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.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Jumbo tag and a farewell !

Today I'm sharing my second DT piece for Country View Crafts and it will also be my last. It's time to move on, I've enjoyed my time at CVC but there are other things brewing and I need to make time for them.

So, on to today's piece which is a jumbo tag !



I started by covering the tag with a piece of fabric. I then gave the whole thing a wash of watered down Tikka Fresco Finish paint.



I then used various stencils building up the background. The two words are made using a JOFY stencil and Grunge Paste. When the paste was dry I replaced the stencil and used Renaissance Treasure Gold and brushed it over the letters.


I used a fine detail brush and added a shadow to the letters using Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint.


The small tag is also covered with fabric and I've used Lin Brown's 006 stencil with Grunge Paste to create the leaves.


The flower is made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and I've cut it from Grunge Paper that I've also covered with fabric. I've then used Claret Fresco Finish paint over the fabric, the pattern on the fabric can still be seen as the paint is translucent.



The small flower in the centre is resin and I've painted it with Fresco Finish paint and brushed Renaissance Treasure Gold over the top. The two leaves are wooden and I've sponged Freco Finish paint over them.

There's still time for you to join in with this month's challenge of Word Play, I hope you get chance to join us !



Saturday, 9 August 2014

Butterfly journal page

I'm back with just a quick post again today as it's my turn to post over at eclectic Paperie. I was really inspired by one of Wendy Vecchi's journal pages recently, and this prompted me to play with the Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die. This was also quite timely as the new ePlay challenge over at eclectic Paperie is Embossing.


For all the details of how this page came together you'll need to hop over here.


Friday, 8 August 2014

Focussing on Art Parts !

Today I'm very lucky to be focussing on the fabulous Wendy Vecchi's Art Parts over at Frilly and Funkie.



I had a fabulous time making this project, for al the details you'll need to hop over to Frilly and Funkie.


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

PaperArtsy sneak peek !

It's a very exciting night tonight as I'm sharing a sneak peek of some brand new PaperArtsy goodies by the very talented Lin Brown !


So, for all the details you'll need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog !


Vintage Flight Journal

It's time for the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team to share our projects for the current challenge which is Vintage Travel, chosen by the lovely Nancy.


I decided to make a project with a male theme and used the lovely Artistic Outpost stamps. I started with two pieces of chipboard and used a Dylusions stencil and Wendy Vecchi's white Embossing Paste. While the stencil was still in place I used the little script stamp from the French Flight set and stamped into the paste.


When the paste was dry I started to layer up Fresco Finish paint. I started with orange shades and worked my way towards brown shades. I then did some stencilling using the Prima Checker stencil, TCW Onion Skin and Diamonds using French Roast Fresco Finish. The images are from the Artistic Outpost French Flight set and I've used Potting Soil Archival ink. All of the embellishments have been coated with black Fresco Finish paint and I then brushed some Onyxite Treasure Gold over them, including the metal corners.



The little balloon is from the Paris Exposition set and I've used Potting Soil Archival ink for this too. I wanted this journal to have the feeling and show signs of being well used so I added some thumb prints where the owner will have opened the journal without washing his hands from the oily work in his workshop.


I kept the back of the journal quite simple using the same colours and stencils.


I used the Tim Holtz Splatter stencil with black Fresco Finish to add some splats to resemble the sort of mark you'd find if you'd put the journal down on some oil.


 I lined inside the covers with card that I'd stamped with the ledger Artistic Outpost stamp using Potting Soil Archival ink. I rubbed some of the same ink over the pages, I don't think clean white pages would be found in a hot air balloon workshop!


I carried the finger prints through to the inside cover too, I had the vision of this journal being grabbed to make hurried notes when an idea struck !

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 fabulour projects.




Friday, 1 August 2014

Word Play !

It's the first of the month that must mean it's the start of a brand new challenge over at Country View Crafts. This month the challenge theme is Word Play, so we want to see you using words on your projects. I have taken the opportunity, yet again, to finish off a project started at one of the lovely Lin Brown's classes. We had lots of fun trying out new products and the accompanying techniques.


These pages started out with lots of spritzing of Colour Bloom sprays. If you've not used these sprays before they are a relatively new product from Prima. They have a wonderful sparkle to them and what's excellent is that you can refill the bottle to extend the life. I've used the JOFY flower stencil with Grunge Paste and when it was dry I've used Inktense pencils on them. I have definitely fallen in love with these ! I can see a purchase on the horizon ! The colours are fantastic and as the name suggests they are so intense too !


We also got to play with Gelatos, these are great for adding a shadow around your embossed items and they also blend together really well. I also did some stamping using the Ellen Vargo stamps with Cornflower Blue Archival ink.


The tag started out as the sample for experimentation but I rather liked the colours so added some more stamping and a couple of embellishments. I've used the Gelatos again around the tag to add a shadow. I used a lid from a hair mousse tin and Fresco Finish paint and pressed onto the pages to create the circles. To make the text pop a little more I've mounted all of the words onto mount board creating little tiles and then dabbed some more Fresco Finish paint around the edges with cut 'n' dry foam.

Journalling is something I never thought I would find enjoyable, how wrong could I be !

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.