Friday, 15 June 2018

Using Tim's collage paper

I have a post over at Country View Crafts today sharing four cards, yes four!!!! I used Tim's fabulous collage paper in the floral design on each of them and they all turned out differently.

The process steps and additional photos are over on the CVC project blog if you'd like more information on them.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 11 June 2018

Anything Goes at Tando Creative - Star media board

I am sharing the Make and take I taught at Ministry of Mixology last weekend over on the Tando blog

I used a special paper over gesso which gives a lovely translucent look to create the background and then used media acrylics for the colouring up before I stamped and used a stencil with black modeling paste.

I also used some tissue tape and the gorgeous stars Di cut specially for me.

As always Mixology was an amazing weekend with 70 fabulous crafters and two amazing tutors. It really is the place to be when these events are happening.

If you want to know the paper I used for the background then please pop over to the Tando blog to find out.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week and I hope you find some creative time for yourself.


Friday, 8 June 2018

Mixology Make and Take

It's my turn over on the Andy Skinner blog today with my Make and Take project from Ministry of Mixology in April.

I'm not doing a step out for this one as I might set it up as a workshop session but there's lots of rust, texture and shabby elements with the main pieces taken from the new Andy Skinner kit called Sacred Secrets.

If you'd like to see more pics please pop over to Andy's blog to see them.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Swapping Art

Just sharing a small panel made for the lovely Lin Shields as part of the 'Let's Be Creative' swap that Brigitte challenged us with in April. I didn't have a huge amount of time with Mixology, deadlines and wedding invitations to make but I did raid the bits box and collage box to put this together.

 A embossed Andy Skinner clock onto some grungy background I made and a label plate with some words from a workshop project I did some while ago.

Butterflies punched from a piece of experimental card made to look like rust .....

.... and some collage elements given rusty edges to blend them all in in. 

 This is definitely grungy collage and I think it went together quite well and Lin liked - phew.
If you go to last Fridays post you will see the one I made for May

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 1 June 2018

AVJ - Stencil It

I am doubling up on commitments with this project. It has become my contribution to Astrid's fab theme over at A Vintage Journey and also for lovely Lynne Gauntlett this month who was my swap partner for the Let's Be Creative May project. Our challenge was to make something no bigger than 6 x 6 inches with a link to a movie. Now I'm not a film watcher (except those lovely Christmas feel-good rom coms) so finding something that would inspire me for this swap proved quite difficult, but I was under pressure to get it done and in the post asap. I had been searching for a vintage photo to use for another piece I was working on and had had all my lost relatives pics out by Tim Holtz and one suddenly came to mind linked to a film I saw as a child when my mum took me to the Regal Cinema in St.Ives which was then in Huntingdonshire. Look I even found a photo of it. 

What do you think the film is?

I began by gluing paper pieces and a piece of scrim with matte medium and then applied modelling paste and crackle paste through two different stencils. By using the stencils it fits both sets of requirements.

If you look through the layers you can see some of the collage papers I glued down

Here is a further close up. You can see the blending of the colours that appeared when I spritzed with water and added the blue and yellow colours and I also brayered over white gesso before finishing with some quinacridone gold.

Using distress inks and my finger I rubbed light colours on some of the photo just as black and white photos were coloured up before colour film was invented.

The seahorses and starfish were die cut from left over distress inked card.

With all the lovely weather we had last weekend and having already been away for an early holiday to Lanzarote you can tell I'm in summer mode.

Thanks for stopping by. To see what the fabulous team have created do pop over to the AVJ challenge blog to see the line up for June.

Keep creating.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades card (2)

I have another project using the 3-D texture fades over on the Country View Crafts Project Blog and I'd love it if you could pop over to see how this one came together.

I hope you have had a great weekend. xx

Friday, 25 May 2018

Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades card

I have a couple of cards made with one of the new 3-D texture fades from Tim Holtz over on the Country View Crafts Project Blog. If you'd like to pop over you'll find some simple instructions as to how I used the EF to make the backgrounds.

Stay inspired.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

New GDPR regulations. My Privacy Policy

You might well be one of my readers who has, for the last few weeks, been constantly bombarded with emails from companies etc regarding their stand point on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and there is a lot of conflicting information out there on the internet. This new regulation starts tomorrow the 25th May 2018. Many of the GDPR’s main concepts and principles are much the same as those in the current Data Protection Act (DPA) but there is much confusion as to whether we, as Bloggers, have a duty to share a Privacy policy with you. In the interests of transparency and openness many of us are doing just that, including me.

The data held by Blogger is very limited, and I assure you I do not and never will use your data for anything but sending you notification of a new blogpost, or for clicking through to your blog for a return visit. As stated in the Privacy Policy, all Blogger blogs use cookies, and these can be disabled in your internet settings if you choose.

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Over the course of time as and when I find out more information and become better informed about the expectations I will update my Privacy Policy which you can find HERE or by clicking on the Privacy Policy link in the header bar at the top of this page.

Thank you for being one of my followers and readers and part of my creative journey. I hope you will continue to pop in to see what new ideas and projects I have for you and hopefully to learn from the step by steps and tutorials I provide.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Same but Different

I'm starting the new theme for this week over on the Tando Creative blog with the title 'Same but Different'. To see more details and photos please pop over to take a peek at how I used this kit to create a telephone wall hanging.

Stay inspired.


Updated - copied over from the Tando Blog

This week on our blog we have a 'Same but Different' week where those of us taking part receive the same products to use and then at the end of the week you can look back to see how similar or different the finished pieces are. I have added a vintage telephone die-cut and a larger media board to mix it up a bit.

This is the little phone dial kit we received.

Process steps

- Take the telephone die-cut, paint it with black gesso to seal it and when dry give it a coat of black embossing powder, flicking some of it off before heating it. Give it a quin gold mixed with titan buff wash of paint and dry it. Repeat the last two steps again bit with clear ultra thick EP and quin gold on its own. When cool rub over with a coffee archival ink pad and then give a coat of ultra mate varnish.

- Take the large media board and glue some strips of greyboard to it (I cut these myself from a left over piece). Paint over a coat of white gesso - dry - rub over some candle wax and then a coat of Titan Buff media fluid acrylic. Heat dry and rub over with dry kitchen towel to remove some of the paint. Repeat the wax rubbing and paint a coat of light grey media acrylic. Again dry and rub paint away.   Finish by sanding some edges and blending in ground espresso distress inks.

- Take the dial and cover with black gesso, when dry rub over a thin layer of silver metallic lustre. Lightly sand back some random parts on the edges and blend over ground espresso distress ink. Distress the clock face with the distress ink, seal with matte medium and assemble the dial pieces.

- Take the smaller media board and cover it with a piece of patterned paper. I used one that was already looking distressed. Sand the edges and blend brow distress ink around the edges.

- Take the label, paint it with burnt umber and sand some of the edges when dry. Blend round brown distress ink and then mount it on white paper so that the words stand out.

Assemble the pieces adding smaller details here I cut up some words from remnant rubs to create my area code ........

... and I added some rusty painted gems and little circles from nuts and bolts kits.

Finally hang with some rusty wire.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Follow In My Footsteps - Wishful

Using the last of the backgrounds for this mini series 1, this panel came about really quite simply. By choosing the small ephemera card of the Boston store to work with I just searched my left overs, kept in small boxes, to fit a green theme and this is what I came up with.

I wonder what the story is of this young woman? Does she work in the store and restock the shelves or is it one of her favourite stores to visit? Perhaps she went in recently and bought something for 23 shillings.

If you haven't seen the previous three in the series they are SoulfulThoughtful and Determined.

The steps to follow for creating the background can be found by visiting a Vintage Collage Tag, created in July 2017.

Supplies I used -
DecoArt Chalky Finish paints in relic, lace, rustic, revive, raw umber, burnt umber and quinacridone gold.
Tinting Base
Text stamp
Collage ephemera