Monday, 21 July 2014

Seahorse Frenzy

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are getting chance to enjoy some of the lovely weather we are enjoying. 
Today I wanted to show you a card and gift I made for a very special person for her birthday last weekend (no prizes for guessing who it is, the initial gives the game away).  This person loves Seahorses, and so I thought she would appreciate the Seahorse theme I followed throughout.

The background for the card and the gift box  was made using a weathered wood technique showcased by another special and very talented lady Jenny  on the frilly & funkie blog a couple of weeks back click Here for her brilliant tutorial. 

 I won't bore you with the make up of the seahorse on this post as the make up is the same as I used on my Get some Texture project which can be found Here 
 The initial had a little sprinkle of Vintage Photo embossing powder to rust it up, the sentiments were stamped onto shrink plastic and the little bottle had distress crackle painted on it, coloured with alcohol inks and filled with bedazzles. 
 I bought a little Seahorse necklace and decided to make a special gift box for it that sort of followed the theme.  Again you can see Jenny's technique used here but this time the last stage with the Distress paint was done which gave it a completely different look.  The ribbon was just dipped into stains on my craft mat, dried and stamped over with black archival.  The little prawn rock was one of four I picked up at a car boot sale for 10p, it just suited the look of the box and held the ribbon in place.
On opening the box you can see my little gift, and you can also see that I did the inside as I did the card leaving the last paint effect off giving a much lighter contrasting look.
You can see how the middle of the box lifts out.  This was just the square that was cut out from the frame and paint added.

This photo shows how I attached a little pocket to the back of the lift out card to house the chain

And this shows the gift box empty

I could not find any nice wrapping paper for the gifts which followed the theme, so, I decided to make my own with the Blueprints set using different colours of archival inks.

I also made a gift bag to match

Did you guess who the recipient was? of course it was my adopted big sis and best friend Anne.  She was happy to let me show off her gifts, card and wrapping, and we both thought it would give some inspiration to have a go. I believe it was Jenny's birthday last weekend too, so happy birthday Jenny.  Why not pop over to her tutorial and have a go at this lovely weathered wood technique. Anne also gave a run down of how to make a gift box like this earlier this year on This Post.  My Gift box  is made exactly the same way, but I just adjusted the measurements to fit the gift.
Thank you so much for your visit
Mo x 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

AVJ Dies & Distress

Hi Everyone,
I am back again! in good time for once for the latest challenge over at A Vintage Journey which this time is being hosted by Annie who is asking us to use our  'Dies and Distress' products.  They are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog, however, it is all about Tim's style, so the dies you use do not have to be from Tim's Sizzix range. Check out their Travelling Instructions for more details.  The challenge is sponsored by Country View Crafts and the challenge winner will receive a £10 gift voucher to be redeemed at their online store.
Well I don't know about you but I don't need any prompt at all to use any of the distress products or my dies so I got to work and put together this project which is using plenty of Tim's dies, distress products and of course techniques used by Tim himself.  

 I started by gathering together a few die-cuts I already had left over from other projects and a sheet of 8" x 8" paper from my stash.  I cut a trellis die cut out of the centre as I already had in mind to use this just as a backing and wanted to make use of the bit that was going to be covered up. This backing paper was distressed on the edges and inked with Vintage photo.   After the photo was taken I also added a die cut arrow, more of which you will see next. 

I started with a die cut from corrugated cardboard using the pocket watch frame and centre dies and I used Versamark and Vintage photo distress embossing powder to give it a lovely rusty look.  The hands are a die-cut arrow from the new Artful Arrows bigz die which was given the same treatment as above. This clock background is part of the Expedition ephemera pack and was simply glued to the back of the pocket watch.  You get a glimpse of a small piece film strip ribbon which is just tucked in amongst the flowers. 

The pocket watch chain is a piece of old broken jewellery and it has been connected to a ring fastener. It is glued into place at the top of the watch, but the chain itself  falls freely.  The  Pink card with the script on it is just plain white cardstock cut down to size, distressed with Victorian Velvet distress ink and applicator and stamped with the Indigo Blu script stamp again in VV.  The edges were distressed and inked like the backing paper.

The feather is die-cut using the mini feather and inkwell movers and shapers set.  It die cuts quite solid and I wanted to soften it up so I put more cuts into the feather and inked the edges to define the detail.  I also shaped it a little, I am quite pleased with how this came out, it looks like a resin feather.
To the left of the feather you can see the on the edge doily distressed die-cut which has simply had the edges inked.
The ivy below is die-cut from the Spring Greenery Decorative strip as is one of the larger leaves amongst the flowers.  This die cut has been painted with peeled paint distress paint, and then I have given them a little detail with a pokey tool and coloured pencil before inking the edges and shaping a little.  The little butterfly is one of four taken from a stamp on the attic treasures set.  It has been stamped using black archival ink and coloured using Stormy Sky distress stain.  I have also added a small cog in the centre of the hands.

This Photo shows two more die cuts, the trellis as you saw earlier was cut from the centre of the backing paper, and the Vintage lace decorative strip was used for the lacy edge below the special delivery label, again taken from the Expedition ephemera pack.
Onto the lovely Dragonfly which was constructed using two die-cuts from Tim's lovely new Layered Dragonfly and embossing folder set. Just one was embossed and the other was left blank. They were both coloured using a a mix of distress stains on a craft mat, dried and then the wings were given a good coat of Rock Candy distress crackle. When this was dry, I made up a spray with Stormy Sky distress re-inker and spritzed lightly over the wings and part of the body so the blue went into the crackles. I dropped Shell Pink alcohol ink onto a dazzler gem, and when dry used my finger to dab a tiny bit of treasure gold onto the top to pick up the detail. the crackled dragonfly was glued directly over the other coloured one just on the body only so the wings would lift, and then the dazzler was added to the body. 
Here is a close up of the wings which looks lovely with the stains picking up the detail of the crackle.
The dazzler on the body had shell pink alcohol ink dropped onto it and then I gave it a tickle of Treasure Gold to pick up the detail
.  Most of the flowers are from the Flower Garland decorative strip which has also cut a couple of the leaves. I used different papers to get different effects. The carnation type flowers (bottom centre and top left) are dyed with distress stains and scrunched up tight, dried, opened out slightly and layered. The large daisy to the left is coloured core card inked on the edges and layered up, the large cream one in the centre is cut from a drinks can (this using the smallest flower on the steel tattered florals die) and painted with antique linen dp the pink centre is again core card. The other cream flower to the right is simply painted and inked. dp has been used on all the flower brad centres to match as they were all silver to begin with.
Another look at the finished project but framed in a deep frame as wall art
There is still plenty of time to join in this fabulous challenge so why not give it a go.
Thank you as always for dropping by today and hope you like what you see.
Mo x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

CC3C Trains Planes & Automobiles

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for dropping by today, I have my altered Burlap Panel to show you for the latest CC3C challenge, but firstly I would like to say a huge Thank you to everyone who visited and commented on my last project Missed the Bus. I was overwhelmed by the response by everyone who said they liked it and it got pinned on one of Tim's Pinterest boards too! wow! so proud.  I did have a little help from my best friend  Anne as she posted the project on her facebook page which let it be seen by some who may otherwise have missed it - Thank you Anne.

Back to Linda Ledbetters CC3 challenge 6. This time we are asked to put our own spin on the tutorial on page 37 which is an Altered Burlap Panel.  I can't show you the technique involved as you need to buy Tim's fabulous book for that which you can purchase Here
The Funkie Junkie Boutique is back to sponsor Challenge 6, and owner Linda Coughlin is offering a fabulous $25 shopping spree to one very lucky winner.
A little different to my usual colour scheme, this little panel was named after one of my favourite comedy films Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring John Candy and Steve Martin, as they are the 3 forms of transport featured on this journey (albeit the automobile turned out to be a bus rather than a car).

The Red White & Blue Theme came from the colours of the French Flag as it was soon becoming apparent that our journey was to Grande Paris (Barn Door, Picket Fence and Chipped Sapphire).  The panel was backed with Melange tissue and most of the tickets were taken from the Expedition ephemera pack.

A couple of cogs and spinner were added

plus a wordband and chit chat stickers.  The Eiffel Tower was stamped onto a journalling ticket and cut down to fit  

I wrapped a piece of eclectic elements fabric around a piece of card to give it strength before adding a buckle and an eyelet to secure it

I thought it looked a little like a luggage strap you would wrap around your suitcase when travelling

so I wrapped it around the edges also and secured it with glue
The Hotel Mondia in Paris centre is the final destination lets hope the travellers have a lovely time.
Thank you as always for your visit today.
Mo x

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Missed the bus!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well, thank you so much for taking the time to drop by.

Today I am showcasing a project that I put together for the fabulous Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog A Vintage Journey. Unfortunately I missed the deadline but I thought I would show it anyway just to prove the effort was made. 

The project done within a Tando Frame.

The frame is quite large 12" x 12" with an aperture of  10" x 10" so there was quite a big space to fill, there again there were a good few stamps to fill it.  So I painted the frame black and stamped all my images onto some of Tim's papers, cut them down to the size I wanted and then glued them onto mount board to give them some depth.
I used my watercolour brush and distress paints to colour in the images, I also used a white pen and a fine archival pen here and there to add highlights. 
Wording was added to the tiles using dictionary pages, Rub ons, tissue tape and chit chat stickers
Each tile was given a coat of glue and seal to make the enhance the colours, and when dry, I also went around the edges with a permenant marker pen and distress ink.
The background was made with a mix of distress paints and brayered stains, followed by distress ink with spritz and flick technique
Some of the tiles were given extra depth with 2 or 3 layers of black 3d tape
Tissue tape and metal corners were added to the Edges of the frame
And the project was finished
Hope you like it
Mo x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

CC3 Challenge 5

Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last post and your concern over my dreaded bad back which seems to be healing nicely now thank goodness.  I do need to take more care whilst tending my allotment (yes Anne you were spot on!).  Hello to my new followers lovely to have you on board .

I am participating today in Linda Ledbetters CC3 challenge #5, which has us looking at pages 39 & 40 of Tim's book the Compendium of Curiosities III as there is part 1 and part 2 although completing both parts is not compulsory. For this challenge the technique focuses on "Distress Watercoloring" and you have to have the book to play along as it would not be fair to Tim if we gave away the techniques. There are prizes given to one lucky winner from Tim & Mario, chosen by the Curiosity Crew, and the sponsor is Inspiration Emporium who are offering a $50 store gift voucher.

Watercoloring is not my best area, I am always looking with great admiration at the wonderful watercoloring of many of my blog friends on their projects but try as I might it never quite looks right when I do it (all hints and tips accepted gladly!), however I gave it my best shot and this is how it came out.

My card started with 4 stamped images of the classics butterfly on watercolour card which were colored according to how Tim instructed in the book. I used Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Stormy Sky.

The edges were distressed and inked using Pumice Stone and I also added false stitching with pricking the edges and linking them with Pumice Stone Distress Pen.
I die-cut cork using the trellis frameworks die and I also used a couple of metal trellis die-cuts left over from another project.

 There was a little spritzing going on with my spritzing tool and the same Pumice Stone Distress Pen.  I am not too happy with this, I think I got a little too close the the card and it made it a bit splodgy, but at this stage I had to let it be.
Then it was all mounted onto a contrasting blue background to help it stand out.
Thank you for dropping by
Mo x

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Home Sweet Home

Hi Everyone,

Sorry i've been missing for a while, I hurt my back last week and have had huge problems bending & twisting to get at my crafty bits and was dropping everything on the floor and couldn't pick it up again so I gave up for a few days until I felt better.

Today I am showing off my entry for the latest challenge at A Vintage Journey which is hosted by Sandy and sponsored by Country View Crafts the title Sandy has chosen is Wings & Things.  I  am entering this card which I think qualifies quite nicely with the style & techniques used.

The background is done using Tim's wrinkle free distress technique using Salty Ocean & Mowed Lawn DI's  the boardwalk stamp is from Kaiesercraft and is stamped with Archival Potting Soil.
The bird house is again using Salty Ocean & Mowed Lawn, but this time I used Distress Paints together with Tarnished Brass using the eroded metallic technique. The little home sweet home stamp is part of a Woodware set I have, and the little flower is punched & painted.

My Blue tit birdie is the freebie stamp from the May edition of Craft Stamper and he has been stamped with black memento and coloured with pro-markers then shaped to give a little dimension.  The Spring greens die-cut has been painted with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo distress stain then again shaped.

The larger flower has been cut from chipboard with the smallest flower from the tattered florals, it was given a mixed coat of red & gold paint, and a nailhead centre.  
The leaf on the bottom of the house is a little wooden one which was coloured with peeled paint distress stain.  Here is the card from a slightly different angle.

One thing I did manage to pick up last week even with a bad back was a pinworthy badge from

I can tell you I am proud as a peacock, thank you so much to all the team for choosing my entry. 
Mo x