Saturday, 10 October 2015

Sugar Skull Witch

I am having so much fun with this free stamp from the cover of Craft Stamper. I figured it would make a great little witch. 

I drew out a body and a hat.. and I stamped the skull on card that was first painted with Blush and Snowflake Fresco paint. 

I painted the neck, hand and thigh the same, and then mixed Elephant and Eggplant together to paint the dress and hat. Once dry I added shading with Pitt pens. 

I coloured the skull with Pitt pens and attached it to the body and hat. I stamped the bird from HPHW03, cut that out and glued it to her hand. 

I cut a piece of Watercolour paper down to size and painted it with a mix of Toffee and Buff, this gave me a nice neutral background. I used the circle from EEV02 and a mix of Snowflake and Haystack to create the moon, then I stamped and embossed the pumpkins from HPHW03 and the tree from EDY06. I used Black Glint WOW powder. 

Next I splattered the background using twinkling H20's, i used Bolivian Blue and Bamboo. Then I added a little gloss glaze onto the pumpkins, while this was still wet I sprinkled Light Brown and Gamboge Brusho powders onto the pumpkins. 

The bats are from HPHW04, these are stamped in black archival ink. 

To add a little shadow to the ground I mixed Slate with some Bamboo Twinkling H20. 

I painted some card with a mix of Elephant and Bolivian Blue H20, over this I stamped the skulls from HPHW03, these were cut out and glued along the bottom edge. 

Then I glued on the witch. 

Finally I added Graphite texture paste around the edges and added highlights here and there with a white posca pen. 

Darcy x

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Scotland Weekend

Wow what a fabulous weekend I have just had, make a cuppa and let me tell you all about it. I set off on Friday morning in very foggy weather, it was damp and chilly as I sat at the train station. 

The train was busy, but it was a comfy enough trip and I managed to watch a couple of videos. A quick change onto another train and then I arrived in Edinburgh. James met me and we walked the 10 mins to the shop. 

If you are ever in Edinburgh you absolutely must visit Stamper's Grove. It is a tiny shop, but oh wow! it is crammed, and I do mean crammed from floor to ceiling and then some. 

James and Emma are two of the nicest people you could ever meet, and made me feel really welcome. 

Emma and I prepped the last bits of the workshops and then off back to their home, where I got to meet the rest of the family. 

We were up early on Saturday morning and off to the shop, there we set out some samples and got ready for a morning of demoing. Lots of lovely people popped by including Pam Thorburn , it was really lovely to meet her and chat. We played with lots of things, stamps, stencils, grunge paste, treasure gold and the brand new Frosting Glaze. 

A super quick lunch and then we got set up for the first of the make and take sessions. This is what we were making.. 

Everyone worked hard and got just about everything finished. 

As you can see the hard work was helped along by cake.. 

On Saturday night we relaxed and chatted around the kitchen table while I posed for my portrait. I think you will agree Iris (age 6)  did a great job. 

Sunday saw us up early again and off to a local hall to set up for the all day workshop. The venue was lovely, a really good atmosphere and plenty of space. Comfy chairs too!

This is the project for the day, a large modern technique sampler. 

14 lovely ladies turned up and threw themselves into this pretty intense class. 

They worked really hard, so proud of them, as most people completed a huge hunk of work that day and hopefully learned some useful techniques. 

Of course there were a couple of trouble makers haha, my dear friends Lynn.. 

...and Catherine

It was a treat to finally meet Sarah, you can often find her doing live crafting shows over on her Ustream channel. HERE

To say we were exhausted after the workshop is an understatement, it really was a full-on day. It was a case of clear up  and collapse for us all. 

I was hoping that everyone got something good out of the day, I think at the very least they will all have got a good night's sleep lol

On Monday morning I packed up all my samples etc and dropped them off at the shop, then Emma and I went to the Edinburgh Dungeons. I had no idea what to expect, but if you are ever in the city you MUST go and see it. We laughed so much all the way around, and jumped over and over. 

this photo of course is posed, and was taken as we first entered. 

At the end is a drop ride, it takes you up 3 storeys high and drops you down in just ONE second... needless to say this photo is not posed lol  I don't think I have ever bought ride photos before, but this made me laugh so much I had to buy it. 

I do like fridge magnets, and couldn't resist this ratty souvenir.

All too soon it was time for my train, I found this outside the station.. 

Emma had packed up some food for me, so I had a little picnic on the way home. 

Huge, huge thanks to James and Emma, firstly for inviting me to their shop and home and secondly for looking after me so well. More thanks to all the ladies that came along to play at the demo, the make n takes and the workshop. It was a real pleasure to meet all of you.

Catherine has almost completed her technique sampler, you can see and read about it HERE. 

Lynn has finished her sampler, she did a great job, love that ornate spoon.. 

If anybody else sends in photos I will update them here. if you came to the all day workshop and you are stuck or need help finishing then drop me an email. 

Darcy x

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