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.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

ATP Exchange day !

It's another exciting day today as I'm kick starting the ATP Exchange days which is when one of the DT shares their exploration with a product, technique or a step by step.



I've had great fun making a book from a 12 x 12 piece of card, for all the details you'll need to hop over here.


Saturday, 4 October 2014

A Very Happy Christmas !

I'm back today with another short post as I'm sharing this project over at eclectic Paperie.



Have I mentioned that I love Wendy Vecchi's embossing powders ? Well if you hop over here you'll find out how I've used them in this project.