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!

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Country View Challenges - Anything But Cute

I hope you are enjoying the inspiration from the Design Team so far this month.

Here is my second project for the Challenge

I started by brayering a panel with Buff Fresco Finish Chalk Paint.

I then lightly pressed paints from Seth Apter's Limited Edition paints for PaperArtsy onto my dry panel.  This is a technique that I learnt in a Seth Apter workshop a couple of years ago - so simple, and so effective. 

Once dry, I stamped various Seth stamps in the same colours.  I added some highlighting to some of the stamping.

Next, I die cut 3 Seth Apter dies .  These were then coloured in Mahogany and Midnight Fresco Finish.  I added further stamping to the star.

The die cuts were then added to the panel.

I stamped three words from a PaperArtsy Lin Brown stamp set.  I added white highlighting using a gel pen.

To finish I added a game spinner and a Tim Holtz brad.

This was a really fun project to make and I love the colours!  

Do pop over to the blog and see the rest of the amazing inspiration this month.  And it would be great if you joined in with the challenge - I always love seeing how we have inspired you.

Thanks for joining me........

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Just A Note.....

Tonight I am sharing a project on the PaperArtsy blog.  I have used the gorgeous new Seth Apter set of Fresco Finish Chalk Paints and Lynne Perrella stamps.

I've created a set of notecards using the detailed stamps on the background as well as the main images.

I decided to create a Masterboard.  I started by lightly brayering 3 of Seth's new Fresco Finish Chalk paints onto a sheet of Smoothy card stock.  I used Butter, Magic Moss and Double Denim.

I then used Blue Lagoon and Double Denim to stamp the key and small border images across the masterboard.

I used one of the larger images as a background on my masterboard and stamped it in Magic Moss.  I used a white gel pen to highlight parts of all of the images on the board, then cut it onto 3x3 inch squares.

I stamped my focal images and coloured them using the same paints, with added Blush for the faces.  As the paints are opaque I added a tiny amount of water to ensure that you could still see the detail underneath.  These images were cut out and added to a painted 'Butter' background.

The cards were then put together.

To finish, I stamped the word 'Hello' from the Emma Godfrey Mini.

I  was really happy with how my note cards turned out.  The paints and stamps worked perfectly together.  I also had loads of the masterboard left so I can make some more cards.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in and create your own art.

Thanks for joining me this evening.....

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Country View Crafts Challenges - Anything But Cute

Wow, February has come around far too quickly!

This month's theme at Country View Crafts is 'Anything But Cute' - so my mind was racing with lots of ideas.

Here is my project for the challenge

I started by adding Grunge Paste through a ScrapCosy PaperArtsy stencil.  I left this to completely dry over night.

For the next stage, I added PaperArtsy Infusions in Sunset Beach and Are You Cerise.  I spritzed with water and then dabbed with a paper towel to keep the effect soft.  I dried this and then repeated until I was happy with the effect.  I then edged around the tag using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I stamped Andy Skinner's 'Shabby Chic' stamps in Sepia to the right and side of the tag and added a scrap of lace at the bottom of the tag.

The dress form was die cut then coloured using Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress inks.  It was adhered to the tag and a ceramic butterfly added.

To finish, I added heart pins.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the challenge this month.  Make sure you pop over to the Challenge page to see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.

Thanks for joining me.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Anything Goes pt. 2 - Country View Crafts Challenges

Hi again.....  Today I am sharing my second project for January over at Country View Challenges.  The theme this month is 'anything goes' which is quite refreshing after seasonal crafting.

Here is my second project.....

I started by brayering Mermaid, Slate and a smidge of Baltic Blue Fresco Finish Chalk Paints onto a card stock panel.

Next, I randomly stamped background images from Visible Images 'Somewhere in Time' stamp set using Archival Ink.

I die cut the Weathered Clock and sponged it using Baltic Blue Fresco Finish Chalk paint.  I then added smidges of Classic Treasure Gold around the edges.

The Steampunk Man from Visible Images 'Ahead of our Time' stamp set was stamped in the corner of the panel using Jet Black Archival ink.  This ink was by far the best ink to use for such a large and solid image.  The weathered clock was then added over the image.

The word 'Time' and coordinating quote was stamped in the left corner.

To finish, I distressed the edges of the card stock and added Classic Treasure Gold.  This was then added to a blank panel and mounted to a card blank.

I think I am starting to shake off the 'seasonal' craft and enjoy other projects!

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with this months project.  Pop over to the blog to see mine and other inspiration for the month.

Thanks for joining me.

Monday, 8 January 2018

ATC Challenge Over At PaperArtsy

Tonight I am contributing on the PaperArtsy blog.  The challenges are back for 2018 and the first is ATC's.

ATC's are 'Artist Trading Cards' and so are designed to be 'traded' with others, but as you will see in my PaperArtsy post, they are also a useful way of getting yourself out of a rut or keeping for inspiration purposes.

Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the details of the ATC's that I created - you might even see a few sneak peeks while you are there!!

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with this fortnight's challenge - don't forget that if you join in and submit an entry you will be included in the random draw to win one of the fabulous PaperArtsy aprons.

Thanks for joining me.......

Monday, 1 January 2018

Anything Goes - Country View Crafts Challenges

A very Happy New Year to you all.

What better way to start a New Year than with a new challenge over at Country View Crafts.

After so much Christmas crafting I wanted to create something totally unrelated.  Here is my project for the month

I wanted to use some of my 'go to' products.

I started by cutting a panel of card stock and distress the edges.  Next, I stamped the female from 
Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stamp set.  I stamped this in Memento ink and then coloured the image using alcohol markers.

The next stage of my project was to colour a card blank using Distress Oxides in Blue China, Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber.  I flicked water over the ink to activate it and then edged the card using walnut stain.

I randomly stamped text into the background using walnut stain ink.  I then added the image to a gold panel and topped it to the card blank.

To finish I stamped a border and sentiment from Emma Godfrey PaperArtsy mini stamp set.

I really enjoyed creating this project, especially after me having to spend months with seasonal crafting.

Make sure you pop over to the blog to see the inspiration from the other design team members.  Thanks for joining me today.

Happy Crafting!