Friday, 30 January 2015

Circle Tags

Good morning everyone.
I'd like to share a couple of tags with you today - both tags are the same just different colours. I've made the tags for KCUK's January challenge, the theme is circles.

I made the tags from a couple of my mono prints and stamped the Creative Expressions circles on the background.
I stamped and embossed the Chocolate Baroque bubble blowing machine and coloured it with watercolours, then I added Glossy Accents to the bubbles.
I added the hand written words and stapled some ribbon.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Craft Barn Calendar Challenge - January

I've decided to join in with the Craft Barns Calendar Challenge, for January the theme is Aqua and Snowflakes.

I used a baby wipe to colour the background with peacock feathers distress ink. The trees [Artemeo stamp] were stamped with evergreen bough distress ink. I glued bits of a lacy handmade paper at the bottom. For the snowflakes I used a mixture of Tattered Lace dies and a Martha Stuart punch. I put stickles on the snowflakes and handmade paper but the photo doesn't show it very well.
I shall probably matt the pages onto card but I'm not sure how I'm going to bind them yet.

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Documented Life - Week 2

I've just finished my week 2 for the Documented Life, this week we had to use gesso on the pages.

I started by painting the blank pages with gesso and then I adhered my calender page.
I use a baby wipe to apply the DecoArt acrylic paint.
I used an Impression Obsession stamp and rose madder Archival ink on the background and then stamped some black crackle with a Kaisercraft stamp.
The Woodware clematis was stamped onto paper and coloured with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush, I cut them out and adhered them to the pages.
The dates and lines on the calender had disappeared under the paint so penned them in.
I stencelled the dragonflies with gesso and let them dry then I coloured them with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush then I went round the edges with a black watercolour pencil and waterbrush.
The last thing I did was to write the Mary Shelly quote.

This is a closer look at the dragonflies.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Documented Life 2015

The Documented Life 2015 project started last week, here is a link to the project. I failed miserably last year with the project as I started half way through the year and couldn't catch up so I hope to do better this year. I've managed to get week one done, the prompt was Be Your Own Goalkeeper and to use book pages.

I'm using the large Dylusions journal for the project, the pages are A4.

Dylusions - THE Dylusions Journal

This is what I came up with for week one.

I covered the pages with music, crossword, dictionary, shorthand paper and book pages, the blue tit picture came out of a bird book that belonged to my dad, he'd written blue tit in pencil on it so I was very careful not to cover it with paint. I used a scraper to apply the acrylic paint rather than a brush as I didn't want the paint to be very thick, I also used a stencil and a couple of stamps on the background. I've written some of my goals for the year on a tag that's in the pocket, I may add more goals later on.
If you can see the journalling you will see that I've had the lurgy since Christmas - not a good start to the year, I wasn't very happy that I had to cancel a trip to Sadler's Wells to see Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands. Although my head still feels like it's full of cotton wool and I still have a cough I'm feeling a lot better now.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year

 No projects to share with you today but would like to wish you all a very

Happy and Healthy New Year

xxx Hazel.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Picture Inspiration

Another fortnight has flown by and it's time for another craft-Room Challenge. This is the last challenge of the year and sadly it will be the last ever Craft-Room Challenge. It's been a difficult and busy year for some of the DT  and other members are moving to new pastures so we've decided to call it a day. Debi is the hostess of this last challenge and she has a lovely picture for us all to be inspired by.

Our sponsor for the challenge is The MDF Man

Inspiration Picture

For my DT piece I've decorated a frame and taken my inspiration from the roses, colour blue, snow and frost.

I gave the frame a couple of coats of gesso and then painted it blue, when the paint dried I dry brushed a paler blue over the top. I stencilled some snowflakes with modelling paste, when the paste dried I sprayed the frame with Glimmer Mist and melted some white Frantage embossing enamel. I printed the image and painted the edges with blue paint then I put it in the frame. I die cut the leaves and ivy and covered them with Stickles. I've had some red roses in my stash for a long time and I covered them with frosted lace Stickles. Then I glued them to the frame and added some silver cord.

 A close up of the frame.

A close up of the flowers.

The rest of DT have been inspired by the picture and have made some gorgeous samples so why not visit the Craft-Room and take a look.

Monday, 1 December 2014

My First DT Post For Altered Eclectics

This is my first DT post for the Altered Eclectics challenge and I've made a Christmas Door Hanger. The challenge is Always Anything Goes As Long As It's Not A Card.

I found a plastic door hanger in a charity shop, it had a cute design on it. I started by giving it a couple of coats of gesso and then painted it blue.

I then stencilled some snowflakes with modelling paste and when the paste dried I gave it a wash of mermaid Fresco Finish paint and then I dry brushed it with snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

I put some stickles over the snowflakes and painted DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze over all the hanger when the stickles had dried, then I edged it with black soot
I die cut a Sizzix snowman and covered it with the crackle glaze, then I die cut the two Sizzix deer out of one of my monoprints and stamped some script on them, I also put some crackle glaze on them. I used a Spellbinder die and white card for the poinsettia and leaves and I covered them with red and green stickles. I glued everything to the hanger together with some silver cord, silver beads and die cut letters.

This is a close up of the crackle.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Tea Bag Folded Star And Felt Reindeer Christmas Tree Decorations

Two decorations to share with you today.

The first one is a tea bag folded star.

I got the pattern of the Internet but there's no link as I can't find where I got it from.
I made eight sections and glued them all together, then I covered it front and back with stickles, I embossed two wooden snowflakes with a glitter embossing powder and glued one on the front and one on the back.

This reindeer was a free kit in a magazine some time ago. It  was very easy to make.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Christmas Decorations/No Cards

Good morning, it's my turn to choose the theme for the latest Craft-Room Challenge and I have chosen Christmas Decorations/No Cards.

Our sponsor for the challenge is Crafty Individuals,

For my DT project I've made a few Christmas tree decorations.

I wont show all the decorations today as my post will be too long so I'll share them with you over the next few days. I'll start off with the lantern as I was pleased with how it turned out..

I found the template for the lantern on Pinterest, here is the link.

I resized the template to fit on A4 card and printed it twice. I cut out one of the prints and cut out the windows, then I glued acetate over the windows. I scored and folded the sides and glued them to make the lantern shape.
With the second print I cut out the sides and top sections separately so that I could paint them.
I started by painting them with marlin Fresco Finnish and then covered them with Weathered Wood crackle medium. I left the Weathered Wood crackle to dry for a few hours and then painted Snowflake Fresco Finnish over it, this dried with a lovely cracked effect, I then sponged all the edges with weathered wood Distress ink, then I glued all the sides and top sections to the lantern. I put some Aleene's glitter snow on the top.
I die cut some ivy and leaves with a Sizziz die and green card and poinsettia flowers with a Spellbinders die and red card. I covered the die cuts with frosted lace Stickles. When the stickles dried I glued the flowers and leaves to the lantern and glued some beads to the centre of the poinsettias.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Vintage Tags

Good morning, I hope you're having a good weekend and have better weather than we have here, it's pouring down.
I'd like to share with you two Vintage tags.

Both tags were made the same way,
I use a couple of my mono prints for the tags and glued lace, die cuts, flowers, metal charms etc to them. I painted everything with acrylic paint and added the Gecko Galz images. I masked the images and sprayed the tags with Glimmer Mist.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas ATCs

The theme for the November ATC swap at KCUK is Christmas, these are my ATCs for the swap.

I used inks on the background and splashed with water. I stamped the Crafty Individuals image on to white card and onto card matching the background, The white image was adhered to the ATC and I cut out the coloured star and adhered it to the image on the ATC. I added some silver stickles.

I adhered some patterned paper to the ATC and stamped the Sheena Douglas image onto white card. The image was watercolured with Distress ink. I added some die cut holly leaves, beads, ribbon. and some stickles.                     

Monday, 17 November 2014

Dream Tag

Another tag that I made earlier in the year.

The background has been coloured with Dylusion ink and I used a Sizzix diecut. The image was stamped onto some coloured card and cut out. I glued the waste from the diecut to the bottom of the tag and added gems. I stamped the dream and cut it out.
The main image is a PaperArtsy/Lynne Perrella stamp, I'm not sure who made the dream.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Harlequin Tag and Good News

Good morning all, a grim start to the weekend here, I hope it's better where you are.

Before I show you my tag I'd like to share some fabulous news that I received last weekend, I'm now on the Altered Eclectics Design Team - I'm so excited and will do my first project for them in December.

The tag I'm sharing with you was made earlier in the year.

I used one of my mono prints for the background and used a Stampers Anonymous stamp and distress ink to stamp the large harlequins. I used a mask and modelling paste for the small harlequins and coloured them with distress ink. I also used a Kaisercraft stamp on the background. The orange flower is of some handmade paper from my stash and I pust some tissue tape at the bottom of the tag. I used a Judikins stamp for the main image and it was stamped onto some coloured card and cut out. I think the Art stamp is Lost Coast Designs stamp.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Inspired By Rene Magritte

I  did this monochromatic painting of Rene Magritte's The Great War in 2002 when I use to go to watercolour classes, we had to find a painting and choose one paint to paint it with.

It was too big to go in my journal so I printed it and cut the image out but then I had to do a background so I decided on another Magritte painting The Empty Picture Frame. This is the result.
I'm linking it to the Art Journal Journey challenge - Inspired by the masters.

For the background I used watercolour pencils and a waterbrush.

This is a photo of The Great War

and this is a photo of The Empty Picture Frame.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - 3D

Good morning all, it's time for another Craft-Room Challenge and it's the lovely Christi's turn to choose the theme, she has chosen 3D. You can create anything as long as there's a 3D element on it.

Our sponsor this time around is Tando Creative.

For my DT piece I've made three 3D decoupaged Christmas cards. I use to do a lot of 3D decoupage years ago and it made a nice change to to do some again.

I've shown the front and side view of the cards, the side view is to show the layers. My photos aren't very good as the light wasn't very good when I took them.
There's not a lot to say about the cards - I cut out all the bits and used silicone glue to adhere them to the card.


The rest of the DT have made some great samples and would love you to visit the Craft-Room to take a look