Monday, 18 May 2015

Gifts for Friends

Hi all and thanks for dropping in.
Just a sneak peek post today I'm sorry to say, for it's my turn to post on the Calico Craft Parts Blog

If you want to see what it is all about, well all you need to do is click HERE.

Have a good week ahead and I hope I'll see you soon again.
Thanks for visiting

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Variations on a theme

Hi everyone and thanks for dropping in.
It's been a bit quiet around here because I have been busy with other things besides crafting and blogging. And today all I have to share is a modest trio of cards....
Like many of us, my blogging life started as a card maker, and now it's actually not often that I make cards anymore, but I needed a few, so had a card making session playing with a Penny Black stamp. Each card is just a variation of the same theme, - size and layout as well as technique, - just using different colours.
The finished cards are 6 x 6", but I started with a 5 x 5" piece of card. I stamped the wonderful collage stamp in Black Archival, added some texture, coloured with Distress Inks and then added a few embellishments. This one uses Shaded Lilac, Evergreen Bow, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.
This one started with Stormy Sky, then I added Faded Jeans and Frayed Burlap. The leaves were coloured with a mix of greens and the flowers were watered down Aged Mahogany and some Rusty Hinge. I then added some gold highlights with some watered down gold paint. The background stamp I used on each of the cards is by Andy Skinner and is my new favourite as it seems to work perfectly with so many of Tim Holtz's stencils.
This one finally uses Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord. I also added a bit of Wild Honey to the center of the flowers.

Just playing with Distress Inks (and Markers) is one of my favourite things to do, it's so relaxing, just what I needed at the moment.

Well that's it, thanks for your visit, I hope to find some time for visiting some of you soon, and sorry that I have not been around much lately. Hope you all get some inky time
xxxxx


Friday, 8 May 2015

Simplicity Journal Flower Garden

Two of my Blog friends, Ingrid Kristina and Pamellia have recently started new Mixed Media Challenge blogs, so I thought as I had some spare time, I would play in my journal and make something to add to their challenges. I'll provide links at the bottom of my post.
I decided to use my simplicity journal, a small leather bound journal with hand made paper pages.
As I totally forgot to take step by step photos, - here is a quick run down of how I did my pages:
1. Cover the pages with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap.
2. Add texture using Wendy Vecchi clear texture paste through the Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.
3. Add a thin layer of watered down gesso
4. Add colour with the help of fluid acrylic paints (I used Dercoart Media Fluid Acrylics)
5. Deepen colours in places with Gelatos using a baby wipe
6. Add some Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs
7. Add some background stamping (I used a Andy Skinner stamp)
8. Stamp text on some book paper covered with clear gesso and distress the edges.
9. Stamp focal stamp (I used the Tim Holtz fairy from the  Winged Things stamp set)
10. Distress the edges.
11. Add some small flower embellishments (I used the Sheena Douglas apple blossom die).
Below follow some details still:

Somehow using the texture past through the flourish stencil made the raised bits look like flower stems when I coloured them with my mix of paints and gelatos, it kind of worked perfectly for this page as it was meant to be a flower garden page.
This text came from the Tim Holtz Photo Studio stamp set. I stamped it in black archival on gessoed book paper and then distressed the edges.

I added some strips of tissue tape so the fairy had something to sit on. 

The fairy herself was stamped on smooth paper in archival. I then stamped her again on book paper. I fussycut both and then paper pieced her wings. She was then covered with Glue 'N Seal and when that was dry coloured with Faber Castell Big Brush pens. Adding the Glue 'N Seal helps to blend the marker really easily and when they are dry they are totally permanent.
I added her to the page with matte medium and then added some shadows with my Big Brush pen again.
I am going to add this to the following challenges:

Anything But Cute: Vintage Garden
Mixed Media World Vintage

Well, that's it for today, thanks so much for visiting like always


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Embracing colour

Hi all, I hope your week is going well.
Just a very quick post from me today as I wanted to share some little samples I made after doing an online class with my blog friend Marjie Kemper.
I have had this little booklet with grey board postage stamp pages in my stash for the longest time, and I thought they would be the perfect size to try out some of Marjie's techniques, so here goes, just the first 4:
One of the reasons I wanted to do this class is because I love Marjie's colourful work and I always have such a hard time embracing bright colours, so I had to step well out of my comfort zone, starting each page with Margie's favourite colour in the Distress line, - Mustard Seed.
One of the other things that Marjie is known for is her wonderful work with stencils, so on each of the pages you can see a variety of stencils used, such a great way of adding several layers.
On this one, in addition to stencils and background stamping, I also added some white pen work to add another layer to the focal stamps which in each case were stamped in Black Archival.
Most stamps used were by Tim Holtz, this one is a La Blanche, but I actually don't think it works very well as too much of the background comes through. Ah well, live and learn.

I have had great fun with this class and is really reasonably priced. HERE is a link if you want to find out more.
Have a good week everyone and I hope you will get some inky time!!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Calico Craft Parts Blog has gone live!

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to you all.
As I announced at the end of my last post, the new Calico Craft Parts blog has gone live and today I am posting the final part of my file folder mini on there. So if you have enjoyed the first few pages and want to see the cover and the final interactive page, - please click HERE
Here is a little sneak peek:

Thanks for dropping in here and have a great week!!

Friday, 1 May 2015

Stamper Anonymous at Mixed Media Monthly

Hello everyone and welcome to my third post today....
At the Mixed Media Monthly blog the theme for the month of May is "Flowers".
Our wonderful Sponsors are Stamper Anonymous, and you could win two Dina Wakely stamps and stencils if you decide to play!!!

Here is a picture of the prize, you don't want to miss this right?

Here is my Design Team piece:

My substrate is a Calico Craft Parts Mixed Media Greyboard, 8 x 8 in size. The list of Stampers Anonymous stamps I used is as follows:
Perspectives (background and sentiment)
Papillon (Background)
Classics 14
Oddities

I started with a piece of Prima paper, inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, did some stenciling in the background and stamped the letter D from the Classics 14 set in white acrylic paint. I know that my colours are not very Spring like, but after having posted one bright and colourful piece today already, I felt like doing something in more muted tones.
More stenciling and stamping was added for interest and I over stamped the D in Black archival to create a kind of shadow effect. Here are some close ups:




Next came a panel, this time from a scrap of paper from the Ken Oliver Studio 6 x 6 papers, and you guessed it, - more background stamping and stenciling.
A beautiful large flourish came next. I altered it with the help of Decoart sand paste, Decoart Crackle Glaze, Media Line Fluid Acrylic in Burnt Umber and Antiquing Cream to match my background.
And finally a flower cluster to go with the theme of the challenge. The large flowers were created with the help of the Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die and coloured with a mix of sprays, inks, crackle and embossing powders.

Well, that's it, of course I adhered my piece to the substrate, I used Matte Medium for that.
The final step was to add the sentiment, also by Stampers Anonymous and part of the Perspectives set by Tim Holtz.
Hope you like my wall plaque. Do hop over to the challenge blog. You'll find all the details of our challenge there and of course there are fantastic inspiration pieces from my team mates. Hope you'll play along too!

Now just before I finish this post, I just wanted to let you know that the Calico Craftparts blog has now gone live. To check it out and see some projects, old and new, just click HERE. There will be many more new projects appearing over the next few days.

Thanks for visiting like always and I hope the sun shines for you during this merry month of May!

Something Scenic

Hi everyone and happy first of May, yay, a month without an r in it, should mean warmer weather here in the Northern Hemisphere....
It's the start of a new challenge over at the Countryview Challenge blog and our theme this month is "Something Scenic".
Loved this theme as it gave me a change to ink up some of my scenic stamps, that so often get forgotten about.
The stamps I used are from Darkroom Door and I used some simple masking techniques to create it.
I cut a piece of smooth stamping card and then made a mask using some masking material and die cut a rectangular aperture.
I inked through the aperture with 3 colours of Distress Inks: Weather Wood, Stormy Sky and Vintage photo. I then punch a circular mask, adhered it and darkened the colours around it, to create a moon. The picture above shows it with the circular mask in place and the one below with it removed.
The fact that the moon has a little colour stops it from looking too stark.

Next I stamped my chosen image with the main aperture mask still in place, and then two further images from the same set with the mask removed.
I stamped the main image in Watering can archival. I made a bit of a mess of it, so stamped an extra tree and hand drew some little birds, to cover up my mess. Embrace imperfection like usual.....

The two additional images were stamped in black archival. I coloured the box with some red Distress inks (Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany) and added a bit of extra light around the lamp post with water brush.
Then all I did was mat and layer it, and voila, all done.....

Here are a couple of details still:


A little bit of shading helps to add a bit of extra depth.

Hope you'll decide to play along with our challenge, but whatever you do, make sure to check out the wonderful different interpretations from the design team here and I am sure you'll feel inspired!

Hope you'll have a creative month of May! I'll be back later in the day with my project for Mixed Media Monthly, so hopefully see you then.
Thanks for visiting like always


Spring Colours for A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, welcome and Happy Mayday to you all!!
This being the first of the month, it's going to be a busy day here on my blog, so I am trying my best to keep my post short lol....
It's my turn this month to host a challenge at A Vintage Journey, which as you will know is a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog. This being the month of May I chose Spring colours as my theme (with apologies to those of you who live in the Southern Hemisphere).
Tim has so many wonderful Spring colours in his Distress range, I chose to use Blues and Yellows mostly mixing them to create green and adding a touch of Rusty Hinge.
The colours I used were Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed. I also used tiny touches of Peacock Feathers. The Distress products I used were just the Distress Inks and the Rusty Hinge Distress Marker.

I decided to alter a small canvas, it's just a bit smaller than 5 x 7" and started to layer on some colour using my blending tools.. Next I added some stenciling and background stamping using the Blossom Layering stencil and the text stamp from the Papillion stamp set.
I was having so much fun that I totally forgot to take step by step photos, so I can only show you some little corners.
For the focal point of my canvas I used one of the flowers from the Flower Garden set and one of the butterflies from the Water Colour set.
I stamped them on smooth card, fussy cut them and then coloured them with Distress inks.
I layered them up over the honey comb die from the Mixed Media Thinlets dies, which I had cut from Kraft Card and adhered to the center of my Canvas with Ranger Matte Medium. I rubbed over this whole arrangement with Glue 'N Seal and when that had dried used my Rusty Hinge Distress Marker to add some shadow and make it all pop a bit more. Using the Glue'N Seal helps to blend the marker much easier.

The sentiment is from the Perspectives set, I stamped it on lightly gessoed book paper and then cut it apart so I could use it in two different places, and that is about it.

I hope you'll hop over to A Vintage Journey to see all the inspiration my talented teamies have created, and hopefully you'll decide to play along. You have a whole month now and of course there is a wonderful prize to be won donated by our sponsor Countryview Crafts.

Well, that's it for now, I'll be back later in the day with two further projects, so hopefully see you again, thanks so much for dropping by and have a great month!!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

And the journey continues....

Welcome all and thanks for your visit.
Today I am sharing the next few pages of my altered file folder.
My aim for this little folder (earlier pages can be seen here) was just to play, have fun, ink up some stamps that don't often get inked and show you some more of the gorgeous Calico Craft Parts. I also used further papers from the Megs Garden Sherlock collection.
On this double page I used two Paper Whimsy girls from a collage sheet I have had in my stash like forever.
I altered the papers throughout with inking, background stamping, mostly using a new favourite from Andy Skinner and adding quotes from the Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers.
I also used the keys and butterflies from Calico Craft parts, they have so many choices, just check out the link above.
Here is the next double page, using different elements from the paper collection, stamps by Tim Holtz etc. The pocket on the right side, is actually a little book, here it is open:
Place for some journaling and to hold further notes in the pocket underneath.
This gorgeous candelabra that I have used as an embellishment here, is of course another Calico Craftpart. (A dedicated blog should be up and running in the next couple of weeks, look out for more news on that)...
A little tag to also fit inside the pocket. I may well make a few more as a sheet of tags comes with the paper collection.
The final double page and probably my personal favourite, using the same techniques as before. The beautiful Leonardo stamp on the left is one I have had in my stash like forever, it may have been an Oxford Impressions. The one on the right is by Lost Coast Design and is called Chloe Face.

Well, that's it for today, only the cover and one more double page to do. And for those of you who are interested: I have now ordered 100 manila folders, anyone in the UK who is still interested,, please be in touch by emailing me! They will come to 30p per folder plus postage. Irene, if you see this, please be in touch, I can't find a way to contact you!

Thanks for visiting like always, - I will be back on the first of May with 3 projects at different times during the day. Hope to see you then and stay crafty!!

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