Thursday, 5 March 2015

Springtime !

Hello everyone ! I'm back today with my DT piece for the new ATP Exchange challenge which starts today. There is also a sad announcement to make as this will be the last challenge for ATP Exchange. However, keep your eyes peeled for a brand new challenge blog coming your way very soon, which will include some very familiar faces ! (I am so excited!)

So, back to the last ATP Challenge and it's Annie who is the final host and has chosen Springtime as the theme. Here's what Annie has to say:

For this challenge I would like to see the colours of 'Spring' in your Mixed Media projects. You can include flowers/birds if you wish as long as you have a fresh colour palette.


I spent the most fabulous day on Sunday with two good crafting friends, and we promised ourselves we would have a play with PanPastels as we'd all got some and they'd been sadly neglected ! So, I decided to do a journal page and use the PanPastels for the main colour on the background.  I started  by painting the pages with Gesso and the I used the new Lin Brown stamps, stamping with Versamark and then rubbing the PanPastels over the top.


I've also used some Ellen Vargo stamps on the background, again stamping with Versamark and then rubbing PanPastel over the top. I stamped the stem for the flower from the Lin Brown ELB15 set, stamping the flower again onto card painted with Chartreuse Fresco Finish paint. The flower head is from the same set and is stamped twice onto painted card and I've stamped the top flower with one of the little stamps again from one of Lin Brown's new stamp sets. I then added some stamping using one of the new Darcy Wilkinson stamp sets, and I added a little shading with so Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint.


This cute little owl is also from one of the new Lin Brown stamp sets and he's been painted with Portfolio Pastels. The branch is stamped with black Archival ink and I've used a Sharpie pen to add some dots.


The sentiment is from the Darcy Wilkinson ED13 stamp set, and I've masked it off before stamping over it using a stamp from the Sara Naumann ESN14 using Cheesecake Fresco Finish paint.

I hope you get chance to join us for this last challenge and do make sure you hop over to the ATP Exchange blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Vacation time !

We're starting the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge today. The lovely Cec has challenged us to think about vacations ! Here's what Cec has to say:

If you are like most of us in the eastern half of North America, you are fed up with the brutal cold and snow that has been plaguing us for weeks and you want to get away so the challenge is called 'It's Time for a Vacation' - it could be a warm beach, an exotic locale with lots of sights to see or even in your own back yard..


I decided on making a card for a change for this challenge and my thoughts also drifted off to one of our favourite holiday destinations, France ! I used a Prima stencil with Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste and while it was still wet I sprayed it with Tumbled Glass and Broken China spray Distress Stains. I also spritzed it with Picket Fence spray Distress Stain.


I then built up my layers, the bottom one is tea bag paper that I've spritzed with Tumbled Glass spray Distress stain. I then stamped it with a small script stamp and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I did some quick sewing to frame the next layer. I sprayed some white card with spray Distress stains and then did some random stamping. For the main image I did some second generation stamping using Watering Can Archival ink and a Tim Holtz stamp. The Eiffel Tower has been stamped with black Archival ink and clear heat embossed.


I die cut the Fleur de Lys from black card and then used Pewter Distress Stains and just swiped it quickly over the black card. I had some left over stamped  tape measure pieces which fitted quite well. I rubbed some metallic wax over the embossed area on the background. To finish I added some lace and a little Eiffel Tower charm.

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.


Saturday, 28 February 2015

Recycled canvas

I'm sharing a step x step over on the Frilly and Funkie blog today. I decided to give an old canvas a new lease of life, I've got quite a few pieces that I made years ago that really do need some attention so this seemed the perfect opportunity to start !


This is the finished piece, but for all the details you'll need to hop over here.



Thursday, 19 February 2015

Alphabet Soup !

Today we start the new challenge over at ATP Exchange, the lovely Ruth is our host and has chosen Alphabet Soup ! Here's what Ruth has to say:

I'm sure we all have alphabet stamps or maybe you have some chipboard letters that need using up. This time our challenge is about using letters or numbers in some way other than making a word or marking an anniversary with them. Maybe random stamping or use of die cuts to make a collage background, borders or do some pattern building with them? 


I started my journal page  by covering it with lots of scraps of book pages and Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap. Then I gave the whole page a coat of Clear Gesso to protect it from the layers of paint to follow !


I had some stamped pieces of tissue paper too which I stuck down with Clear Gesso. I recently bought the new alphabet Donna Downey stencil and this challenge was perfect for it ! The new colours, Blue Oyster and Slate Fresco Finish paints go really well together and I stencilled the letters first with Blue Oyster and then bumped the stencil and then used Slate.


You can see the stencilled letters a little clearer on the above photo.


I used the same colour Fresco Finish paints with a TCW numbers stencil, but this time I reversed the colour order, so used Slate first then bumped the stencil and used Blue Oyster. I then used several colours of Fresco Finish (can't remember which ones exactly!) to do washes over the whole page.


I then used one of the new Darcy Wilkinson stamp sets EDY12. The heads of the flowers have been stamped onto Smoothy card then painted using Fresco Finish paints. The little leaves have been stamped onto Smoothy card that's been painted with Chartreuse Fresco Finish paint and then I've cut them out.


The sentiment is from the same Darcy stamp set and I love it ! If you click on the photo you'll be able to see it better.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to ATP Exchange to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !