Shabby Decoupaged Key Cabinet #184

Key cabinetWe have had some lovely new wooden items arrive in the shop that are lovely to decorate with tissue paper decoupage or paint.  I just love these little key cabinets!  They’ll be on the website soon – but meanwhile you can call to order.

I started by adding a coat of gesso all over the cabinet so that I had a white neutral base to start from as I wanted to use very pale papers (if I was using dark papers, I would have worked straight onto the wood). (more…)

Green Teasels #182

green teaselsI love it when I get to use up scraps.  Last time I was using my brayer with my acrylic paints (I think when I made the heart panels) – I rolled the brayer onto some card to clean it and then once dry I put it into my card box.

Annette – our demonstrator on Saturday – was kind enough to let me stamp some of her stamps – so when I spotted this card in the box I thought it would be perfect to go with the teasels. (more…)

Folded Book Part One – #181

folded bookI’ve wanted to try my hand at altered books and folded books for some time.  I’ve been collecting books here and there on my travels and neatly storing them on the bookcase ready for a brave moment.  My reasons for not trying are two-fold (pardon the pun!). (more…)

The Craft Desk Challenge – Shabby Pink Tag #180

Shabby Pink tagPink….. Jane creating something is pastel  pink?  yes I know.. a bit out of character for someone who is pinkist like me!

….. why I hear you ask… well.. it was the craft desk challenge of course.  You can’t move from your desk, you have to create your project with what is around you.  Luckily, I set myself this challenge before I tidied up so I had lots to choose from!!!!!!!  So a quick rummage in my card scraps box and I found a piece of colour core pink card..mmmm fancy creating a tag…..mmmm how about some sanded polka dots.. yes.. starting to form a plan. (more…)

Beautiful Polka Dots #179

Beautiful Polka DotsMy friend had her birthday party today as a vintage tea party, so I wanted to make her a birthday card to match the theme.  I thought my lady stamp in the vintage 50s style dress would be perfect and I just had a fancy for colouring her in a black and white polka dot dress.

The stamp is from Creative Expressions called Pure Elegance.  I stamped and embossed her in black powder and then used my fineliner to draw little circles all over the skirt.  I coloured around the circles to give her the polka dot dress.  I used Promarkers to add some colour to her body and a little shading on her shawl and hat. (more…)

Butterfly Colour Blocks #178

June21Today’s project features some masking and inking.  I used sticky notes to create a wonky square on my card and applied Shaded Lilac Distress Ink into it with cut n dry foam.  I then formed the next shape and used Peacock Feathers and then the final square and used Scattered Straw.  I then outlined each of my wonky squares with a deliberately wibbly line.  I added a little extra detail at each of the corners and a border around the larger square to match. (more…)

Break the Rules #177

June20I love this piece.  Yes modest I know… but I love this piece!!  I’ve been having a browse on blogs, Facebook and Pinterest and one style that keeps calling me is bright colours with black contrasts and that was the inspiration for this piece.

I started with the backing card from a 6×6 paper pad I had squirrelled away in my kit.  I firstly stuck dictionary pages over it with Artists medium and allowed to dry.  Then I painted it with gesso (a thin coat so I could still see some text) and allowed to dry.  Next I took a palette knife and scraped over texture paste over pretty much the whole surface.  My aim was to get it sort of smooth – but having some rough areas too – basically take it away from being flat. (more…)

Red Tree #176

June19Firstly, do excuse my photo quality this week.  My camera has gone into hiding since I packed up Bury on Saturday.. I am yet to discover what bizarre place I packed it in!  So I’m having to use my Ipad to take the pics at the moment.

I’ve been continuing on with my Distress Ink playing.  Same technique as yesterday which is to smudge a swatch of Distress Ink Colour onto your non stick mat (this time its Festive Berries and Picked Raspberry and also some Spiced Marmalade)  You then spray it with water and spray your card with water and swipe the card through the ink until it is covered.  Then leave to dry. (more…)

Distress Ink Playing #175

Indigoblu treeI wanted to have a play with Distress Inks today.  I  have used them a lot recently by applying with cut n dry foam, but you can also get fabulous effects with them applied wet too.

I started by adding a swish of colour to my non stick craft mat.  I’ve used Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries and Spiced Marmalade.  I then sprayed with quite a bit of water.

You then place your card onto the ink and keep swiping it in the ink until all the surface is coloured.  Apply more ink to your mat if you need it. (more…)