Sunday, 17 May 2015

Phew, got there in the end!

Well what an epic adventure I had making this tag. Lots of fun mixed with a huge "boo boo" that made me wonder if I would ever get it finished. My journey began by checking out Tim Holtz's blog as fell in love with his May tag idea. However, I decided that I would try and start from the beginning and have ago at making the other Tags of 2015. March 2015 tag caught my eye and after reading all the explanations, I began.

So off I started using tissue tape and distress inks to create my background. Tim wanted people to use distress paint but surprisingly, I don't own any, so had to make do.

To give a paint effect, I covered the background in white pan pastel pearlescent medium. Next I stamped my images: "falling flowers" from Honey Doo Crafts and a butterfly from Indigo Blu.

On Tim's tag he used gesso to create his stencilled layers but instead I have used Maimeri Glass Gel and Premium Art Brands 12" characters stencil. I masked off the stamped images before covering my tag.

Now here is where things went dreadfully wrong. As per Tim's instructions, I covered the stencilled area with embossing powder BUT forgot to let it dry before blasting it with my heat gun. Oh the smell was dire, the medium bubbled and popped plus it dribbled everywhere. The wonderful stencilling was ruined and to add insult to injury, my tag looked awful. I was just about to throw it away, when I had an idea ...

Taking a sanding block, I sanded back all the raised, gooey areas and slowly felt a little more confident that I could resurrect my tag. When I was finally happy, I covered the raised stenciled areas with white pan pastel pearlescent medium, which appeared to calm everything down. However, it still looked "yuk" in my eyes, so I then went over areas with turquoise pan pastel.

Suddenly it looked as if my copper mess looked aged (copper patina effect)and I could finally see a way out of my "boo boo". Apologies, I forgot to take a photo at this point but hope you can see what I mean in in the photo below on my finished tag.

Using the same stamps as before and a piece of cloud effect paper, I stamped the butterfly using archival black ink and coloured them with distress inks. For the flowers I used perfect medium and went over this with the turquoise pan pastel. I coloured the flowers with the same pan pastel and then embossed all the stamped images with clear detail powder. Once cooled, I cut them all out ready to add to my tag.

Photo below shows how I have used the stamped images. For the butterfly bodies, I added some 7 Gypsies photo holders (secured with matching brads) and pearls to the flower centres. I added a Tim Holtz ticket to tie the stamped images together, adding some more 7 Gypsies metal embelishments.

 I added a "found" sentiment, secured with brads. Using some waxed lace (?), one piece under lower flowers and another piece at the top secured with eyelets. I used a buckle at the top of my tag decorated with a piece of ribbon offcut.

The sentiment on my tag definitely matches how I now feel and although I love the textural feel and colour of my tags background, I don't think I'll be hurrying to try this technique out again. Right better hurry and get my tag on to the Love 2 Create blog as this is my DT project for the inspiration post this week.

Now I can relax and enjoy my Sunday. My youngest son and I are off out for the day, so catch up with everyone in the evening.

x x x

Products I used:

Craft for craic - wings
Left of centre - distress it
Time Out challenges - Grunge with embossing
Crafty Calendar - things with wings
Inkspirational - use at least 3 of the listed elements - I have used all 4 !

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Oddella heart, Ickyink Art

It's been a long week and I am so relieved it is over. I can honestly say that so far this year, this week has been the most tiring, stressful and lengthy and why, because of statutory testing of primary school children. If both the government (past, present and future) and parents, trusted their teachers assessments, children would not need to suffer the unnecessary stresses of testing. Will stop now as this post could turn in to a lengthy rant ...! On to happier things.

Nikky Hall of Polka Doodles recently created a new range of digi images called "Ickyink Art" and so far their are 4 wonderful girl images to choose from. I have coloured up Oddella Heart image using my Prisma pencils ...

Now I've made the card up, I can't believe that I have forgotten to colour that centre circle on her forehead.

I have set the image on to a tag which I turned in to a card. I got the idea after seeing Sandie's recent post about how she created her tag card base. I have tweaked it slightly as wanted a bigger card base so I could print a larger image. My card is now DL sized.

I have kept the layering as simple as possible as wanted to make sure the image was the focal point. The papers are also from Polka Doodles, Work and Play 10. I haven't chosen a sentiment yet as not sure what to add, so gave up faffing and will add one when inspiration strikes.

Before I go, just to say that Polka Doodles are sponsoring Passionate Paper Creations over on Facebook. If you join the page you will find a discount code for 15% off Polka Doodles digi images and also a code to get a FREE Eden digi image .... so what are you waiting for as the offer ends tomorrow!

Right, gotta get something to eat as stomach thinks my throat has been cut and the noises coming from it, well lets just say, they aren't ladylike!

x x x

Oddella Heart, Ickyink Art from Polka Doodles

Scrap and Craft - lace and pearls
Crafters Cafe - Feminine
Fab'n'Funky - tag it
Cute Card Thursday - lace
Allsorts - no squares
Suzy Bee's - anything goes with a twist of pink
Creative Moments - teentastic

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Texture, stamping, stencils and stampbord ...

For the recent Stampbord show at Create and Craft, I was very lucky to be asked to create projects to show off the versatility of stampbord. I had a messy fun time making my projects and I have already shared some of them. Here are their links the projects shared so far:

Collaged Box with a matching picture frame
 Butterfly Box (up cycling)

Although the brief was "home decor", I just couldn't resist sneaking in a card or two .... and here is one of my cards which is also my DT project for "Love to create" challenges ...

I created the heart background by using "Heart of Flower"  stencil (from Premium Craft brands) with gesso. Although I wanted the parts of the stencil to show through, I also wanted a distressed look too. Once dry, I cut the heart shape out and mounted it on to gold card, cutting this out again to give a thin border.

Next was the stampbords turn. I placed several pieces of stampbord on to my gesso heart and using the same stencil, I placed it over the stampbord pieces ensuring that it lined up with the heart below. Again using gesso, I add detail to my stampbord pieces. Once dry, I covered them with soft gold metallic pan pastel.

Here is a close up of one of the stampbord pieces ...

Next I stamped the gorgeous roses (Premium Craft Brands roses stamp set) with perfect medium and embossed them with gold embossing powder. I cut all the images out and for added lustre, covered them in white pearlescent pan pastel.

I also stamped out clock images and the wonderful sentiment from the same stamp set in black archival ink.

Finally, assembling all my "bits" to create my finished card. I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum in order that all the other elements took pride of place, so only added lace and small punched, gold hearts.

I have had a blast playing and creating with stampbord but now need to get my stampbord tools out . .  . . . watch this space . . .

x x x

Links to the products I used:

Inkspirational - use 3 or 4 elements (stencils, stampbord, stamping, embellishments)
Just us girls - embossing (roses)
Chalk'n'Stock - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - layers
Stamps and Stencils - 3 of a kind - 3 roses, 3 rose buds, 3 clocks, 3 small stampbord panels
Sister Act - anything goes

Friday, 8 May 2015

Winged things

Happy Friday everyone and boy, oh boy am I going to treasure this weekend. SATs start on Monday and will be drained by next Friday evening, so going to relax, craft, relax and craft some more. Do feel for the children as this formalised testing can either make or break them. It can make them dread tests all their lives and let the piece of paper own them, rather than the other way round. Better jump off my soap box ...

This week over at Polka Doodle Challenges we are embracing "things with wings" and I have used the wonderful Eden Collection to create my card.

I have mounted one of journal cards on to a gorgeous soft backing paper. I printed the image several times in order to layer up different elements to create depth.

I also printed out some extra bits: flowers, sentiment, paper ribbon and leaves. These have been merged in to the journal card to give the illusion of fullness.

I do adore all the extras Nikky adds to her collections and also, rather strangely, love a good cutting out scissor session too.

Have a wonderful weekend and have ear marked Saturday to catch up with my blogging and inspiration fix.

x x x

Click on image below to be taken to product page:
Polka Doodles, Eden Collection

Brown Sugar - layers
Craft for Craic - wings
Fussy and fancy - lots of flowers
Sister Act - anything goes
Fab'n'Funky - may flowers
Penny's paper crafty challenge - anything goes
Digi Chooseday - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - flowers for her
Through the craft room door - anything goes

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Window on the world ...

Steve (my hubby) was clearing out the shed recently and has some small off cuts of soft wood, which I felt needed saving .... and then using but wasn't sure how I was going to do this. So off to Pinterest I went to get ideas of how to use the wood pieces and was inspired by this wonderful piece of 3D art - It really helped me to create my own window on the world ... which is my DT project for Love to Create/Pan Pastels challenges ...

So I began by splitting up the wood in to irregular shapes and oh boy did I make a mess! I then painted the wood "shapes" with white acrylic paint and put to one side.

Next I took my stampbord pieces and began covering them with my pan pastels.

Next using the Premium Craft brands Roses stamp set, I created a floral theme. Lots of over stamping and embossing, and then finally covered each of the pieces with ultra thick embossing powder.

I layered the pieces on to my background and then came the wood ... I was so engrossed at this point, I have even forgotten to eat my biscuits!

I have put the wood pieces down to create a window effect securing them with my hot glue gun. The top part has a gap because this is where I wanted to hide my curtain. Once this was in place, I covered the gap with another piece of wood. I also decided the background was "too loud" so lightened it with white coarse pan pastel.

next came the decorating ... and I had great fun rummaging through bits and bobs in my local charity shops to find my items. The sentiment has been stamped on to a stampbord coloured with pan pastels.

As you can the curtain has been wrapped over the wood that was going to hide my gap. This way it hang naturally. I added a bird cage charm found during my rummaging session ...

The vase is a thimble covered in white acrylic paint and ribbon roses placed inside.  The little picture is another piece of decorated stampbord, with other rummage finds.

The postcard I found in a drawer I have full of ephemera bits for my projects, along with the acetate clock and charm.

Think that's everything and I thoroughly enjoyed myself from the very start to the end. I really need to do more of this free style crafting as it was extremely liberating.

Quick visit for me as off out today with mum but hope to catch up with everyone this evening. Have a great Sunday,

x x x

Links to products I used:

Crafts for Eternity - inspired by nature
Fantasy Stampers - distress it
Chalk n Stock - anything goes
C.R.A.F.T - add a charm or metal
Ruby's rainbow - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Country View Challenges - create a scene
Recycle, Repurpose and reinvent - wood blocks and rummage finds
Rhedd's Creative Spririt 
2 creative chicks - anything goes