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Friday, 26 August 2016

Seaside Dreams (by Julie)

Hello and thank you for stopping by. Today I have a quick card which uses a simple masking technique along with the shells from Seaside Dreams

I inked up the shells and by the sea sentiment with blue Versafine and stamped directly onto the card blank. Then you will need a supply of sticky notes to use as masks. Decide where you want to place the cut down versions of the main design, mask off the area with the sticky notes and stamp the image. For this card I used brush markers to colour the design.
I filled in the gaps with the "Let your dreams set sail" sentiment and created a frame from blue card-stock. I decided I didn't want to keep the bright white of the card blank so aged it a little bit with Old Paper Distress ink.

Many thanks for popping in and hope to see you again soon.

Julie xx

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Countdown to Christmas? (by Lesley Ebdon)

Hello again,

Well, this month has gone by in a bit of a blur and I'm sharing my final project for this time round.  As always there is a step by step over on my own blog if you would like more detail.

As we are well over halfway through the year and Christmas will be sneaking up on us before we know it, I decided to create an MDF Christmas Heart.  I love making these and sometimes prefer to give them to close family or friends instead of a card, especially if I know what their Christmas decoration colour combination is.  All the stamps I used are from the Steampunk Christmas A4 set and as always, there are some beautiful designs.  I have used the poinsettia, snowflake tree and words sooooo many times on Christmas makes.

This project uses relatively simple techniques, mainly gold and silver heat embossing (always magical ;D) and just needs a little extra care and patience especially when using the snowflake tree to create the background.

I hope you've enjoyed my projects for this month and I'll see you again next year, lol!

Lesley  Xx

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

It's summer, read more (by Dominike)

Hello everyone, remember at the beginning of this month, I introduced a new Art Journal with coffee filters.
The filters are just a part of my journal. I made tags too.
Summer is the time of our grandchildren. Last month, I bought a new book for my grandson Louis, 5 years old, Heu-reux ! by Christian Voltz. The beautiful story of Grobull, the king who wants to mary his son Jean-Georges with the most beautiful cow of the kingdom. But the prince does not want to be married to any cow, he preferes Hubert, the ram. The most important thing for him is to be HAPPY!

There are beautiful illustrations and I decided to make them with Louis. He is still little so I cut the bodies and Louis chose the eyes, the jewels and all the décorations. The horns are cherry stalks.

The backgrounds of the tags are made with brushos, the stamps are Chocolate Baroque : Summer Fair, Tangled Birch, Exquisite Owls.

 here is Shy

Funny is not it ?
Kind regards.

Souvenez-vous en début de mois, je vous présentai mon nouvel Art journal réalisé avec des filtres à café. Mais ceux-ci n'étaient qu'un élément du journal, le reste étant réalisé avec des tags.

L'été est souvent consacré aux petits-enfants. Le mois dernier j'ai acheté pour mon petit fils Louis, 5 ans, le magnifique livre de Christian Voltz, Heu-reux ! C'est l'histoire de Grobull, le roi qui veut marier son fils Jean-Georges à la plus belle vache du royaume. Or le Prince refuse toutes les prétendantes et veut épouser Hubert, le bélier.
Les illustrations sont très belles et très inspirantes. J'ai donc décidé de les réaliser avec Louis. Comme il est encore petit, j'ai coupé les corps et il s'est chargé des yeux, des bijoux et des décorations. Ainsi les cornes sont faites avec des queues de cerise.

Les fonds sont réalisés avec les brushos et les tampons sont des Chocolate Baroque : Summer Fair, Tangled Birch and Exquisite Owls.

Amusant non ?
J'espère que vous aimez. A très vite.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Italian Summer (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I hope that you are enjoying the Summer projects that my team mates are creating this month. Summer always makes me think of holidays to favourite places, and one of my favourite haunts is Italy. We have recently returned from a week's holiday in Lake Garda, and so it was easy to choose which stamps I should use for my Summer related project....

I started my design by covering my gelli plate with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, using a brayer, and then laying a piece of smooth card over the top. This is a really quick way of creating a coloured background. I added a crackle finish, using the large crackle stamp from the Echoes of Italy stamp plate, using second generation stamping. I used the large decorative design along the bottom to create a border, and then edged the background with Wild Honey Distress Ink to add some shading.

I stamped the main image onto a rectangular panel, and coloured it with water based markers and a water brush. I drew a few birds by hand with a permanent fine tipped marker. I stamped the sentiment onto a smaller panel, and added a bit of colour to the background using a blending foam. All of the panels were matted onto dark brown card before I assembled the card.

Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx

Friday, 19 August 2016

Blue Dream ( by Magda)

I like snorkelling among the fishes and swimming underwater as being  in a blue dream, therefore the project for this summer month is inspired by this theme.

Step by Step :
1.  Draw the face of the stencil Julie Fei-Fan Balzer  in your  Dylusion Creative Journal with a black
     Fude ball pen 
2.  Prepare your own wave stencil for the background and colour  the waves with  
     Salty Ocean of Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inkpad      all around the face
3.  Blend other blue and green Mini Distress Inkpad shades on the waves to create the sea
4.  Add a very light gesso coat all over the sea and let it dry
5.  Decide how to make the hair and apply randomly with the pad Faded Jeans and Blueprint Sketch
     of Mini Distress Inkpad
6.  Colour the face with Pan Pastel 
7.  Stamp with Versafine Onyx Black several fish of the set Something Fishy in the hair and the little
     mermaid silhouette of Mermaid Queen set as earring
8.  Colour the fish with watercolour pencils
9.  Use Stickles Star Dust to highlight
10. Stamp and glue your sentiments.

I hope you liked my mixed media page and enjoy your holidays
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Super Steampunk (by Lesley Ebdon)

Hello again everyone, time for my second post for this month and this time I've used the pretty awesome Steampunk Butterfly set to create an MDF plaque.

I've used acrylic chalk paints, texture paste, Antiquing Cream, gilding paste and Archival Ink on the plaque with rusty metal bits raided from my stash.  The fab butterfly is painted with water based metalic paints.

As always if you would like more information on how I created this project please hop over to my blog.  I'll be back next Wednesday with my final project for this month and hope you can stop by.

Lesley  XX

Monday, 15 August 2016

Summer T-Shirt (by Anne)

Good morning. I hope that you like my summer themed project. I decided to revamp a plain T shirt top with foliage and butterflies.
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  • Wild Meadow, Butterfly Blush and Just Butterflies stamp sets
  • Iron fix fabric paints (green, lime, metallic turquoise, pink, violet, blue, black) and glitter glue for fabric (green/gold)
  • Light coloured smooth knit T-shirt (turquoise)
  • CutNDry foam, water spritzer bottle
  • Waste copy paper
Note: If you want to stamp onto a darker coloured fabric you will need to use opaque fabric paints specially formulated for dark fabric.

How to do it:
Prewash the shirt in plain soap to remove any fabric treatments or conditioners (I use ordinary dish washing liquid). Dry and iron to give a smooth stamping surface.

Load the paints onto the CutNDry foam and work in well with a palette knife. Place them sponge side down onto a palette (I used a piece of waste packaging) and lightly spritz with water to keep them damp. While not using I also place a damp cloth over the top. This keeps the paints useable while working on your project.  I have found this to be the best method for getting nice crisp stamping without paint clumping or drying out. They will even keep overnight if placed in a plastic bag.
Stamp the butterfly silhouettes onto copy paper and cut out to create masks for stamping. Wash stamps immediately after use.
Lay some plastic sheeting inside the shirt to protect any paint from seeping through layers (i.e. front to back) while stamping. I placed my glass mat inside the shirt while working. Stamp the butterfly silhouettes with multi colours. Dry. A hair dryer is useful to help speed up the drying process while working (the paints do dry quite quickly).
Stamp the butterfly details over the top of the silhouettes using black paint.

Stamp the foliage using paper masks to protect the butterfly images.
Leave overnight for the paints to fully cure and then iron fix the paints on the reverse to make them permanent and washable.