Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Inspire and use your stash.


Time for a new challenge over at Try it on Tuesdays and we would like you to 'Use your Stash'.
Those bits and pieces we all have stacked up and cannot remember why we saved them or something we haven't used and is just sitting waiting for us to try out.

The technique I used here is Faux Leather and the link to Sheena Douglas where you will find a detailed 'How to do it'  I have used this technique a few times now and have never been disappointed with the result.
I decided to make a note book, starting with this A5 size piece, which was one of my first experiments with a new technique. This is the beginnings of my book cover, coloured with distress inks.

The panel to go on the front cover, Corrugated card [a piece of packaging] painted with acrylics, left over from another project.   I used my Tim Holtz doily stencil to give added texture then dusted it with mica powder when it dried.

Think I better show you the front now,  this is a picture heavy post for me.

I added a few bits and pieces from my stash of waiting to be used bits.
 The fussy cut bird is a stamp from Polka Doodles [I think].
Dried Marigold , Weathered wood and Shabby shutters distress inks were used for additional shading.

Are you still with me-this is the note book that is to go inside.
The papers inside are unlined and quite thick, many uses I think for this
. The size of the completed book is 6 x 4 inches approx.

I lined the inside of the cover with left over pieces of  graphics 45  papers  and made a slot to tuck the back of the book into. Making it re usable when the book is full. 

So this is how  the inside looks. Thank you for taking time to read this far down the page.
I do hope you will come  and see what we all made with our STASH  at  TioT's,
we would love you to join us this time.

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Frida's in pieces today.

As you can see its another Frida page from me today,
 well I do have an excuse to use the new stamp image I recently found.
This theme  goes on until the end of August over at Art Journal Journey and many of us are hooked on this subject.
The base page was  randomly coloured with  distress stains , before I delved into my pile of stencils, mainly using one that featured a row of houses.  As you can see,  Vintage photo was the colour of choice  for  all the additional shading .

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Saturday, 16 August 2014


Another two weeks and a new challenge theme for us at Sugar Creek Hollow--
'Lets Celebrate'.
Please pop over to see what we all made and get the details.
I had an Anniversary in mind when I made this card. As you can see the trusty  Graphics 45 papers feature in most of the layers. My aim is to keep using this stash when I can, instead of just bringing them out to look at.  A leaf embossing folder was used to add some extra texture.  Additional shading was Distress inks, Broken China and of course Vintage Photo.

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Journey's End

I started off this tag with the idea in my head to add something  more fitting to the words, like a car. 
However  my imagination   took over. The framed  image had the original center cut away, to make room for the face.  She  looks so deep in thought,  I think  she wondering how it will all end.
I think Frida is getting to me.
Well that's my version and I had no idea  or plan how the tag would turn out.
The base had previously  been coloured with Distress Stains.
All the images and stamps are from Stampers Anonymous.
The texture is Frantage powder, a mix of green and gold.
Additional shading is Vintage Photo.
The metal butterfly was rubbed and polished  with  gilding wax.

The theme for the August challenge over at Country View Challenges is 'Word Play'. Which takes me back to the beginning and the  words I wanted to use.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Frida in the shadows

Another  Frida  page for the August theme over at Art Journal Journey
The inspiration over there is awesome, thank you  Susi and Valerie  who chose this theme and  for taking me down a path I may never have found.
I  am  so taken with this subject, that I  have managed to find a rubber stamp with her image by Lost Coast Designs.   I used stencils as a background. Stamped Frida a few times without re- inking the stamp every time. I liked the shades on the one I used as a mask, so included it as well. 
To finish off I used a sunburst mask and a very thin layer of grunge paste for texture, colouring when dry with metallic wax.
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

You are never to old to have fun.

'Make us Laugh',  is the new theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
This is a card made for a friend who has as off beat outlook towards getting older.
I have my three old friends sitting remembering the old days.  This stamp I have had a while and do not remember who its by, age gets to us all.
So here we have Alice and Minnie who think they are to old to have fun.
While Tilly has the evidence stashed in her handbag, which  proves  the many adventures  the three friends have been getting up to recently  and it has  involved  more that a glass or two of gin and tonic.
I wonder whats in that handbag, do you?
The images are layered up on patterned paper etc. One piece was embossed  then rubbed over with an old Vintage photo ink pad to show up the textures. All the other shading was this shade.
I used water colours on the main image.

I hope you will join the fun at FSC this time. We have our regular sponsor Flonzcraft.
You will find all the details here. Remember we like to see a stamped image as the main focus of your entry.

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Frida on Friday

Another version of Frida Kahlo, this artist gets more and more interesting as I  gather more information.
Thank you Art Journal Journey for introducing her to me. There are many amazing pieces  to see here.
This page is another that started out on the computer, blending of images etc, then stuck down in my journal.
The border of leaves was stamped and the trusty stencil used to give a little texture. I am mindful of using stencils with grunge paste, spreading it as thinly as possible, so the book will shut. Once dry out with some  White Fire-Treasure Gold to give it a bit of a shine, applied with the fingers, much more control this way.

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