Friday, 15 July 2016

Quick Cards for Chocolate Baroque.

Morning Everyone,

Over on the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog they share twice monthly posts of inspiration for cards that can be made in about 15 minutes using their beautiful stamps.  Today a selection of cards I made are included in the post together with contributions from some of the other DT members.  Here's a bit more detail of how I created my cards.

I began by creating a quick A4 sized masterboard using a selection of Fresco Finish acrylic chalk paints which I scraped on with an old credit card.  I followed up with some stencilling using white acrylic paint.  I then used offcuts from creating my favourite 20 cm square card bases to make bases for notelets and cut some pieces from my masterboard to fit.  I chose a selection of Chocolate Baroque silhouette stamps and sentiments which I stamped with black Archival Ink, edged with a black permanent marker and mounted onto the base cards.

I was really pleased with how these turned out and I had enough masterboard left to create two decent sized square cards too.

Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you have time to visit the Chocolate Baroque blog which is always filled with gorgeous inspiration from the DT.

Lesley  Xx

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Playtime with DecoArt Antiquing Cream

Morning All and thanks for dropping by.

A couple of months ago my buddy Sam gave me a lovely birthday gift of some DecoArt Antiquing Creams which I'd been wanting to try ever since she started using them on her projects.  I've been itching to have a play with them and made time this week.  I need more practice to get used to them but had fun and I'm quite happy with my first attempt.

It was quite early and dull when I took my photos so I couldn't find a suitable place to show this piece hanging with decent light on it.  It's too breezy outside so that was out as it wouldn't keep still, lol!

I covered an MDF heart with black gesso (which I've had that long it's almost solid) and then made a mix of about 50/50 black gesso with Grunge Paste and applied it through a harlequin stencil.

 When it was dry I applied some of the white Antiquing Cream and left that to dry.  I think, true to form for me, I am being too sparing with the cream and need to be a bit more generous but once dry I gently rubbed it back with a damp (not wet) wipe.  I then did some stamping with a PaperArtsy script stamp and black Stazon and stencilled the hearts and two words with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish.

I made sure it was dry by giving it a gentle waft with a heat tool before applying a coat of DecoArt soft touch varnish.  I do love how matt this stuff dries and the velvety feel to it but again I need to be quicker and more a little more generous because the Antiquing Cream continues to move if you work it too much.

Next I added touches of Patina Green Antiquing Cream (still being too mean with it, old habits die hard, lol) let it dry, rubbed it back and applied another coat of varnish before adding some finishing highlights of Treasure Gold.

After choosing the embellishments I gave the metal parts the Treasure Gold treatment to tie them all together and added some crumpled sari silk ribbon.

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed playing with my birthday gift (thanks again Sam) and can't wait to practice more but for now I'd best go get my shower & hair washed in case I get The Call from Harrogate.......yes, our new grandbaby is still keeping us waiting, lol!

See you again soon, hopefully with a pic of our new family member ;-)!  In the meantime

Lesley  Xx


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Cute and Quirky for PaperArtsy!

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Tonight I am really chuffed to be sharing a project over on the PaperArtsy Blog using some fun stamps from their Squiggly Ink sets.  In fact it was watching Leandra demo with a bird on a branch stamp from the Squiggly Ink Flora and Fauna set 4 and metal many years ago at Birmingham NEC that first got me hooked on all things PaperArtsy.  I was only just dicovering all the wonderful things you can do with rubber stamps and using them to work on metal had me enthralled.  I think I must have stood there for at least 2 hours, lol!  Not much has changed ;-)!

Anyway, here's a little piece of the project I made for the PaperArtsy Blog where the current topic is Paper Piecing and I hope you have time to pop over and see the whole project if you haven't already been.

As I had quite a few bits and pieces left over from the main project I created a greeting card and a gift tag as well.

 For my main project I had created masterboards onto which I stamped the main images (details on the PA Blog).  I cut them out into little bits dictated by the stamps lines and then juggled them about to create my multi coloured owls and houses.

The leaves on the 'bushes' and the tiny birds were all coloured with pencils and the lettering is a cheap alphabet set I picked up in a supermarket years ago.

This very simple tag is using up the last of the bits of owls and I simply covered the tag with repeat random stamping of a section of the leaf branch which I again coloured with pencils.
I added the mismatched googly eyes to the owl on the card and one owl on the tag.

Apart from the lettering all the stamps are from Squiggly Ink Flora and Fauna A6 sets 3, 4, 5 & 6 plus Squiggly Mini 26 which you can find HERE.  It was the little bird & branch on set 4 Leandra was demoing with and which started my collection of Flora and Fauna, lol!

I hope you enjoyed my fun projects which aren't my norm these days but I really enjoyed playing with these.

After a rather worrying time over the past three months over my Son in Law following his cycling accident and subsequent pneumonia and other infections, he is now recovering steadily thank goodness and hopefully by the time you read this post their new baby (our fourth grandchild) will have arrived. It will be good if normal service can be resumed with crafty playtime now, lol, so fingers crossed I'll have more to share very soon.

Thanks again for stopping by
Lesley  Xx

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A taste of the Orient?

Hi there visitors,

Well, I'm still waiting for the signal to travel up the A1 for our new baby's arrival (officially due in 8 days time) so I've managed a rare bit of playtime just for the sake of it.  I found a square of gessoed canvas in my bit box, discarded from some other project and started out just playing with Slick Stix crayons.  I had no project in mind just wanted to mess about and this is what is eventually became.

I began by blending the dark blue and purple Slick Stix onto the canvas with a wet wipe, dried it with a heat tool then sprinkled Infusions in Royal Blood and Violet Storm and spritzed very lightly with water.  When I had the amount of colour I was happy with I dried with the heat tool and then painted the whole thing with a coat of Fresco Finish Pearl Glaze to give a lovely sheen and also stop any further reaction of the Infusions.

Next I chose some random stamps from the Lynne Perrella Oriental themed sets to use on the background. I didn't want them to show up clearly so used second generation Archival ink images.  There's a bit of Japanese text from a portion of a bigger image, a koi plus a PaperArtsy mini flourish stamp.  I then stencilled the trailing ivy using one of the translucent Fresco Finish blues which I think was South Pacific, as I wanted the Infusions and light stamping to show through.

My next step which I fogot to take a pic of was to stencil some clear texture paste to which I applied a little Aquamarine Treasure Gold when it was dry.  I also added touches of TG round the edges of the canvas.
Next was to stamp the main image onto Tim Holtz tissue and then paint it with various translucent Fresco Finish colours, South Pacific, Claret and Pumpkin Soup.  My only complaint with the TH tissue is that I found it very difficult to tear around the image and painting around it with plenty of water seemed to make very little difference.  It's blooming strong stuff but I got there in the end and adhered it to the canvas with Heavy Gloss Gel Medium. 

I then raided my bit box which I hardly ever think to look in, and found some bits and pieces to embellish the hanging.  I painted the leaves with Pearl Glaze so they looked something like the die cut piece of lace I added to the bottom and the tiny butterflies also got the Pearl Glaze mixed with Claret/Pumpkin Soup.

I used bamboo sticks with beads on the end to form the hanger and found the perfect coloured ribbons in my biiiig bag of those annoying pieces I cut out of clothes.....knew they'd come in handy some time, lol!

Well, that's how my playtime over the past couple of days has ended up.  Hope you like it and I just have to finish the post by sharing a photo of one of the lovely busy bees that were enjoying the campanula whilst I was taking the photo of the hanging out in the garden.

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone and thanks for dropping by.

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Another PaperArtsy Infusions Playtime!

Hi everyone,

I hope you're having a good weekend and the weather isn't putting too much of a damper on it for you.  We had sunshine first thing but it's grey again now.  I can live with grey for a bit as long as there's no more of the torrential rain we had last week.

Bit of family chat next so feel free to skip....

Crafting has been on a bit of a back burner here for a few weeks mainly because two of our grandchildren have been staying or I've been up in Harrogate with them.  Last weekend I collected them after school on Friday and brought them down here because my lovely Daughter in Law to be, Yvonne, had organised a special 'Mum to Be' Spa Day for Jenna and as her hubby was still not well enough to have the children for the full day I had them and we had a very special day out with their Uncle Jamie and our lovely Alexa at The Chestnut Centre, Otter, Owl and Wild Life Sanctuary in the beautiful Derbyshire High Peak.  Then on the Sunday I took them home but there was a lot of subterfuge involved as completely unbeknown to Jenna, Yvonne and some of Jenna's friends had organised a very special Baby Shower for her.  The expression on her face when she walked into the room with everyone there was priceless and she told me that although she was so tired the whole weekend was amazing and just what she needed after the past few horrendous months.  Baby is officially due on 30 June but Izzy and Charlie were both a week late so we will see.  Jenna looks ready to pop now imo, lol!

OK, back to crafting!

When I was having my last bit of playtime fun with PaperArtsy's Infusions powders this was the last make from that session which I have shared on FaceBook but haven't blogged.

For this card, I first sprinkled a little Lemoncello Infusions and misted with water until I was happy with the colour depth and I then dried it with a heat tool. Next I used Black Knight by placing a stencil, lightly sprinkling the powders (not lightly enough really, lol, you only need a teensy bit) and then spritzing with water. After removing the stencil I used a damp paintbrush to define the shapes a bit more.  When it was dry I then stamped a selection of JOFY images using black Archival Ink.

I then used Fresco Finish Chalk Paints to colour the images.  I can't remember which colours now sorry but they were a couple of lemony colours and greys. I again made sure it was dry before adding Diamond Stickles to the middle flower image which I think you can see if you click on the pic.  I matted the card onto a layer of black and then onto my base card before stamping the JOFY phrase across the bottom and finally I added the metal butterfly and the happy birthday.

I was really happy with how this turned out and love the lemon and grey colour combo.

Crikey, while I've been writing this post the temperature seems to have plummeted!  I think flaming June, brrrr!!!  I know I don't like hot weather but this is getting a bit ridiculous now, lol!

Hope it's warmer where you are
Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Wowee! Do I love Powertex!

Hello again,

Yesterday I went to a wonderful Powertex workshop with Alison Turner......what a lovely, informative and oh so patient lady!  It's the second workshop I and several friends have done with Alison.  Last time we explored Powertex Stone Art and I made this ........

I actually prefer this as a piece of wall art rather than on the stand but it still hasn't found a home on a wall yet, lol!

This time we made some fabulous angels.  They vary slightly but are approximately 20" tall and when fully cured in three weeks time they can be put outside as garden ornaments if we want.  I haven't made my mind up yet as she's currently in residence in my hall and I rather like looking at her everytime I walk past.

Anyway, this is going to be a very photo heavy post more as a record for me really so feel free to skip through if you would rather.

Attaching the head/bust to the base using a toilet roll inner stuffed with foil and masking tape.

Creating wings and again attaching with masking tape.  I also gave her a more realistic figure with boobs and waistline ;-).....well, shall we say the boobs and waistline I wish I still had, lol!

Strip of Powertex soaked fabric to create undergarment.

Wings adorned and whole figure covered in bronze Powertex.

Back view....obviously!

Overgarment created.

And here she is fully complete with colour added.  I only added a little at the workshop but decided to add more at home this morning.  I dry brushed PaperArtsy Fresco Jade with a touch of Snowflake mixed with their Metallic Glaze and then added highlights of Copper and Gold Treasure Gold.

Her beautiful face!

The ruffled bottom of the overgarment.

Back the draping!

Doesn't she look regal!

If anyone wants to learn how to use this product I would not hesitate to recommend Alison whose studio is in Stapleford, Notts.  

Many thanks to our buddy Sam for organising our workshop.  It sure was another fabulous day and I hope to goodness I haven't passed on my awful cough to anyone there.

Lesley  Xx

EDIT  You can see Sam's angel HERE and Helen's angel HERE.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

More Lovely Infusions....This time a much needed card!

Morning everyone,

A quickish post from me this morning before I get ready to trot up the A1 for another overnighter in Harrogate ;-).  I am so hoping I find a big improvement in my Son in Law from last week although he is still in hospital.  To cap it all my poor Daughter has been coping with a nasty bout of sinusitis (following on from tonsilitis) and has had to have antibiotics.....this last two months has had a more miserable storyline than Eastenders, lol! 

Anyway, this time I have been playing with my little bottles of Infusions (available from PaperArtsy stockists) again but this time I sprinkled them onto my craft mat and spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mists.  The mist wasn't quite enough to activate the powders so I also spritzed with water and then played around dipping and dragging watercolour paper and mixed media paper through the liquid.  I think the colours I used were Lemoncello and Royal Blood but I forgot to take pics of the pieces before I started stamping on them.

The background is on watercolour paper and the flowers were stamped onto the mixed media paper and cut out to layer up.  All the other stamping except for the sentiment was done directly onto the background.

The stamps are from one of Darcy's latest releases for PaperArtsy except for the feathery stem which is from a Lin Brown set and the sentiment which is made up of separate words from a JOFY set (stamped onto a scrap and cut out) my 'go to' set when I want a simple greeting.

I edged the background piece with a little Treasure Gold  before mounting onto a co-ordinating card and then onto a base card.

Unfortunately, I don't think you can see the subtle shimmer from the Glimmer Mist in the pics very well but it is there and I was really pleased with the effect.

Okay, off to get ready for my little trip.  I hope the weather stays nice for my drive as the weatherman has promised ;-).  Have a good day and thanks for dropping by.

Lesley  Xx