Friday, 11 April 2014

Dancing with butterflies

I haven't decorated a tag for some time now, and having purchased some new dies, this seemed just the time to make a tag and try the dies out.  First die out was the TH Butterfly strip, I do love butterflies so this was fun to use.  I cut out three lots trying out different papers, and then set to and chose some that I then painted with the TH distress paints in peacock feathers and spun sugar.  They were then put to the side and out came the tag, I purchase mine direct from Funkie Junkie site.

Using distress paint in peacock feathers, spun sugar and milled lavender and a baby wipe, the colours were blended until I got the desired effect.  I did use a small amount of dusty concorde and sprayed with water and allowed to dry.  The stencil used is the TH dots and I used frayed burlap distress ink.

The two images used are from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea papers.  Once glued into place I then added a small piece of venise lace, this also was purchased through Funkie Junkie.


Next I stamped the words from one of the TH stamps that I have with dusty concord distress ink.  The embellishments used came from my crafting stash, and they are flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, the small resin corner from Melissa Frances and a small piece of ribbon venise lace.  Everything then was glued into place.  Finishing off with a button and ribbon that had been distressed with colour.

Close up of top and bottom.
Finished tag.
Thank you for looking, hope you have enjoyed my take on a butterfly tag.


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Busy week

It is now time to get to grips with some cards and rustled up these two.  They are nothing special, but with using stencils and golden paste together with embellishments they haven't come out too bad. The toppers are from Graphic 45.

This one has two stencils used the dots for the background and part of a butterfly that I painted using some H20.

The second card has another stencil at the side and then blended different distress paints with a baby wipe.
Finishing off with embellishments.
The small piece of lace and calico flower were stained using a mix of distress stains.

Thank you for looking, hope these two cards give inspiration.



Tuesday, 11 March 2014

My Craft Room sign

This was great fun to decorate even more so when I think I don't actually have a craft room but just an area of my dining room.  Oh well I can wish.........

These signs can be purchased from Anna Marie Designs

I started off with covering the front part of the board with self adhesive canvas to give me a better coverage. Using a mix of distress paint colours Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen, Milled Lavender and blended with a baby wipe.  On the side edges I used a Tim Holtz stencil and golden paste.  After that I used another Tim Holtz stencil and peacock feathers distress pad.
From my stash I found a small piece of lace and stained it with distress stains watered down, then left to dry.  This was glued into position along with a key and filigree embellishment at the top and then finished off with small pearls.  The filigree embellishments and lace I purchase from Funkie Junkie.  Linda has some great crafting goodies in her online store.
Then onto the flowers for the two edges, I find that using a glue gun works well for me with regard to sticking the flowers into place.

Last of all was the sign itself and here I blended Brushed Pewter, Dusty Concorde and Antiqued Bronze and glued in place.
I may not have a craft room but it may well look great on my bedroom door.  Enjoy and thank you for looking.



Monday, 24 February 2014

Oops too thick....

I didn't realise when I started the tabs that with adding embellishments etc they would no longer sit flush.  As a result I can only get four of the tabs to sit nicely in the book binder.  I will continue on with the others at a later stage and then use rings to hold them together.

So for my last two tabs for the time being I set to and created textured backgrounds, the first one I used self adhesive mulberry paper and then covered with gesso and finished off with distress paints.  Colours used were pumice stone, antique linen and rusty hinge.
From there I then cut out the roses with the stamps from Graphic 45 Couture range and using a small piece of doilly rolled that up and glued behind.  I love using peals and from my stash I used pearls on string and glued them down in place. 
I wanted to use some words but couldn't find anything amongst my stamps that would blend in, so cut out two from the paper and used those.  I finished off with using a small piece of lace and one of my filligree embellishments.
For the other tab that I wanted to complete, again I wanted to add texture to the background.  So with a palette knife and gesso I created a texture that came together quite well in the end.  It reminded me of icing a cake.

I used a mixture of distress paints but can't remember what colours I used.  I had a die cut dress form that I covered with a piece of the Couture paper and also cut out a stamp image and glued those in place.  At some stage in the past I had purchased a small piece of muslin and that fitted in very well with the dress form and lace.
Again using some pearls on string I wrapped around the waist and neckline this helped to tone down the black of the paper.
The butterfly was punched out using a Martha Stewart punch on a small piece of remaining paper and to that I added Stampin Up crystal effects and sprinkled with a little glitter.  The flower was cut out some time ago and that I also dabbed with some of the crystal effects and glitter finished off with a resin rose.
Now I need to turn my attention to cards that I want to make and give myself a break from the altered art work.
Hope you enjoyed the tour so far of the tabs and thank you for looking.





Monday, 3 February 2014

Now onto the tabbed sections

I have been playing around with the inner tabbed sections and have covered the front and back.  I started off with some die cuts, and a template that is based on the Mackintosh theme.  Instead of putting direct onto the mdf board I used the basis of a self adhesive canvas that I have recently found on the internet.  I also added a small piece of lace, venise lace butterfly and two wooden embellishments, then brushed gesso all over ready to paint.

 I didn't want anything too powerful with regard to the paint colouring so used a mixture of distress paint and gelato.  I also wanted to emphasise the butterfly and used a filligree one just slightly off centre to the lace one.  Finishing off with the Graphic 45 Couture chip board sayings.





For the back cover of the tabbed sections I played around with slightly darker colouring.
The inner book binder was covered with Graphic 45 Couture paper and then I used a large tag that I turned back a hem to take the stamped saying.
Thank you for looking, now I need to move onto the inner parts of the tabbed sections.