Sunday, 20 April 2014

Shabby chic jumbo tag: a spring craft frenzie.

I have had a lovely peaceful couple of days and its made me want to craft "a LOT" lol...

I am still being inspired by the theme over at "A Vintage Journey" of  Spring Blooms, but as i have entered two projects over there since Friday, (this being the third) I am in danger of boring them to death. I best make this my last lol.

I would also like to share it over at "it's all about the vintage" as their theme is Shabby Chic. And I think this fits the bill. its made out of paper as are the flowers and that is a requirement there. :)

I have used some of my favourite "Calico Craft parts". These gorgeous corners didn't need any paint or ink. I love them.

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

Friday, 18 April 2014

A Vintage spring flower plaque.

I was up late last night religiously refreshing the "Vintage journey" challenge page from midnight (on the dot) for a full five minutes at regular intervals, waiting on the new theme.  Having seen it was "Spring flowers" I took myself to bed and slept on it. So I got up this morning at 7am, ran to the loo, had the fastest wash ever, skipped breakfast and went straight to the craft room. it is now 11:40 and i am now eating breakfast as I type lol.
I dont often do challenges on challenge blogs. too many focus on card making. but the two I do do when i have some free time,  are "A Vintage journey" and the "Simon says" (monday and wednesday).

The "Vintage Journey" theme of spring flowers, seemed to blend in well with the  wednesday Simon says challenge. it is "animal antics"  as spring does have lots of baby animals appearing; lambs, chicks, bunnies (although mine is a march hare). so I have combined the two themes and made a spring themed plaque. I have used one of Calico Crafts fab new plaques (lots of styles, lots of sizes).
I think the influences are obvious for the Tim Holtz based challenge rules of "A Vintage Journey", but just to be sure to follow the guidelines, here is a list...

-tattered flower die
-tattered leaves die
-found relatives cabinet card
-Hope ticket
-metal 2
-holiday chit chat stickers
-remnant rubon
-a little paper fastener

Monday, 14 April 2014

Lavender's blue... Altered bottle

Well I have my decoart chalk finish paints!!!!! I love them. and just to be clear, although many folks are showing them on large furniture style items (which it IS great for), its also great on small projects and is beautiful to stamp on with its chalky finish. so this makes it great for tags and other mixed media stamping projects too. it crackles as well as any acrylic when used in conjunction with a crackle medium. I am in danger of gushing on about this paint.
Anyway, to get on.... I altered this bottle for a "bottle and jar" swap I organised on my facebook page. I have put lavender oil in it to make it a "Lavender bottle".
Firstly i glued on the little "embroideries" and some narrow lace. i made sure the glue (just simple PVA wood glue does fine) covered all the glass. it just makes it easier to paint I feel. next I gave it a coat of  "Rustic (a rusty brown)" DecoArt chalk paint. I let that dry and due to my glue still being a bit tacky, lovely crackles began to form as it all dried.

(PVA glue is a cheap alternative to crackle medium although not quite as reliable and effective.) then i gave it a coat of  "Serene (a sort of duck egg blue)"  Chalk finish paint. I highlighted the raised bits and some bits of the bottle with Treasure gold and treasure jewels in golds and blues, glued on some torn bits of tissue paper and added some beads and lace.  the cameo in the middle is an "artemio brad". I just pulled the brad bit off the back.
And there you have it. an altered bottle.
I hope my recipient liked her swap. It was fun to do.

Stampendous/DecoArt Blog hop post 2.

On Tuesday I showed you this cool video on how to make fab backgrounds using the Stampendous Creative Palette...  and I showed you one way to use them as a background for a journal page. This little canvas was made, using more of my home made backgrounds. I made my backgrounds using a mix of DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics, Traditions acrylics and Americana acrylics (sometimes I mixed them together just to see what worked with what.)

I tore some of the backgrounds in to strips, added some extra stamping with the Stampendous "Sheet music" stamp and the " musical definitions" stamp. Then I stuck them to my canvas in rows for an even more varied look.  I then used DecoArt modelling (texture) paste through a Stampendous "treble clef" stencil. while it was still wet I added some Fran-tage embossing powders and used the heatgun. I also added more of the texture to the corners. when it had dried I used the Stampendous Music background stamp on the texture. I glued on some Fran-tage elements (in this instance, little mica chips in pretty colours.)

I then cut a heart from another of my preprepared backgrounds and stamped the music on to it using white paint. I used DecoArt media fluid acrylic paint as it has a super high amount of pure pigment,
I gave the whole thing a coat of the new DecoArt  Mixed Media "Clear Crackle Glaze".

When it had dried a painted over it with some transparent quinacridone gold, left it for a few seconds then wiped it all off again with a damp cloth. The paint stayed in the cracks. :)
last but not least, with a clean damp cloth, I applied DecoArt metallic lustres to the edges of the canvas. 

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of the blog hop
Z x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A Vintage Journey to Paris....

The theme over at "A Vintage Journey" was chosen by my lovely friend Astrid and she chose "A little bit French". Such a super them to do. Especially vintage Paris. And over at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge it is simple "journey".  I actually had some time to craft "just for me" again today, so here is my "Paris journey" Entry... 

here are a couple of close ups of the detail. firstly the lovely crackle effect and secondly the wee Eiffel tower on top of the R....
I would also like to enter this in to the The Kraft Journal challenge of PARIS.
Thanks for stopping by.
Z x

Edited to add... this was awarded a pinworthy award from "A Vintage Journey".