24 January 2015

Calm Cat

Hello!
I'm back again with my fist DT project of the year, so happy 2015 everyone!
Along with lots of you, I have a few goals that I want to achieve this year...pushing myself into getting better at things I'm scared of! One of those is embracing my own handwriting. Hate it, think it looks rubbish....which is precisely why I need to do it more! My creation today has handwriting on, and more than a little washi tape! Another 'goal' - use up my stash!
Here it is...
I've got lots of step by step pictures for you to look at....
Going along with the theme of 'use what you have', my substrate for this page is something I'm sure you all recognise...
A good coat of gesso later and you're all ready to start..
Gather up your washi tape, any colours and designs, the more the merrier! Tear strips, and then start to add them to the page.
Save even the tiniest ripped bits, as you can use them at the end to fill in any gaps. Create a colourful washi background...
Now, I'm going to be adding lots of wet media on top of the tape, so it really needs to be all sealed. I have given the whole thing a thick coat of clear gesso...
I used a thick coat because I wanted to scribe into it, creating more texture...
The thick coat means it dries a little more opaque than a thin coat would, but once dry it is pretty much clear!
As a comparison, the pic below shows a before and after...
   No gesso..............................Dried clear gesso!

The gesso gives a great 'tooth' for the media you are about to start layering up!
Add a bit of paint..
I have smeared tiny amounts on with my fingers, trying not to obliterate the washi tape, but adding colour in the blank spaces. A little white paint blends things nicely, and tones down the stark clashing washi colours so the whole page looks more cohesive. I added a little stamping and printing...
This is the basic background finished.... any doodling and edging will be added after the image/words are in place!
I collaged my weird quirky figure using a mixture of stamped images and hand cut shapes...
Once she was glued in place, it really looked like she was meditating...so I thought the word 'calm' would be a good one to use! I practiced on scrap paper before drawing it on lightly in pencil, then used acrylic ink in a waterbrush to actually write the final version. 'Calm' was SO not the feeling actually using the ink directly on the page!
The washi background shows through wonderfully, giving colour and pattern in a funky but understated way....


So..... there it is, first one of 2015!
Hope you like it!
See you soon,
Trish xxx









20 January 2015


Welcome back after the Christmas break. Thank you for the applications for Design Team, we're loving all of the entries so far and we've had some absolute crackers.

Anyway, getting back to my own blog post, since the new year I've spent a lot of time working in my journal. I think you can tell that my mood has been dark and grungy but even though this isn't my usual style, I've really enjoyed getting down and dirty as it gave me much more freedom to "let go" of certain things.


I adore this Agatha stamp by Magda at Stampotique as her little face really says it all.


In creating my page I've also used, Tim Holtz layering stencils, Dot Fade and Eye Chart.

Don't forget you still have time to enter our DT call so if you're still hesitating, just do it.

Jaine x

19 January 2015

lawn fawn..

hello, 

Its been a long time since I have done anything creative... don't get too excited just yet though.   Its rare I get chance, but last week we had part two of our Lawn Fawn delivery...and yes.... I pinched stuff. 

As I don't often get time, or the inclination to scrapbook on a 12x12 scale, I prefer to use pocket scrapbooking and have found since doing that I stamp more.  Good for the stamp mountain I own...  

One of the product I have so far liberated from the Lawn Fawn delivery is these round grip acrylic blocks.  They do have a grid, and that is what I love about my Tim Holtz set of acrylic blocks, but these are so much easier to grip making they way more comfortable.   I will still use my tim blocks for larger stamps, but the Lawn Fawn ones are now on my scrapbook trolly!

(the stamp is by Ali Edwards, not available to retailers)


Other products that, I personally have been lusting after, but not yet liberated from the store, are Lawn Cuts. Lawn Fawns dies...  we have the stitched stackables in store and some new scripty dies!




I so wanna go and play! 



07 January 2015

DT CALL!

DT CALL!
A Sprinkle Of Imagination is on the lookout for a brand new Design Team for 2015!

Are you a scrapbooker, journaller or mixed media artist? 
Do you love creating with papers, playing with paint or getting messy with inks and mediums?
Yes? Then this is the team for you!

We are looking for a dedicated team of crafters who reside within the EU, who will share their amazing creations twice a month on our blog and over social media, using product that can be found in the shop over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination. The DT term will be six months long, from March until the end of August 2015.

In return, we will:
*Promote YOU and your blog on social media
* Give you a £15 ASOI voucher bi-monthly, to spend on supplies for your projects!

 DT members are also entitled to a 10% discount on any regular order they make from ASOI during their DT term.

 Sounds good? We would love for you to join us!
To apply:
Email 3 pictures to us, showing off work that you consider to be typical of your own style, plus links to your blog and any other social media platforms you use when sharing your work.
Email us a short bio, letting us know your style and favourite media to use when crafting.
Please email everything to:
 ASOI.dtcall@outlook.com
 making sure you include 'DT Call' in the subject line.
The DT Call will be open until February 1st, and we will notify successful applicants by February 8th.

Good Luck!


06 January 2015

12 Designers of Christmas...The Winner!

Hello!
We absolutely loved sharing all the inspiration and ideas from our guests last month...and it looks like you lot did too! We are so pleased you liked the idea..maybe we'll do it again sometime (when we've caught our breath!)
The only thing left to do is announce the winner of the box of fabulousness..... We put a product from each of the 12 featured brands into a box...and the box will soon be winging its way to...
Drum roll.....






can we drag this out for ages like they do on X Factor.......













doesn't really work on a blog post, this waiting thing........











and the winner is:
YAY!
Caroline can you email Vicki at:  sales@asprinkleofimagination.com and let her have your address!

CONGRATULATIONS!



Before I go...I just want to tease you a little about a very exciting announcement we will be making tomorrow....
*cough* DT call anyone?! *cough*

Have a fabulous day!











25 December 2014

Happy Christmas to you all.


Thank you for keeping up with us during the past 24 days of our 12 Designers of Christmas. A massive massive thank you goes out to all of our contributing Designers, they did a fantastic job.

You have time to comment on all 12 of our Designers posts until the end of December and the winner will be announced on 6th January (12th Night).

On behalf of all of us here I'd like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous start to 2015.

 Vicki, Trish and Jaine.

24 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 12* Glitz Design

Day 24 and and we're coming to the end of our Designers and Brands. On this Christmas Eve I'm bringing you the fantastic Glitz Design.

I am a huge fan of the Glitz collections. They're amazing value for money with papers, stickers, alphabet sheets all co-ordinating, then there's the washi tape, the embellishments and vintage papers too so there's something for every taste.

One of my favourite collections is the Finnley collection


I used it here to create the cover for a Christmas journal but of course the beauty of this collection is that it can be used for so much more than just Christmas.


 I also loved working with the Yours Truly collection which has a gorgeous vintage feel to it,


and the Uncharted Waters collection is so fresh and summery,




Thank you for joining us on this amazing collection of inspiring blog posts. I hope you've enjoyed it. Don't forget that if you leave a comment on all of the Designers blogs you have the chance to win an amazing package of goodies, just perfect for after Christmas crafting. The winner will be announced on 12th Night (6th January) to keep up the 12 theme.

Have a fabulous Christmas Eve and don't forget to leave a mince pie and a little drink for Santa.

Jaine x

23 December 2014

12 Designers of Christmas *Designer 12* Elly Pirally

Hello!
We made it!!!!!!!!!!
Today marks the twelfth Guest Designer out of 12! I really hope you have enjoyed our little festive jaunt showing off some fabulous projects from some fabulous artists!
Designer number 12 is the wonderful....
Elly Pirally
Elly is the most amazing mixed media artist, with a wonderful eye for detail and some amazing 3D creations! Her blog is HERE.... take some time to check it out, it's totally inspirational!
Elly has created this gorgeous piece to share today....
just love the detail...
Elly has used these items form the ASOI shop in her project:

Dina Wakley Media Stamps: Collaged Hearts

Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder

Alcohol Inks Earthtones

Vintaj Patina Single Inks
 
Thank you Elly, we love it!

So......we're done! One more fabulous brand to share tomorrow, and then we can all put our feet up and enjoy Christmas... well, we can when we're all certain we've left comments on ALL TWELVE of the posts of our guest designers!
Quick recap, so you can tick them off..... Have you left a comment for...
Trish, Jaine, Gez, Hermine,Tracy, Magda, Shirley, Karen, Paula, Katy, Arnlaug and Elly?
It's worth double checking to be sure..... :)
 
Commenting can be done up until the end of December, then we'll choose a winner at random. That winner will be announced on January 6th, and will win the bumper box of fabulousness, containing one product from each of the 12 brands featured during the blog extravaganza!
Good Luck, and a huge THANK YOU for playing along!





22 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 11* Dina Wakely

Hello!
We're nearly there....brand 11 of our 12 brands of Christmas!
Today, I want to talk about a huge favourite of mine....
Dina has long been an inspiration to me as an artist, the vibrancy in her use of colour and the superb layers of textures and images in her mixed media projects is simply phenomenal!
 Her signature range of products encompasses paints, mediums, stamps and stencils, and can be found HERE in the shop over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination!
A little while ago, I used the vibrant indigo blue and violet shades of 'Dina' paint to create the background on this piece....
Just love the depth of colour!

Have you been good? Have you left a comment on each of the Guest Designer posts so far? Don't forget, there is a big box containing a product from each of our featured brands up for grabs...that's 12 products from 12 leading brands to be won! All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave a comment on each of our 12 guest designer posts... easy! Commenting will be left open until the end of December (so plenty of time to double check you did all 12!), and the winner will be drawn at random on 12th night.... January 6th!  
Good luck!



21 December 2014

12 Designers of Christmas *Designer 11* Arnlaug Koppang


What a treat to have Arnlaug join us for this Christmas design marathon. She was with us on the team at the very beginning and her scrapping style is an absolute feast. I can't begin to tell you how scrumptious I find this layout and she's given us a million gorgeous close ups too for us to drool over.









On her background, Arnlaug used gesso and  texture paste as well as some splashes of red alcohol ink and Glimmer Mist.


Don't forget to leave a comment here and on the other Designers blogs to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize of goodies.


20 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 10* Jenni Bowlin

Ah Jenni Bowlin, just the name makes me think of days gone by and childhood re-captured.

Jenni Bowlin brings a range of Alphabets, Postage Stamp Stickers, Feathers, Vintage Decks, 12x12 Papers, Die-Cut & Perforated Papers, Star Rhinestones, Paint Dabbers, Clear Stamps, Hodge Podge Books, Charms, Butterfly Rub-Ons and Ephemera.
 



This little house I made last Christmas using papers from the Modern Mercantile collection.



19 December 2014

12 Designers of Christmas *Designer 10* Katy Leitch

Hello!
Designer number 10 already..... Does that mean it's nearly Christmas?!
Today, I want to share a stunning project from a wonderful artist....
 Katy Leitch
Katy was Editor of Craft Stamper Magazine for years and years...and since leaving has had time to concentrate on her own art, sharing loads and loads of inspirational pieces over on her blog, Postcards From The Attic
Katy has created this gorgeous festive treat for us...
Katy has flipped over a canvas, and used the reverse as a niche...
Simply chock full of wonderful detail....
I just love that modelling paste used as snow!

These products that Katy has used can be found in the ASOI shop:

 
 
Thank you Katy!
 
To be in with a chance of winning our bumper box of brands, you need to leave a comment on this post, AND the posts of all our other guest designers! When we're all finished, you need to have left a comment for ALL twelve! Commenting will remain open until the end of December, and the winner will be chosen at random on 12th night- 6th January!
 




18 December 2014

12 Brands of Christmas *Brand 9* Dreamweaver

Hello!
Brand nine in our blog extravaganza is......
Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver have been an established market leader in embossing pastes and stencils for years, way before the mixed media stencil craze started! Years and years ago, I remember being taught by Dreamweaver reps how to apply the paste through their range of metal stencils....and I was hooked! Now, with the multitude of pastes out there, I still find myself going back to what I consider the original and best embossing paste on the market. The texture isn't runny, gloopy or thin, it is a perfect light and almost fluffy mousse like paste, wonderful for those crisp edges on your stencilled design! I've used the white variety to stencil stars and snowballs on this piece...
I love it... (and Ranger must love it too.....you look at the labels on the Wendy Vecchi line of pastes, who are they made in collaboration with? Dreamweaver!!)

Dreamweaver pastes can be found in the shop over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination HERE

Have you been good? Have you left a comment on each of the nine Guest Designer posts so far? Don't forget, there is a big box containing a product from each of our featured brands up for grabs...that's 12 products from 12 leading brands to be won! All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave a comment on each of our 12 guest designer posts... easy! Commenting will be left open until the end of December (so plenty of time to double check you did all 12!), and the winner will be drawn at random on 12th night.... January 6th! Good luck!