28 February 2011

Tissue & Wax

When crafting with friends a couple of weeks ago I'd been a bit naughty the week before, I had finished my canvas in between our meeting. I was so into it I couldn't leave it alone. So what else could a girl do but start another one and here it is.

For the background I applied Landscape Green and Altered Orange Studio paint  lightly with baby wipes then  highlights of Classic Teal here and there applied with a card. Stamped some white and cream gift tissue with StazOn in Pumpkin, Timber Brown, and Green  added to canvas in layers of tissue and natural bees wax. Finished off with some hardware bits and InkaGold to edges.

Happy Crafting Lynne x

Starting to look good...

Really pleased with how much the paint has crackled, looks very distressed, just like me! lol

First I painted it with a latte colour and after applying the crackle medium I painted with a blush colour. Because I was mixing all my own colours using up lots of old acrylic paints the different mixes vary in shade as I don't measure just squirt and mix. lol I find this all adds to the finished look.

A view from the top edge and inside one of the compartments, which gives you an idea of the depth of each compartment.

The outside measures 31.5cm square and each compartment is 10 x 10 x 4 cm deep It contained decorations at Christmas. Like all true crafters I never through anything out, you never know when you might need it. Now to find things to fill it with.

What ever you are doing today I hope you all have a good day.

27 February 2011

Time to play...

I thought I would show you whats been on our dinning room table today. No, not my Sunday dinner.
We couldn't have that until the after I had finished crafting. lol
130 black and white hearts all prepped up for decorating some wedding stationary I have been working on.

I will show the finished cards after they have been collected.
Now they are all finished and boxed up ready for collection I can have a play.
I have got a wooden display with nine compartments, that I have been itching to decorate for ages. 
I have got the first coat of paint on. It should be dry now ready for the next coat...

Ava is coming over for the day tomorrow and we are going shopping, can't wait. :-)
Hope you have all had a great weekend.
Happy Crafting Lynne x

26 February 2011

Stylish Blog Award

I had a lovely surprise when I got home from the NEC last weekend.
I had been given this blog award by the very creative Ann Flutterbycrafter isn't it lovely to get surprises? Thank you very Ann for thinking of me.

Now part of accepting the award is I have to tell you something about me that is unusual, been trying to think of something interesting you might want to know! lol
After reading Ann's I am struggling, thats a hard one to follow.

Many years ago we lived next door to Lesley Ash and her husband Lee Chapman, when Lee played for Sheffield Wednesday.
When the children were still at school I was a cub scout assistant leader for about three years.

Every year I made props and costumes with a few other Mums for our local junior school and church plays.

Now I pass on the award to eight crafty bloggers, so here goes

Hope you are all having a great relaxing weekend and enjoying some crafty time.

25 February 2011

Coming soon!

Lots of new stuff due in very soon from Paper Artsy. As well as the yummy new paints I told you about yesterday we have also have on order all the fabulous new stamps and dies they were displaying at the show including metal and 12 x 12 papers. A few pics from the PA stand.

ATC House on the Personal Impression stand using the new stamps designed by Lynsey Mason

We also met Clare Rowlands designer of the gorgeous Molly Blooms, which we will be stocking very soon at Craft Den. Clare has also offered to come in to Craft Den studio for some classes so keep an eye on the timetable.

Wishing you all a great weekend.

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Lynne xx

24 February 2011

A few more...

At last I am able to upload some more pictures from the weekend
The canvas I did with Dyan from Art From the Heart

Looks better in the flesh, so bright and vibrant. We used all the lovely new Perfect Pearl colours, they are so yummy, scrummy.

Paper Artsy have got a fab new range of paints which will be available very soon in the studio and on the web site. Look at all the gorgeous colours, they have a chalk like finish and are great for stamping on.

This ATC house was on the Personal Impressions stand

Arrrgghhh! Just when I thought blogger was working again.
What the heck is a cloud picker?? lol
 It keeps asking me to register...
Sorry I give in, too tired tonight.
Happy Crafting.
Lynne xx

23 February 2011

A few more pics...

More pics from the NEC at the weekend

The Sizzix stand showing projects created using T!ms new alteration dies and embossing folders

All the new alteration dies and the fabulous Vagabond will be in the studio and on the website very soon along with lots and lots of other new goodies!!

For some strange reason blogger won't let me upload any more pictures!! argh blogger is so annoying and very frustrating at times! The last few days I have had to log in every time I want to leave a comment sometime more than once and then still can't leave a comment!! What's that all about?? Has anyone else got these blogger problems???

Added on Thursday morning
I still can't upload any more pictures and blogger signs me out every time I want to leave a comment!
Can anyone suggest anything?? please.

21 February 2011

Fabulous weekend...

A short post to let you know I am back after spending a fabulous weekend in Birmingham.
On Saturday I was lucky enough to be booked on a workshop with T!m.

One of the canvases we made. Using lost of the new Ranger products launched at the show, resist papers, distress stains, glue n seal to name but a few.

The Sizzix Ellison stand

I will blog more tomorrow and tell you about all the new goodies I've ordered
Happy Crafting Lynne x

18 February 2011

Start them young

On Wednesday night we created faux dichroic glass using the melt pot.

A create technique for pendants or beautiful embellishments on canvases and large projects.

I have wrapped silver craft wire around this one ready for a project.

Ava spent the day with me in the studio on Thursday, we had a great time.

Ava painting wooden shapes.
A young crafter in the making I think, don't you?
Only one more sleep until the Ranger workshop with T!m's, can't wait.
I will be like Ava... can't sleep I'm too excited!!
Ava couldn't wait to get here on Thursday to do painting with me. lol
What ever you are doing this weekend ENJOY!
I will be back on Monday to show and tell about about my trip to the NEC.
Happy crafting Lynne xoxo

17 February 2011

Quick Stock Upate...

New stock in this week:
The new Martha Stewart Punch All Over The Page
Studded Heart

Classic Butterfly

Floral Tile

Rose Window

Flourish Square

This weeks in store offer
PAOTP £15.50 each or 2 for £29.00
Please note this offer is in the studio only and not on the web site.

16 February 2011

A very busy and exciting week a head...

As promised a picture of the whole canvas.

It is so big it is hard to fit it all on without a wide angled lens.

Monday was my day off so I caught up with a few job and went shopping with BH and in the evening we went out for a lovely meal for Valentines day. Yesterday was our Easter and Spring card making workshop. This was a very full and busy class also very enjoyable with lots of laughs along the way. The melt pots are coming out again for todays workshop we are making faux dichroic glass pendants. Thursday is play day as Ava is coming for the day, can't wait, that will be lots of fun. Friday is more crafting with the melt pots this time with beeswax.

The studio will close at 4pm on Friday 18th Feb until 10am on Tuesday 22nd Feb.

I am off to Birmingham on Sat for the weekend for Stitches, the UK trade show. On Saturday I am booked on a Ranger workshop, find it hard to believe a whole year has gone by since I made this in last years workshop

OK I am off to the vets now to get Alfie weighed.

What ever you are doing to day enjoy!

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Lynne xx

13 February 2011

Sew relaxing...

On Friday I spent the day crafting with three good friends. We got out the melt pots, bees wax, paints, canvas, inks and stamps. We took inspiration from Hels Sheridan article in the March issue of Craft Stamper 'Buzzing for Beeswax'

I have used a large canvas approx 14" x 18" with four small canvases attached in varying sizes.

I applied Traditional Tan acrylic paint to all canvases using a baby wipe. Over the top I added a mixed of Sky Blue and Blank Canvas to soften added here and there. Lines of Sable Brown with the edge of a card. While the paint was drying I cut pieces of white gift tissue to fit each canvas and stamped using assorted sewing themed stamps with Timber Brown StazOn.

I attached the tissue to the canvas using melted natural beeswax. I find the smell of melted beeswax very relaxing.

When the wax was cold I buffed up with a soft cloth, this gives the project a lovely shine. The deeper the wax the better the shine. All the canvases are edged with Old Gold Inka Gold. I have then attached various bits and bobs from my sewing box to finish off including some sewing feet, bobbins and shuttles from an old sewing machines.

I will take a picture of the whole project tomorrow as today's pic is very poor so not loading it.
Hope you are all having a relaxing week end.

Happy Crafting Lynne x

12 February 2011

In the cookies of life...

A cards from one of last week classes. The main background of the card is a mix of Adirondack Sunshine Yellow, Butterscotch and Terracotta inks over stamped with a PaperArtsy swirl using Timber Brown StazOn on a piece of white cardstock. Using more PA stamps Espresso and Terracotta inks on cream cardstock to create the background for the cage. The bird cage is cut from a 12 x 12 sheet of 7 Gypsies the bird is a PA stamp cut out and attached using foam pads my favorite sentiment to finish off. All products used available Craft Den. The card is C5 in size.

In the cookies of life friends are the chocolate chips

Hope you are all having a nice relaxing weekend.
Happy crafting hugs Lynne xx