Thursday, 23 March 2017

Up The Wall

Up The Wall

Hallo Everyone!

Claire Jackson is with us
today to share with us a
beautiful canvas of her
holiday in Rome

You might need to get 
yourself a cuppa and
a comfy chair ............

"I primed a 30x25cm canvas with white snowflake paint 
and added strips of decorative tape to create some 
texture in the background

 Next I built up the background with layers of Fresco Finish paint, 
starting with more opaque colours and then translucent colours on top.
 I wiped back the paint over the tape where it was too opaque.

To continue to build up the background I used a 
dark translucent paint sponged on a small script stamp, 
gold paint sponged on a large pattern stamp 
and sprayed golden walnut through a stencil.

 I added embossing paste through the brick wall stencil
 to some areas of the canvas

The edges were shaded with pine needles Distress Ink 
and Alchemy Wax was used to highlight the edges 
and some of the brick.

 I stamped and embossed the wording 
in white detail embossing powder on wax paper.

I used a dark brown watercolour pencil between the bricks 
to help them stand out.

Next I tore strips of the wax paper and scrunched them up tightly, 
before lightly rubbing them over with the gold wax.

A mini cardboard key was painted and edged with gold wax.

The photo was die cut and attached to the canvas 
and to create more texture I added a mixture 
of gems, microbeads and embossing enamel 
to the corners and around the photo

 I also sprinkled embossing enamel in places over the background

The photo was taken in the ancient Roman town
 of Ostia Antica, just outside Rome.

 If you ever get the chance to visit 
I would thoroughly recommend it."

Beautiful canvas Claire, thank you for
sharing it with us.  A wonderful moment
of what must have been a wonderful holiday

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Up The Wall

Up The Wall

Hi there!

I'm so excited - just realised
that coming Sunday is not
only Mother's Day in the UK
but it is also the beginning of
British Summer Time!


Right.  Calming down......

Angela Radford is with us
today with a tag to make
you smile.......

"For this project I started with a white tag 
and using a Tim Holtz stencil, 
I applied the Grunge Paste

Once this was dry I replaced the brick stencil 
and secured it down with masking tape.

Over this stencil I placed the Cobweb.

 Next I used a variety of distress inks
 to build up the colour of the bricks

Once I had achieved the colouring I wanted
 I removed the stencils and allowed the ink to dry

 I replaced the stencil on the right side to complete the wall.

 Now it's time to add more colour to the textured section
 adding darker colours to make the bricks stand out.

 I completed this with some black which I think 
gives a more realistic effect to the bricks and also edged it too.

And here is the tag completed and ready for the detail to be added.

 I used the Tim Holtz Wild Flower die and some 
odd bits of sprayed paper from my stash 
and attached these to the tag

And here is the finished project. 

I completed the tag by adding the Tim Holtz Crazy Cat, 
a spider from one of Tim Holtz stamp sets, 
Stickles glitter Glue, and a ribbon.

Here is a close up:

 Hope you enjoyed watching. 

Happy crafting, Angela xXx"

Oh what fun!  Really made
me smile all over my face!

Thank you Angela for a super start to my day

 'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017



Hi there!

Beautiful sunshiney day today
if a little on the windy side.
Hope you've got good weather

I've just dropped by to tell
you about some classes that
are coming up

The first is with Jane Colman 
on 28th March and she is
going to be using one of the
new envelope cushion covers
lots of rich, yummy colours here
Do check them out

The next class I want to
mention is with Kay Carley
on 22 April.  Kay will guide you
through this beautiful canvas
using her new stamps and

Kit and Kaboodle with Helen Chilton
on 23rd April will have us making a 
Decorative Gardeners Seedbox
As the club name implies, you will
be supplied with the kit and of
course paints, stamps stencils will
be provided for your use on the day
We will be using the new Scrapcosy 
stamps and stencils

This project would also lend itself to 
recipe storage, cataloguing your stash
or anything else come to that!

The classes will be held at the 
Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre
and Sandy will be there with her Pop-uP Shop

One final word on the Craft Barn Classes - 
if you've ever thought about coming along but
been put off by the thought of all that
stash you have to bring.  Well, don't worry,
the Craft Barn Classes are the only ones I
have ever done (and I've done a few over
the years) where you do not need to bring
anything more than yourself, your pinny (apron)
and your lunch.  Oh, and maybe something
to carry your project home in............

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx