Saturday, 19 September 2015

Ken Oliver Color Burst Guitar Card

Happy Weekend to you all

I hope it is as nice and sunny as it is here.  Today I have a quick post for you.  Its a quick and simple card i made for my husbands birthday.  As usual with family cards I left it to the last minute and made it yesterday afternoon - its his birthday today lol!!  Still he loved it and it was a bit of a different technique for me, one I saw used in a copy of Craft Stamper and thought I must have a go at.  I have to say I will be using this again it was so much fun! Plus it was nice and quick which was a big bonus as I had just finished it when my husband came in from work.  Nothing like cutting it fine.  Still it does get the adrenaline going and sometimes I find makes the old creative juices flow just that little bit smoother ;-)

The card itself is made out of a good weight watercolour paper.  This was vital as the blue and purple strip which extends around the back of the card was done with water on a paintbrush and then I applied Ultramarine Blue and Violet just in small amounts and let the water do its magic. First stamp your image twice once onto the card and once onto a post-it to use as a mask.  Once stamped image is dry I used Archival so it dried quite quickly, place mask over the top and with a brush and water paint your strip or pattern.  You do need to have plenty of water, don't completely soak the page but enough water to mix, it won't work properly otherwise, trust me lol!!  I must confess I did help it along a touch in places with the paintbrush but only to fill in a couple of places.  Once dry you can then if desire stamp on extra background stamping.  The stamps are from an Inkadinkado set I have had for a very long time!  The word stamps are from Avery Elle.

Sorry about the lack of photos today, but in my rush to get it finished I forgot lol!!

Thanks for popping in and hope you all have a wonderfully creative weekend 
As always please do let me know your thoughts


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

With Shades of Midnight Blue - A canvas

Hi All

Hope everyone is having better weather than we are here in East Kent, its been positively awful!  Anyway there is nothing better to cheer you up on a grotty day but a spot of crafting  My son had asked me when he came home from uni at the beginning of summer if I would make him a canvas to take back.  So nothing like leaving it till the last minute with only a week to go he instructed me on what he would like.  His remit was quite simple  he wanted graduations of blue with shards coming out of one edge or corner.

So this is what I made him

He was very pleased with it, but as he left all his packing till the day before we left and still hadn't completely finished on saturday morning when we were leaving he left it on my craft table!!  My daughter is dropping it off on her way back this weekend lol!!

I started with an 8x8 canvas, some dry wall tape, corrugated cardboard, a die cut Tim Holtz clock, Tim Holtz Family (which didn't get used) and embossed three Tim Holtz playing cards and  three old paint brushes.  I stuck it all down

Added some texture paste through stencils and some embellishments.  

Covered the whole lot with black gesso and then added on a coat of Fresco Finish Inky Pool as this is a translucent paint it works really well with the gesso  you can see a bit of inky pool inbetween the paintbrushes.

This picture was taken after I had covered it in distress paint, here i used the new Blueprint Sketch highlighted with faded jeans and broken china, but this was a bit bright so out came inky pool again and i added some more texture.  To achieve the final look I added some Treasured silver.  

Thanks for popping over and as always do please let me know your thoughts, all comments good or bad are appreciated.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Artistic Stamper Creative Team Sneaky Peak

Hi All

Here is a sneaky peak of tomorrows post over on The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog

As always do let me know your thoughts, good and bad, I do read each and every one.
Hope you are all having a lovely crafty week 

Friday, 4 September 2015

Circles - PaperArtsy Challenge #16

I love the topics that Leandra and the PaperArtsy team come up with, and this one was certainly no exception. As soon as I saw the word circles a song popped into my mind.  Well actually if I am honest it was a line from a song. All I kept thinking was circles in my mind.  It didn't matter how many fab posts I read from the team at PaperArtsy. The initial post by Leandra had sparked off something.  For those of you who are already yelling at me the song title, yes it was Windmills of my mind by Michael Legrand.  For those of you who haven't got a clue what I am talking about it was the  theme music from The Thomas Crown Affair, which was a film that came out in 1968 (I was only five then so a bit too young to see the original but I did see the re-make a few years ago, which had Pierce Brosnan in the Steve McQueen role.  The song was a hit both by Noel Harrison who first sang the english version (it was originally recorded in french) and again a while later by Dusty Springfield.  A little bit of music and film trivia for you there lol!

So here is my journal page for the Circles challenge

 This one is a close up

Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos as i made the page.  So here is basically what i did and the products I used.  Dylusions paints with a dry brush to get the paint onto the pages.  Stamped loads of circle stamps onto magazine and book pages and cut out  (i quite literally went through my stash of stamps to find any that had circles on  the bike wheel one was take from a Kaisercraft penny farthing bike stamp and their are quite a few JOFY ones in there along with some from The Artistic Stamper.  The background was made up of any stencils i had with circles on - turns out i have quite a few of these as well ;-) The words were just printed off the laptop.

Having stuck the circles in place i then got out my white uniball pen, and drew circles around the circles.  Then with a black pen went around some of them again writing the words circles in a circle.  To finish it off i copied a couple of verses of the song around the edge of the page to make a border.

As always do let me know your thoughts, good, bad and indifferent!  Its always nice to get feedback no matter how critical or not it is.

Have a lovely crafty weekend

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Dance to the Music

Hi All

Hope you have all had a good crafting week.  Here is my latest post for the latest challenge at The Artistic Stamper

I started off with a blank tag, die cut off the corner with Sizzix Tim Holtz mixed media die. Stamped "Dance with the music" from the Dance Stamp set in versamark.  Then blended Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers Distress inks over the top, yes it really is only two colours the purple is created when the two colours are blended together!

I stamped the ballerina and the wings on a separate piece of card and used the same colours to colour in both 

I die cut a whole set of flowers from the Sizzix Spiral Flowers and stamped them all with words from the Dance set and coloured again all with the same two distress inks blending the two colours on one to create the purple flower

Then stamped a flourish from the Simple Swirls set randomly around the edge positioned everything on the card and attached.  I added an extra tag underneath so that it would show through the honeycomb die.  I first stamped the Dance to the Music in Black Archival, coloured the whole thing with the peacock feathers ink and then ran it through an embossing folder for a bit of extra texture.  I stamped once again the Dance to the Music stamp onto a separate piece of card, this time in Versamark and covered with Wow silver embossing powder and heat set.

Thanks for popping over and don't forget to join us in this months challenge we always enjoy seeing your creations  

Take care and happy creating!