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

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Imagination Crafts - Mixed Media Madness!

Good Morning all!

Today I would like to share with you all the samples I made for the last Imagination Crafts One Day Special on Hochanda (June 27/28th). The products were certainly popular, as they sold out very quickly indeed! Some of the products are still available on the Imagination Crafts Website if you missed out...















Lots of love
Martina
xxxx