Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Apothecary book box: the inside. For DecoArt

Well here it is as promised... The inside of the apothecary box. for the tutorial on how to make the wooden cogs and gears look rusty, then please go visit the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog by clicking HERE

Monday, 30 March 2015

Shadow box frame. just for fun...

I made this layered 3d collage to fit in a shadow frame I had in my stash of "things to alter".
I had lots of lovely Madame Payraud papers left over from a previous magazine commission so used those.

 No need for an explanation really. It's just a lot of cutting out and sticking in with 3D foam tape etc :) Back tomorrow with more for DecoArt (the inside of the book box)...

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Entertaining in the craft room... Little dream notebook.

A wee quicky today.
I had a friend from Glasgow (Via Lincoln)  visit me for the first time today. she wanted to see my craft room and have her first go at "rubber stamping"...

As it was her first time at this sort of crafting we kept it simple by making a little notebook each.

I have one of those huge big block pads that sit on your desk so we took a small section off and divided it between us.
We cut out a piece of stiff card for the back and a piece of normal card to ink up and stamp on to make the cover.
As a wee tip, I would say spread some PVA glue or decoupage medium along the spine of your paper. it secures it and stops all the pages separating before you want them to.

Then we simply assembled the pieces. I forgot to get a photo of Simone's but sharing my completed note book....

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Apothecary Book Box: For DecoArt

I am sharing the "outside" of an altered book box with you today. (the inside will be in a future post).

the step by step tutorial on techniques used to get the look are on the DecoArt mixed media blog HERE .

On here, I will simply share a few photos of the finished item. I have not done a tutorial for the "page effect" on the sides as, although it is not exactly the same as Candy's technique, it is close enough. so for a tutorial on that, have a look at Candy's post HERE (well worth a look as the project is beautiful).

So that is the outside. a tutorial for the effects on the inside will follow on the DecoArt mixed media blog very soon and then I can show you the inside in detail here. but here is a wee sneak peek at what to expect...
Nice to be back on blog land after my break. see you all again very very soon. thanks for dropping by Z x

Friday, 13 March 2015

Book of eggs.... for Calico Crafts

with the Spring Equinox just 3 days away, I have been very much enjoying the springtime theme of birds and eggs; symbols of fertility and new growth. So I have continued using this them today (probably for the last time till next year). I have made this book of eggs book box.

It is the smaller of the 2 book set book boxes with the nice rounded spine. I covered the front and back of the book with Vintage Decor Bird paper and an old book page on the spine. I then gave it all a few coats of white wash (watered down Titanium white acrylic paint). I gave a couple of the gorgeous new "Calico Craft Parts"  flourishes a nice rusty paint effect. to achieve the effect, I added a little texture using DecoArt texture paste. when it had dried i painted it using DecoArt Traditions in; transparent red iron oxide, quinacridone gold and some stipples of raw umber.
I gave them a little bit of a white wash too.
I then added some of the "Calico Craft Parts" grass, (in stock soon) and some of the Kaisercraft ephemera. i used the texture paste to give the sides of the book some fake pages. apply it flat with a palette knife then before it dries, use the edge of the knife to mark lots of lines in it.  leave it to dry.
I painted the sides of the book with a colour wash of raw umber mixed with quinacridone gold then i gave it a white wash when dry.
Inside my book i made a little divider, out of corrugated card, to create partitions for my eggs to go in. I used more book pages and white wash paint as well as some moss and some eggs were added.
All i had to do then was to just add a few finishing touches here and there, like the little crowns and rusty hearts etc, as well as a few pieces from my personal stash.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Plaque style tag featuring "Calico Craft Parts"....

HAPPY SPRING EQUINOX!!!!  may you all have a blessed and fruitful spring. :)
so... back to the crafting.
I wanted to play with my new "Calico Craft parts" today. and i particularly wanted to try some flourishes as i have already tried some of the corners (and loved them)... so I made a sort of a tag come plaque. its made of stiff card so really just a large tag but i didnt snip the corners for a "tag shape".

I also wanted to do some image transfer but i dont have the right kind of printer or any bought sheets. I know from experience that trying it with images on the wrong kind of paper or the wrong kind of print, just leads to a terribly cloudy finish but it can be partially remedied by giving it a coat of some kind of sealer like modpodge etc.  So I went ahead and did it.
It turned out not too badly. the image i used was from one of Tim Holtz paper stacks. I forget its name but its the sort of science themed one (which i love). and i used some of Tim's fab rubons.
the background paper is one of Kaisercraft's basecoat papers and the material is cheesecloth type muslin.
its all finished off with my usual versamagic "gingerbread" chalk ink and of course some wonderful rusty wire. :)
I would like to add this to my souvenirs from my part in "A Vintage Journey" as its on its last day of the first challenge.  do go over and take a look. its promising to be a wonderful blog not just for a challenge to take part in but for the wonderful regular inspirations from the team and their guests. so you dont have to join in to appreciate the posts. :)
Edited to add my "pin worthy mention" from "A Vintage Journey"  (thank you)

Friday, 6 March 2015

Another Vintage journey with blooms and new beginnings.

 I am combining two challenges again today. I had time to play in my craft room and I wanted to do another item for "A vintage journey - Spring blooms". and as i was over on their page i remembered they were Sponsored by Country View crafts (I am a shopaholic there), who also have a challenge blog. I checked it out and the theme there is "New beginnings!. Well spring and new beginnings just go hand in hand do they not? I altered a canvas using the reverse side.

My colour choices were inspired by two things...
1. Some tim holtz distress inks i had in a pile (peeled paint, shabby shutters, scattered straw and wild honey)
2. that special green you only see either in spring or during a thunder storm. you know the way the light changes during thunder and all the green pops? and in spring all the new growth is bright and vibrant. my chosen distress inks remind me of those greens and yellows.

Although the new growth is vibrant and bright, I am incapable of making anything that doesnt look vintage and scruffy ancient (I totally blame Tim Holtz for this obsession lol). so i had to get a cross between new, fresh and vibrant - with - old, distressed and shabby!!
I ended up using paint as i dont have distress stains. i didnt want to use up my pads to cover such a large area on the canvas as it is quite absorbent. I started with DecoArt crackle texture; its a bit like texture paste mixed with plaster... it just dries with crackles. you can even heat dry it with your heat gun. (I like things that are happy to be hurried along with a heat gun)...

"Tim inspirations" include:
1. well obviously my colour pallet chosen from my distress inks as mentioned before
2. the fact I am no longer capable of making anything that looks "modern" lol.
3. i had never heard of altered art until I was given Tims first DVD as a gift. and now altered art is my favourite format. he converted me.
4I have used some tattered flower die cuts for my blossom and one of tims Ephemera pieces (the clock at the back) as well as two of the beautiful ornate feet.

Z x

Black luxury. An altered bottle for Art Daily Cafe

  The theme over on Art Daily Cafe this month is “Black luxury” so I have altered this big bottle using mostly black gesso and jet jewel pa...