Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Textured fun.

Goodly mornin peeps.....
Again, just popping in to touch base in between trying to sort out my studio (and NO, you definitely don't want to see the state of it at the moment)
Over the weekend, I was up in Shepreth having a good time messing about with textures and paints with a lovely group of ladies....
I forgot to take my camera out half the time but I did manage a few pics.......


 I'm loving the concentration LOL, everyone focused in on working with various elements. Then it was time to add some more textures with Grunge Paste and other smaller pieces.....bit of drying time required which gave a good reason for a coffee break and a slice (or two) of Cheryl's delicious plum cake.
Starting to add the first layers of colour..... until by the end of the day we had taken our plain boxes to this delightfully messy stage
 and then from that to this......


All in all, there are about seven layers to get to this but it was all good fun and the finished result is fabulous!
This is one of my favourite classes to do and I love how ,though everyone begins with the same basic "ingredients", the end results are always so different.

I love mixed media work like this, don't you?
Catch you later, have fun.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A bit of this and a bit of that

Good morning friends.
I trust that this finds you all well. For the last few days I've been playing catch up both in the house and the studio and am slowly beginning to see some light at the end of it all so I am hopeful that I will manage some more personal crafting soon. In the meantime, I am over on The Craft Barn Blog today with a project using a trio of bird boxes so I'd love it if you nipped on over for a closer look. As always there is a downloadable PDF available with lots of pics and instructions. Here's a peek, for more details click HERE

Staying with The Craft Barn; I'll be at the shop on Friday August 01 doing a lovely Al Fresco/ picnic set class. If you fancy joining us to make this rustic style bowl, cloth and serviette holders
the details can be found HERE and I'd love to see you.
Then on Sunday August 10 I will be doing my Seaside Treasures class; using one of my new book kits to actually create a box. Again, it would be lovely to see you there LOL



Class details can be found HERE

Righteo, guess I had better get back to work. Have yourselves a fun and creative day....

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The house is strangely quiet now.....

Good morning folks.
Well I did tell you that it would be a while but I'm back now and slowly picking up the pieces of my creative life.
For the last few weeks I've been taking time out showing off our beautiful land to our american family and it's been a blast. We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place. I didn't really get much crafting time so now I have a lot of catching up to do.
So, starting off I thought I'd remind you that I will be at the lovely Crafting Time in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire for my Pandora's box class on Sunday (20th July)
This pic gives you an idea of the style of project; lots of textures and lovely layers of paints. There are still a  few places left so if you fancy joining us for the day I'd love to see you there....
All the details can be found HERE

So, what else? Well, I made a quick little wedding card for some a little while ago which I forgot to share


Just a nice simple design using primarily patterned papers etc with a bit of detail added with Distress Markers and the Spritzer to tie in the elements.
Then, while I didn't have much crafting time I did manage to get my SIL and her daughter to have some crafting time....


Here they are busy working on the covers of their new Smash Books. Adding texture pastes and paints and generally having a good time.
So, just a quick little hello from me really, now to get my studio sorted out and some creating done before work..... have a lovely and creative day everyone.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A bit of scrapbooking for The Craft Barn

Good morning peeps.
Just a quick little post from me this morning. Grabbing a few moments to catch up on things. We've had a manic but pleasurable 5 day whirlwind of introducing my brother in law to England.  From stately homes like Knole, lovely gems like Ightham Mote, castles like Bodiam and Dover, from London to the White cliffs we packed a whole lot into the time! He left on Sunday leaving the rest of the family here so we have had a quieter day yesterday and today we're off again.

But before I go; over at The Craft Barn Blog today I've a lovely double layout using Maja Road and Tando Creative. There is a downloadable PDF too. I'd love you to pop on over for a closer look HERE so I'll leave you with some teaser photos.......





Monday, 23 June 2014

Not enough hours....

Good morning friends.
My personal crafting has taken a bit of a back seat recently with one thing and another so I haven't really got a lot that I can share at the moment. Currently I'm gearing up for some overseas family arriving tomorrow for a few weeks which will be lovely so though I will try to squeeze in some crafting I may not be able to so if it stays quiet on here please bear with me, I will be back, I promise! Today, though, I do have a project I can share with you.
My little box of Hopes and Dreams.

 I started out with two wooden flat boxes from The Craft Barn and glued them together as seen. I added some textural details with a mask and Grunge Paste and then started to play around with the Tim Holtz Frameworks dies. I love these shapes and I folded them over the edges, around corners, using some of the inside pieces too, until I was happy. It took a little lime to glue them as I had to hold them in place for a while to stop them springing off but hey, it was worth it in the end.
 I cut the words out of thin card using Tim's Time Out strip die which is another of my favourite alphabet dies and glued them down too.
 Obviously by this stage there was no way to open the boxes so I had to carefully cut any pieces that were over the lid joins.
I added some flowers made from the Tattered Garland strip die to add further dimension before painting in a selection of colours, blending them as I went to achieve a more subtle tone.
When the paint was dry I then added a bitumen mix to darken and age everything and used a damp cloth to wipe areas away to reveal more of the colour below. Lastly, I used white and grey paint to add some dry brush details.
 For the inside I inked card with Distress inks and stamped in Archival using Tim Holtz stamps
 So there you have it, a little box of Hopes and Dreams. I may add a couple of little journals to write in or perhaps just do a bunch of loose cards to remind myself of my Hopes and Dreams....... not sure yet.
Take care folks and I'll try to be back soon.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Playing with Pebeo.....

Good evening folks.
Thought I'd nip on and share a couple of pics with you. Today was a rare treat where I had the opportunity to join some other Tutor/Demonstrators and staff at The Craft Barn for a bit of a teaching day with Ashleigh from Pebeo.
Though the products have been around for a long time and are very popular in many places; they are, perhaps, not so well known here in England so I for one definitely appreciated learning about them and  the opportunity to "give them a go"!

 We all started out with a canvas that had been pre prepared with texture sand and resin patterns to which we chose and adhered a butterfly.
 Time to add some colour, Helen decided to pour it on while the rest of us played it safe and used a brush....
 So, this is what it looks like after a liberal covering of Vitrail paint, which is a glass paint but works well on other non porous surfaces.
 I then decided to echo the circular design of the top resin and used a tissue to remove colour in a circular motion which came out nicely.

 We had a bit more of a play by dripping some lightening fluid onto the paint which gave an interesting effect which you may be able to see in the next photo.
 It gives an effect similar in some ways to that achieved with Alcohol Ink. What is not too clear here is that We've added some gold foiling over some of the areas which looks pretty cool too and the lighter areas are fantasy moon paint.


We did add some other bits but I forgot to take some pictures. It was a bit of a case of throwing everything at the canvas and I was pretty happy in the end with the result so I thought I'd finish it off properly tomorrow before I show that to you.
We had the chance to mix up and test the resin which has to be one of the things that really impressed me. The texture medium was lovely too, full of grit and it can be coloured with paint too so that opens up some fun distress ideas in my head..
Things to consider, most of the paints are solvent based so you need to clean them with spirits rather than water and work in a ventilated area. Pretty easy to clean though. and I will definitely be working with them more.
All in all, a fun day and a real treat too.
I'll catch up later, enjoy what's left of the evening.........

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Let's make a Wonky House Book

Good morning folks
 I hope you are well and hopefully, like me, you are enjoying the sunshine. I thought I'd take some time to share with you a few of the steps I took to make my Wonky House book Cover. The basic cover kit contains 2 plain covers, a spine and one detailed laser cut design.
To make a traditional cover you will need to add some binding cloth or fabric to adhere the two covers and spine to each other.
 Cut your fabric slightly larger than the spine (I tend to add approx 2cm)
 Use something like DecoArt Faux Finishing Medium to glue the spine and covers in place as seen, leaving a gap of around 3 to 4 mm between the spine and cover.
Flip the cover over and fold and glue the top and bottom in place. (Just a quick note, because these small covers do not have a double layered cover; if you do this kind of cover I would suggest that when it is all dry you glue a piece of card (either plain if you are painting over, or patterned.) to cover the edge of the binding)
 Right, back to the book......this book has a matching mask available (sold separately) which comes in handy for the next bit

Take the mask and position it onto the cover, making sure it is facing the same way you want the design to be and use yellow paint to add "light" to the windows.
Repeat with red paint to highlight the doors and walls etc. Yes, it looks messy now but don't despair.

Use the mask to add green paint too. Then, remove the mask and paint your covers with a few blue paints. You can see here that I painted the spine in the same colour too. Add some random stamping and allow to dry.
Add colour to the main element as desired. Glue in place onto the cover, lining up with the masked painted areas.
End result, Lights on! I think it looks cool. To finish off I added a layer of Triple Thick Glaze to the base, some flowers add a detail and a small sentiment.
So, there you have the cover....hope you like it and it makes sense lol
I'll do a separate post another day for the inside as this has turned out to be a pretty long post already.
Take care and I hop you have a great day.

Monday, 9 June 2014

The Craft Barn Extravaganza 2014.....Sunday

Good morning friends
I hope you are well. This weekend gone was the annual extravaganza weekend over at The Craft Barn, For day one's post see HERE if you missed it and this post is all about Sunday; there's a reasonable number of photos to follow so make yourself comfy and grab a cuppa......
 All set up and neat and tidy, Gelli Plate at the ready, with a bit of time till kick off I took the opportunity to take a wander and snap some pics.
 The lovely Helen was ready and waiting......
 Lindsay Mason with her table stuffed full of gorgeous and cheerful samples.
 I love the owl stamp.
 Pauline was also ready and waiting to go.

 These delightful scenes were new from Tando; you can either buy a Christmas or Halloween kit or just the blank base and I have loads of ideas with those already!
 Also new from Tando Creative were masks and stencils designed by the delightful Gio from Italy. These are some of the gorgeous samples she had done.
 My personal favourite is this lovely medley stencil which is high on my must have list.
PaperArtsy were doing their usual gorgeousness. These are simply fabulous backgrounds.
 Then, back to me (LOL) I had a great time creating prints with the Gelli Plate and showing how I work in layers of paint to create my backgrounds etc
Here I was working with masks cut from dies and opaque paint over a transparent layered  collage print.
I snaffled this print from Helen's blog. I didn't even know she had taken it.
Gabbie snapped this one, this is a packing tape print.
It was also exciting to see my new book cover kits all packaged and ready to go. Thank you to everyone who came to let me know they liked them and had popped them into their shopping bags. Now I'll leave you with a few pics of some of  the prints, I made loads to I look forward to using them and sharing the results with you, take care and hope you have a lovely day and week.