Sunday, 12 April 2015

Change / Alter

Hello Crafters,

Thank you for dropping in today to take a look at the Design Team Challenge over at That Craft Place Ltd.  Our brief this week was change/alter and although I had a lot of ideas going through my head of things in the craft room that I could alter, I really wanted to have a go at making rust.

I did a workshop in March at That Craft Place which was run by Andy Skinner and I am a big fan of his works.  He showed us at the workshop how to create rust using Decoart products and I needed a bit of a play in my craft room.

So as you can see I decided to make a card but I used Foam Board and made it rusty.  I had seen foam board in the shops but wasn't really sure how to use it and I knew that Andy used it in his projects so I was thrilled that he bought it along to the workshop for us to use.  Of course I had to go straight out and buy some in both black and white.

Using a Tim Holtz die I cut out two hinges, a keyhole and a key and these were going to become my rust babies.  To make the rust you first have to cover your pieces in some Decoart Texture Sand Paste and leave to dry.

While this was drying I spritzed a piece of card lightly with some Decoart Carbon Black Mister and put that to one side to dry.  When the texture sand paste was dry I used some Black Gesso and some Decoart Titan Buff Fluid Acrylics with a bit of cut and dry foam and mixed the two colours together to create a grey colour to add to the cut out pieces.  Again this was left to dry at no point did I use the heat tool as I didn't want any bubbling and I wasn't sure if the foam board would melt or not, (I will have a go another time and see how the board stands up).

I then started working on my card topper which was a piece of white card cut to 7.5"x 7.5" using my distress inks.  I used vintage photo, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, tumbled glass and evergreen bough.  I kept working these colours in until I was happy with how the background looked and then started using background stamps and black archival.

All of my deocart products, the word stamps, some of the background stamps and some of the embellishments came from That Craft Place.

The piece of card that I had spritzed earlier was given a coat of Decoart Quinacridone Gold and when dry I stamped the words on to the card and cut to size.  I love how these have come out, you have to make sure you do not cover the card completely in the black mister just a gentle spritz.

When the board pieces were dry they were given a coat of the quinacridone gold and left to dry.  This is the stage where it really starts to look like old rusty bits of metal it has great texture and detail that I find myself in love with the result.  I wish you were able to pick the pieces up and feel them.

I used a bit of Decoart Cobalt Teal Fluid Acrylics to rub in areas of the rust and I used some with a stamp to make it look like a can had been sitting in it leaving a ring of the colour behind.

The edges of the topper card were distressed using the Tim Holtz distressing tool and I gentle curled a couple of the edges to make it look older and more distressed.

So there you have it my entry for this week and although it is not an altered object I think that taking a white piece of card and making it look so aged and distressed added with my pieces of faux rusted metal it can fit the brief.

I hope you like it and if you do drop by to take a look please do leave a comment about your thoughts on the piece.  I appreciate the effort you all make going through our blogs and it is nice if we can say hi back to you.  Don't forget that you can also take part in this challenge with the chance of winning and all the design teams work is on the blog to give you inspiration.


Friday, 3 April 2015

Happy Birthday Trudie

Hello Trudie,

I am sure that you are having an amazing time with your family today on your 40th Birthday and a complete surprise that we are all joining in on your birthday.

I started this card with a piece of white textured card and inked it up using Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.  Then using a text stamp and Black Archival ink I stamped over the entire piece of card.

Once this was dry I started cutting my pieces of paper into strips.  These were off cuts that I had left from some 12"x 12" sheets of paper and where I took the orange colour from for the additional elements.

I managed to cut a square from one piece which I turned to form a diamond and to this diamond I added a black and white picture I had of a girl on a garden swing.  To pull the picture into the card I used the distress ink to colour just her hat.  This meant that the black and white picture with the orange hat went with the orange background with the black stamped text.

I lay all the strips out on the front of the card to decide where I wanted them to go, stuck them down adding the diamond on top.  I had the cream flowers in my stash and I took some of the distress ink over them so that they tied in.  I also added the number 40 using Cosmic Copper ink.

This card is a great example of why as crafters we find it difficult to throw anything away.  I loved these papers and the colours in them when I bought them and I just couldn't throw the left overs away after using them on another project.  Paper piecing is a great way of making use of all those bits we have and love.

Trudie I hope the card arrived with you in time for your birthday and that you have a birthday that you will never forget.  You have a lot of friends that love you very much and it has been amazing getting to know you and to share this moment with you.

Happy Birthday Sweetie have fun and hope to see you in May.

Love and Hugs

P.S. As Suzie does not have a blog I have said that I would love to share my blog with her so here is the wonderful card that Suzie made for you Trudie.

Yah well done Suzie you are now a blogger xxxxx

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Easter Design Team Piece

Hello you lovely people,

Today it is Easter over at That Craft Place Ltd and my design team piece is an Easter Wreath.

I started this wreath with an MDF ring that had been laser cut at That Craft Place along with the Bunnies and the Eggs.

I covered the ring in some papers from Heartfelt Creations both front and back cutting away the centre piece.  I sanded the edges and then ran ink pads around the inside and outside of the ring.

I put a coat of distress paint on the bunnies and the eggs and left them to dry.  While these were drying I started stamping and cutting out the flowers and making them up after shaping the petals with my ball tool and a foam mat.  The leaves were cut from embossed vellum using a heartfelt creations die.

I ran a lighter colour of distress paint around the edges of the bunnies to make them stand out and gave them all black gems for eyes.

I used a slightly darker distress paint and watered it down so I could splatter it on the eggs to make them speckled.

I attached all the flowers and leaves to the wreath and then slid in two ladybirds and a pretty little butterfly and finished off by adding the bunnies, eggs, gems and the ribbon at the back to hang it up.

At That Craft Place you can order/buy so many amazing laser cut embellishments to use on your projects and they really add lots of depth to your pieces.

I would like to thank you for coming over to my blog to see what I have been up to and it would be lovely if you would leave a comment or ask any questions.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend when it gets here and that the weather and life is good to you.


Sunday, 15 February 2015

Movies Design Team Challenge 15/2/15

Hello Bloggers and fellow crafters,

Well it is Design Team Challenge time over at That Craft Place Ltd and the title this time is Movies.  I wasn't sure where I was going to go with this but my good old mono mojo jumped out at me and here is my entry.

I started with a laser cut MDF frame with backing, a laser cut grey board film strip and some monochrome papers all from That Craft Place.

The frame and backing were given a coat of gesso and then painted using white acrylic paint and a piece of cut and dry foam, I have a thing about not liking brush stroke marks so often use cut and dry foam to add my paint.

I printed the picture on to smooth card and then covered it in triple thick gloss varnish for a high sheen.

I covered the film strip in black paint and then threaded a piece of actual film through the strip. That's my bonus having a daughter doing photography at University she always has a bit of film spare for her mum.

I added gems to the film strip and little black gems around the frame.  The words were typed on my laptop, printed, cut down and then squiggly lines drawn around the edge of each word.

So there you have it my entry for the movies challenge, I hope you will all join in with the design team and add your entries to the list so we can pick some winners.

Thank you for visiting my blog, please feel free to leave a comment to let me know what your thoughts are and you are welcome to follow me on my crafting journey if you so wish.

Hugs Ria

Sunday, 1 February 2015

That Craft Place Ltd DT Challenge 1/2/15

Hello Bloggers,

Today I will share my make for the anything goes challenge over at That Craft Place.  If you go over to the blog you will see the work by the Design Team members and have the chance to enter the challenge also.

This project has been made using the DoCrafts French Lavender Capsule Collection and some flowers and gems from my stash available from TCP.

I started with a black 8"x 8" card and cut a sheet of the capsule paper to 7.5"x 7.5" and went around the edge of the page with my dusty concord distress ink.  Next using a mask I used the dusty concord and shaded lilac distress ink to leave the diamond pattern on the paper.

I placed a tag inside my vintage embossing folder and ran it through my ebosser.  Once embossed I used dusty concord, shaded lilac and milled lavender distress inks to go over the embossed words.  I did this twice drying with my heat tool in between coats of ink.

Once the ink was dry I carefully went over the tag with gloss medium trying not to move the ink on the card.  I used a sponge applicator and went straight up and down.  When this coat was dry I applied a second coat going in the opposite direction and there is no need to worry about the ink moving as the first coat has sealed it and made it waterproof.

I painted a wooden laser cut heart with some purple paint and when that dried I stuck the self adhesive crochet border around the edge of the heart.  Using pinflair glue I stuck down some flowers and leaves from my stash.

Before sticking the sheet of paper to the card front I wrapped around the jumbo crochet trim down the middle of the paper securing it on the back with double sided sticky tape.

I finished this card off with gems and raffia and the use of one of the die cut notelets on the inside of the card.

These capsule sales are great value for money if you have a lot of quick cards to make or if you want to make box sets of cards as you get everything you need to make multiple cards but with the ability of changing the look of each card with just the use of some inks, masks and embossing folders.

I hope you will join us over at the blog challenge and share your craft with us, as it is anything goes it really is all in your hands.

Thanks for dropping by it is lovely to have your company and I would love to hear what you think about my card.

I will be doing another blog post during the week showcasing a faux metal book I made and then used papers designed by Lisa at TCP to sit between the covers.



Sunday, 4 January 2015

That Craft Place DT 4th January2015 - Mono

Hello Bloggers,

It is time for another That Craft Place Design Team Challenge, the first one of the year and the theme for this challenge is Mono.

People that know me know that I love anything Steampunk and today I have steampunk with a difference as this one is very girlie.

For all my cards that I make I decide what size it is going to be in this case 8"x 8" and I cut another piece of card to the same size.  This piece of cut card is what I work on when building my card and once built this is then glued on to the main card.  By working in this way, if something were to go wrong with what I was doing or if I had a spill or damaged the piece I am working on it means only a single piece of card gets thrown away and not a full actual card.

For this card I have used a set of stamps by Chocolate Baroque called Punky Romance.  This set of stamps are so pretty and there are so many stamps that I know these will be used over and over again.

I started by gently blending distress inks on to the background of the card using Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick.  Once the background was coloured I then did some faux bleaching by flicking water onto the ink, leaving it a minute and then blotting it which lifts some of the ink.

I stamped all the images on to the base card using Plum Archival Ink and then stamped them all again on another piece of card which has also been coloured as above so that these could be cut out and used to layer on top of the base card.

I raised the cut out pieces using foam pads and I bent the butterflies and just used glue down the middle of them so that their wings lifted up giving depth to the card.

The card was finished off by adding some gems to the centre of the flowers which added a bit of sparkle.

The items used to make this card are available from That Craft Place they have a great stock of card, inks, stamps and many other items.  It is a proper shop but they have the ability of being able to sell the shop items to you through Facebook.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking a look at how I made my DT piece, please do leave a comment to let me know your thoughts on my make and to let me know you dropped by.

I hope you will take a look at all the other Design Team Posts to see what they made of the mono challenge. It would be great if you would like to take part as well and enter your project for us to see.


Sunday, 21 December 2014

That Craft Place Challenge 21st December 2014

Hello Bloggers,

Well it is time for another challenge over at That Craft Place and this time it is Anything Goes.

I have produced a card built up with layers of inks through different stencils/masks and a wall hanging using images on torn tissues and napkins.

This card is 8"x 8" and has been made by layering up different distress inks through different stencils/masks keeping the card flat.

I started with a black card and on that layered a piece of printed card that I had in my stash.  I then cut down a smaller white piece of card and using the fantastic masking tape from TCP held down a mask from Creative Expressions.  I used three different blue distress inks and one of Barbara Gray's brushes to lightly brush the ink through the mask in different directions,

Once I removed that mask I used a splat and cup stain mask and went through that with green ink in different areas using cut and dry foam.  I then used pumice stone distress ink to put down the words Inspire and Dream from Lisa's new laser stencils.

The idea of this card was to build the card up with layers but keeping it flat to allow the butterfly to really stand out.  The butterfly has been cut from the new Tim Holtz die with an embossing folder included with it so that the wings can be embossed on acetate.  I finished the card and butterfly off with gems from my stash,

A note about the masking tape sold by TCP it is in my opinion one of the best I have ever bought or used.  It is so low tack that there is no fear of it tearing your work as you peel it off but sticky enough to hold your card, mask or anything else in place.

My second piece for the challenge is a wall hanging which has a lovely touch of spring about it to brighten up our damp cold days.

I started with a paper mache wall hanging which I gave a cover of white gesso using cut and dry foam to apply.  I always use cut and dry foam to apply gesso and paints as it prevents the brush marks and the odd brush hair.

Once dry I used some distress paints and americana paints to cover both front and back of the wall hanging.  I applied the paints to the wall hanging and then used a mister to spray with water and allow the paints to run and mix with each other.

I had a napkin with birds on it so I carefully tore around two of the birds and made sure the image was only one ply.  I coloured a small white canvas using gelatos and blended the colours with my fingers.  I took a normal tissue from a box and separated it down to one ply and stamped the quote on to it using archival ink. You must remember to dry your stamped image with a heat tool as archival ink has an oil base and this could smudge if it is not dry properly.

I applied the bird images and the quote using mod podge and then I finished decorating it with flowers and a butterfly that I stamped and cut out,  I ran my black soot distress paint around the edges of the wall hanging to frame it.

The items used in these projects can be purchased from That Craft Place along with much more lovely crafting stash.

Thank you for dropping by to take a look at my challenge entries, I hope you have joined in with us on this challenge as it is open to everyone.