Monday, 18 September 2017

Country View Crafts Workshops

We are pleased to announce the calendar of workshops for 2017. These will all take place at Country View Crafts, Bedfordshire, within easy access of the A1 and by train.

Workshop Saturday 7th October 2017 - 8x8 Foxglove Flower Canvas Board with Kay Carley
Thursday 16th November 2017 - A Mixed Media Shadowbox 'Discover' with Brenda Brown
Thursday 30th November 2017  - Lantern with Clare Charvill
Saturday 18th November 2017 - Steampunk Clock with Andy Skinner
Saturday 9th December 2017 - Box Of Secrets with Andy Skinner
Details and Bookings of the workshops can be found on the website

Thursday, 14 September 2017


With the start of September and more Autumnal weather, my thoughts have turned towards Halloween and using the Halloween themed stash I have. I try not to limit Halloween or Christmas goodies to just those holidays because it seems a waste to leave them sitting on the shelf for a year but inevitably we do. So, time for me to dust them off and ink them up!
I started by spraying a page in my Small Creative Flip Journal with Pure Sunshine ink. I love this colour!
I then added a border for the bat  and spider to hang from. The spider's body was coloured with Squeezed Orange ink decanted into a water brush. By stamping the bat on the page you retain all of the little details that would be really difficult to cut out. I also stamped him (and the chap from the stamps set) on card to colour and cut out.
I then added some Speckles using Black Soot Distress Ink.
I stamped out some accessories and die cut them. I should have coloured them before cutting them out (which is what I usually do) as the broomstick in particular felt very delicate! Always learning!
The sentiment was stamped with alphabet stamps (I LOVE these!) and some additional word stamps by Emma Godfrey. The washi tape is from the Aristocrat set. Some white circles (made with an old lid) and gold painty lines finished the page off.
Hope you feel like dusting off your seasonal stamps too!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Emboss resist journal panel

Hi  - it's Brenda with you again today and I am finishing the month continuing the blues and greens challenge theme with another technique and journal panel.

Paint a coat of white gesso over a piece of card then paint a watery wash of green gold and dab most of it off with a piece of kitchen towel, then repeat with a watery wash of phthalo blue.
Stamp and clear emboss with a patterned stamp.

Dip, drip and dry watery layers of blue and green acrylic paints. (I mixed my own using prussian blue hue, phthalo blue, titanium white and diarylide yellow). Try not to melt the embossing but at the same time just as it's cooling rub with a babywipe and kitchen roll over the raised shiny areas to wipe any paint from the design and keep it showing through. Note - do not rub too hard unless it's cooled right off.

Dabble over some white watery paint to knock it back a little and add more colour dipped or dabbles if needed....

Randomly splatter some white and blue watery washes to create some depth of colours and add a little light text stamping in cornflower blue archival.......

..... and because I like to vintage and mute the brighter colours in my palette I added a tinted glaze made up of ultra matte varnish and paynes grey paint.

I hope you have enjoyed the challenge theme this month. If you'd like to see how I finished off this background then pease pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies for more details.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Guest Designer Project - Debbie Maybank

 Hi Everyone

Today we have a project created by Debbie Maybank using the Sizzix Eileen Hull Journal Die

I wanted to share with you my journal I created for my daughter, who just got engaged. I made it for her to use as a wedding planner. She loved it! 

Here are the signatures.
The first picture is a flap/pocket for receipts, business cards etc.

 I love this die, I have plans to make many more...

Debbie x

Thank you for sharing this gorgeous project Debbie

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Forgotten the words

I recently bought a new Dylusions a small Creative Flip Journal. This page was one of my first experiments in it!
I started by spraying the pages with Fresh Lime (my very favourite colour!)
Then I added areas of Calypso Teal and used some kitchen roll to mop up the ink
Next I added some diamonds using a stencil and Slate Grey ink. Again I used kitchen roll to mop up the ink.
Finally I added some Picket Fence through an alphabet stencil
Using a leaf stencil I added Dirty Martini ink (decanted into a water brush). I wasn't super careful as I wanted the ink to bleed a little under the stencil as it looks like watercolour. When the ink was dry I used a black pen to drawn the leaves in. Notice how the green ink highlights the Picket Fence beneath - gives your leaves a really lovely extra detail
I added some tape for my Zini to stand on and stamped the Zini on the page and on some white card. There are some lovely details on the stamp that would be really difficult to cut out so if you stamp the image on the page then you don't have to worry about those additional details!
Then it's a matter of adding the extra images and sentiment. The arrows are from this Emma Godfrey for PaperArsty set and the spider is from this one. The bird is from an Elenazinski set.
The birds on this page are from these stamps sets (Set 5 and Set 8). The text stamps are from the Emma Godfrey set above. A few white paint circles and Black and Gold lines using an old lid and gift card.
I hope you like the journal pages. I love making them!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Mixed Media Layers

Hi it's Brenda here with a mixed media background and I'm still using the colours of the challenge theme for this month. You can find that here if you would like to enter it.

Begin by covering a piece of card with tissue wrap, decoupage paper or stamped tissue paper, (I chose to stamp my own design on tissue paper), adhere it with decoupage and when dry sand the edges to get it to size rather than cut it with scissors.

Scrape white gesso over the surface with a piece of plastic card or palette knife.

Paint painty layers of washes through the gesso and dry each layer before adding the next. By painting the washes you have complete control as to where they go on the substrate, the thickness of the paint and you can dab areas off with kitchen roll. This is so different to the dip, drip and dabble techniques I often use.

Take a little white gesso and a blending tool and foam and then apply through a stencil - dry.

Make up a 'dirty wash' using pin point amounts of paynes grey, phthalo turquoise and raw umber paints with plenty of water ....

  ...... and paint it over the surface and you will see how it immediately tones down the white gesso.

Mix some white crackle paste with some of the paints (I created a light blue and a light green) and taking the same stencil apply it over some of the clocks already.
 there. After it dries you will see the cracks appear.

To help the cracks show make a wash of raw umber and apply it lightly over the clocks and see the cracks appear and also create a more grungy appearance.

This is now ready to use for a journal pane or card background.

I will be using this for a journal page, if you would like to see how it is finished please pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies where I have completed it ready to be inserted into the new journal when it's finished.

Thanks for stopping by today.

hugs Brenda xxx