Saturday, 17 November 2018

Autumnal MDF Wreath for Bee Crafty


This week on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog I am sharing one of my samples from this weeks HOCHANDA shows...

This project was created using the medium sized wreath from the MDF pack as well as some of the MDF flourishes and one of the words. 

To get the flourishes to fit exactly where I wanted I trimmed some of the parts using a strong pair of scissors then sanded the cut edges. 

The background of the wreath was created using crackle paste and then spray inks along with gilding wax to highlight some of the texture. 

The flourishes were painted and then had liquid pearls added to create extra details.

I also wanted to be able to use the centre part of the wreath so cut a piece of heavyweight acetate to the size needed then coloured it using alcohol inks. 

Once it had been stuck to the back of the wreath I could then use it for my wording...

The leaves were created by stamping from both the oak and maple leaf sets. 

I started by colouring some card using distress oxide inks then stamped over the top with an archival sepia pad. 

Once I had cut them all out they were coated with glossy accents to create a sheen and also to make them more sturdy.

When I had added the wording to the centre I felt I needed to add more texture to the wreath so used microbeads, beads and more liquid pearls around different parts, adhering them with glue gel for a strong stick...

The products used were:

* Beautanicals - Maple Leaf Set
* Beautanicals - Oak Leaf Set
* MDF - Wreath Set
* Distress Oxide Inkpads
* Archival Inkpads

If you would like to see Bev and Sam's demos from the shows they will be available for a couple of weeks on rewind, please visit the HOCHANDA website to find the link.

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Spray Ink Tag for Tando Creative


This week on the Tando Creative Blog the design team are using spray inks and/or paints.
I love using spray inks and have quite a selection in my crafty stash! In particular I like using the sprays over crackle mediums as I like the way they react with the cracks.

Here is my inky, crackly tag...

I started by priming all of my greyboard pieces with white gesso then added stencilling to the main tag using modelling paste.  The wings, plaque and tag all had crackle paint added and the heart had crackle paste to create larger and thicker cracks...

When all the mediums had dried I added spray inks.  The heart and tag were coloured using plain ink sprays and on the other pieces I added sprays that also contained mica.  Gold gilding wax was blended around all the edges to finish the pieces off...

To complete the project I added some Tim Holtz stickers and then some colourful sequins to which I added some tiny flat backed pearls.

The products used were:

* Tando Creative - Size 6 Tag
* Tando Creative Grab Bag - Hearts
* Tando Creative - Wings
* Tando Creative - Industrial Elements
* Tando Creative - Mini Stencil Distressed Diamonds
* Decoart Media - Mediums

There will be more inky and painty inspiration from the team throughout the rest of the week.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Autumnal Art Journaling for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog I am sharing a little bit of art journaling...

Often when I start art journaling I am not sure about where the page is going to go, so this time I began by choosing 3 distress oxide ink colours that I liked to create the base (fossilized amber, wild honey and spiced marmalade).  I added the colour a layer at a time by squashing the inkpad onto my mat then spritzing with water before pressing the paper onto it.
At this point I thought that the background looked like an autumnal morning so decided to go with that theme using beautanical elements and the same colours...
Next I picked three of the d'inkables and I have to admit that I went for my usual favourites!  Once the inks had been applied through the stencils I chose Wildflowers 1 and 2 stamps to create some floral interest with the distress oxide inks, then used the large teasel with Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.  I also added a sentiment onto the other side of the page...
It still felt like something was missing so I used one of the circle texture stamps to fill in some of the gaps.
Finally I added some details using a gold and a white uniball pen.
The products used were:
Thank you for looking and happy crafting!
Jane xx

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Be Yourself for Bee Crafty


For my post today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog I thought I would create something a little different from my usual projects.  Even though I really love creating lots of layers in mixed media and art journaling, at times I also enjoy a bit of colouring and card making.

This week I have made a DL card using one of the Fashionette characters...

* I started by cutting my white stamping card to size then stamped the sentiment and Vera straight onto it using archival ink.

* Next I used pencils with a blending stump to colour the image, then added a bit of white and gold pen.

* Some pencil was also added at the bottom of the image to make sure she was not 'floating' on the card.

* Finally the card was matted onto black and adhered to the card blank.

The products used were:

* Fashionettes - Vera
* Wordage - Be Yourself

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Friday, 2 November 2018

Creative Artiste: Tando Mini Book


As it is the first Friday in November today is the start of a new challenge over at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog...

Thank you for all the fabulous entries in October and you can find out who won by going over to the challenge blog HERE.

This month our sponsor is the wonderful Tando Creative...

For this challenge I used one of the beautiful greyboard mini books from Tando as the basis for my project...

After preparing the base with gesso I used Dina Wakley acrylic paint to add colour then a stencil from Imagination crafts with the same paint to create extra details.  Next I stamped the teasels from Bee Crafty with Versamark and heat embossed using black powder...

I felt that the cover required a bit of glitz so used the Bee Crafty star d'inkable with silver sparkle paste. To create some more dimensional elements I stamped out the mini butterfly from Bee Crafty and adhered them after cutting out and colouring.

To create the closure I punched holes with a crop a dile, set in some eyelets and added a piece of ribbon.

Finally to create the finishing touches I added a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker and made a beaded charm to add to the spine...

Thank you for looking and I hope to see lots of your fabulous projects over at the challenge this month.

Happy crafting!

Jane xx

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Altered Eclectics: Sunflower Tag


A new month and a new challenge is starting over on the Altered Eclectics Challenge blog...

For my project this month I was drawn towards autumnal colours.  After stencilling with light paste I used some Dylusions ink sprays to create the background in red, orange and yellow.  Then I added gold gilding wax to bring out the texture.

Using the sunflower stamp from Bee Crafty I stamped and cut out 3 flowers and a few leaves after heat embossing with gold powder.  To add colour I used watercolour markers and then adhered them to the tag...

To complete the tag I used a clear backed sticker that I stuck onto white card and then matted it onto gold card...

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Poisonous ATC's for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing something a little bit spooky...

This project really designed itself as when I started although I knew I wanted to create a couple more ATC's for my collection (artist trading cards) I wasn't sure of the theme. 

I started by preparing both with white gesso for the base then went for a few different colours of acrylic paint.  I applied the paint using my fingers and when I had finished had a background of yellow, green and orange. 

Still not sure what I wanted to do next I flipped through my d'inkables collection and came across the spider's web.  When I looked at the colours and the stencil I knew what I wanted to do! 

So next I stencilled with purple acrylic paint through the web d'inkable...

As this was now becoming a Halloween theme I looked at what I had available in my 'All Hallows' stamp collection and couldn't resist using the poison bottle which is one of my favourites. 

This was stamped out a few times and embossed with fine black powder before being cut out and coloured with watercolours.  I decoupaged a couple of the pieces to create extra dimension and then added them to the ATC's...

To add the finishing touch I chose the sentiment from the Art Stamps Nevermore Raven set and cut it into pieces to be read across both the ATC's.  A touch of black pen was added for a bit of shadowing and also smudged across the card to create a more grungy look.

The products used were:

* All Hallows - Poison Bottle;
* Art Stamps - Nevermore Raven Set
* D'inkables - Spiderweb

I hope you have enjoyed my slice of spookiness and thank you for looking.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Face Your Spidery Fears! for Tando Creative

It is heading towards that spooky time of year so this week on the Tando Creative blog we are thinking about all things spooky!
Autumn is always a time when spiders and cobwebs are seen a lot more, but they are also one of the things I think of when I imagine spooky old places.  So for this weeks project I have decorated the Tando cobweb arch including some grey board spiders for extra fear...

I started by preparing all the arch layers with gesso then once I had decided on my layout used sand texture paste on the outer layer for a more aged look.  Using texture paste and the mini cobweb stencil I added extra detail onto the back panel of the arch.  All the pieces were then painted using fluid acrylics and I used a mixture of colours to create a rusty effect at the front.  To bring out extra texture I added gold gilding wax...

To make the spiders appear even more dimensional I dabbed sand texture paste onto them too then painted them black with gold gilding wax added over the top...

I wanted the web to stand out against the background so used a small paintbrush with gilding wax to make it gold.  To create even more texture and dimension I used black micro beads and some other larger beads, adhering them mostly amongst the cobweb.  A few details were added to the spiders using gold liquid pearls and then to finish I stamped a sentiment from Andy Skinners 'Unexplained' set and blended black soot distress ink over the top.

Here are the products I used:

* Tando Creative - Layered Arch with Cobweb
* Tando Creative - Grab Bag of Spiders
* Tando Creative Mini Stencil - Cobweb
* Andy Skinner Stamp Set - Unexplained
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Decoart Mediums

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Da Vinci Mini One Sheet Book for Bee Crafty

Last week Sam was on HOCHANDA with the fabulous Da Vinci collection of stamps so this week on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing with you this mini art journaling book that I made using one sheet of paper...

I started by using my 5" x 7" gelli plate with acrylic paint and pressed some of the d'inkables in to create pattern.  This was then stamped onto the paper and repeated, sometimes using the second and third generations of prints and sometimes adding new paints, until the whole sheet was filled...

Next I used distress inks and more d'inkables to create a more filled look to the piece...

At this point I folded my paper to create a book.  I used the instructions from a Dina Wakely tutorial that had been filmed at one of the big craft shows, however the technique is widely used and available on tutorials by many people across the internet if you search for one sheet books.  Once I had folded the book and chosen the front I added some plain washi tape along the open side edges...

The fun bit was then to decorate the pages.  To do this I chose a range of stamps from the Da Vinci collection alongside some other sentiments.  I also added more stencilling and extra pen details where I felt it was needed...

To finish the book off I added a metal jewellery blank that I stamped onto using staz on ink and attached this using a selection of beads on beading wire around the cover.

Here are the products I used:

* Da Vinci Collection
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1 XL
* Wordage - Creativity Words Large
* Wordage - True Hope
* D'Inkables

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Silhouette Tree for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing a quick and easy card that could be used for a number of occasions...

I started by creating the background.  After spritzing the card with water I dropped 3 different colours of sparkle pen onto it and then added more water.  I blotted the colour off onto another piece of card then after drying slightly flicked water onto the colour and lifted it off with kitchen roll. 

To create the focal points I used versamark with black embossing powder and then mounted it onto black card before adding to the front of the card.

The stamps I used were:

BEAUtanicals - Silhouette Tree with Birds
* Art Stamps - Flock of Birds
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 2

Thank you for looking,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Craft Stamper Week for Tando Creative


I am here today on the Tando Creative blog to share with you the project that I decorated as part of the Design Team article for Craft Stamper Magazine...

I decided to use my box as a double gift box and as the magazine is the November edition I decided to go with a blue and crackly theme.  I used crackle paint and weathered wood as the base to create an aged look and also the Tando diamond mini stencil with crackle paste for even extra texture.
The colour was created using a range of blues from the Decoart Media fluid acrylics, watered down to be make washes of colour...
Stamping was added for extra detail and then I created the butterflies with a stamp and paint which were finished off with some glitter and liquid glass.
For the inside I wanted to create some gifts for the boxes so made two key rings to match the theme of the outside...
You can read about all the projects in the latest copy of Craft Stamper (November Edition) which is available now - and in other good retailers.
Thank you for looking,
Jane xx

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Banksy Mini Journal for Bee Crafty


This week on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing a sample that I made for this weeks HOCHANDA shows using the brand new Banksy XL stamps with one of the gorgeous MDF mini albums.

1) I started out by using my blending tool with Lemon Zest and Fresh Lime Dylusions paints and coloured all of the MDF pages. 

2) Next I added stencilling using Pure Sunshine Dylusions paint and white gesso through the Cracked Glass and Sunset d'inkables. 

3) Using archival inks I stamped with some of the texture circles and borders.

4) To frame the pages I used black archival with a sponge around the edges.

5) On each page I used one of the Banksy XL stamps with versamark and black embossing powder and to add a bit of extra interest to the cover I used the Ghetto Rat stamp onto shrink plastic.

6) Finally to add a bit of extra detail I tied some ribbon pieces to the rings to match the colours.

Here is a flip through of all the pages...
These are the products I used:
* Inspired by Banksy XL - Greatness Words, Swing, Little Friends, Caught In the Rain,
* D'inkables - Cracked Glass, Sunset
If you would like to see any of the demonstrations that Bev did using these stamps then they will be available on Catch Up on the HOCHANDA website for a couple of weeks.
Happy crafting,
Jane xx

Friday, 5 October 2018

Creative Artiste: Unique Princess Juniper


The first Friday in October means a new month for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge!!

We had so many fantastic entries last month and it is so lovely to look at all your wonderful, please check out the Creative Artiste blog to find out who last months winners were and also to take a look at this months challenge.  This month the challenge is being sponsored by the fabulous Scrapmatts...

For my project this month I used some of the Scrapmatts chipboard pieces to decorate a greyboard tag...

I started by preparing the tag with white gesso then added pieces of music score from an old book.  I also coated the scrapmatts pieces with gesso (assorted words, ornate frames and triangles 03) and then stuck them to the tag where I wanted them to be...

Next I coloured the tag using Decoart Fluid acrylics (hansa yellow light, pyrrole orange and pyrrole red), watering them down to create drips and blends.  Once this was dry I added some gold Pebeo gilding wax across the raised pieces to help highlight the texture.  To create even more definition I added some black archival ink around the edges of the tag and also across the main word.  At this point I also decided to add a bit of extra texture using one of the texture border stamps from Bee Crafty.

The image was stamped using 'Juniper' by Aall and Create.  I cut out the character and the crown and coloured them using watercolours.  Some white highlights were created with a uniball gel pen and then she was added to the tag...

Finally I chose some extra words from the Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers that fit with the theme and finished with some black organza ribbon.

Thank you for looking and do please go on over to the challenge to check out all the design team projects, it would be great to see yours there too!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Layered Tag for Butterfly Squad Creative Team


Today I have a personal project over on the France Papillon blog.  There is a step by step tutorial with photos of the different stages. 

Here is a sneak peek of the project...

Happy crafting!

Jane xx

Monday, 1 October 2018

Altered Eclectics: Shadow Box Frame


Well it is already October and autumn is well underway here.  The start of a new month also means the start of a new challenge over at the Altered Eclectics Challenge Blog, the theme is always anything goes, just no cards or ATC's please.  Thank you for all your wonderful September entries, to visit the challenge blog you can click HERE.

This month I have altered an MDF shadow box frame.  It had been previously decorated but I was no longer happy with the style so decided to revamp it...

The stencilling and some of the embellishments were already in place but the centre part was empty.  I added extra metal and resin parts to the outer frame and then painted the whole piece with black gesso.  When I was happy that all the pieces were totally covered and the whole frame was dry I used Lindy's Gang sprays to colour it.  I wanted more depth to the colour so dry brushed with acrylic paint and added gilding wax as well until I was happy with the finish...

I wanted to build up a centre piece that was slightly raised so started by adding some different materials to act as a base that I coloured with watered down acrylic paint.  I then stamped out the wings by Bee Crafty onto some card that had been sprayed with the same inks used on the frame.  I chose metal and resin embellishments and coloured some of them using different gilding waxes.  I then built up the centre using glue gel to raise the pieces and make sure they would adhere solidly...

Finally I added some micro beads and chose a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Clippings set that was layered onto brown card.

It is always lovely to look at everyone else's creations so do please visit the challenge and it would be great to see your projects this month. 

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Lady Art Journaling Page for Bee Crafty


For my post today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing some art journaling that I have done using Bee Crafty stamps and stencils.  At the moment I am really keen on using faces in my journaling and so the Ladies Profile stamp made an ideal starting point...
I started the spread by using water soluble pigment sticks to create colour on the background.  I then added some white gesso by dry brushing it in areas across the pages.
Next I stamped the profile using black archival ink and then used a permanent black fine liner pen to continue the neck and add a collar and the hair.  The face I then coloured using a mixture of acrylic paint and paint pens.  If any areas got covered up with the paint I then used the image on the package for guidance to fill them back in with the fine liner pen...
To create detail on her hair I used the feather d'inkable with white gesso.  Once this was dry I added details with dots in permanent pen and also some liquid pearls.  The butterflies were stamped and cut out and then coloured using the pigment sticks and water before being added to her hair...
At this point I wanted my lady to stand out against the background so added black pigment stick around the edges and allowed some of the colour to run to create a softer edge.  To tie in more black I used the script XL stamp with black archival ink around the page then took one of the creativity words and added parts to the two corners.  Finally I chose a sentiment which I stamped onto a piece of card that had been spritzed with ink for another project and cut it into strips before adding to the page...
The products used were:
Thank you for looking and happy crafting!
Jane xx