Wednesday, 20 June 2018

'Enshrined' Using PaperArtsy Hotpicks

Good evening,

I have a project over on the PaperArtsy blog again tonight.  The topic for the fortnight is "Enshrined" and I knew just what to use - I chose the fabulous MDF Shrine created by Danny Macintosh over at That Craft Place.

Here is a sneak of my finished project

Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the full reveal of my shrine and to find out how I created it.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Happy Father's Day

Today, in the UK, we celebrate Father's Day.

Here is the card that I made for my Dad - I kept it quite fun and colourful for a change.

For some reason I forgot to take pictures as I was going along - which meant that I must have been having fun!

The papers used are random papers that I have had in my stash for a while.

The Super Hero image was stamped and coloured using Alcohol markers.

The sentiment was included in the stamp set.  This was such good value for money as it also contains other sentiments to be used for other occasions - but I thought this was perfect for Fathers Day.

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope everyone has a great day.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - The Written Word

Me again, showing you my second project for the challenge this month - The Written Word.

I have again used a Gel Press masterboard as my background for my project.  Here is the finished design

A few weeks back I spent a couple of hours making Gel Press backgrounds so that I had some ready for when I wanted to use them.  This is how my masterboard looked before I cut it up.

To create this I used various PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints, a Carabelle Printing Plate, circle stencil and a white gel pen.  I also added touches of Gold paint using an old credit card.

Here is a closer look at some of the detail

I cut this to size and the stamped and embossed in black a quote from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Ponderings CMS252.

I love this quote!

The flower is from PaperArtsy JOFY set JOFY64.  I stamped it using Archival ink and then coloured it using Polychromo pencils.  I was really happy with how it turned out.  It was then mounted to the background image using foam pads so that it had dimension.

To finish, the panel was added to a larger card blank.

I was really happy with how this turned out.  If nothing else, I used colours that don't come naturally to me.

Do keep popping over to the Challenge blog to see the design teams contributions this month - they are all amazing!  And I hope that you are going to join in with the Challenge yourself.  I always love seeing what you create.

Thanks for joining me.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - The Written Word

Hello again.

The theme for the challenges this month is "The Written Word".  So, I got my thinking cap on and have incorporated two of my favourite things in my first project this month:
  2. Alice In Wonderland
Here is my finished project

The background is a gel plate masterboard that I created using PaperArtsy Seth Apter Chalk Acrylic Paint, PaperArtsy Seth Apter Stamp Set ESA01, and a Carabelle Printing Plate.  I love the texture that has come through on the finished print.

The quote is from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set CMS165.  I love this quote and use it a lot.  I highlighted it using a white gel pen to make it stand out on the painted background.

The main image is one of the original Carabelle stamps.  It was this stamp that led to me Carabelle.  I am always on the look out for Alice themed stamps - and I totally adore this one!  

The image was stamped and then coloured using alcohol markers,  then cut out and mounted.

I added strips of washi tape so that Alice didn't appear to be floating and drew around her with a Stabilo All pencil which I then softened with water.

So, there we have it.... my first project of the month.

Do pop over to the CVC Challenge blog and see the other amazing projects that the team have created.  And I hope that I have inspired you to join in - don't forget, for every entry there is a chance of being picked at random to win a £20 gift voucher in the Country View Crafts shop.

Thanks for joining me.  

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Birthday Celebrations For My Number 1 Man!

It's a very special birthday today.  Not only is it my Dad's birthday, but today, we are celebrating a special birthday.

As it was bank holiday yesterday my family got together to celebrate.... there was even cake!

Here is the card that I made for Dad....

I wanted to keep the card simple but make the image stand out.  The card was covered using Tim Holtz paper (sorry, I can't remember which pad, I think it is Dapper).

The vintage car was stamped using Coffee Archival ink onto Dictionary paper, showing the definition of 'Dad'.  I also cut out 'birthday' and added this above my stamped sentiment, which is from Tim Holtz's Simple Saying set.

To finish, I added a scalloped border and a seam binding ribbon.  I also couldn't resist adding Dad's age!  

So there we have it.....  I am sure Dad will like his card.  I know he loves us all being around him and so yesterday would have meant a lot to all of us.

Thank you for joining me today.

Happy crafting!

Monday, 28 May 2018

Forever Yours

Tonight I am sharing a project over at the Paper Artsy Blog

The theme for the challenge is Paper Dolls.  I don't know about you, but these have become a bit of an addiction.  They come in all formats and I just love them!  For me, it's an easy way of being able to own a variety but without spending a small fortune on old photographs.

Here is the project that I created:

Pop over to the blog to see how I created this.  I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge over at PaperArtsy.

Happy creating!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Vintage Neutrals with Eclectica Everything Art

Good evening all,

Tonight I am over on the PaperArtsy blog showing a project for the theme of the fortnight, Vintage Neutrals.  I always love to see vintage colours on projects, and people like the very talented Jennie Atkinson carry this off really well.  It's always been a colour scheme that scares me a little.  Although I don't lean towards very bright colours, subtle and neutrals are also not a combination I tend to us, mainly because I think I can never pull it off very well. 

I have to admit, I loved creating this project and was really happy with my finished project.

I wanted to use the lovely Eclectica Everything Art stamps for my project as they can be used with all colour schemes and give a different effect each time.

I lightly brayered Buff, Chalk and Sage Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint over a card blank and the stamped the script stamp from EEA04  using Shadow Grey Archival Ink.  I chose this colour as it went really well with the colour scheme and it's a beautiful subtle grey.

I then stamped the lace ribbon to the edges of the card blank using Pink Peony Archival ink.

I painted a panel using Sage Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint and set this aside to use as a mat for my main image.

For the main image, I used a technique demonstrated by Lauren Hatwell at Stamperama earlier this year.  This technique has completely changed my way of working!!

I stamped the image from EEA01  using Coffee Archival ink using the Stamping Platform.  I then pained over the image, leaving the card in the same position on the Stamping Platform.   As I was using Opaque paints I painted over the detail of the image as seen below.

Then , and this is where the genius of Lauren set in... I just re-stamped over my image again using the Stamping Platform.  Why do I never think of ideas like this?!  But it works a treat.

I then started to put my card together, layering the main image on the Sage mat I had created and then layering on top of some dried flowers which gave it a softer and more vintage look.  

To finish, I stamped the quote from EEA02 and added a bow using Seam Binding Ribbon.

I was really pleased with my finished result.  I am now wanting to make more projects using this colour scheme!

Thanks for joining me. Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see other inspiration for this fortnight's challenge.  I hope I have inspired you to join in!

Have a great evening.