Thursday, 27 November 2014

Recycle for Christmas !

Today is the start of a new challenge over at Artist Trading Post Exchange and the lovely Yvonne is challenging us to Recycle for Christmas. This had me scratching my head for a while until I spotted my pile of paper bags that I've collected from various shops (mainly craft shops actually!)

 I started by using the TCW Snowflake stencil and spraying Picket Fence Spray Distress Stains through it, masking off the handles.

 I then used a piece of Heavy Smoothy card and used the same stencil with Grunge Paste. When it was dry I then gave it a wash with Sky Fresco Finish paint. I did stamp some snowflakes using a Tim Holtz stamp and Snowflake Fresco Finish, but I seem to have obliterated them with the many layers of paint !

The Seasons Greetings is die cut using the Christmas Stacked Words strip die and I've used Ranger's Sticky Embossing Powder with Tumbled Glass Distress Glitter on the letters. The swirls and foliage are die cut using the Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Thinlits and Festive Greenery strip die. The rosette is made using the Tim Holt Snowflake Rosette and it cut from card that I've stuck Tissue Wrap to. I rubbed some White Fire Treasure Gold over the snowflakes and when the light catches them they shine beautifully !

 I made a similar panel for the other side of the bag, spraying it with Picket Fence Spray Distress Stains through the TCW stencil first of all.

The stamped sentiment is from the PaperArtsy Hotpicks XM03EZ set. The lampost is die cut using the Tim Holtz die and I've die cut the holly from a left over piece of card covered in Tissue Wrap. I've used White Fire Treasure Gold over the snowflakes on this panel too.

This was quite a simple project to do but I love the combination of the Kraft and the shades of blue. I've also got one gift bag ready for Christmas !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge, there is a £10 voucher to spend on those much 'needed' craft items at Artist Trading Post for the winner. Also, do make sure you hop over to Artist Trading Post Exchange to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous recycled projects !

I'd also like to enter my project into the Recycle Re-purpose and Re-invent Anything Goes challenge.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A Gift from the Heart

It's the start of the second week for the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie which is A Gift from the Heart and our host is the lovely Cec.

I came across this little frame when I was unpacking my craft room after our house move and thought it would be just the right thing for this challenge. I started by sanding it then giving it a coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. I added some texture using the Wendy Vecchi Ornate Dots Overlay stencil and Embossing Paste.

While the paste was drying I used the Build a Blossom SiSi and stencilled the flowers using Fresco Finish paints then stamped the flower over the top and cut them out.

I then painted the frame using Fresco Finish paints gradually uysing darker colours over the textured areas. I then spritzed the frame with Picket Fence Spray Distress Stain.

I've used the Tim Holtz Ideaology Alphabet Soup Grunge Board letters to make the word and then painted the panel with Fresco Finish paints. I painted around the letters with a darker colour then blended the colour out using a babywipe.

To finish off I arranged the stencilled flowers around the frame.

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.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Happy Birthday Nikola !

Today is a special day as its my eldest niece's birthday. 

Happy Birthday Nikola !

I am gradually getting through the birthday card list and today is another one ticked off !

I started by painting a piece of white card with Clear Gesso. Then I mixed Sage,  Bora Bora and Snowflake Fresco Finish paints and brushed it over the card (I spotted this combination in one of the Craft Stamper magazines that the very talented Liz Borer had a project featured). Just before the paint had completely dried I used a baby wipe and due to the Gesso layer some of the paint wiped away. Love the distressed effect !

Apologies, I got carried away so didn't take any further step by step photos ! I used the Lin Brown 006 stencil with Snowflake Fresco Finish paint and  once dry I then gave it a wash of the same combination I started with but with the addition of Hyde Park and South Pacific. I then stencilled again using the Lin Brown 004 stencil and then used the little script stamp from the Lynn Perella 014 and stamped it with Fresco Finish paint.

I then added some strips of Tissue Tape and the die cut the trellis using the Tim Holtz die. I painted the trellis using the same combination of paint that I did the wash with, decided it was too dark and then spritzed it with Picket Fence Spray Distress Stains. The main image is from the PaperArtsy Hotpicks 1303 set and is stamped onto a piece of Smoothy Card that was an offcut from the first step of the background. I used another offcut to add a thin strip between the trellis and the main image and I've stamped it with Fresco Finish paint using the Wendy Vecchi Lots of Leaves background stamp. The sentiment is also by Wendy Vecchi from the True Art set.

I'd got a small spray bottle that I'd put some Fresco Finish paint and water in but I'd no idea what the colour was, it looked about right but I added some Hyde Park to make it a little greener then sprayed the paper flowers. I dried them off then spritzed them with Picket Fence Spray Distress Stain. The metal filigree and the metal corner embelishments have been dabbed with Fresco Finish paint using Cut 'n' Dry foam.

I've broken the Christmas card drought and started to make some this weekend, quite relieved that I'm off the mark !

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Step x Step for Frilly and Funkie

Today I'm sharing a step x step over on the Frilly and Funkie blog and ticked off another birthday card off my list !

I've also been playing with the new Spray Distress Stains, I definitely need more colours !

You can find all the details for today's project here.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

As the Sun Colours Flowers.....

I'm back tonight with a quick post as I'm sharing my project over on the PaperArtsy blog.

I've been playing with the lovely Ellen Vargo stamps and of course lots of Fresco Finish paints !

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

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Catching up !

I am long overdue sharing the photos from the Journal Journey class that I taught in October at Artist Trading Post. As yesterday was the day of my Altered Beer Mat class I thought I would kill two birds with one stone !

The Journal Journey class was also the first class in the new workshop and it was great to have lots of space !

This is Pam's beautiful cover, the texture and blend of colours really does look like leather !

Hazel took a completely different approach and used pastel shades, absolutely beautitful !

Sheila created a stunning red cover, my photo really doesn't do it justice !

Love how Sheila has added the words to the back too !

Marilyn created some lovely depth  on her cover.

Apologies to Ruth as I didn't manage to take a photo of her book, which was stunning too ! Everyone then did their own thing on a page inside and there was lots of playing, experimenting and laughing !

Yesterday I taught my Altered Beer Mats class and I was joined by 6 lovely ladies who worked very hard all day !

This is one of my samples, you can see all the details of how I made it here on the PaperArtsy blog. 

There was quite alot to do in this class, lots of stencilling, layering, stamping and painting !

Everyone managed to make all the components we just ran out of time to assemble it all together.

Pam chose a beautiful combination of colours and stencils and is just doing some dry brushing !

You can just about see here Jean and Di's beer mats, again some beautiful colours and combination of stencils being used.

So, that's my round up of my last 2 classes and also rounds off this year for my classes. I'll be back at ATP on the 29 November but this time I'm attending a Finnabair workshop, so really looking forward to that !

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stencil Mania !

Today we start the new challenge over at ATP Exchange and this time the lovely Julia has chosen Stencil Mania ! This is music to my ears, I seem to reach for my stencils every time I sit down to craft these days, I just love them ! I took the opportunity to have a go at making a journal from scratch. I'd seen a fabulous binding method over on the very talented Darcy's blog and was itching to have a go.

I started with two pieces of mount board and covered them with torn up pieces from an old book. Then I used a Prima stencil with Golden Regular Matt glue on both front and back covers. When this was dry I painted them with Luminarte paints. As these paints are translucent the writing on the book paper still shows through. I left it a couple of days before I rubbed Treasure Gold around the edges and over the corners as the Luminarte Paints need this time to cure properly.

I made the Signatures to go inside the journal from a pad of watercolour paper as I wanted something that would stand up to lots of liquid ! The stitch I've used to bind the journal is Coptic Stitch, there are loads of tutorials on You Tube, it is really easy once you get going and the thing I love the most is that your pages sit flat when you open your book.

To finish the covers I added an elastic fastener to the rear cover and then sewed a button to the front.

I then started on the first page using Colour Bloom sprays. I started spraying and then thought that I ought to protect the paper a little so added a coat of clear Gesso. I've used a Viva stencil with Colour Bloom sprays, Luminarte Paint and Fresco Finish paint.

I then used the Lin Brown leaf stencil with Fresco Finish paints, layering the paint and drying between layers.

One of my favourite stencils in the TCW Bingo stencil, so I've added a few numbers here and ther on the page. The TCW Onion Skin is also a favourite and I used it with some Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint.

I then moved on to do some stamping and used the Tim Holtz Distress Damask stamps using Coffee Archival ink and the numbers are from the Mercantile set. The butterflies are from the Papillon set.

I used a black Fude Ball pen to outline the numbers and a white Sharpie pen to highlight the leaves.

I found this quote on the internet and thought what a brilliant thought for the first page of my new journal. I really want to do more lettering on my journal pages so I've decided that this new journal will be where I start on that journey.

The rest of the DT have made some stunnig projects for this challenge so do make sure you hop over and check them out at the ATP Exchange blog.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

It's all about Wendy !

Today we start the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie, which is 'It's all about Wendy!' The lovely Jenny is our host and has set us the challenge to create a project in the style of the uber talented Wendy Vecchi ! Now as you may have noticed, I quite like using Wendy's products so when I saw the theme my mind went into a complete spin with so many different ideas ! But, in the end, I settled on using some Art Journal Covers which I'd been waiting for the right time to use.There's rather a lot to share so you may need a biscuit as well as your cuppa today !

I'm actually sharing this project in reverse order as I didn't taken any staged photos of the front cover. I started by painting the art parts with Vanilla Fresco Finish acrylic paint. I gave them 2 coats to be sure there was good coverage. I then used masking tape and stencilled with Snowflake Fresco Finish using the Wendy Vecchi Add a Stencil.

I carefully removed the tape and repositioned it and then used the Ornate Dots Overlay stencil again using Snowflake Fresco Finish

I then gave the cover a wash of Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish, drying it and then doing the same again to build up the colour but as it's watered down the stencilling still shows through.

I then replaced the maksing tape and used the Add a Stencil again but this time with Embossing ink and Orange Blossom Embossing Powder. I slightly off set the stencil from the previous layer so it still shows through.

I then did some stamping in the centre part of the cover using the From A to Z background stamp and Potting Soil Archival ink. I added a little more stencilling with the Add a Stencil and Tree Branch Archival ink. Before doing any more I used the Sunburst stencil and used Dandelion, Orange Blossom, Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival inks. Starting with Dandelion and gradually getting darker and working towards the centre of the stencil.

I then masked off the Sunburst and used the Ornate Dots Overlay stencil using Potting Soil Archival ink. I also used the Dots and Dashes background stamp using the same ink.

I stamped the flower from the Daisy Art set and the sentiment is from the Approved Art set. The little bird is from the License Plate Art set. The star is also from this set, I used Orange Blossom Embossing Powder on a piece of plain card then stamped the star on to it and cut it out. I then reheated the powder so that it would smooth off the cut edges.

You can see the star a little better on the above photo. I then masked off the top and bottom borders and used Potting Soil Archival along the edge and then around the whole of the cover.

The front cover was put together in much the same way, except I've blended Orange Blossom, Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival inks around the inside of the circle (which is made by drawing around a lid and cutting it out and using both negative and positive parts.) I've also used he Basket Weave stamp in the centre.

The lettering is made using the Lower Case Block Talk die and some cardboard. I've then used the Fern Green and Orange Blossom Embossing Powders. While the powders were still wet I sprinkled more on so that the letters are nice and rounded. The stars are from the License Plate Art set and I've stuck one onto a Tim Holtz Game Piece and used black Archival ink around the edge of it. I drew around the edge of the circle with a Fude Ball pen. The handle and the little metal flourish are from Linda's Boutique.

This project was a joy to put together and using Wendy's products is always a pleasure ! You don't have to use Wendy's products for this challenge, but this must be the perfect excuse to buy some !

Do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !