Sunday, January 27, 2013

"Totally Stumped"

I named this page Totally stumped because i looked at it for 3 days trying to come up with a cool caption/quote or title but it had me totally stumped, which worked out well in the end.

I started with a fairly plan background paper from and old range from Fancy Pants, using a mask and texture paste to create some texture in 3 areas. Once the texture paste was dry I placed the mask back over the over and randomly added 3 tones of ink here and there to colour the textured area, by placing the mask back over the area only the texture paste is coloured and not the background paper.

A close up of the texture and ink.

And close up photos of the finished textured areas. Once finished I added some drops of glue and scattered glass beads around once dry tipping off the ones that weren't stuck I then used some watered down white paint and dabbed a little paint onto the beads to help them blend into the background.

Memory Maze log was first painted in a white paint that had been watered down, i didn't paint the entire thing I then sanded it lightly to ruff up the surface but not take the paint off, adding brown ink to the edges for a little extra colour, I then re-did the engraved lines in black.

A small cluster of flowers, metal flowers are Petaloo and all other flowers are Green Tara

Another cluster of flowers and a metal charm tree that has been painted white then sanded and Tim Holtz stickles added to the tree like leaves.

Memory Maze large gate, lock and key have all been painted in white and had rusting powder added but only here and there. The lock and key tied onto the gate with Green Tara wire cord.

Close up of the key and lock. Another small cluster of flowers

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Halloween Shabby Green Tara Style

"incy wincy spider"

Miss Imogen was not in the mood for playing dress ups and wouldn't smile no matter how hard we tried to get her to.

Green Tara Mesh & Satin frill ribbon cut to look like banner pieces,
Scrapmatts bird cage

White wire cord used to thread thru the banner and curl at each end. topped with a black flower spray.

Ripped up pieces of cobweb ribbon added here and there.

Larger cluster of beautiful Green Tara Blooms.

Smaller cluster of Green Tara Blooms

More cobweb ribbon and scrapmatts Flourishes.

Green Tara Products Used

10mm Satin Frill Ivory  - CODE: RB436Iv
10mm Satin Frill Black   - CODE: RB436BL
1mm Wire Cord White - CODE: RB1164Wh
50mm Cobweb Black  - CODE: RB6772BL
Velvet Rose 12 8cm Velvet Flowers MintCODE: XF9217Mi
Tutu 5cm Organza and Pearl Flowers Pink 12 pcsCODE: XF9227P
Lollipop 4.5cm Satin Flowers 12 pcs BlackCODE: XF9322BL
Heirloom 4cm Silk and Organza Dusky PinkCODE: XF9317DP
 Heirloom 4cm Silk and Organza Dusky Pink - CODE: XF9317DP
Flower Sprays Black - CODE: PFSTBL
1cm Mini Rosebuds Black - CODE: FDV025BL
Black Roses 2cm   - CODE: FDR006Bl
Pale Pink Roses 2 cm - CODE: FDR006PP

Other products

Pink Paislee papers
Scrapmatts micro chips 20, Bows 01 & Flourishes 04
Mix'd Media Inx peaches
Tim Holtz pearls pink petal & Distress stickles worn lipstick
Alphas- Thickers, Basic grey, Creative imaginations.
Martha Stewart punch
Liquid chalk ink - black


"New Ride"

I am totally hopeless at doing simple these days, I just have to stick something on every empty space I can see, but this month to challenge myself i wanted to try, it didn't quite go to plan and it almost had me in a frenzy but after adding a few more bits lol I was happy.

I loved this bright background paper but it was too busy for the photos so I watered down some white paint and painted the entire thing, once dry i used some sand paper to ruff up the paper here and there it didn't remove the paint but it gave it more texture, after that I sprayed some water downed paint here and there and using a texture stamp I stamped in 2 colours around the edge.

I am an collector of stamps but I always seam to forget about them so I have tried to use as many stamps as I could, these clouds have been stamped with a texture stamp, the small banner pieces also stamped, a little stamped bingo card and the background make 5 different stamps.

I knew I wanted to create a banner across the page so started with some Green Tara rats tail cord and cut done the photos and set about making random sized banner tags.

Adding a couple of small clusters of Green Tara flowers and cutting up a leaf ribbon in red to create small leaves in the clusters. 

Another cluster of Green Tara flowers this time using a 7cm petal flower folded up into 4 and lightly dusted with white ink.

Green Tara string in red was used to create a flower, and a spring flower topped with a cherry blossom crated the perfect flower, another petal but in 4cm was folded again into 4 and added to the bikes basket topped with a rose.

Green Tara Products Used

Rat Tail Cord 50m roll Red-CODE: RB1204R
Paper String Red-CODE: PSR
Satin Leaf Garland, Red-CODE: RB573AR
Primula 4.5cm Silk and Organza Flowers Pale Green-CODE: XF9325PG
Cherry Blossoms White -CODE: FLC22Wh
Cherry Blossoms Red-CODE: FLC22R
Cherry Blossoms Red/White-CODE: FLC22RW
1.5cm Roses Green-CODE: FDR003Gr
1.5cm Roses Turquoise-CODE: FDR003Tu
1.5cm Roses Pale Yellow-CODE: FDR003YP
7cm Petals, Sky Blue-CODE: FDS021B1
4cm Petals, Turquoise.-CODE: FK018Tu
"Periwinkle" Green-CODE: IF2P1a

Other products used

My minds eye, Kaiser & Prima papers, Kaiser & Tim holtz stamps, American crafts thickers (bike & banner bits) Kaiser die cuts (clouds & birds) Distress inks, Memento ink, Brilliance ink, home made paint sprays, Bella chipboard letters

Monday, January 21, 2013

Memory Maze Reverse Canvas

I wanted to create something to go in my girls new room. The entire canvas was painted in gesso then a dark purple, I then did a rough cost of white paint and once dry it was sanded to show areas of the purple this shows thru the swirl on the frame.

I used a brick template and texture paste to create the bricks on the sides and back wall of the canvas then sprayed it with 2 different tones of brown and added a darker brown ink to the edges to highlight certain areas.

Memory Maze 12x12 swirl frame had the center cut out of it and was painted in a lavender then touches of a dark purple added here and there the swirl center was painted in eggwhite (grey/white), Green Tara & Manor house flowers.

Prima vine was added up the inside edge behind the chair and green tara petals and flowers added to it.

Memory Maze Bird cage wrought iron was first painted white then a clear crackle paint was added once dry   I painted it with H2O paint and rub off the excess so only the paint remained in the cracks, the chain was also painted with nutmeg H2O paint, a little american craft thickers glitter bird was added to the cage. More Green Tara flowers, petals and flower sprays added.

Memory Maze vintage frame has been painted in an apricot colour with touches of purple added the clear embossed to give it a shine and Green Tara silver paper added to the back to make it look like a mirror.

Memory Maze Bird Bath small was first painted in eggshell (a grey/white colour) then highlights of white added to look like shadowing along with lines drawn in grey, little birds were also painted. I small rose garden made up with Green Tara rosebuds.

Memory Maze Street Lamp has been painted with nutmeg H2O paint and the glob painted with a gold shimmer paint.

Memory Maze Chair Large has been painted using purple in light and dark along with the eggshell paint colour. More Green Tara petals rolled up under the chair.

Another Memory Maze Corner treated the same way but a larger one this time slipped in behind the garden.

Memory Maze Fence with Chain has been painted in eggshell then clear crackle paint over the top. 

Memory Maze smallest corner from the corner set has been painted in the nutmeg H2O paint.

Memory Maze Products used

Swirl Frame - Z0020
Chair - S0610
Corner Set - Z0029
Fence - L0164
Bird Cage - L0084
Bird Bath - S0607
Street Light - 
Vintage frame - J13003

Green Tara Products Used

Rose buds various colours
Flower spray purple
7cm Petals purple & Pink
5cm Petals hot pink
Cherry blossom purple, hot pink
Apple blossoms 
2cm roses 
Silver Paper
Sakura Peach flower
Primula green flower

Extra products used

Texture paste, Kaiser paints, H2O paints, Mixed media Inx, Ranger crackle accents, glimmer mist, prima vine, manor house large purple flower, american crafts thickers bird, misc glitter swan, prima brick template.

Monday, January 14, 2013

"My New Toy"

I brought my first DSLR about 4yrs ago and was thrilled with it but recently I brought my oldest DD a different brand DSLR from Christmas and the quality was so much better so with every penny I had saved I got a New Toy for Christmas. What more could I ask for, well maybe some kids that stand still lol.

Scrapmatts Film Strips 03 come in a pack of 3 and were perfect for this layout, I started out by inking the pieces in a dark mix'd media inx these inx stay wet for a long time so I was able to sprinkle a little black, dark brown and copper embossing powder here and there over the pieces and not need veramark etc, when heating your embossing powder the colours will blend together creating the affect of an old film strip you can blend your colours more by using the heat gun to push the colours around while heating them or repeating the embossing process while it is still wet until you are happy with the look.

Adding a die-cut camera and matching washi tape helps carry the theme on. (my first time using washi tape, something else that's new)

I added 2 Scrapmatts butterfly's embossing both of them and then layering them 

For the background of this page I started by putting random blobs of texture paste over my background and spraying it with glimmer mist to colour the paste, as I added each layer of paper I added more texture paste to each corner of paper and more glimmer mist.

A collection of Green Tara black blooms and roses and a couple of Prima flowers.

Small photos that I have taken with this new toys have been added to the Tim Holtz film strip.

Green Tara black flower vine and roses

Scrapmatts products used

Butterflies 20 - CB1158
Film Strip 03 - CB3001

Green Tara Products used

Poppy 8cm Organza Flowers Black 12 pcs  CODE: XF9212BL
Black Apple Blossoms    CODE: FDV044BL
Flower Sprays Black   CODE: PFSTBL
1.5cm Roses Mint  CODE: FDR003Mi
1.5cm Roses Ivory  CODE: FDR003Iv

Other products used

 Prima papers, kaiser die-cuts, Thickers letters, Prima rhinestones, Prima flowers, tim holtz film strip, texture paste, frenchville tissue paste, mix'd media inx and embossing powder, Alison ellis embossing powder, glimmer mist.