Saturday, 7 October 2017

Glitter Star frame for PaperArtsy

Hello ! I'm back today to share a post over on the PaperArtsy blog where the theme at the moment is glitter. Yes, I know I'm not known for glitter so it will come as no surprise that I've opted for the more subtle approach.


For all the details about how and why this project came together you'll need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Autumnal Tag

We're kicking off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils today. Toni is our lovely host for the month and here's what she has to say:

The Season of  Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness' I'd love to see your projects that are inspired by this beautiful season. You may love the rich, warm colours or the shapes of fallen leaves and natural forms. Let us celebrate the wonders to be found around us. The only catch, is that I'd like you to use a tag or several tags, as your substrate. Your tag can be any size or shape and made of any material but it must be a tag. It must also feature some stamping, stenciling or preferably both. I'm looking forward to seeing your creations!



I've had this MDF tag for a while now and never found a use so as it's tags only it was the obvious choice. I used Prima Art Alchemy paints for the background colours. The colours of these paints are really rich and as they are also metallic the sheen is fabulous.


 The leaves were all cut from Glassine paper using PaperArtsy dies, then screwed up before painting them with the Prima paints. I then sprinkled some Lindy's embossing powder on them. The acorn and cup was collected from my walk with my little dog.


More die cut leaves, painted and more embossing powder sprinkled on. I've also done some background stamping using Watering Can Archival ink with Serendipity stamps. 



 The rake stamp is also by Serendipity which I've had for years. Raking the leaves just says Autumn to me.


 This sentiment is also by Serendipity and is one of my favourites. I love the font and the acknowledgement to another year passing.

A reasonably simple project but it took a fair time to put together, I find working on a small area really chalenging !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the rest of the DT's fabulous tag !


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Metallic Blooms !

I'm sharing in Inspirational Post over at Stamps and Stencils today and totally indulging myself using lots of metal !


For all the details on how this project came together hop over to Stamps and Stencils.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Metallics for Stamps and Stencils

Today we kick off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. The lovely Rachel is our host and has chosen Metallics, here's what Rachel has to say:

Metallics ... This month I would like you to make a piece involving metallics in some way - it could be metallic paints, rusted metal techniques, actual bits of metal, metal foil ....the possibilities are endless - also please use stamps and/or stencils. Have fun!

Metal is one of my favourite things to work with in my projects, however for this project I chose to go a different route and dig out my Treasure Gold, which is also high up on my favourites list !


My Mum has recently developed a passion for colouring but some of the images in the books you can buy are rather small and quite fiddly to colour. So, I decided I'm going to make a colouring book for my Mum with images that are large enough for her to do. The book I bought is a 10" x 10" sketch book from Paperchase and has a great grey board cover, perfect for covering.



I've used Tim Holtz tissue wrap for the initial layer, giving it a coat of Glue 'n' Seal to protect it from the layers of paint to come. To give the cover some texture I used heavy gel through a Scrapcosy stencil.


Then comes the paint, I've used Fresco Finish acrylics and gave the whole cover a layer with Vintage Lace using a baby wipe, building up darker colours from the centre outwards.


The above stencil is a beautiful flourish by Prima and I've kept the stencilling to the opposite corners initially.


I carried on building up the stencilling, introducing a pop of Honeydew Fresco Finish.


I introdcued some subtle stamping using Watering Can Archival ink and Lin Brown's stamps and also some stencilling with French Roast Fresco Finish.


The leaves are also from a Lin Brown set and I've inked with Watering Can and Potting Soil Archival inks. I've also done some stamping around the corners using more Lin Brown stamps and Potting Soil Archival ink.


I've kept the embellishments to a minimum as the book will be well used so just made a couple of things using molds I've made and black UTEE in my melting pot.


The embellishments were brushed with Treasure Gold White Fire and Onyxite.


I gave them a good buff before glueing into position.


To finish the front I've used Raspberry Infusions with the script stamp by Lin Brown and stamped randomly, this just adds a watercolour effect and softens the whole design. I also gave it a spritz with a Lindy's Stampgang spray. I replaced the stencil over the centre piece and then brushed the Treasure Gold over it while the stencil was still in place.


I followed pretty much the same techniques for the back cover, the differences being the stencil, which is still by Scrapcosy, and I've done more stamping and stencilling with Infusions.


The subtle stamping above is using Watering Can Archival again with an old Katzelkraft stamp.


This final shot shows how beautifully the Treasure Gold picks up the stencilled gel medium.

Now all I have to do is create lots of images inside for my Mum to colour !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects the rest of the team have created.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

Technique School at Stamps and Stencils

Hello and welcome ! We're kicking off the new challenge for Stamps and Stencils today and the lovely Autumn has chosen Technique School ! Here's what Autumn has to say:


This month we want you to play teacher and share a favorite process or new experiment.  Document your findings with at least one process photo.  We can't wait to see your technique tutorials and new ideas!  Remember to use stamps or stencils or both!

There are so many techniques to choose from, some old favourites, some that still need to be explored and some that have been dabbled with. I've had my Infusions for quite a while now and not done a lot with them so these fall in to the dabbled with category and these are what I chose to dabble with some more ! It's been a busy few months for me and one of the things that have been taking up my time is making curtains. The upside from this is that there are always left over pieces of fabric, and more specifically lining fabric. This all started with I wonder what happens if ........



Initially I cut 2 pieces of curtain lining fabric to roughly 20cm by 10cm, at this stage it was an experiment and so the size wasn't part of the plan.



The fabric was sprtized with water then I placed a skeleton leaf on the left hand side and sprinkled Infusions over the top and spritzed again. Then folded the right side over the top to make a leaf sandwich. I applied some pressure to make sure the Infusions had made good contact with the fabric then opened it out ....


The result isn't a 'wow' but the faint outline of the leaf on the right hand side I just loved !


 The results did vary and above you can see the comparison between the first and second attempts.


 However the third attempt really did give a good result. As I sat looking at the little pieces of fabric, and noticing the crease down the centre of all the panels a fabric book came to mind.


 I've had Lin Brown's new stamps for a while too and as they are leafy themed they made the perfect match to add some stamping to the fabric. I've used Watering Can Archival ink, heat setting it after stamping.


Apologies, I have no more step x step photos as the process took over ! The above is the finished fabric book.The little piece of lace is some that I tea dyed ages ago and then didn't use and the little skeleton leaf I found in my stash. The panels have all been sewn together with a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine and I've hand sewn some little beads too. The sentiment is from one of Lin Brown's stamp sets and I've used Watering Can Archival again.


As there was quite alot of Infusions on my craft sheet I used some Cut 'n' Dry foam to dab some through some sequin waste and did some more stamping with Lin's stamps and Watering Can Archival ink.


I've done some stamping with Infusions on this page, and the sentiment is by Yvonne Blair. I didn't want to obliterate the leaf print so have kept the page simple, which for me is a massive challenge !


The skeleton leaves I used for the leaf sandwiches have been included in the book,  slightly coloured by the Infusions. Some more stamping with Infusions using Lin's stamps and the sentiment added using Watering Can Archival. Dipping stamps into Infusions that have already had water added then stamping onto the fabric adds a different depth of the Infusion colour than rubbing the Infusion powder directly to the stamp then spritzing with water. I love both effects !


I stamped the leaves with Fern Green Archival ink on this page, stamping without an acrylic block to give a more random effect. The word is stamped again with Watering Can and I've hand sewn some little beads beneath it.


One final shot to show the little beads that I've hand sewn down the spine of the book.

This project all came about by wondering 'What if...', I hope you can join us for this challenge and challenge yourself to ask 'What if...' and do make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog to see the rest of the teams fantastic projects.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Learning to write

I'm over on the Stamps and Stencils blog today sharing my dabbling a journal writing. This is something that I've admired for a long time in other crafter's work but never had a go myself.


To see how I got on and how this journal bag came together hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Words with Meaning

We've arrived at the first Thursday of the month again so that means it's the start of a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. I am the host for the new challenge and I've chosen Words with Meaning. I may be an old romantic but I love to see quotes and meaningful sayings on pieces of art. These can be quotes that are particularly meaningful to you or family sayings ! So, for this challenge I want to see your words taking centre stage, big and bold ! Remember, as always, you need to include some stamping or stencilling or both !


I doubled up for this project as I needed a family birthday card too. I started with Smoothy card and 'smooshing' various colours of Fresco Finish paints over it using the firm side of cut 'n' dry foam.  


 To knock the colours back slightly, I used my finger and rubbed Snowflake Fresco Finish over the card, being careful to not totally obliterate the colours beneath.


 To frame the card I've stamped around the edge using a stamp from Lin Brown's ELB32 set using Fresco Finish paint. 


Next to add the interest to the background, I grabbed a few stencils and stencilled using Fresco Finish paints.


 I always think that some script adds that certain needed touch to a background so I've used another Lin Brown stamp from the ELB30 set and heat embossed it with white EP.


 I bought a Kay Carley stamp set a while back and never got around to inking it up, so thought it would be good to give it an outing for this card. I've stamped the images from EKC02 using Watering Can Archival ink then used my Sharpie pen to add some dots.


 After rummaging around in my craft room I came across some chipboard frames, I've no idea where they came from but they were the perfect size to frame the quote I had in mind. I've glued Art Stones to the frame then used Fresco Finish paints mixed with acrylic glaze to soften the colours and allow them to blend more easily.


 The quote I've used is an old Serendipity stamp that I've had for years. Before stamping I rubbed some more Snowflake Fresco Finish paint where I wanted to stamp it to make sure the words would stand out from the background.


 I've also rubbed from White Fire Treasure Gold over the Art Stones on the frame to add a little bit of shine to the card.

It was great to get back to some stencilling and stamping and to make something that would be going to a new home (my Mum's house ).

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects the rest of the DT has created. 
 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Fabric and Fibres for Stamps and Stencils

It's the first Thursday of the month which means it's the start of the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Cec is our lovely host for this month and has chosen Fabric and Fibres, here's what Cec has to say:

Let's add some fabric and/or fibres to our creations this month.  You can use linen, burlap, organza, wool, lace, ribbon, rope to name a few.  The list is almost endless but whatever you add, make sure there is some stamping or stenciling (or both) on your creation as well.

I was fortunate to attend one of Lin Brown's fabulous workshops last year which was all about rusting fabric. I have a love hate relationship with rust as my success rate is quite low, so the fact that  I decided to create a second piece along the same lines is quite a surprise, even to me !


 After a week of my kitchen smelling of lemon juice and rust I did have one or two pieces that had rusted quite well. I didn't have any vinegar, and neither did the local shop, so I tried it with just lemon juice, lemon juice and a spritz of water, water with acrylic wax and water with glue ! The pieces that were done with just lemon juice and rusting powder were the most successful and to create the rusty detail I used lots of different stencils.



I had an old frame that was the right size but wrong colour, Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint covered it perfectly.



The above is the finished piece, so no step x steps for this project. The hardest part came when I had to put it together, deciding on the layout and what detail to add. All of the pieces are glued onto a piece of Calico which in turn is glued onto the back board of the frame which I've covered with black fabric.


The metal pieces were all bits that were left over from Lin's workshop so I had a head start, it was more about the rust this time and I was determined not to be beaten !



The centre panel was the one I really wanted to work and it took me 2 or 3 goes to get to this result. The stencil is rom PaperArtsy and is from one of their new designers Scrapcosy. The fabric used for all of the rusting is Egyptian cotton from Empress Mills. The lemon juice has created some rust but it's also, kind of bleached the fabric which I rather liked.


Adding in some lace and burlap for texture and contrast and the skeleton leaves just added that touch of delicate nature. I also did some hand stitching using black embroidery silk, but just using a single strand.


The script tape is a favourite and I only have a little piece left so it's used very sparingly ! The dotty piece the metal leaf is mounted onto is the best result from my rusting and was created with a Wendy Vecchi stencil, lots and lots of lemon juice and rusting powder. I left it for 24 hours which paid off.

I'm also quite proud of the fact that this piece is finished and is also hanging on the wall. There's not many pieces that get that far !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and dig out any bits and pieces of fabric and fibres you have stashed away. Also, make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils and see the fabulous projects the other DT members have created.