Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Put a ribbon on it !

Today we start the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge and the lovely Linda has challenged us to use ribbon on our projects. I decided that I didn't want to use ribbon in the traditional way of adding a bow so after some thought wanted to try a patchwork effect !

I'm hooked on brayering with Fresco Finish paints at the monent so started off doing this on some white card using lots of different colours and knocking it back by using white as one of the last layers.

I got carried away and didn't take any more staged photos !  I used some Wendy Vecchi background stamps and stamped them with Leaf Green and Watering Can Archival inks. The vertical panel is made using two different ribbons and weaving them to create a patchwork. I then used my sewing machine and sewed around the edges of all the squares. I die cut the trellis and blended Leaf Green and Fern Green Archival inks over it.

I brayered some more white card with Fresco Finish paints and then stamped the flower twice and cut it out and layered it on foam pads. I had a spare piece of brayered card so cut it to the shape of the frame and then added the number and filled it with Glossy Accents. The two corner pieces are Tim Holtz Industrious sticker and I've coloured them with Espresso Alcohol ink. The sentiment is from the Wendy Vecchi The Purpose of Art stamp set and it stamped on to brayered card and them mounted on to black card.

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

Monday, 30 March 2015

Introducing Stamps and Stencils !

Today is a very exciting day as it's the count down to the very first challenge of Stamps and Stencils ! We are a mixed media challenge and will be having monthly challenges with inpsirational posts throughout the month.

The DT is very excited and raring to go and if you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog you'll find out who two of the members are !


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Time to Test your Metal !

I'm very excited to share that I will be teaching my first class at The Pavilion in West Hallam, Derbyshire on Saturday 20 June. The class will be between 10AM - 4PM and you'll be creating a canvas using lots of different metal techniques as well as using yummy Luminarte Silk paints ! Below are one or two photos of the project and if you click here you'll find the details of how to book a place.

I hope you're able to join me !

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Bring on the bling !

Today we start the second week of the Frilly and Funkie current challenge which is to Bring on the Bling ! The lovely Jenny is our host and here's what Jenny has to say:

Be it diamonds, pearls or even glitter we need to see some sparkle on your vintage or shabby chic projects this time.

So, this was a huge challenge for me as I'm not a 'bling' kind of girl. It had me rooting through unpacked, house move boxes in the hopes that I'd find something !

I started with the background and used the Wendy Vecchi Old Ledger stencil with Wendy's white embossing paste. While it was still wet I sprayed it with Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon Spray Distress Stains. Love this colour combination !

When the paste was dry I rubbed a little Treasure Gold over the top. I brayered a piece of white card with acrylic paint then stamped the image from the Wendy Vecchi Discover Art set. I masked off the flower heads and stamped the image twice more.

The panel below the butterfly has had Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey Distress Inks blended over it then I've stamped the numbers stamp from the Tim Holtz Perspective set with Tea Rose Archival ink and then used the Wendy Vecchi Script background stamp using Watering Can Archival ink. I then stamped a border across the top and bottom using the stamp from the Wendy Vecchi Discover Art and Watering Can Archival ink. I die cut a trellis using the Tim Holtz Trellis die from card that I'd blended Distress Ink over. I then stamped over it using the Wendy Vecchi Lots of Leaves background stamp and black Archivl ink. 
The beautiful butterfly is also from the Perspective set and I've stamped it with black Archival ink, cut it out then painted it with Distress Markers.

If you've checked out The Funkie Junkie Boutique lately you'll have seen the most gorgeous Kaisercraft embellishments. I've used an ornate corner and painted it black and when dry rubbed Treasure Gold over it and rubbed it up to a shine. If you remember, I had to dig out some bling and found some pearl swirls and also some individual pearls. I've sewn the individual pearls to some May Arts crocheted lace.

So, from a shaky start ! I quite like it in the end ! 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 beautiful DT projects.