Monday, 23 April 2018

Country View Challenges - Pimp It Up

Hi again.  Boy is April flying by.  I hope you have had a good month so far.

Here is my second project for the Country View Crafts Challenge - 'Pimp It Up'.

I am not going to show you how I made this at present as I am showing it to a lovely group of ladies in a week's time.

The project itself has been inspired by a project I saw many years ago, created by Hels Sheridan.  It was a real mixed media treat to create and I know that the ladies that I am showing it to will love creating it.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with this month's challenge - don't forget that one lucky person will win a gift voucher to spend in the shop.

Thanks for joining me.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Kraft Card Using Sara Naumann Stamps

Evening all.

Tonight I have a project over at the PaperArtsy blog.  The theme for this fortnight is 'Kraft ard' and I chose to use the amazing new Sara Naumann stamps.

This was an unusual project for me as I didn't use any paint!!  I know!!  My intention was to create one card but I then started getting more and more ideas and before I knew it, I made three.

Card One:

This card was relatively easy to create.  I wanted to see how Distress Oxides looked on Kraft card.  

I swiped Broken China and Peeled Paint onto a craft sheet and sprayed water over it until it beaded.  I then swiped the card through and dried it.  I then repeated until the majority of the ink was mopped up and I was happy.

Once fully dry I sprinkled water over to add more texture.

Next, I stamped the feather stamp from ESN25 using Archival ink, followed by the postage stamp from ESN24 which was stamped around the edges.

To finish this card I used a white gel pen to highlight areas and scribble around the edges.

Card Two:

For this card I wanted to try the new Emerald Creek / Seth Apter Baked Texture powders.

I stamped the script from ESN05 using Versamark ink and then sprinkled Vintage Beeswax over and melted it using a heat gun.  This looked totally amazing - I loved the effect of it on the Kraft card.

Next, I stamped the feather stamp using Versamark and sprinkled the Patina Oxide over it.  I had missed a small section but I really like the 'weathered' look it created.  But look at the effect - these powders are awesome.

To finish I added green seam binding.

Card Three:

Now this happened to be my favourite of the three (I will say that quietly so that the other two don't feel left out!).

Here, I chose to use white ink, burlap and vellum to create quite a rustic look to complement the Kraft card.

Over the years I have tried so many white ink pads and they all react differently on different card stock.  For this card I used Versamagic.  

I stamped the script stamp that I used in the last card and heat set to let it dry.

I added a square of vellum to soften this, and a layer of burlap on top.

I stamped the feather stamp onto vellum and sprinkled white embossing powder over and heat set it.  I also added powder around the edges of the vellum.  

This was all mounted onto the card.

So, there you have it.

Three cards using Kraft card and the same stamps, all with a totally different look.

I loved using Kraft card again - it has been a while.  But I think I will be using it again real soon!

I hope I have inspired you to join in with the challenge over at PaperArtsy - show us how you use Kraft card and one lucky person will be in with a chance of winning one of the amazing aprons.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Masterboard Makes Part 2

Me again, sharing a couple more master board makes with you.

The first background was created using PaperArtsy paints, Seth Apter stamps and PaperArtsy Infusions.  I loved the aged look to this.

And here is one of my makes from this

I used the same stamp but different background to create this next card.

Like many of you, when I am brayering paint I tend to wipe the remainder on to scrap card.  Sometimes I use these scrap papers in my card making.

Here are two cards that I made using these scrap card backgrounds.  I have added a super cute PaperArtsy stamp on one card and my favourite Stampotique Key Keeper for the second.

So there you go.  Another 4 very quick makes using backgrounds that I have created and stored ready for when I need them.  The only problem now is that I am going to have to start making more!

Thanks for joining me.  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Masterboard Makes Part 1

I love making master boards when I have the time.  I love to have loads ready for any quick make cards.

A few weeks ago I set about using the backgrounds that I have prepared.  Over my next couple of blog posts I thought I would share some of the cards that I have made.

I started by creating a background using my Gel Press, Fresco Finish Chalk Paints and PaperArtsy stamps.

I kept this background simple and used it as it was, using the fabulous Kate Crane stamps as the focal image.

Here are the cards that I created:

All three cards are fairly simple but quick and easy makes - and making Gel Press backgrounds were great fun!

That's it from me this evening.  Thanks for joining me.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Country View Challenges - Pimp It Up

Happy Easter to you all.

Today marks the start of a new challenge over at Country View Crafts Challenges.  The theme for -April is 'Pimp it Up' and also refers to up-cycling and altering.

Here is my first project for the challenge

This project started life as a mini frame that I have had in my stash forever.  

So I thought I would show it some love and 'pimp it up'.

I started by painting the back card using Ice Blue Fresco Chalk Paint.  The frame itself was painted using Venetian Blue.  All of the paints used are from the latest Seth Apter PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints.

I used the 'Textures' set of stamps by Lisa Horton for Creative Expressions to add texture using Spanish Mulberry.

The flowers are from the fabulous new Tracy Scott stamps that can be found here and here.  They were stamped, coloured and fussy cut around.

These were then mounted to the frame, and a Tim Holtz rub-on used to complete the project.

So that's one item that I have been keeping to use at 'some point' - now for everything else that I have got!

Thanks for joining me today.  Do pop over and see the other projects created by my talented DT members, and I hope that you join in with this month's challenge - there is a voucher to spend in the shop up for grabs.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Dreaming Of Sun and Sea......

Tonight I am sharing a post over on the PaperArtsy blog.

The theme for this fortnight is 'Nautical'.  I have used the awesome new Emma Godfrey stamps to create my project.

Most of my friends know just how much I love Portugal - It's my go to destination to relax and re-group.  In fact, I try to go there a few times a year.  So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out that the very talented Emma Godfrey had released new stamp sets with PaperArtsy - and they were based on Portugal.

One of the images on the stamp set is a pebble stamp - and this reminded me of the wonderful mosaic that I see when I am in Portugal.  So, that got me thinking of creative a mosaic canvas board.

I started by roughly painting an A4 sheet of card using Butter, Ocean, Double Denim (from the new Seth Apter set), Sky and Chocolate Pudding Fresco Acrylic Paints.

I then stamped the background to fill the painted card.

This is where I suddenly realised what I was doing.  I don't have much patience..... and hadn't thought that to create my project it required me to cut out each little cobble!!

But...I did it!!  And, I am pleased I persevered.

I drew a very basic boat and sun on my board and the started to fill it in with mosaic.

Once filled I Wanted to create the 'grout' that you would get in a mosaic.  To do this, I used a grey Pastel pencil and rubbed it in-between the tiles.

I then mounted this onto a black card panel and stamped and cut out the two signs included in the set.

And here is my finished project.  I think you can see what it is!! lol!  I thought the stamps and paints all worked together fantastically.  

Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the rest of the Nautical inspiration throughout the fortnight.  I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge -  you could be in with the chance of winning one of the totally amazing PaperArtsy aprons.

Thanks for joining me......

Country View Crafts Challenges - Postcards

It's my turn over at the Country View Crafts Challenges Blog.

I normally try to make a contrasting project for my second post, but this month I seemed drawn to the same colour family!

Here is my project:

I created the background in the same way as I did my previous background, using the scraped paint technique. This time I used Spanish Mulberry and Amethyst Fresco Finish Chalk Paints.

I used a new Creative Expressions mini stencil to add Grunge Paste to the background before stencilling a JOFY flower over the postcard.

I then copied around the stencilled image using a white gel pen to make the stencilling 'pop',

The flowers on the front are from a new JOFY mini stamp.  I just love this stamp.

I stamped 5 of them and coloured them using Polychromo pencils.  They were then cut out, shaped and added to the postcard using a foam pad to give them dimension.  I also drew and painted stems.

To finish I added a quote from an older JOFY set.

I've had great fun creating postcards this month.

I hope I have inspired you to join in with the Challenge.  I hope you join in with the challenge to be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

A Lightbulb Moment

Early last week I saw a sample of a new stamp produced by That Craft Place.  For those of you who are not familiar with them, Danny and Lisa produce amazing MDF shapes, stamps, stencils and more.  They also design amazing products for Creative Expressions.

So, how lucky was I when the stamp I had seen in the week dropped through my letterbox!  I had an idea instantly but had to wait for the weekend to play.

So,  as soon as work was finished on Friday evening I set about with the first stage of my plan.

I used a large MDF label from Creative Expressions as my base. I spread a fairly thick layer of texture pastes over the label, knowingly leaving a few bare bits around the edges.  While the paste was wet I spritzed the stamp with water and randomly stamped it all over the label. 

If you try this please make sure that you clean your stamp immediately so that the paste does not dry and ruin your stamp.

This was then left to dry thoroughly over night.

Next morning, once the paste was fully dry, I sprinkled Sleight Blue Infusions over the label and spritzed with water.  Each time I did this I blotted with a paper towel, and repeated until I was happy with the result.

I loved how the Infusions pooled into the indents from the stamp - I thought it looked pretty awesome.

For some reason I didn't take a pic of the next stage.  I stamped the bulb onto shrink plastic 5 times, cut them out and heated to shrink.  No matter how many times I do this it always amazes me.  I had also coloured parts of the bulb in but forgot that when they shrink, the colour deepens.  I wasn't really happy with this so used rubbing alcohol on a cotton bud to mute the colours.

Once I was happy, the bulbs were glued using Cosmic Shimmer glue.

I twisted some rusted wire and glued this too.  Once the glue had dried clear I carefully went over it with an alcohol marker which made it look like it had been soldered.


To finish, I edges the label using Black acrylic plate and drew a scribble border using a white gel pen.

So, there you go.  My finished project.  I really like how this turned out....and how my idea actually worked!

Thanks for joining me this evening.......

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Postcards

Happy St. David's Day for all those who celebrate it - I have been working in London for the last couple of days and so am hoping I can find somewhere selling Welsh Cakes likes the ones back home.

This month's topic over at Country View Crafts Challenges is Postcards.

Here is my first project for the challenge:

If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that I use ALOT of PaperArtsy products - what this means is that I have quite a few of the postcards that they send with their products.

I started by gessoing the postcard and then scraped Fresco Finish Chalk Paints in Amethyst, Moonlight and Cherry Blossom.

Next, I used one of the new Kay Carley stencils and stencilled over the postcard using Grunge Paste .

I added glitter to the wet Grunge Paste and left this to dry thoroughly.

Once dry, I stamped images from one of the new PaperArtsy Kay Carley stamp sets  using Archival ink.

I highlighted some of the stamping using a white gel pen.

I stamped the quote from the set onto tissue paper and used Matte Medium to adhere it to the postcard.

To finish, I drew a border with a black fine liner pen.

I was really pleased with the results of this.  Unfortunately, you can't see how lovely the glitter was on the Grunge Paste.  I also love being able to see a little bit of the original postcard underneath - this was an idea I saw used by DarcyUK a few years ago - awesome idea!

Thanks for joining me today.  Make sure you pop over to the blog and see the inspiration for the rest if the design team.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge.  Do share your projects over on the Country View Crafts Challenge blog to be in the chance to win a gift voucher.

Thanks for joining me....

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Little Bit Of Love

Evening all..... an unusual time for me to post but I have some exciting news.... Today, DarcyUK  launches her new stamps for PaperArtsy.  I have been waiting patiently for new Darcy stamps, and she hasn't disappointed.  There are 2 A5 stamp plates and they are AWESOME.  I was very lucky to be able to get them last week and couldn't wait to get playing!

Here is my finished project....

Cute eh?  And yes, I know I don't do 'cute'!  But Darcy's new stamps can be used in soooo many ways.

So, how did I create this?

I started by creating a quick background.  A brayered Cherry Blossom and Spanish Mulberry  Fresco Finish Chalk paint onto an a4 sheet of card.

I then scraped Spanish Mulberry, Dolly Mix and Egg Plant Fresco Finish Chalk Paints over the brayering. I kept loads of empty space as I had further steps.

The next step was to stencil Archival Ink using Darcy's previously released stencils.  I used Magenta Hue and Thistle Archival Ink.

I then highlighted the stencilling using a white gel pen.

Next, it was time to get the stamps out!

I used EDY20.  How amazing are these stamps!

I stamped the hearts, flower and swirly circle using Thistle and Black Archival inks.

I was happy with this.

The next stage was to stamp and colour the girl image.  I used Alcohol Markers to colour her in.  I love how Darcy has added shaded bits in the image already - it's so helpful for people like me who are not that good at colouring!

I then mounted this and some of the painted background onto black card. I edged the main image in Thistle and the background in white.

I loved how this all came together.  

I added ribbon and tied a bow, along with flowers and 2 heart pins.

I just love how the background images stand out so well and I am just delighted with my finished card -though I am not sure I will be able to give it away! 

That's enough from me, but Darcy and her wing 'man' Lauren have the official launch of this release.

You can see Darcy's post here and Lauren's post here.  Make sure you pop over and see their creations.

Thanks for joining me this evening.

Happy Crafting!