Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Chalk it up at Frilly and Funkie

Today is the start of the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge which is Chalk it Up. The lovely Shelly is our host and here's what she's got to say:

I thought it would be fun to experiment with chalk techniques - whether it's stamping with chalk inks, using a faux chalkboard technique, coloring with chalks, or even dabbling in your art journal with sticks of chalk - we want to see what you can create using chalk as a theme!

 I was a little stumped at first with this one but I hopped onto Pinterest looking for inspiration and decided to create a chalkboard style project. I started with the frame and painted it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish acrylic paint, then I rubbed some Vaseline on different parts.

The top coat is Chalk Fresco Finish acrylic paint and then I've sanded it lightly and where the Vaseline is the paint has rubbed off beautifully. 

I cut a piece of thick cardboard and gave it two coats of black Gesso and a top coat of satin glaze. I then planned out the words and drew light guide lines with pencil before starting to write using a white Sharpie pen.

 The flowers were stamped and white heat embossed then I used Ken Oliver Colour Burst to water colour the flowers.

The stars, which are from as Artistic Oupost set, are stamped using white ink.

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

Saturday, 19 September 2015

New class !

EDIT: Apologies but this class has had to be postponed until possibly into the New Year. 

Hello ! I'm very excited to share my new class with you today that will be taking place on Saturday 31 October. There will be lots of layering with Fresco Finish paints and we'll be glazing with them too ! You'll definitely be getting your hands dirty as we will be using the best tool we own, our fingers, as part of the process ! Couple all of this with the beautfil new stamps by Lin Brown to create a garden with a difference as your eyes don't deceive you there is a zip through the centre !

If you would like to join me for this class email me at and also check out the class schedule page on my blog.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Stamps be gone !

Yes you have read that correctly ! No stamps used on today's project ! I'm sharing my DT project for the current challenge theme over at Frilly and Funkie. Pamellia is our lovely host and here's what she has to say:

How would you decorate your project if you didn't own any stamps? Embossing folders, stencils, or perhaps a little hand doodling? Well, let's put it to the test for this challenge. Other than a small sentiment, I would ask that you use no stamps at all on your vintage or shabby chic creations.

I rescued this beautiful photo of my Mum from a disastrous project from a workshop I did earlier in the year.  I wanted to give it a good home so I decided to centre my project around it.

 I started with a canvas and flipped it over and taped around the edges with masking tape.

 I gave everything a coat of Gesso.

 Then spread some Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste around the edges.

 I used a Dylusions stencil on the canvas itself, love the crackled hexagons !

 I then started to glaze by mixing Fresco Finish paint with Satin Glazing Fluid. I used Buff to start with then moved onto Moccha Mousse and then finally Chocolate pudding. By using a glaze it means the colour sinks into the crackles.

 I used the Tim Holtz Lace stencil then using Gesso rubbed it over the canvas to knock back the stencilling.

I seem to have skipped the photos of the next few steps so here we are at the final version ! I did more stencilling across the centre and knocked it back using Gesso mixed with a little of the acrylic paint.

I made one large flower using the Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Flower die dipping the card into Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. I painted the rest of the paper flowers with the same colour. 

 The word 'remember' has been stencilled using the Wendy Vecchi Classic Words stencil.

 I covered the photo then spritzed the canvas with Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Gossamer Gold spray.

The bird cage has been painted then I've rubbed Treasure Gold over it and I've also rubbed Treasure Gold over the bird too.

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

Saturday, 12 September 2015

One more PaperArtsy new release !

I'm back for the second time today, but it's just  quickie ! Tonight is the night for JOFY's new stamps to be shared over on the PaperArtsy blog. Below is the intro video but for all the fabulous samples you'll need to hop over to PaperArtsy.

Running a little late this morning!

Hello and yes I'm back again ! What a week it's been with so much to share I lost track of the dates so I'm just getting back on track with my step x step over at Frilly and Funkie.

This is the project that I'm sharing in detail which you will no doubt remember from the Stitch in Time challenge. So to see how it all came together hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Day 5 - PaperArtsy new release !

Hello ! Well we've made it to Friday which means tonight is the night to share Darcy's new stamps over at PaperArtsy. The mood is definitely festive with these new stamp sets !

This piece of grey/whiteboard was painted with Mermaid Fresco Finish then I've done some stencilling with Snowflake and some subtle stamping using Beach Hut. I used the flower from EDY16 and silver embossed it all around the edge, then painted is using Beach Hut and Blueberry Fresco Finish paints.

The baubles have all been painted using the same colours then I've used a silver pen to highlight some of the lines and I also added in some white dots using a Sharpie pen. I've used pieces of silver thread to hang all the baubles from. The sentiment is from EDY15 and I've glued it to some mount board to create tiles.

When I saw this cute little guy I couldn't get Frosty the Snowman out of my head so wanted a really chilly feel ! The background has been done by painting some Smoothy card with Clear Gesso then masking it off into rectangles shapes and using cut'n'dry foam to dab the paint over it. Then before it dries completely, wiping it back with a baby wipe which gives a distressed look. I glued some book paper across the bottom and used a piece of torn paper as a mask to create some snowy hills for the snowman to sit on. I've then stencllied some snowflakes and used a plastic card to add some white lines using Snowflake Fresco Finish.  The little trees have been white embossed to create a treeline.

I've done some light painting on the snowman and stamped the scarf and hat again, painted them and then mounted them onto foam pads for dimension. The sentiment is from EDY15 and has been glued to some mount board to create a tile. I drew the dripping snow freehand and then added some puffy paint.

For this card I brayered the background using Hey Pesto and a mix of Claret and Blueberry. I then stencilled the stars with Vanilla and splatered some paint over it too. The little trees have been stamped onto Smoothy card painted with Green Olives then I cut them out and added some white dots with a Sharpie pen. The stars from EDY15 have been stamped across the bottom to create a border.

I painted another piece of Smoothy card with Hey Pesto then stamped the stars all around the edge. The main image from EDY15 has been stamped onto another piece of brayered card that I've stencilled the stars onto and white highlighting dots on the trees baubles.

Apologies for the photo of this last sample, it didn't matter what I did the flowers came out really dark every time ! The flower on EDY16 just shouts layering to me, so that's what I did ! I stamped the flower several times onto Smoothy card that I'd painted with Green Olives, Spanish Mulberry and the Claret and Blueberry mix. They were then cut out and layered up. The vase is hand drawn then cut out from mount board and I've used one of Lin Brown's stencils with Grunge Paste to add the detail. When it was dry I painted it then replaced the stencil and brushed Treasure Gold over the top.

I covered the white/grey board with book pages then did some stencilling with Snowflake then did a wash with Hey Pesto. Using the TCW stencil I stencilled the numbers using the bumping technique. The little trees were stamped onto Smoothy card painted with Green Olives then cut out and glued into position. To finish I added some lace  and stamped the sentiment from EDY15 across the bottom.

It's been great fun getting into Christmas mode this early in the year, wasn't sure I was going to manage it to be honest ! Do make sure you hop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see what the other designers have created !

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Day 4 - PaperArtsy new releases !

I'm back tonight with a short post to let you know that the new product release over at PaperArtsy is for Sara Naumann. Below is the video by Leandra sharing the new products but make sure you hop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the fabulous projects that have been made.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Day 3 - PaperArtsy new releases !

I'm back tonight with a longer post and to share the third day of new releases from PaperArtsy. Tonight is the turn of Emma Godfrey and there are two fabulous new stamp sets to show you.

First up is the Halloween set EEG11 and below are 2 samples that I've made with this set.

Emma mentioned home decor when the details of the new stamps were shared and that got me thinking as to what I would like around the house at Halloween and I ended up with the idea of a rag wreath ! So, I cut and tore strips of cotton fabric then added Tinned Peas to a spray bottle that already had water in it. I plaited the cotton and secure the ends by stitching it then spritzed the wreath with the watered down Tinned Peas.  I put it aside to dry and then painted some Smoothy card with Pumpkin Soup and Purple Rain Fresco Finish paints. There are so many words on this stamp set that it was easy to pick the words that would work on the wreath. The little skull is stamped onto Smoothy card painted with Pumpin Soup and cut out.

The bow is also made from cotton fabric and sprayed with watered down Purple Rain. The word Halloween has been stamped onto Pumpkin Soup painted card and Purple Rain painted card then stuck back to back with a piece of cotton sandwiched between the two and sewed to the top of the wreath. To finish I stamped the little spider and cut him out glueing him to the front of the bow.

Houses always seem to come to mind when I'm thinking of Halloween projects so a little 'Spooky Street' was the idea here. I cut the houses from mountboard using the Tim Holtz die and for the two end houses cut three so that they would have more dimension when glued together. I added Grunge Paste to some of the houses before painting them and then rubbed some Classic Treasure Gold over the texture.

The windows are hand drawn onto some Smoothy car painted with Pumpkin Soup. The spider was stamped in position then I drew in the thread that it's dangling from. The background is Purple Rain and Pumpkin Soup blended togther then I've stamped the cobweb over the top using Concrete Fresco Finish.

The Christmas samples are made with EEG12, again there are lots of words included which are great to use on backgrounds. I painted a large tag with Concrete Fresco Finish then used Lake Wanaka Fresco Finish to stencil over it. I added some stamping using Snowflake and also Cornflower Blue Archival ink.

The two tags are stamped onto Smoothy card painted with Lake Wanaka then I've stamped randomly with words from the stamp set using Archival inks. The large snowflakes have been cut out and then I've used a Sharpie pen to add the white dots. The main sentiment is stuck onto mount board to add extra dimension.

The last sample is a card and I started by using the star stencil with Grunge Paste. Once it was dry I blended Sage and Spanish Mulberry Fresco Finish paints over it and once dry I sanded the stars a little. The snowflakes have been stamped with Sage and Spanish Mulberry and I've used a Sharpie pen again to add the little dots.

The tag is tamped onto Smoothy card painted with Spanish Mulberry then stamped with the little dots using Concrete Fresco Finish. This is layered onto a panel that has been covered with book paper then stamped with the dots and snowflake using Spanish Mulberry. I've used Concrete for the base colour for the star and sentiment. The sentiment is stuck to some mount board to create a tile and the star is die cut using the Tim Holtz die.

There are lots more samples to see so make sure you hop over to the PaperArtsy blog !

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Day 2 - PaperArtsy new releases

I'm back tonight with just a short post to share the second day of new releases for PaperArtsy. Tonight it's the turn of Clare Lloyd's fabulous new stamps. Below is a short video sharing the new stamps, but for all the details you'll need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Monday, 7 September 2015

PaperArtsy new products !

Hello ! Tonight is the first night of new releases from PaperArtsy and first up is the new Fresco Finish paints and Hot Pick stamps.

Here's a video introduction to tonight's new products:

Make sure you hop over to the PaperArtsy blog to check out the fabulous samples.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Up, Up and Away !

Today is the day we’re kicking off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. The host this is time is the lovely Sharon and she’s chosen Up, Up and Away but with a twist of using Autumnal colours. I love using this range of colours so not a problem !

I’ve taken the opportunity to make my other half’s birthday card which he celebrated this week. I started with a piece of Smoothy card and glued strips of book paper in vertical lines. I then mixed some Whipped Spackle with a little of the France Papillon Elements and used a TCW stencil over the opposite corners. 

I then spritzed the piece with various Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays which really coloured the book paper beautifully. I then did some stencilling using another TCW stencil and Brown Shed Fresco Finish paint. Using a baby wipe I wiped some Golden paint over some more Smoothy card then used my finger and rubbed Gesso over the top. I stamped the bird which is an Artistic Outpost stamp over the top.

The piece of fabric is a leftover from the France Papillon workshop I attended recently and it’s been painted with Fresco Finish paints Brown Shed and French Roast.

The metal corner pieces have been painted with Brown Shed Fresco Finish paint then I’ve dabbed French Roast over the top. I did the same thing to the little Tim Holtz charm. I found the quote on the internet but I don’t know who it’s by, unfortunately, but I loved it ! It’s been stamped with those little alphabet stamps onto Smoothy card painted with the Golden paint and then Gesso rubbed over the top.

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

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Touch of Gold !

I'm back today to share my DT project for the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  The lovely Georgie is our host and has chosen a Touch of Gold.  Metal elements, glitter, embossing powder, paint, ribbon, whatever it is lets see a splash of gold in your vintage or shabby chic projects!

I started by painting Gesso over my journal pages and when dry I spritzed the pages with water and sprinkled Ken Oliver Colour Burst powders in Lemon Yellow, Pthalo Green and Ultramine blue and let them mingle together, spritzing again with water to get them to run together. Then I got out my Dylusions paints and rubbed various colours with my finger over the pages. Not wanting to waste any paint I decided to do the circles thing by pressing the mini blending tool on to the page, mopping up the paint from my craft sheet. I added the letters using the Wendy Vecchi Alphabets stencil with her black embossing paste. Then used the Old Ledger stencil and also the Yikes Stripes stencils.

I didn't take any in between photo steps as the process kind of took over ! I added some more stencilling using a TCW stencil to bring it together. Then used a Stabilo pencil and roughly drew around the circles, with a damp brush I blended the pencil to create the dark outline.

I used Gesso to paint over the circles to give them some shading and also used my finger and rubbed more Gesso over various places on the page. To add my touch of gold I replaced the Alphabets stencil over the letters and then rubbed Florentine Treasure Gold over the top of the letters. The photo doesn't pick it up all that well but there is a lovely golden touch. The sentiment is from the Dina Wakley Handwritten Quotes stamp set which I thought was rather apt for this page !

I had a piece of circular foam on my work desk so used this to add some white circles then used a lid from a hair mousse can dipped in Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint to create the black rings. To frame the whole thing I used a little Black Marble Dylysions paint on a mini blending tool and lightly rubbed it all around the edges and for my final touch of gold I spritzed the page with Lindys Stamp Gang Golden Doublooms spray, which you can just about make out on the above photo.

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

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Tuesday Tutorial

Today I have the honour of being featured over on Marjie Kemper's Tuesday Tutorials.

The journal page that Marjie is featuring is below, thank you Marjie for the invite !