From watercolour painting to scrapbooking, card making to altered art and other crafty projects. Life is a creative journey so join me in mine.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Getting Ready for Christmas

Wow, I can't believe it I've actually started earlier than usual in getting my Christmas cards and decorative bags made this year.  If I paint my cards I make them all the same but otherwise I like to make them all very different.  Here's my snowflake card which is devoid of ribbons and fabric but I've added texture with dry embossing.
I started by inking the plain white card blank with Distress Ink in Broken China, then used a large music score stamp and DI Pumice Stone to randomly stamp over the card. Here are all the individual elements before assembly.
Next I tore a square of white watercolour paper and ran it through the Cuttlebug using a snowflake embossing folder.  I gently swiped over the top with a piece of Cut-n-Dry foam and the Broken China to highlight the snowflakes. 
 Both sentiments, the focal one from Crafty Individuals' and the
'Merry Christmas' sentiment which was free with Craft Stamper magazine are stamped using blue StazOn onto pale blue pearlescent card. The large snowflake was heat embossed onto acetate.
I'm entering this into the following challenges:
CRAFT-ROOM - Make your own background

Sunday, 5 October 2014

You Can't Throw That Away !!

No I certainly couldn't.  A beautiful bottle of Belvedere Polish Vodka that has a frosted finish with white branches and a black building that look as though they've been heat embossed onto the glass.  Unfortunately, yet again in my enthusiasm, I forgot to photograph the bottle before I started.

I began by cutting a strip of white card to fit round the bottom of the bottle to hide the manufacturer's marks but still allow the building to be visible.  I repeat stamped this with an Inkylicious Twig stamp and heat embossed these in black.  I also pushed some shimmering pinky-copper organza material down into the bottom so the markings weren't visible through the glass.
I topped this with a piece of silver mirror card, edged with black ribbon and added the gold sticker.  Another piece of silver mirror card edged with ribbon made a bottle neck cover and the bottle top was covered with a black doily.
The image is from a Flonzcraft Art Deco Ladies silhouette stamp set, using black StazOn.  The sentiment is from a Crafty Individuals' Christmas calligraphy stamp and reads 'All around us were tiny frozen glistening hexagons of snow'.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

New Challenge Month at Altered Eclectics

Here we go with another 'Anything Goes' challenge over at ALTERED ECLECTICS.  This is an altered art challenge only so no cards, scrapbooking or ATCS please.  We would love to see your altered art projects so pop over and have a look at the other fantastic DT pieces for inspiration. 
For my DT piece I altered another papier mache frame. 

Like the last papier mache frame I posted, I forgot to take a picture but it was the usual brown colour and I painted it with black craft acrylic paint.  I then took some white tissue paper and stamped randomly over it with DI Dusty Concord and a swirl stamp. 
When the frame was dry I covered it with diluted PVA glue and stuck the stamped tissue over the entire frame, deliberately creating creases as I pushed the tissue into all the corners. 
Once the tissue paper was dry, I lightly rubbed over the top with Viva Precious Metal Colour in silver and then added some smears of Frantage Aged Gold Embossing enamel.
For the central image I cut two pieces of very thick chipboard.  The larger piece was heat embossed with black embossing powder and a little of the Frantage and some silver embossing powder. 
The smaller piece of card was sprayed with silver paint and the Penny Farthing which is from a Flonzcraft stamp was heat embossed in black. 


Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Wise Old Owl

This is a lovely stamp, not one I would've bought myself but one I certainly enjoy using.  As soon as I saw the current challenge 'Forest Friends' (ending tomorrow) over at CRAFT-ROOM , I knew this would be perfect. 
Using Distress Inks for all the stamping, I started by stamping the kraft card with an Inkylicious twig stamp in  Brushed Corduroy and Spiced Marmalade.
I used a thick piece of cream card for the topper, inked with Brushed Corduroy and the owl stamped in Vintage Photo.  The feathers, free from Craft Stamper Magazine, were stamped in Vintage Photo onto cream card inked with Brushed Corduroy. 
Some raffia and the Woodware sentiment stamped in Black Soot finished off the card.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Parallel Universe Syndrome

Yep, I've been there again.  The parallel universe where time seems much slower than reality!!  Why the rambling?  Because yet again, I didn't realise how long it's been since I posted.  To be fair I have been baking more than usual.  I've made sweets from the 'Sweets Made Simple' cookery book which accompanied the recent TV series:  fudge and toffee.  Both really quick and simple and way to delicious.  We're really trying to stick to the whole 'one small piece a day' mantra - yeah right!  I've also been baking mini coffee muffins and trying out some new recipes from the BBC Good Food Magazine.  So lots going on in the kitchen, nothing much happening elsewhere though but that's the trade-off with time at the weekends. 
I've also started an art class so hopefully I'll be painting more and will improve my technique as well.  I'll share anything that's worthy but in the meantime here's a painting I did recently at home, following a tutorial in 'Paint' magazine July issue, which is free to Members of the SAA (Society for All Artists).  The article was about keeping watercolours lose by artist Joanne Boon Thomas and I liked the free style of the painting featured so I had a go.  What do you think?