Sunday, 1 March 2015

Spring Wings for Mixed Media Monthly

Hello everyone and welcome (possibly again) to my little place in crafty blogland.

This is my third project for today...

As you can see, it's an altered bottle which I created for the March Challenge at Mixed Media Monthly

Our March theme is "Birds of a Feather"... anything that flies, butterflies, birds, actual feathers, quotes about birds/flying etc. This can also be interpreted as a Best Friends theme if you'd like (birds of a feather flock together...) You could even include nests and eggs. We would like to see projects with lots of lovely Spring time elements.

I tried to include the theme on both sides of my bottle, but in very different ways, - would love to know which side you like best...

Here's a quick step by step:
I used Decoart Chalky Finish paints for the base and top layer of my bottle. I started with a layer of Gesso, then added some texture in random places and when everything was dry I gave it a coat of brown.

I didn't think it was dark enough so added a second layer of black, before the brown had totally dried.
Next followed two different types of crackle medium, both by Decoart, Americana Weathered Wood, and Americana Decor Crackle Medium. Each of these gives a slightly different crackle effect.
The topcoat was a kind of Duckegg grey/blue, the colour is called Vintage. Here you can see the crackle appear as it dries.
At this stage, though I liked the crackle effect, the colour looked a bit flat, so I added a layer of Quin. Gold mixed with a tiny bit of Dark Umber Media Fluid Acrylics to add a bit of a rusty feel and give it all a bit more depth.
Next came the fun part of decorating my bottle. On one side I created a collage with the help of a scrap of a paper napkin and some bird and egg images. I also added cheese cloth, lace and pearls for added texture as well as carefully melting some embossing powders. I also added a tiny bit of background stamping.
Any raised bits were highlighted with some Treasure Gold in White Fire.
For the other side I used some Tim Holtz Ideaology pieces and some coffee stained old book papers. The metal pieces were altered with some Antiquing Cream and the raised bits were high-lighted with treasure gold again.

The top of the bottle was a painted cork onto which I glued an old button.

Well there you are, hope you like my bottle, and please tell me which side is your favourite, - I am just curious, - I know which side I like best....

If you like creating in mixed media style, then please come along and join in our challenge. Our sponsor this month is Faber Castell Design Memory Crafts who are offering a fabulous prize for a random winner. To read all about the challenge this month and see the wonderful inspiration projects from my amazing team mates, all you need to do is click HERE

Thank you for visiting like always. My earlier projects can be found, -  Countryview Crafts:  here and Our Creative Corner: here.

Have a great month and see you next time

Junk in your trunk

Hello everyone and a very happy March to you all!!!
Here in the northern hemisphere this is the month Spring is meant to start, - well I for one can't wait!

It being the first of the month, there are new challenges everywhere. This is my second project for today, with a third one appearing still later in the day, - pfew.

At Our Creative Corner, the lovely Candice has chosen the theme Junk in your Trunk, and this is what she had to say:Create something out of any kind of junk and re-fashion it either into something useful, functional or beautiful for the JUNK IN YOUR TRUNK challenge this month.
Candice is leaving the challenge open to your interpretation of what constitutes “Junk”
It may mean a set of hideously patterned china that you want to smash up and a make a mosaic...
It may mean reams of patterned paper you have lying around that you turn into a collage masterpiece...
It may mean doing something with skeins of wool that you intended to make a a sweater with...
It may mean doing something with rusty keys,nuts and bolts and random pieces of wire that you pick up off the street...

Well, there you go, plenty of scope to be creative. As you can see, I decided to create a container to hold all of my brushes. It started life as a humble yoghurt pot:
I began by giving it a good coat of gesso and then started to play with a variety of acrylic paints and texture and crackle mediums.
I just spread them on with the help of s palette knife and a brush and had great fun messing about.
Here are some other views:

I used mostly Decoart Media Line products, spreading the crackle paste on in different thicknesses, to get different sized crackles and textures.
Next I cut a doily with a Cheery Lynne die, using packaging from a 7 Dots Studio stamp set, (another bit of recycling lol). I loved the colours and textures on the packaging and they fitted my colour scheme perfectly.

Finally a few flowers, a stamp from the Tim Holtz Mercantile set and a couple of die cuts, finished it all off.

As you can hopefully see, I added some crackle to the die cuts too and sprayed the flowers in similar colours.

Hope you like my paint brush holder; because of its shape it is pretty practical, as it does not take up too much space, yet holds a lot of brushes.
Do make sure to go over to the Our Creative Corner Blog to see the amazing projects my team mates have created, you will not be disappointed! And of course if you decide to play along, we will all love that!!!

Of course like always there is a prize to be won too! This month our sponsor is

Meanwhile, thanks so much for dropping in here right now, and like I said, it's a busy day today, for I will be sharing yet another project later today.

A journey of Adventure for Countryview Crafts

Hello everyone, welcome and especially also to new followers, I am so happy you decided to join me in my crafty adventure!
This is the first of 3 projects I have been creating for various challenge blogs, and that all will be posted today. Sorry for the overload....-  as you can see from the title, this one is for Countryview Crafts. The theme this month is Anything Goes!!
I decided to play with my new Correspondence papers by the great Tim Holtz. These papers are perfect for collage, and I love playing with paper collage. I decided to make a so called W book. Tim has a brilliant tutorial on how to do this, you can find it HERE
Tim's paper collections are always perfect for this type of project as each collection includes different sized images on each 12 by 12" page. I took one that had 3 x 3" imagery, but kept the plainer side showing so I could collage over each little page once the book was folded. I'll give you a quick overview and will let the photos tell the story: As you can see from the cover, a mother and her young son set out to travel to find their long lost orphaned niece....
They think she is somewhere in France, far away from their native State of Alaska, so they go on an adventure and tell their story as they travel.
 Mama shows her son (let's call him Irvine) the globe and as they set off they know that each new day will be full of possibilities, - but will they find her?....
 As they are telling their story, they know this journey will not just be about finding a long lost relative, but also about finding themselves...

 Of course postcards are written home as they travel along....
 At last they reach Paris, and as Irvine has been such a good travel companion, he is rewarded with a flight in a hot air balloon, - what better way than to see Paris from the skies?!
Well, the story has a happy ending, the poor orphaned niece is found and they take her back to their home.....

I used the following products for this project: Tim Holtz Correspondence papers, Tim Holtz sticker book (I think these have now been discontinued) Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers, Tiny Things stamp set. Almost all of these products can be found  in the Tim Holtz section at Countryview Crafts, just click HERE.

Depending on how you fold your  booklet, their will be several pockets, so I decided to make some tags to fit inside. I used  the Tim Holtz Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection for this, the smallest tag fits just perfectly.

 I used them double sided, for strength, so I cut two for each tag and then glued them together.
Below you can see the spine of the booklet, created with just adding some bits of string under the cover pages.

Please hop over to the Countryview Challenge blog to see what my wonderful teamies have created, and hopefully you will decide to play along, - remember, anything goes for this one!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Mixed Media thank you card

Hello and thanks for coming by here. Sorry about the boring post title, but I could not think of anything more interesting...
I needed a card to say a special thanks to someone, so I pulled out some of my new Indigo Blue stamps (thank you Jenny of inspiring me to get these!!) I also used  the Tim Holtz Layered Leaf die and had a play.

I started with a piece of water colour paper, a variety of mica and Distress Stain Sprays and created a background using the cling film technique.
For those who don't know the technique, it's dead easy. Create a wet background, using whatever medium you like, water colours, Aquatints or sprays. Let them mix and puddle and then cover your piece with some cling film that you crease to create textures and patterns. Put on the radiator to dry (or leave overnight) and you get the most wonderful effects. To be honest, I actually ruined the background above by adding further layers and splats afterward, because I wanted a dark background behind my leaf, but as I was going to cover it anyway, I did not mind too much. Below is a close up still where you can see a bit more of the effect:
I cut and embossed the leaf from another piece treated in the same way.
I added some copper mica splats and crackle stamping to it too.
Before adhering the leaf to my substrate I added some background stamps to the piece, using these new Indigo Blue stamps. They are designed by Limor Webber and are just perfect for journaling and mixed media.
All I then did to finish the card was to add a flower cluster and some text taken from the new Tim Holtz  small talk stickers, mounted on some black card.
Some shadow, created with a Stabilo All pencil finished it all off.
Well, that was about it.. Hope the recipient likes it, - it turned out a bit gloomy in colour, but then it was such a cold and dark day when I made it, that I think I was affected by that.

Thank you for visiting like always. Not long until March now, and hopefully here in the Northern Hemisphere some warmer days will soon be on their way.

Monday, 23 February 2015

When Tim and Sheena go out to play....

Hi everyone, lovely to have you joining me here for a bit.
Today I am sharing a quick tag..... Some of you have noticed that it's been a bit quiet here lately, yes I am not managing to post as often as I used to. There are many reasons for that, but one of them is that I have been very busy behind the scenes, creating for a new release of Sheena Douglass. But today I wanted to do something just for myself, using some of my new Tim Holtz goodies. As some of Sheena's things were still flying around on my craft desk, I thought I'd use these as well, but more in a Tim style.

Here are a few details:
I used one of my new Thinlits mixed media dies and layered up various bits and pieces. The background was made using Distress Spray Stains in Iced Spruce, Pumice Stone and Gathered Twigs. I then inked with the same colours and also added some embossing powders along the side. One of the new Photobooth images is the focal point, - love their size, and so many all in one pack, enough for hours of creating....
A ticket cut from some Prima Cartographer paper and a butterfly stamped in Potting Soil Archival from one of Tim's framelets sets,
A word from the new larger chit chat stickers, distressed and scuffed up a bit. A great size, I love them!
And here a couple of the new Sheena perfect partners dies and stamps (these were released in January already and are available from Crafters Companion). The dies match the stamps to perfection. I cut them from Prima cartographer paper again. and chose a heart charm that would match my colour scheme.
Well that's it for just now. You can expect to see lots of more traditional Sheena Douglass cards using her brand new, not yet released products as from the beginning of March. They won't be my usual grungy mixed media style, but hey, sometimes I love to step out side of the box and I had great fun creating them, - stay tuned....

Thanks for visiting today, and I will be back on the 1st of March with 3 projects..... hope to see you then and stay inky!!!

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