Over at PaperArtsy we are in the final stages of the Christmas Stamp Release and I was extremely excited to be asked to be a wingman for Jo Firth-Young. I absolutely adore Jo's wonderful style, but realised I was going to be really challenged to use these wonderful stamps in my style.
To say I was challenged out of my comfort zone is an understatement!
I hope these sneak peeks of my projects whet your appetite and that you join me over at PaperArtsy to see more.
Here's a sneak peek of a gentle Autumnal Postcard I am sharing over at PaperArtsy tonight. I have been experimenting with Distress Oxides and PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints and am really pleased with the final effects.
Do hop on over to PaperArtsy if you would like to find out more.
After a such a long break it really is wonderful to be back crafting again AND as it is the first Friday of the month also great to be back presenting my project for A Vintage Journey.
The wonderfully talented Alison of Words and Pictures is our host this month and she is challenging us to be creative with recycled objects.
The challenge is to turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. To try some repurposing, making something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into our artwork - think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better! Just make sure it is in our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.
We recently had the SWRI bi-annual craft, flower and produce show here in Shetland and one of the classes in the Craft Section was to alter a 6" flower pot. I would never have thought of doing this without such a prompt but I am so pleased I did! I have decided to share my project with you for this current challenge at A Vintage Journey as I think it fits the bill perfectly!
I have loads of old terracotta pots in the greenhouse so I gave this one a bit of a wash and when dry (which took a bit as terracotta is so porous) I gave it a couple of coats of gesso and then a coat of PaperArtsy Acrylic Fresco Chalk Paint. This is Vintage Lace which is no longer available sadly, but has been one of my favourite colours.
It took a bit to get the texture paste going around the pot! I had it taped on but it would keep moving! When the texture paste was dry I painted over it with Gold Fresco Chalk Paint. This is a gorgeous PaperArtsy stencil from my wonderful friend Raquel (aka Scrapcosy) and it basically started the theme for me in terms of thinking French shabby chic!
The single layer of napkin was then adhered with Multi Medium with a layer going underneath the tissue and another layer on the top.
Once dry I then painted the whole pot with DecoArt Crackle Glaze. It was a huge area to cover and I really was unsure as to whether it would work at this stage. But I was not disappointed! The crackles look really wonderfully shabby and antique!
Finally I rubbed (gently!) around the top of the rim with a piece of sandpaper to expose a bit of the terracotta and then rubbed some gold paint around the edge here and there.
And here it is! the finished pot with a (not very live!) plant inside it!
I absolutely love that the crackle has even managed to "crackle" the texture paste!
The shabby finish was also unexpected but looks so wonderful. I keep eyeing up more pots in the greenhouse!
And yes! it was prize worthy - I got a second place.
I do hope you will join us for our challenge this month and look for something unusual to alter. Our sponsor this month is Simon Says Stamp where the lucky winner will receive a $25 voucher to spend in the shop.
As usual my fellow Creative Guides have come up with some amazing ideas and you really need to hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what everyone has been up to and for some great inspiration.
Thanks for joining me today and have a great weekend.
Hello everyone and welcome on a very wet and windy day here in Shetland! Today I am sharing a tiny little junk journal made using Eileen Hull's Needle Book Die but which has a big role to play keeping my life simple (more of that later!).
Having come home from seven weeks away it is not surprising that my motivation and inspiration seems to have been left somewhere else! I decided to have a little play yesterday in between various different commitments. But I am pleased to say the little journal came together very quickly.
I took some ordinary book papers and shabbied them up a bit with Distress Inks and a little texture paste. I really needed some mini embellishments too so had to hunt for these in my stash - but I was surprised what I found whilst looking for them!
I kept the back simple .......
.... and added some shabbied cardstock as a spine. You can just see the elastics holding in the signatures under the ribbon.
And here is the inside. I have used some coffee stained papers, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and more blue cardstock. It was great to use up lots of little bits that were lying around in my "blue" box.
I made two signatures ......
..... did a little stamping here and there ......
..... and made some flaps for a few tags.
And what am I going to use it for ..... well look at this horrendous drawer full of all my knitting needles. There is also another huge tube standing on the desk as well.
I will record in my little journal all my needles ..... one signature for double enders and the second signature for the circular needles (which I favour more these days). It might not make the drawer any tidier, but at least when I am planning a new knitting project I will know that I do actually have the needles. So often I end up buying new ones when I already have some!
As the little book is going to be kept in my knitting basket I did keep the embellishments simple so they don't get caught or pulled off and hopefully the quote will remind me that I can indeed make like simple by knowing what I have! Thank you for joining me today and I hope this gives you some ideas for the lovely little die from Eileen.
As some of you will know I recently attended a wonderful mixed media weekend in Coventry with Anna Dabrowska, France Papillon and Marta Lapowska. I came home absolutely fired up with ideas and couldn't wait to use some of the Calico Craft Parts in a full on Mixed Media piece.
So this is it!
Please join me over on the Calico Craft Parts blog to see how this came together. I so enjoyed it!
Hello and welcome to the first of a number of scheduled posts as I am now sailing around the west coast of Scotland in (hopefully!) blue skies and calm seas!
It is the fifth Friday of the month so over at A Vintage Journey we always have an open tag showcase where the Creative Guides share a tag in their own style. It is a great opportunity to just experiment and try new things and I had EVERY intention of doing something very colourful ...... but somehow this happened!
I just can't seem to get away from neutrals and it actually looks whiter than the photo would suggest but the lighting here at the moment is grim with dark skies and lots of rain and wind!
I started with a white washed tag which I overstamped with a woodgrain stamp in light grey. It got a further coat of a watery white chalk paint to tone it down a bit. I scored along the marks of the stamp to get the "planked" look. I really love Lynne Moncrieff's Affirmations Stamps which work well on vintage or more contemporary projects.
On a trip to the Mainland recently I managed to get hold of some white resin - it can't be posted here to Shetland (no idea why!) and have had a lovely time playing with all my moulds. I normally use paperclay but I love the sturdiness of the resin and it is easier to apply wax around the edges for a little definition.
So that's my tag! a more colourful one might happen another time! Do please hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see what the other Creative Guides have created. There are so many different vintage shabby styles amongst us and amazing talent so worth a visit!
As always thank you for joining me and have a lovely weekend.
Hello and welcome to this picture heavy post of my first Junk Journal using the Eileen Hull die.
I have had so much fun so far and it is still a work in progress! The intention is to share MY story, so the first signature will be about my childhood.
Many thanks to my lovely friends Anne Redfern and Brenda Brown for sharing the journal covers (my ordered die is yet to arrive) and to Jenny Marples for so many lovely ideas for decorating. And of course to Eileen Hull for coming up with the idea of the die in the first place.
I have another journal in progress too - one for my sailing holiday on the west coast of Scotland which has to be finished before midday tomorrow as I leave on the ferry tomorrow night!