Saturday, 11 August 2018

A Poppy For You for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing a card with you that I made with one of the beautiful BEAUtanical stamps...

I started by stamping the poppy onto a piece of card and coloured it using watercolour markers.  Next I coloured the background using distress oxides and then spritzed the card with water to blend the blues, this also caused some of the watercolour pens to bleed into the background which I liked...

Then I used some of the texture border and circle stamps along with the script XL to create more interest in the background.  After that I restamped the main parts of the poppy again, cut them out and stuck them on top of the original flower...

I added some doodling with black and white pens on the stem and around parts of the image before using one of the large everyday sentiments to finish off the card. 

To create this card I used...

* BEAUtanicals Large - Poppy
* Backdrops - Script XL
* Backdrops - Texture Circles
* Backdrop Borders - Texture Borders
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1 XL
* Distress Oxide Inks

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Frangifantastic Notebook for Butterfly Squad Creative Team


Today I am really pleased to be able to share with you my first personal project that I have made as part of the France Papillon Butterfly Squad Creative Team. 

Here is the notebook that I made and you can find a step by step tutorial for it over on the France Papillon blog...

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Artful Flight ATC's for Tando Creative


This week on the Tando Creative blog the theme is wings.  I have realised over time that much of what I create seems to incorporate wings in one form or another and today I am sharing two ATC's that I created using the steampunk wings and cogs...

I started with the greyboard ATC blanks by Tando and used sand texture paste through the mini cog stencil.  I wanted half of the winged cogs on each ATC and as the greyboard is more pliable than other substrates I was able to cut the pieces I needed in half with scissors.  These were then glued to the ATC's and some layered up.  After this both of the boards were both coated with tinting base...

Next I mixed some crackle paint with green gold and cobalt teal hue acrylics and painted the whole of both pieces again.  Once dry I used layers of blue acrylic paint in washes (cobalt teal, cobalt blue and phathlo turquoise) drying in between layers and then finishing with some quinacridone gold.  To help the edges of the cogs and ATC stand out I dry brushed some metallic gold paint across them then used some sepia archival ink which I applied using a sponge...

To finish I added metallic gold splatters and a couple of word stickers.

To create my project I used:

* Greyboard ATC's
Steampunk Wings and Cogs
* Tando Mini's - Cogs
* Mini Cogs Stencil
* Decoart Mediums
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics

There will be more winged inspiration throughout the week which I can't wait to see!

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Beautanical samples for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing the MDF samples that I made for the fab shows that Bev did this week on HOCHANDA.  If you missed any of the shows and demos then you should still be able to catch up using the rewind service on the HOCHANDA website.

The square art board was decorated using crackle paste and acrylic paint then some gold sparkle pen to create a fairyland feel.  I stamped and gold embossed the teasels onto acetate, and some of them were stuck on the opposite way round to create different shades and to face a different direction.  To finish it off I added a few of the small butterflies also embossed with gold powder...

I coated the tag board with black gesso and then stamped the dandelions with versamark before embossing with white powder.  The sentiment was stamped onto black card and cut up before some extra 'seeds' were created using white paint splatters...

The MDF tag was coloured and then I used archival inks in a variety of colours with lots of the different stamps to create a layered look.  To frame the tag I used some more archival ink around the edges and finished with a sentiment and some organza ribbon...

For these projects I used:

* Beautanicals Set - Dandelion
* Beautanicals Set - Teasels
* Beautanicals Set - Elder
* MDF - Square Art Board
* MDF - Tag Art Board
* MDF - Tag

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 3 August 2018

Creative Artiste: Time Travellers Angel


As it is the first Friday of a new month it must be time for a new challenge over on the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog...

Thank you so much for all the wonderful entries last month, to find out who was chosen as the winner you can link to the challenge blog HERE, whilst there you can also check out this months  challenge post with all the DT inspiration and information about how to enter.
This month our prize is being sponsored by Samantha K who is giving away a lovely MDF swing set...
To create my DT project I used an MDF clock from Samantha K as one of the focal points on my travellers journal created using Eileen Hull's die...

The background of my journal was created using stencils with texture paste, sand texture paste, crackle paste and a pitted metal technique that Andy Skinner teaches using fluid acrylics.  The clock was rusted using paint and texture paste and then some Stampendous embossing powders...

To create another point of interest at the bottom of the journal I used the angel stamp from Carabelle.  To help her blend in with the rest of the background I coloured her with similar tones and added some of the embossing powder to parts of her wings and body...

For the final touches I used some of my stash of metal elements and micro beads to add extra dimension and texture and then the sentiment using some Tim Holtz stickers...

I loved using lots of texture and techniques on this journal! 
Please do take a moment to check out this months challenge and it would be fantastic to see some of your projects there. 
Happy crafting,
Jane xx

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Altered Eclectics: Crazy Bird Journaling


I hope you are having a fab summer (if it is summer where you are) at the moment.  The weather here has certainly been way above average for us and amazingly we are now already in August!

A new month so a new challenge over at the Altered Eclectics challenge blog and a big thank you to those who entered last month, it is lovely seeing such a variety of projects and styles.  As always the challenge is anything goes altered art or mixed media BUT no cards or ATC's, please click HERE to go over to the challenge blog to find all the details.

This month I decided to alter some pages in my art journal.  It was a spread that I had already started a while ago, but my background had got very busy and I wasn't liking it at all, so I decided to cover it up with some white gesso and alter the pages...

What I really liked was that although I covered the background the gesso still allowed it to show faintly through which added another dimension.  I used Dylusions paints with stencils and focussed the bright green around the edge of the pages.  After this I used my posca and uniball pens to add some doodling, then put some paste through another stencil for a bit of extra texture...

As the page was quite bright and abstract I decided that the Tim Holtz crazy birds would be perfect so chose three which I stamped and die cut, these were then coloured with watercolour markers.  I chose some accessories and did the same with these, adding some Decoart liquid glass and also to the birds eyes...

The sentiment was one from Dyan Reavley which I stamped and cut up before adding to the pages...

The final touch was a little more doodling to give the birds a perch each.  In the end what had been a page that I wasn't at all happy with became one which I love, so the sentiment was really true!

Happy crafting and do please check out the challenge, it would be great to see your projects,

Jane xx

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Journal Under The Sea For Bee Crafty


I am back on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog today with a bit of art journaling...

I have had these pages in my journal for quite some time after I used them to clean off some jade Dylusions paint that was on my foam applicator.  I didn't really have an idea of what I wanted to do until I looked at the colour and the shape and thought it had a bubbly feel, so I decided to go with that theme...

The colour was a bit too vivid for me at this point as I wanted other layers over the top so I started by brayering some white gesso over them before adding stencilling using vibrant turquoise and fresh lime Dylusions paints through the sunset and circles d'inkables...
Next I added some doodling with a white posca pen, this is so much fun to do so I had to limit myself to the circles!  For some extra texture on the pages I also added some white and green splatters...
I then used one of the texture border stamps with white gesso and the bubbles from both of the under the sea sets stamped with archival inks.  I decided to colour the bubbles in with some watercolours to make them appear more solid.  I knew that my main focal image was going to have a lot of black so I decided to add some stamping with black archival ink and a texture circle stamp...
Finally I stamped the seahorse (of the smaller set) onto acetate and heat embossed with clear powder.  Once this had been stuck onto the page I used some alcohol markers and a gold paint pen to add colour.  After choosing the sentiment this was cut out and added to the pages with some black pen added around the edges to highlight them.  To tie the pages altogether I added some splatters of gold paint and edged all around the pages with black archival ink to help draw the eye into the pages...

To complete these pages I used the following products:
Thank you for looking and happy crafting!
Jane xx

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Diamond Media Board for Tando Creative


It is layers week this week on the Tando Creative blog and I decided to use one of my media boards as a base for lots of greyboard embellishments.  This is one of the really good points of grey board as it is not to heavy so can be layered up...

I started with a first layer of stencilling onto the board.  Sand texture paste was added through the distress diamonds mini stencil.  Once this had dried I combined green gold paint with tinting base and then used some gilding wax across the top.  A script stamp was added using archival ink...

For the next layer I cut a piece of diamond grid and then used versamark and shabby blue embossing powder to create a topping.  I made sure to keep all the diamond shapes that came out of the grid and painted 3 of them with cobalt blue paint then added stamping and gilding wax to match the first layer.  Next I used the same colours and wax with one of the mini frames...

The final layer was one of the butterflies from the butterfly grab bag.  This time I mixed tinting base with the quinacridone violet paint.  More stamping was added then for an extra layer I used liquid glass and added some pearl embellishments before adhering a sticker quote.

Here are the products used:

* Media Board
* Diamond Grid
* Mini Frames
* Butterfly Grab Bag
* Distress Diamond Mini Stencil
* Decoart - Sand Texture Paste; Fluid Acrylic Paints; Tinting Base; Liquid Glass

Thank you for looking, there will be lots more layered projects across the week from other members of the design team.  Happy crafting :)

Jane xx

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Hand Drawn Leaves Samples for Bee Crafty


Today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing my samples that were made for last weeks HOCHANDA shows...

The MDF art board had crackle paste added for the background then spray inks for the colour.  The leaves and butterflies were stamped and cut out and the sentiment stamped onto acetate to allow the background to show through.

A circle die was used to cut out the middle of the card.  The leaves and butterflies were stamped, cut out and coloured using watercolour markers.

The leaves were stamped with glue and then gilding flakes added.  The larger leaves were stamped directly onto the MDF tag board, the smaller ones cut out and layered using glue gel for extra dimension.

The card was made using the matching Inkables with the maple leaf stamps and distress inks.

The tall art board was coloured with Dylusions paints then the leaves stamped with black ink and stencilling added on top with black paint.

Here are the products used...

* Beautanicals - Maple Leaf Set
* Beautanicals - Oak Leaf Set
* Art Stamps - Large Butterfly
* Art Stamps - Dragonfly and Butterfly
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1 XL
* D'Inkables - Regular Dots, Honeycomb
* Dylusions Paints

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Heart Mini Book for Tando Creative


This week is Anything Goes week on the Tando Creative blog so as I am loving all things journals and books at the moment I decided to decorate one of the gorgeous mini books with a flexible spine...

I started by using white gesso to prepare the surface of the book then added layers of fluid acrylic with a brayer (hansa yellow light, pyrole orange and pyrole red).  Using the same orange I added some stencilling using the Tando mini flourish stencil...

To create extra detail in the background I used a cross stamp and the text from Andy Skinner's Steampunk set with archival ink.

The Tando heart was painted with white gesso and then I used a palette knife to apply crackle paste.  Once this had dried it was painted with pyrole red and then black antiquing cream added.  When dry I rubbed this back and in some areas rubbed some of the paint off too to create an aged and distressed look.  Gilding wax was then added as well and some black archival ink around the edges to make the heart stand out.  Some of the same text stamp was also added to help tie the heart in with the background...

Wings from a butterfly stamp were cut out and lightly coloured with sparkle pen before liquid glass was used over the top and once dry these were added behind the heart and all of it adhered to the book cover.  I used a couple more little Tando hearts with the same paint and black ink to add next to the heart.  The sentiment was added using some stickers and then pages added to the book using a piece of elastic as the binding...

Here are the products used:

* Mini Book Pack 2
* Grab Bag of Hearts
* Tando Mini Flourish Stencil
* Decoart Mediums - White Gesso; Crackle Paste; Liquid Glass; Antiquing Cream
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Andy Skinner - Steampunk Stamp Set

I am really looking forward to decorating the other books to make a whole set now!

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Life Journal for Bee Crafty


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!!!


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


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


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