Friday, 26 September 2014

My Guest designer post for A Vintage Journey

I was thrilled and excited when I won a challenge at A Vintage Journey, This gave
me The chance to be their guest designer and the theme is Autumn.

Find my post here :-)
I found a frame with a mirror in a local bric-à-brac  type shop and decided that this was going to be used for my project
Its for my daughters shop  and I thought she would love to have her children's
Photos in there too.

It's Mixed media altered art , distressed and inked into submission ! I apologise that there is a photo of the side of my gate on the mirror side, really tricky to photograph a mirror with out getting me taking the photo in it ! And the glass on the photo side reflects. 

I took the glass and mirror out of the frame to begin my painting.

This is the left side painted in Fresco pumpkin soup acrylic & then I dry brushed
Some TH picket fence in places to lift it a bit.

The part with the photo frames, I used a much loved paint i have had for years called stewart gill Byzantine.To add some distress I Did some
dry brushing with Hey Pesto fresco paint.
I used a Tim Holtz technique to add texture by using one of his stencils with embossing paste in red
and some stamping with a black pad for more interest.
i added bakers twine, a Tim metal 'family tag' & a tiny cross as my daughter is religious.
the next was fun bit, i used metal to do the painted industrial technique, but i used 
distress inks as i wanted them to be like jewel colours. see below, great i think ! these are going on the sides of the mirror frame, this is the embossing folder i used on them before the inks

                               this is a photo below of the strips before paint was added

Below i have just added some close up details of all the additions , die cut TH tattered
flowers and leaves, French flight butterflies. 

                               one of the twins, Isaac 2yrs old looking cute in a vintage frame

          Maia , the eldest at 7 below , well away from the insects as she hate them, her mother has to
spray the bedroom with special moth spray before she goes to bed each night, (furniture polish !) hee hee

                    Below is little Eden Rose who is the other twin and very adorable too, not bothered about  the creepy crawlies near her photo.                                         

And below is Florence who is 4 and is a pickle !

i hope you like my project, thanks for looking.
and if you would now like to see the project that won the challenge origionally
the link is here

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Craft stamper, stamping on tissue

Oh what fun to be had with this challenge . This is the Craft Stamper take it make it challenge
Find the blog right here :-
I would also like to enter this into Hels Sunday stamper challenge
Here :-

This is my entry, it's a cardboard hanger from my husbands favourite clothes shop !

See below photo of the underwear hanger covered in Gesso

I didn't have any tissue to hand. So used my blue roll
Mop up tissue paper& was quite pleased with how it turned out.
Below is the stamp & image stamped onto the tissue 
Using a black dye ink

I stamped distress ink pads on an acrylic block and very
Gently with a wet paintbrush, water-coloured it.

Next while the flowers were drying I stamped my (now dried)
Gesso hanger with pine needles distress ink

With the circles stamp shown below


Next I very carefully tore out my dry flowers from the blue tissue
I used a lovely Dylusions stencil with pink embossing paste
For extra interest and texture
I added the roses carefully to the hanger with matt medium.
Covering over the top with the medium too.
I saved one image which I matted onto white card so I
Could decoupage with it.

I love the way all the stencilling I did with pink embossing paint 
Is showing through too.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Compendium of curiosity's challenge no 11 , Effect powders

For the Compendium of curiosities 3, challenge 11, I made a tag to go onto my husbands 60th Birthday card.  Again it's a great technique , but you will have to buy Tim's book to get the low down
As I am not allowed to give details here, in respect for all Tim's work on his book.

If you want to join in there are some great prizes from Tim Holtz & Mario his manager (box of Tim's goodies !)  & on the odd number challenges (this one !) we have Inspiration Emporium giving
Away a £50 gift voucher , find them here -:

Above photo is the tag, and below photo is the finished card

I used a couple of other Tim Holtz techniques for this tag.
Dimensional collage fragments, this is from CC1 book.
It's the tiny clear tag at the top left, I was rather tickled to fing a number plate on one of Tim's papers that was AG , this is my husbands initials !
So I added the little 60 as well & a couple of other bits to go under the clear frame.

The base colour on the tag is paint marbling , this is in the current book
But I missed this challenge , so am using the technique now on here.
See below photo.

Another lovely Tim technique is to use the shadow press debossing folders
(They de-boss) with inks to highlight and a pen run just inside the letters

See below photo of highlighted de bossing and yet another of TH Techniques
Which is to use tiny brads and hammer them flat !

Below is a photo of the lovely framelits I used for this challenge technique , I love this
Compass , with the stamps and die cuts all in one , fabulous !

Here below is a close up of my Effect powders technique 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Play that Funkie music - Hels Sunday stamper

I am off for a few days break with hubbie & our friends. So am getting this in now

This time on Hels Sheridan's Sunday stamper, it's all about music , find her page here
Just a quick card from me, using lovely papers left over from my mini album for
The Dragons lair design team , find their shop here :-
The stamped music and bird with music are from DoCrafts.

The Creative Blog Hop

Hi, I am Janna Gay and I have been tagged in the creative blog hop :-)

Monday again! The day where all kinds of  artists from many different genres, join in The Creative Blog Hop (TCBH) after being tagged by someone the previous Monday. The Creative Blog Hop is the brain child of a blogger, whose identity has been lost along the way. The intention is for us all, as bloggers, to get to know each other better and share ideas and inspiration. It is most commonly explained as similar to the playground game 'Tag' (you're it) but over a huge expanse of space (conceivably the whole world - or at least the parts of the world that have access to the internet). Each Blogger introduces their tagger and themselves, answers four questions about themselves and then they 'tag' three more Bloggers and it goes on and on (or at least that is the aim of the game).

I am very happily retired at last ! I longed for retirement so I could do all the crafting thing I wanted
& there is no doubt I am turning out much better work - BUT , I still don't have enough time for everything !!
I have 4 grandchildren , my only child decided she wanted a big family . So there is Maia 7 & Florence , she is 4 & then the twins Isaac & Eden rose.

So I help there when I can, my husband has had a scholiosis operation and is very slowly recovering.
I love my (thankfully) small garden & have loved being able to sit & paint this year.

     I love to bake & the first thing I did when I retired last October was
      To go on a bread making course, now I love making my own bread!

I love visiting national trust houses, great for scrapbooking
& seeing great Art

This is a page of Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire 
Which is famous for it's roses

I love to knit , sew , cross stitch and crochet , just shame we have to sleep 
Or I would get it all finished !
This is my work of art for little Florence 's birthday , she is 
Obsessed with dressing up clothes ! I had no idea when I bought the pattern
How much work there was in the dress ! But she was so thrilled, it was worth it

Work I love the most is anything Tim Holtz , altered art, inky things
And scrapbooking. 
I demonstrate for DoCrafts so not entirely retired !
I am on the design teams of 
The Crafting Cafe  & The Dragons Lair. 
This next photo is a scrapbook page using the lovely digi images from 

The Dragons lair shop :-

This is Maia dressed up in world war 1 clothes at Milestones

The next page is of my maternal grandmother in 1917

The little piece of art below I am proud to say has won a first on the Vintage Journey
Challenge & I am thrilled to be a guest designer on their blog in a couple of weeks 

I wasn't going to waffle on like 'WAR & PEACE ' ! So sorry if I have bored you all
Just going to post a couple of projects that are my current favourites 

                                             Now to introduce my lovely tag-ees !
I have got to know  Marleen  Michaelis Gallagher  through being in the Design Inspiration team
At the Dragon's Lair designs.

My name is Marleen and I come from Denmark.. Im married and have 3 children.
I started crafting after my eldest was born, 11 years ago. I started out making cards with any cheep bits and bobs that I could find, but my little box of goodies soon turned into a bigger box, and then a couple of boxes and so on..
I started with cards, but when my son son was born 2 years later, I tried my hand at scrapbooking.
My son had a very diffecult toddlerhood, in and out of hospitals, and I found scrapbooking gave me a chance to "stay in control" and still relax while being creative.
Later on and after my "baby" was born, I decided id try and make a career out of crafting. Its hard
work, but im at my crafting happiest when  get a chance to teach a class or to do a demo.
Hopefully one day, I will get my dream to come true, and make a living doing what I love.

Next it's the equally lovely and talented Heather Mitchell , who I know through DoCrafts

:-  Hello everyone!  I'm Heather and I have only been card making for a couple of years,  In that time I have been incredibly lucky and I now design for docrafts and their Creativity magazine, Papercrafter magazine and I am also on the online design team for Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.  I absolutely love designing cards and my background in textile design has really helped me build up the textures and inky layers!  I'd like to thank Janna for nominating me for the Creative Blog Hop and I hope you can join me on my blog on Monday 22nd September for my post!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Southern comfort, mini Album for Dragons Lair

Hello everyone,  I have been working with the gorgeous 'Southern Comfort' range
From the Dragons Lair store

Find these shown above and lots of others on the website to be found  Here

This is my Inspirational project for September , I did get a bit carried away with
This mini tags album ,
but everything is so lovely it's hard to stop !

I made the book a little bigger than intended , but it meant I could get more in it :-)

This is the back view

So , I started with heavy cream coloured card , cut and folded as below
                                                    It's 6 1/2 " high, I forgot to write that in !

I made 4 tag holders to fit  as shown below

                          I used my Tim Holtz die to cut out 4 tags in 2 different patterns

             As is my fashion, everything is distressed, torn and inked within an inch of it's life !

 This is a section of the inside below

The photo below is the outside , showing the rounded flap with a cream semi circle die cut

Next I started on the 4 tags , laying out papers and elements to see what looks good
See below

I decorated the tags and holders, doing 2 different designs

            These are the holders decorated below 2 photo's

And here below are the 2 different tags 

I couldn't resist a bit of spritzing ink in places 

Then here above and below are is the tags in their holders

I made a little strap inside for my tags and here they are -  as above

Below is a view of the front with one of the lovely fans cut out . I used a 
Big brass button & ribbon as a tie fastener but also Velcro dot inside.