Saturday, 31 May 2014

Happy Birthday Mum !

Today is a very special day as it's my Mum's birthday, and not only that but it's a very special birthday as Mum has reached a special age (which I will leave you to work out from the card below!)

Happy Birthday Mum 

 I decided to use an 8 x 8 inch card which is a great size as it gives you alot more scope for your design. I first of all cut a piece of white Smoothy card for the background and then painted it with watered down Antartic Fresco Finish paint. I then used the TCW Paradise stencil again with Antartic FF, then started to build up the layers of stencilling using the TCW Retro Bursts stencil and the Prima Rose stencil.

I stamped the vertical panel using the Wendy Vecchi Dots and Dashes stamp with Cornflower Blue Archival ink and also blended the same ink around the edges. The trellis is die cut using the Tim Holtz Trellis die. The large flowers are from the Wendy Vecchi SiSi set and I've stamped them on to card painted with Lake Wanaka FF. I then stamped some script over the flowers and cut them out and added a little painted bead to the centre.

The gorgeous vintage frame is by Creative Expressions and the image is from the Tim Holtz Lost and Found paper set. I then filled the frame with Ice Resin which really finished it off beautifully. The lock and carved rose are both by Melissa Frances and I've just lightly dabbed some Lake Wanaka FF over them. The leaves are die cut using the Tim Holtz Spring Greenery die and I've blended Cornflower Blue Archival ink over them. The number in the arrangement is from the Prima Mechanicals set.

The little crown is also by Melissa Frances and I've dabbed a little FF over it and then lightly rubbed it with White Fire Treasure Gold.

The beautiful butterfly is another Melissa Frances product and again I've lightly dabbed some FF around the edges and down the centre.

I chose this sentiment as I thought it best reflected my Mum's outlook on life. It's by Wendy Vecchi from the Forever Art set and I've stamped it with black Archival ink then blended Cornflower Blue Archival ink around the edge. I think the hardest thing on this card was adding the swirls of pearls, they are so fiddly !

I'm hoping the sun will show it's face this afternoon as we're having a family gathering, including photos, so I have everything crossed ! I hope you enjoy your week end !

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Beside the sea !

Hello and welcome to today's post and a special welcome to my new followers glad to have you along ! The project I'm sharing with you today is my DT piece for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team. The lovely Nancy is our host for this challenge and she has chosen Vintage Seaside.

The story I had in my head that gave me the idea for this tag was a notice board with postcards pinned to them. This one is from an old friend long since gone and the edges are starting to curl from age.
I started by cutting the tag shape from white card and then stencilling on the background using Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. I then used the TCW Bingo stencil with Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste that I'd mixed with Cornflower Blue re-inker. I die cut the lattice piece using the Tim Holtz die and blended more Distress ink over it.

I then used different post mark stamps on the background using Watering Can Archival ink, these could probably have been the places that this friend visited on her travels. The 'wish you were here' image is by Crafty Individuals and the buildings are by Artistic Outpost. Both have been stamped with black Archival ink and then distressed around the edges and DI blended over them too. The little Eiffel Tower charm has had South Pacific Fresco Finish paint dabbed on it and the ribbon is seam binding that I've dyed using Peacock Feathers Distress Stain.

As this post card has been on the notice board for some time the flowers that are pinned there too are also ageing. This gave me the opportunity to have a go at the Faux Tea Roses that are in Tim Holtz's latest Compendium of Curiosities III. The method for making these flowers are in Tim's book so I won't go in to it here, but I did have to have a couple of goes before I got it right !

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

I'm also entering this tag into the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge which is Faux Tea Roses.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

When the Heart Speaks part 2 !

I had another fabulous day at Artist Trading Post on Saturday with 5 lovely ladies for my When the Heart Speaks canvas class. This was a second sitting, if you like, as the first class sold out.

This is how neat the table was before we got started !

Then it was eyes down and lots of concentrating !

Getting really serious now the paints are out !

Here is Mel's beautiful creation, can you believe she'd never done anything like this before !

Cheryl really took to the Fresco Finish paints and loved blending them to create this stunning piece.

Carolyn fell in love with stencilling and we had a hard time finding a sentiment that wouldn't cover it up !

Eileen wanted to use vibrant colours and I think the blues look absolutely beautiful !

Last but not least is Di who used these beautiful shades of green.

A great day and great company, lots of laughing and some very messy hands at the end which is always a good sign in my book !

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Catching up !

Well we're back from holiday and I'm now frantically trying to catch up with projects ! Today's post is just a short one as I'm sharing all the details over on the eclectic Paperie blog.

I had a real ball making this canvas and I absolutely adore this Unity Stamp set by Donna Downey. To find out how she came together you'll need to hop over here. 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

PaperArtsy Guest Designer piece

I'm back with my second post today, but this one is only short as it's s sneak peek of my Guest Designer piece over at PaperArtsy. 

For all the details you will need to hop over here !

Words, words, words

Today is the turn of the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie DT to share their projects for the current challenge of Words, words, words, which I am hosting. I have taken the opportunity to put a word right at the heart of today's project!

This is what I started with, an MDF cut out shape of the word 'home'. 

I gave the piece a light sanding and then painted it with Fresco Finish paints, using a lighter colour for the inside and outside edges. 

I then, very carefully, spread a layer of Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste over the front. When it was dry I then used Hydrangea, Cornflower Blue and Watering Can Archival inks and blended the colours over the Crackle Paste. 

I decided I didn't want to do any stamping as the crackled surface was exactly the finish I was looking for, so instead I used embellishments for the detail. 

This gorgeous butterfly is one the Prima Ingvild Bolme collection and I've very lightly brushed some Fresco Finish paint over it and wiped it back with a baby wipe to just leave a hint of colour. The butterfly tile is also by Prima and I've given it a light brush of paint too.

The large number 3 button is again by Prima and it's also had a little paint brushed over it. I had one or two Melissa Frances swirls that I've had for a while and I thought they would fit with the shabby style I was aiming for.

The large flower is resin and I've painted it with Space Cadet Fresco Finish paint then lightly brushed it with Chalk FF. The clock face and the number 2 have also been brushed with Chalk Fresco Finish paint. The foliage is die cut from white card using the Spring Greenery die and I've used Stormy Sky DI around the edges.

This really cute little flower is one of the new embellishments that Linda is now stocking in The Funkie Junkie Boutique and it's just perfect for filling in those little spaces when a little 'something' is required. I've painted it and then glued a small pearl into the centre.

We've still got another week before the end of the challenge so I hope you can join us !

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

My first ATB !

This is just a short post again today as I'm sharing my first ATB over at eclectic Paperie. I had great fun making this project and can certainly see how it can become very addictive, so you will definitely be seeing more here ! A big thank you to Anita Houston who picked me as one of her blog candy winners which included the ATB die.

This is the finished article but for all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Bloom and Grow !

It's my turn to share a project over at the Country View Crafts shop blog today. I've had lots of fun creating a journal page with Fresco Finish paint, stencils and stamps.

Here is just a sneak peek, for all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Step x Step at Frilly and Funkie

As promised I'm back today over at Frilly and Funkie sharing my step x step for my project for the current challenge, On the Runway.

So this is just a short post for all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

We're all about stencils !

Today is the start of the next ePlay challenge over at eclectic Paperie and this time the lovely Erin has challenged us to use stencils but to use them in a different way.

I wasn't sure where I was going with this challenge at first but I wanted to incorporate the above print that I did when I was playing with my Gelli Plate recently.

I managed to die cut three tags from the one print and so used one of these as my starting point.

I did some stencilling on the tag usign Fresco Finish acrylic paints, layering them up.

Then I decided to see if I could create a simple Zentangle style background using a stencil. The stencil that I've used is the TCW Garden Gate stencil and I've used a black pen to just draw around the shapes.

I checked out some Zentangle examples and then started to doodle ! I'm sure that I could have done alot more but as this was my first attempt keeping it simple was the key for me.

I blended Distress Ink around the edge of the page and also around the edge of the tag. I've used the gorgeous Scribbly Birds stamp set for both the bird and the image. The leaves are some die cuts that I used on another Gelli print and were just lying on my desk top. I used Distress Ink on the little bird cage too then used Embossing Ink and clear EP. I rubbed a little of the powder off before heating so that, when it was cool I could rub some Walnut Stain DI over it.

The flowers are wooden and I've dabbed some Fresco Finish paint onto them. To give the bird a little more definition I've used some watercolour pencils to add some scribbly coloring.

I quite like this in the end, I wasn't sure if the background would be too busy, but as usual I've covered most of it up so I needn't have worried !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and look forward to seeing where you take your stencils !