Saturday, 17 February 2018

A Scrapmetal Book Box - A Class with Andy Skinner



Hello all!





I was lucky enough to take part in a class with Andy Skinner held at the Artistic Stamper last week, and made one of the 'Scrapmetal Book Boxes'.

The Tando kit comes as a wooden book box and then a packet with the greyboard extras inside for you to customise. Each piece was decorated with Decoart Products and different stamps from Andy's ranges with Stampendous, as well as his recent releases from the Illusionary Artists range. 
Here are some of the photos from the day, but I won't share all the secrets - you will have to go to one of Andy's classes or try his fantastic online workshops!






































Saturday, 10 February 2018

A JOFY Inspired MDF Ink Rack - Funky Flowers in Bloom!

Good morning all!

I am finally getting around to decorating some of the MDF storage dotted around my room, and with my latest ink rack I decided to go 'JOFY'. 

The basic rack is from Clevercut (Stamps Away) and came flat-packed. I assembled the rack and then base coated the edges with some pale blue paint. I then took a large sheet of watercolour card and measured 4 panels to size (sides, back and top). Using some Distress Oxides, I started to layer the colour and added some detail with Distress Inks and Tim Holtz Stencils. I also added some subtle painted flowers with a beige colour and a JOFY stencil. Once the background was started, I used a stronger colour (Forest Moss Distress Ink) to stencil some PaperArtsy leafy stems. 
Now to add the focal points - the JOFY flowers. I stamped each flower into the position I wanted on my panels. I then stamped parts of them again onto book paper and painted card. After cutting all my pieces out I assembled them and adhered to the backgrounds. Where there were some 'odd' spaces, I stamped some more flowers, leaves or drew in some leaves etc.
On the back panel I painted some card, stamped some more flowers onto this and arranged in one corner. I then used the word 'Bloom' from a JOFY stencil, stencilled in black to create a shadow and then stencilled over it with Fushia Sparkle Medium. To make the paint work 'less perfect' I applied some Silver Alchemy Wax randomly all over the project with my finger.





The only problem is...I need another rack now for all the new colours coming out!

Martina
xxx



Saturday, 7 October 2017

Paint Fusion Fushias - An Altered Stickles Rack


Hello crafty friends!

A journey into a 'brave new world' for me today, by request of my daughter! I received some of Sheena's amazing Paint Fusion Stamps as a present, but I have been a little scared of doing much with them...
Ages ago Adele bought a Clevercut rack to hold loads of Stickles, but apart from being assembled, it remained in its bare state staring at me. I was just going to paint it plainly to get it done, but Adele decided she wanted me to use some Paint Fusion flowers on it (no pressure then!!)

Anyway, here are my first efforts, not perfect at all, but I am working on it! I really need to get the hang of the veins, but I think I need a smaller brush for that. The good thing is that the back panel is screwed to the wall anyway and you can't really see the sides once it's up! I know it's there though and Adele was happy with my efforts, so that's all that matters.






Thank you for looking!
P.S. the front section had no room for flowers - only the Stickles with the distressed paint look in between!
xx 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

An Embossed Sparkly Wreath Card

Good morning ladies and gents! I nearly October...oh my gosh!! I have the last of my Christmas Wreath makes over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today, it is a very simple card to do, so please pop over to the blog to find out more!

Love
Martina
xx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

A Beaded Wreath Card

Good morning all! This week over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog I have a tutorial showing how I made the card below using the Nellie Snellen Christmas Wreath Stamp with beads. This is my favourite card I made with the stamps! Please pop over to the blog for a 'how to' guide!



Love 
Martina
xxx

Thursday, 14 September 2017

A Christmas Wreath Card, or 4?

Good morning all!

The Autumn chill is in the air for the school runs, but the sun is shining, so it's all good! I have a card over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today, using the Nellie Snellen Wreath Stamp. If you would like to see more detail on how it was made, please pop over!


Love
Martina
xxxx
P.S. If anyone is going to the Ally Pally show on Saturday - I will see you  there!!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

A Christmas Wreath Card with a Sepia Twist

Good morning all! It feels like Autumn here, even though I know it is technically not yet! With Christmas fast approaching, it was time to start some card making in the Lisa B. Designs classes, so this month I am working with a Nellie Snellen Wreath Stamp. If you would like to see how the card below came about, please visit me over on Lisa's Blog!


Love
Martina
xxx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

There are Always Flowers...

Good morning crafty people!

It's nearly the end of the holidays and I am relieved! Trying to please 4 children from 13 years old to a 1 year old has been very testing. Combine this with a limited budget and limited use of a car...holiday, anyone? Adults only though please!

Anyway, I have the card below over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today, please pop over a take a look if you would like to see how it came together (mistakes and all!)

Much love,
Martina
xx

Thursday, 24 August 2017

A Card-io Jigsaw Card

Hi crafters! I have another Card-io card for you today, this time building on the aperture scene card I made last week.  If you would like to know more, please join me over on the Lisa B. Design's Blog!


Love
Martina
xxx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Card-io Stamps used to Create a Mini-Scene Card

Good morning all! I have been dabbling with my Card-io stamps again over on the Lisa B. Design's Blog today, please join me and pop-over to see a step-by-step for the card below!


Lots of love,
Martina
xxx