Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wednesday Post for BeeCrafty - Mixed Media

Hi Bloggers..

Time to share my weekly post for BeeCrafty.
Today I had a play with Mixed Media. Its not something I do very often, but something I would really love to get the hang off. So what better way to get the hang of something then to mix it with your favorite stamps ;-)

For today I used only a small stamp. The Butterflies..
They may be "small, but they are the perfect size to add accents to your projects.
There are 4 different sets of butterflies and you can find them all in the STORE, HERE.

I honestly couldnet really tell you how I made the mixed media piece.. Its something I have worked on from time to time until I was happy with it.
There is modgepodge on it, stones, gauge, paints, gelatoes, string and who knows what else lol

The butterflies however.. I remember how I made them lol..~I stamped them with black Archival onto a 300g white card stock. I chose the thick card so they will stay solid. I fuzzy cut them and added gelatoes to them. I added a wee bit of guilding wax over the gelato to give them extra shimmer and stuck them unto my piece with glue gel.

And that is all from me for today.
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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

BeeCrafty weekly post :-)

Hello dear bloggers
 
Back again with my weekly slot for 
 Today I was to share my projects for the BeeCrafty show on Hochanda from the 9th Jan.
 I didnt get that many project done for this show as due the the postal delays that always happens over the festive season, I had to get samples back to Bev and Sam just a few days later in order to make sure they would make it in time.

I used the following stamps to make these samples
Inspired by Banksy "Boy with Dog XL" stamp
This one is made form one of the MDF tags. Its painted with yellow acrylic pain and stamped with black archival ink. I then took my BeeCrafty blending mat and used the little stencils on there to add the honey combe and the little bee's.
 This one is made using the paper pack Bev had on Hochanda a couple of months ago. I used a sheet and added Distress ink and glitter texturepaste through the stencil. The dots I added are made using my gluegun and coloured glue sticks.

 Another MDF tag and more acrylic paints. I created a bit more texture on this one with a bit of the  glitter texture paste I used throgh the stencil to create my word..
Now the boy on this one.. He isnt actually stamped. Bev has started to add an accetate sheet over the stamps with the image on so its easier to see the stamp. Now I love being frugal, and the way I store my stamps, I dont need the sheet, so I pulled it off the stamps and cut out the boy. I simply just glued him strait on to the tag. I really could just have stamped him and fuzzy cut him but I liked the idea of using the sheet and not just throw it away.
 And then a canvas.. Oh I LOVED making this one. Not something Ive done much off before but oh so much fun.. Bev sent us the canvas for a previous month but as I live in Ireland and post takes extra time compared to the others living in the UK, I didnt get a chance to play with it. And I was a bit scared to make a mess of it if im to be honest.. Anyway, I saw the others making some amazing canvases and seeing how amazing they did, I just went for it lol..
This is all acrylic paint.. All the texture is made by simply adding tons of paint on. Once the background was dry I used red acrylic paint through the stencil and on the littler spacers.. Those bits up on the corner is the wooden pieces that always comes with a canvas.. I think its to tighten it.. Again not wanting to waste them, I painted them and added them to my project.
The boy and girls on this one are stamped and fuzzy cut before being glued to the canvas.

 And then one of Bev's amazing MDF art boards.. God I LOVE these.. Those of you who pop by and see my BeeCrafty posts will know Im a paper artist.. I dont normally venture into canvases and MDF, but not one for turning a challenge down, I have now fully fallen in love with these..
My method on this one is pretty much the same as the other pieces. Texture paste, Acylic paint, stamping and fuzzy cutting.. The words on this one is one of my favorite sentiments from BeeCrafty, and its something I often remind myself..

 Another Art board.. More acrylic paints, more texture paste through a stencil and a bit of texture stamps stamps with distress ink..
I actually did the paste first and once dry i painted over it. While paint was still wet, I took a baby wipe and "cleaned" the words. It resulted in the words still being green, but woth the silver shining through.

See, I got brave lol.. Having made the yellow canvas above, I got a bit more confident and pulled out these mini canvases. I bought them in the £shop ages ago, but as I said above, Im a paper artist, so never found a reason to use them... Till now...
I actually taped them together to do my stamping on them to ensure that the stamping would line up. I used the "graffitti area" stamp for this. It was sadly the only project I managed to make with this stamp, but the others made some amazing samples with this, so make sure to come back and check the blog to see their projects.
The dog here is once again cut from the accetate sheets that came on the stamps, and just glued right on top.
 


Last but not least, a card. The only card I made for this show lol.. Once again being frugal, I decided to make a wee shaker card.. with a difference.. I made this from the wee bags the stamps comes in. Once I had taken the stamp out of the bag, I measured a piece of card to fit inside. I then created the art work using the stamps and distress ink.
I then slotted the card stock into the bag, added my heart confetti and sealed it up.
In order to make it a card, I cut a second piece of card to fit the bag and stuck it onto the back of the bag. This hid the seal line of the bag and also the mess on the back of the artwork..

And that is all the samples from this months show.
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

BeeCrafty Inspiration - A quick card

Happy New Year dear bloggers..

I hope you made it in to the new year safely and happy.
Its once again wednesday and my turn to share a bit of inspiration for 

I have to admit, I didnt think I would get my post up for today as hubby surprised me with a night away with no babies but I got my days mixed up, thinking today (tuesday) was wednesday and I wouldnt be home to get a project made and posted ol..
Never mind, I made it, although its only a quick make..

For today I pulled out my "old" Faboules Flowers" stamp to play. I havent used it in a while and wanted to use it to have a play with my christmas pressie.
Link to the STORE if you fancy a browse of all the amazing STAMPS.



 
For this project I took my flower stamp, stamped it onto watercolour card stock with versamark. I heatset it with black embossing powder.
I then took my new "Zig clean colour real brush" and scribbled 3 different colours over my stamping.
I then took my waterbrush and blended out the colours.
(this could be done with distress markers or water colour pencils as well and a paint brush with water could be used as well)

I finished this card with a diecut greeting, a black mat and a coat of a sparkle pen. 

 And that is it from me for today. Thanks for popping by and for any comments left behind.
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 Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Bee Crafty Inspiration - Backdrops XL

Hey Blogger
and first of all let me wish you and yours a MERRY CHRISTMAS.
I hope you had an amazing time full of love and way too much food lol.

Its once again wednesday and my turn to share some inspiration for
BeeCrafty..

For today I've had a play with my new stamps..
I ordered some of the backdrop XL stamps. I have had my eye on them for a long time and Im so delighted to finally get my hands on them lol.


 These stamps truly ARE XL and they are amazing. The are the same fantastic quality as all the other BeeCrafty Stamps.. Perfect impression first time and so easy to use.

I decided to just have a play with these, to make a basic background with each of them simply to "get to know" them. I lay down a light background colour of distress ink on my card stock and left to dry. Once totally dry, I stamped my XL stamps with versamark and heat set with clear embossing powder.
I then took a darker colour of distress ink and smothered over my stamped piece.

The clear embossing powder trap the lighter colour so when you add the darker ink, the embossing powder resists the ink and the light colour shows up.




 The 2 cards above are made the same way. I made my backgrounds as above and then used some word dies to cut out my sentiments. I added a darkers mat under to make the letters stamd out a bit more and finished with a few gems (on the brown one).

 
On this one I decided to only use a cut out of my background. I simply too my background and ran it through my bigshot using a start die. (If you dont have a diecutting machine, you can use one of the INKABLES and handcut it)
I matted and layered my star and finished my card with a diecut sentiment and a few sequins.

I had a ton of fun making these 3 wee cards and I look forward to explore more ideas using these XL stamps.

 And that is it from me for today. Thanks for popping by and for any comments left behind.
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 Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

BeeCrafty samples from Hochanda

Hi bloggers
Wednesday again and my turn to share my weekly post for BeeCrafty.

Did you catch Bev on Hochanda the other day? Great shows as always.
Here are all my samples from the show:










All these projects are very simple but this is why I love playing with stamps. You can do SO much and still get so many different looks. 

All Ive used for these projects are Card or MDF, embossing powder and inks. And then a big selection of stamps as well as the inkables.

Backdrops Border Set ~ Clover & Poppies
Backdrops Border Set ~ Distressed Flower & Mushrooms
Bee Crafty Wordage Set ~ Inspirational Words 1
Blending Mats
Inkables

Find all these goodies and much more in the STORE

 And that is it from me for today. Thanks for popping by and for any comments left behind.
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 Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Bee Crafty Inspiration.. The last few christmas cards..

Hey bloggers..

Once again wednesday and my turn for some inspiration for 

Did you see my post last week?? I made some backgrounds with some of the christmas stamps and some paints. Great fun. (Find the post HERE).
Well for today I made some more cards with these backgrounds.


Stamps I used for these projects:
You can find them in the BeeCrafty STORE.
These 2 cards are A5 and made with the backgrounds I made for last week
(link for last weeks post, above).
I matted and layered my cards blank with black and my backgrounds sheets from last week. I then stamped with versamark and heat set with black embossing powder.

The "Xmas" on the top card is a die from my stash (sorry I dont know from what company)
I diecut it from my gelli plate sheet and also from cheap white card stock 3 times and glued them all together before adding it onto of a black card stock panel.

The "seasons greetings"is indeed a BeeCrafty stamp. Stamped with versamrk and heat set with black embossing powder on a panel of my background paper.
 And that is it from me for today. Thanks for popping by and for any comments left behind.
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 Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Bee Crafty Inspiration.. Gelli Plate fun

Hello Bloggers 
and thank you if you have made it to my blog..

Well busy busy day today.. I have been busy making samples for the December show on Hochanda for BeeCrafty..

oh I so wish I could spill the beans but nope.. My lips are sealed hehehehehe...

Instead I have a christmas project to share.. I teased a bit about this project the other day in the BeeCrafty Facebook Group (come join us if you arent already a memeber)

Basically I have this wonderful Gelli plate my husband gifted me (after much hinting and frustation that I couldnt get the ingredients to make my own)
Ive used it a couple of times and LOVE it BUT I end up with all these amazing and fun backgrounds that i never get round to using. Well I decided to play with it, but with the goal of making a couple of BeeCrafty projects.
So out the Gelli came, then the paints and card stock.. and then the fun part.. My BeeCrafty stamps.


 Now Im new to the Gelli plate so dont have too much knowledge yet but I basically just spread blue and silver acrylic paint (I use cheap paint from the £shop and supermarked) on to the Gelli. I spread it with a brayer. I then pressed the stamps into the paint till I got the pattern I wanted. I then took a sheet of card stock (I used 160g cheap white card) and pressed over the gelli plate. Pulled the card of the plate and voila, one sheet of backing paper made..

I added a bit of paint here and there, tried different stamps. Some sheets came out great, some didnt. I really think it has a lot to do with the size if the stamp design and on how much paint is on the plate. I didnt waste any of the sheets though. The one lying in the very back on the pic above is the one that didnt come out too well but its used on a different project Ill share another day.

Its a really fun tool and Im delighted to have it in my craft room and I think I will be using it much more with all my other BeeCrafty Stamps.



For these 2 projects I ended up only using 1 of the sheets I made. I just love how the holy stamp is in the background as well as up front.
Stamps I used:

You can find them in the BeeCrafty STORE.


 And that is it from me for today.Thanks for popping by and for any comments left behind.
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 Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

BeeCrafty insoiration..

Hey bloggers..

Just a quick post today to share a couple of cards I made for today's post for 
I used the  
Set of backdrops textures
&
style wire border s
tamp sets.
All the goodies I've used you can find in the BeeCrafty STORE.

I made these as I had all my goodies on the table from making the samples from the last hochanda show, and as I was "clearing up" these cards came together. I mean, they FORCED me to make them hehehe...

I made thse very quickly. 3 colours of distress ink, blending tool and a bit of patience.
Omce I had my colours blended, I used the same colours to stamp the backgrounds with.
I then took my black archival ink and stamped the borders and the words.

I matted on to black card stock and voila..
Very quick and simple.

 And that is it from me for today.Thanks for popping by and for any comments left behind.
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

BeeCrafty samples on Hochanda - November

Hey bloggers..

Well?? Did you all catch Bev on Hochanda this past saturday? (19/11-2016)
Was'nt she just amazing as always??

Well today is my inspiration day for BeeCrafty, so although you may already have seen my projects made for the show, I decided to share them here on my blog today with details on how I've made them.

All the goodies I've used you can find in the BeeCrafty STORE and on the Hochanda shop.
 Tag: Mdf tags, Medium.
 Unprimed.
For this one I went strait to the tag with my distress ink. Not priming your mdf will leave your colours a bit more muted (and it may take a bit more ink to get coverage) but I really love the autumn feel this tag got. I used the "Set of backdrops textures" stamp set and stamped in a brown strait over my colours.

Now the tricky bit here is.. drying time!! It takes forever to dry.. ok ok maybe half an hour or so lol, but im a very impatient.. As I used embossing powder over my inking it HAD to be fully dry or else the embossing powder would stick to the whole tag. In the end I had it lying over night just to be sure.

I stamped with versamark and heat set with white embossing powder
I stamped with the "style wire borders" stamps and the "Any Road"greeting stamp.
I finished with a bit of white embossing powder aound the edges of the tag.

 This one took me about 10mins to make. This one is made with the "Victorian Small" tag.
Primed with white acrylic paint.

All I did was taking my guilding wax strait to the primed tag. I just rubbed and blended the wax with my finger till I got the cover I wanted. I then stamped my "Faith" stamp and one of the "style wire borders" stamps with versamark and heat set with black embossing powder.

This tag is mahooosiiive... I'ts the "Victorian XXL" mdf tags.
Unprimed.
For this big tag I went strait in with distress paints. Mine are the dabbers so they are very quick and easy to paint with. (any paint will do may I add).
Once my tag was coated, I left it to dry. Once dry I spred a tiny amount of the paint on to my BeeCraft Blending mat and spread it out. I then tapped my background stamps into the paint and stamped, just like normal stamping, strit onto the tag.
I stamped using a selection from the style wire borders" stamps set and the "Set of backdrops textures" stamp set.

 (All the word stamping on this piece is made with BeeCrafty WORDage stamps.. Its made from many different sets but lets just say it involved cutting up several of my greeting stamps.
I often cut up my stamps to do this and the best thing is, the BeeCrafty stamps are such good quality it matters not. I simply assemble the stamps again on my acrylic block when I want to use the full sentiment again.)

I then went on to make my little notebook. Its a cheap lined pad and I simply cut a piece of card the same size and decorated that. I cover my piece of card with distress paint also and used the same stamps as on the tag to decorate. I then carried on stamping all my words from the different sets to make my greeting. I stamped in versmark and heatset it with back embossing powder.
I added the cardstock to the front of the note book.

Once the note was finished I went on to stamp my greeting onto the tag. I simply just lay down the notebook where I wanted it, lined up my stamp and removed the book while  stamped, again with versamark but with goldembossing powder. I also added gold embossing powder around all the edges of the tag.

To finish the whole project I used an old pencil and rolled it with a piece of cardstock from the "Steampunk Backgrounds" paperpack.
I attached the pencil with some stick on velcro I found in my (never used) sewing kit.

Right the last one for this time.. 
I used 2 tags for this one.
Artboards Portrait Victorian Tag

MDF Tags : Victorian Medium

Primed with white acrylic paint.

This one was actually the first one I made for this show.. Those of you who pops by here will know that Im new to MDF and I find it hard to work with, but as with anything else here in life, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
I still learning how all the different mediums work on the wood instead of card but its a lot of fun.

I started on the big tag. I stamped the word "beautiful" from the "beautiful things" stamp (once again I cut my stamps apart) repeatedly and heat set with clear embossing powder.
I also stamped a selection from the style wire borders" stamps set and the "Set of backdrops textures" stamp set and also heat set with clear embossing powder.

I then had a play with my Distress Crayons. I simply lay down colour and rubbed it around with my finger to blend the colours. I did the same to my smaller tag and on the base for the big tag. (no background embossing, just crayons). I then left them for a bit to dry..

Once my backgrounds was done I stamped my greetings. the full "beautiful things" stamp and the "Dream" stamp with versamark and heat set with white embossing powder. I outlined the base and both tags with gold embossing powder and finished the whole piece by sticking the tags together..

 And that is it from me for today. Sorry for the long post.
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