Thursday, 27 February 2014

MDF Man Butterfly gets..............................................


Hi there,

Just a quick post from me today, as I am busy getting filings done and packing for the Make it show at Five!

At Manchester I was given a set of Butterflies from the MDF man, love his products.

So I decided to have a play with the smallest one from the set and turn it into a brooch I can wear at the show this coming weekend.

Here she is

I covered the Butterfly in Mod Podge and adhered some Bo Bunny paper then left it to dry, I then took a stamp by Indigo Blue (crackle) and stamped it in places with Corn Flower blue Archival ink.

Then I brushed the same colour ink around the edges and stamped using a splatter stamp by Tim Holtz around the edges using Potting Soil Archival ink. Stamped my verse in Potting soil and heat set.

Using Rock Candy Clear Crackle by Ranger I applied a good coating and left it to crackle, giving it a blast with my heat gun to finish it off. Added some Silver Treasure Gold around the edges and buffed to a shine.

Love the texture

I then added a brooch pin to the back using a bit of a glue stick and a heat gun ( couldn't find my glue gun ooppss)

Happy Crafting

Barbara xx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Beautiful Botanical...................

Hi there,

Well I picked up a pad by Craftwork cards called "Botanica" from The Artistic Stamper in Faversham recently. It is out of stock at the moment, but you can get a kit from Ali-craft!

It is beautiful, lovely colours and some of the pages are foiled as well, giving it an added dimension, so for a couple of days it sat in the hut, waiting for me to use it on a project, finally inspiration hit me and I created this.

Sorry for the shadow, perils of light at night!

The base is a chipboard Tag, from Ali-Craft, now I have not been able to find them on the website, but I am sure if you give Ali a call, she will be able to send some out to you.

I covered the tag with Gesso, two good coats covered it nicely, then I painted the front of the tag with Claret Fresco paint by Paper artsy, let dry then applied a scraping of the crackle medium, also by Paper Artsy. Then I painted over the top a coat of Fresco in Nougat and waited for the magic to begin! a good blast with my heat gun, ensured the paint was completely dry before I went onto the next stage.

I took a verse stamp from Paper Artsy ELB05 set and stamped in versamark, then heat embossed using Wow embossing powder in Pepper.

Then I adhered a sheet of the Botanica paper, to the bottom half of the tag and trimmed to fit, smoothing off the edges with a sanding block. Once I was sure it was nice and dry, I inked around the edges with Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain.

View of the edges.

I then took a mask, and applied Antique Linen Distress ink to the patterned paper.

Masked area.

Then I stamped using a speckle stamp by Tim Holtz all around the edges in Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain. Using some lace from my local haberdashers, I created a ruffle band and then adhered a strip of Pearl trim to cover the raw edge.

Ruffled Lace and Pearl Trim

As a final couple of touches I added Treasure Gold around the edges and a UTEE heart made with Pale Pink UTEE and then covered in Treasure Gold and buffed till nice and shiny in places, where it did not wear off! as I was polishing it.

Distressed Heart...........

Thank you for popping by, I hope you enjoyed today's project

Happy Crafting,

Barbara xxx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Prima and lace........................

Hi there,

I have a beautiful card to show you today, that uses some free Prima papers that came with a crafty magazine and some lace that I picked up at my local haberdashers.

I also used the stunning new Molds by KatySue Designs and PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and Glazes and of course my favourite product by far Treasure Gold, love this stuff!

I love how this turned out xx

The verse is a new one by Paperartsy, available from Ali-craft and it is set number ELB05. I heat embossed it using WOW powder in Silver, The main card is cut using Spellbinders Grand Squares as is the top layer.

The patterned paper is from a pad that came free with a Magazine recently and it also had a set of Clear stamps. The ribbon is Faux Silk, it was really wide but I cut in in half before using my Becca Feeken Bow maker to create the bow underneath the Cameo.

The Cameo has been Painted with Ice Blue paint  and the top piece of the Cameo has been glazed with Pearl Glaze.

Love this mold

View of the Lace

Above is a close up of the Lace that I added to the side of the card to give some Texture and Dimension, I placed a strip of Sookwang tape and ruffled the lace as I adhered it to the tape.

Beautiful Verse......
Well that is me finished now, I hope you enjoyed this card.

Happy Crafting


Monday, 17 February 2014

Cupcake anyone?.......................................

Hey there everyone.

Whilst I was across country in Exeter earlier this year at the Westpoint craft show, I discovered Hobby Art stamps, thanks Heidi.

Well I saw these really cute Cake Stamps and was smitten, Jenny very kindly gave me a set, so here you are Jenny my first card using this set.

Cakes by Hobby Art

Closer View of the Small flowers
I have also used the Memory box Diamond Background

1 mm Diamantes from E bay

Waste from a Martha Stewart punch to create the flowers (Flower Box)

Card is from Anna Marie Designs, Super Smooth Ivory

A wink of Stella in Clear (on Flowers) Also on the image.

Spellbinders Grand Rectangles.

Happy Crafting

Barbara xx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Lovely class yesterday........................

Hi there,

Yesterday I  had the pleasure of teaching 7 lovely ladies, how to create this lovely card. At The Artistic Stamper. 

A folded delight.

Here are they are hard at work, folding, colouring and stamping to their hearts content.

They all seemed to enjoy the class, I know I enjoyed getting back into teaching again, really missed it.

Carol used a Deep Punch around the page set by Martha Stewart.

Stunning in Blue.
Inside the blue card.

Tracey's made with a man in mind.

I would like to thank Jennie and Mal for letting me hold  a workshop at The Artistic Stamper, I really enjoyed and I am looking forward to the next one.

Happy Crafting 

Barbara xx

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Come and join me for a workshop..............................

At the Artistic Stamper.

Where you can create a fabulous card using a few score lines and folds. You'll be using the fabulous stamps by The Artistic Stamper and Distress inks by Ranger and we'll put into the mix Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page sets.

Here is a sneaky peek for you..........................

For more details and to book a space, please visit The Artistic Stamper.

Happy Crafting

Barbara xx

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Ali Craft Challenge..................................

This month is LOVE...................

So I have been a busy bunny since coming back from Westpoint, where Heidi and I held workshops on behalf of Ali and Iain.

Here is my entry for the challenge which starts Today.

Don't panic it does fold flat to fit into an envelope.
I hope you all like it and inspires you all to create and send in your entries.

So hop on over to Ali-craft click on the blog icon and add your entry

Happy Crafting

Barbara xx