Sunday, 30 June 2013

PaperArtsy week 3 !

I'm back with my second post for today and this time it's a sneak peek of my first project for week 3 of my guest design spot at PaperArtsy. I can't believe I'm up to week 3 already !

For all of the details hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Mail it !

It's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge and for the next 2 weeks the challenge is 'Mail it!' So, you need to include anything related to postage and of course some stamping, no digis !

I decided I'd take the opportunity to make a card for one of my niece's whose birthday is coming up in July. I've used Artistic Stamper stamps for the background, stamping the various post marks and also the Carte Postale stamp with black Archival ink. I've used Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. I've also splashed some water onto the background using the Spritz and Flick technique. The text, which is also an Artistic Stamper stamp, is stamped onto a blank piece of paper from an old book, I really love the texture of this paper and it loves Distress Inks ! The pile of cases are a Darkroom Door stamp and I've painted them using Distress Markers and cut them out. I stamped the typewriter from the Artistic Outpost Secretary Pool set and stamped the 'jot this down' stamp from the same set onto the blank area. I then stuck some more blank book paper onto a piece of card to give it some strength, and blended some Wild Honey DI lightly over it. Then I stamped the image which is a Crafty Individuals stamp onto it and cut it out. I love the expression on the face of this image !

For the leather belt I covered a piece of card with Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain DI and then embossed it in a Cuttlebug EF. I then covered it with Embossing Ink and clear EP to give it the glazed coating. The eyelets have been coloured with some alcohol ink as I only had silver ones which were way too clean ad shiny ! The buckle is an Artemio one which I picked up at Ally Pally. The flowers have been made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Strip Die and I've rubbed Wild Honey DI over the edges. To finish the gorgeous buttons are coconut buttons from Linda's fabulous Funkie Junkie Boutique.

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

I'm also entering this card into the Artistic Outpost challenge of anything goes and also Country View Crafts which is die cuts. 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wendy Vecchi style !

I'm back with my second post for today and this time it's my DT project for Frilly and Funkie. Linda has had lots of new stock in The Funkie Junkie Boutique and that includes lots of yummy Wendy Vecchi products. Here's what Linda has to say about the new challenge:

We're celebrating the introduction of a new line of products at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  We are now carrying Wendy Vecchi stamps, Art Parts, Clearly for Art film, embossing pastes and stencils.  If you are not familiar with her work, check out Wendy's blog for inspiration.  You do not have to use actual Wendy Vecchi products.  If you don't have them, just use what's at hand to create something in her beautiful style.

I started by drawing around the edge of one of the Wendy Vecchi stamp plates onto some Mount Board and cut it out using my craft knife. I then painted it with Stone Fresco Finish paint and stamped it using the ruler stamp from the Tim Holtz Artful Tools set.

I've used a chunky hanging board, cut off the string from the top and painted it with a mixture of Sky and Inky Pool Fresco Finish paint. I've them stamped it with the striped background stamp from the Wendy Vecchi It's More Flower Art set. I've then used the Dina Wakley Mini Vine stencil and mixed two drops of Shabby Shutters re-inker with some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste.

The flowers are Art Parts and on the above I've painted it with Sky Fresco Finish and edged it with Inky Pool and then used an old Stampin' Up dotty stamp.

For the above flower I've painted it with Snowflake Fresco Finish and then with Limelight. I've then used the same background stripe stamp and stamped it in opposite directions to create a checked pattern.

I've painted the leaves with Green Olives Fresco Finish and also stamped them with the background stripe stamp. The red flower is painted with Claret Fresco Finish and then stamped with the text stamp from the Art from the Heart stamp set.

I painted a further piece of Mount Board with Stone Fresco Finish and then stamped it with an old wood mounted check stamp (sorry I don't know who it's by!) I then used the sentiment from the Sentimental Art set. The little Art Part flower in the centre at the bottom has also been painted and stamped with the stripe background stamp.

The little bottles are Ideaology bottles and I've wrapped a piece of old book page that's been painted with Fresco Finish and the text are Chit Chat stickers. I've coloured the water in the bottles with re-inkers.

I had a fabulous time making this project, completely different and not my usual style at all !

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

I've also entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge which is stripes.

Double tag !

This is my first post today and is a sneak peak of my last guest design project for Eclectic Paperie.

For all the details of how I put this tag together hop over here.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Lynne Perrella board

I found some time to have a play over the last few days and make something that was just for me. This doesn't often happen but however it happened I seemed to be on top of things (which is very rare!). I've been wanting to have a play with my Lynne Perrella stamps so that's what I reached for.

I've used a piece of chipboard for this project, I've painted it with Snowflake Fresco Finish dried it off and then stuck torn pieces from an old book to it.

I gave the board a coat of Glue 'n' Seal as this stops the paper disintegrating when you apply more Fresco Finish paint. I've used Blood Orange, Vanilla and a little Pumpkin Soup and applied it with baby wipes.

I used The Crafters Workshop Diamonds stencil with Snowflake Fresco Finish, dried it off and then applied some more Blood Orange over the top. Then I've used some Grunge Paste and dragged my spatula across it to create extra texture.

I've used a mixture of Chocolate Pudding and French Roast around the edge of the board and then used the PaperArtsy Mini 44 stamp with black Archival ink.

I've then used the Artistic Stamper Punk Plaid background stamp without an acrylic block and randomly stamped over the board.

The main image is from the Lynne Perrella 010 set and I've stamped it onto a piece of book page that I've painted with Snowflake and then used a baby wipe with Beach Hut, Limelight and Blood Orange. The frame is one that's been kicking around my craft table for ages. It's cut from Grunge Paper and I've painted it with a mixture of Brown Shed and Pumpkin Soup. I've dabbed some Gunge Paste onto it, painted it and then brushed some Florentine Treasure Gold over the top.

I brushed more Treasure Gold over the board, around the edges and over the raised areas of the Grunge Paste. The small flower on the main image is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flower strip die. I painted some Crunchy paper with Blood Orange, dried it and then brushed some Perfect Pearls over the top. If you heat it the wax from the paper melts and the Perfect Pearls sinks into it.

I used a border punch and punched two pieces from white card, stuck them together and then painted it with Blood Orange. I've then glued some May Arts crocheted lace over the top.

The text is from the Darkroom Door Discover set. It's been stamped onto some more book paper that's been painted with Snowflake and then  Blood Orange, and Beach Hut. I've mounted the clock face onto one of the gorgeous Filigree metal embellishments that The Funkie Junkie Boutique sells the buttons are also from here.

I thoroughly enjoyed my self on this project, I hope you like it too !

I'm also entering this project into the below challenges:

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Tag Journal Page

Just a quick post from me to day, I'm sharing another guest design project over at Eclectic Paperie today.

If you hop over to the Eclectic Paperie blog you'll find all the details.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Show something new !

It's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping Challenge and for the next fortnight the challenge is to 'Show something new'. This could be a new technique or a new product or stamp. Remember that we are a stamping challenge so you must include some stamping on your project.

As it's Father's Day today I took the opportunity to make the one card I needed for my other half's Dad.

 I started this card by covering some DP with Tarnished Brass Distress Stains. The text on the paper does still show through, but you can't really see it on the photo.

Then I used my new Tim Holtz Artful Tools set to stamp the compasses along the bottom edge. Then I used a piece of, well to be honest I don't know what you call it ! Lin Brown gave a piece of this to everyone who attended her stamp carving workshop. I dipped it into some Fresco Finish Inky Pool paint and dotted it over the card.

The colour of the metallic Distress Stains reminded my of brown paper which gave me the idea to use some brown tissue paper, that was part of some packaging in a recent parcel.  I tore it up and glued it to the card.

I then blended Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks around the edge.  I really liked the effect, it was sort of a leathery look, I will definitely use this techniqe again !

 I was going to blend some Freso Finish paints onto some card and went to grab my water spray but grabbed the Ink Refresher instead. So, I then wondered what would happen if I used that instead ! I sprayed the card with the Ink Refresher then dabbed Beach Hut, Pumpkin Soup, Limelight and Old Gold Freso finish over the card. The paint didn't run, like it would with water, and it gave a sort of stippled effect. I like it !

 I then stamped the car stamp from the PaperArtsy 1218 set (which I bought yesterday from the wonderful Artist Trading Post shop !) onto the painted card and cut it out.

I used another piece of the card and the cog EF from the Texture Fades Clock and Steampunk set. I blended more Vintage Photo and Walnut stain DI around the edge. I then brushed some Onyxite Treasure Gold around the edges too.

 I was rather taken with the brown tissue paper technique and I also discovered that if you stamp onto card and stick the tissue paper over the top you can still see the stamping ! So, I used the text stamp from the PaperArtsy 1218 set then stuck the tissue paper over the top. While the glue was still wet I wrinkled the tissue paper. When the glue was dry I rubbed Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI around the edge.

 I die cut a clock using the Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die and used the Ink Refresher technique again.

I stamped the spark plugs, from the same PaperArtsy set, three times and cut them out. I stamped the word Dad onto a scrap piece of the Fresco Finish card and attached it to the main image with some twine through an eyelet.

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

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Step x Step - tag !

It's my turn to share a Step x Step today over at Frilly and Funkie and I've also decided to share it here too ! Now you may need your sunglasses for this one as I decided to play with the gorgeous Seasonal Distress Inks and if you've not used them yet, you really need to! The project I'm sharing is my tag from the current Frilly and Funkie challenge - Birds and Nests. You've still got plenty of time to enter this challenge too !

I've used one of the fabulous jumbo tags that Linda sells in The Funkie Junkie Boutique which I've drawn around on to some watercolour paper. I cut it out and trimmed it down so that it would sit on to the jumbo tag with a border.

Then I've rubbed Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks onto my craft mat and spritzed them with water. I've pressed the watercolour tag onto the spritzed Distress Inks. The watercolour paper stands up to all the water really well and the colours blend together beautifully.

After the first dip in the inks, dry it off with you heat gun and then dip it again to create the 'splotches' of different colours.

Make sure your tag is completely dry at this stage as this will stop excess embossing powder sticking to your tag. I've used the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather stamp and Tim Holtz' embossing ink with white embossing powder. I also rubbed the embossing ink around the edge of the watercolour paper and sprinkle more embossing powder onto it to create a border.

I then used the pretty little border stamp from the same set and stamped around the edge using black Archival ink.

For the honeycomb stamping I've used the stamp from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media set. I've not used an acrylic block as I didn't want the stamping to be perfect.

The jumbo tag has been embossed using the Tim Holtz Texture Fade from the Bubble and Honeycomb set.  As the tag was larger than the embossing folder I've embossed one end the turned it around and embossed the other. You can just about make out the join in the above photograph, but as it's going to be the bottom layer it doesn't matter. I then blended all of the different Distress Inks that I used earlier over the tag and I also brushed a little Treasure Gold over it too.

When I mopped up the Distress Ink from the earlier stage, I kept the baby wipe I'd used and laid it out flat to dry. The fabric has a similar texture to felt when it's dry and as the colours are what I 've already used in the project they are co-ordinated too ! I've used the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers strip die to cut the flowers with.

The flowers have been layered up and a little self adhesive pearl attached to the centre. The bird, nest and swirls have all been made using another piece of watercolour paper that's had the spritzed Distress Ink treatment. The swirl has been cut using the Tim Holtz Festive Greenery strip die.

The letters are cut from watercolour paper too using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market strip die and I've drawn around the edge of each letter using the Picket Fence Distress Marker. To finish, I added a piece of the beautiful lace that Linda sells in The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I hope you've enjoyed today's Step x Step !

I'm off to visit the Artist Trading Post's new shop today so no doubt some little bits and pieces will leap into my hands !

Have a fun and crafty week end !

Friday, 14 June 2013

Just setting up Bloglovin' !

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I'm not sure if I'm doing this right but having read all the stuff on various peoples blogs about Google changing things re: followers, I thought I'd better do something ! Fingers crossed it works !