Jun 23, 2015

A Shabby Chic/Vintage Heart

Hello Everyone,
For my second project this month for the theme Shabby Chic at Country View Crafts, I have constructed a Heart and framed it up. As part of the Design Team it is my job to inspire you to join in, I hope I can succeed.

I gathered a few elements and laces, you find that once you start adding to your creation it is very difficult to stop!

I prepared my Background papers and cut my heart shape from painted up paper.
Now you start to embellish like crazy and add the glamour and create the Shabby /Vintage appeal.
Have a great week,

Jun 17, 2015

Key to my Heart.

Hello Everyone.
As many of you know I do not do masculine, I have been made to make the odd one for Dt requirements but I am not inclined to lean towards this genre.
Having said this, dearest one is having a birthday and I admit to feeling a pang of guilt when I purchase a card for him, whereas every female family member receives a handmade creation. So this year I have made the effort to make him a card.

I will start with the background.
The technique of using your negative wastes to make a Bg.
I painted this up in Magenta, Yellow and Quin Gold.

When dry covered it in a Black wash.
Painted up another piece of cardstock and added some texture.

Cut this into a Heart shape and attached a painted Key.
The Key has not been rusted up because Rob brings colour into my life, I wanted it to stand out.
 Black wash again.

Mounted it up.
Rob does hold the Key to my Heart and I know this sounds mushy, but I am one of the lucky ones.
I am entering this into:

Have a great day,

Jun 15, 2015

Drama in Art

Hello Everyone,
I can confidently say that I am not about to jump off a cliff or anything similar to end my life.
Why am I telling you this, well when you view my canvas you may be concerned that my state of mind is worrisome. Rob's reaction was to interrogate me, but like I said to him and what I say to you now is look at it as a piece of ART; it relates sadness, depression and hopelessness..... there is no connection to how I am feeling.
I have tried to relate the dark side of creativity; when you have a block. All great Artists went through periods of darkness; Picasso to name one. I am not for one minute pretending to be a great Artist, goodness me I mess with mixed media and paper, it is uncomplicated as it sounds.

Hope I do not depress you for the rest of the day!

The canvas was primed with gesso before building up layers of numerous glazes to obtain a depth I was happy with, I also added embossing paste where she is sitting for a little texture.
The words are computer generated.

Her face maybe hidden but we all feel her distress.

Over at Paper Artsy Challenge Blog the theme is hidden objects, however you can interpret as you like, I was inspired by the hidden faces; (Crafty Dogma  and this little guy) that were shown as examples by Leandra. 

Do have a happy and joyful day.
Sue .

Jun 10, 2015

Tic TAG Toe.

Hello Everyone,
I am the Guest Designer over at City Crafter today and I am rather pleased about it as it has been years since I last had this privilege.
The theme is "tic TAG toe", to create a tag or a project with tag(s).
As most of you know I do not make many Tags, so it was a Challenge, I put it on a card as I will definitely have some use for it this way.

This is the inspiration photo:

I made the Tag from fine linen, attached a serviette image with multi matte medium and stamped the text.
           Diecut a frame, painted in Black added Crackle paste and then painted it over in Teal.
Gave it a good buff up!!!      
   The Key was painted the same way but I added embossing powder to jazz it up.  
My silhouette is also a diecut I found in my stash.   
Added the buttons to complete the composition.        

Would love you to pop across to City Crafter and say Hello.

Jun 1, 2015

Shabby Chic/ Vintage body form.

Hello Everyone.
There are two staple media I often use in my creations; 1)Stitching and 2)Lace.
This of course lends itself towards feminine makes and I have to acknowledge that I do like pretty things, even though I also like to get down and dirty with mixed media I try to use colour; too much at times. I am not a lover of industrial or grunge.
Having explained my preferences you will now not be surprised to learn that Shabby Chic is a favourite genre, so it was with a feeling of eager enthusiasm when I read Astrids theme for this months Challenge at Country View Crafts.

I have two daughters that are very different, they have the same parents so 50/50 from the gene family and yet surprisingly in many ways opposite. Why am I digressing into genes and children when I should be talking about my card.  Let me explain, I love this genre I have already mentioned this and I tend to enthuse about it probably to the point of annoyance. On showing this card to my eldest who does not share the same active interest, she states, 'it's a bit messy', in truth she finds much of my creations messy, but I understand her feelings, she is a quiet reserved person so I feel I must be the one to explain the complexities of layering with different media to create interest etc etc.

Next the show and tell to the youngest and the child who is extrovert, vivacious and has the Fine Art degree with honours, not surprising then that she acknowledges the form and the design along with the texture. Faith is restored and a state of emotional balance is reclaimed within me.
 Why have I told you all of this, well I thought it would be a change from step by steps and a little snapshot of a day in the life of 'moi'

Here is the card. 
The Body form sits on a little piece of burlap which I then covered with fine lace and stitched in place.
The body form is covered with tissue serviette, and a random piece of lace for an off the shoulder look.

Altered a metal embellishment, stamping on the Bg layer.
 The glamour

and the Bling.

I think this has a timeless feel.
Apologies for the long post, on times I need to engage with words even if it is totally inapplicable to the topic.

Challenges that I am entering this card are:
That Craft Place-Shabby Chic 
Mixed Media World-VINTAGE
Vintage Utfordring - Challenge 103-Font/Script
Crafty Cardmakers-Stitching.

   More inspiration HERE.
Have a great week.