Saturday, 30 August 2014

Step x Step at Frilly and Funkie

Today is my turn to share a step x step over at Frilly and Funkie and I've taken the opportunity to make a birthday day for my other half's significant birthday.

We'll be tucked up in a cottage on the Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland on the special day which is on Monday, so need it keep this quiet until then !

For all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Jumbo Bloom !

I'm back today with just a short post as it's my turn to share a project over on the eclectic Paperie blog.

I've been playing with the Jumbo Tattered Florals die, which I am in love with ! For all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

PaperArtsy launch night !

Tonight is very exciting as it's the launch night of Lin Brown's new stamps and paints for PaperArtsy! I shared a sneak peek here but tonight I can share lots more ! These are the brand new stamp sets and there's a limited edition set of Frescos too !

So, onto my projects .......

I made a master sheet from Smoothy card that I first painted with Hint of Mint and then using masking tape created a checked design. I brayered over the top with Plum and Evergreen Fresco Finish paint. I cut a piece from this sheet to make the background of my card.

I stamped the branch over the top corner using the stamp from the ELB10 set using Evergreen Fresco Finish paint.
The tree from the ELB 10 set has been stamped with black Archival ink and clear embossed onto a small piece of card from the master sheet, cut into a tag shape and I’ve ripped the bottom edge at an angle. This is mounted on card that has been painted with Evergreen Fresco Finish. The word Noel has also been stamped and clear embossed then I’ve painted it using Plum Fresco Finish.

I stamped a border using the stamp from the ELB 12 set and mounted it onto some masking tape used to make the master sheet. The small tree is made using shrink plastic and the stamp from the ELB10 set. I’ve added some lace and buttons to finish. 

I cut a tag from Smoothy Heavy card and painted it with Evergreen Fresco Finish paint, dried it off and then added a layer of Crackle Glaze. Once this was dry a top layer of Hint of Mint Fresco Finish was painted over it. I stamped the holly from the ELB 10 stamp set using Evergreen Fresco Finish paint. 

The panel was cut from cardboard and I used Grunge Paste with the Lin Brown 001 stencil. I then painted it with Evergreen Fresco Finish paint and when dry, rubbed some Renaissance Treasure Gold over the top. The sentiment is stamped on to a piece of fabric that I’ve painted with Evergreen, then added a layer of Crackle Glaze and a top coat of Hint of Mint Fresco Finish. The bow is made from seam binding that I’ve painted with Plum Fresco Finish. I added a border of masking tape which I created a check design on and on top of that card that’s been stamped with the little tree from the ELB10 set.

I painted the chunky board with Hint of Mint Fresco Finish. I then stamped the border of trees using Evergreen Fresco Finish onto some tissue paper. I painted over the back with more Hint of Mint Fresco Finish and stuck the border to the board. I stamped the snowflakes from the ELB 10 set with Marlin Fresco Finish and when dry, I washed over them using watered down Hint of Mint.  I mixed some Marlin Fresco Finish with Grunge Paste and added some dots using the Lin Brown 001 stencil. 

The panel is made from cardboard and wooden coffee stirrers to make the frame. I painted it with Hint of Mint, then spread some Crackle Glaze over it and when dry, a coat of Evergreen Fresco Finish. I rubbed a little White Fire Treasure Gold around the edge. The sentiment is from the ELB12 stamp set and is stamped onto Smoothy card and I’ve sponged a little Evergreen Fresco Finish around the edge.  I then painted some Crunchy Paper with Evergreen and Plum Fresco Finish and die cut several flowers using the Scallop Flower die and layered them up, using a painted brad to hold everything together. The metal embellishment has been painted with Hint of Mint Fresco Finish and lightly brushed with White Fire Treasure Gold. 

All of the new release products are now available from your favourite PaperArtsy retailer.

Make sure you hop over to the PaperArtsy blog to check out Lin Brown's projects.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hip to be Square at Frilly and Funkie !

We're heading into the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie and it's now turn for the Funkie side of the team to share their projects. The lovely Jenny has set the challenge which is Hip to be Square.

So, for this challenge; we want you to create a 3D vintage or shabby chic project based on a cube shape. The Design Team have used Artist Trading Block cubes (available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and discounted an extra 15% during this challenge period - that's a $39.99 die on sale for just $27.19!) but let's be clear, you can use your own templates, dies or hand cut cubes if you would prefer. Decorate, embellish and alter them in any way you choose as long as they are cube shaped and have a vintage or shabby chic feel.

As an added bonus this fortnight we are teaming up with our friends at 'The Artists on the Block'. They have a dedicated Design Team using Eileen Hull Designs cubes (and many other 3D die cut shapes) in incredibly imaginative ways so make sure you take a look for some added inspiration. And with their companion challenge blog 'Art With Heart' having an 'Anything Goes' theme this month you've got the option to enter your creations there as well to be in with a chance to win a brand new Eileen Hull Designs die!

So with all the formalities out of the way, we'll move on to my project. I have to say the Frilly side of the team set the bar very high for this challenge and it took me a while to think what on earth I was going to do !

I started to think about how I could change the ATB so that it wasn't actually a cube anymore and the idea of a set of drawers popped into my head. I cut off one of the sides and cut it into four pieces. I then assembled the ATB and painted it with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint, when it was dry I spread Wendy Vecchi's Crackle Paste over the top. I then used Orange Blossom, Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival ink. I wanted it to look like a well worn, well loved piece of furniture

I thought it would fit nicely in the home of a single lady and this then led me to what would be on top of the drawers. I used a metal, vintage frame and added a piece of metal to the centre to create a mirror. The little journal is made from pages from an old book and I've added a little lace down the spine. The sun flowers are recycled from some gift packaging and the little key is from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique. Coming back from a walk in the country I imagined the owner to put her journal down with the key to the front door and the flowers she bought while out walking.

The drawer fronts are made from wooden coffee stirrers that I've glued to the pieces of mount board. I've then painted them with Fresco Finish paint and when dry I gave them a coat of Satin Glaze too.

All of the drawers have been lined with card that I've stamped using the Wendy Vecchi Vintage Tapestry background stamp and Hydrangea Archival ink.

I stamped the daisy from the Wendy Vecchi Daisy Art set on the sides of the drawers with Potting Soil Archival ink and then lightly painted them with Orange Blossom Archival ink. I wanted the image to be quite faint as though worn by time.I then dabbed Little Black Dress Fresco Finish paint around all the edges.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the fantastic projects from the rest of the DT.