Friday, 10 March 2017

Catch up of February's DT projects

Had a bit of a nightmare with my laptop in February and so wasn't able to update my blog. I really missed being able to join in challenges so I'm glad it seems to be working again now...shhhh don't say it too loudly!

I joined the lovely Fiona's team at Create and Inspire last month, and our sponsor was Oddball Art Stamps Co - the wonderfully talented Lizzy Love's designs. I used the fabulous Big Eye Girl Dancing Huni 174. I decided to keep to black and white with shades of grey for this, as I had some fab hearts and love themed designer papers I wanted to use with it.
I ripped and distressed the edges of the designer paper with the blade of a pair of scissors then used Distress Ink to edge it so it stood out from the white card stock.  The image was coloured with Polychromos pencils in black and greys, with white as a blending colour. The wording came with the image, and I printed it out and cut round it in a heart shape and edged with black ink.

The second project for February was for A Inky Mess with the sponsor Scrap N Dipity. I used the image Fairy Ambrosia - Looking for Love. I coloured her in using my Polychromos pencils, then fussy cut her out. I embossed a piece of black card stock and cut it to ATC size, then I got various designer papers with the theme of love and ripped and distressed the edges of them, before sticking onto the black card.. I stuck the image on top, and added a couple of flat backed pearls.
I'm so glad to be well enough to be able to get back to what I love doing - creating projects both for myself, family and friends as well as for the lovely design teams I'm in.

Create and Inspire sponsored by Starzstamps

I'm so happy to be back in blogland! Its been far too long! Long story short, its been, and still is, a rocky road health wise, but I'm hoping that now the days are drawing out it won't be long til Spring and warmer weather. My body doesn't cope with cold!
I'm pleased to announce I joined the DT over at Create and Inspire in February. I'm so happy to be part of the talented team and looking forward to creating different types of projects in the coming months. I'll share last month's challenge inspiration project on my next post - my laptop was playing up last month so I couldn't blog.

This months challenge is sponsored by StarStampz.. We chose two digi stamps and  'm using this cutey, called Spring Sun Shine. I used my Promarkers to colour her in, keeping to predominantly green and pink as this was the colour scheme of the bag and embellishments I wanted to use.

I used a die cut ivory piece of card and overlaid it with a pale green gingham piece of paper from my stash. I added a die cut piece of felt on top that again, I had been gifted and had in my stash. I fussy cut the image and stuck it to the front, after I had attached the flowers, and I tucked the image behind one so it was grounded with the background. I added the tag and butterflies as the finishing touches.
Here's a close up of the image.

Thanks for stopping by! Please do comment and let me know what you think.

I would like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Michelle xxx

Sunday, 20 November 2016

SheepSki Designs November Challenge

Hi again - yes I'm back again so soon!!

 Design Team Special Discount

Use code SKIMICHELLE10 at checkout at SheepSki Design Etsy Shop for 10% off any order.

This time I'm here with my November DT inspiration for this month's challenge over at SheepSki Design Facebook page. I chose Skully Roses for my image and decided to attempt to create something dark and metallic looking from things that are more wood or paper based.

I started out with a thick MDF plain wood heart base and glued some cogs and bones from Things to Alter around the perimeter of the front with Ranger Matt Medium. I then covered the front and back with a thin layer of Matt Medium and affixed normal aluminium kitchen foil all over, pressing around the cogs with a spatula to get it in the crevices. Once dry, I covered with acrylic paint in Walnut Brown, then in Black. I used Liquitex Heavy Gesso and Tim Holtz Crackle Glaze stencil and added the effect in the middle of the heart. Once dry, I added gold crackle paint around the outer edge area and onto the cogs and bones.  I then added pink blush gilding wax and gold ink to the crackle glaze area and on the raised cogs and bones to further accentuate them.

Here's a close up of the image and crackle glazed area.
The image was coloured with Polychromos pencils in reds, pinks, greys and black and I used Ranger Distress Crayons in grey around the perimeter of the image plus a touch of Wink of Stella on the lighter areas of the roses, the teeth and top of the skull, then roughed up the edges of the image with scissors then added some gold ink and dark brown distress crayon with my finger to the edges before affixing to the heart with Matt Medium.

As a final touch, I threaded a red ribbon through the hole and affixed a Tim Holtz buckle with a brad to the ribbon and created a buckled loop for hanging.

I hope you enjoy my latest project.

I will be entering this project into the following challenges:
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - #16 AG 
Daisy Chain Challenges - #2 All That Glitters
Your Scrapbook Place - Fall for November Challenge
Dream in Darkness - November Grumbacher's here
Dark n Daring Challenges - #7 Anything Goes 
Crafty Friends - #45 Blossoms

Thanks for stopping by.

Michelle xxx