Saturday, 28 September 2013

Seize the moment !

Today is my last GDT post for The Artistic Stamper. I've had a great time playing with the fabulous stamps that Jennie so kindly sent me. Thank you Jennie !

This is just a sneak peek of the project, you'll find all the details here. The title of this post will make more sense then aswell !

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Coffee, cocoa and chocolate !

Today is the start of week 2 of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge, which means it's the turn of the Funkie side of the team to share their projects. The lovely Jenny is the host for this challenge and the theme is Eat, drink and be merry. Now it did have me scratching my head for a while as I don't have any stamps of food images, but then I spotted one of my Artistic Outpost stamps which included the word cocoa and an idea popped into my head !

I started with a piece of mount board and stuck some left over stamped tissue paper that I made for this project. I then gave it a coat of Glue 'n' Seal so  that it would protect the paper from the moisture in the paint I was going to apply. I then applied several layers of Fresco Finish paint using a baby wipe, making sure to dry in between colours so that it didn't turn to mud !

Then I stencilled over the whole piece using the Mini Numbers stencil and also the Mini Ledger stencil, again using Fresco Finish paints. I also used the Mini Art Is stencil with Wendy Vecchi's black embossing paste, but I forgot to photograph that stage !

I've had my Tim Holtz Pediments die for some time now and not used it so I thought it would work well on this piece. I first of all stuck some metal to black card and then die cut three shapes. I used the nylon tip, metal working tool and added some detail. Then I painted them all black with Fresco Finish Little Black Dress.

Once the paint was dry I then brushed Treasure Gold over the pieces.

For the three separate panels I've used a piece of carboard that I've torn pieces of the top layer off and then painted with Fresco Finish paint.

This image is from the Artistic Outpost Generation Redux set and I've stamped the separate coffee stamp with Coffee Archival ink, mounted it onto some brown card and stuck it over the same smaller image on the main stamp. The text is from the Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder set.

For the centre panel I've used another image from the Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder set. The text is also from this set and I've stamped it with Coffee Archival ink. The number plaque has had some Fresco Finish dabbed on to it to knock back the white.

For this panel I stamped the boy image from the Artistic Oupost Paper Boy set then masked him off and stamped the text from the same set over the top. I've used another text stamp from the Think and Wonder set and stamped it on the edge using Coffee Archival ink. I used a stamp from the Tim Holtz French Marketplace set and used a circle punch for the area of the image I wanted and stuck it onto a bottle cap die cut. The metal number has been painted with Fresco Finish Little Black Dress and when it was dry I brushed it with some Treasure Gold.

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 projects.

I'm also entering this project into the Artistic Outpost Referral programme of Anything Goes.

Monday, 23 September 2013

My World ....

Today is my turn to share a project over at eclectic Paperie, so here's just a sneak peek.

I saw one of those plaques that have a saying on them and I really liked it so this journal page is my interpretation. For all the details hope over here.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Autumn leaves !

Well we've zoomed through another two weeks so that can only mean it's time for the next challenge over at The Fashionable Stamping challenge. The lovely Avril has chosen the theme for this challenge which is Autumnal colours. Now if you've visited recently you'll know that this is right up my street ! As usual we need to see some stamping on your work as we are a stamping challenge.

I needed another card for an order and as the request was for someone who loves the outdoors I thought what better than the gorgeous colours of Autumn. I started with the background and used some Katzelkraft stamps that have been buried in a drawer for years. I stamped them with various Distress Inks and also Coffee Archival ink which I stamped onto a scrap piece of card first so that the ink was lighter. I also did a little spritz and flick and zipped around the edge twice with my sewing machine.

Using the same stamps I cut a square of Crinoline and stamped the leaves again, this time I also stamped with Vermillion Archival ink which looked really effective, you can just see a couple of leaves poking out. The main stamped images are from a Stamp Man set, I didn't want to use the whole of the stamps but there were certain elements that I liked. So, I stamped them and then cut them up and layered the images so the parts I wanted to use could be seen. I used a piece of map paper as one of the layers and the round Happy Birthday stamp is by Crafty Individuals. I've used a circle punch and then stuck it to a die cut bottle cap.

The leaves are chipboard and I've dabbed Grunge Paste onto them and, when dry, dabbed on some Fresco Finish paints finishing off by brushing some Treasure Gold over them.  I added a filigree metal corner and one of the tiny Idea-ology paperclips and 2 metal skeleton leaves.

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 projects.

I'm also entering this card into the Our Creative Corner challenge which is Forgotten Things - Mine are my Katzelkraft stamps and also the Simon Says Stamp and Show which is stamping onto anything but card - I've stamped onto Crinoline. 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Take a note !

It's my turn to share a step x step project over at Frilly and Funkie today but I thought I would share it here too so I can keep a record. I decided to make a little message pad to keep by the phone or to have on hand for all of those shopping lists (I've always got a shopping list on the go!) There's lots of photo's so grab a cuppa and get comfy !

I started with 2 chipboard coasters, a block note pad and 2 hinges cut from Grunge Paper.

Then I used a piece of brown tissue paper that was part of some packaging and stamped it with lots of Artistic Outpost stamps using black Archival ink.

I then tore up pieces of the tissue paper and glued it to the coasters along with some torn pieces from an old book using Multi-medium. I brushed some more Multi-medium over the top of the paper to protect it as I'm going to add lots of paint !

I then used the Wendy Vecchi stencil and embossing paste and stencilled the numbers onto the coaster.

Once the paste was dry I then gave it a wash of watered down Fresco Finish acrylic paint. I dried this off with my heat heat gun and then started to add more Fresco Finish paint using a baby wipe.

I continued to build up layers of paint using my favourite Autumnal colours.

I then started to stencil first of all using a numbers stencil and then I used the chicken wire stencil.

I used Sepia Archival ink and added some stamping using the gorgeous little flourish from the Artistic Outpost Serenity set and a script stamp.

I brushed some Treasure Gold around the edges and rubbed it over the raised areas. Then I added the embellishments, the text is from the Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder set. The Grunge Paper hinges were painted with Fresco Finish paint and I cut a filigree metal piece in half and glued it to the top.

I used the same technique for the bottom coaster except I didn't add any embellishments as I needed a reasonably flat surface. I also didn't use a stencil with the embossing paste, I just dragged my spatula through it to create the ridges.

As the inside of the covers would be seen I decided to line them. I drew around the coasters and cut them out from white card. I used lots of Distress Inks and then stamped the card using a Wendy Vecchi background stamp with Olive Archival ink.

This what it looks like now it's lined. I stained a piece of seam binding with Shabby Shutters Distress Stains and I was originally going to stick it in between the coaster and the lining, but I forgot ! So, plan B! I rolled the end of the ribbon and then pierced a hole and added a brad, then stuck it to the lining.

I also used some seam binding and the same technique with the brad to create a little band to hold the paper block in place.

One final photograph to show the detail. I really enjoyed making this project, I hope you've enjoyed it too!

I'm also entering this project into the Artistic Outpost Referral programme of Anything Goes. 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Birthday blog hop !

Welcome to eclectic Paperie's Belated Birthday Bash!  Today we're celebrating the (belated) one year anniversary of the store's new ownership! It's been an amazing year, full of inspiring projects, wonderful classes, and many, many new products!!  

eclectic Paperie wouldn't be where it is today without the ongoing support of our customers and as a BIG thank you, you'll have an opportunity to win lots of great prizes!  eclectic Paperie will be giving away the following prizes!  You have until midnight tomorrow (20/9) to comment:

A full set of Tim's NEW Distress Paints
6x6 Paper Pad Bundle
Dylusions Stencil Bundle
A set of NEW Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks
Crafter's Workshop Stencil Bundle

So, for today's project I've used a chunky hanging board. 

I've used the Crafters Workshop Swirly Vine stencil with Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste. 

Once the embossing paste was dry I then used a baby wipe with chalk acrylic paint. 

I then used the Roman Letters and the Mini Numbers stencils again using chalk acrylic paint. 

 I stamped the flower from the Wendy Vecchi The Purpose of Art set with black Archival ink and then painted it with Distress Markers

I painted a piece of mount board with a dark purple chalk acrylic paint and when it was dry then I swiped a lighter colour paint over the top. I  then stamped the sentiment from The Purpose of Art stamp set using black Archval ink. 

I brushed White Fire Treasure Gold around the edges and also over the raised areas. The small flower has been painted with chalk acrylic paint and then I've brushed Treasure Gold over that too. The pearls on the lace have all been sewn on by hand. 

The little bird cage is by Maya Road and I've painted it with chalk acrylic paint, then I gave it a coat of Crackle Glaze then another coat of paint. When it was dry I brush Treasure Gold over it too. The little butterfly is by Petaloo and the colour of it wasn't quite right so I painted the wings with watered down acrylic paint. I've added three little metal beads to create a chain, I didn't like the bird cage suspended in the middle of nowhere !

To be entered into the prize drawing, please be sure to comment on the eclectic Paperie blog and on each of the eTeam blogs.  Check out all of the thumbnail links below to view the rest of the eTeam projects!  Enjoy the hop!

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Floral wall hanging

Thank goodness it's the week end ! This is just a quick post to share a sneak peek of my second guest design project for The Artistic Stamper.

I had a lovely time playing with lots layers of Fresco Finish paints and Grunge Paste. For all the details hop over here.

I'm also entering this project into the Country View Craft's challenge of Layers.  

Friday, 13 September 2013

ICAD's to treasure !

I'm a little behind sharing the two lovely packages that were waiting for me when I returned from holiday. The headache monster has been plaguing me all week but it's eased off a little now so I thought I would take the opportunity to share the lovely art work I've received.

This all came about when the very lovely Astrid asked if anyone was interested in doing an ICAD (Index Card a Day) swap. Now, I'm not normally into this sort of thing but the beautiful examples that Astrid had shared on her blog got me thinking and before you know it I'd signed up !

This first little package was from Sarah and I loved how beautifully it was wrapped in tissue paper and had this gorgeous lace holding it together.

Inside was this beautiful wallet.

And inside the wallet, is this goreous ICAD !

The little girl's face is beautiful and her eyes are quite mesmerising !

The second little package I received was from Carol and I love the metal leaf on the wallet.

Now I'm ashamed to say I didn't know what wattle was so I had to look it up ! Carol's interpretation is so true to real life, it's gorgeous ! This has got quite a shimmer when it catches the light.

I shall treasure both of these little pieces of art, thank you ladies !