Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Hope part 2 !

When I made my Hope tag, which you can find here, I said that it would form part of a journal page. Well today I'm sharing the page in full over on the Eclectic Paperie blog.



Here's just a sneak peek of how the page turned out, you'll have to hop over here for all the details.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Art in Bloom

Hello ! It's my turn to post a project on the Country View Crafts Updates blog today.



I've dusted off my Gelli Plate for this tag. This is a sneak peek, but for all the details you'll need to hop over here.


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

One for my Mum !

Today's project is one that I made with my Mum in mind. This post is dedicated to her as well, as she has recently bought a Nexus tablet and loves it to pieces ! Now that she has the technology she can visit my blog so this is a little surprise for her !

This project is also my DT piece for Frilly and Funkie where the current challenge is the 'Warmth of Winter' which was chosen by the lovely Rebecca.

Here's what Rebecca has to say:

This time of year, we can bring warmth to those who are feeling the chill!  Create a card or project that will warm the heart of someone dear to you.


I started by painting this little wooden house with Sage Fresco Finish paint. I then mixed some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste with Hey Pesto Fresco Finish paint and used one of the Prima masks.


I then painted the top part of the house with Crackle Glaze and brushed Hey Pesto Fresco Finish over the top. When it was dry I then sanded it slightly to give it a shabby look.


I painted a piece of card with Honey Dew Fresco Finish paint then used the background stamp from the Wendy Vecchi Heirloom Art set and more Hey Pesto FF and stamped onto the card. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and is stamped with Fern Archival ink. (Can't wait to get my hands on the new Archival inks!) This is then mounted onto a piece of card that I've stamped with the Wendy Vecchi Reverse Dots background stamp, again using Fern Archival ink.


I die cut loads of flowers using the Tattered Flowers strip die and painted them with Fresco Finish paints, I also painted the lace with the same colour. The leaves have been cut using the Tim Holtz Spring Greenery strip die and I've painted them with Fresco Finish paint too. I've added little dots to the centre of the flowers using a Viva Paper Pen.


I've used a filigree metal corner in the apex of the roof and rubbed some Treasure Gold around the edges and over the raised surface of the embossing paste.


As the house had a hole in the centre I've covered the back with some card that I've stamped with the Wendy Vecchi Mesh background stamp, again using Fern Archival ink. You can  see the join, unfortunately, in my stamping but as it's on the back I didn't think that was too much of a problem. What do you think Mum ?

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Hope !

Today I'm sharing my Eclectic Paperie DT project for the current eTeam picks challenge which is 'Hope'.


I started with a jumbo tag and used the Mini Cubist stencil and Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste. I then painted the whole thing with Glue 'n' Seal to protect it and started to blend Fresco Finish paint over the top using a baby wipe.


I then used the Mini Small Circles stencil with more Fresco Finish paint and did some random stamping with the PaperArtsy Mini 44. The letters are cut from mount board using the WordPlay die and I've painted them with a mixture of French Roast and Claret Fresco Finish paint. The lace and the birdcage have also been painted with this combination too.


The flower is made from a die cut piece of Crinoline and the top two layers are left over canvas resist flowers from the Finnabair workshop I did last year. I've painted them with Fresco Finish Spanish Mulberry and then sponged some French Roast around he edges. The leaves are die cut using the Tim Holtz Garden Greens die and I've painted them with Fresco Finish painted and then stamped script over them.


The butterfly is by Petaloo and I've lightly brushed some Fresco Finish paint over the wings. The ribbon is seam binding and I've brushed it with watered down Fresco Finish paint and then stamped onto it using the Wendy Vecchi mesh background stamp.

My intention is that this tag will form part of a journal page, so this is part 1 !


Sunday, 19 January 2014

Monochromatic no.2 !

Today I'm sharing my second DT project for Country View Crafts, where the current theme is Monochromatic.


I took the opportunity to make a couple of cards for this month's challenge as family birthdays seem to congregate around Christmas so this was exactly what I needed to get ahead of myself ! For the background on this card I pressed Distress Inks on to my craft mat and spritzed them with water and pressed the card into the ink. Then I used the TCW clocks stencil with Gathered Twigs DI and stamped the cogs from an old PaperArtsy stamp set using Sepia Archival ink.


The vertical panel has been stamped with a stamp from the Hot Picks 1218 set and I've blended lots of DI over it and distressed the edges.



The main image is also from the 1218 set and I masked it off and stamped the cogs again. I embossed a small tag using the Tim Holtz cogs folder and used Gathered Twigs DI over it. The brads have been hammered to within an inch of their life ! (Had great fun doing this!) I wanted them to look like beaten up rivets.


For the badge I painted some cardboard with Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint, then added a coat of Crackle Glaze and used Irish Cream Fresco Finish on top. I then stamped the badge and cut it out and rubbed some Treasure Gold around the edge.

You've still got plenty of time to join us for this challenge as we've still nearly 2 weeks to go.



Friday, 17 January 2014

Another Happy Birthday !

So here we are at Friday again, I can't believe how quickly this week has gone ! I've been meaning to post this card all week but kept getting side tracked ! This card is for my best friend, she doesn't check my blog so I'm safe sharing it, I hope !


I used Speciality Stamping paper for the background and put some Sail Boat, Aqua and Denim alcohol inks with some Silver mixative and Blending Solution on to my craft mat. Then I 'swooshed' the card into the liquid. I then used a blending tool with some felt and more Blending Solution to even out the ink. I  used the Wendy Vecchi Spots and Stripes stencil with more Blending Solution. I used the 3 Flourishes stencil and did the 'bumping' technique using Fresco Finish paints. I stencilled the numbers using the Wendy Vecchi Classic Words stencil and used the Spots and Stripes stencil and added some dots. I have to say I really liked how this turned out !


I painted a piece of PaperArtsy Smoothy card then stamped it using the Wendy Vecchi Mesh background stamp and Lake Wannaka Fresco Finish paint. I then stamped the flower from the Forever Art set and then painted it with watered down Fresco Finish paint. I layered it onto a piece of card stamped with text and the bottom layer is stamped with Cornflower Blue Archival ink using the Reverse Dots background stamp.


The leaves are cut using the new Tim Holtz Spring Greenery strip die and have been sponged lightly with Fresco Finish paint. The flower is die cut using the Tattered Flower strip die, painted and then stamped with some text. I added the key paper clip and the sentiment to finish.

I hope you're all set for the week end and you've got some crafty time planned !

Friday, 10 January 2014

Happy Birthday!

It's my turn to share a project over on the Eclectic Paperie blog today, so I'm just sharing a sneak peek and you'll find all the details here.



Having seen all the wonderful new Wendy Vecchi products that are being shared at the CHA show as we speak, I decided to use lots of Wendy stamps and stencils for this birthday card. Can't wait to get my hands on the new stuff !

Hope you like it !

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

PaperArtsy Sneak Peek !

I'm back with my second post for today and I'm so excited to be sharing a sneak peek of my first PaperArtsy project for 2014 ! If you read my post earlier today you'll know that part of my New Year Resolutions is to be more organised and this project is following that theme.


For all the details of this project you'll need to hop over here.  Needless to say I had an absolute ball making this with lots of Fresco Finish paints !


New Year Resolutions at Frilly and Funkie

It's time for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie DT to share their New Year Resolutions, which is the current challenge. The Frilly side of the team shared their fabulous projects last week, so if you've not seen them yet make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check them out.

I thought long and hard about what I could make for my project and decided that I could combine a couple of resolutions into one. I find that with the amount of crafting that I do and working full time, keeping myself organised and one step ahead is imperative so that the wheels don't fall off ! I also believe that keeping a positive attitude toward life is really important, though sometimes it can be a little tough ! So with all that in mind I decided to make a little book that I can carry with me. In this book I can keep all of the deadline dates I need to work to but also I've used a quote from the lovely Wendy Vecchi which I think really says it all. So, enough waffling !


For the background of the covers I screwed up a piece of white card then flattened it out and blended Bundled Sage DI over it and I ironed it on the reverse. It creates a wonderful pattern and as it's been ironed it's flat enough to stamp or stencil on to.


This is the front cover and you can see the quote I referred to earlier. This really strikes a chord with me so I thought it was perfect for my little book. I've used Wendy's stencils and on the front cover I've used From the Garden for the leaves using Green Olives Fresco Finish paint. The numbers are from the Classic Words stencil and I've used Ripe Persimmon DI. I've also used the reverse chicken wire stencil with Gathered Twigs DI. The centre panel is cut from thick cardboard and is the centre piece from the Ornate Frame die. I painted it with Green Olives Fresco Finish paint then added a layer of Crackle Glaze and the top coat is Guacamole Fresco Finish. The sentiment is from Wendy Vecchi's Be Happy....Make Art stamp set and is stamped with Fern Green Archival ink. I've rubbed some Green Amber Treasure Gold around the edge of the panel. I've then mounted it onto a piece of mount board that I've used Tissue Tape around the edge to neaten it up.


The back cover has been made in the same way and I've used the lovely Layered Tree stencil and Distress Inks. The little butterflies and binoculars are from a mini set of Tim Holtz stamps that we were given at his workshop last August.


Not only did I decide to have an inspirational quote on the cover but also on the tabs inside ! I used the On the Edge Tabs die and cut enough for each month of the year.  For the inside of the covers I used the Wendy Vecchi background stamp called Vintage Tapestry and stamped it with Fern Green Archival ink.


For all of the months I used one of those small alphabet sets and just stamped the first 3 letters of each month and stuck it to the tab.

To bind the whole thing together I dusted off my Bind it All (it really was very dusty!) and I have to say I'm quite proud that I managed to bind it all together on the first attempt ! I've not really had much success with it in the past but you never know it might make a come back !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work !




Sunday, 5 January 2014

Follow your heart

I was hoping to get this posted earlier today but time ran away with me, as it always seems to do when I'm in my craft room ! This is my DT project for the current Get Altered challenge over at eclectic Paperie. I had an absolute ball making this, I have to be honest, it was an afternoon of pure indulgence !



I started with a canvas and decided to use up some die cut letters and numbers that I'd previously cut using my Word Play die. When I attended a recent Finnabair workshop one of the things that stuck with me was when Anna said that you can use anything on your projects so I thought why not these die cut letters and numbers ! As they are made from mount board I gave them a coat of Glue 'n' Seal so they didn't start to fall apart when I applied the paint. I've also used some metal embellishments, some lace and buttons. I then gave it a coat of Stone Fresco Finish paint. The two larger hearts are wooden and I've used the TCW Spinning Tops stencil with Wendy Vecchi's Translucent embossing paste. Once dry I sprayed the larger one with Dirty Martini Dylusions spray, then decided that I didn't want to use green and sprayed it with Cherry Pie. The result was this really deep red, which I loved ! The smaller wooden heart was sprayed in the same way but it didn't go as deep a colour.


I then started to build up layers of paint starting with Irish Cream, then Moccha Mousse FF. I used a baby wipe to blend the paint around the edges of the embellishments.


I continued adding the paint and getting darker with each layer. I moved on to Chocolate Pudding and finally I added some French Roast but only around the edges and in the very centre of the embellishments next to the hearts.


I used the Spinning Top stencil again with Chocolate Pudding FF and added just a little stencilling to break up the plain areas. I then started to use Treasure Gold to highlight the embellishments. I used Ruby on the metal rose and Onyxite on the letters and numbers. Then I used Classic over the clock and around the edges.


The sentiment is from the Wendy Vecchi Love to Make Art stamp set, and I've broken it up into separate parts and blended Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks around the edge.

I hope you've all recovered from the festive break ! Make sure you hop over to the eclectic Paperie blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year ! 

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and your New Year has started well ! 

Today is the start of the new challenge over at Country View Crafts and the challenge for the next month is Monochromatic. Now, I hadn't realised until I started this project that I do seem to lean towards monochromatic schemes quite a bit, so this came together quite easily.


I had lots of fun with Fresco Finish paints to make this card. I love the new blues so they were my first choice. I started with the background and used a baby wipe with Lake Wanaka. I then used the PaperArtsty Mini 96 Swirl and stamped it with Space Cadet FF. The script is stamped Snowflake FF using Mini 44. The vertical panel is a piece of cotton fabric that I've stamped using Archival Black ink and a Lynne Perella stamp from the 014 set.  I then frayed the edges before attaching it to the card.


The main image is also from the Lynne Perella 014 set and I've painted some card with Vintage Lace FF, dried it and then stamped the image on top. This way all of the skin areas are the right colour. I then painted the background of the image again with FF and cut her out. The flower is one that I had left over from the recent Finnabair workshops that I attended. They are great to paint and I also rubbed some White Fire Treasure Gold around the petals. The roman numerals are also left over from the Finnabair workshops. Some lace and buttons and that finishes the card !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous work.