Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Indigoblu, PanPastels and Kromer Crackle

This project has been made using Indigoblu Live, Laugh, Love stamp set and the free Craft Stamper stamp - Elizabeth Bennet.

I painted the hearts with Pink Iced Gem Cottage Garden Acrylic paint and once dry I added a little Kromer Crackle.  When this was dry I touched over the crackle with silver gilding wax.  

The Elizabeth Bennet stamp was used with Versamark and Wow Platinum Embossing Powder.

I coloured the flowers, leaves and birds with PanPastels and then sprayed with Spray and Sparkle.

I so enjoyed making this project and hope you like it too.

I would like to enter this project into the Indigoblu Challenge Blog (Shabby Chic) and the Panpastel Challenge Blog (Pastel colours)

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Splodgeaway Design Team Samples

These are the samples I made for Splodgeaways two shows on Create and Craft today.

I loved working with the new Splodgeboard - not surprising as I love working with all the Splodgeaway projects.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Splodgeaway Free Range week

It's Free Range week on the Splodgeaway blog this week for the DT.

Why not pop along to have a look at all the lovely projects by all the DT.

Using a Manilla tag I put Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door onto my Splodgemat and sprayed it with water - picking up the ink with the tag.  Then I sprayed with water and left to dry naturally.

Once dry I stamped the diamond argyle pattern with Spiced Marmalade - I held the stamp in my hand, not using a block.

With Walnut Stain Distress ink I inked through the Country Cottage Stenscape mask the small flower border at the bottom of the tag.

Then, using the Butterfly Creator mask, I spread iridescent paste (which I'd mixed with Spiced marmalade DI, through the top two butterflies.  Once they were dry I sponged through the markings section of the butterfly creator with Walnut Stain DI (this looks very subtle!).

A few gems, words and seam binding finished it off.


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Tim Holtz embossing folder

I recently spent a day, along with friends, at an Eileen Godwin workshop.  What an amazing lady she is!  Not only is she a brilliant crafter she's a lovely lady too.

This was a project which was started at the workshop by inking the embossing folder with Distress Ink on the back of Centura Pearl.  Unfortunately I put my card into the embossing folder the wrong way round!!!  Soooo when I got home I turned it over and blended Distress Ink onto the Pearly side of the card.  I was really pleased with how it turned out especially when I rubbed over some gilding wax.

Waste not want not .............


Sunday, 4 August 2013


This is a simple card I made recently by masking off a section of the card with torn copy paper and colouring with Distress Inks.  The stamps used are from the Indigoblu Nature 1 set.
I stamped (lightly and randomly) the branches in the Distress inks used for the background.  I then stamped the main image in black Archival.
The sentiment was stamped onto a separate sheet, cut out and edged with the co-ordinating Distress inks.
Matting and layered onto co-ordinating Bazzill Bling card stock.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Distress Ink Storage

A couple of weeks ago I popped into our local Craft Shop and saw one of these storage units decorated and looking very pretty.  I couldn't resist taking one home with me to construct and decorate (it's made by Tando and comes "flat packed"!)

I adore teal but thought that it needed to have the little compartments in a light colour.  I had visited the Indigoblu Open Weekend and bought some of their English Cottage Artist's acrylic paint, one of which was Townhouse Teal, I used this for the frame, white for the compartments and I covered the back in a sheet of Tim Holtz paper.

A final bit of stamping with flitterglu and gilding flakes - job done!!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Clarity stamp August Challenge - Animals

Morning All and thank you so much for all your fantastic entries on the Claritystamp Challenge Blog.
Good luck to all our entrants - some lucky chickadee is going to win a £50 voucher to spend at Claritystamp.
My project for this month uses a heart shape hanger.  It all started with a wooden heart I bought from. My local Craft Shop.  When I got it home I wondered if it would work on grungeboard (I had some grungeboard which I'd never used!!) so I drew round and cut out the heart.  It's sooo flexible - I love it.

I then painted the grungeboard with gesso and English Cottage Artist's Townhouse Teal.  Then using the Claritystamp alphabet stamps and Black Archival Ink I stamped my wording "Home is where the ...... is.  I had a Clarity cat stamp in my stash (sorry to all the dog lovers) which, I thought, went well in this project.  Finally I had some newly acquired Kromer Crackle which I couldn't wait to use.  This dries white so mix it with a small amount of acrylic paint for a better effect.  One thing I wasn't prepared for was how long it takes to dry - DAYS - so I would advise you leave yourself plenty of time.  I was so pleased with the effect so it was well worth the wait.   Then I rubbed over the crackle and round the edges of the heart with Treasure Gold.

A piece of toning ribbon and all was complete.