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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Deep red roses

Hi everyone, sorry I've missed a couple of days, I'm such a bad blogger, but I've been getting ready for the next couple of weekend craft fairs.

Anyhoo here's my card for today...

I thought I'd have a try at painting deep red roses, as they are my very favourite colour, my wedding bouquet was made up of loads of these, so many in fact that I found it very difficult to hold for any length of time, I had to keep putting it down for a rest. It was absolutely stunning though!
I used a couple of Spellbinders edgeabilities along the edges of my red mat, unfortunately the corners didn't match up very well, so I cut them away and added a morrocan accent corner instead.
I covered the card blank with two papers from Sheenas cd and I did add two moroccan borders along the join, but the topper is so large you cant see it  :o(
I finished with a couple of ribbon bows, some red rosebuds, pearl headed pins, a happy birthday sentiment and a red gem in each corner.
I hope you like it.!
I'm going to enter it into
Creative inspirations - Anything goes challenge
and Simon says Stamp - Anything goes
I'll be back tomorrow, enjoy the rest of your day.
Hugs Sue x

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Another rose, another notebook

I'm back with another notebook, this time with a rose design.

I used Sheena's stamp sets for the two larger and also for the rosebuds and then did the smaller blossom free hand, I think it looks ok.
I would also like to share a couple of wooden plaques that I painted ready for my next craft fair.

As these plaques are only about 3 inches x 6 inches, I had to scale down my painting alot, which I find difficult, the bigger the better for me. I tried to use the same techniques as with the bigger designs, but used a smaller brush. I'm pleased with the rose one, but not with the poppy, there's something not quite right. If there's anyone with knowledge about how to paint small, please leave me some hints and tips.
Thanks for looking!
Challenges I'm entering:
I'm going to have to go and take the dog for a walk, she jumping about in front of me. I'm sure if she could speak she'd be saying 'Come on mum its walkies time'. lol
Hugs Sue x

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Paint Fusion Fushia set.

Morning to all my crafty friends!
As you may have noticed I'm into my Paint Fusion at the minute, can't get enough of the new stamp sets, cd and transfers.
Today I'd like to share with you my promised fushia painting. If you have read my earlier posts you will know that I didnt make a card this time, I painted a notebook.
So here it is all dry and put back together.

When painting a wire bound notebook, I take the back and front covers off. I had to paint a dark base colour first, about 3 coats as this book had a design on it already. Then I did the crackle effect using pva (see coaster tutorial) and ivory paint as top coat. I did this on both the front and back, inside and out.
Next the fun begins...
I stamped the leaves and painted them, followed by the fushia flowers, to the front cover only. To finish it I used some distress inks to make it look more like old wood, then stamped and gold embossed some swirls and edges. Lastly a coat of varnish just to seal and protect. Once dry reattach the covers.

Not content with just a notebook, I also painted the fushia design on a couple of candles.
The design goes all the way around  the candles and as is the case with candle painting was a bit trickier than painting on card. I also had to paint over the design about 3 times as the staz on that I used to stamp with was showing through, and I didn't like the look.
But I'm pleased with the end result, so was worth the extra effort.
Challenges I am entering:
Hope you all have a wonderful crafty day.
I'll catch up with you tomorrow.
Hugs Sue x

Friday, 24 February 2012

Lilac paint fusion card

Good morning all!

Here's my 1st try at the Paint Fusion Lilac stamps

I painted this on some Centura card, so it has a lovely glimmer in the background and I lightly inked the edges, then matted on to lilac card. Before I layered this on to the dark blue card I stamped the lilac stamp around the edge of the blue card using versamark and then again with white Staz on.
All I did to make it into a card was cut two border strips with a Martha Stewart punch and glued them down the sides of a folded A4 centura pearl card, stamped a sentiment and added a ribbon bow, two lilac rosebuds and two pearl headed pins, and three gems on the opposite corner.
I am entering this into the Paperplay - For a Mother challenge.

I did try out the fuchia stamps, but not on card, on the front cover of a notebook, so I am waiting for it all to dry then I can put the book back together. So I'll show you that once its all finished.
Thanks for looking

Tatty bye
Hugs Sue x

Thursday, 23 February 2012

My 1st paint fusion rose

Good morning all, I hope I find you all well.

Last night I was playing with my new Paint Fusion rose set of stamps.
I'm please with my first attempt at Sheena's rose.

I saw Sheena stamp on to black card, so thought I would give it a go.
After painting the leaves, then the roses, I smudged some white ink around the edges and then went over with a pinky brilliance pad. I quite like the result, it looks a bit misty.
I decided to make it into another Mothers Day card, while I'm in the mood, so I matted on pink then black card. I covered the front of a folded card blank with a backing paper printed from Sheenas CD ( I'm loving the cd, thanks Sheena). I cut double border strips using Spellbinders Morrocan accents or motifs (not sure which) and layered a paper ribbon, again from Sheenas cd. Stamped a sentiment and finished with a double ribbon bow and three pinky gemstones.
I would like to enter it into Totally papercrafts - Ribbon or bows challenge

I'm off to try the Fuchia stamp now, I'll be back soon to show you how it turns out.
Thanks for looking.
Bye !

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

A few quick cards for Mothers Day

Today I've made a few very quick cards ready to sell at the next couple of craft fairs, they are at the beginning of March so just in time for Mothers Day.
I used mainly Hunkydory products.
A close up of these ...

Unfortunately I didnt have any foiled acetate, so I had to use plain, but this doesn't look very nice so will have to add something more.
 I did try to heat emboss some swirls on a piece, but as this acetate wasn't heat resistant it all bent and moulded into a wharped mess, so was filed away into the bin.
I might try and find my heat resistant acetate and try again, but I was too impatient when making this one and couldn't be bothered hunting in my oh so untidy craft room. I could be in there for days, lol.
 Catch up with you later
Hugs Sue x

An Award

Woo Hoo ! I have just received an award from the lovely Elaine.
Thank you so much for thinking of me.

The idea of the Liebster Blog Award is to spread the love from one small blog (under 200 followers) to other small blogs. This helps to spread knowledge and readership.
To accept the award, you must:
1) Link back to the person who gave it and thank them for thinking of you.
2) Post the award to your blog.
3) Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) that you appreciate and value.
4) Leave a comment on the blogs of the five people you have chosen to let them know.

"Liebster" in German means "dearest", so to carry on the Liebster tradition, I am going to pass the award on to 5 people who's blogs have been an inspiration to me and my crafting. To be honest, passing this on will be difficult as there are so many wonderful small blogs. It will be a challenge to chose only 5. However, as needs must, here are 5 wonderful and inspiring blogs/ bloggers that I would love to pass the Liebster Blog award on to (in no particular order).
The 5 bloggers I would like to award are;
Suzanne@ Suzy-q-crafts
Bente @ Bare Bente
Julie @ Oh-well

All of these ladies are amazing crafters and have inspirational blogs.

Thats all from me for now
  Tatty Bye xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Love hearts

Good morning all my wonderful crafty friends, I hope the sun is shining for you.

I would like to show you a few things I made for Valentine's Day, but forgot to blog about.

I am going to enter them into this months Joanna Sheen Challenge - Love is in the air.

This first one is a wooden heart, painted with a crackle background with a pretty painted butterfly, over embossed with a hologram embossing powder. Finished with a hand written cute sentiment.
I added 3 small magnets to the back and it now lives on my fridge door. 

The next two are wall hangings, which are layered up on both sides with lots of layered hearts. The pattern paper ruffle, on the top heart, was stamped and tinted on the reverse before using my edgeabilities to cut a fancy edge. They both look good which ever way around they hang.
After taking the photos I added another heart to the largest hearts with the wording 'Be mine', but you'll just have to imagine that. lol.

I really enjoyed making these two little heart hanging baskets, they are both filled with small handmade heart shaped soaps.

I used my nesties again to cut the heart shapes.
The edges of the black and white paper had black soot Distress ink applied to them.
Some paper flowers and roses were used to embellish the pink one. And I added a little glitter to the soaps, to give them a little more sparkle. You know how I love a bit of bling.

I thought that my daughter could give the pink one to my mum on Mothers Day.

I might do a tutorial on these if anyone is interested, they are really quick and easy, but look so cute.
I would like to enter these heart hangers into Scrappy frogs - die cut challenge

Thats it from me for now, catch up with you all soon.
Hugs Sue x

Saturday, 18 February 2012

New Paint Fusion transfers

Good evening all. I thought that I would share tonight what I've been up to yesterday as
I probably wont get time to do any blogging or crafting tomorrow as my mum, daughter and I are going to the theatre to see 'Oliver', I'm really looking forward to it.

Yesterday I received my new Paint Fusion goodies and couldn't wait to start playing.
Here's a couple of things I made. Sorry but the photos aren't very good, it was very dull when I took them. 

This was one of the transfers, applied to a mountboard circle. I don't think I did it properly because as I rubbed the paper away alot of the design also rubbed away, mainly around the edge but also 2 large areas in the centre and on the petals. I managed to colour in with Promarkers to hide the blank spaces on the sunflower and inked the edges with Distress inks and embossing powder. Think I disguised it ok.

I used a poppy design transfer on a mountboard tag for my second try. This turned out a bit better, but still had some missed bits on the edges, again disguised with inks and embossing powder. It looked a bit dull so I embossed a few swirls in gold.

Next I decided to make a couple on wall hangings, this first one I did on mountboard hearts, in the usual paint fusion way, painted by hand.

For the second one I used the fusion transfer designs, again they went a bit patchy so I disguised the blank bit with Distress inks and embossed swirls and edges.  

Here a pic of the two together. I can't decide which I like best, I like them both.
Which one do you like best?

Thanks for looking, enjoy the rest of your evening.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Painting coasters - a step by step tutorial

Good morning all, I have been asked a few times how I paint my coasters and do the crackle background, so here's a bit of a tutorial. I'll do my best to explain the simple steps.

I started with an ordinary pack of coasters 

In this pic you can see 2 that I've painted the background and 2 ready and waiting for the crackle treatment.

After sanding the coasters I painted a few coats of my chosen base colour.  Allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. I usually go for a dark or strong colour for the base.

Once the paint was completely dry, I brushed over a coat of watered down PVA glue. Now this has to start to dry, but not dry out fully, before painting the next colour. A thinner coat provides thinner crackles, but dries faster so you need to get your next paint layer on quickly.

Then I painted over the semi dry pva with my chosen top colour. (Usually I use a light colour, white or cream) Try to do this fairly quickly and dont work the paintbrush over the paint too much.

As this top layer dries you will see the crackles begin to appear, I love this bit its like magic. ( Well they do say small things amuse small minds. lol) 

Here's a pic of the 4 coasters with the backgrounds all painted.

The coasters were then painted using Paint Fusion techniques and products.  
I used Distress inks wiped across the coaster to give a slightly more aged effect and then embossed the edges with gold embossing powder.

Each one then has about 3 to 4 layers of varnish applied, again letting each coat dry before applying the next.

So there you have it!
 Hope that helps with the PVA crackle background.

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