Sunday, 24 February 2013

Secrets of the garden !

It's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge and for the next 2 weeks we want to see red, black and brown on your projects. Now, I have to say this isn't a colour combination I would choose and I did find it hard to think of something, but then that's what a challenge is all about, right ?



I wanted to have another play with the gorgeous new stamps by the lovely Lin Brown. If you've not seen what's been going on over at PaperArtsy make sure you hop over there as there's lots to see ! I started with the background and stamped the leaf with black Archival ink using first and second generation stamping. I then blended DI around the card and then sprayed Cappuccino Perfect Pearls mist over the top. For the centre panel I used a piece of Crinoline and coloured it with Antique Linen Distress Stains. I then stamped the small flower and leaves with black Archival ink. I frayed the edges and then cut a piece of wadding to fit behind it and then zipped around the edge with my sewing machine.


The large flowers were stamped onto card that I coloured with Red Brick and Festive Berries Distress Stains. I then cut them out and layered them on top of each other. I sprinkled some little black beads in the centre which are stuck down with Glossy Accents. To make them sit down in the wadding I stitched through the centre of the flowers and the wadding and card. I used some Walnut Stain Distress Stains on white card and sprayed it with water. I dried it off with my heat gun and then inked up the large leaves with black Archival ink. Before I stamped them I used the Tim Holtz Reflections stamps and pressed them onto the ink, the text shows on the leaves after after they've been stamped. I used the same technique for the smaller leaves too. The text has been stamped onto card also covered with Festive Berries and Red Barn Door Distress Stains, I've cut it up and mounted the words onto black card. I've added a Filigree metal corner and a little metal flower to finish.

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, 20 February 2013

Layer it on and share a word !

Hello and a very warm welcome to my new followers ! It's time for the next challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and this time it's my turn to host the challenge. For the next 2 weeks the challenge is to create a project with lots of layers but the focal point must be a word ! This could be layers of paint, paper, fabric or whatever else you have to hand. This may be the perfect opportunity to use up all of those scraps you have on your work desk !


Sometimes projects just seem to come together really easily and this was one of them ! I so enjoyed the process too ! I painted the canvas with Gesso and when it was dry I used Ferro texture paste through a stencil. Then I started to layer on the Fresco Finish paint ! I started with a coat of Guacamole and then mixed some South Pacific with the Guacamole and it created a lovely patina green colour. I also used some South Pacific around the edges. I mixed Claret with Baltic Blue for a gorgeous shade of purple and dry brushed it on. I used my favourite Chicken Wire stencil with some more of the Guacamole and South Pacific mix. The dots are made with a Dylusions stencil and I've used South Pacific first then I moved the stencil slightly and went over it with Guacamole, this creates a lovely shadow effect. I've stamped randomly with Guacamole and a stamp from the Tim Holtz Classics #3 set and in black Archival ink I've stamped using a stamp from the Fabulous Flourishes set and the text is from the Going Somewhere set.


I've pleated some Tissue Wrap and stitched it top and bottom, I was trying to do it so it looked quite random but it's harder to do than it looks ! I sprayed a piece of crinoline with watered down South Pacific Fresco Finish paint. The text panels are made using the Artistic Outpost Ephemera stamp set. The metal pieces have all been given a coat of the Guacomole and South Pacific mix. For the letters I printed them out on my PC so I could get the font large enough. Then I cut them out and stuck them back to front onto some Grunge Paper, so that when I cut the Grunge Paper out they were the right way around. I've then used Fresco Finish paint to colour them. The pen nib and the little fasterner on the 'f' have been coated with the South Pacific and Guacamole mix. The little swirl on the letter 'e' is a Melissa Frances embellishment and I've painted that too ! The flowers started life as being a pale brown colour until I sprayed them with watered down South Pacific ! To finish I spritzed the whole project with some Perfect Pearls Biscotti.

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


Saturday, 16 February 2013

Another exciting day !

So, today is another very exciting day as another new guest designer is revealed at PaperArtsy ! What's also very exciting is the fact that I've been able to play with one of the stamp sets !

The guest designer who is being revealed today is ........ Sara Naumann !

This is the stamp set that I've been playing with but there are actually 8 fantastic new sets ! If you hop over to the PaperArtsy blog all will be revealed !



 I made this tag with Distress Inks and I used the text to stamp over the background. I also dipped a Distress Stains lid into some Brown Shed Fresco Finish paint and pressed it onto the tag. I've stamped the distressed edge stamp across the bottom using black Archival ink.



I made the two panels with Distress Ink and I did a little spritz and flick and also spayed some watered down Brow Shed Fresco Finish over the card and stitched around the smaller piece. I stamped the main text and cut it into two and distressed the edges and attached the second piece with a screw top  brad.


I stamped 'What an excellent notion' onto some twill tape and stitched it to the tag and I also did the same for the ribbon through the top of the tag. To finish I added an Ideaology pen nib and brushed a little Classic Treasure Gold around the edges.


For my second project I've made a hanging from a page of a circular book. I've used several layers of Fresco Finish paint and also some Ferro texture paste through a stencil, the top layer being Old Gold Fresco Finish. I stencilled some Chocolate Pudding and Brown Shed Fresco Finish paint through the Chicken Wire stencil and also a numbers stencil then stamped the text randomly over it using black Archival ink.



The flower is made with the PaperArtsy Grunge Flowers die, and I've embossed them with the Honeycomb Texture Fades folder. I used more Distress Ink and then brushed some Classic Treasure Gold over the top and finished with a button in  the centre.

I know you'll agree these stamps are fantastic and when you see the other sets they'll be on your wish list ! These stamps aren't available to buy yet but will be coming to a store near you soon !


Frilly and Funkie StepXStep

It's my turn to share a Step X Step over at the Frilly and Funkie blog today and I thought I would share it here too ! The project I'm sharing with you is a journal page, I feel like I've joined the party quite late, but I have to say I'm really enjoying it now I've joined in!  There's lots to share so grab a cuppa and get comfy !



 I found a large book that was destined for the recycling bin and decided it was the perfect size for me to alter ! I started  by gluing several pages together so that both sides were quite substantial to work on. Then I gave the pages a coat of Gesso which I applied with a piece of Cut 'n' Dry foam.


 I started off by thinking I would like some of the original images and text to show through the paint. I gave the pages a coat of Sky Fresco Finish paint and I used a baby wipe to take away some of the paint.


 I then cut the letters from mount board using the Tim Holtz WordPlay die and stuck them down using Matt Multi Medium. I then painted them with some more Sky Fresco Finish paint.


 I then gave everything a coat of Baltic Blue Fresco Finish paint and brushed some around the letters to highlight them.


I followed this up with a light coat of Smoked Paprika Fresco Finish.I decided it was a little too dark so I knocked if back with some watered down Snowflake Fresco Finish.


I used a stencil for the poppies with more Fresco Finish paint.


I used the Dylusions Diamond Border stencil for the border and also the diamonds, which I did the 'bumping' technique to create shadow. I also lightly sprayed Dylusions Squeezed Orange ink spray over the pages as well as some diluted Fresco Finish paint.


I then stamped the text from the Wendy Vecchi set called Art From The Heart without using an acrylic block so the text wasn't perfect.


The tulip is also from the same Wendy Vecchi set and I've painted it with Fresco Finish paint. I've also used the Chicken Wire stencil and Smoked Paprika.


I stamped the dragonflies and then gave them a watered down coat of Fresco Finish paint.


I decided that the letters didn't 'pop' enough so I used some more paint to dry brush around them. I've also rubbed some Classic Treasure Gold around the letters and also around the edges of the pages.


For the little circles I used the lid from a Distress Stains bottle and dipped it into some paint and pressed it onto the page.


To finish I've added one of the gorgeous Filigree keys from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique and also another Filigree piece to the tulip along with a Melissa Frances lock.

I'm also entering this project into the following challenges:


I hope you've enjoyed todays StepXStep and I hope you have a great week end !


Friday, 15 February 2013

How exciting ?!?!?!

So, today is THE most exciting day as if you've been watching what's been going on over at the PaperArtsy blog you'll know that yesterday the brand new stamps by the very talented Jo Firth-Young were revealed. Well today, and I can hardly contain myself, it's the next reveal of the stamps by a new extremely talented guest designer who is........drum roll please........Lin Brown !!! Lin has designed 3 gorgeous A5 sets of stamps and guess what?? I got to play with all of them ! Which also leads me on to another little secret which I have been itching to share, the lovely Leandra (Mrs PaperArtsy no less!) has asked me to be a guest designer !!! So, watch out in May when I shall be sharing my first projects !

Anyway, back to the order of the day and let me share with you Lin's gorgeous stamps, you are gonna love them ! First up is plate ELB01 !




The flowers of this set just said bright and beautiful to me so that was the way  I went with my colour combo !


I stamped the flowers on the background with Gesso (I've just about run out of Snowflake Fresco Finish!) and when dry I've blended Salty Ocean Distress Ink over them.


Then I mixed some Brown Shed and Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish paint and painted a piece of white card. The images were stamped on top, masking the flowers so they sit behind each other. I mounted it on some cotton fabric that I'd also used the same mix of paint. The text is stamped onto white card, then I gave that a coat of the Fresco Finish mix. The frame is cut from metal and I've coated it with Brown Shed and then Little Black Dress. I couldn't resist adding some Classic Treasure Gold around the edges of the flower panel. To finish I added some Glossy Accents to one of the flowers and dyed some seam binding.

The second fantastic plate is ELB 02!


I love the butterfly on this set and the flower is fantastic as you can position the head in different directions.


I created the background using my Gelli Plate and Guacamole and Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish paints. I've also done some second generation stamping with the leaves using Olive Archival ink. I stamped the little flower with Guacamole to bring it into the foreground. The tulips have all been stamped with black Archival then I gave them a wash of Brown Shed (love this colour!) and Hey Pesto (love this colour too!) and cut them out.


I stamped the butterflies onto shrink plastic cut them out and shrunk them ! The pattern is still really clear even when they're tiny ! To finish some more dyed seam binding and, yep, a little tickle of Classic Treasure Gold!

The final set from Lin is ELB03. 


This set has all the versatility of the other two with having the flower heads separate from the leaves, there's so much you could make !


I used lots of Distress Inks on this card and did some stencilling over the background and some second generation stamping with the leaves. The panel the tulip is mounted on is made with second generation stamping.


I stamped the tulip onto sticky back canvas which I'd stuck on to Grunge Paper, to give it some dimension. I've used Distress Markers to paint the flower. I stamped the sentiment onto white card cut it up into separate words and used Distress Ink around the edges. To finish a split ring and some twine.

As you can see these stamps are gorgeous and there are so many ideas whirling around my head now as I'm sure there are in yours too ! Do make sure you visit the PaperArtsy blog as there will be more exciting things to see over the next 2 days. The stamps I've used aren't available to buy yet but they will be coming to a store near you soon !


Sunday, 10 February 2013

Birds of a feather !

I'm very late with my post for the new challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge. I was on schedule until I decided the project I'd made was going to be filed under 'b' for bin ! So, I started a fresh this afternoon and I'm still not sure but have decided that I could live with it ! The challenge for the next 2 weeks has been chosen by the lovely Meggymay and is Birds.



I've also realised looking at the above photo that I added a type charm with the letter 'B' after I took this ! Anyway, I was routing through the shelves in my craft room and came upon a a circular book that I bought ages ago just so I could get the split rings ! So I decided that the pages would work well for a hanging instead. I started by giving it a coat of Gesso then I stencilled the swirl with Ferro Texture paste. When it was dry I started to layer up with Fresco Finish paints, knocking them back slightly using a baby wipe. I also used the Chicken Wire stencil and some Brown Shed Fresco Finish paint but used it almost dry on my brush. The cage is from a Darkroom Door set as is the branch.




The large leaves are an Art Part that I've painted with several layers of Fresco Finish paint and then I've stamped the text from the Darkroom Door stamp set over the top. The text panel is also from the same stamp set and I've distressed the edges of the card and blended DI around the edge before adding a little Treasure Gold. The bird is one that I made for a previous project and decided not to use. It's a PaperArtsy stamp and has been stamped onto mustard coloured metal. I've puffed it out a little from the back and filled it with Glossy Accents to support it, once dry I then cut it out. To finish, I couldn't resist giving the whole project a little highlighting with some more Treasure Gold (I do think I'm addicted, is that possible?)

Do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the fabulous work the rest of the DT has made.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Lacey, heartsy Valentine !

Today is the start of the next challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge. This time the lovely Terry has chosen the theme of Lacey, heartsy Valentine ! Here's what Terry has to say:

So with Valentines around the corner you can show us your interpretation of a Heartsy Valentines Project. You can think of an altered bookcover, journal, box, bag or a Purse as long as it has a Heart and Lace in it.


I couldn't make my mind up which way to go with this challenge but eventually I decided on a tag as I enjoyed making the two for the Friday Focus.  I started by using the Tim Holtz Mixed Media and Going Somewhere stamp sets to stamp the background with Coffee Archival ink. The pencils are from the Artistic Outpost set, Secretary Pool. I stamped the girl, which is from the AO Lovely Day set, with black Archival ink and then painted her with my Distress Markers.


The typewriter is also from the Secretary Pool set and I've stamped 'just for you' on the paper in the typewriter with one of those cheap alphabet sets. The two hearts are cut using a Sizzix die from Kraft card then embossed with the Texture Fade Honeycomb EF. I've also rubbed some Classic Treasure Gold over them (did I mention I love this stuff!). The little peg has been coloured using Walnut Stain Distress Stains and the ticket is from the Tim Holtz Going Somewhere set. The lace is from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique and is the gorgeous May Art crocheted lace. I've tinted it with some Antique Linen Distress Stains and Distress Ink.


The alphabet across the bottom is also made using a stamp from the Secretary Pool set and I've stamped it on to ordinary masking tape. I heat set it then gave it a wash with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint. I've also used some more masking tape for the ribbon and I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Cappuccino spray. The word 'Love' is made using the Tim Holtz Type Charms.

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

I'm also entering this tag into the Artistic Outpost February referral which is Anything Goes.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Anyone for golf !

Where did January go ! It's not my favourite month of the year for various reasons, but it's flashed by so quickly, I can't believe we're in to February already ! This also means that it's the new challenge over at Vintage Stamping Challenge sponsored by Flonz Crafts. This time we have a colour challenge for you and  the colours we want to see are blues, browns and beige.


As always  I started with the  background and I got my Gelli Plate out and started with a pale acrylic paint then used a darker blue with a numbers stencil. If you put your numbers stencil on the Gelli Plate so the numbers are the wrong way round the numbers will appear on your print the correct way round ! I used a Dylusions stencil for the diamonds and the Chicken wire stencil with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint. I wanted to add some tape and as I don't have any Washi Tape I spotted my masking tape which is the sort you get from a DIY store. I stamped the tape using black Archival ink using the numbers stamp from the Tim Holtz Fairytale Frenzy set. I heat set it, then used Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint, watered down, and painted it over the top. As I was sticking it to acrylic paint I gave it a helping hand with some Multi Medium Matt. The background panels are made using a stamp from the Artistic Outpost Ephemera set and a Wendy Vecchi set and I've torn the bottom edges.




The main image is a Flonz Crafts stamp and I love the vintage look to it. I've blended DI around the edge and also torn the bottom edge, the same as the layers below. The little ticket is a Crafty Individuals stamps and I've added buttons, an Ideaology pen nib and a Type Charm. To finish, I couldn't resist, I rubbed some Classic Treasure Gold around the edges. As the acrylic paint creates a lovely texture when you use a Gelli Plate the TG picks up the raised surfaces.

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


Friday, 1 February 2013

Friday Focus - Seasonal Distress Stains

It's Friday Focus time over at Frilly and Funkie and I've been playing with the gorgeous Seasonal Distress Stains !


If you pop over to the main blog you'll find the details of how I made this tag.