21 May 2017

Happiness blooms from within

This month's challenge at Country View Crafts Challenges is Flower Power and for my second piece I made a page in my journal. For a little more information, do pop over to the blog. Thank you.

2 May 2017

Creative Dyary - April

I have been remiss in not sharing my weekly pages in my Creative Dyary - perhaps aiming to share them monthly may be a little more achievable that weekly! So this is April:
Week commencing 3 April
This was one of the preprinted pages which meant I got to spend the week colouring it in whilst fitting in acting as the children's chauffeur!
Week commencing 10 April
Got to have an April Shower's inspired page...! I bought the raindrop stencil especially fro the show at Ally Pally! How did I not have one in my stash?!
Week commencing 17 April
My birthday week so a birthday inspired page! 
Week commencing 24 April
Love this chap standing next to the huge flower - I can't decide if he's sheltering, waiting for someone or hoping he'll grow as big as it one day!

1 May 2017

Flower Power

Happy May Day! The Country View Crafts Challenge for May is Flower Power. This wall hanging combines the rust challenge of last month with the flowers of this month to create a bird cage. It been ages since I last did any die cutting and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed sending a piece of card though my machine only to see it turn into leaves or flowers at the other end!
The cage is a wooden blank that I 'rusted' with paint (just as I described here). I die cut the flowers, leaves and bird and added Ideaology that I altered with paint and alcohol inks. It looks fabulous on the wall in my studio!
I hope you will join in with us this month - you might win a fab prize!

26 April 2017

A little birdie

I am thrilled to be featured on the Country View Crafts Projects blog. Today it's a page in my small Dylusions Journal.

12 April 2017

Cover Art

I am thrilled to have a project featured on the Country View Crafts Project blog today. Please pop over to see how it was made.

5 April 2017

Rusty Things

The theme at Country View Crafts Challenges is 'Rust' and I made a rusty looking tag. 
I covered a small tag in metal tape and then embossed the tag with a Texture Fade.
I started the rusting process by covering the tag with Little Black Dress Fresco paint by putting a small amount of paint on some Cut and Dry foam and tapping the foam on the tag. I didn't want a smooth surface as rusty surfaces are anything but smooth so tapping works best for me! 
I then built up several layers using Mocha Mousse, Chutney and Smoked Paprika. I probably made a total of about 30 layers building up the colours and trying to ensure a random spread of colour. I added a little black in the odd place here and there as I was building the layers to keep the overall effect non-uniform.
Then I added some Copper Treasure Gold on the tag and added more paint on top to 'knock' the Treasure Gold backwards.
On the accents (the house, bird and large flower) I used the same techniques as above but added a little Captain Peacock to the edges so they stood out against the tag. It's really an opportunity to experiment and if you don't like the effect you can cover it up and start again! My only advice would be to try and be random in your application of the paint as a rusty object in real life is not uniformly rusty.
I hope you find your inner rustiness and join in with us this month!