Saturday, 27 September 2014

Birthday season starts again !

September is the start of the majority of birthdays in my family, so I'm back today to share another card for one of my nieces.

I started by brayering various colours of Fresco Finish paint over some Kraft card.

I then used the Wendy Vecchi Basket Weave background stamp using Potting Soil Archival ink.

I've used one of the new Dina Wakley stencils with Inky Pool Fresco Finish paint.

I then used a PaperArtsy mini and an Artistic Stamper background stamp and stamped over the background using black Archivl ink.

I used a Prima stencil and spread Golden Gel Medium over it. I used this technique for a travel journal cover here, loved it so you may see this again soon !

When the glue was dry I then wiped Vanilla Fresco Finish over the top using a baby wipe.

I then made another panel this time I used Ripe Persimmon and Peacock Feathers Disrress Inks and stamped over it using a stamp from the Tim Holtz Mercantile set. Then I used a Stampin' Up embosssing folder and swiped embossing ink over the raised areas, sprinkled Wendy Vecchi Tree Branck embossing powder over the top and heated it.

The main image is a PaperArtsy stamp and I've stamped it onto card that I painted with Nougat Fresco Finish paint, I then painted in the background. 

The leaves and flowers are all Prima wooden embellishments and I've used Wendy Vecchi embossing powders to colour them. I've mixed 2 colours for the smaller flowers. Some lace and a metal corner embellishment to finish.

I've had a great day today as I've spent it in my craft room catching up on projects. Hope you've managed to get some crafty time today too !

Friday, 26 September 2014

We are all a little fragile......

Today I'm sharing another journal page using another of the gorgeous Donna Downey stamps, which is also my DT piece for the current challenge at eclectic Paperie which is Fall.

I started by brayering Vanilla Fresco Finish paint over a Kraft journal page. I then used Autumn Fire and Pumpkin Soup, but unfortunately didn't take a photo !

I then grabbed a sheet of Kraft card and brayered more Fresco Finish paint over it and then used the TCW Vineyard stencil with Potting Soil and Tree Branch Archival inks.

I then die cut lots of leaves from the card using a PaperArtsy die.

I stamped the main image using Potting Soil Archival ink, then masked it off and used Chutney Fresco Finish paint around the face to add definition. Keeping the mask in place I used the TCW Vineyard and North Star stencils and then the Dina Wakley Spinners stencil. I painted the lips of the image using Luminarte paint.

I used Cut 'n' Dry foam to dab Chutney Fresco Finish around all of the stencilled leaves. I also die cut some leaves from Crunchy paper, screwed them up and when I'd flattened them out I rubbed Potting Soil directly over them. The sentiment is from the Dina Wakley Scribbly Insects set and I've stamped it onto painted Kraft card.

Hope you've enjoyed today's page !

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Thinking about Christmas ?

I'm definitely thinking about it especially since I've been playing with Lin Brown's new Christmas stamps from PaperArtsy.

I'm sharing a quick project over at the PaperArtsy blog tonight, you'll need to hop over here for all the details.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Heart and Soul

It's time for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie DT to share their projects for the current challenge. Trace is the host for this challenge and has chosen From the Heart.  Here's what Trace has to say:

Your challenge is to create a vintage project that has hearts as the focal image; you could make a dimensional piece, a card, ATC or tag, as long as hearts are the main focus.

I spotted this wooden heart in a local garden centre and I loved the shape, which I know sounds funny, but some hearts, well they're just not the right heart shape ! It was already distressed and I liked the neutral background so mixed some Fresco Finish paint to match the colour and painted the front.

I then used the Wendy Vecchi stencils 3 Flourishes and the 2 Fancy Flowers with Fresco Finish paints, building the shades of blue up layer by layer.

The crown is a Melissa Frances embellishment and I've painted it with Fresco Finish paint and then brushed Treasure Gold over the top. The letters are die cut using the lower case Block Talk die from cardboard and then painted with Fresco Finish paint. I've added a little key charm and a Tim Holtz Heart Charm. The ribbon is remnants of seam binding and I've dyed them with Faded Jeans Distress Stain. The script is an Artistic Outpost stamp and I've used Cornflower Blue Archival ink.

The large flower is made using the Jumbo Tattered Floral die. I put some Faded Jeans Distress Stain on my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then scrunched the die cut flowers in the liquid. I then left the flowers to dry hanging over the top of Distress Stain bottles to give them some shape. When they were dry I layered them up and then brushed some Treasure Gold over the edges of the petals. The smaller flower you can just see is a Melissa Frances embellishment which I've painted with Fresco Finish paint and again brushed over the edges with Treasure Gold.

I hope you can 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.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Find your Balance

I'm back with just a short post today as it's my turn to share a project over at eclectic Paperie.

I love this stamp by Donna Downey and finding your balance is something that I always seem to be doing ! For all the details of how this page came together you'll need to hop over here.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Travel Journal

As you read this we are at the start of our second week on the Isle of Skye. One of the things that I always like to do when we're on holiday is keep a journal, not a painty, inky one, but a record of where we've been. I love to read through them years after and remember what we were doing. So, with this in mind I decided I wanted a new journal to take with me to the Isle of Skye.

I found this kraft covered note book at the local supermarket and thought it was perfect for what I had in mind. I wanted to keep the black binding clean so used some masking tape to cover it.

I then used my brayer and added lots of Fresco Finish paint, London Bus, Pumpkin Soup and I think there's a little Cheesecake and Tango in there too. Love the texture that the brayer gives you with the Frescos. I then used Potting Soil Archival ink and stamped over the top of the paint using Wendy Vecchi stamps (I can't remember which sets they're from !)

I used the Wendy Vecchi Mesh background stamp without an acrylic block and stamped with black Archival ink. The word journal is from the Wendy Vecchi Approved Art set and I've stamped with black Archival ink and to make it stand out a little more I've used a black Fude Ball pen to draw around the letters. I then masked off the word and also an area slightly above with masking tape. Using a Prima stencil and Golden Regular Gel, I spread the gel over the stencil using a palette knife. I dried the gel then replaced the stencil so that I could cover the front completely.

Now, I meant to take a photo before the finished piece but got carried away ! Once the gel was dry I masked off the word again and this time rubbed Cheesecake Fresco Finish over the whole cover. Before it was dry I wiped it back with a baby wipe, the colour and stamping still shows through.

I die cut the letters for the word travel using the Tim Holtz lower case Block Talk die. I painted them with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint and brushed them with Onyxite Treasure Gold. I added the key and beads for embellishments, I didn't go mad as I knew it would be pushed in and out of bags while we're away so they would no doubt be knocked off ! I really love how this has turned out and will definitely be playing again with this technique when I'm back in my craft room !

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

A Summer Garden !

Today is the turn of the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team to share their projects for the current challenge A Summer Garden. I've really enjoyed having sunflowers in the house this summer and thinking about this and also having doors and windows open gave me the idea for this project.

I started by covering a piece of grey board or chipboard with Humungo double sided sticky sheets. I used my brayer to make sure that it was well and truly stuck.

I removed the backing from the sticky sheets then used a piece of fine cotton fabric and brayered it onto of the tape.

To make sure it was stuck down firmly I brayered the fabric. There were a couple of wrinkles but with what I had in mind it didn't matter.

I gave the fabric a wash of watered down Fresco Finish paint, dried it off and then stencilled on top with Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. I've used Wendy Vecchi's 2 Fancy Flowers stencil, the 12 x 12 Prima rose stencil and a PaperArtsy stencil for the leaves. 

I then decided that I didn't want all of the stencilling to be flat so I replaced the stencils over some of the images and used Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste. This now added a further dimension to the background. Once the paste was dry I brushed over the top with more watered down Fresco Finish paint, starting to build up the colour around the corners and edges.

I continued brushing paint on and blending it using the brush in a vertical movement, also starting to add more colours now.

I then die cut 3 arches using the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Sized Arches die. I taped them together across the back and then brushed watered down paint over them. I then used Wendy Vecchi's brick stencil and stencilled over the top using more Fresco Finish paint.

I then used the Wendy Vecchi's Vintage Floral stencil and stencilled over the bricks, I outlined the flower with a black Fudeball pen, which you'll see in a later photograph. I also stencilled the little bird from the same stencil, which again you'll see on a later photograph.

I drew around the arch pieces onto some cardboard and cut the shape out, painted it with Fresco Finish paint and stamped over it using a script stamp. The foliage is die cut using the Tim Holtz Garden Greens die and I've painted them using Fresco Finish paints.

I did some more stencilling over the background before I started to added any embellishments and you can still see the first lot of stencilling as the paint acts as a resist to later layers.

The large flower has been made using the Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Floral die and I've die cut several shapes and then swiped Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey Distress Stains on my craft mat, spritzed it with water before scrunching the flowers in the liquid. I left the shapes hanging over Distress Stain bottles while they dried so they would be in a cup shape ready for layering. The little flower you can see is by Melissa Frances and has been painted and the lock again is by Melissa Frances but this time I've brushed Treasure Gold over it.

The little butterfly and bird are by Melissa Frances and they've both been painted with Fresco Finish paint. The words have been created using the Tim Holtz Lower Case Block Talk die. I've die cut the letters from card board and then painted with Fresco Finish paints.

Here's the finished piece, the bird cage is a wooden Kaisercraft one that I've had for quite some time. I've painted it and the little plastic flowers are also painted with Fresco Finish paint. 

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

Monday, 1 September 2014

Happy BIrthday !

Today is a very special day as it's my other half's birthday ! As you're reading this we will be in a cottage on the beautiful Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland.

I thought I would share one of the cards that I made for my other half and also use this as my eclectic Paperie DT piece too.

I started by dabbing Fresco Finish paint in Stone and Dusty Teal using cut 'n' dry foam.

I then used the TCW Quatrefoil Reversed stencil with more Dusty Teal Fresco Finish paint.

I then used the TCW Mini Specimen stencil with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint and also the Mini Kaleidoscope stencil with Stone Fresco Finish.

I cut a tag shape from a piece of card that I'd stamped with a stamp from Tim Holtz Classics 16 set using Potting Soil Archival ink. I then blended Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks around the edge.

The sentiment, pear and house type stamp are all from the same Classics 16 stamp set. The pear has been stamped using Fresco Finish paint onto blank paper from a book that's mounted onto card.

I've painted the embellishments with Dusty Teal Fresco Finish paint and also the seam binding ribbon with the paint watered down.

That's it from me today, there's some birthday cake to be sampled !