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Monday, 20 June 2016

Bleeding Art Tissue .......

Happy Monday ......

And Hello from the very beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water.

The sun isn't shining quite as much as in the picture, but we're still having fun. The cottage is just as we remembered it ..... it's so nice to be back!
As you can see it doesn't take long for the Walmsley family to settle in .... and if it rains .... we just go inside!

We have had some sun and as always, we made the most of it .....

An afternoon by the river ....... watching the world go by, what could be better!

Anyway ..... enough of our Cotswolds shenanigans ..... here's something I didn't get time to blog before we came away.

Thursday last week was the regular craft workshop over in Ballaugh and everyone had fun trying out the Bleeding Art Tissue technique.
Now I've only ever tried this on canvas so it was fun to try it on good old cardstock ...... standard card and watercolour card ..... and these were my results

The card on the left is watercolour card, and I simply arranged some tissue shapes onto my piece of card, brushed over them with water and left them to dry.

They don't take long to dry .... you can use a heat tool to speed things up but in my opinion it's better left to dry naturally.
Once it's dry, remove the tissue shapes and you're left with a fabulous background,  see how the colour has transferred from the tissue onto the card.  You'll never get two backgrounds the same, and depending on how much water you use and the type of cardstock, the results will be different.

I simply stamped over the top using one of my favourite stamps (blush from Penny Black) and a black Versafine ink

And then finished off by adding a touch of acetate smooshing with some Distress ink, a simple sentiment ....

and a touch of glitter glue to the centers of the flowers

This was the same technique on a piece of regular white cardstock

More tissue shapes, brushed over with water .......

I overlapped the tissue shapes this time ..... see how the colours blend into each other ..... pretty or what!

I stamped my favourite Tim Holtz butterfly .... again keeping things simple in the plain black ink, letting the background do the work.

I wasn't too keen on all the white space so I simply took a wet paintbrush and brushed over the top of the colour ..... giving this sort of a colour wash to the background

A couple of sequins and a simple sentiment add the finishing touches

This is such a fun technique to do ...... why not give it a go.

Thanks for popping by ..... have a great week.  We're here until Friday so still loads of time for relaxing.

Cheerio until next time

Friday, 17 June 2016

A fabulous work of art ........ then it's back to Bourton we go

Happy Friday ......

Just a quick post this morning to say .... Cheerio!
I'm off to the UK later to spend a nice relaxing week (as if that's going to happen ...... when do the Walmsley's ever do relaxing!) in the lovely Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water.  This will be our home again for the next 7 days ......

 ...... the picturesque Fairlie Cottage on the banks of the River Windrush ........ apparently, they say that this is the most photographed cottage in Bourton ..... the last time we were there, every morning when you opened the curtains there was always someone taking a picture so they could just be right!! It is a pretty cottage though .,.... especially when the roses are in full bloom.

Anyway ... I have a plane to catch so must get on.

I'm playing along with this week's Less is More Challenge .... well, it is One Layer Week after all!
The theme this week is ......

You all know how I like to splatter ink here and there ...... so I just couldn't resist this one.

Distress Stain splatters ..... straight from the bottle .... love doing this and the results are always great.

I cut a mask the size of my sentiment (Stampin Up! Work of Art stamp set) and placed it onto my card.  I then took the bottles of Distress Stain .... Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Squeezed Lemonade..... and literally splat them straight down onto the card, over the edges of the mask

This is so much fun to do .... no two splats are ever going to be the same, and, depending on how hard you hit the bottle onto the card, it will vary the size of the splatters.  The harder you hit the card with the bottle, the bigger the 'splat'

Once the mask was removed I stamped my sentiment in the middle, and then using a fine liner I drew around where the mask had been

And I had to splatter the inside too ......

Well that's it from me this week ...... I'm off to throw the last few bits into the suitcase and then we're on our way!
I'm not taking any craft stash with me either ..... so it really is a break.  I am taking my laptop though so I'll be able to keep an eye on things.  And my note book is coming with me too, so I can jot down ideas and plan stuff.  I'm looking forward to a really lazy week.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.

Cheerio until next time ......

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Feeling blue ....... not me

Happy Thursday ......

Only one more sleep to go then we're off on our little trip to the UK .... whoo hoo!!

Before I go I just want to remind you of this months STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge.   As always the theme is Anything Goes, with an optional Colour Twist.  June's colour is ......


You don't have to use the Colour Twist ..... as it say's it's optional.  You don't have to use STAMPlorations products to enter the challenge ...... but it would be fabulous if you did!

I've gone for the colour twist ........

A little bit of white embossing onto my blue background ......... which is 3 shades of Distress ink, Tumbled Glass on the bottom (think my ink pad needs re-inking!!), Salty Ocean in the middle (one of my favourites at the moment), topped off with Broken China.

The 'happy' is from the STAMPlorations Sentiment Builders range .... simply stamped over the background colour and embossed with a fine detail powder.

I stamped one of the cute birds from Shirley's (The Bee's Knees) Small Birds stamps on the bottom ...

and coloured him using my Distress inks again ..... Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron.
I cut around his beak slightly .... you'll see why in a minute.

The word 'birthday' (also from the Sentiment Builders set) was stamped onto a scrap of white card, cut out and the edges dusted with just a touch of Distress.  I then attached this using foam pads, just under the edge of the bird's beak to make it look like he was carrying it ...... cute!

A few spatters of ink here and there finish off the front .....

And look who's sneaking on the inside too .....

There's still plenty of time to enter this month's challenge, and if you need more inspiration then pop over to the STAMPlorations blog and see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to.  We've got two fabulous Guest Designers this month .... Loll from Stamping with Loll is joining in the fun along with Ann of Ann Chuang Crafts.
You'll also find the challenge rules (there's not many) and details of the winners prizes on the blog too.
Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off now to finish packing pack my suitcase .... not sure what to take, the weather forecast is not that brilliant.  We might just get rain all next week .... not that it matters.  We'll still have fun even if it's wet!!

Cheerio until next time

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Oh Happy Day ........

Happy Tuesday .......

Well, the TT may be over but, we've got the football to watch now ..... yeah!
The European Championships are well underway ..... and as usual the England team have yet to make an impression.  It's early days though .... we've only played one game.  I did watch the Italy game last night ..... the Italians are looking good, but again it's early days.  Who's your money on ...... or do you not really care who wins?!!

I'm playing along with this months CAS Mix Up Challenge ......... I'm proud to say I was mentioned in their Outstanding Designs for last month .... whoo hoo!! so I had to join in the fun again.

I do like CAS ....... and I love a little bit of Mixed Media.  When you mix the two together you can get some really fun results.

I've used one of my favourite die cuts from Penny Black (one of the required elements), Off the Grid stamp for the background (the other required element) along with a bit of acetate smooshing (my + one other) oh ...... and there's a bit of embossing going on there too.

I stamped and embossed the grid work in the background using the SU stamp and them embossed it with Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder from Ranger.  Ih my! This is now my favourite embossing powder I think.   Thanks to the lovely Loll, who uses this lots ....  I had to add this little pot of gorgeousness to my stash ...... just look how shiny it looks

It's silver ,,,, but it's not, if you know what I mean.  I love it!!

I then did a little bit of acetate smooshing to add the colour to the background ....... Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress inks

The die cut flowers were already on my workdesk, left over from a previous project.  I love this pretty Penny Black die ...... bashful, in fact the co-ordinating stamp (blush) is also one of my favourite, and well used stamps.
I gave the flowers a quick coat of  pearlescent paint ...... and then attached them onto the background using foam pads under the flower heads to add a bit of dimension .....

I finished off with a little sentiment ..... which I think is from an SU set

and I added a little something on the inside ....

Must dash ...... I need to get the curry started for tonight's dinner.  Then I'm off out to meet hubby from work.
Seeing as the sun is shining again .... it did take a while to come out today, we had rain first thing ...... Lauren thought it would be nice to sit outside at the Queens (on the prom) and have a glass of something chilled before dinner.  It'll only be the one though, there's football on again this evening. Mind you, it's probably on at the Queens so ...... dinner may be late!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day

Cheerio until next time

Monday, 13 June 2016

Getting things back to normal ......

Happy Monday to you .....

It all seems a little quiet over here today ...... no roar of the motorbikes.  
The Isle of Man TT is over for another year ....... it all came to a close on Friday with Senior Race Day, and the weather held out too which was great. Unfortunately Ian Hutchinson didn't make it four wins in a row ...... but he did come in second so he was on the podium ...... Go Hutchy!!
Only 347 days until it all starts again!!

But .... enough of all that ..... it's finished! ..... over with!  Things are slowly getting back to normal over here ..... for a few days anyway.

I had a busy weekend as usual, well Saturday anyway ..... it was workshop time again.
This week, by request, we were getting to grips with Gilding Flakes ...... always fun, and a little bit messy!
Here's what we got up to .....

If you haven't tried Gilding Flakes yet you should definitely give them a go.  They take a bit of getting used to, especially if you use a glue ...... the common mistake is to use too much glue to begin with, then you don't use enough, but, once you've got the knack the results are stunning!

We revisited quite a few techniques this week ..... a bit of masking around the edges to give a nice centre panel, and then masking stamped images to add in detail to the background
The beautiful Jane from IndigoBlu was stamped onto my centre panel ...... she hasn't been out for a while and I love this stamp!
I then masked over her whilst I added the colour to the background (Worn Lipstick Distress ink), and then stamped over the top using the IndigoBlu Script stamp

Once all the masks were removed it was time to add the Gilding Flakes ..... I used Chariot of Fire, the gorgeous gold colour from IndigoBlu along with their Vintage Flourish stamp

'Ink' up your stamp using IndigoBlu FlitterGlu, stamp your image onto your card ....... remember you are using a glue so don't leave the stamp on the card too long,  it will stick to the card and make a right old mess of your stamps!
Once you stamped your image, place your stamp into cold water and clean off the glue straight away.

Add gilding flakes onto the tacky image, smooth over with the flat of your hand to make sure all the glue is covered, then using a scoochy sponge remove all the excess flake and bring out the gorgeous detail of your stamped image

I added a sentiment ..... stamped twice, once in black ink and once using the gilding flakes, then I cut out the word Beauty from the gilded version and layered it onto the black using foam pads.

A bit of matting and layering, and then to finish off I edged around one piece of card using the FlitterGlu and then dipped the edges into the flake ......

Use the scoochy again to brush away any excess and you're left with a pretty gilded edge.
Use the flake on the inside of your cards too ......

Next, instead of using the flakes as an accent, we gilded the main image .......

A bit of acetate smooshing in the background ......

And then the flake over the top ..... Copper Kettle this time .... just look at that shine

You can add flake onto your double-sided tape to give you the look of gilded ribbons

And again .... use on the inside

We finished off with a full on gilded, two colour, Christmas card.  Yes ..... we've started making for the festive season.  Well, gilding flakes are perfect for Christmas cards, they look so rich

I did a similar design to this last year ...... love the stamp (Connor's Crown Jewels), will always be a classic for your Christmas designs and this is so simple to do.
Stamp the image using the FlitterGlu, then carefully add the gold flake to the centre, placing the flakes over the baubles.

Then add one of the silver colours around the edges.  I used Gin and Tonic, which has a few different colours in there,  but you could use Winter Dawn or even Sheffield Steel for a more solid silver.

A festive sentiment on the bottom and you're done

I won't tell you what my kitchen was like when they'd all finished but, I opened up the dishwasher this morning to empty it and what was on the bottom of the mugs ..... you guessed it .... gilding flakes!!! They do get everywhere ..... but they are fun to use.
Now I just need to get my thinking cap on for next month's workshop.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
It's back to the old craft room for me ..... lots to get done before I close the door on Thursday evening.
Then we're all off to the UK for our little family break down in the lovely Cotswolds ...... can't wait.

Bourton-on-the-Water here we come!

Cheerio until next time

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