Saturday, 14 July 2018

Life Journal for Bee Crafty

Hello!

Today over on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing a project that I created for myself to use!  At the moment there is a real love in the crafting world for journals and notebooks so this week I decided to use my Bee Crafty products to decorate myself a wrap journal...


I started by prepping the board with white gesso and then used my brayer to add layers of Dylusions paints (Vibrant Turquoise, Fresh Lime and Pure Sunshine), leaving some areas of the white still showing through.  Next background stamping was added using archival inks and a mixture of texture and backdrop stamps...


Using the distressed harlequin d'inkable some crackle paste was added and I left this white to create some contrast to the quite busy background.  To create the focal pieces I chose some of the stamps that are elements that I really like or represent the idea of a journal (e.g. the pen nibs).  These were all cut out and then coloured with sparkle pens to match the background colours.  To make them more sturdy I added glossy accents and then left them to dry overnight...


Once these had all fully dried they were added to the cover using glue gel.  The dragonfly and larger cog were then stamped onto shrink plastic to create some charms.  These were added to some beads and jewellery findings to create the dangly accents that could then be joined to the top of the binding elastic...


The closure was created with some more elastic and then the notebooks added to create my final journal...


Here are the products that I used...

* Backdrops Border Stamps - Texture Borders
* Backdrop Stamps - Multi Mini Distressed Diamonds; Franking Marks
* Art Stamps - Dragonfly; Cogs Set; Nibs
* Wordage - Life Words 1
* D'Inkables - Distressed Harlequin
* Dylusions Paints

I will certainly be making more mini books as they are really good fun to decorate.  Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Exciting News!!!

Hello!

I am here for a quick post today to share with you some exciting news!

I am honoured to now be a part of the Butterfly Squad Creative Team working with France Papillon and her wonderful products!



To go on over to France's blog to find out all about the creative team click HERE

I am so looking forward to using the stamps and stencils that France designs for art journaling and mixed media and also working alongside some amazing artists.  There is also a Facebook group that hosts a weekly challenge to create a layer a day/a spread a week, plus sharing art journaling pages, just search for France Papillon and Creative Butterflies.

Happy crafting!

Jane xx


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Wolf Tag for Bee Crafty

Hello!

I hope it is lovely where you are at the moment! The weather here is a total contrast to the snowy project I am sharing on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog today...


I wanted to create a really textured background to my tag to give it a snowy, icy feel, but then needed to have the wolf be able to stand out so I decided to use acetate. 

I started the background by preparing the MDF tag with gesso then painted it with crackle paint.  Once this had dried I added blue spray inks then used the d'inkable snowflakes with silver paint.  This was followed by adding silver sparkle paste through the snowflake 2 inkable across the left side of the tag. 

I then cut a piece of heat resistant acetate that would make a dome around the front of the tag then stamped the wolf using clear versamark ink.  This was then heat embossed using silver powder.  At this point the wolf was quite hard to see properly when against the background so I stippled white gesso onto the back of the acetate so that the wolf stood out...


The words and moon from the same set were stamped and heat embossed in silver powder and mounted onto silver card before adding to the tag.  The final touch was to add some ribbon...


The products I used were:

* MDF Tag
* Art Stamps - Scenery Animals Set Wolf
* D'inkable - Snowflakes
* Inkable - Snowflake 2

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Friday, 6 July 2018

Creative Artiste: Tando Window

Hello!

The first Friday in July means that it must be time for a new challenge over at the Creative Artiste Challenge blog.  We had lots of fabulous entries last month and the post announcing the prize winner and top three is over HERE...


This month we have two fab new prizes sponsored by Tando Creative of a 30% discount off Tando products in their store...


For my design team project this month I chose to use one of the fab shadow frames from Tando Creative and as it was a window shape and the weather is so beautiful here at the moment I went for a summery theme...


After painting with metallic acrylics and sticking the frame together I added paper flowers and leaves to the bottom part of the frame using glue gel, along with some sequins...


I wanted some pretty birds to add to my window so stamped, coloured (using pigment sticks as a watercolour) and cut out these two from the scribbly birds set by Dina Wakely.  The words also came from the same set and were lightly coloured and then edged with black ink.  Some splashes of gold paint were added to tie all the different parts together.  Once everything was in place I felt that it still needed something extra at the top of the frame so added a metal butterfly...


I hope you are having lovely weather where you are and if so are able to make the most of it.  Do please go over to the challenge blog to check out all the design team inspiration and take a look at the rules.  The challenge is always anything goes as long as it is mixed media and I look forward to seeing your entries this month.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Altered Eclectics: A Rusty Bottle

Hello!
 
Wow yet another month has rushed by and we are already in July!  The weather here at the moment is absolutely gorgeous so it really does feel like summer.  As it is the first day of a new month it also means the start of a new months challenge at Altered Eclectics.  The theme is always anything goes as long as the projects are altered items or mixed media, the only exceptions are no cards or ATC's please.
 
This month I really wanted to do something with a maple syrup bottle that I have been hoarding for some time.  Here is how it started after I had taken off all the labels and made sure it had a good wash to remove any residue...
 

I felt like it should be a really grungy, rusty feel this time and here is what it looked like after I had finished...


I started by applying sand texture and crackle pastes from Decoart.  Once these had dried I added grey board pieces from Tando Creative and art balls using heavy gel.  Luckily as the weather is so warm at the moment I was able to put the bottle outside and get it all dried quite quickly this month...


The whole project was then painted with black gesso.  Next Lindys sprays were used to add colour.  I applied them in layers, drying each in between and adding whichever ones I thought were needed.  To then bring all the texture back out I added Pebeo gilding wax...


As always I wanted to include words of some sort to the project and in the end went for this sticker from Tim Holtz small talk.

Thank you for looking and I hope you will take a look at the challenge blog HERE and it would be great to see your projects this month.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 30 June 2018

The Pink Rats! For Bee Crafty

Hello!

Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing some more ATC's that I have made to add to my Bee Crafty collection.  This time I wanted to create a couple more using the Inspired by Banksy stamps and went for a rat theme!  I also decided to go for a colour scheme that I don't automatically use...


To start I coated 2 grey board ATC's with white gesso then watered down some magenta acrylic paint and coated the boards, also allowing some of the colour to drip down.  I then added some splashes of the same colour as well...


The next stage didn't work out as I wanted but I still liked the effect so went with it!  I placed the chain link d'inkable over the top of the ATC's and sprayed white acrylic ink over the top.  I sprayed too much ink which meant that the pattern wasn't defined and when I do it another time I will try to be much less heavy handed...


However I still liked the colour that this had created so carried on by adding some of the original magenta through the cracked glass d'inkable...


For my next layer I used the texture border and circle stamps with archival inks...


To make the focal images really stand out against the background I used black archival ink with the Ghetto Rat and Ratzzi stamps...


I still wanted a bit of extra dimensional texture so used crackle paste through the regular dots d'inkable...


Whilst this was drying I stamped 2 of the Everyday 1 Sentiments onto white card, cut them out and inked around the edges with some pink distress ink.  After a few splashes of watered down black acrylic paint had also been added the sentiments were glued on.

Here are the ATC's with the others I have made using the Banksy range.  You can read about the other 2 HERE...


To create my ATC's I used the following products...

* Inspired by Banksy - Ghetto Rat
* Inspired by Banksy - Ratzzi
* Backdrop Borders - Texture Borders
* Backdrops - Texture Circles
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1
* D'Inkables - Chain Link; Cracked Glass; Regular Dots
* Archival Inkpads

Thank you for looking and it would be lovely to see your creations over on the Bee Crafty Facebook group too!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Monday, 25 June 2018

Spray Ink Heart for Tando Creative

Hello!

This week the design team are using spray inks or paints with their projects on the Tando Creative blog and I decided to use some inks with one of the lovely shadow frames...


I started by preparing all the frame pieces with white gesso then added some stencilling using the mini cog stencil.  When this was totally dry I stuck them together and added some of the mini grey board cogs, tucking them under some areas where the frame was raised.  More white gesso was then added to make sure that the surfaces were all ready for the spray ink...


I have quite a selection of different types of sprays but decided to use a matt red acrylic ink spray to provide my main colour.  I dried with my heat tool between layers and then added another type of spray that contained mica for a bit of sparkle.  When these layers had all been dried off properly I added gold gilding wax to bring out the texture...


Next I added some stamping with black archival ink and the numbers from the Andy Skinner Unexplained stamp set.  From the Steampunk set I stamped the winged key and cut it out, also cutting out the words separately. I sprayed out a little bit of the mica ink onto my glass mat and used this to colour the pieces before adding them to the frame.  To finish I used the black spray from Decoart to add a bit of extra contrast...


Here are the products used...

* Shadow Frames
* Mini Cogs
* Mini Cogs Stencil
* Andy Skinner - Unexplained Stamp Set
* Andy Skinner - Steampunk Stamp Set
* Decoart - Black Media Mister

These frames are lovely to work with and all the pieces took the sprays really well.
Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx