Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Grungy Crackle Resist in Vintage Style!


The lovely Linda over at STUDIO L3 where we celebrate all things Tim Holtz, has set us the challenge of creating a piece of art using Tim's technique for crackle resist with Distress Crackle Paint.  Click HERE for a link to a short video where Tim shows the versatility of this wonderful paint.

Well this was quite a challenge for me as I only have one pot left with very little in it!  And ........ my first tag was a bit of a disaster!  So I had to rip off the best bit and make another (smaller) tag.  I did have enough left to cover a button!

There are quite a few videos out there for making these flowers from voile which is then heated to create a wrinkly edge.  Unfortunately I could only get this very shiny acrylic material at our local shop and will have to wait until I am visiting the Mainland to get some voile.  But it was good to give it a try.

I also wanted to make a tag with a Vintage look to fit in with the monthly challenge over at the ARTISTIC STAMPER CREATIVE TEAM BLOG.  Not alot of stamping in this tag (hmmmmm) but a study in Shabby Shutters - Distress Crackle Paint and Distress Ink which I also used to colour my seam binding ribbon (just loving this stuff!).

So do visit both Studio L3 and the Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog as there are some wonderful entries.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Random Journal Page


Actually not that random as a group of us have challenged each other to a journal page a month and this month's subject was three things in my handbag. 

I was trying to get layers of acrylic paint and it wasn't that successful! so there was quite a bit of strategic covering up.  Also my colour combinations were a bit bizarre - no idea why I went for plum and terracotta!

A way to go yet! ...................

Monday, 23 January 2012

Pion Design

A quick post to share a link to a blog I found recently during a blog hop.  Pion Design Papers - a truly vintage style paper made in Sweden.  I have also found a UK supplier and am hoping to use these papers very soon.  I think they will be tremendous!

Click the link HERE to go the blog which also has some wonderful ideas for layouts and some fantastic tutorials.

PS   I don't normally do links to sites like this but I have been looking for this style of paper for a while and I know that some of my friends here in Shetland have too.  I feel a big dent in my purse coming up!!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Grungy Monday 33 : Alcohol Ink Resist


I have been fiddling with this all week!  I love this reverse resist technique using alcohol inks where the resist is the staz on ink wiped off.  No idea what I'm talking about, then click the link HERE to go to the Tim Holtz blog and his tutorial on this wonderful technique.

Linda has chosen this  technique for this week's Grungy Monday Challenge and I've been fiddling with it as I had an idea for a piece of scrunchy ribbon in the top which just didn't work!  I used Wild Plum and a little bit of Red Pepper alcohol ink on my fragment and used the Wild Plum and Lettuce to colour a few pieces of metal flowers and leaves.  I dabbed a bit of Versamark and Antique Linen Distress Powder on them to get a sort of frosty look. 

Do have a look over on Linda's blog Studio L3 at the lovely pieces of jewellery which Linda and a number of others have made, along with some other lovely projects as well. Just goes to show how adaptable these fragments are.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend - it has been a lovely day here, calm and sunny, but cold.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Moments that make me smile ...........


Well all the time I spend with these guys are happy - full of laughter and moments that make me smile!  Marian, Andrea, Bev, Cathy and me - five old schoolfriends on our last get together in Paris. (Cathy took this wonderful photo so is sadly not in it.)

I thought this photograph would make a great layout for this month's Swirly Hues Challenge on the Swirlydoos site.  Here is the sketch and story board.  I just love the blue and really wanted to use the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Papers with their references to Paris.  I toned the brown down to match as well and of course used my new DI swatch book to match the right ink!

The flower was made from Lisa's Blue Daze Flower Tutorial.  I made another couple of smaller ones, but they were just a bit too overpowering for the page.  Thank you Lisa - another great flower!  Check out her blog for an amazing array of flowers and wonderful LOs.

I am also entering this into the Gingersnap Creations Random Redhead Challenge - Favourite Designer Paper.  I just LOVE these Vintage Shabby Papers by Tim Holtz and have already done so much with them.  They go so well with my other favourites - the  Tim Holtz Kraft Resist paper and the ColourCore Cardstock.   Although I've used a full page for my layout I have used saved scraps for the rest of the layout - every little bit gets used!  So click the link HERE to go to the challenge and have a look at the other wonderful entries.

Now off to tidy my desk area!  Have a good week everyone.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Distress Ink Swatches!


I had absolutely no intention of doing this little project!  But I spent yesterday evening trying to match up some blue and brown paper with my Distress Inks and thought I really needed a Swatch Book.  I remembered seeing something in Craft Stamper a while ago and the project was obviously "lodged" somewhere in the recesses!  So here it is - I spent all last night and this morning on it!!!! But it really is quite a cute little book and will be really useful.  (Actually it was quite addictive!  I am now thinking of doing a glimmer mist one ...........)

For each colour I took a tag, coloured each tag with the ink, spritzed the bottom half of the tag with water and then stamped a flourish over both sections.  This should give me an idea of the different strengths of colour available.  And I was quite surprised at how the different inks took the water.  I printed off the Ranger DI labels and stuck these on the bottom of the tag.

On the reverse I have started putting together some of my favourite combinations and I will build this up as I go along.  

I could also do with putting a small piece of dyed ribbon on each tag too now that white seam binding is my ribbon of choice. But again I will complete that as I dye pieces.


So a happy playing time and now I suppose I should get on with some ironing!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Grungy Monday 32 : A Little Tag Review


I have really missed not joining in with the Grungy Monday Challenge these last couple of weeks, so just had to get organised this week to take part.  Linda has very aptly given us all a second chance to visit the 12 Tags and have another go at our favourite new technique. 

Of all the techniques over the 12 days it was the acrylic paints on embossed metal which really bowled me over.  I didn't think it would work when I saw it, but I followed the process through and was very pleased with the result.  So I just had to have another go, this time with some non-christmassy colours - Pool, Aqua and White.  I didn't want to cover up the embossing, so I just added a hand-made flower with (and this was another technique I just adored from the 12 tags) a pearl coloured with alcohol ink.

So two favourite techniques!

Click the link HERE to go to Studio L3 and see Linda's fabulous tissue flowers and some other fantastic entries.  And HERE to go to the Tim Holtz blog and all the wonderful tags and techniques.

I hope everyone is having a good week - it snowed here this morning, but didn't settle (thankfully!).

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Calico Stamped Book


A quick post to share a calico stamped book I made for my friend for Christmas.  I am an avid follower of Tammy Tatterow and when she made a beautiful stamped fabric book, then posted the instructions, I just had to have a go!  So I made one for my friend, which she got on Boxing Day (and loved it!) and I have one part made for myself.

I used Glimmer Mists and stamped on top with Arcival inks in various different colours.  Buttons down the spine cover the slightly wonky sewing! (not my strong point!).  I coloured the metal flowers with alcohol inks and then used distress embossing inks to give it a softer look.

Not sure what I will use mine for just yet, but I think some inky pages may make there way there.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Swirlyhues Scrapbook Challenge : December Palette


Sadly a nasty chest infection has kept me from my craft table this last 8/9 days which has been frustrating as I had so much I wanted to finish off!  But I appear to be on the mend now (thank heavens!), although I collapse into a fit of coughing at the slightest irritation.  But over the last couple of days I have managed to finish my December Layout for the Swirlyhues challenge.


Here is this month's storyboard, colours and sketch layout.  When I first saw this I wasn't too keen, but white IS my favourite colour, so I thought I would just go for it. 

I've had plenty of time to sit and think about the layout and gather pieces together.  Gather pieces together! ha ha !  I had one piece of Bo Bunny Christmas paper and some scraps, but it is amazing what you can do with little bits and hiding the joins under the flowers!

The final requirement for the challenge is to use one of the tutorials on the Swirlydoos site.  So I used Lisa Gregory's Poinsietta Flower Tutorial, making mine from white cardstock using a lily petal punch and then edging them with Woodware Puffy Stuff.  I really love the way they have turned out.   I always have some gorgous pink and mauve clematis growing in the polytunnel during the summer so I think I may try some in pink and mauve cardstock with the white edging. 

Swirlydoos is a great site for scrapbook inspiration, some absolutely gorgeous layouts and now regular technique videos and other inspiring stuff two or three times a week.  Since I have been visiting and entering the challenges, my scrapbook style has certainly altered.

Have a great week everyone!

Callum was absolutely mesmerised by the Christmas tree but despite the "grabbing" looking hand in the photo he touched everything so very gently and didn't attempt to grab anything.