Wednesday, 27 April 2016

We're going green at Frilly and Funkie !

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

Hi! Suzz here. I am hosting a challenge in honor of Earth Day, which is April 22nd. For this challenge you can create any type of project as long as you UPCYCLE or re-cycle something. Re-purpose an existing item, recycle an element that usually would be thrown away or use your paper scraps in a creative way.  

As usual I was racking my brains with what to do when I spotted a small baked bean can that was destined for the bin and the light bulb came on !

I washed out the can thoroughly then gave it a couple of coats of thick black Gesso. 

I then got so carried away with the process that I didn't take an in between photo ! So I'll try to explain with close up shots. I had some left over pieces of embossed metal which were glued at intervals around the can.

I arranged some embellishments and glued them into position, went off to mow the lawn and when I came back they'd set enough for me to paint them with black Gesso too. I then painted over the the whole can with Lime Peel Art Alchemy acrylic paint. I blended some Green Olive over this then highlighted the metal embellishments with Gold Rush, Fresh Orange and Brass Hardware.

 You can see on the above photo how the colours layer up so well due to their translucency.

On the opposite side of the can I used one of the  Southern Ridge Trading Company pieces which was painted with the Art Alchemy paints. As the paint softened the piece a little I could bend it to the shape of the can. The three little flowers were painted with black Gesso then with Art Alchemy paints as was the dragonfly.

I used Gold Rush to highlight areas around the can and around the rim.

I think I can honestly say that I've had my money's worth from this tin of beans !

I hope you are able to find something that you can give a new life to and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A home for Tim !

Hello ! Today we're kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge. The lovely Jenny is our host and has chosen the theme of Boy oh boy ! Here's what Jenny has to say:

For this one we need you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a man or boy in mind. Let's see those male themed creations come to life.

Now this one had me scratching my head for a while, I didn't need any male birthday cards and as I like to make things that can be used I had to stare at the walls for some little time ! Then it was as if the answer was staring me in the face when I looked at my Tim Holtz stamps which were crammed in to a drawer. So it was time to give (some of) them a home.

 I started by cutting 2 pieces of mountboard just slightly larger than a set of stamps and covered them with Tim Holtz paper (apologies I don't know which collection this is from as they were loose in my stash!). I painted the 2 covers with Glue 'n' Seal and then used Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing paste through the Tim Holtz Tile stencil. The Glue 'n' Seal protects the paper from whatever liquid comes next !

Once the paste was dry I used my finger and 'smooshed' some gesso and black acrylic paint over the covers. 

The above is the back cover, I've used the stencil in a slightly different way as I'm not going to add embellishments to it. The beauty about adding Gesso or any white medium is that it blocks the colour below and allows any stamping to show up. I've used the script stamp from the Tim Holtz Merchantile set and stamped without an acrylic block.

The stamped images on the front cover are stamped onto white card that I've gently rubbed Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival over.

You can just about make out the script stamping on the above photo. The main text is stamped onto card then glued to a piece of mountboard to create a tile. Following a recent decluttering of my craft room I found some Tando domino pieces which came in rather handy. I stamped some Newspaper print paper using one of the stamps from the Tim Holtz Ledger Script stamps and covered 3 domino pieces. These formed a good base for the rest of the design. 

One last shot to show the finished back cover. The first ever Tim Holtz workshop I attended he introduced me to the idea of using white instead of black to create the shabby appearance that most of us love. I have to say it's one of my favourite things to do, so thank you Tim !

So there we have it, a home (if not for all of my stamps) for some of my Tim Holtz stamps. You never know I may even make some more !

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.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Upcycling at Stamps and Stencils

Hello and welcome ! Today we are kicking off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and for this month's challenge the lovely Autumn has chosen Trash to Treasure. Here's what Autumn has to say:

Don't we all love a good upcycled project?  This month we'd love to see how you take something that you'd normally discard and give it new life in your art.  Whether it's glamorized boxes, Styrofoam turned into a stamp, packaging that's been die cut, or another altered idea you have.  Bring on your best mixed media repurposing!  We can't wait to see what you come up!  Don't forget to use stamps or stencils in your project.

I do love these sorts of challenges as I am always amazed at what can be made from the stuff we would normally throw away.

Now it is only at this point that I realise I didn't take a before photo of the actual item that I was upcycling ! The box that I rescued was a presentation box that was sent into work and was headed to the bin. It's quite a large box so I thought it would be perfect to put my metal embellishments in, which at the moment live in several different plastic bags. I started with an A4 piece of Smoothy card and grabbed a piece of paper that I've had in my stash for years. You'll notice a corner missing and if you saw this post then you'll know the reason why ! (By the way his name is Bailey for those of you who asked !) 

I used a piece of Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap to cover the corner then started to stencil over the paper after giving it a coat of Glue 'n' Seal.

I continued to stencil, doing some 'bumping' with the TCW numbers stencil. I used a Lin Brown stencil for leaves and used Prima Crackle Paste. When the paste was dry I used my Inktense pencils to add some colour. To knock things back I little I used some Gesso and smudged it over the surface with my finger.

The two larges pieces for the design were painted with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish then I used White Fire Fresco Finish with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry foam.

The box was painted all over with Buff Fresco Finish paint and then I rubbed some Little Black Dress and Gold Fresco Finish paints around the edges.

The three large flower heads are from one of Darcy Wilkinson's new stamp sets and I've painted them with my Inktense pencils and added some white dots with Snowflake Fresco Finish. I glued the A4 piece of card into place then arranged the embellishments.

The sentiment is another one from Yvonne Blair. It's stamped onto a piece of card that's covered with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap which I've blended Fresco Finish paint over. The flower is a resin one that's been painted with Bougainvillea Fresco Finish paint. 

The bullrushes are by The Southern Ridge Trading Company which Linda at The Funkie Junkie Boutique now stocks. I've painted them with Fresco Finish paints, the Copper gives a wonderful sheen which I'm not sure you can see on the above photo.

The little bird is by Melissa Frances and I've painted it with Fresco Finish paints. That just about wraps it up, so all I need to do now is fill the box !

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

Monday, 4 April 2016

Happy Birthday !

I found some time to make a birthday card, though it did take me several days, and below is the reason why !

This little fella certainly takes after me as he loves paper, the only problem is he likes to run off with it ! So finding time to craft is a definite art and everything has to be above waist height otherwise it's fair game ! 

 So back to the birthday card, I'd got some of the new PaperArtsy stamps and they'd been staring at me for a couple of weeks so I took the opportunity to open them up and have a play. The background was brayered and I used some of the new Fresco Finish colours. I then did some stencilling using one of Lin Brown's new stencils.

I stamped the background using one of the new Kay Carley stamps. I used my Inktense pencils to add some colour and did the same with the grasses. 

The flower heads were stamped onto painted Smoothy card then I used my Inktense pencils again to add some colour. Rather enjoying using my Inktense pencils at the moment ! The flower heads and stems were then cut out and glued into place, the flower heads raised up on foam pads. To finish off I used one of the new Lin Brown sentiments and added three little flower embellishments that I painted with Fresco Finish paints.

So it just leaves me to say Happy Birthday Ruth ! I hope you've had a fabulous day !