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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

IndigoBlu Challenge - Spring Greens

The current challenge at IndigoBlu is Spring Greens - not my go to colour but as it is a friends birthday shortly decided to challenge myself (no pun intended!) on her card.

Here is my entry for the challenge:


The backing card was created by painting it with Peppermint Tea,  stamping with stamps from Loud Music and Notes in  Emerald Green then stencilled using IB's Musical notes  with Snow White which gave a lovely sheen. To contrast I used another stamp from Loud Music and stamped with Olive Green StazOn.

One of my favourite techniques is to distress the edges with a craft knife as I think it gives the card some dimension. The problem with posting cards these days is they have to be fairly flat otherwise the cost of postage increases. By using layers of ink and paint and tearing can at least give the impression of dimension.

A piece of card painted with a mix of Emerald Green and Peppermint Tea was stamped with Snow White using one of the splat stamps from the new Ink Splats set. I made a few splats using very watery Snow White then stamped on the Splattered Guitar from Loud Music with StazOn.

This was torn and the edges dabbed with Peppermint Tea and mounted on a piece of a torn music sheet also dabbed with the same paint  around the edges.

The ribbons were originally white but IB's paints are also fabric paints making it easy to change the colour to match the project. A Musical note from IB's Altered Ego Music sheet painted with Emerald was added to finish off.

I am sure my friend will like it as she does have 'a little bit of the Irish in her'!

Bye for now! Take care!





Tuesday, 10 March 2015

IndigoBlu Secret Retreat

Last weekend was spent down at IndigoBlu HQ at their biannual secret retreat, three days of pure crafting, no housework just inks, paints, papers and great company. Bliss!!

Here are my projects



Friday was our first day and this was spent playing with clay, not something I have done a lot with but good fun none the less.


Blue is always my go to colour and I chose blue. teal and white clay to work with. We cut various shapes and stamped into the clay, made clay embellishments and added some metal pieces before baking them. I dusted all my tiles with mica powders which gave the tiles a lovely iridescent look. The frame was a deep box and the starkness of the white frame seemed to highlight the colours of the clay.


Saturday was spent creating the large canvas, these are new in and they come with their own frame which when painted sets off the canvas beautifully don't you think?


We used lots of stencils through which we applied different mediums - molding paste, granular and bead gels to create lots of texture. I decided to go way out of my comfort zone with Country Cottage paints, Hot Cocoa, Burning Bonfire and Banana Custard!

I firstly applied the Banana Custard, then the Burning Bonfire and lastly the Hot Cocoa, that's when you really see all the texture. One of IB's new stamps is Caitlin and this was stamped and embossed onto one of the new mixed media  papers from the Belle Epoche range. I decided against colouring her as I rather liked the effect of leaving her au natural. Then the best bit for me is embellishing - I always like to take a few bits and pieces with me to workshops even though there are always some provided - I just like to have options I guess.

Sunday was a bit of a techniques day but we still made a project using the new framed canvas I guess what you would call a DL size.


We created texture using shredded newspaper and painted over this. Again I went with a colour I don't go for a lot but, as I had decided to use the stamp  from the Sewing Mends set, pink seemed to fit the bill being a 'feminine' colour. I used the metal cottage garden Cinderella paint and as a contrast I mixed this with Snow White to give me a lighter pink

 I had taken a few bits and pieces with me and these included some TH Sewing Room alterations mount board cut outs which were painted in the two shades of pink. I stamped the mannequin with IBs Sewing Pattern stamp, the cotton spool and button stamps from IB's In stitches set fit beautifully on the die cuts! A few bits of lace, cotton thread around the spools, some silver gilding flakes, frame painted and gilded to match and job done!

On one of the 6x6 Belle Epoche papers we did some 'drippy drippy' as my friend Barbara kept  calling it - so much so that it is officially the new name for the technique lol! 


As we were only playing this was not a finished project although I had stamped some flourishes and a Limor Industrial lamp and put on the embellishment. Baby Aloysius was painted with a watered down hot cocoa and his crown with metallic gold, cut him out and mounted him and added a couple of gems to the crown.

Last night at home I decided to mount it on and 8 x 8 canvas. I covered the canvas with some calico,  a piece of frayed hessian and a square of dark brown card which I distressed then glued on the Aloysius card. Really pleased with the overall effect.

So much fun and looking forward to the next one. Kay has invited Finnabair over next month for 3 days of workshops yay!! Can't wait.

Bye for now, take care


Monday, 2 March 2015

PaperArtsy Challenge - Miniature Art

Quite some time ago I started a project using one of the wooden house frames - if I remember rightly I actually bought it at one of the Artsycraft retreats in Warrington! It was one of those UFOs put away in the cupboard and forgotten about!

The latest PaperArtsy challenge reminded me about it and gave me the impetus to finally finish it and it now resides in my sewing room!


I painted the house with Fresco Rose and dry brushed with Very Berry and Snowflake, papered the walls with some scraps from my stash and then set about filling each of the 'rooms'.







 I found this vintage miniature sewing machine on ebay, The fabric bolts were made from cardboard and wrapped in scraps of fabric from my sewing room





How cute is this mini hat stand I bought on ebay? The hat was from my stash

I made the hat boxes from a template I downloaded from here.



I made a hanging rail from a wooden skewer. The dress form was a buy on ebay and the scissors ch√Ętelaine was a free gift from a cross stitching magazine may moons ago.


                                                    
This fab little pincushion was made using a bottle top! Here is the link for the instructions


The antique button cards were downloaded but unfortunately I can't remember where. The white flat backed cotton reel at the back is a plaster cast I bought from Leandra at one of the Artsycraft weekends.

Tiny spools and wooden basque
Mini basket filled with lace
Lace & velvet ric rac, a couple of TH mannequin die cuts on the sides finished off the project.

Thanks for the challenge Leandra - this might still be sitting in the cupboard, forgotten and unfinished!!

Take care  x




Monday, 16 February 2015

A Touch of Red for IndigoBlu Challenge

The current challenge over at IndigoBlu is A touch of Red and given that we have just had Valentine's Day my card for my husband fits the bill perfectly.




Coordinations card was used for the background and die cut heart and these were run through one of the new 8x8 Crafters Companion folders and then distressed. During a recent tidy up I came across a scrapbook pack of string and papers including some red mulberry paper. A bit of a blast from the past! It was the in thing to have in your stash one time but seems to have lost favour so I decided it might be good to use it on this card.

The large tag was painted with IndigoBlu English Cottage Post Box red and Metallic Copper stenciled over the top.The edges were stamped with the Poppy Heart stamp and then distressed with a craft knife. I cut the mulberry paper in a heart shape a bit bigger than the die cut and then frayed the edges by wetting and tearing it.

I made a tag from some bleached hessian stamped it  with "you are the gin to my tonic" stamp from the IndigoBlu Bear Hugs set and sewed it on to some mulberry paper which was cut slightly bigger and frayed the edges of both.

I added a TH metal arrow, a heart key and spirals made from string and finally a die cut "Love".


Quite pleased with the outcome, I hope you like it too.

I am also entering this project into the Craft Stamper Magazine February Challenge - Stencils

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Paperartsy Challenge - Shiny Stuff

The new Paperartsy Challenge format has inspired me to start entering challenges again. Leandra's video brought back lots of happy memories of the retreats we did with her and Lin at Warrington. So sad when they decided to stop but hey I suppose all good things must come to an end at some point. 

The current challenge is Shiny Stuff  and as treasure gold is my most go to medium this was right up my street.

A couple of weeks ago my husband's cousin sent a photo she had found of him and  his two sisters when they were little. The younger sister died when she was 3 or 4 and the older sister in her mid 50's so the photo was quite nostalgic for him especially as he hadn't any photos of his younger sister. 

As a surprise I decided to use the photo (copy of it) in a project and this is the finished canvas.



The 7 x 5 canvas was covered in white gesso, some grunge paste stencilling and then painted with Fresco Chocolate Pud. More stencilling, this time using Fresco vintage lace. the photo was mounted onto burlap which was frayed and the pulled stands were glued onto the canvas for texture. I used  lace and assorted embellishments some of which were painted with Chocolate pud or Vintage lace and a few left bare. Lots of treasure gold was used to highlight some of the elements and raised areas.

I hope you like it - more importantly my husband certainly did!







Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Day 2 Finnabairs workshops

Sunday was two half day Finn workshops.

In the morning we did a canvas called Imagine and this was my version:


Oh my it was so scary when once we had put all the embellishments on Finn said "now we are going to paint it black" My jaw dropped I can tell you! We only painted half so that it graduated to light and then sprayed and painted over it. The end result though was fantastic, the picture doesn't really do it justice.

In the afternoon our second project was Everyday Treasures and there were more new techniques to learn.

This time I chose to use purple and gold, not my usual choice of colours but Finn inspires you to try different colours. This rocking horse is lovely and I have some  ideas of using it in a slightly different way.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my projects.

Take care

Joan

Monday, 2 December 2013

Finnabair Craft weekend in Derby

Good Morning everyone. Oh I have been such a bad blogger - but my excuse is that I have been so busy with my new craft ventures that blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.

However I had to tell you about the amazing weekend I have just had with Finnabair. That lady is so talented and I actually finished all my projects which is so surprising as I always have to finish off at home or maybe not and they end up  in the UFO cupboard (unfinished objects!!) But she has a philosophy of not thinking about the composition and just go with gut instinct and pushes you along so much that you don't have time to faff.

The workshops were organised by the lovely Sharon & Jamie at Artist Trading Post in Derby and a great job they did too. There were about 30 ladies on both days and I was with my daughter Rachel and my friends Freema, Kay (of IndigoBlu) and Lou.

I have a sneaky preview for you. Kay had a little present for me:-
These new stamps are being launched on Create and Craft on Saturday, aren't they fab?

Also to go with them there is this:-


which are from IndigoBlu's Altered Ego mount board range. Perfect for those stamps!!


Back to the workshops. The first day was the Grungy Spell book and here are the front and back covers that I did:


 Wow. So pleased, I have always admired Finn's work but didn't dream that I could produce anything anywhere near the same league. Shows you what a good teacher she is!!

We did both in the morning session and in the afternoon we did some journal pages.


This is me and my Dad on a trip to Bruges, oh he so enjoyed it there and was converted to Belgian beer!


Again this is my Dad the day of his 81st birthday, I took him out for a meal. Sadly this was his last birthday as he died the following year.

Well that's all for now but I will post another blog tomorrow of the other projects we did on Sunday.

Take Care and Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Out With The Girls at Anything Goes

The new challenge at Anything Goes is "Out with the Girls" and we would love to see your projects.

My teamies have created some lovely cards so please do pop over and have a look.


I apologise for the poor quality photo but hope you can see the detail. I chose a black and white theme as you can see , the black shiny card is some Kanban card I have had in my stash for forever and  the white is centura pearl which I randomly stamped and embossed with creative expressions black aurora sparkle.

The stamps were freebies from don't know where! But they seemed to fit the bill. I decided to keep it simple and not colour the image just highlighted the flowers with a red promarker and added some red brads. The glittery spots on the ribbon looked to me as though they could be champagne bubbles? What do you think?

This challenge will run for 4 weeks and then hopefully we will return to our normal fortnighly challengs.

Take care! Have fun!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

By The Sea Challenge #99 at Anything Goes

Today we are launching our new challenge over at Anything Goes and this time it is By The Sea which is open to a lot of interpretation so please come and join in with us. The other DT girls have splashed out to produce some fabulous projects do pop over to cast a look!

The project I am sharing with you is one I did some time ago at a Paperartsy weekend in Warrington when I was lucky enough to have a workshop with the lovely, talented Lynne Perella herself.



Lynne provided us with the image - she is quite enigmatic don't you think? Rather like the Mona Lisa?  After  we had painted and stenciled the triptych  with the gorgoeous Paperartsy paints I thought she looked rather  like a mermaid especially with the wispy strands of died string and sequins around her head.

I had been to Largs in Scotland a few weeks before the workshop and had collected shells, small pieces of driftwood, feathers, dried seaweed and grasses as I had a project in mind to hang in our bathroom however I thought they would be ideal to use on this project to create an underwater scene.

I was really pleased with this project and it has pride of place on a shelf in my hallway.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
http://craft-roomchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ Bingo - Blue, stencils, gems

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Artsycraft Wall Hanging

I have been meaning to post this wall hanging on my blog for ages and having just seen Sue Carringtons wall hanging on the PaperArtsy blog  gave me the impetus to finally show it.

The Artsycraft weekend which Sue referred to was held in Warrington and I too was lucky enough to be on it for all three days, sadly it was the  very last one they did and in my opinion it was the best - the projects were amazing!

As Sue says one of the projects was a sewn book but I decided not to do it that way but make mine into a wall hanging - and here it is:

The most difficult thing for me was not to stitch in straight lines!! Here are close ups of each of the squares , not all of them were created in the workshop as I did more later because I wanted a big wall hanging to hang on the landing wall.

Paperartsy die cut dragonfly using waxy craft paper
Fabric stamping and coloured


Paperartsy die cut bird in acetate, stamped and coloured
Image stamped onto canvas. To the side are Belgian lace making spools.


This stamp is from Lynne Perella collection 008, stamped on fabric and coloured with inks

A Paperartsy die cut heart, appliqued in place with cotton wool inside to puff it out.
The stamp is from Paperartsy Hot Pick 118 

This stamp is from a sheet of stamps featuring musical instruments which
I have had in my stash for years. Again stamped on fabric and coloured with inks

The stamp used here is from a sheet of stamps called
Across the Miles, another one I've had for years but don't know the company.

This was a transfer technique we did using the At home plate 1,
 it was covered in netting and then using a soldering iron melted some of  it away to outline the stamp.

As you can see I have used a lot of embellishments  and lots of fabric flowers but this type of project is ideal for running riot with them. Some gold braid across the top and a couple of gold tassels and across the bottom some beaded ribbon oversewn with lace.


Thank you for visiting 

I think I shall enter this into the Paperartsy challenge #3 -  it would be rude not to don't you think?

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Anything Goes Challenge #98 - Coffee Break and/or Food

Well, its time for another challenge at Anything Goes, goodness where has the last two weeks gone to? 

Our challenge this week is Coffee Break and/or Food and I decided to do another sewing project - afterall our sponsor the lovely Lynn at the Craft Den also stocks quilting fabrics and notions.

My little contribution this time is a coaster:


This was made using scraps of fabric in my stash. Just like in my papercrafting I keep even small pieces as they do eventually come in handy but more so with fabrics as they can be sewn together in a patchwork manner.

The pattern for this design was a freebie I downloaded from the internet but unfortunately can't remember where.

Please do take a look at my teamies creations over at Anything Goes

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Anything Goes at Anything Goes Challenge #97

Time for another challenge at Anything Goes which is Anything Goes, so come on and show us your crafty creations, 

I used to be an avid dressmaker, making clothes for myself, my mum, daughter and ocassionally for others. However, when I returned to full time education I no longer had the time, study and looking after the kids was all consuming and the sewing machine was put at the back of the closet never to see light of day until......... I started papercrafting! Then it came out for machine stitching cards, mixed media projects etc.

Then I found patchwork and quilting! Wow! I so wanted to produce some of those fabulous tote bags and quilts - unfortunately time was a problem. Then at the end of March I reduced my hours at work to 3 days and  my DH bought me an all singing all dancing quilting machine for my birthday! I was off on another craft! 

But where are you going to sew DH asked? There's no room in your craft room! Well........ I will need a large table for cutting out (says I) sew (so) the dining table is ideal. Yes! You guessed it - the dining room is now my sewing room! I have even cleared out half the sideboard for my fabrics and notions. Problem is I already need the rest of it and I can't find room for the dishes elsewhere! LOL!

I needed to protect the table sew I made this mat to put the machine onto together with a pin cushion and bucket for the scraps.



I bought the fabric from the lovely Lynn at The Craft Den and it is called Sew Retro Montage by designer Makower and it is 100% cotton, 44" wide. Isn't it lovely? An ideal choice for this particular project don't you think?

The mat has been quilted using cotton batting and a matching blue fabric with a tiny design, all from the Craft Den. The pin cushion and bucket (gosh this is so useful at the side of the machine for all those bits of thread!) were made using the same fabrics and the pin cushion was filled with rice to provide weight. So pleased with this as it was only my second project!


My very first project was a craft bag which I made at a workshop with Lynn at The Craft Den. She runs a regular patchwork and sewing workshop one Saturday a month and she has a fantastic selection of fabrics. Lynn will sell you any length you want even down to a 2" strip!



Love the fabrics but it took me an age to decide which to use 'cos there was so much choice and I liked 'em all! Lynn does have a great selection and has recently expanded the range.

This bag is so useful for workshops as there are lots of pockets. I even took it on holiday to hold all those bits you need when sunbathing eg book, sunglasses, suncream etc etc.

Unfortunately The Craft Den website is undergoing a face lift at the moment but if there are any crafty goodies you need then do give Lynn a call at the shop 0114 234 0732.


Don't forget to check out all the fab creations from my teamies at Anything Goes