Wednesday, 18 September 2019

More Journal Time

Hello again.

Today I am sharing another page in my mini journal, very similar in style to the last. I got carried away with this page and forgot to take many pictures!

The background was, again, created using Distress Crayons.  I am really enjoying using these - I love how versatile they are!

This was how the page started - very different to the end result.

After blocking the colour I added stencilling and stamping.

The main image is from the new Mini Toadstool stamps from Tim Holtz - these are so lovely.

I used Polychromos to colour the toadstools in.  The quote is from an older Tim Holtz set.

I wish I had stamped the toadstools slightly lower, but I was really pleased.  They are sitting on the green distress crayon block and so it looks like grass!

Thanks for joining me again today.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Mini Book Muse

Tonight I have a new project over on the PaperArtsy blog.  The theme is inchies & twinchies.  As soon as I heard the theme I knew exactly what I wanted to create.

I remember when I started to craft many years ago.  I came across a one page mini book whereby I took a sheet of 12x12 inch paper and created a mini book.  I loved that technique - and still have that book somewhere!

So, I got to wondering if I could scale this down to create a 2x2 inch book... and I could!

I started by decorating both sides of a sheet of card stock.  I used Fresco Acrylics in Zucchini, Teresa Green and Zesty Zing to create a wrinkle free distress look.

I then used Grunge Paste through a stencil, along with stamping all over the pages.

Once happy, I cut the card stock to 8x8 inches and scored vertically and horizontally at 2 inches.

I then cut and folded my page to form the inside of the book pages.

I used the left over card to create the covers and glued these to the pages.

I also cut some inchies to use in my book but also as mini tags,  These were stamped and the edges inked using Walnut Stain distress ink.

I then set out decorating my pages.

This was so much fun!

The urban snapshot stamps were some of the very first PaperArtsy stamps that I purchased all those years ago.

I saw them used in a Craft Stamper article.  And the rest is history!

Not only do they contain some great large and small images, but the quotes are really useful and are awesome!

I teamed the mini book with some sari silk ribbon  I loved the colour and texture of this ribbon and thought that it worked well with the book.

The inchie tags are so cute and would be great to add little words or notes on the backs.

So, there you have it.  My 'Twinchie' book.

This really was so much fun to make.  So much so, I thought I would like to share it with one of you.  Who is up for a giveaway?  If you leave a comment on this post by 30 September 2019, I will draw a winner and the lucky recipient will see this mini book winging it's way to them.

Thanks for joining me this evening - and good luck!


Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Journalling in my Mini Journal

I have been playing in my mini art journal lately.  Here is one of my pages:

I started off by creating a simple background with Distress Crayons - I used Peeled Paint, Broken China and Rusty Hinge.

Once I was happy with the background I added a bit of colour using the crayons through a stencil, which I then used my finger to distribute and blend through the stencil, adding more colour in some areas.

I added some stamping and white detailing.  I also added gold splats to the background.

The alterations flower was coloured using Distress Oxide inks.

I collaged some scraps from my scrap box and attached them together, finishing with a scribbled border around the edge.

I was really happy with the end result and really pleased I found the time to create.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Country View Crafts Challenges - Under The Sea.... and a giveaway!

I hope you have been enjoying the inspiration from the design team this month.

Here is my second project for the challenge:

For my second challenge I chose to make artist trading coins.

For this I created a distress ink masterboard.  I used a wrinkle free distress ink technique for this.  I then set about using stencils and adding micro glaze to add more effect and depth.

Once happy, I ensured the masterboard was dry before adding stamping in Archival ink.

I coloured a second panel of card using the wrinkle free distress method.  I then stamped the PaperArtsy ScrapCosy stamps using Archival ink and cut them out.

I then started to mount the fish onto the coins.

To finish, I added an Ideology word and created a scribbled border.

So.… the giveaway!  I thought it might be quite nice to pass these coins to three people (one each).  To be in with a chance of this, please leave a comment on this blog post.  The giveaway will run for the rest of the month and the draw will take place on 1st October. Good luck!

I hope that you join in with the challenge over on teh Challenge blog.  Don't forget that there is a £20 gift voucher up for grabs.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Country View Crafts Challenge - Under The Sea

Happy September!  Where is the year going?

This month the theme for the Country View Crafts challenge is 'Under The Sea'.  Here is my first project

I have to confess that I got carried away and forgot to take photos for most of the project.  

To start the project I covered a panel with Tim Holtz collage paper.  I love this paper.  It works so well with ink and paint.

Next, I dipped the dried panel into various distress inks that I had spritzed with water.  After each 'dip' I dried the panel and then dipped again.  This gave a lovely depth.

It was from here I forgot to take photos!!

I coloured a panel of card using the same distress ink technique.  Once I was happy with these, I stamped PaperArtsy ScrapCosy stamps using Archival ink.  I love these stamps!  They are so detailed.

I stamped the sea weed using Archival ink directly onto the card and then attached the sea horses and word.

To finish, I added detailing in black and white.

I was really pleased with how this come out.  It was the very first project that I created in my newly decorated craft room.

Thank you for joining me today.  Please pop over to the Challenge blog to see the inspiration from the other design team members.  I really hope that you join in with the challenge - don't forget that you might be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher to spend in the shop!

Happy crafting!

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!