Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Mirror Number 3

I'm not managing to find much time for craft at the moment, and when I do find a spare moment it has to be used for christmas stuff.
I did this mirror as a christmas present:

The mirror frame was coloured with aged mahogany distress inks, then, when it was fully dry, I stamped and embossed the Tim Holtz Papillon background stamp. This acted as a resist for white paint (PaperArtsy Fresco Finish). The colour of the ink and the paint blended to give a lovely pinky colour (the first picture shows the colour most accurately). 

I cut the flowers out of grungepaper with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die and coloured them with the same ink and paint as the frame (actually I used a bit of crackle glaze between the ink and the paint to give it a bit more of a rustic look).

A bit of lace and a few other little bits of embellishment and it was done.  


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Lucky Old Bag

Last week I was really lucky to win the blog candy from The Stamp Man.  The prize was one of their limited edition 'Old Bags'.  I was sooo excited to receive it and I was certainly not disappointed when it arrived - such a great bag of goodies.

It contained some Kraft Glassine paper which I've wanted to try for a while, but couldn't justify spending £10 for a whole pack. There were loads of little Tim Holtz ideology bit and pieces, like memo pins, lightbulbs, mini vials and pen nibs (again things I've wanted for a while, but the cost of buying a whole pack of each quickly mounts up).
There's some dominoes in there which I'm really exited about using too (another thing that had been on my 'to try' list!). 

Jill from The Stamp Man said some lovely things about my work and I'm now feeling the pressure of trying to be a worthy winner!  I must come up with some fab uses for all these wonderful bits - It's going to be great fun :0). 
Its been slightly chaotic at home the last couple of weeks (job hunting, house hunting and bloomin' Ebay listings), but fingers crossed will get some time to craft this weekend. I thought being out of work would give me more time, but it's not really working out that way so far.  

Thanks again to The Stampman for their generous prize - I love it! Hopefully I'll be back soon with something to show for it.



Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Mirror number 2

A couple of posts ago I showed an ikea mirror I'd decorated on a travel theme; today I've got another mirror to show you. It's in a very different style to the last one - a bit of a shabby chic look.

I embossed some cardstock with embossing folders from the Tim Holtz damask and regal flourishes set. I cut into squares and glued to the mirror in a chequerboard pattern. 

I covered the whole frame with a thin layer of tissue glued down with a watered down mix of matt multi-medium, then painted it with Paperartsy fresco finish paint in London Night.
Once that was dry, I dabbed white paint over the raised areas and edges. Finally, I stamped a few words in white paint. 

My husband loves the last mirror I did, but isn't very keen on this one at all. Hopefully it's just a matter of taste - probably a bit too girly :0). I like it, but I'll be interested in what everyone else thinks.


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

A very quick post today to share an equally quick tag for this weeks Tag It On challenge. I think I might just get in before the deadline with hours to spare. 

The theme was planes, trains and automobiles. Unfortunately I didn't have a stamp with any of those on but I did manage to find a little image of a car. The map image in the background and the postmark are PaperArtsy Stamps, and the stars and 'journey' are Tim Holtz stamps.

Hope you like it

Sarah xx