Sunday, 23 November 2014

Happy Birthday Nikola !

Today is a special day as its my eldest niece's birthday. 

Happy Birthday Nikola !

I am gradually getting through the birthday card list and today is another one ticked off !

I started by painting a piece of white card with Clear Gesso. Then I mixed Sage,  Bora Bora and Snowflake Fresco Finish paints and brushed it over the card (I spotted this combination in one of the Craft Stamper magazines that the very talented Liz Borer had a project featured). Just before the paint had completely dried I used a baby wipe and due to the Gesso layer some of the paint wiped away. Love the distressed effect !

Apologies, I got carried away so didn't take any further step by step photos ! I used the Lin Brown 006 stencil with Snowflake Fresco Finish paint and  once dry I then gave it a wash of the same combination I started with but with the addition of Hyde Park and South Pacific. I then stencilled again using the Lin Brown 004 stencil and then used the little script stamp from the Lynn Perella 014 and stamped it with Fresco Finish paint.

I then added some strips of Tissue Tape and the die cut the trellis using the Tim Holtz die. I painted the trellis using the same combination of paint that I did the wash with, decided it was too dark and then spritzed it with Picket Fence Spray Distress Stains. The main image is from the PaperArtsy Hotpicks 1303 set and is stamped onto a piece of Smoothy Card that was an offcut from the first step of the background. I used another offcut to add a thin strip between the trellis and the main image and I've stamped it with Fresco Finish paint using the Wendy Vecchi Lots of Leaves background stamp. The sentiment is also by Wendy Vecchi from the True Art set.

I'd got a small spray bottle that I'd put some Fresco Finish paint and water in but I'd no idea what the colour was, it looked about right but I added some Hyde Park to make it a little greener then sprayed the paper flowers. I dried them off then spritzed them with Picket Fence Spray Distress Stain. The metal filigree and the metal corner embelishments have been dabbed with Fresco Finish paint using Cut 'n' Dry foam.

I've broken the Christmas card drought and started to make some this weekend, quite relieved that I'm off the mark !

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Step x Step for Frilly and Funkie

Today I'm sharing a step x step over on the Frilly and Funkie blog and ticked off another birthday card off my list !

I've also been playing with the new Spray Distress Stains, I definitely need more colours !

You can find all the details for today's project here.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

As the Sun Colours Flowers.....

I'm back tonight with a quick post as I'm sharing my project over on the PaperArtsy blog.

I've been playing with the lovely Ellen Vargo stamps and of course lots of Fresco Finish paints !

For all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Catching up !

I am long overdue sharing the photos from the Journal Journey class that I taught in October at Artist Trading Post. As yesterday was the day of my Altered Beer Mat class I thought I would kill two birds with one stone !

The Journal Journey class was also the first class in the new workshop and it was great to have lots of space !

This is Pam's beautiful cover, the texture and blend of colours really does look like leather !

Hazel took a completely different approach and used pastel shades, absolutely beautitful !

Sheila created a stunning red cover, my photo really doesn't do it justice !

Love how Sheila has added the words to the back too !

Marilyn created some lovely depth  on her cover.

Apologies to Ruth as I didn't manage to take a photo of her book, which was stunning too ! Everyone then did their own thing on a page inside and there was lots of playing, experimenting and laughing !

Yesterday I taught my Altered Beer Mats class and I was joined by 6 lovely ladies who worked very hard all day !

This is one of my samples, you can see all the details of how I made it here on the PaperArtsy blog. 

There was quite alot to do in this class, lots of stencilling, layering, stamping and painting !

Everyone managed to make all the components we just ran out of time to assemble it all together.

Pam chose a beautiful combination of colours and stencils and is just doing some dry brushing !

You can just about see here Jean and Di's beer mats, again some beautiful colours and combination of stencils being used.

So, that's my round up of my last 2 classes and also rounds off this year for my classes. I'll be back at ATP on the 29 November but this time I'm attending a Finnabair workshop, so really looking forward to that !