Thursday, 28 May 2015

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 :)

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Call of the Sea: Calico Craft Parts Day

little sneak peak

It's my turn over on the Calico Craft Parts design team blog. I have made a diorama of mermaids around a ship. its very 3D but the photos seem unable to show that. I would love it if you could go over and take a look and maybe leave a comment so we know you have been. :)
thank you
Z x

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Spring themed upcyle. with Calico Craft Parts

I'm taking part in an "Upcycle" craft swap with "Spring" as the theme.
this box used to hold a watch of my sons. I say that and it makes it sound small but I swear you could get about 10 watches in it. it is a decent size.
I upcycled it with Chalky finish paints, crackle glaze, antiquing cream and napkin decoupage then added lots of embellishments from Calico Craft parts.
I have used one of the wild flower shapes as a branch. I also used some lovely corner shapes and a keyhole escutcheon from the ironmongery

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Steampunk inspired plaque style necklace. for DecoArt and Calico Craft Parts

Today I am sharing this plaque style necklace I made to wear along with one of my steampunk costumes. I am going to a lovely event being held at the Beamish museum near Newcastle in June and wanted something new to wear. i have been wearing the same two or three costumes to every event for the last few years.
So as my husband has chosen to go as a steampunk (Scottish) pirate, I decided to go along as something complimentary. a sort of mystic soothsayer gypsy type person. Tarot cards, crystals, oils and potions in tow. This is me starting to put it together on my mannequin.

Apart from a couple of metal bits and the chain, it is completely made from Calico Craft Parts and DecoArt paints and mediums.
I altered a NERF gun for him (showed that a couple of weeks back) so this time something "pretty" for me.

The full step by step instructions are on the DecoArt Mixed media Blog which you can find by clicking HERE.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Corrugated card 6x6 album. For DecoArt

Hi there folks.
I have a step by step photo tutorial over on the DecoArt blog (click HERE), for this corrugated card 6x6 album. The tutorial only covers the front page, but over here, I am sharing some of the other pages, of the finished album, with you.

 Page 1 and 2

these decorative corner and the cogs etc are from Calico Craft Parts (hopefully they should be online by the time this post goes live)...
Page 3 and 4

that's it so far. I still have pages to do and of course as it is tied together with jute string, then I can add more pages when I want.

thanks for visiting.
Z x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Mixed Media Monthly Guest part 2

Here I am, back again, with my second project for Mixed Media Monthly in conjunction with DecoArt.
The last time I shared a very colourful little canvas. I turned that canvas around and did something very different on the back. something much more aged, rusty and distressed.
I love doing the back of canvases and using them as shadow frames. I have taken a less obvious approach to the theme this time. the nesting birds are the "April" part of the theme. and as for the showers, I incorporated rust because thats what rain does to metal in the garden. and I added some drips and raindrops in the form of crystals.
Head on over (by clicking HERE) and have a look at the work of the design team and other guests and maybe think about giving this challenge a go...
thanks for stopping by.
Z x

Monday, 6 April 2015

Steampunk props...

As some of you know, I am a member of some Steampunk societies and groups and like to dress up and go to events. we have one in June near Newcastle being held in Beamish museum. Hubby will be going as a steampunk pirate (with his kilt on) so I altered a plastic Nerf gun for him and made a faux leather holster out of grunge paper.It started out like this...

And here is the "faux leather" holster for it (it will hang from Mike's Kilt belt)...

Thanks for visiting.
Z x

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Calico Craft Parts! YAY!

For those who didnt know, Calico Crafts sadly had a fire last year and lost everything!
they have returned now with a new twist. they are concentrating their business completely on the "Calico Craft Parts". I have to say I was very enamoured with the selection of lovely things. I made an order instantly. (I was their very first official paying customer lol). I found it hard not to over fill the virtual shopping cart.
This plaque thing is completely made from Calico Craft parts. the only other thing i used was paints/mediums/glue. the image is a Calico Craft Parts ATC wood blank. I have attached it to the rest of the plaque with Velcro so I can change the image any time I want. I was going to put an ATC in it but I love the "Land of Nod Studio" images so much I went with that.
I never know what sort of background will look best for taking a photo of an item so i tend to try it on a few. and when I moved this plague off of the white paper background and on to my wooden trunk, I realised the plaque might actually look nice framed.

the frame I used was a really ugly, scruffy one I got in a charity shop. it was trying to pretend it was one of those lovely plaster and gold gilt ones. and the picture it had inside was some scary "foil image". so I gave it a makeover and then stuck my plaque on to it. I am very pleased with it.

You can find the plaques, ATC blanks, flourishes, butterflies all at Calico Craft Parts by clicking HERE.

thanks for visiting my blog.
Z x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Mixed Media Monthly guest designer.

Hi everyone. well today I am the guest designer over at Mixed media monthly. A fab challenge site with a monthly theme for mixed media artists. I say "challenge" but I think the point is to challenge yourself and not as some big scary competitive contest against others, so don't be afraid to get in there and give it a go.
The sponsor this month is DecoArt inc and I am there, as a Decoart mixed media design team member, to represent them...
so This months theme is April showers. (what with it being April and all).

I have done 2 pieces for the challenge. one bright fresh colourful piece (most unlike me) and one very aged rusty sort of thing (much more like me).
Today I am sharing the colourful one. "Blooming April showers" where my shower is made of falling blooms and the other project will be shared later in the month.
So please do go over to the challenge site HERE and seriously consider taking part. There are all styles and abilities over there having a go.

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....