Thursday, 24 July 2014

Obsessed with Flowers

Hello everyone and thanks for coming by today! I hope your week is going well.
I seem to be slightly obsessed with making flowers at the moments as you will be able to see from the posts below. So when I needed a special card for someone, guess what the central feature was going to be? Yep, you got it, more flowers. Hope you are not getting sick of them.
These flowers were made with the Heartfelt Creations Ariana Blooms dies and stamps, just like the tag you can see HERE. I love the fact this die can make such different flowers, depending on how you shape and or colour them.
This time I stamped the flowers in Burgundy dye ink and then coloured them with Victorian Velvet Distress ink. The leaves were stamped with Sage coloured pigment ink, clear embossed and then coloured with Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage and a bit of Walnut Stain Distress ink.
The bottle, which I think is a Graphics 45 stamp, was stamped, fussy cut (the label is a separate stamp, which fits perfectly inside an open space in the main bottle stamp), shaped a bit and then I stamped it once more, cut out the pink part at the top and adhered that to the main bottle. It was adhered to the card using foam tape for a bit of dimension.
The clock is a Cheery Lynne die which I over stamped with a Crafty Individuals crackle stamp.

Finally the sentiment is from Stempelglede.
I cut it into a little tag shape and adhered it to the top. The background was created with Tim's Spritz and Flick technique and over stamped with various stamps from a Tim Visual Artistry set.
Thank you for visiting and see you next time!! Stay inky!!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Sponsor Spotlight for Our Creative Corner

Hello everyone, hope your week is going well!
Today it is my turn to show a project for our current sponsor over at Our Creative Corner.

Sorry I can only show a sneak peek here but I hope you will take a look to see the full project. All you need to do is click here



Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Stencil It for Countryview challenges.

Hello everyone and thanks so much for dropping in!!
This month the theme over at the Countryview Crafts Chalenge Blog is Stencil It and today it is my turn to share my second project for the challenge .
I made a large tag card and this is how I went about it:
I started with a large Prima tag from my stash and covered it with a mix of Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress paints using a very old and crusty brayer.
Because the brayer had crusted paint on it (I know, I know I should have washed it before the paint dried...) it gave me some cool textures already. I also added some strips of old book paper.
I added some more paint, Walnut Stain Distress and this time added it with a smooth brayer, I also spritzed it with water a little.
Next I put some Grunge Paste on my craft mat and with a small palette knife mixed Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress paints though it, until I had a nice dark coffee coloured paste. I scraped that through a couple of stencils, The Tim Holtz Cargo Layering stencil and a damask stencil from my stash. I let it dry for a bit by itself and then dried it further with my heat gun, this made the grunge paste bubble up a bit.
I also spritzed over it with a home made spray (Vintage Photo re-inker and water).
For the following step I glued an old book page to a piece of Kraftcard and ran that through my Big Shot using the Tim Holtz Tattered Doily die.. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI and adhered it to my tag:

(Don't look too closely or you will see that the book paper is upside down) ah well...

Now for the final bits:
I coloured some smooth stamping card with Tumbled Glass DI and spritzt it a few times with a home made gold mica spray. I then stamped the large Dragon Fly from the Tim Holtz Classics 1 set in Jet Black archival, cut it out and adhered it to my tag.
I then made a little book using the Spellbinders Labels 7 die, some old book pages and a piece of Kraft card. I inked the book pages with Vintage photo and adhered a bit of ribbon and an Ideaology Pen Nib and glued it all to my tag.
The final touches were the words that came from the Classic 17 set and a type charm and ribbon at the top and then I mounted it first on white and then a Kraft card card base that I had stenciled around the edges with the Tim Holtz Trellis Layering Stencil.
Hope you like my vintage book card and that it has inspired you to take out some stencils and play along with our challenge!!


Friday, 11 July 2014

Dies and Distress for a Vintage Journey

Hello everyone lovely to see you and sorry it has been pretty quiet around here, but as it so happens, this is a scheduled post as I am currently in Australia, visiting my lovely grandchildren. Even though it is winter here I am having a wonderful time. But, onto my project:
It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey where the lovely Annie chose the current theme Dies and Distress.  You can read all about it HERE

I decided to alter an Ideaology Assemblage Clock, using lots of Distress and Dies to do so.
I started by taking the glass out of the clock and covering the whole outside with Gesso. I then added some texture past in various places, applying it with my fingers, just to grunge it up a bit.Then I  painted the outside with a mix of various brown and Black Soot Distress paints.


Of course I got so caught up in the process that I completely forgot to take pictures, but above and below you get perhaps a bit of an idea of what it looked like...



Next I worked on the inside of the clock


I took the back off the clock and used it as a template for a piece of card that I had run through a clock and gears embossing folder. I carefully cut out the circle and then inked all over it with a mix of Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. Then I took a piece of ordinary computer paper, stamped a sentiment from the Way with Words set in Jet Black Archival and when dry crumpled it up, flattened it out again and then distressed it with the help of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I took a little metal wing from my stash, covered it with Versa Mark and then used Walnut Stain and Tumbled Glass Distress Embossing Powders to create a kind of patina effect. I also used some Verdigris Antiquities powder by Ranger and a bit of Wow Copper EP. I then embellished it further with a flower created with Tattered Florals and a Spellbinders die and some little flowers from my stash.

Now to the outside: On the right I used the mini inkwell and feather die, coloured with Distress Markers and inks. I draped some swirl leafy diecuts around it.

On the left I added some die cut leaves and a little stamped butterfly, fussy-cut by hand as so far I don't own any butterfly dies small enough for this, but the Butterfly Frenzy Decorative Strip die would of course be perfect for this...


The leaves were inked with Peeled Paint Distress Paint and then I went around the edges with Vintage Photo DI.

The top of the clock was further decorated with another die cut as well as a few smaller flowers and further leafy swirls.


Well, hope you like my altered clock and that I have given you a bit of inspiration to play with some of your own dies and Distress products. Make sure you go over to the A Vintage Journey blog, to see all the amazing projects my team mates have created. And of course we all hope that you will play along with our challenge. You could win a £10 voucher from Countryview Crafts and be in with a chance to be chosen as one of our 3 "Pin Worthies". Thanks for visiting today and see you next time!






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