Sunday, 31 May 2015

One for my Mum !

Today is a very special day as it's my Mum's birthday ! The family have all gathered together today to sort out Mum's garden, the weather could have been better but at least the torrential rain did stop eventually ! The project that I'm sharing is the card I made for Mum, which is an 8 x 8 card, this is a great size to work on as it gives you so much more scope.

I started off with a piece of Smoothy card and grabbed a selection of Fresco Finish paints. I was thinking 'pretty' for my Mum so I leaned towards to the more pink colours (very unlike me!). I used the brayer technique that Leandra from PaperArtsy has demonstrated on their You Tube channel.  This is a great technique as it not only builds up layers of colour but by brayering the paint you also create a really tactile finish on the card. I did sneak some Limlight Fresco Finish in too just to break up all the pinkness ! (If that's a real word?!?)

Next up was some stencilling ! I used the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil with Sherbert Fresco Finish, which gave an almost watermark effect, then built up the stencilling using a Lin Brown and a Wendy Vecchi stencil.

I then did some stamping using Amethyst Fresco Finish and an Ellen Vargo stamp. The cogs and dots are stamped with Hyacinth Archival ink using second generation stamping and the script, which is a Sara Naumann stamp, is done using Snowflake Fresco Finish,

I've used one of the new JOFY stamp sets forthe flowers, it reminds me of blossom so I guess that's why pink came to mind ! I stamped the stem of flowers once then masked of the flowers and bent the stamp in the opposite direction and stamped it again. The flowers were stamped again onto painted Smoothy card then cut out and I've added exta shading with watered down Amethyst.

 The largest flower is a chipboard shape that I've covered with dictionary paper. I gave it a coat of glue to protect the paper then stamped the large flower from the stamp JOFY set on to the chipboard shape. I've then painted it with Limelight and a touch of Amethyst. I've added some white dots with Snowflake Freco Finish. I stamped a border of grasses using more JOFY stamps and also Lin Brown stamps and Iv'e painted them with Limelight Fresco Finish. The border across the bottiom is a Wendy Vecchi stamp and I've added some little purple pearls.

 The lace is from my stash and was donatd by my lovely crafty friend Ruth. I've added a filigree metal piece and stuck a little clock to the front, both are from The Funki Junkie Boutique. The little paper flower is painted with Limelight and the lacey button (another Ruth donation!) was painted with Sherbert.

I know my Mum loves words that mean something on her cards and I thought this one from a Wendy Vecchi stamp set was perfect !

I really love how this turned out and I know my Mum loved it too so job done !

Friday, 29 May 2015

Blue Bottle at PaperArtsy !

Tonight I'm back over on the PaperArtsy blog sharing a project for the current challenge of bottles. I am rather hooked on the new Fresco Finish bright blues so they were my starting point, just needed to find a bottle !

I found this one in a cheap home store, it was the shape that attracted me but the next hurdle was how to stamp on it ! If you hop over to the PaperArtsy blog you'll find out how I went about it.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

What makes me happy ?

Today we're kicking off the second week of the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and the lovely Georgie has picked the theme of Happy, Happy, HAPPY ! Here's what Georgie has to say:

So this is the theme :) This could be a project you love doing, a product you love using, or something that makes you so happy that it just gives you the inspiration to create something beautiful. It really is an anything goes kind of challenge, but remember to make sure you have fun!!

So, this got me thinking, what does make me happy ? Quite an easy one really, sitting in my craft room, Paolo Nutini playing in the background and new stash to play with !

I wanted to use the some of the new Distress Inks so grabbed Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber and blended them over a piece of chipboard covered with white card.

I then used the Tim Holtz Flouirish stencil with Regular Gel Medium and then sprayed it using the Lindy's Stamp Gang Industrial Chic sprays. I wanted some visible drips so added some drops of India ink and spritzed it with water and let it run. I then rubbed some Treasure Gold over some of the raised areas of the flourishes.

I blended Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink over some white card and die cut leaves using the Tim Holtz Spring Greenery die. The flowers are from the Tim Holtz Flower Garden and I've painted them using Distress Markers and then cut out.

I wanted the embellishments to have a rusty look so I painted them black, then dabbed on some blue and green paint then more black. I then sprayed them with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and let it dry in puddles.

I then assembled all the pieces on the board and spritzed everything again with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.

The fabric across the bottom is a scrap piece of canvas and I used the teal Lindy's Stamp Gang spray to colour it.

As the flowers were painted with Distress Markers the colour has reacted to the spraying and given them a shabby look.

I brushed a little Luminarte Glaze over the metal embellishments to add a touch of colour.

The sentiment is from the Wendy Vecchi All Occasion Art stamp set and I've distressed a piece of copper metal and then stamped it with black Archival ink.

The clock and the gorgeous filigree embellishment are both sold in the Funkie Junkie Boutique and they've had the same treatment as the rest of the embellishments.

I had a great afternoon in my craft room, I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and have some fun too ! Make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Spring Colours at A Vintage Journey

Today I'm very honoured to be sharing a project that is also a Guest Designer project over at A Vintage Journey. When I saw the theme of Spring Colours this sent my mind in to a whirl as there are so many gorgeous colours associated with this season. That coupled with the beautiful Distress colours that have been released so far this year gave me a wide field to play in ! I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous Perspective stamp set so the project was centred around the beautiful butterfly that's part of this set.

I started with 2 pieces of grey board that's already covered with white card. I then glued dictionary paper to each piece and I always coat paper with glue to protect it from the moisture from sprays or whatever I decide to throw at it ! While the glue was still wet I spritzed both pieces with Shabby Shutters and Wild Honey spray Distress Stains.

 I used the Eye Chart stencil and spread texture paste through and again, while it was still wet spritzed with Peeled Paint spray Distress Stains. I then dried it off and added some stamping using the numbers stamp from the Perspective set with Watering Can Archival ink. I decided I want to add some drippage so stood the panels up and sprayed them with the wonder Abandoned Coral spray Distress Stain, spritzed it with water and watched it run !

The numbers stamp is fantastic for creating a master board that can be cut up and used for different projects. I've used Fern Archival ink on the below and then die cut a lattice using the Lattice die.

I stamped the butterfly directly on to the board then stamped a second one on to some card that I'd blended more Distress Ink over and did some Spritz and Flick too. The second butterfly was cut out and positioned over the first so the antenna was in the right position.

I couldn't decide on the which flower to use initially so I sprayed them all with Spray Distress Stains and the Abandoned Coral flower won hands down ! The colour in real life is amazing ! 

I've used Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink over the lattice and kept one or two of the small pieces, which were actually like jigsaw pieces completing the image of the stamped numbers.

I kept the negative from the die cut and used a piece of dictionary paper behind it that I blended Distress Inks around. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped onto white card that I've blended Distress Inks over. I've added a couple of the Tim arrows and a flower from the adronments Nature set.

 I covered the reverse of the panels with the beautiful Wall Flower paper, it's so hard to cut this up ! O dabbed black acrylic paint around the edges to frame everything. The panels are held together with a hinge that's glued in to place.

It was great to have Tim fix, I've not done this in ages ! Thanks to Brenda over at A Vintage Journey for inviting me to be Guest Designer today.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Crackle House !

Today we're kicking off the second week of the Frilly and Funkie challenge which is Snap, Crackle, Crackle and our host is the lovely Pamellia. Here is what Pamellia has to say:

I would like to see some cracks on your creations! You can use crackle paint, crackle paste, crackle glaze, crackle accents, an old cracked image, a piece of cracked UTEE, a cracked pattern from a stencil or stamp, you can even doodle on your crackle design! Anything goes, as long as is cracks me up!!

Now when I saw the word crackle I knew exactly what I wanted to use, the fabulous Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste ! I bought a book of chipboard houses recently and rather than decorate the whole book I rather liked the idea of using each house individually. I painted the house with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint then tinted some Crackle Paste with Cornflower Blue Archival re-inker. I spread it over the whole house and then left it to dry.

 I then used Sky Blue and Cornflower Blue Archival ink over the surface of the crackle.

I then started to stencil using Hydrangea, Cornflower Blue and Watering Can Archival inks. Then I used Fern Green Archival ink and did some stamping using the Wendy Vecchi Lots of Leaves background stamp.

I used the flower from the Wendy Vecchi Discover Art stamp set and stamped it with black Archival ink and used the grasses stamp from the Art Comforts set. The flowers have been sprayed with watered down Fresco Finish paints and I've rubbed Fern Green Archival ink around the edge of the two canvas flowers.

The little frames are by Prima and I've painted them with Limelight and Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint. The number is stencilled onto some card and stuck to the back of the frame. I painted some Golden acrylic paints below the key and before it dried I wiped it back with a baby wipe to create a rusty effect.

The lock and oval frame have also been painted with the same Fresco Finish paints and I've used the Golden paints again to create more rusty stains. The sentiment is from the Wendy Vecchi Art Comforts set.

The rest of the DT have created some fabulous projects so do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Fantastic day at Port Sunlight !

What a fantastic day I had yesterday at Port Sunlight demonstrating at the side of Leandra Franich on the PaperArtsy stand ! Still pinching myself ! The nerves soon floated away when I got talking the lovely ladies who came to the stand, they loved the way the Fresco Finish paints work and I spent most of the day sharing how to create backgrounds with lots of layers and also introducing them to painting with a baby wipe ! Thank you to the lovely Ruth Mescall who took some photos, I didn't get chance !

 It was busy as soon as the doors were opened to the public at 10.30AM.

 I quite like this photo as my hand is a blur stencilling !

I'd taken some samples with me, and I did manage to finish a couple of tags one of them is the one above on the right.

Here's some more of my samples and you can just see one that I'm working on at the top.The tag with the pink flower was a request from a lady who wanted to see pink and blue together. Now those of you who know me know that pink and me just don't mix ! But, I rather like how this simple tage turned out, so who knows I may use pink again !

There was one lovely lady who took a real shine to this tag so I made her day when I said she could take it home, I was even asked to sign it on the back !

This tag is using the new bright blues in the Fresco Finish range aswell as the new JOFY stamps, the photo doesn't do the colours justice. This was what inspired me to do the Stamps and Stencils DT piece which you can find here.

Now I'm not a big purple person (if you know what I mean!) but the new set of purples in the Fresco Finish range are rather gorgeous, so I used them with Lin Brown's stamps as well as stencils and the squirly whirly stamp by Emma Godfrey, that I am in love with !

 This little bird by Lin Brown is gorgeous and having the stencil to go with the stamp is brilliant !

Here's one of the tags I almost finished, the photo isn't really very good but I think you can see where it's going.

The JOFY vine stencil was really popular and I was asked several times to show how to use it with the bumping technique, it also works really well as the stem for the beautiful Lin Brown flower !

So, all in all a fantastic day ! A big thank you to Leandra for inviting me and a big thank you to all the lovely ladies who came to see the stand, I hope you're all creating art with your new purchases !

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Three of a kind !

Today we are kicking off the next challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. We had a fabulous response to our first challenge and the winners and top 3 will be announced on Tuesday 12 May.So, now onto the new challenge which is being hosted by the lovely Ruth. Ruth has chosen '3 of a kind' as the theme, here's what Ruth has to say:

What we'd like to see is 3 of the same sort of focal element on a project so we don't just mean 3 buttons or small embellishments, it could be 3 flowers, 3 figures, 3 inspirational quotes?.....or thinking wider, if you're feeling adventurous you could do 3 atc's, a trio of ATB's or maybe a Triptych. Plenty of scope we hope to make a mixed media project of your choice as long as it includes some stencilling or stamping or both and don't forget to check out the challenge rules on the tab at the top of the page.

 So, this did have me scratching my head for a while deciding what to do 3 of ! This is quite a long post so I hope you're sitting comfortably !

 I decided to get started on the background and I would decide what my 3 things would be as I went along. I used a piece of grey board and painted it with Blue Oyster Fresco Finish paint. Then I started to stencil, using Chalk Fresco Finish paint and Lin Brown stencils. I gave it a wash of watered down Chalk and used a baby wipe to blend it over the whole panel.

 I then added some stamping using Chalk Fresco Finish paint, grouping it around the stencilling.

 On the next layer I started to add in some colour and used one of the new Lin Brown stencils for the flower, and the vine is  one of the new JOFY stencils. I stencilled the vine first of all using a mix of China and Limelight Fresco Finish paint, then I moved the stencil slightly and stencilled over it with Chalk Fresco Finish to create a shadow. This then allowed me to use Limelight and Hey Pesto, which are translucent colours over the top.

Leaf Green Archival ink works really well with these colours of Fresco Finish paints and I used a Sara Naumann script stamp to add some stamping around the edges where it would be seen ( I now have a plan for my 3 things! )

 So, for my 3 things to include I decided on 3 grey board tags. I used the grey board that's covered with white card and used a manilla tag to get the corners all the same. I then taped them together across the back and used the same process as the larger piece of grey board of painting, stencilling and washing with Fresco Finish paint.

 I used a JOFY stamp for the border, this stamp is great as you can repeat the stamping really easily without the join showing ! I painted it using Limelight, Hey Pesto and Blue Glass Fresco Finish. I also added some script stamping using Leaf Green Archival ink.

 Here is the finished piece. I decided the background was too strong so I did another coat of watered down Chalk Fresco Finish to knock it back a little. I used JOFY stamps to decorate each tag and painted the flowers with the new Fresco Finish bright blues.

I stamped the largest flower on to a piece of Canson watercolour paper and then painted it using Fresco Finish paints.

 The small chipboard flower has been covered with dictionary paper then stamped with a JOFY stamp and painted with Fresco Finish paints.

 The sentiment on the centre tag is also a JOFY stamp from one of the new releases, I love using French stamps ! I've painted the letters using Limelight and Blue Glass Fresco Finish paints, I love these two colours together ! The butterfly is also a chipboard shape that corresponds to one of the new JOFY stamps, I also painted this with Limelight and Blue Glass.

The final tag has JOFY flowers again on it and the word is also from one of the new JOFY sets. I've used Blue Glass around the edges of all 3 tags to frame them and added a little watered down Limelight across the bottom. 

One final shot to show you how the piece looks in it's entirety ! Well done if you've stuck it out this far ! I had a ball with this project, and if you'd like to see it in person I will have it with me on Saturday 9th May at the Happy Stampers event in Port Sunlight where I'll be demonstrating on the PaperArtsy stand ! Do say hello if you're there ! 

The rest of the DT have worked their magic so do make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog.