Sunday, 24 May 2015

6 x 6 Journal

Good morning folks.
I trust that this finds you well. Is it just me or is this year just flying away? Can't believe it is almost June already!
Today I thought I'd share my latest journal with you; made with my Random 1 Book Cover kit from Tando Creative and lots of lovely DecoArt goodies.....
Just to warn you, this is a "lots of photos" post as I thought you may like to see the process. The first photo is the finished journal so you can see where we're headed.....


I started by assembling my covers using a piece of scrap self adhesive canvas I had lying around. I used DecoArt Faux Finishing Medium to glue the front cover down and then gave everything a coating of the medium and allowed to dry.

Next stage was to give the covers a good covering of Media Crackle Paint.

On the back cover I made a pattern using the "waste" elements from the kit, pressing them onto the wet paint.

I added some thicker layers of the paint in areas. (To give larger cracks when dry)

More paint added to the back cover and stippled on to give texture. This was then left overnight to dry thoroughly.

 When Dry I used a selection of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics to add colour to the book. You can see the gorgeous crackle the paint has given

When that had dried I added a coat of Raw Umber Antiquing Cream to the whole piece and began to wipe back to both "age" to covers and highlight the crackle.


When this had dried I sealed it with DecoArt Acrylic Matte Sealer to protect the surface.

 I made a selction of Air dry clay shells using a silicone mold.
 After a couple of washes with DecoArt Fluid acrylics they were transformed....

 These were glued in place on the finished book with a couple of tiny real shells too.

 So, there you have the finished book. (The inside pages are done as per my blog post HERE, and the journal assembled as per my blog post HERE)

 For the spine I added a decorative element also made with air dry clay and a mold and coloured with DecoArt Metallic Lustres

I just love the gorgeous texture and crackle on this journal.

 The end papers are stamped using Viva stamps and Archival inks.


This was a journal I really enjoyed creating so I hope you enjoyed following the steps. My journal kits are available from Tando Creative and most of the other products used are DecoArt products available from most good craft retailers.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Bottle bag.

Good evening folks.
I hope you are all well. It's been a busy week for me at work so I was really looking forward to my day off today. After popping over to The Craft Barn to drop something off (and a little browse of course !) I have had a busy day in the studio working on samples for the June demo day and finishing off one of my PHD's.....(Projects Half Done) So all in all it was a good day.
This morning, over at The Craft Barn Blog HERE, I have a bottle bag project using DecoArt So Soft Paints. This was one of the projects I enjoyed doing. I won't bore you with all the steps as I really would love you to pop on over to see how it was done; but here are the pics of the finished article.





DecoArt's So Soft Fabric paints are great to work with; the blend beautifully with water but keep a great colour tone which makes it so much easier to work with too.
I also used my new favourite stamps. Silicone stamps from Viva. I am so pleased to have discovered stamps that are a little different which I enjoy using. (and cost effective too as they are generally less than a fiver a set!)
Right. I'd better get off to bed; another busy day tomorrow. Catch you later......

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Gift card.

Good morning peeps.
I trust you are well. Today I have a card to share with you. The idea for this came when I picked up a necklace which I thought would make a pretty gift for someone. Just a little something to cheer a friend up rather than a birthday gift. So, just for fun I thought it would be good to make it part of the card.
I started off with an 8 x 8 inch card blank. I cut burgundy card to 7.7 x 7.5 inch and a piece of white card to 7 x 7 inch. I stamped the background with a map image from Viva stamps in Coffee Archival ink. I then stamped the compass in Jet Black Archival and the ship onto a scrap of white and cut out. I added colour with Distress Ink in the following order; Stormy Sky, Forest Moss, Stormy Sky (again) and Walnut Stain.
I laid my Frame 1 mask centrally onto the card and spritzed with water and blotted off.  Lastly I added a couple of areas of Brushed Gold Distress Stain to add a bit of a shine. (Not that you can see it in the photo.)
 The ship was added to the card using 3d foam pads and I stamped the sentiment in Plum Archival ink and I used a crop o dile to punch a hole through which I threaded the necklace.
 Inside the card  the ecxess chain is popped into a little organza bag rather than taping it down.
Now all it needs is a pretty insert to finish off for the recipient.


Saturday, 9 May 2015

A little heart.

Good morning friends.
I trust that this finds you well. This morning I thought I'd share a little project with you. At the moment I have been busy but not much is able to be shared yet so this little project was done in between other projects.
It's just a simple heart; I do think there is beauty in simplicity though and I'm really happy with the way it turned out. (My wife has already "stolen" it so that's always a good sign!)
 The heart is a wooden one I picked up from The Craft Barn a while a ago. (http://www.thecraftbarn.co.uk/wooden-heart-large.html)
 The  leaf embellishment is made from a silicone mold and air dry lightweight clay.  Originally I bought it when doing our silver anniversary cake and found it rather difficult to use with icing but it's perfect with the clay. Once the embellishment was in place I gave the heart a covering of DecoArt Media Crackle Paint. I love this stuff, it goes on easily and gives great crackle, both fine and thick. When the crackle had dried I used DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream (Raw Umber) to bring out the crackle.
 I painted the leaves with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paint (Dark Patina) and lightly brushed some of the same paint onto the heart just to catch some of the more raised areas.
I used the paint to paint a heart onto the back, just in case I wanted to add a message.....

I would reccommend that you seal the finished heart using something like DecoArt areosol matte finish sealer to protect the finish.

With all the focus on the elections this week, the fact that it was anniversary of VE day may have slipped you by. I have a litte project over on The Craft Barn Blog HERE about it; perhaps you'd like to pop on over for a look?


Sunday, 3 May 2015

A few bits.....

Good evening folks.
I hope this finds you well. I've had a busy time again recently but wanted to touch base here to say hi. Firstly I thought I'd share a couple of links to a couple of my recent posts over on The Craft Barn blog (in case you missed them LOL)
The Calender challenge for May can be found HERE and then Earlier this week I shared a little mini album with tutorial. This is the cover
 and all the details are HERE for the full step by step.
So, what else have I been up to? Well, yesterday I was at The Craft Barn demonstrating with DecoArt products.I was focussing mainly on the Interference colours which I love. Usually I never get anything finished at these days but I surprised myself yesterday by managing to make this simple tag.
 The is Fluid abackgroun is fluid acrylic Prussian Blue Hue with interference colours brushed through to give a subtle shimmer. The background stamped iwth a Stampendous stamp (Old Letter I think) with a main sentiment from Kaiserkraft. The butterfly is black card coloured with interference and finished with Triple thick glaze. You can't really see the shimmer in the photo but it is gorgeous.
 This is another project finished yesterday. A small canvas with a couple of interference paints for a subtle bling. I just love this image from Stampendous too.
 Also at the Barn yesterday was the amazingly talented Lindsay Mason.
 And the equally gifted Helen Chilton working her magic on fabric.
 By the end of the day I had made my usual mess; this is the "craftermath" I'm surrounded by butterflies and you can also see one of my book covers taking shape.

Of course, being surrounded by such gorgeous crafting goodies in the shop, a little retail therapy was required to end the day.....
 I love these new silicone stamps from Viva. Normally I avoid clear stamps but I couldn't resist these and they stamp beautifully too.
 Then these thinlits just "fell" into my bag too. Along with the Primitive heart die and the magnetic plate from Sizzix which I am sure will make the thinlits easier to cut.
Today was spent in the studio catching up on some DT work. Next I need to think of something to do that will use a lot of butterflies........any ideas?
Hope you all have a good week. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Hi there.....a bit robotic.

Good evening friends
Last week I seemed to have a little run of treats (and time!) to craft. This was one of the pages from my journal last week.  The page is simple as it consists of 4 ATCs and a simple answer. It was however, fun to do.

I ummed and arred about these new blueprint minis while I was at The Craft Barn the other week. Picking them up and putting them back down again..... well I guess the end result was kind of inevitable and they came home with me. The other day I thought I'd just stamp them while I was waiting for something else to dry. One  thing lead to another and I ended up with these four Artist Trading Cards and this is how they took shape. I'll try not to waffle on a lot because there's tons of photos. I just though you may enjoy seeing just how many "layers" sometimes even the most simple projects end up with.


 Stamped in Jet Black Archival and coloured with Distress Markers.
 Backgrounds stamped with another mini blueprint stamp in Watering Can Archival
 Mustard Seed Distress ink
 Foloowed by Vintage Photo Distress ink,
 Followed by Walnut Stain Distress Ink
 Lazy man masking; stick a thumb over image.....
 Spritz with water. Dry
 Clockwork Mask and Stormy Sky to add final detail. Stamp sentiment onto cards and you're done.

Time to stick it in the journal and answer their question LOL. It was a fun little project and I enjoyed creating it.