Saturday, 24 May 2014

Colour on my mind. canvas.

I am still thinking of male appropriate projects at the moment.  Last time I made a very functional little "faux leather" notebook for my father in law. But this time I am going for a bit of colour and a purely decorative item.

My canvas was firstly painted with acrylic paints. I then stamped on to tissue paper (the kind you wrap crockery and gifts in, not the kind you blow your nose on). I cut out the stamped images and words (both are from Tim Holtz stamp sets), and glued them in to place using decoupage glue.

I added remnant rubs, some craft tape, a bit of film strip ephemera and a Tim Holtz alterations die cut. I also spelled out the word "HIM" using die cut letters and attached them to the film strip ephemera.

I then coated it in a crackle varnish. let it dry (and crackle) then rubbed in (and wiped off) some more acrylic paint.

That's it really. a bit of colourful fun with a male theme.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Faux leather notbook.

With fathers day imminent I find myself focusing on 'stuff for men', or with a male theme, at the moment.

I am lucky in that most of the men in my life are in touch with their arty sensitive side so i can make them almost anything (well maybe not something festooned with flowers). But I do have a difficult to make for, father in law. for him, it needs to have a purpose, be useful, functional. So I have made this little note book. It still satisfies my need to make new things look old but it is under stated and most importantly, it has a purpose.
 I made the cover using so Tim Holtz kraft-core paper. I wanted a "faux leather" look so I chose a nice leathery tan brown sheet. I also used a gorgeous new spellbinders embossing folder 3D M-Bossabilities Folder, Mediterranean Medallion (I love this folder SO much.)

I cut the kraft core sheet to size then crumpled it up to make folds and wrinkles. I straitened it all back out and gave it a light sand with sandpaper. Then I ironed it back out flat and put it through the embossing machine (I used a sizzix big shot so had to work out what combo of plates and mats would work.) once i had embossed the front and back cover of my book (with a little gap for a spine), i sanded it again so the embossing stood out more. To make it look like old polished leather, it needed some colour variations and  a slight shine so I added a few blotches of  "Vintage photo distress stains" and then i gave my cover a coat of  DecoArt satin finished multi surface sealer. (any varnish, sealer or decoupage sealer type finish will do).

 To bring the pattern out more I used treasure gold. I want to take this chance to say, I have been buying treasure gold from art shops for over 10 years. they are gilding wax polishes that most art shops have been stocking for many many years. They are available in lots of highstreet and online art and craft shops too and they are NOT made by PaperArtsy. PaperArtsy started stocking them more recently but they do not own them or make them. I dont know why they are sometimes advertised as "paperartsy treasure golds" it is a little misleading.
Anyway I digress... I used my finger to gently rub over the raised bits of the embossing.
I cut out an image from Tim Holtz paper stash "laboratorie" and put an ornamental plate over it to attach to the centre of the book. I added a Remnant rub from the life quotes pack.
For the inside, I simply stitched some folded papers together. before i glued it in to the cover, I glued a bit of ribbon on to the inside of the spin, to be used as a page marker. i then glued my note book signature in by using the outside pages. I did not glue it to the spine. the book opens and closes better if its not attached to the cover's spine.

I used some pages from an old book to cover the glued pages up just to give it a nice finished off look and add a bit of interest. I added a few little page tabs too, decorated with chit chat stickers.

And that's my little notebook.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Scrapbooking with Calico Craft Parts and DecoArt supplies.

I don't often do 12 x 12 layouts. I am not overly fond of displaying photos. I rarely take photos of people. I Mostly take scenery shots. and in this day of digital, I dnt even get them printed out. I just keep them on my hard drive or on discs etc. But the exception is a pile of old photos of grandparents, reat grand parents and other relatives of that age. I have some lovely photos of my relatives and I find working with sepia toned photos much easier than new photos.
I scanned the photo of my Great Aunt Mima and printed it off for this project. I never use the original photos as I want to keep them safe.
I was inspired to do this one as I am in love with my new bits from "Calico Craft Parts". These gates are splendid! and the leaves and flourishes. (insert heart icon here)
I have also used lots of lovely DecoArt media products. Modelling paste, gesso, crackle paint (gotta love the crackle paint. it just does what it says on the tub) 
and obviously paints (importantly Quinacridone gold for the rusty drips).  The texture was put through a decoart stencil on to a piece of 12 x 12 corrugated card.
I had great fun making this with thanks to DecoArt and Calico Craft Parts...
I made 2 backgrounds exactly (well almost) the same. the 2nd one has been made into a canvas. It is way more "mixed media" in style as it has been painted and decoupaged on to (with more DecoArt supplies). You can see that over on Our Creative Corner on the 1st June :)

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Altering beer mats/coasters for a swap....

We are doing a "beer mat/coaster" swap over on my facebook "page". At first, i found the small size a little intimidating as i couldn't pile on loads of texture and embellishments. especially as the mats will become a mini book and needs to at least look close to being able to close. i found them to be a bit like peanuts... once you have one, you need to have another and another. I have become a little addicted.
For the swap. we are all doing 5 mats. I will collect them all and then divide them up again so everyone gets 5 different ones back, turned into a little mini book with a couple of book rings.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Time to craft for me, with focus on two challenge blogs!

I have decided to try and take part in Linda's challenge site for the Compendium of curiosities. My  signed book arrived on Thursday (thank you Mario), so I was able to get started. I am not sure i got a very great effect on my first effort, but by the time i added a stencil over it and all the other paraphernalia, you cant tell if its great or terrible lol. it is, at the very least, colourful.

I also wanted to do the "Country View Crafts" Challenge and the theme their is "Natures glories". I have been doing a lot of bird, nest, egg projects since the spring equinox so it was no hardship to do just one more :D

I used the paper in layers to get a bit of a 3D depth to it and the coloured moss helped with that.

Monday, 5 May 2014

A Vintage Journey: Fond Memories of my mum.

The Journey this time at "A Vintage Journey" is "fond memories". I have chosen to do something about my mum and I have used a photo that, although I was not around for the memory it's self, I remember my mother and grandmother showing me the photo and telling me the story of my mums "unfortunate" hair cut.
 When she was a little girl, she had decided to give herself a hair cut one day. it was truly dire and she knew she might get in to trouble. she decided to get rid of the evidence (? lol) as in her childs head, there was some logic to that. so she hid the scissors and threw away the bits of hair. I think she maybe forgot her mother had eyes and the real evidence was the state of my mums hair. it was "saved" by giving her the old fashioned "bowl cut" lol. 
And here she is the next day in the photo. its a bit blurry as its printed on to calico, so here is the original.
My Tim Holtz influences:

1st: well I have been admiring a lot of his collage style canvases and such he has been doing recently. I wanted to do one of my own but with lighter colours and utilising fabric more than paper.  So this is sort of my version of those collages.
2nd: It uses a fair few Tim products like distress stains (antique linen and vintage photo) the belt buckle brad, stamps ( damask, apothecary text, and classic #11 (I think) )i used some of his ephemera as my mum really did get a perfect attendance award from school, the ephemera butterflies,  some paper (the ruler) and some of his rose fabric trim stuff (which i forget the name of).

I made one of these with a photo of my dad a while back. so now i have a matching pair :)

Craft day with friends.

I went over to Haddington to “ The Mad Scrapper ” for a 12 hour crafting day. I only stayed for 6 hours and probably talked more than I craf...