Sunday, 19 November 2017

Patina Effect Paste

Deena here today and I am going to share a tutorial with you.
Have you used the Patina Effect Paste by Finnabair? I hadn't either until I got to play with it for this tutorial, although I had been eyeing it off. I did actually watch a couple of youtube videos to see how it was applied and what order the three different mediums. After watching them I ended up applying them the way Finnabair did it as it didn't really seem to matter, brass, then the mint-green and blue together. Make sure that before you add the mint-green and blue that the brass is completely dry as they turn ugly if you don't. I am not sure that I needed to put the brass first but that's ok.
I will show you the finished canvas and then share with you my steps.
The substrate I used is a canvas board which I covered in a layer of gesso. Once the gesso was dry I used texture paste and a stencil to get my canvas started. While the texture paste was still wet I push my chipboard (which I painted with gesso earlier) into the paste. I wasn't sure if this would hold so I did put some glue on the back. I let that dry natural as I didn't want the chipboard to warp from the heat of my heat gun.
 On the edges of my canvas I did not want my stencil to be perfect so with my palette knife I gently spread the texture paste out.
Using another stencil and texture paste I add some more texture this time adding it not only to my canvas but also the chipboard.
Next was the stamping, I didn't want the stamping to be the focal point but just another layer in my process. I also added the chipboard frame, sewing cotton and flowers. The stamping seems over the top but you wont see much of it after the next step. I also added the heart shaped chipboard.
In this next step I added gesso over the top of my canvas to send the stamping into the background and also to turn the chipboard frame and heart from brown to white. While this was still wet I went crazy with my white crackle paste. I just love texture and needed more.
As you can see the stamping has almost disappeared completely but it is showing through in some places.
Below are some close up photos of the dry crackle paste.
The final step in creating my canvas was using the patina effect paste
Products used from the Shop
Patina Effect Paste
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Kaisercraft Stamp - Script
Canvas Board
The Crafters Workshop Stencil 12x12 - Hourglass
Cocoa Vanilla - Flowers
Happy Creating

Saturday, 18 November 2017

November Mood Board and Christmas tags

Hello again! Donna here, and I’m excited to share with you what I’ve made with the November mood board.

I smooshed Distress inks onto watercolour paper to create the background, building up the layers until I was happy with the result. This background could easily be made using Distress oxides too.

I then stamped the leaf three times on white card stock before heat embossing the with gold. I fussy cut the leaves leaving just a tiny margin of white around the outside.

I tore some vellum into pieces to mount each of the leaves onto. I love the look of torn edges. Once I had glued the leaves onto the vellum, I put a little glue on the back of the vellum only where the leaves were because the glue shows through vellum and can wreck the look. I glued these to the card, starting in the centre.

So, are you going to enter the November mood board challenge? It's such a beautiful board, it seems a shame to miss out! Don't forget you can win a store voucher if you're the winner. 
Share your entries here.

Next, I have some very simple Christmas tags for you. So many of the Christmas packs have Ephemera and die cut shapes, and I've used these to make some tags. I cut the tags using a die, and layered greetings and pictures on top, sometimes popping part of the image up with foam tape. Here's a look at the set of tags.

Here are some close ups of the tags. You can see the dimension in the tag below, created by raising the top berries.

This Santa's face made me laugh. He looks completely frazzled and overworked, but he's pressing on!

This tree took the whole tag, and then some, but I like the way it hangs over the edge.

It's always a pleasure to share with you what I've been up to, and I hope you are inspired to get crafty, either with the mood board, or making some Christmas tags.
Until next time, may you enjoy the approaching Christmas season,

Instagram: donnadoll74

Thursday, 16 November 2017

That's Life

Good Morning Shop and Croppers,

You know how in my last post I said that I would be back later in the day for another share.....well, life happened, and you know what "It's OK". 

We all get busy in our lives and get consumed with the going ons of others: in saying that, over the last 5 years of juggling full time shift work (Nursing), 4 children, a husband and a household I have realised that no matter how hectic life gets its always important to make time for yourself and to do what you love...even if it is for only a small time of that day. Keeping yourself happy means you are better at keeping others happy.

This is where we come in at SHOP AND CROP to help you manage your time and make the most of your day....... A CROPAHOLIC KIT I hear you say....OMG what a fantastic idea !!!!

Cropaholic Kits are our 'deluxe' monthly kit containing approx $79.00 worth of co-ordinating products and instruction sheets for two to three layout designs (or sometimes BTP projects/cards etc.) for just $73.95 per month (for subscribers). A perfect way to get those memories created without having to take precious time away from other things in your life.

Today I am sharing one of the layouts from the NOVEMBER CROPAHOLIC KIT that features products from 49 & Market Sea, Sand and Sun Collection that was designed by MOI.....This months kit includes:

  • 1 49 & Market Sea Sand and Sun Collection 12 x 12 Paper Pad Collection
  • 1 49 & Market Sea , Sand and Sun Embellishment Sheet
  • 1 set of Scrapmatts Chipboard
  • 1 Colourblast Shimmer Spray
  • Specialty Mix Media Texture.
  • exclusive embellishment pack 
  • Cardstock
  • 1 Bubble stamp

Check out the individual pages and some of the products I have used that are included in the kit:

And a Close Up of some one of the embellishments:

This is just one of 3 layouts that come in this months pack - all with instructions - and let's face it, sometime's we just don't want to think about what we are creating......agreed???

Have a think about it....I'm sure you will agree

Happy Thursday

Belinda xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Are You Ready for It.........

Good Afternoon Shop and Croppers,

I'm back......and I'm cracking the whip ....

It's already mid November and you are running out of time to enter the Challenge for the month - have you NOT seen the amazing Mood Board? It is impossible to not get inspired by the amazing colours and textures it has to offer

Click HERE to enter your layout into the Facebook Album by 30th November to be in the running for a Store Voucher and don't forget to check out some of the amazing inspiration by our other DT members

I would like to share with you my interpretation of the Mood Board

I love to use old calendars as backgrounds - turning an image that's already a work of art into a completely different work of art is a great feeling - if you have done this at all I would love to see your work in the comments.

Every second I hold you up reading this is a second less you have to get your layout in........but i WILL be back later in the day to show you something else GET CRACKING Peeps 

Belinda xx

Monday, 13 November 2017

'It's a wonderful life' & 'Awesome Crazy Kid' by Tamara Buckler

Good Morning all and happy Monday!

I am up on the blog today to share with you the latest couple of layouts I have created with the We R Memory Keepers High Five Bundle. I seriously cant get enough of this kit, every time I sit down to work with it, things come together so easily! And the texture of the papers are just so lovely!

The first layout I have to share features one of the cards from the cut apart sheet. These are fabulous to make a title for your layout with very little fuss! My eldest daughter just went on her year 6 camp to Sydney, and I thought this card very appropriate, because she just had the best time!

To create this layout, I cut the photo and the card from the 'Awesome' paper to the same size, and then matted them both on one single piece of the 'Bullseye' paper, and then centred this one a 8.5x11.5 piece of the 'Vintage' paper. I love the contrast that this gives, it really makes the card and the photo pop.

I didn't really need to do too much embellishing after this point, but added 'Sydney 2017' from the Thickers that came in the kit. Love a black and white Thicker!

I then added a couple of stickers and a flair button to finish the page off. I think I will come back and add some sewing around the card, but hubby was asleep by the time I finished the page, and I didn't think he'd appreciate the sewing machine going :)

My second layout for today is a 12x12 using the same range, and also features my older daughter, this time climbing trees and being a bit silly with her mates at the beach. I often give my phone to the kids when they are playing like this, and I get the best scrapbooking material when I get it back!

This time I used the 'Bullseye' paper for the background, which I was able to do as this kit very awesomely has 2 of each paper included! I then matted a piece of the 'White Wash' paper to the bottom half of the page, and machine sewed around the edge.

I matted my photo on the leftover piece of the 'Bullseye' paper from my last layout, the opposite side this time, and then built up a cluster to the bottom right hand side using a sticker tab, a frame and flower from the ephemera pack and a flair button. I used a roller stamp from my stash to pop the date on the tab.

I did a similar cluster to the top left of the White Wash paper, this time using a couple of stickers and flair button.

To create my title I used more of the stickers, I ran another line of machine stitching through the 'Awesome' sticker, and added some more of the Thickers.

I'm super happy with these layouts, like I said, they came together so easily! I have a feeling you'll be seeing a little bit more of this range from me before I'm done!

Hope you have a great week,

Big Loves,
Tam x

Saturday, 11 November 2017

November Crop Kit Fun!

Hi there and happy Saturday to you all!

Tania joining you today to share some pages I created for the November Crop Kit using the gorgeous Bo Bunny Carousel Christmas Collection, loved this range and so excited to work with it in this kit!!  Have you seen all the amazing kits on offer, you can buy favourite's as one offs or subscribe to get them all!
The kits are so awesome as you have everything you need to create your pages and even lots left overs too......

First up I have my ""Christmas Day" Layout

Some close ups!

I just loved the colours in this collection too, love some non-traditional Christmas papers!

Next up is my "A Very Merry Christmas to You" Layout

Some close ups!

The last share using the Crop Kit.... The two layouts above all come with step by step instructions and you get this layout as a bonus in the kit!!!

Lots of fussy cutting on this page too :)


Some close ups!

Well that's all from me today...... Remember to pop over to the store here and check out all the amazing kits, there is something for everyone and if you use the code TR5 you will get a $5 discount off your order, how good is that??

Don't forget we also have our November Mood Board Challenge running, you can see all the details here!! So why don't you give it a go, to go in the chance for a store voucher.....

Until next time, happy crafting, Tania xx