19 May 2013

How does your garden grow - part 2!

Edit: this was made and written before mum's accident! This is the last scheduled post she has so she's really sorry that her log will be so quiet for a while. She hopes to be mended and back to crafting and work soon! (Typed by Freya)

The theme at Country View Crafts Challenges is 'How does your garden grow'. For my second piece,I took the idea I had from my first project and decided to make a complimentary plaque so I could display them together. This is a little hanging using the fabulous PaperArtsy stamps designed by my incredibly talented friend Lin Brown. The little MDF plaque was covered in Snowflake and then Beach Hut PaperArtsy paints as I did before but added a layer of Grunge Paste through a stencil to change the background a little. Grunge Paste is fabulous stuff – really worth buying a pot and experimenting! I added a little Broken China and then Gathered Twigs Distress Inks on the edges of the plaque finished the background off!
I stamped the leaves with Hyde Park paint on to grungepaper and cut them out. The two layered flowers were made by painting grungepaper with a little Butternut paint first before stamping the flowers with more white and blue paint. Once I had cut them out I added a little Broken China Distress Ink on the very edge of the petals. I stamped the sentiment on some blue painted grungepaper but it was a little too long for my little plaque so I cut it so it says 'Secret Garden' instead of ‘Secrets of the garden’. I distressed the edges of the words and then added a little more Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges to emphasis the shape.
I hope you will join in with us this this month – as always there are some great prizes (including a mini DT spot!) up for grabs!
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15 May 2013

Something fishy?!

You may not be aware but I have broken my elbow in some spectacular style which will curtail my crafty endeavours for the next six weeks or so. Before I made my prolonged visit to MK General, I made a little something for the Country View Crafts blog. You can view it here. (Typed by Freya!)

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8 May 2013

Be true to your heart!

I am, yet again, sneaking under the wire to enter this fortnight’s challenge at Everything Wendy Vecchi. The challenge was to stamp through a stencil and I decided that I’d like to recreate a more 3D project I’ve made a few times in a 2D way. All of the stencils I have used are from Wendy's fabulous collection (as are the stamps!). 
I took Wild Honey Distress Ink and inked the journal page and then added dots in Broken China Distress Ink. I then laid on the heart stencil and inked the page in Barn Door Distress Ink. With the stencil still in place I misted the page with water, carefully removed the stencil and dried the page. I replaced the heart stencil and laid the leaves stencil over and used Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I then flipped the stencil and inked more leaves on the other side. Then I stamped through the stencil with French Ultramarine Archival Ink. Doodling, a sentiment, a spider and a little grunge paper hand and butterfly finished it off!
 
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1 May 2013

Brown, hands and vellum

Welcome to another challenge at DragonsDream Tag It On and this time the rather fabulous Silvia has chosen brown, hands and vellum as our base ingredients as well as the usual additions that there must be a stamp and for it to be a tag.
I used Grunge Paste through a stencil and when dry added layers of watered down paint applied with Cut and Dry foam. The paints were increasingly lighter shades of brown and when dry I sanded the tag to bring these layers to the fore and the lighter shade of the Grunge Paste. I added a background stamp in Sepia Archival Ink in places. The hands were stamped on to grunge paper and then the cuffs inked with Vintage Photo Distress Marker. The hands were then edged with some of the remainder paint on my foam!
The Art Part frame was treated the same way as the tag and I added a little Treasure Gold to make it ‘pop’. The Butterfly was again stamped on to grunge paper and I drew round the outside of the wings with Vintage Photo Distress Marker and then blended the colour with a water pen. A little more Treasure Gold on the wings finished my butterfly off! I did have a huge problem trying to find the vellum that I know I own but could not find at all (what’s the betting that I find it as soon as I stop looking for it?!) so I added some Tissue Wrap to the back of the Art Part as it looked vellum-like!
I hope you’ll join in with us the fortnight and that you’ll stop by and admire the other DT work – it’s beautiful!
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How does your garden grow?

For this month's challenge over at Country View Challenges is "How does your garden grow?" and there might just be a surprise guest designer...!
This is a little hanging using the fabulous PaperArtsy stamps designed by my incredibly talented friend Lin Brown. The little MDF plaque was covered in Snowflake and then Beach Hut PaperArtsy paints
I stamped the leaves with Hyde Park paint and then sanded the whole piece for a shabby, aged look. For a little definition I drew round the leaves lightly with a fine white pen. The flower stamp was covered with white and blue paint and stamped onto grungepaper. A little Broken China Distress Ink on the very edge of the petals (and for the sentiment) and Gathered Twigs on the edges of the plaque finished it off!
I hope you join in with us this month! We're looking forward to seeing your garden projects!
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