Thursday, 21 May 2015

M is for Mannequin at Unruly Paper Arts

The theme at Unruly Paper Arts this month is MMM so I've made a Mixed Media Mannequin for my contribution!

Full step-by-step tutorial is over on the Unruly Blogazine. Enjoy!

Katy x

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Rubber Dance 1st Year Anniversary Giveaway and Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rubber Dance first anniversary Blog Hop!

Each member of the Design Team has chosen 3 of their favorite DT makes and their 3 fave Rubber Dance stamps. 3 seems to be the lucky number here, so there will be 3 winners, too!
  • TWO lucky winners drawn at random will win the Design Team members' favourite stamps!
  • ONE additional winner who shares this gift giveaway on Facebook gets a €20 voucher (approximately $25) to spend in the Rubber Dance webshop any time she wants! Just tell Bibi that you have shared it on Facebook when you leave a comment on the main blog (…/1st-year-anniversary-give…), and you're in!
To participate in this blog hop giveaway, all you have to do is to visit the blog posts below and leave a comment on all of them. It'll just take a few minutes of your time. You do not have to be a follower on any of the blogs in our hop, but you're of course very welcome to become one - if you aren't already.
Hop along and see the Design Team's fave DT makes and fave three Rubber Dance stamps!



Katy: (you are here)





So without further ado here are my favourite DT projects so far:

And here are my stamp choices (join our hop and they could be yours too!!!)

From the Da Vinci plate

Lace Background

From the Vintage Birds plate

Friday, 1 May 2015

Rubber Dance May Challenge!

It's challenge time again at the Rubber Dance blog and this month our colours are bright, fresh and summery and our (optional) theme is Flowers.

For this challenge I made a little notebook. The flowers are coloured with Inktense pencils - I love how vibrant these pencils are, even on kraft card, and they blend and layer beautifully.

I finished with some script stamping with Archival Tree Branch (THE colour for kraft card) and a Prima metal embellishment treated with Distress Paints.

I really look forward to seeing what you create for this month's Rubber Dance challenge :)

Katy xxx

I used these lush Rubber Dance stamps for my notebook:

Antique Botanicals (by moi!)

Vintage Script

Monday, 27 April 2015

Something Fishy.............

Today I am sharing my first make with the Something Fishy set of stamps I created recently for Rubber Dance. It's a page for my journal and an important reminder to always be myself - even if that means going against the flow.

I love anything to do with the seaside so I was very happy when Bibi wanted to make these little lovelies into stamps; I hope you like them as much as I do.

Here's how I made the page!

1) Drag various watery colours of Distress Ink randomly across coated or glossy card - make sure you start with the lightest colour - and blend quickly with a paper towel (this idea stolen from my friend Debbie Martin - thanks Debbie!).

2) Stamp the circles (Rubber Dance) in blue ink and wipe again to 'blur'; add more circles with a darker colour and do the same again.

3) Stamp the right facing fishy in black Archival Ink, towards the bottom of the page. Add lots of left facing fishes to make a shoal of fish. Add a light touch of silver paint to the images to give them the shimmery look of real fish.

4) Stamp the right facing fishy again onto a separate piece of card and colour with yellow shades of Distress Marker. When dry, add a touch of gold paint and glue the fish in place.

5) Finish the page with stickers and a hand cut arrow.

Hope to see you soon :)
Katy x

I used these awesome Rubber Dance stamps:

Something Fishy (by ME!)

Round in Circles

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Monoprinting for Unruly PaperArts

I' ve been monoprinting with an acrylic block for Unruly PaperArts - check out my step-by-step tutorial in the Unruly Blogazine today.

This method of printing is super easy and you probably already have everything you need to give it a go! I had lots of fun with this - I hope my tut inspires you to have a try yourself.

See you soon!
Katy x

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sometimes Less is More

A very simple card today - make for my husband for our anniversary. He likes simple cards, so that's what he got! The hearts are masked and watercoloured loosely with Festive Berries Distress Ink. I deliberately coloured outside the lines for a fluid look.

He liked it - hope you do!

K xxx

Used these stamps:

I Heart Art (this scribble heart is a real fave)
Retro Couples (the forever stamp)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Unruly Animals!

I was delighted to be asked earlier this year to do a guest stint with Unruly Paperarts Blogazine for three months. This is my card for the Reader Art Quest - theme Animals. My card celebrates Save the Animal Day - after being lucky enough to see sea turtles in the wild, they have a special place in my heart.

I made a Brusho background and used stamps from Art Journey and Crafty Individuals to complete a simple card. I love the random effects and rich colours of the Brushos and I am getting to grips with them nicely now. I am also embracing the randomness which is good for my control freak-ism!

See my teamies makes on the same theme here!

Make sure you join in with the Quest as the prize is a GELLI PLATE! Awesome!!!

Katy x

PS - The Unruly monthly theme for April is Monoprinting so watch out for my tutorial coming up later in the month!