Friday, 24 October 2014

Thanks for the memories for eclectic Paperie !

Today is a sad day but also a celebration of my time on the eclectic Paperie DT. Kim has decided to close eP so that she can focus her time on her family, which also means the end of the eP blog.

We have had a fabulous run as members of the eclectic Paperie Design Team and wish to thank you all for your interest and support over the years. With the eP blog coming to a close at the end of the month, we all wanted to do something special to celebrate the fabulous friendships, tons of inspiration from other team members, from Kim, and from all those who participated in our challenges. Each of the current DT members is taking a day to post some of her favorite makes from her time on the eclectic Paperie team. We hope you enjoy the look back.

I'm sharing this journey down memory lane on the eP blog today but also wanted to capture it here for posterity !  It's definitely been a journey for me, stepping out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion but learning from the experience too ! There's a couple of 'firsts' among my collection too !

I loved altering this mobile phone box, if you click on the title you'll be transported to all the details.

The photograph of this project is not the best but I loved the transformation and shall be hanging this up at Christmas !

This frame captured my imagination and I could see it hanging in a dress shop advertisng the fashions in bygone days, now left forgotten and abandonned.

  Well, what can I say, this was my first Art Doll which caused me a slight headache at the time but loved making it ! I loved how her legs turned out !

 This was another first, ATB's are very addictive ! 

Jumbo tags have become a favourite crafty project, this one also included a jumbo, fabric bloom too !

I think this canvas is my favourite project, the Donna Downey stamp is gorgeous and I can so relate to having my eyes shut while chaos goes on all around ! 

It just leaves me to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the eP team. A huge thank you to Kim for seeking me out and to my team mates who have been a pleasure to 'work' alongside. I've loved seeing all the fabulous projects from everyone who has entered the eP challenges, and will no doubt see many of you in blogland !

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Christmas frame for PaperArtsy !

I'm back tonight with just a short post as I'm sharing all the details over at the PaperArtsy blog.

This was a really quick little project using lots of Fresco Finish paints and Lin Brown stamps. For all the details you need to hop over here.  

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Halloween time !

We've zoomed through another 2 weeks which means today is the start of the next challenge at Artist Trading Post Exchange. The lovely Annie is our host for this challenge and she has chosen Halloween ! So, time to get a little spooky with us !

I started with one of the candle jars from ATP and gave it a coat of the Art Basics Clear Gesso. Then I used Ginger Peach, Spiced Pumpkin and Pretty Peridot Luminarte paint mixed with Spiced Pumpkin to make a lovely brown shade.

I then stamped over the jar using the cobweb and spider from the Tim Holtz Halloween Cut outs stamps set using black Archival ink. I coloured the lid using Alcohol inks, Butterscotch, Terracotta and Ginger.

To make the base I drew around a cake tin onto some mount board and used a craft knife to cut the shape out, then painted it with Fresco Finish Little Black Dress. The roses have been made from almost black card using the Jumbo Tattered Floral die and I've rubbed some Embossing Ink over them and sprinkled Wendy Vecchi's Orange Blossom embossing powder over them. The leaves are die cut using the Tim Holtz Spring Greenery strip die and I've used Wendy Vecchi's Ferm Green embossing powder. The number 31 is die cut using the Tim Holtz Word Play die and the little charm is from ATP.

Here is the lantern in full glory ! I love the orange shade from the Luminarte paints !

I hope you get time to join us for some Halloween fun and do make sure you hop over to Artist Trading Post Exchange to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn Colours

Today is the start of the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge which is being hosted by myself. I love the season of Autumn and every year I am amazed by the beautiful colours that surround us during these months. So, the challenge is to use these wonderful colours on your project, simple as that !

I decided on altering a dress form that I bought from a local garden centre. I painted the stand with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint and covered the body with torn up pieces of old book pages.

I then painted the body with differnt shades of green Fresco Finish paint. As leaves are a huge part of Autumn I decided to use them as the 'dress' for the body. I die cut lots of leaves using the Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Floral die from Kraft Glassine paper and then screwed them all up ! This gives them a wonderful veined appearance and also makes the surface uneven, perfect for rubbing Orange Blossom Archival ink over.

I then glued them in to place layering them from the waist down and gluing them the other way up around the front. I made the necklace from some Ideaolgy chain and attached different little charms and a leaf. The ribbon is seam binding that's been dyed using Ripe Persimmon Distress Stains and then sprayed with water so the colour varies.

Getting the right length for the necklace meant I had some chain left over at the back but rather than cut it off I left it the same length and attached a little shoe charm.

At the base I made a rose, again using the Jumbo Tattered Floral die, dying the card with Squeezed Lemon and Spiced Marmalade Distress Stains. I then edged the leaves with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The flower has been nestled on top of 3 Kraft Glassine leaves.

There's still a week to go for the current challenge so I hope you find time to join us and do make sure you hop over to Frilly and Funkie and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.