Thursday, 20 July 2017

Driftwood Frames

Hi there here I am again at last, haven't blogged much lately as I've been busy with workshops & demos. Just thought I'd show you the last workshop  projects from last weekend which went down well with everyone. I used the MDF frames from Creative Expressions with Gilding Polishes,stamping & die cutting.The frames come in a set of 2 sizes & we concentrated on the larger one but I did the smaller as a suggestion of what you could do.There were a lot of ideas flying around as to what the girls were going to come up with themselves & I'd love to see you're results please!




So here's the actual project from Saturday & the Gilding Polishes used here were Mediterranean Blue, Powder Blue, Haybale Citrus Green, Golden Olive, Graphite & Enchanted Gold. 



This was my take on the smaller frame & as you can see I've used it with the pieces running vertically- just to be different because I can! The Gilding Polishes used here were Rich Red, Silver Hessian, Graphite & Golden Olive. The stamps used are from the Woodware Collection from Creative Expressions  & they are FRS650 Vintage Inspiration &FRS043 Eyes. I've also used some die cut branches which were from a Tim Holtz set & some skeleton leaves.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Happy Birthday Babe!


Hi everyone, summer is finally here.... & gone again!! It's been a little while since I did a blog post as I've been away on my hols & boy was it hot in Mallorca while we were there! 
A few days ago it was Mr Frostie's birthday a few days ago so I'm sure he won't mind me giving you a look at the card I made him (minus the soppy sentiment of course!)
The focal point (not that it bears any resemblance to himself I may add he's much happier than that!) was a great stamp kindly given to me by Sarah of Somer Craft Addix when I visited all the lovely folk there for my Stix2 day a few  weeks ago. I masked the chap in the deckchair & then stamped the shed, which was taken from a Hobby Art set  along with the watering can & trees.
 I coloured with pencils & then added some die cuts from Tim Holtz &  Sue Wilson sets plus some wooden shapes. The whole image sits on a cream 8 x 8 card blank & layered up with spotty paper from Craftwork cards, blue & craft card. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Flowers from Foam

I've just discovered a great product for flower making & I can see it becoming quite addictive. It's called  "foamiran" & it's a very thin foam which can be die cut or even punched. You can then heat it either with an iron or heat tool & scrunch it up to create great shaping for your flowers. It can be coloured with inks or I used Gelatos on a wet  wipe. The heart is MDF & I gave it a coating of Creative Expressions Gilding Polishes.  



Mixed Media Altered Jar


I've been playing with another "Altered Bottle" in preparation for my workshop this coming Saturday, which is all sold out so if you wanted to join us let me know & I may plan another date. 
I began by covering the jar with white Gesso & then when dry I glued a piece of bandage in place twisting it into a swathe as I went. Then I glued paper roses, chain, charms , beads etc. in fact anything which creates interest & texture. When dried I then painted over everything with pink, blue & mint pearly acrylic paint. Finally I added a few pink glass beads for some extra twinkle. 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Sunday School fun with Stix2 Fabric Glue Pen

Just thought I'd share these photos of Littleham Church Sunday School Exmouth hard at work with their fabric project using  the new Stix2 Fabric Glue pen which proved just perfect for the job! The pens were kindly donated by Ruth at Stix2 so a big "Thank You" from all the kids (& big kids!!) who created such great work with them!









Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Art Journalling- Love, Love ,Love

OK I know I'm a little late for Valentine's day but some scrumptious stamps & mixed media products from IndigoBlu have  recently come into my possession & I just had to have a play! Some of you will know of my recent obsession for my art journal so I decided to put my new goodies to good use. So here's what happened!


The first thing I did was to create the textured border you'll see at the left. I stuck some white tissue paper all over a piece of card using Super Thick Slap it On. When dry I torn off a piece & gave it a coat of black gesso. Leave to dry again & then I just lightly brushed IndigoBlu metallic acrylic "Ruby Slippers". This is quite useful as you have the rest of the tissue piece to treat with other colours & mediums.
For the main background I used Distress inks Barn Door, Dusty Concord & Victorian Velvet. I really soaked this with a spray & let it move around & run before drying off with a heat tool. I then dripped some water onto the ink & blotted out with some kitchen paper.
 Next I stamped IndigoBlu's "Love Is" using a Onyx Black Versafine- gorgeous stamp! Now came the fun part my first play with Flitter Glue & gilding flakes, good thing I paid attention! I was thrilled with the results stamping with  "Heart Flourish"- such great detail & so easy, I thought I was bound to mess it up but no!!   
I masked parts of the sentiment & printed separately which worked out well so all that was left to do then was to add some touches of the "Ruby Slippers" to the stamped image & stick the border in place. The little butterflies, dragonflies & hearts you see were punched from a piece of black card which had a "smear" of the red metallic paint applied. To finish I added some leather flowers which I knew would come in handy when I added them to my stash! I scuffed the edges of the page & aged a bit with some Black Soot Distress ink.   

Here's a closer look at the border

The gorgeous heart stamp

My first attempt at Flitter Glue & gilding flakes- I'm proud of that!
OK I'm done for now ....my art journal is beckoning again!!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Love is in the air

Soon the wedding season will be in full swing again so here's a pretty card to send to the happy couple or indeed for an anniversary, using Stix2 products. I've used a Stix2 A5 ivory card blank & for the panel at the centre I've  die cut a piece of ivory pearl card & then passed it through an embossing folder. The delicate blue edging have been die cut using the beautiful Stix2 Moondust card in baby blue I've placed a piece of double sided polyester ultra sticky sheet under the the die cut aperture before covering with seed beads from the bead & glitter set (you can see all the products I have used in the final photo). The borders at each side are created from the micro beads from the same set with the ultra sticky tape. The 2 ovals which I've used for the sentiment are Stix2 die cuts- very handy as they layer together perfectly.