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Monday, 16 January 2017

What Dreams May Come



I've been having a bit of a play over the last few days with some new Deco Art chalk paints, Andy Skinner stencils, Seth Apter dies, and lots of stamps.


I started by putting some DecoArt modeling paste through lots of stencils onto an A3 canvas. I'd put a couple of layers of paint on this previously, then chickened out because the size of it scared me.


I've just got some DecoArt Americana chalk paints, so I manned up, chose a few colours and started scraping!
A couple more colours and a bit of white pen and I was happy with the background. To be honest I could have just played at this bit forever.
I used the same colours to paint a couple of mixed media sheets, and stamped them with the Seth Apter PaperArtsy stamps. These were for the die cuts.


Here are the PA stamps again.
And some from Stampendous.
Some die cutting....
This one's my favourite.

 The quote is the title of a Robin Williams film from a few years ago. It was very dark and I didn't particulary like it, but it's stayed with me all this time, so perhaps that's the sign of a really good film.

I'm entering this into the 'anything weird or creepy' challenge at Dream in Darkness,  the TIMI Anything Goes challenge at  Craft Stamper, and the Put A Stencil On It challenge over at Mixed Media Monthly 
Thanks very much for looking, and have a great week x 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Let It Snow

No, don't worry it's not Christmas all over again, it's just that Snow, Snow, Snow is the challenge over at IndigoBlu this month. So as I still had a little bit of my Christmas stash hanging around, and I'm determined not to get caught out by Christmas next time, this is what I made.




I don't actually have any IndigoBlu snowy stamps, so I've had to improvise with Rain Droplets

and Circle Dot Background.


I stamped the wonderful Stag Night and covered him in gilding flakes, but he didn't show up too well so he's been used in the background. I've used bits of the waste to make domed stickers.






I love how he looks embossed in black.


The design of the card is from Mojo Monday. I really struggle making cards so it's nice to have a  sketch to work with.


Way hey, Christmas card number one done - definitely a result!

Have a very happy week, and thanks very much for looking xx

Monday, 2 January 2017

Play Away

Hi and Happy Tuesday. A combination of Bank holidays and football meant that I was home alone this afternoon. Well what's a girl to do (after a happy dance) other than kidnap the Toblerone and go and have a play.



I'd been re-watching some Andy Skinner videos on You Tube over Christmas along with his latest Hochanda shows, and wanted to try the Triple Thick glaze and interference paint technique.

It was great fun to just play!
I'm entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge which is start afresh - the Triple Thick is new, and also That's Crafty's Anything Goes challenge.
Thanks very much for looking and have a fab week x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

Good morning and a very happy 2017. Hopefully we are now free of the curse of 2016 - a very good year to leave behind! Of course it's now time for a new challenge at Country View Crafts, and to ease us in nice and gently the challenge is Anything Goes. 



So a new year means it's time to start again with all the birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions that need a card, and this year I'm going to be ready - oh yes! (well maybe) :-) I've always said that I work better under pressure lol but occasionally it would be nice to have a card ready when I need one.

This lovely Sheena set happened to fall into my basket during the recent Advent sale, ( I don't know how this happened as I was in Lanzarote at the time) so I thought it was a good time to use it. 

Sheena also has a DVD where she uses these stamps so I tried the technique with masking fluid and it does work beautifully. To colour the background I used Distress Inks.


The cat, table, and bowl have been coloured with Distress Markers

The water droplets have been made with Glossy Accents, and I've added a few sequins just because. The seam binding has also been coloured with the same inks.

So get yourself a mince pie and join in with our challenge - it has to be better than taking the decorations down and playing in the dust :-)

Have a wonderful New Year, and thanks very much for looking x


Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas!!

Hi Honey I'm home! Back from my lovely holiday - in fact after 2 or 3 days at home it's as if it never happened. Never mind, at least there's Christmas to look forward to. Speaking of which, it's my turn to show my second Country View Crafts Christmas piece, so here it is.



I started by making my background for the Crazy Dogs with some of my favourite Basic Grey papers and snowy acetate.
Then I stamped and die cut the dogs and presents from the Tim Holtz Mini Crazy Cats and Dogs, and Mini Bird Crazy and Things stamps and dies. I love these sets, but I do wish there was some way of identifying the dies for the cats and dogs. It would be really nice if Sizzix had colour coded them for us, or even a number etched into the die.

So, Distress Markers and Ice Stickles at the ready, time to start colouring!
Who could resist these guys?

There we are, all finished and with a frosty background kindly provided by the Great British weather. I wonder if it will be a white Christmas... When I was younger I loved snow at Christmas, now I just think of people driving and hope it stays away. Older, wiser, but not so much fun :-)

So here we are with the last Country View challenge of the year. A huge thank you to everyone who has entered and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.
Have a wonderful time and thanks very much for looking xx

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Stand Out!

Good morning and happy Tuesday. I've left the Christmas preparations behind and set off in search of sunshine, so this is a scheduled post. Helen and Mark recently had a Black Friday weekend sale over at Visible Image, and this is one of the sets that fell into my basket :-)





I started by giving my monolith and stand a couple of layers of white gesso so that the alcohol inks would have a slicker surface to move on, then I just blew them through a straw.


Then I made a total mess of the stamping. I've just re-inked my Versamark and I don't seem to have much luck with re-inked ink pads - I think in future I'll just buy a new one. Anyhow instead of binning it and sulking which is what I wanted to do, I gave it a couple of coats of white acrylic. I quite liked how this knocked back the brick wall embossing that I'd used from the Teenage Kicks plate.



So I huffed and puffed and re-blew the alcohol ink, and just stamped the brick wall a little around the edges then rubbed off some of the bronze embossing powder before heating it.
The legs from Teenage Kicks have been embossed in black, and the quote is actually purple and black but it doesn't show up so well here. Then it was a bit of bottle top stamping and all done.

I really enjoyed the start and the end - the bit in the middle not so much lol but I'm happy how it's turned out, there's actually quite a bit of texture in there which is always good.
Don't forget to check out the website which will lead you to the shop and lots of inspiration.
There's also our facebook group and we love it when you share your Visible Image creations with us here. Then there's  our facebook page and of course Pinterest with lots more to look at.
Have a wonderful week, and thanks very much for looking x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

I'm Late I'm Late, I'm Late

In January, I made a half hearted resolution to be more organised at Christmas time. Maybe next year....  So I need some cards, and fast. This calls for stamps and dies and lots of Distress. Luckily it also ties in with our Christmas challenge at Country View Crafts this month.



I thought I would make a mini assembly line, so I stamped the background cards and all the elements, and cut them out with the corresponding dies. They are all Tim Holtz sets and have matching stamps and dies.

These have  been stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with Distress Inks and a water brush.
Same again for this one plus lots of  Distress Stickles. These are fab 'cos you can dry them with a heat gun so there's no hanging around for it to dry. There's also some snowy acetate on top. 
This one's been made on an alcohol ink  background. I guess I'm not much good at batch card making!
So if you're like me, and Christmas has crept up suddenly, don't forget to join in with our challenge and share your Christmas makes.

I'll not be around for the next couple of weeks, we're jetting off for some sunshine (though the weather forecast isn't looking too good) so I will catch up with you all when I get back. Have a fun week, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

And Now For Something Completely Different...

I was recently contacted by Chalkola and asked if I would review their chalk pens. This sounded like fun so I said yes. I received two sets of pens to use for free in exchange for an honest review.


I received 2 packs, neon (fabulous bright colours) with a 6mm nib


and Earthy colours which are soft muted colours. These are lovely chunky pens with a 3mm bullet nib. The pens have to be primed before use by pumping the nib. Once the colour starts to flow it's very even and the colours are exactly as shown on the pen lid. They are designed for non porous surfaces like white boards, glass and ceramics etc.


yes indeed! they write beautifully on a laminated surface
and wash straight off with a damp cloth. Although your fingers might get painty this also washed off with a damp cloth, and there is no smell at all.

I decided to put the neon colours through their paces first.
They are not called neon for no reason. Fab bold colours that I used on this tile. I just coloured the ceramic tile with the orange pen, then scribbled the purple onto a craft mat and sponged through a stencil.
Edged with a ruler in green. Of course this just wipes straight off the ruler. I'm drying each layer with the craft gun, and it dries to a lovely chalky finish. The colours do not mix at all. You can put white on top of black and you will just see the top colour.
I put the colour straight onto polymer stamps and stamped away. I worried about the next bit as I thought I would test them with spray varnish. Nothing moved at all! So, if you don't heat set them they wipe clean with a damp cloth, if you do set them they become permanent. 


Next I tested the Earthy colours on glossy card. 
They fit into an airbrush gadget so I was able to spray them through a stencil (which cleaned up with a damp cloth - yay)
These colours are a bit more muted but give a lovely soft watercolour effect. 
Again I'm drying each layer. These colours stamp beautifully too, just paint the stamp directly.
You can dye ribbon too!.


I love these chunky pens! They would be great if you were crafting with children as they are non toxic, don't smell, and clean off with water (I'm talking about the markers here lol) If you want to make them permanent add heat - obviously an adult needs to do this part.

These are the links on Amazon, and the lovely people at Chalkola are offering a 20% discount on all their products if you quote this code 20OFFSTR.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Pens-Pencils-Writing-Supplies/Chalk-Pens-colour-markers-Whiteboard-Chalkboard-Blackboard/B00VVOWCSC/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chalk-Pens-Whiteboard-Chalkboard-Blackboard/dp/B01E17WAQO/
I had great fun trying these, for me the best bits were the fab colours, very comfortable to use and these markers have lots of ink in them, and the easy clean up. I suppose I've not used them how they were meant to be used, but yes they also do exactly what it says on the tin, and so much more.

Have a great day, and thanks very much for looking x