Thursday, 25 May 2017

Vintage Chic

Vintage Chic


Hi There!

Hope the week is treating you
kindly and the work not piling
up around you...............

I'm thinking it might be nice
to at least catch sight of my desk
for a change.....................of
course, this means I shall have
to do a spot of housekeeping, or
should I be calling it "craft keeping"?

While I start on that,  I'll leave
you with Jane Castle who has a
beautiful project to share with you


"Great topic and these new stamps from
 Blue Fern Studios fit the bill so well. 

For the vintage feel I wanted to create a 
postcard with the feeling of something 
that had been in a shop window for a
 couple of years and been bleached 
by the sun------ 

I hope you think I was successful!



I began by stamping the postcard part first 
so as to gauge how everything else 
would fit together. 

Postcard was stamped in Vintage Photo 
Distress Oxide ink and spritzed with water. 

The main image was from Blue Fern Studios 
Country Garden stamp set, this was inked in 
Archival Cornflower Blue, then parts were wiped 
with a new baby wipe and then re-inked in 
Starlight Silver and Pearlescent Olive.


I then added a little bit of colour with Antique Linen
 and Old Paper Distress Ink. 

The old postage stamp was attached and
 the edges torn and distressed.

Next I coloured my background card
 with Dark Brown Brushos which were 
activated by painting on a layer of 
PaperArtsy Satin Glaze. 

Once dry I then lightly sprinkled on some 
Turquoise Brushos and spritzed with water, 
after about 10secs dabbed with kitchen paper.

 Finally this was randomly stamped with second
 generation Vintage Photo ink using one of the small 
stamps from PaperArtsy ESC03.

Then onto the honeycomb frame work ---- 

This was achieved by using a die from 
Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits set and 
cutting the 4 corners.

 Although this overlapped in a couple of places 
it doesn't matter as the centre is discarded.


The edges were stamped with the smaller 
of the 2 stamps from Blue Fern Studios Ornamentals 
in Versa-Mark and heat embossed with Aged Ivory EE.

The centre was cut away and the postcard
 was slotted into place.


The banner/bunting was cut from card that had 
been coloured with Brushos and painted with Satin Glaze.


The flowers were from an old pack of paper 
flowers that I found in my stash.  
I sprinkled them with the Dark Brown Brushos
 and then sprayed with Prima Color Bloom. 

These were paired up and attached with metal brads. 
A few leaves were die cut  to go under the flowers.


A couple of twists made from some jewelry wire
 and finally a shrink plastic clock for the top.


This brand of clear stamps were new to me 
and I have to say I've been very pleased 
with them. One feature I really like is that 
on the larger stamps where there is more
 than one image they are easy to utilise and 
mix and match."

Item List

Blue Fern Studios Ornamentals & Country Garden
Brushos in Dark Brown, Turquoise, Orange and Scarlet
PaperArtsy Satin Glaze
PaperArtsy ESC03 Rubber Stamp Set
Memory Box Die Gentle Leaf & Simple Banner

Thank you Jane, I think you've captured that
been in the window too long
look very well.

What do you guys think?  

Nice to have a card with a vintage feel to it.
Once I've found my desk I might make a
card or two in this vein .........

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx






Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Vintage Chic

Vintage Chic


Hallo Everyone!

Here we are with a new topic
and some super new projects

Helen Chilton is going to start
us off.  Over to you Helen.....

"This project uses Brushos, 
but this time on Yupo paper. 
They give a much softer effect on the Yupo.


Start off by VersaMarking your stamp and 
then rubbing in dry the three colours of Brushos.


Spritz with water and stamp repeatedly........


..........until you've built up a whole background.
 Looks a mess? Don't worry.



Blot it back with kitchen paper...........


.......and hey presto! A lovely soft, muted background
 with just traces of the stamp image here and there.


Next stamp one image onto Yupo as before
 using a Stamp Positioner if you've got one.


Let it dry and then ink up just parts of the stamp
 with Watering Can Archival inkpad and stamp.


Keep going, picking out details, until you're happy. 
Add extra diamonds from the stamp in grey 
round the edges.


Echo the diamond shapes in the stamp 
by stencilling in yellow over the background.


It will then look like this.


Use the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits die set 1
 to cut out the corners of your background and 
overlay on scrapbook paper. 

Then cut some more out of blueish paper 
and use the actual cut shapes.


Lay the top shapes slightly offset to create 
an interesting pattern.


Cut a hexagon background for your main images 
and add border stamping in grey. Add brads


Add fibres and beaded embellishments.


And here's the finished piece:"


Materials used:


Lovely Helen, thank you very much

Something  little bit different but very
versatile.  Would make a wall hanging,
a book cover, or even a card front....

Been a while since I gave my Brushos
an airing - now might be a good time


'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx






















Sunday, 21 May 2017

Song Title Challenge

Song Title Challenge 




Good Day to you all!

It is the third Sunday in
the month and that means
it is Song Challenge time

This month's song is
Forever Young which means
Bob Dylan for me......   Who
will you choose?

Here's Karen Gist's coaster
and you will see she is so taken
with the meaning that she has
included the whole of the last
verse .....



Here's the entire song to
give you inspiration:


 May God bless and keep you always 
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others 
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars 
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous 
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth 
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous 
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy 
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation 
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful 
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 

May you stay forever young.

As always, your project must
include the title of the song 
and also the name of the
artist who made it famous

You may enter as many times 
as you like via the link, which
closes on 11th June at midnight

The winner of this challenge
TOGETHER WITH THE WINNER
of the April Song Challenge
will be announced on 
Tuesday, 13th June.

Good luck everybody and I
look forward to seeing all
your fabulous projects

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx


Saturday, 20 May 2017

About Town

About Town



Hallo Everyone!

This is our final trip
to town for this week

Angela Radford is here
with us today with a
great tutorial - you might
need to arm yourself with a
cuppa and a comfy chair
while you take in all the sights

"Hi all, back again to show you what 
I've been up to with the new Tim Holtz
Thinlits dies, Cityscape and I make no excuse 
for using the Oxides again to create 
some background papers.


By the way, I make no apology for the length 
of this tutorial you will just have to get a
 cuppa and settle down to it Lol!


To start this project I used two sheets 
of black A4 card cut in half length ways
for the pages and two pieces of packaging 
card cut slightly wider to make this 
Concertina Mini Book covers


Next you need to fold the black card and 
join three of the strips together


You can see here how I placed one section 
on top of the other and then glued them together.


Take the packaging card and place onto your 
chosen design for the cover allowing a couple 
of centimetres around the edges for turning


When you attach the background paper,
 score around the corners to ensure a clean finish.


 Nice corners?


If you want a fastening now is the time to add it.

This is not really necessary but I find it 
easier later when attaching the pages 
so this stage is up to you.
I used the spare black strips to cover this.


 Now the fun begins. 
You will notice I am using the negative pieces too.



All stuck down, love it!


I prefer to cut up all the pieces before I start the inner pages.


I used the blue paper to create the background
 for the pages which I stamped with a Tim Holtz 
Script stamp and the blobbs are a Tim Holtz stencil.


I decided to attach the pages before mounting 
all the pieces but this is up to you.

I find a strong double sided tape and glue
 ensures they are properly attached. 

You can probably see now why I attached
 the black piece as it makes for easier positioning.


Started attaching the buildings next.



I'm sure you don't want to watch me stick all 
those pieces on so here is the finished book.


FRONT COVER: 



BACK COVER:


THE PAGES:


CLOSE UP VIEWS:



The tickets are by Tim Holtz too which I had
 in my stash. You'll notice that I added some 
Stickles glitter glue too.



 Well that's it. 
Hope you enjoyed watching me make
 this little book, I certainly enjoyed constructing it. 
Happy crafting, Angela xXx"

Products Used.

Thank you Angela. I was so engrossed
I even let my tea get cold..........!

What do you think everyone?  If you'll
forgive the pun but it is another that
is "right up my street"

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx