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Friday, 25 May 2018

Same but different week - Hanging on the Line by Hannah Oxberry

Hi all, Hannah here with a project for "Same but different week". I love when we, as designers, get the same kit to work with - because every single project will be different!

For my particular design I knew as soon as I opened the parcel how my design would be laid out. I have been coveting the tags created by fellow team member Fiona Randall for a while, the dial against the rectangular media board gave me the perfect opportunity to create something with her design as inspiration.

I added a couple of my own Tando elements just to give the design a little more height. The dial and sentiment have been painted in a rust effect and mounted on a greyboard off cut which has been embossed with a metal effect.

I have also included an acrylic layer on the dial which has been treated with a crackle glaze to add another textured dimension.

The background has been layered with different colours, crackled and aged using a variety of washes. A splater of white across the surface lifts and highlights the layers. The edge of the media board has been sponged with Paynes Grey.

To the center of the dial I have added a small textured heart which I have added embossing powder to.

I hope you have enjoyed this project, thank you again to Fiona for her inspiration! 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Same But Different - Hang Fire by Jane


I love seeing all the projects in Same But Different week as it is always fantastic to see how many different styles can be created using the same products!

When I received the gorgeous telephone dial it immediately made me think about how being in constant communication with the rest of the world can sometimes make us miss the beauty all around us so I wanted to show this in my project...

The background was created using Decoart fluid acrylics and a brayer (cobalt teal hue, green gold and yellow green light).  The wording and dial were painted using black gesso and then some gold gilding wax added.  The paper number dial was tinted with some blue distress ink.  Black archival ink as well as some gilding wax was added around the main media board to create a framed effect...

A wildflower stamp from Bee Crafty was used for the main board with black archival ink and the butterflies (also from Bee Crafty) were stamped onto a piece of card that had been coloured with distress oxide inks then cut out...

I added some Decoart liquid glass to the centre of the telephone dial and then poured micro beads over the top.  To create the hanger I used my crop a dile and added some eyelets and gold wire.

Here are the products used...

* Phone Dials
* Mixed Media Board
* Word Panels
Decoart Black Gesso
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Decoart Liquid Glass

I hope you have been getting lots of inspiration this week, thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Same but Different week

Hello!  Its brilliant when we get a 'Same but Different' theme as its always amazing how varied our projects are using the same substrates.  Here is my offering...

Thank you for taking a look today and do pop back to see what the others have done with their little kits, Hugs, Karen xxx

Monday, 21 May 2018

Same but Different week - Telephone board

This week on our blog we have a 'Same but Different' week where those of us taking part receive the same products to use and then at the end of the week you can look back to see how similar or different the finished pieces are. I have added a vintage telephone die-cut and a larger media board to mix it up a bit.

This is the little phone dial kit we received.

Process steps

- Take the telephone die-cut, paint it with black gesso to seal it and when dry give it a coat of black embossing powder, flicking some of it off before heating it. Give it a quin gold mixed with titan buff wash of paint and dry it. Repeat the last two steps again bit with clear ultra thick EP and quin gold on its own. When cool rub over with a coffee archival ink pad and then give a coat of ultra mate varnish.

- Take the large media board and glue some strips of greyboard to it (I cut these myself from a left over piece). Paint over a coat of white gesso - dry - rub over some candle wax and then a coat of Titan Buff media fluid acrylic. Heat dry and rub over with dry kitchen towel to remove some of the paint. Repeat the wax rubbing and paint a coat of light grey media acrylic. Again dry and rub paint away.   Finish by sanding some edges and blending in ground espresso distress inks.

- Take the dial and cover with black gesso, when dry rub over a thin layer of silver metallic lustre. Lightly sand back some random parts on the edges and blend over ground espresso distress ink. Distress the clock face with the distress ink, seal with matte medium and assemble the dial pieces.

- Take the smaller media board and cover it with a piece of patterned paper. I used one that was already looking distressed. Sand the edges and blend brow distress ink around the edges.

- Take the label, paint it with burnt umber and sand some of the edges when dry. Blend round brown distress ink and then mount it on white paper so that the words stand out.

Assemble the pieces adding smaller details here I cut up some words from remnant rubs to create my area code ........

... and I added some rusty painted gems and little circles from nuts and bolts kits.

Finally hang with some rusty wire.

Ok so let's see what the rest of the team reveal this week using the same original kit.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 18 May 2018

Anything goes

Hi everyone Dee here with my make for anything goes week I have this lovely skull again I love him! I used a Tando tag and France Papillon Stencil. 
 I used Deco art texture paste/crackle paint, along with media paints, antiquing cream and varnishes.
 I used lovely artyco moulds for the coin and glasses these were painted with deco art media acrylic paint. I stamped Fear from Andy's Skinners word plate from illusionary artists.
Thats all for today folks feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions.
cheers Dee x

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A pair of binders

Hellooooo!  My project for this Anything Goes week is a pair of *folders*.  These are especially designed to fit the newer masks/stencils.  They have really clever bendy spines which make them so much easier to decorate!  I have kept mine fairly simple....adding bold colours to the big flowers.

Here they are laid out flat... they do look a bit yellowy but are white backgrounds!

The smallest one...

The tall one...

They are similar on the inside.   For the base I laid down a few bright colours and then a layer of *Weathered Wood*  adding white after it was dry.  The flowers have been stamped onto thin card and coloured with watercolour pencils.  A touch of clear glitter was added to them.  I added Velcro to fasten and some beads for more colour!!!!

Thank you for taking a look, take care, Karen xxx

Monday, 14 May 2018

Anything goes week -Shabby Home Sign by Monika

Hi all!
It's Monika here with my new project. For 'anything goes week' I've decided to decorate this gorgeous HOME sign by Tando.


I've started with painting the base pieces with grey chalky finish paint. 

Then I've rubbed wax candle around the edges. 

Next  was a coat of white chalky paint. Once dry, using heat gun and sanding paper I've distressed the edges to create peeled paint effect.

I've chosen to decoupage the letters with printed napkin, but first I've primed them with white acrylic paint.

I've cut the napkin into smaller pieces

Don't forget to separate the layers, we're only using the top printed layer.

 Using decoupage glue I've applied a thin layer on each letter under and over the napkin, smoothing out the surface with brush.

Once  glue was fully dry, I've trimmed the excess around the edges with sanding paper


 I've also added two coats of  mat acrylic varnish on each of the letters.

Each letter was glued on the base, and they were connected with wire.
I've also aged the letters and plates with patina to add the worn out look.

I hope you've enjoyed my post. See you next time.


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