Monday, 5 December 2016

Susan K Weckesser Team Craft Some Love: Snowmen Altered Jars

Hello crafty friends

The festive season is reaching full swing so you will see more Christmas stuff coming out onto the blog over the next few week. Things are touch and go with the Father in Law who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August so it all depends on if he will be well enough to celebrate Christmas with us. 

The theme for this month over on the Susan K Weckesser team blog is Craft some Love. The idea is to create a home made gift to give out to someone even a stranger. Just spread the love.

I altered these jars i bought from Poundland and used the DecoArt Chalky Finish Glass Paint to alter the colour. It will take two coats and a day to fully dry before you seal it. I put the lid on a bit too early and took off a layer of paint.

I used Susan's Snow way stamp set to create these cute watercolor tags.

I decorated the jars with anything that sparkled including tinsel trims and gems. I used a hot glue gun to hold everything in place.

For this one i glued pearl beading around the base and used blue gems for a more icy look.

I used big red flat back pearls for berries

I used the Clearsnap Color Pop Mini inks to color the tags and mixed Fresh with Night to get a darker green. I mixed the two blues together to get a lighter shade.

Thank you for visiting

Friday, 2 December 2016

The Vintage File World War 2 Scrapbook page

Hi all

I have a war themed scrapbook page to share today from my article in The Vintage File magazine. I have a photo of my Great Uncle Victor and his troops in their uniforms. I don't know a lot about the photo or if he ever fought overseas. He was one of the lucky ones who survived the war and i wonder how many of his troop made it back. If you have any war stories please share in the comments as i would love to hear them weather you are from the UK or overseas.

I am lucky enough to still have my Nan's Ration book which i scanned onto the computer and printed out onto card stock. I Scan all of the old photos as they deteriorate over time and sometimes the glue from the old albums turns them yellow and brittle. I used the Madame Payraud's paper collection by Docrafts for this layout as it is full of vintage advertisements which i cut up and layered together.

The poppy is from the Trimcraft First Edition Layered Flowers set and i just used textured card stock to cut the bits out of. 

Here is the inside of a ration book from the 1940's. My Nan used to tell me how the sirens would go off and everyone would have to go own to the bunker of cellar if they had one. It's  hard to imagine what that must have been like as it could go off at anytime and everything would be pitch black as the cities would turn the lights off. My Nan was 19 years old at the time and worked in the factories making ammunition parts before the war it made hair clips. It was common practice for factories to convert to making goods for the troops and this is the time when Women were allowed to go to work for the first time. A strange idea nowadays.

I have a thing for bunting and i had to add it as part of my title. I used a 2 in 1 tag punch from Fiskars and stamped the letters on. If you smudge it by mistake then stamp onto card first and cut them out or use a circle punch if it will fit over the letters.

Thank you for visiting and i hope to hear some of your war stories soon.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Things to Alter How To Stamp With Engraved MDF Shape

Hi all

Today i am going to show you how to stamp with engraved MDF shapes

You will need 
Tissue paper white
Pigment ink
Glue Stick
Acrylic block
MDF Shape

Glue the MDF shape to the acrylic block with a glue stick. 
Then cover with ink

Press the inked shape into the tissue paper. I used a soft surface like this foam sheet as it helps the ink onto the surface.

Here is the image close up

Whisker Graphics Christmas Shaker Card

Hello crafty friends

The festive season has just begun and now i can start sharing more Christmas makes. I don't like starting in the summer it just doesn't feel the same but in the craft industry it starts in June so you can imagine it all getting a bit much by December. 

This card is simple to recreate all you need is a large Glassine Bitty Bag and a handful of sequins to get this project started. cover a 6 x 6 card with your favourite Christmas paper and trim the bag to fit. Fill with a handful of Sequins and seal the top with gold washi tape.

Wrap Green and White Divine Twine around the top and hold in place with tape. Cut out two fish tail banners and layer together before adhering to the corner.

Finish by adding some holly and a sentiment.

Things to Alter Craft Stamper Feature Christmas ATC Shrine

Hi all

I can now share my make that is published in Craft Stamper Magazine.

I painted each part with DecoArt acrylic paint and then used texture stamps to add detail.

I painted each of the pieces

Yes that is white glitter. Yes i sometimes use glitter

Full details are in the December issue of Craft Stamper and thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program: Art Journal Spread You Wings Layout

Hi all

I have a new art journal spread to share. I have been practicing with this area of mixed media for a couple of months and it is getting there slowly. 

i started off by covering both pages with white gesso. This covers up any marks on the pages and stops inks soaking through. I then choose three shades of green for the background which are Early Spring Green, Citrus Green and Ocean Green. I painted the pale color over the pages and then while it was drying i went over the edged with Citrus and Ocean green.

I then stamped around the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress ink and used the Lost Coast Designs  Grunge ATC Background Stamps Set. I then used a pale blue acrylic paint and covered sections of the stamps and stamped them randomly along the edges and page. I like the textures to be imperfect and a bit faded.

I used the DecoArt Spirited Urban Ink stencil with white modeling paste to add the focal points and lettering.

I went over the stencil with Turquoise Metallic Lustre once it had set to bring the design up a bit more.

Thank you for visit

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Whisker Graphics November Up and Away Birthday Card

Hi all

I have a new mixed media card to share which i started off by spritzing ink over a blank card and letting it dry.

I colored in the little Guinea pig with Prima Watercolours and you can find him on the Blooble etsy site.

I used a die cut for the balloons which i cut from textured card stock and inked before gluing strands of Solid White Twine to each one to create a bunch of balloons that are lifting him away.

Whoosh off he goes

Thank you for visiting

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Sin City Stamps Design Team Application

Hi all

This is my application for the Sin City Stamps Design Team Call.

Art Journals

Decoart white modeling paste
Decoart white gesso
Dry wall tape
Kaisercraft  Texture Stamps Edges, Film Edges,36
7 Gypsies Steampunk set
Lillli Bot Crafts Gothic Rose Stamp Set
Banana Frog Alphabet stamps
13arts Yellow green Mister
Colour Chemistry Sepia mist spray
That Craft Place Clock Stencil

DecoArt crafters acrylic island blue
Clearsnap Colour Pop Minis Kiss, Night, Fresh, Black and Ice
Susan k Weckesser Co Branded Unity A Little Bit Love Stamp Set
Julian Vance Grunge Love
Tando Creative Mini Sequin stencil
DecoArt Pixlated Stencil
Susan K Weckesser Doodles Stencil
DecoArt Black modeling paste
DecoArt white modeling paste

Mixed media card

DecoArt Scale 12 x 12 Stencil
DecoArt Media Mister Magenta
DecoArt Pixlated Stencil
DecoArt White Modeling Paste
Kaisercraft Crackle Stamp
Kasercraft Harlequin Stamp
Prima Rossibelle Paper Collection

Altered Steampunk Lamp

DecoArt Chalky Finish paint Lace 
DecoArt Chalky Finish Treasure
Oak House Studio Colour Chemistry Sea Blue
Oak House Studio Sea Life stamp set
Things to Alter MDF Anchor 4 inch 
Things to Alter MDF Cogs and Washers
One Old wooden Lamp


This one hasn't been blogged yet so here is a tutorial on how to make things look rusty

MDF ATC blank from Things to Alter
MDF cogs Things to Alter
DecoArt black and white gesso
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Turquoise, Rose Gold and Copper Kettle
DecoArt Crafters acrylic Oatmeal

Mixed Media Art Journal The Beginning

Hi all 

I have a new art journal to show you and i have included a tutorial too. I have been spending time developing my mixed media style and i am going towards bright and grungy which is going to be interesting.

I started off by applying texture using stencils and modelling paste which i applied around the edges. I then painted the whole page with white gesso and added bits of dry wall tape. You need to add more gesso over the tape as it is smooth.

Next i painted the pages over with Crafters Acrylics starting with Oatmeal and then building up the paint layers using Early Spring green and Island Blue. I blended the colours together and then spritzing misting ink over. I applied some with a brush to get darker patches of ink.

I then used the Kaisercraft Edge stamps to build up a boarder and added texture around the edges.

I used the Kaisercraft 36 stamp to build texture up starting from the top corner

I stamped the skull onto the page first as a place mark and to get the details on the page that would be lost in the next step. I stamped the skull onto white card and cut it out before adhering it to the card and added some cogs.

I highlighted the stencils by dry brushing paint over them and the dry tape.

I finished the layout off by stamping my quote out onto card first and then cutting the words out. I did this so i didn't accidentally smudge them words on the page.

Crackle Effect Tag Tutorial

First choose your base colour. I choose one darker then the top layer so it 
shows through.

Cover the tag in the base colour and leave to dry

Once the base coat is dry, add a thick layer of PVA glue over the top

Now paint your top layer over the wet PVA. The thicker the layer of PVA the 
bigger the cracks

This is how it should look once dry

Thank you for visiting