Thursday, 7 December 2017

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas !

We're starting a new challenge over on the Stamps and Stencils blog and I'm the host. I've kept it easy and chosed Stamps AND Stencils with a Festive theme. The team have made some stunning projects so make sure you hop over there for a visit.

I started a small box frame a while ago, decided I didn't like where it was going and put it on the unfinished pile. A suitable amount of time has passed and now the frame has come off the pile and made a reappearance !

 The frame was already painted and I remember I'd smeared Vaseline over parts of it so when the next layer of paint was added it could be wiped away in parts.

Around the sides I used a Kay Carley stencil with Grunge Paste, it was very messy and although the snowflakes were a little bit blurred I quite liked them ! 

I gave the whole frame a watered down coat of Concrete Fresco Finish paint then I brushed over a coat of PaperArtsy Metallic Glaze.

I used a Lin Brown stamp for the row of little flowers top and bottom and I've used white embossing powder. I've also used the Frosting Glaze by PaperArtsy through the Kay Carley stencil on the glass. It was a little difficult to photograph but I think you can just about see it. 

 The stamped image at the back of the frame is by Crafty Individuals, and it fitted perfectly. I've stamped it with Watering Can Archival ink so the image was more subtle.

The side view shows how the Grunge Paste snowflakes blended in quite nicely. 

I found one metal snowflake in my embellishments box and miraculously it was already painted white ! I gave it a coat of Metallic Glaze to add some sparkle. The foliage is cut using a Tim Holtz die and I've used Sticky Powder and some Distress Glitter. The little jingle bells have been dabbed with Versamark ink then I sprinkled white embossing powder over them.

 I hope you find time to join us for the last challenge of 2017 and do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the team.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Buttons, Lace and Pastels

I'm back today to share my project for the new Stamps and Stencils challenge. Cec is our lovely host and she has chosen Pastels as the theme, here's what she has to say:

We have been treated to a riot of bright, warm colour since the spring bulbs made their appearance and continuing throughout summer and fall so let's go in the opposite direction and make a project with soft, pastel colours.  Don't forget to include some stamping or stenciling or both in your creation.

Thinking cap was definitely on for this project, pastel shades are not something I would work with normally so I had to get my head around the paler shades before I could think about what to do.

I rescued an old signing book a while back and this is what I've used as the substrate for this project.

After a coat of Gesso I used a stencil with crackle paste to add some background detail. This is one of my favourite stencils but I've not got the packet any longer so I don't know who it's by unfortunately. I then grabbed my bag of buttons and lace and started to arrange them on the front.

Another coat of Gesso once everything was glued securely.

I gathered together pale shades of green Fresco Finish paints and starting with Honeydew I painted over the buttons and lace. I wanted to keep some white space, which for me is so hard !

I layered up the colours, Theresa Green, Granny Smith and a little Zucchini Fresco Finish paints. I then lightly brushed White Fire Fresco Finish over some of the buttons and then some PaperArtsy Metallic Glaze.

The word Dream is wooden and I've painted it and brushed more Metallic Glaze over it.

I used a babywipe to dab on more Metalic Glaze and White Fire Fresco Finish paint.

Finding the right sentiment for projects can be difficult I find, they either are too large, wrong font or they just don't feel right, however when I looked at the Oxford Impressions stamp sets I have this sentiment jumped out at me.

Although I was not sure where to start with a pastel project, I actually quite like how this turned out, the Metallic Glaze gives a beautiful shimmer to the pale colour.

I hope you can join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects. 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Rusty Burlap Panel for PaperArtsy

Hello and welcome ! I'm back over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a very rusty project !

For more details on how this came together hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

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.