Saturday, 27 February 2016

The Craft Barn Fortnightly Challenge - Hearts

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge has become a fortnightly challenge to fit in with the Alpha/Dictionary Challenge.

The challenge this fortnight is to use a heart(s) but not a red one in a project.

Some time ago I bought a bag of oddments of Christmas Decorations from the charity shop and there was a rather sad looking heart amongst them and this seemed the ideal opportunity to dust it off and give it new lease of life.

I gave the heart a couple of coats of gesso to cover the remains of gold paint, glitter and a large blob of glue that I coudn't remove. I then painted it over with two layers of Paperasrtsy (PA) Fresco paint. I used the same colour to paint a piece of tissue paper before stamping script on it. I tore the tissue into pieces and glued it to the heart with PA Matte Glaze. I had intended to then paint the heart all over with the glaze but I got carried away making up the flowers and forgot! The flowers were die-cuts from scraps, spritized with water and screwed up and left to dry naturally before carefully opening and gluing together. A pearl bead was added to each of them. A little Distress Ink was rubbed over the edges of the flowers and the leaves and attached to the heart.

Heart Decoration Recipe
Claude Hellmuth Studio Gesso
PaperArtsy - Ice Blue, Matte Glaze
Ranger Archival Coffee
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Crafty Individuals Stamp - CI-161
Tim Holtz Alterations - Spring Greenery 659573
Tim Holtz Alterations - Flower Garland 657824
Plastic heart
Tissue paper
Pearl beads

Saturday, 20 February 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge 2016 - Letter F

The letter for this fortnight's Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge is "F". However there is a little twist to the challenge - the finished art piece must include a heart somewhere. I have chosen the word fidelity, but could have used faithfulness as they have much the same meaning. My chosen format for this year's challenge is landscape postcard size - 6 x 4ins.

For the background I stencilled Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the two corners of the card then dusted over the top and stamped with the same ink. The large heart was stamped using Satin Red Versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder. The image of the couple was re-shaped from a square to a heart and attached to the large heart. I stamped the love stamp with Coffee Archival but the heart didn't show up too well so I stamped it again on a piece of card to match the colour of the large one, cut it out and glued it to the postcard. I finished my postcard with a computer generated dictionary definition.

Postcard Recipe
Base card - Anna Marie Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Versafine - Satin Red
Ranger Archival - Coffee
Music - Crafty Individuals
Script - Crafty Individuals CI-161
Large heart - Etched Heart Stamp Addicts SA-7036
Love - Craft Stamper (Feb 2016) freebie
Flourishes -Inkadinkado Sketchy Flourishes 97632  
Image of couple - Crafty Individuals from Miniatures "Peoples and Places 2"
Wow! Embossing powder - Clear Gloss Super Fine WA015F
Sizzix Thinlets Mixed Media die used as a stencil
Computer generated words - Typewriter font

Saturday, 6 February 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge 2016 - Letter Q

"Q" is the letter to use and define for the fortnightly Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge.I have chosen the word "queue" - not a lot of thinking went on there! 

I sponged  the background of my postcard with Distress Inks and then stamp and stencilled over the top. I fashioned a bus stop from card and stamped a line of PaperArtsy birds onto the postcard. I rifled through my scraps box and found some suitable offcuts to stamp the bird images again and then just cut out their bodies. They were glued onto the stamped bird images on the postcard before adding the dictionary definition.

Postcard Recipe
Base card - Anna Marie Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Distress Inks - Hickory Smoke, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Ranger Archival Jet Black
Stamp Addicts - Grunge 1 SA-6062
PaperArtsy JM20
Stencil - The Crafter's Workshop Mini Art Is CW261s
Words - computer generated

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Triplets

The theme for the Craft Barn weekly challenge is Triplets and I have chosen to make a card using three flower panels.

I started by making the background using Distress Inks to cover a piece of card and then added random stamping. The Crafty Individuals flower panels were stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with Distress Ink. The stamped butterflies were coloured with the same colour ink as the cornflower and attached to the card with silicone glue to them a little height.   

Card Recipe  
Base card – Craft Creations cream linen
Watercolour paper
Black card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Ranger Archival – Coffee, Watering Can
Distress Inks – Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey,
Flower – Crafty Individuals CI-185
Large butterfly -  Crafty Individuals CI-437
Small butterfly – Tim Holtz Papillon  CMS106
Script – PaperArtsy  MN44
Diamonds Kaisercraft CS152
Crackle – Kaisercraft