Saturday 22 December 2012

Peace Angel

I'm sharing my latest DT project over at Calico Crafts today.... and I'll share her here too!
Please hop on over to the Calico Crafts Blog, I've done a complete step by step to show you how I made her!
I'm now signing off until the New Year, when I'll be back with loads more projects to share!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year everyone!
Until 2013.....
Love Trish xxxxxxxxx

Friday 21 December 2012

Peacock Panels

For my last Creative Expressions DT piece of 2012, I decided to again showcase the Peacock Feather stamp from the Masquerade Stamp plate (can you tell how much I like this stamp?!)
Still with a Wintery silver and white feel, but a design that can be adapted to suit any occasion!
The main features of this card are the four triple embossed feather panels. In the true spirit of Christmas and the whole sharing thing (!!) is a little step by step on how to create them!!
The base you use needs to be fairly sturdy as there is a lot of UTEE going on there..... so no thin card! I've used greyboard (like the backs of A4 refill pads!) I put a coat of white paint on my squares just in case there was a missing bit of UTEE and the base could be seen!
Cover with a layer of embossing ink...
Cover with a layer of UTEE (I've used white...)
Melt the powder with a heat gun....
We need three layers of powder for this technique. If you're quick you can get the next layer of powder to stick to the previous hot layer of melted powder. If not, simply add more embossing ink!
Once the last layer of powder is on, I always take a minute before I melt it. This gives me time to get the stamp at the ready, inked up if I decide to impress colour into the powder or not (not, in this case!)
As soon as the third layer is melted, press the stamp into it. (Excuse my mucky acrylic block!)
Once the UTEE is cold, remove the stamp..
I've used silver paint to rub gently over the top to emphasise the design...
I created four panels, placing the stamp in a different position each time. Once done, I splattered them with silver and white paint...
and then mounted them all onto a piece of cardstock that I had stamped in silver with the feather..
I mounted the panel  onto a white card blank, and finished off with some silver yarn to complete the look!
Hope you like it!
I'll be back in the New Year with lots more Creative Expressions projects!!
Love Trish xxxxx

Monday 17 December 2012

Snowy Angel house!

Yup, still in the Christmas spirit! This must be some kind of record, I'm normally much more 'bah humbug' about the whole thing!!
Anyway.. its my turn again over on the Calico Crafts Blog , and for my DT project today I've made a little house.....
Yes I know you can't see properly.... you'll need to pop on over to the Calico blog to do that!!!
Stay warm folks!
Trish xxxxxxxxxx

Friday 14 December 2012

I'm all excited!

(and not because Christmas is nearly here.... THAT scares me silly, frankly!)
Nope.....I can now share some news that makes me smile lots and lots.....
I'm a brand new member of a brand new design team! I can't wait to get creating for the shop of fabulousness that is A Sprinkle Of Imagination !
So many wonderful products to be had there, can't wait to get stuck in and play!
You REALLY need to check out the rest of the design team, some seriously talented people all ready to share some inspirational projects...this is going to be awesome!!!
I've heard rumours of exciting blog candy going on offer at the end of the week as well, so if I was you I'd hop on over to the brand new ASOI blog , become a follower, leave a comment and sit back to see if you're the lucky winner!
(oh and while you're at it, why not like the ASOI Facebook page too?!!)
A massive THANK YOU to Vicki for asking me to be part of this team, I'm so looking forward to being part of this amazingly talented bunch!

Love Trish xxx

Thursday 13 December 2012

Peace And Hope - For Creative Expressions

Thursday again, so that means another DT project for Creative Expressions ! Whilst still focussing on the Umount Masquerade Stamp plate , I've also included a few more Creative Expressions stamps in this piece, and I think I love this the most out of all my DT creations so far!!
The base is a Kraft Tag , and I've created a simple background by smearing on Waterfall Eco Green paint , and White Eco Green Paint  . I've overstamped using the white paint, and also with Mushroom Adirondack Paint Dabber . I love the gorgeous circles in Sam Pooles bubble background .....
And the fab grid texture from the Urban Beat Plate ....
I've splatted the background with white paint, and also some silver paint from a Brushed Pewter Distress Stain .
This is the second outing this week for Miss Tatty Button , and a totally different look!
This time I've stamped her onto text paper, and coloured her coat, hat and gloves with a wash of the waterfall paint. I used white puff paint for the trimmings, and added just a teeny tiny dash of red for her lips!
She is standing on peacock feathers stamped in white paint onto Kraft card. These are from the Masquerade plate....
Chit Chat words, and silver yarn finished off the tag.
I'm liking the colour scheme, Christmassy but not too 'in your face' !!!!!
Love Trish xxxxx

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Just a little bling......

Not normally one for the excessive bling, me....... then I saw these earrings in Primark and changed my mind! Not to be used as actual earrings, of course, just as adornments for anything that needs some serious sparkle!!
Over at Simon Says Stamp And Show this week, the challenge is to be inspired by the 12 Tags of Christmas, as created by the man himself, Tim Holtz. I've gone for a little take on the Day 9 tag from 2010 .
My background was created using Faded Jeans Distress Ink, Picket Fence Distress Stain and a touch of pewter Perfect Pearls...
I also splatted it with silver ink and white paint to get a snowy and shimmery look. I chose to use the word 'joy' on my piece, but covered the letters in Glossy Accents as in the original tag. Gorgeous glass like finish!
The rosette was then topped with my bling earring for the final touch.....
ooooh my daughter said when she saw it!
Love Trish xx

Monday 10 December 2012

'Joy' Bauble...

Over on the Calico Crafts Blog today I'm sharing another Christmas decoration project, this time a bauble for the tree! I've done a full step by step with pictures, so why not have a little look!
I can show you a small teaser....
I'd love it if you popped over to see the whole thing!
Love Trish xxxx

Saturday 8 December 2012

Mistletoe Kisses!

I've been trying out new colour schemes for some Seasonal projects..... I'm drawn to silvers and white at this time of year, so wanted a change!
I've been playing with blues and icy greens...
The red was only added at the end once my figure was on there....the red of her jacket and hat was just too much by itself, it needed a little on the background to balance it out!
Painty, textured background...
Puff paint and stamps along with the paint smears...
Splats and a little silver detail here and there added to the background. I used a Tatty Button image (watch out for her in a different guise for my next Creative Expressions DT piece!)
I'm now experimenting with more pale greens, just love the subtle colour!
Stay warm everyone!
Love Trish xxxx

Friday 7 December 2012

Crystal Sparkle...

After my little foray into using crystals on a project yesterday, I thought I'd try another one!
The light hitting them was sending tiny rainbows everywhere, so it was feeling very festive in my studio! I came up with this...
I started off with a spool, and covered it with text paper. A wash of white paint, then rubbed with some silver Treasure Gold...flipping love this stuff, soooooo shiny!
A few splats of white paint, and the background was done!
I added my favourite angel image on top....
She is by Inkadinkado, I've had her for so long I doubt they make her any more!
Lots of crystals on wire, and sprinkled about her feet...
I added a little snowball trim and a title... then she went straight onto the windowsill to catch some rays! Unfortunately thats when it went pitch black and started throwing it down with icy rainy sleet............
Hope your day is warmer... at least being right by the sea we don't usually have snow to contend with, just this awful cold wind!
Love Trish xxxx

Thursday 6 December 2012

The Masquerade Ball.... For Creative Expressions

For my Creative Expressions DT project this week, I've chosen to showcase a stamp from the Umount Masquerade plate . Still trying to keep up with my Winter themes, I've created an invitation to an imaginary ball....
I made the background using Brushed Pewter Distress Stain and Picket Fence Distress Stain. Smooshed onto a craft mat, then spritzed with water! I dipped and swirled the cardstock in the mixture, then dried it off. Lots of splats of both the silver and white, and I also overstamped the background with the snowflake stamp from the Tim Holtz Christmas Time Stamp Set ........

The mask itself, was stamped onto white card, and silver embossed. Cut out, then adhered to a bamboo skewer that I'd painted silver and white! I Added some crystals on twisted silver wire behind the mask to give that little extra bling!
I had fun with this, hope you like it!!!
Love Trish xx

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Button Heart: For Calico Crafts

I have another decoration to share over on the Calico Crafts Blog today!
Little peek:
I had fun with this, hope you like it!
Trish xxxxxx

Monday 3 December 2012

Monday Sneak Peek- For Calico Crafts!

It's my turn over at the Calico Crafts Blog today, and I'm sharing more Christmas ideas!
Here is a little look....
Why not pop on over to see the whole thing!!
love Trish xxxxx

Thursday 29 November 2012

Snow Queen - For Ceative Expressions

See, told you I was going to post something painty today!!
This little lady is my weekly DT project for Creative Expressions .... meet my Snow Queen!
For the next few weeks we are focussing on two fab stamp sets, the If the Crown Fits plate, and the Masquerade plate. Whilst not strictly speaking Christmassy stamps, I think I'll have a go and see if I can still come up with Christmas/Winter projects using them! (may be famous last this space!)
So, my first assemblage is a Snow Queen!
I started off with a papier maché cone, and smeared it with Lake , Waterfall and White Eco Green paint. Once dried, I covered the whole thing with glue, and the sprinkled with Rock Candy Dry Glitter . So sparkly!
I twisted some wire into wing shapes....
And gave her some wire arms too. The face was stamped and cut out, then adhered to the top of the cone.
The fabulous crown is from the 'If The Crown Fits' plate. I stamped it onto a painted bit of card, cut it out and added some sparkle!
The Snow Queens staff (sceptre?? who knows!) is a key from the same plate, but I've chopped a bit off so it looks like the aforementioned staff!
The wire hand simply wraps around it, and a touch of glue keeps everything secure!
So, a simple Snow Queen, whimsical and very sparkly!!
Love Trish xx

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Stackable bangles...

Have proved to be a huge hit this year... lots of gorgeous sparkle and a bit of bohemian chic thrown in for good measure! These started out as a project for Beads And Beyond magazine a couple of months ago, people loved them when the article came out, yay! I decided to make a few for general sale too, and they've simply flown out the door. Here's a pic...
Loads together on your arm make such a fab jangly sound....!
I promise to share something painty tomorrow!!!!
Trish xxxxxx

Monday 26 November 2012

Back to blogland!

I've been a bit absent recently....and no, I don't just mean I'm getting more forgetful! I've been preparing for a big selling event with my jewellery, so the messy painty stuff has had to take a bit of a back seat!
All done now, though, so bring on the paint!!!!
As I have nothing new to show you with paint or ink involved, I thought I'd share a few new jewellery pieces!
Long wrap around bracelets have proved to be very popular, I love wearing these too! Colour is just as important to me when creating jewellery as it is when getting messy!
The blue and red bracelet is fastened with a button from my very talented friend Julie over at Lush Lampwork . Someone else who shares my love of colour!
The other thing that sells very well at this time of year are big chunky charm style bracelets filled with beads....
As each bead is individually wire wrapped onto the base chain, these do take a while to make, but the end result is worth it!!!
Have a great Monday everyone!
Love Trish xxx