Monday, 8 February 2016

Bittersweet Love

Hello lovely visitors. Thanks for dropping in. Just a sneak peek day today I'm afraid to say....
It's my turn to share a project over on the Calico Craft Parts Blog, showing that Valentines doesn't have to always be the usual red and pink bed of roses.....

Like usual, if you want to see more, all you need to do is click here,
Meanwhile, have fun with your own Valentine's projects,

Friday, 5 February 2016

Industrial for A Vintage Journey

Hello all, lovely to see at least some of you here.... Sorry to start with this, but having lost about 200 followers since google started it's new policy regarding friends connect, I cannot help but wonder whether blogger is slowly on it's way out....
But enough of this negative talk, - I'm here today to share my latest project for A Vintage Journey:
The wonderful Tracey Evans is our challenge host this month and she chose Industrial as her theme. Do check out all the details about the challenge here
My project is part of a much larger one, a big fat techniques journal/minibook, that I started a while back, and today's project is the spine of said book.
It started with a large Prima tag that I altered with inks and sprays (mostly Rusty Hinge and Ground Espresso).
As you can see I also did some background stamping and stencilling, using a variety of stamps, - Paper Artsy ((HP1501) and Indigo Blu (Crackle Background).
Next I worked on the focal image using some Andy Skinner and Seth Apter stencils on a piece of Prima paper, previously altered with the same colours of ink.
Now Tracey wanted us to use some metal, so I started with a piece of  engraving board that I dry-embossed with various folders and then sanded down. The board was originally black, so before embossing it I coloured it with Alcohol Inks and some Quin. Gold Decoart Media paint. Love the effect and will definitely do this again.
I used Espresso, Mushroom and Silver Mixative AIs and then the paint dabbed on with my finger. Next I die cut various elements from it that I wanted to use as embellishments.
Here you can see some of them, in the end I did not use the tag, but added some other pieces.
Here you can see the tickets, layered behind the focal image with the stencilled gent.

And here finally you can see how the finished tag turned out.
Below are some details still:
Some Industrial Stickers corners, and Ideaology arrow and a grunge board label rusted with embossing powders and paint. Perhaps you can also see some of the faux stitching around the edges. I explain how to do that in a post here
A clock part and some other bits and pieces left over from previous projects.
Another couple of little tags cut from my original coloured engraving board.
And here finally the finished spine adhered to my book.

Well that's it for today, I hope you have enjoyed my project, - do check out the amazing projects my team mates have created, inspiration galore!! Hopefully you will decide to play along, we would love to see you!!!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The First of many

Hello dear friends and visitors, thank you for being here! Happy Candlemas/Groundhog day! Here's hoping Spring will not be too far off....

Today I am sharing the first page of the book I started a week or so ago. So far I have just shown you the cover, if you missed it, you can see it HERE

I am going to call this book my Techniques Journal, as it will be a place for me to play and experiment with different and favourite techniques. Mostly no long descriptions or tutorials in connection with these pages, but I will show you different elements and name products here and there. If you want to know more, - you can always email me.
Background paper using stencils, texture paste, Distress Inks, paint and sprays, plus a bit of background stamping here and there. Below a few corners in close up.

A little pocket, taken from the Heartfelt Creations 3D flip Album Inserts

A tag to fit inside the pocket.
First stage, cut with Heartfelt Creations die with the addition of a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die.
The second stage, mounted onto black and embellished with Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies.
Shaping the die cuts slightly with a flower shaping tool (or the back of a paint brush) helps to add dimension.
And here the completed project, - page 1 of 10.... so much more to come.
I'll show you the spine next, but that will be on another day.

Thanks for visiting like always and keep crafting and creating!! 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Glitter at Mixed Media Monthly

Hello all, happy February!! Here is my second project for today, a door hanger for Mixed Media Monthly, where are theme this months is "Add Some Glitter".
Glitter you say, - where's the glitter??? Well I'll come to that in a moment, but let me first tell you that our sponsor this month is The Frantic Stamper, who are sponsoring our challenge with a $25 gift voucher yay!! For those of you in the US, The Frantic Stamper is one of the few places that have a full range of Paper Artsy products, and it's their product I have mostly used in this project.
I started by painting my hanger with a mix of Squid Ink and French Roast Fresco Finish paint. When dry I added a thin layer of Paper Artsy Crackle Glaze just around the edges and then finished with a top coat of two new colours, Sour Grapes and Pixy Dust. After the crackle did its magic and I distressed the edges, it looked like you can see above.
If you are not sure how to do this exactly, Leandra (owner of Paper Artsy) has a wonderful video demonstrating the technique, you can see it HERE
Here you can see the crackle a bit better and I just love how when you distress the edges, you almost get the effect of a whole other layer.
One of the things I love about the PA paints is that they are brilliant for stamping with. Above you can see how I stamped a script back ground stamp (Hot Picks HP1501EZ) with a mix of Pixy Dust and Snowflake..
I finished my hanger by stamping this Lynne Perrella (LPC017), straight onto the background with Versafine Ink in black. I coloured her partly with the paints and partly with coloured pencils. I paper pieced the medallions and the star shape behind her head by painting to pieces of paper with Gold Fresco paint and White Fire Fresco paint. I then stamped them again in Versafine, fussy cut them and glued them in place.

The word Believe from the same Lynne Perella stamp set was stamped with Squid Ink and adhered underneath.
A wooden embellishment, coloured with the same paint and highlighted with Treasure Gold White Fire
And a flower (Prima) from my stash and left over from another project, finished it all off.

Now what about the glitter> Well, I added some Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Dust in Vintage Platinum was added to both medallions and the flower, but the days have been so dark here recently, that really it was impossible to have them clearly show up on the photos, so you'll just have to trust me, - it is there!
So here is my finished doorhanger for my studio, I think I will adopt the lady as my muse....

Thank you so much for visiting today, do make sure you hope over to the MMM blog to see the amazing projects my team mates have made, and of course you will find all the details of our challenge there too.

Have a fantastic month and stay creative and happy!!

Make Your Own Background for Countryview Crafts

Well here we are, the first of February, - can you believe it? Christmas seems only days away....
As always, on the 1st, there is a new challenge starting at the Country View Crafts Challenge Blog and the theme is "Make Your Own Background".
Well that was easy, I make them a lot of the time, and this being the month of love I decided to do a Valentines card for my first project.
I chose to use a gelli print as my background. As I tend to make these in badges and then pull them out when needed, I cannot be totally sure anymore what I used, but it looks like Rusty Hinge Distress Ink with some touches of Ground Espresso and Picket Fence also, and like often I used a stencil, in this case the Tim Holtz Crackle Layering stencil one.
The print was done on deli paper which I then adhered to thin white card. I also added some strips of tissue tape.
Next I cut it to size and added  some strips of old book paper, some more tape and a die cut.
Some embellishments to finish it all off. The brad in the middle is a Tim Holtz numbers one, as you can see, I struggled getting the white paint to stick in the numbers.
The little heart was cut from an old Finnabair paper I had in my stash.
Well that's it for now, - I will be back later with another project, - meanwhile, do hop over to the challenge blog to see the amazing projects my teamies have created, and of course you can read all the challenge details there too!

Thanks so much for visiting and happy February!!!

Friday, 29 January 2016

A shrine with bottles for Countryview Crafts

Hello dear visitors and welcome.
Today I am sharing my second project created for the Country View Crafts Challenge Blog, where this month our theme is Inspired By Bottles.
Well, as you can see, - bottles don't exactly take centre stage in this project, but they are there and I just felt like doing something totally different for a change....

I'm not one that usually goes in for assemblage types projects, I have never owned any of the Tim Holtz configuration boxes for instance, - but I did have rather a large collection of little bottles and other bits and pieces collected over the years, so I thought it was about time they found a home...

I'm sorry there are no step by step photos, but I'll show you some details and talk you briefly through my process.

I built the shrine or whatever you want to call it, from scratch out of foam board, - easy to cut yet thick enough to make it easy to glue together. After it was constructed, I covered it with strips of tissue paper and then painted it with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paint and distressed it with some Decoart Antiquing Cream.  Here in the middle section you can see the two little bottles.
The tiny little book of secret wishes was also made from scratch out of old book pages, a bit of lace coloured to tone in with the rest of the project, a string of little pearls and some tiny roses.
The bottom section has some elements from nature, tiny pine cones, some pebbles and you can perhaps also see how I made a little pedestal by adhering two bits of foam board, one slightly smaller than the second. The background to each of the sections has some scraps of paper from my stash.
The top section is like a little loft, with some bits of fabric, a broken doll and a tiny little basket. I could of course weave a whole story about the girl portrayed in the middle section and how perhaps she reflects on the relics of her childhood, - but I leave that to your own imagination.
Here finally you can see a section of the roof, I gave it texture with the help of some modelling paste and my fingers. I probably should have spent more time on it, - I could have done a better job, - but I ran out of time (and inclination to be honest).
Lastly, a close up of the sides, with the inevitable crackle, created with Decoart Crackle Glaze, to give it all that vintage feel.
Well that's it. I think this whole project was probably at least in part inspired by the many hours spent playing with my two little grand daughters over Christmas, who as part of their Christmas presents receives a wonderful  old dollhouse.

Here we are, nearly at the end of the month, but if you have time still, do come and play along in our challenge and take a look at some of the other amazing projects created during this month by the team. All you need to do is click HERE.

Thank you for visiting like always, and happy creating!!

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Guest designer for Anything But Cute

Hello all, and I am super excited to be featured over on the Anything But Cute challenge blog as Spotlight Designer! Thank you Pamellia for inviting me!

What I am sharing is a project  that includes many of my favourite  techniques, - the cover of a new kind of visual journal/mini book that my lovely daughter gave me as a Christmas present.

This piece was inspired by the amazing work of my wonderful friend Heather Jacobs, she does the most incredible journals and scrapbook pages! If you don't know her, check her out!

Anyway, the book itself comes from Heartfelt Creations, it is about 6 x 9" big, 3.5" wide, and comes with 5 double pages and numerous fold-outs and inserts, - I know already it will take me ages to complete...

What I want to share with you today, is how I created the cover, using multiple layers and altering several scrapbook papers and embellishments from my stash. I have put together a very detailed tutorial on how I altered all the different elements on the cover, so here I'll show you just a few picks, but of course I'm hoping you will take a look over on the ABC blog there also.

Here you can see some of the altered elements that became part of the page

Here is a quick look look at some details:

Like I said, if you want to know more about how all of this came together, just visit Anything But Cute
Thank you so much for being  here today and happy crafting and creating!!

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