Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The places we go !

Hello ! Today we are kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge. The lovely Zoe is our host for this challenge and this is what she has to say:

I will be taking a short break from the Design Team while I move from Switzerland to Denmark. With this in mind, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with travel as the central theme. Think planes, trains, auto-mobiles, ships, maps, globes.

It was only at this point that I realised I don't posess any planes, trains, automobiles, ships, maps or globes ! So, after the intial panic I remembered I had an Artistic Outpost set that had an image of a hot air balloon basket, so this had to do !


Journal pages, these days, seem to be my 'go to' so this is where I went for this challenge. The pages were gessoed first of all, something I do to all my journal pages as it gives me extra time to think what I'm going to do next ! I'd got a piece of the Wendy Vecchi Newsprint paper already stamped using a Tim Holtz scripty stamp, I tore  off a corner and then glued it into place.


I used a Prima stencil with some Ranger Texture paste, but just over the paper area. When it was dry I set to with the Prima Art Alchemy acrylic paints, Lime Peel and Deep Waters. I used a baby wipe to blend the colours together keep a darker border to frame the pages.


I brushed on Art Alchemy Brass Hardware over the embossed area then wiped it back with a baby wipe so it looked a little more aged. I then used white embossing powder with the Tim Holtz scripty stamp and heat embossed it. I discovered that heat embossing over the top of the Ranger Texture paste added more texture as it bubbled and puffed up.


This is the final page,  apologies I thought I'd got a couple more photos before this stage !


These wonderful cogs are from Linda's store and are by The Southern Ridge Trading Company. (Apologies for the glue that you can see I was up against the clock and didn't have time to let it dry before photographing!) The cogs have had Ranger Texture paste 'patted' over them, then I've used Golden acrylic paints to paint them. Once dry I used my finger and rubbed a little Art Alchemy Brass Hardware over the top. The little brass cogs are also from Linda's store and are just faulous for adding that extra little detail.


As the surface of the page isn't smooth I stamped my image onto tissue paper, I've masked off the main image so that I could make a collage of images on the tissue paper using the Artistic Outpost stamp set. The tissue paper has then been glued into place using Glue 'n' Seal. The little balloons in the distance have also been stamped onto tissue paper and glued down, then I used my finger to rub some Gesso and paint around it to blend it into the background. The text is stamped onto card and I've grunged it up a little with paint then when it was stuck down I used a black Stabilo pencil to add some shadow.


The dandelion flowers I've actually stamped directly onto the page, where the ink didn't take too well I used my Stabilo pencil again to shade in the areas and also add a shadow down the stems. The text is stamped onto tissue then glued into place.

So from starting from a place of panic, I quite like where I ended up !

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.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Step x Step for Frilly and Funkie

As promised I'm back today over on the Frilly and Funkie blog to share a step x step of my Frilly project for the current chalenge, Opposites Attract.


So for all the details of how this card came together you'll need to hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Where it all began ....

Hello ! Today we're kicking off another Funkie week over at Frilly and Funkie the difference being the Funkie team have gone Frilly for this challenge ! Kathy is our lovely host and here's what she has to say:

For this challenge, the Frilly side of the team was asked to create a project in Funkie Style, and next week, the Funkie side of the team will create a Frilly style project. To play along, we're asking you to dig deep and create any kind of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and color palette.

 Now for me this wasn't too hard to switch back to the Frilly side as this is where I started my membership of the Frilly and Funkie team.


I'm not going to go into too much detail as I'll be back on Saturday to share a step by step for how this card came together. The papers that I used are from the Tim Holtz Wallflower paper stack, which I've layered and distressed the edges before zipping around them with my sewing machine.


The roses have also been made from the same paper stack and some twine has been slotted in between them in true Frilly style.

I'll leave it there for today, but do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see the rest of the Funkie team's Frilly projects !

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Think pink !

We've arrived at the first Thursday of the month again so that means we're kicking off a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. It's a nice easy theme for you this time round and the lovely Branka is our host and here's what she has to say:

For this challenge we would love to see a mixed media project that has some pink in it somewhere! The possibilities are endless! Don't forget to include some stamping or stencilling or both in your mixed media project! We can't wait to see what you create!   



I started this journal page quite by accident, I was just playing around with my Inktense pencils which led to me stamping lots of flowers onto a piece of Prima watercolour paper and then colouring/painting them.


Last year I signed up for the Donna Downey Inspirational Wednesday online videos and although I didn't finish every page I did learn different techniques and also how to be a little 'freer' when thinking about what to do next on projects. With this in mind I grabbed an acrylic block and dipped it into some Gesso and swiped it across the page. Loved this instantly as it knocked back the colour of the flowers but didn't obliterate them and also started to build some texture.



I carried on swiping across the page this time dipping the block into Fresco Finish paints, Sour Grapes and Sugar Plum.


I used the new Lin Brown stencil and stencilled using Sour Grapes the leaves, then with Fibre Paste spread it over the stencil but not covering it all, and being quite quick.



I've splashed some Sour Grapes over the page which you can see on the above photo. I also sprayed the page with silver Lindy's Stamp Gang spray, which you can't see too well.


The Fibre Paste dried with a wonderful papery like texture and matched the texture of the watercoour paper.


I used a piece of sequin waste and pressed Versamark over it then sprinkled on some embossing powder, brushing away some areas so it wasn't too perfect.




The sentiment is another Yvonne Blair stamp and it's stamped on to a piece of the watercolour paper that I've done the swiping thing on with Gesso and Fresco Finish paints. I've torn the edges and then used foam pads to stick it to the page.

This is the first page in a new journal, if you saw this post you'll have seen the cover for the new journal.

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 see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Daisy Journal cover for PaperArtsy

Hello ! I'm back tonight with just a short post as I'm sharing my project over on the PaperArtsy blog. The current theme is all about Mono Printing so I've dug out my Gelli Plate and some egyptian cotton and started to pull prints !


For all the details on how this came together you need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.