Thursday, 20 October 2016
I had so much fun putting the Kaisercraft Advent Calendar together and then decorating it. I chose a selection of papers from the silent Night Collection, one of which has small square images that are the perfect size for the drawer front and backs.
I left all the numbers in the chipboard surround and brayerd over with Martha Stewarts Lake Fog paint and popped aside to dry. Then I brayered the drawers with the Sycamore Bark paint, making sure they were all dry before turning over and doing the other side.
Once the drawers were dry, I glued them together with a good strong wet acrylic glue, before dry brushing some of the Lake Fog paint around the edges.
The Advent Calendar itself needs a a little patience and a few spare hours to put it together, before you can start the fun part of decorating it. I used Lake Fog to paint the main Calendar.
I cut out all the drawer fronts and backs, then using a 3/4" circle punch, punched half circles in the paper that would be on the front of the drawer, before using wet glue to attach them. I covered the back of the draws, so that when the day had past and the draw had been emptied, it could be turned around so the numbers no longer showed.
I chose a busy pattern to cover the outside of the calendar, as you need a strip of paper longer than 12" this way it was easy to disguise the join. With a happy Santa paper to decorate the centre panel, and a sentiment cut from another sheet, all that was left to do was add some glitter to the now dry numbers and add them to the drawer fronts.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
A little Autumnal project from me today using some of the gorgeous products from IndigoBlu
I stamped out the Country House Door stamp twice on to Perfect White Stamping Card, and chose Cottage Garden Paints in Autumnal shades, to colour with.
I started with the palest shade first, Lemon Meringue and built up the colours to create Autumn leaves around the door, and in the plant pots. as I was going to be fussy cutting one of the sheets to decoupage on top of the other, I only painted in the elements that I was going to use.
As the colour builds up it blends beautifully together.
Once everything was dry I fussy cut around the planters, lamps and also the front door.
I found this small wooden box frame for a £1 at one of the craft shows. It's made of pine and after a coat of White GeeSsoGood, and a little stamping with the Crackle Background stamp and gorgeous Pheasant Bronze paint, it looked perfect for my project.
I used words from the Grand Tour II stamp plate as I always love to get home and in through my own front door after travelling, and snuggle in my own bed. I cut the wording into four strips, added some coloured pencil around the edge to tone them to the project, and also inked around the edges to frame them.
Then it was just a case of putting everything together in the frame, the background, the decoupaged planters, lamps and door. And to finish off I added a couple of little bunnies from the Winterland Wood stamp set, Black Glass Glitter for gravel and a couple of gems for door handles.
Hope you've enjoyed my project, see you soon.
Friday, 14 October 2016
A little inspiration to get you in the mood to join in our TIMI challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine blog where we would love you to share your Autumn/Fall stamped projects with us.
I've used the fabulous Leaf Blueprints stamp designed for Sizzix by Tim Holtz. It's stamped and layered onto a Disress Ink background, that has been splashed with water. Extra colour was added using Prismacolour pencils, and I added some extra lines and measurements to create a border around the edge of the card to co-ordinate.
So get stamping, follow the instructions of how to join in and you could be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize from That's Crafty
Or even a chance to be featured in the magazine itself, how cool would that be!
Friday, 7 October 2016
Here we are with the start of another great new challenge over at the Craft Stamper Magazine Blog we would love you to share your autumnal projects with us, whether they be Autumn scenes or colours, what does Autumn mean to you?
I totally lost myself in this mixed media project, it was great fun up-cycling an old canvas and adding lots of bits and pieces from my work table, before giving it a coat of GeeSsoGood white gesso, then spraying with gorgeous Dylusions Ink sprays. It actually looks a lot brighter in the picture, in real life it's more of a mossy green.
I used one of the large bottle caps from IndigoBlu and added a clock from one of the Altered Ego sets, along with 3D gel drops, metal flowers, buttons and some Melange Art pebbles from Prima. They look so cool with the colour of the ink showing through.
I did a project a few weeks again with the fabulous Dinkie Butterfly from IndigoBlu where I stamped it out on shrink plastic. This was the only one that didn't work out, so I was left with a half Butterfly, which I thought looked like he was sitting, or a view from the side?
The fabulous words are from the Boadicea stamp set, again from IndigoBlu
So as always we have a fabulous sponsor who this time around is That's Crafty who have put up a huge prize of eight stamps sets, yes eight!!
So what are you waiting for, check out the entry terms on the blog page and get stamping. Not only could you be in with a chance of winning, you could also be featured in the magazine its self!!!
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
I always love to see the fabulous projects over at Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge but always run out of time to enter into it. So making amends today with my Steampunkesque canvas and entering :)
I've used IndigoBlu's Steampunkesque Mixed Media Paper Stack which was torn and collaged onto the background, before I gave it a coat of diluted GeeSsoGood. I die-cut a stack of cogs and added them to the canvas, tucking them into the papers so they peep out. I added some of the very gorgeous Copper Lux Mix from Stampendous. I love the big chunks of Mica mixed with the sparkle. Once that had dried I painted the cogs first with a coat of Kingfisher Blue Metallic paint, then Miss Moneypenny Metallic paint and after making sure that both coats were dry, went over the top of the cogs and the edge of the canvas with Black GeeSsoGood on a piece of foam, to bring out the texture and also dirty the cogs up and loos a little of the metallic sheen.
After die-cutting the TH Bird and Cage out of scrap card I added cogs back and front, and a little of the coarse texture paste, before giving it the same paint treatment as the cogs on the canvas.
I added a few beads on jump rings to the bottom of the cage and made a chain at the top, before adding it on black foam pads to the canvas along with a sentiment made up from odd words on my worktable.
I have great fun making this, and it gave my mojo a kick start.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Happy Sunday and welcome to a festive make for IndigoBlu using the beautiful Angel from the Peace on Earth stamp set.
I started by trimming a piece of the new 12" square Damaged Dots paper (ups not released yet) to
5 1/2" square, distressed the edges and gave it a wash of diluted White GeeSsoGood Then I took a strip of paper measuring 1 1/2" by 5 1/2" from the new 12" Damaged Damask, and that's not relased yet either...........Check out the One Day Special on Hochanda launching 8pm on Saturday 24th September for the details. I also distressed the edges of that piece as well, and gave it a colour wash. Once that was dry I stencilled Super Thick Slap It On through the gorgeous new Damaged Damask stencil and set it aside to dry.
I stamped out my Angel onto a piece of Perfect White Stamping Card and added some colour with Neocolour pencils, before fussy cutting her out.
I stamped out the sentiment from the Sparkle and Glisten stamp set in jet black Archival ink on to my strip of distressed card, mounted it onto a slightly larger piece and sandwiched distressed muslin in-between the layers for added texture.
Now that the base layer had dried, I added everything onto a 6" square card blank. It looked great as it was with the shine from the embossing, but by adding a little Luscious the pattern of the texture really pops through.
The muslin looks so pretty with the diluted Luscious, the sheen is so soft. I also added more colour to my Angel with a mixture of Luscious powders, and also some gorgeous Unicorn Sparkles to her wings, before adding her on black foam pads to raise her up from the fabric.
To finish off I couldn't resist a little splattering of Black GeeSsoGood some sequins and some blobs of stickles.