Friday, January 20, 2017

Yeeehaaa...it's Friday...

Hi folks...yeeehaaa it's Friday...the end of a busy production line week in the cubbyhole with my PaperArtsy/Lin Brown exciting news thrown in for good measure and believe me it's about to get a whole lot more exciting...I can't wait to share the next "woohoo I'm still pinching myself" instalment with you all.
And the Goods Received Department has been busy too...my parcel of Eclectic Elements Threads and findings has arrived from Simon Says Stamp...
and they fit perfectly into the new storage...with plenty room for my pin cushion and "sssssh...don't tell Fiskars" my "do I need scissors...NO but couldn't resist" Tim Holtz Mini Snips...
Now I just need to find time to fire up the sewing machine and have some fun with my bundle of delicious EclecticElements fabrics...
But I'm not the only one who gets parcels...the Furry Boy's monthly food delivery has arrived and he can't wait to taste test the free treats...
It looks like it's going to be another gorgeous sunshine day...a tad on the chilly side but not enough to dampen the spirits of the intrepid adventurers...the Friday Girls will be hitting the road today for a good old gad about...coffee...lunch and loads of chit chat. Have a great weekend whatever you have planned and I'll see you all on Monday with my DTproject for the brand new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, January 19, 2017

There's a new kid in town...

Hi Everyone...I'm cutting right to the chase this morning with the news that there's a new kid in town...a new boy has joined the cubbyhole team...more by accident than invitation and isn't he cute.
I may have to make him a new outfit for the Summer months but at the moment he's cosy and warm in his cute winter attire. He got left behind when hubby embarked on his annual put the Christmas Decs back in the loft adventure with the usual accompanying moans and groans and you know what...on that particular day I wasn't in the mood for grumpy sod tantrums so it looks like this adorable Snowman will be keeping me company right through 2017 in the "hanging out with crafty friends" corner of the cubbyhole...
Not sure the resident fur ball is best pleased that I have a new friend to chat to...although I have a feeling it's going to be a one-sided conversation and that he's not going to be much help when it's comes to the crafting workload but at least he's awake with a happy smile on his face and seems to be paying attention unlike his laid-back counterpart who likes nothing better than getting his head down and catching up with some rest and relaxation...
And on that subject...for all you Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous/Ranger fans out there...Creativation 2017 goes live in Phoenix Arizona today and I'll be spending lots of time over the next 4 days snuggled up on the sofa watching Facebook Live and lots of videos from the show especially our adorable Professor strutting his stuff with the amazing new Distress Oxide Ink pads and in between I'm on a mission to ink my way through this bundle of Stampers Anonymous gorgeousness...
because a little birdie tells me there's a very special parcel of more deliciousness heading this way.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Exciting news from Paperartsy....

Hi Folks...if you're a PaperArtsy fan you'll know it's been an exciting week so far on the PaperArtsy Blog with the launch of fabulous new stamp sets from wonderful artists and tonight it's the turn of the lovely and amazingly talented Lin Brown.  Oh boy was I super duper excited when Lin invited me (yes little old me) to be one of her wingmen along with Ruth Mescall to make some samples with her new stamps and stencils.

Here is Leandra's video introduction of Lin's new release along with some samples...



To see the amazing samples from Lin and Ruth in more detail...click on the links below.

Lin Brown
Ruth Mescall

I have always loved stamp sets that don't feature one large image per se but have lots of smaller collage style images making them ideal for creating interest and texture on backgrounds both for cardmaking and mixed media projects so you can imagine how excited I was to receive Lin's fabulous new stamp sets...stencils along a wonderful colour palette of PaperArtsy Chalk Paints to work with...


I fell in love with this skeleton leaf the minute I saw it...it has so many possibilities...you could use it to create the petals of a large statement flower and the detail is amazing...
I used a wet baby wipe to apply Lake Wanaka to the background and pounced on a little Tango and South Pacific. Once dry I applied Antarctica through the stencil and used South Pacific to stamp the dots image and Tango to stamp the background sections for the leaves.  I stamped the skeleton leaf with Versafine Onyx Black on to card coloured with South Pacific and Tango...heat embossed with Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder and cut out. I stamped some of the words with black ink directly on to the card and highlighted with a white journalling pen and some on to tissue paper inked with Versamark and heat embossed with White Detail Embossing powder and used PaperArtsy Satin Glaze to fix them in place.


I love the shabby vintage look of the images on Stamp Set ELB 32 and had lots of messy fun stamping the images with the Fresco Finish Lake Wanaka, Tango and Granny Smith Chalk Paints...loading my finger with paint and gently tapping it on to the stamps before stencilling the word "Love" with Granny Smith and stamping the gorgeous leaves with Versafine Onyx Black...


I created a 3-panel canvas hanging with Stamp Set ELB 33. I applied Fresco Finish Toffee to the canvas panels using a wet baby wipe which lightened the colour...stamped images using Toffee and Granny Smith...applied Fresco Finish Snowflake through the stencil and stamped the grass image with Versafine Onyx Black.



I fixed masking paper cut into strips to the card and brushed on a coat of Fresco Finish Lake Wanaka. Once it was dry I inked the circle image with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Fine Detail White Embossing Powder. Ideally you should remove masking paper before the paint is dry but Fresco Chak Paint dries so quickly but I gave it a little waft with a heat gun and bingo it peeled off easily.
I then applied Fresco Finish Antarctica through the stencil...stamped the mesh and small circle images with Versafine Onyx Black and Tango. I love those big splotchy circles and whether you want to use all three or just one...it's easy using the tap your finger into paint and apply just where you want it method...in this case I used Granny Smith and Tango for a two-tone look. I stamped the sentiments on to black card with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Fine Detail White Embossing Powder.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I made with Lin's gorgeous stamps and stencils and that you will hop over to the PaperArtsy Blog where you'll find lots more inspiration and a list of worldwide stockists.

Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Volume 2...

Hi Everyone..if you pop by this old blog regularly you'll know I'm one of those " a place for everything and everything in it's place/can't stand clutter" kind of folks. 
I store my Tim Holtz Layering Stencils in tag shaped ring files easy to flip and find the stencil I want which is a bonus when my back is up the against the wall nailing deadlines but with the arrival of the new boys it became apparent there was going to be a "bursting at the seams" issue with the large stencils. A quick re-jig of the filing system dividing them up into A-L and M-Z was the obvious answer so without further ado...everything else was put on hold and the kettle switched on...ready for a "watching the snow flurries outside" crafty session creating Layering Stencils Volume 2 to sit alongside his Volume 1 companion...
I used the stencil backing sheet as a template to trace on to thick chipboard and cut out to make front and back covers...
covered them with Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock which is the perfect surface for working with Distress Crayons...
so smooth that the crayons glide over the surface and blend beautifully. At this stage I'm not too bothered about the coverage...I'm just laying down some colour as a background for more layering techniques...
and I have no plan...I'm just playing...going with the flow and seeing where this adventure takes me...starting off with one of the new Mini Layering Stencils from Set 26...lifting the colour from the background through the stencil with a slightly damp kitchen towel...
then applying Ground Espresso Distress Ink through the Slate stencil from Set 28...
and because I LOVE my Layering Stencils...the perfect stamp set to use for this LOVE themed project was Stampers Anonymous Watercolor inked with Black Archival...
I dabbed Picked Raspberry Distress Paint on to the large hearts stamp with my finger...
and stamped in the centre of the cover...
repeated with Picket Fence Distress Paint to soften the colour slightly and add a textured look...the joys of using The Misti...
randomly stamped images from Stampers Anonymous Documented to add more interest...
and continuing with the "Heart" theme...die-cut Simon Says Stamp Stacked Hearts twice from white cardstock and coloured one with Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon...
cut into sections...fixed in place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and tucked some of the coloured hearts back into the die cut...
 stamped three butterflies from Stampers Anonymous Watercolor with Black Archival Ink...
and the centre butterfly again on to Distress Mixed Media Heavystock coloured with Distress Crayons...
fussy cut and fixed in place with Multi Medium Matte...no flying away 3D butterflies on this project...
and we're almost done but we need some numbers and let's not forget the "can't craft without" Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers...
and a little bit of Picket Fence Distress Paint splattering...
In the meantime...have fun and happy crafting...it's going to be a busy week on this old blog...I'll be back tomorrow at 7.00pm to share some very exciting news.
Hugs Kath xxx

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