Saturday, 17 March 2018

Boxing Clever

Boxing Clever

Hi There!

Are you beginning to think of
getting away for a long weekend
or maybe even holidaying in the
UK this year?  

Louise Thomson has been
thinking the same and has sent
us a project reminiscent of 
summer holidays .............

"I painted a wooden box, first with 
a couple of coats of gesso, then with
 some fresco finish paints. 

The edges are stamped with a
 Carabelle stamp. 

I painted in all the details, rather
 liking the idea that it could be 
a little Cornish fishing village with
 multi coloured cottages. 

Some subtle detail was added to
 the top by sponging paint on to an 
Impression Obsession cover a card stamp
 and printing it over the lid (I'm afraid it 
doesn't show well in the photo).

 A little distress oxide ink was blended 
around the edges and I finished of
 with a couple of io die cut gulls."

Thank you Louise, a timely 
reminder of summer holidays
and trips to Cornwall.

Impression Stamps Cover-a-Card stamps
can be found here
and IO dies here
Carabelle Expressions stamps are here 

I can almost taste that Cornish clotted
cream .......... dreaming on.....

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 16 March 2018

Happy Day

Happy Day

Hallo There!

How're you today?  Hope
you're only being affected
by this Mad Marchness in
a good way .........  I've
always wondered why the
eggs are brought by hares
or rabbits (depending where
you are in the world).....

Angela Radford has popped
by today with a really cute
project that has nothing to
do with madness, March or
Hares ..... just Spring...

 Hi all, Angela here to show you how I 
used this door hanger to create a 
really nice gift.

 Cut out the tiny butterflies and
 attach to the hanger.

Next I applied some crinkled tissue paper 
and then covered the whole thing 
with a good coat of Gesso and don't 
forget the sides and back.

Now you can start to add the colour, 
(Fresco Finish acrylics by Paper Artsy)
 I like to layer this adding the lightest colours
 first, dry it and then add more colour. 

When that's complete, rub over everything
 gently with Treasure Gold gilding wax. 

At this stage I also made some larger butterflies
 using a Woodware mould and coloured those too.

To complete the hanger I used a text stamp
 randomly, attached a sentiment, positioned the
 butterflies and added some gems. 

It's a good idea to seal the paint when
 finished with Glaze or varnish.

Happy crafting, Angela xXx

Oh Angela, that is seriously good
Thank you very much.  

I particularly like the colours - not really
in my comfort range so I think I will
have a go at this technique myself but
on a book cover .................

'Till tomorrow 

Mickie xx

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

Happy Mother's Day!

I was thinking about Mothering 
Sunday - its origins and customs,
when it dawned on me that I
haven't seen a Simnel Cake for a
long while.  Do any of you bake
them for Mothering Sunday? 
Can they even still be bought?

 Craftyfield has popped in with
 a lovely bright card to share
with you:

"Gelatos are great for adding colour quickly
 to a project. Here I used them dry as this
 is my favourite technique with them.

I simply scribbled the colours over
 the stencil, held in place with masking 
tape and rubbed a dry baby wipe over. 

A brush will work equally well for this.

If you want clean colours, use a clean 
piece of wipe everytime you change
 colours, especially when working with 
complementary colours which together 
make greys... (Blue/Orange; Yellow/Violet, 

For a quicker background, you can
 create a stripe with masking tape,
 instead of doing the whole card 
front as I did. 

Or stencil just 2 corners, or inside a 
heart stencil... the possibilities are endless.

If you are doing the whole card front 
with a small stencil like I did, be 
mindful of the pattern repeat. 

The one I used for instance had a 
vertical repeat, but I couldn't find 
a way to join the design horizontally! 

No matter... the joint will be mostly
 hidden by the focal image.

Over to you, have a play 
with these sticks, they are great fun!"

You'll find Gelatos here:

Or you could use Distress Crayons
They are fun to use too and
come in the Distress colours so
can be matched to your project.
They can be found here:

Thank you Craftyfield - love that

I know that in other countries, 
Mother's Day falls at different times
of the year.  Also, there are other
customs - do please share what
you do in your country

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx