Thursday, 24 May 2018

Hang Fire for Tando Creative


It is my turn to show a project over on the Tando Creative blog today.

I love seeing all the projects in Same But Different week as it is always fantastic to see how many different styles can be created using the same products!

When I received the gorgeous telephone dial it immediately made me think about how being in constant communication with the rest of the world can sometimes make us miss the beauty all around us so I wanted to show this in my project...

The background was created using Decoart fluid acrylics and a brayer (cobalt teal hue, green gold and yellow green light).  The wording and dial were painted using black gesso and then some gold gilding wax added.  The paper number dial was tinted with some blue distress ink.  Black archival ink as well as some gilding wax was added around the main media board to create a framed effect...

A wildflower stamp from Bee Crafty was used for the main board with black archival ink and the butterflies (also from Bee Crafty) were stamped onto a piece of card that had been coloured with distress oxide inks then cut out...

I added some Decoart liquid glass to the centre of the telephone dial and then poured micro beads over the top.  To create the hanger I used my crop a dile and added some eyelets and gold wire.

Here are the products used...

* Phone Dials
* Mixed Media Board
* Word Panels
Decoart Black Gesso
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Decoart Liquid Glass

I hope you have been getting lots of inspiration this week, thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Key to Flying for Bee Crafty


Last week Bev shared some gorgeous new Da Vinci stamps on HOCHANDA and today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing one of the MDF samples that I made for the shows...

I started by preparing the circle art board with gesso then after sticking the MDF cogs and bolts where I wanted them added sand texture paste and crackle paste to the surface.  Once those had thoroughly dried the whole piece was painted with gold paint.  Next the rust effect was created using acrylic paints in yellow, orange and brown tones plus some green and blue for the patina effect...

Gold gilding wax was also added lightly over the top to bring out some of the texture and shapes.  The keys were prepared in the same way as the main board and then the Da Vinci wings stamped and cut out before adding a light wash of watercolour...

I stamped the Da Vinci portrait onto tissue using a permanent ink and used matte medium to attach it to the board, the aim was for it to look a bit like a faded fresco!  Finally the sentiment was stamped and colour added to match the wings...

Here are the products used...

* MDF Circle Art Board
* MDF Cogs
* MDF Keys
* MDF Accessories
* Art Stamps - Da Vinci Leonardo
* Art Stamps - Da Vinci Wings
* Wordage - Art is Never Finished

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Butterfly Wreath Card for Bee Crafty


It is my turn to share a project on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog today and I needed to make a thank you card so decided to use the inspiration from one of my recent design team samples ...

Often with the butterfly stamps I stamp them first then colour with pens, but I wanted to use a different technique this time so started by creating a piece of coloured card.  I used distress oxide inks, building them up one layer at a time (seedless preserves, peacock feathers and worn lipstick) then added some splatters using watered down gold paint...

Next I stamped the large butterfly and two of the smaller butterflies 3 times each as well as the XL sentiment.  I used black Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder over the top.  Then I cut them all out and die cut the sentiment, layering onto some black card...

I then used a circle die to cut an aperture into the centre of a 7" square card and added some seedless preserves oxide ink around the edges with a blending brush.  To make it look more distressed I splashed some droplets of water onto the ink then dabbed them off with kitchen roll...

Finally I added all the pieces, sticking the sentiment into the centre so that it would be inside the card when opened and then added the butterflies using glue gel...

If you would like to see any of the products used please click the links below...

* Art Stamps - Large Butterfly
* Art Stamps - Birds and Butterflies Set 1
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1 XL
* Distress Oxide Ink Pads

Thank you for taking the time to have a look :)

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Falling Rose Petals for Bee Crafty


It is my turn to share a project on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog today and I am sharing my favourite DT sample from this weeks HOCHANDA shows.  I loved all the large flowers but my two favourite have to be the sunflower and the rose.  As soon as I saw the rose it made me think of a certain film, and I wanted to try to capture that on an art board...

I used one of the tag art boards as I thought that it suited the style of the project and painted it using a sparkly acrylic paint.  Extra detail was then added using silver paint through the distressed harlequin d'inkable and stamping using the XL script stamp and grey archival ink...

I wanted the rose to be very dimensional so stamped it out 3 times using the same grey ink then cut out the whole rose once and parts of the other two to create a decoupage effect.  As I also wanted some petals to be falling I used parts of the leftover rose pieces to create those.  They were all coloured using watercolour pens and then a clear sparkle pen was added over the top.  The pieces were then coated with glossy accents and left to dry thoroughly overnight...

Once the glaze had dried I glued the main rose to the board and then added the other parts using glue gel.  Next I stamped one of the everyday sentiments in matching ink and added some pink distress ink to the card piece before placing it on the board...

The final touch was to add some silver ribbon to the top of the tag.

For this project I used...

* MDF - Tag Art Boards
* Beautanical - Rose
* Backdrops - XL Script
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1
* D'inkables - Distressed Harlequin

Thank you for looking and if you want to catch up with any of the shows using this stamp then they should be available on the HOCHANDA website for a couple of weeks.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 4 May 2018

Creative Artiste: Winged Hearts Journal Pages


Today is the time for a new challenge over at the Creative Artiste blog and this month the winners prize is a guest design team spot!  For more information and to check out the rules etc you can click HERE.

For my project this month I created a double page journal spread in my Dina Wakley mixed media journal...

I decided to use a double page where one page was kraft paper and the other white cotton watercolour.  The background was created using a mixture of acrylic paints from Dina Wakley in both plain and metallic colours.  Then I added some aged gold embossing powder and also crackle paste to create a range of textures...

A range of stamps and stencils from Bee Crafty were used to add extra details to the background...

Finally the focal points were made using heart and wing stamps also from Bee Crafty with some extra script stamping and embossing powder added...

Finally the sentiment was stamped separately and then added to the pages.

We had lots of fantastic entries last month and it would be great to see even more this month, so do please pop over to the challenge for a look using the link near the top of the post.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Altered Eclectics: Funky Floral Notebook

The first of May means a new challenge over on the Altered Eclectics blog.  This is a challenge for all things altered or mixed media, every month the theme is anything goes, all we ask is no cards or ATC's.  If you would like to see the design team projects and check out the rules then you can click HERE.
In recent weeks I have been getting ahead of myself by making some gifts ready for my son's teachers at the end of the school summer term, so I am sharing this one with you as my altered project this month...

This notebook was made using mount board that was die cut using the Passport die by Eileen Hull for Sizzix.  I used Dylusions paints and a brayer for the background with stencilling in sparkle paste though an Imagination Crafts mixed media stencil.  The stamps are all by Leonie Pujol (Everlasting Love, Gimme Texture and Message Ribbons), and the flower and bee were finished with glossy accents for extra dimension.  I also made a bead dangler to the spine and used my crop a dile and some ribbon to form a closure.

Thank you for reading, if you love mixed media and altering items please take a look at the challenge, we would love to see your entries this month.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Thank You Cards for Bee Crafty


This week on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I am sharing some quick thank you cards that I have made ready to give out to my son's teachers at the end of the year (this is unnaturally organised for me!!).  I have chosen the colours to match the notebooks that I have made for them...

I wanted cards that would be quite quick to make but also effective so chose to create backgrounds using the distress oxide inks.  I then added some script stamping and Wildflower 1 in the matching distress colours before using Wildflower 2 and one of the Everyday Sentiments in black to really stand out.

Here are the products used:

* Beautanicals - Wildflower 1, Wildflower 2
* Backdrops - XL Script
* Wordage - Everyday Sentiments 1
* Distress Oxide Ink pads

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Scenic Animal Samples for Bee Crafty


It is my turn on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog today I thought I would share a few of the samples that I made for the recent shows on HOCHANDA...

For this project I used one of the MDF tags and bright coloured acrylic paints to create the base.  I then stencilled through a couple of different d'inkables and then added a bit of doodling with black and white pens.  The giraffe was stamped over the top using black ink and finally the words added direct to the tag as well.

As soon as I saw the map stamp I wanted to make a travel journal.  Two pieces of board were coated with silver paint then texture paste added through the chevron d'inkable and versamark through the circle lattice which I then heat embossed with a chunky powder.  The map was stamped and embossed with gold to be added to the front of the journal along with the words.

For this shaker card I wanted a black and white theme so after cutting my frame I worked out where I needed my zebra to be before stamping it in black ink.  The glitter and micro beads were added to the middle and then the frame and acetate stuck onto the front with foam tape.  The word was stamped and then cut into a banner shape before adding some distress ink around the edges.

Here are the links to the items used...

* Scenic Animal Stamps
* World Map Stamp
* Travel Words 1
* D'Inkables

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 20 April 2018

Home Plaque for Tando Creative


For my anything goes project today on the Tando Creative blog I decided to make something a little bit quirky and colourful...

I used a media board for the base and the background was created using weathered wood and acrylic paint.  Unfortunately I messed up the crackle and ended up blasting it with a heat gun to get a bubbly paint effect, then used gold gilding wax over the top to create a distressed look.  Gold sparkle paste was added through the criss cross stencil and some script stamping added...

The house from the whimsical houses set 2 was coloured by printing with acrylic paint on a gelli plate then extra stencilling and stamping added...

The letters were stamped and coloured then added to plaque.

The products used were...

* Media board
* Whimsical Houses Set 2
* Criss Cross Stencil
* Numbers Stencil

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 14 April 2018

A Notebook of Joy and Gelli Prints for Bee Crafty


It is my turn today to share a project with you on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog and as it is almost the end of the school holidays here I have started to think about gifts for my son's teacher and assistants at the end of the year.  So I decided to get ahead of the game and created a notebook with decorated pages...

I started by cutting the covers and spine from mount board using a die that I have and then coated them with gesso, white for the covers and black for the spine.  I used 3 colours of Dylusions paint brayering them on in layers (polished jade, fresh lime and lemon zest) and then used white ink to stamp the multi mini distressed diamonds and archival ink with the XL script stamp...

The wildflower 2 stamp was added using grey and green archival inks as I wanted them to look quite soft.  Then I added some streaks of crackle glaze to both covers (you can't really pick it up in the photos) and stencilled through the distressed harlequin d'inkable using glass bead gel.  When these mediums had dried I added some gold gilding wax.  Next I stamped one of the small butterflies onto the cover then again onto card and coloured with aqua markers and clear sparkle pen, then coated with glossy accents.  The sentiment was stamped in watering can archival ink as I wanted to continue with softer tones then coloured the pieces with distress oxide inks...

I didn't want plain pages for the notebook so after cutting them from mixed media paper I used my gelli plate and distress oxide inks to colour them.  Then I placed the d'inkables on the gelli plate and reprinted the pages to create extra pattern...

I used the same coloured inks to stamp some of the beautanical images onto the pages.  The colours used were twisted citron, peeled paint, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers and fossilized amber...

To complete the notebook I used my crop a dile to add eyelets for an organza ribbon closure.  The pages were added to the book quite simply by tying a piece of elasticated cord round the middle of them, then sliding the cord around the spine.  I have seen lots of notebooks and journals with pretty dangly charms attached so made my own using some beads, jump rings, chain and a head pin (from my jewellery making days!) and attached it to the cord.

Here are the links to the products used...

* Beautanicals - Wildflower 2, Teasels, Dandelion, Ground Elder
* Art Stamps - Birds and Butterflies Set 1
* Backdrops - Multi Mini Distressed Diamonds, XL Script
* Wordage - Joy Is a Flower
* D'Inkables - Distressed Harlequin, Circles, Metal Alpha, Hexagons
* Dylusions Paints
* Distress Oxide Inkpads
* Archival Inkpads

I now need to make another two in different styles and I will be well prepared for July!!

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Textured Heart Tag for Tando Creative


This week the theme on the Tando Creative blog is texture paste so I thought I would use a couple of my favourite types plus one that is new for me...

Because I wanted to use 3 different textures I decided to build up a tag using some different Tando Creative elements.  Most of them come from the Andy Skinner Eldaro kit with an extra large cog from the Industrial Elements and a smaller cog from the mini cogs selection.
I wanted to use some brighter colours but also still have a bit of a grungy effect so to start I coated all the pieces with some black gesso.
Using a palette knife I applied crackle paste to the heart.  Once dry it was painted using pyrole red then black antiquing cream added and once dried wiped back...

The large and smaller cog parts had sand texture paste added all over.  For this I just dabbed it on with my fingers.  Once this was dried I added burnt umber, burnt sienna and diarylide yellow paints.  Phthalo turquoise was then dry brushed across the top.  The wings were painted using pyrole orange and hansa yellow light to create a sunburst effect and then stamping using the Andy Skinner steampunk set was added using black archival ink...

The main tag was stencilled using the clear modelling paste (a new one for me) through the distressed sequins stencil.  Once dry I used a few shades of blue and attempted to rub back the colour on the stencilled areas.  This had varying success as I think I left the paint to dry for too long.  I added some gold gilding wax at the end to help bring the texture out.  Some more stamping was also added to the tag to match the wings...

Once all the pieces were glued together I added a sticker sentiment which I coloured with a blue paint wash and some ink around the edges.  Finally some rusty wire was attached to make a hanger.

Here are the links to the main products used:

* Andy Skinner Eldaro
* Andy Skinner Industrial Elements
* Distressed Sequins 4x4 Stencil
* Mini Cogs
* Decoart Texture Sand Paste
* Decoart Clear Modelling Paste
* Decoart White Crackle Paste
* Decoart Black Gesso
* Decoart Media Acrylic Paints
* Andy Skinner Steampunk Stamp Set

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Circles of Hope Art Journal Pages for Bee Crafty


I am back on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty Blog today with a bit more art journaling!  I thought it had been a while since I last posted some here and as I created my pages I realised that I have a real circle obsession going on!!  This time though I went for a more grungy/graffiti feel as I wanted to use one of the Inspired by Banksy stamps within the pages...

I used a double page spread in my mixed media journal which has different surfaces to work on.  Here I have used a canvas fabric page on the right and a cotton watercolour page on the left.  This means that you do get different results on the surfaces but that is what I like about it!  I started by coating both pages with clear gesso as I wanted to prepare them but also wanted to keep the colours of the pages.  Then I used my fingers to apply 4 different colours of acrylic paint, I chose mostly earthy colours but felt that a pop of pink was needed to lighten them...

My next layer was stencilling which I added using 2 of the same colours but then to lighten and add contrast I also used some white gesso.  I used the d'inkables chevrons, metal alpha and regular dots, I love my d'inkables and find them really handy for this type of project...

Next was the stamping.  I wanted to try something a bit different using my water soluble pigment sticks with the bubble wrap stamp.  I wet the stick then scribbled over the stamp before adding it to the page.  It didn't come out as clearly as I had hoped but I quite liked the watery look it gave.  Then I added the numbers stamp using black archival ink to make sure it showed up against the background...

For some reason almost all of my journal pages end up with circles on them and this was no exception!  I used my fingers to add circles of white gesso to the page (I looked at the style wire circles for a size guideline).  Once I had made sure it was dry I stamped the circles with archival ink and also added some extras that were not on the gesso...

Using the same colour palette I added some paint to the circles and then some dots and dashes doodling using pens.  This was followed by some white paint splashes...

To finish the pages I stamped the girl and balloons onto white card, cut out and adhered to the page.  Finally I chose the sentiment which I cut into pieces to add to the page...

Here are the links to the products used...

* Inspired by Banksy - Hope
* Wordage - Time
* Backdrops Frames - Style Wire Circles (small & medium)
* Backdrops Frames - Style Wire Circles (large)
* Backdrops - Random Numbers
* Backdrops - Bubble Wrap Positive
* D 'Inkables - Chevrons
* D 'Inkables - Metal Alpha

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Friday, 6 April 2018

Creative Artiste: Busy Bee Tag


The first Friday in the month means that it is time for a new challenge over on the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog!

We had loads of fab entries last month which were a pleasure to view and you can find the post announcing the winners over on the challenge blog, to go straight over please click

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Without further ado here is my design team mixed media creation for this month...

I used a Tando Creative greyboard tag for the base, coating it with gesso and using crackle paste through a Bee Crafty hexagon d'inkable.  Then I used Lindy's Gang sprays to create the colour in layers...

Next I added some stamping using archival and staz on inks in shades of brown.  I used the multi mini distress diamonds and XL script stamps from Bee Crafty.  To bring out some of the texture on the tag I also added some gold gilding wax...

To create my focal point I wanted the contrast of different types of embellishments.  So I raided my crafty stash and selected paper flower, leaves, metal filigrees and gems to adhere to the bottom part of the tag.  To tie in the flowers and leaves a bit more I added the same gold gilding wax I had used on the tag...

Finally I added the finishing touches.  First was the Bee which I stamped from a Tim Holtz set, the body onto card and the wings onto acetate. I also used glossy accents on the body which had been coloured with watercolour pens.  I then chose 3 stickers from the Tim Holtz Small Talk book and added those along with some ribbon to the top of the tag...

Bees always remind me of the start of Spring which is why I wanted one on my tag this month.  I would also like to enter my project into the following challenges...

* The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog - Birds and Bees
* More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes (optional yellow)
* Mixed Media World - AMMG Twist - Spring

Thank you for looking and do please pop over to the Creative Artiste blog to check out the challenge rules and look at all the projects created by the design team this month!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx