Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Silhouettes

Silhouettes 


Hallo there!

We're nearly a quarter of
the way through the year!

Spring is sprung and the
grass is riz................

So with faeries in mind
here is Angela Radford:




"Hi all, Angela here to show you how I've used 
these gorgeous stamps with my Gelli Plate. 

To begin with I used distress ink with a brayer 
to cover the Gelli Plate. 

I know what you're thinking, 
where is the ink but just wait and see


Place the card over the plate and smooth 
with your hands or a clean roller


 And here is what it should look like


Next cut a circle by hand or with a die and place it in position. 
Brayer over this with your next colour and place the card 
over this and smooth again to transfer the ink


You may wish to turn the Gelli print before stamping 
to get the moon in the position you prefer which I did here.

 Now it's time to stamp.


I continued stamping with coloured distress inks 
until I was satisfied with the coverage 
and then inked the edge by going over it 
with a blending tool


Now I added the Silhouette stamps. 
For these I used a black ink pad, 
first and second generation stamping for 
the flowers.


Rip a piece of paper to cover the bottom section 
to create an area for the fairy and toadstool to stand on 
otherwise they will look as though they are floating. 

Go over this area with Archival ink using a blending tool


I completed the card by stamping with silver ink 
onto a black card blank and added touches of white highlights 
and Stickles Glitter Glue to the stamped images 
before matting and layering


 I couldn't resist adding a little stamping inside. 



Hope you enjoyed watching me make this card. 
I so love Lavinia stamps and I'm sure you will too. 

Happy Crafting

Angela xXx"



Products used:


Thank you Angela for a
lovely card

I do like a bit of magic.............
speaking of which, I wonder where
the winter faeries go in springtime?

Anyone?

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx



















Sunday, 26 March 2017

Blog Candy Winner

Blog Candy Winner



Hallo Everyone!

It is a beautiful day out there -
the sun is shining, the sea is a
beautiful mix of sparkling
colours and it seems everyone
has a smile to share

The clocks went forward an hour
very early this morning and we
are now in British Summer Time
Woohoo!

Today in the UK we are also
celebrating Mothering Sunday.
Happy Mothers Day wishes to all you
mum's out there from all of us -
Enjoy your day


Here on the Blog it is

Winner's Day

We asked our Followers to link up
with us for a chance to win a set
of the new colours of Infusions

Twenty-five of you entered and
as we always do, we gave the
numbers to 

The Random Generator
who clicked, whirred, buzzed
and announced...................




No 19

Janes Journal

Congratulations!

Please email me with your
postal address so we can
get your set of Infusions
off to you straightaway

Thank you to all who took part
and I'm so sorry that there can
only be one lucky winner
Better luck next time....

'Till Tomorrow

Mickie xx


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Up the Wall


Up the Wall


Morning!  How's it going?
I know, some of you won't see
this until evening!  I just feel
if I say Good Evening it will
seem as though I've only just
remembered to do the blog
...............ooops!


Craftyfield is here today with
a super card reminiscent of
travels to sunnier climes.....
..........and times.....






"Despite the many options available to create a wall texture,
 I chose to represent the rendered walls so popular in Europe.
 Shame really as The Craft Barn has many stencils and stamps
 to fake the look of bricks, stones, wood and more...
 It could have been so easy... 
But no I persevered!

To complete the look I needed to create a window 
for my wall and some sort of gate, maybe with a bicyle...


To create my window I cut 4 rectangles from
 a piece of white cardstock. 

I then used an embossing tool and a foam mat 
to emboss lines around the frame


For colour I settled on a blue base, 
which I distress in the next step.

I mixed the colour from Frescos in 
South Pacific and Lavender.


I applied a thin layer of diluted crackle and
 overpainted with white paint


 I used double sided tape to affix a piece of 
acetate for my window panes



The wall texture was built in layers.
 I started with a layer of gesso and painted mixes of colours
 over the top to establish a background colour. 

Then with a sponge and tinted Grunge paste I "stamped" the stucco texture. 

I must say I wasn't sure if this would work, but it does, brilliantly in fact!


 I considered giving my window some curtains
but decided a dark colour would leave more to the imagination. 

I roughly drew in my panes with Inktense pencils 
mixing the colours on the paper. 

I then applied (a little) water with a wet brush.


To distress my wall I added some crackle, 
mixing grey and black ink directly on the stamp 
on top of Antique linen Distress ink.

 The Distress allows the inks to mix more 
readily with each other.



Finally the garden was stamped, fussy cut 
and coloured with Inktense pencils.


I tried to take some picture in natural lighting 
and this one does show the wall texture, 
very true to life I think


And another close up showing the subtle crackle 
and my impulse addition of a flowering branch 
coming down the wall, 
which I also painted with pencils."

Supplies:


That stucco effect is amazing Craftyfield
Thank you for showing us how to do that

Think I'll go and see if I can
achieve at least a reasonable 
resemblance to stucco

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx



Friday, 24 March 2017

Up The Wall


Up The Wall


Hallo everyone!

Hope your week continues well
Expect you're looking forward 
to the weekend - well, here's a
fun project for you from
Louise Thomson


"I started with a watercolour card tag and 
blended distress inks over it in scattered straw 
and fossilized amber.




Next I taped down my brick stencil and 
blended over fired brick and pumice stone inks.


With the stencil removed I added in a selection 
of plants from Card-io’s backyard blooms stamp set, 
all stamped in mowed lawn distress ink.


I added the spiders web in amongst the plants 
using black versa colour ink, 
then used a black fineliner to join up the
 loose ends of the web.


I die cut a strip of grass and then trimmed 
the off cut so I could use that too, 
to make two different grassy outlines. 

One piece I coated in mowed lawn ink, 
the other I left the original green. 

These were then added to the bottom of the tag. 


I also added in a few creepy crawlies… 
(see how many you can spot…!)


Finally I edged the tag by running the f
ired brick ink pad directly around the edge 
of it and finished off with a few 
coordinating ribbons from my stash."


Materials used;
Distress inks  (scattered straw, fossilized amber, fired brick, pumice stone, mowed lawn)
Green paper and ribbons (from stash)


Great tag Louise, thank you

Such fun with all the little critters


'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx



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