Friday, 25 November 2016

Ministry of Mixology round up 1 The projects

Well I promised I would be back with photos and info from the Ministry of Mixology retreat weekend in Coventry.

All I can say is it was a blast, I had the most amazing time amongst 80+ incredible people who were all excited and happy to be there, who were extremely kind, helpful and positive about the projects and experience and we had FUN.

I have quite a few photos so I thought I would share them in batches and today I start with my frame that I called -
Inspire Me Vintage

This is my one


I loved designing the frame and deciding on the techniques and feel so blessed with all the amazing comments I received from the delegates at the retreat.

These are just a few of some of the delegates ones I managed to capture at the end of the Sunday session although there have been quite a few more shared on face Book.












As you can see quite a few people brought photos of their own to use which made their frames so much more personal to themselves.
If you scroll back again and look for the photo of the single male gentleman, does he look familiar???


I had great fun using a new app on my ipad and merging the faces of one of my cabinet cards with the face of a rather well known person at Mixology - yes none other than Andy himself. I gave him this version to keep.

Thanks for stopping by, I will share some more of the fun ones and the media boards made at my Make and Take session soon.

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda xxx



Monday, 21 November 2016

Artsy Christmas card

I really wanted to create a textured background over patterned paper and although this didn't finish quite how I imagined it would I still like the finished result.


I began with some Christmas patterned craft paper (bought from Hobby Craft) .....


.... and began altering it by dipping and drying it using watery gesso.


Next I added white texture paste through Tim's Holiday Script stencil and let dry.


Next I scraped white gesso over the stencilling and watched the letters and words appear, still leaving some interest in the background.


(When the background was fully dry I was intending to lay down some watery washes, let them drip and merge a little and then splatter with titanium white media acrylic paint. But I loved it just like this so decided to leave it alone - that's unusual for me!!!!)

I had found some bought and ready made Christmas ornaments which are ultra glittery, in fact too glittery for what I wanted so I finger washed over a very thin layer of watery gesso which now gives them a chalky bloom, much more in keeping with what was in my head. You can see the difference between them on the two sets below.


I die cut some holiday greens in white card and inked them with ground espresso, stamped and cut out the sentiment using both coffee and black archival ink and gathered some winter berries  to add to the mix.


A mount, a star and bows finished off the layering nicely.








Again I made two of my design, I need to get a lot more finished and in the box before I need to send them out..


Well it's Monday, this is a scheduled post and Mixology will be over. I'll be back soon to let you know how it went.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

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Friday, 18 November 2016

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Here's a canvas board with a snowy Christmas theme. However the background was made months ago and just left in a box, so I've hauled it out to use as a Christmas easel card.


I think the process steps to re-create this backgroud are something like -
- I began with some gesso scraped and dabbed on, dried and then texture paste added through a stencil.
- I probably dipped and dried layers of distress inks and the colours look like snowy sky, tea dye, pumice stone and vintage photo.


I stamped the image from Tim's new Scribble Woodlands set using three archival ink pads, olive green, watering can and coffee and cut round it. The clock was cut from gold card, daubed with sand paste, dried and watery washes of paynes gray, raw umber and quinacridone gold added to it. I also died some seam binding with stormy sky, stamped the sentiment and found the skate charm to dangle from the ribbon.


I watercoloured the stamped image with some of the distress inks before adding it to the card with foam pads to lift it a bit.


I wanted this to be a real winter wonderland so I added loads of DecoArt snow-tex to get the effects I wanted. It scraped beautifully over the textured clock.


I even added some to the skate after I had painted it with burnt umber media fluid acrylic paint and ribbed some silver spark metallic lustre over the blade.


Even the ribbon got a dusting of it too.


Here you can see the easel which allows it stand.


With the background already made this only took me a couple of hours ... that's amazing for me lol.


I really would love it to be a white Christmas, but there's very little chance of that here in the south of the UK - so I carry on 'dreaming'.


Thanks for stopping by and if you are at Mixology this weekend, see you this evening or tomorrow. I shall be driving up this morning so that I can help get it all ready.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 14 November 2016

'Tis the Season

Here's a design using the Scribble Woodland set of stamps and the beautiful deer head as the focal image.


The details of how I made them are over at Country View Crafts Project Blog today with a few more photos as well.

I have yet to get stuck in to getting my Christmas cards made but these have given me a bit of a start which is why I made two of them.

Off shopping today to get the last bits I need for the Mixology workshop this coming weekend.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx




Friday, 11 November 2016

Stars - canvas board

This is my second DT sample for the Stars challenge running over at Country View Crafts and I chose to use one of the canvas boards I like to play with and an easel to make it a standing card.


Process Steps
1. Scrape white modeling paste with a palette knife over the background and let dry.


2. Choose your colour palette and inks or paints.


3. Create watery washes of the colours you want to create the background with and dip, spritz and dry until you are happy with it, then randomly stamp a background using
a contrasting colour of paint.


4. Use a stencil and distress ink to add another layer to your background and then spray with Americana matte sealer and whilst still wet sprinkle in some glitter, I couldn't get it to show up in the photo but adds a lovely effect for the theme.


Collect together embellishments. I used Picture Star stamps from Artistic Outpost and Wild West by Tim Holtz as well as altering star die-cuts and a wooden frame.


 The frame has a rust finish using the decoart paints and some texture sand paste.


I stamped onto patterned paper as well as add some behind the frame, I love the girls feet hanging out the bottom as a quirky touch.


The gold card easel can be seen behind the canvas board and will lie flat for postage too.


This reminds me of my two young granddaughters who love their ballet and dancing lessons.


To find out more about the challenge please click the link here and see even more inspiration on the challenge blog.

Have a great weekend and keep warm.

hugs Brenda xxx




Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Make your own frames 1

I recently did a workshop locally where my lovely group of ladies spent the morning making their own frames using card, wood and plastic. I sadly didn't get any of their finished makes photographed although Joan did send me one of hers with her gorgeous dog Tilly all framed up. So I'll start with this simple design first. I haven't embellished it although I am very tempted to add some more to it but as this is of my daughter and her boyfriend I thought I would leave them to be the stars of the show.


This is simply a greyboard backing painted with gesso and distressed with ground espresso distress ink. I added the Tim Holtz easel to the back.......


... and used his cameo and oval dies to create the  frame to go over some simple core'dinations paper backing. I love this photo of them both taken in San Francisco when we were all on holiday together in August.


And here is Tilly, you can see that Joan set her frame in a landscape position whereas I had used a portrait one.


Sorry for the lack of posts at the moment with DT pieces and the Mixology weekend being so near I am struggling for time and it doesn't help when Mr Mojo decides to take himself off and leave me all alone either.

You will be seeing some more frames from me as I am cheating and using them all as individual posts to help keep me going.

I hope you have a great week. and keep warm with the sudden very cold morning frosts and cold snap we seem to be having here in the UK.

hugs Brenda xxx