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Friday, 6 July 2018

Get Sentimental- AVJ July 2018 Challenge ,

Hello Everyone and Welcome 

Hope you are all having a great summer and the sun is shining down on you wherever you are.
 As we are now at the end of the first week of July we have a new challenge starting today over at A Vintage Journey. Lovely Nikki is our host and her challenge theme is 

'Get Sentimental' 
'Let's see lots of sentiments on your project, whether they be words, poems or quotes. Just remember to create your project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.'

I have made a piece of art 'on the round' for Nikki's challenge with admittedly only one quote but that one quote is made up of quite a few words that give pause for thought! They are what guided my creativity!
This was my first 'play time' using the fabulous stencil designed by Pam Carriker made by Stencil Girl- for me a must have as soon as I saw!
Working on mixed media paper I applied gesso and blended distress crayons through the inner circle and outer circle sections of the stencil
to create a sense of light and shadow (the light being 'what lies before us', the shadow being 'what lies behind us') breaking it up with a delicate touch of colour (what lies within us)
I then cut out the circle design and adhered to a That's Crafty MDF round which I'd painted earlier with black acrylic paint. 
 For the silhouette head and 'Rays. I created a 'duplicate' and double embossed it using my much loved 'Rocky Road' Baked Texture embossing powder by Seth Apter/ Emerald Creek.
Look at the amazing texture, the variations in colour
the depth and grunginess of this particular flavour - these really are little pots of magic !
I then aligned the silhouette to the background stenciling, adhered in place and embossed the edges of the MDF round again with Rocky Road. 
A Tim Holtz quote token provided the words for this project and each one was highlighted using a picket fence distress crayon
'What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us.' 
I hope I have offered some creative inspiration with my 'Get Sentimental' project. Some of my fellow teammates have been busy getting 'sentimental' too so be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey to see their fabulous projects.  

Thank you so much for taking time out of you day to stop by. Your visits along with your follows, kind comments and support are continually appreciated.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and hope to see you again soon . 
Until then
Keep on the 'happy side' 
Take care 
Amanda 
xxx

Friday, 15 June 2018

Beautiful Greetings

Hello Everyone and Welcome

I have a couple of cards to share with you today that I have made using one of Tim Holtz new 3D Texture Fades. So which one have I chosen to work with? No, its not 'Foundry', 'Mechanics' or 'Lumber' as you would probably expect from this grungy gal, it is infact 'Botanicals'. 

The card design is the same for both cards just the colours and sentiment differ.
Card 1
I used black cardstock for the embossed panels 
I dabbed a distress oxide ink pad over the embossed panel to colour the raised embossing. Then using my finger I rubbed the applied ink into the recesses. Can you believe the DOX I used was fossilised amber !! 
I then ran an old Black archival ink pad over the inked embossed panel and applied gilding wax to accentuate the fabulous embossing. these 3D folders sure do create an incredible impression!
So not really wanting to cover any of it up I simply added a word banner.
Now for Card 2
This was created in exactly the same way as Card 1. This time I used Picked Raspberry Distress oxide,
the same old black Archival ink pad, 
silver gilding wax instead of gold  
and again simply finished off with a word Banner so as not to cover much of the deep, rich 3D embossing! 
I hope you have enjoyed my double offering of 3D embossing today. Thanks Tim for 'enabling' with such an amazing product! Keep them coming ....... :)

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges:
Frilly and Funkie 'Letter Perfect' Challenge 

Thanks too to all of you for stopping by today. As always your visits, follows and kind words are very much appreciated . 
Hope you have a lovely weekend 
Until the next time, take care 
and
 keep on the happy side 
Amanda 
x

Monday, 11 June 2018

Art washes away from the soul......

Hi Everyone and Welcome 

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are feeling all refreshed and ready for the week ahead. In between a few sunny summer strolls this weekend I have spent some time 'playing' with my much neglected of late alcohol inks. It was great to remind myself how much I love working with this fabulous product. Usually I veer towards the blue/ green tones of Tim Holtz Alcohol inks but this time I went with a whole kaleidoscope of colours and here's the result .
I worked on Tim Holtz Yupo, adding drops of alcohol ink straight from the bottle, letting them bleed and blend with each other.
 I stencilled using black acrylic paint through a couple of stencils, added some white highlights around the stencilling and some black pen dots and lines here and there.
I heat embossed Picasso's quote using black Archival ink and clear embossing powder and although  in the photo below the camera lens hasn't picked up the lovely sheen the embossing creates
it has in this one 
 this one
and this one.
 I also added some paint marks and splatters and embellished the corners of the quote panel with gem dots. 
Though this could be used for a greeting card or as an art panel to display I am thinking it will make a great art journal cover, maybe a black paged journal....mm even better! So that's the plan just have to decide now whether to buy or make ......... 
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Country View Crafts June 2018 Challenge : The Written Word (add text in some form) 
Crop Stop June link Party #40 'Anything Goes'

Thank you as always for stopping by today. Your visits, follows and kind words are very much appreciated.
Hope you all have a lovely week and until the next time take care
and keep on the happy side
Amanda
x  

Friday, 1 June 2018

Stencil It! A Vintage Journey, June 2018 Challenge

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Hope you are all ok and that the last week in May has been kind to you all. June already!! 
 Where does the time go? 
So as we welcome in the start of Summer and hopefully warmer days and nights (yay) we at
 A Vintage Journey hope you will welcome our new challenge that goes live today. Lovely Astrid is our host and her challenge is 

Stencil It! 
Create a project using at least one stencil, in a style that fits our challenge focus- vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk. There are so many possibilities to be creative with stencils on your cards, journals, layouts, ATC's or 3D projects. Stencils offer endless possibilities, be creative and have fun!

With our last challenge 'Words and Music' still on my mind and having had U2 playing on a loop ever since, my project for this challenge was highly influenced by both factors. As you are now well aware I am a big U2 fan and I was super happy to have recently come across a stencil of Bono when 'window shopping'! Of course it fell in to my basket , arrived a few days later and I have christened it by creating a mixed media art panel for Astrid's challenge. 
Song for Someone . (click here to watch and listen or listen whilst scrolling) 
The panel itself is a 6x6 mdf panel covered with torn papers: lyrics to the U2 track 'Song for Someone' printed out on copy paper along with the musical score 'bits' from Tim Holtz Melange tissue wrap. Both were adhered and sealed with matt medium .
Distress inks and oxides added colour and were applied using both the wrinkle free distress technique and the blending tool. I continued to 'mess' with the colour throughout the whole creative process.
Tim Holtz grit paste was applied with a palette knife through the positioned stencil of Bono. The stencil is actually A4 in size so I positioned it in accordance to the surface area I was working on.
Once the grit paste dried the stencil was repositioned and black acrylic paint applied to colour the grit paste.
The edges of the panel were embossed with Seth Apter/ Emerald Creek 'Rocky Road' Baked Texture.
I LOVE this flavour and if I had been sure I had enough of those magic granules I would have used them to stencil too - maybe next time! .
Bono's silhouette was highlighted with a white pen
and the finished mixed media panel was mounted onto Tim Holtz metallic Kraft Core and black mattboard.
I have to say I was super impressed with the cut of the stencil as the image is undoubtedly Bono - I'm sure you'll agree.
Whether you are a U2/ Bono fan or not I hope I have offered some creative inspiration with my stenciled project. Some of my fellow Creative Guides have been busy creating with stencils too so be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey to view all their fabulous projects .

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Country View Crafts June 2018: 'The Written Word' (add text in some form)  
Before I sign out for today I would just like to say a mega huge thank you to those of you who blew me away with the love you left me for my U2 T-shirt posted here. I was totally overwhelmed and incredibly humbled by the amazing response it received. You guys 'Rock' and sure know how to make my heart happy! 

Thanks too for taking the time to stop by today and for any comments you wish to leave. 
Your kind words ,visits, follows  and support are very much appreciated . 
Hope you all have a lovely weekend 
and until I see you again 
'keep on the happy side' 
Take Care 
Amanda 
x