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Friday, 21 August 2015

IndigoBlu Challenge - Frame It!

Its time for a new challenge at IndigoBlu, which this month is Frame It. This can be interpreted in lots of ways and we look forward to seeing your take on it.

Last weekend my DH and I went for a drive and ended up in Patley Bridge where they were having a Forties weekend Gala. Lots of people were dressed in 40's style dresses even children who were carrying gas mask boxes! Many were in uniforms, both British and American. It was a really fun day with lots going on.

When I was deciding what to do for my DT piece I remembered I had a photo of my mum in her land army uniform and I took inspiration from our day out for this scrap book spread in my journal.


Firstly, I created some texture with  coarse texture paste and a wall stencil then regular texture paste and a chevron stencil and coated the pages with gesso. The obvious choice was to use camouflage colours and these were achieved using Hot Cocoa with a little Peppermint Tea and Peppermint Tea with a little Hot Cocoa and, because I didn't mix enough initially, when I mixed more I got different shades which worked out brilliantly!

More stencilling, this time with a numbers stencil, the  wall stencil and Hot Cocoa then some stamping with black gesso, Emerald City mixed with black gesso and Copper using the  Limor Circles and Rugged Edge stamps.

Across the two pages were glued lattice strips, cut with the TH lattice die, some strips of papers, from the Fontastic mixed media papers which were actually left overs from another project as were the brown lace strips,  a piece of lace coloured with Peppermint Tea/Hot cocoa mix.

The remnant left after I had die cut the lattice 'accidently' landed on my photo and.......  light bulb moment!! It worked perfectly as the frame for photo!!  I even used the diamond waste to decorate the pages.

Some leaves from my stash and some mini jigsaw pieces leftover from an Indigo workshop project.

Very pleased how this turned out and it's true what they say there is inspiration everywhere! Even if you don't realise it at the time.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

IndigoBlu July Challenge - Precious Metals

I am very pleased to announce that I have been invited by Kay at IndigoBlu to be a member of the Challenge DT!

This is my first inspirational piece for the blog challenge and the theme this month is Precious Metals.



The card is 8x8 - my favourite size to work on. I have used a sheet from the Emporium of Curiosities mixed media pack, a lovely shabby chic set of papers. I painted it all over with a watery Goldfinger which becomes translucent and because of the resist of the paper means it takes on the colour but the design still comes through. This was mounted on a lovely chocolate brown miri card and cream card.

Juliet was stamped on a piece of card which had been painted with Goldfinger into which I added a little mix of Iced pink Gem and Postbox Red which gives it a slightly pink colour.. Again this was mounted on the same chocolate brown miri and cream card.

All the card edges were distressed then a few bits of ribbon and embellishments from my stash to finish and I know just the person who will be getting this for her birthday!

Please come and join in the challenge and don't forget to visit my teamies blogs too.

Happy Crafting!












Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Our house in the middle of our street

My entry for the PaperArtsy challenge this canvas but I have used the inside instead.

Our house in the middle of our street



I have had the TH Alterations die Artful Dwellings for some time having bought it in a sale then I heard Madness singing their song "Our house in the middle of our street" and the idea for this project began to form!

I covered the frame with torn dictionary pages and then painted them with Brown Shed, then toned it down with Irish Cream and stencilled over with Brown Shed.

Some houses were die cut with corrugated card or plain card and each painted in different colours and stencilled, embossed or stamped, I also used granite paste on the one of those in the front.

The tree and Bird on a branch are Tando die cuts. The "leaves" are an actual ribbon which I cut and glued to the tree to create a tree in leaf.

The fence was a buy about 3 years ago which I forgot about until I started searching in my stash for something appropriate to make the fence. This only goes to prove crafters' excuse when we  say - it will come in useful!!

The words from the song were stamped and stuck to the fence along with handmade roses. The 2 at the top is significant for several reasons - we live at number two, there are the two of us, I have two children and I have two grandchildren!

Thanks for stopping by.

Take care

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

IndigoBlu Retreat Projects

Hi there, today I thought I would share the projects we made at a recent IndigoBlu retreat. 

I have been to all the Indigo retreats  since Kay starting doing them a few years ago. The first couple where held at Stephens Park but subsequently they are held at Indigo HQ.


The retreat is 3 days of painting, inking and generally having a great time with like minded people - of course people can opt just for one day or two if they so wish. Its actually called a secret retreat as we don't know what the projects will  be until we get there, the idea behind it is that some people may be put off thinking they wouldn't be able to do the project. However, all things are achievable with lots of help from Kay and even some of the other ladies. 

Here is a picture of all the projects I did over the 3 days:

All 4 projects

 Day 1 was clay mosaics, I stayed in my comfort zone with my favourite blues. All the materials are provided but a lot of the ladies (myself included) always tend to bring a few odds and ends from their own stash. Of course we also made some embellishments with the clay using some of Kay's moulds.

Mosaic Art
Each 'tile' was stamped to create texture and embellishments were baked into the clay. perfect pearls were dusted onto the baked tiles and then glued into the back of a deep display box .


Day two was a 12 x 12 canvas project which had a detachable frame. We started by creating texture using stencils and texture paste. Once this was dry  the canvas was painted with  Banana Custard, Hot Cocoa and  Burning Bonfire in two lines then dry brushed in the white areas.

Caitlin

These are not my usual colours so a bit out of my comfort zone but so pleased with the end result. Will definitely be using this colour combination again!
I stamped Caitlin onto one of the new papers from IB and decided not to paint her as I liked the effect of the paper. Finished off with a varity of embellishments - aren't those dinky jigsaw pieces cute? The frame was coloured used Metallic Copper and Hot Cocoa.

Our final day was two projects. The morning project was using the new papers which are also resist, this was painted with watered down gesso and then we used thicker gesso for the runs..

Born to be King


The chair reminded me of a throne and as the dinkie stamp Aloysius has a crown on his head I stamped him in the corner, decoupaged his crown and added some gems to it. When I got home I distressed the edges, mounted it onto brown card the edges of which I also distressed, some frayed hessian and then onto an 8 x 8 canvas box.

The afternoon project was a small framed canvas. I had brought some mount board TH sewing room die cuts with me and decided to opt for a sewing theme. I have just taken over another spare room for my sewing so this would be nice to hang in there.

Sewing Room

 I used Pink Iced Gem and to create another two shades of pink added Pantry White and Postbox Red, the lightest at the top graduating to the darkest at the bottom and also on the frame. Using phatt foam, flitterglu was dragged and dabbed over the canvas and frame and silver  megaflakes added. This colourway is so way out my comfort zone

Did you know that the spool and buttons stamps from IB's In stitches fit the Sewing Room buttons and spool dies? Neither did I until doing this project!!

Right I think I've waffled long enough, hope you like my projects. We had so much fun, can't wait until the next one!

Thanks for looking in.

Take care x





Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Just One Layer - IndigoBlu Challenge

The IndigoBlu Challenge this month is 'Just one Layer' which to me is all about creating the illusion of layers which, given the cost of postage these days, is something to consider.

I love layering with stencils and stamps, paints and inks,  to create backgrounds, I find it quite therapeutic too. The patterns etc are endless and no two are ever the same.



I have just started using a brayer to add colour, I think I saw somewhere it's called 'walking the brayer'. Basically I put some Park Lane on my mat, spread it out using the brayer and then lightly run it across the cardstock in different directions. The result is random patches of colour. I did the same again this time using Grandmas Teacup.

The IB script stamp was inked up with Townhouse Teal and this was rolled randomly - the stamp was unmounted, this way the stamp is patchy. Then I dabbed Frosty Sky through two of the design section from the Doobaboo geometric stencil.  The criss cross lines were done by dipping the edge of an old credit card in Park Lane which I felt lifted and gave some focus to the background.

The focal image is Emma from IB's Mr Darcy stamped with Midnight Blue stayzon and to balance the image I used the birds stamp from the same stamp set. The bird in the bottom right  is the same stamp but with the other birds masked off.

Finally, just for extra definition I ran the Midnight Blue ink pad around the edges of the card. 

I have a cousins birthday coming up and I know she will love this. 

Thanks for stopping by.





I am also entering this card in : http://www.fashionablestampingchallenges.com/ Things with wings

and http://craftstamper.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/take-it-make-it-challenge-may.html Take a stamp



Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Love to use Sprays

My daughter and her boyfriend have recently moved in together and have just celebrated their first anniversary of being together so I thought I would make them a little house warming gift.

I have had this wall hanging in my stash for a while now - another of those impulse purchases that gets put in a drawer and forgotten about, just  perfect for a gift for them though!





The letters were painted with Brown Shed, no need to gesso with Fresco paints! I made a spray of Snowflake and sprayed the letters through the  Doobadoo bubbles stencil. I made another spray with London Bus and using the same stencil I offset  it over the first spraying and then sprayed with the red. This was a technique I learnt from Lynne Perella on an Artsycraft workshop I did with her.

Offsetting a stencil gives a shadow effect.

The letters were all given a very fine mist of gold spray just to give some shimmer


Each of the letters were decorated with items from my stash.


Treasure gold was applied to all the embellishments and to the edges of the letters.

The crochet flower here was sprayed with London Bus

I really liked the mottled effect created by offsetting the stencil and spraying with two colours. A simple and quick project which I am sure my daughter and her boyfriend will love - no pun intended!

I am entering this in the Paperartsy Sprays Challenge 

Thanks for visiting.