Friday, 19 December 2014

Something a little different for PaperArtsy !

Tonight I'm sharing a project over on the PaperArtsy blog. Now, I was originally going to go down the Christmas route, a card, tag or some sort of wrapping. Then this idea popped in to my head !


 Sleeve protectors ! I, like most crafters I would imagine, am quite messy so these will save my clothes from all the splatters !


And here I am modelling them ! For all the details of how I made them you'll need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Funkie Junkie Tag 2 inspiration !

Now that I've finished my Birthday card journey for this year, I've turned my attention to getting the few Christmas cards I need made only to find my mojo has flown out the window ! This is where the lovely Linda of The Funkie Junkie has saved my bacon ! If you don't follow Linda's blog, she does the 12 tags of Christmas on the run up to the special day. If you would like to join in you'll find all the details here. Now I probably won't get to the end of the tags but the card I'm sharing tonight is inpsired by tag no.2.



I started by using the Prima Checker stencil and spreading Wendy Vecchi white Embossing Paste over it. While it was still wet I sprayed it with Peeled Paint Spray Distress Stains. I then used the tree stencil from the Wendy Vecchi Holiday Icons SiSi set with Fern Green Archival ink amd then stamped the sentiment from the Holiday Art set over the top. I stamped the lacy border from The Beauty of Art set and cut it out and blended Peeled Paint Distress Ink over it.


I die cut the poinsettia using the Tim Holtz die and then used Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium embossing powder, sprinkling more powder on while it was still hot and heating again to build up the thickness. I added a little pearl embellishment for the centre.


I stamped the word Wish from the Licence Plate Art set with embossing ink and then used more of the Red Geranium embossing powder. The star is die cut using the Tim Holtz Bigz Die and I covered it with Tree Branch Archival Ink, then used Sticky Embossing Powder and sprinkled Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the top.

If you've got a little bit of time you might want to join in too !



Thursday, 11 December 2014

Let's Celebrate !

Today we're kicking off the next challenge over at Artist Trading Post Exchange. This time the lovely Toni has chosen Let's Celebrate as the theme. To give the team a break over the festive season this challenge will run through to the 7 January so you've got plenty of time to join in !

Here's what Toni has to say:

I certainly hope that everyone has something to celebrate  ! Maybe you're about to celebrate a special birthday, a wedding, new baby or, of course, Christmas ! We would love to see your celebration crafty makes. Your project can take any form, it may be a card, layout or a piece of altered art, just let your imagination fly!




I found this frame among my collection of items to alter.  I started by sanding it lightly as it had a slight varnished finish.


I then gave it  a quick coat of Snowflake Fresco Finish paint and used a TCW snowflake stencil with Grunge Paste.


When the Grunge Paste was dry I painted it with Antartic Fresco Finish paint. The next coat is Clear Gesso and then I painted it with Lake Wanaka Fresco Finish wafted it slightly with my heat gun then rubbed it with a baby wipe. The Gesso forms a sort of resist layer underneath so the paint takes on a distressed look, it also highlights the brushstrokes of the Gesso giving a scratched appearance. I painted it again with Gesso and then used Space Cadet Fresco Finish and did the same thing again the heat gun and baby wipe.


The final colour I used is Marlin  from the Lin Brown limited edition set. I then sanded the snowflakes slightly to reveal some of the Grunge Paste.


I've rubbed White Fire Treasure Gold over the raised areas and around the edges of the centre recess.


The ponsettia is die cut using the Tim Holtz die and I've used Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas on Grunge Paper . I painted the base layer with Marlin and then stamped some Christmas text using Antartic Fresco Finish. The white layers have been stamped with Cornflower Blue Archival ink. The numbers are die cut using the Tim Holtz mini 25 die and I've coated it with White Fire Treasure Gold. The text is die cut using the Tim Holtz strip die and I've used Treasure Gold over this too.


The centre image is stamped onto Smoothy card that's been painted with Antartic Fresco Finish, then a coat of Clear Gesso and then some Lake Wanaka and rubbed with a baby wipe. To finish I added a metal corner which has also been treated to some Treasure Gold.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and make sure you hop over to Artist Trading Post Exchange to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A Vintage Holiday

We're starting the second week of the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie today. The lovely Nancy is our host and has chosen A Vintage Holiday, so that is the perfect opportunity to get cracking with my Christmas cards !


I took my inspiration for this card from Linda's 12 tags, and it was tag no.1 that I focussed on. I started  by spraying some white card with Fired Brick and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stains. I wanted to try and replicate the knitted pattern on Linda's tag so I picked a TCW stencil and sprayed more Fired Brick over the stencil. I then rummaged around in my stash and found some white, stitch pattern rub ons, which worked perfectly ! I cut a small tag from a piece of the original sprayed card and embossed it using a Sizzx EF then rubbed a little Renaissance Treasure Gold over the raised areas. I added some Jute thread through the tag and added the little wreath charm, which I've also, lightly rubbed with more Treasure Gold to age it a little.



The main image is from the Tim Holtz Mini Holidays 5 and is stamped onto a piece of card that's been sprayed with the Fired Brick Spray Stain through the TCW stencil. The numbers are die cut from cardboard and them embossed using Wendy Vecchi's embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings stamp set and to finish I've added some crocheted lace.

Well I'm off the mark with Christmas cards! 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 !


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The end is in sight !!

I am almost at the end of the Birthday trail for this year, which means I can then turn my attention to Christmas which is creeping up way too quickly for my liking !

Today is another special day as it's one of my niece's birthdays, so

Happy Birthday Rebecca !


As usual I've started with the background using some Smoothy Card and then spraying and spritzing it with Colour Bloom sprays. I've then stencilled randomly over the bacground using a selection of TCW stencils and Fresco Finish paints.


I then used an Ellen Vargo stamp and Dandelion Archival ink and stamped over the background.


I used Fresco Finish paints, watered down to create the background on the above panel, flicking drops of paint onto it and when dry stamping with the same Ellen Vargo stamp and adding some stencilling. The tulips are also by Ellen Vargo, I've stamped the first one then masked it off before stamping 2 more. I've then painted the centre flower using Luminarte Silk Acrylic Glazes. To add a slight shadow along the centre stalk I've used a watercolour pencil and blended it out using a damp paintbrush.


 I die cut 2 pieces of trellis using the Tim Holtz die and painted it using Brown Shed Fresco Finish paint. I added some crocheted lace down either side of the panel and a Craft Individuals Happy Birthday circular stamp tucked in under the right hand side. The bottom layer is a piece from an old book that I've distressed with Distress Inks.



I've finished off with a Tim Holtz Word Band that I've painted with Brown Shed Fresco Finish paint and added some seam binding that's been lightly spritzed with some Wild Honey Spray Distress Stains.

Hopefully I shall be able to crack on with Christmas cards soon !

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 !