Thursday, 28 November 2013

Her style was sassy.....

For my eclectic Paperie DT piece today I'm sharing a birthday card that I've made for one of my nieces. Christmas has had to take a back seat for a few days as I've got one or two family birthdays to make cards for plus I'm attending the 2 day Finnabair workshop this week end ! Just getting a little excited now!!

I started with the background and got my Dylusions out and spritzed some card with Fresh Lime, Lemon Zest and Pure Sunshine. I then used the Wendy Vecchi Polka Dotty stencil and spritzed it with Postbox Red. While the stencil was still wet with ink I flipped it over and pressed it onto the card so you get the negative print from the stencil. I then used the 3 Flourishes stencil and some Fresco Finish paint.

I stamped the sentiment from the A Form of Art set using black Archival ink. The main image is from the same set and I masked it off and then used the Fancy Florals set with Orange Blossom Archival ink.

I painted one of the wooden Prima flowers and then stamped it with the Fancy Florals stamp using Orange Blossom Archival ink. The other flowers are cut using the Tattered Flowers strip die. The little postage stamp is cut using the Movers and Shapers die and I've stamped it with a stamp from the Tim Holtz French Marketplace set using Potting Soil Archival ink. The metal pieces have all had Fresco Finish painted dabbed on to them so they weren't as shiny.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Letters at Country View Crafts

Hello and welcome to my first post as DT member at Country View Crafts ! The current challenge has been set by the lovely Brenda who has chosen letters. As soon as I saw this I knew that I wanted to use my WordPlay die, love this die !

I cut the letters from mountboard and stuck them to a piece of greyboard. Then I painted the whole thing with Space Cadet Fresco Finish paint, dried it and then added a coat of Crackle Glaze. I painted the top coat with Snowflake Fresco Finish paint mixed with a little Space Cadet.

I then stamped the snowflakes from the Tim Holtz Mini Holidays stamp set using Space Cadet Fresco Finish paint. The little swirls are stamped using the PaperArtsy Mini 96. I stamped the side panel with Snowflake Fresco Finish paint using the snowflakes and once dry I painted over the top with Space Cadet and used a baby wipe to take some paint off so you can still see the snowflakes. I stamped the trees from the Reindeer Flight set with Cornflower Blue archival ink.

I cut the snowflake rosette using the Tim Holtz striop die and painted the centre disc using Space Cadet and lightly brushed some Lake Wanaka over the top. The number 25 is cut using the Mini 25 die and I've painted them with Pea Coat and then lightly brushed Lake Wanaka over the top. The little deer is cut using the Mini Deer die and I've painted it with the same Fresco Finish paints. I painted the little jingle bell with Fresco Finish paint too. To finish I've added a Filigree corner that I've painted with Fresco Finish too.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project and hope you get time to join us in the challenge !

I'm also entering this project in to the Simon Monday Challenge Blog challenge which is Holiday countdown. I am most definitely counting down with the amount Christmas projects I have to do ! 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Recycled Christmas !

I am very late with this post, but at the moment time just seems to be slipping through my fingers ! So, the card I'm sharing is my DT piece for eclectic Paperie eTeam picks and the challenge is Recycling.

For my recycled element I've used some plastic packaging and die cut poinsettia's from it using the Tim Holtz Poinsettia die. I then used alcohol inks to colours it and when it was dry I used a gold pen and drew along all of the edges.

The background is made using the trees from the Reindeer Flight stamp set and I've used Fern Green Archival ink and stamped several times without re-inking the stamp. I've also used a stamp from the Mixed Media set and the Fabulous Flourishes set, again using Fern Green Archival ink.

The centre panel made using the Tim Holtz Hanging Sign die and I've painted it with Fresco Finish paints and then stamped the text from the Mini Holidays set using Fern Green Archival ink.

The lamp post is also a Tim Holtz die and I've blended Pumice Stone Distress ink ovet it and then Forest Moss, but only down one side. I've used a Tim Holtz on the edge die and the calendar stamp from the Mini Holidays set for the horizontal piece.

I heated the poinsettia and because it's plastic it softened while still hot and I was able to bend the petals in to the shape I was after.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge !

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like.......

Yes, it most certainly is looking like Christmas everywhere now ! So I am getting a little panicky as there's so much to do and I've not made anywhere near enough cards !

The project I'm sharing today is my DT piece for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team. I am the host for the current challenge and I chose Christmas Preparations, thinking about all the things we're starting to do for the Christmas table or the tree.

This little house had been sitting on my shelf half finished for months so I decided to give it a new lease of life as I really didn't like my previous attempt ! I painted the whole house white using Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. Then started to add some colour using more Fresco paints.

I stamped the pinecones from the Artistic Outpost Midwinter stamp set onto tissue paper. I then painted them on the reverse with Fresco Finish paint and while the paint was still wet I stuck them around the house. When the paint was dry I then used a white Sharpie pen and added some highlights. I stuck a Filigree corner on the back of the house.

I painted the roof red and then dug out my Tulip Puffy paint which I've not used in ages but it still managed to puff up when I heated it ! I then spritzed the roof with White Linen Dylusions spray.

The little bird was already stuck to the house when I decided to give it a make over. I dabbed some Fresco Finish paint over it and a little Festive Berries DI on his chest. The large holly leaves are die cut using the Festive Foliage strip die and I've painted then with my Distress Markers. The sentiment is from the Artistic Outpost Midwinter set and the little holly leaves are from a corner punch. I've added some white dots using my Sharpie pen along the edge of the roof and a little dot of red stickles to the small holly leaves too.

To attach the two Filigree snowflakes I punched a hole in the bottom of the house and attached cotton thread to both snowflakes. This was extremely fiddly and I almost changed my mind ! I used a bar fastener from the Idea-ology link chain and tied the cotton to the little ring and pushed the bar through the hole.

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

I'm also entering this project into the Artistic Outpost Referral Programme which is anything goes.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Fantastic Day !

What an amazing day I had yesterday at my workshop at The Artist Trading Post ! There were 5 very lovely ladies, including Sharon the shop owner, and we had great fun !

You can see everyone is busy here painting their boxes with Fresco Finish paints and the colours that they've chosen were beautiful!

Here you can see Ruth's box coming to life and the beautiful green and gold colours !

This is the inside of Pam's box and the addition of the chickens really look fantastic !

Here you can see Sharon concentrating on getting everything in the right place !

 And here's Sharon's finished box !

This is the finished lid to Pam's box. The lids couldn't be put on the base of the box as we were waiting for glue to dry. You can see the fabulous texture that Pam has created !

Ruth's box looked absolutely stunning with the highlights of Treasure Gold over the textured areas.

Marilyn's box looked wonderful with the contrasting layer beneath the door.

I don't appear to have a photo of Sheila's box, sorry Sheila !, but it was as beautiful as eveyone elses !

I was also really pleased as everyone finished their project so went home with their boxes completely decorated.

It was a really fabulous day and I'm looking forward to the next one !

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Snowy Christmas card !

It's my turn to share a project over on the eclectic Paperie blog today. I've taken the opportunity to add to my 'very' small pile of Christmas cards. I am so far behind it's not true !

Anyway, here's the card that I'm sharing and you'll find all the details here.

This is a scheduled post as I'm teaching my very first workshop today ! So wish me luck !

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Life is Good step x step

As I promised on Wednesday of this week I'm back today to share the step x step for my Frilly and Funkie DT project.

I started by cutting a piece of cardboard down to slightly bigger than A5. Then, using my pokey tool to help, I peeled back the top layer in different areas around the cardboard.

I then used acrylic paint to age the cardboard, but I didn't bother about the centre as I knew it would be covered up.

I used a piece of paper from the Tim Holtz Lost and Found pack, tore the edges and then gave it a wash with some watered down, cream acrylic paint. I still wanted to see some of the detail from the paper, which is why it's best to water down the paint.

I then glued 2 pieces of cardboard together and used the Cabinet die to cut out the frame. To cut out the inner shape I used the mini Cabinet Die. I didn't discard the centre piece as I knew it would come in handy for later in the project.

I painted the frame with cream acrylic paint, added a coat of Crackle Glaze then a dark brown coat of acrylic paint. To distress it even further I used a sanding block and rubbed around the edges.

I painted the centre piece from the frame  with cream acrylic paint then used Watering Can Archival ink and stamped the pumpkin from the Artistic Outpost Gothic 31 set. I then masked it off and stamped a second pumpkin and some grasses. The pumpkins have then been painted with acrylic paint. I stamped a third pumpkin onto some watercolour paper, painted it and cut it out and stuck it to the frame (which you'll see in a later photo).

For the die cuts around the frame I painted some white card with the colours I wanted to use. I do this quite often if I don't have the exact colour of card I want.

I used the Autumn Gatherings strip die and cut out lots of different shapes using the painted card. To neaten the edges I rubbed some Distress Inks over the shapes.

I stamped the tractor onto the background paper using Potting Soil Archival ink and also stamped some script.The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set and I've stamped it using Potting Soil Archival ink.

I arranged the die cuts around the frame and also added the extra pumpkin. I found a small butterfly in my stash, so painted it with acrylic paint and added some liquid dots down the centre.

The gorgeous Filigree metal embellishment is one of the beautiful pieces that Linda sells in The Funkie Junkie Boutique. The buttons are coconut shell buttons, again Linda sells these in her shop. The checkered piece you can see behind the Filigree embellishment is masking tape that I've stamped with one of the Tim Holtz Mixed Media stamps.

This is what the finished piece looks like ! I hope you've enjoyed today's step x step and remember you still have time to join in with the current challenge of Thanksgiving

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Stepping out of my comfort zone !

Now to say I was out of my comfort zone on this one is putting it mildly ! When I saw the challenge for the new Get Altered challenge over at eclectic Paperie I was a little challenged indeed ! The very lovely and talented Bonnie has challenged us to create an art doll. Well, first of all I had to do some research as I hadn't a clue what I was meant to do ! The first effort has been filed under 'b' for bin ! So, here's my second effort, which I'm a little happier with but it's definitely going to take some practice !

First of all I needed a face so I reached for my Lynne Perrella stamps and masked off part of a stamp so I had just the face and stamped onto some cotton fabric using black Archival ink. I then drew the hair with a waterproof black pen so I could then paint it.

For the body I used a greyboard arch that was covered with white card. I used the TCW Spinning Tops stencil and Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste and when it was dry used Fresco Finish paints and painted it so that the colour went from dark to light. I then brushed some Classic Treasure Gold over the whole thing.

For the legs I found a template, thanks to one of my teamies, and I painted them with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint and then used the Spinning Tops stencil again with Cheesecake Fresco Finish paint.

I decided to give my doll a base, as she is going to be flat, and used some cardboard that I tore off pieces from the top layer. Then I used the Wendy Vecchi 3 Flourishes stencil with some more embossing paste. Then I painted the whole thing with some Cheesecake Fresco Finish and once that was dry I used a large paint brush and more Fresco Finish paint but watered it down a little and only painted from one direction. I loved the effect so this is definitely something I'll do again ! I used the Wendy Vecchi Dotty stencil to add some interest but didn't go too mad as I wanted the doll to take centre stage !

So here she is ! She was very difficult to photograph as she ended up being quite large ! I cut off a large section of the hair as I spotted a pediment die cut on my table and thought it would be perfect for a crown! I painted it and then used Antique Bronze Distress Stain over the top. I used a Viva pen to add little pearl drops to the crown and the centre of the flower.

The arms are also a template taken from the same place as the legs. I painted them and then stencilled the stripes using the Wendy Vecchi Dots and Stripes Border stencil. The flower brooch is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower strip die and I painted the flowers with Fresco Finish paint to match the rest of the project. The sentiment is from the Wendy Vecchi Art for You stamp set and I just thought it was perfect for my doll ! I suppose I should give her a name .........

I was hoping that you could see the texture and the Treasure Gold on the above photo but I'm not so sure you can after all !

So, I hope you've enjoyed my wander out of my comfort zone !  I sort of did in the end ! It would be great if you could join us for this challenge too !