Monday, 30 March 2015

Introducing Stamps and Stencils !

Today is a very exciting day as it's the count down to the very first challenge of Stamps and Stencils ! We are a mixed media challenge and will be having monthly challenges with inpsirational posts throughout the month.

The DT is very excited and raring to go and if you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog you'll find out who two of the members are !


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Time to Test your Metal !

I'm very excited to share that I will be teaching my first class at The Pavilion in West Hallam, Derbyshire on Saturday 20 June. The class will be between 10AM - 4PM and you'll be creating a canvas using lots of different metal techniques as well as using yummy Luminarte Silk paints ! Below are one or two photos of the project and if you click here you'll find the details of how to book a place.

I hope you're able to join me !

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Bring on the bling !

Today we start the second week of the Frilly and Funkie current challenge which is to Bring on the Bling ! The lovely Jenny is our host and here's what Jenny has to say:

Be it diamonds, pearls or even glitter we need to see some sparkle on your vintage or shabby chic projects this time.

So, this was a huge challenge for me as I'm not a 'bling' kind of girl. It had me rooting through unpacked, house move boxes in the hopes that I'd find something !

I started with the background and used the Wendy Vecchi Old Ledger stencil with Wendy's white embossing paste. While it was still wet I sprayed it with Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon Spray Distress Stains. Love this colour combination !

When the paste was dry I rubbed a little Treasure Gold over the top. I brayered a piece of white card with acrylic paint then stamped the image from the Wendy Vecchi Discover Art set. I masked off the flower heads and stamped the image twice more.

The panel below the butterfly has had Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey Distress Inks blended over it then I've stamped the numbers stamp from the Tim Holtz Perspective set with Tea Rose Archival ink and then used the Wendy Vecchi Script background stamp using Watering Can Archival ink. I then stamped a border across the top and bottom using the stamp from the Wendy Vecchi Discover Art and Watering Can Archival ink. I die cut a trellis using the Tim Holtz Trellis die from card that I'd blended Distress Ink over. I then stamped over it using the Wendy Vecchi Lots of Leaves background stamp and black Archivl ink. 
The beautiful butterfly is also from the Perspective set and I've stamped it with black Archival ink, cut it out then painted it with Distress Markers.

If you've checked out The Funkie Junkie Boutique lately you'll have seen the most gorgeous Kaisercraft embellishments. I've used an ornate corner and painted it black and when dry rubbed Treasure Gold over it and rubbed it up to a shine. If you remember, I had to dig out some bling and found some pearl swirls and also some individual pearls. I've sewn the individual pearls to some May Arts crocheted lace.

So, from a shaky start ! I quite like it in the end ! I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the beautiful DT projects.

Monday, 9 March 2015

From the Heart

The new Wendy Vecchi Make Art challenge has started so this card is just for fun so I can enter.

I started by brayering a piece of Smoothy card using lots of different colours of Fresco Finish paints.

I then used the Wendy Vecchi Yikes Stripes, Add a Stencil, Ornate Dots overlay and Classic Words stencils with Fresco Finish paints. The numbers are stencilled using Watering Can Archival ink (love this colour!)

I then stamped the background using the Lots of Leaves background stamp with Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint. The circles are created using a lid that I've dipped into more paint.

The main flower is from the Daisy Art stamp set and is stamped onto a piece of brayered card.  I then painted the flower and added a shadow.

I've then edged the main image with Caribean Sea Fresco Finish paint.

The honeycomb pieces are some left over bits and I've painted them and rubbed Amber Treasure Gold over the top. The shabby flowers are by Prima and I've looped some twine behind them and added a gem to the centre. The butterfly is also by Prima and I've painted it and then rubbed Treasure Gold over the top. The sentiment is  by Tim Holtz and I've stamped it onto another piece of brayered card.

So, there we have it, a card just for fun and it was too ! I'm entering this card into the Make Art challenge which is to use stencils.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Springtime !

Hello everyone ! I'm back today with my DT piece for the new ATP Exchange challenge which starts today. There is also a sad announcement to make as this will be the last challenge for ATP Exchange in it's current format.

However, keep your eyes peeled for a brand new challenge blog coming your way very soon, which will include some very familiar faces ! (I am so excited!)

So, back to the last ATP Challenge and it's Annie who is the final host and has chosen Springtime as the theme. Here's what Annie has to say:

For this challenge I would like to see the colours of 'Spring' in your Mixed Media projects. You can include flowers/birds if you wish as long as you have a fresh colour palette.

I spent the most fabulous day on Sunday with two good crafting friends, and we promised ourselves we would have a play with PanPastels as we'd all got some and they'd been sadly neglected ! So, I decided to do a journal page and use the PanPastels for the main colour on the background.  I started  by painting the pages with Gesso and the I used the new Lin Brown stamps, stamping with Versamark and then rubbing the PanPastels over the top.

I've also used some Ellen Vargo stamps on the background, again stamping with Versamark and then rubbing PanPastel over the top. I stamped the stem for the flower from the Lin Brown ELB15 set, stamping the flower again onto card painted with Chartreuse Fresco Finish paint. The flower head is from the same set and is stamped twice onto painted card and I've stamped the top flower with one of the little stamps again from one of Lin Brown's new stamp sets. I then added some stamping using one of the new Darcy Wilkinson stamp sets, and I added a little shading with so Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint.

This cute little owl is also from one of the new Lin Brown stamp sets and he's been painted with Portfolio Pastels. The branch is stamped with black Archival ink and I've used a Sharpie pen to add some dots.

The sentiment is from the Darcy Wilkinson ED13 stamp set, and I've masked it off before stamping over it using a stamp from the Sara Naumann ESN14 using Cheesecake Fresco Finish paint.

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

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Vacation time !

We're starting the second week of the current Frilly and Funkie challenge today. The lovely Cec has challenged us to think about vacations ! Here's what Cec has to say:

If you are like most of us in the eastern half of North America, you are fed up with the brutal cold and snow that has been plaguing us for weeks and you want to get away so the challenge is called 'It's Time for a Vacation' - it could be a warm beach, an exotic locale with lots of sights to see or even in your own back yard..

I decided on making a card for a change for this challenge and my thoughts also drifted off to one of our favourite holiday destinations, France ! I used a Prima stencil with Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste and while it was still wet I sprayed it with Tumbled Glass and Broken China spray Distress Stains. I also spritzed it with Picket Fence spray Distress Stain.

I then built up my layers, the bottom one is tea bag paper that I've spritzed with Tumbled Glass spray Distress stain. I then stamped it with a small script stamp and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I did some quick sewing to frame the next layer. I sprayed some white card with spray Distress stains and then did some random stamping. For the main image I did some second generation stamping using Watering Can Archival ink and a Tim Holtz stamp. The Eiffel Tower has been stamped with black Archival ink and clear heat embossed.

I die cut the Fleur de Lys from black card and then used Pewter Distress Stains and just swiped it quickly over the black card. I had some left over stamped  tape measure pieces which fitted quite well. I rubbed some metallic wax over the embossed area on the background. To finish I added some lace and a little Eiffel Tower charm.

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