Powertex – Traditional Venetian Masks

This year Powertex UK is running 12 monthly themed challenges, simply called #12monthsofpowertex and to make it even easier they produce a kit if you want extra inspiration.

When I saw this month’s kit I didn’t know whether to start with an antique style mask or something steampunk… so I am working on both.

One of my favourite go-to powertex techniques is making stone art clay and then shaping it in silicon moulds, as I have done with the rope and the rose.

I also am exploring using Easy Structure as texture paste and using it through a stencil to add texture.

I also coloured ivory powertex with pigments to tone the inside of hat with the eye mask. I painted the outside with a second colour once dried.

To give the overall aged effect I dusted the whole ask with warm gold.

Stash Used

  • Powertex – Venetian Masks kit, Ivory Powertex, Easy Structure, Stone Art and Rose silicon mould
  • Powertex Pigments – Pink Flamingo, Blue Curacao and Rich Gold
  • Old T-Shirt
  • Tim Holtz – Mosaic Stencil
  • Craft Star – harlequin Stencil
  • Katy Sue Design – Rope Border Silicon Mould.

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Watercolour – Cliff Tops

I heard something that struck a chord with me last week. When you give something up, you need to fill the void with something.

In my case, earlier this year I went on to a four day week compressed hours working pattern and I have decided to fill the void with not only catching up with some of my older craft projects but all to learn something new.  In my case watercolour.

It’s taken me nearly 6 months to actually produce something and here it is.

I am following Matthew Palmer’s classes on Hochanda brought in conjunction with the SSS. As a complete beginner I find he is easy to follow and has some great ideas.

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Here’s One I’m Making – Coffee with Friends

Every so often, Stampin Up bring out a set which I use again and again. Coffee Cafe is such a set, the stamps and  dies give you a wind range of cups and wrappers.

I am also playing with different mediums for backgrounds. This is Pebeo texture paste covered in Oil Pastels. Gives a soft but vibrant base which I stamp and layer with.

I also I like the hand written style on the cups and die cuts.

Stash Used

  • UKCraft – Card Base
  • Pebeo – Texture Paste
  • Tim Holtz – Coffee Stain Stencil
  • Pental – Oil Pastels
  • Stampin Up – Coffee Cafe Stamps and Dies
  • Crafters Companion – Glitter Pen
  • Stampin Up – Ink Pads
  • Tonic Studios – Will’s Handwritting Dies
  • Tonic Studios – Nuvo Drops
  • SSS – Pattern Paper from kit and brown paper
  • Hunkydory – Adorable Scorable Checked Cardstock

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Monday Memories – the price of FREEDOM

It’s been a long couple of months with GDPR and my crafting time has been severely curtailed. Now it’s in and I can breathe a sigh of relief and get back to making stuff.

I have challenged myself to a layout a week to catch up on both the 2014 and 2016 holidays.

This is the last of my layouts from Arlington National Cemetery and is of the WW2 memorial sculpture “The Price of Freedom”

It one of those layouts which I wanted the photo to star so I kept it simple. In line with the BPC “Old and New” classes I used a (very) old sheer of K and Co embossed cardstock, which I got around 2002 for my wedding album and tinted it with metallic Nuvo Mousse to match the photo.

I also matted the picture on a two colour combination to make it look like the light was hitting the statues.

I also jazzed the letters up with some glitter drops from Nuvo.

Stash Used

  • Bazzill – Polka Dot and Grass Cardstock
  • K and Company – Embossed Cardstock
  • Basic Grey – Cardstock Stickers
  • American Crafts – Thicker Stickers
  • Tonic Studios – Nuvo Drops
  • Tonic Studios – Nuvo Mousse

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Here’s One I Made – New Home

Over the last 10 days, Tonic have been celebrating their first birthday on Hochanda including launching lots of new Nuvo products.

I treated myself to the new ink pads and shimmer powders. I love powder pigments, you get amazing spritz effects… but with less mess.

(And the nuvo ink pads are my new favourite pads!)

I love how all the colours blend together, making using a range of products so easy.

Stash Used

  • UKCraft – Card blank
  • Oyster Card – White Card
  • Nuvo by Tonic – Glitter Drops, Shimmer Powder, ink pads, glitter
  • Stampin Up – Stamps

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Here’s One I’m Making – Easter Balloons

I love Easter and although I don’t have a wide range of spring and Easter stamps. When I see them I tend to get them.

These beauties are from a UK company called Clearly Besotted. If you have never seen them before, these stamps and dies are a joy to use… leave a good impression and are so easy to colour.

I never take endorsements for this site just rave about what I love.

I also used the BPC “Old and New” principle on this card. The Blue cardstock and the pattern paper are both from a project box which I put together 10 years ago for a big holiday we were on.

Stash Used

  • UKCraft – Card base
  • Paper Arts – Pearlised Blue cardstock
  • Rusty Pickle – Pattern Paper
  • Clearly Besotted – Stamps and Dies
  • Crafters Companion – Illustrators Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
  • Memento Black Ink Pad
  • Craft Perfect – Lilac Twine (from Tonic Craft Kit).
  • Tonic – Nuvo Drops

I just want to end by sending my condolences to the family and friends of the wonderful wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering, who sadly passed away before Easter. Her work and art remains inspirational.

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A Tale of Two Cities – Salute

I am currently on a bit of a mission to catch up on some old scrapbooking projects from 2014. Part of my inspiration is coming from BPC’s “Old and New” class, the second challenge is to use specialty papers.

The lace cardstock on this layout is by KI Memories and I found it in a project box I put together for our trip in 2008. That is old. In fact I don’t think anything on this layout is less that 8 years old apart from a sliver of gold cardstock.

These photos are from our trip to Washington DC and tell the story of the daily Gun Salute.

Stash Used

  • Bazzill – Cardstock Base
  • KI Memories – Lace Cardstock
  • Chatterbox – Pattern Paper
  • Crafters Companion – Pattern Paper
  • Craft Perfect – Metallic Cardstock
  • American Craft – Thickers Letters
  • Promarker – Alcohol Marker

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