Friday, 7 April 2017

The Magic of Three- A Vintage Journey April 2017 Challenge

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Hope you have all had a great start to this month- April already and tie to kick start our New Challenge Over at A Vintage Journey . This month Annie is our host and her challenge is
'The Magic of 3'
Here's what Annie says: 'It is said that using 3 of something adds interest and power whether its a conversation , art or numbers . Let us see how you use three of something in your challenge project- numbers, techniques, stamps, colours, words, products the list is endless. Let us know your magic three components and ensure your project is in our vintage, shabby, mixed media. art journalling, industrial , timeworn or steampunk styles we favour '.

For my 'Magic of 3' project I have made an art panel working with a few variables of 3. If you're ready to find out what they are lets make a start
To create the art panel itself, excluding all the elements and embellishments I used 3 substrates: Mountboard - that's the main panel and cardstock and canvas- they're the smaller central panel.
I have also worked with three colours - Black Soot, Picket Fence and Twisted Citron distress paints/distress crayons.
The central panel is cardstock covered with canvas with Ranger texture paste applied through Tim Holtz 'Stripes' layering stencil down the centre and in both the top left and bottom right corners.
I used Black Soot distress crayon to colour the canvas applying it lightly to the canvas and blending with a dampened finger to create lighter tones. The stencil lines are emphasised using Black Soot distress paint.
I love how the crayons pick up the grain of canvas- instant detail! Have you noticed how many stencil lines are in each of the corners .....
Some subtle stamping using Jet Black Archival ink and some splatters (of course) using Picket Fence and Twisted Citron distress paint added a touch more detail.
This panel was then adhered to a panel of Mountboard with a tissue tape border.
how fortunate 3 forms part f the numbers on the tissue tape .
Now for the focal feature.
Again I have used three substrates - metal wire, cardstock, wood. The wooden heart is stencilled using texture paste through Tim Holtz dot fade stencil and painted with Black Soot distress paint. The dots are highlighted with a paint mix of black and white paint.
The butterfly is one of the beauties from Tim Holtz new release stamp set 'Flutter' simply stamped on cardstock and painted using Twisted Citron distress paint.
All the embellishments come in threes too - the butterfly is embellished with an ideology game spinner attached with a brad topped with a gem dot

and 3 hex nuts topped with 3 gem dots embellish the top and bottom edges of the canvas.
So that's at least 6 variables of 3 used in creating my 'Magic of 3' art panel.
and I have to say I am pleased with it - hope you like it too.
I hope my art panel along with all the fabulous projects created by my fellow Creative Guides, which can be seen here at A Vintage Journey ,will inspire you to go create yourself and join in our 'Magic of 3' challenge
At the end of this challenge there will be one lucky winner chosen by Random Org who will receive our Sponsors prize which this month is a $50 gift card kindly donated by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.
The Creative Guides will also choose 3 Pinworthy winners who will not only win a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog but will also be invited to join us as a Guest Designer for a future challenge . We look forward to seeing your creativity and appreciate all your entries and participation.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges 
The Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge: April - 'Take a Stamp'. 
Creative Artiste Challenge Blog- Challenge #25 
Altered Eclectics: Anything Goes as long as its altered/ MIxed Media, NO Cards / ATC's 
Thank you for stopping by today. 
As always your visits, comments and follows are welcomed, truly valued and mean alot.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend
Take care and until I see you again
keep on the happy side

Friday, 3 March 2017

All Aboard- A Vintage Journey March 2017 Challenge

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Hope you've all doing good and have had a great week.
Today we launch our new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Lovely Brenda is our host this month and her chosen challenge is
and here's what Brenda has to say
'Come join in our All Aboard Challenge where you can choose what you want to step on board with and although we still need to see you working with the styles and genres listed in the banner at the top of the page you can choose whether you share a card, some altered art, a journal page, a painting. infact whatever you fancy but with no theme to follow . Lets have some fun , share our current creations and enjoy the informal feel of our birthday celebrations.'

To celebrate our birthday and the passing of time since A Vintage Journey began 3 years ago I have created a fully functional faux metal clock.
The body of the clock is created using Eileen Hull Box Square (ATB) die with mountboard. Once die cut, all pieces were primed with gesso and painted with Tim Holtz Distress paint.
The Mirror board panels were cut to fit each of the sides (including top and bottom) of the ATB. The panels were then altered using one of Tim Holtz new release Texture fade - Numeric and Tim's painted industrial technique. 3 of the panels were placed in one area of the embossing folder, 3 in a different area to achieve a variation in pattern .
A close up of the emboss -Just love the result!
The embossed panels were adhered to the ATB pieces and before assembling the ATB a hole was punched out of the centre of what would be the face of the clock. This would allow for the clock mechanism to be fitted securely.
The 'lid' of the ATB was left so it would open and close to allow for easy access to fit and replace the battery when needed. The internal area could also be used to store spare batteries or any other 'bits' you may want to keep safe.
The clock face was created using Tim Holtz Gadget Gears Bigz die, greyboard, mirror board , distress paint and Texture fade emboss folder - Numeric .
Chunky Inconal hex nuts were used for feet
and one of Tim Holtz Ideology Faucet knobs was adhered to a Iconal hex nut to create a knob/ handle
which would enable the 'lid' of the clock to be opened and closed with greater ease.
(see the video- but please excuse the lack of video professionalism - I'm still in training!!)
Then it was just a case of cutting the hands down to size, fitting them in place and of course making sure the clock works......
Is there a low pitched tick tock? Does the second hand move?
Yay! There is and it does .
(apologies again for the lack of video professionalism)
I really enjoyed making this clock
and I hope I have some inspiration for you to go and have fun with your creativity and join us in our birthday challenge. We always love seeing what you create and appreciate your entries.
At the end of the challenge there will be one lucky winner chosen by Random Org who will receive our Sponsors prize which this month is a £20 voucher to spend at Country View Crafts.
The Creative Guides will also choose 3 Pinworthy winners who will not only win a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog but will also be invited to join us as a Guest Designer for a future challenge
If you haven't already be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to view some of my fellow Creative Guides projects . There really are some fabulous -not to be missed -creations to be seen! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today .
Your visits, comments and follows are very much appreciated .
Wishing you all a lovely weekend
Take care

'Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today- TIME is Precious!'

Friday, 10 February 2017

'Imagine'.... Winners Guest Design Spot at The Craft Stamper

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Hope you are all doing good and have had a great week.
Today I would like to share with you the project I have made for my 'Winners Guest Designer spot' on the Craft Stamper Challenge blog. My work features alongside the Craft Stamper design teams as inspiration for this months TIMI challenge 'Anything goes ' and can be seen here .
I am so delighted and very grateful to be given this wonderful opportunity - Thank you Trish and everyone at Craft Stamper .

So here's my Guest design spot Project

Tim Holtz Phrenology head stamp was stamped in Black archival onto a piece of a very lightly wrinkle free distressed card.

After shading the head with distress inks Tim Holtz crazing medium was applied. Once dry, distress crayons were blended over the medium to emphasise the crazing.

- I love the delicate crackled texture - like glass /porcelain that has shattered .

The background panel was created using Tim Holtz Wrinkle Free distress technique and distress inks, with Stamps and Stencils adding extra detail. The rays were created using Deco art crackle paste through Tim Holtz 'Rays' layering stencil and Black Soot distress paint drybrushed over the crackle medium once dry. Silver gilding wax highlighted the 
The completed background panel was mounted onto cardstock and adhered to a wood panel that had been crackled with Deco Art crackle paste with hex nuts used as faux fasteners .

The eyes were watercoloured using distress inks and then covered with glossy accent drops,

A few paint splatters made an appearance too

and the finishing touches came in the way of twisted wire, numbers ( 2017)

and the word 'Imagine' held in place with an ideology memo pin.

There's still plenty of time to join in this months Craft stamper TIMI Challenge . All the details you need can be found here .Who knows you too could be chosen as this months winner!

I would like to enter this project into the following Challenges:
Stamps and Stencils : Texture, Crackle and Paint 
Rhedds Creative Spirit- February Challenge
Thank you so much for stopping by day, for all your recent congratulations and lovely kind comments. They really are sincerely appreciated .
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend
Enjoy and keep on the happy side
Take Care

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Winter Magic is featured .....

Hi Everyone

I'm back again , this time to share with you yet more 'happy' news about my 'Winter Magic' Canvas!
The amazingly talented and super lovely Seth Apter has very kindly featured my canvas on his blog
I am absolutely thrilled, honoured and incredibly humbled to be featured on such a prestigious blog as Seths alongside so many talented artists.
Thank you Seth for the feature, for appreciating my art and for
creating and designing such inspirational products.

'Winter Magic'
using Seths Drip drop die
Its a die from Seths first collection with Spellbinders Paper Art and I LOVE it .

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing my 'proud moment ' with me .
I'll be back Friday with more of my creativity.
Hope you will be able to join me then
but until then
Take care and keep on the happy side

Friday, 20 January 2017

Happy News!

Hello Everyone and Welcome

I'm here today to share with you all some really Happy News I received at the end of last year - New Years Eve infact !
Remember the canvas I shared in December 2016 that I created for our Winter Magic Challenge theme at A Vintage Journey? Well, I entered it into Craft Stamper TIMI challenge and it was chosen as the Challenge Blog 'WINNER' 
and I'm told aswell that  I'm the FIRST EVER DOUBLE WINNER!
I am super, super thrilled It was the first project I made since my injury so you can imagine it means so much more to me that my project was chosen.
Today, as part of my prize, I am honoured to be featured on Craft Stamper Challenge blog- with my Winners Profile. If you fancy visiting then just click here

Thank you so much to Trish and the Design Team at Craft Stamper for choosing my Altered canvas as the Challenge winner 
Thanks too to all of you who are sharing my creative journey (and waffle) , for all your visits , your follows and your wonderful comments - It means the world to know that my Art is appreciated !
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and see you again real soon
Take care

Monday, 16 January 2017

Destination Inspiration- Arriving at Terminal #2 at A Vintage Journey 2017

Hello Everyone and Welcome
Happy New Year to you all. So far so good I hope?
My first blog post of the year begins with a sneak peak that I hope will tempt you to join me over at A Vintage Journey  
where I pick up the travel bag of goodies at Terminal #2 to continue the journey of this months Destination Inspiration.

Just one more click (here) and I'll be there waiting to greet you .
Hope to see you soon ......