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

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Crafting from the Sofa #4 - Hearts for CVC

This is a panel for the pink journal, created in stages whilst I am recuperating from my broken ankle and it also serves as my DT piece for the new challenge at Country View Challenges - which is HEARTS chosen by the lovely Hazel.

For this background I began with the splat stencil and fired brick doxide. I replaced the stencil over the patterns and rubbed in some distress glaze aiming to keep the splatters looking clear and defined as I added other watery layers.

And so the fun started dipping the media paper into fossilized amber and spiced marmalade LOTS of times, heat drying between each dip. This really looked like molten lava to me but the splats remained and didn't get washed away with all the dips and spritzes of water.

Next I stamped the half tone stamp to create some visual texture and blended the orange and yellow colours around the edges.

This was all a bit fiery for me so I finished by dipping it in some watery gesso to tone it down somewhat.

Well I thought I had finished it, that was until I started gathering the elements to use. 
The story behind this is that about 10 days after I broke my ankle my gorgeous daughter Maddie and her lovely partner Tom took a long weekend break to visit Rome, she thought it was just that, a mini break, but he had other ideas. The outcome was she said YES and they are now engaged and of course we are all thrilled for them both.

So back to the panel - Whilst looking through a tub of vintage photos I found the married couple - remember I have only brought limited supplies down into the conservatory but this one spoke to me and linked to the engagement of these two special people. I stamped and cut the flowers and pen nib and punched the hearts and found some lovely appropriate remnant rubs. The oval is waxed paper and was used to help diecut the stitched ovals when Nikki came to visit, I decided to keep it and glad that I did.

So here's where I needed to add some hearts to the background too. I blended worn lipstick doxide randomly then replaced it again and with a water brush and some vintage photo doxide painted it over the ink to get some hearts that blended into the background perfectly.

Great, I inked and painted the flowers, edged all the pieces with walnut stain DI and collaged the elements together.  

After I had added it I thought the pen nib fitted for signing the register lol. It fits in the journal perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll pop over to the Country View Challenges blog to see what other hearts projects my fabulous teamies have come up with it and maybe we will see you take part.

Hopefully we will get some lovely weather for June.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 29 May 2017

Crafting from the Sofa #5 - missing my frappuccino

I was sooooo missing my Starbucks caramel frappuccinos and when I realised I had some stamped mini blueprints in the media pad I had put in one of my supply boxes beside the sofa it reminded me and made me long for one (I have to say since writing this post both Ken and great friend Nikki have brought me one). But as I couldn't drive to get one there was no other option to record how I felt.

For the background I dipped my media paper in pistachio, worn lipstick and spiced marmalade watery distress oxides, when dry this was followed with a dip in peeled paint . But I wanted it to look darker so next came faded jeans and walnut stain, blended with my finger and then a couple of dips in faded jeans only.

I drew out the Starbucks logo and painted it with watercolour paints using my little Sakura travel box, but dimwit here didn't look at which way to paint and the light and dark colours and reversed them, but hey ho we have artistic license don't we?

I took one of the stamped frappe images and painted it again using the watercolours.

So here we are with it assembled, I had a little box of peg stamps to make my own title and cut out some of the words from Tim's stamp to use as well. I also painted a small piece of the media paper with the same dark green and used Tim's punch to add the stars. I have loads of the real Starbucks corrugated sleeves in a drawer so it was easy to cut and add my own.

Nothing left but to put it in the journal, which is getting filled nicely.

So you've probably worked out that I regularly pop over to our local Starbucks and grab a caramel frappuccino, they know me in there lol.  With 6 weeks and no driving it's up to hubby or my friends to keep me supplied - thanks again Nikki.

Thanks for taking another stop on the 'Crafting from the Sofa' series and for all the lovely comments.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx