Wednesday, 1 July 2015

It's Summer at Mixed Media Monthly

Hi everyone and happy July!!!!
Over at Mixed Media Monthly the theme for our challenge is Summer this month and our sponsor is Limor Webber.

Summer, really??? Well here we have not seen much of it so far... but, a challenge is always good right? So get out your summery stash and even if it's raining out side, bring summer to your art!!
Here is what I created:

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On to my project: Summer to me means light filled glorious days, warm colours, sun sea and beach and above all sunflowers!

I created a wall plaque encompassing some of these themes.
I started with a 8 x 8" piece of grey board and covered it with some Prima paper from the Timeless Memories collection.
I added some stencilling with a Tim Holtz stencil and inked around the edges.
Next I chose a slightly smaller piece of paper from the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower collection. I chose a paper in similar warm colours and did some further stencilling and background stamping with some stamps by Indigo Blue. This stamp collection is called Rugged Edge and they are perfect for back ground stamping and going round edges as the name suggests.
Here is a close up of the stamps, as you can see I stamped in two different colours of Archival Ink, Tree Branch and Sepia.
Time to collect some embellishments. The flowers were from the Heartfelt Creations Sunflower collection, the postcard and stamps from the Graphics 45 Place in Time collection that I think is sadly no longer available, though some retailers still stock it.
The sun flower was made using a Heartfelt Creations stamp and matching die.
The flower garland was fussy cut from one of the papers and then layered up with the sunflowers.
Finally, the word Journey was die cut using a Tim Holtz die. I cut it from black card and then added Ranger Glossy Accents to give them some dimension. I also added some shadows with a Stabilo All pencil to add a bit more depth.

Well, that's it from me, but please hop over to the Mixed Media Monthly challenge blog to see what my fabulous talented team mates have created and hopefully you will feel inspired to play along with our challenge.
Thanks for visiting like always and see you next time. Happy Summer!!

On your travels for Countryview Crafts

Hello everyone and happy July!
This month the lovely Trace has chosen the theme of "On Your Travels", - perfect of course for this time of year with school holidays and many people off on their holidays no doubt.
I decided to take a somewhat different twist to the theme and created a hanger that symbolises more of an inner rather than an outer journey. After all, not everyone can go travelling and sometimes inner journeys can be even more important than outer ones.

I started with a small paper mache hanging from my stash, and covered it with some scrapbook paper to have a good surface to use inks on.
To add a bit more interest I adhered a couple of strips of book paper with gel medium and also added some texture by pressing some paper down in the gel and then lifting it up.
I then inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink Below you can see a close up of the texture, the photo was taken when the gel medium was still wet. It will dry completely clear but the texture remains and you can bring it out with sprays and inks.
I decided to add more texture with the help of one of Tim Holtz's layering stencils and some modelling paste and then added more depth of colour with Walnut Stain  Distress Ink Spray.
I love how the spray seeps into the textures created with the gel and modelling paste.
Time for a focal image. I stamped a ship stamp (Sheena Douglass) onto tissue paper and adhered it in position on my hanger with gel medium. I also added the word Explore with the Tim Holtz Thinlets word dies.

As you can see, I added some white highlights to make the words pop a bit more and  also stamped the word Journey from the same Sheena stamp set.
The final touch was to add a few Tim Holtz remnant rubs.
Well, I hope you like my somewhat different "On Your Travels" project, please hop over to the Countryview Challenge blog to be inspired with what my talented teamies have created. And if you can, please join us in our challenge!
Enjoy your travels where ever they take you! Thanks for visiting

Monday, 29 June 2015

Vintage scrapping for Calico Crafts

Hello everyone, I hope the month of June has been going well for you!
I have been extremely busy and apologize for not being a very good blogger this month....
Today I am sharing a post over at the Calico Crafts blog, so like usual, just a sneek here...
More details can of course be found on the Calico blog like usual. Hope you'll check it out.
It will remain very quiet here throughout July and August, but I will be back in September, and meanwhile I hope to have the time to visit all my favourite blogs,so you will see me around here and there.
Thanks for popping in today

Monday, 22 June 2015

Destination Inspiration # 3 for A Vintage Journey.

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping in! Just one photo here today, but I have a full tutorial over at A Vintage Journey, hope you will check it out...
For these Destination Inspiration posts 4 design team members take it in turn to share a project using the same "recipe". This is what we have been using this month:
Product: Any Tattered Die
Technique: Layering Stencil : Texture Paste
Colour: Walnut Stain
Substrate: Watercolour Paper

This is the project I created:

If you want to see how I put this together, all you need to do is click HERE
Thanks for dropping by like always,

Friday, 19 June 2015

The next 5 ICADs

Hello lovely visitors and thank you for looking in here today.
I finally managed to complete my next 5 ICADs. It's busy days in my day job at the moment and it is hard to fit art time and blogging in right now, but here goes....
If you are wondering what ICADs are or would like to see the first ones I made, - just click HERE
On to today's cards:
Using Visible Image, Design by Ryn and Unity stamps.
Vitruvian Man by Leonardo is sadly not a stamp but was cut from a piece of very cool wrapping paper. Background stamping with the Unity stamp and a really old text stamp which reminds me of Leonardo's amazing script....
Paper Artsy stamp over painted back ground
This is my personal favourite, yet was the quickest to do, it's just a bit of Heartfelt Creations paper with some background stencilling and stamping and a couple of fussy cut butterflies. These ICADs are perfect to use up scraps of paper...
Another painted background, background stamping with Fresco Finish Snowflake paint and a La Blanche stamp.

Well that's it, short and sweet, which is all I have time for at the mo....

Thanks so much for visiting like always and have a great weekend!!!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Travel Adventure for Calico Craft Parts

Hi everyone and thanks so much for stopping by here today!
I am super excited as in about 3 weeks time I will be off to Australia for 7 weeks to spend time with my grandchildren. Today I am sharing a little travel album I made for the occasion.
Here is a sneak peek:
Full details can be found on the Calico Craft Parts blog, would love to know what you think...
Thanks for visiting like always

Sunday, 7 June 2015

ICAD 2015

Hi everyone and thanks for popping in!
A few years ago I hosted an ICAD swap and we had great fun with it. This year I am just making some for fun!
What is an ICAD you may wonder.... Well it is the acronym for Index Card A Day.

The lovely Daisy Yellow has for the last 4 years hosted this challenge on her blog. This year's challenge started on June 1 and will run until the end of July. The challenge basically means that you create a little 3 x 5" card (or alter an index card of roughly that size) and just enjoy the creative process and then share your creations with others on your social media sites. You can read all about it here.

I have a lot going on right now and am very busy. Creating these little cards, which really don't take long, is just a great way to relax, spend a little creative time and have some fun. Like a mini art journal really. I am not sure whether I can do all of them, or even do it every day, but there is no pressure, that's what I like about it. I used 3 x 5 cards cut from a manila folder as my substrate, as I had no index cards to hand.

So here is a quick overview of my first 5 cards:
Distress inks and various stamps. Main stamp is from Visible Image.
Background Tissue Wrap, paint and a collage from scraps on my desk.
Mix of inks, paints, stamps and an embossing folder.

Paints, stencils and a scrap from a paper napkin
My favourite technique and colour combo at the moment, just playing with stencils, some background stamps and Distress Inks.

Well, that's it for now, onto the next batch which I will post in a few days. If you are looking for a fun creative project, check out the link, - there is even a special Facebook group you can join.

Thanks for visiting like always
and I hope you will have a week full of creativity!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

A Box of Affirmations for Calico Craft Parts

Hello everyone and thanks for dropping in here today.
Just a little sneak peek view only of a project I created for Calico Craft Parts.
If you want to find out more about what it is exactly and how I put it together, please hop over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog

Hope to see you there and have a great weekend!!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Celebrating at A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, thank you for dropping by here! It's the first Friday of the month and that means there's a new challenge starting at A Vintage Journey.
The lovely Sandy chose the theme of Celebrations. Usually there are so many celebrations of one kind or another in June....
As A Vintage Journey is a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog, I decided to celebrate the great man himself.

I made a simple tag card and had great fun doing so.
I cut a piece of Manila cardstock and added some texture with one of Tim's Layering Stencils and some Ranger Texture Paste.. When it had dried I added a first layer of colour using Distress Stain Sprays, - I used Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed and Peeled paint. I spritzt with water to let the colours run and then dried with my heat gun. More colour was added with Distress Inks and another another stencil. I also did some background stamping with the Paris Text stamps from the Papillon set.
I wanted this to be a happy, jolly piece, so decided to use my favourite crazy bird. He was stamped on speciality stamping card and coloured with Distress Markers, fussy cut and adhered to by card base. I cut him a party hat from some printed text paper.
I could not fussy cut his little curls on the top of course so I drew them over the hat when both were glued down. The T stands for Tim of course.
I cut out a little banner from the same text paper and adhered the letters which I happened to have in my stash.
The sentiment is from the simple sayings set and I adhered it with a number brad. I chose the 10 because Tim gets 10 out of 10 in my book every time.

For the same reason I had to choose the Excellence Muse Token of course. I gave it a quick rub with some pewter Treasure Gold to make it blend in with the rest of the tag.

The final touch was to add some glossy accents to the eyes, this was a little trick I saw on the lovely Amanda's blog the other day.
Well there you have it, a tag to celebrate the wonderful Tim Holtz. Hope you'll hope over to A Vintage Journey to see what my teamies have created and hopefully you'll play along and celebrate with us.

All the challenge rules can be found there.

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend with hopefully some creative time...

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