Thursday, 17 April 2014

Getting around to it...

So, as promised I'm back today to share what I'd originally made for the Frilly and Funkie challenge. It all went pear shaped when I read the bit about Spring....mmmm ..... there was no going back at this point, which ever way you look at it I couldn't make my project Spring related.

The good thing to come out of all this is that I've actually got round to using a Configuration Box that I bought years ago !

I started by covering the insides of the small boxes with paper from the Tim Holtz Crowded Attic set. I then gave them a wash of watered down Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. (This is where all the little squares of paper came from on my tag from yesterday !) The outside of the box has been covered using the wrapping strip from the PaperArtsy Chatsworth collection. I've used Tissue Tape around all of the joins, gluing it down with a dab of Matt Medium where it overlaps as it doesn't stick to itself.

I recently took the plunge and bought some Ice Resin, I've been itching to have a go with it since I went to one of Lin Brown's classes last year.  So, I first of all made a mold using Susan Lenart Kazmer Moulding Putty and a resin flower. The lesson I learnt here was always make sure you have a flat bottom ! It makes it really difficult to leave the resin to set when your mold keeps wanting to roll over !

I was really pleased with the result, it came out beautifully ! I rubbed a little Onyxite Treasure Gold over the edges to highlight them. I've stuck it to a piece of a coaster that I've covered with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint, then a layer of Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Embossing Paste. I've used a little Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival ink around the edges. The beautiful butterflies are Prima Ingvild Bolme's resin butterflies and I've just rubbed the edges with some Potting Soil Archival ink.

While I was still in the Ice Resin mode I cut a picture from one of the sheets from the Tim Holtz Crowded Attic papers and stuck it into the oval bezel. As it didn't quite cover the whole thing I sprinkled in some tiny ball bearings then filled it with Ice Resin.

I've also been dabbling with my Melt Pot and the heart in the top left box is made from UTEE that I've poured onto a Texture Tread and then used a cookie cutter. When it was dry I painted with it with Fresco Finish paints and rubbed some Classic Treasure Gold over the raised parts.

The scroll piece on the top is a Tando chipboard piece and I've painted it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint then used more of Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Embossing Paste. To give it a little rusty appearance I've rubbed some Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival ink around the edges. 

There's another product that I've been itching use and that's the Honeycomb paper. I die cut the shape using the Tim Holtz Mini Sewing Room die andI've rubbed some Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the edges. The beautiful clock button is by Prima.

For the base that the door knob is mounted on I've painted a piece of a chipboard coaster and then used the Prima Checked stencil with more of Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste (can you tell I love this stuff!). When it was dry I rubbed Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival ink around the edges. The metal clock ring is a Finnabair Prima Vintage Mechanicals and I've rubbed some Onyxite Treasure Gold over it and also over the centre of the door know. The boddice in the right hand box is another of Ingvild Bolme's resin pieces and I've rubbed more archival ink around the edge. The gorgeous, ornate feet are of course from Tim Holtz, and I've rubbed more Onyxite Treasure Gold over them.

I'm not sure you can see on the above photo, but I've melted some Beeswax and then using a brush let it dribble down the sides. The wax sets as it runs so you get these lovely dribbles.

I've not descibed every little piece I've added as I don't want to completely bore you to tears !

I hope you've enjoyed today's project, I certainly had a ball making it even though I'd got my wires crossed !

I'm also entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Winged Things (I've used butterflies).

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Always read the small print !

Well, if not the small print then the whole description for a challenge ! I had all good intentions of getting ahead and checked what I needed to do for today's Funkie post over at Frilly and Funkie. Had lots of fun making the project only to find I'd not read the description properly ! So, today's project is some what slimmed down from what I did make, which I will share with you on another day.

Trace is our host for the current challenge and this is what she has to say:

All you need to do is make any vintage style project that is inspired by the onset of spring. Your project must include wings somewhere... either in the form of birds, bees or butterflies. 

So, on to plan B ! I cut a large tag from white card, as I'd run out of the jumbo tags that I normally use from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique. I then covered it with squares of paper that were left over from the original project. I gave the whole thing a coat of Matt Medium glue and when it was dry then gave it a white wash coat of watered down Snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

I used more Fresco Finish paint watered down and kept drying in between layers. I then dry brushed around the joins of the pieces of paper.

I used the Dylusions Leaf flourish stencil around one side and did more stencilling using the TCW Reverse Chicken Wire and the Tiny Circles.

I stencilled the thistles using a TCW stencil and Fresco Finish paints, replacing the stencil in between each layer to build up the colour. I've used the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather set for the sentiment at the bottom. The little bird is die cut using the Tim Holtz mini cage and bird die and I've blended Distress Ink over it.

The rest of the stamps are from the Artistic Outpost Flower Market set and I've used black Archival ink.

The large butterfly embellishment is one of the gorgeous Ingvild Bolme Butterfly Resins. I've used Fresco Finish paints just to add a hint of colour. To finish I've added a filigree metal corner, lace, buttons and velvet ribbon.

Even though I had to change tack I quite like it in the end !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge, there's still a week to go !

Monday, 14 April 2014

Blue Bird Fly !

Hello  and welcome to my new followers, it's lovely to have you here ! I'm sharing just a sneak peek today of my project for eclectic Paperie.

This journal page was inspired by a lovely day in the country and watching the birds flitting around the trees. For all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Fantastic Day !

Yesterday I had a fantastic day as I taught my When the Heart Speaks canvas class at Artist Trading Post in Wirksworth. There were 8 lovely ladies who produced some absolutely gorgeous pieces of art !

Everyone here is concentrating on getting everything stuck down ready to paint.

Now it's all stuck it was time to get stuck in (pardon the pun!) with the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints.

After all the concentrating and painting here is Pam's beautiful project.

This beautiful piece is Gill's, the greens with the red is so effective !

Sheila went for the hearts on the slant, which looks fabulous !

Ruth used the beautiful lilac shades and mixed her own colour of Dylusions for her wooden hearts too!

Paula chose the gorgeous turquoise shades with a little hint of black.

Karen started off with turquoise then changed direction to the more subtle blues, either way it turned out fantastic !

Rose created a gorgeous effect with the brown shades and also mixed her own colour for one of her wooden hearts !

Last, but by no means least, is Marilyn's beautiful project, the red hearts really pop.

The day was absolutely fabulous, lots of laughter and lots of messy hands by the end, which is always a good sign of a fun, crafty day !

There's still a couple of places left on the 24th May class if you'd like to join me. Would love to see you!