Friday, 20 May 2016

I've done it! 50 projects in 50 days!


First off, thank you to those who have donated to my Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge fund! It means a lot that you helped me to reach my goal. Also, if you haven't donated yet, there's still time - even just a donation of £1 will mean a lot! So also thank you to those who are about to donate. All the money goes to helping disadvantaged young people to give them new opportunities. In fact, here's the link to donate...
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For this card, as it's my last of this Diamond Challenge, I wanted to use a variety of techniques. Firstly I stamped the roses and leaves using the Altenew stamp set. I then die cut them out.

Next, using stencil card, I brayered Paperartsy chalk paint in the background, using a Claritystamp stencil to mask the centre circle. I then stamped some background images using a variety of Oak House Studio stamps.

Then, using a make-up brush I sponged some Tim Holtz Distress Ink around the circle, to make it pop (I used salty ocean).

I then removed the circle and stamped the Claritystamp thank you stamp and coloured with blue pens. I used a microm pen to create the border around the circle.

Finally, I glued the roses on and some ribbon and then mounted the card.


I hope you like my last project of my Diamond Challenge!

Speak soon,

Andy.

P.S. PLEASE donate, even £1 will do!

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Folk MDF heart





So today I had another play with the Folk Art technique, this time on an MDF heart which was made to look ages and vintage. Loving this technique even more! I even added glitter - I never use glitter! Right must dash, want to folk some more!!

Andy

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Crafting without stamps!?





Today my first 'Folk It!' kit and I couldn't wait to have a play. I've just spent a fun hour getting to grips with the techniques and it was actually a very mindful process as you are concentrating on the here and now. I loved it! Today was me just getting to grips with the techniques and I have already started prepping the hanging Mdf heart that comes in the kit too. Love this new (to me) technique!

Andy

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Elephant!




It's been a long day so I've just created this simple image using a Claritystamp stencil! Not only that I've managed to develop carpal tunnel syndrome so have to do les crafting (nooooo). This was created using makeup sponges and brushes. How would you finish this off?

Andy

Monday, 16 May 2016

Always scraps left over





This piece was originally created from a piece of watercolour card that I had scooped up excess ink with yesterday. I took it today and stamped all over it with navy archival and the Claritystamp journaling set.

Mount and stamp a word and boom! Instant arty card.

What have you been up to today?

Andy

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Pocket full of dream(s)





Hey peeps!

Been a busy today so I'll have to mount this image later on! It was created using Claritystamp stamps and their brushes. I used a variety of 'splatter' techniques to create the background and the stencil brushes to give an airbrush effect.

Hope you like!

Andy

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Dare to dream!





I've had a small canvas covered in purple chalk paint for months and not doing anything with it so I decided to use it today.

First I got my blending tool and with some white chalk paint dabbed it randomly around. This produced a lovely cloudy effect.

Next I stamped the words using the Claritystamp word chain stamps. Finally, using blue and green archival inks I stamped the journaling set into the background, focussing on the branch being on one side to make it look like a tree on one side.

It's quite cute!

Hope you're having a splendid day,

Andy