Friday, 1 August 2014

Word Play !

It's the first of the month that must mean it's the start of a brand new challenge over at Country View Crafts. This month the challenge theme is Word Play, so we want to see you using words on your projects. I have taken the opportunity, yet again, to finish off a project started at one of the lovely Lin Brown's classes. We had lots of fun trying out new products and the accompanying techniques.

These pages started out with lots of spritzing of Colour Bloom sprays. If you've not used these sprays before they are a relatively new product from Prima. They have a wonderful sparkle to them and what's excellent is that you can refill the bottle to extend the life. I've used the JOFY flower stencil with Grunge Paste and when it was dry I've used Inktense pencils on them. I have definitely fallen in love with these ! I can see a purchase on the horizon ! The colours are fantastic and as the name suggests they are so intense too !

We also got to play with Gelatos, these are great for adding a shadow around your embossed items and they also blend together really well. I also did some stamping using the Ellen Vargo stamps with Cornflower Blue Archival ink.

The tag started out as the sample for experimentation but I rather liked the colours so added some more stamping and a couple of embellishments. I've used the Gelatos again around the tag to add a shadow. I used a lid from a hair mousse tin and Fresco Finish paint and pressed onto the pages to create the circles. To make the text pop a little more I've mounted all of the words onto mount board creating little tiles and then dabbed some more Fresco Finish paint around the edges with cut 'n' dry foam.

Journalling is something I never thought I would find enjoyable, how wrong could I be !

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

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Cool water !

I'm back today to share my DT project for Frilly and Funkie where the lovely Rebecca has chosen the theme of Cool Water. This can be any kind of water from a drop to an ocean ! When I saw this theme the song from Bambi popped into my head, Drip, Drip, Drip Little April Showers so that's where this journey started.

I decided to do a journal page and started by giving it a coat of Gesso, then I scribbled over it in patches using my Portfolio pastels. Blending the colours together with my finger but leaving some white space too. I then used Wendy Vecchi's From the Garden stencil and rubbed a baby wipe over the large flower. As Porfolio's react to liquid the baby wipe removes the colour.

Unfortunately, I got carried away with the process and didn't take another photo before the end ! I carried on building up the stencilling using Wendy Vecchi's 3 Flourishes stencil and also using the flower again from the From the Garden stencilv using Fresco Finish paints. I used the Prima Checker stencil around the edge to frame it and also the TCW Onion Skin stencil.

I hand drew the drops and then used the black Portfolio pastel to draw around the shape and blended the colour out a little using my finger. I added a little white drop on each one using Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. I used a Sharpie pen to write the words and a white Posca pen to highlight some of the letters. I decided it needed a little something extra so I stencilled some numbers and also used the Wendy Vecchi Dots and Dashes background stamp using Cornflower Blue Archival ink.

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

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Material Tag !

Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of a tag I've made for my eclecic Paperie DT piece where I've used fabric as the base layer.

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

Well I'm finally back online after nearly 2 weeks with no phone line and then my lap top died ! Fingers crossed normal service will be resumed shortly !

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer Heat !

It's the start of the second week for the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which is Summer Heat. I'm the host for this challenge and we want to see warm colours, so think red, orange and sunshine yellow ! As an added twist you need to include a summer bloom on your project.

I started by covering some white card with Portfolio pastels, blending the colours together with my finger.

I then used Wendy Vecchi's Polka Dotty stencil and rubbed over it with a baby wipe. As the Portfolio pastels react with water the baby wipe bleaches the colour.

I then used the Wendy Vecchi Layered Flower stencil with Tango Fresco Finish paint. Then did some stamping using Orange Blossom Archival ink.

I then stamped over the background using Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. 

I then cut a piece of cardboard and ripped the top layer off in a few places. Then I spread some Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste over it and when it was dry I rubbed  Archival ink, Dandelion, Orange Blossom and Carnation Red over the top. 

I had a piece of the background card left over so I stamped the image from the Wendy Vecchi Approved Art set. The image slightly smudged but I quite liked it.  The sentiment is from the True Art set. 

I die cut several flowers from Crinoline using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers then I painted them with watered down Fresco Finish paint. I added a vintage button the centre. 

I hope you've got chance to join us for this challenge.