Sunday 22 March 2015

Mixed Media Clock

Today hubby was out all day and our girls were happy chilling out so I took the opportunity to indulge myself with a full on crafty day releasing my inner child and splashing the paint and glue around, and boy did it feel good!

The other day I spied this rather dated clock in a local charity shop window and decided that for the bargain sum of two quid it should probably come home with me to see if I could give it a new lease of life and make it something much more worthy of wall space.

Projects like this always scare me as I never know where to start. I spend hours watching mixed media artists show off their amazing skills on the internet and they always make it look so easy and empower me to think 'I can do that', but then the moment comes when I find myself staring at my unstarted project terrified to take that first step and today was no exception. After much 'umming and aaahing' and flicking through papers I gave myself a reality check and a good talking to and reminded myself it's an uber cheap clock that someone else has thrown out so worst case scenario is I have a play, slap some paint and glue on it and if it fails put it in the bin myself and put the £2 expense down as the cost of some valuable learning. Put it like that and there was no stopping me! 

A friend has asked me to do little tutorial on how I achieved the finished result so here goes! I didn't take many pics of the process but will explain it as best I can!

The all important ingredients!

I knew I wanted to use some Finnabair stamps that I bought recently, and wanted to give the clock a suitable grungy style to work with them, so I chose a dark paper from my stash, cut it to size and stuck it to the clock. I added modelling paste to two corners and arranged my embellishments. I used some hessian, a mix of metal and fabric flowers, a metal and some wooden butterflies ( with book paper stuck to them) and some chipboard cogs, which I painted copper with acrylic paint before adhering to the clock. 

Once I had all the embellishments stuck where I wanted them, and added a last minute bit of paper tape to a few areas for added interest I very lightly dry brushed some white gesso on the whole thing and when that was dry I repeated the process on some areas with Americana DECOR chalk paint.

Once that was done it was time to add some colour so I randomly sprayed some Dylusions ( Melted Chocolate, Funky Fuschia,  Lemon Zest and Vibrant Turquoise) until I was happy with the results. 

Excuse my toes!

With this done it was time to add the main image. I stamped her onto a book page using Archival Ink, cute her out, painted her wings with Twinkling H2O's and added a tough of antique linen distress ink to tone the brightness of the paper down a little. I used matt medium to put her in place and outlines with black and white chalk pastels. I also stamped some of the bubble and butterfly stamps from the set randomly directly onto the clock, stamped a sentiment on book paper and distressed and added that too. I painted the butterflies with Twinkling H20's.

I added some shine to the embellishments and textured areas using Buff It paste and Creative Expressions Gilding wax. The pearls I added to the metal embellishments looked too stark in white so I coloured with Alcohol inks.

To add a bit more 'bling' I swiped Versamark on some areas,sprinkled Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel on and heat embossed. I also added stickles to the wooden butterflies and popped a gem in their centres.

And that was pretty much it. A little more faffing with wax and- TA DAH!!

I really hope you've enjoyed stopping by and reading my little post and if you've been struggling to get going on a project then with any luck this has inspired you to jump right in and make a start. If you do you may just surprise yourself like I did!


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Sunday 15 March 2015

Karleigh Sue Sexy Challenge DT Post- Lace it Up

It's time for another sexy challenge over at Karleigh Sue Challenge Blog and the theme this month is 'Lace it Up'.

For my first project I have used Ahoy Matey ( she can be found in the digi shoppe here ). Isn't she gorgeous?!

I colored her in promarkers and fussy cut her. I set her against a stamped nautical scene, using a Kanban stamp, painted with watercolours and layered with a red paper with die cut centre. I added blue lace trim and a seaside ribbon ( I have almost moved that ribbon on so many times as wasn't sure I would ever use it- glad I didn't now!) and a ships wheel cut from a cogs die to embellish.

We would love to see all your sexy makes over at Karleigh Sue. The winner gets 4 free digis and there are runner up prizes too!!  You don't have to use a KS digi but we love it when you do of course!

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Hope to see all your gorgeous sexy makes soon! 

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Saturday 14 March 2015

Sexy Selfie by Karleigh Sue

Tonight I'd like to share a card I made today featuring Sexy Selfie by Karleigh Sue ( available here in the shop). She reminds me so much of my niece Fay that I just had to colour her and make her into a card for her birthday next week.  Hope she likes it!

If you like using sexy images like this on your cards do keep an eye on the Karleigh Sue Challenge Blog as a brand new sexy challenge launches tomorrow. We'd love to see you there and playing along! 

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Sunday 8 March 2015

Pisces Zodiac- MoonFlower DT post

Afternoon crafty peeps! Just popping by to share todays creation with you all. I have made a clean and simple card using the stunning Pisces digi from MoonFlower Digistamps. Isn't she a beauty?! Coloured with promarkers, embellished with stickles, perfect peals and just a few little gems to add some sparkle. Perfect for any pisces celebrating a birthday this month!

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Sunday 1 March 2015

Cuppa Time- Karleigh Sue March Challenge DT Post

So it's time for another challenge over at Karleigh Sue Challenge Blog and this month the theme is Anything Goes with Pastel Colours. We would love to see as many as possible joining in so do come and join in the fun!

For my DT project this month I used Cuppa Time, which can be found in the Shoppe here and coloured her in soft pastel promarkers and fussy cut her. I had some teapot paper in my stash that came free with a magazing a couple of years ago, and so decided to use this to create a tea cup, and I used a sentiment tag to create a tea bag string hanging from the cup. All the poshest tea parties use paper doilies so I set the cup on one, mounted it all on pink paper and added some faux stitching and pearls to finish it off.

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