Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Image transfer ---Heritage

Its been a while since I blogged.  I have been down home with my mum and sister who were both in hospital.
Its difficult to see your loved ones suffering.  Mum has just been transferred to a nursing home and my sister to the hospice for respite, so we will see how things unfold.

Over at UKS Art Journal the prompts have continued.  I am trying to keep up but I do not have much time now.  Anyway I made these four pages a while ago when Mum got sick first, and this will cover the prompts 7&8.

Ist Page:

Photo transfer of my mum with Gel medium.( I used a print from my ink jet printer for the vintage look. did not let the medium dry before removing the backing.)
Background-painted with Distress inks:Tattered rose & worn lipatick.

Stamp: Script---hero arts.
foliage & flowers--Prima--Sticky backed canvas---inked with scattered straw & worn lipstick.
Lace stuck on with glossy ascents.

2nd Page:
Cut out gothic window with craft knife.
Background: Tattered rose,scattered straw,Archival ink sepia.
Stamps: Artemio---foliage-(crushed olive & walnut stain inks),  Stampington & Co---Arch--(white embossing powder, & walnut ink),  Nonsequitur---ground--(forest moss ink), Scrollsworks---iron fence--(black ardhival ink & brown tomboy pen),
Hero arts---script--(scattered straw ink),
door knobs---brads--papermania.

3rd Page:
 Background: Scattered straw & Tattered rose distress inks.
Outlined window with Tomboy pens-(020,723,977, N15)
Stamps: archivalink
             pillars:  Scrollsworks--stazon grey ink.
             wire mesh--scrollsworks---archival sepia ink.
             Leaves---dylusions--sepia ink
Leaves & pillars were painted with Tomboy pens(they are watersoluble which I forgot)
Used gesso to knock back the pillars and paint ran a little.  Outlined the leaves & pillars with Letreset black ink pen.  There is something missing about this page, the pillars are not grounded enough.  I will come back to it sometime!

4th Page:
Image transfer from ink jet picture using gel medium, same method as first picture.  This is a picture of my parents before they got married.
Background: Scattered straw, tattered rose, vintage photo distress inks. bottom of page is worn a bit but this gives it dimension.
 tissue tape---idea-ology-Tim Holtz--under the lace.
Stamps: Music--Papermania Urban stamps--forest moss distress ink then gessoed.
             Flourish:--Tim holtz Urban Chic---black archival ink.
Frame hand cut and embossed with Tim holts embossing folder, & inked with tattered rose distress ink.
White Lumiere paint for the white lines around frame.
Doily & lace.
Parents:  Prima stickers alaphabet.

Opening the gothic window is like looking into my Past----

and Future.......
Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Just back from a very relaxing weekend with dh in Castlemarter Co Cork.  This weekend was a gift from our dd Deirdre  Christmas 2010, and we were only able to go now, so it was a lovely break.

I was behind on my 6th page in the UKScrappers Art Journal, so I spent yesterday catching up.  the prompt was-- Layers.  I was looking forward to this as I love my paints & stamps etc.
 Background:  I used old dressmakers pattern paper and stamped randomly on it with purple stazon ink.  
         Stamps: Personal Impressions & Stampington & Co -- Botanica & Arched Glass,

Then I stuck this on the page with Golden Gel Medium, and I painted over this with
Blonde Moments lustre paints-Spring yellow, & Adirondac Dabber- Juniper.
Then I used the following stamps with purple stazon, & archival coffee.
Stamps:  Girl--Paperbagstudio,   Boy-Joanna Sheen,   Mesh-Scrollswork
Grid stencil used Lettuce Dabber.

I went over the girl lightly with gesso and the whole page with Blonde Moments Lustre paint-Spring Choral using a baby wipe to tone down the images. 

circles Stamp--hero Arts using sepia ink.
Clip, stuck with gel medium.  Quote (Woody Harrelson) printed from computer, & inked with dusty concord distress ink.  Clip art outlined with Dimensional paint -victorian, and white gesso to soften the outline.

The border is a stencil using dimensional paint -Victorian and this has a glossy appearance and is dimensional.  Title- Layers- printed from the computer , font appleboy BTN.
Thanks for looking.  KayH

Friday, 10 February 2012

Doodles---UKS Art Journal

Its been a few days since I blogged.  I was in Limerick visiting my 92 year old mother who is in hospital with a stroke.  She is doing ok, but we the family have to make arrangements for her future care.  This can be a distressful time for all, but with God's help we will get through it.
Over in UKScrappers Art Journal forum the 5th prompt is Doodles....
Now I have never doodled in my life, so I was not looking forward to this at all!  I googled you tube and found some inspiration there, so here is my attempt.

This was a background I did at a class in London using left over paints etc. from the cover of this art journal.  I used a black Sharpie  fine point marker around the edges and I also used a Letraset pen for the small doodles.  Not happy with it, should have used the background for something else!

So i decided to try my hand at Zentangles.  This was easier as I had a blank page.
Used the same pens, and drew a circle first , then drew in the other lines and went on from there.  sorry about the pictures, the light was very poor.
I wrote (doodled) the words doodles and zentangles
on the page also.

It was my grandson Caelum's first birthday yesterday and I made this card for him.
Middle step card
Paper: DCWV-Nanas Nursery-Baby boy
Border--Spellbinders Edgeabilities:-clasic petal
Back label:---spellbinders--Label 10
Stamp:--Do Crafts
alphabet:;Die cut--
Tim Holtz---upon a time
Candle: die cut--cuttlebug---birthday wishes
Banner & squirrel---die cut on Cr Robo--silhouette studio files
star punch, glitter card,
Ink:--Purple stazon, Distress dusty Concord.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 3 February 2012

birthday cards

I am blogging early today as I have to prepare for a crafting day tomorrow in Castlebar.  A lovely talented lady Anne Mullan  has invited me to join her and a friend for a crafting day.  We hope to do an altered bird house, & maybe an art journal page as well.  Anne has had her work published in the Craft Stamper magazine (Reader Submission-Dream Dec 2011)

Here are a few cards I made for my wonderful grandsons Philip & Matthew
This one was a simple print & cut.  Graphics by Polka Doodles CD---love them.

This is a sidestep card, and papers used were from Little yellow bicycle--Baby Safari.
Clip art--Crafters companion
Stamps:  Woodware & clear choice.
I love these step cards, they are very versatile.  white card cut on my CR Robo template by Suzushi--uks
clip art: ---Cool Clipart .com
Scalloped circle---Spellbinders
Stamps---Wish upon a star, cute companions, do craft, & stampendus
Ink---Big & Juicy--spice.

Last card was cut on my CR Robo  template by
Backing paper--Dovecraft--Abstract.
Clip art---Cool clipart .com
Spellbinders emb folder---swiss dots
Stamps---whispers, & royal
thanks for looking.
kayh xxx

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Journaling:---Art journal

Well they are very busy over at UKscrappers Art Journal Journey.  Journaling is the 4th prompt and here is my page.
This page was inspired by very talented lady & her young daughter.
I first did a photo transfer with gel medium.  This was my first time doing this, and it turned out ok, a bit dark.
Background: Used watersoluble wax crayons,prussion blue,dark ultramarine,sky blue,vertclair & yellow.  Brushed over with watered gesso.
Scribbled circles in dark ultramarine, & painted over with acrylic paint, cerulean blue,sap green,lemon yellow,& ultramarine blue.
Eyes & face painted lightly with black & white acrylics.
Lips-distress ink worn lipstick.
Checkquered lines drawn with black sharpie pen, and painted with black & white acrylic paint.

Face painted lightly with pale pink acrylic, and I painted over the white diamonds with red acrylic paint.
Top border : I splattered distress ink - worn lipstick with a straw.
Words were cut from a magazine.
I am not happy with the eyes on the right page but did not know how to improve them, my painting skills are limited.
Thanks for looking, a comment would be welcome.
kayh xxx

Monday, 30 January 2012

Well it was a dark damp day here in the Midlands, I must get crafting to cheer me up!  I had a very pleasant day yesterday.  I sat in the conservatory most of the day crafting, and dh was in his armchair reading.  We had some pleasant music on,  and it was so nice to have company.  Usually I am down in my craft room in the basement all alone. 
  I made some stamps  from fun foam using Diana Wakley's new stamps for inspiration.  I am delighted with them.  Here is a page where  I roughly stamped them on and here are the stamps also.  I cut out the silhouettes on Cr Robo using sew pattern font.  Traced them on to the foam and drew some patterns on them heavily with a biro, and then cut them out.  Great fun!

this card i made for my niece's new baby girl.
Dress template : Stampington & Co
Card base: Basic grey--Lilikate
Rub ons:  cherish &
Die cut label: Quickcuts.
ribbon & gem.  the little hanger came from local clothes shop.

A simple card but nice I think.  Sentiment is a foam stamp (unknown) inked with distress ink--shabby shutters.  I pricked around the edges with a pricking tool.

This was a wedding anniversary card for my son Eoin.  .After spending 10 years in Sydney he came home & married a lovely English girl and is living in the warmest place in England -Brighton.
White card embossed with
Keepsake embossing board -open heart &tall stories
Embossed panel : sizzix emb folder --birds & branches
Inks:  distress inks--fired brick, Musterd seed, shabby shutters, & archival sepia.
Stamp: anitas,  and some ribbon.
last card was cut on CR Robo using a GSD file from UKScrappers by Shirley Anne.  I drew the flower with the robo first with Staedtler purple, before cutting it out, also the sentiment --brock script font.  Went over them with glue pen & added gold glitter.
stamps: Penny Black & Design Objections, inked in warm red & over stamped with black.
kreaxions  corner punch,  sorry the picture is not great.

We are promised some very cold weather over the next day or two, so have to stock up on some goodies in case we are snowed in---
Kayh xxx

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Consumerism--uks art journal

Well after a good nights sleep  I am blogging early (for me).   I have the house to myself for an hour or two so I can think straight.  I am really enjoying the course over at This course ( the first online one I have ever done). is getting my mojo back for me., and I find I am crafting every day to get the journal pages done.  Great stuff!
The next prompt was Consumerism, how it effects us etc.  Here is my page:
Background: painted with Inktense watersoluble crayons--sun yellow, baked earth,& tangerene.
Stencil: used die cut Tim Holtz -jalopy and sprayed over it with Procion dye-turquoise.
highlights on car painted with a mix of gold & black acrylic paint.

Stamps:  rings-Hero arts, spots-Denami design, edge-Dylusions, mesh-Scrollswork,alphabet-Papermania
Inks: Distress worn lipstick, broken china, black archival.

Here is the finished page.  The speach baubles were cut from old book page and inked with distress inks -shabby shutters, mustared seed, broken china.  The text was printed on pc and inked with tattered rose distress ink, lines made with a black sharpie pen.  Just realised how grubby the table is behind the photo- sorry about that!
Thanks for looking---Kayh xxx

Friday, 27 January 2012

Preconceptions---UKS Art Journal

I was not feeling too good the last day or two so went to the doctor today.  Got some pills so I should be feeling better soon.  I finished my 2nd page for the UKS Art Journal course.  The prompt was Preconceptions: do you like your art?,what will people say about same, will you look for guidance: and this was my interpretation:

  Background: painted with metalics acrylics  Decoart paint in Ice blue, & Purple pearl.
Edges: Gesso through Prima edge mask, &sprayed with copper spray mist (tattered angels),& lemon yellow (procion dye).
Border stamp--Blonde Moments, quote stamp---Penny Black, honeycomb & flourish stamp---Scrollswork

The sun ray mask ---Silhouette studio die cut painted with thinned gesso.

The two angels are diecuts cut on Craft Robo & painted with Inktense watersoluble crayons - baked earth & tangarene
Wing die cut -- Tim Holtz cut from a baby wipe that I had used cleaning up from making the cover.--so dont throw away those babywipes!  Hand sew with gold thread, & mod podged to page.
Two word stamps from--7 gypsies - disclaimer, Angels outlined with black sharpie.  That's my page.

Here are a few cards I made last year.

This was for our dd wedding . 
 Papers used K&Co-wedding selection.
silhouette:--from cut on Craft Robo
Stamps:--forever Friends, Embossing:--keepsake embossing board---border Fold

Aperture cut on Craft robo and outlined with gold sakura pen
Flower cut on big shot- tattered flower die by Tim Holtz
Ink:distress ink--Crushed Olive & gold embossing powder

My beautiful grand daughter moved to London last Nov. and I miss her a lot.  Here is a card I made for her 1st.birthday.
Clip art girl;  from PCHugbug (girls will be girls) cut out and stuck on to white card.
The words were printed on the card (bernard dc bold font)
princess: clip art -hugbug-(walk in the garden)
number cut out on cr.Robo 
A piece of acetate, and a piece of card embossed with cuttlebug folder- Birds & Swirls.were stuck behind the letter with some glitter in between.
So long Kayh xxx

Monday, 23 January 2012

Just a few photos of some cards I made.  The first one was for my Mum's birthday she is 92 today,
Happy Birthday Mum!  Sad thing is she is in hospital since Saturday with a slight stroke.  Going to see her tomorrow!
 I used K&CO Ancesttry paper on cream card.
Frame made with Spellbinders -Label 2 & Fancy Tags2, Edgeabilities - Classic Petal
Vintage Photo by Art-e-Cats blog
Stamp All Night Media - Calligraphy.embossed in white
Sizzix flourish & Prima rose, stickled with Gold Rod stickles.

This card was for a friend cut on my little blue lid ROBO.  I LOVE MY ROBO!
Template by Shirley Anne Young from UKS -thank you!
Paper: Basic Grey- Cuttlebug emb folder-Swiss Dots
Card stock: Conqueror Iridescent--Pink Dew

This is a sample card I made for my dd Cathy ( craft name Kate). 
Cream card stock & paper by My Mind's Eye : Fun Days. ( Beautiful paper,  great quality & great for MALE CARDS!)
Flower Die cut on C. Robo-
Spellbinders: Labels4 & Fleur De Lis
Stamp: Fiskars -Friends Forever
Ink: Distress ink-Fired Brick.
Stickles: Diamond. & red brad & raffia.

My dd Cathy has a mobile craft shop in Co Mayo and she is in the process of opening her on line shop soon,---keep posted.  Her blog is
She also has articles in the FREE  e magazine  go check it out.
Please leave a comment, thank you.

Colour--UKS ART Journal

Hurray!! I finished my first page, and here it is.  The colours are a bit dark but its done.
I painted the page with gesso then painted acrylic Lemon Yellow, Scarlet Red & Titanium White.  Drew the path which I had already covered with newspaper before painting. Then gesso again on path.Sprayed Procion Dye Turquoise through Tim Holtz Ransom Mask( letters)  Stamped the edge in black with do-crafts stamp and the woman is a  stamp I made from fun foam from a tracing.  Other stamps from Scrollworks.
Outlined all with a black Sharpie pen.  Thanks for looking.