Friday, 3 July 2015

Class update and new class date !

I've finally found time to share some photos from my 'Test your Metal' class that took place on the 20th June. We had a fabulous day but the one thing that I didn't do was take any photos ! So thank you to Ruth and Sharon for sending me theirs.

It was heads down right from the start !

Ruth and Kerry are busy bees !

This canvas is Kerry's, you can't see the beautiful flower that well but the colours Kerry chose are gorgeous ! 

Sharon was determined to include the feather on her project, and succeeded ! 

June decided to go with a different layout and it looks fantastic !

My next class is called 'Jardin de Fleurs' and will be taking place on Saturday 25th July, all the details can be found here.  Below is a sneak peek of the canvas we'll be creating! Would be lovely to see you there !

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summer time !

At long last Summer has arrived in the UK ! The temperatures have risen which means the central heating has, at last, been turned off !

Today is also the first day of the new Stamps and Stencils challenge. The lovely Tony is our host and has chose It's Summer Time as the theme, here's what Toni has to say:

It's that time of year where you may be thinking about dusting off your passport and digging out your swimsuit! Yes it's holiday time ! Whether you're a lover of the seaside or someone who enjoys a city break, we would love to see your holiday inspired projects. This could be journalling, altered art, or even a good old card.

After staring into space wondering what on earth to do, my eyes lighted upon the holiday folder that I use for all our travel documents when we go on holiday, and an idea sprung to mind !

This is what the folder looked like before I started, it's got a kind of canvas finish so perfect for painting with Fresco Finish paints !

I gave it 2 coats of Gesso to kill the dark blue colour, not being too fussy about the edges.

I then started to stencil using Jade from the JOFY limited edition set of Frescos. I love the JOFY vine stencil and I added some flowers using the Lin Brown stencil.

I then did a wash of watererd down Hint of Mint from one of the Lin Brown Limited Edition Fresco Finish sets.

 I carried on stencilling, using HInt of Mint and mixing in a little Jade too. Doing a wash after each layer to build up depth.

The TCW numbers stencil is just fantastic for the 'bumping' technique and this time I used Snowflake Fresco Finish for the shadow and Jade as the top colour. Some more stencilling using a Dina Wakley stencil and another Lin Brown stencil.

It was at this point that I suddenly thought what on earth am I going to put on the front ! I really enjoyed the Inspirational Post that Ruth did here and wanted to include the baby wipe technique somewhere.Then I got to thinking about the holidays that we've enjoyed over the years in France and that's when I went in search of my Serenditpity and Katzelkraft stamps.

The French window is a Serendipity stamp and really does remind me of the houses in the Provence area of France. I've water coloured it to give the shutters a slight hint of blue and rubbed Distress Ink around the edge of the card. The words Voyage and France are stamped onto used baby wipes that have been glued to white card, using Katzelkraft stamps.

The hessian tag is one I picked up from a cheap craft store in town and I've painted it with Chalk Fresco Finish then stamped it with a Darkroom Door stamp. The little postage stamp is die cut using the Tim Holtz die and is stamped using a Darkroom Door stamp. The Fleur de Lys is die cut from a piece of used baby wipe that has been stuck on to some whitre card. What you can't see all that well is the Whipped Spackle that I coloured using Jade Fresco Finish and spread over the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil. When it was dry I replaced the stencil and brushed White Fire Treasure Gold over it.

 I kept the back cover quite simple and you can see the Whipped Spackle (I love this name!) a little more clearly.

The garlic stamp is another Serendipity stamp and I've lightly watercoloured it using watered down Fresco Finish paints.

So from having no idea I actually quite like this project and it will be going with us when we travel to France later this year !

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

Monday, 29 June 2015

Vintage Journal Page for PaperArtsy

Tonight I'm sharing a journal page over on the PaperArtsy blog for the current challenge which is Stencils. Now if you're a regular visitor to my blog you'll know that I find it very hard to create anything without using a stencil, so when I saw the theme for this challenge I was doing a happy dance !

I had great fun creating a vintage style page using the gorgeous Sara Naumann stamps. For all the details of how it came together you'll need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

It's Summer ?

Today we're kicking off the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. The lovely Jenny is hosting this challenge on behalf of Nancy who has chosen It's Summer as the theme, now if you live in the UK you'll understand the question mark in the title. As I write this post we've just put the central heating back on ! Here's what Nancy has to say:

"Let us know what you love about Summer. Do you enjoy traveling, growing a garden, or laying on the beach? Create a vintage or shabby chic project, card, or layout showcasing what you enjoy most about this wonderful season."

One the things I love about the Summer is the peace and quiet you can find in the countryside, taking a pic nic and just watching the world go by. On those really warm, still days when there's not a breath of air and hot air balloons can be seen floating across the sky. So with these thoughts in mind I opened my A3 Canson watercolour pad and started to play !

I recently bought some Ken Oliver Colour Burst powders and the bright colours were perfect as the backdrop to the page. I sprayed the page with water then sprinkled on the powders and spritzed them a little more and watched them blend. I then used Dylusions paints and stencilled using the Wendy Vecchi Polka Dotty stencil.

I continued to stencil using the Dylusions paints and more Wendy Vecchi stencils and adding some rings using a plastic lid and white Dylusions paint.

I stamped the Dylusions flowers with black Archival ink and painted them using the Dylusions paints, I needed to do a couple of coats as the paints are quite translucent.

I die cut some the letters using the Tim Holtz WordPlay die from cardboard and painted them with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint. I've spritzed the page with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and you can see the shindy dots on the black letters. I've also outlined some of the stencilling using a white Sharpie pen.

The balloons are by Kaisercraft and I've used Wendy Vecchi embossing powders and I sprinkled mica powder on top and heated the EP again.

I used one of the Dina Wakley stamps for the text, as the paper has a slight texture it didn't stamp too clearly so I went over it with a black Posca pen. The butterfly is stamped onto white card that I've blended Dylusions paints over, and then cut it out.

I used some translucent embossing paste with the Wendy Vecchi Yikes Stripes stencil, giving the page some texture and you can just about see some of the shine from the paste too on the above photo.

Here is the finished page ! This was so much fun and it was great to give the Ken Oliver powders their first outing !

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 project into the Wendy Vecchi Make Art challenge which is to use embossing powders. 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Stamps and Stencils Inspirational Post

I'm back today with just a short post as I'm sharing an Inspirational Post over at Stamps and Stencils.

After standing at the side of Leandra on the PaperArtsy stand on Sunday I wanted to give the brayering technique using Fresco Finish paints an outing ! For the details on how I created this page you'll need to hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Stamp Magic, Doncaster

I'm back with my second post for today, if you missed my Frilly and Funkie DT post you'll find it here.I had the pleasure of demoing again on the PaperArtsy stand on Sunday at the Stamp Magic show in Doncaster. As Darcy was feeling a little under the weather Leandra asked if  I could fill in for a couple of hours. As I was at the show anyway with 2 crafty friends, this wasn't a problem. Thank you to Sharon for some of the photos !

I'm not quite sure what I was doing with my hands here !

Leandra popped to the ladies for some hot water to activate one of the fabulous Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and left the lovely Ruth in control of the heat gun !

I was just getting going on this shot ! The dirty mark on my hand is the hand stamp to get in and out of the show, it took 2 days for it to wear off !

Here are a couple of tags that I managed to finish, I had some very lovely ladies watching me when I was doing the tag on the right and it was a real pleasure to share the stencilling techniques with them.

So, that was another fabulous week end, I do love a craft show and when it's coupled with actually getting messy what more could you ask for !

Monochromatic at Frilly and Funkie !

We're kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge today. The lovely Cec is our host and here is what she has to say:

This one is called Monochromatic and I want to see a shabby chic and vintage project that uses basically one colour and its various hues and tones - a little white or cream can be added but unless that is the main colour, it needs to be just an accent.

I took the opportunity to make a father's day card as it's fast approaching here in the UK. I started by brayering some white card with various colours of acrylic paint. I stamped the numbers from the Tim Holtz Merchantile stamp set using Potting Soil Archival ink. I then used a Wendy Vecchi stencil with Embossing Paste on the vertical panel. When it was dry I blended more acrylic paint over the top using a baby wipe.

I stamped the main image then used the stamp itself to draw around it on to a Post It Note. I then masked off the image and stamped the text stamp from the same Tim Holtz set using Potting Soil Archival ink.

I die cut the ink pot, pen nibs and quill using the Tim Holtz die. I then dabbed Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste using my finger onto the ink pot and pen nibs. When it was dry I sprayed it with Distress Stains, Antique Linen and Tea Dye. I die cut the corner pieces using the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits from the Kraft Resist Tim Holtz paper stack. The word is stamped with Potting Soil Archival ink and attached to the ink pot with a Tim Holtz star brad.

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

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Crackled wall hanging

Hello and welcome ! Today's post is just a short one as I'm sharing all the details over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

It's my day to share a step x step so to see how it all came together you'll need to hop over there.

Just one more shot to show you the gorgeous crackle on this piece !

Have a good week end.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Small is beautiful !

Today we are kicking off the next challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. The lovely Julia is our host and has chosen 'Small is Beautiful' for the theme. Oh crikey ! Panic definitely set in as I struggle with the word small, so thinking cap was on !

I had a trip up to Art from the Heart at the week end and I picked up a mini, chunky canvas so problem solved ! I started by using a couple of Tim Holtz stencils with Grunge Paste onto some Smoothy card and left it to dry.

The usual little wooden pieces accompanied the canvas and when you put them together they make little dinky houses.

I painted the canvas with Stone Fresco Finish paint then cut the card with the Grunge Paste on into little tiles and stuck them to the edges and just a few on the front. I also patted some more Grunge Paste on the opposite corners. 

I used Golden Fluid Acrylic paints to paint the whole thing then spritzed it with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and let it puddle and dry on the surface.

I used the Fluid Acrylics again and painted them onto some more Smoothy card and then stamped the sentiment from the Lin Brown ELB13 set and cut it up into separate words and edged them with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint.

The little house has also been painted with the Fluid Acrylics then I've stamped the flower from the Sara Naumann ESN14 stamp set. I painted it with the acrylics and added dots of paint along the petals and around the centre.The leaves are by Kaisercraft and I've used the same paints on them.

I sanded the Grunge Paste back on the little tiles and then added a further coat of gold Fluid Acrylic over the top. I couldn't resist using just a little Classic Treasure Gold over the textured areas to finish, I struggled to get a good photo as the project is quite dark but I think you can just make out the shine of the Treasure Gold.

Please do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the DT. You have a whole month to join in with us !