Tuesday, 28 January 2014

What a day!! Fresco paints and brayer background

Well I say what a day, but it actually started yesterday when I went onto the PaperArtsy blog and saw Ellen's brayer background.  Had to give it a go, as usual theses things never quite turn out as you plan! The idea was that I would do the background and then enter the weekly challenge, however in-laws, dinner cooking and other stuff, meant that I missed the deadline lol!! Oh well there is always this weeks.

So here is what came out of my playing yesterday and today.  I decided to try and use different stamps on each piece and wanted at least one of them to be "manly"
The flower on the bottom card is made from a wet wipe that I used to clean up the paint.  It soaked up the colours really nicely so i popped it onto the radiator and then stamped on it today and cut it out!!

Let me know what you think!

Monday, 27 January 2014

And then my Dylusions delivery arrived!!!

I have been waiting somewhat impatiently for my Dylusions goodies to arrive.  My first journal and my first five Dylusion sprays!!  Having watched Dyan on youtube I was itching to get started.  iPad was on YouTube logged onto Dyans vids my journal was ready and spritzed with water! slight problem I had forgotten to unwrap the sprays!! Page dried - or so I thought lol!! Sprayed, stenciled, dryer, stamped and my first ever journal page turned out like this.............
Not quite what I planned, but I was quite pleased with it..........for now anyway ;-). Can already see me either adding to this page or doing another one similar!!  

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Take one empty tin, some fresco finish paints, dry wall tape, assortedmasks and a stamp!

I had, had an empty chocolate tin sitting on my desk for ages, waiting for a bit of inspiration to turn into something other than an empty tin.  Yesterday it came to me in one of those brief moments that don't happen very often.  So out came the Fresco Finish paints, no need for gesso or primer with these - you can just paint straight onto more or less any surface including tin!!  It was time to get messy!

First I painted the lid with Bora bora
Making sure the tin was given a nice even coverage, I used some cut and dry foam, squeezed a small dollop of paint at a time and blended it in.  Left it for a couple of minutes to dry then gave it another coat.  I then painted the sides in mermaid, retrospectively it would probably have been better to do the sides first, but I didn't think of that till afterwards!!

Then out came the stencils, Crafters workshop mini harlequin, mini roman letters and mini treescape.  The letters I dabbed guacamole paint then treescape in vanilla and followed up by harlequin in mermaid.

I then left it overnight while I decided what else to add on to it.  I decided I wanted it to be a bit grungy so I stamped a PaperArtsy clock flower three times then made that into a paper rose and then inspired by an article in this months Craft Stamper about dry wall tape, and the fact that I had managed to buy some this morning and was itching to try it out.  I cut a strip off my huge roll painted it guacamole and once it was dry, die cut it using tattered leaves.

The finished article

I was going to give it away but I think I may just keep it, and put some bits and pieces off my craft desk in it. The bottom is also painted Bora bora.

Thanks for looking and do leave a comment.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Chocolate Baroque moonlit Waterfall stamps and Gelatos

I love this set of stamps, I suspect partially due to the fact that I live in Shanghai and so appeal because of the oriental nature of the stamps but also because there are so many ways to colour in the main image and each time it will look different.  On this card I used Gelatos, if you have not heard of them before they are mad by faber-castell and are a really creamy texture a little bit like a crayon that has been left out in the sun!! Only better!  They blend so nicely with each other and on their own so you can build colour up to add dimension to your piece by just adding a bit more colour.  I was really happy with the way this card turned out, especially the way the rock face to me seems to be casting a shadow from the sun! I was just playing around to see if it would work - expecting a muddy mess - which is what normally happens, but it didn't! Do let me know your comments.
All the stamps are from the Moonlit Waterall collection except the sentiment which is from a DoCrafts Papermania Lucy Cromwell set from a couple of years ago.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Warning Fresco Finish Paints are very addictive!

This afternoon I couldn't resist, I should have been cracking on with my sons birthday scrapbook, but having watched one of the tutorials from Paper Artsy I had to play.  First of all I had made some tags yesterday - just small ones with a vanilla base and then added toffee on one, guacamole on another and then tango on the last.  Left them to dry stamped a butterfly on each of them with a sentiment and left them. I decided that the card blank needed some masking and got the distress inks out and went with peacock feathers didn't like the look of it once it had dried so I then proceeded to cover the whole card with vanilla Fresco Finish.  This is how it then looked.
Added some more masking with vanilla paint this time and then a tad more with pumice stone distress ink, and was really pleased with the effect.  Added the tags and it ended up looking like this;

Oh and by the way Fresco Finish paints work really well with distress paints :)

Do let me know what you think 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Fresco finish paints, paper artsy stamps and a general play!

At the weekend I received my first batch of fresco finish paints from paperartsy.  If you have not used them or heard of them they are a chalk finish paint from  UK based PaperArtsy.  I kept seeing them in magazines, web etc and decided it was time to give them a go.  They are just fab, the colours are gorgeous and the delivery to me here in China was just excellent.  I have yet to try them with distress paints but as they work well with distress inks I don't really seeing that being a problem.  PaperArtsy have loads of tutorials on YouTube and having watched a couple of Leandras tutorials I am well and truly hooked!  Here is a tag I made using the paints and some PaperArtsy stamps.  The stamps are from the Hot picks range  - Hot picks 1006 and are just so great to stamp with.  Apart from the harlequin pattern which is from a crafters workshop mask the rest is all from PaperArtsy.  Once the paints dry they are so smooth.  The blending is so easy with just a dab of paint and a piece of cut and dry foam - but using the reverse side, I.e not the white side.  The background stamping was done with peacock feather distress ink, which works really well with the Bora Bora and Mermaid paints.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Chocolate Baroque Butterfly and Poppy Collage Stamps, Gesso and Distress paints.

For this card i took a piece of linen card and cut it down to a 13cm x 18cm card.  I then took one of the new Tim Holtz tag masks - hesian and some black soot distress ink and made a background by masking off the outer edge of the card.

The main image of the card was stamped onto a piece of card i had covered in gesso to give it a bit of texture and it helps to make the paint more vivid.  I used the paints in a similar way to Distress inks using the sponge on the paints to paint in the background but also using some cut and dry foam to  spread it around a bit more. Then i sprayed it with some perfect pearls mists - I am really getting into my sprays at the  moment and am eagerly waiting for some to arrive.  Might take a couple of weeks but once they have arrived you can be sure that there will be inky backgrounds aplenty appearing!!

Once the background had dried completely and this is essential for this to work properly, as if you don't wait for it to dry you will end up with embossing powder over the whole piece of card - I know I have done it before!! I also rubbed an stamp buddy over the top - it does help to keep those stray embossing powders at bay!!  I inked up the main image with versa mark ink, stamped and embossed with black embossing powder i use Ranger as it is nice and fine, (i am waiting to try out the Wow powders)  then used the corner of the stamp to offset the corner of the card added a butterfly and stamped and embossed in the same way.  The flourish in the other top corner and the sentiment are both stamped in Archival Jet Black this I thought gave the image some dimension.  A touch of black soot distress ink round the outside edge of the card and then glued to the card blank.  Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Distress Paint, Grunge Paper, Mini Tattered Florals die, stamps and an empty tea tin!

I had saved this tin from some green tea ages ago, i even coated it in gesso ready to paint.  Then Christmas got in the way there were cards to make, presents to buy, a demo for a group of Chinese Teachers to prepare for (yes you did read it correctly)!

Then yesterday it happened! I had time to play! I painted, stamped, created a grunge paper rose.  It was one of those really inky days, where ink is everywhere, including my face!!  Not quite sure how the green paint got there but hey it was fun and it washes off!!

So here it is hope you like it.  Do let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Chocolate Baroque Stamps, Distress, Paints and inks

This card was done by swiping the card through some distress paints, although rather than putting the paint on to a craft mat as usual, I put the paint directly onto the card in random spots sprayed a touch of water onto the craft mat tipped the card upside down so that the paints hit the water on impact and managed to avoid the muddiness i normally get!!  The flowers were then coloured in with a paintbrush and the pickled raspberry paint.  The main card blank was covered with broken china distress ink and then stamped using the kaisercraft script from the lush collection. 

Monday, 6 January 2014

Stampin up stamps and stencilled background with flex markers

This card was one of those happy accidents that we all know and love!!  I was trying out a stencilling technique that I had seen in the new Craft Stamper magazine and that didn't quite go according to plan, so tried the next one which used the left over ink on the stencil and some blending solution and that worked a treat but didn't quite cover the whole piece of card. So I popped some blue flex marker on my craft sheet added some more blending solution and then dabbed the corners in the ink! Stamps are from Stampin' ups Bestys blossoms ( I think need to double check that)!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

My latest card using Distress Paints and JOFY stamps

My latest card using distress paints and JOFY Stamps

Its Been a While!!

Well its been a while, quite a while in fact but then moving country and getting settled takes a while, especially when you move from UK to China.  So it may have been two years since i started this blog but hopefully this time i will keep it up to date.

This year I plan to upload photos of cards, scrapbook pages and all things crafty and hopefully some videos as well.

I do hope you enjoy what you see and please feel free to comment on anything you might like to see on here as well.  Am not quite sure how that would happen at the moment but you never know!!