Thursday, 19 May 2016

Welcome to the House that Nature's got a grip on!

Hi, today I have completed a wooden house that I've been constructing for the Creative Carte Blanche
May Blog Challenge --- titled 'Wood, Word and somethingWild'. Now from the off I knew I wanted to make a wooden house but as I progressed the design gradually altered, 'the creative journey'!

To begin with I rummaged in the shed for some wood off cuts and set to sawing my pieces for construction.

The body of the house measures 10cm x 11.5cm x 4cm and was sanded well and given a coat of white gesso as was the roof.

The roof was then given a coat of titanium white acrylic paint before stencilling the tiles through a Michelle Ward stencil.

The house was painted with Fresco Chalk acrylic paint in Space Cadet, lightly sanded and then given a coat of Stone paint and sanded again.
The windows and door were painted free hand using the titanium white.

Then on one side I stamped a tree from Jofy 29 stamp set and clear heat embossed. This was then coloured in and the grass stamped at the bottom.

Up until this point the plan was a cottagey type house with bunting above the door with the letters Home on and the back of the cottage was going to have a stamped wild meadow,  hmmmm?

Then I went outside to water the plants in the greenhouse saw some dried dead moss on the brick path and hey presto!!!

The ivy was stamped using various DI's and odd patches were clear heat embossed and touches of Treasure gold in Olive Bronze added.

My work bench got messier and messier!

The birds nest was made from dried ivy roots and the bird stamped from Clarity Garden set. The Welcome sign was die cut and tied using invisible thread.

I cut a wooden bench from a piece of old trellis fence that had started to decay. Twigs , dried old leaves, roots etc were added.

A flower pot stamped, coloured and cut out was added.

A brad for the door handle, smudges of pumice stone, walnut stain and peeled paint DI rubbed into the door and finally some fake moss from Hubby's model railway scenery stash was added to the chimney and roof.

Welcome to my Wooden house that the Wild has begin to reclaim.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my creative trip down natures path.

 Take Care, Jane x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Meet 'Mr & Mrs Jolly' !

Hi and welcome, this evening I'd like to share a card I made reversing an image from a rubber stamp.

Over on the Crafty Individuals blog the Challenge this month is titled 'Anything Goes' do pop over and browse the brilliant DTs samples and the other fab entries here.

To begin with I stamped the jolly duck from CI 433 onto some textured yellow card in black ink and then heat embossed the image with clear EP. I stamped the top hat onto some black card with versa-mark and embossed with pewter EP. Both images were cut out and shaped over a pokey tool.

Next I inked up the duck again with black ink ( not permanent ink!) and rolled the brayer over the inked rubber stamp --- then transferred the image onto the yellow card taking care to start at the bottom and roll towards the top. This was then embossed with clear EP as before. The top hat was done in the same way and transferred onto pink card and then embossed. These were then cut out and shaped ready to be stuck onto my card.

The background of the card was lightly brushed all over with Iced Spruce DI and then using a CI mask for the bottom more ink was added. The top stars were inked through the Dinky star stencil with Wild Honey DI and then lightly brushed with Perfect Pearls mica powder.

'You Make Me Smile' from CI 449  was stamped onto white card and then mounted onto some kraft card, twine attached to the back so it would hang like a sign.

The female ducks tummy was lightly rubbed with some Treasure Gold Ruby and a pink bow added for her bow tie.

The reverse image doesn't transfer as boldly as a stamped image but as this is 1 male and 1 female duck I don't think it's a problem, in fact it gives them a little bit of individual character.

Thanks for stopping by and meeting 'Mr & Mrs Jolly', enjoy the rest of your week, hopefully the sun will return!   Take Care,  Jane X