Saturday, 18 November 2017

Wizard of Oz for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog I thought I would share my samples from the Inspired by the Wonderful Wizard of Oz collection as brought to you by Bev on HOCHANDA this week...

For this art board I used one of the d'inkables with structure paste plus some of the texture stamps to create pattern in the background.  The yellow brick road can easily be extended so for this I used 3 pieces and matched up the bricks to create a longer path.  All the characters were coated with glossy accents to make them stand out even more.

For this diorama card I wanted to create the lion with no colouring, so stamped him onto a lion coloured cardstock with brown ink.  The background was created using distress ink, which I then wiped away through the sunset stencil with a baby wipe.

The line drawings on these stamps are so lovely that I wanted to show them off on this card by leaving the majority of the stamping black and white.  I also love the combination of black, red and white, so stamped extra of the poppies to build a couple of them up then coloured them in red.  This was my favourite sample in the end!

With this card I wanted to make Dorothy a bit different so coloured her hair blonde this time, but that is what I love about stamps, they allow you to do whatever you want!  The background was again created using distress inks and a variety of the d'inkables and texture stamps.

My final sample is another art board, this time one of the little ones.  I wanted to show how you can cut down the sentiments if you only want a part (one of my favourite things to do), so chose the bits I wanted and coloured them with a brushing of distress ink.

The products I used were...

* MDF Art Boards
* Inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz stamps
* D'inkables stencils
* Texture Stamps

Thank you for looking, and if you want to see any of Bev's demos they should still be available on the HOCHANDA website for a while longer as part of rewind.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 17 November 2017

Shrine or Bird House?? For Tando Creative


A few weeks ago I was meant to be sharing my shrine on the Tando Creative Blog as part of the Same but Different week, unfortunately due to other events I didn't get my project finished and wasn't able to post in time, so I thought I would share it now as part of the Anything Goes week!

As soon as I received my shrine I thought it would make a perfect little bird house and wanted it to have a colourful feel.  Usually I stick my projects together then decorate, but as I wanted to have decoration both inside and out I decorated all the pieces first.
I used cobalt teal hue fluid acrylic with tinting base to create the main house colour and then stencilled through the numbers mini stencil with the darker shade.  To match in with the numbers I used a number stamp from Wow! with archival sepia ink and finally added some white gesso using bottle tops and an old gift card.

To decorate the roof I first applied structure paste through the criss cross mini stencil and then once dry added burnt umber acrylic and some patina gilding wax...

The house of course needed some birds to live in it so I put together 2 birds using the Whimsical Birds sets 1 and 2.  These were painted using cadmium red, pyrole orange and hansa yellow light then stamped with the number stamp to match the house.  I also wanted to tie in some of the white so used a white Pitt pen to add some extra details.  I decided to add some googly eyes instead of the ones in the set as I just love googly eyes!!...

I put most of the house together and attached the inside bird using large foam pads to make it stand away from the back, then put on the front and roof and then attached the other bird.
To add extra decoration I stamped some flowers from the Dylusions set 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' and the sentiment from Dina Wakely's 'Scribbly Birds' set.  These were all cut out and then coloured with distress inks before being attached...

This is why I love Tando Creative products so much, as they can become whatever you want them to be and take many different mediums so well!

The products I used can be found on the Tando Creative website by clicking on the links below...

* Shrine 1
* Whimsical Birds 1
* Whimsical Birds 2
* Mini Stencil - Numbers
* Mini Stencil - Criss Cross
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Decoart Tinting Base

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Nature in ATC's for Bee Crafty


It is my turn today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog and I thought that today I would share with you some ATC's that I made this week.

For anyone who does not know, ATC stands for Artist Trading Card and is a piece of art work created on a substrate measuring 3 1/2 " x 2 1/2 ".  The original idea was that they were a form of business card that artists could swap with each other, but they seem to be making a resurgence at the moment as mini pieces of art or craft.

I love making them as it is a great opportunity to try out products or techniques without needing to use anything too big, and I tend to use ATC's made of greyboard or other thicker substrates so that I can throw all sorts of mediums and layers at them!!

I am enjoying creating themed sets of ATC's at the moment so decided to begin a little series using Bee Crafty stamps and stencils with a nature theme.
The idea was to have a go at using some acrylic inks and alcohol that I acquired a while ago to create a background I had seen on the internet.  However my backgrounds didn't end up looking anything like I had planned but I still liked them so carried on creating with them.
Once the background had dried I used the honeycombe d'inkable to add some stencilling using acrylic paint.
To add more detail to the background I used the XL script stamp with sepia archival ink in patches across both cards.
I then stamped my main foliage feature on both using Versafine black then embossed over the top with clear powder (teasels and ground elder).
Then more stencilling was added, this time using sparkle paste to add some texture.
Finally I stamped out the butterfly twice in Versafine black again and chose parts of 2 different sentiments.  My original idea was to colour the butterflies to match the background, but once I saw them alongside the monochrome sentiments I left them plain as I felt they made a nice contrast to the backgrounds...

Here are the links to the products I used...

* D'nkables - Honeycombe
* D'inkables - Sunset
* D'inkables - Cracked Glass
* Beautanicals - Teasels
* Beautanicals - Ground Elder
* Art Stamps - Birds and Butterflies Set 1
* Wordage - Ticker Tape Sentiments Set 1
* Wordage - Dreams Come True (small)
* Backdrops - XL Script

I am definitely going to add some more to this collection using other Beautanical stamps and I hope this will inspire you to have a go at some mini art works too!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Steampunk Cover for Tando Creative


I am back again today using one of my favourite products, embossing powder!  Seeing the magic of heat embossed powder was one of the main reasons I developed a love of stamping and I now have many different types in my crafty stash for various effects.

I decided at last to get around to decorating my Tando mini mask binder which I use to keep all my mini stencils safe but has been looking very plain for quite a while...

The binder was first prepared using white gesso then structure paste was put through the distressed diamonds mini stencil.  Once dry I used Decoart paint and salt to recreate an Andy Skinner rusty metal technique.  Some gilding wax was also added over the stencilled texture and some versamark ink put through the cogs mini stencil and embossed with a patina coloured powder.  I also added some of the same ink and powder across the corner of the folder...

A number stamp from Tim Holtz was used to stamp versamark in areas of the cover then embossed with silver detail powder.
The ink from the versamark pad was then used to cover the larger cog and the winged cog.  Gold powder was added and heated, then whilst the powder was still melted I sprinkled in some of the patina colour as well.  All the other pieces were painted using Payne's Grey and Quinacridone Gold, then on the word some embossing powder was added to the edges...

Finally some more gilding wax was rubbed onto the pieces and then some metal embellishments added to parts of the cover.

I used the following products from Tando Creative...

Thank you for reading and I am now thinking that I need some more mini stencils to add to my decorated binder!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Heraldic Samples for Bee Crafty


I am over on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog today sharing my Heraldic Collection samples that I made for yesterday's live NEC show...

I love using my stencils and stamps to create backgrounds and often find it more difficult to keep things more simple, so I purposely went for a cleaner look with my monochrome card.  One of my favourite style of cards is the pop up box card, so when I saw the mini crowns I really wanted to create one of those cards!  The panels were also created using the stamps and some of the d'inkables stencils.  The lion is such a striking stamp that I wanted it to be the main feature of an easel card, and went for a kraft card base to make it a bit different.

As well as the techniques that stamps can be used for in card making, I love stamps for their versatility for using in a variety of projects so used them for the background on this art board, as well as to create some dimensional features.

For this MDF tag I added 2 extra holes to the top to be able to create a hanger, and used parts of the background stamp by cutting them out and adding them with 3D glue gel.

These stamps were lovely to work with, and the alphabet is ideal for personalising your cards and other projects.

I used...

* Heraldic Collection - Art Stamps
* D'Inkables Stencils
* Backdrops Stamps
* MDF Tags
* MDF Art Boards

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Friday, 3 November 2017

Creative Artiste: Butterfly Plaque


Another new challenge begins today over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, click HERE to go straight over to check out the rules and see the rest of the design team projects.  You can also see who won the fabulous Decoart prize from last month!

This month the challenge is being sponsored by Lindy's Gang, and I have used some of their fantastic sprays on my project...
I made a vintage feeling butterfly plaque for this month...
I started by using a large media board from Tando Creative and some smaller ATC sized pieces of board as well.  Once these had been prepared with white gesso I applied structure paste through the distressed diamond stencil by Tando and then applied some Decoart crackle paste to areas using a palette knife.
Once these had all totally dried I used a selection of sprays from Lindy's Gang to add the colour.  For the background I used some different greens and for the smaller pieces a selection of golds...
I then used some sparkle paste through the Tando numbers stencil and also added gold gilding wax.
The butterflies were die cut from crafter's companion luxury matt cardstock using the butterfly from Sheena Douglass and one of Sue Wilson's butterflies...
The final touches were to add some gems and a sentiment from 7 Dots Studio.
Thank you for reading and I hope you will enter the challenge this month to have a chance of winning the prize!  The theme is always anything goes as long as it is mixed media.
Happy crafting,
Jane xx

Thursday, 2 November 2017

November Colour Theme for Tando Creative


I am over on the Tando blog today with my take on this months gorgeous colour theme...

I loved this colour palette and here is the project I made...

I decided to use some of my Tando arches in a different way, so put holes into the sides using a
crop-a-dile to turn them into a triptych.

The boards were all coated with white gesso first to create a base then some structure paste was added through the mini distressed diamond stencil to create texture.

Once dried I used quinacridone magenta, quinacridone violet and tinting base to create my background colours and then used the same colours with some more stencilling with the mini criss cross stencil and some extra marks using the paint with some plastic lids and old cards to create circles and lines.

To complete the background I used watering can archival ink with the 'Des Ronds et du Text' stamp from Carabelle.  Then I used the same ink to rub over the diamonds in the structure paste.

The wings were all painted with 2 coats of paynes grey and then sprayed with some pearl diamond sparkle varnish.  The hearts were coloured using sparkle pen and the largest heart then stamped onto.

Once these were added to the arches some words were used from Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers and finally the pieces joined together using wire.

Here are the links to the products used...

* Straight Edge Large Arches
* Mini Hearts
* Wings Set
* Steampunk Wings and Cogs
* Industrial Wings Kit
* Criss Cross Mini Stencil
* Distressed Diamond Mini Stencil
* Decoart Fluid Acrylic Paint

Thanks for reading and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Altered Eclectics: Angelic Lightbulb


The first of the month means a new challenge starting over on the Altered Eclectics challenge blog.  Please click HERE to go straight there, where you can join in with the challenge and also read the rules for entering.  Every month is anything goes, altered items or mixed media just no cards or ATC's.

This month I altered a light bulb glass that my husband bought from a charity shop and as soon as I saw it I knew it had to come to me for altering!!


I started by preparing the surface with a couple of coats of white gesso, then added crackle paint, crackle paste and sand texture paste all from Decoart.  At this point I also added some Powertex art balls into some of the paste...

This was left to dry overnight then washes of Quinacridone Violet, Quinacridone Magenta and Quinacridone Gold were added (Decoart Fluid Acrylic paint).  To create some contrast I also added touches of patina and gold coloured gilding wax. 
Microbeads were then mixed into some 3D gel medium and added to various areas, mostly around the top of the bulb.
I used some gems, sequins and flowers (mainly from Craft Box by Anna Hersom) to add some sparkle and interest...

Finally I stamped a sentiment from Watercolour Inspiration by Mama Makes Stamps and the Wings by Bee Crafty.  These were all stamped using Sepia Versafine ink then coloured with some worn lipstick distress oxide...

This has been really enjoyable to make as I loved the shape of the bulb and using so many different mediums!

Do please enter your own creations into the challenge this month, we love to see them.

I will be entering my project into the following challenge...

* Mixed Media World - Anything Mixed Media Goes (Twist: Use or imitate glass)

Happy Crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Happy Halloween for Bee Crafty


As it is almost Halloween I thought I would create a seasonal card for my post today on Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog...

The recent All Hallows collection that was on HOCHANDA is ideal for this type of project and I decided to recreate one of my previous samples but with different products and a much lighter style.
The products used were...
I started by stamping the skull background onto a piece of watercolour card and embossing it with white powder.  The brusho powders were then sprinkled over the image (orange, purple and emerald green) and spritzed with water.  I lifted the excess off with kitchen roll and added more powder where I thought it was needed...

I matted the card onto orange, green and purple to coordinate with the colours before moving onto the other pieces.
I created the bottle and sentiment in the same way as the background, but when I wiped the pieces some of the powder smeared into the embossing, however I decided I quite liked the effect and decided to leave them.  These were then cut out and added to the card...

For me this was quite a simple card but I think that the skull background is so lovely it does not need too much adding to it.
Thank you for looking and don't forget to put your clocks back tonight!!
Happy crafting,
Jane xx

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Butterfly Thank you for Bee Crafty


I am back on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog this week with some mini art boards.  Sometimes I have wanted to say thank you to someone but a card has not seemed enough so this week I decided to use some mini art boards instead of a card to make a more permanent thank you gift...


I needed to make 2 and wanted them to be the same but different so decided to go for a warm toned and a cool toned option.

To make these boards I used...

* Art Boards
* Large Butterfly - Art Stamps
* XL Script - Backdrops Stamps
* Everyday Sentiments - Wordage Stamps
* Circles - D-Inkables

1) I started by coating the assembled boards with white gesso and then used structure paste through the circle stencil.
2) Once dry I used a selection of acrylic paints to colour the boards then added gilding wax to bring out the texture of the stencilling.
3) The script stamp was applied to add a bit of extra interest in the background.

4) The butterfly was stamped and then clear embossed before being cut out.
5) Using alcohol markers the butterflies were coloured in then a clear sparkle pen put over the top for a bit of bling.
6) Finally the sentiment was stamped and cut out then a little bit of distress ink brushed over to tie in the colours.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look.  Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

'Tis Near Halloween for Frilly and Funkie


Today I am fortunate to be a guest designer at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog and the theme for their next challenge is 'Tis Near Halloween, you can click HERE to go to the challenge blog.

I decided to go for both a Halloween theme and Halloween colours...

I created a textured background on an MDF artboard from Bee Crafty by sticking on chipboard and metal elements as well as spreading some crackle paste and a bit of stencilling.  Once this was dried I painted it all over with black starlights paint from Imagination crafts and then added patina and gold gilding wax to enhance the textures...

I wanted to create a witches lair type of effect so filled a small glass bottle with green micro beads, then used the poison bottle stamp from Bee Crafty with alcohol pens to create a colourful focal point...

To add to the Halloween feel I stamped some bats also from Bee Crafty and edged with a bit of the same gold gilding wax.
Once these had been added I found some suitable sentiments from a sheet of 7 Dots Studio stickers (Writer's Block) and stuck those on as well.
I hope you have enjoyed a bit of early spookiness and maybe inspired you to enter the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.
Thank you for reading,
Jane xx

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Da Vinci Cards for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog I thought I would share a few cards that I made for the recent Da Vinci shows on HOCHANDA.

The products used were...

* Da Vinci Background - Art Stamps
* Da Vinci Science of Beauty - Art Stamps
* Da Vinci Wings - Art Stamps
* Da Vinci Vitruvian Man - Art Stamps
* Art Is Never Finished - Wordage Stamps
* XL Script - Backdrops Stamp
* Distress Oxide Ink Pads
* Distress Ink Pads

This card was created using the distress oxides to create a piece of background card by squashing it onto a heatproof mat, spritzing with water then swooshing the card into it.  This card was then used to stamp on to with the wings and cut out, then a piece cut to size as a background and stamped with the background stamp.  The sentiment was stamped onto black card then embossed with white powder before being cut into sections.

The diorama card was created using 2 pieces of card which were cut and scored.  The XL crackle stamp was used to create a patterned paper effect, and the vitruvian man stamped and the square part cut out with the wings used at the sides.  A mat and layer was created for the inside and attached with foam pads.   A die was used to cut the aperture and a piece of acetate was placed inside which was lightly stamped in places.

I wanted to create an aged sepia toned card as I thought it suited the stamps well.  After stamping the science of beauty onto a piece of card that was coloured with distress ink, I cut it into 4 sections and matted them onto brown card.  The background was also stamped onto a distress inked piece of card and then water flicked on to create lighter spots.  I chose just to use a couple of words from the sentiment stamp and added these to the top and bottom.

Thank you for reading, I hope you are looking forward to the next Bee Crafty shows on Thursday!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 6 October 2017

Creative Artiste: Azoline ATC's


I am back again today as it is the first Friday of a new month which means that Creative Artiste has a new challenge which this month is being sponsored by Decoart...
This month I decided to try something a bit different to usual.  I wanted to decorate some grey board ATC's to go into my recently decorated ATC box, and I also wanted to try out a different technique using Decoart Media products...

There are a great series of short videos by Andy Skinner available on YouTube that highlight ways to use the various Media products by Decoart and I wanted to have a go at one using the crackle glaze and the interference paints.  So after painting the board with gesso and then a coloured paint I put crackle glaze across them then dropped in the interference paints...

Once dried I wanted to match my rather funky backgrounds with quirky stamps so first stamped some of the Azoline stamps straight onto the boards using black archival ink and then used Pitt pens by Faber-Castel to colour them in...

I then cut some card using one of the Tim Holtz mixed media dies and painted them with gold interference paint.

The main focal points were also stamped and then cut out and coloured using Pitt pens before having glossy accents applied with a sprinkle of glitter.

Finally I used some of the Tim Holtz small talk stickers adding a bit of dark pen to the sides and then put gold gilding wax around the edges of the ATC's to frame them.

I hope you enjoyed my little bit of difference this month!  If you are interested in seeing how some of the Decoart Media products can be used it is well worth having a search on YouTube, alternatively if you click on my Pinterest link button and go to my Decoart board there are links you can follow from there.

Please also go on over to the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, you can find all the rules plus inspiration from the rest of the design team, click HERE to go straight there.

Thank you for reading and happy crafting,

Jane xx