Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Set of Vintage Atcs

I have created a lovely set of Artist Trading Cards...the theme is Vintage.
Usually when I am faced with that theme, I think  of Victorian style and fashion, ladies, flowers etc.....but I fancied doing something a little different.....

So I decided on a predominantly male theme, it was a good excuse to use up a few of these vintage passport style images that had been given to me a while back.
Top Row 1 & 3 have my own background, just a couple of scraps that I had left over from a bigger sheet that I sprayed with acrylic paints. have backing paper from my stash...the good thing for this project is you get to use up your scraps.
I've layered the atcs up with mesh, corrugated card, tickets,labels, lace,raffia,string and  buttons...
I'm pleased with these and will use them in a swap...they are also my entry for the challenge here....
Hope you like them.....

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Just a few more.....

I really enjoyed making an ornament for my tree the other day,so decided to make a few I have 3 here to show you....

These are MDF hearts that I covered on both sides with some lovely vintage paper,then layered up with corrugated card, music script backing paper, silver mesh like material and muslin. The edges of the heart and underlying music paper has been distressed with pumice stone distress ink.
I dabbed some glittery white texture paste all over to simulate a light scattering of snow.
I also made a few for my daughter, that way she won't be pinching mine off my christmas tree next month,lol...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Angel Heart

I've made a super decoration for my christmas tree....from a wooden heart by Fernli Designs
To start I covered the tag, back and front with some gorgeous backing paper, then added some cream coloured scrim/muslin.
On top of that I added a scrap of corrugated card that I swiped with some gesso. At this point I wasn't sure what else to add, it needed something I left it alone and put the kettle on for a cuppa, lol.

After my cuppa I decided to add a section of a music sheet,just a small piece,that I distressed around the edges.

I had a look in my stash and found some lovely soft silver mesh,its almost like material,so I cut a piece and added it to the heart...was really pleased with how it was all looking.
The little Angels were from a sticker sheet, so I added them to some lightweight card so I could shape them in to a curve.

To finish I dabbed around with some glittery snow effect paste, I've had it for ages,tucked away in the drawer, in fact I was surprised it was still usable, we crafters seem to hoard everything don't we,loathe to throw anything away, lol.
Finally added my Angels, the ribbon and bow.
I think I'm going to make a few more, but with different this space,lol.

Let's "Face It"......

I seem to have been pretty busy the last week or so,but have relatively little to show for you ever get times like that?
I have just finished a project for the challenge over at Lost Coast's a 3" Wooden Cube.
The challenge theme is "Faces" and I am pretty fortunate to be the owner of several of Lost Coast Design Stamps.

I had some spare scraps of card that I had spritzed with acrylic paints and found I had enough to cover the cube on all 6 sides.
 Using the Grunge Checkerboard Background Stamp I added some background images on all sides of the cube.
After that I distressed all the edges using pumice distress ink.
The top image is the Large Doll Face Stamp, which I painted using a damp brush and distress ink pads.

The stamped image on this side of the cube is from the Typewriter Girl

The image on this side is the Head in Hands stamp. I stamped the butterfly twice so I could layer it...again coloured the image with a damp brush and distress ink pads.

The 2 images here are from the stamps The Importance of Ernest and Flying Ballerina which I coloured the same as the other face images.

Face images on this side of the cube are from Chloe Collage and Fortune Teller.

To finish the cube I added the Large Doll Face image that I had stamped twice, then coloured and glued back to back.
I then added a few embellishments to the cube....adding the cotton reel for the stand that I had previously wrapped twine around.
You can find the challenge here...Lost Coast must use their stamps to enter the challenge.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Love these Row Houses....

I've had such a fun time making these Row Houses...why, because I got to use so many of my favourite stamps by Artistic Outpost.

This is my entry in to their monthly challenge here..
                                    Artistic Outpost

Click on Image for larger view

I started by die cutting the houses, 2 pieces per house, for front and back...I like the back to be neat and tidy.
Using a selection of Artistic Outpost stamps I created some backgrounds on some A5 pieces of thin card that I'd previously coloured with Glimmer Mist Sprays.
Next I covered each section of the houses with  my background card....once done I then put some washi tape back to back to string all the houses together, then I glued on the backs of the houses.

                           One Domino size for the Man
                       & 4 x  Inchie sizes for the Cow Girl

                            One Twinchie size for the Girls
                             & One Inchie size for the man

To decorate the front of the houses, I used some Twinchies, Inchies and Domino sized grey board and mdf pieces.
Using some pieces of the unstamped backing card I stamped backgrounds to compliment each face I wanted to use....glued that backing to each shape before I stamped the faces etc. By this time I had lost count of how many Artistic Outpost stamps I had actually be fair having 23 sets, is it any wonder I lost count!

                             1.5"   square size for lady,
                Domino size for boy & Inchie size for lady.

Once all the shapes were stamped, I used distress ink pads and a damp brush to add some colour to the images....finished of the whole piece by distress around each house with distress inks.
Hope you like them....I'm not parting with these,lol

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nautical Arches

Time again for another challenge over at Rhedd's Creative always it's an anything goes challenge,so long as it's altered art.
My design team project is this lovely pair of wooden arches.

I prepared the wood for painting by covering the complete piece in gesso...then painted over with blue metallic acrylic paint.
I stamped my image on to white tissue,then coloured it before adhering it to the first arch.
Once it was dry I then dry brushed over some white acrylic paint. The 2nd arch I decorated with some mesh, netting and all things nautical...I also added embellishing to the first arch.

You can find the challenge HERE....there is also a fabulous prize on offer.

Shabby Plaque

It's time again for another Altered Art Challenge over at Altered part of their design team I decided to make a Vintage/Shabby Chic Plaque from some cardboard.

I used some cardboard from my printers box, stripped the front layer down to reveal the corrugation.
Then I used white acrylic paint and swiped it across the cardboard.

The image was a freebie which I printed off and mounted on card....then I added layers of fabric and lace on to the plaque.
For decoration I added the creamy seed pods, ribbon bows and bead trim, then added the mounted image.
The hanging piece is actually from a paper carrier bag, its not string, more like twisted paper to look like cord, just perfect for what I needed...I twisted some raffia around the handle for effect.
This pretty plaque measures 6" x 8" and is now hanging on my wardrobe door.
Just to remind you that the challenge is HERE....looking forward to seeing you over there.