Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Enjoying 2019 Wanderlust course

 Huge thanks to  Shawn Petite  for the brilliant step by step class - i enjoyed all the processes and was thrilled with my journal page :)
 If you haven't seen or heard of Shawn before her Blog and you tubes are brilliant well worth a visit :)
Thank you Shawn x

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Never Give Up On Your Dream

 Time for a crafty play - I decorated a 20 x 11 cm plaque. I painted it with white acrylic paint then added differing layers of Stamperia crackle (white). I added washes of Raw Umber and then Walnut stain drying and rubbing back until I had the effects I wanted. above and below photos at the same stage different background.
 I then used Stamperia stencil ( you will notice I later washed and lost the butterflies as they were not giving me the effect I was looking for).
 I added further washes and used an Andy Skinner background stamp for added interest. Plus using a stipling brush added some nice Walnut splatters .
I prepared some cardstock with TH Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber Inkpads stamped and embossed one of my favourite Visible Image quotes and arranged my TH Transparent Wings.
 Having sealed the piece I added the quote and butterflies.
It was nice to get out again into the garden to take several photos of the finished project.
 The lower and top butterflies are positioned as if the butterflies are in flight.

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Love To Craft                                                          Anything Goes
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Saturday, 22 June 2019

Hochanda 16/06/19 - Alchemist's Chest

I was thrilled to be asked to decorate a small MDF for  Woodform Crafts debut on Honchanda.
I started by painting and stamping the inside of the box A happy accident meant  used Iridescent bronze in the rusty layering technique which resulted in a rich sheen - quite yummy!

The chest was a Potions kit so lots of embellishments to alter and decorate - I only used a few so lots for future projects too . The book I decorated using printouts from Heather's Thicketworks site - if you have never visited before you are in for a treat ! The mortar and pestle are Andy Skinners Granite Embossing powder.

For the outside having glued the chest I altered by using Stamperia rice paper, embellishments and paints for rusting I did think of using a metal chain around the edge but stuck with rust!!

I added metallic  embellishments from my stash - really enjoyed decorating the chest.

Inside the chest for the lovely Jo Ward I left a scroll with ingredients and chocolate

Alchemist’s   Chest
Woodform Chest Kit -  (Webs, Spider, Flasks/ Bottles,
Stamperia Products -  White Crackle Paste, Rice Papers
                                (Background Notes), Aqua Colour
                                Paints (Iridescent Bronze, Leather)                                    Alchemy Rubber stamps
DecoArt Products     MM Paints – Quinacridone Gold,
                                Paynes Grey, Carbon Black
                                Americana Buttermilk
                                Matte Medium. Texture Sand
Prima (Finnabair) – White Gesso, Soft and Heavy Duty
Ink Pads - Versamark Onyx Black and Ranger Archival
Embossing Powders – Andy Skinner, Granite,
                                Stampendous Clear, Patina
                                Gold, Silver
Metallic Embellishments – From Stash
Small Book Papers – Heather Tracey (Thicket Works Blog)
Posca Glitter Pens – Yellow, Green, MicroBeads
Thank you Jo I couldn’t decide which small embellishments to use on the inner lid – happy for you to do as see fit!!  ENJOY the shows and Thank you 😊                                                                         
Thank you for dropping by :) 

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Andy Skinner New Products Play Day

As I am unable to attend Andy's lesson in June I decided to treat myself to some of his new products.

This morning I played with  his new range of embossing powders and a single image from his new transfer sheet(Alchemy Plus) - they are YUMMY !!

So hard to photo as the Embossing powders shimmer and change in various lighting.
Funky Gold Patina at the bottom and Satin Sunset at the top.

 I used all 5 colours and was just using untreated MDF small luggage tags  ( economical so happy to use just to try colours!!)swiped with a versamark ink pad then sprinkling a layer of powder on top.

I loved this colour combo and had tried other techniques on my other tags I wanted this to keep this one !!

I will make a separate post on the others and share my tips too tomorrow.

Thank you for dropping by xxx

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

My Favourite Alice Quote

I love all things Alice and have brought lots of items from the Stamperia Alice range - including the stamps and both mould sets currently available.
One of the stamps is the A long Tale - the way the type is formatted still brings a smile to my face every time I see it! While it may be the shape of a tail it may also be a steam pattern from a good old cuppa!!
I decorated a large Plaque Deco Art MM Paints to the background TH stencil Stamperia grey paint to mute the colours .
The paper clay cup and saucer where painted with white gesso and detailing added with a fine brush and Twinkling H2o's cherry sorbet and honey amber and Green gold MM deco art acrylic paint.
The Doormouse stamp is from TJ Designs and the old floral Chinese stamp maybe from Kodomo Inc. The flowers were coloured with Twinkling H2O's same colour as the cup.
A strip of lace to the border was all that was needed .
Thank you for dropping by I would like to enter my project into the following challenges 
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A Vintage Journey                                                                  Book It !
Country View Crafts                      Opposites (hard paper clay and delicate lace)
Emerald Creek Dare                    Flowers On The Wall #ECMAY2019
Love 2 Craft                                                         Anything MM Goes
Love To Create                                                    Anything MM Goes
Mix It Up                                                          Anything Goes + MM
More Mixed Media                                     Anything Goes Option Pink
The Artistic Stamper                                                                  Textures
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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Cogs and Flowers Galore

 During the Easter Break I had lots of fun Playing with all the elements from Woodform Crafts
above. Had great fun making different layouts .

Starting with the large cog - a layer of crackle paint in areas, then building layers adding hues of acrylic blue.Often mixing colours using the Primary colours and titanium white from DecoArt Mixed Media range Continued to knock layers back using paint and wet wipes too.
 The Hot Air balloon has many paint layers and stenciling.

Then cogs and flowers to add the interest / oppositional light and rusted, dark with bright contrast and added dimensional height.

The Middle purple flower is 4 layers tall. Some cogs are rusted whilst others are painted with Silver acrylic and distressed technique to age them.

 The colours are a different choice from my usual - loved the experimentation .

As usual half way through I wanted to add something else and re- jig the original layout :) so the letters were added! 

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SanDee & amelie's                                                            Anything Steampunk/ Industrial
We Love To Create                                                                  Anything MM Goes
Love To Craft                                                                          Anything Goes
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More Mixed Media                                                                  Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft                                                       Anything Goes
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Friday, 26 April 2019

Weekend at Let's Be Creative With Antonis - February 2019

Great weekend learning lots of fab techniques if you can I would recommend Antonis Tzanidakis fun classes and Let's Be creative with the lovely Brigitte.

Above House of Tiles Class - my finished project.

Violin Class - my finished project .