Tuesday 5 December 2017

Destruction leads to creation and another PaperArtsy Challenge entry.

Hi Everyone,

It's a late post from me tonight....I fell asleep after tea and slept for far too long so will probably be in my craftroom till the early hours of tomorrow again, oops!

The mistress of all things layered and vintagey, the very talented Lynne Moncrieff, shared a wonderful creation HERE on the PaperArtsy Blog a few nights ago.  I am not very good at multiple layering especially in a seemingly random fashion.  I have this compulsion to make everything neat and it drives me bonkers, lol!  However, Lynne's beautiful project made me want to at least try something with a nod to her lovely style although she didn't actually do any burning for her piece.  As usual, I still need Christmas cards so that's what I created.

The guest bloggers are into the second week of inspiration for the current theme of  'torn, ripped and burnt' and this time my card has all three.

I found a piece of fabric to tear, along with a piece of mesh ribbon to co-ordinate with the beautiful designer papers that have been forgotten and unloved in my stash for years.  Both the musical background (We Wish You a Merry Christmas) and the stamped piece are originally from the same pad (can't remember who's) and they have beautiful embossing on with fine rainbow glitter.... absolutely stunning! 

I used a Prima distressing tool on the edges of the main background piece and then inked them.  I also stamped some small stars from a PaperArtsy Lin Brown stamp set using a Memories white pigment ink and then embossed with clear ep.  It's really translucent though so I doubt you can see it on the pics.  I stuck this piece to the card blank with double sided tape.  I also stamped my favourite PaperArtsy bells using an Archival Ink onto the piece of co-ordinating designer paper.

Next I had great fun holding the layers to a candle flame, very carefully, to get all the burnt edges.  I did have to be extremely careful actually because both the fabric and the mesh ribbon proved to be highly flammable but the effect is great.  I added all the layers to the card using a hot glue gun.  I am useless with this contraption and waste more glue than I use, lol!

I inked a piece of Scrapiniec chipboard with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and removed some of it by spritzing with water.  I love the effect this had and I used the glue gun again to add this piece and the little stars to the card.  The final touch was to stamp the sentiment in the bottom right corner.

Righty Ho!  I'm off to do the link up thing.  Do drop by the PaperArtsy blog if you get chance for as usual, they are sharing some awesome projects for this topic.  Sleep tight everyone!

Lesley  Xx

Saturday 2 December 2017

It's not long to Christmas!

Morning All,

Well I hope you are all more organised and ready for Christmas than I am.  It seems the less I have to do now we go our Daughter's or Son's over the Christmas/New Year period the worse I am at being organised, lol!  Anyway, as we are nearing the end of 2017 we are also almost at the end of another year of fabulous inspiration from PaperArtsy and their talented band of bloggers.  The current challenge over on the Blog is 'torn, ripped and burned' and I believe it is the penultimate challenge for this year so I wanted to make sure I got at least one entry in.  You will find the fab intro post from Darcy HERE and this week has already seen some wonderful projects with more to come over the coming week.

As I still need some handmade Christmas cards my challenge entry is another such piece.

I started with a piece of designer paper (I am determined to start using them instead of stroking them every now and again, lol) which I tore and then inked followed by giving the edges the Stickles treatment.


Next I did the same to a piece of corrugated card which I stamped with my favourite HotPicks cluster of bells.  I washed some ink around the image and added Stickles in dots and to the inside of the bells.

It's not very visible but I held a piece of very fine organza ribbon to a candle to melt the edges.  I wanted them to turn brown but I only got a few little specks.  I wrapped that round the designer paper before attaching it to the base card then attached the topper with foam pads, then added a few dots of Stickles to the organza.

I stamped the sentiment and embossed with Wow Vanilla White embossing powder.  Love this powder for a more shabby chic style.


Do give the PaperArtsy Blog a visit for an amazing array of inspiration if you get chance.  I'm off to do the link up.  See you again soon.......probably with another Christmas card, lol!

Lesley  Xx