Friday, 27 January 2017

Prize Giveaway!!!


I am a day late with my giveaway post but I have managed it at last!

I have now reached 50 followers and have had this blog for just over a year and so to say a big THANK YOU to all you lovely readers and followers I am giving away a selection of crafty goodies!!

The prize consists of 2 Leonie Pujol Christmas Stamps (they are not in commercial packaging but are brand new); 2 sets of Leonie Pujol dies; 5 assorted MDF baubles; 3 pots of Wow! glitter embossing powder and an Americana D├ęcor stencil.
To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and if you are not already a follower it would be lovely if you could click the follow button too :)
The giveaway will close on Friday 27th January at 6pm (GMT) when I will choose a winner from the comments at random.
Good luck!
Jane x

Saturday, 7 January 2017

For the Love of Stamps - New Launch!


Today on Create and Craft is the new launch from HunkyDory's latest 'For the Love of Stamps' collection.

I was lucky enough as part of the design team to be able to work with 3 of the new sets plus the matching stencils.  I loved having the stencils as well as it adds a new layer of interest to the projects you can make (especially if you enjoy a bit of mixed media!).

The shows start at 9am but you would need to check the schedules for the other shows across the weekend.

I have picked 2 samples from each of the sets I used and am starting by showing you 'Rose Bouquet'.

This set was a real joy to work with and has a huge amount of versatility as the stems, roses and leaves are all separate stamps so you can create a single stemmed rose or a whole bunch of flower heads...

The frame for this was one that had been lurking in my cupboard for ages ready to be used, and it only cost a pound!!  The background was created with the stencil, using texture paste, paint and gilding wax.  I cut out layers of the flowers to decoupage them up and finished them all off with glossy accents.

This project was completely different but I loved it just as much!  I used the HunkyDory masking sheets to create the bouquet and then decoupaged the main flower.  These were coloured using the Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens.
The next samples are from the 'Spread Your Wings' set.  Again this is a lovely mix of stamps with some silhouette and some more detailed in a range of sizes...
The tag was created using Starlight paint (from Imagination Crafts) then silver embossing of the swirl stamps that are also included in the set.  I stamped and cut out a range of the butterflies before colouring them and topping with glossy accents.

The background of this card was made using the stencil that matches.  I coloured the background with distress inks first then lifted some of the colour out through the stencil using a baby wipe.  Then I used some more of the distress ink for the stencil wording and on the card blank.  The main butterfly is made up using a layering stamp that is also in the set.

The final set I used is 'Welcome Little One' which is super cute!!  Lots of little clothes that are ideal for cutting out, plus lots of really small stamps that are great for creating backgrounds and 3 sentiments...

The panel card was made by stamping onto different colours of patterned paper before cutting them out.  Then simply mounted onto panels, I used a variety of colours to make this card suitable for either a boy or a girl.

As soon as I saw this set I wanted to create a washing line, so I did!  I made an easel card and then added the stamped, coloured and cut out images.  You even get the little pegs and washing line poles in the set!

I am sure that there will be lots of fab demos on the shows this weekend so do please take if a look if you get a chance!

I will be back on Monday with my giveaway post.
Have a great weekend,

Jane x

Friday, 6 January 2017

Creative Artiste - Love, Wish, Dream


Happy 2017 and I hope you all had a lovely festive season and that the new year is treating you well so far x

I am starting the new year with my first post for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog, please click HERE to go over and it would be lovely if you could visit the other design team members blogs as well.

This months sponsor is Things To Alter, and you will find some of their MDF items within my creation.  Click HERE to go over to their store for a look at what is available...

For this month I wanted to create something with lots of texture that also symbolised the hopes of the new year.  Here is the completed project...

I started by using an upright MDF board from 'That's Crafty' with a lovely jagged edge at the top.  The main board was glued into the base and then I tore some corrugated cardboard packaging up and added sections for an extra layer of texture.  Once this was dry I spread Finnabair light paste through a cog/clock stencil from Imagination Crafts and also added some areas of Decoart crackle paste.  This was all then painted with white gesso from Decoart...

I then prepared the elements that I wanted to use.  I love the contrast between quite industrial and floral elements so chose a large clock embellishment from Bee Crafty (for the passing to a new year) as well as MDF flowers, circle and steampunk winged heart from Things to Alter.  I also wanted the softer look of paper flowers, so chose some of various sizes and styles in brown tones.  I painted all the MDF pieces with gesso so that they would take the other mediums well, then painted them with a mixture of Decoart fluid acrylics...

The main board was also painted with Decoart acrylics...

Patina antiquing cream was then added and rubbed back to leave colour in between the raised areas.  Once the other elements had been added Gold Pebeo gilding wax was rubbed on to the texture and also a little bit of patina gilding wax from Comic Shimmer.

The final touches were to stamp a sentiment from Tim Holtz (Stamper's Anonymous), adding some distress ink and spray to match the colours to the project and then adding some rusty wire around the top...

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges...

* More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes
* Countryview Challenges - Anything Goes
* Mixed Media Mojo - Theme: New, Optional Twist:Clocks

* Rhedds Creative Spirit - Altered Art/Mixed Media
* That's Crafty - Anything Goes

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process of how this project was made it was great fun!

I hope you all continue with a year that makes you happy!

Tomorrow I will be back with some projects using the latest 'For The Love of Stamps' products that are launching on Create and Craft at 9am, Saturday 7th January and on Monday I will be posting a give away as I have reached 50 followers!!  

Thank you all so much for your support :)

Jane x

Monday, 19 December 2016

Merry Christmas!


I am popping in for a quick post just to wish you all a merry Christmas and happy new year!

My next post will now be on the Friday 6th January as it is now the school holidays and there are so many other things going on.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog in the past year and especially the lovely comments, they have been much appreciated!

This year has been a fab crafting one for me as I have taken the plunge to apply for design teams and been so lucky and proud to have been accepted onto some great teams that I am really loving :)

Next year I plan to continue my crafty journey and to celebrate having my blog for a year and almost reaching 50 followers I will be having a giveaway during January (hopefully it will also help beat those post Christmas blues!) so do keep a look out!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy celebrating the start of 2017,

Jane xx

Friday, 16 December 2016

A Vintage Journey: Winter Magic


I am really proud today to have one of my projects over at 'A Vintage Journey' challenge blog, as I was chosen as one of their pinworthy projects a couple of months ago!
The theme at the moment is 'Winter Magic' and the blog challenge focuses on shabby chic; mixed media and vintage type projects so my one is very mixed media and a bit shabby chic.  Click HERE to go on over to the blog.

When I heard the theme of winter magic it immediately made me think of ice and snow as I think these are truly magical parts of nature.  I already had an IndigoBlu mannequin that I had previously decorated but wasn't happy with so I took it apart and started again!!

Here is my finished project...

I started by preparing the mannequin body and base with white gesso then painting with Imagination crafts silver starlight paint.  Then I applied some paverpol wrappers with Powertex fabric hardener to create the layers of the dress.  I wanted to give a dripping ice feel to the bottom so layered the wrappers to create that effect.  At this stage I also added in some Powertex art balls to create extra texture...

This was left to dry thoroughly for a few days and then I added some crackle paste with a pallet knife.  Once this had dried I used a selection of starlight paints to create different icy colours.  Silver Pebeo gilding wax was blended over the top to bring out the texture and some sprinklings of cosmic shimmer iced snow glitter which adds a sparkle that is easier to see in 'real life'...

Then I die cut snowflakes using a spellbinders pendant die and snowflake dies by Sue Wilson and layered them up in matching card colours, finishing off with some creative expressions sparklers...

Finally I added sections of some pearl strings from Anna Marie designs as a finishing touch...

I absolutely loved making this project as I felt I could add as much sparkle and texture as I wanted and hopefully it has captured the theme of winter magic!

Thank you for reading and do please pop over to the vintage journey blog to see what else has been made.

Jane x

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Bird Song Icon


I am back today with a mixed media piece that I made a while ago but have not shown as it was an article in the Mixed Up Media online magazine last month.  If you love mixed media this magazine is a new online publication with a wide variety of projects and tutorials, many interactive, if you are interested in finding out more you can click on the link at the top left hand side of this blog.

As the new issue has now been released I think it is ok for me to show you what I made!

I really enjoyed using my decoart paints on this as well as lots of other mediums, I even used some stamps that I carved myself after seeing how easy and fun it was in Kate Crane's 'Journal Soup' (an online class that is available from her ETSY store, click HERE to go straight there).

I decided to decorate a wooden icon from IndigoBlu as it gives you so many surfaces to play with. Here is the view when it is opened up...

There is  mixture of stencilling and stamping in the background as well as marks made with bottle tops etc.
When closed here is the front and the back...

There is also some gelatos and liquid pearls added for extra colour and texture.

Finally a couple of close up photos...

I love Dina and Dyan's stamps from Ranger, and they seemed to go together well.

There is more info about this project plus some photos of how to carve a stamp in the article that is in issue 2 of the Mixed Up magazine if you are interested to read a bit more.

I will be back on Friday with a special mixed media project that tries to capture some winter magic!!

Hope to see you then ,

Jane x

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Delightful Dahlias

Today I thought I would show you my remaining design team samples from this weekends Hunkydory shows.  These were all created using the 'For the Love of Stamps' set Delightful Dahlias, which is a lovely classic set ideal for so many occasions.  As there are also coordinating stencils for the sets in this release I wanted to show a range of ways to use the stamps and stencils, both in the end products as well as the mediums and techniques...

This was one of my favourite samples as I wanted to try a bit of mixed media and create a vintage/shabby chic look.  The stencil was used on the MDF with light modelling paste, then once it was dry and been painted I added crackle glaze and antiquing cream.  I used the leaf stamps with flitterglu and gilding flakes and brought out the texture of the flowers with gilding wax.  I stamped the main outline image onto patterned paper with gold embossing powder and cut out the various layers to create a decoupaged flower.

I wanted a much cleaner look for this card so used only the stamps.   The outline stamps were used with Versafine then embossed with clear powder.  The images were coloured using Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens.

I always try to create a range of projects that are not just cards as I think that stamps are so versatile and can be used in so many ways, so my next project was to use the stamps to create the pattern on a handbag gift bag.  The bag was made using the Crafter's Companion Big Score board and project DVD and I used A3 centura pearl cardstock, but stamped on the reverse side (not the shiny side).  I used the bolder flower image this time with distress inks and then also used the ink through the stencil to fill in the blank areas.  The main flower on the flap was created by stamping the bold images with distress ink then over stamping with the outline image in a darker colour.

This final project was created using silver card for the box and the instructions from a youtube tutorial which I have previously linked up HERE.  The decorated panels were made using both the bold and outline stamps again, but this time the outline was stamped with versamark then embossed with silver powder.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the projects and hopefully had a chance to catch some of the show on Create and Craft.  The live shows have now finished for the weekend but I am sure they will be available for a while on the catch up facility.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Jane x