Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Hip to be square !

Today we're kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge and Cec is our lovely host and is taking us back in time to the 60's and 70's when colours were bright and flares were wide ! Here's what Cec has to say:

Let's go retro and make a project influenced by the brighter colours and/or images and patterns of the hippie era of the late 1960's/early 1970's. Your project must either be square or include at least one square element.

With this in mind I looked on Pinterest to give me a little push in the right direction.

The substrate I've used is a small Artemio wooden frame, they're great for altering as they are a solid base to stamp on to. I started by giving it a coat of Gesso then I used masking tape to create a chequered style effect. Then pink Dylusions paint was dabbed over the masking tape, the tape was removed then yellow Dylusions paint was dabbed over the top of everything, sending the pink a lovely orangey shade !

 This is the reverse of the frame after the yellow Dylusions paint has been applied.

 Linda has had some fabulous new products in The Funkie Junkie Boutique and one of them is these wonderful flower stamps from Heartfelt Creations. I used the largest of the flowers from the Arianna set and stamped over the frame using black Archival ink.

The centre panel is a piece of white card that has had the same Dylusions paint blended over it and then it's been stamped with one of the smaller flowers from the same stamp set. The sentiment is from Wendy Vecchi's The Gift of Art set.

 To add some bling to the project I've used the Prima Fresh Orange metallique paint. As the paint is translucent it let's the colours below show through but gives a lovely sheen.

The flower is made using the same Heartfelt Creations stamp set, the individual flowers have been stamped onto white card painted with Dylusions paint. The orange flowers have been painted with the Prima paint to add some sheen and the centre flower is a metal embellishment that I've painted with Brass, Fresh Orange and Gold Rush Prima Metallique acrylic paint.  The leaves are Tando pieces that have been painted with Green Olive Prima Metallique acrylic paint.

The metal corner embellishment has also been painted with the Prima paints, it started out as a dull, vintage piece and the paints have gilded it beautifully. The pearls on the inner area have also been painted with the Prima paints. I then used a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and spritzed the whole piece.

I think this is as bright as I could get for this project ! I hope you have chance to share your inner hippie and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Friday, 25 March 2016

A little bit of wax and a long week !

You know when you reach the end of a week and look back and think 'thank goodness that's finished', well that's the kind of week I've just said goodbye to ! It started with a cold that progressed into something quite horrible, I lost my voice and generally felt quite ill, then to top it all off when I finally dragged myself to the supermarket to do my grocery shopping, I managed to leave some of it at the checkout.......after I'd paid for it ! So, as you can see I am quite relieved to be rid of the last 7 days. One good thing to come out of the last week was a crafty day with 2 good crafty friends, before the lurgy really took hold ! We spent the day getting to grips with encaustic wax and Ruth very kindly shared her findings and experimentation with us.

This was a small piece done on Stampbord, dry brushing, fusing and embedding a piece of fabric in it as well as using a stencil and brushing wax over it. 

This piece was done on a piece of plywood, PVA glue was spread over a stencil then using a blowtorch the wood was burnt and the glue bubbles up to create some lovely texture. To add the colour Pan Pastels were used.

 You can see on this shot how much texture is created with the bubbled up glue.

 This final piece is my favourite and I love how the wax has built up so well over the numbers stencil.

This sentiment is one of my favourites from Yvonne Blair and it's stamped onto tissue paper then burnished onto the wax before a layer of wax is added over the top. Scratches have been made into the wax surface then Portfolio pastels are rubbed into the grooves then wiped off with a baby wipe.

To highlight the numbers more I've done some dry brushing over the top. I'm quite pleased how this last piece turned out.

This is definitely something that needs to be explored more and I've got a sneaky suspicion it could be quite addictive !

Friday, 18 March 2016

Focussing on metal !

I'm back today with just a short post as I'm sharing a Friday Focus on metals over on the Funkie Junkie blog.

Lots of metal embellishments on this project ! For all the details you'll need to hop over to Frilly and Funkie.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Make it a trio !

It's the start of the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. I'm the host for this challenge and I chose 'Make it a trio'. One of the things I love to do is work in 3's on a project, 3 tags, 3 panels, 3 arches etc.... so for this challenge I'd like to see projects including 3 of something, and this does need to be the main focal point of your project.

Before we get into the nitty gritty of my project I need to share a fabulous giveaway from The Funkie Junkie Boutique ! Just click on the picture for more information.

So, now back to the order of the day !

I started with a piece of greyboard that is covered with white card. I used the Dylusions stencil with Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste. While it was still wet I dragged a ruler through the paste to create 3 panels and then spritzed the whole thing with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.

When the paste dried it created these wonderful white cracks and the sprays blended together beautifully.

To created the main focal trio I used these 3 wooden ovals that have been in my stash for years ! I spread Wendy's Crackle Paste over them then spritzed them with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray. When everything was dry I dabbed Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint around the edges. I used the Wendy Vecchi Script background stamp with Fern Archival ink and stamped onto a piece of newsprint paper. Sorry I didn't take a photo of this stage !

I'd got lots of metal embellishments on my table, the reason why will become clear on Friday ! So, I grabbed a few and started to place them until I finally was happy with the layout.

The lace was spritzed with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and I love the pop of green ! The 3 butterflies are die cut from aluminium metal that's been embossed using the Tim Holtz Tape Measure embossing folder. I've then dabbed them with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish.

The lattice is also die cut from aluminium metal and I've given it the Little Black Dress treatment too.

A Wendy Vecchi sentiment fitted the bill for this project and nestled quite nicely in the space I wanted it for. I used a black Stabilo pencil to add some shading to the 2 vertical lines in the embossing paste and to finish I spritzed the whole thing with some more Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and dabbed Litltle Black Dress around the edges.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Spring is in the Air !

Hello again, I'm back today to share my DT project for the start of the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. The lovely Rachel is our host for the month and has chosen Spring is in the Air for the theme. Here's what Rachel has to say:

I want you to think about what the coming of spring means to you? Is it a colour burst, or maybe flowers? Whatever it is I would like you to show us in a mixed media piece including stamping or stencilling or both! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

I've not made a card in absolutely ages and as there's a couple of occasions coming up I thought I would indulge myself as this is where my crafty journey began. Spring for me always starts when the Daffodils start to flower so yellow is an immediate thought and starting point. I brayered some Smoothy card with Banana, Yellow Submarine and then some Granny Smith Fresco Finish paints.

 I used a Lin Brown stencil and did the 'bumping' technique to create a light shadow.

Another Lin Brown stencil to add the flowers, I was beginning to think it's all a little too bright at this point. 

 I did some stamping using Emma Godfrey's new stamps using Snowflake Fresco Finish and Leaf Green Archival ink. Now I really did think it was way too bright so the next step was to give the whole thing a wash of watered down Snowflake Fresco Finish, unfortunately I didn't take a photo of this step though.

Now you're probably wondering how I got from the previous photo to the finished one as they look nothing like one another ! After the wash of Snowflake I wanted to add some texture so used a TCW stencil with some Whipped Spackle then I spritzed it with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray. I've just about obliterated all of the stencilling but I like to think that it adds depth.

The tag was painted with Fresco Finish paint then a coat of Crackle Glaze, the top coat was a mixture of Cheesecake with a little Granny Smith Fresco Finish paint. I've stamped over it using a Lin Brown stamp with Leaf Green Archival ink. The Sunflower (which I know isn't quite Spring!) was stamped twice onto card that I'd painted with Cheesecake Fresco Finish. I painted and cut them out and layered them on top of each other. The layer below the flower is some fabric that I've burnt the edges of, being very careful as it was quite flammable !

The text is stamped onto a scrap piece of card that had some stencilling on it then I've stuck it to a piece of Greyboard to create a tile. A little Gold and Little Black Dress Fresco Finish around the edge to finish it off. To add a little bit of glimmer I spritzed the whole thing with gold Lindys Stamp Gang spray.

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

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Layer it up !

Hello and welcome ! We're kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge today, and the lovely Nancy is our host, here's what she has to say:

Our theme for the next two weeks is 'Layer it Up'. Let's add dimension this time around. Simply create any type of vintage or shabby chic project featuring multiple layers.

I love to work in layers so this challenge was a pleasure to lose myself in !

For the first layer I covered a deep canvas with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and then gave it a coat of Glue 'n' Seal to protect it from the layers of paint.

 I then gave the tissue wrap a coat of watered down acrylic paint.

 Another layer of Tissue Wrap was added but this time torn part way around the canvas.

The dandelions were stamped onto tissue paper and then glued onto the canvas. I then used the Tim Holtz tape measure stencil with Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing paste and added some Wendy Vecchi crackle paste through the Tim Holtz tile stencil around the corners and the sides of the canvas. 

For the main image I used a tag that was on my craft table and painted it with acrylic paint then used the Tim Holtz Wild Flower stencil with more acrylic paint. I stamped the Yvonne Blair flowers then painted them with Gold Fresco Finish paint. The script stamping is done using Leaf Green Archival ink. 

 For the text I made a large tile by glueing white card to some greyboard. I stencilled the card using the Tim Holtz Wild Flower and Tile stencils then stamped the text which is another Yvonne Blair stamp with black Archival ink. I then sponged Little Black Dress and Gold Fresco Fnish paint around the edges.

I assembled all the pieces and used a Petaloo flower which has been sprayed with a Lindys Stamp Gang spray. The metal embellishments have been brushed with Treasure Gold.

To make the flowers pop a little more I used a black Stabilo pencil and a damp paint brush around the shape of the flowers and I also did the same around the lower corner of the tag.

 The gold on the flowers worked really well to reflect the lifht and add some shimmer.

 The stamens in the centre of the Petaloo flower have also been brushed with Treasure Gold.

One final shot of the lovely crackle around the corners, love Wendy's crackle 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 and check out the fabulous DT projects.