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.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Paper piecing for PaperArtsy

I hope you're sitting down as this is my fourth post this week ! I know, incredible ! Anyway, it's only a short post as the full detail can be found over on the PaperArtsy blog.

I've stretched the definition of Paper Piecing a little for this project but also thrown in a little hand stitched quilting for good measure. You'll need to hop over to PaperArtsy for how this came together.

Friday Focus on Sizzix Alterations

It's been a busy week this week as this is my third post which hasn't happened in a very long time ! Today I'm back over on the Frilly and Funkie blog sharing a Friday Focus project using Sizzix Alterations.

This is what my project looks like for the details of how it came together you'll need to hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Time for some Tic Tac Toe !

Hello ! We've reached the start of another month which means we're kicking off a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. This time our host is the lovely Toni who has decided we need to play a little Tic Tac Toe. So if you've never come across this before here's what you have to do, pick a line from the below grid either horizontally, vertically or diagonally then create a project including the 3 elements from your chosen line. 

I quite liked all of the elements on the table but had to settle for just one so went with Tissue, Circles and Embossing.

I used a Lin Brown stamp and stamped with black Archival over a piece of tissue paper then glued it over the 2 page journal page spread. I then used one of Lin's stencils with some Ranger Texture paste and added the leaves on opposite corners. The stamping was a little too strong so I blended some Fresco Finish paintes over the background. I then stencilled some circles using the bumping technique. 

 I thought I'd got more step x step photos so apologies for jumping to the finished page ! I spritzed the pages with water and spinkled some Infusions over it and held the journal up to let the colours run. I've used another of Lin's stencils and done roughly sketched around the stalks and added some white dots using a Sharpie pen. I used a Stabilo pencil to add extra shading around the embossed leaves.

The sentiment is also from one of Lin's stamp sets and is stamped directloy onto the page with black Archival ink. I added some random stamping using 2 PaperArtsy mini's and Fern Green Archival ink.  The little gold circles are done using Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing paste and one of  Lin's stencils, I put the paste on quite thickly to give to height to them.

To frame the final pages I used a fine Sharpie pen and doodled around the edges. It was only when I'd finished that I'd realised I'd gone monochromatic !

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 rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Family Memories

The second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge starts today and the lovely Suzz has challenged us to think about our families, here's what she has to say:

With the summer months we spend more time with the family at celebrations and it had me thinking about some of our favorite traditions, memories and just funny stories we tell about what we have had happen as a family. For the current Frilly and Funkie challenge "All in the Family" is to create something inspired by your family. Whether it is your ancestors, a favorite family memory or family outings, create a vintage or shabby chic project reflecting your family.

It seems to be the norm at the moment that nothing springs to mind straight away so many hours (literally) of thinking about different ideas follow and it was only when I walked out into the garden and saw a Fuschia flowering that it triggered a memory of my Dad. Sadly he is no longer with us but I have fond memories of him in the garden and his greenhouse and Fuschia's were his favourite flower.

 I've had this large MDF tag for a while and thought it was high time that I did something with it. I gave it a base coat of Gesso then using the beautiful Prima watercolours gave it a wash of colour. I used the watercolour paints with a Prima stencil to add some delicate detail across the top and bottom of the tag.

 I continued to build up the layering of stencilling but keeping it really light and delicate.

Now I didn't have a stamp of a Fuschia but I'd recently watched a video of Fuschias being painted onto Yupo paper and saw how easily just the basic shape could be effective. So, I picked a flower head from the garden and used it as my reference point to sketch the flowers and then paint using the Prima watercolours.

 This stamp from Wendy Vecchi just seemed to hit the nail right on the head for this project. The leaves are from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutque and they've been painted with acrylic paint.

I added some texture using Ranger Texture paste mixed with some green acrylic paint spread through another Prima stencil. When it was dry I rubbed some Treasure Gold lightly over the raised surface. To frame the whole piece I rubbed Wendy Vecchi gold embossing paste around the edges.

This is a simple project but I really like how it turned out and the memory that goes with it is very special to me.

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.