28 Jul 2013

Inspiration from Darcy....

On day three of Darcy's GD week over at paper artsy she was making all kinds of pretty things for a garden party!! Well surprise surprise I didn't have much time to make one of the larger projects but the lovely little stones she painted caught my eye...you can pop over and see all the projects here..and there are a lot of them!!! All beautiful and very clever.

So with not much time to play with I painted three stones in a mixture of bora bora and mermaid frescos.  I added the word ART  using grunge board letters and stuck them on with glossy accents. I then gave it all another coat of paint. I used hey pesto to shadow around the letters and to give it a bit of contrast.

Next I stamped the small script from clocks 1 lightly over the letters with olive archival dried that off and gave all the stones a wash of snowflake dabbing most of it off with a baby wipe..

Lastly two coats of Gloss Glaze and they are finished. I will put them outside my shed somewhere I think...

                   Not a fantastic picture, the colours are much brighter.

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25 Jul 2013

Best way to spend a Saturday

Had a lovely time on Saturday in a class with Lin Brown and a few lovely crafty ladies. We did a large Canvas..think it's A3. It's been papered, painted and inked and all sorts of lovely goodness stuck on. I can't remember who makes the arch kit but I think Lin said 7 gypsies.

Lin's one is here She got lots of request to do this as a class which got very over subscribed!! So much so she had to lay on extra dates!!!
I didn't get to finish mine in the class...now there's a surprise so got a chance yesterday to finish it off and after lots of flaffing around finished!! Not sure if there it too much on it now but I am not taking it off lol!
So here are some pictures of the finished piece!!

The pictures aren't that good but have tried to take close ups of different bits...

 Such an enjoyable class..there were times when you could have heard a pin drop!!!

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Thought I would add some more photos from our day..these are snippets of the Bead Scene where the lovely Steph hosts our classes with Lin...

                              Here's Lin sorting out all the goodies                                                  

                   This table is full of goodies and is in the same room we were in...

                    Some of the lovely ribbon and lace that Steph sells...

This is the table where all the fun goes on...you should have seen it a bit later on lol!!

This is a picture out in the main part of the shop...it really is a lovely place ...if you are close enough you really should pop in!!

17 Jul 2013

Heart Braclet

Well before I say anything what is going on with this heat wave...one minute we are all moaning where's our summer then bam!! full on heat wave. I love the sun but it has been hot hot hot!! Maybe I'm just getting old...Well I do hope that you have all been enjoying it.
This week on the Paper Artsy blog it is Carol's turn again and on day one she did a lovely bracelet made from shrink plastic and utee. You can pop over here to see how she did it. This is in fact my second one. I followed along with Carol's instructions so won't bore you with all the details. I used a mixture of X Cut nesting dies, my paper artsy primitive heart die and the sizzix primitive heart dies. This one is painted with snowflake and stamped in black archival. The edges were done with pewter treasure gold and like Carol I added some charms from my stash.Try as I might I couldn't get a decent picture so I am afraid this one will have to do

The first one was using a different shrink plastic which kept curling when I heated the utee. It was painted with tinned peas and I used a copper coloured chain and copper treasure gold. I also used a heart shaped toggle fastener for this one.

14 Jul 2013

Tissue Tag

Frances third project over on the Paper Artsy blog this week was a tag with crackled tissue paper, you can pop over and see it here.
This is my inspiration from her tag...

I painted some tissue paper with butternut fresco and dried it. I then put a layer of crackle glaze over this and when that was dry some haystack and vanilla. This was stuck onto a size 8 tag...

 Next I stitched around the outside and attached some orange ribbon using a zigzag stitch.

I then added some stamping in vermillion archival using the quote from Jofy 10 and the script from the Sarah Newman set 03. Made a flower from wax paper,added a red flower and pearl to the centre and add a piece of cream coloured tape underneath. Lastly I added some ribbon..

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13 Jul 2013

Sizzling Summer

I was very surprised to be chosen as a top 3 merit winner on the  country view crafts challenge. When I was told the challenge was *Sizzling Summer* I thought hmmm have to get my thinking cap on here. So I sat down with a cuppa and thought what does sizzling summer bring to mind?

Well it takes me back to when I was a little girl when summers were long hot sunny days down in Cornwall or Camber Sands with my parents and sisters...lovely memories.
So I took a 4"x4" canvas and painted in the sea with a little bit of the beach showing using fresco paints and a tiny bit of grunge paste coloured with haystack fresco. I used a stampin up stamp..(I think it is from a retired set) and stamped the girl on crackly tissue paper. I painted it from the back finishing it with snowflake frescos to make the colours pop. I stuck it onto the canvas using matt medium and touched up the edges so they disappeared into the canvas.
I then prepared a 6"x6" wooden box frame, I distressed it using paper artsy crackle glaze, then sanded it back to age it some more. I added a Tim Holt word  band with string and some shells, reindeer moss and netting to the bottom and a starfish on the top of the frame. I lightly brushed some walnut stain ink around the edge to finish it off.

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11 Jul 2013

Hand made book

France Papillon was back this week over on the Paper Artsy blog. Her first project  was a lovely little Art Journal Book...you can pop over and see it here. Well I do love hand made books so knew I would definately have to have a go at this.

I didn't have a canvas to hand so used a small wooden frame and covered it with sticky back canvas, and painted it  in honey dew. I cut a back cover in grey board and because of the different frame had to cut 2 smaller doors. All of it was painted in honey dew and when dry had a thin coat of crackle glaze. Next was a coat of London night and when that was dried I rubbed away some more of the top coat with a baby wipe Darcy style. then sanded it to rough it up a bit more.

I used grunge paper for the hinges which were embossed and a little metal fastener on the door closure. This was painted honey dew and a tiny bit of onyxite treasure gold.

I followed a video on U-Tube to do the coptic binding and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be

On the inside I stamped and painted an image from Eclectic plate 6 and painted it..used a rub on and glued it to the inside of the cover. I used a TH rub on just over the image.

After putting the book together I added some Royal amethyst TG randomly around the edges. Here is the end result!!
I enjoyed this project and will definitely use the binding method again!!

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7 Jul 2013

Little Boy Blue

On day 2 this week over on the paper artsy blog Sue Carrington did a lovely canvas with loads of very interesting layers. you can pop over and see it here.

Not a very long post today as I had a little accident yesterday and ended up in A&E so having to rest my sprained wrist as much as possible!! I followed along more or less what Sue did so you can follow the instructions from Sue...I must say this was very quick and enjoyable piece to do...