Thursday, 4 January 2018

On the Bright Side for Stamps and Stencils

Hello and Happy New Year ! We're back with our first challenge of the year over at Stamps and Stencils and our host is the lovely Ruth. Here's what Ruth has to say:

On the Bright Side - It may still be winter but it's a brand New Year, the days will be soon getting longer, and pops of bright colours will soon start to appear in the garden. This month I'd like you to dazzle us by useing lots of bright colours in your Spring themed creations ...and don't forget to use stamps or stencils.

 One of my favourite things to see are the daffodils starting to open as you know that Spring is well and truly on its way. All the shades of yellows and oranges are just magical and I love to use this colour combination in my projects.


I bought this 10 x 10 inch sketch book a while back, the covers are a sturdy grey board so perfect for altering. 



I gave it a coat of Gesso then used a Kim Dellow stencil with Teresa Green Fresco Finish acrylic paint. I used a baby wipe with Banana Fresco Finish and wiped it over the whole cover.


 I used another Kim Dellow stencil with Banana Fresco Finish again.


 I've jumped a few steps here, but the flowers are a Kim Dellow stencil and I've built up the layers, first with Banana, then Tango, Autumn Fire and finally Claret.


I've done more layers with a baby wipe before stencilling the stars with Claret and the dots with Cherry Red. I was feeling it was a little too bright so I've used Snowflake with a baby wipe to knock it back slightly.


 I've continued with Kim's stamps and stamped onto PaperArtsy White/Grey Board with Vermillion Archival ink. The flower is painted with Fresco Finish paints and I've added more definition with a Stabilo pencil. I glued some book paper onto the board and then sprinkled on some Slime Infusions. The sprigs have been stamped directly to the cover with Fern Green Archival ink and then painted.


 It would appear I've neglected my texture pastes for some time as most had dried up ! I managed to scrape some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste out of it's jar and mixed it with Infusions. The beauty with this is as the paste dries the colour darkens. While the paste was still wet I sprinkled on some metallic flakes.


I spritzed the cover with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and also flicked some Cherry Red Fresco Finish paint over the cover. To finish, the sentiment is by Yvonne Blair.

I hope you're all ready to start another year of your crafting journey and hope you can join us for this first challenge of the year. The Design Team have created some fantastic projects to help inspire you so do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas !

We're starting a new challenge over on the Stamps and Stencils blog and I'm the host. I've kept it easy and chosed Stamps AND Stencils with a Festive theme. The team have made some stunning projects so make sure you hop over there for a visit.

I started a small box frame a while ago, decided I didn't like where it was going and put it on the unfinished pile. A suitable amount of time has passed and now the frame has come off the pile and made a reappearance !


 The frame was already painted and I remember I'd smeared Vaseline over parts of it so when the next layer of paint was added it could be wiped away in parts.



Around the sides I used a Kay Carley stencil with Grunge Paste, it was very messy and although the snowflakes were a little bit blurred I quite liked them ! 



I gave the whole frame a watered down coat of Concrete Fresco Finish paint then I brushed over a coat of PaperArtsy Metallic Glaze.


I used a Lin Brown stamp for the row of little flowers top and bottom and I've used white embossing powder. I've also used the Frosting Glaze by PaperArtsy through the Kay Carley stencil on the glass. It was a little difficult to photograph but I think you can just about see it. 



 The stamped image at the back of the frame is by Crafty Individuals, and it fitted perfectly. I've stamped it with Watering Can Archival ink so the image was more subtle.


The side view shows how the Grunge Paste snowflakes blended in quite nicely. 


I found one metal snowflake in my embellishments box and miraculously it was already painted white ! I gave it a coat of Metallic Glaze to add some sparkle. The foliage is cut using a Tim Holtz die and I've used Sticky Powder and some Distress Glitter. The little jingle bells have been dabbed with Versamark ink then I sprinkled white embossing powder over them.

 I hope you find time to join us for the last challenge of 2017 and do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the team.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Buttons, Lace and Pastels

I'm back today to share my project for the new Stamps and Stencils challenge. Cec is our lovely host and she has chosen Pastels as the theme, here's what she has to say:

We have been treated to a riot of bright, warm colour since the spring bulbs made their appearance and continuing throughout summer and fall so let's go in the opposite direction and make a project with soft, pastel colours.  Don't forget to include some stamping or stenciling or both in your creation.

Thinking cap was definitely on for this project, pastel shades are not something I would work with normally so I had to get my head around the paler shades before I could think about what to do.


I rescued an old signing book a while back and this is what I've used as the substrate for this project.


After a coat of Gesso I used a stencil with crackle paste to add some background detail. This is one of my favourite stencils but I've not got the packet any longer so I don't know who it's by unfortunately. I then grabbed my bag of buttons and lace and started to arrange them on the front.


Another coat of Gesso once everything was glued securely.


I gathered together pale shades of green Fresco Finish paints and starting with Honeydew I painted over the buttons and lace. I wanted to keep some white space, which for me is so hard !


I layered up the colours, Theresa Green, Granny Smith and a little Zucchini Fresco Finish paints. I then lightly brushed White Fire Fresco Finish over some of the buttons and then some PaperArtsy Metallic Glaze.


The word Dream is wooden and I've painted it and brushed more Metallic Glaze over it.


I used a babywipe to dab on more Metalic Glaze and White Fire Fresco Finish paint.


Finding the right sentiment for projects can be difficult I find, they either are too large, wrong font or they just don't feel right, however when I looked at the Oxford Impressions stamp sets I have this sentiment jumped out at me.

Although I was not sure where to start with a pastel project, I actually quite like how this turned out, the Metallic Glaze gives a beautiful shimmer to the pale colour.

I hope you can join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects. 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Rusty Burlap Panel for PaperArtsy

Hello and welcome ! I'm back over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a very rusty project !


For more details on how this came together hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Glitter Star frame for PaperArtsy

Hello ! I'm back today to share a post over on the PaperArtsy blog where the theme at the moment is glitter. Yes, I know I'm not known for glitter so it will come as no surprise that I've opted for the more subtle approach.


For all the details about how and why this project came together you'll need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumnal Tag

We're kicking off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils today. Toni is our lovely host for the month and here's what she has to say:

The Season of  Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness' I'd love to see your projects that are inspired by this beautiful season. You may love the rich, warm colours or the shapes of fallen leaves and natural forms. Let us celebrate the wonders to be found around us. The only catch, is that I'd like you to use a tag or several tags, as your substrate. Your tag can be any size or shape and made of any material but it must be a tag. It must also feature some stamping, stenciling or preferably both. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!



I've had this MDF tag for a while now and never found a use so as it's tags only it was the obvious choice. I used Prima Art Alchemy paints for the background colours. The colours of these paints are really rich and as they are also metallic the sheen is fabulous.


 The leaves were all cut from Glassine paper using PaperArtsy dies, then screwed up before painting them with the Prima paints. I then sprinkled some Lindy's embossing powder on them. The acorn and cup was collected from my walk with my little dog.


More die cut leaves, painted and more embossing powder sprinkled on. I've also done some background stamping using Watering Can Archival ink with Serendipity stamps. 



 The rake stamp is also by Serendipity which I've had for years. Raking the leaves just says Autumn to me.


 This sentiment is also by Serendipity and is one of my favourites. I love the font and the acknowledgement to another year passing.

A reasonably simple project but it took a fair time to put together, I find working on a small area really chalenging !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the rest of the DT's fabulous tag !


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Metallic Blooms !

I'm sharing in Inspirational Post over at Stamps and Stencils today and totally indulging myself using lots of metal !


For all the details on how this project came together hop over to Stamps and Stencils.