Friday, 31 January 2014

Creative JumpStart 2014 - homemade 'Gelli Plate'

A couple of the videos for Creative Jump Start 2014 ( used household items to create a gelli plate for mono-printing.

Inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Louise Nelson, I decided to give it a go.

I actually made my 'gelli plate' from a piece of 'fun foam', which seems to be standing up well to its use!
home-made 'gelli plate'
Using turquoise and tapioca paint, & blue and green card, I started to play! On some I also used a stamp with the paint. 

I did several more!  The brighter green and blue are the colour of the card, as I used a mask of torn paper to create the background shape.
I decided to make a card from the one on the right.
 I had already stamped the 'flowers' in both paint colours. I sketched round the edge of the masked shape with an opaque white pen.  I stamped the butterfly and corners and embossed them with Stampendous Frantage aged silver embossing powder and finally added the ChitChat words and the raffia bow.
(Household objects - torn paper from notebook, raffia, (& home-made 'gelli plate') & I used Stampendous embossing powder as mentioned above.)
Back soon!     Kay

Creative Jumpstart 2014 Finnabair-style canvas

It's the last day of Creative JumpStart 2104 today; just realised I hadn't posted any of the bits I'd done!  The course is at I haven't done all of them, but I have got so many ideas now, and we still have the videos available until November.  So here goes:

First project to show is a small mini canvas (only 7cm x 7cm) inspired by the video from Finnabair (Anna Dabrowska).  Her blog is here - take a look - she does such amazing pieces!  I would love to do a class with her - the CJS video was great!

In real life, it's a bit less 'yellowy'!

(Household items: teabag for making tea stain, old press studs, old necklaces).

I enjoyed finding the bits for this tiny project, painting white to hide colour, and then adding sprays to re-colour! The sprays were using mica powders with water - Perfect Pearls & Cosmic Shimmer. I also used a homemade tea stain, and watered down distress ink.  Quite a few of the bits were from my stash of craft bits, but there's also a few bits from broken necklaces & some old press studs (I've got a whole big box of those!).  I think if I did a similar project again, I would leave the glass in the lightbulb unpainted though...

Showing 3-D dimension

Back soon!     Kay

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Not cogs in a clock! My take on Tim's January tag

Happy New Year!

It's been too long since I've blogged!  Autumn came & went; Christmas came & went.. and now it's a over a week into the New Year!  But hopefully (fingers crossed!) I'm now back in the world of crafting & blogging...  Days of not crafting after Tim's CC102 course merged into weeks & months.  Busy (& stressed) at work, no ideas - I was ready for a change!  I made the decision to leave work and become a lady of 'leisure' (?!).  So a little more time for crafting & other things, & a renewed zest!

I certainly needed lots of inspiration when I saw Tim's January tag!  How could I adapt it?  Distress stain?  Yes, but not Tim's colour.  Stencil? Yes, but not that one! Pocket watch die? No ... you get the picture!!  So I had to get my thinking cap on! 

So for the tag background I used Antique Linen stain and a couple of different stencils, and I used a rubber stamp for the numbers.  I found a quote I liked from my collection of Tim's stamps.

Now for the 'clock/watch' ...   I have the gears die, and also the clock faces texture fade ... so, a clock in a cog instead of cogs in a clock!

I really hope that this year I shall be able to craft my take on all 12 of Tim's tags!  And also do lots more crafting, which I'll share here. 
I'm currently taking Nathalie Kalbach's Creative Jump Start 2014 online course - inspiring videos from lots of fantastic crafters, and great fun finding household objects to craft with!  And I'm also doing a Christy Tomlinson Winter Whimsy multimedia workshop - it's no longer 'live', but still available, and very much adaptable for other seasons / themes!
So I've got plenty to keep me busy in 2014!
Back soon (with fingers crossed!)     Kay