Monday 26 November 2018

Matchbox Art


Tonight I am over on the PaperArtsy blog sharing my project for the current challenge, Matchbox Art.

Here is my finished project

Again, I thought I would take the opportunity to get ahead with my Christmas crafting and have created a matchbox with an intention to use it as a gift box for a piece of jewellery.

I started by creating my background using Mulled Wine, Koala and Blah Mange PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and added a touch of gold.

I used the new Sara Naumann stamps ESN29, ESN32 and stencils PS113 and PS114.

Once I was happy with my background I die cut the matchbox.

Before assembling, I edged all of the box using Mulled Wine.

I then stamped and cut out some of the pine leaves, postage mark and greeting which I then added to the top of the box.

I was really happy with how my matchbox turned out.  They are so easy to decorate and there are so many possibilities.

Make sure you pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the inspiration throughout the fortnight.  And I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge and show your own matchbox art.

Thanks for joining me this evening.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Artist Trading Coins

Hello again,

Here is my second project for this challenge

The background for this coin was part of the previous background in the first project.

This time I used a vintage Santa stamp which I coloured using a water brush and Distress Ink.

I loved making these Artist Trading Coins and can see them being addictive.  Even better, if you don't want to use them to swap they can be easily mounted onto a card.  Though I have to admit I am not giving this one away as I love it!!

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the Country View Crafts challenge this month.  Don't forget, by joining in and linking your project on the CVC blog site you may be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher.

Thanks for joining me.

Thursday 1 November 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Artist Trading Coins

October came and went in a flash!  November sees the next Country View Crafts challenge which has been set by Deborah Wainwright.  Debs has chosen the theme of Artist Trading Coins.

A few months ago Danny at That Craft Place introduced me to these little beauties as he cuts and sells MDF versions.  In the beginning I didn't quite 'get' them.  But now, I am HOOKED!

Here is my first project

My project started with me creating a larger background.


I created a wrinkle free distress background using Distress Oxides.

Next I used Distress Micro Glaze through the Festive stencil.

I love the effect of this.  After each stencilling I used another distress oxide colour then dried them again.

Next, I used Distress Ink through the Starry stencil.

Once everything had dried I cut my Artist Trading Coin to size and added stamped wording around the edge using Archival Ink.

The poinsettia and bow were die cut and then edged using walnut stain distress ink.

To finish I edged my coin using black acrylic paint.

I had great fun creating this project.  These coins are addictive!

Do pop over to the blog and look at the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the design team.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with this month's challenge.  There is a gift voucher up for grabs for one lucky person if you join in with the CVC blog challenge.

Happy crafting!