Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Something Bright and Cheery for a miserable day

Hi All, Blimey its been a busy month, with both kids home from Uni, there doesn't seem to have been much time for crafting - although i did manage to sneak a few trips into my craft room, before the call came to take one of them out!!

It was a friends daughters birthday and as it was going to be her 21st it needed to be a little bit special.  So out came the Fresco finish paints along with the distress paints.  I started with a lilac brayered tag, and just built up the colour until i was happy with it.  Then out came some of my Crafter workshop stencils along with the Distress inks, quickly followed by some cosmic shimmer texture paste.  All in all a good start I thought, I was about to insert a pic of the tag at this point but it appears that i forgot to take a photo at this stage!!

Next i took a piece of white card and cut it to fit my card i was using an 8x8 card so cut the piece of card a bit shorter all the way round and then brayered peacock feathers distress paint over the top until i had a nice coverage.  Out came the stencils again and using a piece of cut n dry foam and some dusty concord and picket fence paint added to the background until i got this  (remembered the photo this time lol)

Then i added the tag plus a tattered floral flower, a key embellishment and a couple of randomly stamped Happy Birthdays and ended up with this!!

All done basically using just peacock feathers, dusty concord, picket fence distress paints and lilac Paperartsy Fresco finish!

Don't you just love crafting!!??

Thanks for looking and as always do leave your comments, it really is good to know what you think.


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

ArtyInkings Spring Challenge my entry!

This was a fun challenge from Anita over at ArtyInklings (AKA Swantstich). Unfortunately at the time I didn't have any small cardboard boxes, however I did have a nice little metal hinged one.  My first thought when I saw Anita's challenge was to get out the alcohol inks, and then I got carried away with other stuff and by the time I finally got round to working on my entry I had, had a completely different idea.  Now the idea was to keep it small, and ideally not go bigger than 3"x4". Well I certainly managed that.  The box is about 2"x3"!  Here is my little box followed by brief instructions.

I wish I hadn't forgotten to take a photo before I started work on it but I just get so excited when I have an idea I have to get on with it and only afterwards do I think oh!! Should have taken a photo first!!

Firstly I put a strip of adhesive lace on the tin and then covered it all with two coats of gesso

Then out came the stencils and the texture paste, this is cosmic shimmer in gold! Not grunge paste for a change lol!

I initially was going to paint it but in the end used Tim Holtz distress strain spray in Wild Honey, which I have to admit worked surprisingly well!!
I added a Tim Holtz ideaology philosophy tag a couple of metal leaves which I had added some cosmic shimmer gilding wax to, added a little pair of scissors and finally made up a mini tattered floral flower from my stash and sprayed that with perfect pearls.

Hope you like it as much as I do.
As always thanks for visiting and do leave your comments
Take care

Monday, 6 April 2015

My entry for the PaperArtsy topic 6 Grunge Paste challenge

Hi All I do hope you all had the lovely sun we have had this afternoon.  Here is my entry into the latest challenge on PaperArtsy.  All of the inspiration posts were all equally inspiring although i really enjoyed Lou Collins wood effect grunge paste the effects Lou had achieved were amazing and initially that was going to be the basis of my canvas.  I started off by using the new crackled stencil from Tim Holtz and popping some grunge paste into it and then painted over in beige Fresco finish!

I had got some bits and pieces ready and I had even made a piece of chipboard into a wood effect piece, but then I got carried away and stamped on it before the GP had dried and guess what I ruined it lol!!  After a bit of playing around I came up with the idea of making some chipboard tiles using grunge paste mixed with Fresco Finish.  I did two with toffee and two with ice blue.  I also had a small craftersworkshop heart stencil and so added some grunge paste through that too, on top of the crackle!

I had a bit of grunge paste left on my craft mat and rather than waste it I pressed a piece of bubble wrap into and left it to dry.  This is the odd orangey bit at the bottom, I just quite liked it!!   I added some embellishments (which I had covered in clear gesso) onto the beige background and a bit of tissue tape.  Then out came my new colour bursts, oh and what fun they are, a little squirt of that magic powder goes quite a way.  Especially once you start spraying it with water!!  It even mixes beautifully with grunge paste, in fact maybe a little too well.  I thought I had wiped my craft mat of any residue before I put the grunge paste on it, but no sooner had I squirted on the Orange colour burst than a bit of blue appeared, I added a bit more orange, a bit of yellow even a bit of red, but all this mixed with blue just made it look - well let's just say it looked a very unpleasant shade of brown!!  I swiped it through the laugh stencil anyway and then left it to dry and then once dry squirted some more colour on and this did make it look considerably better.  I sprayed the main canvas and everything on it with perfect pearls, which gave it a lovely pearlescent finish.  I then popped some treasured silver on the embellishments and around the edge of the canvas.

I do hope you like it as much as I do, tomorrow it's going up on my craft room wall!!

As always do let me know your thoughts.


A Tim Holtz inspired card

Hi all, I hope you are all having a relaxing Easter weekend and have all received some chocolate!!  I have been very lucky on the egg front this year, but I think that is possibly down to the fact that certain members of my family are trying to make up for Mother's Day!!  

With the new releases from the Distress range - such gorgeous colours especially cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon, new Tim Holtz stencils and my mums birthday quickly approaching I decided to see what would happen!! 

I stencilled Tims new scribble stencil onto a piece of white card with lagoon and pistachio, these colours go so well together.  Once the distress ink was dried and it really does need to be dried (I did give it a helping hand with my heat gun). I then stamped a script stamp over the top and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I have to confess it's only recently that I have re-acquainted myself with the joys of heat embossing, having for years used inferior embossing powders and card, it really was hit and miss as to how it would turn out.  I now have decent card and Wow embossing powders, they do make such a difference!  This was partly down to having more time to experiment and read lol!!

I then took a tag and some distress paints - I used abandoned coral, cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon, spiced marmalade and pickled raspberry and put them onto my craft mat spritzed them with water swiped my tag through the colours and then spritzed the colours with water again on the tag.  I found that as I wanted vivid colours I needed to do this a few times, drying the colours off before re-swooshing the tag thru the paints.  Once this was really nice and dry and not before, I next stamped a small prima butterfly onto the tag in Archival black.  I then made a mask for the butterfly out of a post-it note and popped this over the top of the butterfly.  Once this was in place out came the new typo stencil again from Tim Holtz and put some grunge paste through the stencil and whilst wet I put some wow turquoise embossing powder on and then left it to dry (this bit was really hard as it needed to be completely dry before I could go on). Once the grunge paste was dry I got out the heat gun again to activate the embossing powder.  I must confess this tag is Tim's March design, so the full details are on!  I have adapted the embellishments to suit my stash.  The nib on the butterfly came with the stamp from Prima, and the metal embellishments came from The Artistic Stamper. The frame was made with paper clay and painted with cracked pistachio.  The flower was die cut from Tims tissue and inked with the same paints as earlier using the same technique and allowing to dry before scrunching up around a bead.

So here it is

And here is a close up of the tag and the bit that actually says mum but you can't read!

Although you still can't really see it lol!!

This was I confess a tad rushed, when it comes to making family cards I always find something else to make like challenges lol!! when I really should be getting on with them and so consequently they end up a little rushed!! But don't tell my mum that 😉

Take care