Monday, 6 August 2018

A bit of Gold, Pink, Green and Divine Crackle - a Calico Craft Parts Blog Invite

Hi, servus and welcome to another quick invitation over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog, where I am sharing my latest project. As the sneak peek image shows I have mixed divine crackle (thanks to the fab DecoArt Weathered Wood crackle medium) with delicate flowers and dashes of gold to create HERE to find out. ;)

Hugs and happy crafting!


Thursday, 26 July 2018

My Notes, Thoughts and Plans - a DecoArt Mixed Media Blog Project

Hi, servus and thanks for stopping by! I hope you are enjoying the summer holidays!

Summer calls for bright and vibrant colours and light and fun projects, right? So I have come up with something really bright and fun and altered a plain cardboard notebook to turn it into a journal to make notes to myself in so I don't forget to think positive and hold on to my dreams and wishes....just in case I loose self-confidence (which I tend to do way too often). 

There's a full detailed tutorial waiting for you over at the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog. Simply click HERE to get taken to the post with loads of steps images and the solution to the secret of how I have made the vibrant background ;)

I hope to see you over there soon!
Enjoy your holidays!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 23 July 2018

Shelling with Calico Craft Parts

Hi, servus and thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are having a wonderful summertime, good weather, loads of fun and relaxation!

This is my bi-weekly invite over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog, where I have done some shelling (and a bit more).

To find out more, simply click HERE to get taken to the Calico Craft Parts Blog and the full project tutorial. (a small hint: if you are in need for a small, self made summer holiday themed present, this might be useful ;).

Hope to see you over there soon!

Hugs and happy summer crafting!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Beachtime at Emerald Creek Dares!

Hi, servus and thanks for stopping by! When have you last been at a beach? Do you love to be at the seaside as much as I do? If so the actual challenge theme at Emerald Creek Dares is for you - it is all about

The Beach! 

The perfect theme to use long hoarded seaside treasures from strolls along the beach (or use bought ones - from the Emerald Creek online store for example ;) on a little keepsake canvas...

My canvas measures 6'' x 6'' and I have used the following products on it:

I started with gluing a designer paper sheet onto my canvas using matte DecoArt Decou-Page. I also sealed the paper with thinned Decou-Page, so the crackle medium would work properly.
On some white cardstock I created a Distress Oxide ink background to stamp my shells on.

(as always click on the images for a larger view)

I stamped the shells in black archival stamping ink and then went in with some Distress Stains and a detail brush. 

Using a white gel pen I added highlights to make my shells look more dimensional. 

I scraped white DecoArt media Crackle Paste onto and around the edges of the canvas and let it air dry. 

Next I added Dirty Sand Baked Texture embossing powder in some spots. To do so I smudged some embossing ink across the canvas with my fingertip.

I repeated the step with Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture embossing powder.

Then it was time to play with the lovely  Shoreline Shells, the Amazonite gemstones, the fussy cut sea shell images and the brads and charms.

The seahorse key charm got a make over with DecoArt media Texture Sand Paste and Raw Umber Antiquing Cream (once the Texture Sand Paste had dried).



I like to prime metal charms with a thin stippled on coat of matte Decou-Page before I use acrylic paints or paint washes on them. The little anchor was given a rusty look with Quinacridone Gold media fluid acrylic paint, while I went for a wash of Cobalt Turquoise Hue with the seahorse key charm.

Once all the pieces were "aged" the way I wanted them, I glued them in place with more matte Decou-Page glue. The idea-ology word panels were inked with dark brown archival stamping ink and a piece of blending foam around the edges before I glued these in place.

To finish off my canvas I loosely painted a dark edge with Raw Umber fluid acrylic paint around the canvas' edges and also around the word tiles and the shell and charm clusters to fuse them with the background and add some contrast and definition.

I hope to see you enter our challenge at Emerald Creek Dares soon! You can win a

voucher to spend at the Emerald Creek online store and just for entering our dare you get 10% off your next purchase there by using the code given in the challenge post over at the Emerald Creek Dares Blog. How cool is that?! And you will find more amazing inspiration if you check out the previous blog posts over there - my lovely teamies' have created some awesome "Beach" projects for you!

I leave you with some detail shots (if you click on the images you will get a larger view) and with wishing you good luck for the challenge and happy summer holidays!

Hugs and happy summer crafting!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Lost in the Pipework Maze - a Calico Craft Parts Project

Hi, servus and welcome to my usual invite over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog, where I (almost) got lost in a pipework maze again ;)

My last project HERE was a pipework maze project as well, but with this new one I used different products and techniques to achieve a different effect and look. Maybe, if I do a third pipework maze project one day, I will try to go for a rusty and weathered look...the possibilities are endless.

Well, obviously I found my way out, so I can write this post to lure you over to the Calico Craft Parts blog to find out about the whole project and the (quick and easy) steps. I hope to see you over there soon!

Hugs and happy summer crafting!

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