Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Song Challenge

The Song Challenge


Happy Sunday to you all!

Here I am with another
Song Challenge - if only 
to showcase Karen Gist's
lovely artwork...........

The song this month is:

Parisian Walkways



I remember Paris in '49

The Champs Elysée, Saint Michel 
And old Beaujolais wine 
And I recall that you were mine 
In those Parisienne days


Looking back at the photographs

Those summer days 
Spent outside corner cafes 

Oh, I could write you paragraphs
About my old Parisienne days 

I have a recording of this by
Gary Moore not long after
he left Thin Lizzy
 but you may 
have heard it performed by
other artists

Here is Karen's coaster:




So there you have it:

Paris 
Fashion
Food
Wine
Fleur de Lys 
Romance
je ne c'est quoi.....

As always, you may upload
as many as you like via the link

If the link isn't working then
please email your project to me
at mickiecraftbarn@gmail.com

The link will close on 15 October at 11:55pm

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx





Saturday, 23 September 2017

Paper Mash Up


Paper Mash Up

Hi There!

Brrr!  Autumn has arrived -
Chilly mornings, warm and
sometimes sunny days.
We shall soon have to
light the fire in the evenings
......now where did I put
that rug.................?

Helen Chilton is with us
today to show us what
she has made with those
bits of paper........


"Here are some Christmas decorations 
using paper scraps from my 
(very large) scrap stash!


Cut the shapes out of mount board.


Then get out your paper scraps - 
I've chosen greens and blues for my tree


Cover the back with a larger piece..


....and then lay your chosen scraps 
over the tree shape. 



When you're happy glue them down with a glue stick.

Then flip it over and trim the edges - 



much easier to do it this way than try to 
trim each individual scrap to fit.

The end result is this. 



I've used torn and cut edges on mine.

Here are the four shapes 
all in different colour ways:


After that I did some stamping and embossing 
in silver or gold tinsel embossing powder.



 This is a Woodware stamp which I chose 
because it has lots of different patterns on it
 - very useful.

Here you can see that I've stamped 
fairly randomly:


For the edges I used the more textured powder - 
Stampendous Frantage Embossing enamel 
in either aged silver or aged gold.


After that it's time to embellish using ribbons,
 braids, bells, beads, buttons, sequins....


whatever you've got."

......and here are the final four:

The Star


The Tree


The Bauble


The Stocking



Woohoo!  We're on our way
to preparing for that December
Celebration......  Thank you Helen!

Whatever you celebrate in December
there's bound to be some decoration
involved and Helen's technique really
does lend itself to every occasion

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx








Friday, 22 September 2017

Paper Mash Up

Paper Mash Up


Hallo There!

Good to see you!  Here is
another idea in this strand
for re-using the paper/card
that might end up in the
re-cycing bin.

Jane Castle has been looking
through her re-cycling.........

"Hello Everyone, today I would very much
 like to show you how I started with these .......


and ended up with this:


As I'm one of those people that think 
'That might come in handy' I tend to 
have a few empty packages in store
 so this project was fairly easy to make. 

The outer casing was from a Supermarket 
shelf that had been displaying deoderants.


It measures 25cm wide, 12.5cm deep 
and 13.5cm high at the back. 

I then also added a piece of stiff board
 to the back for the clipboard which 
measures 19cm x 23cm.

I played around with the internal arrangement
 before I cut any boxes to size.

Next a made up a spray paint mix ready
 to add universal colour to all the internal parts
 that were not going to be covered with 
decorative papers.


The mix was roughly 2 parts Mermaid,
1 part Beach hut and 2 parts water. 

I sprayed the insides of all the small inserts 
but didnt worry about the base of the
 outer shell as that would not be seen.


The front and sides were then covered with
 Kaisercraft Basecoat IV Collection Broadwalk.


This paper was also used for the clip board--- 
there was just enough left to cover one of the
 small boxes and the 2 tubes.

The remaining boxes were then covered in 
FabScrapes Hoot & Toot. 

2 of the birds from their Scrapping Goodies 
were used for the embellishments.


The embellishments were then given 2 coats of paint. 
The heart I stippled to give an uneven effect.


Detail was then added


  I love poppy seed heads and dry several 
at this time of year to add to various projects -- 
 for this one I cut the seed pod in half 
and then sprayed.


Fancy Cord/ Bakers Twine was added
 to the front and the seed pod.


Adhesive gems were added for the birds eyes
 and once I'd given the larger leaves 2 coats 
of clear embossing powder the stamped detail had 
almost disappeared so I then re-inked the stamp 
and heated the embossing powder again 
placing the stamp into the molten glaze.

Finally some dried grass from a Stipa flower 
was placed behind the butterfly.

This took 2 sheets of 12x12 papers and a few 
embellishments ---- probably things we all 
have in our stash!

The clipboard is to be used for a reminder 
of birthdays for each month."



Items Used



A lovely project to keep us busy
now that the evenings are
drawing in.  Many thanks Jane


I had forgotten about making a
spray with the Fresco paints -
so useful for getting colour into
the nooks and crannies

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx