Monday, 23 April 2018

Matting and Layering

Goodness sometimes the oldies are the best!

It's been another nice day here, cooler but as I was weeding conditions were much better.  The Thyme traveler has been given a permanent place in the garden.  All in all a successful time in the garden.   Then it was time to have a little play in the craft room.

Went looking for inspiration and found out about a new challenge site.   It's called Back to Basics and Beyond, the premise is to encourage people new to paper craft to learn those older not often talked of but basic techniques.   Master these and you have the foundation we all build on.   It is also an invitation for those of us who have been crafting for a year or two now to just join in, play, refresh those techniques and encourage other people to get inky.  We can all learn new things along the way.

Their first challenge is Matting and Layering.   The idea is to frame the image topper and create some lift in your card.   Mine will be a page in my Tando book/Journal rather than a greeting card.  Good stiff pink textured card for the base layer, then some orange card cut to fit inside the base card.   The topper is cream card stamped with an Indigo Blu stamp in Memento and then the image picked out with ProMarkers.   The edges of the topper have been dusted with distress ink getting progressively darker nearer the edge.

OK the chef is just serving up so I'll close this now.

A time to travel

Well if you were my new thyme plant you think that.  Bob keeps moving it so I've not idea where it will be next.  It has become a right thyme traveller.

The weather has been glorious hasn't it?  As the next low pushes in and things become cooler and more unsettled we will miss all the sunshine.   It was fresher when I went for a walk last evening very refreshing.

Yesterday I came across a MDF cog I'd painted and set aside as it was not what I'd hoped for.   Decided to redo it based on a colour theme from Victorine Originals.  This is a fortnightly challenge and the current mood board has been on my mind for quite a few days.  

Other challenges that were in my head, Crafting by Design with the prompt Steampunk.   And Allsorts who suggest we use Pearls.

Original paint job covered with blue chalk paint, the dominos were already in place and were also brushed with the paint.  The dominos were then rubbed with a baby wipe leaving a nice distressed effect.   Later a layer of crackle maker was painted over and a second coat of blue chalk paint added.  The effect of this was to strip some of the first coat away leaving spots of the original paint showing, even more nice distressing.    

While these layers were drying my Sweet Pea Stamps "Steam Bee" was dug out.  Stamped onto smooth white card in Memento fussy cut and coloured with Sakura pens and ProMarkers.   The same treatment was given to a Heartfelt Creations Dahlia but only ProMarkers were used on it.   The flower was added to the cog first using Dina Wakley soft gel matt medium.   The been was placed over the top using the same medium.

The pearls? oh yes there are 79 small freshwater cultured pearls placed over the domino dots making the number standout.   Finally the clock work was fitted and a lovely pair of ornate hands completed the clock.   It now hangs proudly on the hall wall.  Yes that violent pink is the colour of my hall I've only been here 3 1/2 years and not redecorated this area yet.

Another challenge I'm sharing this with is That's Crafty my second entry to their April challenge Going Round in Circles, that is what clocks to after all.

Inspiration Destination, this fortnightly challenge are calling for the use of real stamps.  Looking at the DT samples it seems they are referring to rubber stamps.  Fingers crossed.

Creative Artiste, Always anything goes here.  Mixed Media of course.

Well it's Monday start of a new week lets all have fun with it!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Enjoying the weather?

Gosh it has been almost 2 weeks since my last update.  Well things have been going on that kinda kept me out of the craft room.   A couple of weeks ago the surgery suggested that I could develop diabetes well I've been border line for 40 years but read up and decided to make a few changes.

Exercise to use up some of those calories.   I've got an apple watch with an ap that tells me how many calories I've used and so forth.  With the aid of that I've been working on my activity levels and keeping a bit of an eye on my diet.  Who knew it would be so time consuming.

Then the sun came out, well before then really I've been tidying up the garden.  It has been a bit neglected the last couple of years but hopefully this year I cannot it back to where I want it.  

What else, I've got myself a little part time job and had some jewellery orders to sort out so all in all I've been a bit busy the last couple of weeks.   Here are a couple of new lines in the shop, both feature Emeralds May's birthstone.

I managed to have a little play the other day and again today.   Today's project is the July page of next years calendar.    Here it is.

Lots of lovely old stamps used here all of the at least over 6 years old.   Woodware punches for the circles which for this exercise are bubbles.  Butterfly filled bubbles rising up and drifting off on a warm evening breeze.   The background is a lovely old Hydrangea stamped repeatedly.  The white card dusted with blue Adirondak inks blue and cool peri.    The butterflies were stamped in Memento then coloured with Chameleon Pens.   The edges of the circles were then dusted with more Adirondak inks.

The bubbles idea came from Addicted to CAS their prompt this fortnight is Bubbles.
Inkspirational have a theme of Play.  I think those butterflies are playing in the breeze.
Colour Crazy Challenge is always anything goes with hand coloured work.

Hopefully I'll be back soon with something else to share.


Sunday, 8 April 2018

Playday Sunday

Son still poorly and hired up in his room.  When I'm not well I tend to just get on with my day to day life so am perhaps not as sympathetic as another mother might be.  There is the matter of our temper both of us have short fuses and if I were the one under the weather I'd stay out of everyones way as well.   He'll surface when he feels like it, then it's get a job and get him back on his feet.

It is rather like having the house to myself so I've been playing.   First up a Howlite necklace, this stone is associated with calming, helping you to sleep and stress relief.   I kinda get that it is lovely to touch and the veins running through are fascinating.

DT visitors please scroll down I've entered more than one challenge in this post.

Then someone ordered a chainmaille bracelet that had to be made, no photos of that.   Jewellery addiction given it's fix time to visit the craft room.

This is an old stamp and one that I'm very fond of.  The scratchy sketch effect gives so much movement and life to the bird.  I've simply stamped the image in black memento ink and coloured it with Chameleon Pens and ProMarkers.   The colour palette came from MFT Card Challenge.
The flowers are the peach and coral colours, the bird is the pastel blue and the leaves are grey.   No sentiment, when it comes time to use this card I'll add something appropriate. 

Then I made a couple of post cards.   The first was a direct response to Sunday Postcard Art.   This is a weekly challenge, this Sunday's prompt is Water.

For the sky and sea DI inks in shades of blue were dusted over the card.   The sailing ship has been coloured with felt pens.   I've had these felt pens for years long before it became the norm for us all to use solvent based pens.  They are good quality felt pens and their nibs have remained firm.   The birds were added in grey memento.  The waves have been given white tops with a white pen.

Somewhere is craft land there is a challenge asking for Vehicles.   I cannot remember which one it is and have not found it, yet.  Found it!

This post card is a direct take on Inkspirational current challenge.   It is the mini version of umbrella man, and other TH stamps for the buildings.   DI inks dusted top and bottom, yellow felt pen in some of the boxes represent light on in an office building.

Harley cats wants attention now so good night.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

May 2019

Last year I did not make myself a 2018 calendar and I'm missing it now.  So determined not to miss out next year I've already started my 2019 calendar.

This is the first month I'm sharing with you it is for May.

May's gemstone is Emerald and the flowers are Lily of the Valley and Hawthorne.   I do not have any stamps that picture either of these but this woodware stamp is Lily of the Valley like so I went with that.   The little fairy is a may fly substitute much prettier than a may fly you'll agree, hopefully.   This might be the first time I've ever used those punched circles, stuck here with silicon glue they are a perfect fit for the larger stamped circles.   Colouring done with Chameleon Pens and Imagination Crafts pink sparkly paint.   Finally the bottom of the page was dusted with green DI all brush marks going in an upward direction.

Of course this was influenced by challenges:-

That's Crafty - This month the theme is going round in circles.

Colour Crazy Craft - A fortnightly challenge where anything goes so long as it has hand colouring.

CAS-ual Fridays - Another fortnightly challenge this time the prompt is Spring Fever.

Friday, 6 April 2018


Son still not 100% possibly not quite 50% but he is getting some sleep it might be broken but with a sore throat sleep is possibly the most comfortable thing for him to do.  Given that nothing lasts for ever he has to get better eventually.   

In the mean time I'm still playing with my inks and crafty bits, or with jump rings and gem stones.   Today I'm sharing something made with an empty box, some paint and other things.

Here it is, one naked box.   It had to be primed with Gesso then a coat of yellow distress paint.   On one side I laid out a piece of hessian, some dried fruit (florist fruit so it is in a static state)  a bunch of dried and dyed reindeer moss and a couple of metal embellishments.  Having decided on the arrangement they were glued in place and covered with light green chalk paint.  When that dried a coat of crackle effect was applied and over that cream chalk paint.  The final coat was used all over the box.

When everything was dry I dusted over the crackle surface with DIs to enhance the crackle.  This was followed by copper glimmer mist and finally some gilding wax.  Still not entirely satisfied with this side more metal embellishments and a strip of Tim Holtz film printed acetate were added.

The back of the box is covered with a piece of glossy card bartered with Big and Juicy inks.   Over this a panel stamped and coloured with felt pens.  Before these were fixed in place a stencil and embossing paste were used for the roses.   As you can see the cream paint was applied after the embossing paste had gone off. Once again gilding wax has been rubbed over.

Finally the sides that had also been given the crackle treatment were stamped with butterflies.

Now I have another handy storage for some of my bits and pieces, it is also unique home decor.

This time my box is being shared with

Creates and Makes - Always anything goes.

Inspiration Destination - Anything goes.

I like both theses challenges because they are open to going outside the box, sorry pun unintended.

Love to Create - Anything mixed media goes.  

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything goes with the optional extra Yellow.   painted over the yellow here so it does not count, hehehe.

Well in less than 10 minutes it will be tomorrow, time for bed.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Was that deluge an April shower?

Went out for a walk just to get a little exercise.   Just over 1/3rd of the way round it poured down and there was hail.   Such is the route I took I was able to miss the last 1/3rd of my walk but came home soaking wet.  Just after I got in the rain stopped and the sun peeked through.   Needless to say I'm not talking to the sun just now.

April showers then I'm not the only person thinking about them.  The tag I'm sharing today was made in response to a Rain theme at Addicted to CAS.  There is also a picture inspiration at Less is More this fortnight and I took my colour from that.

The image is from Stamplorations, isn't it pretty.   Stamped in Memento and coloured with Chameleon pens I'm still learning to use these pens but love the colour fade and blend ability of them.   I also tried to add a little drop shadow which might or might not have worked.   The dots of Glossy Accents represent the rain and I'm guessing your know where the sentiment Drip, Drip, Drop came from.

Here is the Less is More picture inspiration for their current challenge.
I'm also sharing my tag with Retro Rubber's theme of Anything Goes.   All my stamps are at least over 2 years old.  This one is a little newer than most but it must still be 2 or 3 years old.