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

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Card-io Stamps: Bugs and Wild Flowers!

Good morning crafty peeps!

I have a post using some Card-io Stamps over on the Lisa B. Designs blog today, please pop over and take a look if you would like to see a step-by-step for the card below.

Love
Martina
xx

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Ribbon Storage - Vintage Style!



Hello all! I am still organising and this time it is the turn of my ribbon stash (or at least some of it!) This unit is again from Stamps Away (Clevercut), and is available in different configurations. This one is a double loose ribbon rack. I have also purchased a 'Reel Wheel', but have not decorated this yet!

As usual, the unit came flat-packed and was very easy to put together. As before, I used decorators' filler to fill the joins in the MDF, sanded it back where needed and made the edges even and smooth.
The next step was to paint the entire unit with black gesso and let dry. I then drew on one of Andy Skinner's brilliant techniques using hair clay: I added some to the areas I wanted to be able to expose later on (the clay will stop the top layer of paint I use from sticking down).

With the clay in place, I then painted the entire unit again, this time with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Lace. I also painstaking painted each of the ribbon holders with the same colour (this was the worst bit!)


Now to decorate! I used the border from PaperArtsy Stencil PA050 across some of the edges to tie them all in, some of the wording from PS049 and the 'Paris France' logo from a Creative Expressions Stencil. I used Relic DecoArt Chalky Finish for the stencilling, as this gave a nice dark, but not black, effect.


With the stencil detail in place, I was then able to experiment with some of the gorgeous 7 Gypsies 'Inspire' Parchment Rub-ons. I cut out lots of the sewing themed images and text and then randomly applied them all over the unit. 


Once I started applying the images, I realised that there was going to be quite a few areas that would be peeled away, so I took a cloth and then rubbed all over the unit until the areas with wax underneath were exposed. I then finished adding some more rub-ons and also stamped a few sewing themed images with Archival Ink.


There we have it, one finished ribbon storage holder! I am really pleased with it, even though I know most of the decoration won't be seen, I know it's there!
Thanks for reading,
Martina
xxx





Thursday, 3 August 2017

Crafter's Companion Foil Transfers and Rice Paper - Quick and Easy!


Good day crafty folk! I have a quick and easy make over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today, please pop by and see how easy it is to make the card below!


Love
Martina
xxx

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Rare Oddities - Graphic 45 Papers to make an Ink Storage Solution



Good evening crafters! As promised, I am back with another crafty storage make for my 'organised' craft room.
This unit is designed by Stamps Away (or 'Clevercut) and is meant for small square inks (Versacolor etc). The unit comes flat-packed and is easily assembled with strong PVA glue to secure. Once dry I always fill the 'joins' with decorators' filler and sand the excess off ( I like the surfaces to be smooth). With a perfect base created, I painted the whole unit using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Remembrance. This does take a while, but only one coat is needed, as the DecoArt Paint is fabulous to use.


To smarten up the trays (yes I know the inks will hide most of it!) I added some Imagination Craft's Starlight Wax to 'distress' it and then used lots of little Lavinia and Cardio Stamps in each of the cavities. The final touch was a light spray with gold Crafter's Companion Sparkle and Shine.


I also added some wax to the edges of the unit and the inside.


I did not want to make the outside of the unit too 3D, but it was a perfect excuse to use some of my gorgeous Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Papers! (that way I can always look at them and also not give them away!) I finished the edges with some purple braid from my stash.





 

Here is the finished unit! All ready to go and in use already.
Thank you for reading,
Love
Martina
xxx


Thursday, 27 July 2017

An Imagination Craft's Rice Paper Decoupage Card

Hello all! I have the project below over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today, please pop by to see a step-by-step guide! I have used Rice Papers, Crafter's Companion Foil, PaperArtsy Infusions, Art Stamps, Starlights, and a PaperArtsy JOFY stencil. 


See you soon,
Love,
Martina
xxx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

A Vintage and Pretty Card: Rice Paper, Florals and PaperArtsy

Good morning all! I have a vintage card over on the Lisa B. Designs Blog today (one of my favourite themes!). I have used Imagination Crafts Rice Paper together with Starlights Paint, Sparkle Medium, a PaperArtsy stencil and some Heartfelt Creations Sunkissed Fleur flowers/stamps. Please pop over to the blog to see how the card below came together!


Love
Martina
xxx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Crafty Storage - An Altered MDF Ink Rack in a Worn/Vintage Style



Hello all! I have recently decided to organise, de-clutter and re-design my craftroom of late, so I thought I would do a few experiments along the way! Now I warn you perfection-mad, symmetrical, pansies all in a row, matching-type people out there, that by experiments I mean 'decorating things all differently' and totally to MY TASTE! Oh dear I hear my friends sigh...

So, my first project - an MDF Distress Ink Storage Rack by Stamps Away/Clevercut (they have made some amazing storage solutions of late, so you may see a few popping up here and there!!) For this project I was inspired by Andy Skinner's techniques (what a legend!) and one of the gorgeous stencils by PaperArtsy. I wanted to create a vintage rack, which may have been used in a gardening capacity at one time, but is now a bit worse for wear. See what you think...(all comments/feedback/criticism and suggestions are very welcome!).

Step one: follow the instructions to turn your pile of MDF into the rack itself, making sure you don't groan at all the fiddly painting that you know is coming!


Next, I painted the entire rack with a coat of Relic Americana Décor Chalk Paint and let this completely dry. I then used patches of DecoArt Weathered Wood Medium all over the unit, including some on the ink storage sections. I did not want it all to be weathered, just parts that I thought would have been, if it had been stored and a bit battered! (please excuse the lighting in my photo below, I tend to craft very late at night, but you can see the patches of Weathered Wood at least!)


Once the medium was dry (I left it to dry naturally) I was ready for my top paint layer. I used Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paint in Lace, covering each section quickly and with one stroke of my brush. If I missed a bit, I tried to leave it alone, as messing with the paint once the Weathered Wood Medium has started to do its work creates a horrid lumpy disaster! In the pictures below you can see the cracks appearing...love it!



Now that all the preparation work was done, it was time for the fun bit: decoration! Whilst having a look around one of favourite craft shops, (That's Crafty!, in Essex) I found two beautiful PaperArtsy stencils that were perfect for this piece (named 049 and 050). Both stencils have some fantastic decoration elements on them, which are usable for any projects and not just upcyling or gardening themes! Using some more Relic paint, I lightly stippled through the stencils, trying not to be too perfect. For the large Dahlias, I added a pale wash of some pink paint from my stash, just to give a touch of faded colour.


My next stage was to add a wash of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics in Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide over the areas to be the 'most worn' . To darken this still, I added some Quinacridone Gold. 






There we have it, my finished rack! Not perfect, I need some practise I know, but it will do for my purpose! I suppose most of it will be hidden anyway, but I know what's on it at least...
One problem...now I am collecting the Oxides, I am going to need another one! Damn!



That's it for now, thank you for reading!
Love
Martina
xxx



Thursday, 13 July 2017

A Pretty MDF Piece: Flowers, Rice Paper and Transfers

Good morning all! How are you doing today? Made any crafty things lately? I am in the middle of the busiest months of the year for cards, with tonnes of birthdays and events to make for...oh dear! As my daughter said to me "I have high expectations mum, you always make a better card each year" NO PRESSURE THEN!!!

Aside from those projects, I have also made the MDF piece below, which is shown today over on the Lisa. B. Designs Blog. Pop over and take a peek for a step-by-step guide!



    Love
Martina
xxx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Christmas in the Summer with Imagination Crafts

Before I start, I hear the groans....it's that word....Christmas. Now I have a quick question...do any of you crafters actually start making your Christmas cards this early? I know we are supposed to get organised, but do any of us actually do this? I have never managed it so far! This year however, I knew I would have to make some projects early, as Imagination Crafts sent me a box of goodies to make samples with for the Hochanda Christmas week. Here are the projects that I made, in case you managed to get hold of the some of the products before they flew out of the door!!!









That's it for Christmas at present, back to normal now!

See you soon
Love
Martina
xxx





Thursday, 6 July 2017