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Saturday, May 4, 2013

#3UP, #PATWITS challenge by PaperArtsy


Shortly after meeting up with the PaperArtsy team In Paris at the beginning of April I started to follow them on Twitter. Not long after that Leandra had as all going with two secret hash-tags, which we added to our Tweets with out Knowing why!

The secret ended up being a mystery parcel of 3 items being sent to #PATWITS with the challenge to make something from those 3 items, but keep it secret, from everyone. Well hard as I could, for once I kept my mouth shut. Yes for over two weeks.......... amazing I know, but now #3up #Patwits is no longer a secret, my challenge went up on the PaperArtsy blog this evening along with three others!

First Challenge

I’m new to this and this is my first challenge, so when I opened my parcel I went , 
“uh huh, ehhh ok! Why, oh why did I say yes?” ..........this lasted for about three days before the inspiration came.... a slow to get started crafter, me I am!
My #3UP ingredients were:
  1. 10 x 10cm Artemio frame
  2. metal numerals 6(9) & 4
  3. and a Tando chipboard key.
I tried to find a connection between the key and the numbers and settled on the idea that there was a lock somewhere that involved the number 64 and therefore needed a lock.
My project
All the “added” pieces are die cut from Grungeboard.I started with the lock. I cut a mini label and a keyhole. I cut the keyhole plate down from an ornate shape to a circle. I stuck some pink newspaper to the label and washed it in Irish Cream and Mocha Mousse Fresco Paints and stamped it with sepia Archival using Mini 75 stamp.

I brushed on Grunge Paste to the keyhole plate and painted it with Mocha Mousse, rubbed on some Copper and Emerald Treasure Gold to get a metal/verdigris look and attached it to the label with brads. I dabbed Blood Orange around the edges of the label

The scrolls were smeared with Grundge paste and buffed with the same colours of Treasure Gold to give a plasterwork effect.
Keyhole plate and scrolls
The numerals were done in exactly the same way as the keyhole adding some Hyde Park
I painted the key with Chocolate Pudding and then used Copper, Emerald and Ruby Treasure Gold.

The frame, and a 5 x 5cm piece of Grundgeboard were sponge painted in Nougat, Stone, Irish Cream and Mocha Mousse with Snowflake used through  Mini Bingo (for my 64) & Mini Brocade stencils and a final wash with Hey pesto (love that colour...and the way Leandra pronounces it!). Again I used the same stamp and Archival ink to stamp all around the frame and on the centre card
Bingo stencil and Mini 75 stamping with Sepia Archival

Final Ispiration

When it was assembled I decided there was something missing so I added keyholes on all the surfaces. These are die cut from the same die as the keyhole plate, covered in Treasure Gold Emerald and stamped with the same stamp but using Black Archival this time.
Keyholes added

Everything was given a “dusting” with Ruby and Renaissance Treasure Gold.
Boy did I have fun getting my fingers dirty...
Thanks PaperArtsy!!!
And a big "congratulations" to all the other #PATWITS, lovely work folks!
The finished project

Monday, April 15, 2013

Project Update

I'm starting to be good about making crafting time, space for me at last!!! Here are  before and after photos of the project I started in class at Version Scrap in Paris with Leandra.

before "white washing"
The "whitewashing" was done with thinned down coats of Fresco snowflake (three in all I think) this mutes the colours and pushes them into the background.  Lin Brown's Eclectica stamps for the background.
stamped and painted
the piece was then stamped using black archival and various stamps from the JOFY collection, Jo Firth-Young for PaperArtsy. Coloured in using Fresco paints, mainly the translucent ones. I'll be getting more brushes tomorrow to continue, especially with the Treasure Gold.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Origami Christmas trees

Here's some little Christmas trees that I made last week with the lovely Yuko. I added two more this evening.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Basket Impressions

I finally am ready to introduce the new line of stamps I am producing. As many of you know, my first love is basketry, so this is the perfect blend of my two passions. To read more about these you can read the post on my blog.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Eric Taylor Basket Workshop - St. Louis

If anyone is interested I will be hosting a workshop with Eric Taylor this July in St. Louis, MO. Eric is a nationally renown black ash basketmaker with a unique style that blends Shaker and Nantucket basketry into something totally contemporary, yet traditional.

Check out all the great baskets we will be making over on my blog.

Cottage Dresser Tote10.5"(l) x 5"(w) x 5.5"(h)