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Sort of mixed media!

First stage

First stage

Sheelagh came up with another challenge on Cardmaking Paradise for our house shaped books and it was to use mixed media and “junk” ; you know all those bits and pieces we collect and stuff into a box, drawer or container thinking it will come in handy one day?  For this first stage I used a piece of grey board and various stencils, for some of the stencils I use moulding paste (white) by Farrell and Gold, for other stencils I used Imagination Craft’s Sparkle Medium in Gunmetal – although it matters not what colour is used as it will be coated with gesso later on and other colours applied. It was the texture I wanted. Also added at this stage were some die cut corners that were languishing in a container and some lace.

Second stage

Second stage

A few more die cuts, buttons, embossed paper, bits of a paper doily and a paper rose.

Third stage

Third stage

Amazing what can be found when all those corners are checked out! A metal bee badge, more flowers and lace, shrink plastic birds, a metal charm, strips of pearl beads and a rather garish owl pendant. All these items were adhered with Collall general glue. Once everything was stuck in place and dried then out came the gesso and brushed over, this piece needed two coats (my gesso was rather thin) and all the nooks and crannies were covered in gesso.

Final stage

Final stage

The best bit! All the shimmery paints and sprays can be used! Dry between the different coats/layers. I only had one shimmery spray, a home made one in a jade colour with mica powder added, the rest of the colours were shimmery acrylic paints. I have had these paints for years and they are in small flip top containers with no name on them, wish I could remember where I bought them as some of the colours are running out!

This piece will be mounted on another piece of greyboard and then onto a larger piece of mountboard.

Thank you for looking xx

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Second home!

At last I have finished the second house printer tray; I made this more challenging for myself as I wanted a hipped type roof to provide some extra spaces for birdies. Although the construction turned into a bit of a marathon and much head scratching to work out the maths I think it did work.

Full frontal!

Full frontal!

Click on the photos to see the enlarged version. The whole house is covered in book pages that were inked with Distress inks Dusty Concord and Victorian Velvet and over stamped with flourish and script stamps. Most of the small ‘rooms’ hold buttons that came from a swap. Each of the buttons is made from clay which were decorated and coloured; these buttons are so gorgeous that it was a shame to hide them away in a drawer hence the making of the house. The ‘flower’ in the centre is made from porcelain made by a very clever lady, Kym, who took part in the swap and is Founder of UK Stampers forum.

The second big challenge of this house was making the small drawers! The main difficulty was that the horizontal and vertical main pieces aren’t truly horizontal and vertical! Three drawers contain the remainder of the swap buttons. Here are a few (!) close ups of the different rooms.

roof section

roof section

left hand drawers

left hand drawers

020 sig

including beaded bird

including beaded bird

037 sig

022 sig

015 sig

026 sig

034 sig019 sigThank you for looking x

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This Old House is now completed!

Unusually for me I am actually quite pleased with how this turned out! It isn’t 100% perfect but it does look good imho!

Completed House

Completed House

Following are some close up sections showing the various elements in each of the little niches:

Attic

Attic

At the very top of the attic are two owls peering out with a small mulberry paper rose alongside. Above them is a small cabochon with a paper butterfly adhered on the back. Below the owls on the right is a basket of flowers and next to that is a pile of ‘vinyl’ records; all the types of items that might be relegated to the attic!

midsection

midsection

Two buttons form the clock on the wall with a sand timer and paper rose; next comes a pile of books on a small section, below them are some wooden beads and a mixture of leaves and small silver beads. A small feathered robin with several loose feathers ‘stuffed’ around him with a music cleft adhered on the wall behind him. Below the robin is a teddy bear, a small clay face (donated by Lottie), a found piece of blue pottery and a small glass vial. The beaded ‘flower’ is handmade. In the large right hand section is a handmade pin of flowers, clay button and lace with several charms -key, postcard and buttons.

Bottom section

Bottom section

From right to left – two small bottles filled with seed beads; a found cone (found in my garden!) together with some toadstools from Wild Orchid Crafts and a small clay butterfly button courtesy of Lottie! In the left hand side the shells and white pieces are from my own beach combing collection together with several charms.

close up of clock

close up of clock

A close up of the clock; the small clock was a button from which I removed the shank and adhered the button onto a black scalloped button.

This was such fun to make and decorate, I now need to make a few more purchases and find a few more items to make another one!

Thank you for looking x

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Another Texture

Sheelagh is behind the Fun Weeks Challenge over on Cardmaking Paradise and is encouraging many of us to experiment with and explore different textures in our crafting. For the next piece metal foil or duct tape is being used; I opted for aluminium tape which can be bought from Pound shops, DIY shops or similar. This tape is on a roll and has a paper backing under which is an adhesive.

Starting with a house shaped piece of greyboard various items were glued to the greyboard – in my first piece I used card shaped £ sign, wooden shapes, charms, piece of chain and twine. Once everything is adhered into place then the aluminium tape is carefully ‘massaged’ over the shapes; to define the various shapes I used cotton buds. After covering the whole piece with tape I used an embossing stylus to make indentations around the edge of the piece, then used a blunt pencil to draw other shapes.  Then I covered the whole piece with black acrylic paint, let it sit for a minute and wipe it off with kitchen towel. This gives the effect of Pewter; other colours can be added even alcohol inks can be used. To highlight particular areas a small sanding block can be gently employed.

metal tape used to cover items

metal tape used to cover items

The flower was made from a tomato puree tube; once opened out and cleaned  to expose the lovely golden sheen of the inside of the tube a flower stamp was stamped using Stazon black ink and cut out with small scissors. I dabbed over the shapes with alcohol ink, glued two flowers shapes together and curled the petals. A button was added for decoration.

Not being satisfied with making one house shape I went on to create another one!

Home Sweet Home Plaque

Home Sweet Home Plaque

For the shapes and texture I used an open weave taper such as used by plasterers to cover joins when putting up plasterboard and readily available from any DIY or hardware store. It is slightly sticky so can be just pressed into place, I used this plasterers tape to texturise the roof and represent a window. Small wood discs were adhered along the roof line; a wooden bird on a branch was adhered to the greyboard with other charms added. The row of ‘flowers’ are made from flower shaped wooden buttons with thick yarn as stems. On the oblong plaque is a metal button, shrink plastic cat, metal key charm and wood heart. The letters are greyboard/chipboard. All covered with aluminium tape and the shapes emphasised by using cotton buds to press around the shapes. The whole was coated with black acrylic paint as for the top house shape only this time I added other colours of acrylic paint and wiped them off . The house shape had blue and red paint added but the oblong plaque had yellow and orange.

Thank you for looking x

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Buttons and more buttons

Who knew buttons could be so much fun and that they could help produce some very interesting pieces?? I am now hooked on buttons and have a good collection started but, I have decided, you can never have too many or much of anything in the crafty sense!

After creating the house shape for the Fun Weeks Challenge on Cardmaking Paradise (see post titled Textures) I went on to  see what else could be covered in buttons and charms.  AnneC on Cardmaking Paradise forum came up with a lovely pendant she had made by using a diecut shape so I had a look through my dies and cut out the bird shape to make some brooches. Two of them looked nicer, in my opinion, without being painted so only covered one with paint and gold wax.

black and gold bird brooch

black and gold bird brooch

no paint, think this is my favourite one!

no paint, think this is my favourite one!

tubular beads to define the wing

tubular beads to define the wing

Now you all know what to do with all those buttons!

Thank you for looking xx

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Textures

Over on Cardmaking Paradise we are participating in Fun Weeks! This entails building a house shaped ‘book’ or album over the following weeks; an idea that came from Sheelagh , a very talented crafter/artist who not only crafts as a hobby but has been teaching crafts and running classes for many years.

There are two projects running: the first one involves an ATC swap and then we will make a page for our album to house the ATCs we get back from our swap partners but the second project is a start into exploring  textures in our crafting.  I rarely use buttons in card making although I have a few ‘nice’ ones that I have collected or made however this first texture page was using buttons plus other bits and bobs adhered to a greyboard shape and then cover the whole in gesso, paint and then gild to highlight aspects of the overall design.

Hee is my before photo – with the buttons, bits and bobs adhered to the greyboard with ordinary PVA or white glue.

Everything stuck in place!

Everything stuck in place!

The “roof tiles” are beads created from sea shells, the body of the house has various buttons, some charms, one or two ‘found’ objects that I discovered whilst digging in the garden and a few beads to fill in any open spaces.

And this is how it looks after applying a generous coating of gesso (to give the various surfaces ‘tooth’), a coat of aquamarine mixed with a touch of white acrylic paint, sprayed with a home made shimmer mist and highlighted with gold Goldfinger Paste.

 

After!!

After!!

Oh my word did I enjoy this?! I have seen various items done like this and I must admit it has not had any appeal for me before but this could become a new addiction.

Here are a few close up sections of the completed ‘page’:

bottom left corner

bottom left corner

middle section LHS

middle section LHS

roof

roof

Thanks for looking x

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Junque..

Junque Journal

First my apologies for an out of focus photograph! Like my last project, the canvas collage, I have two people to thank for inspiring me to start creating the junque journal.

Nancy showcased a journal she had created especially for a competition and I have to say that when I first saw her delightful project I had never heard of junque journals – I know I must have fallen asleep when they came about – so off I went in search of junque journals. Not only was I intrigued but these projects spoke to my soul and I knew I had to create one at least. I loved the idea of somewhere to store all those bits and pieces that we keep but have no definite place of their own; the other thing that drew me in was I could use papers, charms and other ephemera that I had collected but didn’t want to use on a card that may end up being thrown away.

Besides all the ‘usual’ craft culprits that we hoard I also hoard notebooks.. doesn’t matter if they have been used for other purposes I just rip out the used pages and keep the rest of the book with no real purpose in mind and this journal of mine was one such. It had been used by one of our daughters when they were at school and I rescued it from the rubbish where it had been consigned during one of the girls’ tidy ups.  Its original duty was as a cash book, it then became a scribble book and has been turned into a storehouse for my squirrelings!

The second person who inspired me was Billie with her virtual challenge of using paint; the covers of this book were ideal for painting and I also wanted to try, yet again, creating a crackle effect using pva glue…something I hadn’t been able to achieve to date.

too much crackle effect

I put on a base coat of raw umber acrylic paint and left it to dry thoroughly, then a coat of slightly diluted pva glue was added but before the glue dried out completely (whilst still slightly tacky) I added a top coat of dark blue acrylic paint – remembering to apply this in one loaded brush stroke at a time in the same direction. Boy oh boy did it crackle!! Huge chasms appeared but I was delighted because it actually worked and I realised what mistake I had made; the pva wasn’t quite diluted enough and was too thickly applied in places – never mind I had the back cover to experiment on and this turned out better.

finer crackles

Not only were the crackles finer but were certainly more pleasing – here I used burnt sienna as a base coat with flesh as a top coat. The mistake here was the top coat was a little too thickly applied in places but heck it pleases me and I finally got crackles, my technique just needs refining! Now this probably isn’t quite what Billie had in mind but I enjoyed slapping the paint on… the only problem was my impatience whilst waiting for the paint to dry as I wanted to get on with it all.

Following the tutorials for creating junque journals I next strongly secured the signatures – sections of folded and stitched papers – so that they didn’t tear or come adrift once the journal started to fill up. Yay I could use up some of my ribbon and I could attach some handmade charms made with that ever growing collection of beads.

ribbon and charms

I find it very difficult to use ribbon in card making; on everyone else’s cards that piece of ribbon finishes off the whole but on mine it looks like an afterthought and never seems to be part of the whole but this journal was an ideal way of using some of it up.

So what to put on the front?  A title? Now I am not an orginal thought person and so my title reflects what the journal is about….a repository for what others may deem as junk!

decorated wooden letters

Using wooden letters to create the word ‘junque’ seemed like a good idea. Some letters I applied Versamark embossing ink and then applied UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) and heated to melt; two or three coats of UTEE was used and then a final coat of gold embossing powder. To other letters a product called Stamp and Bond by Stampendous was applied over Versamark and heated until it became sticky and then foils added. Before adhering the letters to the front thread was put through two charms and the ends of the thread were glued to the back of two of the letters. Two strips of embossed aluminium tape were adhered top and bottom of the front cover but I couldn’t stop there…..

clay buttons

I had the good fortune of meeting a delightful lady who is talented at making decorative ornaments and coasters from clay; when Kate rolls the clay out she does so over a piece of lace which leaves a nice lacy effect in the clay. These buttons were made from scraps of her lacy clay and I couldn’t resist buying them and where better to use them than on my journal where I will recall her every time I look at the book. (A little aside here..if you click on the Kate link you will see her craft stall and I am directly behind her with my back turned!!!!)

So that is the outside complete and now to the inside:

inside cover

Part of the instructions in creating a junque journal is to crumple pages and ink them then add papers to some pages and finally to start assembling all the bits and pieces to go inside but that was taking too long and I was becoming impatient. I wanted to start adding ‘things’. So a few pages were inked, some papers came out that I had hoarded and then I started going through folders, file boxes and elsewhere looking for all my treasures. Where I unearthed this Rune of the Peat Fire from I know not where and it is looking a bit tattered and crumpled at the corners so its new home will stop any further deterioration.

theatre tickets

Earlier this year we had a surprise gift of tickets to see The Searchers live at a local theatre; what a great evening that was. Two of the original group (from the 60s!) were still going strong and in fine voice considering one was now 70 and the other 67!! The theatre was packed and not with just old fogies but everyone was joining in the songs and getting up and dancing! What wonderful memories these tickets will bring and the sentiment..a rub on..fitted perfectly “The Older The Fiddler, The Sweeter The Tune”!

Leslie's card

The journal is a great place for storing these lovely mementoes from dear friends; Leslie sent this card with some stamps I won and a blending pen. The saying above the card came from one of the places Leslie visited while doing her day job – “Life doesn’t have to be Perfect to be Wonderful”. On the opposite page is a pocket holding a receipt and other reminders of a wonderful stay we had at the Chateau Impney in April 2010.

hand made background paper

One of the many sheets of paper I created using a crumpled up sheet of copier paper and then inks or paints wiped over to highlight the creases. In this case I used some Twinkling H2Os on a piece of sponge and a Brilliance ink pad – Galaxy Gold with a small rub-on in the top corner.

inked pages

And, finally, inked incomplete pages. The edges of the all the pages have been inked with various colour inks and some pages have been swiped with the ink pad but nothing else as yet has been added to the pages. This is an ongoing project that I am not in a hurry to complete as I’m enjoying the journey.

Thank you for stopping by and reading this post x

Canvas Collage

Canvas

Some time ago, whilst grocery shopping, I saw some small canvases for sale. An aside here for my overseas friends..over here in the UK there are some supermarkets (e.g. Lidl, Aldi) that not only sell groceries but are renowned for the other items they occasionally offer such as craft items, office items, shoes, plants, etc and I was shopping in one of these when I spotted the canvases..phew!

Size wise, from memory as I am too lazy to go and measure one, they are roughly 9 x 12 inches and were very good value. So I bought a pack of two and promptly put them away in a cupboard and there they languished until two lovely ladies inspired me to hunt out these canvases; one lady by the name of Billie had one of her Virtual Crafting Challenges for July and August all about paint. Now Billie is very enthusiastic about painting and sketching which I know I am not brilliant at – hey a woman has to know her limitations (as Clint Eastwood might have said!) but I can slap a bit of paint around now and again. The other inspirational lady is Leslie ..you have to visit her blog to see how creative she is …. Leslie can see crafty uses in many things such as a circuit board or picture frame. I see a picture frame and think “Oh yes there is a photo that would fit in that one” but Leslie sees a picture frame and thinks “Oh yes I’ll make a clock out of that”!! Now that is inspired creativity.

Anyhow these two ladies between them enthused me to try something a bit different and back we come to the Canvas Collage. I slapped some acrylic paint on the canvas itself; there is a mixture of colours here but mainly a hint of Burnt Umber mixed with white and then a dash of gold acrylic paint added here and there. The covering is not even and that is deliberate.. now this is quite hard for me to do as I would normally cover the surface with an even coat of paint so I went outside my comfort zone a tad here and just painted in a sort of distressed style letting some of the orignal canvas show through. Around the edges I smeared some light blue acrylic paint and then whilst the paint was drying I pondered on what to do next.

Now I don’t know about you but I have a collection of ‘found’ objects; some I have found whilst gardening other things whilst rummaging around in boxes at jumble sale type events. These are items that catch my eye and then wonder what I’m going to do with them and usually end up popping them into a box however that box was emptied out and I rediscovered these ‘found’ treasures and thought they would make lovely additions to my collage.

Found tile

This lovely little tile was found when I was digging in one of the flower beds. I have no idea what it came off or where it came from but it is pretty and very small – less than half inch square. The blue ‘squiggles’ are stylised flowers.

Found wooden button

 

 

 

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A sweet wooden button I came across when rummaging around in a box at a car boot sale or jumble sale .. forget which now … that was lying in my ‘treasure’ box. It depicts blackberries and is quite cute.

 

Postcard from Italy

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Postcard from Italy showing a stone sculpture of a reposing lady; the sculpture is in a wooded area.  Just wish we could afford to have sculptures like this in our garden!

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Domino

I decorated this domino a while ago and I bet you will never guess what it is covered with nor where the piece under the domino came from… give up? It is a sticky backed transparent cover off a cigarette lighter! I have several of these covers in various colours and designs; one day having little to occupy my fingers I started picking at the corner of the covering on a lighter and it came off cleanly. I edged the domino with gold pen.

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hand made paper

Not sure if you can see this corner piece of hand made paper very clearly but this is just copier paper, the stamp used is Penny Black’s Chantilly Lace; a very large background stamp. I stamped in Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder and then coloured with inks and removed excess ink from the embossing. This was the last piece of this particular handmade designed paper.

stamped vellum

A large collage stamp on vellum and embossed with white detail ep, it was cut out and laid onto a hand made tag.

charms & feather

Just like it says on the tin! A feather shaped charm and one feather gathered whilst out walking together with various beads. The white piece of ‘stone’ was collected off a beach; it isn’t actually stone – not actually sure what it is but it is very light and worn with pits in its surface.

Phrase

Another one of those items collected on my travels…I have no idea where this dictionary saying came from, I came across it one day hidden in a drawer of crafty ‘stuff’ and it was so apt for this whole canvas. So many items on here were either ‘unearthed’, ‘located’, found or uncovered – a most serendipitous find! I wish I could ‘happen upon’ more of these dictionary labels.

Thanks for getting this far 🙂

 

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