Thursday, 30 July 2015

Diamonds - Dawn Heald


It's a new week here on The Craft Barn Blog and time
for a new project.  what is it to be this week....
well we gave the DT one word - Diamonds
and this is what they came up with.....

Today we are starting with Dawn

Dawn says -

Hi there, when given the topic of diamonds I knew 
straight away I was going to use my favourite stencil.
 Having a diamonds shape stencil is so useful, it goes 
with any theme, vintage, modern, it always works. 
The sparkle aspect of diamonds comes from
 the sparkle gels. Any of the Imagination Crafts stamps are
 great for cutting into.
To make my project I recycled a piece of corrugated
 card board and made a wall hanging.

Here's what I did..... 

Cut the board to size, I tore off some parts of the top
 layers and glued some torn book page pieces on to
 the board. I then painted it
 with a range of PaperArtsy paints in yellows, oranges
 and browns, using the translucent paints made a
difference to the finished effect.
When dry I've used Bronze and then Pastel Yellow
 Sparkle Medium through the Diamonds stencil
 onto areas of the painted board.

Whilst this was drying I stamped, coloured and cut
 out three sets of flowers. Snipped into the
 flowers and shaped them.

I added glossy accents to the flower centres and sprinkled the 
fine beads over.

Top Tip - Don't knock the tube over onto your carpet.
 Guess who did?
(Jane says.....yup I have done that too haha!!)

To match the blue beads I created some diamond shape 
 embellishments. Using chipboard,  die cut the Tim Holtz
 Frameworks Die and the diamond bits that pop out are
 what I used. Painted with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint,
 sprinkled with same beads as above and added glossy
 accents over the top.

Attach an eyelet at the top corners of board and thread with
 ribbon to make a hanger.

Glue your flowers and blue diamonds to the board. 
Job done.

Glue your flowers and blue diamonds to the board. 

Job done.

Hope you like this and see you again soon. X

Well what a beautiful project, thank you Dawn,
if you want to have a go, this is what you'll need -

Products used -

From stash - Book pages, Corrugated cardboard

Ok, that's me done for today, 
I'll be back tomorrow with a project from Rachel.

See you then,

Jane x

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Weekly Challenge Winner

Hi everyone,

It's Tuesday which means it is 
Weekly challenge Winner day......yay!!

You really are a fantastic group of followers,
every week have lots of superb entries and this week
was no different 18 beautiful projects!
I hope you all enjoy seeing them as much as I do.
A huge thank you to all who take the time to means a lot to us here at The Barn!!

So, let's get to the exciting bit.....
who will it be today.....

Mr Random Generator has picked ...... 7.....

Christine  Smith

Congratulations Christine.....please contact me at

Ok, that,s it for today, don't forget to get
your entries in for the July Calendar Challenge,
August starts on Saturday.

And don't forget it is inspiration day on Saturday
at The Craft Barn....
Come and see Kay Carley, Heidi Green
Carol Cockbain and myself.

Lots of inspiration for you, I'll let you know in the week 
what we will all be doing!

See you soon,

Jane x

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Weekly Challenge

Morning everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.....

Here we are again for another Challenge.....
So what is it going to be today?

I think you can probably guess.....

Clean and Simple

Had to be didn't it....haha!!

I think it is a great challenge for you, can't 
wait to see what you come up with.

The only rules are it has to be clean and simple,
I shall leave everything else to you!
Stamping, diecutting, inks, Brushos, whatever
you like!

You have one week to enter, as many times as you like,
via the link if possible which will close at midnight
on Sunday 2nd August.
If you can't use the link email your picture to me at

There will be a £10 Voucher up for grabs and the winner
will be picked by Mr Random Generator and announced
on Tuesday 4th August.

Good luck everyone.

Don't forget you have until Friday to get your July
Calendar Challenge pics uploaded.  August starts next 

See you soon,

Jane x