Wednesday, 30 April 2014

On the Runway !

Today is the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie DT to share their projects for the current challenge which is On the Runway. The lovely Cec is our host and for this challenge you need to create a project that depicts sewing and/or fashion.

I decided to make a sort of collage, freestanding project and also using a colour that I rarely choose ! I've used lots of Fresco Finish paints for the background and some stencilling to create interest.

The die cut mannequin and the pediment have both had a coat of Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste, which I am in love with ! The flower is made from UTEE and was made rather by luck than judgement ! I needed to clean out my melting pot so poured the last little bit of UTEE into one of my molds. It didn't fill the mold but it made a smaller flower which was perfect for this project !

I'm not going to go into too many details now as I'll be back in the near future with a step by step on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

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 projects !

Monday, 28 April 2014

New Beginnings no.2

Hello and welcome to the start of another week ! Today I'm sharing my second project for Country View Crafts and the current challenge which is New Beginnings. Now, if you caught my first post which you'll find here, you'll know that a new home is top of my list at the moment. So, today's project is using that as the theme and it also gave me the opportunity to use one of my new Clarity stencils.

Firsty of all I took a large piece of cardboard and ripped off the top layer in random places around the edge. Then I painted it with Vanilla Fresco Finish paint. Then I used the Wendy Vecchi brick stencil with white Embossing Paste. I then used the Prima Checked stencil with Brown Shed Fresco Finish and then the TCW Navaho stencil using Pumpkin Soup. I also brushed some Pumpkin Soup over the bricks too. I left the other areas blank as I had other plans for them !

Unfortunately, I didn't take any photo's before I'd finished it was one those rare occasions when I knew what I wanted to do and just went for it ! The areas that I left blank I've filled with chipboard coasters that I've also used the Wendy Vecchi Brick stencil and Embossing Paste on. I've blended more Fresco Finish paint over them and glued them into place. I then did some dry brushing using French Roast Fresco Finish, I love the burnt effect that this colour creates. The poppies are die cut using a Memory Box die and I've then painted them.

I had a small piece of the net mesh which I glued across the width of the project. I used the Clarity stencil on a piece of Smoothy card and blended the Fresco Finish colours from bottom to top. I also used a black pen to define some areas of the image, I then cut it into three pieces and used a corner punch to round the corners . The little bird is die cut using the Movers and Shapers die and is sitting on top of a Word Band, love the saying on this one!

The flower is made from UTEE and a mold I made using a resin flower. I then painted it with Fresco Finish paint and when dry I brushed some White Fire Treasure Gold over the top.

I bent the wings up slightly of the butterfly and then brushed some Ruby Treasure Gold over it. You can also see on the above photo some background script stamping that I did over the background.

I'm planning on hanging this piece in my new craft room, just need to add some ribbon and it will be ready.

If you've not joined in with the current challenge you still have one or two days left.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Keeping it Neutral !

Hello, isn't it lovely not to have to get up today, wish we had a Bank Holiday every week Hope you enjoyed your Easter Sunday, the weather wasn't very nice here in the Midlands in the UK,  but that was the perfect opportunity for me to finish this project off.

This is just a short post to share a sneak peek of my project over on the Country View Crafts Updates blog.

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

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Getting around to it...

So, as promised I'm back today to share what I'd originally made for the Frilly and Funkie challenge. It all went pear shaped when I read the bit about Spring....mmmm ..... there was no going back at this point, which ever way you look at it I couldn't make my project Spring related.

The good thing to come out of all this is that I've actually got round to using a Configuration Box that I bought years ago !

I started by covering the insides of the small boxes with paper from the Tim Holtz Crowded Attic set. I then gave them a wash of watered down Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. (This is where all the little squares of paper came from on my tag from yesterday !) The outside of the box has been covered using the wrapping strip from the PaperArtsy Chatsworth collection. I've used Tissue Tape around all of the joins, gluing it down with a dab of Matt Medium where it overlaps as it doesn't stick to itself.

I recently took the plunge and bought some Ice Resin, I've been itching to have a go with it since I went to one of Lin Brown's classes last year.  So, I first of all made a mold using Susan Lenart Kazmer Moulding Putty and a resin flower. The lesson I learnt here was always make sure you have a flat bottom ! It makes it really difficult to leave the resin to set when your mold keeps wanting to roll over !

I was really pleased with the result, it came out beautifully ! I rubbed a little Onyxite Treasure Gold over the edges to highlight them. I've stuck it to a piece of a coaster that I've covered with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint, then a layer of Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Embossing Paste. I've used a little Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival ink around the edges. The beautiful butterflies are Prima Ingvild Bolme's resin butterflies and I've just rubbed the edges with some Potting Soil Archival ink.

While I was still in the Ice Resin mode I cut a picture from one of the sheets from the Tim Holtz Crowded Attic papers and stuck it into the oval bezel. As it didn't quite cover the whole thing I sprinkled in some tiny ball bearings then filled it with Ice Resin.

I've also been dabbling with my Melt Pot and the heart in the top left box is made from UTEE that I've poured onto a Texture Tread and then used a cookie cutter. When it was dry I painted with it with Fresco Finish paints and rubbed some Classic Treasure Gold over the raised parts.

The scroll piece on the top is a Tando chipboard piece and I've painted it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint then used more of Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Embossing Paste. To give it a little rusty appearance I've rubbed some Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival ink around the edges. 

There's another product that I've been itching use and that's the Honeycomb paper. I die cut the shape using the Tim Holtz Mini Sewing Room die andI've rubbed some Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the edges. The beautiful clock button is by Prima.

For the base that the door knob is mounted on I've painted a piece of a chipboard coaster and then used the Prima Checked stencil with more of Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste (can you tell I love this stuff!). When it was dry I rubbed Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival ink around the edges. The metal clock ring is a Finnabair Prima Vintage Mechanicals and I've rubbed some Onyxite Treasure Gold over it and also over the centre of the door know. The boddice in the right hand box is another of Ingvild Bolme's resin pieces and I've rubbed more archival ink around the edge. The gorgeous, ornate feet are of course from Tim Holtz, and I've rubbed more Onyxite Treasure Gold over them.

I'm not sure you can see on the above photo, but I've melted some Beeswax and then using a brush let it dribble down the sides. The wax sets as it runs so you get these lovely dribbles.

I've not descibed every little piece I've added as I don't want to completely bore you to tears !

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, I certainly had a ball making it even though I'd got my wires crossed !

I'm also entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Winged Things (I've used butterflies).

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Always read the small print !

Well, if not the small print then the whole description for a challenge ! I had all good intentions of getting ahead and checked what I needed to do for today's Funkie post over at Frilly and Funkie. Had lots of fun making the project only to find I'd not read the description properly ! So, today's project is some what slimmed down from what I did make, which I will share with you on another day.

Trace is our host for the current challenge and this is what she has to say:

All you need to do is make any vintage style project that is inspired by the onset of spring. Your project must include wings somewhere... either in the form of birds, bees or butterflies. 

So, on to plan B ! I cut a large tag from white card, as I'd run out of the jumbo tags that I normally use from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique. I then covered it with squares of paper that were left over from the original project. I gave the whole thing a coat of Matt Medium glue and when it was dry then gave it a white wash coat of watered down Snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

I used more Fresco Finish paint watered down and kept drying in between layers. I then dry brushed around the joins of the pieces of paper.

I used the Dylusions Leaf flourish stencil around one side and did more stencilling using the TCW Reverse Chicken Wire and the Tiny Circles.

I stencilled the thistles using a TCW stencil and Fresco Finish paints, replacing the stencil in between each layer to build up the colour. I've used the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather set for the sentiment at the bottom. The little bird is die cut using the Tim Holtz mini cage and bird die and I've blended Distress Ink over it.

The rest of the stamps are from the Artistic Outpost Flower Market set and I've used black Archival ink.

The large butterfly embellishment is one of the gorgeous Ingvild Bolme Butterfly Resins. I've used Fresco Finish paints just to add a hint of colour. To finish I've added a filigree metal corner, lace, buttons and velvet ribbon.

Even though I had to change tack I quite like it in the end !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge, there's still a week to go !

Monday, 14 April 2014

Blue Bird Fly !

Hello  and welcome to my new followers, it's lovely to have you here ! I'm sharing just a sneak peek today of my project for eclectic Paperie.

This journal page was inspired by a lovely day in the country and watching the birds flitting around the trees. For all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Fantastic Day !

Yesterday I had a fantastic day as I taught my When the Heart Speaks canvas class at Artist Trading Post in Wirksworth. There were 8 lovely ladies who produced some absolutely gorgeous pieces of art !

Everyone here is concentrating on getting everything stuck down ready to paint.

Now it's all stuck it was time to get stuck in (pardon the pun!) with the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints.

After all the concentrating and painting here is Pam's beautiful project.

This beautiful piece is Gill's, the greens with the red is so effective !

Sheila went for the hearts on the slant, which looks fabulous !

Ruth used the beautiful lilac shades and mixed her own colour of Dylusions for her wooden hearts too!

Paula chose the gorgeous turquoise shades with a little hint of black.

Karen started off with turquoise then changed direction to the more subtle blues, either way it turned out fantastic !

Rose created a gorgeous effect with the brown shades and also mixed her own colour for one of her wooden hearts !

Last, but by no means least, is Marilyn's beautiful project, the red hearts really pop.

The day was absolutely fabulous, lots of laughter and lots of messy hands by the end, which is always a good sign of a fun, crafty day !

There's still a couple of places left on the 24th May class if you'd like to join me. Would love to see you!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie

It's just a short post again today as I'm sharing a Friday Focus on Distress Stains over at Frilly and Funkie. 

Here's a peek of the tag I'm sharing but for all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Knock on wood !

Sorry about the title I couldn't resist !  (can't stop singing the song now either!) Today is the start of the next ePlay challenge over at eclectic Paperie. The new theme is Wood ! Really simple, just use some wood on your project !

I decided to use this cute little wooden sign. I've painted it with Fresco Finish paint, then added a coat of Crackle Glaze then painted it with Stone Fresco Finish paint. I think you can just about see the crackles on the surface. I then started to stencil, purposely keeping the colours quite neutral.

I used the Wendy Vecchi Vintage Mesh background stamp with Potting Soil Archvial ink.

The flower is also a Wendy Vecchi stamp and I've stamped it with Watering Can Archival ink then painted it with Fresco Finish paints. As the colours I've used are translucent the stamped image still shows through. The little flourish border is also stamped with Watering Can and is from The Beauty of Art set.

The word inside the gorgeous Maya Road Ornate Frame is from the Sentimental Art set and I've masked off the rest of the sentiment to leave just this one word. I'm not sure if you would call the Prima inset a butterfly or a moth, but I've painted it with Fresco Finish paints.

A really simple project today, but I have to say I quite like it !

You've got a whole month to find something wooden so you can join in the fun, I hope you can !

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Joie de Vivre !

I'm sharing my second post for today and this time it's a sneak peek of my project over at PaperArtsy.

Lots of stencilling and layering of the fabulous Fresco Finish paints as well as using some of the new Lynne Perella stamps. For all the details you'll need to hop over here.