Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Holiday destination through a window !

It's time for the next challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and this time the lovely Jenny has set the theme as 'Holiday destination through a window' ! This is what Jenny has to say:

As thoughts turn to holidays at home and abroad it's time to think of favourite or ideal holiday destinations. What would your dream scene be? Don't forget, you need to include a window in your project.

So, this got me thinking first of all about where I would like to be and my thoughts took me to a destination where, as a family, we've enjoyed some fabulous holidays. The place in question is the South of France. Long sunny days, eating al fresco and enjoying cool glasses of wine........... so back to the challenge ! This thought then led me to window shutters, as these are part of the culture in the South of France, keeping the hot sun out to keep the interior cool.

I have some Serendipity stamps that were bought for me years ago but I still use them alot as they are scenes from France. The stamp I chose to use for this card is 'The old Provence', I thought looking through a shuttered window at the old stone steps with the flower pots on them would be a perfect scene. I used the Tim Holtz Cameo Frame die to cut the aperture from the front of the card and then used the die cut for the panel on the inside of the card. I've used Distress Inks over the front of the card and then used Artistic Outpost stamps from the Flower Market set. The shutters are made from white card that I've embossed using the Distressed Stripes EF. I've blended DI over the panels then coated them with Snowflake Fresco Finish paint to give them the appearance of faded paint. I cut 2 little strips and stuck them to each shutter. The flower is made from Kraft Glassine paper that's been painted with Fresco Finish paint and then I've used the Tattered Flowers strip die.

I've added a coconut shell button the centre of the flower and also to the side of it and I've also added a small metal crown embellishment, which you actually can't see on the photo !

For the background panel on the inside I've used another Serendipity stamp and lots of DI. I've stuck some 7 Gypsies French tissue paper across the panel as well as some crocheted lace and text ribbon. The word 'Bliss' is also a Serendipity stamp and I've zipped around the edge of the card with my sewing machine. I've stamped the stairs onto card that's had DI blended over it and I've also done some Spritzing and Flicking ! I've used the french text from the Artistic Outpost French Exposition set and stamped the butterfly from the AO Flower Market set.

The large button is another of the gorgeous coconut shell buttons that Linda now stocks in The Funkie Junkie Boutique. You will have noticed that I've added the word Mum too, this is another birthday card for my Mum on Friday.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !

Monday, 27 May 2013

One for Mum !

I've been busy making some birthday cards today as it's my Mum's birthday on Friday and I need to have one ready for each of my sisters to give to her. Always a challenge to make them all different, but then that's half the fun !

I've used a piece of paper from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper stack for the background. Then for the letter panel I used the stamp from the Artistic Outpost Secretary Pool set and Archival Cobalt ink, stamping first onto some scrap paper so that the ink was lighter. I then used the Telegraph stamp from the AO Ephemera stamp set and the script is the PaperArtsy Mini 44 (chich you can hardly see!). I've used lots of Distress Ink around the edge of the panel.

The main image is from the AO Flapper Fashion set and I've masked her off and used a stamp from the Secretary Pool set to stamp over her. The pencil was stamped three times and layered on top of each other to add some dimension. The old fashion phone is also from the same set and I've cut it out and blended a little Tumbled Glass DI over it. The paper flowers have been painted with Fresco Finish paints and the centre flower is a resin rose from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and I've brushed it with some Sapphire Treasure Gold. The little tickets are from the Crafty Individuals set 307 and I've used a Gem Clip to attach them.

I'm entering this in to the Artistic Outpost Referral program which is Anything Goes.

That's the end of the week end which has been absolutely lovely here in the UK. Keeping my fingers crossed that the sun returns soon !

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Secret Garden Canvas

Well at long last the sun has finally decided to show it's face and it's been such a beautiful day here today. I wasn't planning on spending any time in my craft room today as the lure of the good weather has kept me outside. However, I did manage to sneak up there for an hour to finally finish my canvas from Lin Brown's wonderful workshop last Sunday. I've been playing around with the position of things on and off all week. For those of you that know me, I'm not a speedy crafter and when there are decisions to be made it does take me some little time to make them !

 This project was all about how to use the fabulous PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints. There was lots of layering and stencilling on the background to get the desired effect.

 All of the stamps that have been used are also PaperArtsy stamps. The backround for the flowers in the arches was also created with Fresco Finish paints.

 The swirls and poppy die cuts were all painted with Fresco Finish too.

 I made the large flower at the top with Crunchy paper and the centre is a button that I've painted with Fresco Finish and brushed Treasure Gold over.

I cut the book plate from metalk and then used Little Black Dress and Treasure Gold to distress it.

This was an absolutely fantastic day and I've learnt so much about how to use Fresco Finish. If you've not tried them you really need to !

Hope the sun is shining where you are ! We're going to take the opportunity to light the barbecue tonight, it may be the only chance we get !

Friday, 24 May 2013

Strip Dies - Friday Focus !

This is just a short post to let you know that it's my turn to do the Friday Focus over at Frilly and Funkie and today I'm focussing on strip dies !

This is one of the cards I've made using the strip dies and to get more details you'll need to hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Alter it !

It's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge and this time the lovely Joanna has chosen 'Alter it'.

When Lin Brown closed her shop I bought one of the boxes that had a mixture of all sorts of different things in it. I'd completely forgotten about this and when I was trying to tidy and create some space in my craft room (which I failed miserably at!)  I came across this little shadow box that was part of the contents. I started by painting it with Stone Fresco Finish.

Then I painted the back panel with Elephant and Blood Orange FF using a baby wipe to blend the colours. I've used the Mini Marakesh stencil and Blood Orange FF then stamped the swirl from the PaperArtsy Hot Pick 1005 stamp set using Elephant and Squid Ink FF.

I stamped the sentiment, which is from the Hot Pick 1024 set, then assembled the box frame. I used the Mini Marakesh stencil again this time with Grunge Paste and when it was dry painted it with Elephant FF. I used the Crackle Glaze over the top, which is what you can see shining in the above photograph.

For the top layer I used Blood Orange, I really like the contrast of the colours when it crackled. I then stamped over it with the Stampin' Up Sanded background stamp using black Archival ink.

I've brushed some Classic Treasure Gold around the edges before adding the flowers. These were made from Kraft Glassine Paper which had been painted with Blood Orange FF. I then used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers strip die and cut out several flowers from the painted paper. I've used a brad in the centre and covered it with petals from the inner flower (something that the very talented Laura did a tutorial on) and added a little metal embellishment.

 The metal leaves and the pearl stick pins have also been brushed with some Classic Treasure Gold.

I've got a lovely day lined up for today as I'm spending it at one of Lin Brown's workshops, so there will be lots of paint and stamps involved ! Just what the doctor ordered !

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

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wedding White plus a colour !

It's time for the next challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and this time the lovely Rebecca has chosen Wedding White plus a colour. Before I get into the details of today's post I'd also like to say 'hi' and welcome to my new followers it's great to have you here !

Here's what Rebecca has to say about the challenge:

Wedding season will soon be in full swing, it's time to create something that will convey your well wishes to the newly married couple. Weddings are breaking out of the 'all white' theme, so think cards, plaques, scrolls, albums or something 'out-of-the-box', in white plus a colour!

So, did this get me scratching my head or what !  I'm really not a wedding white kind of person so when I first looked at this challenge my mind went completely blank ! Then I got to thinking about all the different parts of a wedding and that led me to thoughts around how important memories of the special day and the honeymoon are.

So, I decided on a little book to collect those memories with a theme of Paris. I started by joining 2 pieces of card together and scoring at 9cm intervals. The front and back covers were covered using the stamp from the Tim Holtz Papillon set. I used the Doily die and stamped the centre of it with the Fabulous Flourishes stamp. The frame on the front cover is made using the Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die and the word Memories is a Chit Chat sticker. 

This is what the book looked like when it was finally assembled.

I made little pockets for every page so things like tickets and receipts can be tucked in them. I followed a sort of story in my head for the order of the pages. Starting with the beginning of the journey and I've used the Tim Holtz Ticket Die and stamped the centre with the ticket stamp from the Tim Holtz Going Somewhere set.

I've used a mix of stamps and on these two pages including Katzelkfraft, B Line Designs and Artistic Outpost. At this part of the story the couple have arrived in Paris and are taking in the sights !

These final pages are made using mainly Artistic Outpost stamps and at this part of the story the couple are about to come home and have just remembered to send their postcards !

So, after having a slow start I really enjoyed making this project and it is mainly white, right ?

I'm also entering this project into:

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

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

PaperArtsy project #3 !

This is my third and final project for my first week as guest designer for PaperArtsy. I hope you've enjoyed my first week as much as I have ! Here's a sneak peek of tonight's project, you'll find all the details over on the PaperArtsy blog.

Monday, 6 May 2013

PaperArtsy project #2 !

I'm back tonight with my second project for PaperArtsy ! Here's another sneak peek, you'll need to hop over the the PaperArtsy blog for the details.

I'll be back on Wednesday with my final piece for this week.

Pearls and lace

It's time for the next challenge over at The Vintage Stamping Challenge and for this challenge we would like to see Pearls and Lace.

I started with the background and used a Wendy Vecchi stamp using coffee Archival ink. I then blended DI around the edge. I've used the Post Card stamp from the Artistic Outpost Ephemera set and a PaperArtsy mini for the next layer and then a piece from an old book. I've cut a bottle cap using the Tim Holtz Mini Bottle Cap die and used a Crafty Individual stamp for the centre.

The main image is a Flonz Craft stamp and I've paper pierced and blended more DI around the edge. The flowers are made using the Tim Holtz Flower Garland strip die. I've used Spun Sugar and Tarnished Brass Distress Stains on some white card and then die cut the flowers, blending more DI around the edges. The leaves are made from card covered in Bundled Sage Distress Stain.

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

Sunday, 5 May 2013

PaperArtsy Guest Designer !

I'm really excited to share with you that today is the first of my guest designer posts for PaperArtsy ! I've been sitting on this since before Christmas, I don't think I've ever kept anything under my hat for so long!

Here's a sneak peek of today's project, head over to the PaperArtsy blog for all the details. I'll be back with another project tomorrow !

Anything goes at FSC !

We've got a really easy challenge for you for the next 2 weeks over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge which is Anything Goes ! You still need to include some stamping on your project but apart from that you can make whatever you feel inspired to make !

I decided to make something that pushed me out of my comfort zone. I've long admired the work of Anna Dabrowska and since I've booked onto one her workshops later in the year I thought I'd have a go at creating something in Anna's style.

I started with a piece of cardboard which I ripped off parts of the top layer. I then used Grunge Paste through a stencil for the circles and I also dabbed some Grunge Paste on random areas too. 

I've noticed that Anna uses all different, everyday items on her projects so I gathered together some buttons of various shapes and sizes, some paperclips and metal washers. I'd also got an offcut of some Grunge Paper that I'd stuck some lace to. Once I'd glued everything down and the Grunge Paste was dry, I painted the whole thing white with some Snowflake Fresco Finish. Then I started to spray with Dylusions sprays. At this point I really wasn't sure what it was going to look like, but held my nerve and carried on!

The sentiment is a Wendy Vecchi stamp and I've layered it onto a piece of cardboard and sandwiched a piece of May Arts crocheted lace in between. The little flower is made from Kraft Glassine paper that I've painted with Fresco Finish paints and then brushed Treasure Gold over and added a little Ideaology fastener to the centre that I've also brushed with TG. I've then brushed more TG over all of the raised areas.

So, something completely different but I really enjoyed exploring a new style. I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and make sure you check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Do you have the time ?

We've arrived at the next challenge over at Frilly and Funkie, and this time the lovely Trace has chosen 'There's no time to waste!' and here's what Trace has to say:

'Make a time inspired piece, this could be masculine and grunged up or feminine and delicate.. all you need to do is include a clock, watch or other timepiece ... you could use dies, stamps or whatever takes your fancy.'

The possibilities with this challenge theme are endless so I think most of my time (no pun intended!) was spent narrowing down the choices and deciding what to do. When I was at Ally Pally a few weeks ago I picked up a 6x4 box canvas, so decided to have a play !

I had intended to do a step x step but got carried away and completely forgot to take the photos! I first of all used some cut 'n' dry and Vanilla Fresco Finish paint to cover the canvas. I then used Chocolate Pudding and French Roast to go over the edges only. I painted some pages from an old book with Snowflake Fresco Finish and then used the Artistic Outpost Paper Boy set and stamped the buildings with coffee Archival ink and the children with black Archival Ink.

I've stuck some of the painted book pages onto some card and then used the WordPlay die to cut the letters. I've blended some DI around the edge of the letters and then brushed some Onyxite Treasure Gold around the edges too. The clock button is from a Prima set and the lace is the lovely May Arts crocheted lace that Linda sells in The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

The rose is made from some of the painted book pages and the Tattered Flower die and I've spritzed it with Cappucino Perfect Pearls spray and then brushed some Onyxite Treasure Gold over the edges. The leaves are cut from a piece of painted book page using a PaperArtsy die and I've blended some Bundled Sage DI over it.

The edges have been covered using embossed metal made with the Texture Fades EF. I've used a mixture of French Roast and Little Black Dress Fresco Finish to cover the metal. I've then stuck it to the canvas and then brushed some more Onyxite Treasure Gold over the metal and around the edges of the canvas. I love the effect of the TG over the dark paint. To finish I stuck an Ideaology Curio Knob to the top.

I'm also entering this project into The Artistic Stamper challenge which is 'words' and Our Creative Corner's challenge of Anything Goes.

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