Thursday, 4 May 2017

Fabric and Fibres for Stamps and Stencils

It's the first Thursday of the month which means it's the start of the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Cec is our lovely host for this month and has chosen Fabric and Fibres, here's what Cec has to say:

Let's add some fabric and/or fibres to our creations this month.  You can use linen, burlap, organza, wool, lace, ribbon, rope to name a few.  The list is almost endless but whatever you add, make sure there is some stamping or stenciling (or both) on your creation as well.

I was fortunate to attend one of Lin Brown's fabulous workshops last year which was all about rusting fabric. I have a love hate relationship with rust as my success rate is quite low, so the fact that  I decided to create a second piece along the same lines is quite a surprise, even to me !


 After a week of my kitchen smelling of lemon juice and rust I did have one or two pieces that had rusted quite well. I didn't have any vinegar, and neither did the local shop, so I tried it with just lemon juice, lemon juice and a spritz of water, water with acrylic wax and water with glue ! The pieces that were done with just lemon juice and rusting powder were the most successful and to create the rusty detail I used lots of different stencils.



I had an old frame that was the right size but wrong colour, Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint covered it perfectly.



The above is the finished piece, so no step x steps for this project. The hardest part came when I had to put it together, deciding on the layout and what detail to add. All of the pieces are glued onto a piece of Calico which in turn is glued onto the back board of the frame which I've covered with black fabric.


The metal pieces were all bits that were left over from Lin's workshop so I had a head start, it was more about the rust this time and I was determined not to be beaten !



The centre panel was the one I really wanted to work and it took me 2 or 3 goes to get to this result. The stencil is rom PaperArtsy and is from one of their new designers Scrapcosy. The fabric used for all of the rusting is Egyptian cotton from Empress Mills. The lemon juice has created some rust but it's also, kind of bleached the fabric which I rather liked.


Adding in some lace and burlap for texture and contrast and the skeleton leaves just added that touch of delicate nature. I also did some hand stitching using black embroidery silk, but just using a single strand.


The script tape is a favourite and I only have a little piece left so it's used very sparingly ! The dotty piece the metal leaf is mounted onto is the best result from my rusting and was created with a Wendy Vecchi stencil, lots and lots of lemon juice and rusting powder. I left it for 24 hours which paid off.

I'm also quite proud of the fact that this piece is finished and is also hanging on the wall. There's not many pieces that get that far !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and dig out any bits and pieces of fabric and fibres you have stashed away. Also, make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils and see the fabulous projects the other DT members have created.



Thursday, 6 April 2017

Lucky Star !

We're kicking off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils today and Branka is our lovely host. Here's what Branka has to say:

For this challenge I would love to see a mixed media project that has star/s in it somewhere. You can create anything you like as long as you include a star. Don't forget to use stamps or stencils or both! Can't wait to see what you create!

I've been itching to play with the Infusions colours so this was my opportunity !


 I used the Tim Holtz Stacking Stars to cut the stars from Acetate.


 I used the Acetate as a stencil and pressed Versamark ink through the stars then sprinkled on Infusions. I removed the stencil then spritzed with water. I wanted to keep the bright colours so dried the Infusions straight away.



 The next layer was more Infusions this time using Rusty Car, drying it before the walnut stain started to show.



 I used Watering Can Archival ink with the script stamp from one of Lin Brown's new stamp sets.


 Some more stamping with Watering Can then I decided to do some embossing but couldn't find my gold EP. But I did find my Sticky EP, so I stamped the stars from Lin's set with Versamark and sprinkled on the Sticky EP and heated it, then pressed Gold Leaf over the stars.


 I wanted to use the large star from the Tim Holtz as the main image and fancied incorporating some fabric. Searching through my bit box I found a baby wipe that I'd saved with some colour already on it. I sprinkled on some Infusions spritzed it with water and dried it.


 I die cut the large star from a coaster and covered it with the baby wipe.


 The sentiment is also from the Lin Brown set and is stamped onto some Smoothy card that's had more Infusions sprinkled over it.


One final shot to show the shine from the gold leaf and also the little metal Finnabar star. You may have spotted that I've layered the Infusions card on to a layer of white card. When I tried to removed the masking tape it pulled the top layer of paper from the card, so I had to trim the top layer back to the Infusions.

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



Thursday, 30 March 2017

Mixing it with Metal

It's been a while since I did and Inspirational Post for Stamps and Stencils so if you head over there today you'll see how the below project came together.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Put a bird on it with Stamps and Stencils

Hello ! I'm back today to join in with the Stamps and Stencils challenge for this month. The lovely Toni is our host and has chosen Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep, put a bird on it ! Here's what Toni has to say:

One of the joys at this time of year, is to wake up to the glorious sound of birdsong. The challenge this month is in celebration of our fine, feathered, friends. We would love to see your mixed media projects, that include at least one bird. Whether it's a  journal spread, an assemblage or card, just make sure that a little dickie bird features somewhere. Please don't forget to include stamping, or stenciling or both. Can't wait to see your creations!


Being still limited with what craft stash I can access I kept it simple. I'd started this page months ago and then put it away so the foundation was already done for me. The leaf stencil is by Donna Downey and from I can remember I used a gel medium then sprinkled Infusions over it and spritzed with water.


 I've used lots more Infusions, spritzing with water and drying before too much Walnut Stain appeared.


 I've sprinkled on some white embossing powder to add some texture and also lighten some areas.


The script stencil is also by Donna Downey and I've just lightly sponged Snowflake and Little Black Dress over it. 



 The lovely bird is from an Artistic Outpost set and I've sponged some Snowflake Fresco paint to block out the background colour before stamping.


The  final shot is to share the quote which is an Yvonne Blair stamp, I've blocked out the background colour again before stamping. 

The rest of the team have produced some fabulour projects so do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to take a look.



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

PaperArtsy New Products !

I'm back tonight to share some samples that I've made with the new products from PaperArtsy designed by the lovely Emma Godfrey. As I was in between craft spaces at the time of creating there are no step x step shots unfortunately, but I hope the close ups show just how wonderful the new stamps are.






I love the large flowers on this set, they're perfect for any project being really easy to cut out so layering up is simple to do. I also love that the petals are so rounded and easy to shade.


 The sentiment is wonderful, and as the words are so perfectly spaced you can stamp as a whole or stamp and cut into separate words.


The impact when the flowers are grouped is wonderful.








Dragonflies are one of my favourite things to use in my crafting and to have 2 sizes on one set is wonderful ! They have the same attraction of being easy to cut out and then shade. 



The text on this sample has been cut into separate words.



The other elements on the sets are perfect for backgrounds.



 

 I don't often make ATC's but as I had a spare piece from the Masterboard I created for the first sample it seemed a waste to not use it.


These cute little butterflies are the perfect size for ATC's.


This last set of stamps has more bold images to use and also the fabulous smaller ones for backgrounds which I do love.



The large stamp from this set is fabulous, I can see journalling pages in the future where this will feature. Cutting up the image and using the smaller parts is great to create continuity in a project. I can also see lollipop flowers as I'm writing this!

I hope you'll hop over to the PaperArtsy blog and check out the other beautiful samples that have been made.

Friday, 17 February 2017

It's been a while ..

I have to be honest I do feel really rusty sitting down to type up a blog post. Blogger looks to have changed a little too which had me foxed for a few seconds ! Life has been somewhat challenging over the last 17 months and at last it feels like there maybe some calmer waters ahead, which means I can get back to doing what I love, crafting !

So, to launch myself back in to the blogging world again I have just a short post as the main one is over on the PaperArtsy blog. It's all about masks for the current topic, which is right up my alley ! As I love stencils, masks are just another spin on the same vein.


Here's just a sneak peek, to see more hop over to PaperArtsy.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Going round in cicles

We're kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge today. I am the host for this challenge and it will also be my last post for a while as I'm taking some time out. The theme I've chosen for this challenge is circles. Including circles in my projects is one of my favourite things to do, so for this challenge I want to see circles, lots of circles, not just one! Stencilled, stamped or even a circular project such as a wreath!


 I started by punching some circles from corrugated cardboard.



 I then applied acrylic paint and blended it around the page using a baby wipe.



 I then used some stencils with acrylic paint around the page. 


To give the circles more definition I used a grey acrylic paint around them and blended the paint out using a baby wipe. 


To make the circles stand out even more I used the Prima Art Alchemy paints and again used a baby wipe to blend the colours. 


You can see from this shot how the paint gets caught in the dips of the cardboard. 


 The sentiment was stamped with black Archival ink.


I doodled around the edge of the page and used a white Sharpie pen to add some white dots.


One last close up shot of the text.

I hope you can 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.