Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Country View Crafts Challenges - Numbers and/or Letters

Hello again.  I hope you are enjoying the wonderful projects so far this month - and we are only half way through.

Here is my second project for the Challenge

I started off by using scraps of card to die cut random letters from the Tim Holtz WordPlay die.

I've had this die since it was released.  I never bore of it!

I randomly glued these the letters to a card mat and then cut the bits that were hanging off the edge.  

I then painted all over the mat using Fresco Acrylic paints - this is one of the Tracy Scott release paints.

To create a more vintage feel I added 'A Little Bit Jaded' PaperArtsy infusions.  I simply love this background.  I almost wanted to leave it like this - lol!

I created a circle of Pea Coat paint and then used my stamp platform to stamp the large PaperArtsy Tracy Scott flower.

Leaving the stamped image on the platform, I then set about painting the flower, stamping the flower using the platform again to re-stamp the lines.  

This is one of my favourite things to do - it means that I can use opaque paints to colour detailed images.  

Once dry, I cut the flower out.

To finish, I layered the card up, using doilies and a Tim Holtz quote.  

I loved the finished card.  I already have a recipient in mind too.

Thank you for joining me today.  I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the Challenge for this month - I love seeing your creations.

Do leave me a comment  to let me know that you have stopped by - they always cheer me up to know that you have taken the time to read my posts.

Happy crafting!

Friday, 1 March 2019

Friendship and Flowers


I have 2 projects over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening.

Pop over there to see how I created this card along with a trio of atcs.

The theme for this fortnight is brayers.  I just adore the new PaperArtsty brayer.  It is the perfect size to create with.

I hope you join in with this challenge.  You can link your projects over on the PaperArtsy blog.

Thanks for joining me......

Country View Crafts Challenges - Letters and/or Numbers

Hello again, Happy St. David's Day to you all.  I cannot believe that it is March - please tell me where the month is going!

Today is teh launch of a new challenge at Country View Crafts - the topic is Letters and/or numbers.  I had so many ideas this month!

Here is my first project

I created a wrinkle free distress background using Distress Oxide inks.  I ensured that this was dried thoroughly before I started the next stage.

I used PaperArtsy Hotpicks 1604 for this project.  I stamped the large numbers in Shadow Grey Archival.  The small numbers were stamped using Jet Black Archival.

I created a background using PaperArtsy Infusions.  I don't think I will ever tire of these.  I adore them.  Again, I dried this thoroughly before moving on to stamp the large JOFY flower.  

I heat set the ink and then had fun playing with my white gel pen.  I also added a scribbled border to the main mat background.

To finish I mounted the card using black card and added some dimension to the flower.

I had so much fin creating this.  

I hope that you will join in with the Challenge this month.  Don't forget, if you enter the challenge over on the Country View Crafts Challenge blog you will be in with a chance of winning a voucher to use online.

Thanks for joining me today.  I always love reading your comments so hope that you will let me know that you have popped by.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Brayering Techniques

Evening all,

I have a project showing n the PaperArtsy blog this evening.

Pop over to see the techniques that I have used to create this card.

Thanks for joining me.

Happy crafting!

Monday, 18 February 2019

Swaps Using Scraps

A couple of weeks ago I took part in a swap with two friends.  The theme was to use what was in our scrap box.  My scrap box is pretty big and includes all sorts.  I also have lots of re-purposed embellishments so was able to use these, adding a few additional embellishments.

I used two different colour themes.  Here is the first one:

I re-used panels that I had stencilled with Grunge Paste.  I often do these in batches so that I have some dry and to hand when I need them.  Admittedly, these have been in my stash for a while.

I adore how the Infusions look over the Grunge Paste. The burst of colour followed by the walnut pigment never ceases to amaze me - I love them!

The fun but was the embellishments.  I used lots of different types - flowers, metal, wood.  Lots of different textures, hiding things along the way.

The second project had the same layout:

Again, I teamed all sorts of embellishments to create lots of detail.

Great fun!!

So there you have it.  It's amazing what you can create with scraps.  I even used scrap ribbon as hangers.  I had originally planned for these to be cards but they became far too front heavy!

Thanks for joining me today.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my swaps.

Thanks for looking......

Friday, 15 February 2019

Country View Crafts Challenges - Black, White and 1 Colour

Today it is my turn to show you another project for the current Country View Crafts Challenge, which is 'Black, White +1 colour'.  After sticking to black and white for my first project I decided to add a splash of colour to my second.

Again, this is a very simple make, and also used new products.

I started by die cutting the smaller tattered butterfly from the new Tim Holtz Sizzix collection. I die cut 8 for this project.   I simply adore these.  I have always had a soft spot for butterflies so fell instantly in love with them.  

I die cut 8 butterflies in total to layer them, attaching them with a staple.  I love the layered look.  Though this was not my idea as one of the DT for Tim Holtz showed this in their sample projects for the release.

I used the PaperArtsy Ink & Dog mini splotch stamp for the background.  This must be one of my oldest stamps and I use it a lot.  It is great to use with both ink and paint.  In this instance, I used Archival Vibrant Fuchsia ink.  I love how bright this is, despite the fact I don't tend to lean towards bright!

I mounted my card onto black card and a white card blank.

To finish I stamped a greeting from a PaperArtsy Emma Godfrey mini stamp set.

I really enjoyed making, what is for me, a simple card.  It was great fun.

I hope that you are enjoying the challenge this month.  Don't forget that there is plenty of time to join in and if you link your project to the blog you may be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher to spend in the online shop.

Thanks for joining me today.  Do leave a comment to let me know what you think of my project - they always mean so much to me.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Love is in the air.....

Happy Valentine's Day for those of you who celebrate.

For me, I always make a card but that's about it!  Love isn't about one day, it's about showing it all year round.

Here is the card that I made for Dan

The heart is one of the new Tim Holtz Faceted Hearts.  I die cut it using Metallic card  then embossed it using the Foundry 3d embossing folder.  Once embossed, I added black paint, waited a few seconds then wiped it off.  I love this effect.

I even added a few splashes of Koala Fresco acrylic paint to add to the aged look.

I die cut the weathered clock and then used the wrinkle free distress method using Koala and Mulled Wine Fresco acrylic paint.

The card background was a beautiful collage paper from a Stampington magazine some time ago.  I started to layer up my card.

I stamped small hearts using Shadow Grey archival ink.  To finish, I stamped the beautiful quote from the latest PaperArtsy Sara Naumann release.  The quote was stamped and embossed using superfine black embossing powder.

I really enjoyed making this card.  I loved the colour scheme that I chose.

Thanks for joining me today.  Do leave a comment and let me know what you think of my card.

Many thanks
Happy crafting!