Thursday, 22 January 2015

Flower Power at ATP Exchange !

I'm back today to share my DT project for ATP Exchange. Our host for this challenge is the lovely Julia and she has challenged us to make our own flowers.

Now my project was originally destined for the bin ! I started it with another project in mind and it didn't go in the direction I wanted so in frustration I threw it aside. Fortunately I didn't damage it and it didn't land in the bin, looking at it again in the daylight I started to like it again !

 I started with a jumbo manilla tag and I covered it with torn up pieces of book paper that I'd painted with Heavy Gesso. Then I started to brayer it using Fresco Finish paints, Pansy, Moonlight and a little Eggplant.

I then used a Hair Mousse can lid and dipped it into Snowflake and Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint to create the circles. I then stamped it with some script using the little script stamp from the Lynne Perella 014 stamp set using black Archival ink.

My flower is made from book paper using the Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Flower die, the paper has been painted with Heavy Gesso and then with Amethyst Fresco Finish paint, watering it down for the lighter layers. The centre of the flower is made using a mold and UTEE, I then painted the flower with Pansy and Amethyst Fresco Finish paint. The leaf is also from the Jumbo Tattered Flower die and I've painted it with Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint.

The sentiment is by Wendy Vecchi from the Approved Art set and it stamped onto a piece of brayered card. I've used the cord from a Pandora bag to tie it together to finish.

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

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Shiny Stuff !

I'm back with my second post today and this time it's all about Shiny Stuff ! This is my project for the PaperArtsy blog and the current challenge which is to use anything that is shiny, so metal, Treasure Gold, mica powders etc.......

I've also had the pleasure of playing with some NEW Lynne Perella stamps ! Which are gorgeous by the way ! So for all the details on how this project came together you'll need to hop over here.

Winter Wishes

Today is the start of the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. Our host is the lovely Nancy and she has chosen Winter Wishes. Here is what Nancy has to say:

With the festivities over and the midst of winter upon us (unless you live in Australia, of course!) I thought it would be fun to share what we love most about the season. For this challenge create any type of project, layout, or card that expresses what you love about winter, whether it's sledding down a snowy hill or curling up with a book and cup of hot cocoa.

I think there is something beautiful about every season and even though Winter can be a challenge when the weather is harsh, I love it when the sun is out and the skies are blue on a frosty morning.

 I started by covering a tag with book paper that I'd painted with Heavy Gesso. Then I created some hills by masking off parts of the tag and sponging Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint over it. I then blended different shades of blue Fresco Finish paint over the top 2 thirds, working from light to dark. I then used the Wendy Vecchi Add a Stencil and the Ornate Dots Overlay stencil. I stamped some script using Cornflower Blue and Fern Green Archival ink and the little birds are stamped with black Archival ink. I used a Sharpie pen to highlight the hills and stamped some grasses along the bottom using Snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

 The tree is created using the Wendy Vecchi Layered Tree stencil using black Embossing Paste.

 I used my Sharpie pen again to drawer along the branches of the tree.

 I mounted the tag onto some book paper that I've distressed around the edges and then used Distress inks. The bottom layer is a piece of Kraft card and I've used Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste and a Prima stencil. When it was dry I painted it with Clear Gesso, then a coat of Fresco Finish paint, before the paint was totally dry I wiped some of it back with a baby wipe.

I love this sentiment from the Artistic Outpost Midwinter stamp set. I've stamped it onto painted card, cut it up into strips and mounted them on foam pads.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and share what you love about Winter. Do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out what the rest of the team love !

Friday, 9 January 2015

Friday Focus on Wendy Vecchi !

I'm doing my first Friday Focus of 2015 over at Frilly and Funkie today and what a pleasure it is as I am focussing on Wendy Vecchi stamps! I'm so excited to see all the new releases for CHA and have a list as long as my arm !

I'm sharing a step by step for this card along with some other projects all made using Wendy's gorgeous stamps. I'm also entering this card into the new Wendy Vecchi challenge, MakeArt Challenge, which started yesterday, which is to use Embossing Paste. I've used the paste with the Add A Stencil on this card.

For all the details of how this card came together you'll need to hop over here, and if you missed my DT piece for Frilly and Funkie you'll find that here.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Fresh Beginnings !

I'm back today with my first DT project of the year for ATP Exchange, and I'm also your host for the next 2 weeks ! One of the things that I like to do over the Christmas break is have a good tidy up, put all the Christmas stash away and start thinking about new ideas/projects. With this in mind I've chosen Fresh Beginnings as the theme, take a look through your craft supplies and share with us a new product/technique/ or even a new item to alter !  
Remember we are a Mixed Media challenge and and stamping must be included, but no digi images. 

Now, our very talented Ruth was dabbling with a technique called Faux Chine Colle before Christmas, you can check out Ruth's post here. This got me thinking and I decided to have a dabble too and use it on the cover for a journal (which if you saw yesterday's post is becoming a favourite thing of mine to do !)

I started by cutting 2 pieces of Greyboard(chipboard) and from this it gave me the size of card I needed to create my Faux Chine Colle. 

 I've used PaperArtsy
Smoothy card and then I dug out some scraps of paper and tissue paper and collaged them onto the card. So far so good...

I then used some old acrylic paints by DoCrafts that I've had forever with my Gelli Plate and grabbed some stencils and pulled a print. At this point I was 50:50 about scrapping the whole idea and doing something else ! But, I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did ! 

This is the front cover and one of the stencils I used is a Clarity one where you get both positive and negative. So, I placed the negative (I think that's the right way round!) over the boy with the birds and then stencilled in the detail using Fresco Finish paints, starting to like it alot more now ! I then did some stamping with black Archival ink using some Tim Holtz stamps. Then I used a white Sharpie pen and a black Posca pen to highlight some of the stamping. I also stamped some rings using Chalk and Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint using a hair mousse can lid.

The letters are die cut using the Tim Holtz Lower Case Block Talk alphabet die from cardboard and I then painted the letters with Little Black Dress. The little bird is a die cut from carboard and I've painted it with Little Black Dress too.

 I didn't add as much stamping to the rear cover, I liked the collage of paper showing through the Gelli print.

Apologies for the shadow, taking photos at this time of year is a nightmare ! I added some highlights to some of the stamping again using the Sharpie and Posca pens.

This is one technique that I will definitely be using again and I think next time I will use all tissue paper as that seemed to work the best. I now need to make some Signatures and bind it and I'm set to go ! I may even use it for my Inspiration Wednesday pieces that I'm determined to do with Donna Downey !

I hope you get chance to share your Fresh Beginnings with us at ATP Exchange and do make sure you hop over to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects !

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Anything Goes at Frilly and Funkie !

Today is the start of the second week of the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. The lovely Nicole has given us a nice easy one to start the year off which is Anything Goes !

There's been a couple of techniques recently that I wanted to have a go at so I thought I'd take the opportunity and try one out for this challenge. Making my own journals is fast becoming one of my favourite things to do, so I decided to make a cover for a future journal. I started out with a piece of greyboard (chipboard) and painted it with Chalk Fresco Finish paint. I then started to brayer various colours over the surface using a flicking motion with the brayer. The colours soon build up and start to blend together but I didn't want them too bright so I used Chalk Fresco Finish again to knock back the colour.

 I then gathered together some Wendy Vecchi stencils and stamps ! I don't think I've had this much fun in ages ! I started  by stencilling over the cover keeping the stencilling in groups. Then I followed the groups using Wendy's stamps with Fern Green Archival and black Archival ink. I created the white circles using a hair mousse can lid dipped in Chalk Fresco Finish paint. I used a black Posca pen to drawer the black line around the edge to frame it.

 I used the lid with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish to add the black circles.The butterflies are created using the stencil from the Wendy Vecchi Pansy SiSi and black Archival ink.

I brayered a separate piece of white card and then stamped the frame from the Wendy Vecchi Framed Art set and the sentiment is from the Wendy Vecchi Approved Art set. The flower is from the Pansy SiSi, I've stamped it with black Archival ink and then coloured it in using Distress Markers. I stamped several more flower heads and coloured them in too.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out,  I will definitely be using this technique again !

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