Saturday, 4 March 2017

For the Love of Stamps: March Launch


The first weekend of the month must mean it is a new Hunkydory launch of 'For the Love of Stamps' :)

This month I was lucky enough to get to use 3 of the latest stamp and mask releases to create my design team samples, and they were quite different in their styles giving me lots of opportunity to try out a variety of ideas.

Today I am going to show one sample from each of the collections to give you a taster, and the rest can be seen, along with all the different stamp sets available, on Create and Craft throughout today and tomorrow (please check the schedules for the actual show timings as they can be subject to change).

Shows can be seen on the following channels...

  • Sky 674

  • Freeview 23

  • Virgin 748

  • Freesat 813

  • Or you can watch online at...

    Here is my first project for you...

    This mini notebook was created using the stamp and mask set 'Just My Type'.  I created my own book using mount board and a cinch machine then used the mask with distress inks and texture paste to create the background.  The lines stamp was also used to create extra interest behind the main image.  The typewriter was stamped, cut out and coloured and one of the sentiments used on the 'paper'.  The final touch was to use some of the letter stamps and then punch them out.

    'Noble Knights and Naughty Dragons' is a fantastic set for creating a variety of scenes.  Here I used the matching mask to create a shadowed castle and the grass outline.  The main image was stamped and coloured using Illustrator markers from Spectrum Noir.  The moon was created with a sticky note mask and water was flicked over the distress ink background to add some starry texture.

    My final stamp set was great for combining with other sets that I had already.  'Simply Vases' gives you 3 different shaped and sized vases along with a variety of sentiments.  The matching mask has lots of patterns for altering the vases which is how I created the scalloped pattern on this vase.  I used the vase in combination with the Rose Bouquet stamp set from a previous launch and the sentiment is one of the many that comes on the vase set.

    I am sure there will be lots of inspiring demonstrations across the weekend and I will try to pop back with some more of my samples over the coming weeks.

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Jane x

    Friday, 3 March 2017

    Creative Artiste: Shabby Chic Tag


    It is the first Friday of the month so it must be time to launch a new challenge over on the Creative Artiste blog!

    This month the lovely sponsor is one of our design team members Judy and she has a fab prize of stamps and dies, click HERE to go over to visit the challenge...

    So for this months project I wanted to use some of the gorgeous bits and pieces that I have in my crafty stash as well as adding some stencilling, stamping and die cutting so this is the shabby chic piece that I created...

    I started with a grey board tag from Tando Creative which I painted with white gesso before adding some stencilling of light paste through a mini distressed diamond stencil from Bee Crafty.  I then added a selection of paper flowers, leaves and a metal charm from Craft Box, and also a pocket watch and small rose that I had created using resin and an IOD mould from Prima...

    This was then all painted over with more white gesso to create a good base for the colour...

    I used spray inks from Lindy's stamp gang to add colour and brushed on some luscious powders from IndigoBlu.  Stamping was then added using a harlequin stamp from IndigoBlu and sepia archival ink ...

    Using the Ariana Lace die from Heartfelt Creations, I die cut a shape which was then coloured using antique gold gilding wax from Pebeo...
    Some more wax was also added to other areas of the tag and then I added the die cut to the tag with another paper flower coloured with Lindy's stamp gang and wax.  I also added a sentiment from a sticker sheet by 7 Dots Studio (Lost and Found)... 

    As a final touch a lightbulb from Prima was added as well as some ribbon...

    My plan is to add this tag to the front of an art journal so I will post some photos when it is all finished too.

    Please take a look at the Creative Artiste blog to see what the rest of the design team have made, and it would be lovely if you could add your own project as well!  Don't forget this challenge is for mixed media :)

    I will be back again later today with some design team samples using the Crafter's Companion mixed media dies which launch today as a Weekend Wow on HOCHANDA starting from 10am, so do please pop over for a look!

    Jane x

    Thursday, 2 March 2017

    Leonie One Day Special: Typography


    A fabulous new set of dies, stamps and embossing folders from Leonie Pujol are launching right now  (8pm GMT) on HOCHANDA.
    I loved working with these products and have decided to share the first project that I made with them as it was my attempt to show as many of the products as possible...

    The frame cost just £1, and I painted it with black gesso then highlighted the texture with gold Pebeo gilding wax.  I wanted to use as many of the embossing folders as possible, so cut pieces of black card to fit the folders and embossed a selection.  These were the also highlighted with the same gilding wax and then arranged onto the back piece of the frame and stuck down...

    The flowers and dragonflies were then stamped from the 'Fly Free' stamp set and cut out.  I used Leonie's sparkle pens for the colour and then coated them with glossy accents...

    Next I used the sentiment from 'Fly Free', masking off the different lines to place the words into the pennants from 'Banners and Frames', before adding colour and cutting them to different lengths for the frame. 
    Finally I cut the words 'Fly Free' in gold foiled card using the typography dies and added those as a final touch to the project...

    You can watch Leonie demo these fab products and see all the design team samples for this hour, plus tomorrow (3rd March) at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm GMT.  The channel is on..

  • SKY 663 (24/7)

  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • Or you can watch online at...

    I will be back tomorrow with a new months challenge piece for Creative Artiste, and will show more Leonie samples over the coming week.

    Have a lovely evening,

    Jane x

  • Wednesday, 1 March 2017

    Altered Eclectics: A Rusty Canvas


    I apologise for having been missing in action from my blog but I have been very busy with different design team work which will be appearing on here over the next few days!

    As it is the first day of a new month there is a new challenge over on the Altered Eclectics challenge blog, (I will put a link at the end of the post) this challenge is for all mixed media and altered art, the only projects not allowed are cards and ATC's.

    I have a love of all things rusty and wanted to have a go at trying some of the techniques that Andy Skinner demonstrates using Decoart products so and here is the altered canvas board that I created...

    I started by using white gesso to coat the canvas board before adding texture paste through the Andy Skinner Industrial stencil and some extra areas of sand texture paste around the edges of the board.

    Once this had all dried thoroughly the cogs (from Tando Creative) were also prepared with gesso, these were then added to the canvas...

    The whole project was then painted using a mixture of paynes grey and prussian blue.  Then some yellow and red oxide was added before finally a mix of paynes grey and quinacridone gold were dripped from the top to give the really rusty look.

    Once I was happy with the colours some patina and gold gilding waxes were rubbed over the texture.

    Finally I used some sentiments from the Lost and Found collection from 7 Dots Studio...

    I really enjoyed creating this and if it has inspired you to create your own altered or mixed media project please take a look at the other design team projects over on the challenge blog and it would be great if you would enter a project to share.  Click HERE to go straight there!

    I will be back tomorrow evening at 8pm as there is a One Day Special launch of the new Leonie Pujol products, so it would be lovely if you came back to take a look!

    Jane x

    Thursday, 9 February 2017

    Leonie One Day Special: Hearts Galore!


    I am back today with my new design team samples for the latest Leonie Pujol one Day Special on HOCHANDA.  Excellent deals are to be had on a range of dies, stamps and stencils and for this special sale the design team used a variety to show how so many of Leonie's products can be used together...

    There are shows today at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm over on the channel...

  • SKY 663 (24/7)

  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • Or take a look online at...

    I apologise for my lack of post on Monday this was due to unexpected family events, so I will be posting my other HunkyDory samples at a later date!

    Thank you for looking,

    Jane x

    Saturday, 4 February 2017

    For The Love of Stamps: Climb Aboard


    Over on Create and Craft this weekend is the launch of the new HunkyDory stamps for this month!  The first show is today at 9am, but you would need to check the schedule for other shows as they can be subject to change.

    You can find the schedule online at...

    Or you can watch live at...
  • Sky 674

  • Freeview 23

  • Virgin 748

  • Freesat 813

  • I was lucky enough to have two of the new sets of stamps and masks to work with and today I am sharing with you the design team samples that I made using the vintage steam train set - Climb Aboard...

    This card was made by using masking sheets to enable me to create a scene and then Spectrum Illustrator alcohol pens were used to colour.  I love all the extra elements on the stamp set such as the tickets, and there are a few different sentiments that fit inside them to make lots of options.

    I always want to create more than cards for my samples as to me stamps and masks are not just for card making they are tools, and as such they become so much more versatile.  So I made this little MDF plaque using texture paste through the stencil for a different look.  I always find creating gifts for men more tricky so I think this set is an excellent addition to any collection.  This time I used Spectrum Aqua pens to make a more faded vintage look to the colouring of the train.

    Finally I wanted to create a card that didn't use the train at all but could show how the other smaller elements can make quite a large card on their own.  I also used the mask again in the background but this time with distress inks.  All the colouring was done using just tea dye and vintage photo inks and the stamping with sepia Versafine.

    Hopefully I have created a range of projects that shows you just some of what can be done with this set.  The shows will be on across the weekend (depending on stock levels) so do please tune in for more examples from the rest of the team and also fab demonstrations!

    I will show the samples that I made with the other stamp set on Monday, so if you are a sweetie fan you may want to take a look!!

    Jane x

    Friday, 3 February 2017

    Creative Artiste: Shabby Chic Heart


    As it is the first Friday of the month it is the start of a new mixed media challenge at Creative Artiste. Click HERE to go straight over to the challenge blog...

    The sponsor for this month is...


    Here is my design team project...

    I started by covering a wooden heart with paper from Maja Road then added some chipboard elements that I had covered with gold gilding wax.  The honeycomb and frame are from Scrapmatts and the words from Dusty Attic...

    Using texture stamps from Bo Bunny I added some script and circles for extra interest and layers.
    The keyhole, butterfly and two of the flowers were made using quick cast resin in a selection of moulds that I have, then were sprayed with ink and gilding wax added.  These were added to the heart along with some gauze, paper flowers, faux pearls and a metal key...

    Please pop over to the blog to see what all the team members have been making and if you have a mixed media creation to share do please enter the challenge.

    I will be back tomorrow with some of my samples from the latest Hunky Dory, For the love of Stamps Launch which begins tomorrow morning on Create and Craft, I hope you will come by again then,

    Jane x