Monday, 21 May 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Be Humourous - Part 2

Hello again,

Today I am sharing my second project for Country View Crafts Challenges.  The theme is 'be humourous'.

I teamed this with gel press experiments that I been playing with.

Here is my finished project:


Don't you just love happy accidents!!  That's exactly how this started.  I had been playing with my gel press and when I cleaned it off this was the print that appeared:


I just loved the depth and texture - for me, it just worked!

I then added some stamping, highlighting and scribbling - Kate Crane style!


Followed by a touch of gold paint.


I've recently purchased a couple of the awesome Carabelle printing plates and I kept my first experiment and decided to use it for this project.


The Dina Wakely image was stamped onto the hexagon and then the hat stamped onto scrap gel press print.

To finish I added a Tim Holtz Snarky quote to finish.


I really enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone this month!  I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge.  Don't forget, someone will be picked at random to win a voucher to spend in the shop!

Thanks for joining me.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

A Very Happy Birthday

Today is my dear friend, Wendy's birthday.  I have a very special present arranged for her in a couple of weeks and so wanted to create a special card to give to her on the day.


I wanted to show her how much her friendship means to me and so I used this wonderful Paper Bag studio image.  True friends really are like family and so this was perfect.  I added stencilling to the bottom left of the stamped image to add a filler.

The background was created using the Gel Press.  Blues are one of Wendy's favourite colour schemes and so I knew that this would be the scheme for the card.  I used my favourite PaperArtsy Fresco  Chalk Acrylic Paints and created my mono-printed background.  I also used Chalk Fresco Acrylic paint through a mini JOFY stencil.  At this stage I always go through the stage of not liking my creation, but I know that I have lots more layers to go.


Once this was dry, I added further stamping using a mini PaperArtsy script stamp and blue Archival ink and the amazing Seth Apter background stamp using black Archival ink (I must add that this has soon become a stamp that I use so often it is always on my desk!!).  I also used the Stampotique Kate Crane Marks cube to add some lines and scratches.


I then started to highlight areas in white and add some scribbling (Kate Crane told me that I would never look back once I got used to scribbling and she was right!).


To finish my background, I added gold dashes in a few areas.

To complete my card I added some dried flowers (one of my flower loving friends will be able to tell me what these are).  I also added a scribbled border and a stamped sentiment.

I hope that Wendy has a fabulous birthday and I hope that she loves her card, and then just as the birthday celebrations are over, it will be time for her weekend away with me.

Thanks for joining me.

Happy crafting!



Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Happy Anniversary To My Two Favourite People!

Today is my Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary.

Here is the card that I made for them


I have had the stamp for years.  I purchased it from Simply Craft in Cardiff.  It is one of my favourite images.

Here, I stamped it onto paper that I aged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

The main background paper is from 7 Gypsies that I purchased from PaperArtsy at a show last year.  I just love this paper and have spent so much time stroking it, so I decided to use it.

I wanted to make the focal image stand out and so kept it simple.

To finish, I drew a gold border and made a display of flowers, beads and heart pins.

A perfect way to show my Mum and Dad that I love them!  Here's wishing them a fabulous day.

Thanks for joining me.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Be Humourous

I am actually in disbelief that we are into May!!  This year is just whizzing by!

Here is my first project for Country View Crafts this month.


This challenge really was a challenge for me - I am not known for my 'humour' - so it really pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

I used the wonderful Crazy Cats  stamp set from Tim Holtz, teamed with a fun quote from Dyan Reaveley.  

I kept the card very simple so that the image and the quote stood out.

I hope you join in with the challenge this month - it was fun.  Pop over to the blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team.  And don't forget, if you do join in you will be in with a chance to win a gift voucher to spend in the shop.

Thanks for joining me.






Sunday, 29 April 2018

Mixed Media Delight

Yesterday I was lucky enough to share a mixed media project with a wonderful group of ladies.

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I shared this project last week as my submission for the April Country View Crafts project.  It is based on a few techniques demonstrated by the very talented Hels Sheridan that she shared some years ago.

Here is my finished project

   

I won't share how I made this, but I will tell you what goodies I used in my creation.

It is full of looked of yummy mixed media products:

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints
JOFY PaperArtsy stamps
Emma Godfrey PaperArtsy stencils

I had 8 ladies at the workshop, all of varying skill level.


Everyone was amazingly tidy and so quiet!


What I loved is that everyone created a completely individual project.  Here are the finished designs:



Didn't everyone do ace?!  I loved seeing individuality coming through.  Everyone left with a project they were really happy with.

I hope you like our projects as much as we loved making them!

Thanks for joining me......Happy crafting!

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!