Friday, 31 May 2013

Fabric Painting

Over at the PA blog this week Darcy has been wowing us with all sorts of things.  She made a fabulous bag which you can see here.  Now I can't freehand draw, so I stamped some images onto different weaves of fabric with black stazon.

Then I set about painting them with Fresco paints, and when I say painting, I mean just blobbing some colours on here are there, painting really isn't my thing, it takes far too long!!!

Then for the last couple of nights she has wowed us with a fabulous house of books which you can see here and here as it's in two parts.  

I decided to use my biggest painted fabric image and attach it to a card using a large zig-zag stitch done on the sewing machine.  I decided to distress the edges by fraying the fabric. But before that I preped the tag with grunge paste and stamped into it with a line image.  Coloured it with baltic blue and French roast fresco paints and then went back in with snowflake to accentuate the stamping pretty much like Darcy did for her door.

Considering I didn't know what I was going to do with it, it came out okay.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Treasure Gold Plaque Inspired by PA

Darcy is back again with project #2, to see what she made and how she made it click here.  I didn't need to make any storage so I decided to try out the treasure golds on a MDF Man plaque instead.  I wasn't quite sure what Darcy meant when she said she'd used the brush bath to make the TG go further, so I coated the plaque in the brush bath liquid and applied the 7 colours of TG with my finger.  This didn't seem to have any effect so then I dipped the brush in the liquid and painted it over the TG and it moved around!!!

I used black fresco paint to cover the edges and create a border.

And I knew I wanted to use some of the new stencils I picked up from Sincerely Yours show on Sunday.  So I simply sponged black paint through two of them and left it at that as I didn't want to cover too much of the background.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Black, white and orange

I played with one of the MDF plaques I picked up yesterday purely to see how they took the PA fresco paints, and my answer is very well indeed.  I used a mix of haystack, pumpkin soup, autumn fire, brown shed and smoked paprika.  I stamped the main image and banner from the LP #5 plate, the rest are from ink and the dog plates.  I used a white posca pen for all the hi-lighting and the black one for the outside doodle and to frame it.  The zip is a Prima one that I picked up yesterday and I love it coz it's matt white.

PA Coasters

Over on the PA blog it's Darcy's turn to wow us this week.  She's gone for a coaster overhaul which you can see here.

Now usually spray inks, stencils and me just don't mix, have no idea why, but it usually looks a complete mess.

Luckily for me on this occasion, it worked out okay!!

Knocked it back with snowflake fresco paint.

I don't have many flower stamps, but felt I needed something 'open' as in not blocks of black in, so I went for this Stampotique flower and swirl, but couldn't resist a bit of text. I think that text from the PA Ink and the Dog backgrounds plate is my most used stamp!!

Then I swiped it back with a baby wipe to give it a distressed look. I now wish I'd used a more contrasting colour of Adirondack colour wash, but never mind.

And finally a couple of coats of satin glaze to seal it.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sincerely Yours - Lincoln

I picked up this little stash from the Sincerely Yours Papercrafts show at Lincolnshire Show Ground today. The wood stuff is from the MDF man, my very first Andy Skinner stencil and a few from Imagination Crafts, some Prima zips, pack of red card, a postcard sized chunky canvas and I managed to find some cotton reels!!!

An Oriental Delight

It was my friend, Neet's birthday in March and I missed it due to just getting back from holiday.  She is a designer and demo-er for Oyster Stamps who run the Sincerely Yours craft shows.  She is demo-ing today at the Lincoln show.  So I decided to surprise her by not only going but also giving her this make as a belated birthday pressie!!!  She should like it as her favourite colours are purple and lime green and she loves anything oriental.  

The main image is from the new LP #23 plate and stamped in stazon on crackly tissue paper.  Fresco paint colours, eggplant, guacamole, pansy, hey pesto, snowflake and limelight.  The frame is built up of a combination of lots of the newer TH alteration and movers and shapers dies.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Text, Text, Text

This week on the Stampotique challenge blog they have a theme of text.  I really enjoyed making this hanging and to be honest I think it's one of the best things I've made using the Stampotique stamps.

The flower was coloured in mustard seed and ripe persimmon distress ink and spritzed with water before stamping, this blended the colours.  The flower was masked off and Versamark was used to stamp the script and covered with sunflower UTEE.  Again I masked the flower and covered the card with festive berries distress stain. I buffed it up and the script has really popped through.  

I stamped the dragonfly in black stazon onto white card and cut it out. I stamped it again in ultramarine onto acetate, cut it out and stuck it over the top.  It still needed a bit more colour, so I stained the wings on the white card with peacock feathers distress stain.  

Really love how the whole thing came together.

***Edited*** Festive berries is red NOT pink!!!!

Friday, 24 May 2013

Oriental Tag

Over on the PA blog Carol show cased her second project of an oriental tag.  To see what she did look here.

I followed what Carol did to create the background. I used blue UTEE instead of gold, some of which beaded up and some just totally melted!! I used the holed scallop on the bottom of the tag and threaded fibres through.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Beaded Hanging Board

Over on the PaperArtsy blog it's Carols turn to wow us this week.  To find out what she made and follow along, click here.

I painted the board in pansy and my lovely mate Emma kindly sent me some of the Golden coarse fibre medium that she picked up from Cass Art when we were down at Ally Pally.  So I used this through the harlequin stencil as Carol did.

Now to my beaded trim, well it actually started off white as above, and after I'd had the alcohol inks to the beads and the French roast fresco to the ribbon, it turned out like the top photo.

And here is the finished piece. I pretty much followed what Carol did except I added some script in black stazon and over stamped in versamagic cloud white to fill in the gaps and used ribbon on the hanger as I couldn't face stringing fiddly beads!!

Friday, 17 May 2013

DD TIO & PA Inspiration

This tag is a bit of a combination of a technique that France showed us over on day #1 of the PA blog using crunchy wax paper and a brayer and the recipe over at Dragons Dream TIO blog of a light bulb, yellow and wire.

I used haystack fresco paints for the background, I used mustard stazon to stamp the TH cog images.  Various yellows (zesty zing, pumpkin soup) were used on the crunchy wax paper, the TH light bulb was stamped in timber brown stazon onto acetate and painted from the back with haystack fresco paint. This was mounted onto 3d foam and attached to the tag.  The wire has been bent into shape and placed over the top of the stamped image.

Key Spools

Over on the PaperArtsy blog earlier this week France not only made some fab key spools but she did a video to show us how she did it, which you can find here. Now I am a little behind the times as I didn't have any spools, that is until the lovely Lin Brown of Yours Artfully, kindly offered to send me some. 

Obviously my first colour choice had to be green with a theme of wings, stamps are from the PA ink and the dog wings plate.

And for the second one I chose an oriental theme and stuck with the traditional colours using LP stamps.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Colour Challenge

I was looking for some colour inspiration and I came across this pallet which I really liked. I tweeted it to Emma and who also liked it, so I challenge her and me to make something using some or all of the colours.

So from the above this is the colour pallet that I decided to use in the Fresco paints.

And this is what I came up with, I used everything except the tinned peas.  I used a number stencil and did the bumping with the circles stencil. I painted over with the translucent claret.

I used some of the TH rub ons, the script from a PA mini was stamped in both olive green and black stazon.  The main PA image was stamped in black stazon over an area that had been covered in snowflake and given a coat of claret (this is why it looks a pinky colour, but it's not!!) I then took a black Posca pen and accentuated the lines on the left of the image so it didn't look as blockey.

I mounted the tag onto black card and edged with white Posca pen and added ribbons.

Stampotique have an anything goes challenge this week so I am entering my tag.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Colour Inspiration

Over at Anything but a Card this week they have a colour inspiration theme.  I nearly dismissed it as two of the colours are shades of red and very, very close to being claimed as pink!!!  Anyhow, the above fresco paints seemed to more or less fit the pallet given.

This is the tag after it had been bumped with the diamond stencil and sanded back.

And finally stamped in black stazon with various images and mounted on black card and outlined in a white pen.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Pieces of Yesterday

And finally my third Atc for the PaperPlay swap. Over at Fun with Atc's this week they have the theme of texture.  I used grunge paste through the rough diamond stencil and used lots of puff paint along the bottom edge.  Once dried and puffed I painted it firstly with stone and then vanilla fresco paints. I used French roast around the outside and used olive green treasure gold to further accent the diamonds and puff paint.

I stamped the background in timber brown stazon using a script image.  The image has been placed inside a flattened bottle top.  The lock is a Sizzix die cut coloured with pewter treasure gold and stamped with a different script in black stazon.  The words are cut from a sheet of sayings and mounted on kraft card.

I'm also entering this ATC into the Anything but a Card challenge.

Made it into the top 5 of ABAC challenge - see here.


Again another Atc for the PaperPlay swap which I am also going to enter into the Anything but a Card challenge.

The background is a piece of printed script, with an acetate image placed over the right half.  The pom-pom ribbon is used half way across to hide the join!!  The heart is a brass Vintaj piece which has been run through a metal folder and sanded back.

Lady of Pearls

Over at Anything but a Card they have the theme of Atc's.  I needed to make some for a swap being hosted on the PaperPlay forum.  

I used a Lynne Perrella Stamp, coloured it with distressed ink markers and a water brush, and hi-lighted areas with my white posca pen.  To finish I added lots (for me) of pearls as the PaperPlay theme is decorate, so I have decorated my lady in pearls!!!

65th Birthday

It's my mums birthday today and she is 65, bless her!!  So I made her this flowery card.  The background and images have been coloured with pan pastels and trying to tie a bow left handed when you are right handed is quite hard!!!

This month over at Country View Crafts, their challenge is entitled 'how does your garden grow?'  Well this is the closest I shall be getting to something flowery so I am entering my mums card!!!

***Edited*** Pleased to report that she liked it!!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

A Bit of Black n White

Another built up frame using the TH dies, stamps and lots of 3d foam!!

I decided to stick to black and white this time.  The frames were coloured in fresco paints and stamped with TH images in versamark ink.  Sticky embossing powder was poured over and then heated.  Schizzle foil in the opposite colours was pressed into the sticky, hot powder.  Unfortunately I put the foil on the pediment the wrong way round which is why it's not very sharp!!  

The main TH image was stamped on white card with black stazon, the dice beads were added and the lock and key were hi-lighted with pewter treasure gold.  The crown is from a Cuttlebug die/embossing set with black gems added.

The sun came out this afternoon so I took another photo in natural day light.

Postcard from France

Now my postcard is rather chunky, but still.  Over at Out of a Hat Creations this week their theme is a postcard from France.  As I've used the TH postage stamp die cut I figured it would be okay and thought it rather fitting.  Again I created a shadow box but this one wasn't as deep as the others have been.  The background is a piece of marbling created with distress stains, with a mini Eiffel Tower tag 3'd to it, with a piece of acetate with the French map stamped on it and then finally the top layer is the TH Eiffel Tower die cut which fits perfectly into the relevant texture fade.  The frame and tower are painted with vanilla, haystack and brown shed fresco paints.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Ruff Diamond

Over on the PaperArtsy blog this week Sue has been using lots of greens, so I just had to play along.  Now this wasn't as easy as it sounds as my index and middle fingers are swollen and bruised from playing netball on Tuesday night, to the point where I had to cut the corrugated diamonds left handed with a craft knife, hence the reason they are a bit ruff!!

Now I followed Sue most of the way until it came to the images, as you 'll know by now, I don't do flowers!!  The images are coloured with portfolio pastels and smudged (with left finger!!).

Wednesday, 8 May 2013


Another frame and shadow box this time created with the cabinet and mini cabinet dies and the movers and shapers book plate die.  I painted the frame in gold, added crackle glaze and painted over with black.  I tried it the opposite way round on the book plate, but it didn't work!!

The white sides are die cut from the vintage lace decorative strip.  The main image is from darkroom door and stamped in black stazon onto kraft card.

This is a close up of the gold crackle showing through the black.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge are asking for things with wings this week.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dream a Little Dream

I wanted to give some depth to a die cut frame and I was scouring the web for gift box lids when the question was posed, why don't you make one, so I did!!

The background is a piece of printed fabric bought from PaperArtsy and placed inside the base of the shadow box.  The outer frame was created from the postage stamp frame with the largest of the rectangles sat inside it.  I painted it in nougat, Irish cream and chocolate pudding fresco paints.  I stamped the image and the script on the frame with timber brown stazon.  The dream is a Sizzix die and the butterfly a TH movers and shapers die.  The dream has been coloured in the same colours but I used more of the nougat and the butterfly is more chocolate pudding.  I added treasure gold to the outer wings and gems to the body.

I wanted to get some depth to the main image so I stuck a couple of wooden counters to the back to give it some lift!!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

T!m's May Tag

Over on T!m's blog he's been playing with rub ons and stains to create his May tag.  You can find out how he did it here.  This is my version of what he did!!

I decided to do exactly the same thing again, only this time I used the distress inks.  And unfortunately I didn't put the main image quite as far across as I did the first time, so when I came to attach the ribbon film, it basically covered the face, so with a little re-arranging, it came out like this!!

And here are the two side by side, left is the inks, right is the stains.  To me the inked one looks a little more blockier than the stains one, but then they are liquid stains!!  

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Paris is Calling

Paula kindly sent me some of her recent gelli plate background makes and here is one of them.  I stamped over it in the large background stamp from the Papillon TH plate.  I used the leftovers, if you will, of the postage stamp die, so I have in effect used the negative.  I coloured it with various blues and greens from the fresco range after applying grunge paste through the diamond stencil and finished it off with treasure gold.

Simon Says Stamp and Show have a theme of passport to fun this week!!

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