Saturday, 21 May 2016

Vintage Circus Stencil and Paper Box Class


I have just put the finishing touches to a new class I'll be running at Daisy Jewels and Crafts in Coventry on the 30th July.
We will be using Andy Skinner's new stamps from Stampendous as well as lots of his Decoart media stencils and of course lots of paints and mediums from the Decoart Media Line to create this storage box that is big enough to store lots of 12" paper pads and stencils. But of course, you can keep what ever you like inside ;)

Class Schedule

30 July Daisy Jewels and Crafts Coventry
31 July Crafty Bunch Telford
1 October Pickwell Farm Southampton
19,20 November Ministry of Mixology Retreat with Andy Skinner and Brenda Brown and Me.


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Experimenting with my new Stampendous Goodies


Afternoon, Today I am sharing more of an experiment/ playing post rather than a truly finished piece.
If you saw my Facebook post earlier in the week I received a wonderful package from Stampendous full of stamps embossing powders and more. More about that soon ;)
I had time for a quick play the other day nothing really in mind more just to get a feel of the new products.  I am loving the aged frantage embossing enamels.

The new elephant foam stamp grabbed my eye straight away as it put m in mind of the wood blocks that are used for fabric printing.


It's quite an impressive kit you get the Foam stamp, one side is patterned the other is a plain silhouette, you also get the Rubber stamp that can be stamped over the silhouette and a little stencil to finish things off.


I painted a piece of canvas board using Decoart Media Fluids and a light spray of their black Media Mister. I used the stencil and did some random background stamping using the Vintage Note stamp from stampendous.


Next I stamped using Decoarts chalk paint, I wanted to use this as a shadow effect.


I off set and over stamped using versamark ink and heat embossed the Aged Teal embossing enamel.




Still playing around I offset and over stamped again using Stazon ink and sprinkled some rose gold embossing powder randomly, I also edged the canvas board with the aged teal.



Playing with the same ideas I used an off cut of wood this time and Decoart Chalky Finish paints for the background, stamped first with Stazon ink and then offset with the aged spice powder. I did the same with the Decorative Borders stamps.
Im still not quite there with the correct colour combos of powders but i'm having fun and learning ;)

Finally I had a couple of bisque hanging ornaments.


The bisque was painted black and then triple embossed using the Verdigris powder. This powder is made up of several different colours and shades and once heat set you get a beautifully speckled finish.


For this one I triple embossed using the chunky copper powder and stamped into the final layer using Andy Skinners clock stamp.
I let it dry and filled in the recessed areas with the verdigris powder and gave it a final blast with the heat gun.

Thanks for stopping by. xx






Sunday, 1 May 2016

World War Robot Square ;-)



So how's everyone doing?
Things are still busy here but I managed to finish a little project just for me.
This is my World War Robot Square. 
WWR is a story created by artist Ashley Wood, Not your typical comic book artist, Go take  look ;-)
he created WWR and since its start he has bought out 1/6 and 1/12 scale models of his characters and robots. I have been collecting them over the last few years and recently bought Andy skinner one of the DIY robot Squares which Andy painted up at the CHA show earlier this year. You can find his Here.
I finally managed to pick one up for myself so I will apologize now for the picture heavy post but there are lots of sides and angles to capture ;-)

He started off looking a bit like this.





I have used lots of Decoart Media Fluids  to paint my Square starting with some dark blues and lots and lots of dry brushing lightening with each layer.
A little black Media Mister and then the edges were distressed.
Some Stenciling was added using Andy Skinners Industrial Elements and once finished He was given a coat of Satin Varnish.










Thanks for stopping by.
See you soon xx.

I would like to enter this into the Simon Say Stamp Monday challenge, their theme is 'Show Us Your Metal'   I have rusted my Robot x


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Lots going on Round Up Post Magazines, workshops and Day Of The Dead Seating ;)

Sorry it's been a little while, it's been a whirlwind the last month or so.
I thought I had better do a little (not so little) round up of what's been going on and what I have been working on.
Warning, Picture heavy.

First up I was given the amazing opportunity to create a Decoart  feature project for Craft Stamper Magazine for their April edition, now they may issue is out I can share my project on my blog.
I have used Decoart Media fluids and Americana Decor Chalky Finish paints along with some of Andy Skinners new Stampendous Stamps and lots of  stamps from Carabelle Studio's.
A huge thank you to Trish and the team as well as Decoart for the opportunity x.




Sticking with some chalk paints I wanted to try a colour that I wouldn't normally be a go to colour so I broke out the Decoart Chalky Finish Inheritance and sanded back for a distressed look. Finished with Satin Varnish and some Day of the Dead fabric.





Told you it was a long post ;-)
I kicked of my crafty teaching year this month starting at Andy Skinner and Tando-Creative's Ministry of Mixology retreat at the beginning of the month.


I helped out on Andy's Saturday workshop and was one of the demonstrators for the saturday night doing make and takes, I was working with the chalk paints and we made several different technique tags.
I also painted up this bottle using more of Andy's new Stamps chalky finish paint and washes of Media Fluids.




We even used Stampendous's Stamp n Bond to add some gold leaf.




Such a good event, Thank you to Andy and Di for having me along, great to see so many of you from blog land and facebook in the flesh and making new friends like Graig from CHA. I even got to play on the Sunday in Kate Crane's workshop.
A selection of Andy's kits ate available from Tando-Creative.



Thanks Kate for a great class. was great to finally meet up with you in person. It was such a fun day crafting on Sunday as I got to hang out with one of my oldest crafting friends and fellow Haunted Design House DT member Helen. lovely to spend the day chatting and painting.

Last weekend I was at That's Crafty  in Essex teaching my Mixed Media Paint Caddy class using one of their new kits. they have stacking storage crates with different inserts for the different sizes of paint pots misters etc.



More Decoart Media Fluids, some Carabelle Studio stamps and more Stampendous Stamp n Bond.



As I write this post I am just about ready to head off in the morning for the Mixed Media Mayhem retreat held by Rowan Tree Crafts in Cumbria where I will be holding 2 workshops. My Mixed Media ATC and storage class and y Alice In Wonderland Fat Book.
These kits are available from That's Crafty.










And finally, If you are still awake I will have my first article in Making Cards Magazine that hits the shelves this Friday (May edition).
Thank you Sally and the team for asking me to create some cards. I have 3 cards with a little step by step.


Thank you for stopping by and thank you for sticking with this mammoth post.
You can find me on Facebook HERE, I,m a little more up to date with my crafty goings on there. xx

Class Schedule:

23/24 April Rowan Tree Crafts Mixed Media Mayhem Retreat Cumbria
7 May Pickwell Farm Southampton Atc Workshop.
30  July Daisy Jewels and Crafts Coventry
31 July Crafty Bunch Telford