Thursday, 20 August 2015

Time Well Spent !

I'm back today with just a quick post as I'm sharing the full step x step over at Stamps and Stencils. It's my turn to share an Inspirational Post and I chose to do a journal page with lots of drips !

I always like to think that any time I spend in my craft room is well spent and I was quite happy with my efforts on this occasion too ! For all the details you'll need to hop over to Stamps and Stencils.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Stitch in Time !

Hello and welcome to today's post which is my project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. I am the host for this challenge and the theme I've chosen is Stitch in Time - with a twist. I love to incorporate sewing into projects. Be it real or faux, it always adds an extra dimension to your artwork. So, for this challenge I want to see stitching somewhere on your vintage or shabby chic projects, real or faux will do! BUT, I would also like to see a timepiece too!

The school of thought when choosing a theme for a challenge is that you already have something in mind....... not me ! I pick a theme then have to sit down and think what on earth I'm going to do ! I knew I wanted to do something that would have a practical use and with a holiday fast approaching a journal sprang to mind. I have written a journal for our holidays as far back as I can remember and they are great to read after the event, sometimes many years after the event !

The notebook started life as a plain white cover which I then covered with Claudine Hellmuth's Natural Sticky Back Canvas. I've not got the step x step shots to show you here as I'll be back at Frilly and Funkie in a couple of weeks time and will walk you through everything then. Once the canvas was trimmed to the shape of the book I then started to stencil using acrylic paint. The large numbers have been done using the 'bumping' technique so they appear to have a shadow which makes them stand out more. I carried on stencilling using lots of Wendy Vecchi stencils and, surprisingly, shades of pink !

The clock is die cut using the Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die from card covered with more sticky back canvas. I then used my sewing machine to zig zag around the edges. I cut two smaller pieces and layered them underneath. The canvas has been painted using my finger and more acrylic paint. The wonderful sentiment is one of Wendy Vecchi's and I've cut it up into the individual words before sticking in place.

When the clock was glued into place I then positioned the flowers and embellishments and painted them in situ, taking care not to paint the rest of the cover !

Here's the reverse of the journal and you can see lots more stencilling detail.

I have to say, even thought it's pink!, I love how this turned out. The texture from the canvas is wonderful and it will have pride of place in my packing !

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 fabulous projects from the rest of the DT.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Gels and Mediums for PaperArtsy

Hello and happy Friday ! I'm back today to share a sneak peek of my project for the current PaperArtsy challenge which is Gels and Mediums. There are so many gels and mediums to choose from and so many different techniques, but there is one gel that has intrigued me so that's where I started.

I've also had the chance to play with the beautiful new Lin Brown stamps ! So, for all the details you'll need to hop over to PaperArtsy.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Time Flies !

Hello and welcome back today for my second post in as many days ! Today is the start of the new Stamps and Stencils challenge and the lovely Yvonne has chosen Time Flies. As the title suggests what we want to see is time pieces as the focal point on your mixed media projects and remember to include some stamping or stencilling.

I was very lucky to attend the Wendy Vecchi workshop on Sunday 2 August, so inspired by the project we made I decided to add another tag to the 'box of art '!

This tag started by using the Rubbing Alcohol technique that Wendy has shared previously. I used Cornflower Blue and Fern Green Archival inks with the Rubbing Alcohol on Speciality Stamping Paper. Then I started to stencil ! I used the Wendy Vecchi Add a Stencil, Alphabets stencil and Ledger stencil along with some sequin waster. The flower stalk and the flower head are also Wendy stencils. I had a different idea for the centre of the flower but it didn't work out so instead I've used another Wendy stencil with Orange Blossom and a little Potting Soil Archival inks to create the rays behind the clock face.

The clock is a Tim Holtz stamp and I've stamped it onto mount board that I've blended Buttercup Archival ink over. The little bee is a rub on and the stars and sentiment are both Wendy Vecchi stamps.

So, I couldn't finish without sharing one or two photos from the wonderful workshop ! Here I am with the lovely lady herself ! 

This is Wendy talking us through one of the tags we made to go in the Box of Art. 

This tag is my favourite, the cup and saucer look great with the embossing powder on them and the little teaspoon is a fantastic find by Wendy ! 

A layered rose on a manilla tag that we also used the Rubbing Alcohol technique on, a completely different effect but fabulous ! 

The tree stencil is wonderful I'd forgotten how great it works ! 

I love the word Art on this tag!

This is the wonderful box that we decorated that will house all the art tags, there's plenty of room in it so I can see me making lots more ! It just leaves me to say a big thank you to Wendy for making the trip across the pond to see us, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it would be wonderful if it happened again! 

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

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

But what if you fly

We're kicking off the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge today, which means it's the turn of the Funkie side of the team to share their projects. The current theme is Things with Wings which has been chosen by the lovely Cec. Here's what Cec has to say:

I am the hostess for the new challenge starting today.  I am calling this one 'Things With Wings'. Use anything with wings as the focal point on your vintage or shabby chic projects this time. Be it of the animal, fantasy or mechanical variety we want your creativity to take flight!

The first things that jump to my mind are butterflies and birds, but I'm rather hooked on the gorgeous butterfly from the Tim Holtz Perspective stamp set so that was my starting point !

I had great fun using the Dylusions paints recently which you can see here, that I decided to give them another outing. I've used Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest and Fresh Lime, first of all using my fingers to rub over the Gessoed journal page then blending more with a baby wipe.

 I added some stencilling using Wendy Vecchi Polka Dotty stencil, the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil and the Dylusions Diamond stencil.

 To knock the colours back I used White Linen Dylusion paint then went around the edge of the pages using a mix of Vibrant Turquoise and Black Marble Dylusion paint. I used the Wendy Vecchi Alphabets stencil with Slate Fresco Finish, then used the same stencil with some Grunge Paste.

I have recently come across a very talented lady by the name of Marta Lapkowska and one of the techniques that Marta has used was white embossing powder with a script stamp. So simple but completely passed me by ! So, using Wendy Vecchi's background script stamp I added some stamping with Versamark then embossed with white EP. I did some more stamping with the same stamp using Watering Can Archival ink.

The large butterfly is from the Perspective stamp set I mentioned earlier. I first of all drew around the stamp onto some cardboard and cut out the shape. I then covered it with Tissue Wrap and coated it with Glue 'n' Seal. I stamped the butterfly on top then coloured it using Distress Markers. The small butterflies are from the Papillon set and have been stamped onto the journal page, then stamped again on to white card and coloured with Distress Markers. I've only glued down their bodies so the wings do lift off the page. I then used a Stabilo pencil and blended it with a damp paint brush to create a shadow around the large butterfly.

 The words are stamped onto white card using a couple of the cheap little alphabet sets and I've used the Stabilo pencil again to create a shadow.

 In the above photo you can see the text behind the stamping of the large butterfly and also the white embossed script stamping. You can also see the honeycomb stamping I did using the Tim Holtz Mixed Media stamp set.

One final close up so you can see the wings of the little butterflies, which I think look like they are just about to take off in flight.

I hope you can join us for this challenge, the rest of the DT have created some gorgeous projects so do make sure you hop over to Frilly and Funkie !