My little crafting world....

Hi all
I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my Surrey.Crafts page on FB.
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Abstract Art Passport Book for the Craft Stamper DT

Hi all. Here's my project for this month Craft Stamper 'Make It Take It' 
monthly challenge for June, as usual there are some fab stamps to be won! 

I really enjoyed using my Eileen Hull Passport Book Die! I'd been desperate to get hold of it.
As luck would have it I was having a chat with Susan from Country View Crafts at 
the Ministry of Mixology Art Retreat in April, she said they had them in stock 
and would be loading them on the site that night!!! 
So at Midnight, after a marathon day and teaching a Make and Take in the evening , 
I was ordering this in bed on my phone!

Here is a quick run down of how I made this colourful little book.
Using my DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paints, I painted the cover by blending reds and yellows from the bottom and greens and turquoise from the top then adding golds in the middle. I took the colours from a gorgeous Abstract Art pic on pinterest. you can hopefully see it here in my Pinterest  'Abstract Art Board'.
I painted a die cut  butterfly (Tim Holtz Bigz Texture Fades) using primary yellow.
Stamped an Andy Skinner stamp from his 'Tech Trauma' set, heat embossing with a glittery WOW embossing powder. Then gave it some depth with a Stabilo All pencil. I stamped and embossed a gorgeous sentiment from the PaperArtsy set below, the colours were just left over on the stamp after I had tried different colours - embossed with a holographic clear powder.

And managed to add a bit of bling along the spine by using these fab 'BeaDazzles' on wet glue!
I gave this away as part of a 60th birthday pressy to a cousin who is an art teacher too.

Thanks for looking! Suz xxx

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Hope is the Key...For Andy skinners DT using Bubbalux Craft Board

Here's my latest DT post for Andy Skinner check out his blog here! I really enjoyed having a play with this Bubbalux stuff - it takes paint really well and even die cuts using Sizzix Bigz dies, (take the plastic sheet off of it first, and best to use a sturdy machine). Plus it bends when heated so that could be useful!

I cut a piece of the Bubbalux so it would just fit through my Big Shot machine over the Sizzix Bigz Arch Die - you MUST peel off the film before doing this as it makes it tough for the die cutting machine to cut through if you done. After cutting the arch I then ran it through again with the Bigz Hope word die.
I used Media Fluid Acrylics to paint the board. First the Cobalt Teal Hue, followed by the other blues, then a layer of Media Line Crackle Glaze.
Once the glaze was dry I painted on Patina Antiquing Cream.
Once dry I wiped a lot of it back and layered up more paints. I randomly swiped over a clear Versamark ink pad, then added Stampendous Aged Silver embossing enamel powder. While I was heat embossing the Bubbalux warped a bit like shrink plastic but without shrinking(that could be useful!)I flattened it out with an acrylic stamping block but it did change shape slightly which I really liked!

I stamped the text onto the arch using white paint, stamped the winged key onto the panel too. But the key didn't show up too much so I stamped it again onto card, cut it out, coloured with the paints and glued it on. Then I chose some embellies to decorate the arch - teensy metal cogs and clock hand, an old zip, a button which I added string to then I painted it with the cobalt teal hue. I then added the cog and zip to the centre of the winged key and another at the base.
Before gluing then on, I used the same Versamark ink pad and Stampendous enamels on the cogs.

Layered the cogs behind and on top of the arch, lastly I added highlights with a white Posca Paint Pen. 

Last of all I added a piece of black card behind
to make the words pop.

That's it! Thanks for looking. Suz xxx

Here are the products I used.....

Plus Andy's stamps, the text stamp on Illusionary Artist Tech trauma set and Steampunk by Stampendous  :
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Friday, 11 May 2018

Parasol Card for the Craft Stamper Blog

I cheated this month for my Craft Stamper Make it Take it challenge DT piece! I used a card I'd made for my Dad. Here's a quick explanation of why and how I made it...
My Dad will be on his first holiday to Thailand at the end of this month. So I wanted to make a card with an Asian feel to it. I used some old Sheen Douglas papers for the 2 background layers, going around the edges of both with a gold pen.
I cut two circles of watercolour card, another from the same paperback.

The paper circle I folded in half in several directions to give the parasol feel, then washed over with DecoArt paints to look more rustic and hide the bold pattern.
On one of the watercolour card circles I based coated with DecoArt Titan Buff then painted cherry blossoms (inspired by my You Can Folk It painting kit), the other. The third disc had a wash of colour to tone down the white. Once completely dry I used my anti static pad before Stamping with Illusionary Artist dragonfly and butterfly stamps (by France Papillon) and heat embossing with copper powder. Then painted wings with DecoArt Media Interference paints before also folding in half along several points.
On all three I then swept a versamark ink pad along the folds and outsides of the circles added gold powder and heat embossed.
Final Stamping was the birthday sentiment by Inkylicious. I write Dad in gold ink and used the sane pen to edge both that and the Happy birthday. Then stuck it all down with Cosmic Shimmer glue.
Hoping he'll like it!
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Age Old Arguments

This was one of those projects that is just a big of fun, and may never be finished, I threw the kitchen sink at it!

I repeat stamped the arch from Andy's 'Gothic Grunge' set, masking off to create more columns.
Coloured the card with distress inks to start with....
Paynes Grey and Quin Gold added, then torn and inked around the edges with black archival ink.
For the base I just used a rectangular canvas I had previously painted with Emporers Gold and then bubbled (a workshop technique I use). I stamped and embossed images from lots of Andy's stamp sets all around the edge of the canvas. Skeletons and gargoyle stamped and embossed with white embossing powder onto velum.  Using vellum I was able to stamp the image twice and flip one over to create a reverse image and have them looking at each other! I also chopped of one arm at the elbow and changed the angle to give a different feel to it. Then glued to them card using Matt Medium.
Grey paints added to the stamped gravestones, cloth added, spider embossed with black powder and a bit of gold added to his back.
Clear modelling paste through the stencil which dries clear
but gives lovely texture for drippage and dry brushing.
Words typed, printed, cut out and coloured. Hills built up under the gravestones so they were a bit more 'grounded'. Layers of paints in golds, greys, cobolt blue, yellow iron oxide, etc. Shade added using carbon black around images and the focal card section; to bring forward the crosses and cast them each a shadow. Rusty wire and a piece of card for the collar and lead, gems on the gravestones. Metal embellies, a circle of rusty wire and jewellery chain coloured with quin gold, red iron oxide and trans yellow iron oxide. Black archival ink added around the outside.
In the final pic I've dry brushed white over the stamped areas around the outside to bring them forward from the background, and added chain so the embellies had an anchor point and weren't just floating - although I kinda liked that!

Thanks for looking! Below are product lists and some links to shops.
Happy arting! Suz xxx

Products used:

Andy Skinner Stamps: Spooks (Gargoyle); Gothic Grunge (archways) ; Birds and Bones; Fossils

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Grey Value 6; Titanium White; Paynes Grey; Cobalt Teal Hue; Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide; Quinacrydone Gold; Transparent Red Iron Oxide; Carbon Black; Titan Buff; Matte Medium; Clear Modeling Paste, Dazzling Metallics Emperors Gold

Other products used:
white velum, cardstock, repurposed canvas, detailed white embossing powder, detailed black embossing powder, metal charms and embellies, greyboard spider from Tando Creative, cheesecloth (bit of old bandage), gems. jewellery chain, black archival ink

Friday, 13 April 2018

"Be Sensational Craft Stamper" DT Blog Challenge project

Hi there! Here is my DT project or the Craft Stamper April Blog Challenge.  Some gorgeous stamps to be won, so why not have a look and see if you fancy joining in! Click HERE!
The starting point for this was a gorgeous stamp by Dyan Reaveley from her 'Black Sheep' stamp set, which I've had for ages and been dying to use! I was in a seascape kinda mood due to prepping for a class I'm teaching this weekend - so to me she looked like a Mermaid!
I stamped and embossed her twice using Versamark ink and black Wow embossing powders.
Coloured her in using Kurateke Zig Clean Colour brush pens which I bought from Hobby Art.
I coloured and cut out the second skirt to create the shape of a Mermaids tail.
I chopped off her head, coloured and cut out the eyes from the second image and glued them on.          The next bit took some working out. I wanted to extend her either I had to cut off the ends of the hair and extend them, or just make my own. That's what I did. I cut the face from the head image I'd already cut out and drew around it to create a guideline for the hair. Took a Wow embossing pen to draw swags of thick hair and embossed with detailed black Wow embossing powder.

Using the Kuretake pens I coloured in the hair, and once coloured I used a fine black marker to start to doodle. Once finished I used a white gel pen to draw lines down the centre of the swags of hair to make them look shiny.
Then I glued the face onto the hair, all ready to glue to the background I was about to make.
My DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics came out again for the background cards, as they are soooo quick to use with a brush, click HERE to find them. I diluted just a couple of drops of each of the three colours, starting with the Primary Cyan, Then the Pthalo Blue, then the Cobalt Teal Hue. I repeated these three to add depth then used some diluted Titanium white to make splatters (or in my mind watery bubbles in the sea).  I used these three colours again on a second piece of card, and also added a small amount of Pthalo Green Blue. 

Once the backgrounds were dry I started to layer up, my girl first of course. Once all glued down, I printed out and glued on a few words and thought that was it.....but when I came back to it I wanted to add a bit more detail......
So to REALLY finish off, I went around the whole image with a black Pitt Pen brush marker. Then went around it - and the inner card rectangle - with a white gel pen (Signo Uniball 153) and then took a piece of black charcoal stick (always use these) and added a deep black shading under the image to the right hand side - to make the light seem to come from the left.

I like her - she's a bit quirky and weird with attitude and a little twist on a fab stamp!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Tech Trauma Abstract Art for Andy Skinner DT

I really enjoyed making this, and love the feature stamp from Andy's Tech Trauma stamp set.

Here are a few close ups to show the bling a bit better, and a step by step of how I made this piece.
 Love the texture in it!

 It sparkles!
I built up lots of layers with background stamps. Different elements show up in different lights and at different angles. Here is the process.
 Brayer on a generous layer of DecoArt Media Gesso. This give a lovely texture for the layers of media fluid acrylics that will go on top. While still wet, add drops of Primary Cyan and brayer again.
 Repeat with Prussian Blue Hue.
 Then Metallic Silver
 Titanium White
 Build more depth by repeating some colours.
 Add some Interference Blue for a bit of tonal opalescent colour change (depending on light reflection) shimmer.

Continue layering more colours until you are happy with the background.

 I decided to do a bit of background stamping with some of the Tech Trauma stamps.
 Ink up and stamp away!
Once all completely dry, use an anti static pad then a clear embossing ink where you would like your feature embossing. Before I added the clear ink I cut the card to be square rather than rectangle.

 Sprinkle Shabby Blue Frantage powder onto the clear ink and heat emboss.
 Then repeat with Royal Blue...
For the final layer, prepare your feature stamp by inking it up with black Archival ink, repeat the embossing with the Halo and stamp firmly into it with the stamp while it is still molten. I hadn't let the card dry completely before the embossing so it did buckle a bit, but was once I had let it rest, and had flattened it out for a few hours with heavy books.
The frame I bought for this project had a mount already in it, but the aperture was way too small so I made another. I marked the size of the whole frame onto some 300gsm pearlised card.

The artwork I wanted to frame was 19 x 19 cms
So taking away the size of the artwork from the size of the frame, devide by 2 to give you the size of the border, just over 2cms

Check your measurements BEFORE cutting out the aperture in the middle!
Once you've checked cut out the middle.
 Making a hole at the intersection of each corner really helps with getting a neat cut from edge to edge.
 I used a steel edged ruler and a craft knife wit a fresh glade.
 Lined the artwork up on the back of the mount and taped it down with masking tape
 Now it's ready to put in the frame, peel the protective backing off the Perspex of the frame. I wipe the mat I'm working with and the frame with an anti static pad, otherwise static attracts bits of dust and dirt to it!