Saturday, 16 September 2017

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies for Bee Crafty


Once again it is my turn to share a project on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog and this week I have chosen my favourite design team sample from last weeks HOCHANDA shows...

There may be a bit of a pattern emerging with my posts in that it is becoming very obvious that I love butterflies!!  Here are the products that I used...

* Circle MDF Art Board
* Moon - Art Stamp
* Birds and Butterflies - Art Stamps
* Wildflower 2  - Beautanicals Stamp
* Ticker Tape Sentiments - Wordage Stamps
* Regular Dots - D'Inkables Stencil
* Acrylic Paint
* Crackle Paint
* White Embossing Powder
* Silver Gilding Wax

1) After priming the art board with gesso I put texture paste through the regular dots stencil, then added some blue acrylic paint to crackle paint and painted the whole piece.
2) Once dry I stamped on the moon and wildflowers using versamark ink then heat embossed with white powder.
3) To highlight the stencilling I added some silver gilding wax.
4) Then the time consuming part!! I stamped lots of the 3 smallest butterflies in black Versafine ink and clear embossed with powder over the top.
5) After cutting them out I coloured them using different shades of blue alcohol markers and then used clear sparkle pen to add a gentle shimmer.

6) I planned out where I wanted the butterflies to be, then attached them using glue gel.
7) I chose the sentiment I wanted from the ticker tape set and stamped using versamark onto black card, then heat embossed again in white.
8) I cut the words and phrases out then placed them where I wanted them to go.

I hope you were able to catch the shows last week.  If not they do remain on the HOCHANDA website to rewind for about 2 weeks so there is still time to watch them!

Have a lovely weekend and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Shadow Frame for Tando Creative


I can now announce that I have been lucky enough to have been chosen as a new member of the design team for Tando Creative!  This means I will be making samples for their TV shows as well as making regular posts of my projects to the Tando Creative Blog.

Today is my first post as part of the team and this week the theme is Glossy or Shiny so I decided to use a bit of both...

I started by coating the shadow frame pieces with white gesso then the smaller bits with tinting base.
The background of the frame was made using a baby wipe with cobalt teal hue, hansa yellow light and cadmium red hue, blending the colours together with the wipe.  To make my first glossy area I squished a versamark ink pad through the distress harlequin mini stencil and heat embossed with clear powder...
The outside frame was painted with the red acrylic and then stamped with the other two colours using the Nathalie Kalbach 'Marks' stamp set from Stampendous.  To add contrast and some more glossiness I then stamped with black versamark ink and heated clear embossing powder over the top.
Once the frame pieces were stuck together I added shine using a pearl gilding wax.
The mini flowers were painted using hansa yellow light, diarylide yellow, pyrole orange and cadmium red hue and the mini leaves with green gold and yellow green light.  To help it stand out I used cobalt teal hue for the butterfly. Once the pieces were dry the marks stamp set was used with archival black ink to add extra pattern and then glossy accents applied and left to dry overnight.
I thought the word 'Reflect' would go well with the glossy theme so painted it in carbon black then coated the word with glossy accents.  While this was still wet I added a sprinkle of glamour dust (crystal) to make it shine as well...
Once these had all dried thoroughly overnight the finishing shiny touch was some gems for the flowers and butterfly and then it was all ready to be attached.
The products used were...
Thank you for taking time out to read my post!
Happy crafting,
Jane xx

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Life is a Colourful Canvas for Bee Crafty


Well after all the spooky goings on in last week's post I decided to go for a bit of colour this time on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog...

To make this card I used the following products...

* Life is a canvas - Wordage Stamp
* Script - Backdrop Stamp
* Ink splat 1 - Backdrop Stamp
* Ink splat 3 - Backdrop Stamp
* Spray Can - Inspired by Banksy Stamp
* Splatter Swirl - Backdrop Border Stamp
* Brick Wall with Hole - Inkables Stencil
* Distress Oxide Inks - Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Faded Jeans
* Versafine Black Onyx Inkpad
* Silver Acrylic Paint Pen

Here is how I made the card...

1) I started by creating the background with the worn lipstick, fossilized amber and broken china distress oxides.  The pads were squished onto a mat then water added and the card smooshed in it.  I dried with a heat tool between layers and kept adding the colours until I was happy.
2) Using the same inks I added the two different ink splat stamps randomly across the card.
3) The stencil was placed into the corners and I used a baby wipe to remove part of the colour, then in other areas added extra distress oxide ink through the stencil.
4) I splashed some water across the card and then dabbed off with kitchen roll to add lighter spots.
5) The border stamp was stamped all the way round the edges with the broken china distress oxide ink pad.
6) Then I used faded jeans distress oxide to add a little bit of the script stamp to some of the corners.
7) I stamped the spray can onto another piece of card with the faded jeans oxide and embossed with clear powder.  Next I used a silver acrylic pen to colour the plain areas that were left.  The same pen was then used to splatter some silver ink across parts of the card.
8) The sentiment was stamped onto a piece of card and clear embossed before dusting some of the distress oxides on with an ink duster brush.
9) The card was then mat and layered and the sentiment and can were raised slightly using foam pads.

 My main aim with this card was to create a layered background using stamps and stencils, and also to use the distress oxides in a few different ways.

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

Jane xx

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Spooky Samples for Bee Crafty


Over on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog I am back this week to share with you my design team samples from yesterday's Bee Crafty shows on HOCHANDA.  What fab shows they were and it was great seeing the wide variety from the design team plus the fantastic demos from Bev.

For my samples I used the following products...

* Skull Background - All Hallows Stamp
* Skull and Raven - All Hallows Stamp
* Skull - All Hallows Stamp
* Poison Bottle - All Hallows Stamp
* Big Eared Bat - All Hallows Stamp
* Trick or Treat - All Hallows Stamp
* Happy Halloween - All Hallows Stamp
* Danger Poison - All Hallows Stamp
* Metal Alpha - Inkables Stencil
* Regular Dots - D'inkables Stencil
* MDF Landscape Art Board
* MDF Tag
* MDF Victorian Standing Tag
* Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Wilted Violet, Fossilised Amber, Cracked Pistachio

With this art board I used the metal alpha stencil in the background with modelling paste then created a pitted, rusty metal effect using a salt technique.

I really wanted to create an aperture card with a dangly skull so the middle was cut out with a circle die and I added a piece of card across the bottom of the card to make it more stable.

For the background of the tag I used the dot stencil but also the bottom part of the skull stamp for extra texture.

Distress oxides were used to create the main background as well as the card for stamping the other parts onto to cut out.

The skull background is stamped and embossed onto the tag but might not be easily seen beneath the bats!  The bottle was stamped onto acetate to make it more realistic.

The easel base was created using an oval die and the skull is also stamped onto the background of the card in antique linen distress ink, but did not show up as much in the photo.

Thank you for taking the time to look, I hope you have a great weekend and happy crafting.

Jane xx

Friday, 1 September 2017

Creative Artiste: A Hopeful Heart


I am back for a second post today because as well as being the first of September it is also the first Friday of the month!

That means that there is also a new challenge over at the Creative Artiste Challenge blog, click HERE for the link.

This month the fabulous sponsor for the challenge is...

Here is my design team contribution for this month...

I have used the Scrapmatts bubble stencil in the background and on the board I have used some of their chipboard pieces (hexagon mesh, oval ornate frame, chain, circle and also the little flowers).

I started by working on a large mixed media board from Tando Creative.  The stencil was used first with modelling paste and then once dried I used Decoart media line paints along with some salt to create a pitted rusty metal look that Andy Skinner uses and teaches.

I wanted all the pieces to look old in different ways so used Decoart crackle paint and patina antiquing cream on the wing, word and cog (all from Tando Creative) with a wash of paint for the rust...

I used the same pitted technique for the heart, oval frame and large cog that I had used on the background.  Then created a rusty colour using quinacridone gold on the other pieces...

Once all the pieces were glued down and dry gold micro beads were added to areas and then some metal and glass embellishments to co ordinate with the colours used.

To match the word 'Hope' I decided to use a stamp from Visible Image with the definition of dream and used some distress ink to age the card...

I really enjoyed using lots of techniques on this project and hope that you liked it too!

Do please go over to the Creative Artiste challenge for a look at the other projects from the design team and we would love to see lots of you entering your mixed media pieces this month.

I am also entering my project into the following challenges...

* Frilly and Funky - A Little Rusty
* Mixed Media World - Anything Mixed Media Goes
* Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenge  - Anything Goes (Steampunk/Industrial)
* That's Crafty - Rustica

Thank you for looking,

Jane x

Altered Eclectics: Time Flies


The first day of September is here which means it is almost back to school time, but a few more days to enjoy first!

It also means it is the start of a new challenge over at the Altered Eclectics Challenge Blog and you can click HERE for the link.

With this challenge you can enter any type of altered or mixed media project as long as it is not a card or ATC, and the theme is always anything goes.

Here is my mixed media canvas that I made for the challenge design team...

I have a bit of a thing about wings at the moment, especially when combined with clocks and hearts, so I ordered a mould from Arty Co of steampunk angel wings, so that I could make my own wings whenever I wanted.
The wings and the clock (Prima IOD mould) were cast with quick drying white resin and the frame underneath was from a Craft Box by Anna Hersom.

Once I had my main feature planned I added lace and stencilling to the canvas with matt medium then once these were dry added my embellishments using extra heavy body gel...

I used a selection of items from Craft Box and others that were in my crafty stash, as well as art balls from Powertex (these were ideal for filling in any gaps or areas with too much gel medium!).

Once these had fully dried overnight the whole piece was painted with black gesso.  I used a couple of coats to make sure that everything was totally covered!!

Then I used Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to add colour (time travel teal, rusty lantern and gator gumbo olive).

Next to highlight the textures I used gold gilding wax from Pebeo.

To add a bit of sparkle micro beads were added to some 3D gel medium as well as some teal glitter using soft gel medium.  Next some larger beads and gems were added to create a bit of contrast with the darker background.

The final touch had to be a sentiment, and this one from Bee Crafty Stamps was perfect for the theme.

It was quite a weighty piece at the end of this!

I hope you enjoyed my post and it has maybe inspired you to have a go at the challenge, do please pop over for a look and also to see what the other design team members have made.

Jane x

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Watering the Wildflowers for Bee Crafty


This week I am back at Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog with a card combining flowers with a bit of Banksy...

The products that I used to make it were...

* Oval Lace - Inkables Stencil
* Girl Watering Aerial - Inspired by Banksy Stamp
* Ink splat 1 - Backdrops Stamp
* Wildflowers 3 - Beautanicals Stamp
* Everyday Sentiments 1 - Wordage Stamp
* Distress Inkpads - Dusty Concord, Broken China and Crushed Olive
* Versafine Inkpad - Onyx Black
* Clear Embossing Powder

Here is how I made the card...
1) I started by inking 2 pieces of card measuring 2 1/2" x 4" and 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".  I used ink duster brushes to add the 3 distress inks across the pieces of card, blending them between colours.
2) Next I used the Oval Lace stencil by placing it on the pieces of card and spraying water onto it.  After allowing it to settle for a few seconds I then used kitchen roll to lift some of the ink off for a ghosting effect.
3) On the smaller piece of card I added some of the ink splats using the same distress inks but taking the first generation of ink off on scrap paper first.
4) On the larger piece of card I added the wildflowers stamp using the same technique.
5) The girl was then stamped with Versafine and clear embossing powder heated over the top onto the smaller card piece.
6) Both pieces were then matted onto black card and when I knew where the girl would be placed I stamped the sentiment onto the card.
7) Using the same stencil and distress inks I then added some decoration to two corners of a 6" square card before adding the other card layers.  The girl was raised using foam pads for extra dimension.

Thank you for taking a look and I hope you have a lovely weekend, especially if you are able to enjoy the bank holiday.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 19 August 2017

A Trio of Butterflies for Bee Crafty


I am back again with another project for the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog. 

This week I decided to use distress oxide ink pads as these are a recently acquired medium for me as well as some new stamps that I got in the recent Bee Crafty summer sale (I can't resist a stampy bargain!) :)

Here is the 6" x 6" card that I made...

The products used were...

Large Butterfly - Art Stamp
* Script XL - Backdrops Stamp
* Everyday Sentiments 1 - Wordage Stamp
* Distress Oxide Inkpads - Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio
* Versafine Inkpad - Onyx Black
* Clear Embossing Powder

I wanted to see how versatile the oxide inks are so used them in 3 different ways for this card.

1) First I created the background by smooshing (technical term) the ink pads onto my craft mat, spritzing with water then placing watercolour card into it.  I dried this layer off before adding extra dabs of the other colours using the same technique, making sure each layer was dry before adding the next.
2) Using the same 3 ink pads I inked up the script background in patches and then stamped right across the background.  I kept a spare piece of the background without stamping ready for the sentiment.
3) The big butterfly was stamped 3 times using the Versafine and then heat embossed with clear powder.  The sentiment was created the same way but stamped onto the spare piece of the original inky background.
4) Once the butterflies were cut out I coloured them using the oxide inks from a mat and a water brush.
5) I decided to add a few mats and layers to create a frame for the background, then added the sentiment and butterflies using foam pads and 3D glue gel.

This was quite a quick card to make, but the oxide inks create really fab backgrounds very easily, and with the beautiful stamps made this card very easy to create.

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Butterfly Blues for Bee Crafty


Today it is my turn to share a design team project with you at Buzzy Goings On at Bee Crafty Blog and I decided this week to use some MDF...

To create this piece I used the following products...

* MDF Art Board
* Teasels - Beautanicals Stamp
* Wildflower 2 - Beautanicals Stamp
* Everyday Sentiments 1 - Wordage Stamp
* Butterflies Set 1 - Winged Things Stamp
* Regular Dots - D'Inkables
* White Gesso
* Crackle Paint
* Acrylic Paint (Blue and White)
* Gilding Wax - Silver
* Embossing Powder - Silver and White
* Permanent Ink - Blue
* Heat Resistant Acetate
* Spray Inks

This is how it was made...

1) Stick the MDF plaque to the base and coat with white gesso to prepare the surface.
2) Paint the whole plaque using crackle paint tinted with some blue acrylic paint.

3) Once the crackle has been allowed to dry naturally put on some stencilling with white paint and the regular dots d'inkable.  Add some stamping using the distressed diamonds and permanent blue ink.
4) Add some darker blue paint and gilding wax around the edges to help frame the piece.
5) After using an anti static bag, use clear embossing ink and silver powder to heat emboss the wildflowers directly onto the MDF.
6) To create extra depth and layers, stamp the teasels onto heat resistant acetate using white embossing powder and cut it to size.
7) To soften the white embossing to blend it into the plaque more, add a small amount of blue permanent ink to the teasels, then put glue onto the places where it will not be seen from the front to add the acetate to the plaque.
8) On a piece of water colour card spray a selection of blue and purple inks and once dry add some more stencilling with white paint.
9) On this coloured card stamp 3 butterflies using clear ink and white embossing powder.  Then cut out and add to the plaque.
10) Stamp the sentiment onto card and mat onto the same card before adding as a final touch.

Thank you for reading, I will be back next week with another project.  Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Up, up and away for Bee Crafty


Thank you for stopping by to have a look at my latest DT project for Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog.  Here is the card that I made...

To make this card I used...

* Distressed Harlequin D'inkable
* Regular Dots D'inkable
* Laugh, Live, Dream - Wordage Stamp
* Balloon Girl - Inspired by Banksy Stamp
* Decision to Try - Wordage Stamp
* Distress Ink - Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Black Soot
* Versafine Black Ink
* Clear Embossing Powder

I started by using the broken china, festive berries and mustard seed distress inks on watercolour cardstock.  I blended the colours using an ink blending brush to create extra shades where they crossed. 
Water was then splashed onto the card and lifted with kitchen towel to create lighter spots.  The distressed harlequin d'inkable was then used with the same distress inks, some of the inks got a bit mixed so created different colours with the stencilling.
To add a bit more drama I then used black soot distress ink with the regular dots d'inkable and then added extra ink around the edge of the card to help frame it...

Using the 'Laugh, Live, Dream' stamp, I added some stamping with black ink to create another layer to the background...

I then repeated the same colours on a smaller piece of card and again added the water splashes.  Making sure this was totally dry I then stamped the balloon girl with Versafine and put clear embossing powder over the top...

Both pieces were then mounted onto black card and added to a 6" card blank.

Finally the 'Decision to Try' stamp was stamped in black and clear embossed as well, then cut up into sections to add to the card.  I decided to leave these white to stand out against the background.

I hope you have a lovely rest of the weekend and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Friday, 4 August 2017

Creative Artiste: A Vintage Romance


Today I am posting my latest design team project for the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog...

To take a look at all the design team projects, have a read of the rules and enter your fab projects, you can click HERE.
This month the fantastic sponsor of the challenge prize is Maja Design...

Last year I was fortunate enough to win some of the fabulous papers from Maja Design, so I had to use them for my project...

Starting with a greyboard tag from Tando Creative I used Decoart matt medium to stick on some of the paper from the Vintage Romance collection.

After sanding around the edges, to fit it exactly, I added some tea dye distress ink to the outside and some champagne sparkle paste by Imagination Crafts through a Scrapmatts crackle stencil across the main part of the tag.

To add even more interest to the background I used my Indigo Blu dinkie script stamp and then cut off part of a snipart chipboard mandala which was painted with diamond coloured starlight paint before adding a touch of gilding wax and attaching to the tag...

I cut out the mirror and mannequin from another sheet of paper to layer up at the bottom of the tag, using glue gel to give it some dimension.

The tag was then finished off with a selection of paper flowers from my crafty stash, with gilding wax added to the edges of the petals.  The sentiments came from the Lost and Found collection by 7 Dots Studio.

To tie everything together I completed the project by spraying on some Prima Bloom tea dye ink spray...

The Maja Designs paper is so beautiful and very good quality, so do please enter your projects for a chance to win some!

I will be back tomorrow with my weekly Bee Crafty post, hope to see you then!

Jane x