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.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

DT Challenge 7th December - Christmas

Hello all you lovely people,

Well today it feels a lot like Christmas at That Craft Place Challenge and everything is looking lovely and festive.

I decided not to go with the traditional Christmas colours for my DT piece but instead us cool winter icy colours.

I used a flat canvas which I painted using Americana Decor Paint in colours Lace and Serene bought from TCP.  This was my first time of using these paints and my word for them is, LUSH.  They are lovely and creamy, come in 8fl oz tubs and go on to surfaces like a dream.

Once the canvas was dry I used some Mod Podge and stuck down some screwed up Tim Holtz music tissue paper and left to dry.

I painted the whole of the MDF laser cut Believe in the magic of Christmas and snowflake plague from TCP in the lace colour.  Once that had dried I then painted the actual words on the plague in the serene colour.

I then masked off all the snowflakes so I could use a music stamp I had and stamped on the words using Archival black ink.  Next I masked off the words and used Crafter's Companion Silver Spray & Sparkle all over the snowflakes.

I stuck a sparkly gem in the centre of each of the snowflakes and then stuck the laser cut MDF piece on to the canvas.  At this point I was not too impressed with it, something was missing.  I took out my Black Derwent Charcoal Pencil and a small paint brush and went around the outline of each letter to highlight it, which in turn made the whole piece come together.

So there you have it, my entry to the Christmas Challenge in the form of "Believe in the Magic of Christmas".

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my blog entry, please do leave a message to let me know what your thoughts are on my project or just to say Hi.  I appreciate you taking the time to come over to "Home is where My Art" is and if you would like to join me on my crafting journey please feel free to follow me.

Big Hugs


Friday, 24 October 2014

Delicate Asters Book

Hello Friends,

Today I am sharing with you a pretty little 6"x 6" Laser Cut Grey Board Book that came from That Craft Place Ltd

Lisa has been turning out some really lovely pieces from her laser cut machine and welcomes any orders/requests for items you would like cut.  I decided to use one of her 6"x 6" grey board books which came with a laser cut flower that looked a little like an aster.

I also used these other pieces that she sells in packets of two's, three's or a number that you require.

I put the cut pieces together with my Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters set of stamps, dies and papers and set about creating a little book with secret pockets and tags.

I started by covering the front, back and inside pieces of the book with cut down papers and stamped on the papers in different areas.

I used the papers to cut out some of the flowers and built them up to become the delicate asters, I also cut out some of the little flowers and stuck those to the stamped blossom tree on the inside of the back cover.

I coloured the little grey board pieces with distress inks and used a mask cut by Lisa to put the dots on the umbrella.  I layered the flowers up on top of the leaves that I cut out using the die.

I then started cutting out pages to put in the book from the 12"x 12" paper pad and used some of the sentiment panels to make little pockets and placed tags in them.

I felt that the back cover deserved to be as pretty as the rest of the book so it has a 3D butterfly that I stamped and cut out and I used some lovely quote stamps through the book.

In the picture fourth from the top you can see a vellum page with a butterfly on it.  These I believe came from a Kanban kit and I put one vellum page between each heartfelt creation page just to add a different look and texture to the book.

This book will be going on show in That Craft Place shop for customers to look at and to give them inspiration for the laser cut books.

Thank you for dropping in today and taking a look at this pretty little book, I hope it has given you some inspiration for a project.  Please do leave me a comment to let me know you dropped by and what you think about the book.  If you like what you see and would like to join me on my crafting journey then please feel free to follow me.