Saturday, 12 August 2017

Butterfly Blues for Bee Crafty

Hello!

Today it is my turn to share a design team project with you at Buzzy Goings On at Bee Crafty Blog and I decided this week to use some MDF...


To create this piece I used the following products...

* MDF Art Board
* Teasels - Beautanicals Stamp
* Wildflower 2 - Beautanicals Stamp
* Everyday Sentiments 1 - Wordage Stamp
* Butterflies Set 1 - Winged Things Stamp
* Regular Dots - D'Inkables
* White Gesso
* Crackle Paint
* Acrylic Paint (Blue and White)
* Gilding Wax - Silver
* Embossing Powder - Silver and White
* Permanent Ink - Blue
* Heat Resistant Acetate
* Spray Inks

This is how it was made...

1) Stick the MDF plaque to the base and coat with white gesso to prepare the surface.
2) Paint the whole plaque using crackle paint tinted with some blue acrylic paint.


3) Once the crackle has been allowed to dry naturally put on some stencilling with white paint and the regular dots d'inkable.  Add some stamping using the distressed diamonds and permanent blue ink.
4) Add some darker blue paint and gilding wax around the edges to help frame the piece.
5) After using an anti static bag, use clear embossing ink and silver powder to heat emboss the wildflowers directly onto the MDF.
6) To create extra depth and layers, stamp the teasels onto heat resistant acetate using white embossing powder and cut it to size.
7) To soften the white embossing to blend it into the plaque more, add a small amount of blue permanent ink to the teasels, then put glue onto the places where it will not be seen from the front to add the acetate to the plaque.
8) On a piece of water colour card spray a selection of blue and purple inks and once dry add some more stencilling with white paint.
9) On this coloured card stamp 3 butterflies using clear ink and white embossing powder.  Then cut out and add to the plaque.
10) Stamp the sentiment onto card and mat onto the same card before adding as a final touch.


Thank you for reading, I will be back next week with another project.  Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Up, up and away for Bee Crafty

Hello,

Thank you for stopping by to have a look at my latest DT project for Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog.  Here is the card that I made...


To make this card I used...

* Distressed Harlequin D'inkable
* Regular Dots D'inkable
* Laugh, Live, Dream - Wordage Stamp
* Balloon Girl - Inspired by Banksy Stamp
* Decision to Try - Wordage Stamp
* Distress Ink - Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Black Soot
* Versafine Black Ink
* Clear Embossing Powder

I started by using the broken china, festive berries and mustard seed distress inks on watercolour cardstock.  I blended the colours using an ink blending brush to create extra shades where they crossed. 
Water was then splashed onto the card and lifted with kitchen towel to create lighter spots.  The distressed harlequin d'inkable was then used with the same distress inks, some of the inks got a bit mixed so created different colours with the stencilling.
To add a bit more drama I then used black soot distress ink with the regular dots d'inkable and then added extra ink around the edge of the card to help frame it...


Using the 'Laugh, Live, Dream' stamp, I added some stamping with black ink to create another layer to the background...


I then repeated the same colours on a smaller piece of card and again added the water splashes.  Making sure this was totally dry I then stamped the balloon girl with Versafine and put clear embossing powder over the top...


Both pieces were then mounted onto black card and added to a 6" card blank.

Finally the 'Decision to Try' stamp was stamped in black and clear embossed as well, then cut up into sections to add to the card.  I decided to leave these white to stand out against the background.

I hope you have a lovely rest of the weekend and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Friday, 4 August 2017

Creative Artiste: A Vintage Romance

Hello!

Today I am posting my latest design team project for the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog...

 
To take a look at all the design team projects, have a read of the rules and enter your fab projects, you can click HERE.
 
This month the fantastic sponsor of the challenge prize is Maja Design...
 


Last year I was fortunate enough to win some of the fabulous papers from Maja Design, so I had to use them for my project...


Starting with a greyboard tag from Tando Creative I used Decoart matt medium to stick on some of the paper from the Vintage Romance collection.

After sanding around the edges, to fit it exactly, I added some tea dye distress ink to the outside and some champagne sparkle paste by Imagination Crafts through a Scrapmatts crackle stencil across the main part of the tag.

To add even more interest to the background I used my Indigo Blu dinkie script stamp and then cut off part of a snipart chipboard mandala which was painted with diamond coloured starlight paint before adding a touch of gilding wax and attaching to the tag...


I cut out the mirror and mannequin from another sheet of paper to layer up at the bottom of the tag, using glue gel to give it some dimension.

The tag was then finished off with a selection of paper flowers from my crafty stash, with gilding wax added to the edges of the petals.  The sentiments came from the Lost and Found collection by 7 Dots Studio.

To tie everything together I completed the project by spraying on some Prima Bloom tea dye ink spray...


The Maja Designs paper is so beautiful and very good quality, so do please enter your projects for a chance to win some!

I will be back tomorrow with my weekly Bee Crafty post, hope to see you then!

Jane x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Altered Eclectics: A 'Sweet' Project!

Hello!

Welcome to a new month which means a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics!
If you would like to have a look at all the design team inspiration or have a read through the challenge rules please click HERE.

My design team project this month is on a very small scale for me.  One of my children had some candy sticks as part of a party bag (actually they didn't like so them so I had to eat them!) and I thought that the box was so cute I would like to try a bit of altering and mixed media with it...
 
Before...
 

 
After...
 

I used white gesso from Decoart to cover the box to start with (it took a few coats as the colour of the original box was quite dark), then I used texture paste through a Scrapmatts hexagon stencil.  Some chipboard was added along with metal embellishments.

The hexagons made me think of honeycomb and bees so I added a metal one that I had in my stash and also thought that the micro beads and art balls could be pollen!
It was all painted with Decoart fluid acrylics then finished off with gilding wax.

The flower was added to break up some of the orange colour and the 'happy' (again from Scrapmatts) was intended to finish off the idea of 'Bee Happy'.

I hope that we will see some of your projects this month over at the challenge, until next time 'bee happy' crafting!

Jane x

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Mixed Media Pocket Watch for Bee Crafty

Hello!

I hope you have all had a great week and hopefully got the chance to see Sam on Hochanda with the fantastic 'Time' products!  I loved using these as I really do like cogs and clocks (even though I am not at all mechanically minded) but my favourite had to be the new MDF pocket watches so I decided that this was the project that I would share with you today on the Buzzy Goings On At Bee Crafty Blog...


Here are the products used:

* MDF Pocket Watches
* Cogs Set - Art Stamps
* Time - Wordage Stamps
* Acrylic Paints
* Crackle Paste
* Crackle Glaze
* Sand Texture Paste
* Antiquing Cream
* Gilding Wax
* Versafine Ink - Sepia
* Distress Ink - Vintage Photo


1) I started by decorating the outside frames of all 3 pocket watches.  The largest was coated with crackle paste, the medium one with sand texture paste and the smallest with plain gesso.
2) Once dried they were all painted with acrylic paint in blue shades then I used patina coloured antiquing cream to add an aged look.  This was then wiped back to leave areas of different colour, particularly in the crackles.
3) The frames were finished off by adding gilding wax to complete the vintage look.
4) The inside pieces of the pocket watches were painted with a lighter coloured sparkly acrylic paint and then a rusty colour was watered down and dripped from the top of each to create a rusty drip effect.
5) Once dry I added quite a thick layer of crackle glaze to each clock face and then left them to dry naturally.
6) The same paints and wax were added to the clock hands and then I chose a variety of times to set them to.  Mine were not significant times for me, but these could easily be made personal for births or other special events.  Once the MDF pieces were all totally dry I stuck them together using a strong glue gel.
7) I then played around with different layouts of the watches until I was happy before sticking them together again with strong glue gel.
8)  Using the Cog set I stamped out some cogs and springs using Versafine and then cut them out before dusting with some distress ink and adding a touch of gilding wax.
9) The 'Time' wordage stamp was stamped using Versafine again, then cut into two separate pieces.  I added distress ink around the edges, making it more heavy right on the outer edges to create a frame effect.
10) Finally these pieces were all added to the MDF.

Here are a couple more close up pictures...



Thank you for taking the 'time' to read about my project!

Until next time, happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Gelli Plate Joy for Bee Crafty

Hello!

It is time for my latest DT post for Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty and this week I decided to get out one of my crafty tools that I bought a while ago but have not really used too much, my gelli plate!  I wanted to create a background in a different way and this seemed an ideal way to use some of my lovely Bee Crafty stencils...


 
To create my card I used...
 
* Acrylic Paint
* Black Ink Pad
* Gelli Plate and Brayer
 
Here is a close up photo so that you can hopefully see some more detail of the stencils and stamping...
 
Here is what I did...
 
1) I used my brayer to apply red and yellow acrylic paint to the gelli plate then took a print off onto card.  The one that I used with this card was made after 2 other prints had been taken.  I then added the damask stencil and took a print.
2) After cleaning the plate I added white acrylic paint and put the oval lace stencil on top.  Again this was the third print I made as I preferred the paler look this created.
3) Once this had been dried off with my heat tool I cut the card down to a 4 and a half inch square and inked around the edges using wild honey distress ink.
4) Again using the wild honey distress ink I added some more texture with random parts of the bubble wrap positive stamp.
5) I then stamped the splatter swirl border along the bottom.
6) After stamping the first coat of ink onto spare paper I stamped the wildflower 3 stamp a couple of times then added the teasels using the first generation of black ink.
7) The final piece of stamping was to add the joy sentiment straight onto the card.
8) To finish it off I layered the design onto black card and then onto a 6" card blank.
 
It was fun to get out my gelli plate and hopefully it will encourage me to have a go at using it even more with all my stencils.  Until next time I hope you have a lovely week and keep on crafting!
 
Jane xx 


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Mixed Media Ghetto Rat for Bee Crafty

Hello!

I can now announce that I have been fortunate enough to have been chosen to join the Bee Crafty design team!! I am very pleased and excited to join them.  As part of my team work I will be contributing to the Bee Crafty blog weekly on a Saturday and I will also share the posts here.  Click HERE if you would like to visit the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog, and see all the fab design team posts that are on there.

Here is my first project designed and made for the team...

Hello!

My first blog post as part of the Bee Crafty Design Team and I am so pleased to be here!
I love all things stampy, stencilly, inky and painty, so Bee Crafty products are ideal for me and I decided to make something using all four for my first blog post, so here it is...

 
 
To make the wall plaque here is what I used...
 
* Chipboard squares
* White gesso
* Fluid Acrylics
* Acrylic Shimmer Spray
* Structure Paste
* Gold Gilding Wax
* Gold Acrylic Paint
 
A close up look...
 
 
This is how I made it...
 
1) I started by painting all the chipboard with white gesso to form a base then used the honeycombe stencil with structure paste on all the pieces.
 
2) Once these were dry I used magenta, yellow and orange fluid acrylics with white to create different shades in patches across all the squares.  Then I used an acrylic white shimmer spray to bring all the colours together.
 
3) Using the distressed harlequin stencil and white acrylic paint I added some more pattern in areas, then another layer was created using the distress diamond stamp with archival black ink.
 
4) Gold gilding wax was then rubbed across the textured areas and the edges to create highlights.
 
5) Using white cardstock Ghetto Rat was stamped three times using black Versafine ink and then embossed with clear powder over the top, the same was done with the sentiment.
 
6) To tie these pieces in to the background I added some distress ink to the edges (worn lipstick, dried marigold and mustard seed) and then mounted them onto gold card.
 
7)  Once all the pieces had been stuck together I wanted a final touch to combine everything so splattered some watered down gold acrylic paint across the whole piece (that is a technical term!!).
 
8) To provide the 'hanger' I used a cropadile and eyelets and some gold coloured wire, which I twisted around itself so it can be hung up.
 
I will now get to planning my next project to share with you next week.
Until then happy crafting,
 
Jane xx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A bit of Christmas for Leonie Pujol

Hello!

I am here today to share a few of the design team samples that I made for todays shows on HOCHANDA with Leonie Pujol.  These are previously released Christmas stamps, embossing folders and dies, and include some of my all time favourites!

Looking at these samples all together I realise that I must have been having a bit of a silver moment!!

 
The last time I made samples with this set I made it totally non Christmassy so this time I decided to go full on winter village!
I started by creating the background using Leonie's sparkle pens, the 'Softly Falling' folder and silver gilding wax.  I also used the same folder with a piece of white card to create the snow with a hint of blue distress ink.  The houses and snowman are from 'Welcome Home' and were coloured using illustrator pens with some clear sparkle overlay pen on the top.  The sentiment is from the 'Christmas Greetings' set.
 

 
This next card I made with one of my favourite stamps, 'Fairy Godmother'.  I love her because the wings come separately so she can be a girl or a fairy or an angel!  The background was very simple because I wanted the angel to be the focal point and also create a contrast with the colours, so I used coredinations darks card with the 'Scribbly Wishes' folder and used silver gilding wax to create the highlights.  The angel was stamped and cut out, then coloured using illustrator pens for the face and sparkle pens for the rest of her.  The sentiment was from the 'Christmas Greetings' again and was heat embossed with silver powder. 

 
This final card is quite a bit different!  This was to highlight the beautiful 'Entwined Cross' dies so I cut out the base and then the circle cross in different colours to layer up together.  The background was created using the 'Festive Foliage' stamp with white embossing powder and the card was centura pearl precious metals.

Leonie will be on today (Thursday 13th July) at 8am, 12pm and 4pm and I am sure she will have loads of fab demos planned, plus there will be lots of inspiration from the other design team members too!

Have a lovely day,

Jane x

Friday, 7 July 2017

Creative Artiste: Another Altered Box!

Hello!

I am back today as it is the first Friday of the month and so a new challenge over on the Creative Artiste challenge blog...

Every month we gets lots of lovely entries which are a joy to look at, but a quick reminder that this is a mixed media challenge so do please take a quick look at the challenge rules before entering.  If you would like to go straight over please click HERE.

This month the fantastic prize sponsor is Scrapmatts...

http://papertoleaustralia.com.au/category8_1.htm
 
 
Here is the project that I made for the design team this month...
 


Now you may notice that this is the second box I have altered for a challenge this month and the reason is that after my son saw my under the sea box he also wanted a decorated box.  So he chose the box that he wanted and the colours, as you can see he likes a bit of pink and purple!  It is now being used to hold his own 'treasures'.

I started by preparing the wood using gesso and then using a Scrapmatts hexagon stencil with modelling paste.  Next were added some chipboard elements from Scrapmatts along with a selection of metal and resin embellishments.  The main resin piece on top and the keyhole I had previously made using quick cast resin in my IOD moulds...


This was all then recovered with more gesso to provide a good base for the paint.  For the colour  I used Decoart fluid acrylics (cobalt blue hue, quinacridone magenta and white tinting base)  and then highlighted the texture using Pebeo gilding wax...


I wanted to add a word so used another Scrapmatt product, this time a chipboard with a leather look.  I also felt it needed something extra so checked with my son who was happy for me to add some paper flowers and a bit of sparkle with some faux gems!



I hope you have enjoyed looking at my son's special box, he has promised that he will take good care of it :)

Take care and have a lovely weekend,

Jane x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Altered Eclectics: Under the Sea Box

Hello!

Another new month must mean a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics.  If you would like to enter the challenge or take a look at the design team projects and rules please click HERE.

This month I needed to create a box for a game that I was going to play with the nursery children I work with, so decided to alter a wooden box I had in a sea theme...


I wanted it to have an old look, so used some stencilling, crackle glaze and gilding wax along with Decoart acrylic paints to create the colour and texture.  I then used some real shells plus some resin shells and a keyhole that I had created using IOD moulds to create the main features.  Finally I had to add some gems and micro beads to give it a bit of a treasure chest feel...



I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Jane x

Friday, 2 June 2017

Creative Artiste: Decorated Frame

Hello!

I am back again with another challenge launch, this time for Creative Artiste...


This challenge starts on the first Friday of each month and always has a fab prize on offer, this month it is a selection of stamps and dies provided by our very own design team member Judy!


To find out more about the challenge please pop over by clicking HERE.  Please have a quick look at the rules and then we would love to see your mixed media creations!

Inspired by our brilliant prize this month, I used a few of my own stamps and dies on this project...


I love floral dies so wanted to use this as a theme for my vintage style canvas and frame.

The background was made using one of Crafter's Companion's new 3D embossing folders (Country Garden) and then coloured with distress inks (worn lipstick and wild honey) and gilding wax.
 
To try to create an old gold look I painted my plastic frame with starlight paints from Imagination Crafts (chartreuse) and also a 7 x 5 canvas board to mount the embossed card onto.  I added stamping to the canvas using the dinkie script stamp by IndigoBlu and gold embossing powder.  The frame was finished off with a touch of king gold gilding wax from Pebeo.

To create the focal points on the canvas I die cut some flowers using the classic sunflower die from Heartfelt Creations with some foliage, and also a magical butterfly by Sue Wilson.

The flowers were coloured with distress inks matching the background and then the same script stamp was used to create extra detail using archival sepia ink.  These were then stacked together and a gem added to the centres.  The foliage was coloured using crushed olive and wild honey distress ink, and the butterfly was covered with Pebeo gilding wax.

As always I like to add a sentiment for the finishing touch and chose one out of a lovely new set of stamps from 'Mama Makes by Loti Marie' (Watercolour Inspiration).

It says 'Fill your heart with what makes you happy' and I feel that it complements the frame well!

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my project and I hope you will go on over to the challenge and enter a project, we love seeing what you make :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing,

Jane x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Altered Eclectics: Home Sweet Home

Hello!

Wow! It is amazing to think that we are now heading towards the summer, the months go by so quickly!  So as it is the start of June it is time for a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics.  We had lots of fab entries last month and would love to see even more so if you love mixed media or altering items please take a look and enter, the only items not allowed are cards and ATC's.  Click HERE to go straight to the challenge blog.

This month I decided to alter a plaque kit that I have had in my crafty stash for a good few years!  It is a grey board kit from Tando that I bought at a craft show and this month I decided to alter it using a range of paints and mediums from Decoart...

 
All the pieces were initially coated with white gesso then I used texture paste through a Scrapmatts circle stencil on the main plaques.  These were then coloured using fluid acrylics (green gold, cobalt teal hue) and tinting base. 
The house roofs were then covered with crackle glaze and left to dry, whilst I used texture sand paste on the hearts.   The houses were then painted using hansa yellow light and pyrole orange with cadmium red hue used for the hearts. 
 
The words were painted with carbon black then glossy accents were added over the top.
 
Next I used the dinkie script stamp from IndigoBlu with sepia archival ink before adding all the different parts to the plaques.
 
The finishing touch was some king gold gilding wax from Pebeo.
 
I look forward to seeing your entries this month,
 
Jane x

Friday, 5 May 2017

Creative Artiste: Journal Page

Hello!

The first Friday of the month means that it is the start of a new challenge over at Creative Artiste.  Creative Artiste is a mixed media challenge and this month has once again got a fabulous prize, this time it's a voucher from Lindy's Gang!

If you would like to go on over to the challenge blog to see the whole design team's projects and to have a look at the rules and other entries please click HERE.

As last month I decorated my journal I decided that this month I would complete a page from my journal to show you...


I started by preparing one of the watercolour pages from my IndigoBlu journal with white gesso
then added some texture using some doilies and applying them with matt medium.  I decided to have the main focus of my page on one side with elements extending from there...


To add more texture I then used an Oval Lace stencil from Bee Crafty with some Finnabair light texture paste...


I have a few Craft Boxes from Anna Hersom and her 'Chronicles of Handmade', and these chipboard elements from Snipart were in those.  Although they have some weight they are not too heavy and so were fine on the page.  They were adhered with heavy body gel and this was then all covered with white gesso to provide a base for the colour to be added to...


The sprays used to colour the page were from Lindy's Gang and are from the starburst range.  The colours used are Pretty in Pink, Prima Donna Purple and Jazzy Jivin Purple.  I wanted to create a darker edge where the embellishments mainly were so built up my colour in layers, drying in-between and adding water to blend and create drips...


Using some watered down gesso I added some more texture by stamping with the distressed diamond stamp from Bee Crafty.  Then some Pebeo King Gold gilding wax was added to highlight the textured elements...


To finish off the page I wanted to add some extra embellishments, so die cut some Sue Wilson Magical Butterflies, which were then coloured with the Lindy's sprays and gilding wax.  I still wanted something to lift the page so added some sparkly gems to the butterflies and other areas...

 

I also used an old loyalty card with white and black gesso for a bit of extra interest in the background...


The very final but important part was to add some wording.  I love quotes and find them very inspirational so I looked through my stamps to find what I wanted and in the end decided to use this one from Leonie Pujol's Funky Tree set...


My first completed page in my journal, and I hope it will spur me on to complete many more!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and do please pop over to Creative Artiste, it would be fab if you could enter a project :)

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing and Hunkydory are back on Create and Craft this weekend with a new For The Love of Stamps launch.  I will share some of my design team samples on Sunday.

Jane x