Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Parisienne Walkays

The current song in the Craft Barn Song Challenge is Parisenne Walkways. It's not a song that I am familiar with. In fact most music between 1978 when my eldest son was born until the late 80's when his interest in music began just seemed to pass me by.

I started my postcard by brushing a selection of beigey coloured Distress Inks over the card. I then stamped the image of the couple with Versafine. The number was stencilled with Distress Ink and then the stamped words added. The die cut heart was coated with several layers of ultra thick embossing powder and then a couple layers of sparkly red embossing powder. The postcard was finished with the computer generated song title and artist's name.


Postcard Recipe
Card 
White card 280mic
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Inks
Distress Inks -  Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Versafine - Sepia
Versamark
Embossing Powders
Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Impressions Embossing Powder - Ruby Red Sparkle
Stamps
Main image - maker unknown
Quote - maker unknown
Paris - Tim Holtz Papillon set CMS106
Stencil/Die
Number - student alphabet/ letter stencil
Heart - Sizzix Tim Holtz "Heart Felt" 660233
Other
Song title - Computer generated “Please write me a song” font

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - September

Just scraping into the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge yet again. I had no idea where I was going with September's verse from the poem "The Months" and it probably shows! The verse reads "Warm September brings the fruit. Sportsmen then begin to shoot."

I didn't have a choice of fruit stamps so it had to be the only one I possess - a pear. I rather ignored the second line and just added some small ducks in flight hoping they escaped the gun. Slightly hypocritical on my part as I do eat game.

I started by brushing Dried Marigold Distress Ink (DI) over my page (measures 5.75ins square) and then added Spiced Marmalade DI around the edge. The pear and ducks were stamped on this background using Dried Marigold and the leaves around the edge with Spiced Marmalade.

The pear was also stamped on a piece of card, cut out and coloured with watercolour pencils, blending the colours with water and then a little bit of blush added using Barn Door DI. It looked a little dull against the background so I painted it over with several layers of PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze. I finished the page by adding the computer generated verse.


Page Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
White 280mic
Inks
Distress Inks - Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Vintage Photo
Versafine - Smokey Gray
Water colour pencils
PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze
Stamps

Pear - maker unknown
Ducks - Stampscapes 023A
Leaves - Crafty Individuals CI-234 
Other 

Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Summer in the City

For this month's Craft Barn Song Challenge I've taken two lines from the given song "Summer in the City" as my inspiration -

Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night

I wanted to create the effect of psychedelic strobe lighting for my background - did we have that sort of lighting back in 1966, I can't remember! So I had some messy fun creating a bleeding tissue background on a piece of watercolour card and then added the swirls with homemade texture paste coloured with a drop of Dylusions ink spray. I drew around the Andy Skinner girl mask onto black card, cut out it out and added a little pencil shading to ground her once she was glued to the background. I punched a few stars and finished my postcard by adding the song title and the name of the band.



Postcard Recipe
Card/Paper
Watercolour card
Black card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Tissue paper
Inks
Distress Ink - Hickory Smoke
Dylusions Ink Spray - Fresh Lime
Stencils
Andy Skinner - Hippy Chick and Whirlpool
Other
Homemade texture paste


Saturday, 26 August 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - August

Another month, another Craft Barn challenge. And yes, it was a bit of a challenge. This month's verse from the poem "The Months" by Sara Coleridge is "August brings the sheaves of corn. Then the harvest home is borne." We have to include a tractor on our project. Sounds simply enough - not!

I started by brushing Distress Ink (DI) over my base card. The choice of colour was a no-brainer of course, it had to be Scattered Straw! I've used this colour throughout the project with just used some Walnut Stain DI to highlight. I then over stamped the base using the same colour and a splatter of dots stamp and a splatty ring stamp.

I have lots of stamps but my collection doesn't include any of sheaves of corn or a tractor. Luckily we own lots of books about rural England in days gone by - I'm old enough to remember some of those days including sheaves of corn! I managed to find a suitable picture in a book called "Golden Sheaves, Black Horses" by Fred Archer. I photocopied the image onto card and tore around the edge rather than cutting it out. I wanted to give it a feel that someone had torn a memory from a magazine. Then I brushed the picture with Scattered Straw DI and using the same colour I applied the ink pad to my craft sheet and picked up the ink with a dry bush and highlighted the sheaves. I sponged some Walnut Stain DI around the edge.

The tractor was an image found online which was printed out, brushed with Walnut Stain DI and then partly painted with Scattered Straw DI. I created a wrinkle free technique background on a piece of card again using Scattered Straw DI and die-cut the wildflowers from it which were then highlighted with Walnut Stain DI. Its amazing how many different shades of colour you get using the same ink pad but with different techniques of application and card. I finished off the page with the computer generated verse.

The page is yellow rather than orange as it appears in this picture.


Page Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Anna Marie Designs High White 300gsm
Inks
Distress Inks - Scattered Straw, Walnut Stain
Stamps
Splatty dots - PaperArtsy MN72
Splatty rings - Stamp Addicts, Grunge 1 SA-6062  
Other
Corn field image from "Golden Sheaves, Black Horses" by Fred Archer
Tractor image found online
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Summer Holiday

We're going where the sun shines brightly
We're going where the sea is blue
We've seen it in the movies
Now let's see if it's true

Probably not true if you have been holidaying by the sea in the UK during the past few weeks if the weather here in Bedfordshire has been anything to go by - it's been blowing a hooley non-stop with frequent heavy showers to go with it.

"Summer Holiday" is the Song Challenge over at the Craft Barn - a song I'm sure that has been sung millions of the times in the backs of car over the years.  The challenge this time is that the project must only use turquoise, blue, yellow and a hint of magenta (pink).

I've been using postcard size card for this challenge and decided to turn it to landscape this time around. On reflection I could have made a postcard sent from the holiday destination! I started by painting my piece of card with PaperArtsy's (PA) "Caribbean Sea" Fresco Paint. The yellow paint  I wanted to put over the top for the sun's rays was translucent so I painted PA "Snowflake" through the stencil. I then went over it with the yellow paint.

I brushed a piece of card with two different shades of blue Distress Ink and stamped the image over the top.  Using a very light wash of white paint I went over the waves and then coloured the clothing with Copic marker. The other elements were stamped, coloured where necessary and cut out. The postcard was finished with the computer generated song title and artist's name.  


Postcard Recipe
Card
White card 280mic
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks
Versafine - Onyx Black
PaperArtsy Fresco Paints - Caribbean Sea, Snowflake, Yellow Submarine
Distress Inks - Broken China, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry
Copic markers
Stamps
Crafty Individuals - CI-284, CI-454, CI- 278 and flags (number unknown)
Other
Song title - Computer generated “Please write me a song” font

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - July

Never throw anything away has proved its worth this month for the Craft Barn Challenge. July's verse is "Hot July brings cooling showers, apricots and gillyflowers" and we have to include a gillyflower on our project.

My first task was to identify a gillyflower. The dictionary definition is-

1. Archaic. any of several fragrant flowers of the genus Dianthus, as the carnation or clove pink.
2. any of various other usually fragrant flowers, especially a stock, Matthiola incana, of the mustard family.
 
I don't have any carnation stamps but the Crafty Individual stamp I have includes some flowers which look a bit like stock - no, just squint a bit! An apricot stamp has also eluded my collection for some reason! However, as I was thinking what I could use my eyes fell on an old diary (1986!) sitting on a shelf in my craft room that I had  put aside for that proverbial rainy day. The diary has prints of watercoloured paintings of fruit, flowers, birds etc. I thought it was a bit of a long shot for there to be an apricot print but low and behold I found this page - perfect!
 
 
It was painted by William Hooker somewhere between 1779 and 1832 and is a Breda Apricot.
 
I started my page (measures 5.75 x 5.75ins) by using hot colours to make a wrinkle free Distress Ink (DI) background and then over stamped it with butterflies, bees and script using Ripe Persimmon DI. I stamped flowers on the corners of the page with archival ink and watercoloured them using DI and then added the water drops. I photocopied the apricot image (I didn't want to use the original as I may need an apricot image again - you never know!)  and cut out part of it before gluing to my page. My challenge entry was completed with the computer generated verse from the poem  "The Months" by Sara Coleridge.


Page Recipe
Card
White card 280mic
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks
Distress Inks - Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick,
Ranger Archival - Jet Black, Watering Can
Copic marker
Stamp
Flowers - Crafty Individuals CI-411
Raindrops - Designs by Ryn Water Effects 1 UM-M1
Other
Picture from old diary
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font

Saturday, 8 July 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - What a Wonderful World

This month's song for the Craft Barn Challenge is the perennial "What A Wonderful World" and this time we have to add the lines of the song that inspired our project. I have chosen the first line "I see trees of green, red roses too" but I could have also used "I see skies of blue, and clouds of white."

I started my postcard making the background using the wrinkle free watercolour technique with Broken China Distress Ink. The trees were stamped with archival ink and then, using a natural sponge, I dabbed over them with Distress Ink (DI). I didn't quite get the effect I was after - I was hoping for a more dappled result. The girl's face was stamped onto card and coloured with a combination of Copic markers and DIs before cutting out.

I brushed several different shades of green onto a piece of card and die cut the leaves. The roses were cut from a larger stamped image and were watercoloured with DI. The left hand corner looked too bare so I filled in with the very useful little Crafty Individuals birds in flight stamp.

Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
White card 280mic
Inks
Distress Inks - Broken Glass, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Festive Berries, Frayed Burlap
Adirondack - Pesto
Memento - Tuxendo Black
Ranger Archival Jet Black
Copic Markers
Stamps
Crafty Individuals - CI-209, CI-188
Kaisercraft - Botanical CS795
Other
Song title - Computer generated “Please write me a song” font
Song lyric - Computer generated "Papyrus" font
Die - Tim Holtz "Spring Greenery" 659573