB14 The Happiness Edition.  I don't know about anyone else, but I'm experiencing the world as a fairly troubled, fractious place at the moment, so I wanted to add a little joy to the other side of the scales with this stamp set.

My colour palette for the Happiness edition was one that makes me happy... blues, greens, turquoises and yellows.  Yellow isn't that common around here at Words & Pictures (barring the occasional daisy or two), but I have to confess that it does give a lovely touch of warmth to my much-loved blue/green combination.

This trio of coasters combines some of the Happiness quotes with the glorious bubbly leaves of Courtney Franich's ECF06 set.

The leaves make me happy too, so it seemed like a good combination!

Just like the backgrounds for yesterday's The best thing you can do... tags, these started with some watery brayering.

I put blobs of Summer Sky, Aquamarine, Lawn and Haystack Fresco Finish paints on my craft mat, spritzed well with water, and brayered onto a piece of ivory white cardstock.

Any leftover paint is then available for extra splattering if required!

Once I had cut up the cardstock, I made sure one piece was the other way up, so that the brayered rainbow would be reversed for one coaster.

I applied Olive and Leaf Green Archival inks to the leaves and stamped them at nice jaunty angles.

The quotes themselves are stamped in Olive Archival.

It's one of my all-time favourite stamping colours.

Regulars around here may have noticed I hardly ever stamp in black!

There's a little bit of extra spatter in Cloud 9 (a lovely warm white) with maybe a touch of Cheesecake mixed in.

And I finished things off with some white pen doodled frames before mounting the coasters on some plain white card.  I hope this trio made you happy too... some warm sunshine colours and the last of the green leaves before they start to turn.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll be back with that promised autumn tag very soon - and what can I tell you?  If you thought Tree Poetry was a nice autumn tag, just wait until you see this one... it makes me extremely happy!

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The best thing one can do...

Hello all.  In real time on the craft table I've definitely in my autumnal zone.  There's already been one autumn tag, Tree Poetry, and there's another coming later in the week.  However, I'm also trying to squeeze in some of the samples from my latest launch of word stamps with PaperArtsy, so today we're taking a very quick look at a couple of tags using EAB13 Sunshine & Rain.  

For this stamp set, I was using a palette of yellow, blue and purple with some of the new Fresco paint colours involved.  I thought it would be a good combination to capture the sunshine and the rain!  These two are a pair in so far as they both have die-cuts/punched shapes playing a part, and they were cut/punched from the same piece of ombré-painted cardstock.

You can see the ombré most clearly on Umbrella Man.  He goes all the way from a nice dark Lavender, via Forget-me-not, to pale Wisteria.

The umbrellas are from Hot Pick 1801 and stamped in Distress Archival in Dusty Concord.

One thing I enjoy about the word stamps is being able to stamp them in coordinating ink colours, so that you get a nice cohesive look.

The background is done with what I call "watery brayering".  I put blobs of the paint colours I want to use next to each other on the craft mat and give them a good spritzing of water before rolling the brayer through.

I love the soft textural effects this gives you, almost like ripples on a pond.

There's some background stamping from the same Hot Picks set...

... and a few torn strips of tape for him to stand on, and that's that.

The butterflies are over another watery-brayered background, but this time mainly in the sunshine yellow of Cheesecake Fresco paint.  I did a little bit of additional smooshing into droplets of Haystack for a warmer yellow accent.

The grasses are by Lin Brown from ELB30 and they are one of my all-time favourite stamps.  They played a part in the samples for all three of the new stamp sets, which pretty much proves my point!

I stamped them in Fresco paint, painting Forget-me-not and Periwinkle onto the craft mat and pressing the stamp down onto it before stamping.  You get a lovely, loose, wind-in-the-grasses look.

The butterflies are punched with a Tim Holtz punch and I used the main quote stamp as extra detailing on their wings, again stamped in Dusty Concord Distress Archival.

I also used the word stamp to add extra shadows and texture at the foot of the tag, and stamped the main sentiment on separate cardstock before cutting it into strips to get the arrangement I wanted.

Again, I really love the coordinated look you can have, as well as being able to have my words in as many different colours as I have ink pads and/or embossing powders!.

Another simple bit of twine finishes things off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today for this duo of sunshine and rain.  I'll be back with a new autumnal offering in a couple of days, so I hope I'll see you again soon.  Happy crafting in the meantime!

The mind is like an umbrella. It is most useful when open.
Walter Gropius

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Tree Poetry

Hello all!  Just a very quick tag for you today.  I wanted to join in with Joan's lovely Trees theme at Tag Tuesday and, although it's been a busy week what with the Blushing Coral Butterflies and the Insect Instructions, if I don't post this today, it might be too late.

The background for this has been hanging around for months... just some Tim Holtz paper glued to a tag and washed with gesso.

I had stamped the Carabelle tree (it's only a partial stamping - the whole stamp is massive) and then ground to a halt, so there it sat on the craft table, just a bit grey and dull.

Then the Trees theme came up and I thought I really must be able to turn it to some good.

It helped when I added some spritzes of shimmering blue to the sky... a combination of Tattered Angels and Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, but I'm not sure which colours.

I don't shimmer very often, but when I do I think I ought to do it more!

It's that time of year when the browns and oranges kick in, so I'd been spritzing and smooshing a couple of other tags with various autumnal shades.   (You'll get to see those larger leaves in action later in the month.)

I grabbed one of those tags and used Tim's leaf punch to cut some leaves to drift down through the sky...

... and gather on the earth beneath the tree.

On the tree itself I used a water brush and various Distress Inks to add a bit more depth and variation to the trunk and branches.

I stamped one of the quotes from my very first word stamps, PaperArtsy EAB01 Trees & Flowers, on a separate piece of cardstock.

The topping is some Distress-dyed seam binding tied with twine, and the whole tag is mounted on pale card.

And that's it.  I know... pretty short for me, but I did say it was a quick one!  I hope you've all been enjoying a lovely weekend, and I'll see you again soon.

Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.
Herman Hesse

I'd like to share this over at Tag Tuesday where the theme is Trees
At the More Mixed Media Challenge it's Anything Goes with an Optional Twist of Orange