Sunday, 7 February 2016

Crackle Inspired Tags

Leandra's been on periscope again and this time she showed a few techniques with the PA crackle glaze and the fresco paints. I tried a couple of them out as you can see above and this is probably the best crackle I've ever achieved with this product.

And this is what I did with them.

Close up of the multi-colours and stamping through the crackle.

I used a couple of stamped fabric pieces from a workshop I attended last year as I didn't want to cover too much up.

Might just need to add some fibres to this one.

Close up of the crackle with limelight, yellow submarine, tango and plum painted over the top, then sanded back especially around the edges as I wanted a very grungy, distressed look.

Close up of the die cut cogs.

Background cogs were stamped in timber brown stazon over the crackled tag.

A Vintage Journey have a theme of industrial, so I'd like to enter this tag.

First Love

Over at That's Crafty they have a theme of first love, mine is DecoArt products, once I started using them, I fell in love with them!!

I used a thick mdf atc, painted it in romance chalky paint, stamped a french script stamp around the edges in black stazon.

I went back and added some fibres to the idea-ology metal embellishment, another first love.

Close up of the heart, stencilled through with modelling paste, stamped on and outlined in a black sharpie pen and finished off with the idea-ology arrow.

All products are from the DecoArt range.

PaperArtsy also have a theme of hearts.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Leandra Inspired Tags

Another of the techniques on the scopes Leandra demo'd was two corners and the middle with two colours. I first learnt this with Sue at Paper Paradise, but I think Sue got it from Leandra!! I gave this tag quit a few white washes to fade everything into the background.

I was going to use different colours but I still had loads left on my craft mat, so did the same again. After I'd stamped in the background I knocked it back with the white, but wanted it darker than the first tag so went back in with the colours.

After my first layer of paint I stamped an Ellen Vargo criss cross stamp in blue all over the tag. After about six layers you can still just about see the lines, top left half way down. I also did the stencil bumping on the right hand side.

I guestimated where abouts the face was going to go and added some off white, another of Leandras traits. This is a Paper Bag Studio image stamped in black stazon.

So for both tags I have used exactly the same colours yet they have turned out so different, due to all the different layers.

I think you can still watch the Periscopes as they are listed on ''. Just search for PaperArtsy or click here.

Country View Crafts have a theme of making your own backgrounds.

Bumped Heart

Over at PaperArtsy Leandrea has been periscoping all week and showing us peeks of the new products, but along with these she has been sharing techniques, all of which she's shared previously, but it was great to have a re-cap.

She reminded us of the stencil bump technique, it's so easy and looks so effective.

White washes to build up the layers and move things into the background, stamping and stencilling.

I used a Paper Bag Studio stamp for my main image, stamped in purple stazon.

PaperArtsy also have a theme of hearts this week.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Inspired Tags

Tonight I was inspired by a few people to have another play, I watched Leandra from PA on periscope making a couple of tags, Debs had put a post on fb about creating a background for a new challenge on Country View Crafts and Amanda had blogged a couple of fab tags, so off I went. I decided to paint two tags using the same technique and similar colours.

This was painted with the multi surface satin paint and is much brighter and smoother that the other one. All the stamping is also done in the same paint. The only ink on the tag is the cactus green around the bottom of the stem using an Andy Skinner stamp from the industrial set.

I used the DecoArt chalky paints for this tag, the colours are much duller and the finish is a little rougher but it still looks great. Again all the background images are also stamped with the paints.

All paint products are from DecoArt chalky and multi surface satin range.

I'd like to enter into the Country View Crafts and PaperArtsy challenges.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Cogs and Hearts Canvas

Texture paste and mircobeads painted on the canvas, when dry painted with night sky multi surface satin, copper metallic lustre used to hi-light the textures from the microbeads. Lots of embellishments and die cuts added to create the collage.

Close up of the crackled heart and the wooden cogs.

Close up of the microbeads.

All products used are from the DecoArt range.

DecoArt Rust

Another corrugated background painted with black media paint, die cut clock washed over in silver, heart bubbled with decoupage matte glue, painted with black media paint and the texture pulled out with copper metallic lustres. The lock die cut has been made to look rusty using texture sand paste and media paints.

All products used are from the DecoArt media range.

Hearts for PaperArtsy

Die cut hearts and clock mounted on background, wooden crackled heart, stamped and mounted.

PA mini splats stamp used on the crackled heart.

More die cuts, haven't used corrugated for a long while, so this is my base. More die cuts mounted and a wooden stamped heart to finish, again using PA minis, script and the face.

Atc's for That's Crafty

That's Crafty wanted to see some atc's this week.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Left Handed Doodles

Covered the pages with various colours of paint using a baby wipe to blend them. Stamped white paint with bubble wrap. Using my left hand, black paint and a paint brush I doodled as best I could on the pages.

With my right hand I added some further doodling, some stamping in black paint and hand wrote the words.

I know you can't see them very well, but they are there, so I am entering into this weeks PA challenge with a theme of hearts.

Miniature Cabinets

These little cabinets measure 9 cm x 10 cm. This is the outer cover and was made for a birthday present for a friend.

And this is the inside housing miniature items made from beads, findings, wires, leather, 3d foam and charms.

Close up of the miniatures. The case and shelves are made from chipboard.

This is another one I made again for a friends birthday. Close up of the miniatures.

This is the cover, again it measures 9cm x 10 cm.

And this is it open. It's quite sturdy and free standing.

I hope they like them as they were fun to make.

To see how to make them check out this YouTube video from Jennings644, she makes some fabulous things.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Another Dabble

I felt the need for another play when I got home tonight, this is what I ended up with.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Just Doodling

This really is nothing more than a chilling out doodling page. I opened a page in my buried journal and just wanted to get my fingers messy. 

PA challenge is hearts.

Another Birthday Card & Envie

And today is Chris's birthday and this is the card that I made for her.

Close up of the bottom right corner.

And the front of the envelope.

And lastly the back.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Powertex Play with Polystyrene

I wanted to have a play today with the transparent powertex. I decided to play with a couple of pieces of polystyrene.

I painted them with black gesso and used a PA mini script to stamp in white gesso. I stamped in black stazon onto the piece of mulberry bark.

I wanted to see if I could make some of the fabric pieces stand out on their own again, like I did last weekend with the lace in the hoop on the Stone Art workshop.

I then did the other side of the heart.

This is the base, it has the stamped mullery bark draped over it.

And this is how the tassels came out, very impressed they are all free standing.

I used a wooden BBQ skewer to join the two pieces together.

I added a couple of pieces of lace in heart shapes and placed a piece of fabric down the middle.

PaperArtsy have a theme of hearts this time around and there is a powertex challenge on for valentines so been as I have a heart and some French script what could be better!!


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Hi I'm Sam, 44, birthday in October - Any piece of art gratefully rec'd - Thanks. OH, Martin, been together 25 years and still no plans to get married!!! We love spending time with our pupster, especially when the weather is dry and we get to take him to the woods. I love any sort of crafting and would say that I am adventurous with new materials. We love going skiing in any winter resort, but mainly the States or Canada, they have better snow!! We lost our first beardie, Max, August 2006 at a ripe old age of 14 and 1/4. Since then Frazzie has come along, he is now 8 years and 4 months old and is still a little Bugger, Bugger!!! Unfortunately in December 2008 we lost Alfie at 14 months old after only having a short time of 7 weeks loving and caring for him. He found a good buddie in Fraz and loved him to bits.

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