Sunday, 30 August 2015

Weekly Challenge


Sunday is here again and it's time 
to announce another Weekly Challenge!

You do seem to be enjoying the Challenges 
and it is great to see your entries.  Please
keep them coming!

So what shall we have for this week??

I think you can guess.....
well, come on, it's got to be 
what else could it be??
So yes, I'm going to give you one word...
What you do is up to you....
Stamps, Die cuts, Inks, Pens.........

You know the rules, one week for as many
entries as you like.  Entry via the link
if possible otherwise email your pic to me
The link will close at midnight 6th September.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 
8th September and will receive a £10 
gift voucher.  As always Mr Random Generator
will pick out the winner!

Don't forget September is with us on Tuesday 
so if you haven't entered your August
Calendar project yet, you had better get 
your skates on..... where did that saying come 
from I wonder??

I'll see you Tuesday!

Jane x

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Animal magic - Rachel Snook

Happy Weekend everyone,

Gosh where are the weeks going??

Enjoy your Bank holiday weekend,
hope you are doing something special!

Don't forget to get your August Calendar
picture to the link by midnight Monday,
September is with us on Tuesday.
Goodness that means the school holidays
are nearly over!

Well, today is our last post for Animal Magic,
Rachel is here with us to show you
her project!

Paint the two large bodies of the owl on
both sides using Chalk Paint.

The body part with the ears, paint with Nougat
on both sides.

Cover one side of each of the nose sections
with Versamark Ink and coat with the
Mahogany Glitter Embossing Powder.
Use heat gun to set and repeat process if
necessary to get even coverage.

Using Versamark Ink, coverthe eyes and coat
with Aurora Viola Black Embossing Powder.
Heat set.
The colour will look black but when it catches the
light it will give a violet shine.
When cool, colour around the edges of the
eyes with black ink to cover the edges.
Using a cocktail stick and a tiny amount of
Chalk Paint add the whites to both eyes.

Paint the wooden peg with Nougat Paint and
set aside to dry.

Take the parts of the owl that will form the face
and wings, using Versamark Ink and Seasonings
Embossing Enamel, cover both wings twice to ensure
a smooth coverage.
Repeat a third time but while you are melting
the powder and it is still movable,
take a cocktail stick and feather
slightly through the enamel, you will find this
brings some of the darker colour out, thus
giving the illusion of feathers!

Leave to cool.
Add a thin coat of Gold Interference Paint
to the larger back section of the owl and to the 
top section on the face.  This will highlight 
the bird.  Using your finger add a little of the 
paint onto the nose section.  This will add 
dimensional shine to the Mahogany Embossing 
Attach the features of the owl with Pinflair 
glue or other strong adhesive.  Leave to set.
Line the peg up between the large sections of the
owls and glue. Allow the glue to dry.

Add the two top parts of the bird,
lining up as required and allow to set.
You now have an owl peg!!
Instead of a peg you could cut the owl shape
from magnetic sheet to make 2 magnets.

Wow, thank you Rachel, how nice is that??

If you want to have a go, this is what
you'll need -

Embossing Powders -
PaperArtsy Paint - Chalk, Nougat

Wooden Clothes Peg
Cocktail Sticks
Paint Brushes

So that is it for another week,

I shall be back tomorrow with our 
new Weekly Challenge.
What do you think it is going to be??

Jane x 

Friday, 28 August 2015

Animal Magic - Dawn Heald

Good morning all,

Welcome do day two of our
Animal Magic posts.

Today we have Dawn.

Dawn says ....

Hi all, well when given our topic for this week 
it just had to be cats for me. Our family
 includes four adopted house cats who we 
love dearly even with their own quirks and 
funny ways. This stamp set is fabulous. You
 can do so much with them, colour, paper piece,
 zentangle inside the outlines and they are a 
really good size so easy to cut out. They come 
looking all demure with eyelids closed, I've
 drawn in the eyes and whiskers!

To make this card -

I sprayed some Irresistible Texture Sprays in 
purples, red and pink on a craft mat and smooched
 some white card into it and lifted straight up.
 This dried with fabulous colour and texture. 

Then I stamped my cats on to this, drew some
 eyes and whiskers and cut out.

For the base card - masking off with a
 strip of paper,
 I laid the circles stencil on top and lightly sprayed 
through Pear Tart Irresistible texture spray. When
 dry I put the stencil back on and applied Squeezed
 Lemonade Distress ink.

 And inking the strip
 area too which I then stamped across with
 the paw print stamp with green Stazon. I
 wiped over with some kitchen roll to remove
 any ink from the sprayed areas.

Next,  I die cut the largest heart and applied glue
 and gilding flakes. This was added to the 
card base with foam pads. Then I simply added
 my cats on top. I've stamped the sentiment
 inside -  'You're the cats whiskers'.

Aah how cute is that?
I'm loving the versatility of these 
Irresistible Texture Sprays!

Products Dawn used -

Pear Tart, Lady Bug, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink, Sweet Plum. 
Stazon Ink - Olive Green, Jet black
Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade

From stash, black and white pens.

So that is our post for today,
I shall be back again tomorrow,

See you then,

Jane x 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Animal Magic - Neil Walker


Good morning to you all, hope you are all
having a fabulous summer!!
What are we going to get next, I wonder?
Apparently there is a warning of Tornado's
at the weekend...unbelievable! 
Probably as likely as the scorching August 
they told us was coming......hello, still 

So, this week we have three posts for you
from our DT.
We gave them two words....
Animal Magic
and today's  is what Neil created -

A superb Sketch Book cover 

Take white card, stencil and modelling paste.

Make a couple of the horses (you only need two, I  made
a couple of extras while I had the paste out).  
Sprinkle with Brusho's.

Spritz liberally with water to spread the colours.  Lift the
pages and allow the excess liquid to drip onto a 
spare piece of white card.  Put the horses to one side to
dry.  Scrunch the piece of spare card up and open up
and set to one side to dry.

When your spare piece is dry, tear off a strip 
 either side as seen and blend Hickory Smoke 
over the piece.

Stamp some random cogs to the piece in Coffee 
Archival ink.

Stick onto the A4 kraft sketch book.  Blend Hickory 
Smoke over the exposed covers and use the layering 
Stencil with a damp cloth to get a bit of interest.

Matt one of the horses onto black card and 
adhere to the front.  Cut one of the others out and
glue to the front as seen, wrapping it around 
the spine.

Blend Hickory Smoke over the horses.  Then, take
some Faux Finish Medium and cover everything with
a coat of seal.  Be aware that the moisture will react
with the Distress Ink and move around.  I like this as
it gives a lovely look and tone, in  my opinion.

The finished Sketch Book!

Wow, this looks amazing..... 
thank you Neil.

If you want to have a go, this is 
what Neil used -

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Weekly Challenge Winner

Morning all,

Hope nobody is flooded out, what terrible
weather we are having.....
Can't believe how bad this summer is!
Wonder what we will get next....blizzards??

Ok, so it's Tuesday which means only
one thing....

Challenge Winner

Who will it be today?

Well Mr Random Generator has been busy,
he has picked.........

.........No 10........

Julye B

Congratulations Julye, please contact me at 

Thank you all for entering, I always
like looking at your pics!!

See you soon,

Jane x

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Weekly Challenge

Morning all,

It's Sunday again!

Yes it's time for a new Weekly Challenge.

You are really rocking these Challenges.
We had a huge number of entries last week and 
as I write this we are already up to 8 and there 
is still time to enter!

So what will it be this time.....
well, I thought it would be nice to use 
something that we have featured last week, 
so I thought I would say Spray..... 
the rest is up to you!
Any kind of spray - ink, alcohol pens and
airbrush, watercolour markers, paint, 
whatever you feel like as
long as something has been sprayed!

This will be an interesting one!
Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Ok you know the rules....
as many entries as you like, via the link if
possible but if not email them to me
You have one week, the link will close at
midnight on Sunday 30th August.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday
1st September.......eeek!!

Where is this year going?

Good luck everyone,

Jane x

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Irresistible - Dawn Heald

Happy Weekend everyone,

It's supposed to be a nice day today and do you know
cos I'm working all day in the shop!!
So come and say hi if you are in the area, we'd
love to see you.

So, today is our second day of Irresistible,
Dawn is here to show you what she has 
been up to.....

Hi all, what fun I've had using these sprays. Not
 just your ordinary colour spray, these leave you
 with translucent textured colour. You can just
 simply spray or use a stencil, flick them, make
 circle dome embellishments by unscrewing
 the lid and dabbing the end of the stick on
 craft mat. When dry they easily peel off
 ready to stick to your projects.
I wanted to try another way of using them.
 So I painted with them. I'm impressed.
 You can even paint texture into the areas
 coloured too. Embossing does push the
 colour away so paint a very thin layer
 then paint over again, it helps.

Lovely for colour washes and you can darken the
 colour by adding the colour liquid thicker in
 areas. So you can achieve tonal effects.
 Play around and you'll see their magical
 qualities. Also check out next week's project 
as I've used them again in another different way.

I've done an art journal page for this week's
 project. Working in the journal I made
 previously. Yes book pages, glued together.
 There is two as one was a practice!

Instructions -

Paint two coats of white gesso all over page. Stamp
 images and heat emboss with clear detail powder.
 Stamp bird onto plain paper and cut out to make
 a mask for later.
Paint main images with Irresistible Texture sprays.
Leave to dry.

Meanwhile add some more stamping without
 embossing and paint again with Irresistible Sprays.
I didn't have a yellow so mixed some paint with
 glossy accents. It worked to a degree but not as
 good or easy to work with as the spray colours are.

Finally mask off the bird, flick with colour from
 the bottles let dry then lightly add some distress
 ink to page. Wipe over page with kitchen roll or
 cloth to remove any ink from spray coloured
 areas. See they resist. Lol!

Wow, thanks Dawn, an amazing project!
There is more than one way to use these 

This is what Dawn used -

Pear Tart, Sweet Plum, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink, Lady Bug.
PaperArtsy Stamps - Lin Brown 24 and 23

Well, hope this inspires you to have a 
play over the weekend!

I'll be back tomorrow with our next 
Weekly Challenge.

Jane x

Friday, 21 August 2015

Irresistible - Neil Walker


Here we are again!
Where is this month going?
What happened to our heatwave......
scorching August, hottest on record......
So we are back to British Summertime at it's 
very best.....grey and showery.

This week we are featuring the fabulous 
Irresistible Sprays! 

For those of you who do not know what they are....
"Irresistible is an odorless, water-based texture spray
 that is offered in the same colors as the Memento ink
 family plus white and 4 metallic colors
 (gold, silver, copper and bronze).
 The colorants in  Irresistible are pigment-based 
so as to be highly fade resistant and to be 
very visible on dark as well as light cardstock.
 When dry, Irresistible  texture and dimension adds
 visual interest to any project".
Creates fine almost stipple effects when sprayed
 from greater distances and creates a more
 opaque coat when sprayed closer up.
 Adds fabulous texture and vibrant, fade-resistant
 color to a variety of surfaces.  Can be sprayed,
 brushed, dabbed or stamped. Colors are mixable
 for your own custom hues. Use with water for
 a unique watercolor effect or with dye/pigment
 inks for a high-impact resist effect.
Water-based, acid-free and archival.
Check them out here!
This is what Neil has made with them.... 

Neil says -
It's always interesting to see what new products do

 and how they differ from other products that are,
 on the surface, very similar.

Take these sprays. At first glance I thought that

 they would be pretty much similar to the Acrylic
 Misters, or Distress stain sprays.

So just to see what they were like I spritzed them

 onto some white card

What is interesting the the way these colours don't
 soak into the paper but sit on top and have a lovely
 texture to them. 
They also have a nice shine to them too.

I die cut and stamped some of the butterflies onto 
card and coloured with Distress Markers.

I mounted the white card onto blue card blanks
 and attached the butterflies.
A simple sentiment to finish and another couple
 of cards complete.

These are just so clean and simple.....
thank you Neil.  Beautiful!!

If you want to have ago, this is what 
you'll need -

Do give it a go, it looks amazing!
Ok, I'll be back tomorrow with another
project for you!

See you,

Jane x