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.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Autumn Frame for PaperArtsy

Hello ! It's rare these days to see me here on a Monday but today I'm sharing a project over on the PaperArtsy blog.

The current theme is Autumn Leaves which is right up my street as these are my favourite colours. For all the details of how this project came together you'll need to hop over to PaperArtsy.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Forgotten butterfly

We're kicking off the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. Pamellia is our hostess and here's what she has to say:

 I have chosen the theme Things with Wings for this one. I would like to see anything that has wings, use your imagination... just make sure your project is shabby chic or vintage in style.

 I had one of these little Artemio wooden frames left and decided to use it to showcase a butterfly. I started with Tim Holtz Industrious Stickers around the edge.

I painted it with Gesso then glued Art Stones and Mini Art Stones around the frame.

I'm afraid the process over took me and I didn't capture the rest of the steps before the finished project ! I used Acrylic paint to build up layers and then used Prima Art Alchemy paints just over the Art Stones and then on the inside of the recess.

The backgound for the butterfly is white card that's had the Prima paints dabbed on to it using a baby wipe. Then I stamped the Tim Holtz Newsprint stamp over it . The butterfly is by Prima and it's also been painted with the Prima Art Alchemy paints.

To make the frame a little more shabby I used Blackberry Prima Art Alchemy paint and watered it down and painted it around the textured areas. The final touch was a chit chat sticker that I dabbed Blackberry around the edge.

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 projects.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Colours of Autumn

I'm back today to share my DT project for the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Rachel is our lovely host and has chosen the Colours of Autumn as our theme. This is not about using leaves but using the colours associated with the season of Autumn. These colours are right up my street so the only decision was what to do with them ! I've been enjoying doing some pages in my journals lately so that's where I headed for this challenge.

The pages were Gessoed and then I used my fingers to blend Autumnal Fresco Finish colours over the pages. I used the Copper Fresco Finish with a Donna Downey Honeycomb stencil.

Although leaves weren't compulsory for this theme once they were in my head there was no getting away from them! I used a Lin Brown stencil and did several layers of stencilling, replacing the leaf stencil after each colour.

I've skipped ahead a few steps here ! I first of all used a TCW numbers stencil, again doing several layers of stencilling and using the 'bumping' technique to make the numbers pop. I drew around the leaves with a black Stabilo pencil and blended it out using a damp paint brush. I replaced the leaf stencil then used a script stamp to stamp through the stencil. Using my finger I've rubbed Snowflake Fresco Finish paint over areas of the pages, love how this knocks the colour back. Some more stencilling and I've also done some stamping without an acrylic block. I used black Archival but decided it was too harsh so while the ink was still wet I rubbed it back using a baby wipe.

To finish the page I've used a Lin Brown stamp for the quote and I've brushed Prima Parthenay Artisan Powder around the edges and down the centre. I wanted it a little more grunged so again used my finger with French Roast Fresco Finish around the edges of the pages.

I sprtized the page with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and still feeling I needed something else I watered down some Snowflake Fresco Finish and flicked that across the pages too.

A couple of close ups for you, this one you can see the stamping done through the stencil.

One final shot to show the quote and you can see some splattering too !

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 fabulous projects from the rest of the DT. 

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Floral Infatuation Journal page

Today we kick off the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge which is Floral Fantasy. The lovely Nancy is our host and here's what she has to say:

Our theme, Floral Infatuation, celebrates the beautiful blooms of the season. The guidelines are super simple: create any vintage or shabby chic project with flowers as a focal point.

So, with flowers firmly fixed in my mind I opted for a grungy, watercolour journal page !

If you saw my altered notebook post this little book gave me the idea to do the next step and create the first journal page. As the pages are quite thin I glued several pages together with Glue 'n' Seal. I then covered the spread with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap. I coated the Tissue Wrap with Glue 'n' Seal to protect it then stamped the flowers from the Heartfelt Creations set. I used the Prima Watercolours to paint around the flowers and as I've coated the paper with Glue'n'Seal I could wipe any paint away from the flowers.

I then used the black watercolour and painted around all the flowers using my finger to smudge the paint. 

I picked up some white watercolour paint and flicked it over the page. 

I wanted to knock the colours back so I used white acrylic paint watered down slightly and rubbed it over the page  using my finger. Due to the watercolour paint the colours smudged quite nicely. I then used a Sharpie pen to add some dots.  To age the pages a little more I brushed Prima Memory Hardware Artesian Parthenay powder around the edges and up the centre.

 The text is a Wendy Vecchi stamp and I've added some white dots using the Sharpie pen.


 One final shot to show the finished page. I quite liked working on a smaller size page, still room to experiment but a little quicker to achieve a finished page ! 

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

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Altered Book for Frlly and Funkie

Today I'm over on the Frilly and Funkie blog sharing a step x step. This is just a quickie post for all the details you need to hop over to Frilly and Funkie.

I've been dabbling with Prima Sculpture Medium, very messy, but lots of fun !

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.