Friday, 2 December 2016

Red and Gold

Here's a sneaky peek of my latest project for The Craft Barn. This week's theme is red and gold.

Why not hop over to the blog and have a look at the sumptuous projects the design team have created?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Tealight Holder

With Christmas approaching it’s time for a bit of altering. I picked up a tealight holder in a charity shop some time ago that was crying out for a makeover. First texture past was added, left to dry and then painted white.

Next the background was painted, gradually blending the colours together. When it was dry speckled stars were added in white paint and the textured areas were highlighted with gilding wax.

  Die cut snowflakes were embossed and painted silver. When the silver was dry the raised areas were highlighted with white paint and the snowflakes were adhered with gel medium.

 Finally gems were added and the holder was sealed with gel medium which also gives a silk finish. To finish a circle of felt was added to the base.

Now that it's dark so early I really enjoy sitting in candle light when I get in from work. It's a great way to block out distractions and relax.
Materials used:
PaperArtsy grunge paste
Tando masks: distorted harlequin, Giovanna eighties
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: snowflake, blue oyster, china, southern skies, blueberry
Viva Decor Maya Gold: silver
Creative Expressions metallic gilding wax: patina
Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die: winter elements
Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folder: gridlock
Ranger Multi Medium: matte


Sunday, 27 November 2016

I is for Imagination

Hi there
I'm scraping in with my Craft Barn Dictionary challenge project at the last minute. I thought it would be a quick one but it's taken me a bit longer than I expected. I've used paint and masks to create the silhouette and background, then stamped in Memento ink and added a little colour with white paint pen and ProMarkers.

I'm afraid that life seems to have run away with me at the moment so I'm not sure I will be able to get around to commenting on everyone's posts this fortnight but I will do my best to take a look when I can.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Monsterrific Fun

I've been having a play with the new PaperArtsy Elena Zinski Art stamps. For more details have a look at my project on The Craft Barn blog...

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to American friends celebrating today.

The card template was cut with a Silhouette Studio design. The leaves were coloured with ProMarkers and stamped with gold paint. The the middle layer was sprayed with Color Bloom in golden walnut and fire needles. The sentiment was computer generated and cut out and the background coloured and stamped in Distress Ink. All that was left was to assemble the pieces.

It's always good to take the time to reflect and be thankful for what we have. xxx

Materials used:
Silhouette Studio digital die cut
white card
patterned paper
small texture stamp free with magazine
Color Bloom sprays
Distress Ink
Viva Decor Maya Gold

Saturday, 19 November 2016


Hi there
It's snowflake week at The Craft Barn. I really had fun with this project. For full details pop over to The Craft Barn blog. There are lots of very pretty projects this week.

It's definitely been getting chillier. Only a matter of time before we get the snow! Best we all stay indoors and do a bit of crafting! 😉

Saturday, 12 November 2016

U is for Urban

A two post day! This fortnight the letter is U for The Craft Barn dictionary challenge. The perfect opportunity to use my new Carabelle Studio London stamp.

The image was stamped in Versafine and embossed in black. With a mask to cover the focal image, the background was coloured using Brusho with Distress Ink stencilled over the top. Parts of the image were highlighted with ProMarkers before adding the definition.

Materials used:
Carabelle Studio: London
Brusho: grey, light brown, dark brown
Distress Ink:  wild honey, vintage photo, ground espresso
Dina Wakley Media: paint comb squares