Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - April

I'm finding the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge just that this year and I've just about made the deadline again.

The  Twelve Month Challenge is based on the poem by Sara Coleridge "The Months"  and April's verse is "April brings the primrose sweet, scatters daisies at our feet". Our finished piece has to display the verse and this month must also include daisies and primroses.

For the background of my page I used a piece of background paper by Crafty Individuals which I glued to a piece of card to give it some rigidity.The die cut leaves, branch and primrose leaves were all coloured with Distress Inks. I sponged some PaperArtsy Fresco paint onto a piece of card and then stamped the primroses and painted the centres with a darker Fresco paint The daisies were stamped onto white card and the middles then painted. The flowers were then cut out and glued to the page with just a small blob of glue to give just a hint of dimension. The excited little blue tit (I think he has just learnt to fly!) - was a lovely freebie from Craft Stamper a couple of years ago. I stamped it onto watercolour paper, coloured with watercolour pencils and then blended the colour with water. I completed the page with the computer generated verse. 


Page Recipe
Card/Paper
Background paper – Crafty Individuals -Book 3 Springtime
Anna Marie Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Watercolour paper
Inks
Paperartsy Frescos – Haystack, Banana
Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Dried Marigold, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry
Ranger Archival Watering Can
Versafine Smoky Gray
Memento Tuxedo Black
Watercolour pencils
Stamps
Flowers - Crafty Individuals CI-445, CI-206
Leaves - PaperArtsy JM12
Bird – Freebie with Craft Stamper
Other
Die - Memory Box Woodland Branch 98187
Die – Spring Greenery Tim Holtz 659573
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font

Friday, 7 April 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Blowin' in the Wind

The third song in the Craft Barn Song Challenge is Blowin' in the Wind. Although Bob Dylan wrote the song and recorded it on an LP (that shows my age!) it was Peter, Paul and Mary who had great success with it as a single and who I first heard it sung by.

For my postcard I have stamped a piece of black card with feather stamps and then embossed the feathers with embossing powder before mounting the piece on white card. I chose white feathers for their association with pacifism and because they relate to the song lines "How many seas must a white dove sail............."
Postcard Recipe
Card 
Black card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Inks 
Versamark
Black Soot Distress Ink
Stamps
Artemio Ref:10001192
Other
Cosmic Shimmer detail embossing powder "True White"
Song Title – Computer generated “Please write me a song” font

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - March

It's taken me three weeks to think of a way to illustrate this month's verse for the Craft Barn Challenge which has to include daffodils and hares. Inspiration seems to have eluded me, no middle of the night light bulb moments, so I've gone for a clean and simple page.

Both the stamps I've used were freebies with Craft Stamper magazine. The daffodil must be years old when the free stamps were red rubber on a foam backing. I started by dusting Distress Inks over a piece of card and then stamping the hares and birds. I die cut an aperture in my main piece of card and brushed ink around the outside edge and the inside of the circle and then glued it over the picture. The daffodils were stamped onto card and cut out before colouring with watercolour pencils. These were attached to the page with silicone glue to give some dimension. My page was finished with the computer generated verse from Sara Coleridge's poem "The Months".

The green around the outside is much more vibrant in real life.


Page Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks
Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood,
Versafine Onyx Black
Watercolour pencils
Stamps
Hares and daffodils - freebies with Craft Stamper magazine
Birds - Stampscapes 302A
Other
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Craft Barn Blog Candy

 
Want to win a set of the 12 new colours of PaperArtsy Infusions? You have until Sunday 19th March to pop over to the Craft Barn Blog for all the details.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Somebody to Love

The next song title in the Craft Barn Song Challenge is Somebody to Love by Queen.

A simple entry from me this time around as family life has intervened in my crafting activities over the past few weeks. I started by brushing Distress Inks over the base card and then used the same ink to stamp the crackle effect over the top. I drew the heart freehand on another piece of card and brushed it over with same Distress Ink as the base but applied a lot more ink to get a deeper colour and then sponged around the edge. The image and hearts were then stamped with Versafine inks. I completed the postcard with the song title and group name.
 

Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Inks
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
Versafine - Onyx Black, Satin Red
Stamps
Crackle effect - Kaisercraft CS876
Main Image - maker unknown
Hearts - from a magazine freebie set Molly Blooms Happy Times
Other
Song Title – Computer generated “Please write me a song” font

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - February

The month thief has been around again and stole January! I can't believe we are now half way through February already and time to complete the next page for the Craft Barn Challenge. The verse to be illustrated from Sara Coleridge's poem "The Months" is "February brings the rain, thaws the frozen lake again." but to make it more challenging we have to add a cherub and a heart! 

I don't have any lake/large expanse of water stamps so my raindrops are dropping into a lake which is just out of view! I started by stamping the raindrops over the base card with Archival Ink and then brushed over the top with an Ink Duster using Distress Ink (DI). The branch was die cut from a piece of wood grain embossed card and then Walnut Stain DI rub over to darken it a little. I downloaded the cherub and after cutting it out covered it with red glitter. The umbrella was cut from an Umbrella Man die-cut, watercolured with DI and then painted with PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze. It was stuck to the page with silicone glue to give it some dimension. The heart was painted with acrylic paint and a piece of fine string threaded through before gluing it to the page and the bow added. I finished off with the computer generated verse.

  
Page Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm &250 gsm
Brown wood grain card
Inks/Paints
Ranger Archival Ink -  Cornflower Blue
Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans
Red acrylic paint
PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze
Stamps 
Raindrops - Designs by Ryn "Water Effects" UM-M1
Other 
Branch die - Memory Box Woodland Branch No 98187
Umbrella from Tim Holtz Umbrella Man die-cut
Cherub & heart image from internet
Red glitter
Fine string
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font

Saturday, 28 January 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Let It Snow!

Another challenge has started on the Craft Barn blog and it's based on song lyrics.

I am going to make my entries postcard size (6 x 4 ins). I used this size in 2014 for the Craft Barn Lyrics and Quotes Challenge with all my entries being portrait orientated and then again last year for the Alpha Dictionary Challenge but in landscape.  I also made them as flat as possible so they could be posted - although they wont, as I intend one day to collate them into books. This year I'm not going to make it so difficult for myself and will use the best suited orientation each week and add texture and embellishments.

The first song in this challenge is "Let it Snow!" and I have taken inspiration from the first line "Oh the weather outside is frightful"

I started by brushing Distress Ink (DI) over the postcard to create the wallpaper and then using the same ink stamped a pattern over it. The hills and trees were stamped onto watercolour paper and then masked off and DI brushed over the sky area. The trees and hedges were painted with watered down DI and then covered lightly with white paint. Using an embossing tool dipped in white paint I made dots for the snowflakes. I then added glitter lightly to the hills, trees and snowflakes. The window was stamped onto white card, cut out and glued to the view before gluing the two pieces to the postcard. The curtains were stamped onto scrapbook paper, cut out and attached with silicone glue along the outer edges to give dimension. I computer generated the song title and who sang it using the font "Please write me a song" which seemed appropriate!


Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Simply Card High White 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Watercolour paper
Scrapbook paper
Inks
Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles, Stormy, Sky, Faded Jeans
Memento Tuxedo Black
Versafine Onyx Black
PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic – Snowflake
Stamps
Hill scene – Stamp Addicts
Window & curtains – Stamp Addicts SA-5026 Window Dressing
Pattern on wallpaper - Judikins CM350E
Other
Stickles - Star Dust
Song Title – Computer generated “Please write me a song” font