Thursday, 2 July 2015

Mixing It Up

I love collage-style creations and I've used this layering technique a few times on journal pages. Today I decided to go 3D and have a go at the technique with bulkier embellishments on a mini canvas. One thing I love about this technique is you can use up some really old ugly stash and you can't tell - the brads and flower I used were really hideous colours but you'd never know. Frugal makes me feel good :).

I love a good challenge as you know so am entering this for:

- Love to Create: Anything Mixed Media

- Frilly and Funkie: Something to Say (as my focal point is the wording here)

The background is layers of die cuts, ribbon, string and so on, then a layer of metal pieces and finally some more 3D elements. I covered the whole lot with white gesso before spraying with Distress Spray Stains and then (after drying) adding areas of deeper colour with Silks Acrylic Glazes. The stamped quote is from one of Finnabair's stamp sets from Prima.

It's finished off with my usual go-to Treasure Gold (White Fire) - I seem to be slightly obsessed with it....

Not too shabby for a first go and it matches my craft room decor beautifully. It's positioned right in from of my desk so I can always see those brief but inspiring words when I work.

Thanks for popping over peeps!

Katy x

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

July Rubber Dance Challenge

Blimey it's July already - where on earth did half a year go??? On the plus side, another month means another challenge over at the Rubber Dance Blog with a gorgeous bundle of Rubber Dance Stamps up for grabs!!

Our colour scheme this month is soft and vintage and the (optional) theme is Travel & Vacation.

For my contribution this time around, I created a card, taking inspiration from the moodboard. I used lace in my piece which is sprayed with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain. I used flowers in shades of blue and kraft card which is quite close to the cinnamon colour.

I aged my postcard by scrunching it and dog-earing the corners before adding a little bit of ink, The Rubber Dance stamps are stamped in Sepia and Cornflower Blue Archival Inks. Hope I have captured a vintage feel.

Thanks for popping by :)

Good luck in the challenge.

Katy x

I used these gorgeous Rubber Dance stamps:

ATC Backgrounds 2


Vintage Birds

Vintage Postcard

Monday, 29 June 2015

Happy Days for Rubber Dance

Something a bit different for Rubber Dance today - a scrapbook layout. One of their recent releases - Round in Circles (pic below) is totally ideal for scrapping. Here I've used the set on each of my tags to create backgrounds in keeping with the fun feel of my page. I used yellow and pink Archival Inks to complement the papers. The papers are Amy Tangerine - love her papers! This is one of all time fave pictures of me and hubby - it makes me happy :).

Just a little bit of stamping can really elevate a layout - I try to use stamps on most of my pages.

Thanks for your visit today :)

K x

I used these Rubber Dance stamps:

Round In Circles

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Tim's Tag - June

Despite my New Year resolution I've been very lax in doing my Tim's Tag this year, but I managed to have a go at June. Sorry if you are getting deja vu - yes it is yet another sea-themed piece. I'll get bored soon and make something different!

My background is a slight variation on Tim's version. I used the method of printing with the stencil - my first print was quite dry - giving the more defined circles you can see. Then I added a fair bit of water and printed again, first rotating the stencil 90 degrees. I didn't ink my tag first as I wanted a cleaner look. I added a strip of sandpaper and distressed/inked the edges as Tim did. My Distress colours are Salty Ocean and Evergreen Bough,

My seahorses and starfish are stamped onto card that I coloured with Cosmic Shimmer Mists. The heart (Finnabair) is coloured with Abandoned Coral ink and the foliage (Tattered Pinecone die) with Peeled Paint ink, I finished it off with a Tattered Banner die cut and Tim Holtz phrase sticker.

Simple tag but I am really pleased with this one,

K xxx

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Still wishing for the seaside!

Yes, I am back in my seaside themed comfort zone again - get used to it - I might be there until the end of summer!!! The background is basically a gesso resist with Distress Spray Stains - described in detail below if you want to know more.

Today's creation is going into a few challenges that inspired it (gotta love a challenge when you need some ideas to get you started).

- Art with Heart June Challenge - Summer with Sizzix
(I used three Sizzix dies - Cobblestones, Tattered Pinecone (foliage) and Sand & Sea)

- That Craft Place - Layers 
(Many MANY layers - check out my info below)

And last but not least...

(I used Distress Spray Stains and Cosmic Shimmer Mists, plus a Prima texture stamp (Finnabair), and shell and quote stamps (Rubber Dance New Retro Beach set).

Here's a little more info about how I made it.

The background is layered up as follows:
1 Torn pieces of book page, Sizzix Cobblestones die cuts (torn into pieces) and net ribbon.
2 A loose coat of white gesso - the coverage is incomplete.
3 Distress Spray Stains in Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Salty Ocean and Evergreen Bough. I added a few layers, drying between. The gesso resists the ink and the book page is more absorbent than the background, so you get paler and darker areas of each colour.
4 Circles created with texture paste through a stencil (Tim Holtz), then painted over with a wash of Distress Paints in Salty Ocean and Evergreen Bough once dry.
5 At this stage I added a touch more spray here and there and stamped speckles around the edge in Potting Shed Archival.
The background is mounted onto torn corrugated card which has been lightly gessoed.

The decor was created as follows:
1 Seahorse: Die cut and sprayed with two colours of Cosmic Shimmer Mist - dried and then inked with Wild Honey and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. Then spritzed with a Distress Marker Spritzer and a Frayed Burlap Distress Marker to create the speckles.
2 Foliage: Cut from the Tattered Pinecone die, inked with Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint Distress Inks and stamped with the same Prima texture stamp for detail. Glued only on the central stem to allow it to to be bent upwards to simulate movement. The chipboard foliage is Tando.
3 Sea Bed: Pieces of torn sandpaper, driftwood, a real shell and stamped shells inked to match the real one.
Many of the elements are glued with Pinflair for dimension.

Took a fair old while to make this but I think it was worth the effort :).

Thanks for popping in!

Katy xxx

Sunday, 21 June 2015

By the Sea for Rubber Dance

My turn for a step-by-step tutorial for Rubber Dance today. A bit of upcycling this time - using my new obsession - DecoArt products. I am officially in love!

Instructions for my make are over on the Rubber Dance blog. I used the yum New Retro Beach stamps in the main - this is one of my fave sets.

I am entering my little creation into a couple of challenges too:

- Frilly and Funkie - It's Summer (nothing says summer to me like the beach!)

- Simon Says Stamp - Don't Cut Just Paste (cos I used crackle paste)

Thanks for visiting today :).

Katy x

I used these awesome RD stamps:
New Retro Beach

For the Birds

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Me & You Layout

Quickie today - been a while since I posted a layout. This is one I made at a recent crop, using Teresa Collins papers. These are the last photos of me and Leo before we lost him but I love them because he looks happy and smiley. Hope you like :)

Katy x