Monday, 16 January 2017

Song Title Challenge 2017

Last year I made up a printers tray for The Craft Barn's monthly challenge.  This year I am using Tando Creative Coasters - 12 in all and will probably put them into a box frame at the end.  The challenge is to work a project based around a different song title/song each month which The Craft Barn provides.  This month its 'Let It Snow' sung by Bing Crosby and Rod Stewart.

I gesso'd the coaster and added some crackle paste through a Tando snowflake mask.  I sponged some DecoArt turquoise paint over the top.  I was going to add more but just look at that amazing crackle!!!!

It would be great if you could join me in this challenge.  You can do whatever you like for it!

Thank you for taking a look, hugs xxx

Friday, 6 January 2017

The 1st of 12 !

Hello and a Happy New Year from me!  For my 1st post of the year I am working with  this months colour theme.  After our lovely DT member Carol made a series with her colour themes last year I thought I would do something similar.  I am going to use the pretty *scalloped banner* every month.  Then I will end up with a lovely (hopefully) string to put up in my craft room.  Here is the 1st one...
As we are still in the throws of winter I have created a wintery scene using some *snowflakes* and a very pretty *fir tree*.  Just had to add a tassel :D
Thank you taking a look, Hugs , Karen xxx

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Completed Printer Tray!!!!!

Its all done!!!!!  My Alpha Printers Tray that is!!!! Its been a year long journey and I am so glad that I persevered with it.

I didn't decorate the tray itself as after cleaning it I found that it was oak.  I also kept the little bakelite knob as its integral to the original old tray.

I shall be participating in The Craft Barns 2017 challenge so I hope to see you there.  Happy New Year to you all xxx

Monday, 12 December 2016

More from my Alpha Tray

Hello!  Its about time I showed you some more letter from my Alpha Tray that I am doing with The Craft Barn. 

Her is the latest one - M or Mandolin.  This gorgeous little wooden mandolin was a VERY lucky find! Its perfect in every way!  (Its always worth checking dolls house suppliers :p)

I for Ice Cream - a little Tando piece for this one...

U for Umbrella

V for Valentine

and finally Y for Year

Only one more to go now and then I shall show you the finished Printer Tray!!!!!

Thank you for taking a look today xxx

Thursday, 8 December 2016

collage or mixed-media?

Its collage week over at The Craft Barn Blog.  This begs the question of how does collage and mixed-media differ?  Or do they?  Is mixed-media just a new term for collage???  From my understanding mixed-media is about paint and texture while collage is the rest haha!  I am probably wrong and I am sure someone will correct me please!

Anyway, enough is a little A6 book that I have altered in what I think of as collage style...

I carefully took the covers off the rings and 'collaged' them with old printed paper.  I have an old dictionary and ready reckoner that I use for these things.

I also 'collaged' some patterned paper onto some copier paper.  You could use magazines for this part.

When the covers were dry I gave them a coat of Cobalt Teal Hue and, when dry, stamped the smallest stamp from the PaperArtsy Eclectica Set (ELB16) in stazon.  A few splashes of White acrylic added a bit more interest.

Back to the patterned paper...I stamped and embossed the large flower head and stalk using some lovely white glittery powder and cut out.  These were stuck to the book cover.

I added beads and ribbon before putting the book back together.

So does this qualify as collage or mixed media or both? haha!

From The Craft Barn I used:

A6 Book
PaperArtsy Eclectica ELB16
DecoArt Cobalt Teal Hue

Thank you for popping by, its lovely to 'see' you, take care xxx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Gift Book

I have decorated an A5 book for my project this time.  I like to keep a note of the presents I give at Christmas each year so that people don't get the same thing each time!!!  I can also keep an eye on my spending that way too :D
I covered the book with 2 layers of white gesso before adding some white modelling paste through the pretty STEAMPUNK CHRISTMAS TREE STENCIL.  I also added a little texture paste through some punchinella here and there.  While this was drying I took 3 snowflakes out of the MINI SNOWFLAKES PACK and painted them in pale blue before covering them with stickles.
A small bookplate was painted with primary Magenta, covered with Crackle Glaze then had Titanium antiquing Cream rubbed into it when dry.
When the book cover was dry and set I painted over the whole piece with Titanium White and added some little stamped snowflakes in Archival Plum, using the 2nd stamping.  The stencil was replaced and Primary Magenta was stencilled onto the tree.  Some pale blue was dry brushed in places.
I stamped the word 'Gifts' onto some white card and glued it to the bookplate before glueing it to the base of the tree.  The snowflakes were glued in place and some more stickle dots were added here and there for extra sparkle.  Some fancy lace finished the book off.
Thank you for popping by, take care XXX

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Winter Wonderland

Hellooooo!  I have been having a lot of fun creating a Winter Wonderland for The Craft Barn using *Tando Creative* products.  The prompt was to use *Tando Snowflakes* which is a lovely selection of chippie snowflakes all in one pack!  I went a little further and created this scene using the wonderfully versatile *Art Room*... its very sparkly and such a shame that you can't see that...

a closer look...

For details of how I created this please take a look over *here*.

I hope your Christmasy preparations are going well!!!!  Take care xxx