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

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Altered Eclectics: A Rusty Bottle

Wow yet another month has rushed by and we are already in July!  The weather here at the moment is absolutely gorgeous so it really does feel like summer.  As it is the first day of a new month it also means the start of a new months challenge at Altered Eclectics.  The theme is always anything goes as long as the projects are altered items or mixed media, the only exceptions are no cards or ATC's please.
This month I really wanted to do something with a maple syrup bottle that I have been hoarding for some time.  Here is how it started after I had taken off all the labels and made sure it had a good wash to remove any residue...

I felt like it should be a really grungy, rusty feel this time and here is what it looked like after I had finished...

I started by applying sand texture and crackle pastes from Decoart.  Once these had dried I added grey board pieces from Tando Creative and art balls using heavy gel.  Luckily as the weather is so warm at the moment I was able to put the bottle outside and get it all dried quite quickly this month...

The whole project was then painted with black gesso.  Next Lindys sprays were used to add colour.  I applied them in layers, drying each in between and adding whichever ones I thought were needed.  To then bring all the texture back out I added Pebeo gilding wax...

As always I wanted to include words of some sort to the project and in the end went for this sticker from Tim Holtz small talk.

Thank you for looking and I hope you will take a look at the challenge blog HERE and it would be great to see your projects this month.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx