Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Return to the Groovin' 60's with Sheena Douglass

Hello lovely peeps!

I hope you are well!.. So, as I mentioned, I have been playing with Sheena's Groovin' 60's collection again and this is what I have made.  I LOVE colour and this is the perfect excuse to use it and lots of it, with these stamps and stencils. They also work really well with some of the Day of the Dead stamps too! (And some of the Rock n' Rock sets.) How fab is that? So why not mix it up a bit and have a play? :)

This stamp makes me think of the Mama's and Papa's, I love their music too. I thought it went beautifully with the guitar stamp and die from the DOTD range as it complimented the one being carried in this scene.

This background turned out a little different to how I first planned but sometimes these things do, happy accidents and all that. :) More about that later...I shall blog again about how I made these.

I hope you have enjoyed another step back in time to the swinging 60's! There are so many possibilities with this amazing collection!



Sunday, 8 January 2017

Recycle your calendars with a crafty project.

Hello fellow crafters!

So, a new year begins and we are left with last years calendar. They are often too nice to throw away I think, therefore, why not put them to some good and use them in a crafty project!

For this creation, I was able to combine it with Sheena's A Little bit Floral Lilly stamp and some dies by Sara Davies. I love the work of Alphonse Mucha, he is one of my favourite artists. For the backing paper, mounted on to an 8" card, I used the butterfly paper from Sara's English Country Garden pad. I added an embossed layer with a Crafter's Companion folder and then a panel of gold mirror card. The foliage and Lillie's were arranged between the gold card and the Mucha image 'Language des Fleurs' (1900.) I backed the art image on to white card with double sided tape. Then I arranged the flowers and flourishes and attached them to the back of the panel. It was then mounted with 3D glue and the larger flowers were added over the top to finish,  They were coloured with Aquablend pencils and gold foil highlights were added to the petals (spots) and the stamens. The main lillie's were decoupaged.

I hope this has inspired you not to throw your old calendars away just yet! You might be able to do something wonderful with them. :) 

Products used:

Sheena Douglass Lilly stamp set
Embossalicious Regency Damask folder 8"
Sara Davies English Country Garden paper pad ( cream butterflies)
Sara's Leafy Flourish dies - Floral Delight
Sara's Fancy Flourishes dies - Buttefly Lullaby
Sara's Graceful Swirls dies - Together Forever collection


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Vintage Christmas Angel card with Sheena Douglass

Hello everyone,

The Teamies have been running challenges since September and I offered to undertake the recent one and chose the theme of 'Vintage Christmas'.  Sheena has released so many lovely Christmas stamps and dies that would fit this subject well, so I thought it would give the Ink-ettes a lot of scope to play with.

I love Vintage and always like an angel at Christmas so I created this. I combined a few different things from Sheena's collections to make this as they work so well together, sometimes, even things you wouldn't think of. :)

I started by stamping  the 'Simply Scriptly' stamp in Versa Mark around the edge of a 7 .5" panel of white card. You need to stamp, heat, stamp, heat... to achieve this. Blue and green Aquatints were then sponged on to the surface. They resisted the clear embossed powder, leaving the text white. 

I then flicked liquid Pebeo gilding paste on to the panel with a fine brush and when it was dry applied silver foil. 

A square measuring 6 1/4" was drawn on to white card and then the edges were torn roughly to give texture. Always tear towards yourself, so you get the fancy edge on the top of the paper. Distress Ink was used to colour this. I added Pebeo Mixtion relief glue to the edge of this with my finger. If you go over it again a few seconds later, as it starts to dry, it gives you more texture as it holds your finger prints. I like this as it makes it look more distressed and almost icy like, which is good for festive cards.  Drops of water were also sprinkled over the background - faux bleach technique.

Before adding the foil around the edge though, I took Sheena's Tie Die stencil from her new Groovin' 60's collection as I thought it would make the perfect halo for my angel. I laid it over the background and then took my Versa Mark ink pad and pressed it down over the top. After taking the stencil away, I then applied WOW silver glitter embossing powder. 

The 'Christmas Child' was stamped twice so I could decoupage her holly crown. She was coloured with Aquablend pencils. The 'Divine Inspiration' wings were stamped twice (the same side - need to be facing same direction on this design) with Versa Mark and heated with WOW white puff embossing powder. I love this one as it gives a fluffy appearance, perfect for angel wings! 

The Christmas rose from the same set as the child was stamped several times so I could layer the image and add depth. 

I then went on to stamp the holly, little bird and the sentiments. The card was completed by using a clear sparkle pen on the wings and her dress, Glossy Accents was added to the berries. Finally it was mounted on to a 8" card with a backing of silver glitter card to compliment the rest of the glitter and shimmer. Spots of Stardust Stickles were then randomly applied to the surround of the angel.

Sheena products used:

Simply Scriptly stamp
Christmas Child stamp set
Divine Inspiration
Deck the Halls stamp set

I hope you have enjoyed this project and feel inspired to have a play yourself. :)


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Groovin' 60's Techniques for Sheena

Happy New Year lovely crafters!

I hope you are all well and that 2017 brings you health, happiness and lots of craftiness! Sorry it's been awhile since I posted, things have been hectic over the festive period and I've caught a cold for the second time... anyhew... hoping for no more germs this year, too much crafting to do!! Isn't being ill so boring? Especially when you have a crafty, active mind!

So, as always, as promised, here are some of the techniques I used on Sheena's fabulous new collection Groovin' 60's. It's a great excuse to use full on colour with no apologies! Let yourself go!

I stamped all the 3D flowers I made with Versa Mark and embossed them with black powder. I liked the effect it gave and it allowed me to play more with the colours, whilst they did not bleed into each other. These are the blooms I created for the Flower Power heart wall hanging.

It's easy enough to find these wooden heart plaques quite cheaply. I used the tie die stencil on it with texture paste and then I highlight these with gold foil... Let the Sunshine in...  :) You can see the finished heart on my previous post.

I adore Sheena's 'Hattie' stamp. For this card I wanted to give a nod to tie die and give the card a lacy floral edge. So I created a panel, just smaller than the 8" card I would mount it on.  I stamped the flowers randomly in a square with Versa Mark and embossed them with clear powder, this is a great technique as it resists any colour you add to it, keeping the original colour underneath visible. You can stamp a few at a time and then heat and emboss before starting again.

Then I sponged a mixture of Aquatints on to the background, added salt and left it to dry, so it would create patterns and texture. I chose colours that would contrast nicely with the lady.

Hattie was stamped out and an extra hat brim as I wanted her to have some extra depth.

The same technique was used on the dancing girls card, I then went over with it with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

The flowers were then painted with Aquatints. I wanted a strong contrast between the bright colours and the monochrome that was also popular at the time.

The ladies were stamped and cut out and then because I wanted them really black, I went over them with a black Pebeo pen. The sentiments were created with silver glitter embossing powder. I then completed this card by adding extra flowers which you can also see in my previous post.

Sheena is a huge Dusty Springfield fan so I wanted to create something really special for her. So with the Diva stencil I designed a canvas and incorporated much of the collection, along with another Sheena stamp that fitted the theme. I began by painting the background and adding texture paste with the stencils.

Painted over the texture paste.

These stencils reminded me a little of peacock feathers so when I painted them with the Pebeo paints I drew from that inspiration.

I then added flowers, the records and the microphone ('Sing') from Sheena's Rock and Rock collection, Foil was also applied to this. To compliment the microphone and highlight 'Dusty' I also added streaks of gold foil to her hair and this was the result. The aim was for it to look like a concert poster or album cover. 

And the other good thing about this collection is that you can also make some great cards for men. For this card I used the  Crazy Perspectives stencil, love this. I wanted to create something graphic and strong, to fit the stencil well. I used Distress Ink, cut out circles randomly and then mounted this on red card. 

I was thinking of the mod colours and the credits to a certain group of spy films. Spy holes looking for Bond! I cut the centre out with a circle of rays as I wanted it to present the character...like tah-dah! I stamped the guy, cut him out and then darkened him again with a black Pebeo pen.

I haven't finished playing with this collection yet, I have lots more ideas coming up with these which I hope to share with you soon. :)