Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter

Good morning friends,
I know, it's been a while; life has been busy and I've been having to get my garden ready too. The first foray into it after winter takes me a bout 3-4 days to get it looking good so now it's ready for our first braai
garden in progress and painting pots in blackboard black ready for herbs too.
 Lovely sunny morning breakfast to keep the energy levels up.
Then, time for afternoon tea......

On the crafty side, I decided we needed an Easter wreath for the door so I did this.....
 I didn't have much time so it was cobbled together with stuff lying around. The Happy Easter was brightly coloured so I painted them with some raw umber and then stone over that. I kept it rustic so you can see the colour underneath too.
 I kind of needed so colour so there are a few flowers and a rosette in blues and greens to add some focus. and I added some small Tim Holtz die cut butterflies randomly too.
 The metal butterflies are from a belt and the little gem egg shape beads are from an old butterfly hanging

Now hanging on the front door. We are enjoying a few days with family now. I would like to take this moment to wish you and yours a very blessed and special Easter and pray that the love and joy of God touch your lives and bring you joy at this time. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Bit of a catch up time

Good morning friends.
It's been a busy few days here at Walkerville... Starting on Friday for my Secrets of Rusty Things class at The Craft Barn. It was a good day, learning how to create aged metal effects to create this fun book box.

Also, last week I forgot to share this fun canvas I made using the Lindsay Mason stamps. I really had a good time doing this.

 It was great to find a place to add these rusty washers. I can't help but pick them up when I see them in the street!
If you pop over to the post on The Craft Barn Blog HERE, there is a downloadable PDF with all the how to make pics and instructions too.

Then it was last minute prepping and packing for Sunday for my second class, exploring textured journal backgrounds, down at That Craft Place in Eastbourne. It was a delightful day. Such lovely folks and all absorbed and enjoying the session.
Of course, it would be rude not to start the day by saying good morning to the sea.

 The concentration levels were high, Everyone absorbed in that lovely creative space.

 During the course of the day we were looking at different ways of adding texture and interest to backgrounds. The results were fabulous backgrounds that you just want to touch.

 Of course, a little retail therapy was inevitable....
Gorgeous and reasonably priced charms just begging for a lick of paint and ink.  Don't you think these colours of Archival are lovely.
And look, the Easter Bunny came to tea, he'll be part of our table this year. So, there you have a little round
up of my busy but lovely weekend. now to unpack, finish of class samples and in between that, go to work too, hope you have a great week everyone.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Birds and Bees over at A little bit Crafty

Good morning friends.
Wow, April already, where is the time going? A new month means a new challenge over at A Little Bit Crafty and the theme this month is Birds and Bees. There is some great inspiration from the team and some great prizes too so we'd love to see you taking part.

 I'm making more of an effort to make cards this year as my back up stock is looking a bit thin so I put this together from assorted pieces from my desk.
 I began with an embossed card blank and spritzed some ink randomly using the Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer and blending Distress Ink over the whole piece.
I used a #6 tag for the centre panel and used the Spritzer and the Doily stencil to add the pattern. I then added some dimension with a mask and Grunge Paste.
 The Flowers are made out of the wings from a PaperArtsy stamp with flat back pearl centres. They have been coloured with Dylusions ink
 I felt that it needed a bit more so I cut the card blank off and matted it onto green card and re mounted onto a larger blank.
I attached the tag upside down and tied a bow to the bottom and attached the bee. (The bird flew away lol)

Hope you like it. Take care and I hope you have a great month......

Monday, 31 March 2014

Couple of ATCs and stuff

Good evening folks.
I hope you are all well and that you had a good weekend too. Here in the UK it was Mothering Sunday and instead of taking her mother out for a meal my daughter thought it would be nice to go for a picnic instead......
We did have a slight detour in the morning to our local boot fair though where I picked up these goodies

 I love finding belts like these there as there are just so useful in mixed media pieces.
 And I could not resist this, no, I have no idea what it's original purpose was, but it is cool and once I've "rusted" and coloured it ........ anyway, onto the picnic

 We set up in Trosley Park and had a lovely relaxed time. Once we had finished we went for a long walk enjoying the scenery before visiting a nearby garden centre to pick up a cake and then we had afternoon tea in a different area of the park.

It was a lovely day of much needed R&R

I've not had a much time to spend in the crafty cave at the moment but I did make time to participate in an ATC swap. The theme was Brown and Turquoise with the option of adding/using a non crafty item.

This is the lovely ATC I received from my swap partner Kerrie-anne

and this is the one I sent

I do love this Robot by Lindsay Mason, there is something lovely and quirky about him.

Hopefully I'll get time this week to get some more creative time as I have a head buzzing with ideas at the moment but not enough hours to get them done. Have yourselves a lovely evening and I'll be back in the morning with a new post for A little bit Crafty......

Sunday, 30 March 2014

It's all about the buttons

Goodly morning peeps

How are you all doing this morning?
It's time for the new challenge over at That Craft Place Challenge Blog and the the theme is buttons. Something that I know lots of folks have a fondness for but not something I tend to use very often so I had to have a serious think.......and in the end I made this little "button Box"

 I started off by using a glue gun to attach an assortment of buttons to the lid of the box and covered everything with a coat of gesso. When that was dry I added a few layers of a thin wash of paint. I used Decoart Traditions in Blue Green Light and Transparent Red Iron Oxide. I just kept adding layers until I was happy with the look.
When it was dry I thought it looked a bit unfinished so I grabbed some lace and cut it into pieces and began to glue them in place with the glue gun. I liked the randomness and the way the overhanging lace broke up the edges of the box.
 I guess you are thinking that this is now where I keep my buttons.......wrong! This box is the box that these gorgeous metal tags arrived in so that's what is inside. I love these tags, they are strong and sturdy, yet they emboss through my Vagabond beautifully as you can see, the top one has been embossed.
To finish I added a flower to add a bit of a different texture to the buttons. I look forward to seeing what you come up with too.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Boxes, paper, clay and paint = amazing

Good morning folks.
Today I thought I'd share with you the trio of boxes that I've recently done as a two part class with a lovely group of ladies. I'll warn you now that this is a marathon post with plenty of visual inspiration so settle in with a cuppa........There are a couple of before and during pics just to give you an idea of where we started then the pics of my finished boxes.
Just to give you an idea. This is where the transformation began; just playing with, paper, card, clay and die cuts.
Stage one kind of ended up looking rather hmmmmmm, not sure..... but just keep on playing and adding.
I love the way that the pediments make great corner details

Then, out come the DecoArt Americana acrylics and layers of base colours go on, mixed and blended to create a rather scary effect.
I can hear you now, your're thinking yuck, looks like something my kid does at kindergarten........ persevere folks, it does get better. These are the finished boxes

They look a bit different now don't they? Everything transformed by adding layers of scrubbed and drybrushed warm white which fades and blends the bright undercolours into something much more subtle

 By varying the amount of white paint you can change the intensity of the colour. The smaller box has the most white and the larger box the least.
 The Dry brushing gives a lovely look to the surface, it brings out the details beautifully, I love it.
 Everything has been covered in layers of colourwash using DecoArt Traditions, Transparent Red Iron Oxide and Blue Green Light which further ties everything together and adds shadowed areas where it dries darker.
 Top box.
 Centre box
Detail from the bottom box.
Most of the flowers, leaves and other shapes have been made just from copier paper but the addition of all the paint makes them robust and hardwearing.
Are you still awake there;  hopefully I've inspired you to see what you can create with a box, paper and paint...........