Monday, 1 August 2016

Phin in a Box

Here is my latest creation for this months Artistic Stamper Challenge - Anything goes.  These new matchboxes are one of Jennies new arrivals and she has small ones and big ones, this is one of the bigger ones.  

I decorated the outside with a piece of thin card using stencil stamps and distress inks

For the inside i made two different sized books by folding a piece of card and then stamped Phineas onto a separate  piece of card and using a thin strip of car attached it to the books to create a spring effect

This is the box when its closed

These are the books and Phineas attached to them, making one long spring effect

Then when you open the box out he pops!!

Thanks for checking by
Happy crafting

Saturday, 9 July 2016

A busy day in my craft room......

Hi everyone

I have finally had time spend a whole day in my craft room today.  I had a couple of projects that i had started and wanted to finish - well one in particular that had morphed quite considerably from a wishy washy flat looking canvas into something that i will be hanging on my wall

This is the finished piece i just love Art Alchemy paints especially over black gesso
Below is how it morphed from an ok idea into something i am really pleased with

Using a Donna Downey stencil I added some modelling paste  

Then added some layers of paper and tissue 

Added some drippage with a glue gun.  Then covered the lot in white gesso 

Then in my infinite wisdom i decided to paint it in pink, green and silver and when it was dry it looked a bit dull and boring.  This all happened at the beginning of April and i have been looking at it every time i have been in my craft room trying to decide what to do with it until last weekend and then i covered the whole thing with black gesso and today added Blueberry, a darker pink and silver Art Alchemy Paints and then having painted it all decided a paint brush over the stencilled one would look quite cool so out came a spare brush - just the right size covered it in gesso and paint and voila!

I did also gesso a yogurt pot with an idea of adding some texture to it but that it seems is going to be another work in progress.  i did manage to get a project done for The Artistic Stamper DT which you will be able to see on The Artistic Stamper blog tomorrow.

Thanks for checking in i am now off to pack my bag as tomorrow we are off to Hull for my daughters graduation to see her receive her Master of Physics degree in which she achieved 2:1 (yes i am a very proud mum in case you hadn't guessed lol)

Happy Crafting

Saturday, 2 July 2016

All things bright and beautiful...

Hi All

I have got a bit behind recently, hopefully we can now get back on track.
Here is my latest offering for this months challenge over at The Artistic Stamper, the theme this month is all things bright and beautiful.  Somehow you can say that without saying all creatures great and small can you or is it just me!!

This month i was on holiday at the beginning of the month then had my anniversary, then daughters birthday, so i am afraid its another tag.  This one was done with the new Stencils from Georgina which are just fab for all things crafty.  Each flower stencil has a large stencil (6x6) and then a small one which is about 3 x 3 which is the one i have used here.  I pushed grunge paste through the stencil add some infusions keeping the mask in place and wiping the infusions through and then adding a bit of gold embossing powder to the centre whilst the paste was still wet and then embossed it.

The paints were dylusions and i used squeezed orange and lemon zest.  The stamps of course are all from The Artistic Stamper.

Thanks for popping by and i really do promise to try and upload more projects this month!

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Seize the Moment Tag

Hi All

Its been extremely manic here at Smith Towers, as part of my new job, I have been organising the Faversham Transport Weekend, which took up most of my crafting time.  Here is this months project for Artistic Stamper June challenge.  This month the challenge is to just use red, blue and yellow.

I started with a large tag 
I added some book text to the tag and then popped some paste through two of the new Artistic Stamper Stencils, firstly through random dots and then Lesley Matthewsons flower mask (which you guessed it thats the photo i forgot)

I added some Candied apple distress spray stain

Then some Wild Honey Distress spray Stain

Then i added some Blueprint Sketch

After blotting the surplus ink off into my journal this is what was left

I stamped Seize the moment and one of the Neil Walker birds and stamped them onto a piece of card sprayed with the Candied Apple and Wild Honey.  I also used the small flower from the Lesley Matthewsons stamp set Lesleys Flowers.  I also went around everything with a white pen.

I shall look forward to seeing all of your entries on the blog and Facebook

Happy crafting 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Love Life Canvas

Hi All

Sorry I have been quite quiet lately,  I wasn't well and then i started a new job  so its been a bit manic here at Smith Towers!!

I started this canvas some time ago, i started by putting texture paste through a few assorted stencils.  Added some lace down the side and then added on various embellishments, Prima Elementals, cogs assorted beads from old bits of jewellery and one of the beautiful Prima Relics and Artifacts flaming hearts.  These come in a pack of three hearts and are all ready to be painted and put onto your project or turned into jewellery.

I added some glue gun drippage and then covered the whole thing with black gesso.  Once the black gesso had dried properly I then painted with some of the new Finnabar Art Alchemy Paints.  These paints are little pots of joy! They really are they glimmer and shine and some are even two tone.  So lovely to use too.

the little pot in the corner was made out of paper clay and painted in the same manner as everything else.  The Harlequin diamonds in the top corner are from a Finnabair Stencil and Prima Texture paste.

As always do let  me know what you think.  I will try harder to post a few more projects now I am creating properly again lol.

Happy Crafting


Friday, 1 April 2016

Inspiration Tag April Artistic Stamper Distress Challenge

Hi Everyone

Hope you all received plenty of chocolate over the weekend.  Here is my latest project for The Artistic Stamper Design Team.  The topic this month is Distress and with that thought in mind I decided to start with a large size 10 Kraft tag.  Was trying to decide whether to whether to use Distress spray stains or Distress paint - I opted for the paint

I started with one Kraft size 10 Tag and piece of Tim Holtz Tissue ripped so that it was smaller than the tag

Added the Antique Linen and Picket Fence to the tissue and stuck it to the tag

 I just used the sponge on the paints to draw the paint across a piece of card with the Aged Mahogany and then add spiced Marmalade over the top and in-between

Here is a pic of how i just basically scribbled on the Aged Mahogany and then infilled with the Spiced Marmalade

I used the Sizzix Tim Holz Spiral Flowers Die and used the painted to card to die cut the flowers

Stuck down the flowers

I started off stamping the New Ornate Flourish directly onto tag but it looked a bit flat once i had painted it

Using the Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany i painted two piece of torn card one with each colour and then edged and stamped Inspiration from Journaling words 3 with Ground Espresso Distress Ink, stamped some dots using the Dots background stamp to add some more detail to the background.

I stamped the flourish onto a piece of ready painted card and cut it out, made some more flowers and added those at the bottom 

Added a couple to the opposite top corner and some beads, and edged the tag with Ground Espresso distress Ink

Added a bow out of ribbon to the top.

Do let me know what you think and I shall look forward to seeing all of your entries onto the Challenge Blog and Facebook challenge page

Take care and happy crafting\

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Its All about Me! Journal page

Hi everyone

Here is a journal page i did a couple of weeks ago for the Colour Me Positive 2016 Challenge.  Its a fab challenge with some really lovely people.  This page was inspired by a journal page by the very talented Marta Lapkowska, she is truly inspirational and for those of you haven't come across her - although I am pretty certain most of you will have - she is on Finnabairs design team as well as several others.

I really love the way this page turned out 

First of all I added some texture paste through a stencil, also added some glitter to the paste which is why it looks brown in places

Once the original texture paste had dried I added some more paste through a circle stencil.  Once that was dried I added some lace and hessian, stamped a piece of adhesive canvas using a Tim Holtz script stamp

I did the same on the opposite page

The script on the canvas I also frayed the edges to give a nice shabby chic effect

A close up of the bottom of the page before I sprayed

I also punched out some circles and stamped on those as well and sprayed the canvas pieces with the same colours of Distress Stain Sprays I had used on the back ground,  unfortunately as usual I got carried away at this point and forgot to take separate photos as i applied the sprays but basically i started with a bit of Wild Honey, added some Tea Dye and some Cracked Pistachio and then the dark bits are Ground Espresso - this is such a fab brown.  Most of the ground espresso was added by taking the top off and using the pipey bit(technical term) to drip the the colour down the page and around the edges and also around the texture paste circles.

I added some more bits of canvas and then stamped with brown archival directly onto the textured circles.  I used a fab set by Kaisercraft.

It needed something else so i added some white linen Dylusions spray

The key to this I think is adding a bit of spray at a time, and not being afraid to just spray and have fun without going too mad lol! Adding a spray or two of water after you have sprayed the ink - not too much but enough to blend!

Have fun and happy crafting