Monday, 12 August 2019

Journal Play

It's been a long time since I had time to play with my mini journal  - so I stole a few moments and created a mini page.

For this page, I used the mew Moth and Enigma Andy Skinner stamps.

I also took the opportunity to use up some of my old Tim Holtz remnant rubs.

The background is Buff Fresco acrylic paint and infusions.

I was really happy with my short play time.... It's always fin to create in my mini journal.

Thanks for joining me today.


Saturday, 3 August 2019

Country View Crafts Challenges - Texture

Today I am sharing my second post for the texture challenge.

I decided to use the new PaperArtsy Sara Naumann stamps for this project.

I added Grunge Paste in random places and let this dry thoroughly.  I then painted the panel in Koala Fresco acrylic paint.  Next, I randomly stamped one of the collage stamps using Watering Can Archival ink.

I added Lava Paste through a Sara Naumann stencil and then started to heat it.

I love the effect of the dried Lava Paste - it's just amazing!

The image and quote were stamped using Midnight Fresco acrylic paint.

I love the colour combination and texture I've used.

I think this panel will definitely be added to my art wall in my new craft room!

Thanks for joining me today.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge,  Don't forget, you could be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher to spend in the online shop.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Country View Crafts Challenges - Texture

This month it's my turn to choose the topic - and the choice was easy - Texture!

I love texture.  I love when a project looks tactile and you want to touch it.  I love looking at the different elements.

Here is my first project this month:

I started by adding newspaper strips to a grey board panel.  

I then brushed Buff, Terracotta and Mahogany onto the dried panel.  

I used a spatula to add a layer of Lava Paste.  Before drying this I added a layer of Andy Skinner 'Satin Sunset' embossing powder.  Once heated, I thought this actually looked like reptile skin!  I love this effect.

I stamped the Mechanical Heart onto metal, heat set it, before cutting out and adding it to the panel.

I love the different textures created on this panel.  It certainly has a lot of texture!

Thanks for joining me today.  Do pop over to the challenge blog.  I would love to see you join in with this challenge.  Don't forget, you might be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher to spend on the Country View Crafts website.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 15 July 2019

Contemporary Retro


This evening I am showing a project over on the PaperArtsy blog.  The theme is Retro colours.  After choosing my Retro colour theme of Captain Peacock, Peach Nectar, Mustard Pickle and Grey Fresco Acrylic paints, I wanted to step this up and give the colours a contemporary twist.

I also chose to use the shaving foam technique again as this is a retro classic that has made a come back.  In fact, I used it for a project earlier this year and Tracy Evans also uses this to create some stunning effects.

Here is my project:

I loved making these cards and as a bonus I still have some of the patterned card left to use for another project.

These droplets of colours look amazing in the shaving foam.

In this image you can see how retro the colours look - I love the swirls and marble - along with the anticipation of the design I will 'pull'.

Here are the designs that I 'pulled'.  I was really pleased with these - each of them different to the last.

I was really pleased with how my finished cards turned out.

They really showed that retro colours can be quite on trend.  They still have a certain 'fresh' look to them.  Sara's stamps worked so well with these colours too.

Thanks for joining me this evening.  Do pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see more details to this project.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 11 July 2019

A Bit Of Fun

I created this project a little while ago.  It was great to just play for fun when I was able to steal a few hours for myself.

For this project I used the Stamperia Antonis Tzanidakis range of papers, stamps and stencils.

Unfortunately, I did not take any pics as the project was underway - I was completely lost in a craft bubble.

It was so much fun though and I'm pleased to finally share it with you.

Thanks for joining me today.


Monday, 8 July 2019

New PaperArtsy Sara Naumann Products

By now you will all know that I absolutely adore Sara Naumann's PaperArtsy products.  So you can imagine how excited I was when I was asked to produce a support post for the new release.

I was even more excited when they dropped through the letter box.  They are amazing.

You can see the new release here.

As soon as I saw them I thought about Autumn and so chose an autumnal colour palette.

Here is my first project:

This was so much fun to make.

I started by brayering a white board with Sage and Buff Fresco Acrylic paints.  I then used my splatter brush to add droplets of Gold.

Next, I stencilled Sage through PS144.  I love this stencil. I can see it will get a lot of use!  I also used one of the stamps to stamp onto the background to add more detail.

I totally fell In love with this leaf.  I stamped it in Gold, Pumpkin Soup, Chutney and Terracotta.  Once dry, I cut each leaf out.  

I wanted the quote to stand out and so stamped it in black.  I then proceeded to arrange the leaves all the way around the quote, finishing with sequins. 

I really love how this turned out and hope it does Sara's new release justice.  They are an amazing release of stamps and stencils.  

To go with this panel, I decided to make a treat bag.

I kept the techniques very plain as I wanted the products to shine through.  I really love this bubble stencil.  I had thought about doodling in each of the circles.

This fern leaf is amazing.  I love ferns.  I adore the simplicity but detailed nature of it.

So, there you have it - my take on the amazing new PaperArtsy Sara Naumann release.

Make you pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to have a further look.

Thanks for joining me today,

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 5 July 2019

Country View Crafts Challenges - Dreaming in Blue and Green

Today I am sharing my second project for the Country View Crafts Challenge.

It's a Tim Holtz medley of goodies today!

I started by scraping Blues and Greens Fresco Acrylic paints onto a panel. Next I used a stencil and sponged paint through it, highlighting areas using a white gel pen.

I scrunched up a sheet of paper, dipped it into Gold Fresco acrylic paint and the dabbed the painted and stencilled background.

I die cut the frame using gold metallic card stock.  This was a bit too shiny for me and so I distressed it using Little Black Dress Fresco acrylic paint.

The portrait is from the new Found Relatives Vintage Portraits - I love these!

To finish my panel I went to town with loads of different types of Ideology that I have in my stash.  This was teamed with cogs die cut into metallic card stock.

I hope that you like my project.  I had great fun creating it,

Thank you for joining me.  Don't forget that there is plenty of time to join in with the challenge this month.  You may even be lucky enough to win a gift voucher!

Have a great July!