Thursday, 31 May 2018

Whimsical ATC's for Tando Creative


Wow, it is almost June and this week on the Tando Creative blog we have a new colour theme for the upcoming new month!

I have not made any ATC's for a while so decided that this week I would use these colours with some smaller pieces of grey board on a couple of Tando ATC bases...

To start with I painted all the smaller pieces with a range of acrylic paints.  The little houses are from the Kate Crane embellishment kit and I thought that along with the flowers and leaves they would look lovely just kept quite simple...

For the main background I first used white gesso to prime the grey board before painting the whole base with titan buff.  I used a small brayer to add the green and orange and then stamped over the top using a script stamp with grey archival ink...

After assembling all the pieces I finally added a couple of Tim Holtz stickers as a finishing touch.

Here are the products that I used with links to them in the Tando Creative store...

* Grey board ATC Cards
* Kate Crane - Embellishment Kit
* Tall Leaves
* Floral Grab Bag

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Nib Notebook for Bee Crafty


For my post on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog today I thought I would share one of my favourite DT samples that I made for the feathers shows with Sam last week...

I used a notebook die to cut the covers and spine for this notebook from mount board, but wanted it to be quite bright and funky.  To help achieve that I used some of the Dylusions paints, applying them with a small brayer and making sure I had dried each layer before adding the next.  The colours used were lemon zest, fresh lime and bubblegum pink...

Next I used some of the same paint and stencilled with the d'inkable regular dots, then added some white gesso through the d'inkable chevrons.  Black archival ink was stamped on in patches using the ledger stamp.  I then used the heraldic alpha set to stamp out the word 'notes' and cut them out with a circle punch.  A touch of pink distress ink was brushed around the edges.  The nibs were stamped and clear embossed before adding a touch of colour and cutting out...

I love adding a dangly charm to the side of my notebooks so used some clear shrink plastic with the quill stamp to create one.  I used staz on black ink, then coloured on the opposite side of the plastic with a bright pink alcohol pen.  I then cut the feather out and made sure to punch my hole (something I often forget!!) before shrinking it down with my heat tool.  I then created my charm using some beads, jump rings and an eye pin which was attached to the elastic that held in the pages...

 Here are links to the products I used...

* Art Stamps - Quill Feather
* Art Stamps - Nibs
* Art Stamps - Ledger
Art Stamps - Heraldic Alpha
* D'inkables - Regular Dots
* D'inkables - Chevrons
* Dylusions Paints
* Archival Inkpads

The shows should still be available on HOCHANDA catch up, so if you didn't get a chance to see Sam's demos there is still time!

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Hang Fire for Tando Creative


It is my turn to show a project over on the Tando Creative blog today.

I love seeing all the projects in Same But Different week as it is always fantastic to see how many different styles can be created using the same products!

When I received the gorgeous telephone dial it immediately made me think about how being in constant communication with the rest of the world can sometimes make us miss the beauty all around us so I wanted to show this in my project...

The background was created using Decoart fluid acrylics and a brayer (cobalt teal hue, green gold and yellow green light).  The wording and dial were painted using black gesso and then some gold gilding wax added.  The paper number dial was tinted with some blue distress ink.  Black archival ink as well as some gilding wax was added around the main media board to create a framed effect...

A wildflower stamp from Bee Crafty was used for the main board with black archival ink and the butterflies (also from Bee Crafty) were stamped onto a piece of card that had been coloured with distress oxide inks then cut out...

I added some Decoart liquid glass to the centre of the telephone dial and then poured micro beads over the top.  To create the hanger I used my crop a dile and added some eyelets and gold wire.

Here are the products used...

* Phone Dials
* Mixed Media Board
* Word Panels
Decoart Black Gesso
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Decoart Liquid Glass

I hope you have been getting lots of inspiration this week, thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Key to Flying for Bee Crafty


Last week Bev shared some gorgeous new Da Vinci stamps on HOCHANDA and today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing one of the MDF samples that I made for the shows...

I started by preparing the circle art board with gesso then after sticking the MDF cogs and bolts where I wanted them added sand texture paste and crackle paste to the surface.  Once those had thoroughly dried the whole piece was painted with gold paint.  Next the rust effect was created using acrylic paints in yellow, orange and brown tones plus some green and blue for the patina effect...

Gold gilding wax was also added lightly over the top to bring out some of the texture and shapes.  The keys were prepared in the same way as the main board and then the Da Vinci wings stamped and cut out before adding a light wash of watercolour...

I stamped the Da Vinci portrait onto tissue using a permanent ink and used matte medium to attach it to the board, the aim was for it to look a bit like a faded fresco!  Finally the sentiment was stamped and colour added to match the wings...

Here are the products used...

* MDF Circle Art Board
* MDF Cogs
* MDF Keys
* MDF Accessories
* Art Stamps - Da Vinci Leonardo
* Art Stamps - Da Vinci Wings
* Wordage - Art is Never Finished

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Butterfly Wreath Card for Bee Crafty


It is my turn to share a project on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog today and I needed to make a thank you card so decided to use the inspiration from one of my recent design team samples ...

Often with the butterfly stamps I stamp them first then colour with pens, but I wanted to use a different technique this time so started by creating a piece of coloured card.  I used distress oxide inks, building them up one layer at a time (seedless preserves, peacock feathers and worn lipstick) then added some splatters using watered down gold paint...

Next I stamped the large butterfly and two of the smaller butterflies 3 times each as well as the XL sentiment.  I used black Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder over the top.  Then I cut them all out and die cut the sentiment, layering onto some black card...

I then used a circle die to cut an aperture into the centre of a 7" square card and added some seedless preserves oxide ink around the edges with a blending brush.  To make it look more distressed I splashed some droplets of water onto the ink then dabbed them off with kitchen roll...

Finally I added all the pieces, sticking the sentiment into the centre so that it would be inside the card when opened and then added the butterflies using glue gel...

If you would like to see any of the products used please click the links below...

* Art Stamps - Large Butterfly
* Art Stamps - Birds and Butterflies Set 1
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1 XL
* Distress Oxide Ink Pads

Thank you for taking the time to have a look :)

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Falling Rose Petals for Bee Crafty


It is my turn to share a project on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog today and I am sharing my favourite DT sample from this weeks HOCHANDA shows.  I loved all the large flowers but my two favourite have to be the sunflower and the rose.  As soon as I saw the rose it made me think of a certain film, and I wanted to try to capture that on an art board...

I used one of the tag art boards as I thought that it suited the style of the project and painted it using a sparkly acrylic paint.  Extra detail was then added using silver paint through the distressed harlequin d'inkable and stamping using the XL script stamp and grey archival ink...

I wanted the rose to be very dimensional so stamped it out 3 times using the same grey ink then cut out the whole rose once and parts of the other two to create a decoupage effect.  As I also wanted some petals to be falling I used parts of the leftover rose pieces to create those.  They were all coloured using watercolour pens and then a clear sparkle pen was added over the top.  The pieces were then coated with glossy accents and left to dry thoroughly overnight...

Once the glaze had dried I glued the main rose to the board and then added the other parts using glue gel.  Next I stamped one of the everyday sentiments in matching ink and added some pink distress ink to the card piece before placing it on the board...

The final touch was to add some silver ribbon to the top of the tag.

For this project I used...

* MDF - Tag Art Boards
* Beautanical - Rose
* Backdrops - XL Script
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1
* D'inkables - Distressed Harlequin

Thank you for looking and if you want to catch up with any of the shows using this stamp then they should be available on the HOCHANDA website for a couple of weeks.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 4 May 2018

Creative Artiste: Winged Hearts Journal Pages


Today is the time for a new challenge over at the Creative Artiste blog and this month the winners prize is a guest design team spot!  For more information and to check out the rules etc you can click HERE.

For my project this month I created a double page journal spread in my Dina Wakley mixed media journal...

I decided to use a double page where one page was kraft paper and the other white cotton watercolour.  The background was created using a mixture of acrylic paints from Dina Wakley in both plain and metallic colours.  Then I added some aged gold embossing powder and also crackle paste to create a range of textures...

A range of stamps and stencils from Bee Crafty were used to add extra details to the background...

Finally the focal points were made using heart and wing stamps also from Bee Crafty with some extra script stamping and embossing powder added...

Finally the sentiment was stamped separately and then added to the pages.

We had lots of fantastic entries last month and it would be great to see even more this month, so do please pop over to the challenge for a look using the link near the top of the post.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Altered Eclectics: Funky Floral Notebook

The first of May means a new challenge over on the Altered Eclectics blog.  This is a challenge for all things altered or mixed media, every month the theme is anything goes, all we ask is no cards or ATC's.  If you would like to see the design team projects and check out the rules then you can click HERE.
In recent weeks I have been getting ahead of myself by making some gifts ready for my son's teachers at the end of the school summer term, so I am sharing this one with you as my altered project this month...

This notebook was made using mount board that was die cut using the Passport die by Eileen Hull for Sizzix.  I used Dylusions paints and a brayer for the background with stencilling in sparkle paste though an Imagination Crafts mixed media stencil.  The stamps are all by Leonie Pujol (Everlasting Love, Gimme Texture and Message Ribbons), and the flower and bee were finished with glossy accents for extra dimension.  I also made a bead dangler to the spine and used my crop a dile and some ribbon to form a closure.

Thank you for reading, if you love mixed media and altering items please take a look at the challenge, we would love to see your entries this month.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx