Saturday, 29 July 2017

Mixed Media Pocket Watch for Bee Crafty


I hope you have all had a great week and hopefully got the chance to see Sam on Hochanda with the fantastic 'Time' products!  I loved using these as I really do like cogs and clocks (even though I am not at all mechanically minded) but my favourite had to be the new MDF pocket watches so I decided that this was the project that I would share with you today on the Buzzy Goings On At Bee Crafty Blog...

Here are the products used:

* MDF Pocket Watches
* Cogs Set - Art Stamps
* Time - Wordage Stamps
* Acrylic Paints
* Crackle Paste
* Crackle Glaze
* Sand Texture Paste
* Antiquing Cream
* Gilding Wax
* Versafine Ink - Sepia
* Distress Ink - Vintage Photo

1) I started by decorating the outside frames of all 3 pocket watches.  The largest was coated with crackle paste, the medium one with sand texture paste and the smallest with plain gesso.
2) Once dried they were all painted with acrylic paint in blue shades then I used patina coloured antiquing cream to add an aged look.  This was then wiped back to leave areas of different colour, particularly in the crackles.
3) The frames were finished off by adding gilding wax to complete the vintage look.
4) The inside pieces of the pocket watches were painted with a lighter coloured sparkly acrylic paint and then a rusty colour was watered down and dripped from the top of each to create a rusty drip effect.
5) Once dry I added quite a thick layer of crackle glaze to each clock face and then left them to dry naturally.
6) The same paints and wax were added to the clock hands and then I chose a variety of times to set them to.  Mine were not significant times for me, but these could easily be made personal for births or other special events.  Once the MDF pieces were all totally dry I stuck them together using a strong glue gel.
7) I then played around with different layouts of the watches until I was happy before sticking them together again with strong glue gel.
8)  Using the Cog set I stamped out some cogs and springs using Versafine and then cut them out before dusting with some distress ink and adding a touch of gilding wax.
9) The 'Time' wordage stamp was stamped using Versafine again, then cut into two separate pieces.  I added distress ink around the edges, making it more heavy right on the outer edges to create a frame effect.
10) Finally these pieces were all added to the MDF.

Here are a couple more close up pictures...

Thank you for taking the 'time' to read about my project!

Until next time, happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Gelli Plate Joy for Bee Crafty


It is time for my latest DT post for Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty and this week I decided to get out one of my crafty tools that I bought a while ago but have not really used too much, my gelli plate!  I wanted to create a background in a different way and this seemed an ideal way to use some of my lovely Bee Crafty stencils...

To create my card I used...
* Acrylic Paint
* Black Ink Pad
* Gelli Plate and Brayer
Here is a close up photo so that you can hopefully see some more detail of the stencils and stamping...
Here is what I did...
1) I used my brayer to apply red and yellow acrylic paint to the gelli plate then took a print off onto card.  The one that I used with this card was made after 2 other prints had been taken.  I then added the damask stencil and took a print.
2) After cleaning the plate I added white acrylic paint and put the oval lace stencil on top.  Again this was the third print I made as I preferred the paler look this created.
3) Once this had been dried off with my heat tool I cut the card down to a 4 and a half inch square and inked around the edges using wild honey distress ink.
4) Again using the wild honey distress ink I added some more texture with random parts of the bubble wrap positive stamp.
5) I then stamped the splatter swirl border along the bottom.
6) After stamping the first coat of ink onto spare paper I stamped the wildflower 3 stamp a couple of times then added the teasels using the first generation of black ink.
7) The final piece of stamping was to add the joy sentiment straight onto the card.
8) To finish it off I layered the design onto black card and then onto a 6" card blank.
It was fun to get out my gelli plate and hopefully it will encourage me to have a go at using it even more with all my stencils.  Until next time I hope you have a lovely week and keep on crafting!
Jane xx 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Mixed Media Ghetto Rat for Bee Crafty


I can now announce that I have been fortunate enough to have been chosen to join the Bee Crafty design team!! I am very pleased and excited to join them.  As part of my team work I will be contributing to the Bee Crafty blog weekly on a Saturday and I will also share the posts here.  Click HERE if you would like to visit the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog, and see all the fab design team posts that are on there.

Here is my first project designed and made for the team...


My first blog post as part of the Bee Crafty Design Team and I am so pleased to be here!
I love all things stampy, stencilly, inky and painty, so Bee Crafty products are ideal for me and I decided to make something using all four for my first blog post, so here it is...

To make the wall plaque here is what I used...
* Chipboard squares
* White gesso
* Fluid Acrylics
* Acrylic Shimmer Spray
* Structure Paste
* Gold Gilding Wax
* Gold Acrylic Paint
A close up look...
This is how I made it...
1) I started by painting all the chipboard with white gesso to form a base then used the honeycombe stencil with structure paste on all the pieces.
2) Once these were dry I used magenta, yellow and orange fluid acrylics with white to create different shades in patches across all the squares.  Then I used an acrylic white shimmer spray to bring all the colours together.
3) Using the distressed harlequin stencil and white acrylic paint I added some more pattern in areas, then another layer was created using the distress diamond stamp with archival black ink.
4) Gold gilding wax was then rubbed across the textured areas and the edges to create highlights.
5) Using white cardstock Ghetto Rat was stamped three times using black Versafine ink and then embossed with clear powder over the top, the same was done with the sentiment.
6) To tie these pieces in to the background I added some distress ink to the edges (worn lipstick, dried marigold and mustard seed) and then mounted them onto gold card.
7)  Once all the pieces had been stuck together I wanted a final touch to combine everything so splattered some watered down gold acrylic paint across the whole piece (that is a technical term!!).
8) To provide the 'hanger' I used a cropadile and eyelets and some gold coloured wire, which I twisted around itself so it can be hung up.
I will now get to planning my next project to share with you next week.
Until then happy crafting,
Jane xx


Thursday, 13 July 2017

A bit of Christmas for Leonie Pujol


I am here today to share a few of the design team samples that I made for todays shows on HOCHANDA with Leonie Pujol.  These are previously released Christmas stamps, embossing folders and dies, and include some of my all time favourites!

Looking at these samples all together I realise that I must have been having a bit of a silver moment!!

The last time I made samples with this set I made it totally non Christmassy so this time I decided to go full on winter village!
I started by creating the background using Leonie's sparkle pens, the 'Softly Falling' folder and silver gilding wax.  I also used the same folder with a piece of white card to create the snow with a hint of blue distress ink.  The houses and snowman are from 'Welcome Home' and were coloured using illustrator pens with some clear sparkle overlay pen on the top.  The sentiment is from the 'Christmas Greetings' set.

This next card I made with one of my favourite stamps, 'Fairy Godmother'.  I love her because the wings come separately so she can be a girl or a fairy or an angel!  The background was very simple because I wanted the angel to be the focal point and also create a contrast with the colours, so I used coredinations darks card with the 'Scribbly Wishes' folder and used silver gilding wax to create the highlights.  The angel was stamped and cut out, then coloured using illustrator pens for the face and sparkle pens for the rest of her.  The sentiment was from the 'Christmas Greetings' again and was heat embossed with silver powder. 

This final card is quite a bit different!  This was to highlight the beautiful 'Entwined Cross' dies so I cut out the base and then the circle cross in different colours to layer up together.  The background was created using the 'Festive Foliage' stamp with white embossing powder and the card was centura pearl precious metals.

Leonie will be on today (Thursday 13th July) at 8am, 12pm and 4pm and I am sure she will have loads of fab demos planned, plus there will be lots of inspiration from the other design team members too!

Have a lovely day,

Jane x

Friday, 7 July 2017

Creative Artiste: Another Altered Box!


I am back today as it is the first Friday of the month and so a new challenge over on the Creative Artiste challenge blog...

Every month we gets lots of lovely entries which are a joy to look at, but a quick reminder that this is a mixed media challenge so do please take a quick look at the challenge rules before entering.  If you would like to go straight over please click HERE.

This month the fantastic prize sponsor is Scrapmatts...
Here is the project that I made for the design team this month...

Now you may notice that this is the second box I have altered for a challenge this month and the reason is that after my son saw my under the sea box he also wanted a decorated box.  So he chose the box that he wanted and the colours, as you can see he likes a bit of pink and purple!  It is now being used to hold his own 'treasures'.

I started by preparing the wood using gesso and then using a Scrapmatts hexagon stencil with modelling paste.  Next were added some chipboard elements from Scrapmatts along with a selection of metal and resin embellishments.  The main resin piece on top and the keyhole I had previously made using quick cast resin in my IOD moulds...

This was all then recovered with more gesso to provide a good base for the paint.  For the colour  I used Decoart fluid acrylics (cobalt blue hue, quinacridone magenta and white tinting base)  and then highlighted the texture using Pebeo gilding wax...

I wanted to add a word so used another Scrapmatt product, this time a chipboard with a leather look.  I also felt it needed something extra so checked with my son who was happy for me to add some paper flowers and a bit of sparkle with some faux gems!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my son's special box, he has promised that he will take good care of it :)

Take care and have a lovely weekend,

Jane x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Altered Eclectics: Under the Sea Box


Another new month must mean a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics.  If you would like to enter the challenge or take a look at the design team projects and rules please click HERE.

This month I needed to create a box for a game that I was going to play with the nursery children I work with, so decided to alter a wooden box I had in a sea theme...

I wanted it to have an old look, so used some stencilling, crackle glaze and gilding wax along with Decoart acrylic paints to create the colour and texture.  I then used some real shells plus some resin shells and a keyhole that I had created using IOD moulds to create the main features.  Finally I had to add some gems and micro beads to give it a bit of a treasure chest feel...

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Jane x