Wednesday, 17 August 2016

It's a small world

Hello ! Today it's time to share my DT project for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team.The lovely Cec is our hostess and here's what she has to say:

Create or alter something small in a shabby chic or vintage style. Your finished project can be anything from the size of an inchie, matchbook or domino to the size of a playing card or note card, which means anything from 1 inch to 4 inches and it does not have to be flat. Be creative and let us know in your post just how small your project is.

Small isn't something that I find easy to do so this really was a challenge for me !

I had some domino size Tando pieces which I thought if I'm doing small then these would fit the bill ! As you can see from the ruler they are only approximately 2cm wide by 4cm tall. I first of all covered the pieces with Prima beige Sculpture Medium then dipped them into the tiny Art Stones. 

 While the covers were drying I cut a piece of white card and folded it fit them and folded it in a concertina style. Then I dug out my Distress Inks, which haven't been used in a while, and blended ink over the card.

I used Prima Art Alchemy paints to paint the covers, blending the colours keeping the darker Blackberry to the edges. 

 I assembled some embellishments on the front cover and the Petaloo burlap flower was soaked in Prima Sculpture Medium and I wrapped some wire around it while it dried. Then I painted the flower with Art Alchemy paint.

 After the Distress Ink treatment I did some stencilling and stamping.

 I added some white dots using a Sharpie white pen.

The text you can just about see is done using one of those small alphabet sets:

'Live for today........Dream of better days'

The rest of the DT have made some amazing little projects so do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog. 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Time to take flight

I'm back today to share my DT project for the start of the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils.  I'm the host for this challenge and I've chosen Time to take flight ! I would like to see anything relating to flying, so this could be a bird or a butterfly or it could be an inspirational quote that includes words relating to flying ! As always, please remember we are a mixed media challenge and you must include either stamping or stenciling or both !

I decided on a journal page and started with the usual base coat of Gesso. Then I started to stencil with Fresco Finish paints. Apologies for the lack of step x step photos by my rechargeable batteries for my camera have decided not to recharge so I had to take some hurried last minute shots with my mobile !

While having a sort out in my craft room I came across a set of Artistic Stamper stamps which included lots of insects so this is where the thought process began. I grabbed several shades of Fresco greens and started to stencil. I also used Marlin which is a wonderful deep blue for the dots, then knocked it back with some Snowflake Fresco Finish.

This sentiment is one of my favourites and is by Yvonne Blair, I thought the little snail sat beautifully on the top and the grasshoppers sneeking a look around the side. 

I've really enjoyed using the Prima Mini Art Stones and I used the Sculpture Medium to glue them to the page. When they were dry I spinkled on some Infusions then spritzed them with water and let it run down the page. I stamped some of the insects from the Artistic Stamper set then framed the page with Zucchini Fresco Finish. I love the ease at which a journal page comes together and no matter what you had in mind to begin with it always turns out differently, well for me it does !

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

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

By the sea for Frilly and Funkie

Today we are starting the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge. The lovely Kathy is our host and here's what she has to say about the theme she's chosen:

It's summertime, and our minds turn toward the shore where we find sparkling sands, delicate shells and refreshing breezes. This sets the theme for our latest BY THE SEA challenge. Let's take a virtual beach trip by creating any kind of vintage or shabby chic project that features a nautical or beach theme and color palette.

I started with a piece of wood that was an off cut from a house project. I gave it a coat of Gesso then used Prima Texture Paste White Sand and sprinkled on some small Art Stones.

 Once this had dried I gave the wood a wash of watered down acrylic paint. The horizontal grain of the wood gave me the idea of waves so this influenced the way I painted the next layers. 

I built up layers of blue acrylic paint and dabbed on Tikka acrylic paint onto the texture paste and then spritzed it with water. To create some white fluffy clouds I used a baby wipe and made it into a pompom shape and dabbed it in white acrylic paint and pounced it across the top half of the wood. 

I wanted some little beach huts for my beach scene so cut three arches using the Tim Holtz arches die from some cardboard and added a roof to cover the arch shape. 

Unfortunately, the batteries in my camera died so I couldn't take any more steps ! The beach huts were painted with acrylic paint and I used more mini Art Stones and glued them around the bottom edge of the beach huts. For the circle on the stripey ribbon I wound some paper ribbon into a circle and used a needle to add the jute thread and glued a button to the centre.

I cut a small piece of gauze and covered it with Prima Sculpture Medium and while it was still wet sprinkled on some mini Art Stones. The fabric goes hard once dry and creates fabulous texture and dimension. The text is an Yvonne Blair stamp that is stamped onto painted card.

The stamped beach huts are stamped onto painted card then cut out. To give them more definition I used a Stabilo pencil and a damp paintbrush. I found some little bird stamps that resembled seagulls and stamped them with black Archival ink directy onto the wood. 

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and share your By the Sea projects with us. Make sure you hop over to Frilly and Funkie blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

One last thing, apologies for the text on this post for some reason Blogger wouldn't let me take the Italics off or right align it ! 

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Inspiration for Tic Tac Toe !

Hello ! It's my turn to share an Inspirational Post over at Stamps and Stencils today. Here's just a sneak peek, and forewarning that you'll definitely need a cuppa !

For all the details on how this came together you'll need to hop over to Stamps and Stencils.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

All lined up for Frilly and Funkie

Hello ! Today is the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. The lovely Jenny is our hostess and has chosen All Lined Up ! Here's what Jenny has to say:

For this one we need you need to think in straight lines! Be it rows or columns, stripes or even grids make sure those vertical and/or horizontal lines or rows of things are a clearly visible part of your vintage or shabby chic projects (the edges don't count!)

When I read the challenge and saw the word 'grid' the first thing that popped into my head was crosswords ! So,  I started by covering a small canvas with Ranger Texture paste then I cut some small squares from greyboard covered with white card. (I'd already worked out the words I was going to use !)

Once the paste was dry I then used Prima Art Alchemy acrylic paints, blending them with a baby wipe. I used Blackberry around the small squares to add some shading.

The letters were stamped using an old alphabet set onto small pieces of card that I'd wiped more Art Alchemy acrylic paint over.

I then arranged the embellishments, keeping them all quite small.

I decided not to paint the emsbellishments as I quite liked the metal against the paint backdrop.

I really like how this came together and love the texture of the paste !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Paper piecing for PaperArtsy

I hope you're sitting down as this is my fourth post this week ! I know, incredible ! Anyway, it's only a short post as the full detail can be found over on the PaperArtsy blog.

I've stretched the definition of Paper Piecing a little for this project but also thrown in a little hand stitched quilting for good measure. You'll need to hop over to PaperArtsy for how this came together.

Friday Focus on Sizzix Alterations

It's been a busy week this week as this is my third post which hasn't happened in a very long time ! Today I'm back over on the Frilly and Funkie blog sharing a Friday Focus project using Sizzix Alterations.

This is what my project looks like for the details of how it came together you'll need to hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog.