Monday, 1 September 2014

My Wish for You Nautical challenge for Countryview Crafts

Hello everyone and for those of you who are here for the second time, hello again.
It being the first of September, several new challenges are starting and at Countryview Crafts the theme, chosen by the lovely Jennie, is "Nautical".
I created a box canvas for my first piece for this challenge:
Now I have to confess, I really struggled with this theme, as really I have no nautical supplies, as it is not a theme that is particularly close to me. I found I did not even have some shells, well other than the rather clumpy one I added in the end.....

So where to start? I rummaged about in my stash and found this little anchor, I also had the little metal embellishment and then I had the netting, a lovely gift from my friend Annie.

Well, I started by adding some random texture using grunge paste to my canvas and when it had dried, painted it with various Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints.
I used Ice Blue, Baltic Blue, Mud Splat and a bit of French Roast

After I had the main design set up, it looked very stark so I added Distress Inks in similar colours and did some background stamping to blend it all much more together. I got so caught up in the process that I forgot to take a picture....

I found a lighthouse picture online, printed and then fussy cut it and adhered it to the hill.
Then I arranged my embellishments along the bottom adhering them with gel medium.
I found this lovely quote and generated it on my computer, cut it apart, inked and distressed it and then arranged it in the middle of the canvas.
Now when creating a box canvas, it always is important to cary on the design around the edges too. So I adhered some more netting, some Tissue Tape and did some more background stamping.

I can't say I am totally happy with the final result, I wish I'd had some little shells to add, but time was running short, the weather pretty bad, and sadly there was no time to go to the beach.

Well, there you have it, hope you'll decide to play along with the challenge, all details can be found on the Countryview Challenge Blog, where you can also see the truly stunning pieces my teamies have created.
I decided to dedicate this lovely quote to you, my lovely blogfriends, who always take the time to visit and leave me comments. Thank you for doing so and this is my wish for you!

Autumn Colours

Hello everyone and happy September to you all! Where has the summer gone? It seems to have flown by...
It being the first of the month means I will have two projects to share with you and this is the first:
It's a size 6 tag created for the new challenge at The Artistic Stamper, where as the title of my post suggests, the theme is Autumn Colours.
I love Autumn and this was a great chance to take out those wonderful Distress Colours like Ripe Permission, Rusty Hinge and Scattered Straw. There is some Barn Door and Aged Mahogany in there as well, - but I run ahead of my self.

I started with a Crafters Workshop stencil and stencilled the flower using Wendy Vecchi past.
When dry I put the stencil in place again and coloured the flower with a mix of Distress markers, Archival Inks and some Distress. I rubbed a little bit of treasure gold onto the actual flower too.
Next I ran the bottom of the tag through an Autumnal Sizzix embossingfolder (should have done that first probably) and then did some background stamping with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Next I used some Tim Holtz layering stencils and the above mentioned colours of Distress Inks to create the rest of my background.
I used a Katie Leitch semtiment stamp from the leaf set, stamped it in Black Archival and clear embossed it. I then cut it into text lines so I could spread my text out a bit.
I stamped two of the leaves from the same set, fussy-cut them and used them as embellishments together with a little rusty key from my stash.
One of Tim's Simple Sayings and a hand dyed ribbon and rusty leave at the top, finish it all off.
Hope you'll decide to play along with the challenge, just click here to see all the details and the fab projects from my teamies.

I'll be back later with a project for Countryview Crafts challenges.
Thank you for visiting and hope you will have a good month of September!!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Destination Inspiration tag

Hello everyone
A few days ago I showed an extensive step by step over on the A Vintage Journey blog. Part of that project was a tag, but because the post over there was getting so long, I promised I would show how I put the tag together here on my own blog, so here goes:
The techniques here can of course be used for all sorts of different projects.
I started by covering a size 8 tag with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap.
I crumpled it in places on purpose to add more texture. Next I added further textures by pushing Wendy Vecchi's texture paste through one of Tim's layering stencils and then added colour, using Distress Paints:
The colours I used were Antique Linen, Weathered Wood and Brushed Corduroy.. Please note, the Tissue Wrap resist Distress Inks quite a bit, so use something like paint or Archival inks. Once the paint is laid down, you can deepen the colours with Distress Inks and or Archival inks, that is what I did next:
Because the tag is part of a larger project, I wanted it just for adding a sentiment. I decided to add interest by using different fonts. I put my sentiment together by cutting words from a stamp from the Stuff to Say and Way with Words set. I love how different fonts can work together like that.
The word begins was put together with little letter tiles from a Prima paper. Courage was spelled out with the little letter labels.
I added a vocal point to the tag with the little die cut heart and the word courage from the chit chat stickers. More depth was created with the help of some shadow, added with the Black Soot Distress marker, both around the heart and the words.
Here you can see how the heart fits inside the pocket that is part of the main project. If you have not seen it yet, you can find it HERE.

Thanks for visiting like always and don't forget to have courage to let your imagination take you to great places, creative or otherwise.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

For All Your Truckin Needs for the Artistic Stamper

Hi everyone and welcome.
After yesterday's endless post for A Vintage Journey, and another one for Paris Assembly today just a a sneak peek for a a quick and easy project over at The Artistic Stamper.
If you want to see more, all you need to do is click here.
Thanks for visiting and taking the time to look

Monday, 25 August 2014

Paris Assembly

Thanks for visiting, possibly for the second time. Details of the project below this one can, be found at A Vintage Journey

Having been away for most of July and a good chunk of August, I have been unable to play along with the Compendium of Curiosity challenges, so this time round I was determined to join in again. It's challenge 9 already, how time flies... I am sorry also to be posting twice on one day, times are so busy.
Here is my second make, I just had to fit it in quickly:

This time round, the Curiosity Crew are  playing with those cool Sizzix Alterations Framelits!  Tim explains this technique on page 63 in  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3, for the details, you will have to check there.

I am lucky enough to own a few of these sets but for this challenge decided to play with the French Flight one. As the Frilly and Funky challenge blog are running an ATB challenge right now  and are doing a blog hop together with Eileen Hull's Art with Heart challenge where the theme is anything goes, I thought I'll kill 3 birds with one stone (well not really, I would never kill a bird), but you know what I mean, so as you can see, I made another ATB.

I cut the block from thick black card. Next I created my panels, using one of my favourite collage techniques. Below I'll show a quick step by step:
1.Cover your substrate with scraps of paper, I used various bits from Tim Holtz's ephemera and papers.
2. Use a stencil to add texture, I used Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Texture Paste and Tim's Harlequin stencil, then add a thin watered down layer of Gesso. Wipe away some of the gesso using a baby wipe so parts of the papers come through again. I actually love how it looks now, and could have left it, but on this occasion took it a bit further:
3. Adding colour, using Distress inks, further collage elements and some of the stamped and die cut framelets,  after all that is the theme of the CoC challenge and finally adding shadow with Distress Markers..

Below you can see what the other sides finished up as:
This is going to be the front panel, I used 3 different stamps of the framelets set.
One of the sides

The other side.
The lid, using another one of the framelits.

For the Eiffel tower I stamped the image twice and cut it out with the matching die. I then cut loads more, both from Kraft card and corrugated card and glued them all together until the tower was fat enough to stand. I then glued it down on a large circle die cut with some greenery and flowers.
Below you can see how fat the tower is, it's actually completely free standing.
I then put the two things, tower and block together and that was it. Originally my idea had been to put the tower on top of the box, but it looked kind of weird so in the end I solved it like this. I fancied the lid of the box up a bit still by adding a piece cut with the Tim Holtz Pediment die and embellished with a little paper clay ornament which I had painted black with Black Soot DP. I high lighted the raised bits with Treasure Gold.
Hope you like it, - I had great fun making it. The Compendium of Curiosities challenge is sponsored this time round by the wonderful people at the Inspiration Emporium. And of course the wonderful Tim and Mario are offering a big prize packet as well for one lucky winner.

I am linking this project to the following 3 challenges:

Have a great week

Destination Inspiration, layered collage...

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping by! High time to say a special welcome to all my new followers, it is wonderful to have you along for the journey!

Today it is my turn to post an inspiration tutorial on A Vintage Journey. I created a tutorial on how to do a layered collage for this tag card:
There is a collage on the inside too as well as a tag, so if you want to see more and get a step by step on how I built it al up, all you need to do is click here.

Hope you'll take the time to look and tell me what you think.

Meanwhile, thanks for dropping by here and have a great week ahead!!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Tim's August tag

Hi everyone and welcome to all of you, but specially my new followers, thank you for deciding to follow along here!!

It's not often I publish in the middle of the day, as most of my posts are scheduled for either mid night here in the UK or early morning. This for once is an unscheduled post, fresh from the crafting table so to speak....
As the title suggests, it's my take on Tim Holtz August tag, though I have to confess, I made it a few days ago, but only now found a minute to blog it. Just as well, as August is speeding by at a horrible pace.

I'm keeping this short(ish) as all details can be found on Tim's Blog.

I followed all his techniques closely, but changed the colours, stamps and the overall design as back in January I decided to work with two tags, a #8 on top of a #10, to give me more room to play with.

I used the new Gothic stencil and Wendy Vechhi's crackle paste though you can hardly see the crackle on this quite delicate stencil.
I used the butterflies from the new French themed Framelets set, but as they were getting a bit lost against the tissue tape and other background elements, I stamped the larger one again and fussy cut it, just to pop out a bit more.

The film strip, overlapping both tags to hold the overall design together a bit. I decided to put my pen nib on top of the strip. I did stitch it vertically, but it's hard to see from the photo. I also added some tissue tape and more stamping to the background tag.

A word band, high-lighted with Picket Fence DP (I don't have the newer word bands yet, they're on the wishlist).
Remnant Rub words on the vial label. Believe it or not, I had quite forgotten which words Tim had picked and then when I looked I had picked the same ones, must have been there somewhere in my unconscious mind.....
A Philosophy tag and the way I usually finish my Tim tags with the month at the top.

Well, that's it pretty much, - oh I did not use the speckle stencil as I thought it might get a bit too busy in the background, so I used the Spritzer tool for some very subtle spots instead.

Linking this to Tim's August Tag.

Thank you for visiting and have a great week!

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