Wednesday, 17 February 2016

A lesson learnt !

Hello and welcome ! Today is when the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie DT kick off the second week of the current challenge. Zoe is our lovely hostess and here's what she has to say:

With Valentines this weekend I've chosen "LOVE IS IN THE AIR" as the challenge theme. Create a vintage or shabby chic project with love as the central theme. Think hearts, cupid, love and romance in whatever colour palette your heart desires.

Now at this point you may be wondering what the title has to do with the challenge theme. Well I was happily taking photos at each step of my journal page and had seen a different symbol on the display of my camera but didn't think anything of it at first. Then I wondered would the camera still take photos if there was no memory card in it........yes you guessed it, it will ! So all the wonderful step x step photos are lost ! So, the first step was to fold a piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap in half and draw a heart shape, which I cut out. The paper was then glued onto the pages keeping the cut out heart in the cetnre. I then used the Dylusions hexagon stencil with Ranger Texture Paste. Once dry I started to build up layers of acrylic paint. When the paint was dry I mixed Slate Fresco Finish with satin glaze and painted it over all of the pages but not the heart. I left it for approximately a minute then wiped it off using a baby wipe. This created the grungy effect I was afer.

I then painted the heart, starting with a pale red and builing up the layers and using Slate around the edges to add more depth. The dots are created using the end of a paint brush dipped in Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint. I wanted more definition around the heart so grabbed my Stabilo pencil and drew around it and with a damp paint brush blended the pencil.

I still needed more gunge so  I mixed some Little Black Dress Fresco Finish with water and splattered the page !

The sentiment is from one of the fabulous Yvonne Blair stamps. The actual stamp has alot more words on it but the section above spoke to me, so I masked off the rest of the words so I could use just this section.  

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 check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects. 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Dabbling with wax over at PaperArtsy

Hello, it's just a quickie post today as the main details are over on the PaperArtsy blog. I have been interested in using beeswax in my projects for a long time so this one was more experimental than anything else.

So if you want to see more hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Spritz, Splatter and Smoosh !

Hello ! I'm back today to share my DT project for the start of the Stamps and Stencils challenge. I'm the host of the new challenge and I've chosen Spritz, Splatter and Smoosh ! All of these terms I'm sure are all familiar to you so interpret them in any way you like as long as you include some stamping or stencilling !

The starting point for this journal page were these chipboard hexgons that I'd got out for another project then changed my mind. The journal pages were first given a coat of Gesso then I glued the hexagons in place.

I used some Haystack Fresco Finish and coated the whole page then started to stecnil using Autumn Fire and Brown Shed. I used my favourite TCW large number stencil and did the bumping technique. Then I added some satin glaze to Gold Fresco Finish and painted it over the whole page and wiped it back after a minute or so. It leaves the most beautiful sheen which I think you can just about pick up on the above photo.

 I stamped some hexagons from the JOFY 30 stamp set and then painted them with the same colours as the 3D hexagons. To add some depth I used a Stabilo pencil around the edge of all the shapes and with a damp brush blended it to create a shadow. I used a Tim Holtz script stamp and used Orange Blossom Archival ink and stamped onto the raised hexagons and also onto rangdom areas of the page. I then spritzed the page using a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray.

I decided the spritz wasn't enought so I watered down some Brown Shed Fresco Finish and splattered it over the page, much better !

 You can see the splatters on the above page and also the sheen from the gold glaze.

 The spritz and splatter shows up well on the above photo.

The fabulous sentiment is another Yvonne Blair stamp and this one really struck a chord with me.

I hope you can find time so Spritz, Splatter and Smoosh with us this month ! For lots more inspiration do make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Enjoy your Embossing !

We're kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge today. Our host is the lovely Jenny and here's what she has to say:

For this one you need to make a vintage or shabby chic project of your choice and remember to include some embossing. Use your favourite embossing methods (wet, dry, heat, or any other techniques you want to share) - just enjoy your embossing!

The problem with this challenge was I just couldn't make up my mind which kind of embossing to do! I decided to use an MDF tag shape that I've had for a while. I painted it first with Gesso then I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of paper and cut out the shape around the words. I placed the piece of paper onto the tag then used the Tim Holtz stencil and Ranger Texture paste and spread it over the top. When the piece of paper was removed it left the perfect shape for the text to be stamped later. After the paste was dry I painted over the whole tag using Fresco Finish paints creating a gradient of colour. Then I replaced the stencil and pressed Versamark ink over the top, removed the stencil then sprinkled Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder over the top. The powder melted beautifully over the texture paste ! I used the same stencil and added some stencilling to the area without paste then stamped the sentiment.

I pressed the edges onto the Versamark pad then used Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder again.

I love the flowers from the Wendy Vecchi Artful Life stamp set. I painted some white card with Fresco Finish paint then used Snowflake Fresco Finish over the top which knowck back the colour.

The flowers were cut out and then layered onto the tag.

I stamped some leaves from the same Wendy Vecchi stamp set and cut them out and arranged them among the flowers along with some pieces of coloured twine.

The sentiment is by Yvonne Blair, if you've not seen any of Yvonne's stamps you really need to check them out in Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique, they are all fabulous ! 

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