Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Any Way you Fold it !

It's time to share my Funkie DT project for the Frilly and Funkie challenge which I'm hosting. The theme I chose was Any Way you Fold it ! There are so many different folds that you can do that I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to do something I've not had a go at before. I found a template over a Valita's Designs & Fresh Folds for a box fold and here's what I made !



I started by making a master sheet using the Wendy Vecchi Daisy Art set. I stamped with embossing ink and then used white embossing powder. I then blended Distress Inks over the top and also did some Spritz and Flick.



I used the master sheet as the background to all of the images. The two front images are from the Artistic Outpost Board Walk set and I've stamped onto cream Waterclour paper. I then cut them out and I've painted the lady with the umbrella using Distress Markers. For the layer below the images I've used a page from an old book.


The panel in the centre portion is from the Wendy Vecchi Nature's Art set and I've used the Tim Holtz on the edge Notebook die.



To hold the card together I've used seam binding that I've rubbed a Distress Ink applicator over so the colour was quite pale.

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


Monday, 29 July 2013

Second page !

It's my turn to share a project over on the Eclectic Paperie blog today so I decided to do the second page in my journal. I love the sentiment from the Wendy Vecchi Heirloom Art stamp set !



For all the details hop over here.



Sunday, 28 July 2013

Script/ Books/ Print

I'm running ever so slightly late today ! So, here I am with my DT piece for the Fashionable Stamping Challenge. The theme for the next 2 weeks is Script/Books/Pages/Print. I've taken the opportunity to make a birthday card for a friend who's celebrating a significant birthyday this week. I've not added the number to the card as I don't think she's too impressed !



I started this card by ripping up a page from an old book and sticking it over some white card. I then covered it with Snowflake Fresco Finish. When it was dry I stamped the beach huts from the Artistic Outpost Boardwalk set with Cobalt Archival ink. I've then used a blank piece of page from a book and used a stamp from the Artistic Outpost Ephemera set and the text is a Katzelkraft stamp. I've then used Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks over the paper.


The main image is a Crafty Individuals stamp and I've used Distress Markers to paint her. The two circle stamps are also Crafty Individuals stamps. The flower is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Strip die and I've layered it up and brushed Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the tips of the petals. The script ribbon is something I picked up on my last visit to The Bead Scene as are the little metal beads. The button is from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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.

I'm also entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Celebrate. 









Wednesday, 24 July 2013

First page !

I was undecided what to do for my DT piece this week for Eclectic Paperie. Then I spotted my Finnabair journal still untouched and decided to do my first page.

I love using my Distress Inks and of late I've strayed away from them, there's so much to occupy my crafting time now that they don't get used any where near as often as they used to. So, I decided that I would dedicate my first page to my Distress Inks.


I started  by using Bundled Sage at the bottom moving on to Squeezed Lemonade, then some Wild Honey a touch of Ripe Persimmon and finishing at the top with some Barn Door. The weather has been so glorious in the UK for the past couple of weeks that warm Summery colours were on my mind. I then edged the bottom with some Forest Moss and  the top with some Fired Brick.


Now the plan was to take a couple of photos before it was finished but as you can see that didn't happen, so apologies ! I've recently acquired some Wendy Vecchi stencils and stamps and have been itching to have a play with them. The daisy like flowers are made using the 3 Fresh Flowers stencil, using a darker DI in the centre and before I removed the stencil I stamped over the flower head using the background stamp from the Heirloom Art set. The short stripes are made using the Dots and Stripes stencil and I've started with Mustard Seed then Ripe Persimmon and finished with Barn Door. I'd got the thought of a noise indicator in my head, you know the ones where it starts of yellow and as the noise gets louder it goes to red ! I've used the honeycomb stamp from the Wendy Vecchi Art for You set, the butterfly also comes from this set too.



I've used the Bingo stencil to add the numbers and the horizontal dots are a Prima stencil. The background leaves are another Wendy Vecchi stencil and I wanted them to be quite pale so only lightly rubbed Shabby Shutters over it.


The gorgeous striped flowers are made using the Wendy Vecchi Layered Flower stencil, love this ! I stamped the little flourishes from the Daisy Art set and the little sentiment is from the Nature's Art set. The words 'always' and 'remember' are done using the Classic Words stencil using Black Soot and I've stamped the 'Be You' stamp from the Art for You set.

I'm also entering my first page into the Country View Crafts challenge which is Summer Sizzler which I've interpreted with the colours I've used.


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Collage with a twist !

Today is the start of the next eTeam Picks challenge over at Eclectic Paperie. Teresa Jaye is the host for the challenge this time and she has chosen 'Use papers from your kitchen on a collage'. For those of you not familiar with this challenge here's what it's all about:

The eTeam Picks Challenge is held on the third Thursday of each month and each challenge is an opportunity for you to be inspired by one of our eTeam’s creations, to share your work, and to be entered into our challenge prize drawing!

Now I am slightly late with my DT post due to a combination of going away for the week end on the spur of the moment, my craft room being like an oven and a bad back ! So I'm on catch up at the moment !


First of all I went to the kitchen to see what papers I could use. I have to say I was struggling, but decided upon tin foil, cling film and kitchen roll (paper). I'm not sure I've strictly done a collage but this was the best I could think of ! I started by screwing up a piece of tin foil to create lots of creases in it.


Then, using the Tim Holtz Mini Butterfly die I cut a butterfly from thick cardboard and shaped the tin foil over it. I kept the negative for use in a future project.


I then dabbed various colours of Alcohol Inks over the tin foil. The ink runs into all of the creases and blends together beautifully.


I then took a piece of chipboard and painted it with a light lilac acrylic paint. Once dry I then added another coat of paint in a darker colour, spritzed it with water and then placed the clingfilm on the top and 'scrunched' it to create lots of creases.



It's been a while since I've used this technique and it was with ink so then I thought I wonder what will happen with paint. I have to say I like it......alot ! When I was taking this photo I could see a face in the middle, or is that just me ?



Apologies for not taking more step by step photos but I got carried away ! I've used lots of Wendy Vecchi stencils. The black vertical stripes are made with the Yikes Stripes stencil and black Embossing Paste. The leaves are also a Wendy Vecchi stencil and I've used a lime green paint. For the letters I've used the Roman Letters stencil and some more black Embossing Paste. I stamped across the bottom using the border stamp from the It's More Flower Art set.


The horizontal lines are made using the Wendy Vecchi stencil Dots and Stripes borders and black acrylic paint.



I've cut the flower from Kitchen roll (paper) that's been spritzed with Dylusions sprays and then die cut using the Tattered Flower die. It left the paper looking spotty !


I've used the Sized Arches die and cut 2 arches from thick cardboard and cut one of them into two. I've painted the cardboard with acrylic paint and then stamped it using the background stamp from the Heirloom Art set. The sentiment is also from this set. The scalloped border is a piece left over from a previous project which is cut from mount board. It's been painted with acrylic paint and then stencilled using the Yikes Stripes stencil. I've then added some buttons, cogs and a Plaquette number. I dabbed some black acrylic paint around the edge and then brushed some Treasure Gold around the edges.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and make sure you hop over to the eP blog and check out Teresa Jayes fabulous project.

I'm also entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is Good to be Green - I've used Kitchen roll and tin foil on my project.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Celebrating Summertime !

It's time for the next challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and this time the lovely Terry has chosen Summertime. Here's what Terry has to say:

Summer Time......you can make whatever you like as long as it has everything to do with Summer.....can be a scene, the beach, sunshine, bright colours, lace and FUN.




We've just come back from a very sunny (and hot!) week end in Norfolk in the UK. There were lots of colours including fields of poppies to inspire me for this challenge.  I started with a jumbo tag from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique and first of all spread some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste over it in a couple of areas. While it was still wet I scraped my spatula across it to create some grooves. Once it was dry I then used Cut 'n' Dry foam with Fresco Finish paints. I then used a Prima stencil for the dots and the script stamp is a PaperArtsy mini.


I've used the girl from the Artistic Outpost Flower Market set, stamped her onto watercolour paper, masked her off and then used the music stamp from the Artistic Outpost Ephemera set. The girl has then been painted using Distress Markers. I've cut an arch using the Tim Holtz Sized Arches die from watercolour paper and embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I then spritzed it with Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and Fresh Lime Dyslusions sprays. The lavender has also been stamped onto watercolour paper but instead of ink I've stamped with Distress Markers and then blended the ink slightly using a water brush. The butterfly is cut from Crinoline using the Tim Holtz Mini Butterfly die and I've used a Maya stick pin and stuck some pearls on it.


Large colourful flowers are a key part of Summer for me, I love to see them in the garden. I've used a Sizzix die to create the flower and blended Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs DI over it. I've backed it with another flower cut from Crinoline using the Tattered Flower die and I've dyed it with Pure Sunshine Dylusions spray. The little flower in the centre is also cut from Crinoline and dyed with the same colour.

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 fabulous work by the rest of the DT.

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

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Flora and Fauna

It's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge and this time the lovely Esther has chosen Flora and Fauna.

This is a scheduled post as we've taken the opportunity to get away for the week end while the lovely weather is still with us in the UK. You never know how long it's going to last !



I started with a piece of cardboard and ripped the paper off the top in different areas. Then I gave it a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish, followed by a coat of Moonlight FF. When I saw the title of this challenge my mind went immediately to the lovely Lin Brown's stamps.




 I've stamped using Pansy and Limelight FF then added some text using the PaperArtsy Mini 44 stamp. I then mixed some Mowed Lawn reinker with some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and applied it through the Roman Letters stencil. The flower has been stamped using Fresco Finish paints onto black card as have the leaves and words.




I cut a separate piece of cardboard for the bottom section and used the same FF's and stamps. The butterflies are also a Lin Brown stamp and I've used shrink plastic (making sure I punched my holes first!) then attached them using Jump Rings.

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

Hopefully I am sitting somewhere in the sun or may be even having a paddle !





Friday, 12 July 2013

Filigree Friday Focus

Well, thank goodness it's Friday ! We've got a long week end this week end to take advantage of the lovely weather that we're having here in the UK so we're heading off to the seaside !

It's my turn to share a Friday Focus over on the Frilly and Funkie blog and today I've been using Filigree Metal.


You'll find all the details here.

I hope you all have a lovely week end !


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Flower fold !

It's my turn to post my DT project for Eclectic Paperie today so I'm just sharing a sneak peek and you'll find all the details here



This was an experiment into a new fold and I have to say I quite like it !

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Bring it to a layout !

I'm back with another project for eclectic Paperie today. This time as a DT member ! I was thrilled to be asked to join the team by Kim after my guest design month. This time for the get altered challenge it's Mary Ann's turn to host it and she has chosen 'Bring it' to a layout ! So, using your mixed media techniques, products and knowledge bring them to a layout. This did have me scratching my head for a while !


Then I spotted a photograph that is in a frame in my craft room that reminds me of our holidays in southern France. We've not been able to get back there for a few years so thought to create a layout using this photo would be a way to relive some memories. I started by drawing around the edge of a Wendy Vecchi stamp card onto some mount board. Then I cut it out using a craft knife. 



I painted the board with some acrylic paint and then stamped it with the stripey stamp from the Wendy Vecchi It's More Flower Art.


I then used a small canvas, painted it with Gesso and then edged it with Salty Ocean Distress Paint.


I dried it off and then edged it with a darker blue acrylic paint.



I painted some old book paper with Gesso, then stamped over it using the script stamp from the Tim Holtz French Marketplace set using Salty Ocean Distress Paint. I then used some cut 'n' dry foam to add a little more Distress Paint around then edge. I then stuck this onto the mini canvas.


For the page I've used a sheet from the Tim Holtz Shabby Chic paper pad. I used some watered down Gesso over it as I wanted that whitewashed wall look. I've used the Dina Wakley Vine stencil with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Inks, then stuck the photo in place. I wanted to carry on the cobbled look from the photo onto the page. I've used some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste which I've mixed with some acrylic paint and then applied through a stencil.


To frame the mini canvas I've used Wendy Vecchi Art Part shutters. Now, if you've ever been to France you'll know that the shutters are very often a pale blue. So, I mixed some Gesso with a tiny drop of Salty Ocean Distress Paint and painted them.


I've used some more painted book page underneath the mini canvas and shutters and also a filigree metal embellishment.


I wanted to have red flowers to remind me of the gorgeous red Geraniums that grow in the flower boxes on what seems like every window sill. I've used Kraft Glassine paper and heated it first so the wax melts and then used Festive Berries Distress Stains over it. I've then used the Tattered Flowers strip die and cut several small flowers and layered them up. The swirls are cut using the Festive Greeney strip die. 


This is what the final page looks like, which was really difficult to photograph !


I wanted to add some journalling to my page so I punched a circle from some card and used the negative as a stencil and sponged some Gesso over it and then some blue acrylic paint. I used one of the punched circles and added it to the corner of the photo.


The Travel tag is wooden and I've painted it with acrylic paint and added a rub on mounted onto a Filigree metal embellishment. I mounted the whole page onto a sheet of Kraft card and tore the top layer so that it showed through in places. I then rubbed Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edge.

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

I'm also entering this layout in to the Our Creative Corner challenge which is Captured Memories.