Friday, 14 December 2018

12 days of Christmas cards #4

Here is a quick and easy card to make for your stockpile. I love this vintage Santa - he is rather old now and comes in a set with his own die to cut him out. I added both vermillion and black archival inks to the stamp and created him in one go. A stamped background and some little embellishments and it's done.

I hope your card making is coming on a treat.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

12 Days of Christma Cards #3

Collage Christmas cards 3

More Christmas cards made for The Packhouse and some for crafty friends maybe!

The backgrounds were made by dipping the card into watery paints and dried then I added some strips of wash and tissue tapes and gently dry brushed some gesso over them to tone them down a bit.

I sifted through my paper dolls to choose the ones I wanted ......

..... and I gathered up some off-cuts of patterned papers and built up some collage layers for the dolls to sit on. At this point I added some stitching

When making cards I try to get a bit of a production line going and use different colour variations.

Before I glued the collage layers on the card I rubbed an embossing ink pad lightly round the edges. sprinkled on sticky embossing powder and when heated I laid foil papers on to create more interest and add some shiny focal areas. unfortunately they don't show up well in the photos.

I had some spare snowflakes so I inked the edges and added them to the cards with some festive words.

These are for sale at The Packhouse, Runfold near Farnham in my selling space.

Many thanks for your continuing support and ...


Tuesday, 11 December 2018

12 Cards of Christmas - #1c

Here's the last group of cards from my #1 set which are in a sort of pink and grey range of colours. The blue ones and process steps can be seen here if you missed them and the green ones are here.

The first one has a rich red coated Santa and doesn't pick up on the grey tones.

This second one has a greeny grey oval mount .......

 .... whilst this one has a silver backing.

Here are all the designs together which have been popped over to the Packhouse at Runfold, Farnham and are for sale in my selling space.


Monday, 10 December 2018

12 cards of Christmas - #1b

I have a second group of my #1 set of 12 cards for Christmas and they are being shared over at over at Country View Crafts today, these are the green ones. If you didn't see the first ones which are blue, they can be found here. You will also find an outline of the process steps should you want to do something similar.

Happy festive card making and ....


Friday, 7 December 2018

Star light, Star bright - A Vintage Journey - large mdf media board

Star Light, Star Bright
Today begins a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and I have a project to share today that came about as a result of a Skype crafting session with two great team mates Nikki and Alison.
The lovely Julia is hosting and describes the challenge for us.
This month we are asking you to to create with stars. Fill up the dark winter sky with them or use one really big one as your central focus. Stencil them, stamp them, emboss them or die cut them. Make a card, make a star box, make a canvas, create a journal page - remembering to create in the vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial or steam punk styles.
So here is my make.

Process steps
A = Alison, B = Brenda and N = Nikki

1. A - Use paper to start the layers
I used a piece of wallpaper off-cut picked up from Wilkinsons. You can see it is very textured with silver in the background. After I had adhered it to the background I used a sandpaper bloc to take any excess off of the edges and to distress them pulling and rolling them back with my thumbs.

2. B - Use the monoprint method to add colour medium.
I used a gelli plate with titanium white, cobalt blue hue, burnt umber and titan buff.

3. N - Add a wash or washes of a color medium.
I used burnt umber Amsterdam acrylic ink mixed with water and randomly painted over the surface and then used the same colour mixed with a little carbon black media paint and washed the edges to start creating a framed effect.

4. A - Use a stencil.
I mixed white gesso, white modeling paste and glamour dust and spread through the TH stars stencil with a palette knife.

5. B - Use asemic or dynamic writing to add a layer of visual texture.
The textured wallpaper is soft like a sponge and the fine black sharpie wouldn't leave any marks so I used a much thicker one which came out rather strong. I didn't panic!!!!

6. N - Add a bit of texture.
This was a perfect step for me as I went back to mono-printing but with card this time to add textured white gesso and pale blue gesso over the writing and knock it back.

7.  A - Determine and prep your focal point.
 It was here the photos stopped as I was working totally in the moment, designing and composing. I started with the paper dolls and a die-cut sledge pulling together a scenic composition.

8. B - Find elements to bring the composition together.
I had a packet of my Tando stars on the table as I thought I was going to go with a Christmas theme, although this turned out more wintry in the end. I also die-cut the TH evergreen tree and painted it ready to add to the scene.

9. N - On one or more of the elements use two different mediums of the same colour.
I coloured up texture sand paste with cobalt blue and paynes grey media fluid acrylic and plastered over the stars then painted over with decoart metallic ice blue. Next I gently rubbed over some everlasting chalk paint and pooled a quinacridone gold watery mix into the recesses then finished off with a smattering of cosmic blue metallic lustre and some prussian blue hue in a couple of smaller areas.

10. A - Add some words.
I had bought some of the metallic seasonal words by TH when I was in America recently and I painted a piece of greyboard and mounted my saying on that.

11. B -  Add some sparkle.
I had already added glamour dust in with the modeling paste and gesso when I stenciled the white stars but I also adhered some distress glitter to the blue stars but this proved to be very difficult to capture on photo but the white specks are actually the distress glitter reflecting in a bright light.

12 N -  Assemble and add whatever you need to finish off your design.
As I was working I had rolled some wooden tooth picks in the browns and blue paints on my palette and then mixed more glitter with some decoupage sealer and rolled them in that and left them to dry. I was able to add these as the light rays from the stars. I also found a silvery painted piece of card which I cut and covered with snowtex to build a snowy path for the sledge and children to stand on.

I always have a tendency to spend ages on small details so the last step was to resist - not use the technique but to cease from adding.any more!!!!!

I ended up feeling really pleased with the finished board especially as we finished at 2.07 and had started just before 10.00 am. For me that's really good going I would normally go into a second day to achieve something like this. It just shows we can produce things and complete them much faster when working with friends.

I hope you can pop over to A Vintage Journey to not only see both Nikki's and Alison's masterpieces but more from the very talented Creative Guides.

Thanks for stopping by and .....

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

12 cards of Christmas - #1a and a happy day

Hi All. For some reason the other day I decided I would do 12 different card designs for my Christmas box and for my Packhouse selling space. I have already done quite a few and bagged them up and put them in to sell but I need to go check to see if any have gone.

Anyway I wanted some fairly quick designs to get the production line going - here's the first ones using Tim's fabulous vintage Santa stamp from the yuletide set.

I've recreated the same design in other colour ways and you'll see them over the next week.

For the background I rubbed distress oxides and distress inks over the star embossing folder, spritzed it with water before running it through the big shot.

Santa was stamped and coloured with promarkers and cut out and I mounted him on paper cut with the stitched ovals dies, sanded and splattered with white acrylic paint.

A stamped greeting on a paper mount and some coloured ribbon finish it off.


The weekend before last was my beautiful daughter's wedding so I thought I'd share a few photos. We all drove down to Cornwall where they had found the perfect venue called the Cow Shed, a beautifully rustic farm house with a barn and old outhouses that form the wedding venue.
This is the barn where the wedding ceremony was held. There was a small group of people in attendance, just immediate family and their closest friends.

This the old milking parlour where we had the reception and you can see it was all decorated with pretty lights and beautiful flowers.

Maddie and Tom make the most perfect couple and are so happy together.

Their bridesmaids were our granddaughters Ella and Maddison ......

 .... and Tom's brother and nephews were the best man and pageboys. They wore tweed and jeans which fitted the rustic theme perfectly.

 The tables for the reception were laid out ....

.... and decorated beautifully ....


.... and we had the most amazing caterers who made the most wonderful steak and chicken pies, with potatoes and vegetables, just what the bride and groom wanted.

It was the most relaxed and happy day for everyone ...


.. and you can see how happy they are together.

This is Maddie with Lincoln, our grandson, who was so good all day and mesmerized by all the lights and loved all the attention.

My son Ben, his wife Bev and our granddaughters Becca, Ella and Maddison together ...

... and Ken and I.
I think you can see how proud and happy we are of all of them.

Thanks for stopping by and taking an interest in my art and my family today.

hugs Brenda xxx