Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Stampendous! 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop Door Hanger.

Morning all, I am back sharing a second make for Stampendous as they take part in the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop.

Stampendous Products Used:

Embossing Powder: Deep Impressions Seasonings

Other Items:
Tando Creative Door Hanger

Today I have decorated a door hanger from Tando-Creative using modeling paste through stencils to create texture and Media Fluids to add colour.

After a base coat of Tinting Base to give a nice clean white surface to work off of colour was added using greens and yellows to create a blended look some dashes of orange and purple were also applied for some contrast.

I applied the embossing powder around the edge randomly and on top of the raised areas to help add balance to the embossed Pentangle.

The Pentangle was gifted to me a few years ago from my crafty buddy Lisa, can't believe it's taken me this long to use it ;)  and thank you x
The Pentangle was dabbed into an embossing ink pad and the powder applied. I love the variation in tones and colour that the Stampendous aged embossing powders have.

The door hanger was finished with a coat of Triple Thick Varnish which gives a high gloss almost lacquer like finish. The pentagram was glued in place to finish things off.

Thanks as always for stopping by. Remember to check the stampendous blog for all the details of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop, Stampendous have even put up a prize pack for those that comment throughout the hop xx.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Stampendous 31 Days Of Halloween

Posting a little late today but I am here sharing my make for Stampendous as part of the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop,
Full details of all the people taking part in the hop can be found on the Stampendous Blog so if you fancy some halloween inspired crafting why not take a peak. xx

I have used an 8 inch mdf square and made a shabby grungy wall hanging using Decoart Media products and stamps and stencils from Stampendous.

Stencil: Small Damask and Fleur de Lis 

The Skeleton lady has been stamped on tissue paper using Stazon ink and glued down using Decoart decoupage glue. using colour washes has removed the out line of the paper that was visible before.

Decoart Modeling paste applied through the stencil and some Decoart media crackle paint added for age and texture.

Thank you for stopping by. Keep checking back on the Stampendous blog for the daily participants in the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop. 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Cards,Cards and more Cards Making Cards Magazine October

So how is everyone doing?
As I am busy gearing up for my Mixed Media classes in California at the end of the month things have been crazy busy here but I can now share this little set of cards I made for Making Cards Magazine for their October issue, The November issue hits the shelves today.
I went for  a fresh looking vintage shabby style and have used Decoart Media Fluids, Tando-Creative Media Boards and stamps from Stampendous, Carabelle Studio, Stampers Anonymous  and Artistic Stamper 

There is a full step by step for each card in the magazine and you can get back issues direct from Making Cards Magazine incase you missed out x

While I was in the card making mind set I have also turned my hand to my Favourite time of the year, Halloween.
I have used the Tando-Creative media boards again as they hold up to paints and mediums brilliantly and more can be achieved than with a standard card blank.

I have used Decoart Media Fluids and Misters and Copics for the Skeleton card.
Stamps are from Stampendous, Brett Weldele (zombie) and Viva Las Vegas Stamps Skeletons.

Thanks as always for stopping by, Hopefully I will see some of you in California (details can be found in the classes section at the top of the page) and I'll see some more of you at Novembers Ministry of Mixology hosted and organised by Andy Skinner and Tando-Creative.
I am really looking forward to an exciting run of events building up to the new year.
If you are at a lose end on the 15th October I will be down at Pickwell Farm in Southampton teaching my vintage circus box class.


Friday, 23 September 2016

A Vintage Journey Guest Designer Create Within A Frame

Morning all and thank you for stopping by, Today I am over the moon to be sharing a little make as Guest Designer for A Vintage Journey. Thank you to Brenda and the team for having me along this month xx.

The theme for their challenge has been set by Julia and she has chosen ' Create within A Frame' 
which I just love as I get to break out the chalk paints and do some Shabby Chicy stuff ;)
To see the full project and a little step by step of what I did it would be great to see you over there xx.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Date Change for Southampton class

Just a quick post to say the Date has changed for my vintage circus box class being held at Pickwell Farm  It is now Saturday 15th October, not the 1st (still to be changed on pickwell farm site)
Hopefully I will see some of you there x.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Craft Stamper. Chunky Layered ATC's September edition

With the new issue of Craft Stamper hitting the shelves tomorrow I can now share a little make from Septembers edition where I have a little article showing what I did to create these Chunky Layered ATC's
I have used Decoart Media fluids to paint the Acrylic.

These stamps are from Carabelle Studio, You can get them from Wendy at Dasiy Jewels and Crafts and if they don't carry the design you want I am sure she will order it in for you with their next order xx.

I have combined the clown from Carabelle with the circus tent stamp from one of the Oxford Impressions vintage circus sets.

I thought these fish were Ideal for the stacked ATC, layering the images really helps crate some depth. The stamp is again from Carabelle Studio and actually comes as 3 fish swimming, I just cut the fish out to make the separate and make the stamping of each fish easier.

Thank you so much to Trish and the team for having me in the issue alongside so many amazing crafters, It's such a fun issue with some fab projects x.
There are better pics and a little photo step by step in the September edition incase you would like a copy xx.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Stampendous SteamPunk Pen Pot and Graphic 45 Papers.

Morning all, and thank you as always for stopping by, I know the blog has been a bit slow but lots and lots has been going on, I need to find some time to write it up. You can always join me on Facebook to see more of whats going on xx.

Today I am sharing another make created for the latest Stampendous Catalogue for new products and this week over on the Stampendous Blog we are sharing the makes where we used the Paper Graphic 45 Generously supplied us. A Huge thank you to Graphic 45. xx

I have used:
Pen Pot
Copics, Cool colours and a deep blue.

I stamped the image with memento ink as I was going to add colour with alcohol markers.
I used the cool shades of the Copics for the Steam pumpkin image and left the cogs white and block filled the background a nice deep blue.

The image was cut to size and glued to the front of the pen pot. I used a fine grade sanding block and sanded at a 45 degree angle to get a nice smooth edge.

For the remaining sides I added the Graphic 45 paper and embossed the Swirl Flourish using the Verdigris Embossing powder.
The edges were again sanded and I used a black copic to give a nice clean black border around the paper.
The inside of the pot was also painted black for a clean look.

Thank you for stopping by. If you head over to the Stampendous blog this week you will find lots of new makes from our Dt using lots of the new releases xx.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Stampendous - Fresh Fall Fun July Catalogue Sample

Frantage Embossing Enamels: Aged Marine FREG037
                                                  Aged Bronze FREG042
                                               Aged Ivory FREG030
Decoart Media Fluids: Titanium White, Carbon Black, Green Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange.

This week the Stampendous Design Team are sharing makes using the new Stampendous products that have just been released, I am joining in today with my first make as part of their new Mixed Media team.(we will be creating projects for the Stampendous Catalogues and joining in time from time with the Awesome Stampendous DT.) 
If you head on over to the Stampendous Blog you can find more info and more projects using the new products.

I used a 6x8 inch box canvas and built my background up using the different Frantage Embossing Powders.
Once the powders cooled down I used the Maple Branch metal stencil and using a stencil brush added.
I stenciled first using the black media fluids and then off set the stencil and went over using the white paint to create a shadow effect 
the leaves were stenciled with the green gold and burnt orange to give an autumnal feel.
I wrapped some thin cord around the edges, Not really sure why but it felt right ;)

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully if you have some time we will see you over on the Stampendous Blog. xxx

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Stampendous - Tando-Creative Blog Hop

 Thanks for stopping by as Today I am taking part in the Stampendous/Tando-Creative Mixed Media Hop.
You can find the Stampendous Blog HERE
And Tando-Creative HERE

Get your fingers into mixed media with one of our fun prize packages. To be eligible, leave a comment and where you live on our blog, Tando Creative blog and the designers blog for our hop. Each comment is an entry to win one of THREE terrific prize packages. This is open to commenters with a US and UK mailing address. Each prize package includes a Tando Creative Mini Heart Printer Tray plus Stampendous NK Studio Fiesta Stamp Set. Winner will be announced early next week!

Here are the people playing today xx


Ok, So after a little tease on Facebook earlier this week and a rather delayed post today (heat stroke is a Pain)
I am now sharing my Latest (and last ;-) ) Dalek made from one of Tando-Creatives Christmas tree advent calendars.

I have had to improvise a couple of extra pieces for the body and head and the skirt has been made out of strips of masking tape.
The Dalek has been decorated simply with Decoart Media Fluids, Pyrolle Red over a white base coat.
The drawers have been painted black along with the arms and skirt. The fronts of the Drawers have been embossed using Stampendous's Sparkly (yes I used Sparkly) Embossing powder Twilight

I love the different flecks of colour in the Twilight pot of powder.

Now this little fella will be making it's way to Laura from Stampendous as a little thank you for all the amazing help organizing my first crafty trip to California later this year.

I will be visiting three shops in California this October and I will be teaching a new mixed Media class using a brand new kit for my class from Tando-Creative, we will also be using lots of Stampendous and Decoart Media products to create a tag storage box and an assortment of tags using several mixed media techniques.

More class pics coming soon.

This is where I will be, Hopefully I will see some of you there xxx.

Sat 22nd October. It's all about the Scrapbook in Dixon
Sat 29th October. The Stamp Addict in Sand Diego
Sun 30th October. Scrapbooking Forever Westlake Village

Monday, 18 July 2016

Decoart Media Blog - Under The Sea CHallenge

Afternoon, I hope all is well in your corner of the world ;)
Now if you have been following the Dcoart Media Blog the last week or so you will have noticed we have a new challenge going on. The theme this time is 'Under The Sea'.
You have till the 12th August to enter and we want to see your interpretation of our theme xx.

 My DT make for the Challenge is a little seascape canvas.

Materials List:

Decoart Media Fluids; Hansa Yellow Medium, Primary Magenta, Cobalt Teal Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Carbon Black.
Decoart Media Tinting Base.
Decoart Media Gesso.
Decoart Media Texture Sand.
Decoart Media Satin Varnish.
Decoart Decoupage Matte Glue.
Tissue Paper, Various Embellishments Beads, charms etc, The stamp is from Graphic 45. Canvas and Paint brushes.

Use a pallet knife and apply some modelling paste to the canvas, apply a thicker layer where you want to add embellishments, Push the embellishments into the wet modeling paste and leave to dry naturally.
I have left an area fairly smooth and large enough for the stamp I am using in the centre of my canvas.

Add a thinned down coat of Gesso and work it into all the awkward spots, add a little texture paste to areas of the canvas to build up the texture. Leave to dry and add a coat of the tinting base to leave a nice clean and even base to work on.

Starting with the Hansa Yellow then the Primary Magenta start blending and applying the colour, leave to dry and then add the Cobalt Teal Hue.These colours are on the transparent side and just painting over other colours is a great way to blend and add more colours whilst using a limited pallet. To build up the Teal colour I stippled the paint on quite thick in places, the thinner areas give you the more purple hues when you paint over the Magenta and some nice greens over the Yellow.

I stamped my design using Black Stazon Ink onto the tissue paper.

Making the wash, Add a small amount of paint to your craft sheet and add some clean water, the Media fluids are pretty much pure pigment and an acrylic base, no fillers so a little goes a long way and the colour intensity remains strong  even when watered down.

Carefully cut or tear around the image and glue down using the Decoupage glue.
Make a wash using the Prussian Blue and using a mop brush (these hold lots of water and make adding washes a lot easier) dab the wsh around the edge over the Cobalt Teal, be careful not to have the wash encroach to much onto the brighter areas. If needs be mop up the excess with some kitchen roll.

The wash once dry sits in all the low spots and provides the darkest colour, I used some Dry Brushing to pic out all the raised areas.
I wanted to use the Hansa Yellow as my highlight colour, as this is a transparent colour and lighter all it would do is turn the blue a shade of green, to keep the yellow cleen first dry brush with the tinting base.
Build up the white gradually, its better to go over the area several times rather than trying to do it all in one go.
When dry brushing, add a little paint to the brush and then wipe most of it off onto a rag or kitchen towel. Gently flick just the tip of the bristles across the surface of the raised areas. I used a softish 3/4 inch brush for this canvas as I wanted a softer look to the dry brushing,

The dry brushing was repeated with the Hansa Yellow and once dry the sides of the canvas were painted Black and all was given a coat of Satin Varnish.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the canvas xx
Remember you have till the 12th of August to enter.
To Enter you can follow the LINK