Monday, 19 June 2017

Crafting from the sofa #8 - Retro circles

Well I'm having to schedule some posts quite ahead of myself as I seem to have been so prolific with the panels for my lovely Eileen Hull HeArtfelt Journal, but in keeping with the previous panel - Retro Garden - we now have some Retro Circles.


I still used the same 12 x 12 paper stack and similar colours and a doxide background created along the way with mop ups from different projects. I didn't add and stencilling or stamping as I just love the depth the oxides create with layers of dipping in different colours.


 I gathered some simple bits from the few supplies I have beside the sofa .....


...... and even found the ticket to add after I had taken the photo above ......


....... and it all came together and into the journal quite quickly.
No real techniques at the moment - but I'm loving just having time to collage bits and pieces together.


I have to say the midori style booklet I made for these is filling up quite fast now.

Thanks for taking some time to pop by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Hearts #2 for CVC

Welcome everyone - I have an altered mdf heart to share today and one which had the background painted on quite a while ago and got put away in a box for ages, but it serves my purpose well for this month's challenge at Country View Crafts as the substrate on which to create a summer garden. It reminds me of one of those darker corners where it's lush and green but very has very little colour mainly due to the lack of light.


Here's the background, I believe it was originally created using household paints.


I used DecoArt media acrylic paints using sap green, prussian blue hue, titanium white and titan buff to mix blends as well as adding the two darker colours neat with blending foam ........


.....  and Tim's mini stencil to blend and bump the flower images


I had lots of the wildflowers die-cuts in a bag and chose these to go together and gave the whole background a coat of matte medium as I was adhering them on.


When it was dry I dribbled some of the paints inbetween the flowers to create more depth and then splattered a little white to create more interest.


Her you can see the layers in more detail.


I have a small box of butterflies either free digital downloads or cut from designer paper pads and chose three to flutter around my garden.


So that's my second heart project for the month. Have you had a chance to join in the challenge yet? We'd love to see you.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Monday, 12 June 2017

Scrapcosy Radishes

I have another card made with the gorgeous vintage stamps from Scrapcosy and if you's like to see the details they are over on the Country View Crafts Project Blog today.


These are fabulous summer images and this time I have combined them with infusions. If you would like to see the process steps and more photos please pop over to the CVC project blog where I explain how I designed this.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 9 June 2017

Crafting from the sofa #7 - Retro garden

Welcome to another of the 'sofa' series. As I write this I am coming up to the end of the third week in plaster and waiting to see what the Consultant says about my progress in a couple of days time. So you maybe ahead of this information when you read this post as that was still in May.


For this panel I took a completely different turn - I had bought down some paper pads and decided to look for some images to cut up and use rather than chop the paper for panels and covers. It resulted in quite a bit of fussy cutting .....


........ - that's a funny phrase isn't it? I looked it up and it does mean just what I did; cutting images and designs from patterned paper and stamped images.


I also used one of my doxide backgrounds adding a couple of strips and fussy cut flowers, leaves and butterfly. I rather like the retro feel to it.


Just a quick post for today, thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Crafting from the sofa #6 - Vintage ladies collage

I managed to get quite a few panels made in the weeks where I had to have the cast on my leg and I couldn't sit at my desk, this was one of the earlier ones.


I wanted to try something different with the oxides and decided to use the distress glaze. I applied some through a stencil just rubbing with my finger, you can see the stencil had some ink left on it which mixed with the product ......


.... it was also rather thick so I wafted the heat gun over it lightly to melt it and then rubbed it away.


I blended over iced spruce doxide, which revealed some of he rubbing away where the wax caught the paper. I knew at this point what I'd done - silly me but I wasn't going to waste the paper or my time.


I dipped the paper in watery iced spruce and faded jeans and you can see the resist just didn't work. There are a couple of places you can see it faintly but not enough to call a resist technique ......


To finish the inking I dipped it in spiced marmalade and vintage photo.


When I came back to this a few days later I decided where it was going to go in the pink journal and gathered the bits together to create a collage. As it was balancing up the two men on the previous panel ......


....... I chose the two lovely ladies from the paper dolls pack and some other collage elements that also would fit in and help balance the two.


Once put together it looks like this?


I was so happy to find this coloured butterfly in the botanical layers pack, it matched the palette perfectly.


I've really been enjoying making these, they're a bit like ATCs, quite easy to get finished and addictive too. I'm hoping I will be continuing the series to fill the journal when I'm back on my feet.

I really appreciate you stopping by.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx


Friday, 2 June 2017

canvas board - under the sea.

Oh my our sixth challenge at A Vintage Journey for 2017, that's half of them for the year!!!!
The lovely Nikki has chosen CANVAS for the theme and describes the challenge for us -
"Let's work with canvas this month in our vintage; shabby; mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk style. It doesn't matter how as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project. Perhaps you may use a canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface."


As I'm still crafting from the sofa and chose to use a 5 x 7 canvas board that I love to work on and experimented with the doxide inks to create an underwater background. 
Begin by blending the colours over the board.


Flick with water and dry.


Blend the same colours over again in different places.


Flick with water again and dry twice more.


Blend with these two colours - spritz and dry.


Blend with broken china and spritz and dry.


Take the fish and seaweed stamps, spritz them with water and stamp onto the oxides to create this watery scene.


Finish by stamping the octopus onto card and painting it and die-cutting some greenery (I used left over painty card).


I also added some little glass cabouchons.


We're hoping you will be able to join us for the latest challenge and in the meantime |I recommend you pop over to the AVJ challenge to see what all the amazing Creative Guides have submitted as their inspiration projects - there is always an incredible amount of talent on show.

Less than three weeks now until I go back to the fracture clinic, I will be sooo pleased to get this cast off.

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda xxx