18 February 2017

Zinski Playing Cards

I am thrilled to have a project featured over at Country View Crafts Projects. I've made some playing cards. There are three more to see so please do pop over!

15 February 2017

Multiple Personalities

The latest challenge at Country View Crafts Challenges is to create something within 30 minutes. I have been incredibly lazy recently and my lovely studio is an absolute tip so that meant I didn't have to waste time finding things to use! 
I thought I'd share how I made this. I started by brayering a very thin layer of Pewter and then a layer of White Fire and built up a background. I actually made about four layers of each. By only using thin layers it dries very quickly.
I then put some Matte Glaze along the top of the page and sprinkled some Black Knight Infusions on top. I used an old credit card and dragged the Matte Glaze down the page. It not only adds a really cool grungy effect it collects in the pits created by the brayering and adds highlights to the page which are, for me, really exciting and always unexpected. This step takes no time at all and also dries very quickly - essential when you're up against a time limit!
So this is the effect you get!
I stamped the leaves and the border stamp on the bottom (so my chaps had something to stand on!) and I took a paintbrush with water on it and I 'painted' the leaves and border which removes some of the Infusions colour. This is an incredibly quick process and really looks effective.
The next step was to position the chaps so I knew they'd fit! I stamped five chaps on the page and allowed them to overlap so they all looked like they could all be from one person having lots of personalities!
So the final steps was to stamp five chaps and five hats. It took about 10 minutes to colour the hats in and then assemble the page. Then I just needed to stamp and cut out the sentiment which is just fab!
Thank you for popping by. I hope you like my page and feel like creating something in under 30 minutes! If you then please enter the challenge here.

1 February 2017

Time Challenge

It's a new month and a new theme at Country View Crafts Challenges and you're being challenged to make something in under 30 minutes! I seem to waste ages pottering about in my studio finding just the right stamp, stencil or paint colour so for this challenge I limited myself to what was at hand - good job I've not tidied up for ages!

I started by adding White Fire Fresco Paint to my page in my small journal and then a thin line of Matte Glaze at the top. I sprinkled a little Black Knight Infusions over the top. Taking an old credit card I scraped the mixture down the page creating a grungy look.
To finish the background I lightly stencilled some leaves using some Slate Fresco paint and some Cut and Dry foam. Can you see the cool details of the background from the Infusions?!
Then I added a few stamps in the background. The chap was stamped on some book paper and I coloured him in. When I'd stuck him down I stamped the bird on his head and then again on some more book paper. A few lines of gold paint and it was done - 27 minutes from start to finish!
Thank you for joining me today and I hope you check out the amazing art from my team mates and feel inspired to enter the challenge!

17 January 2017

New Year Journal Page

It is my honour to have a journal page over at the Country View Crafts Challenge page. The theme this month is Anything Goes and I layered paint and stencils on my page and then added lots of stamps with an industrial feel. I'm feeling much encouraged for a good 2017 - and I hope it's started well for you. It might start even better if you enter the competition and win! Good luck!

1 January 2017

New Year, New Theme

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and that the New Year brings you much joy. The New Year has started with a new theme at Country View Crafts Projects and it's Anything Goes! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year! I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Resolutions. I can make them and am pretty good at sticking to them but equally some years I think I have enough going on without having to add something else into the mix - guess which camp I'm in this year!?! The lovely exercise bunny image seems wholly appropriate to accompany this page - after all many of use promise we'll do more! I very much hope you'll join in with us this month as it's such an easy topic!

24 December 2016

Christmas Eve Journal Page

I loved the little Santa I made for my Three Tags so much I made another for my journal! The background I'd made last year and never finished and this seemed like the perfect time! Hope you like it! 

🎄 Happy, happy Christmas to you and yours and I hope you have a lovely time and that Santa brings you something fabulous (and if you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a lovely weekend!)🎄

20 December 2016

Christmas Ornament

For my second project at Country View Crafts Projects I have made a plaque to add to my growing collection! Please do pop over and see how I made it!