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 !