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 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - June

The verse this month for the Craft Barn Challenge from the poem  "The Months" by Sara Coleridge is " June brings tulips, lilies, roses. Fills the children's hands with posies." and the finished piece has to include a bunch of flowers.

I've gone down the vintage cutesy route with my challenge entry. It was time to dust of this cute little stamp in my collection which has only been used once before and looking back at my blog that was in 2011! She really was overdue an airing! I stamped the image on the reverse of some cream linen card and then watercoloured it with Distress Inks (DI) and after die cutting it, a little DI was brushed around the edge. The piece of lace wasn't quite the right shade so I dyed it with DI and attached it round an oval of card and then stuck the image over the top making a lace sandwich.The background was stencilled using DI and the image and computer generated words were glued on to complete a simple entry this month.


Page Recipe
Card
Craft Creations cream linen card
Inks
Versafine - Vintage Sepia
Distress Inks - Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo
Stamp
Prima Marketing 655350-2010-08
Other
Stencil - Tim Holtz Doily TH5018
Spellbinders oval die
Lace
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font

Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Forever Young

 When I read that the song title for this month's Craft Barn Song Challenge was Forever Young I automatically thought of the song by Rod Stewart. However the challenge one is by Bob Dylan. The songs by Dylan and Stewart are similar and apparently the pair agreed to participate in the ownership of Stewart's song and share the royalties.

I have owned an aerosol of shaving foam for some years with the intention of making some backgrounds and I've finally done it! What great fun and my craft room smelt beautiful! I used two inks in the foam - London Blue Dylusions and Tumble Glass Distress Reinker.

Another first was to use the nostalgic Crafty Individuals stamp which I bought when it was first released as it was a reminder of my own childhood. This could well have been my brother and me - there's eight years in age difference.  I stamped the image on a piece of card and coloured with a combination of Copic markers, Distress Inks and pencils.


Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Anna Marie  Designs Simply Card High White 300gsm
White card 280mic
Inks
Background - London Blue Dylusion, Tumble Glass Distress Ink Reinker
Versafine Onyx Black
Copic markers
Spectrum pencils
Distress Inks - Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, Frayed Burlap, Mermaid Lagoon
Stamp
Crafty Individuals - CI-449
Other 
Shaving foam
Song Title – Computer generated “Please write me a song” font

Saturday, 27 May 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - May

May's page for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge involved lots of masking on my part. This months verse is:
May brings flocks of pretty lambs
Skipping by their fleecy dams. 

I started by stamping the house, wall and sheep and then masked them all. Cutting out those little sheep masks was a bit of pain! I then stamp the trees on the left behind the wall. Leaving the masks in place I brushed on Distress Ink (DI) for the sky and grass. The trees, house and wall were then watercoloured with DI. It looked rather too neat and tidy at that point so I added the border to give the page a little informality. I finished the piece with the computer generated verse.

 

Page Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Anna Marie Simply Card High White 300gsm  
Inks
Versafine Smokey Gray
Distress Ink - Broken China, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke
Stamps
House, wall & trees - Crafty Individuals CI-460
Sheep - Crafty Individuals CI-467
Birds - Crafty Individuals CI-209
Border - Kaisercraft Texture-Edges CS155 
Other
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - I Can't Stand the Rain

The current song title in the Craft Barn Song Challenge is "I Can't Stand the Rain". Not one that is on my song radar so "You Tube" had to come to my rescue. Of the various videos I watched the disco version by Eruption was my top choice.

I started my postcard (my chosen format for this challenge) by spraying the base card with Distress Spray Stain. The window was stamped on to a piece of card and cut out and then the window pane areas removed. The window was then stamped again on acetate and cut out and then stamped with a raindrops stamp. On a piece of card I stamped the country landscape and watercoloured the image with Distress Inks. I glued the acetate window to the landscape and then attached the frame over them.

The little girl with attitude is from one of my favourite and very well used Crafty Individuals sets. I think she has been told she can only go out to play in the rain if she changes her clothes and put on her wellies. I'm sure she has stamped her feet a few times and said "It's not fair!". I stamped the girl on to a piece of white card, cut her out, coloured with Copic markers and paper-pieced her dress. I completed the postcard with the song title and artist's name.


 Postcard Recipe
Card
Anna Marie Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Anna Marie High White 300gsm
Acetate
Downloaded background paper
Inks
Distress Spray Stain - Mermaid Lagoon
Memento Tuxedo Black
Distress Inks - Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon
StazOn Jet Black
Ranger Archival - Watering Can
Copic Markers
Stamps 
Scenery - Stamp Addicts
Window - Stamp Addicts SA-5026 Window Dressing
Girl - Crafty Individuals CI-277
Raindrops - Designs by Ryn Water Effects 1 UM-M1
Other
Song Title – Computer generated “Please write me a song” font