Thursday, 26 November 2015

Happy Annniversary

Sharing an anniversary card I made this week.

Can't believe its a year since they married!!!

Just simple one layer stamping....carefully choosing the colours so that it does not look like you just stamped the images willy nilly fashion.....ROFL!

The butterfly was stamped and masked before adding the other background images.
(All T!m Holtz apart from the sentiment which is Papertrey Ink)
Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Inspiration Wednesday 23

Another page It's number 23 in the great IW 2016 journey :)

Yet more collage as a base layer.....well at least it's making a bit of a dint in the piles of offcuts and bits that I can't throw away!!!! ROFL

It turned out to have a much darker look...perhaps feeling yucky from having a flu jab on Friday influenced it!

I used some sayings that I like about art and added a stamped you do! ROFL :)

What did I learn this time?
I learned that you can't like everything you make!

Although I do like the semi transparent look of the paint within the shapes and can see this will be a useful technique to use again ;)

I think it's time to ask for some extra colours of acrylic for Christmas.....;)

Just noticed I've missed off the date tag.....will have to rectify that ;)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Coffee card and Bristol.

We have spent the weekend in Bristol celebrating a special 30th birthday.
Here is the card I made for my super step son James......don't think I will ever get used to writing that word.....step son.....Lol

It's based on one of Tim's 2015 tags.....and as James likes his Costa coffee I incorporated the logo.

I do like the idea of slipping a gift card under the cup :)

It was gifted in a Costa bag for added measure ;)

Meal out at The Cowshed......fab night, lovely food and wonderful company :)
My Tiramisu journey ;)

Can't wait for the next time we can all do it again :)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

IW 22

Well I managed to finish the page last night. ;)
Just in time for the new one tomorrow.

I'm not a purple person as a rule....but seeing as I did not have the colours Donna used I made do with what I've got and used them! :)

Donna used some fluorescent colours for the flowers....nope not got any of those!
So I mixed in some iridescent medium with the winsor violet and permanent rose (both Winsor and Newton acrylics purchased because they were cheaper than Golden to do the flowers on the black background week)
There's a reason they are cheaper.....simply not as thick as golden! Lesson learnt!

 As it happened I'd decided to add a bit more gesso as a texture base where I thought the flowers would go......what a stroke of genius luck that was because the winsor paints really don't give the texture that golden do. They do give a nice glimmer though with the iridescent medium mixed in....hope it shows up.

Really like the way this came out......must try and find a black pen that is non permanent though for the washy writing......would you believe it after years of having pens that bled....I made an effort to obtain some good permanent ones!!! Sods Law! :)

The background stamped writing is one of my all time favourites from The Artistic Stamper calligraphic mat 13.

Sorry about the's a tad dark here today!
Going to try this on a canvas next...

Oh BTW... I couldn't choose a long enough quote that I liked to go all across the pages so I wrote three different ones that I really like and am trying to motivate myself with :)

"Attract what you expect, Reflect what you desire, Become what you respect, Mirror what you admire"
"Just because the past didn't turn out like you wanted it to, doesn't mean your future can't be better than you ever imagined"
"Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire"

The last one being a quote from St. Catherine of Sienna.

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Monday, 9 November 2015

Half way there.

I'm half way through last weeks Inspiration Wednesday.

I'd like to think I could finish it before the new one is up this Wednesday. ;)

Donna is doing a 2016 Inspiration Wednesday and it's still a very reasonable bargain price $35.00....I've enjoyed it but I have the feeling it's helped this year go much faster than usual!
For that reason alone I'm in two minds about doing it again...however I would recommend it to anyone who needs a bit of's worked for me on that front :)

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Amazing Grace in watercolours!

I decided I liked my acrylic "Amazing Grace" creation so much that I wanted to try using another medium and see what happened.

I'm rather pleased with how it turned out using watercolours and a touch of Dylusions ink for some of the more intense coloured areas.
I once went to night school to learn about painting in watercolours and was always a bit disappointed with the results....mainly because we were supposed to be creating something that resembled real life...and mine never looked like it! ROFL

I'm much happier with the abstract in life so making this was a revelation.
Much thanks to Donna Downey because, if I had not signed up for Inspiration Wednesdays this year, I most certainly would not have made this!

It's painted on Fabriano Artistico 300 hp watercolour paper which has a smooth surface. The white splatter type areas were randomly done using masking fluid before adding the colour....some of it was obviously less successful at keeping out the colour but it adds to the overall look. :)

I'm thinking that quite a lot of the stuff I've created over the years could be reworked like this...
...ooh er! Is there ever enough time to do all these things we want to?!!!

Thanks for looking.
xoxo Sioux 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Crosses galore!

I've been cutting lots of shimmery gold T!m crosses.

They are going on Christmas cards ;)

Just a little peek at a bit of the card design. Inspiration from our Greek holiday this year :)
Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Idea coming together!

Worked a bit more on those colours and here is a portion of the painting I'm working on.
I think I'll have called it finished soon and will post as soon as it is. ;)

Can you guess yet...

...which Inspiration Wednesday page I'm trying to rework?

Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Watercolour sample

A quick post just to show a bit of progress!

A little sample of colours in mind.
Need to make some of the watercolours more vibrant.....perhaps a bit of Dylusions inks will have to go in the mix! ;)
The scribbled effect uses pencil and over painted.
Thanks for looking
xoxo Sioux 

Monday, 2 November 2015

Got an idea to try.

Time to break out the watercolours.

Think one of my Inspiration Wednesday pages might look good in watercolours....its been a while since I've done any water colouring in the traditional sense...
...apart from using distress inks!
I'm amazed they have not dried out completely!! :)

Watch this space....;)
Thanks for looking.
xoxo Sioux