Sunday, 13 April 2014

De Stempelwinkel - Oriental ATC


Good morning, Hopefully this post appears when it should as I am scheduling, ( I hate Technology ) as I will already have left for the big craft show at Ally Pally,  If you make it to the show come and say Hi.
Over at De Stempelwinkel and I have made an Oriental themed ATC.
If you have time it would be great to see you over there. xx


Monday, 7 April 2014

My New Shabby Blog 'Spesh-Chic'


A very quick post from me this eve, I have just started a new blog, Spesh-Chic, I will be using the new blog for all my Shabby makes using the Decoart Chalk piants. I would love for you all to join me over there as well xx
Thanks for stopping by xxxx

De Stampelwinkel - Envelope mini album


Happy Monday all, I hope you are all keeping well?
I am up first this week over at De Stempelwinkel to share a new make.
I am sharing this mini album that I made in a class with Kathy Byrne.
There are lots more pics over at De Stempelwinkel and it would be great if you have time to see you over there xxxx
Thanks as always, xxxx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

De Stempelwinkel - Caught In A Dream Tag


Morning, Thanks for stopping by, A quick post this morning, I am sharing over at De Stempelwinkel and I thought I would try a different look to my normal style.It would be great if you have time to see you over there xx.
Also if you have time, I would love for you to pop by my new blog Spesh-Chic this is where I will be keeping all the Shabby chic and vintage makes where I will mainly be using the Decoart Chalk Paints.So if you like that sort of thing I would love to see you over there ;) xx

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Decoart Retro Grungy Americana Sign Box Tutorial. Pt 1


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are all keeping well? Today I am sharing part 1 of this Retro Americana inspired cupboard box as part of the Decoart International Design Team. Warning, this may be a little photo heavy but I hope you stick with me.
All products used are from the Decoart Range of paints and mediums.
For Part 1 I will be going over how I painted the box, In Part 2 I will go over the techniques for the rusty tin insert.
Here is what you will need.
                                                                                                                                                                             

Americana, Baby Blue, Berry Red, Slate Grey, Silver,White, Heritage Brick(not shown)
Sand Paper
Tape for masking

The box started out like this...


There was a plain wood and  perspex insert so you could add some photo's or a scrap book page layout, the box its self is about 13" square with a hinged lid.



After dismantling the box, The lid and main box were first given two coats of Gesso (sanding between coats)
they were then painted silver and then a coat of  Heritage Brick Americna, As my end result was to look like an aged metal box I wanted to use a base colour that is often used as a Primer in spraying cars.



I also wanted to go for an Americana style feel for the finished piece so wanted my colour scheme to be the Red, White and Blue
I used some masking tape to mask off the different sections, The white was painted first and the Red and Blue after, the same process was carried out on the lid as well.


Some sanding back was done on the box to reveal the different layers and to add to the aged look.
The inside of the box was painted first Gray and then Silver.


To age the inside of the box I mixed up several washes of Decoart's Traditions paints. I used Quinacridone Gold and Quinacridone Burnt Orange.These colours combined give a nice burnished and tarnished colour to the silver.
I have used the Traditions paints for washes as the pigment quality is a lot higher than with the Americana line of paints.When the new Media line hits the shelves I will be using them, they will be packed with even more pigment and will be ideal for using in mixed media projects.


When working with washes I always have my mister bottle close at hand just in case i want the wash to be thinner after I have applied it, The washes have been mixed to   a 60% - 40% Water/paint mix. The washes were added randomly but at the same time and then some water was spritzed to thin the washes out where needed to get the nice runs and to get the colours to bleed together.


On the bottom surface of the box and on the shelf I used a couple of different Jars, using Raw Umber spread thin on my craft mat I stamped with the rims of the jars to give the effect of old stains left behind by jars and tins of paint etc.




The out side of the box was also given several washes, This time I used Carbon Black and Quinacridone Gold Traditions to give a real grubby look to the box.Finally I gave the box two coats, inside and out of The Satin Glaze, this will help protect the surfaces but it also gives a really nice sheen and helps bring ot the colours that little bit more.


The box is now ready to be hung in my man cave ;) Ok, Garage.
Thanks as always for stopping by. Ill be back soon with how to create the rusty tin sign to go in the middle.


I would like ot enter this over at Simon Says Stamp where they are having an Anything Goes Challenge.


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags Of 2014 March Tag done with Decoart Chalk Paints.


A quick post today as I share my March tag from the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014.This tag caused me to think a lot on how I was going to create the Tim effect but with paint, I don't like to think, not always my strong point ;-) lol
I also struggled till Neil let me borrow his stamp set as I had no stamps in my collection that would fit the bill. Thanks Neil.
Like my other Tim tags I have used a media board from Tando-Creative, This time all the paints are from the Deocart Chalk range. The only bit of ink is the Coffee archival ink I used to distress the edge of the board.
You can find how Tim created his tag by following the link.
I would like to add this to the Tag link up.

I would also like to share this little tag/wood board.
Again using the chalk paints I made this for my Gf Valentines card this year.


Thanks for stopping by x


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

2 Shabby Tables





Evening, Thanks for stopping by I have a couple of shabby tables to share. These were both picked up at one of my local charity shops.Both of these tables have been painted with the new Decoart Chalk Finish Paints. The first table was fairly rough, the varnish was flaking off etc.
I sanded back all the loose varnish to get a solid base and tested a little area to see if the wood or old stains would bleed through. I am glad I tested an area first as the paint started to turn yellow as the old varnish started to stain through.
I used the Stain blocker product in the range and coated the whole piece.  The table was then given a couple of coats of Vintage and left to dry. Using sand paper I started to distress the surfaces to reveal the wood underneath.
To finish of I gave it all two coats of the Soft Touch varnish to protect the finish and to give it a really nice tactile feel.





The smaller table was given two coats of Relic, a beautiful dark grey colour. 
(I promise I will start taking before shots from now on) 
I used The Flower Market stencil from the chalk range and used the Whisper colour paint stippled through. Once dry the whole table was given a little light distressing revealing some of the wood beneath and just scuffing the stencil to make it look worn.
To finish the table was given two coats of the clear wax.
I will be dropping both of these off at Lovingly Made next week where they will join my chairs. Hopefully they will find a good home soon.

As always thank you so much for stopping by. I love having you here. xxx


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

De Stempelwinkel - Up Cycled Shabby Shelf Thing.


Afternoon, I hope you are all keeping well?
Things have been a little quiet here in blog land although I al working on several things all at once, as well as house hunting so please bare with me if things are a little sporadic at the mo x
I am sharing again over at De Stempelwinkel today and I have a little Charity shop up cycled shelf thing.
If you have time it would be great to see you over there xx

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

De Stempelwinkel - Oriental Tile


Morning, I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather we are having in the UK at the moment?
Here is a little teaser pic of my make over at De Stempelwinkel.
If you have time it would be great to see you over there x
Thanks for stopping by xx

Monday, 17 March 2014

2 More Tim Holtz Chairs And More Decoart Chalk Paint Shabby Chic




Evening all, I have just finished some more chairs, the first two have some more Tim Holtz fabric for the cushions, the second pair have a check pattern in a nice wool cover.
Both pairs have been painted using the new Deocart Chalk Paints. I have used the colour Cameo for the base colour and Whisper for the top coat, It is more of a cream white and a little warmer, it also pics out the base colour of the fabric.
The chairs have been finished with a couple of coats of Decoarts clear cream wax.





Finally to finish off I also painted up this little foot stall.
I used Serene as the base and Lace as the top coat and I have used some more Tim Holtz fabric to cover the top section.


Sorry for the photo heavy post with not a lot of words but thanks for sticking with me xx
I am very happy to say that I have found a local shop that will be taking these chairs and selling them for me so fingers crossed  they can find a new home soon ;)

A Vintage Journey are having their first challenge, the theme is anything Tim chairs and box. Not your usual crafty entry but I really wanted to take part in this new blog with such an amazing new DT.





Wednesday, 12 March 2014

De Stempelwinkel - Shabby Door Hanger


Morning all, A quick post today with a little teaser pick of my make over at De Stempelwinkel.
I have made a shabby door hanger, to see it in full and a little write up of what I did please follow the link.
xx Thank you all for stopping by xx.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Haunted Design House. I Want To Play A Game./Saw movie inspired.

Ok, So just how many followers will leave after this little post? ;)
This monstrosity has been created for our new challenge over at Haunted Design House  Our latest theme is 'I Want To Play A Game' If you are a fan of Horror you will recognise the quote as coming from the Saw franchise.
Over the next two weeks we want to see your Saw or Game inspired creations. Head on over to see what our DT have created.


For my make I have gone more down the lines of creating something that might look at home on the set of the films, I am picturing tens of these on a wall with some macabre contraption with he victim strapped in and having to go through all the keys to get out and survive.
I started of with a candle holder available from Country Love Crafts, you should be able to find a stockist list on their page somewhere.
All the mediums and paints are from the new Decoart Media Line
The whole piece was given a coat of gesso, Modelling paste was then applied with a pallet knife to add texture,some fabric mesh was pushed into the paste and in places more paste was added to give a worn and decayed look. After the first layer of modelling paste was dry I used the 12" Harlequin stencil from The Crafters Workshop and applied more modelling paste , quite thick this time as I really wanted the diamonds to stand out from the background.. To finish off on the texture front I used some of Decoart's texture sand mainly applying this with a stiff brush to the raised areas.Once dry I painted the whole piece with a watered down Gesso mix.


Using the new fluid acrylics I mixed up my bas colour. How you use the fluid acrylics is a little different to using a normal paint, they are still water based and non toxic like all Decoart products but these new fluid acrylics are pretty much pure high quality pigment, they are an artist quality paint.With them being packed so full of pigment they are ideal for colour washes and mixing with a base white to get what ever colour you require.
I squeezed some white Americana paint out which will form the body of my paint, I then added just 3 drops of fluid acrylic and mixed together to get a nice grey blue base colour. It is incredible how little was needed to get the colour I wanted.A mix of washes and dry brushing came next to give the aged look and I really like how the candle sconce turned out.
The hooks were added as was the chain and old keys.The number plate was given a rusty finish, again using the media products the numbers were stamped over a grungy painted piece of paper.
The Charlotte doll was aged using some paint and one of the new antiquing fluids.


The dolls head was Gessoed and then painted with red and black acrylic paint and was spritzed to get some of the pain to run together. once dry some of the crackle medium was added and paint rubbed into the cracks. I finished off by adding an old jubilee clip to the base of the neck and added it to the shelf.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your tummy has not been turned to much ;)
I had so much fun playing with this project and love all the different textures and colours.
Hopefully I wont lose to many of you ;) 
If you fancy getting your freak on we would love to see what you will come up with. you do not need to be quite as macabre as this ;) we just want to see your take on our theme. You can alter a game piece or go for a full on Saw experience. Just have fun xx
Hopefully Ill see you next time xxx

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge are having a D is for Distress challenge.

Punkyou Girl are having a fairy tales gone bad theme. Not sure if Saw counts as a fairy tale but things have defiantly gone bad.

The Stampotique Designers Challenge No137 are having a Textured Background challenge. My go to texture is modelling paste and texture sand. I love these two mediums together, As for my stamp, it's the numbers, its the october crow font from de stempelwinkel

Left Of Center are having a special 1st anniversary event, and along with loads of fab prizes are having an anything goes challenge.

Friday, 28 February 2014

De Stempelwinkel - Tick Tock Tag


Morning all, A very quick teaser post this morning, It's my turn over at De Stempelwinkel to share and I have a little tag, I made this for a swap I took art in, I hope Claire likes it.x
It would be great to see you over at De Stempelwinkel.
The main stamp is from one of their new releases, It's one of my all time faves and is now bigger than ever ;)
Thanks for stopping by. xx
I have fixed the link now. Thanks Anne x



Tuesday, 25 February 2014

3 Shabby Chic Hearts And A Distressed Plaque


Afternoon, Thanks for stopping by, A quick post today with more samples from the CHSI show.
All three of these hearts came from the range in a set, they started life as plain grey moulded stoneware, almost cement really.
I decided to use the three most common finishes on these.
The new Chalk Paint from DecoArt needs no prep work and covers pretty much any type of surface.
For the top heart I used the Vaseline resist technique.


For this heart I used the wax resist technique


and finally I used the new crackle medium specially formulated for the chalk paint range.
I will go into these techniques in more detail very soon, I am just catching up with sharing everything from the show first ;)
Only one more post to come, honest ;) and then I will get into explaining things with a couple of simple tutorials xx


For this plaque I used the Vaseline resist technique and finished off by using one of Decoart's new stencils.
Thanks so much for stopping by, It's always great having you here and means a lot to me. xx