25 May 2013

Oriental tag with Carol

Carols second piece on the paper artsy blog was a beautiful oriental tag. You can pop over and see how she did it here.

Here is my version I didn't have a size 10 tag so had to use a size 8..so because of this I decided to go for a smaller stamp..

I used eggplant,pansy,mushroom(the original one),moonlight,vanilla and honeydew frescos for the back ground. I stamped and painted the Lynne Perella image and cut it out, put it on tag using foam pads.

The writing is also from a Lynne Perella stamp as is the little coin thingy... I didn't have gold utee so used dusty concord distress and embossed it with clear. Couldn't get the same effect as Carol.

I used the small scallops on the edge die and some purple ribbon for the bottom of the tag, and coloured some seam binding using distress stains.

Lastly I used olive bronze treasure gold lightly over the embossed parts of the tag...

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22 May 2013

Carol Quance beaded hanging

Carol is the GD over on the Paper Artsy blog this week and on day one she did a beautiful beaded hanging...you can pop over and see it here.

Now I didn't have any hanging boards left in my stash and I didn't have any fibre paste good start eh? so I had to improvise..

I started off by cutting up some thick grey board and gluing four pieces together..(it's not very straight). I sanded the edges to smooth it out and saw there was a lot of fibers from the grey board on my mat...so I mixed it in with some grunge paste and voila fiber paste!! (well not quite but nearly). I used the diamond stencil down the side as Carol did and then stenciled some wording randomly over the rest of my piece.

I painted it all in honey dew and then started adding layers with haystack. pumpkin soup smoked paprika limelight and hey pesto..

I used part of a stamp from Lynne Perella 008 onto crackly tissue with black archival. when it was dry I painted on the back using snowflake for her face and a mixture of the other colours for the rest of it.

I glued the image to the board and added some lace and gems to the bottom. I stamped a small script stamp randomly using olive archival and then stuck some beaded curtain trim around the base and lightly dusted some olive bronze and copper treasure gold around the edges. I didn't have beads for the top so twisted some green and gold ribbon together and tacked it to the sides..

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18 May 2013

First page in my moleskine

On day 3 this week France did a lovely page in her small moleskine using grunge paste and gauze, so I thought perfect time to start mine.. You can see Frances version here..

I used the same technique with bandages from our first aid box...I hope you can see it properly the texture is brilliant and just shows how sharp the grunge paste is.

  I painted layers of butternut,blood orange,and london bus using the brush strokes both ways.

I coloured some grunge paste using beach hut and a touch of south pacific and used it through the diamond stencil.

When all this was dry I die cut the primitive heart from a PA die using the left over gauze and painted it red. I die cut LOVE from tissue and stuck it on.

I used various cw stencils and stamps to fill in the gaps on the page and knocked it back with snowflake. Added another layer of blood orange randomly over the pages, and stamped a small script stamp in black archival. I used a small alphabet stamp for the wording..used a black pencil to put a shadow around the heart and done...
It has been great having France with us this week..great projects!!

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17 May 2013

Day One with France Papillon

I know I have done this weeks projects in the wrong order but I really wanted to make one of the spools as I had time before work and they are such fun to make. So my second project this week is my version of Frances' Intimate Journal..you can see how she did it here...

 I followed Frances' instructions with the crunchy wax paper and fresco paints. I then added some grunge paste around the edges to give a bit more texture.. I added more paint with cut n dry..beach hut and hey pesto and a bit of french roast around the edges..

I watered down some french roast and coloured a piece of burlap to put down the side to hide the binding rings.. I also coloured a piece of lace adding some hey pesto. This was stuck on down the side of the book along with some leafy trim.

I cut some mini gears from a Tim Holtz die and embossed them with distress. Added some metal washers and fasteners.
I used some Sarah Naumann stamps for the title which was stamped on smoothy card and torn around the edges then sewn onto some crackly tissue..and there you have it...
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14 May 2013

France Papillon key spool..

  Day two with France over on the Paper Artsy blog and she turned some cotton reel spools into beautiful key chains..and not only that she did a video!! I couldn't wait to have a go so was out in my shed a 7.45 this morning after my big fat tabby cat woke me up demanding breakfast.. Luckily I already had what was needed..but these could get addictive so may need to get some more spools.

I had a lot of fun making this and cannot wait to do some more..this one is going to be for the keys to my shed. I followed France's instructions which you can see here on video..Thank you France for fantastic inspiration!!

 *edit* have changed the photos .....

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13 May 2013


I had time yesterday to have a play in my shed.what shall I do?? I have a few new dies that I haven't used yet so out came the Arch frame dies.

I started by cutting 8 of the frames from some thin greyboard I got from ebay many moons ago. I used the small arches die to cut the middle out of all but 2 of them. I stuck them together in two's to make them more stable.

Next I painted them all in Bora Bora fresco.I blended in some Autumn Fire on the base frame. Next up a I stenciled a teardrop stencil in snowflake and stamped a clock. Knocked it all back with watered down snowflake and stamped some text in sienna achival. The top frame was given the grunge paste treatment just for a bit of interest,  a row of birds stamped along the bottom and a small script stamp in black archival.

I stamped umbrella man in black archival and gave him a slight shadow with a blue neocolor II. I then painted over him in PA pearl glaze. Then pieced it all together using foam pads.I made the crown using beeswax and my melt pot from I mold I had made. I painted it black and went over it with copper treasure gold. I also added the copper around the edge of the frame along with a tiny bit of ruby. I stamped London on a piece of card painted with bora bora and autunm fire and put it in the frame on foam squares. Lastly I ran masking tape around the side to hide the foam squares and painted it bora bora and stamped the text on it..

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It started as a T!mmy Tag...

As I had the day off today I thought I would have a go at the May tag over on the Tim Holtz blog. I haven't used my distress inks for a while so was looking forward to having a play..then realized I didn't really have a stamp suitable. Never mind I can still use my inks. Then I remembered my Andy Skinner stencils that arrived late last week, I had already used the children one so now was the time to try out the Baroque one....it is gorgeous!!

 I started off with a size 8 tag and used picked raspberry, broken china,wild honey and evergreen bough distress inks, just randomly covering the tag. I then used black soot through the stencil..

I stamped some small script and numbers minis from paper artsy in vermillion archival all over the tag,
then Dream from a T!m set and coloured it in with an orange pitt pen..also added some of the orange around the numbers.

I edged the tag with black soot and added some white dots with a white gel pen, a few bits of white to highlight the face.

I coloured a piece of seam binding in distress inks and tied it to the top..I do love this stencil..

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12 May 2013

Paper Artsy Day 3 with Sue Carrimgton

On day 3 Sue did a beautiful hanging board and called it Art in Bloom..I loved the colours she used so chose to use the same...you can see Sue's piece here

I had used the chunky hanging board on my last piece so went for a 5x7in canvas.. I followed Sue's instructions for the background.I wanted a softer flower so stamped some of Lin browns designs and cut some tattered flowers from some soft mulberry paper. I stamped the biggest flower from ELB01 straight onto the canvas using Sepia Archival. Just layered them up and added a flower brad in the middle.

I used a piece of cotton used in curtain trimming for the stalk and cut some leaves from the same set of stamps as the flowers. Stamped a small script stamp in sepia randomly over the canvas...I rubbed a small amount of treasure gold in Spanish topaz around the edge.

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11 May 2013

Paper Artsy Day 1

Over on the paper artsy website this week we have had Sue Carrington as the guest designer and she has produced three beautiful projects you can see them here.

Day one inspired me to decorate a paper mache chunky board. Now I have got right out of practice doing flowers but seeing as Sue made a focal points of flowers on the 3 projects I thought better add one or two...
I started off putting grunge paste through my brick wall stencil and drying it off.I then painted it all in stone. I painted in the sky using sky and white fresco and the grass in guacamole and hey pesto I used a few more of the greens to give the grass a bit of movement and used a white pen for some highlights. I got my new Andy Skinner stencils this week and couldn't wait to try then out so I stenciled the boy and girl using little black dress fresco and then bumped it slightly with sqid ink.I used a watercolour pencil in blue to put a slight shadow around the figures.
I stamped the script ESN03 in the sky with broken china distress ink and mini 72 using stormy sky.
I added small flowers and put gems in the centers, stamped Secret Garden from ELB01, cut it out and smudged it with guacamole and indigo treasure gold. The little bird stamp is from a crafty individual plate.

5 May 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow

Well Sunday has been and almost gone all too quickly and I am back to work tomorrow! I did grab some time in my shed this afternoon so thought I would have a go at the Country View Crafts challenge seeing as it is one of my favorite online shops!!

I knew I wouldn't have a lot of time so decided to go with a tag.
I cut a tag from an old box as I wanted to peel away one of the layers to reveal the corrugated bit in the middle.

I then used a couple of the crafters workshop stencils and some grunge paste to add some texture with the bird cage and the grass. I painted it all with snowflake and dried it.

Next a mixture of Sky and guacamole for the sky and grass, blending it in the middle. I stamped a mini Kaisercraft stamp at the side and cut some memory box flowers. these were painted using frescos in hey pesto, butternut and autumn fire. I cut a picket fence from a really cute die I got at Ally Pally and distressed it a little bit. Stuck it to the tag using foam squares. I painted the bird in autumn fire and used pewter  green amber and spanish topaz treasure gold very lightly on the birdcage. Stamped a small amount of text from mini 61. Put broken china distress ink around the edge of the tag and a Little pewter treasure gold.
I stamped secrets of the garden from Lin Browns ELB01 and stuck it on the bottom. Coloured some seam binding using a mixture of distress stains and ink, tied a knot and placed it on the top of the tag.

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