Friday, 31 July 2015

#21 !

I've been in card making mode for the last few days as it was one of my nieces 21st birthday yesterday. I wasn't organised enough to get this post done in time for yesterday, but better late than never works for me !

For this card I wanted to do some more brayering using Fresco Finish paints. This technique is so easy and you get such a different result every time. Once I'd brayered a few colours, I knocked it back with some Chalk Fresco Finish as it was a touch too bright. I used Lin Brown stencils and stencilled the circle of dots using Blue Oyster then bumped the stencil slightly and used Taupe. The leaves are stencilled over Snowflake, which blocks the colour below, then I used Chartreuse, Hey Pesto and a touch of Green Olives. For the dotty flower stencil I used Snowflake.

 The large numbers on the TCW stencil is one of my favourites at the moment and when used with the bumping technique I think it looks amazing ! So I stencilled with Taupe first, then bumped the stencil and used Blue Oyster over the top. As it's an opaque colour there's no need to use Snowflake in between. I did some more dotty stencilling with another TCW stencil using Snowflake to start to bring the layers together.

 Next up was some scripty stamping using a Sara Nauman stamp with Watering Can Archival ink.

I took this opportunity to use some of the new Lin Brown stamps. The tree branch and cage are stamped with black Archival then I've painted the leaves and added some shading to the cage. The leafy stamps are done using Leaf Green Archival ink and I've added more colour to the leaves with some Green Olives Fresco Finish. 

 I seem to have taken the finished photo on a bit of a skew, but as the card's been delivered now there's no second chance !

I added some little white dots to the bird cage using a Sharpie pen. The poppy head flowers are also from Lin's new stamps and I stamped two onto Smoothy card that had been painted with Blue Oyster Fresco Finish. Then added some shading using Glass Blue. The top flower is stamped onto Canson watercolour paper and then painted with the same colours.

I needed an inspirational quote and I normally turn to Wendy Vecchi, and she didn't disappoint ! I thought this sentiment fit perfectly for my niece. The little corner piece is by Kaisercraft and I've painted it with Blue Oyster Fresco finish.

The # and the numbers were stencilled first of all onto Smoothy card and then cut out and glued into place. In this modern, digital era we are now in I thought this was appropriate !

I'll be back in the next few days with my second card, but it's a busy weekend as I'm off to London tomorrow to not only meet up with lots of crafty friends but also take a workshop with Wendy Vecchi herself ! Excited ?? Oh yes ! 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Raise it up at Frilly and Funkie !

We're kicking off the second week at Frilly and Funkie where the lovely Pamellia has chosen Raise it Up as the theme. Here's what Pamellia has to say:

I want to see lots of layers, lots of panels and/or lots of elements on your shabby chic or vintage project, BUT they must be raised up! Whether you choose to use pop dots, foam squares, silicone glue or another means of support, make sure they stand tall!


So, this theme got me thinking about how I could create layers and also height ! Then I spotted my stash of cardboard, perfect ! To start with I used Grunge Paste through the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil and applied it to opposite corners.

 I gave the canvas a wash of watered down acrylic paint and also did a little stencilling. When the Grunge Paste had dried I lightly sanded it to make it look a little shabby.


Now, I meant to take more step by step photos but got carried away so bear with me ! I cut two pieces of cardboard and ripped a little of the surface away.

I gave the pieces of carboard a wash of acrylic paint and on the larger piece I used some more Grunge Paste through a TCW stencil and also through the Wendy Vecchi Alphabets stencil. I stamped the butterflies from the Tim Holtz Papillon set and the Wendy Vecchi Script background stamp onto some tissue paper and glued it to the smaller piece of cardboard. I gave it a coat of Glue 'n' Seal to protect it from the watered down acrylic paint.

I cut out two tags from carboard and these are what are creating the height sandwiched between the two larger pieces. 

I painted the tags with a darker blue acrylic paint then added a coat of Crackle Glaze and dabbed on a lighter colour using Cut 'n' Dry foam. All of the embellishments have been painted with acrylic paint and I've rubbed a little Treasure Gold over them too.

The little lacey buttons are from my stash and are part of a gift of buttons from my very lovely crafty friend Ruth. The key and little dragonfly are from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and have also been painted with acrylic paint.

In the above photo you can see the sanded back Grunge Paste through the Flourish stencil. The large bird cage is by Kaisercraft and I've painted it with acrylic paint then lightly rubbed some Treasure Gold over parts of it, I had the idea of a gilded cage in mind.

I covered some white card with some sticky back canvas that I found in a cheap craft store, then die cut a flower using the Tattered Florals die. I then dabbed some paint onto a material Prima flower and layered it on top and then added the metal flower as the last layer. I've used a WordBand that I've also dabbed with acrylic paint and added a string of small pearls. 

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

Friday, 17 July 2015

Friday Focus on Dylusions

Hello ! I'm back today with just a short post as I'm doing a Friday Focus over at Frilly and Funkie on Dylusions paints. This got delayed while I sorted my new home out. 

I had some fun creating 2 journal pages and a tag. 

I was inpspired by my lovely, crafty friend Ruth to put a sentiment around circles for this one !
 For all the details of these sneak peeks you'll need to hop over to Frilly and Funkie.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Look to the stars !

It's been ages since I just sat down and crafted for enjoyment without having a deadline to meet. So, the journal page I'm sharing are a few hours of painty enjoyment !

I was inpsired by my very good crafty friend Ruth's journal page, that you can see here, and it got me thinking about the Stacking Stars die (that I've never used!). I started by gessoing the pages then used the Donna Downey alphabet stencil with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint. I used the stencil again with Grunge Paste.

I wanted the black letters to remain visible on the whole so I used Wendy Vecchi's Translucent embossing paste with Donna Downey's Flourish stencil. Once the paste was dry I used Yellow Submarine and Tango Fresco Finish paints mixed with satin glaze and rubbed them over the page, leaving it just for a minute then using a baby wipe to wipe it back. I then mixed a little South Pacific with Yellow Submarine and added some around the edges, blending it with a baby wipe/

To define the flourish I used a Stabilo pencil and a water brush, drawing around the edge and then blending with the brush and smudging with my finger.

I covered some card with dictionary paper and die cut the stars. I've used Fresco Finish paints to colour them, then stacked them and used the Stabilo pencil around the edge.

 I lightly sanded the Grunge Paste letters to make them a little shabby in appearance.

I went looking for a quote and found this one, 'When life knocks you down roll over and look at the stars'. It's funny how some quotes just seem to hit the right note with you and this one did just that! I stamped all the words using those little alphabet sets, glued them in to place then used the Stabilo pencil around the edge of them too. The smaller stars are made from Fiber Paste that I've mixed with a little Yellow Submarine then spread through a PaperArtsy stencil. I left them to dry on a paper palette sheet, then when they were ready they were glued in to place then I added the shadow with the Stabilo pencil. To finish I used my white Posca pen and flooded it and then flicked the excess over the page.

I'm also entering this journal page into the That's Crafty challenge which is Wish upon a Star and the Simon Says Monday Challenge which is Anything Goes.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

New JOFY stamps at PaperArtsy !

Hello and welcome to my new home ! Tonight is the second night of the beautiful new JOFY stamps release over at PaperArtsy! Fortunately, my samples were all done and dusted before the upheaval of this week, but as you can see everything is as it should be so it's time to focus on the fantastic new JOFY stamps !


 I was very lucky to get to play with one of the new sets and below are the samples I've made.

For the first sample I used an A5 piece of white/greyboard that PaperArtsy sell. I mixed Southern Skies and Jade from the JOFY Limited Edition paint set with some Satin Glaze. I brushed it over the board then with a piece of kitchen roll (paper) used a circular motion to blend the colours.

I used the wonderful JOFY vine stencil with Chalk Fresco Finish and stencilled two of them, reversing one by turning over the stenci.

 I stencilled over the top of the Chalk with Jade then 'bumped' the stencil and used Buff over the top.

 I gave it a wash of watered down Chalk and then stencilled again.

I've added some background stamping using Chalk, then used the new stamps to add the path across the bottom using Watering Can Archival ink and painted it with Southern Skies. The main flowers are stamped onto Smoothy card that's been painted with Orchid and a swirl of Chalk. I cut out the flowers and positioned them over the top of the stamped images on the board. I've added a little shadow around the flowers using some French Roast. 

The quote is from the new set and is stamped onto some more painted Smoothy card, cut into pieces and stuck to some pieces of mount board to create tiles.

I started the next sample by using the same colours of Frescos with the addition of some Limelight and brayered onto some tissue paper. I stamped just the head of one of the new stamps using Chalk Fresco Finish.

I painted a jumbo tag using Chalk then glued the brayered tissue paper to it. The layer of Chalk just makes sure you get the true colours from the tissue paper. I've stamped onto the tissue paper and painted the flowers using the Limited Edition JOFY paint set, using a white Sharpie to add some highlights.

The main flowers have been stamped onto Smoothy card painted with Prawn and a whisp of Chalk, then cut out and positioned over the stamped image on the tag. The sentiment is stamped onto painted Smoothy and cut into pieces. I also stamped the sentiment onto some seam binding to make the large bow, and mounted the tag onto some black card to frame it.

The last sample is made from a tag sized piece of white/grey board that I've cut the corners off. I painted it with Buff then stencilled the vine again, this time using Chalk and then 'bumping' the stencil and using Jade over the top. I've also added some stencilled dots using Chalk. I used a baby wipe to blend some Southen Skies and Limelight over the stencilling. The smaller tag is made from cardboard with some of the top layer ripped off. It's been painted with Buff and some stencilling using Chalk. I've stamped the grass across the bottom of both tag pieces and painted them using Hey Pesto.

I painted some Smoothy with Buff then a layer of Crackle Glaze and the top coat is a mixture of Southern Skies and Jade. The flowers are stamped onto it then cut out. The sentiment is again stamped onto painted Smoothy card and cut into pieces.

I had great fun putting these samples together ! Make sure you check out the PaperArtsy blog for the rest of the new releases and wonderful samples.

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Very sad day

Hi everyone, I don't know if you will find me here but it is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you my blog has been hacked and I'm no longer able to access it. I've decided to keep my blog name but the URL is different so you will need to change the link as you will be sent to my old blog. As I'm having to start from scratch it all looks a little basic here at the moment so please bear with me as I rebuild my home. I feel very sad that this has happened but I guess it's the world we live in. I won't go on about it as there really is no point. It would be lovely if you could follow me again as it does feel very lonley here at the moment. 

I will be back later this week with a post for Frilly and Funkie so hope you'll pop back then. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Class update and new class details !

I've finally found time to share some photos from my 'Test your Metal' class that took place on the 20th June. We had a fabulous day but the one thing that I didn't do was take any photos ! So thank you to Ruth and Sharon for sending me theirs.

It was heads down right from the start !

Ruth and Kerry are busy bees !

This canvas is Kerry's, you can't see the beautiful flower that well but the colours Kerry chose are gorgeous ! 

Sharon was determined to include the feather on her project, and succeeded ! 

June decided to go with a different layout and it looks fantastic !

My next class is called 'Jardin de Fleurs' and will be taking place on Saturday 25th July, all the details can be found here.  Below is a sneak peek of the canvas we'll be creating! Would be lovely to see you there !