Thursday, 27 April 2017

Quirky Birds

Quirky Birds

Hi There!

I'm here today with 
Claire Jackson
and no Month Challenge
in sight. haha!

Today Claire is going
to show us how to
get some uninterrupted
crafting time:

"Take a door hanger

and paint it with two layers of 
PaperArtsy snowflake paint, 
drying in between

Build up the background with 
opaque colours first.

 I used blue oyster and china and 
then lightened it with more snowflake

Add translucent colours over the top 
so that your base layer still shows through. 
I went with limelight and southern skies 
and blended with a little snowflake in the centre

Sponge snowflake paint through the 
arrows stencil and dry thoroughly

Replace the stencil so that it does 
not quite match up with the white arrows
 and sponge translucent colours over the top. 
This will give the effect of shadows and depth. 
Add some stamping in paint and when dry 
highlight some areas with a white pen

Add stamping in black and ensure it’s 
completely dry by heat setting it. 
Add more white highlights

Stamp the bird image several times on 
tissue paper and heat set. 

The great thing about tissue paper is that 
you can turn it over and reverse the images 
so that the bird is going in the 
opposite direction. 

Paint the back of the images in white.

Colour the images. 

I used a combination of permanent markers 
for vibrancy and pencil for shading.

 Tear around the images

Cover the hanger in a layer of gel medium 
a section at a time and add the tissue images. 

Cover the tissue with more gel medium and 
gently massage it into the tissue so that it 
becomes transparent

Print out the words, cut out, decorate the edges 
and adhere to the hanger. 

Add shading to the edge of the hanger. 
I used blueberry Gelato and blended 
it with a babywipe

Now there's no excuse for anyone getting 
covered in sparkle unexpectedly when 
they interrupt me in the craft room!"

snowflake, blue oyster, china, limelight, southern skies
Tim Holtz layered stencil: arrows
PaperArtsy stamps: Seth Apter 01
Versafine: onyx black
Tissue Paper
Collage Medium: matte
Faber-Castell Gelatos: blueberry

From Stash:

Sharpie marker and white paint pen
Coloured pencils
Black and white gel pen

Love those quirky birds they're
such fun and thank you Claire
for showing us your really fun
door hanger

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Quirky Birds

Quirky Birds

Hallo Everyone!

It's the last topic for April.
We start the month with
All Fools Day and it seems
fitting to be ending it with a
laugh, a giggle or a smile
and these quirky little birds
from Joggles fit the bill

Karen Gist is with us today
with a super little wall

"Using an old credit card spread some PaperArtsy 
Spanish Mulberry and Smurf across a 
Tando Creative Coaster.

Add some smudges using a scrunched up
paper towel and some white acrylic.

Stamp the Joggles Quirky Birdy #2, 
colour in with Derwent Inktense pencils 
and cut out.

Doodle a wiggly line around the edge 
of the coaster and colour in using the same 
colours as above.

Stamp the Funny Bones stamp onto 
tissue paper using Stazon and when dry carefully 
tear around it. 

Add to the coaster using matte medium.

Attach the bird and some wire and beads."

Materials used:

Oh that is such a fun piece
of Home decor Karen, thank you
so much for starting the week
with a bit of fun

Good to laugh out loud isn't 
it Everyone?  Makes the whole
world seem a brighter place....

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Twelve Month Challenge Winner

Twelve Month Challenge Winner

Hi there!

The weather is back to winter 
and I'm sitting here with my lovely
thick, warm scarf and fingerless
mitts on as I strive to keep warm

Hope you are managing to keep
warm - so difficult to know what
to wear isn't it?  Mind you, the old
adage is true - the one that goes
"Ne'r cast a clout 'till May is out"

We've a way to go then.............!

Time to announce another winner
Yayyy!!  This time it is for the
Month Challenge.  We had ten
entries, so ten numbers to give 
to Mr R O, who rapidly came up

No 3

Congratulations Jane

Please email me on
so I can send you your prize

Commiserations to everyone else
I hope you have better luck next time

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

Saturday, 22 April 2017



Hi Everyone!

Good to see you
are you doing anything
exciting this weekend?

I'm off to Kit and Kaboodle
where we will be making a
Decorative Gardener's Seed Box

Hmmm.... can't help thinking there
should be some punctuation in
there somewhere..............!

Apropos Decorative - Louise Thomson
is here today with a cute piece of
home decor..........

"The basic plan:

A bit of good ol’ ink smooshing…

Followed by some yummy texture paste… (I know you’ve seen the stencil before but I do rather love it!)

Stamping some feathers in Distress Oxide ink on tissue paper while the texture paste dries…

It’s funny how techniques come and go. 
I was about to painstakingly cut around 
these and try to give them a soft feathery 
look at the same time when I remembered
something I used to do with mulberry paper a lot…

A quick wizz around the shapes with a wet paintbrush and 30 seconds later…

Presto! Muchos time saved 😃

Back to the canvas....
and it is time to really start having fun. 
Plenty more ink added (mostly vintage photo, walnut stain and peeled paint) I also used a wet baby wipe to take back some of the ink in places to create more variation.

Adding water is what really makes the 
oxides come alive… 
suddenly they spread revealing a whole host 
of the colours they are made up of.

Starting to get really involved now… 
I add some brushos. 

Initially on top of the wet canvas, 
then after it has dried I add more 
before splattering with more water.

Now completely carried away, 
out comes the white gelly roll pen
 (another staple favourite) 
for a bit of doodling.

No shortcuts this time 
I stamp and cut around two birds 
from the Bo Bunny set. 

Distress Oxides make a lovely paint too- 
I just smooshed a bit on my non-stick mat
and picked them up with a wet paintbrush.

Remember the feathers? –
 time to add them back in. 

I tried using pva but being a 
water based glue it made the
ink run. 

For take-two I used pritt stick
and it was fine. 

Also added in at this point are
branches adapted from the 
wildflowers die set and coated
in more Oxide ink.

‘Lifted’ with a handwritten sentiment on 
scraps of card with fossilized amber Oxide ink 
blended on and broken china 
splattered over the top.

And just when I thought I had finished 
I suddenly found myself with the 
white gelly roll pen in hand again 
and thus a border was added!"

Thank you Louise
for a beautiful canvas
Love the depth you have
achieved in the woodland

Don't know about you
guys out there but I love
the way Louise lets us in
to her creative process

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 21 April 2017



Hallo Everyone!

We have Craftyfield with us
today.  So sit back and relax
as she takes us step by step
through the making of this
very lovely greeting card:

 "Everything I heard about the New 
Distress Oxides inks had me excited. 

Would they live up to my expectations? 

Wonder no more the results are in...

My first test of the inks was with a black tag. 

Since Distress Oxides are opaque I wanted
 to know HOW opaque they really are.

 Although the tag above could be worked 
on for an Aurora Borealis night sky, the inks 
I chose weren't light enough to get me the 
intended results. 

(Note to self: get lighter colours next time!). 
Change of plan then...

On cream card the colours show beautifully. 
I did a test with water sprayed through a stencil, 
and the result, whilst delicate 
(I didn't apply enough ink for a dramatic effect), 
is beautiful.

 I stamped the flower with Distress Oxide to 
see how defined the stamping would be. 

Yes the ink stamps perfectly, like a 
pigment ink with an added bonus...

 I'm showing the IO stamp after stamping 
with the Distress Oxide. 

See how much ink is left on the stamp? 
Good thing to know, they give a very 
good 2nd generation stamping. 

Also note how detailed the original impression is. 

In the final piece the image is blurry but that is intentional!

 I sprayed some water on the stamp (without re-inking)
 to see how the ink would behave, as they are water reactive. 

I loved the results, really good for a faded background 
stamping and fairly defined in comparison to stamping
 with the Original Distress Inks and water.

Remember water reactive... 

I HAD to test this on paper too and sprayed 
my beautiful background! 

The water first blurred all the stamping and
 spread some of the blue all over the card. 
Another fabulous effect for a background paper.

I still need to do more testing, with more colours, 
but so far I am really happy with those inks 
which are rather versatile compared to either 
dye or pigment inks."


Distress Oxides (Fossilized Amber and Faded Jeans) 
Carabelle Studio Stencil 
Impression Obession CAC 
Honey doo Lilies stamp 
Paper Artsy ELB33
From my stash, black lace, flower and brad.

Thank you Craftyfield, such a 
luxurious card.  
Wonder what it would look like in a frame?

Don't you agree Everyone?  Sometimes
you get a card that you want to keep
on display....................
Please tell me I'm not the only one.........!!

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx