Sunday, 27 February 2011

Wow, wow and more wow

Had a fab day yesterday at the Artsy Craft event featuring the fantastic Lin of LB Crafts, the wonderful Mrs PaperArtsy Leandra and the fandabadozy Mr Tim Holtz .... and the winner was .....


First off was a bit of shopping, well quite a lot actually (but I was £3.96 under budget, so well done me).  Then it was on to Lin and Leandra's class and finally Tim's class in the afternoon.  I was equally excited about both classes as Lin and Leandra never fail to come up with an amazing project and the classes are always such fun.

This is Treehouse we made, which some of my table threatened to steal.  I'll take that as a complement!

The next pictures show some close ups.  The first one of the metal tree which was debossed, painted with Paper Artsy's new paint range (which is fab) and then sprayed with Ranger Adirondack Color Wash (their spelling not mine!)

The background is the Paper Artsy Thorden Hall papers which are equally fantastic.  This was painted with a mixture of the color wash and paint so as to give a misty background effect. The stamp is one of the Paper Artsy Hot Picks.

It's hard to believe that frame also started off a deep maroon colour.  I inked and splodged it so that it has a lovely mint green colour.  It's a shame the picture doesn't show the texture.

And finally a close up of the doors.  The paper underneath is a deep maroon colour so it shows what good coverage the paint and color wash mix gives.  Forgot to mention that the paints have a matte finish which is ideal for stamping on and they are even suitable for outside painting.  Although they only come in small bottles so probably not for painting walls!

I'm going to post my homage to Tim Holtz tomorrow as I'm waiting for something to dry clear.  At the moment it looks super cack, but hopefully it will look slightly more interesting once dry!  Glad I waited until I got home to finish it off as the items I've added from my own stash make it personal and more special (if that's possible as it is signed by Mr Holtz himself).

Hope you like it


Saturday, 19 February 2011

Messy inker

Grrrr, started to make a tag blending but back is too painful tonight.  Instead I got out my glimmer mists and crafty notion sprays.  I'm now successfully covered in black, white, green and blue spray and I've almost melted two of my Tim masks, oops!

I started off by lightly spraying the tag with black matte Crafty Notions spray before adhering Tim's swirl mask. I then spritzed it with more black, dried it and spritz it with white matte Crafty Notions spray.  Once dry I used jazz blue and meadow green and dabbed it with a tissue before dripping more white spray on the tag.

Having left overnight to properly dry I stamped images from PaperArtsy's Ding Dong 2 & 8 plates in Black Soot Distress Ink.  I'm going to use it for a scrapbook page I'm working on, so watch this space for its final destination.

Hope you like


Wednesday, 16 February 2011


The challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week is to design a tag ... so design a tag I did.  It started off life as a full Tim sized tag but by the time I had finished it turned into a topper and a tag. No there's frugle crafting for you - bit of a shocker for me.

I coloured the tag using Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Faded Jeans & Bundled Sage) then covered this with a couple of Tim's border masks.  After applying Crushed olive and sprizting with Crafty Notions white matte I stamped the PaperArsty text stamp over the mask before using a Tim swirl mask and spritzing with Caramel Apple Glimmer Mist. I used my heat gun in between layers to stop the colours turning into a swampy mess (although if you like grunge grunge ....).

I had to leave the tag overnight as I just couldn't decide which stamp to use.  It was going to be one of the 3 zillion PaperArtsy stamps I have, but which one.  Oh the dilema.  Don't worry though as having slept on the matter the decision was made.  I chose my favourite PaperArtsy stamp of that particular second (mmmm, might be time to highlight my addiction to PaperArtsy stamps and admit to most of them being my favourites.  On second thoughts ... )

Enough of the digressing, the stamp was from Hot Pick HP1006.  I love this stamp as its so versatile - I didn't want the bottom bit so I didn't ink it, simples. Love those adverts, love meerkats - do you think the cats would mind a new resident?

Talking of all things Tim and PaperArtsy its less than two weeks til he who can be named (and swooned at) arrives.  Tissues packed ready to cover up drooling episodes, facial, manicure, pedicure and face lift booked.  Think I might be ready by 25th ... just.

Anyhows back to now, I sprayed some Paper Cellar raffia with Meadow Green glimmer mist, squirted some distress stickles on the dragon fly and finished off the tag with some embellishments.

Hope you like it


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Messing around with ink

I'm suffering from whiplash at the moment which means I can't do a lot.  Bored out of my mind last night I decided to venture to my craft room and play with some stampboard using Tinkerbella inks, some Technique Tuesday stamps and a B Line Designs Stamp.

The result:

I'm quite pleased with it considering I used red, orange and yellow which are not my favourite colours.  I love Tinkerbella inks (Graphicus) as you can blend and layer them creating really great texture.  I than used stampbord tools to highlight the stamped image (B Line Designs TP310F High Street) and covered the edges of the board with a gold metallic pen.  Finally I stamped a couple of Technique Tuesday word stamps on the piece.

Hope you like


Sunday, 13 February 2011

Paper creativity

Following on in my clean hands mode I've been busy entering challenges on the Two peas in a bucket website.  They have loads of free classes to take part in and there are loads of members layouts to take inspiration from.  There are 4 free classes a month, spread out throughout the month.  So far I've taken part in the January classes for "products you love every which way", "scrapbbok stamping" and "stretch a sketch" (which for some reason I'm saying in an American accent like "move that bus", I guess you have to be an Extreme Makeover fan.  Who wouldn't be with Mr Pennington hosting it).

Products you love, every which way (border stickers)

I loved this class as I have loads of border stickers
and I've learnt how to use them up rather than throwing them away

Scrapbook stamping

 A stamper at heart, can you believe I've never mixed scrapping and stamping, err why not?

Stretch a sketch

Owned by two ginger moggies
and I think they are getting their relations to say hi in every country I visit.
First Cyprus, now Thailand.  Whre next?